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Courageous • Resilient • Compassionate

Her Story

Michele Kadwell-Chalmers

Owner - The Original Flame

Michele's Story

I am the owner of The Original Flame, a fireplace boutique shop in Peterborough, ON.

I have always been shy & quiet but love people, so I ended up in sales!    I have sold, everything from pet caterpillars to Kool-Aid when I was a kid, to motorcycles & ATVs  and finally settled on fireplaces.

I absolutely love selling fireplaces as they bring so much comfort & beauty to a room.  I have been in the fireplace industry since 1993 and found it was very male-dominated.  Showrooms were all about heat & efficiency; looks didn’t matter. So after many years, I decided that I wanted to open a stylish store where women felt comfortable asking questions and shopping for a beautiful focal  point for their homes.

With my love of art, I am able to sketch design ideas to assist clients in deciding what will work best in their particular situation. It is truly wonderful to sit with someone to design a fireplace wall in their home that family & friends will gather around for years to come.

Fireplaces really are a comfort to your soul and a great way to reflect, so when I wanted to give back to my community, I decided to support YWCA Crossroads as well as Hospice Peterborough.