The Orillia Museum of Art & History would like to gratefully acknowledge our funding partners and supporters:
TD Bank Group
We're opening doors for an inclusive tomorrow.
It's normal to feel a little uncertain about change. But at TD, we want to make the changes of tomorrow a good thing for everyone. And we're starting today.
That's why we created The Ready Commitment.
We're targeting a billion dollars by 2030 towards initiatives that make the world a more inclusive place.
From helping to improve financial security…
And supporting a more vibrant planet…
To increasing access to better health…
And connecting our communities to ensure every voice is heard.
We're committed to helping create an inclusive future that we can all look forward to.
TD Bank Group is sponsoring OMAH's at-risk children and youth programming.
Learn more about the TD Ready Commitment at td.com/thereadycommitment
Timber Mart - 4 Generations of a Family Run Company
In 1918, William Henry Switzer purchased the S. Pomeroy and Co. Planning Mill at the corner of King and Front Street in Orillia. The Switzer Planning Mills began full operations in 1919, producing millwork, doors, cabinets and custom items such as stairs, sidings, and mouldings.
In the 1940s, the Switzer’s constructed ammunition boxes with the help of local women. Following the war, the mill shop expanded to include nails, paint, and builders hardware.
In 1964, the family purchased the “Orillia Home Improvement Centre” at 395 Atherley Road. In 1970, a fire destroyed most of the building and a larger steel structure was erected. In 1972, the family adopted the name of the buying group they associated with, thus becoming Switzer Build-All at King and Front Street and Best Buy Build-All on Atherley Road. The original mill at the King and Front Street location was renovated into a home improvement showroom with carpet, linoleum, paneling, bathrooms and kitchens on display. This became known as the Carpet Salon and was one of the largest carpet showrooms north of Toronto at that time.
In 1984, Switzer’s open a new 15000 sq ft showroom. The structure was built behind the existing buildings at King and Front Street. In 1993, the Switzer family purchased the Mapleneuk buildings in Brechin and Coldwater and subsequently Best Buy Build-All on Atherley Road closed down. In 1999, fire struck the Orillia King and Front Street location. Within three months, the business was back in full operation.
Today, Heather Mallard Houle, Scott Switzer, and Karen Switzer, William Henry’s great-grandchildren own and operate Severn Tim-BR Mart in Coldwater and Brechin Tim-BR Mart in Brechin. They continue the same reputation in the business, providing strong customer service and support of community events.