Construction progress update

So construction continues on after some slow days due to all the rain last week. Business for us is down around 40% or so. Not great but could be worse I suppose. Thanks to all who have continued to come out despite the inconvenience. We really do appreciate it.

So, yes you can still get to us, via some minor detours in town, despite the numerous road closed signs all over. They are trying to cut down on all the through traffic, which clogs up the small detours in town, but anyone wanting to get to the businesses in town can do so.

So we remain open presently. We continue to assess the situation, and evaluate our options. There remians the possiblity we may close down for several months, if business continues to decline, but that would be our last resort.

Stay tuned for the next chapter of the saga of the Conestogo construction blues………

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New Store Hours! (for now)

We’ve noticed a trend in the customer flow, that has led us to close an hour earlier each day, at least until the end of May, at which point we’ll reassess. So the new store hours are:


If we could, we’d open earlier in the day, but present life circumstances prevent us from doing so.


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Construction continues and Ice Cream coming!!!

So just a little construction update. Yes we are still open our usual hours. This may change, as we may decide to reduce our hours a bit depending on the number of people that come out at various times, and if we notice patterns we’ll adapt.  So far it’s been okay, but there has been a noticable slow down, this last week.

You can still park in our parking lot. If you are coming from Waterloo, we recommend you come the back way from University Ave, then behind RIM park down Glasgow St., then you will come up righ beside Rumbletum, then you can just hang a right and eneter our parking lot. If you are coming from the Bloomingdale direction, you can drive all the way down Sawmill Rd. , right to us. Yes, there are many road closed signs, and the road is a bit bumpy, and right now mud due to the rain, but you can drive on it. If you are stopped by construction crews, if you say where you are going they will let you through. They have had a lot of people ignoring the local traffic only signs, and really slowing things down, but local business traffic is totally allowed.

If you are coming from the Northfield Dr. direction, you can go down Sawmill Rd. toward us, then hang a left just before Sittlers bakery, and down around a small road, then turn right on glasgow to get to us.

So people, it can be done, and we would really appreciate your continued support and patience during this time. As annoying and treacherous as it seems, it really isn’t soooo bad, and at the end of the year hopefully it will be done and then merely a distant, memory.

Also, we are aiming to start our ice cream season a bit earlier this year, so by next Friday, April 28. YAY!!!



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So construction has begun in Conestogo. It’s for our own good and we’ll be pleased with final results I’m told. Hmmmmm. I hope so. I’m pleased to say though, these first few days of construction hasn’t kept many people away. Rumbletum has still been buzzing with activity and the lunch hours are as busy as usual. Thank you! Please keep it up. I will reiterate, all the businesses in Conestogo are open and accessible. There may be minor detours in town, and you may not always be able to park right at or beside Rumbletum, but there is other parking available on some of the side roads and at the Black Forest Inn, which is only half a minute walk from Rumbletum. So despite what all the signs say, Sawmill Rd. is not fully closed and all traffic into town is still accessible, so please keep coming out, we really appreciate it.

Our Easter hours this year are as follows: We will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. The Saturday of Easter we will be open as usual 10-5. 

Christ died and rose again for you and I. Worthy of celebration. If you don’t understand the big deal anout Easter, please ask me when you see me at the store , and i would be happy to share what the great news of what Easter is all about.


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RUMBLETUM NEWSFLASH ! Conestogo construction time

As some of you may be aware, there will be major road construction happening in Conestogo affecting the main road through town. This will of course make driving through town a bit of a challenge, however the road through town will remain open to local traffic and businesses. Construction is scheduled to begin in early April, and is expected to go at least until the end of the year.
As a business, in a small town, Rumbletum is very dependant on those outside of town to remain viable, so knowing that traffic will be affected is a definite concern for us. It would mean a lot to us, that despite the hassles it may cause, that you would still consider making the trip out to Rumbletum for lunch, or ice cream, or even just a coffee. We are proposing that some of the construction for you may be avoided by driving through RIM park, and parking on Glasgow street, which is the side road that runs right beside Rumbletum. Just a suggestion if parking becomes a bit scarce on the main road.
Thank you for all your support over the last 13 years and we hope to be around still for a few more, God willing.

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Just a quick note to let you know our altered hours over the holidays and into winter. Here goes:

Dec 24 10-3
Dec 25,26 CLOSED
Dec 27-30 10-5
Dec 31 10-3
Jan 1-23 CLOSED (yay, a little break for us)

Jan 24 to End of Feb. we will be open Tuesdays-Saturday’s 10-4

Thanks and enjoy the Christmas season with family and I encourage you to contemplate Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate on Christmas and what his coming to earth accomplished for all of us.

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For Easter, we will be closed Good Friday, and Easter Monday.
We will be open the Saturday during Easter.

Thank God for his son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose again so that we may have life everlasting.
Happy Easter everyone.

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Winter/Spring hours

Just a little update about our hours. We are continuing closing a bit earlier, at 4 pm, until the end of March. we will be back to our usual closing hour of 5 pm, when April arrives. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Holiday Hours and January close down

A little late, but here is a rundown of the hours of operation for Rumbletum during the Christmas season, and the New year.

Dec 25,26,27 – CLOSED
Boxing Week – regular hours 10-5
Dec 31 – closing early at 3 pm
Jan 1 – CLOSED
Jan 2 – 10-5

Jan 3-25 – CLOSED

Jan 26 – Open 10-4

Beginning January 26, we will be closed Sundays, and Mondays until March, as well we will be closing a little earlier daily, at 4 pm.

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Open Board Game Night, Sat. Nov. 28 , 7pm-late

We are finally having another board game night at the the cafe, after a substantial time lapse since the last one. Hope many can make it out!

More details below.

DESCRIPTION : Sit down and have a good time playing old favorite strategy boardgames, discover a new one, play with friends, make new ones in a relaxing atmosphere. Anyone is welcome. Even if you don’t know any boardgames beyond Monopoly and are wondering what the heck we are doing, come and check it out.

WHEN : Saturday, November 28, 7pm until whenever.

WHERE : Here of course! Rumbletum Cafe & Gifts, 1895 Sawmill Rd. Conestogo, ON. Just outside of Waterloo, near the Black Forest Inn. (go north on Northfield Dr., and turn R at the lights in Conestogo.) . Check out the Location page on our website , for a map link.

COST : The cost will be 3$, if you decide to play any games,  but all the money goes to:
More board games for you. Your 3$ gets you a ticket for a draw for gift certificates for board games at Rumbletum ( yes we do sell games!) which will be determined by doing a random draw (or 2 if there are enough people).

There will be coffee, soft drinks and some snacks available (if Heidi has a chance to bake some cookies) on a self serve basis for a reasonable cost, (no pressure though, but your support is appreciated)

WHAT TO BRING : Bring any strategy game (or two) you own and want to play. Or, just bring yourself, and there will be plenty of games to choose from to join in and play. I will have a number of games to play from my personal collection, and others usually bring some games also, so no lack of choices.

A selection of games available for sale at competetive prices also. Check out the Board game page on our website just above.

MORE INFO : There is room for 20-24 people or so, with some various table sizes ranging from largish to smallish. Come early for better table/game selection as this is a first come/first play experience. I never know how many people will show up, but hopefully there won’t be waiting to play games!

Any questions call/text me at 519-504-7468 or call the store at519-664-1820 and ask for Quinn. Or email me at

Hope to see lots of people playing and having fun

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