'Schittheads' invade Canadian Goodwood aka Schitt's Creek

Goodwood never imagined it would be famous
Fans flock to Goodwood to take Instagram-worthy photos
Netflix made the show world-famous
Schitt's Creek cleaned up at the Emmy Awards
Goodwood has become a pilgrimage site
The Rosebud Motel is not in Goodwood
Café Tropical
Rose Apothecary
Bob's Garage
Town Hall
Goodwood is full of Schitt's Creek fans
Annina's Bakeshop is booming
Annie Murphy spoke highly of Annina's goodies
Annina's was so popular they needed security guards
Goodwood residents want to be known for more than Schitt's Creek
The owners of
Goodwood can't sell Schitt's Creek merchandise
Goodwood never imagined it would be famous

The small town of Goodwood, Ontario, never expected to become a tourist attraction. Located around 60 kilometers from downtown Toronto, Goodwood, population 663, has become invaded by "Schittheads."

Photo: Netflix

Fans flock to Goodwood to take Instagram-worthy photos

"Schittheads" are fans of the Canadian comedy 'Schitt's Creek.' A sitcom about a once-rich family that loses everything and ends up being forced to move to a town called Schitt's Creek they bought some years ago as a joke.

Netflix made the show world-famous

The series ran for six seasons but didn't become well known until Netflix picked it up in 2017. By 2020, in its final season, the sitcom had fans around the world.

Schitt's Creek cleaned up at the Emmy Awards

Over the years, 'Schitt's Creek' won many awards, but this past year at the 72 Primetime Emmy Awards, the show received an impressive 15 nominations and took home nine awards in a single night.

Goodwood has become a pilgrimage site

Once fans of the show figured out that many of the most iconic buildings from 'Schitt's Creek' could be found in the hamlet of Goodwood, it became a pilgrimage site for "Schittheads."

Photo: screenshot from Schitt's Creek

The Rosebud Motel is not in Goodwood

Goodwood provided the facades for Rose Apothecary, Cafe Tropical, the town hall, and Bob’s Garage. Hardcore fans who also want to see the Rosebud Motel will need to travel an additional 80 km east to Hockley Valley.

Photo: screenshot from Schitt's Creek

Café Tropical

Fans who arrive at Goodwood find that Café Tropical is in fact, a private home, and according to the online publication stuff, has "its blinds drawn and a private property sign up."

Photo: screenshot from Schitt's Creek

Rose Apothecary

As for Dan Levy's character, David's business Rose Apothecary was filmed in a building that used to be an old general store. It was then turned into Romni Wools a yarn store; however, the owners were forced to close it.

Bob's Garage

Bob's Garage is operational but is not actually an auto mechanics shop but rather, per Stuff, the workshop of a man Joe Toby, who according to The Hamilton Spectator makes beds for disabled children.

Town Hall

Another sight that fans are eager to see is the Goodwood town hall, which was also the town hall of Schitt's Creek.

Photo: screenshot from Schitt's Creek

Goodwood is full of Schitt's Creek fans

Now, Goodwood finds itself at times nearly overrun by fans of 'Schitt's Creek.' And while one may think that this is probably a good thing economically for the residents of Goodwood, it seems that it isn't really all that beneficial. Fans are more interested in taking selfies than spending very much time or money in the hamlet.

Annina's Bakeshop is booming

However, per Stuff, one Goodwood business is reaping the benefits of Schittheads taking over the town - Annina's Bakeshop & Catering. First, the business profited by catering to 'Schitt's Creek' cast and crew when they were in town filming for five seasons.

Photo: Instagram@anninas_bakeshopandcafe

Annie Murphy spoke highly of Annina's goodies

Later, when cast member Annie Murphy spoke about the bakeshop on 'Late Night with Seth Myers', saying, "There's a bakery in Goodwood called Annina's, which is the best bakery," Annina's became wildly popular.

Annina's was so popular they needed security guards

In fact, according to Stuff, at the height of the town of Goodwood's fame, Annina's Bakeshop and Catering was forced to hire security guards to control the rowdy crowds awaiting their baked goods.

"We're actually a lovely, affluent, beautiful community."

Although Goodwood may be the real-life 'Schitt's Creek,' the only thing it seems to have in common with the fictitious town is that it is quite small. Dave Barton (pictured), the mayor of the township of Uxbridge, the township that Goodwood belongs to, told Stuff, "We're actually a lovely, affluent, beautiful community."

Photo: Instagram@dave_barton_mayor_of_uxbridge

Goodwood residents want to be known for more than Schitt's Creek

The online publication Stuff also asked Dave Barton how the locals felt about their fame and being associated with the television show. Barton responded that residents don't want to ONLY be known for 'Schitt's Creek.' Barton said, "There's so much to us other than that."

"They are rude."

Other members of the community are less diplomatic about the "Schittheads" that have invaded their town. One example is Sheila Owen, whose house was used as Ronnie's home in the series. Owen told The Hamilton Spectator, "They are rude. They come and expect us to be the same people portrayed in the show - that we are hicks and are stupid."

The owners of "Café Tropical" didn't enjoy the masses coming during Covid

The owners of the building used for Cafe Tropical in the series also seem to be tired of the constant stream of fans peering in the windows. The building is, in fact, a residence, and according to The Hamilton Spectator, the owners have hung a sign saying, "Please stay off property during pandemic, we are immunocompromised."

Photo: Screenshot from Schitt's Creek

Goodwood can't sell Schitt's Creek merchandise

Sadly, the community can not really make big bucks off their five minutes of fame by selling 'Schitt's Creek' souvenirs due to a merchandising agreement that 'Schitt's Creek' made with ITV Studios in London.

Photo: schittscreek.shop

 

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