Let me introduce myself: I'm Janet Davis, an artist and entrepreneur living and working on the North side of Bonavista Bay, on the island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. There are many challenges to running a business here in a small rural community, and there are many wonderful benefits too. This blog is where I share some of those challenges and triumphs, and share what it's like to live in this part of the world.
Because I have decided against the plan to build a hotel next door as was the hope of pre-COVID times, I am selling a parcel of land that I had purchased for that project.
If you know of anyone who is interested in purchasing land to build a new home in the local area, please refer them to my Real Estate Agent’s website! The property is listed as Wesleyville, but is actually in Brookfield- both a part of the eight amalgamated communities that make up New-Wes-Valley.
This week and next, I am taking a little time off to rejuvenate my creative and entrepreneurial sensibilities. I have been enjoying some time at home, doing some long overdue maintenance and falling in love with a new paint colour on our foyer walls.
But today, I’m in the studio and office, taking care of some business:
Working on orders: packaging dry cards and minis, and printing more!
Moving Café Giftshop stock to the studio’s shelves and updating inventory
Reinstalling my big wall of artwork: I’ve sold a few pieces (thank you thank you!) and need to rearrange it all again, including artwork from the Café’s walls
Catching up on paperwork
Hoping to see a few visitors!
Norton’s Cove Studio is open: The Studio is open by chance or appointment this week! Please call/text me at 536-8166 to make an appointment. Today and tomorrow, I’ll be here from around 10-6.
Stop in to see how Norton’s Cove Mini-Prints are made today, and the next few days! I’m slowly getting through my latest #printapalooza print list while working on another couple of projects unrelated to my artistic career. When the Café closes up for the season tomorrow night, I’ll be able to put far more focus on artwork and building up stock to be ready for the last quarter of the year.
Norton’s Cove Studio is open: (I’ll be taking a little holiday time soon, so please, if you’re travelling from afar, check in with me and let me know what day you’ll be visiting to avoid disappointment!)
Printed on Canson Edition 250g Antique White paper
As seen at Norton’s Cove Café
$60 each matted
$104 each framed as shown
“These cups were created during COVID-19 restricted times. While choosing books to read or listen to over the winter and spring, I found that the old stories of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters were where comfort was found. This translated to my artwork in that I found myself going back to old images, old ideas from my own work. These teacups were originally used in my imagery in 1996 up until about 1999. My series of work then, called teastory, was all about appreciating the little things in life, and realizing how good things are compared to the experiences of our ancestors.”
Starting this week off, we have these extras on offer:
The usual assortment of extra baked goods at the coffee counter: brownies, cookies, hand-pies…
Moose Burger served with caramelized onions, mayo, and cheddar cheese $18
Grilled T-Bone Moose Steak with partridgeberry BBQ sauce $29
And there is some Chicken Cacciatore in the plans for Friday!
Our full menu can be seen HERE, and we will be only using our digital menu this week, as we are not restocking during our last few days. When we run out of something, it’ll be deleted from the menu. If you are making a reservation and are worried that we won’t have what you want left in stock, just tell us your order when you make your reservation, and we’ll reserve a portion for you!
Please call the Café to make reservations: 536-2633 We have a very limited number of seats. And this is the last week of service this year. So call ahead! Even if it’s just a few minutes before your visit.
Thank you all for your support– it means a LOT to me. Shopping and eating at Norton’s Cove enables me to employ nine people in this small town, and to share some joy and beauty with all who stop in. And thank you to my excellent employees who are able to bring us all such great service and products at Norton’s Cove Café: Duke, Ted, Chrys, Amanda, Trina, Kasie, & Matthew! xx
I am printing new cards, minis, and bookmarks this week, for our own shop shelves as well as some orders coming in (including Christmas Cards!), while listening to the BBC coverage of the Queen’s death. What a historic moment we are living through this week! The Queen who I pledged my allegiance to as a Girl Guide is gone, and a new King takes her place. Only senior citizens remember when the last King died, and have known any other monarch than Elizabeth II. What an incredible woman she was to dedicate her entire life to royal duty and the people of her realm. I imagine the conversations between her and all the heads of government around the world would be amazing to hear.
Stop in to see how Norton’s Cove Cards are made today, and the next few days, and grab your tickets for David Guy Live @ Norton’s Cove on Saturday night too!