Just a Card

For some time now, I have been following the ongoing work of the Just a Card campaign. Even though it comes from the UK, everything they say works on this side of the Atlantic Ocean too. The basic principle, is to shop small, shop local, and to keep our small businesses going.

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card‘ we’d still be open”

from the Just a card website, sign on a closed business

This year, I’ll be taking part in the Just a Card sponsored Indie Week. Please follow along, and repost, spread the word about your own favourite makers, small shops and galleries!



Yes, the Café has closed it’s doors to regular hours.  We will still open for special occasions, Live @ Norton’s Cove events, and private parties, but our regular hours won’t resume until spring 2019.


I want to take this moment to thank everyone who supported us throughout our first year of business, especially those who came for suppers all winter, those who came for a hot drink every day they could, and those that made special trips from far away just to visit Norton’s Cove.  Every little purchase means a lot to Team Norton’s Cove!

Keep an eye out for our calendar of events over the fall and winter, and you’ll see that we have lots up our sleeves to keep us all entertained and fed over the off-season.


Anniversary Sale!

Today marks 16 years since the day I first opened Norton’s Cove Studio for business.  A tiny figure compared to the 128th anniversary of the construction of the historic general store that houses my studio & shop, but significant to me never-the-less!

This picture was taken for the Beacon (if my memory serves me correctly) back in 2002, just before I was ready to open.  I was still setting up new equipment.

To thank you, my faithful customers, friends, neighbours, and family who have supported me through the years, I have a few treats for you here at the studio today:

  • coffee
  • tasty nibbles
  • door prize: $25 gift card
  • 50% off all cards, minis, bookmarks, and framed minis
  • 25% off everything else in the shop
  • door opens at 10am and closes at 6pm

Online customers get a different deal:

  • 40% off all artwork by Janet Davis: use code Anniversary Sale
  • Also use this code if you don’t require shipping: PICKUPINSTORE
  • 6am to 10pm (Newfoundland time!)

Go ahead, make the most of both deals!

To all of you, whether you are a repeat customer with an entire Janet Davis art collection, you stopped in once on a travel trip and bought #justacard, or you love to eat at my restaurant, THANK YOU.  Every purchase counts towards a successful business that is employing several people and I think is doing good things in our tiny community here outport Newfoundland.  I hope this little business keeps growing!

Nortons Cove 2018-7
2018 photo courtesy of Grant Cudmore.

In the Studio

It’s a gorgeous sunny day here at Norton’s Cove. Not too warm, not too windy, just right.

Inside the studio I’m printing cards, Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks. If you’d like to visit, I’d love to show you how they’re made.


Pthalo green and white in a rainbow roll filled my afternoon here at the studio…  Looking forward to a plate of nachos to fill me at the café when I close up shop at 9.  Meet me there?  (Who remembers Friday Night Girls from Codco?  I think of them every Friday night!)



Just a Card

There’s a campaign happening on the world wide web that I feel I can wholeheartedly be a part of…

I have been saying these words for all 15 years that I’ve been in business here.  If everyone in my hometown bought one card each year, I’d be able to make a living as an artist.  But my business has made it for 15 years- because I’ve had support from a loving family who didn’t mind helping out.  And because I’ve also been working for another company for the past 10 years in order to gain a dependable income.  For most of those years, I have not taken a pay-cheque from Norton’s Cove Studio Inc.  Oftentimes, the business costs me more money than it makes.  And now I’ve taken all the credit/financing/loans I can get to build a restaurant which needs the support of the community too.

It is incredibly important to shop locally and support our own community.  Just a card. Or a piece of cake.  It makes a huge difference to twelve employees of Norton’s Cove Studio & Café now, not just me.  So it’s even more important to me than ever before to help spread the word.  Just a card.