Happy Canada Day!

What a wonderful day it has been! This has been our busiest day of the year so far, with 30 visitors at the studio, and 64 people served at the Café. I’ve been hearing wonderful feedback from customers, and all feels right with the world.

I spent a wonderful couple of hours at The REACH today where there were so many happy faces- people genuinely pleased with the progress of the museum, archives, artisan marketplace, and the new exhibit by Tracy Blackwood in the art gallery… such a beautiful space made even better by beautiful smiles. So much positivity!

And then, to top it all off, the Town of New-Wes-Valley put off an impressive fireworks display right in Norton’s Cove, from the floating docks that were installed late last year by the province right where the old Brookfield wharf was.

Oh Canada! I know we’re not rated as the best country in the world, but man, it’s a pretty wonderful place that we’re living in. My little part of this country seems pretty hard to beat. And I’m very thankful every day to have been born just up the road at Brookfield Hospital as a Canadian citizen and a Newfoundlander.

In the Studio

Dried flowers from a bouquet sent to me from friends in Alberta on the occasion of my 20th business anniversary are placed in my old shop shelves to remind me of the milestone. I’ve been dealing with a real inner struggle about whether my 20 years in business is something to celebrate or something to feel really dismal about. I love what I do, what I’ve created here (with the help of lots of other people), and what we offer. But it has not been a financial success by any measure, and it’s still a gut wrenching struggle from day to day, season to season. I know I’m lucky in many ways, but man, would it be nice to not be worried about money! But I’m a risk-taker, and instead of planning to sell my business and take the pressure off, I go back to work on my business plan. Looking for what I’ve done right and what I’ve done wrong and what I can do to overcome all the weaknesses. I have learned a lot in the past 20 years, and hope to put that to good use to make life better. There it is- that’s what the milestone is, learning.

The studio is open for summer hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

And now, off to put new stock in the shelves, tidy up my office (a messy office leads to all kinds of bad vibes!) and order up a bite to eat from my favourite restaurant… And after I close up the studio for the day, I’m off to The REACH (my other job) to hang a new exhibition that opens tomorrow! There is an opening reception for Tracy Blackwood’s AMASS at the Art Gallery at The REACH on Canada Day from 3 to 6pm. I hope to see some of my loyal readers there!

This week at Norton’s Cove Café

We serve Weekend Supper at Norton’s Cove Café Wednesday to Sunday, with reservations starting at 4pm and the last seating at 8pm. And yes, we’re still open on Canada Day!

You’re invited
to join us at the Lower Deck
to watch New-Wes-Valley’s Canada Day fireworks display
7pm until it’s all over!

Starting this week off, we have these extras on offer:

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Walnut Hand Pies
  • Apple Hand Pies
  • Blueberry Hand Pies
  • Milk Chocolate Buttercream Brownies
  • Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Funfetti Sandwich Cookie
  • Date Squares
  • Chocolate German Cake with Pecan Coconut filling
  • Roaster Pepper & Tomato Soup (Veggie option)
  • Minestrone Soup (Beef)

Our full menu can be seen HERE

Please call the Café to make reservations: 536-2633
We have a very limited number of seats.
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 gorgeous employees who are able to bring us all such great service and products at Norton’s Cove Café: Duke, Ted, Chrys, Amanda, Marcus, Trina, Kasie, Matthew, and Madison. xx

Café hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

In the Studio

I’m STILL packaging up orders! By the end of this weekend, I should be done for a little bit. Then I have a couple of special projects to work on that have looming deadlines! And I have lots of Smudge Herring pieces to work on too.

This little fella has been hanging out in the birdseed at our press-room window, and doesn’t seem to mind that we are on the other side of the window. Some kind of sparrow, but it’s hard to say when he’s so young to still be showing a lot of down. Duke and I have been watching birds in the studio window for a few months now, and I’m terrible at trying to remember their names- but I love to see them. They add an extra little spark of wonderment to our daily life, and I think anything that does that is worth the time and effort involved!

The studio is open for summer hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

This week at Norton’s Cove Café

We serve Weekend Brunch at Norton’s Cove Café 10-2 Saturday & Sunday

Starting this week off, we have these extras on offer:

  • Partridgeberry Apple Hand Pies
  • Pecan Butter Tarts
  • Hazelnut-Walnut Hand Pies
  • Cranberry Orange Scones
  • Strawberry Buttercream Brownies
  • Lemon Crackle Cookies
  • Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Oat Blueberry & Partridgeberry Pie Bars
  • Spiced Sweet Potato Soup (Veggie option)
  • Beef Barley Soup

Our full menu can be seen HERE

Please call the Café to make reservations: 536-2633
We have a very limited number of seats.
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 eight people in this small town, and to share some joy and beauty with all who stop in. And thank you to my gorgeous employees who are able to bring us all such great service and products at Norton’s Cove Café: Duke, Ted, Chrys, Amanda, Marcus, Trina, Kasie, and Matthew. xx

Café hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

In the Studio

These rope pieces are available in store only- product varies so much that they aren’t suited to the online shop set-up! But if you want something you see in a picture, just give me a call and we can figure something out! Duke has quite a bit of stock built up over the winter months- and some rare beauties with ropes that are hard to come by on our shorelines.
I’m packaging up an order for Johnny Ruth, a favourite shop in downtown St. John’s. If you ever get the chance to visit, they have tons of great fashion pieces, but also a really wonderful giftware section that includes lots of top notch Newfoundland makers.
One of my favourite questions from customers is this: “did this used to be an old shop?” And of course, my answer is always that it is still an old shop- getting older every day! But there are new products in these 132 year old shelves. I’m sure that Kean’s General Store sold plenty of caps, greeting cards, and soap too!

The studio is open for summer hours:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Product Spotlight

Rocks & Roots Company is based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland. I am a big fan of their products, and am happy to be able to offer them to you here at Norton’s Cove Studio and in the online shop! Here’s what they say about their small business & their products:

We are a family owned and operated company. We make handmade products using eco-friendly natural ingredients and materials, safe for your family and the environment.

We believe in using our own hands to collect quality ingredients; sourcing wild Newfoundland flowers & herbs to create our bath products. We use custom blends of essential and fragrant oils to create an aromatherapy experience.

We believe in buying from Canadian companies that supply ingredients & materials that do not conduct or commission tests on animals.

We believe in taking time for self-care, leaving the stress of the day behind you, letting your inner child loose, filling your life with magical scents & colours, ultimately making the little things matter.

Rocks & Roots Co. Statement

This Week at Norton’s Cove Café

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Norton’s Cove Café Opens!

Get your tickets in the ONLINE SHOP or at Norton’s Cove Studio in person or by phone 536-2533!


We have new products in our café gift shop, and a new face in our staff too! I’m pleased to welcome Marcus Waterman to Team Norton’s Cove! He’ll be working with Ted (The Kitchen Magician) for supper service Wednesday to Sundays this year.

Stuffed Pork, anyone?

Our new hours at Norton’s Cove Café, starting TOMORROW (16th June) are:

Sunday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

To make a reservation, please call 536-2633.
Our first reservation of the day is at 10am, and our last is at 8pm.
We don’t actually ‘close’ at 8pm- we just stop taking new customers then!

This Weekend at Norton’s Cove

I am STILL printing, signing, packaging, shipping Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks all over the place.

It’s gonna be a busy weekend! I’m in the studio working away today and Saturday, and Sunday is dedicated to training at the Café, meeting up with new employees, and getting the Café back to her sparkling self, ready to reopen on Thursday. I can hardly believe that summer is about to start! And we’re going to start it off with a bang!


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This Week at Norton’s Cove

I’m still packaging up product to send out to shops, and I’ve got a few more prints to pull before my orders are all full. We’ve also been updating our own displays, moved the coffee machine out of the studio, and we’re getting things ready to open up the café on the 16th! Lots to do! I can’t wait to order my first cappuccino and a hand-pie for elevenses two weeks from now! But for now, back to packaging squid!


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