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 my small rural hometown, 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.
Duke and I had a lovely little getaway night aboard our sailing vessel Virtue which is tied up at Terra Nova National Park’s wharf. Such a beautiful spot! We had a gorgeous moonlit night and spent our morning on a little hike on one of the trails…
While I enjoyed this little excursion very much, there was the stress of wondering what’s going to happen with our business this coming week always hanging a shadow over me. Last week we saw such a significant dip in business at the studio and café that I had to dip into personal debt in order to pay the weekly bills. I can’t afford to do that much more, and we have four weeks left in the season yet. What to do? Do I risk personal debt in order to keep 8 valued staff-members employed for the next four weeks? Do I disappoint the few customers who have made reservations for special occasions? We really do need to be going full tilt to pay the bills. This week I will keep going, run the risk, and reassess on Saturday. Fingers toes and eyes crossed that I can keep going until Thanksgiving as planned!
I haven’t been posting much lately, and I have a pretty good excuse… One of the Café servers left us, leaving me to fill in, and so my workweek was a wee bit longer than is conducive to keeping up with everything on my to-do-list! (14 hour days really make me notice how old I have gotten!)
Thankfully, we’ve hired a new part-time employee and adjusted our schedules and now I am much more ready to take on all the things.
With such a busy summer happening here in Norton’s Cove, my time off has become more important to me than ever before. Being productive really does require a person to be well rested. And I’ve been making good use of my Norton’s Cove Weekends (NCW: Sunday night, Monday, & Tuesday).
Some of you may have noticed that SS Virtue is now back at home port. (And doesn’t the harbour look even better with her in it?) Duke and I motor-sailed her to Terra Nova National Park from the marina in Glovertown, and then back to Norton’s Cove the following week. Two glorious days! And we bought a season pass at the park, so we hope to visit there again soon.