Lovely business

Dana Cooper on business matters of the heart.


Hello, fellow love-struck citizens! Let bells peal, doves fly, and huzzahs ring out from the rooftops. From here on in, it should be a little easier to go a-strollin’ with your honey.

Just two weeks ago, the City of St. John’s approved a new pilot sidewalk-clearing project. Tom Mackey of the city’s Public Works Department said they will be buying two new sidewalk snowblowers and hiring new staff.

“Now we will be clearing the sidewalks at the same time as the roads,” he says. “Not after.”

They should have the new machines in 3 to 4 weeks. The pilot areas are the major streets and approaches to schools. Any questions? Call the city at 3-1-1.

Most of the sidewalks downtown are covered by a separate sidewalk-clearing program, administered by the Downtown Development Commission and cost-shared with the City of St. John’s. Concerns? Call the DDC at 722-3222.

It was just recently that Empire Theatres asked radio listeners, “is your newborn looking for a way to meet other newborns?” Now, that’s just silly. We all know that in this day and age, it’s far easier to meet people at the gym! The Little Gym has just opened the fifth Canadian franchise of their children’s gyms in Coaker’s Meadow Plaza on Torbay Road. It’s open to children aged 4 months to 12 years, and every kid gets a free trial session.

If you’re stuck for something to do with your sweetie-darling this St. Valentine’s Day, no worries, I’ve got your back. Here are a few fun things to do in town with the one you ♥.

This year the Craft Council Clay Studio is hosting Valentine’s Clay Dates. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before. When I went, all I made was wet clay but I still had a great time. On either Saturday, February 10, 7-10pm or Wednesday, February 14, 7-10pm, you can go down to the Clay Studio and “get dirty with your special someone.” The cost for one couple is $70+HST, which includes materials.

Is there anything more romantic than taking a spin around the rink with the object of your affection? Ok, probably, but it’s good fun and you can bring a crowd of friends to distract from the fact that you haven’t been skating since primary school. Mile One has public skating every day but Friday. There are sessions for children, young people, adults, families and seniors, and no one will laugh if you wear a helmet – even a bike helmet. Promise.

Picture it – a moonlit evening, the gentle snowfall makes the woods quieter than ought to be possible within city limits, and you and a friend ski swift and silent through the trails. I’m talking about the Pippy Park Trailer Park. The Nordic Ski Club grooms the trails, and there are lights throughout, so it’s perfect for evening dates. There’s no charge to use the park, but if you want to rent gear or get a lesson, head to the North Bank Lodge on Fridays from 6-10pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.

— Dana Cooper

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