Brent Smith, co-owner of the Newfoundland Chocolate Company at the Made Right Here fair.
Emilie Bourque gives away all the local business news.
Nothing to truffle with
The Newfoundland Chocolate Company, a new local artisan chocolate company, was launched officially on May 30th at the Manufactured Right Here exhibition by owners Brent Smith and Christina Dove. Smith, a self-proclaimed chocolate fanatic, says there was a need for a fine chocolatier in the province, and after years of importing Belgian chocolate for himself, he decided to take it to a whole new level.
They start with high quality Belgian, Swiss, and French couverture bulk chocolate, then they temper it, create shells, fill some with certain blends like fruit and nuts, close them, and dress them up with chocolate lines and various adornments.
Besides five different boxed assortments, they also carry bars, truffles, chocolate pearls, almond bark, and pure origin chocolates. They will eventually be selling their products though local retailers.
Also launched at the expo was a new type of beer from Quidi Vidi Breweries. It’s like no beer you’ve ever seen before, in fact, it’s more what you’d call a beer-based cooler. It’s called Cranberry Cloud, and it’s a mix of specially brewed—6% alcohol—beer, cranberry juice, and a syrup developed by Purity Factories to add sweetness.
David Rees, owner of Quidi Vidi Breweries, says you can start looking for them at stores by the end of the month. Rees also told me soon they will be releasing pineapple, orange, and blueberry flavours. And because these coolers are beer-based instead of liquor-based, they will be available in corner stores, just like other beers.
If plain-old beer-flavoured beer is more your thing, stay tuned for two new beers from QVB—a new light beer called Iceberg, and a 7% beer called High Torque 7.
Coffee n’ Ships n’ Jazz
Sean Bellew is the owner and manager of a new specialty coffee house opening soon. It will be located at 106 Water Street, corner of Holloway Street, where Stella’s Natural Foods used to be, and more recently, Two Chefs.
“It’s going to be an older-style sort of a jazz coffee house with a nautical theme,” Bellow says. He’s working with a nautical consultant and decorating the place with 150-year-old nautical charts of Newfoundland, real ship wheels, and an anchor from a schooner.
Bellew says he hopes to have live jazz performing occasionally in a spot upstairs as well.
Even more Majestic
Renovations have been underway inside The Majestic since mid-March, and in the next few weeks you’ll likely get to see what’s been changed.
The building, which has been owned by Clayton Hospitality for about a decade, had been rented to Spirit of Newfoundland Productions for much of that time, but when the dinner theatre company moved to the Masonic Temple earlier this year, the building’s owners thought it was time to do something new with the space.
“The renovations really embrace the gorgeous architecture of the building,” says Judy Sparkes, one of the Clayton Hospitality partners. She says the space will be used as a new entertainment venue in the city, available to be rented out for private or public events.
The Athenian, the Greek restaurant which was also a tenant in the building, closed last month. According to Sparkes, her team will be opening a new restaurant on the main floor shortly after the upstairs reopens.
Tammachat Natural Textiles, a Nova Scotia business, is paying a visit to town with a presentation and a sale—all happening at The Anna Templeton Centre. The two owners, Alleson Kase and Ellen Agger, say their business of selling fairly traded and naturally produced silks and cottons began after some travels to Thailand, where they were introduced to women working in rural co-operatives. On June 5 at 7pm, they are hosting a talk about the production of their products, followed by a sale. On June 7, from 12-5pm, there will be a longer sale, featuring fabric, scarves, shawls, bags, hats, and table linens available for purchase.
Sterling Press is closing. They have not announced when exactly, but many employees have already been handed their pink slips. The printing of several local publications is being transferred on to Transcontinental—which will soon be the only crew in town for local high-end printing.