Dana Cooper does the tours of the stores.

Hi friends. There is no longer any question of where the summer went, or when it will come, or what we did to deserve this sort of weather. Sunny day follows humid, sunny day. There are free outdoor concerts (Murray Premises courtyard, every Friday lunch), I’m constantly drunk on sunshine, and every 3am finds Queen’s Road littered with tired revelers sitting on the curb and trying to hail a cab. 

This past Saturday night, the city’s favourite communist power trio, The Kremlin, welcomed back an on-again, off-again player on the George Street Scene—The Rock House. Situated across from Bridie Molloy’s on the east end of the street, this venue was briefly Outlaws Saloon (remember, kiddies?) and now it’s the newest (and at 300 people, second largest) live music venue on George Street. Owned by the same team who run The Duke and The Ship, The Rock House plans to make the most of the rest of the summer. Manager Tony Murray mentioned that, in the weeks leading up to the George Street Festival, they’ll be having a series of no-cover rock shows. Sweet deal!

We all know that downtown is absolutely packed with nice places to grab a coffee and a cookie, but what about the rest of the city? Excellent question. If you’re spending the day in Pippy Park, or even passing by, the Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation has just opened ‘The Deck Cafe’ at the Fluvarium. They’ll be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm and the Café will be serving fresh Jumping Bean Coffee and light lunches. While there’s no need to justify stopping for tea and a sammy, if anyone asks, the proceeds from the Café help to support the environmental initiatives of the Foundation.

Now, I know this is not, strictly speaking, a St. John’s attraction, but it’s the time of year when I imagine a great number of visitors might be picking up this very paper in search of something exciting, delicious and scenic. If you’re auto-mobile, or you know someone who is, then jump aboard and head out to pretty, pastoral Petty Harbour. It’s sort of on the way to Cape Spear. Check the map and you’ll find it. So, the thing is, once you get out there, you’ll notice a wharf on your left. Not only does it have the Scademia tied up alongside, but, far more important to the discerning diner, it’s got A SNACK WAGON! Marie’s Snack Truck serves up delectable wings, rings, poutine and (of course) fresh Petty Harbour three piece Fi-and-Chi. They’ve got a bright yellow canvas gazebo that you can’t miss. Get on it.

Let me explain—no, there is too much. Let me sum up…
There are quite a few point-form bulletins to put out on the wireless, so to speak. Across from The Fairmont, Coffee Matters is up and running. They’ve got an extravagant décor and extravagant-er desserts. It’s where Conrad Black would hang out if, for whatever reason, he was in town and needed free wireless. Café Mocha in the TD building is on my list for Where to Get a Panini in the late evening. They also serve locally-roasted Jumping Bean coffee. The New Shoppers Drug Mart on LeMarchant Road (site of the old Newfoundland Margarine Company) is set to open in September. Likewise for Memorial Stadium Super-Controversy Dominion, and it looks like Sobey’s Howley Estates is doing some major renovations right now, too. Not saying nuthin’, just sayin’.

— Dana Cooper, Girl Friday
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