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Go fly a kite! (Photo—Doug Allen)

Sydney Blackmore sales away.

High on kites
Doug Allen and Martin Hanzelek want to get you as high as a kite. Literally. Together they’ve started the Newfoundland Kite School, a venture to get power kiting off the ground on the Avalon.

Whatever you do, don’t get power kiting confused with traditional kite flying. “For power kiting, we use a three meter kite and it works just like a parachute,” explains Allen. The large kite works in conjunction with a board or vehicle to pull its flyer along land, water, snow or ice.

The NF Kite crew are offering three hour power kiting sessions every Saturday on the meadow opposite the Confederation Building for groups of up to 15 people. These classes cost $40 per person and cover the basics: how to break down a kite, a lesson on wind and kiting manoeuvres, and safety measures. Students also get a chance to take to the sky.

“People can take what they’ve learned in the course and apply this to being on a board and getting a kite in the air and travelling over frozen ponds. That’s when it gets really fun.”

Allen has high hopes that the kite school will operate year-round. “In the wintertime, when the ponds are frozen, we can get out on the board,” he says. “And in the summertime we’re on the water.”
To learn how you can sign up for the NL Kite School, check out www.mynewfoundland.ca.

Duck on Water
The Fat Duck on Water Street, owned by John Franklin, has been open for a month and is the newest addition to Franklin’s operation.

“The Franklin Hotel, The Last Drop, and The Fat Duck are now totally integrated and under one banner,” he says. “We’ve been working towards this for five years now.”

The Fat Duck is a casual fine-dining spot that recently moved into the original location of the The Gypsy Tea Room—which is moving into the former Water Street liquor store location in the Murray Premises. The move received lots of local media attention, and painted business relations between the two establishments as less than ducky. But Franklin says, for him, the choice to take over the location was strictly business.

“We used to lose a lot of business by not being able to offer people food in the bar,” he says, “which was one of our issues with The Gypsy Tea Room—they wouldn’t do [that] for me. So when their lease ran out, it was one of the reasons why we had to take it over. We needed it for the hotel. We took a lot of bad press from everybody but we’re doing okay.”

As the restaurant is in its beginning stages, Franklin forecasts changes for the establishment in the near future, including a deck add-on and a fully operational 24-hour restaurant service for hotel patrons. “We’re about 45% along in the process to getting to where we want. We’re moving in the right direction,” he says.

The Fat Duck is opened 11:45am-3pm and 5pm-10pm, seven days a week at 193 Water Street.

Goodbye Sally Ann
The Salvation Army Thrift Store on 11 Waldergrave Street closed Friday, September 25. The contents of the thrift store have been relocated to 49 Kenmount Road. The Salvation Army asks the public to please forward all donations to the Kenmount address.

Colossal
You may have noticed the sign in the window at the old Big Bite pizza location on Water Street: well, Colossal Pizza & Donair is set to open soon. A worker on-site says Colossal will be oven-ready in about a month’s time. Another zaa and g-fingers stop so close to George Street is never a bad thing, right?  

Rigorous
A battalion of jackets has ascended upon Water Street. Rigor, a clothing line created by Newfoundland designer Karen Pottle, incorporates weatherproof oil-waxed cotton into the design. A massive clearance sale of extra inventory on men’s and women’s jackets, coats and hats is set at the Newfoundland Weavery at 168 Water Street running October 14 to October 26.