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Sydney Blackmore paints the town black and white and read all over.

All work and no clay…
“I think everybody’s got a little touch of creativity in them,” says Jamie McCabe, owner of Clay Café “So we want to try and bring it out.”

Clay Café at 39 Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Pearl, is the area’s first taste of the paint-your-own pottery franchise. Customers choose an unfinished piece of pottery, paint it, then a clear glaze is applied and the piece is fired in a kiln.

Bowls, cups, plates… The Commonwealth store has a wide variety of ceramic pieces to pick from.
McCabe says the business has been attracting some serious pottery heads since it opened recently.
“We already have a lot of regulars,” he says. “It’s a very addictive thing. You can just sit there and get so wrapped up in painting that two or three hours pass by, just like that.”

He says he plans to add to the business over time.

“We want to get into teaching classes with raw clay, painting techniques, and maybe eventually get a pottery wheel.”

The Clay Café is open until 9pm from Monday to Friday, as well as open on weekends. The Café also offers a party room for various functions, and those interested in learning more can call 745-2345.

Untangling
On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant Tangled Up in Blue will be closing for good—but it’s definitely not the end for the team that put the popular restaurant together.

Tangled started up in the fall of 2007 as a venture shared by Mara Lang, her sister Jessi, their parents, and the restaurant’s chef, Sid Rastogi. That same year, celebrated local food critic Karl Wells listed Tangled as one of his top ten favourite restaurants of the year.

The decision to close came after two of the owners decided that they were leaving the province, explains Lang.

So where does this leave her?

“The ball was in my court to either persevere and try something else, or to go back to Australia,” she says.

“I’ve just recently made the decision to stay and kick on.”

In March 2009, the 5 Bates Hill house will be transformed into Folly, a new late-night restaurant..
“It’ll be a late-night eatery,” she says. “…Gourmet burgers and gourmet pizzas, 6PM to 6AM.”

Mara expects her new business to curb the city’s craving for more late night hangouts.

“The bars all shut at 3 and then there’s either street meat or the Celtic Hearth,” she says. “I’m hoping to raise the bar.”

Mara assures that Tangled’s famous bathroom, winner of The Best Bathroom in St. John’s for 2008, will keep on keepin’ on in the new restaurant.

Until its close on February 14th, Tangled Up in Blue will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 9:30pm. To learn more about Tangled’s Valentine’s Day Blowout, call 738-0008.

Go with the flow
Does your yoga mat get more use as a decoration than an actual yoga mat? Melanie Caines is here to the rescue, as a yogini (female yogi) who specializes in Vinyasa, or “Flow” yoga.

“In Vinyasa yoga, the postures are linked together in a fluid movement with the breath, so the poses flow,” explains Melanie. “It goes beyond just stretching; there is a lot of movement in the practice, and that movement can be fast or slow.”

Melanie has received her 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Certification following studies at the prestigious Sonic Yoga Centre for Yoga Studies in New York City—just around the corner from Dave Letterman’s turf at the Ed Sullivan Theater theatre.

What was it like to learn about meditation and yoga in the busiest city in North America?

“It was certainly a challenge to practice in the city amidst the noise of jackhammers and car horns and voices, but I think I gained a lot of focus and concentration because of it,” says Melanie. “Now I feel like I can do yoga anywhere!”

Starting January 27, Melanie will be offering a series of Flow yoga classes on Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm and 7-8pm, Wednesdays 10:15-11:15am and Sundays, 2-3pm at the Lantern at 35 Barnes Road. Classes are open to men and women of all ages, and no previous experience is required. It’s $65 for 6 classes, or a $12 drop-in fee. You can find more information at her website: www.novayogaonline.com.

Flew the coop
Some bad news for finger lickers in the downtown area: The KFC on Duckworth Street appears to have gone bucket-up in late December. That leaves just two fast-food locations to populating the downtown area, Tims on Duckworth and Subway on George Street.

The KFC venue had a gorgeous view of the St. John’s harbour, so surely this spot will be gobbled up soon by another business waiting in the wings.

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