Sweet Relic to change to The Bookery on Signal Hill

Mom’s the word
Nancy Day-Howard and Janet Murphy were fated to be best friends.

“We kept crossing paths in different children’s stores, once in New York, once in Montreal and once in Toronto,” explains Murphy. “I’d never met Nancy before but I knew her husband, and Nancy and I would just lock on and talk and talk.”

“We both have ginger-haired children, curly red-haired,” says Murphy.

Day-Howard continues: “Bella and Levi are only six days apart, and they look like brother and sister. People don’t believe that they’re not related whatsoever.”

Then the women discovered a similar unfulfilled dream.

“We got together for our first playdate and Nancy sort of let her secret out that she was really wanting to open a children’s store. I was crushed for a moment because I was like, ‘but I wanted to open a children’s store!’ but then we thought ‘Why don’t we open one together?’”

The besties-turned-business partners have taken over the storefront at 202 Water Street, the location once home to Sugar Cane Lane and Lululemon Athletica pop-up store. Gingersnap will be a place for children and their families, explains Day-Howard.

Furniture, maternity wear, infant and children’s clothing, toys, eco-friendly children products and gender-neutral baby accessories are just some of the products to be featured in-store. The store’s price point ranges from $10 to $1,200.

“We don’t want it to be just a Mother and baby store, we want it to be about children and the people who love them.”

The pair are very passionate about the products used in their homes, so they’ve sourced out products they feel are the best.

“We have things that are prenatal, so for the expecting Mom and when they’re nursing, and products for children up to 8 years,” says Murphy. “As we find interesting things for dads we want to expand into that as well.”

“We want to have everything, like a little mini shopping centre,” says Nancy. “We’re going to have a baby registry and a birthday party registry, so kids can register there for their parties.” Other in-store features include a public bathroom, a breast-feeding area and a play centre where kids can get creative.

Nancy and Janet are aiming to open Gingersnap in early April.

For more information on GingerSnap, stay tuned to the store’s website,

End of a beer-a
A few weeks ago my friend Lindsay wrote to us wondering why Storm Brewing’s bottles seemed to go from stubby to extra-tall overnight.

“I mean, it’s one thing to go from ultra stubby to regular Newfoundland stubby, but to go straight to mainland size? Is there legislation? REVOLT!” she says.

According to the micro brewery’s owner, Michael McBride, the bottle changeover was inevitable.
“Unfortunately, the stubby is no longer available,” he says. “All of the larger brewers that produced them have stopped using them [and] any remaining inventories are now gone.” Since 2001, Storm had been using its own supply of stubbies and by fall 2008, they had run out. Storm has since made the switch to the long-neck bottle.

“The long-neck was an obvious choice for a small, independent brewery like ourselves because it’s widely used, plentiful and relatively inexpensive,” explains Mike.

“As the brewer who resurrected the stubby beer bottle in Newfoundland and Labrador, we too are saddened by its disappearance. We must, however, whether we like it or not, move on without the stubby, and we hope our customers understand.”

Still just as sweet
That sweet little bake shop on the hill is changing its staple—from breads to books.

Sweet Relic’s co-owner Patricia Pin—who was in charge of their small bakery—will be moving back to Ontario soon, but the bookshop has gradually become the focus over time. Co-owner Russell Floren has decided to take that part of the business up a notch.

“We have about 5,000 to 6,000 titles and we’re going up to 15,000 to 20,000, so it’s really changing,” explains Russell. “We’re expanding our book collection and bringing in a lot of alternative books that you can’t get elsewhere… and of course lots of Newfoundland and Labrador stuff.”

The store will change its name to The Bookery on Signal Hill with Sweet Relic as a sub-heading, since the coffee bar will remain intact. “We’re still going to have our drinking chocolate, which seems to be everyone’s favourite, and coffee and tea, but we won’t be doing breads anymore. We still will be doing pastries and muffins and scones, it’ll be like a chocolate-coffee-sweets bar.”
The Bookery will also be removing its inside chairs to make way for an outdoor patio tent.

“There’ll be seating outside in the garden with a tent over it, like an outside cafe. We’ll probably have that up in May”

You can check out The Bookery at 42 Power’s Court in the Anderson House Heritage site, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays ,10AM-6PM. In April, the store will take on its regular hours, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

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