Tea and Coleslaw

Diana Daly whistles for local business news.

Kelly Jones, God love ‘er, former manager of the local bookstore Bennington Gate, is flying out on her own and opening St. John’s first international tea Shop!

Opening this May, Britannia Teas and Gifts is located in a prime location on Water Street where Contemporary Florists used to be. Kelly will be carrying a large selection of high quality loose teas from around the world ranging from Oolong, Darjeeling, Gunpowder, Rooibos, Green teas, various herbal, flavoured black teas and others. She says if there’s is a specific kind that you just can’t find anywhere, the staff will find it and order it in for you.

Kelly is no stranger to tea. She started drinking 7 cups a day with her Nan in Britannia—where she got the name—on Random Island as a child, and has since visited tea rooms in Singapore, England, Scotland and Vancouver.

Britannia Teas and gifts will carry all sorts of tea paraphernalia too like pots, infusers, brewers, cups, towels and cookies.

Best of luck to her!

There’s a new Jewelry store in town and it opens this week. Right next door to where Britannia will be, Jardon Jewellry has taken over Trapnell’s space on 197 Water Street.

Not only will they carry high end items, the folks there tell me that Jardon has commissioned the “best jewelers on the island” to custom-design and assemble original pieces.

They will repair damaged jewelry and even turn an old piece into something completely new and different.

Spanky, what!

A new second hand store is in development on 84 Gower Street, where the St. Vincent de Paul store used to be and they have put out a call for help. The Compassion Hope Centre is looking for donations of materials like nails and screws, paint and brushes, trucks and drivers, ladders and other building materials. They also need volunteers to help them get set up, and are already accepting donations of furniture, household items, clothing and accessories to sell in their store.

If you want to contribute time or materials, call 754-7109 or e-mail CompassionHopeCentre@hotmail.com.

Lawson’s Fine Foods store recently closed its doors, and a new convenience store dubbed On the Go has sprung up in its place.

New owner Kelly Loveless says there’s a new sign, as well as some new faces behind the till.

The hot prepared foods—lasagna, mac & cheese, chili and soup—have been discontinued for now, but might reappear if enough people come in asking for them.

…But fear not! To satisfy the lunchy part of your stomach look for subs, cold plates and coleslaw.

Loveless says she chose the name because she and her husband are very busy, always on the go…

Good luck folks!

Well, that’s it for me! See you soon!

Diana Daly, girl reporter

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