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Friday Retailer: Dorothy’s Crafts and Sewing

 

Hello, dear readers! I hope your Friday is going along nicely and that you are all geared up for an exciting weekend. Today we’ll take a look at another retailer where Them Days is available.
Dorothy’s Crafts and Sewing  is owned and operated by Dorothy Clark. While Dorothy is originally from Glewnood, Newfoundland, she has lived in Goose Bay for many years and purchased the craft shop seven years ago. The previous owner, a woman named Phyllis, taught Dorothy how to make jackets and boots, along with many other crafts. While it’s not as busy as it was in years gone by with a smaller town population, many people still frequent Dorothy’s for their craft needs. If you’re looking for sewing to be done, that can be handled as well, whether it’s a small job or a custom made parka that you’re looking for. Many members of parliament have stopped in over the years to buy crafts from this central location.dorothy sign.JPG

Dulcy McNeill has worked alongside Dorothy for many years, and has run the shop for months at a time. A former Hudson’s bay employee whose family originally comes from the north coast of Labrador, Dulcy started off working at a craft shop in North West River over fifteen years ago. Dulcy initially wondered how she’d gotten on selected to come on board, as she wasn’t a trained craftsperson. However, over the years, she has learned to make mitts, slippers and dream catchers to name a few of her crafts. Much of her work has been self taught.

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Some of the mitts available at Dorothy’s Crafts and Sewing

Of course, you can find Them Days at Dorothy’s, but there are also many books available about Labrador at Dorothy’s. You can also find carvings, jewelry, sweaters, small statues of huskies, albums of local musical artists, as well as beautiful coasters, all with the theme of Labrador.

So, while you’re out doing your Saturday shopping at the dollar store in the TNR building or getting your hair done at the Hair Studio, pop into Dorothy’s to get a nice gift for someone. “I’ve never thought of moving” says Dorothy, on account of how close she is to local hotels which house visitors to Goose Bay. Valentine’s Day isn’t far away, so it’s not too early to start shopping! Dorothy’s is located at 367 Hamilton River Road in Goose Bay and is open 10am-9pm daily.

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A sweater with the theme of the Labrador flag

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Just some of the carvings available at Dorothy’s

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Meeting Our Retailers: Slippers n Things

Hi readers! We’re wrapping up after a busy week at Them Days. We’ve got a great new plan for 2018. Every second Friday, we will post a profile of a retailer where you can purchase copies of Them Days. The first retailer we will look at is right here in Goose Bay, about a five minute walk from our office, Slippers n Things.

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This is the store entrance located on 55 Grenfell.

Slippers n Things is a craft shop owned and operated by members of the Voisey family in Goose Bay. Since they opened their doors in 2006, they’ve had people from all over the world come through their doors to purchase their excellent products. You don’t just have to shop; many people enjoy having a cup of tea and a “touton” while browsing. A touton is a popular snack in Newfoundland and Labrador, also known as a stove cake. They’re fried dough and taste best with butter or red berry jam.

There’s lots of different things you can get at Slippers n Things, such as slippers(as the title might suggest), sealskin boots and bags, Labradorite jewellery, pottery, books about Labrador, ornaments…the list goes on and on. Of course, they carry issues of Them Days there and we are grateful to be included along so many other fine things from Labrador.

Tash Voisey-Canning has worked at the shop since its inception, and has had many fond memories of seeing people come through their doors. Many musical artists who performed in Goose Bay have stopped into the shop to browse and shop; this includes Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, and Jann Arden! Jann Arden might be a great fit for the shop; not only is she a true Canadian star but she is also a  great supporter of the northern seal hunt.

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Some of the fur hats available.

However, according to Tash, the biggest star in her opinion to cross through the doors of Slippers n Things was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau came to Goose Bay in 2013 before he was elected to lead the nation.

It’s not just famous Canadians who are welcome at Slippers n Things, though: Anyone can pop into the shop from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. Their address is 55 Grenfell Street. Thank you, Slippers n Things, for preserving Labrador heritage and showing the world all the excellent crafts we can make right here in Labrador! Be sure to pop by for a touton and to get a copy of Them Days, or visit their website.

 

 

Sealskin boots on a shelf.

These are just some of the sealskin footwear available.

Colourful hats with the Labrador flag

Just one example of the Labrador themed products.

 

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Tom Takes Off…Sort of

Hello, readers!

My temporary stint of working at Them Days has come to an end. I’ve been home in Goose Bay for almost a month; which is the longest time I’ve been home in about six years!!! It’s been a fun jaunt and while I wish I could stay longer and keep writing, it’s time for me to go back to the ocean.

While I’ve been here, I’ve conducted interviews with many notable Labradorians as well as transcribing and arranging interviews for other people around town. It’s been a blast, so look to the next issues of Them Days to see my writing pop up! I’ve also left the legacy of using lots and lots of tiger balm and drinking lots of tea.

I’ve also had a great time interviewing some of the different retailers that carry Them Days, so be sure to keep checking the blog in the coming weeks as I profile different places around town where you can purchase Them Days! Hopefully it’ll give you a better idea of the different places around Goose Bay where you can purchase our magazine, and give you ideas of places to send your friends shopping!

Yesterday a meeting was planned to take place over the lunch hour, when we are not open to the public. As the people required for this meeting filed in, we realized a terrible truth: the door to the reading room had run off! It became apparent we’d need to track it down so we could give people a chance to get some peace and quiet while reading some of our material, and so that we have a room where people can have privacy while having a meeting.

After a quick investigation, it turned out that the room was in the shed in the back of the building. So today, myself, Aimee and Tabea put on our winter boots, grabbed shovels and set out to the back yard to get the door from the shed. What a journey it was! Although it only took about ten-fifteen steps each way, the snow kept sinking beneath us as we made our way to the shed. We’d take a few steps on top of the show, and feel as though maybe we’d learned the art of walking on the snow drift without it sinking beneath us–and just like clockwork, we would sink back down again. It’s possible that I compared us to the ladies famous from the midwifery Canadian heritage moment.

However, thanks to our team work, the reading room now has a door again! It’s currently defrosting in the lobby.

Our December issue is at the printers, and should be out soon! We’re sorry about the delay but it is a fantastic issue and we’re sure you will enjoy the stories that we love to bring to you.

I must depart for the ocean now-it’s been a slice, Labrador as per usual, and I can’t wait to come back again soon!

Until next time,

Tom.

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Tom Takes On!

Hello Readers! My name is Tom and I am the new editorial assistant at Them Days!

Who am I, might you ask? I’ll give you some background information! I come from Goose Bay, Labrador, like lots of people who’ve worked at Them Days in recent years. Growing up, there were lots of copies of Them Days in my house and I even wrote a short contribution for a 2009 issue as a teenager.

Since leaving home in 2010, I have been fortunate enough to travel the world. I’ve lived in West Africa and in England. I completed a Bachelor’s degree in 2015, studying Drama and Indigenous Studies. When the opportunity arose to write for Them Days and help Aimee get back into full on editor mode, how could I say no?

We’ve been working very hard here at Them Days to take on 2018 as best as we can. This means everything from editing the upcoming issue to preparing interviews for the next issue after that, to shoveling out the fire escape!

The weather is always something we have to work around as residents of Northern Canada. On Thursday night, a “snowbomb” descended on Atlantic Canada and while we were spared most of the damage that affected other parts of Atlantic Canada, we did have to close the office for Friday.

We’re gearing up for our next interview, and if you are a person over the age of 60 who would be interested in speaking with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Don’t forget, you can also catch us all over social media. We have a twitter account, an Instagram account and a facebook page! Stay tuned for more blog posts this week!

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Tom, the editorial assistant.

 

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Bradley, The Summer Student with a lot to say- signing off

Time is getting short for my time here at Them Days once again. I have no regrets in coming home this summer and joining Them Days’ little team for the second summer in a row. This will probably be my last summer with Them Days but I will definitely be back- even just to visit from time to time.

I was expecting this summer to be similar to last- archival work, walking tours and research requests. Which, don’t get me wrong, was a great thing to do and came with its benefits. However, I feel that this summer I was able to fully immerse myself into the magazine and dive deeper into Labrador Culture. This summer I conducted a little bit of my own research, made and designed my own Snapchat GeoFilter in Photoshop for Aboriginal Day, attended a Healthy Waters Labrador event where I got to talk to, interact and interview some elders and people who previously resided on Birch Island, and my biggest and definitely most tedious task was creating the 2018 Calendar from the bare foundation. Making the calendar was very fun but also very stressful at some points. I firmly believe that I can now put “Proficient in Adobe InDesign” on my resume. With the creation of the calendar, I was able to look at a lot of different photos of Labrador life and learn a lot of its history through choosing special dates and/or holidays to go in the calendar. I’m beyond excited to see the finished product and to have it in your home just as much as mine!

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I became an avid coffee drinker this summer. (Thanks Janice)

As most things I do with Them Days are an incredible experience- I think my favourite one to date is spending hours in the depths of the Them Days Tape Collection. For a reason that I’m not allowed to share with our audience yet, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to countless amounts of interviews. My fondest memories are going to be spending rainy days in our cozy office listening to the relaxing sound of Doris Saunders and Aimee talk to different people from all over Labrador and throughout Canada. All the way from British Columbia to Labrador. I also managed to go and find a few of my own interviews and take a quick listen and do a bit of reminiscing. The sound of “This is Bradley Baker and I’m here with…” just has prideful ring to it in my brain. I don’t know if it’s because of my actual voice or if I’m just very proud of being a part of such an important attribute to Labrador’s history…probably both.

I’ve very much enjoyed my time in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this summer. I’ve made some new friends and reconnected with old ones and have had an exciting time creating some new memories. But, sadly, all good things must come to an end. At the end of next week I’m flying back to St. John’s to continue my studies. Saying hello again to the city life is always exciting but I know I’ll be counting down the days until I can get back to my little town come Christmas time.

If you’re a St. John’s (and vicinity) reader and would like to contribute to Them Days, despite having an extremely busy semester coming up, I’m planning on checking my Them Days email weekly. If you have a story to tell or are wondering where to donate to the archive, just shoot me an email at Bradleybaker@themdays.com. So, thank you to the readers of this blog who enjoyed my content over the last two summers! It’s been fun interacting with everyone.

PS: Aimee, if you’re reading this, I stole your desk for the summer- love the comfy set up.

-Bradley Baker

 

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Meet Megan!

Hi everyone! Megan Harrington here and ready for a fun summer at Them Days Magazine! I just finished my 5th year at Memorial University as a Music Education student and I am looking forward to my final year in September. I am also doing a minor in Folklore, so when I found out I was going to be able to work at Them Days for the summer, I was beyond excited! My mom and I packed up the car and drove to Goose Bay all the way from Carbonear, Newfoundland so I can spend the summer with you guys!

I am a little late getting into this blog as I have already punched a great first week at the office! So far, I have been on a road trip to North West River with Janice and Bradley, participated in the Aboriginal Day Celebrations at the College of the North Atlantic on June 21, and enjoyed a weekend in my hometown of Labrador West for the Spirit of Labrador Celebrations!

On Friday, June 23 in Labrador West, I had the opportunity to join Janice in four very interesting interviews at the Gateway with Joan Stamp, Thomas Riggs, and Caroline Dobbin, as well as Gordon Parsons in his own home! We gathered information about both Labrador City and Wabush from a woman and a man’s perspective, what it was like being a female teacher in Labrador West, and insight on owning and working for a local newspaper! The following day, Saturday, June 24 was the Spirit of Labrador Celebrations at the Wabush Arena! Janice and I got up early and started setting up our booth at 9:00am as the event ran from 10:00-4:00. Our booth was very similar to our booth at the Aboriginal Day Celebrations, with clothes from earlier times and our snapchat filter that puts you on the cover of Them Days Magazine! I took lots of awesome pictures throughout the day and they are now posted on our Facebook page, so don’t forget to check it out!! We also had some Them Days books and post cards for sale and held a prize draw for a gift bag of Them Days Magazines (Congrats to our winner)!

It has been a busy, yet great first week, and I look forward to more exciting adventures with you guys this summer! 7 more weeks to go!!

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North West River and Snapchat GeoFilters- These are a few of my favourite things!

Yesterday was a dreary day…so we made a trip to North West River! We spent all morning in the office, Janice grabbed her keys, we piled in the vehicle and hit the road.

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Megan watching a Labrador Camp Fire Scene!

Upon arriving in North West River, we were greeted by Ernie Mclean at the Hudsons Bay Museum. This was Megan’s second time (ever) in North West River and was pretty excited to be returning. We spent a lot of time pressing the buttons of the interactive section of the museum. Ernie gave us a mini tour, told us stories about Myna Hubbard and the early days of North West River. The purpose of our trip was to grab a few (a lot of) costumes for Aboriginal Day and for the ladies’ trip to Labrador west this coming weekend!

For the 20th Aboriginal Day, we did something special- we made a Snapchat filter! For those of you who don’t know what Snapchat is: it’s a photo sharing app available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry. The app distributes photos to your other snapping friends in the form of 10 second long snaps or 24 hour long “Stories”. Within these snaps you are able to apply something called a “Filter” which, in our case, is the outline of our magazine cover. So when someone takes a photo of them

and their friends in our costumes or with their Innu Donuts, they temporarily become the next cover of Them Days Aboriginal Day 2017 Issue! All photos are able to be saved to your camera roll by pressing the “Download” button in the bottom left corner on your snap- and we want to see them! Send them to us on twitter, facebook and instagram by using the hashtag #ThemDays2017. The filter goes live at The College of the North Atlantic (and surrounding areas) at 4:00PM on June 21st 2017.  We’re excited to see your snaps!

Well folks, that’s another entry from me. If you see us at Aboriginal Day here in Happy Valley or over in Labrador City for Spirit of Labrador- come say hello! We’d be happy to assist you with your snapping, show you some photos and get yous dressed up ri’ cute.

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