Herbie’s Olde Shoppe opened in Weir's General Store in June 2001.
The old General Store ambience remains, only the merchandise has changed. Today the shelves are filled with quality crafts, traditional music, books, photographs, and prints depicting the rugged coastal scenery of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove. Our crafts of distinction, including quilts, woollens, woodwork, pottery, jewellery, and slate are made in Newfoundland and Labrador. Many of our artisans are members of the Craft Council of NL.
Gone are the beans, sugar, flour and fishing lines which once filled the shelves and the storage bins of the grocery store. Our effort to maintain authenticity has been rewarded by the favourable comments of the many visitors to Herbie's Olde Shoppe since June 2001. You enter by pressing firmly down on the latch and pushing open the original door. A bell rings to announce your arrival. The door, its latch and the bell are all original to1933. Residents of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove enjoy visiting to reminisce about days gone by. Comments such as "the counter seemed so much higher when I was a child" and "it is good to see the lights back on at Herbie's" are indicative of the memories brought back by a visit. The lights have a chain and string attached just as they did many years ago.
Visitors to our town delight in sharing their memories of the general store they frequented in days long past. Everyone enjoys viewing and chatting about the period items on display, including a child's tea set, a brownie camera, a hand-cranked Singer sewing machine, and a top-hat given to Herbie Weir's mother (Jessie Weir, nee Westcott) in 1910 by Mr. Bishop, a former Petty Harbour grocer. Parents take great joy in showing their children the treasures that were common to all general stores. The cash drawer, the cash register, the paper holder, the scales, the twine ball (string for tying parcels wrapped in brown paper), authentic to Weir's General Store, are still used in Herbie's Olde Shoppe. Lift the cover of the storage bins and you'll see the old pencil scratches where Herbie marked the prices of onions, potatoes and nails. It's another little piece of history that adds to the ambiance. The display case, once filled with candy, holds a collection of memorabilia from Weir's General Store. Visitors delight in Our Wall of Memories including photographs and a 1959 Weir's General Store calendar.
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Seasons Open: May to December