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Husband and Wife Norm Caruana and Brenda Caruana seen above.
Norm’s Delicatessen started out in 1984.
Some interesting facts about 1984:
Average Cost of a new house$86,730 Brian Mulroney served as the 18th Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993. Movie Tickets cost$2.50 1 gallon of gas$1.10
Norm’s Delicatessen is that laid back place that kept things simple and the patrons who visits everyday love things just the way they are. Norm’s started out with humble beginnings with roots going as far back as when his mother Ann opened her first Deli and sold it in 1984. The very same year Norm’s Delicatessen was opened on June 7, 1984.
Since then Brenda and Norm’s have become parents to their wonderful daughter Amy who works at the Deli at least twice per week while working in another capacity as a Dental Hygienist.
The walls at Norm’s Deli is full of surprises! lined with autographs from Hockey Players to Musicians, friends and family.
THE WALL OF FAME
So, what have been their key to longevity and success since 1984 while many other businesses haven’t been able to stay open over the past 32 years?
Customer Service, Quality of products that are simple, fresh and tasty, friendly, warm and hospitable service goes a long way. They don’t do it for the show, they love what they do and want’s everyone to feel at home when at Norm’s Deli.
Norm’s lovely wife Brendawants her customers to feel appreciated everyday when they walk into the shop and it shows.
Brenda was born in Bowmanville but grew up not too far from here in Hampton, Ontario. Norm who I like to describe as very stern, frank and to the point kind of guy who is very strict with a deep voice, especially when it comes to his time. Yes, he gave me fifteen minutes to take the shots because when he gets busy, he gets busy. Norm’s was born in Etobicoke and grew up in Oshawa and Bowmanville. He may be stern but he’s also a very kind man and kindness can go a long way. This is what I believe have serve both Norm and Brenda well. They do not treat their customers in a condescending manner. Their customers know that they mean well and that I believe have translated into a business that have stood the test of time.
“Not many people today can say that they have been in business for 32 years and that I believe commands respect.”
Don’t be fooled by their simple appearance. These little bite size morsels are absolutely tasty and are pack full of so much flavour! The Star of the Show at Norm’s is of course the Famous Perogies.
Talk about simplicity!
You can have these yummy perogies however you want or you can have them with your favourite glass of wine. Usually I don’t get fancy either when eating these perogies. Just my favourite glass of drink will do with just a dash of hot sauce.
On the Menu at Norm’s Deli:
Hot Roast Beef Sandwich
Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Schnitzel on a bun
Sausage on a bun
During the busy Christmas Season if you plan on getting any of these famous perogies order early or you will be disappointed. Perogies are an hot item during theChristmas Holiday.
Norm’s Delicatessen 29 King Street East, Bowmanville, ON L1C 1N1
Music Look book for This Week Featuring the Local and Talented:
Okay. I am a country music lover. Yes! I fell in love with country music in 2008 and have never looked back since. I just recently posted some country music on the blog a month or two ago—Please see my blog posts. I love Meghan Patrick’s new song because it’s so upbeat and fun even if you are not a country music fan you will still want to dance to it and sing along.
I love the likes of Brantley Gilbert-Bottoms up, Justin Moore-Lettin’ the Night Roll, Luke Bryan-Play it Again, Florida Georgia Line-This is how we roll, Jason Aldean-Night Train, Lady Antebellum-Bartender & Our kind of Love, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood-Remind Me and many more…..
Meghan Patrick – Bow Chicka Wow Wow – Behind the Scenes
OWNERS: LAVERNE LUNNY URBAN LOFT & REBECCA BAPTISTA IMPRESARIO
Upon arriving at Urban Loft and Impresario Artisan Market in Port Hope I felt like I had just arrive in New York City Soho District in Lower Manhattan. Soho District in New York City is a location known for many artists lofts, and Art galleries, and for it’s wide variety of shops ranging from trendy upscale boutiques to National and International Chain store outlets.
Urban Loft and Impresario Artisan Market is Soho Chic meets Etsy Craftersall rolled into one
This hip, trendy and cool shop sells a wide and eclectic mix of products. Starting with a extensive line of Home Goods Collection. The store is filled with “Mini Rooms” featuring Canadian Handmade products from a wide array of Local Artisans. Products range from the likes of Furniture, Pillows, Bedding, Dining Furniture and Accessories, Kitchenware, Stationary, Unique one-of-kind gifts, Decorative accents, and Fashionable Clothing, Jewellery, Books, Lighting Fixtures.
“Essentially, all the inspiration and creativity for what you desire for your apartment or your very upscale home or Cottage.”
The owners of this Enchanting Artisan Market is like a breath of fresh air for those people seeking something unique, hard-to-find and off the beaten path for themselves or as a gift for some deserving recipient. Urban Loft and Impresario is blazing a trail for those people who are unable to travel to say even Downtown Toronto to find that special item for their homes or that unique Handmade Clothing and Jewellery that no one else would have.
An Array of Handmade Jewellery all displayed throughout the Shop.
Canadian Handmade Clothing
URBAN LOFT & IMPRESARIO’S
Decorative rugs and throws
Decorative one-of-a kind Cushion & Pillows
GREAT SHOP FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS WHO DO HOME STAGINGOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE PIECE TO SELL THAT HOME.
Stop in and check out this wonderful Soho Chic and very Trendy and Hip
in your own backyard. Filled with many surprises you won’t be disappointed.
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Front of Store
JOIE DE VIVRE
The Joy of Living
An extensive line of 100+ essential oils and Oil blends.
If finding something special and unique is what you have been searching for then please let me introduce you to Joie De Vivre (pronounced Joe de vive) Diane Docherty-Roy is the proud owner and Aromatherapist of this Unique Shop In Historic Downtown Port Hope. Situated at 45 Walton Street, this French-Style and very trendy Shop boasts an array of Handmade Products many of which are made by the owner. Originally from the City of Montreal Diane started on her journey as a trained Aromatherapist some thirty years ago (30 years). Having become a Licensed Aromatherapist she opened her first shop in Montreal. After several years, life happened and her children came along. Including a son who just recently graduated from University.
Life eventually lead Diane to the town of Port Hope and after raising her young children who are all grown adults now. She decided to enter the Retail Market again by opening up Joie De Vivre just short of five years ago. It is obvious that Diane is not only an expert at what she does but she is also very passionate about her business.
“This trendy, hip and very sophisticated French-Style Aromatherapy, Bath and Body shop harmoniously blends color, quality, and one of a kind products with a touch of elegance and panache to it’s line of Bath and Body products.”
There is a vast array of products to find here including Lavender that is custom packed by the Owner seen below.
Joie De Vivre is 100% Canadian
Lavender Products Packaged by Diane comes at an affordable price.Modern, Sophisticated and with a high degree of style the Joie De Vivre shop is Charming, and a delight to explore especially when looking for something unique. ************************************************
Reminiscence of Paris France
Joie de Vivre allows you a Parisian lifestyle right in your own neighbourhood.
“At Joie De Vivre, presentation remains of utmost importance. As well as, the quality and the wide array of products prominently displayed on the shelves.” Lovingly packaged by Diane.
This attention with an eye for detail even in the simplest and most straight-forward products. Shows a respect for the many unique products and for the patrons who graces her shop daily. I believe this is in part due to her highly developed sense of artistic expression. Dianeknows her industry and the knowledge of the best products for today’s consumers is what makes her shop exciting to visit time and time again.
Here are some of the products you can find on a regular basis at her very trendy shop:
Goat Milk & Olive Oil Soap
Bath Bombs $4.50-18.95 Bath Salts
Over 100+ Essential Oils in stock and Diane will be happy to customize an Essential Oil for you based on your preferences.
Handmade Soaps in many Flavours
Diane also offers a line of Products called Veeva Products
“These products are meant to help relieve anxiety and stress.”
The product line also includes a line of roll on oils for both men and women to reduce stress and relieve your anxiety.
Joie de Vivre also carries an extensive line of Jewellery
Joie de Vivre Facebook page can be seen here:
Diane can be reached at her Shop by calling: 905-800-0998
Joie De Vivre invites you to the Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale
Summer Sidewalk Sale!!!
Friday, 15 July 2016 | 10:00 am – Saturday, 16 July 2016
Summer Sidewalk Sale, merchants display their goods in downtown Port Hope, great bargains, family activities, entertainment for all——-