King’s Point Pottery named Atlantic craft retailer of the year

Daniel MacEachern
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A small-town pottery studio has been named the top craft retailer in Atlantic Canada.

King’s Point Pottery — owned by husband-and-wife team David Hayashida and Linda Yates in King’s Point, near Green Bay along the north coast of Newfoundland  — was given the Outstanding Retailer Award at a gala in Halifax, N.S. on Saturday night, as part of the annual Atlantic Craft Trade Show.

“We were really excited,” Hayashida said Monday afternoon. “The people that have won in the past certainly have all been incredible places to go shopping for crafts, so just to be nominated for that was certainly fantastic, but now to join the club is a huge win for us. We’re really thrilled about that.”

Hayashida said the award will expose them to a much broader customer base.

“We’ve been in business now for over 20 years. Our customers have been making us a great Newfoundland destination. But winning this award, it certainly makes us an Atlantic Canada destination, so it really raises the profile,” he said.

King’s Point — population about 650 — is the smallest town to host the Outstanding Retailer, said Hayashida.

He noted that last year’s winner — Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia — is from a city of more than 400,000 people.

“That’s a huge difference in size,” he said. “The last time Newfoundland won this particular award, it’s been 10 years, so we really feel this is a Newfoundland win.”

The Atlantic Craft Trade Show attracts about 1,200 buyers from across Canada and the northeastern United States every year.

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  • Robin Bartlett
    February 08, 2013 - 18:11

    Congratulations Linda and David! Another well-deserved accolade! Our whole family is proud of you! You've worked so hard, do beautiful work and did an absolutely beautiful job renovating on your studio and shop to display your beautifully crafted wares. It just goes to show what having, initiative, passion, a vision and working hard can do.

  • Aunt Jean & Uncle Dave
    February 06, 2013 - 13:25

    What great news!! We always knew you would accomplish big things. All the best and we hope to see you later this year.

  • Harold Burt
    February 05, 2013 - 23:14

    Congratulations on your great achievement .Harold Burt formally from King's Point now residing in Florida for the winter.

  • Stained Glass de-Lights- St. John's
    February 05, 2013 - 15:58

    Fantastic achievement.... Congratulations

  • Pauline & Norm
    February 05, 2013 - 15:02

    Wow! CONGRATULATIONS Linda and David. We certainly love your pottery that we have in our home here in Smithers, BC. You both have worked hard!

  • Dudley & Phyllis
    February 05, 2013 - 14:00

    We're Proud of you Linda & David, We say so mant times, you guys have put King's Point on the map. Keep up the good work and see you soon.

    • Fred and Ruth
      February 06, 2013 - 13:44

      Way to go little sister. Congratulations to you and David on winning the Outstanding Retailer Award. Your vision and hard work is being recognized and this will only increase your visibility so that other people can visit your delightful shop and see the incredible variety of products on display.