This charming two and one half storey commercial shop was built in 1895 by Arthur Sweetland Sr. Arthur was a well-known business man in the community and operated Sweetland’s Dry Goods out of this building for many years. Before Arthur passed away in 1922, his nephew Silas Sweetland took over operations and later Arthur’s grandson Arthur Douglas Sweetland operated the store until it closed in 1950.

Since it’s construction the building has been used for numerous businesses. However, one of the most interesting was a business called the Wayside Inn.  The Inn was operational during prohibition in  the  1920’s   and  1930’s  by  Arthur  Sweetland  Sr.  This  non -nonconventional Inn was operated out of a tiny back room of Sweetland’s Dry Goods shop. The entrance to the Inn was a side door, barely visible from the main street. During prohibition locals, would gather in this back room to consume banned alcoholic drinks. Arthur’s most popular drink was a 21% banana extract that would be served in tiny glass bottles.

After Confederation in 1949, Sweetland’s Dry Goods lost their British suppliers and were forced to close their doors. After this closure, the building was used by numerous businesses such as Eaton’s (1950 – 1973); Whiffen’s Dry Cleaners (1970’s); Jeangles Jeans (1980’s); Magreta's Clothing Store (1986 – 1994); and Wayside Collectibles (1996 – 2000). The building was used as personal storage and a workshop for the Sweetland family from 2000 onward, until Bonavista Creative purchased the building for a full restoration in 2016.

The building is a classic late 19th and early 20th century commercial style structure, which was common throughout Bonavista. It features two over two style windows on both the first and second floors as well as decorated crown and cap moldings along the second-floor eves.

As is common throughout Bonavista's downtown, the building is incredibly close to the road evoking unique sense of place and historical purpose. 

Peter Burt & Robin Crane

The Newfoundland Salt Company will be producing sea salt made with salt water from Trinity Bay near Bonavista. ​Their mission is to produce the best quality salt in the world using water from Newfoundland and Labrador. ​Currently they manufacture limited salt supply in St.John's and sells throughout North America including LA, Toronto, New York, etc. ​Once open in late summer 2017 they will begin producing fine sea salt for export year round.

Civic address:  45 Church Street - view property map
Construction: 1895

Arthur Sweetland Shop

Arthur Sweetland Shop after restoration, 2018.


Bonavista Creative’s mission is to foster and promote new and unique businesses that will contribute to the local economy, thereby enhancing the community. Located on the main thoroughfare of Church Street, Bonavista’s downtown core, this operation will offer commercial space for crafts people, artisans, food vendors and many other professional services not currently operating in the area. These spaces will be offered at very competitive rates to minimize risk for new business owners.

Bonavista Creative

P.O. Box 1509 Bonavista NF A0C 1B0 CA



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