Sisters Shanti Nordholt-McPhee and Becky McPhee celebrated the grand opening of Heartwood Restaurant on October 6 surrounded by their family, friends and well-wishers from the Combermere community. Shown above from left: Becky McPhee, Selina DeCarle, Solana Nordholt, David Douthwright, Megan DeCarle, Posie Douthwright, Luna Nordholt, Nadia DeCarle (beside sign), Trinity DeCarle, Shanti Nordholt-McPhee, Schroeder Nordholt
Becky and Shanti’s mother, Posie Douthwright, said:
It’s been a work in progress for three months but we shared a vision of having a community place for all people to come and for friendships to develop, as well as good food and entertainment. It’s just a friendly place. A lot of people, when they retire, can get isolated –especially in winter. Where do you go? For people who live in Combermere, here it’s intimate. We hope people will appreciate that and take advantage of it.
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Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love, a resident of Combermere, was on hand to perform the official ribbon-cutting and told The Current:
This is fantastic. It’s nice to see this business with a whole new refreshed look and open again in the community. There hasn’t been anywhere to go for supper for a very long time and it’s really nice to see a place where you can come. It’s set up in a way that’s very family-oriented [with] different sizes of tables. This is going to be a great addition to the community. I’m very excited.
From left: Becky McPhee, David Douthwright, Mayor Kim Love, Posie Douthwright, Shanti Nordholt-McPhee; Cousins Luna Nordholt, Megan DeCarle, Solana Nordholt, Selina DeCarle
Sign over the bar at Heartwood; Becky McPhee, Shanti Nordholt-McPhee