In 1987, Shirley and I purchased a 1913 Creamery, a pretty well worn down building on the bank of the River Clyde, in the lovely village of New Glasgow in Prince Edward Island. Our goal was to renovate and create a food destination that welcomed and treated guests to food with integrity and flavour.
It all started with our low sugar preserves, specialty foods with taste and flair and had since grown to include tea and spice.
We have developed the location with hard work, positive word of mouth from our customers and customer caring staff.
Our retail shop and online store sell only items we enjoy. They must be functional, beautiful and offer value. We have been to most of the producers of the products we sell, including Dunoon Pottery in Staffordshire, England, and Heather Gems in Pitlochry, Scotland. We look for friendly people who produce excellent products at reasonable prices.
Our seasonal restaurant is one of the busiest on the Island; here we serve tasty local comfort food at affordable prices. Our staffing levels have reached 80+, and we can not do what we do without their professionalism and honest caring for others.
As part of our life’s larger purpose, Shirley and I started the Gardens of Hope, a 12-acre garden sanctuary next door to us in 2005 with a mission of opening a Respite Cottage for those dealing with life-threatening illnesses. They are our guests at no cost to them or their families. More info here.
We now ship our products to the world through our mail order department. We personalize all our gift orders with handwritten salutation cards, at no charge. We have had a website since 1998 and are happy to say we have thousands of regular customers mainly in the US and Canada.
Here are a few of testimonials that have come our way in 2016.
On our first time visit to PEI, your preserves were a highlight of our daily breakfasts at the B & B we stayed in Charlottetown...so fresh, fruity, and delicious! This is a Christmas present for our traveling companions to relive great memories of our visit to your beautiful part of the world! ~ D. Farrell, Venice, Florida
We love your products, and we miss having breakfast there every Sunday during the summer. ~ H. Keizer, Kitchener, Ontario
Your products are superior to most products offered, I was introduced to Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on a cruise many years ago and have been addicted since and have introduced PEIPC to many friends with the wonderful gift selections and now they too are addicted. Who needs drugs when you can purchase such delicious products and get high just on the pleasure of enjoying them. So delicious and natural ingredients. ~ S. Stanley, Auburn, California
Christmas gifts for my family, boyfriend, and boyfriend's family. I grew up on the Island, and I want them all to see what beautiful things come from here. Especially the Cow's chocolate covered chips!!! I grew up on those, and I almost cried when i saw I could buy them here :) Definitely will be ordering more again! ~ B. Buttee, Edmonton, Alberta
We wish you and yours all the best, and we hope we may serve you in the future.
Bruce, Shirley and all staff at The Prince Edward Island Preserve Co.