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Hard work an important lesson in St. Lunaire-Griquet iceberg business


Logan Humby's Bergy Bits undergoes renovations, adds new products

ST. LUNAIRE-GRIQUET, N.L. —

Logan’s Bergy Bits is up and running for another summer in St. Lunaire-Griquet.
But even after winning a Youth Ventures award last year, 11-year-old Logan Humby and his family aren't content with the status quo.
In their third summer of operation, they’re working to improve and expand the business, with new products, renovations and a slightly new location.
“Starting in the spring, everything is all about getting him up and running for the year,” said Logan’s grandfather, Chris Humby.
Thanks to renovations, the booth is now open to customers.
Chris has added a new front entrance so customers can walk in and see everything Logan has for sale.
Previously, there was a window on the side of the booth where transactions were made. 
But customers couldn’t walk in and see what was inside. So, Chris covered over the window and added a door to the front of the booth.
When they walk in now, they’ll find new products Logan has for sale.
Since opening, he has been selling berry-flavoured butters made by his grandfather, Dean Pilgrim. 
But this year, they’ve added two new flavours: they now have blueberry and blackberry butter to sell along with bakeapple, partridgeberry and squash berry butter.
Meanwhile, they’re experimenting with iceberg snowcones, using iceberg ice and Purity syrup. But that’s not ready for sale quite yet.
The family has also invested in a clothing line called Newfoundland Iceberg Essentials. New t-shirts, with a specially designed logo, will be for sale at Logan’s Bergy Bits later this summer.
And Logan is even helping out his fellow young entrepreneurs. 
He is selling wood at Logan’s Bergy Bits for a friend in St. Anthony.
Logan says he’s simply doing it as a favour and all the proceeds will be passed along to his friend.
Other important preparations have been undertaken to improve the business.
Last week, Logan’s dad, Charlie, towed the booth from its location along the side of the road up closer to the houses where the family lives. It's necessary because they found they were sometimes missing customers.
“This week alone there has been six people who have come here and by the time we got our boots on, they were actually pulling away,” explained Chris.
And that’s not taking into account the work it takes to get the berries and procure the iceberg ice.
Chris believes one big takeaway for Logan is that experiencing all the hard work that goes into this, he now understands the “value of money."
“He understands how much work goes into earning money,” he said.
Last year, Logan won Youth Ventures NL’s Excellence in Arts and Tourism Award for his efforts.
With all the work he and his family are putting in, who knows what’s in store next.

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