Sale of Sum­mer­side Inn fi­nal­ized

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

The Pad­dle Shack in Sum­mer­side has re­cov­ered all of the items that were stolen from its Wa­ter Street lo­ca­tion on June 25.

James Man­ning, the com­pany’s man­ager and co-owner, said Tues­day the more than $5,000 worth of equip­ment was found in a farmer’s field in the Sum­mer­side area on June 27. All of it was in good con­di­tion.

Man­ning ex­pressed re­lief at not hav­ing to re­place the stolen items and grat­i­tude for the com­mu­nity spread­ing the word about the theft.

“I think from all the sup­port that we got from the com­mu­nity is re­ally what made the dif­fer­ence in find­ing the equip­ment. That was just awe­some for us to have that sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Some of the stolen items in­cluded kayaks, pad­dle­boards, pad­dles, a drone and a GoPro cam­era.

Sum­mer­side Po­lice Ser­vices are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

The sale of the award-win­ning Sum­mer­side Inn was fi­nal­ized on the same day the bed and break­fast re­ceived an­other dis­tinc­tion.

Ken and Jenny Meis­ter pur­chased the inn, a stately his­toric home on Win­ter Street, sev­eral years ago. Un­der their di­rec­tion the prop­erty went through sig­nif­i­cant restora­tion and racked up a num­ber of awards and dis­tinc­tions.

The cou­ple put the prop­erty up for sale in 2016 to fo­cus on their new ven­ture, the restora­tion of the equally his­toric Hol­man Homestead on Fitzroy Street, out of which they op­er­ate Hol­man’s Ice Cream Par­lour.

An ini­tial deal for the inn ran into some trou­ble sev­eral months ago, how­ever, a deal was fi­nal­ized in late June. The new own­ers of the Sum­mer­side Inn are Mary Anne McNulty and her son Liam.

Ken re­cently said the trans­fer of own­er­ship and man­age­ment of the busi­ness is go­ing well and no ser­vice in­ter­rup­tions are ex­pected.

Coin­ci­den­tally, on the same day the sale of the prop­erty was fi­nal­ized, the Meis­ters re­ceived word they had re­ceived a 2017 cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence from TripAd­vi­sor.

In or­der to re­ceive the des­ig­na­tion from the pop­u­lar travel plan­ning web­site, a busi­ness must main­tain an over­all cus­tomer rat­ing on the site of at least four out of five stars and have a min­i­mum num­ber of re­views.

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