Al­ways the Leard House

Leard House owner ex­plains de­ci­sion to close the doors of Maud’s hide­away

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS - BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY

De­spite a suc­cess­ful first sea­son, traf­fic at the Leard House was ten­u­ous af­ter it opened in May for a sec­ond sea­son.

Now the owner, July Edg­comb, is clos­ing the doors for good at the Leard House restau­rant and café in Lower Bed­eque in or­der to put more fo­cus on fam­ily.

“In my de­ci­sion to close I’ve re­al­ized that ev­ery de­ci­sion and ac­tion we make has a rip­ple ef­fect.

“My fam­ily sup­ported my dreams of mov­ing to the Is­land, and then open­ing this place. Now it’s time for me to sup­port theirs.”

Edg­comb said the de­ci­sion wasn’t easy, but she had a feel­ing this would be the last go around.

“We’ve had three busy days since open­ing and you can’t run a busi­ness in those con­di­tions.”

Lo­cal busi­nesses clos­ing, lo­ca­tion, and a ru­mour they had al­ready closed played a role in the lack of cus­tomers, said Edg­comb.

“When the Vil­lage Store closed it was def­i­nitely a blow. We had our fly­ers there and it was an ob­vi­ous place to stop if you had direc­tions or ques­tions on how to get here.”

She added, “we had peo­ple call­ing ask­ing us if it was the Leard House say­ing that they tried an­other num­ber and the

“This place might not be a restau­rant, but it will al­ways be, The Leard House.” July Edg­comb, owner of the Leard House

per­son on that line told them we had al­ready closed. And that wasn’t the case.”

Since an­nounc­ing the clo­sure, Edg­comb has faced some back­lash from the com­mu­nity.

“I have no obli­ga­tion to any­one but my fam­ily. So to have peo­ple come up and say how dare I close this place. It was shock­ing.”

She con­tin­ued, “My fo­cus has al­ways been my fam­ily and will al­ways be my fam­ily and this is the best de­ci­sion.

“I home­school my chil­dren. I’ve done well with my elder kids, now I need to main­tain that with my other three.”

She said the de­ci­sion came with sup­port of those who have helped open and op­er­ate the café.

“I’m all for [July] do­ing what she needs to do to take care of her­self and fam­ily. I to­tally un­der­stand the need to be with her fam­ily,” said Sue Wood­worth, a spir­i­tual reader and medium who held ses­sions at the lo­ca­tion.

“The house has the en­ergy it did when [July] moved in here. It’s like it un­der­stands and is happy with the de­ci­sion.”

Edg­comb says the re­cent loss of a fam­ily friend so­lid­i­fied the de­ci­sion.

“Ev­ery­day you have to do what makes you hap­pi­est. Life’s too short and I’ve made peace with the house and jour­ney.”

For now, Edg­comb won’t sell the prop­erty.

“The fam­ily has a need for the house. My daugh­ter and son-in-law are go­ing to move in. I’ve set a rule for them. They have to main­tain the his­tor­i­cal in­tegrity of the house.”

She also plans to con­tinue the full moon cer­e­monies, a gath­er­ing cel­e­brat­ing the lu­nar cy­cle and growth, and main­tain the Leard House Face­book page.

“This place might not be a restau­rant, but it will al­ways be, The Leard House.”


July Edg­comb, owner of the Leard House, erases the items off the menu board. Edg­comb re­cently an­nounced the café was clos­ing due to per­sonal rea­sons.

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