Chimney Swifts Watch & Learn

Chimney Swifts Watch & Learn

Join us for a celebration of that rare bird, the chimney swift! Declared a threatened species in 2010, these birds have made a home in our chimney at 698 McLeod Ave and we are honoured to host them during their spring migration. On Wednesday, June 5th 2019 (rain date: June 6th) please join us at 8pm for a talk by noted ornithologist, UNB’s own Joe Nocera. Then enjoy the spectacle as hundreds of swifts swirl together above our chimney before flooding in to their roost. Attendance to the talk is by donation; all proceeds will be given to Nature NB, a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to celebrate, conserve and protect New Brunswick’s natural heritage.

May 30, 2019 by Aitkens Retail .

Spring 2019 - We're Hiring!

We are looking to fill a full-time position with an individual who is enthusiastic about local business and hands-on work! We're hoping you can start on Monday, April 22nd, 2019.

Job Position: Craftsperson & Retail Sales
Pay: $11.50/hr

Responsibilities: Hands-on production work in a studio setting including casting, buffing, tumbling, soldering, enameling and assembly. Providing customer service through sales and tours. Self-directed work among a set list of tasks.

Our ideal candidate has...

  • Some sales/cash register experience
  • A hands-on hobby like drawing, knitting, sculpting, painting miniatures, etc
  • Skills in organization and multitasking
  • An eye for details

We're a small gang at Aitkens Pewter. You'll be joining a team of five people who are passionate about local business and craft. We aim to highlight and embrace everyone's skills and unique talents, so we hope you'll bring your own specialty to the table!

We are also committed to providing a respectful environment for customers and employees of diverse walks of life. We will not discriminate against any candidate based on their age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics that are unrelated to their job performance.

Apply today:

E-mail your resume and cover letter to Michelle at frederictonsales@aitkenspewter.com

Or drop your resume and cover letter off at 698 McLeod Avenue during business hours, 9-5.

March 18, 2019 by Aitkens Retail .
Groundhog Sale 2019

Groundhog Sale 2019

It's that time of year again! We're hauling out the groundhog coins and getting ready for our annual sale.

January 28 to February 2: Save 15% off all in-store merchandise. Shopping online? Get free shipping on orders over $60 with the code GROUNDHOG19.

 

Visit our new store at 698 McLeod Avenue from 9-5 on weekdays or 10-5 on Saturday. Or stay inside, cozy and warm, and shop online from your couch. We won't judge you.
January 16, 2019 by Aitkens Retail .
Taking Care of Your Pewter

Taking Care of Your Pewter

Though we at Aitkens Pewter would be happy to clean your pieces for you at our workshop in Fredericton, New Brunswick, we know that part of loving your pewter is giving it the occasional dose of TLC. So, we put this handy guide together for everyone asking themselves, "How do I clean my pewter?"

1. Soap and Water

Especially if it's a serving dish, wine tumbler, or other piece of pewter that frequently touches food, you'll want to stay away from harsh polishes and chemicals. Using a soft cloth, dish soap, and warm water will do the trick. Make sure you dry the piece thoroughly.

2. Windex

Household glass cleaners containing ammonia have proved to do an excellent job removing dust and oils from the surface of pewter without leaving any damaging residue. Spray the cleaner on a soft cloth and wipe in the direction of the grain of the pewter. This works best for jewelry and decorations such as clocks and figurines.

3. Silver Polish

If you have a piece of bright or shiny pewter that has seen better days, a non-abrasive silver or jewelry polish can elevate it back to its former glory. Make sure the application method for your polish is soft and won't scratch the pewter; dips, polishing cloths, and saturated cotton like NevrDull are all great choices.

There you have it. Three great options for taking care of your pewter at home. Remember, as pewter ages it gets darker very evenly. If your pewter appears spotty, smudged, or rusty, there's something on it that needs to be cleaned off!

August 30, 2018 by Aitkens Retail .
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From Grinding Machines To Buffing Wheels - Grand Opening

Today marks the grand opening of the new Aitkens Pewter Studio Store at 698 McLeod Avenue, a shopping experience that includes tools, machinery and a gleaming new showroom with beautifully crafted birch shelving to showcase the beautifully crafted pewter creations for which the company is famous.
August 08, 2018 by Aitkens Retail .

Spring 2018 - We're Hiring!

We are looking to fill a full-time position with an individual who is enthusiastic about local business and hands-on work! We're hoping you can start on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Job Position: Craftsperson & Retail Sales
Pay: $11.25/hr

Responsibilities: Hands-on production work in a studio setting including casting, buffing, tumbling, soldering, enameling and assembly. Providing customer service through sales and tours. Self-directed work among a set list of tasks.

Our ideal candidate has...

  • Some sales/cash register experience
  • A hands-on hobby like drawing, knitting, sculpting, painting miniature, etc
  • Skills in organization and multitasking
  • An eye for details

We're a small gang at Aitkens Pewter. You'll be joining a team of six people who are passionate about local business and craft. We aim to highlight and embrace everyone's skills and unique talents, so we hope you'll bring your own specialty to the table!

We are also committed to providing a respectful environment for customers and employees of diverse walks of life. We will not discriminate against any candidate based on their age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics that are unrelated to their job performance.

Apply today:

E-mail your resume and cover letter to Michelle at frederictonsales@aitkenspewter.com

Or drop your resume and cover letter off at 408 Queen St during business hours, 10-5.

April 23, 2018 by Aitkens Retail .

Introducing PRIME Shipping

We know shipping costs can get quite high, especially when we're tracking a package from NB to BC. So we asked ourselves what we could do to trim some of those costs.

We decided to try out one of our frequent customer requests - untracked shipping. When you see "Prime Shipping" as an option at the checkout, it means you can choose to skip the fancy gift box, skip the tracking, and save on shipping. We'll send your product via regular mail in a padded envelope.

Who can use Prime Shipping?

Canadian customers ordering select items (such as pendants, earrings, and ornaments) are eligible to select Prime Shipping at the checkout. The option only appears up to a certain weight limit - if you're ordering several items that might be individually eligible, their combined weights might tip you over the limit. Remember that any items sent via Prime will not be packaged in gift boxes. 

What if I live in the USA?

Our friends south of the border now have a similar option available on orders up to $150. Any more than that, and tracked parcels are the way to go.

Untracked? What if it doesn't show up?

If you have not received your order within 30 days, contact us and we will send you another. If you need to know for sure that you will receive your package faster than that, we encourage you to choose a tracked package option.

February 22, 2018 by Aitkens Retail .
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Pewter Pairings For Your Perfect Date Night

What are you doing this Valentine's Day? Whether you've planned a big night out or a calm night in, we have just the thing...

5. Netflix & Tumble

Our stemless pewter wine tumbler will keep your wine at the perfect temperature while you kick back and catch up on Riverdale. Plus, the sturdy design means the cat will have at least a little trouble knocking it over.

4. Dancing In The Dark

If you're going out you know you need bold colours to stand out in the dim lights. Our Allure collection, especially the earrings, is elegant and eye catching. Get them in your favourite colour to really show off your personality.

3. A Small and Simple Gift

Though you could fit just about any piece of jewelry into a box of valentine chocolates, we're not sure the Whale Tail Pendant is quite the one to say "I Love You." Our recently married manager, Michelle, says the Embracing Heart Pendant (as pictured above) is the real heart stealer.

2. An Elegant Dinner

Nothing says romance quite like candlelight. Though our new Shell Votive has been making waves, the Queen Ann Candleholder is an elegant addition to any table.

1. Flowers For Your Sweetheart

Maybe you're starting the day with breakfast in bed, or maybe you're just bringing home a bouquet after work. Either way, our Sweetheart Vase is the perfect home for your honey's flowers.

There you have it folks. Five great pewter pieces to fit your plans, be it this Valentine's Day or any special night of the year.

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February 08, 2018 by Aitkens Retail .

Groundhog Week Sale 2018

It's that time of year again! We're hauling out the groundhog coins and getting ready for our annual sale.

January 29 to February 3: Save 15% off all in-store merchandise. Shopping online? Get free shipping on orders over $75 with the code GROUNDHOG.

Want to take advantage of the in-store savings? Show us your Aitkens Pewter Groundhog Coin. We hope you've already got one, since we've been doing this sale for so long, but just in case you're a new customer, we'll have them available until January 27. Stop by and pick one up before the sale starts!

Customers without Groundhog Coins can also save 15% if they show us the e-mail we sent about the sale.

January 03, 2018 by Aitkens Retail .
Tags: sale
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Reflecting On 2017

2017 was a year of change and celebration at Aitkens Pewter. We're looking at the future while listening to our past, and we can't wait to share the year with you.

January 01, 2018 by Aitkens Retail .
Tags: store news