By Kaitlyn Naples
A little over six months ago, Shirley Bloethe was hit with yet another devastating incident in her life. She had already lost a nephew and her father, and then on Sept. 26 she discovered the café, Pass-It-On, and book store building she had owned for 22 years was destroyed from a fire. After going through a depressed state for a few months, and spending about one month in California with her mother, Bloethe, owner of Jitters Cafe in Southington, said she realized she needs to continue moving forward with her life and her work, and decided that she is ready for whatever comes her way in the future.
Until the fire last year, Jitters Café, also known as The Sunflower Bungalow, was a space that provided music, food, culture, spa treatments, and much more. Bloethe said she wanted to continue doing what she did at her store, and has decided to take her business mobile and is starting out with a Holistic Fair to be held in May.
“This is kind of like a test fair to see how things go,” Bloethe said, adding that she has a goal of what she wants to do, but it hasn’t fully come together yet. “I’m just letting things unfold right now.”
Bloethe has been running her Qivana company out of her home while she works on how to do what she did at the Sunflower Bungalow— without the actual building. This upcoming Holistic Fair will be held on May 11 at RockWell’s Dance Hall to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry. There will be dozens of vendors from all sectors, like readers, massages, rocks and minerals, organic tea, crafters, jewelers, drumming, healers, tarot, wellness products, tai chi, yoga, hypnosis, astrology, and more.
Bloethe said she hopes to continue to organize these kinds of fairs and be a vehicle to other ways of life for individuals to explore.
“I knew the day the fire happened that things were going to be really different,” Bloethe said, adding that she felt it was a sign that this was her time to move on to something different. “It was something that was pushing me in another direction.”
Bloethe said in addition to holistic fairs and workshops and connecting people with other lifestyle outlets, she has another project in mind. Since she owns the property that the Sunflower Bungalow still sits on, she wants to construct a building that would be entirely energy efficient and self-sufficient. The building would be three floors, and would be mixed use including retail, office space, and residential. It would be solar-powered, and “something I really want to be sustainable and very efficient,” she said.
In the last six months, Bloethe said she has learned that “you have to be open to whatever comes your way.” She said she knows something else will come out of her next ventures, and said “you have to have that little spark in you; if it’s still there you know you can still do something.”
The holistic fair is going to be full of vendors and workshops that are focused around things near and dear to Bloethe, and areas of expertise she would welcome and offer to her customers at the Sunflower Bungalow.
The fair will be held on Saturday, May 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at RockWell’s Dance Hall, 161 Woodford Ave. The fair is open to the public, and the only entry fee is a requested donation, either monetary or a type of item that can be donated to the food pantry. She said she has worked with the Plainville Community Food Pantry for many years, and wanted to continue to support the organization even though she is no longer a business owner nearby. There will be tables set up for the vendors, and guests can sign up for reading appointments. The food pantry is in need of toiletry items and paper goods, and guests can also donate other non-perishable items. There will also be a free raffle where the vendors will be giving away services. Susie Woerz, director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry, will also be speaking at 3 p.m.
Other vendors include vendors include: a bookstore with $2 CDs and new books, Poor Me Tea samples, Shayna B and the Pickle Gluten Free bakery, and more. The event will also have local farmers and organic foods, beverages, and demonstrations and other complimentary services, health evaluations, demonstrations, wellness product demonstrations, Reiki, and more.
For more information call Shirley Bloethe at (860)989-0033. If things go well, she said, she will continue to do fairs in the like. For continued updates on what Bloethe is doing visit her website at www.jittersclub.com.