Grandpa Pike a.k.a. Laurie Blackwood Pike, resides in Placentia NL. He recently retired from his position as Business Development Manager, Atlantic with a national chain of hardware and building supply stores.
In 1986 he bought a rural general store, developed a logo and business style and branded the business Grandpa Pike’s His unique store, stocking hardware, grocery, building materials and farm supplies was profiled in the hardware industry’s ‘Hardware Merchandising’ magazine Last year he received the Estwing Gold Hammer Award from the NARHA (North American Retail Hardware Association) in recognition of his contribution to the industry.
In 2007 and 2009 he partnered with The Children’s Wish Foundation, NL Chapter, to release 2 Music CDs to benefit ‘The Wish’.
Grandpa Pike is the author of Pea Soup for the Newfoundland Soul, published by Flanker Press. His previous books Grandpa Pike’s Outhouse Reader, Grandpa Pike’s Number Two, and A Man of My Word (the biography of former Premier Beaton Tulk) are all critically acclaimed bestsellers.