Michael Blois, an Englishman who moved to the United States in 2008, has a heart for sharing British culture with the community of Navarre.
Michael started out as “British Pedlar’s best customer” and is now the owner since Aug. 13, 2018.
“I fancied a change in life, and I have really enjoyed it. It’s been great, and the customers are fantastic,” Michael said.
The British Pedlar offers authentic British and Irish food and specialty gifts of all kinds. They have a little bit of everything, from a variety of frozen meats and tasty pies to delicious crumpets and sweet chocolate treats.
“Most of this stuff, you can’t buy anywhere other than our shop,” Michael said.
His favorite product that he sells is the Caramac chocolate bar.
“I eat one of those a night, the same chocolate bar, every single night,” he said.
He also really enjoys the children’s reactions when they try the Flying Saucer sour wafer. He loves watching the children’s faces light up when they taste the mysterious treat for the first time.
On Nov. 23, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the British Pedlar will be hosting a Christmas Celebration to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and give them a little taste of Britain. The store will have Temperley’s British Eatery food truck on-site at 11 a.m. serving authentic fish and chips, Shephard’s Pie, battered sausage and other original British cuisine.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The British Pedlar will also be offering a 10% discount for all in-store purchases at the event, including the new Christmas stock.
When asked what makes him stand out amongst his competition, Michael replied, “We’re not better, we’re different. No shop is better than anyone else. We’re different. We try to bring more of the traditional British and Irish food.”
Their groceries are made from more natural ingredients than typical American food and drinks.
“Our sweets are made with fruit, not a chemical, and all of our sodas are made with glucose instead of high fructose corn syrup. And most Cadbury chocolate, their first ingredients are milk and cocoa, not sugar,” Michael said.
In addition, if there seems to be a specific British item that a customer can’t find at the store, Michael can order it for you.
The British Pedlar also has an online inventory that can be found on their website BritishPedlar.com with all the same items in the store.
“It’s probably the best place in the area to come and get a taste of the United Kingdom,” Michael said.
Want to go to the big event?
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fish and Chips
7552 Navarre Parkway at the
Harvest Village Professional Plaza