Business Profile: Ken Miklauskas, Owner, Mel’s Tea Room

Mel’s Tea Room has been a historical landmark and institution in Sackville since 1945. Still in its original location, much of the original decor and patina remains the same. Ken Mikalauskas and his wife bought the business from Roger Goodwin, grandson of Mel Goodwin, six years ago. Mel’s has always been a place for everyone – Mount Allison Students, locals, working professionals, tourists, and young families. Their homemade burgers and hand cut fries are the best!

Why did you choose to start your business in Sackville?

Sackville is a special place with diverse culture, history and unique local demography.

What surprised or surprises you about running a business in Sackville?

What surprised me the most was how sensitive the customers were to preserving the integrity of this place and the memories contained here.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

It’s a roller coaster ride. The room can go from empty to full in a matter of minutes. Or from empty to emptier, depending on the weather and the time of year. (he smiles)

How do you see your business growing or changing over the next five years?

It’s kind of like an old classic car, we pick away at keeping it running, slowly making improvements here and there. We plan to maintain the integrity of the brand.

What’s your favourite place to eat or explore in Sackville and why?

The basement at Mel’s. Because, sometimes we find little treasures… like an original unopened 1960’s Pepsi bottle.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about moving to Sackville?

It’s a great place to live and raise a family. Own at least 3 or 4 different styles of snow shovels for various winter conditions.