Two-hundred and fifty square feet is all the space Dan Weir needs to make his small business dream a reality. After spending a decade “catching the coffee bug” working in cafes in Toronto and Montreal, the Moncton native has settled on Halifax for his very own Weird Harbour Espresso Bar, which will be cozied up in a nook of the space that used to house Sam the Record Man at (1656 Barrington Street, next to Urban Outfitters) in September.
“It’s an amazing job and you get to interact with good folks every day,” says Weir. “I have a long good history here and always had really good vibes in Halifax. And it’s all about the people—they’re so lovely, so nice, so excited about new things happening.”
He hopes to create an intimate spot for people seeking shelter or a strong shot of espresso in the unique little space, where he’ll pour Toronto’s Detour Coffee to a take-out crowd. “My thing with coffee is that it’s a universal entity, I like my coffee open—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be good,” he says. “I want to serve the best coffee I can, but I want to serve it to everyone.”