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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adept Tattoos does tats for bats

For bats, not on

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“Everyone here just loves animals so much they just wanted to give back and help them out.” Relatable words from Adept Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio’s Lisa Faulkner. She’s talking about this weekend’s third Annual Animal Charity Day, where the studio’s two locations (6267 Quinpool Road and 1274 Bedford Highway) dedicate their entire Saturday to tattooing for ACAP Cape Breton—and its work monitoring the dwindling little brown bats—and Hope For Wildlife. “The bat population is super important for pollinating plants and keeping down insects,” says Faulkner. “I think people don’t know these things and how important bats actually are to our ecosystem.” From 11am to 7pm (Bedford) and 8pm (Quinpool), Adept will have six of its talented artists tattooing specially designed flash art for $100 donations. It’s a first-come, first-served deal—meaning if you expect to get inked, you should show up early and be ready to wait (Faulkner is expecting lines). “We want to make a lot of money for the charities, but we want to pump out wicked artwork, too,” she says.

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Shop this: Analog Watch Co.

It's Sattva's time to shine

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

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April has been a big month for Sarah Bannerman Andrews, who recently rang in the first anniversary of her clothing and lifestyle shop Sattva Boutique (2453 Agricola Street). During that time she’s been committed to bringing “conscious consumerism” to the shop, filling it with mostly locally made, ethical brands. “The shop is primarily full of articles designed and made in Canada, but every once in a while when something is not available or we find a great company like Analog we like to diversify a little,” she says of the wooden watches ($199) she’s carried since day one. Drawn to their minimal design, Bannerman Andrews calls them “art for the wrist,” adding: “If that wasn’t enough, the company’s mandate is to work in accordance with nature, production is ethical and each time we sell a watch a tree is planted.”

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Guided Tour - Downtown Dartmouth

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM

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A pioneer of HRM's gourmet burger scene, Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers + Poutinerie opened five years ago and has changed the way Metro looks at burgers. Bill Pratt's shops offer a wide variety of burger combinations, including The Legendary CC Porker: A double-patty burger with bacon, cheese curds, fried onion ring and CC sauce. 

A native of Dartmouth, Pratt chose to open Cheese Curds where he calls home, because the community craves something more than processed food. For that reason the staff at Cheese Curds prefers to cook their burgers fresh in front of you, and dress them exactly how you want it!

Visit Cheese Curds in Woodside at 380 Pleasant Street, and in Burnside at 600 Windmill Road


It's been nearly four years since Humble Pie Kitchen began teaching Dartmouth—and HRM—about what a meat pie really tastes like. Mike Noakes, a native New Zealander now transplanted to Dartmouth, has brought traditional New Zealand pies into regular Nova Scotian conversations when looking for the perfect snack. 

They began at the Alderney Landing Farmers' Market, and opened their own shop in May 2015. These aren't big hearty meals that you have to sit down for, like the classic frozen pot pies many of us are accustomed to. A Humble Pie is something you can eat on the run, as each pie has a thicker sauce and is loaded with meat. All that's left after are a couple of crumbs and a happy stomach.

Try the classics—steak, chicken or mince and cheese—or have a gourmet pie: Chicken, cranberry and brie; pepper steak; donair pie or even seafood chowder. The possibilities are deliciously endless!

Get a taste of Humble Pie at 77 King Street


After firmly entrenching itself as one of Dartmouth's favourite muster stations, Battery Park Beerbar & Eatery is expanding its service even more. After the recent daytime success during Halifax Burger Week, George and Leo Christakos have decided that Battery Park will now offer lunchtime service.

Bringing their popular Ace Burger into the fold, there will be both table service and a takeout counter available, much like the Halifax location within Gus' Pub—with plenty of food-friendly beers ready to pair with. Even more exciting is that Battery Park is now open seven days a week, so you can satisfy your cravings regardless of what day it is.

Recharge at Battery Park, 62 Ochterloney Street


A classic Irish pub, Celtic Corner is celebrating 12 years as a member of the downtown Dartmouth community. Still going strong as one of Dartmouth's most popular gathering places, Celtic Corner—like its customers—meets, greets and breathes Dartmouth!

Whether it's a momentous occasion such as a wedding, or just a social night out, a trip to Celtic Corner is sure to involve trivia, great tunes and tall tales. Join them every Sunday for Fiddles & Fish (2-for-1 pan-fried haddock), and keep your eyes peeled for massive events happening this summer, including Canada Day weekend!

Turn into the Corner at 69 Alderney Drive


There's no preconception for what a night at Staggers Pub & Grub entails, other than good food, great fun and a true neighbourhood feeling. Whether you're a student, working professional, retired or somewhere in between, you're welcomed at Staggers. And it won't take long to become part of the family.

With live entertainment seven days a week—whether it's karaoke and half-priced appetizers, trivia night, games night, live music or open mic—there's always a reason to say hello to familiar faces at Staggers.

Opened in November 2013, Staggers also loves being part of the Dartmouth community. Between hosting fundraisers, providing meeting space for non-profit groups and events and helping volunteer time (such as delivering Christmas meals in partnership with the Rotary Club), Staggers truly embodies what it means to be a community member in Dartmouth.

March right in to Staggers at 26 Portland Street


A cornerstone of the Burnside area, Parkside Pub and Smokehouse has spent 18 years providing Dartmouth with incredible food and a lively atmosphere. Parkside also boasts fantastic service (including many staff that have been involved since day one) that owner Dan Latter attributes as the backbone of the pub's success.

Behind Latter's three decades of restaurant and bar experience, Parkside Pub has weekly entertainment, screens to watch the biggest sporting events, plus they play host to numerous community fundraisers—a testament to Latter's desire to give back to the community as much as they receive.

Offering weekend brunch and fantastic lunch specials, Parkside Pub also doubles as a smokehouse. Using smokers brought in from Tennessee, the pub smokes their own delicious pulled pork, chicken and ribs.

Park yourself at Parkside at 14 Highfield Park Drive


Designed to be a relaxing and regenerative experience, Seventy3 Canadian Fusion restaurant is a place where you don't hear the kitchen, or the loud chatter of a local pub. The food, like the atmosphere, is warm, comforting, calm and casual—but it also offers something a little more than what you would expect. Armed with a new panini menu (available at lunch from Tuesday to Friday), come see why Dartmouth has warmly embraced Seventy3. Or spend your evening with a relaxing drink on their deck, enjoy some smooth piano music and indulge in a meal, or even a snack. Calamari anyone?

Catch Seventy3 at 73 Alderney Drive


A taste of Italy right in downtown Dartmouth, Il Trullo is primed for another incredible summer! The patio has been revamped, making it even easier to enjoy a glass of wine and an authentic Southern Italian meal, while taking in the sounds and atmosphere that come with dining right on the water.

Il Trullo's menu is always evolving, and right now promotes local and sustainable food: Ocean Wise sustainably caught seafood, meats from local butchers and herbs grown right here in Nova Scotia. Experience the flavours of Il Trullo for yourself, especially their sustainable salmon, cured in-house with orange (winner of first place, cold plates at the Savour Food and Wine Festival) and their chocolate ravioli (second place, desserts).

Be transported by Il Trullo at 102-67 King's Wharf Place


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Better described as an urban village, downtown Dartmouth has the best of both worlds—unique shops and restaurants that garner national (and international attention), yet still retaining the cozy, walkable friendliness that is a calling card of Nova Scotia.

The Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission plays a big part in that, whether it's promoting new shops in the area (such as The Canteen, which recently moved to Portland Street), or hosting a wide range of events, including the May Food Crawl, Dog Days of Dartmouth, Switch Dartmouth and the first-ever Picnic in the Park (all set to happen early this summer).

The DDBC continuously strives to add even more attractions to the area, and with each and every new face—local or visitor—they come across, it's clear their efforts are working for the better.

Drop in on the DDBC at 163 Portland Street


King's Wharf continues to elevate what it means to have waterfront living, as now not only do you live in ultra-comfort on Halifax Harbour, you're going to eat even better as well! La Marche at King's Wharf recently launched its own brand of luxury olive oils and vinegars, along with hand-crafted olive soaps, olives imported direct from Lebanon and local jams and preserves.

Add in soups to-go from Satisfaction Feast and incredible breads from Stone Hearth Bakery and Boulangerie La Vendéenne, and you have the perfect setup for a picnic on Georges Island...which will be accessible via the King's Wharf Water Taxi beginning in May.

Make yourself at home at King's Wharf, 50 Kings Wharf Place


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The embodiment of the phrase "strength in numbers," B'Y LOCAL is a marketing co-op between 12 businesses in the downtown Dartmouth area. Providing news and information, as well as runnings events, B'Y LOCAL not only supports the businesses that make up the coalition, but works hard to support the entire neighbourhood as a whole.

Driven from a desire to create an accessible resource for the community to stay informed on what's happening in Dartmouth, B'Y LOCAL will officially be launching in May with pop-ups, workshops and much more to show off everything Dartmouth has to offer.

You walk through the door, and feel a warm, welcoming energy envelope you. The fast-paced, non-stop stress of everyday life suddenly halts, as you've seemingly escaped to a calm serenity, where relaxation is of the utmost importance. Welcome to Interlude Spa Dartmouth.

Family owned for 41 years, Interlude Spa creates an atmosphere where you disconnect from your daily tasks, and connect to what's most important—your personal well-being. Interlude offers more than 50 services, ranging from Registered Massage Therapy to fitness and pilates classes, as well as their hair salon (which offers custom cuts, creative colours and specialty finishes) plus half- and full-day spa packages.

By sponsoring many local groups and sports organizations, Interlude is more than just a destination, Interlude is a part of the Dartmouth community. Interlude is home.

Find your way home to Interlude at 58 Ochterloney Street

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Bowtique's got a new 'do

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 5:20 AM

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“We were there since we opened!” says Meg Ryan of the news that her beloved Barrington Street boutique, Bowtique Hair & Makeup, had made a move to Granville Square—
1861 Granville to be exact. “But change is good. Everyone here is really excited.”

The move means instead of over-looking a busy downtown strip, the salon will now occupy a sunny street-level space, that’s bigger and brighter, making way for a new staff member as well as the addition of eyebrow microblading services courtesy of makeup artist Elle Munster. “I looked all over the city and this was really the one place that really had the same character,” says Ryan of the new location, which she says boasts “the oldest wall in Halifax.”

Bowtique will re-open to the public, and its regular customers Tuesday, April 25. The former tenant of 1861 Granville Street—furniture store Kew—will re-open in the Hydrostone’s St. Joseph’s Square, on the corner of Gottingen and Kaye Streets, in May.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Halifax street style: Mumford Road

Scouring the streets for the city's most fashionable

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 6:01 PM

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Name: Ashley Wells
Age: 29
Occupation: Barber, Oddfellows Barbershop
Spotted: Halifax Shopping Centre
Wearing: Coat, from Korean shop online; dress, Value Village; choker, Urban Outfitters; undershirt, Tommy Hilfiger; fishnet socks, ASOS; Doc Martens

How would you describe your style?
I currently love so much of men’s street wear. I am also heavily influenced by hip hop music, and Japanese fashion.

Where do you derive inspiration from when putting together an outfit?
Nineties Meg Ryan—she is my style icon—and early 2000s J.Lo and Alicia Keys. 

How does living in Halifax affect your fashion choices?
I like to think about is as if I’m heading to a dress-up party. Living in Halifax you never know what the weather is going to be like, so always lots of layers!

Name a current trend that you just can’t get on board with?
I actually love so many kinds of fashion, as long as people are confident in their style then everything and anything goes in my opinion!

Local hotspot for gems? 
Elsie’s is great! Guy’s Frenchys and Value Village are my usual hot spots.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Make way for Makenew's new location

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 4:00 AM

A peek at Makenew's SS17 look book.
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After three years in its current space, Makenew Curated Thrift Shop (2468 Agricola Street) is moving a little further north. “I’m growing up a bit,” says the boutique’s owner, Anna Gilkerson, of her news—Makenew will officially re-open in the former 31 Westgate location (2698 Agricola Street) in early May. (And in case you missed it, 31 Westgate is headed for Doyle Street.) “I’ve been looking for a space for awhile, it’s hard to find something on Agricola,” she says. “I’d sort of given up and all of a sudden this place came up.”

The new shop offers not just better visibility for foot traffic, but twice as much space for beautiful things with over 1,000 square feet. “We’re going to have way more room for pre-worn,” says Gilkerson. “And we’ll also have more cool brands coming in, stuff that you cannot find in Halifax.” Along with her carefully collected second-hand fashions—which will include an entirely denim section—there will be more shoes, accessories, skin care, bathing suits and homeware. And Gilkerson’s own line, AKG.

“The feel this season, we’re bringing a tiny bit more colour to the line, and really celebrating the woman’s body,” she says of the ethically made collection of knits and intimates. “It’s loungy, it’s basic, but it’s stuff you want to covet.” Gilkerson adds that she’s always aiming to be inclusive to all types of shoppers and bodies (her demographic spans from 20 to 80) and hopes an expansion will give her more room to do that. “ I really loved my spot and I’ve been growing really slowly on purpose, because I didn’t want to take on too much,” she says. “Now it’s time.”

Makenew will be open at its current location until April 29.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bespoke brings seven fairytale weddings to life

Bride or die this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 7:14 PM

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Another weekend, another shopping option for those of you who are planning to say “I do.”

Bespoke is back. This Sunday, April 9 (1-5pm) the wedding wonderland takes the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (1919 Upper Water Street) and turns it into a romantic’s daydream come to life. The cakes, the flowers, the music, the snacks and the favours—these key details take over seven rooms in the hotel, transforming them into seven different weddings, all inspired by metals and stones. Each room has a happy couple too and all of the expert vendors will be on hand to chat.

Tickets are $25 online, or $30 at the door.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let’s get Merry

Tie The Knot with Make Merry's wedding pop-up

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 5:55 PM

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If you're sweating the small stuff—and the big stuff—surrounding your wedding day, Make Merry has your back. Krista Comeau and Jillian Demmons are the detail-oriented pair behind vintage and speciality event rental company, and since moving into their Dartmouth showroom (47 Wentworth Street) they've been plotting a pop-up shop, to bring in brides and grooms outside of their appointment-only hours. An indie, intimate alternative to the usual wedding shows, Tie The Knot will gather some dearly beloved local vendors—like Gateaux Rose cakes, Twig & Twine Floristry, A Creative Destiny stationery and East of Ordinairy's ties—for the first four Saturdays in April (starting this Saturday) from 10am-6pm.

"We're trying to basically create that feeling you get in a lovely little shop, but it's for weddings," says Comeau. She and Demmons cherry-picked some of their favourite wedding-related businesses and makers to join them in store. "We're just so lucky to have so many great vendors here, we just want to boost them up as much as possible. These people are very generous and kind and willing to work really hard for to make beautiful things for people. We definitely have lots of creativity here."

While Tie The Knot marks the ramp-up to wedding season, Make Merry's duo hopes that it'll be the first of a regular series of pop-ups. "It's helpful to kind of feel excited about what can be a daunting experience," says Comeau.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Everything and the Kitchen Sink

Empty your closets for this massive indoor yardsale.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:36 PM

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Spring cleaning brings hope of decluttering to homes everywhere, but all that mess has to go somewhere. Enter Eyelevel Gallery. The uniquely site-less organization is turning trash into treasure with an indoor yard sale cheekily called Kitchen Sink.

Eyelevel’s Emily Lawrence says that the goal is to foster a family friendly weekend that can be enjoyed by all, whether patrons are regular shoppers or of the window variety.

“It’ll be sort of like a flea market—there will be lots of things for sale that have been donated by community members,” she says. “We’ll also have music and a lemonade stand and we’ll be selling raffle tickets for raffle baskets we’ve put together from donations from local businesses.”

Proceeds from the event will help fund Eyelevel’s summer events, including remounting Food for Thought, its series from last summer, a combination artist talk and public picnic, and Sitelines, a book that recounts the early years of the gallery’s now-signature lack of a permanent space.
Raffles, lemonade and child-friendly DJs aside, Lawrence says she’s looking forward to seeing what contributions Halifax residents make to the free, weekend-long sale.

“We’re having people donate their unwanted items to the sale,” she says. “I’m excited to see what kind of spring cleaning rejects we have and all the things they’ll be bringing to us to sell.”
Kitchen Sink takes place March 31 and April 1 at the Saint George’s Round Church
(5435 Cornwallis Street) but until then, donations can be made to the Eyelevel Gallery office (5663 Cornwallis Street) from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, as well as 12pm-4pm on Sunday, March 26.
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The republic of Doyle Street

Doyle rules!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Duly Noted Stationery soon won’t be all by its lonesome on the tiny Doyle Street strip that runs between Queen and Brunswick. Come May, the letter-writer’s heaven will be joined by three indie neighbours that are equally as focused on aesthetics and beautiful things.

The longtime Spring Garden Road resident and accessories-obsessed Sock It To Ya will move its little shop from Spring Garden Place to a new home at 5431 Doyle Street, while north end furniture and accessories boutique 31 Westgate (2698 Agricola Street) will re-locate its showroom into the big, bright former Port of Wines location on the corner of Queen. Most recently, Wildflower Clothing—which has spent a whopping 17 years in its tucked away space at 5553 Clyde Street—announced that it too is joining the block party. Jill Strong’s women’s clothing and accessories boutique will move and re-open with a new look on May 1.

And just like that, the sleepy little street is a shopping destination.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Explore another world with Nearby Planet

VR or GTFO

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Halifax’s virtual reality scene is growing every day and thanks to some fortuitous real estate, a new spot with a focus on group games and team building events has opened up nearby.

Thor Henrikson and Edward Mowbray have been old film industry buds for nearly 20 years, and when they found themselves looking for a new creative niche to fill, they partnered up and turned to the burgeoning 360 video market for their next endeavour.

“We have corporate clients, and we’re talking to two—one dramatic, one comedic—directors who want to do their next projects in 360 VR,” says Henrikson, a long-time local filmmaker.
“We were concentrating on the production side of things,” adds Mowbray, a former CBC executive. “This VR, Nearby Planet thing was really a Year Two kind of plan.”

When looking for office space, however, they were shown what would become their headquarters, and instantly saw potential in the spacious rooms it boasted. “It’s been sitting empty for two years—it used to be a former rooming house,” says Henrikson. “We walked in, and immediately it was like, ‘Oh, that room’s perfect for VR,’ and ‘There’s another VR room.’”

So on top of their production company, QuirkVR, they opened up Nearby Planet (2093 Gottingen Street, second floor), a VR rental service, to help pay the bills and build a consumer base simultaneously. “We’re probably a little insane—we started up two companies at once without realizing it,” adds Mowbray.

It’s $50 an hour to rent a VR cubicle, which up to four people can use at a time. Henrikson and Mowbray see team-building exercises as a great way to introduce the community to the transformative experience of VR and 360 video.

“One of the great things about VR that is really starting to happen is the whole social interaction between multiple players,” says Mowbray, who says employers are always looking for fun, inventive ways to build morale among their team. “Companies, corporations, are really looking for new things to do. And this is what’s totally new.”

If you want to try out VR at a Nearby Planet near you, they’ll offer you a 15 minute trial for free.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Octopus Skateboards opens on West Street

A small but mighty skate shop for all

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:52 PM

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When Michael Thompson came back to Halifax after years of working out west, he didn’t quite know what to do with himself. “My wife said, you know what, just do what you love and open up a skateboard shop,” says the owner of new north end biz,
Octopus Skateboards (5587 West Street, suite 200).

A longtime skaterboarder and board collector, Thompson opened the itty bitty shop earlier this month, filling it with independent and Canadian brands—like Chance and Olive—and all things skateboarding. Octopus not only carries affordable decks and accessories, but apparel, jewellery and art too, and Thompson is working hard to get more handmade and Halifax-made options on his shelves. He says his number one focus is the next generation of skaters.

“The kids get overlooked. The guys buying lots of skateboards are the guys who are really good at it,” adding he’s committed to supporting and educating young folks who come into the shop. “It’s all about the art and the community.”


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Getting lippy with Foxbrook Lipstick

Pictou-based cosmetician gets inspiration from everyday women.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Catherine Millen worked as a cosmetician for four years, all the while dreaming of one day creating her own makeup line. In spring of last year, she realized the inspiration she needed was right in front of her.

“I started to notice that women were looking more to social media and their friends to set beauty trends for them, rather than looking to celebrities or magazines,” says Millen, who is based in Pictou.

She launched Foxbrook Lipstick—its namesake the street where she grew up—in hopes of collaborating with some of those influential women. Some of them were people Millen already knew, while others reached out or were recommended to her.

“They’re all Canadian women and they’re all doing something that I find admirable or something that they are proud of,” says Millen. “Whether that’s with their career or their lifestyle—or even some of them have such a huge social media following because of their fashion sense.”

The colour Luna, for instance, was created with Torontonian style blogger Luna Lindsay.

Each lip colour is designed with the individual woman’s input to make sure it’s something she would wear on a regular basis. It’s also named after her.

For Millen, it was important to find a Canadian manufacturer for the lipstick, so it’s being made in Ontario and is then sent to Millen and she packages it herself. It’s available at a few retail locations across the province as well as online.

“I don’t want people to think that I feel like you need makeup to be beautiful,” she says. “I just think it’s like, a fun way to express yourself.”





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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Halifax street style: Terminal Road

Scouring the streets for the city's most fashionable

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 1:52 PM

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Name: Thanh Phung
Age: 31
Spotted: Terminal Road
Wearing: Sweater, H&M; jeans, Zara; jacket, ASOS; bag, Longchamp (purchased at Foreign Affair)

How would you describe your style?
My style matches how I feel so it never is the same all the time. Overall I would describe my style as feminine and comfortable. 

Who do you derive inspiration from when putting together an outfit?
I take inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers and from what is trending from my favourite brands and designers on Instagram. 

How does living in Halifax affect your fashion choices?
I love to buy local and support small shops as much as I can but often times I can't find the right fit for my petite height so I order online.

Name a current trend that you just can’t get on board with?
The fuzzy sandals and mules...especially with our weather! That faux fur would be a mess the moment you hit the pavement.

Local hotspot for gems?
I love visiting shops like Sweet Pea, Alexa Pope, Makenew and Foreign Affair.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Big Pony's going out to pasture

The Gottingen Street boutique is closing in April

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 1:40 PM

It’s Instagram official: On Tuesday night, Big Pony announced its plans to close by mid-April.

“This has been a dream of both of ours,” says Lindsay Stewart, who co-owns the store with Emily Ross. “We met a lot of people, we made a lot of friends, lots of connections in the city—but I think we’re kind of just excited to start new adventures.”

The store originally opened on Brenton Street in 2013, moving its stocks of secondhand clothing and locally-made odds and ends to Gottingen Street less than two years later. Looking back, Stewart says many of her best memories were “after hours” events such as Christmas pop-ups and the North by Night markets.

“Any chance we got to open up the space to the community and get to do something special.”

While the store may be closing its doors, Stewart stresses that customers shouldn’t stop following them on social media, as they have plenty of future happenings their sleeves.

“Our favourite part of the store was organizing craft markets and doing pop-ups,” she says. “So like, going to unconventional spaces or music festivals and doing sales there—at this point, we’ve got it down to a science. It’s easy for us and it’s way more fun.”

Those are the kinds of things Pony fans can expect going forward.

“We don’t want to let people down, but we want to let people know that we’re excited for the next phase of Big Pony, and we’re excited for the next phase of Lindsay and Emily, honestly.”

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