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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Quilty pleasures

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Land & Sea quilt - DEBORAH WONG
  • Land & Sea quilt

This weekend the largest quilt conference in the world takes place in Savannah, Georgia and there'll be a little piece of Nova Scotia in the mix. Two, actually: Andrea Tsang Jackson, the maker behind 3rd Story Workshop, will be showcasing her bright, intricate work at the Modern Quilt Guild's Quilt Con—hers are among the 350 that were chosen from a pool of over 1,500. "I'm the first that I know of coming from Atlantic Canada," says Tsang Jackson, who won't be travelling with her work this time around but is elated to be sending two special pieces south. A project nearly two years in the making, she started Crow Quills Analog in 2014 when she found out she was pregnant with her second baby, and drew inspiration from artist Andy Gilmore. "I wanted to make a sort of physical manifestation of that work," Tsang Jackson says of the piece, which uses over 2,000 triangles of fabric in 25 colours. The second piece on display, Land & Sea, is a collaboration with fellow Nova Scotian crafter Alissa Kloet. "That quilt was really about place and what it is to be in Nova Scotia. There's a land portion and sea portion and micmics the interplay between the two," she says. "It can be really lonely being a crafter, working alone in your studio all the time. Having Alissa, and the community of crafters in this region is like having colleagues." Quilt Con runs February 23-26.

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Katelyn Armstrong goes glam with Moon Beam Creek underwear.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 5:58 PM

  • Katelyn Armstrong

When Katelyn Armstrong's oma taught her to sew as a child, her designs were usually made of satin and as poofy as possible. Despite promises that she would wear these creations, when it came time to get dressed the garments seemed too fancy for her lifestyle.

Today, Armstrong's handmade high waisted underwear line Moon Beam Creek is all about the glam. Luckily, with the discreet nature of underwear—no one can ever accuse wearers of being overdressed.

"I really wanted the underwear for myself," says Armstrong. "It's nice to know you have a secret special pair of underwear and if there are people you want to share that with you can."

Armstrong models most of the designs herself, alongside her cats Linda and Kimber. She calls sizes "arbitrary" and encourages buyers to request personalized designs for a different style or fit.

"I try to make underwear for all bodies, all genders and all folks who want a pair of underwear," says Armstrong. "I want to be conscious of everyone feeling comfortable wearing them."

The line is available at Big Pony (2168 Gottingen Street) or by order from the Moon Beam Creek Instagram. With an Etsy shop just around the corner, Armstrong hopes to expand the brand to include matching bralettes.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Dartmouth's answer to the Casper bed

How a local foam expert designed a mattress that has "nothing like it on the market"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 11:51 AM

A Secours mattress (and bed frame from KEW) on display in a model suite - SUBMITTED
  • A Secours mattress (and bed frame from KEW) on display in a model suite
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As someone who lives with fibromyalgia and has been through four car accidents, Bree Philippe knows what it’s like to deal with chronic pain.

“As awful as all of those things were, they made me really good at my job,” she says.

Philippe works for Comfort Foam—a small business owned by Emily Calkin—which specializes in custom-cut mattresses, among other things. People seek out the company to get mattresses for their RVs or boats, and Comfort Foam also gets referrals from hospitals, chiropractors and occupational therapists. According to Philippe, it’s the sole commercial-grade foam supplier in Atlantic Canada.

“It’s really incredible what a properly-designed foam mattress can do for someone, and back pain is one of those lovely beasts that most people deal with.”

Philippe decided she wanted to “take the company to the next level” by releasing a line of standard sized foam mattresses in addition to the bespoke ones. She and Calkin collaborated for a year-and-a-half before launching the Secours collection three weeks ago.

The mattress has interchangeable layers and a removable cover that’s “bed bug-proof, waterproof, dust allergen-proof.”

“There’s nothing like it on the market,” says Philippe, adding that all the materials are sourced locally or within Canada. “I can do it here in Dartmouth for a very competitive price.”

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fashion, forward at the Fabric of our DNA

The culture-rich fashion show raises money for MSVU’s Africentric scholarship and showcases young design talent

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 5:29 PM

A look from Toria Aidoo’s Kwestomar Kreations at last year’s show. - CLICK PRODUCTIONS
  • A look from Toria Aidoo’s Kwestomar Kreations at last year’s show.

There's no shortage of talent in the realm of local African-based designers, and this Friday that's being celebrated through fashion, music and artistry in a must-see show. 

Toria Aidoo, founder of Kwestomar Kreations, is one of four designers coming together and breathing life into the local fashion scene at Mount Saint Vincent University's second annual Fabric of our DNA.

The show is organized by MSVU's Africentric Support Group and Soli-productions to celebrate African Heritage Month, as well as raise money for the university's Africentric scholarship fund.

"It's good because it gets students realizing they need to appreciate their culture and that identity will allow them to propel forward," says Aidoo, who came to Canada from Ghana at the age of 18 to further her education. 

"I realized the rich culture I left behind in Ghana, but being involved in student activities propelled me to work harder to reach my potential. We need to help them become leaders for tomorrow and keep that cultural side alive," she says.

Though Aidoo is one of Halifax's most seasoned designers her designs are ever-changing, embodying tradition and North American appeal. Even after spending decades living in Canada, Aidoo has been using her talents in educating and designing to help her Ghanaian people. She works with 15 designers in Ghana, and uses materials manufactured there.

"My goal is to help them to export their work and to help people in this part of the world appreciate a piece of Ghana," says Aidoo, who will be donating proceeds from Kwestomar Kreations towards reopening her mother's school.

There are a lot of charitable efforts at the core of Fabric of our DNA as it has already helped a lot of students, says Randy Headley, the Africentric Support coordinator at MSVU. "It brought a community of students together. It has united current students along with alumni to generate momentum," he says. The show has also been a great way to expose new and upcoming design students. "I look to DaVinci College for students to give them an opportunity to showcase their work on our level," says Headley.

As they prepare for the show Friday, Solitha Wallace, the director of the runway show and founder of Soli-productions, is happy to be a part of such an inclusive event.

"There needs to be more diversity on the scene and I hope I can bring that to the market that's here," she says. 

Wallace, who is originally from St. Vincent and The Grenadines, also works for designer Eyal Zimmerman and will be featuring his 2016-2017 collection in the Fabric of our DNA. Zimmerman's line features evening gowns that are mostly streamline couture and ready-to-wear pieces she describes as "very glamourous."

Other designs on showcase are Selassie Tagboto's collection Identity and  Wafa Ouzri's fascinating collection from Morocco. 

Fabric of our DNA
Friday February 17, 6-9pm
Rosaria Student Centre, Multi-purpose Room
Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SHOP THIS: Nora Swimwear

Alexa Pope has the answer to your winter vacation wardrobe

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 6:26 PM

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When 21-year-old Ashley Lemmon picked up #Girlboss for some light winter-break reading last year, she didn't expect it to motivate her to start her own swimwear line. But the self-sufficiency of author Sophia Amoruso inspired Lemmon to build a company out of a project that initially used almost entirely her own labour.

"I thought OK, I don't need to hire a massive team of people from the get-go to start a business," says Lemmon. "I can use what I've already learned and apply it to what I want to do."

With a marketing and business degree under her belt, Lemmon's Fredericton-based line Nora Swimwear has grown a large online following and is being sold in Fredericton, Saint John and now Halifax. Lemmon taught herself how to sew and to design her own samples, aiming to make flattering swimwear for as many different body types as possible. For each design, Lemmon asks her friends who say they feel insecure in swimwear how a design for their body type could make them feel more comfortable.

"I show them what I'm thinking and ask 'Would that make you feel better?'" says Lemmon. "'Would you feel good in this swimsuit? Would you feel good in this design?' And then I take it forward."

Lemmon only started the business eight months ago so the line doesn't have swimsuits for everyone yet. She hopes, as the company grows, she will be able to offer more variety. The brand has introduced sizes extra-large and extra-small, and made size charts specific to each design to help buyers make informed decisions.

As of last week, waterfront boutique Alexa Pope (1457 Lower Water Street) is now carrying Nora Swim's spring collection. Watch for the summer line as soon as it's released.

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Inkwell's moving to Brunswick Street

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 10:25 AM

A Valentine's Day Inkwell Original, designed and printed in-house
  • A Valentine's Day Inkwell Original, designed and printed in-house

It hasn’t been easy being Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique (1658 Market Street) these past few years. Convention centre construction and street closures have been a pretty consistent thorn in the shop’s side, but despite that it’s kept calm and carried on bringing letterpress stationery and adorable handmade gifts to the table.

“It’s been a real exercise in patience and perseverance,” says Inkwell’s owner, Andrea Rahal, who announced last week that after six years in its current home, the shop has finally decided to move to another location. “We really wanted to stay downtown, we didn’t want to inconvenience our established clientele. And this one really did tick all the boxes I was looking for.”

Big windows, foot traffic and accessibility are what made 2001 Brunswick Street (just across the street from the new 2 Crows Brewery) the winner. Though the spot has similar square footage as the current space, Rahal says it’ll be more friendly for displays and will make way for more of what Inkwell does well. “We’ll be expanding on the categories that we’ve dabbled in, so more home wares, more accessories, more apothecary,” she adds.

The new Inkwell aims to open in April.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Halifax street style: Alderney Landing

Scouring the streets for the city's most fashionable

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 5:58 PM


Name: Josiah Stevens 
Spotted: Alderney Landing
Occupation: Barista and owner/operator of Drifter Goods
Wearing: Maru Photo Moto jacket, Taylor Stitch chore pants and button-up, Vans shoes, Drifter Goods five-panel

How would you describe your style?

Where do you derive inspiration from when putting together an outfit?
Normally it’s a bit of form and function. I’ll  see what it’s like outside, and what I’m doing and throw something on based on temperature or function. 

Name a current trend that you just can’t get on board with?
Chino joggers, the ones with elastic around the ankles.

Local hotspot for gems?
Pro Skates 

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jeska Grue's lasting impression

The NB-based designer brings her handmade, natural-fibre clothing to Halifax.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Grue's wrap top is breezy, durable and one-size-fits-all - JESKA GRUE
  • Grue's wrap top is breezy, durable and one-size-fits-all
  • Jeska Grue

Jeska Grue has always been inspired by the forgotten, the discarded and the left behind. The now Sackville, New Brunswick-based seamstress and designer grew up loving pre-loved clothing, sparking her imagination by sifting through the colours, patterns and fabrics of piled-high Frenchy’s bins. As a rural-living teen dealing with anxiety and depression, she says fashion served as both an escape and an avenue of self-expression.

“When you’re from the middle of no place and you can’t access creative objects, you can find that at second-hand stores,” says Grue. “More and more I started to express myself outwardly with what I wore.”

Her keen eye for quality clothing stuck, leading her to follow up her undergrad with a degree in costume studies at Dalhousie University—an intentional step toward her self-titled line of self-made, natural-fibre women’s clothing. The collection nods to the struggles of her hometown of Bass River, which took an economic blow when its livelihood—a furniture factory—burned down the same year she was born.

“There’s the attitude that if you’re smart you go on to university, become a doctor or lawyer and leave the community behind. My interest in fashion was incongruent with Atlantic Canada,” says Grue. “But doing it here with the help of the internet is a bit of a push back.

“Some of these communities have felt like they’re left behind, or that slowly that they’ll evaporate—but I don’t think that they are,” she says of small towns like Bass River or Sackville. “There’s vitality in them.”

A hug in shirt form - JESKA GRUE
  • A hug in shirt form
  • Jeska Grue

Next week Grue brings the key pieces from her line to Halifax as part of Lost & Found’s (2383 Agricola Street) February pop-up, Cool Crush, which will also feature fragrance and skin care from Barre, art from Sara Russell and Caitlyn Rose jewellery.

The event launches Wednesday, February 1 (with a separate jewellery pop-up on February 10). The Jeska Grue wrap top, ruffle top and Queen Heed dress will be in store in a slew of patterns and sizes, from extra-small to extra-large. “They’re somewhat minimal, but don’t have to be,” she says of her pieces, which call back to her costume studies days, Grue opts for French and welt seams rather than any serging. “There’s a heritage quality to it. I like the feeling of well-worn, very old clothes. Not even second-hand, but 18th-century clothing with bound seams.”

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Check out this Swiss Army knife for weed

Doob it all with the DoobTool

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Talk about a can-doob attitude
  • Talk about a can-doob attitude

Brett Evans wants to squash the stigma around cannabis and do away with the stereotype of lazy “potheads.” He’s invented the DoobTool, a product meant to cater to cannabis users with active lifestyles.

“Here’s a tool that will allow you to go hiking and camping,” says Evans, who is based in Halifax. He’s also the founder of the Canadian Pro-Cannabis Group, which connects patients with licensed producers of medical cannabis. The DoobTool is a “cannabis case and multi-tool”—a Swiss Army knife for weed, if you will. It’s been about a year and a half in the making.

“What we wanted to create was something that was multifaceted,” says Evans. “People consume cannabis in different ways, so we wanted to incorporate the masses when it came to designing the tool.” The DoobTool is actually nine different tools in one, including a glass dabbing tool for cannabis oil or wax, a grinder card and a pair of fold-out scissors.

The Indiegogo campaign went up online a little over a week ago. Evans and his colleague Chris Lewis had to deal with a few hurdles when setting up a crowdfunding page for a product that clearly falls under the category of drug paraphernalia. For one thing, they aren’t allowed to offer the DoobTool as a “perk” for those who contribute to the campaign.

Instead, a $35 donation will get you a return of a $35 credit for the online store. That also happens to be the cost of a DoobTool, but you could use it to buy a bunch of stickers if you really wanted. They’re also not allowed to advertise on platforms such as Facebook.

“We’re running into some problems with that, but it’s not stopping us at all,” says Evans. Evans specifically wants the DoobTool to be launched ahead of marijuana legalization. This way, they’ll be able to have “all of the kinks worked out” and make people familiar with the brand beforehand. “We wanted to be ahead of the curve,” he says, “and say, ‘You know what? This is what legalization is gonna look like.’”

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SHOP THIS: Creative Mind, Happy Soul

DOODLE Lovely aims to inspire self-care and creativity.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM


Two years ago, feeling smothered by a too-hectic life, Melissa Lloyd started doodling aimlessly. No pressure to create, no goal in mind, just pencil and paper. “I love to be busy but I came to a place and I thought enough is enough, I’m not feeling those moments,” says the designer and creator of local stationery line DOODLE Lovely. “When you’re on autopilot you’re not in the present a lot of the time, there’s a lack of feeling.” After finding some zen within her sketch pad—accidentally staying up until the wee hours scrawling circles and lines—she launched her own line of colouring books and journals to pass it on.

“It’s an incredible relaxation tool—I lost myself in it,” says Lloyd. “I wanted people to take five minutes out of their day to take a breath. There’s not enough people stepping back and acquainting themselves with who they are, stopping the mental chattering.” One of her latest creations, Creative Mind, Happy Soul is part-journal, part-colouring book that makes space for a little daily wandering, notetaking and reflection that’s easy and attainable. “The act of doodling is way more than what people realize, a lot of people think it’s dilly dallying or not paying attention,” she says. “It’s much the opposite.” Get your copy of Creative Mind, Happy Soul online, or pick one up at Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique (1658 Market Street) and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street).

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Yu Yo makes space for craft

Yu Yo Craft Supply + Tea House is growing the craft community by bringing people together.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Mengnan Qu and Yu Xia think “learning a craft from a different culture is the best thing.” - AYA AL-HAKIM
  • Mengnan Qu and Yu Xia think “learning a craft from a different culture is the best thing.”
  • Aya Al-Hakim

Local craft supply shop and teahouse Yu Yo Craft Supply + Tea House (1498 Lower Water Street) is encouraging people to learn an art form or craft by offering old and new creative workshops every month. Yu Xia and Mengnan Qu opened the shop last April, where they teach classes in bookbinding, Chinese calligraphy, tea ceremony and more.

 “We make sure the student gets the professional knowledge and to have one finished project after the workshop is done, as a way to trigger their passion for craft,” Xia says.

Xia and Qu first got the idea of a craft supply shop in 2011 when they were still students at NSCAD University. “At that time NSCAD students had a hard time buying materials, especially in jewellery design, natural dyes and fabrics,” says Xia, who graduated with a major in craft.

To make materials, such as wires and silver sheets, available for students, Xia and Qu launched an online craft supply store with the same name, but it wasn’t as successful.

“We think Halifax is still an old-fashioned place with people still doing indoor shopping more than online.” Now, the owners are offering craft and art materials, through their physical and online store, not just for art students and professionals, but also for the general public.

“We found a disconnection between the professional side of art and craft and the general public,” says Xia. “There are open courses in NSCAD, but many people don’t have the confidence to take long-term classes, so we start off with one or two classes here.”

In offering the workshops, Qu, a professional jeweller, says that it brought them closer to the community. The shop also serves traditional Chinese tea, imported from China, as well as snacks made using ingredients from the neighbouring Historic Farmers’ Market.

 “Ever since I was a child I had a dream of having a little store and teahouse to share it with friends, like a Chinese salon, where people gather to make and talk about art.”

 Even though the shop hasn’t been open for long, Xia and Qu say that they are proud to have been sharing their professional knowledge and Chinese culture with others.

 “You need some communication between cultures to bring them together in a friendly setting,” says Xia. “And I think learning a craft from a different culture is the best thing.”

 After taking a Chinese painting workshop, Ho Ching Chan, a jeweller, believes that it will give people more confidence. “This is important to the community because not a lot of people are into crafts,” says Chan. “But a workshop can give you an experience to just learn and have something fun to do.”

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mind Hack opens in Hammonds Plains

Another escape room for all you problem solvers

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Matt Hall loved escape rooms so much that he decided to open one of his own—even if it meant giving up his all of his free time. His Mind Hack Room Escape (1410 Hammonds Plains Road)—the city’s fifth escape room— debuted quietly December 18, providing a little friendly problem solving for folks looking to keep busy over the holidays.

“I worked full time but wanted to do it, so I decided to limit my openings to evenings and weekends,” says Hall. “It’s a labour of love, you know?” After much beta testing, his Railroaded room—a treasure hunt of sorts—has about a 20 percent success rate. Hall says making it challenging was important for him, but also making it unique.

“Every room in metro has the same scenario, there’s an element of peril. With the treasure hunter room I wanted to do something different,” he says. “It’s a crossroads decision.” He’s currently working on a second, spy-themed room that you’ll have to break into, not out of (oh, and defuse a bomb) for early spring.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drones for the holidays

The sky isn’t the limit, it’s just the beginning at this new Dartmouth tech source.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The DJI Store is your drone zone - STEVE CURRIE
  • The DJI Store is your drone zone
  • Steve Currie

Views from the two just got a bit more epic thanks to the opening of Dartmouth’s The DJI Store by Dr. Drone (250 Baker Drive). Looking out for both recreational and professional drone operators, the store—Canada’s only DJI retailer—opened last weekend, offering a large range of gear as well as a place for repair.

“We have customers looking for drones for fun, or for hobby, aerial photographers and videographers, but we also have a large client base using drones for business,” says Ali Crane, listing police and fire departments, government, construction, wildlife and conservation are but some of professions using the devices. “It’s a view that was previously unattainable for most people, your only other option would have been a helicopter.”

She says DJI Store owner Edward Habib got the idea to bring the shop to Dartmouth after crashing his own drone at home, and realizing there was no one locally who could fix it. Now, the shop offers not just an impressive line-up of drone options for both the average enthusiast and the tech-savvy innovator, as other photography accessories and gadgets like the Osmo handheld gimbal, which can give a phone-shot sequence a pro-finish.

Crane says the shop is planning to build an indoor flight cage for the store, so that folks can try taking a drone for a spin before committing: “We want to give people the opportunity to see how easy the technology is to use and how they can incorporate it into their lives.”

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mind your business: 2016's openings and closings

Hellos, goodbyes and good buys

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Hot damn, the entrepreneurial juices were flowing in Halifax this year. The proof of burgeoning business is in the numbers— the openings of new, exciting and expanded local shops and restaurants triples the number of sad departures and unfortunate closings. And what a relief, goodbyes are the worst. (Sniff Cafe Karachi, sniff sniff Video Difference.) Because of the 116 openings—and 38 closings—we didn’t have room to include all of the new locations and renovations that happened in 2016, but they’ve helped keep our streetscapes ever-evolving, too. Well done, town! If we’ve missed anything major (or about 100 vape shops) let us know in the comments.

Special thanks to informant extraordinaire, @HalifaxReTales


Backoos Korean To Go - LENNY MULLINS
  • Backoos Korean To Go
  • Lenny Mullins


Backoos Korean To Go 188 Bedford Highway

Bedford Basin Farmers’ Market 397 Bedford Highway

The Butcher’s Block 540 Southgate Drive

Board Room Game Cafe 936 Bedford Highway

Cortado Tasting Room 50 Gary Martin Drive

Edible Matters Pub 1325 Hammonds Plains

Hammock by Thornbloom 1595 Bedford Highway

Jumping Bean 936 Bedford Highway

Mary Jane’s 73 Sackville Drive

Patty Cakes 131 Sackville Drive

Sushi Nami Royale 827 Bedford Highway

Sweet Beans Boutique 27 Dellridge Lane

Tasty Source 264 Bedford Highway

Tazah Pizza 540 Southgate Drive

The Wedding Venue Cafe 592 Bedford Highway

Wong’s Wok 811 Bedford Highway


Cherry Berry 81 Peakview Way

House of Mei Mei 264 Bedford Highway

Nu Cafe 799 Sackville Drive

Suga Rush Candy Store 619 Sackville Drive

Son Vida Social House 540 Southgate Drive

Video Difference 1239 Bedford Highway

World Tea House 1595 Bedford Highway

Yeh! Frozen Yogurt 800 Sackville Drive


Spryfield Farmers' Market - JESSICA JUDGE
  • Spryfield Farmers' Market
  • Jessica Judge


Acadian Fish and Chips 16 Dentith Road

The Anchor 3626 Dutch Village Road

Chameleon Cafe 7071 Bayers Road

Dhaba Sweet & Spice Shoppe 8 Oland Crescent

Dilly Dally Cafe 6100 Quinpool Road

East Coast Bakery 6257 Quinpool Road

Golden Fortune 189 Herring Cove Road

Halifax Buy & Sell 70 Lacewood Drive

Halifax VR Room 2863 Oxford Street

Lucky Penny Coffee 6440 Quinpool Road

On The Mat 2985 Oxford Street

Pho Maxim 30 Farnham Gate Road

Riot Snack Bar 6293 Quinpool Road

Station Six 247 Herring Cove Road

Spryfield Farmers’ Market 111 Drysdale Road

Velo’s Pizza 3248 Dutch Village Road


Cherry Berry 6024 Quinpool Road

Golding Lighting 6238 Quinpool Road

Med Cafe 247 Herring Cove Road

Shawarma Stop 6290 Quinpool Road

Video Difference 6086 Quinpool Road

Cafe Karachi 16 Titus Street


Highwayman's pintxos
  • Highwayman's pintxos


Barrington Steakhouse 1662 Barrington Street

Health Nutz 1723 Barrington Street

Highwayman 1673 Barrington Street

Jake's Florist and Chocolatier 3204 Barrington Street

QTique Fashion Boutique 1020 Barrington Street

Qui Brothers Dumplings 1335 Barrington Street

Tidehouse Brewing 2-5187 Salter Street

Trapped Escape Room 1313 Barrington Street

Weird Harbour 1656 Barrington Street

Hot Plate The Sizzling House 1022 Barrington Street


Skybox Haircutting 1235 Barrington Street

Hiroshima Sushi Xpress 1022 Barrington Street


Koko Mod Floral Design - JESSICA JUDGE
  • Koko Mod Floral Design
  • Jessica Judge


Best Kept Secret 21 Portland Street

Cafe 98 98 Portland Street

Kew 102 Portland Street

Koko Mod Floral Design 158 Portland Street

La Marche Fruit Boutique 31 King’s Wharf Place

Lady Luck Boutique 118 Portland Street

New Scotland Clothing 20 Wentworth Street

The Passage Cafe at King 65 King Street

Picnic at The Dart 127A Portland Street

Stone Pizza 79 Alderney Drive

The Trainyard General Store 53 Portland Street


Caroline’s Bakery & Patisserie 79 Alderney Drive

King Street Cafe 65 King Street

The Passage Cafe at King 65 King Street

Sugar Shok 112 Portland Street


Nine Locks Brewery - LENNY MULLINS
  • Nine Locks Brewery
  • Lenny Mullins


Downeast Beer Factory 612 Windmill Road

Hometown Furniture & Mattress 24 Akerley Boulevard

Joe Toulany’s Pizza & Lebanese Grill 590 Portland Street

Kabayan Food Mart 172 Wyse Road

Lockside Canteen by Lemon Dogs Lemonade 54 Locks Road

Millstone Public House 250 Baker Drive

Nine Locks 219 Waverley Road

St Louis Bar & Grill 547 Portland Street

Seafarers Pub 31 Cow Bay Road

Usta Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant 635 Portland Hills


Always and Forever 145 Main Street

Ceilidh’s Pub 245 Waverley Road

Darkside Cafe 196 Windmill Road

Emma’s Eatery 31 Cow Bay Road


  • Go 2 Eat
  • NXN Photography

OPENED Chatime 1480 Brenton Street

Curio Art Market 1479 Birmingham Street

Giant Bicycles 5536 Sackville Street

Go 2 Eat 5518 Spring Garden

HFX Dog 968 Mitchell Street

Katrina Tuttle Bridal 5954 Spring Garden

The Juice Press 1551 South Park Street

The Port 5485 Clyde Street

Manual Dairy Bar 5688 Spring Garden Road

Mappatura Bistro 5883 Spring Garden Road

National Access Cannabis 5990 Spring Garden Rd

Nova Scotia Designer Craft Shop 1099 Marginal Road

The Smiling Goat 5466 Spring Garden Road

Stillwell Beergarden 5688 Spring Garden Road

Vica Boutque 5475 Spring Garden Road

Wow Hot Pot 5650 Spring Garden Road


Alex Oh Sushi & Rolls 1589 Dresden Row

Downtown Digital 1078 Queen Street

Dress In Time 5670 Spring Garden

Fresh Goods 1491 South Park Street

Pizza Delight 5680 Spring Garden

Wrap So D 1209 Marginal Road


Halifax Distilling Co. - MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON
  • Halifax Distilling Co.
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton


Blue Apples Arts and Wellness Centre 5228 Blowers Street

By Hand Artisan Market 1867 Granville Street

East of Grafton 1580 Argyle Street

Eastside Mario's 5287 Prince Street

Dandelion Cafe 5228 Blowers Street

Haskapa Premium Berry Products 1477 Lower Water Street

Halifax Distilling Co. 1668 Lower Water Street

Little Oak 1475 Lower Water Street

Moon Moon Cosmetics 1475 Lower Water Street

Pavia Gallery 1723 Hollis Street

Pong Social Club 1741 Grafton Street

Roll It Up Sushi 1995 Brunswick Street

Soap In Your Mouth 5239 Blowers Street

Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar 5120 Salter Street

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden 1549 Lower Water Street

Tawa Grill 1496 Lower Water Street

Yu Yo Craft Supply + Tea House 1496 Lower Water Street

Verano 1871 Hollis Street


Aleppo Cafe 1496 Lower Water Street

Dandelion Cafe 5228 Blowers Street

Hamachi House 5190 Morris Street

ONYX 1580 Argyle Street


  • Kitsune Food Co.
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton


11th Street Boutique 5649 Hennessey Street

The 244 2150 Gottingen Street

Agora 2394 Agricola Street

The Canvas Room 5521 Cornwallis Street

Earth Goddess Shop 5528 Kaye Street

El Chino 2398 Robie Street

Eliot & Vine 2305 Clifton Street

Fibres of Life 2082 Gottingen Street

Hands On Halifax 6072 Almon Street

Hooked 5783 Charles Street

Kitsune Food Co. 5710 Young Street

LF Bakery 2063 Gottingen Street

Made in the Maritimes 5527 Young Street

Panache Luxury Linens 3132 Isleville Street

Pramana 2207 Gottingen Street

Sattva Boutique 2453 Agricola Street

Timber Lounge 2712 Agricola Street

Vapor Plus 2082 Gottingen Street

Waffle Love 5530 Kaye Street Workshop & Co. 2470 Maynard Street


Bogside Gallery 5527 Young Street

Canvas Sip & Paint 5521 Quinpool Road

Chi Bistro 5687 Charles Street

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Curious about Curio Art Market?

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Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM


Best buds and Acadia grads Scott MacLean and Lauren Harwood are passionate about giving entrepreneurs a running start to help grow their small businesses. The pair are behind Inspire Halifax, an endeavour responsible for new downtown shopping spot Curio Art Market (1479 Birmingham Street), which made its debut last weekend. “Our goal and vision is to inspire Halifax that you can be a small business owner and and entrepreneur and make it work,” says MacLean of the boutique, which is located in the former Daily Grind. “We don’t really have a policy of who can sell their stuff, we’re very open into bringing in as many artists as possible.” Right now you’ll find work from 50 local makers, budding businesses and NSCAD students, and MacLean and Harwood hope to keep that number growing. For now, Curio will be open through until Christmas (Sun-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thu-Sat, 9am-9pm) but the pair hopes it will be sustainable enough to stay open for the foreseeable future.

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