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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”