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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Changes brewing

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news

Posted on Thu, Oct 6, 2005 at 9:33 AM

Changes brewing

Garrison Brewing Company is relocating from its current home at 6300 Lady Hammond down to the “historic Pier 21 area as we speak,” says owner Brian Titus. The brewery is moving into the former home of the Port Police, just north of the immigration annex and parallel to the sea wall. Titus is thrilled with the new space, complete with 27-foot ceilings, exposed iron girders and an “old-style industrial character.” Titus hopes to be fully installed by the end of November, and brewing by December. The new home will feature a retail store and large hospitality room for parties, corporate events and brewery tours. The new space represents “an immediate doubling of capacity,” says Titus. “We’re at just over eight years up and running now and we’ve expanded a couple of times in terms of adding a tank here and a tank there, but we’re at that point where we’ve got to take a bit of a leap. It’s a major expansion.”

Home sense

Judy’s Country Kitchen opened last Friday in the former home of Addis Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant at 6184 Quinpool. The restaurant will specialize in “all home-cooked meals like your mother used to make,” says owner Judy Eldridge. Eldridge and her staff will prepare and serve a wide variety of those homemade staples including corned beef and cabbage, liver and onions, pan-fried haddock, lasagna and garlic bread, and complete roast beef, turkey and ham dinners. Judy’s Country Kitchen should be receiving its liquor licence in the next couple of weeks, and there will be a new sign out front any day now. The restaurant is open from 7am until 11pm. Eldridge admits she’s long been interested in the restaurant business, and saw this as her chance to shine. “I always wanted to try it out,” she says. “There’s so many fast food places, and no places for families to go for home cooking.”

Hey Micky...

Remedy Spa, 1701 Barrington, is happy to welcome esthetician Micky LeBlanc (formerly of Sykea) into the Remedy family. Spa owner Lisa MacDormand is keen to get the word out to people, “because all her clients, they don’t know what to do. They can’t find her,” says MacDormand. “The clients that have found her are coming in and bringing her flowers and hugging her, it’s a really nice reunion. She fits in with our company really well.”

Spinning their wheels

Anne Pryde, a former assistant at Wareshana pottery in the Khyber building, has joined fellow potter Allison Moz to start a new studio/store at 2530 Agricola, attached to the MOeD Gallery building. “I’ve moved on and opened my own thing,” says Pryde. “It’s my own work, it’s fresh new stuff. I’m working on new colours and all kinds of exciting stuff.” Pryde and Moz can be seen working away in their new space from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and also on Saturday afternoons. Pryde’s work consists of a wide variety of utilitarian dinner and houseware objects, all of which are made with porcelain and are dishwasher safe and microwave friendly. Pryde and Moz will celebrate their grand opening on October 14.

Sexing up Argyle

Sexy Girl Home Party Services is opening a shop at 1590 Argyle Street on October 15. The location will give Sexy Girl—known for bringing sexual confidence and products to women’s front doors—a home of its owns. The new digs will include a large living room-type space. “It will be a really funky space,” says Sexy Girl owner Rachel Dodds. “We do lots of bachelorettes, so it’s a really good way to already be downtown to have the party—they just show up and we do it for them—and then they can stumble on their way.” The new space will also allow for workshops centering on sexual health. “Our whole mission is to provide sexual confidence,” says Dodd, “and we do that by providing good products and a lot of information on how to shop for it, and we’re pretty to the point on how to safely use it.”

Healthy Start

Michael and Maxine Munro will host the grand opening for their new Therapeutic Approach Health Centre on October 29 at 6156 Quinpool. The centre is located below the Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio, which is also owned by the Munros. “The space downstairs became available,” says Michael, “and it seemed like a good idea to better serve the public.” Therapeutic Approach Health Centre offers a wide range of services, including physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. “We emphasize prevention and natural health modalities,” says Michael, “The idea is to support and respect the individual’s ability to access their own healing powers and resources. It ultimately makes you more independent and also requires less external intervention.”

Cafe Confusion

A reporting error we’re happy to correct: Cafe Michele is still very much open at its 972 Cole Harbour Road location. Georgio’s Italiana Cafe took over the space where Michele’s second cafe was formerly located on Portland Street downtown (also the former home of Shakespeare’s). Sorry for the confusion!

Open for business? Email to: shoptalk@thecoas.ca.

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