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Thursday, February 9, 2006

Powerful moves

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2006 at 1:30 PM

PowerPost Production is moving from its current locations at 1649 Brunswick (in NSCAD’s Academy building) and 2507 Brunswick to the Centennial building at the corner of Sackville and Hollis. “It’s been a long time coming for us,” says owner Rob Power. “We’ve gone though buildings all over the city and this turned out to be the best choice.” The move, scheduled for the first week of March, will enable PowerPost to house both its audio and video facilities under one roof. “Filmmakers won’t have to go to one building to do their audio mix and another building to do their online and their colour correct,” says Power. The new location will also house a brand new mixing theatre, only the second of its kind in Atlantic Canada (the other is owned by PowerPost in Charlottetown). “It’s essentially a very small movie theatre,” says Power, of the currently under construction 20 x 35 foot space, “it’s set-up like a movie theatre; you go in there, sit with the audio mixer, and you actually mix your film from the theatre. It re-creates the environment of a movie theatre, because that’s the only way you can properly mix feature .” The mixing theatre is slated to be ready in early March, and PowerPost will do its best to remain open throughout the move. “Different parts of the business will get shut down for a day or two here and there,” says Power, “But never the whole thing.”

Transit transitions

A three-day conference on public transit in Halifax will begin on Thursday, February 9, and may have implications for Metro Transit. The conference, organized by the Dalhousie School of Planning, will bring together urban planners, environmentalists, citizens and city officials—including Mayor Peter Kelly—to discuss the state of public transportation in Halifax. The bulk of the conference will be held on Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Alderny Landing in Dartmouth. Frank Palermo, a member of the planning faculty at Dalhousie, is encouraging any interested citizens to come and attend the conference— admission is free, and public input is encouraged. For more information, including a full conference program and schedule of events, visit planningconference.dal.ca.

Total Body

Be Massage Therapy, located in the YMCA on South Park, celebrated its first year in business yesterday. “We’ve got some great therapists here who are building their reputations, and it’s a great location here in the Y,” says owner Julie Kells. “Most people are here for their health, so it’s been a really good complement to work with the Y this way. I think that’s been the key.” Kells has worked out of the YMCA for the past six years, but was getting so busy on her own she was starting to lose clients and so decided to expand. Be offers a full range of massage treatments, from traditional Swedish and myofascial release, to infant massage classes and pregnancy and labour support. A sign-up board is available to clients who want to book a massage immediately following a workout.

Wok-ie Talkie

Cheelin Restaurant in the Brewery Market recently invested in a set of walkie-talkies, which will greatly improve communication between the second floor restaurant and the restaurant’s stall in the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Whereas employees used to have to rush back and forth when they got low on spring rolls or dumplings, the walkie-talkies will enable staff to radio the kitchen exactly what’s needed and when. Cheelin Restaurant is looking forward to the faster, more effective service this will provide their customers.

Reading week

Back Pages Used Books at 1526 Queen St. will be closed for a few days starting on Monday, February 20. “It just needs some carpeting and some paint and stuff like that,” says owner Mike Norris. “I’ve been in this location 11 years and it’s about time, it’s really much past, actually.” Before any painting can begin, Norris will first experience the true weight of words as he shuffles tonnes of books around the store. “It’s easier if I do it myself. It’s just going to mean me coming down here on Sunday about 5 o’clock and working for five hours.”

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