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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Sweet Revolution

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 10:46 AM

Revolution Records at 5189 Prince expanded last November to include new business partner Rock Candy. Co-owned by Nick Oliver (who also owns Revolution) and Tim Crowe, Rock Candy specializes in all manner of rock ’n’ roll merchandise, from t-shirts to studded jewellery. “The rock t-shirt thing is something I’ve wanted to try out for sometime,” says Oliver. “We’re finally trying it out and it’s working out really well. We’re just trying to go to the point now where we have everything for anybody who’s into music of any kind.” Classic rock items are Rock Candy’s best sellers—think Stones, Zeppelin, The Beatles and AC/DC. “It’s hard to find good quality stuff,” says Oliver, “and we’re offering the best quality stuff we can get for the best quality price we can offer. And it’s not just the stuff with the crazy iconography like KISS—it’s a lot of the newer bands like Green Day, Fallout Boy, The Used and My Chemical Romance.”

North breeze

Three practitioners from EastWind Health Associates have banded together to keep the spirit of integrated medicine alive in Halifax with Harmony Integrated Therapies, located at 6129 North, just a few blocks away from EastWind’s former home on Windsor. The centre opened last Thursday and is comprised of two registered massage therapists (Kristin Muntz and John Barnes) and a naturopath (Scott Woodward). “We’ve been working together for almost six years and we have the same ideals,” says Muntz. “We really enjoy the integrative approach to medicine that Peter and Kermit adhere to; you’re treating the body systemically—the integration of mind and body in a systemic approach—you’re looking at health from all angles. And what we also like to concentrate on here is educating; the more the person knows about their body, the better they can feel.” Harmony Integrated Therapies has room for two more practitioners, and they’re hoping to find an acupuncturist and a chiropractor. “We’re small, but we’re thinking big,” says Muntz. “We love what we do and we’re hoping that we’ll get more people on board.”

Fit for a queen

A new lingerie and bath product shop called Bezan Inc opened at 1594 Queen last Saturday. Owner Belinda States has been making her own soaps for three years (a selection of her “pumpkin pie” soaps were included in Martha Stewart’s gift basket, prior to the ex-con’s botched trip to Windsor). Bezan also features all homemade bath products, from seaweed bath spas to milk bombs and foaming salts. “I decided it was a good way to go, and it has been, because a lot of people are getting away from perfumes, and our soaps are made with essential oils so the scents are not high,” says States. “It’s the old fashioned way of making soap. It’s all super-fatted; it softens your skin because there’s no detergent.” Bezan also sells 13 brands of lingerie, including Snob and Jezebel, as well as several lines of swimwear. “I got into the soaps, and then I decided what would go nice together would be the soaps and lingerie,” says States. “You buy yourself something nice to wear and then you buy yourself some nice bath products.”

Extreme makeover

Extreme Group is set to cross the harbour in April if everything goes according to plan. The nine-year-old marketing, advertising and public affairs firm is moving from its current home at 15 Alderney Drive in Dartmouth to Halifax’s Brewery Market. “Paul Leblanc was keen on Dartmouth and we looked at a lot of office space but there wasn’t much that was available that suited our needs,” says Extreme’s strategic advisor Gina Brown. “ is central, downtown, it’s a great building and we plan to do a lot of really interesting things to bring it back to its splendour. It’s going to be a really great office space, and as Paul said, we weren’t destined to be in one of those big square office towers, so this one has a lot more of a creative side to it for us.” Extreme has hired Breakhouse Design (designers of Tribeca and jane’s on the common, among others) to create their new space. “I think it’s going to be fabulous—you never know what they’re going to come up with, but you know it’s going to be interesting.”

A-hoyo!

La Hoyo restaurant opened December 19 at 5170 Duke, across from NSCAD. The menu offers an array of international items, with a special focus on East African dishes like Somalian rice, injeera bread with hot chilies and chicken with boiled egg. La Hoyo is also Nova Scotia’s first provider of “Broaster Chicken,” a Chicago-based chicken franchise. Owner Sophia Assali says the chicken has been a hit with customers so far, and it’s available for take-out or as part of a catered meal. “Many people came and they said, ‘Oh this is the best chicken, it’s light, it’s not greasy, we don’t feel sleepy after we eat here,’ which is a very good compliment really,” says Assali. “We haven’t done crazy advertising yet, so far it’s people telling each other, and this is the best advertising you can get.” La Hoyo caters to the downtown business crowd and NSCAD frequenters alike, but NSCAD are the “best neighbours so far,” says Assali. “They’ve tasted the whole menu, from A to Z.”

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