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Thursday, May 18, 2006

For the ladies

Megan Wennberg browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2006 at 10:26 AM

Nubody’s Fitness Centre in Scotia Square Mall is undergoing renovations to add a new women’s-only work-out facility. The new space will occupy some of the room vacated by Physiotherapy Atlantic, and will include cardio machines, free weights and circuit training. “It’s going to serve a lot of the new exercisers,” says manager Marie Kuppens. “Women that don’t generally like to work out in a co-ed facility, they enjoy having a space where they feel a little bit more comfortable. Particularly the big gyms sometimes make women feel a little bit intimidated.” Scotia Square Nubody’s is also adding new pilates, yoga and personal trainer studios, and the locker rooms will be completely renovated as well. Renovations are expected to be finished by late summer/early fall, but in the meantime the gym has already transformed its entrance, painted the walls, changed the flooring, added more mirrors and flat-screen televisions and purchased new equipment, including 10 treadmills. “It’s really exciting,” says Kuppens, “it’s going to be very, very nice.”

Greener Pastures

The Halifax Farmers’ Market needs more space. Whether more space also means new space, manager Fred Kilcup can’t yet say. “We’re investigating possibilities. We’re investigating possibilities here , and possibilities down there because we’re out of space. We need to expand.” A move to Pier 20 would necessitate re-development of that location (it’s currently a large open space), but staying put will also require re-development as the market continues to grow. “We’re looking at re-development possibilities here. And that’s been hung up with the city on approvals for the re-development proposals that were put forward here several years ago,” says Kilcup. “And they haven’t gone forward so we’re waiting on that, still. While we’re waiting we’re looking at other opportunities.”

Hipper Liquor

The Nova Scotia Liquor Commission in Scotia Square Mall is moving across the hall into a space currently under renovation. The new store will be larger and will be similar in appearance to the NSLC store in the Mic Mac Mall. “It’s a store that will be designed to meet basically two audiences that we get a lot of—the downtown business community and tourists,” says VP of marketing and communications for NSLC, Rick Perkins. “It will be a higher-end store that’s very different from the current one in terms of its look and feel.” The new store will have an expanded selection of Nova Scotia product to appeal to tourists, as well as better selection overall. “It will be the newest and the hippest store in the city,” says manager Ione Simpson. “It will be a great thing to be in and we can’t wait.” Construction will begin in two weeks, and the NSLC hopes to have the store up and running by late August/early September. NSLC also has plans for a new store in the Sobeys location on Queen, designed to appeal to students with an “urban, coffee house feel.”

Yaser’s back

The Pyramid Cafe opened two weeks ago in the former location of Cafe Vienna at 2196 Windsor. Owner and head chef Yaser Elhelaly is a former owner of the Vienna, but sold it in late 2005 before going away for a year. Elhelaly is now back behind the grill cooking up many of the familiar menu items from Vienna days, such as the “mexican breakfast,” otherwise known as “refritos.” Elhelaly also renovated and painted the space after taking it over, and loyal customers are returning in droves. “It’s good. It is very busy,” Elhelaly says. “We serve good food, healthy and people like the taste. And it’s fresh and a good price, so it’s a good combination.” Elhelaly and his staff make everything from scratch, including sauces like salsa, tzatziki, hummus and caesar dressing. “It’s good because what you eat reflects on you,” says Elhelaly. “Especially vegetarian food. It’s very good for your body and your system and your soul as well.”

Horsing around

The Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers will no longer be conducting riding lessons in the ring between Bell and Ahern. The wood fencing has been torn down and the packed dirt ring has been partially claimed by the sprawling chain-link fence that surrounds the former Nova Scotia Community College site. The horses can now be found behind the Bengal Lancers’ stable on Bell Road, and construction appears to be moving forward on a new building inside the fence.

Second location

Second Hand Rose secondhand clothing is moving down a block and around the corner, from 5212 Morris to 1272 Hollis. The move is scheduled for July 2, and owner Shirley Hart looks forward to the change. “It will give me a chance to re-do things a little. I think it’ll be nice,” says Hart. “And it’s close enough that I think I’ll keep the clientele that I have already.” Rumour has it Hart’s current location on Morris may be torn down and re-developed as apartments, but no one could be reached for comment.

New room to groom

Finally, owners of dirty dogs, rejoice: Metro Dog Wash is now open at 6021 Cunard for all your pet washing needs.

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