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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Historic events

Megan Wennberg browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2006 at 9:14 AM

The Harbourside Market in Historic Properties near the waterfront welcomes two new additions this week: The Mad Greek will take over the space formerly occupied by Brisket, and Harbourside Pub (a tentative name) will take over from John Shippey’s. The two are located on either side of Pizza Del Forno, and all three are owned by Chris Tzaneteas (also part owner of Opa, Seven and The Argyle). The Mad Greek will be an “Opa-style” restaurant featuring Greek, Italian and Lebanese specialties, while The Harbourside Pub will serve local beer (they aren’t going to brew their own), coolers, daiquiris and margaritas. “We decided to take the challenge on and bring some more product down there, and a new twist,” he says. “We’re excited about it.” As for the hard work entailed in running two new restaurants, “We’re good to go,” says Tzaneteas. “We’ve got three restaurants around here anyway so we’ve got lots of staff, lots of quality people working for us, and we’re not afraid of work.”

They’ll sort you out

Louise Downs and Celeste Levy have joined forces to clean and organize houses in Bedford, Sackville and Clayton Park with their new business Sort it Out. Both women already offered similar services in their respective areas—Downs operates The House Whisperer in Lantz, Elmsdale and surrounding areas and Levy owns Clutterbug Cleaning with service to Tantallon and Hammonds Plains. “We do laundry, we do floors, we do bathrooms, kitchens, pretty much everything, windows, everything but ceilings,” says Downs. As for the worst mess she’s ever seen, “Umm. Well, it’s confidential. But mainly bedrooms. Complete disaster zones. You can’t even see the floor.” Downs, Levy and their staff will also help organize your home, by working with you to sort belongings into three piles: keep, trash and donate. Then they’ll help revitalize your home as they put everything from the ‘keep’ pile back. “I think what happens is people have lived in this sort of state for so long, they’re aware of it, but they don’t realize how bad it is,” says Downs. “So we come in with a fresh eye and we can see the potential.” For more information visit sortitoutcleaning.com.

Circus news

Atlantic Cirque, the Maritime’s first and only school of circus arts, welcomes veteran instructor and performer Jason Ayoub for the school’s Circus Summer Camps 2006. The school, founded by Anaïs Guimond in 2002, is located at 10 Ilsley Avenue, suite 12, in a 2,000-square-foot gym with a 26-foot ceiling. Summer classes are on now (atlanticcirque.com). “Anyone who’s ever dreamed of flying through the air with the greatest of ease is encouraged to register to our Summer Camps,” says Guimond.

New pier on the block

The Cunard Centre opened two weeks ago at Pier 23. Owned and operated by RCR Hospitality, the Cunard Centre comprises 53,000 square feet of column-free space and can accommodate up 2,500 people for dinners and 4,000 for receptions. “We felt there was a niche in the market for a large multi-purpose events space,” says RCR President Robert Risley. “We’ve had Pier 22 for 12 years now and there were a lot of functions that Pier 22 simply was not big enough for, so we wanted to have something that was significantly larger than Pier 22, that could not only house banquets, but things like trade shows, musical events, virtually anything at all.” Pier 23 was thoroughly renovated both inside and out prior to opening, and the Cunard Centre currently has bookings for numerous international conferences and various public events like CBC Radio’s Information Morning Birthday Party, the NSLC Festival of Wines and Word On The Street, and private bookings that include corporate and formal dinners, lobster suppers, trade shows and weddings.

Cinnamon hearts

Mary Mohammed, much-loved owner of Mary’s Bread Basket in the Farmers’ Market, has retired and sold her business to Allan McNeill. “Mary’s passing the torch on, and basically keeping it pretty much in the family at the same time,” says McNeill, whose parents were longtime friends with Mohammed and her husband. “My intention is to keep the same kind of family business atmosphere, and to keep more product on the shelves and also have the product available at more places. I’m going to try to market it a bit more.” Mohammed is finding it hard to let go after 23 years, but is confident the Bread Basket will be in good hands with McNeill. “It took me a long time to pick the right buyer, I’ve been asked many times over the years, but this would be the best person to keep it the way I had envisioned the bakery to be,” says Mohammed. “We want to put out a quality product and also keep the prices reasonable, and that’s how we have so many loyal customers. And Allan, I know he would do the same, except with a little more energy and direction.” Mohammed will continue to work in “quality assurance” alongside McNeill— “In other words, I’ll still be there pestering my customers on Saturday,” jokes Mohammed. If she’s not at the bakery, try New York. “I acted in the Vagina Monologues, and since I didn’t get booed off the stage, now I have greater sights onto Broadway,” says Mohammed. “We’ll know where to find her,” says McNeill, laughing.

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