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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Two other brothers

Megan Wennberg browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2006 at 11:00 AM

Darrell’s Restaurant and Sports Cafe opened a new location at 1865 Hollis last Saturday, in the former home of Sweet Lou’s and Nemo’s. “We’ve been considering it for quite a long time, it’s always been our plan to have more locations open,” says co-owner Dan Joseph. “It was just a matter of timing and perfecting our systems and finding the right spot. And when this spot became available we thought it was a great fit for Darrell’s.” Like their original location on Fenwick, Darrell’s downtown will cater to students and business professionals. The downtown location will also be divided into an express section (Sweet Lou’s) and a sit-down section (Nemo’s), and will soon offer breakfast starting at 7am. Other menu changes may follow, and may be inspired by Darrell’s newest (and decidedly most southern) location in Sarasota, Florida. Joseph and his business partners recently purchased a restaurant in Sarasota, and will open it as Darrell’s in September. Why Florida? “People,” says Joseph. “There are a lot of people there and we feel that Darrell’s is a great fit.”

Bankable skills

The People Bank is now open at 1820 Hollis. The human resources solutions company opened in 1983. The People Bank can handle interviewing, orientation, payrolling and billing, so “all the client needs to be worried about is who’s coming over for their job,” says recruitment officer Christine Sentongo-Andersen. The Bank finds positions for qualified employees in a range of industries, including clerical, light industrial, data entry, accounting, finance and hospitality. “You name it, we’re there,” says Sentongo-Andersen. “We’re only as good as the jobs that we can get from clients.” As for payment, “no portion of anyone’s pay is ever taken away,” says Sentongo-Andersen. “Our billing and everything is negotiated with the client separately from the pay rate.” So you can have your job and the paycheque too.

The King of Canada

King of Donair is looking to expand, with plans to move into Ontario and Alberta, followed by Quebec and British Columbia. The pizza and donair kingdom currently comprises nine locations in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick, but hopes to number 85 across the country in the next 10 years. “We’ve been at it for about a year now, writing manuals and franchise agreements,” says KOD president Mark Woodman. “I think it will be great. It’s a very unique product. We’re the first to bring the donair into Canada (the first location opened on Quinpool in 1973), and people have tried to duplicate that recipe and they can’t. It’s under lock and key. There’s a spice and there’s a way that they do the meat that is unique to KOD, and also our sauce.”Crossing over

An update on Dartmouth Crossing, the development site currently visible as hundreds of acres of bald progress off Highway 118: The area is scheduled to open its first stores in December. The majority of others will open in March 2007. The only tenants to publicly confirm so far are Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Empire Theatres, but Dartmouth Crossing will be home to small- and medium-sized boxes as well. For instance, The Shops at Dartmouth Crossing section will feature faux-1920s building facades and consist of “boutique retail with a strong focus on fashion in a neighbourhood setting.” In other words, it will be something like a downtown—far, far away from downtown. The development plans include a new entrance to Shubie Park, complete with a pedestrian walkway over Highway 118. And, according to the brochure, they even saved a bird. “In the early phases of site rehabilitation, we relocated an osprey nest. Working with avian biologists, the nest was painstakingly dismantled and carefully relocated to a safe and permanent home overlooking Lake Micmac and the Dartmouth Crossing side. In the spring, an adult pair of osprey returned to the nest and are now raising a young family.” Lucky shoppers might catch a glimpse of the happy family this time next year from any one of Dartmouth Crossing’s ample parking lots.

Run to Bedford

The Running Room is opening a new location in the Sunnyside Mall. “We feel that part of our market could be well served by having a location in that area,” says Bruce Bowen, manager of the Running Room on Spring Garden. Bowen says Bedford is home to many runners, who now have to commute to Halifax if they want to shop at the Running Room. Once the Sunnyside location is open, “it will offer the same product range and services that we do ,” says Bowen. The Bedford Running Room is scheduled to open August 30.

Spin class

Leslie Hauck realized a “10-year dream” with last weekend’s opening of The Spinner’s Loft, a new hand spinning studio and workshop space next to her house on the shore of Jeddore Harbour. Hauck offers “learn-to-spin vacation workshops,” where participants can witness the process of creating yarn, try their hands at spinning and knit with the results. “Also, of great interest to people is the fact that I spin dog fur, dye it with Kool-Aid and create exotic-looking scarves for sale,” says Hauck. “I will spin the brushings from long-haired dogs like Samoyeds, Chows and Collie types, and the owners can knit whatever they want...maybe a little rug to put their feet on!” For more information, visit www.thespinnersloft.ca

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