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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Harbour crafts

Megan Wennberg browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2006 at 9:40 AM

The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and the Mary E. Black Gallery are moving from their 15-year home at Barrington and Prince to shed 21 at 1061 Marginal. The move, which begins this week, was prompted by Transportation and Public Works (who own the building) wanting to expand their office space. The Centre will re-open August 28, and the Gallery will re-open August 31 with a new exhibition called Pelvis Envy by Léola LeBlanc. “I think it will be great, I’m really excited about it,” says Susan MacAlpine Foshay, director of both the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and the Mary E. Black Gallery. “It’s a beautiful gallery space. I think being down in the shed area, in the seawall development area is going to be a really wonderful thing. It’s going to be a happening place in a few years.” In addition to running the Gallery, the Centre also has studio spaces dedicated to pottery, wood working, metal, weaving and a multi-purpose studio. All the studios will be up and running by the beginning of October, and the Centre offers courses in the various craft disciplines throughout the year.

Royal readers

The University of King’s College opened its own student bookstore on Monday. King’s students previously had to rely on the Dalhousie bookstore and local retailers for their books, but they can now purchase course related reading materials on campus, in the basement of the New Academic Building. “King’s is a completely separate university, we really wanted it to be part of the King’s community and everyone in the community has jumped on board 110 per cent and is really, really supportive,” says King’s Student Union President (and bookstore board member) Dave Jerome. The bookstore will also sell articles of clothing for the various King’s societies and sports teams and the King’s Theatrical Society will sell tickets to its productions. The bookstore is student-initiated, student-funded (the KSU put up most of the money) and student-run, and any profits will be re-invested into the store. “The great thing about the bookstore is that it’s a co-op,” says Jerome. “The long term vision is that the co-op membership will be extended to be all King’s students.”

Shaken, not stirred

Shake It Café opened last week at 5523 Cornwallis, in the same building as Shake It Dance Studio. Both are owned by Leslie Carvery. “I already had the space,” says Carvery, “I was sitting on my stoop watching all my friends and neighbours walking past me to get coffee, and I needed a day job.” Shake It Café is open 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, and will open in the evenings starting this fall. The café currently serves tea, coffee and muffins, but Carvery plans to offer two homemade specials (one vegetarian, one non) daily. “I think it’ll be great,” says Carvery. “A lot of my students drive in from outside of Halifax, and because classes are at 6 and 7, they don’t get a chance to eat, and so it will be a good chance for them to not do the truck stuff and have a little meal and sit down and be able socialize with the other students. And it’s good for the neighbourhood too—I know a lot of people in the neighbourhood, I’ve been here all my life, and it’s a chance for people to come in and have coffee and chat with me and see what’s going on.”

Many Poppins

Trusted Care Nanny and Sitter Services, a new business based out of Wolfville, is looking to hire part-time caregivers for work in Metro and the Valley. The business provides caregivers for elderly and special needs clients, but the primary focus is on childcare—in other words, nannies and babysitters. “A lot of people don’t have the time to put into because it is really time consuming to do all the interviewing, collect all the applications,” says owner Krystol Bell. Trusted Care takes that burden off of families by advertising the positions required, conducting extensive interviews, running background checks and selecting the best candidates at the end of those processes to meet the families. Trusted Care promotes “active and educational childcare,” and they’re looking for people who have “experience with kids and a real love for doing it, not just people that want money, like a job, but somebody who really wants to be taking care of children.”

Odds ‘n’ Ends

Mr Romance is moving up a level in the Barrington Place Shops, to a smaller, more affordable location. “We considered moving out of the downtown, but we have a loyal customer base now, and we didn’t want to leave them,” says owner Cordell Beaton. “We’ll still have all of our great products, just in a smaller space.” The move is planned for the end of August, and the new location will open after the Labour Day weekend...Norman Flynn Designs at 2063 Gottingen is moving to Agricola. More on that next week...Alex Strum was understandably annoyed that Shop Talk spelled his name wrong in last week’s issue announcing the anticipated opening of his (and business partner Pat Harland’s) new shoe store, Soled Out. The store had plans to open this week, and Shop Talk wishes them the best of luck with their business.

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