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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Nature watch

Guy Quenneville browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2006 at 2:43 PM

A new adult boutique, Naughty by Nature, opened its doors at 6247 Quinpool last Saturday. Naughty by Nature offers the usual sex toys, but it’s not just a sex shop, insists co-owner Nassim Klayme. “We also have a tattoo and piercing parlor. And we really are catering to customers with this. Each tattoo room will have a 20-inch flat panel TV. Some people get a little nervous when getting a tattoo. So playing a movie or a music video to put them at ease is something we can do.” Naughty by Nature will make house calls, during which a representative of the store will bring an array of toys, clothes and other adult novelties and explain the purpose of each product. (The store will throw in two complementary bottles of wine, too.) “What I want to do with the store is challenge the usual stereotype people have of adult shops,” says Klayme. “People tend to equate these stores with dark, depressing atmospheres. But I want people to think of this store as a warm and welcoming place. Our store features bright colors to produce that effect.” Naughty by Nature’s first location opened on Main Street in Dartmouth eight months ago; there are two more stores set to open. A Sackville location will open by the new year, and a Bayers Lake location in early January.

Tale of two stores

Weeks after Triple AAA convenience store re-opened on the corner of Preston and Jubilee, another corner store has announced its imminent opening—right across the street. Coincidence? Hardly. The new store will be operated by two of the people who ran Triple AAA for the last 18 years, until the landowner, John Amyoony, decided to run the store by himself. “We are opening the store because we want to continue to serve the community and the customer base that we have built all these years,” says Al Habib, who will operate the store alongside his brother, Michael Habib. “Someone in the community, who didn’t want to see us go, informed us that the space was available.” The store is currently in the midst of “renovations and touch-ups,” but Habib says the store should be open within two weeks. To thank the nearby community, the new store will hold a competition for “young kids in the area” to choose the name of the new store. The winner will receive a gift (Habib hints at an iPod), and the school the child attends will receive a donation of $500. Habib will be visiting local schools to hear suggestions.

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A textile company based in Dartmouth recently won a design competition for a library in Cambridge, Ontario. Armstrong Fox Textiles Inc. has been designing and weaving fashion accessories for three years. The company’s owners, Lesley Armstrong and Anke Fox, have 45 years of textile design and production experience between them. They’ve been creating and making fabrics in a variety of textile techniques that have been used in fashion, home furnishings and textile-based art. While most of their work is exported to the United States, they’ve recently made headlines for their design plan for an addition to the Hespeler Library in Cambridge. “Our fabric was chosen for a drapery to go around the perimeter of a glass building that forms the expansion part of the library,” says Armstrong. “We won because of our design but we’re also manufacturing the drapery curtains as well. It’s made of imported Japanese yarn, with little bits of linen paper adhered to the yarn.” Armstrong says she loves her job because it lets her “create with my hands. Textile materials, unlike many other materials, allow you so much flexibility with the huge range of techniques and fibers now available.” Armstrong Fox’s work will be on show at the upcoming Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council Christmas Show, November 17 to 19, at the Cunard Centre (Pier 23).

Stab in the dark

Everybody has felt the sting of last Saturday’s murder outside Rain on Argyle Street. What the stabbing means for Agyle as a whole is still in question. Wendy Friedman is the owner of Biscuit General Store at 1661 Argyle. Her store was closed from the morning to mid-afternoon on Saturday as police worked the street in search of forensic evidence. Saturday is her busiest day, she says, and the store did half the business it usually does. But that’s not what has her upset. “I hate that this has happened to Argyle Street,” says Friedman. “This is a wonderful part of town. It always has such a festive spirit about it. What happened Saturday is not in keeping with the overall tone of the street, and I really hope it doesn’t deter people from coming to the street.”

In memoriam

The controversial businessman behind the infamous Sensations strip club in Dartmouth, Javis Roberts, died this week of cancer. He was 45 years old. Roberts came under intense scrutiny last year when he announced his plan to open a strip club close to a busy Dartmouth shopping area.

Don’t forget…

Remembrance Day falls on Saturday this year. Nova Scotia is governed by its own Remembrance Day Act, which lists what types of stores can open on that day. Remembrance Day is the also only holiday that was specifically mentioned in Rodney MacDonald’s recent Sunday shopping decree. Hospitals, service stations and drug stores not located in department stores will remain open. Liquor stores will be closed, but movie theatres will be open all day.

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