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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dual Doull

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 3:43 PM

John W. Doull Bookseller's neater sister is now chock full of books, officially open and sporting a clever name—The Jade W. The new store's name is a sly shout-out to the aforementioned John W. Doull Bookseller, the secondhand shop that owner John Doull has been running on Barrington for the past 20 years. But Doull (whose last name actually rhymes with "owl") likes The Jade W's name for other reasons, too; he calls it "mysterious." The Jade W has been officially open at the corner of Prince and Argyle since the end of July. Many books from the Barrington location have been relocated to a new home at the Jade W, including the older store's entire children's section, as well as some women's literature and some business, craft and health books. "It seemed to be...a happy solution to too many good books, and not enough good space," says Doull. The new store takes up two floors; it's well lit, and its books are painstakingly organized. It makes a neat contrast to the original store's treasure-filled chaos. "Now we'll have a sort of bright, shiny-penny kind of store, as well as a dusty, crazy store," says Doull, laughing. The Jade W also has a selection of new books mixed in with the used treasures we've come to expect from Doull. And they do special orders. Learn more at thejadew.com, or call 423-JADE.

Pizza party

New south-end gourmet pizza joint Morris East has a reason for you to head over there right away, and it rhymes with "sneach, roasdooto and boat breeze." The restaurant's current prize offering, its peach, proscuitto and goat cheese pizza, is only going to be a temporary menu fixture; the same goes for many of the other items currently available. Morris East owner Jennie Dobbs wants her store's menu "to change with the seasons." That means peach and proscuitto may soon be a distant memory, but an equally delicious-sounding pear, walnut and crispy sage pizza is on its way soon. Morris East opened at 5212 Morris in late July. Dobbs has been saving up to start a restaurant for the last seven years. "I've always wanted to open a small, local, neighbourhood restaurant and I just wanted to have a product that everyone loved, which is why I chose gourmet pizza." The pizzas are being cooked in an 800°F wood-fired oven brought over from Italy—it's a cooking method that Dobbs describes as "the Italian way." Those aching to get their hands on some wood-fired 'za (and some chocolate hazelnut torte, house wine and starters) can stop into the intimate 37-seat restaurant for lunch (11:30am until 2:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday), or supper (5-9pm, Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday; 5-10pm, Friday and Saturday); pizzas are also available for take-out. Call 444-7663 to order yours.

Hamachi? Hydrostone?

(Huzzah!)

The great Hydrostone mystery is over. The new "Thai/sushi" restaurant scheduled to open soon in the Hydrostone Market space on Young is none other than a new branch of HRM favourite Hamachi House. The newest member of the Hamachi family is named Hamachi Kita Sushi and Asian Flair ("kita" means "north"). The restaurant's beside Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria and is set to open during the last week of August. Hamachi Kita will be small, with only 30 seats. "So, we anticipate half of our business will be take-out," says Hamachi co-owner Boris Mirtchev. (The restaurant has a special take-out area.) The shop's menu will feature the beloved sushi that has inspired Coast readers to award the Hamachi House on Morris "best sushi" the last four years; the restaurant will also offer new Thai-influenced dishes, and a wok bar (which will let customers select which food-stuffs will fill their wok). Expect an atmosphere and decor similar to the other Hamachi locations in the new restaurant, says Mirtchev. Similar, but not the same. The murals in the new restaurant are ocean-themed. So is the floor—it's imitation sand. "The feel with this restaurant, actually would be that when you walk in, you would feel that you're under water," says Mirtchev. Funky decor and an awesomely named dish called "Crazy Tuna Maki"? I'm sold—and I don't even like sushi.

So long, staplers

The Paramount on South Park is undergoing a storefront metamorphosis. Two new stores have recently opened in the former office space—trendy clothing store Off the Hanger, and fashion jewellery boutique Cassaforte—and the soon-to-open Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar will be in the building as well. Since coffee shops and jewellery stores tend to be more fun than offices, we think we approve.

Speaking of Cassaforte...

Longing for European style but lacking jet-setting funds? Cassaforte owner Margaret Kowalski intends to help you stay in style, in Halifax. Her store, which opened July 30, carries jewellery from prominent European fashion lines Reminiscence (France), Dyrberg/Kern (Denmark), Evita Peroni (Denmark), watch-maker Trofish (Switzerland), Pilgrim (Denmark), Misaki (France) and Thomas Sabo (Germany). "We have the latest...whatever the fashion dictates in Europe," says Kowalski. The store's inventory will change on a routine basis to reflect industry changes and to respond to customer demand; Kowalski plans to travel to Europe once a year to order each new season's inventory in person. Head to www.cassaforte.ca.

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