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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

SHOP THIS: Little Queen Handmade

Macrame all day

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 4:57 PM

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Melanie Titus' first foray into macrame was an experiment. A portrait photographer and interior decor junkie, she taught herself how to tie the throwback knots for a photoset just over a year ago. "It started out as 'I want to try this and see if I can do it and I realized that I kind of think of it as a self-care thing. It's pretty meditative," she says. "It's done a lot for me personally, I get artistic fulfilment I wasn't getting any more from photography." She had no intention of selling her work until people started asking.

And so Little Queen Handmade—and its 'nostalgic wall art and plant hangers'—was born. Titus has been making her rounds in the craft show world (next up will be September's Maritime Makers) but mostly sells her work—like the pictured Nina plant hanger, $40—via her website, littlequeenhandmade.com, for now. She hopes to make her way into some local shops this fall. "The thing about photographs is we're so inundated with them. You scroll through things and people barely pay attention to an image," she says. "I wanted to create something a little more lasting."

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Axe marks the spot for HaliMac

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 4:53 PM

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Adrian Beaton always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but it wasn't until he and his family went axe throwing that his dream business plan came together. "I took it to my cousin Paul MacInnis, he was my first investor, and away we went," he says. "And it kind of just exploded." It was 2016 when the first HaliMac Axe Throwing location opened on a shoe string budget in St. John's, where Beaton currently lives, and it wasn't long after that the two Halifax natives opened a second location in Kentville. The next project? Opening their third lounge at 1920 Brunswick Street, right next door to 2 Crows Brewing Co. "It's almost our year anniversary and it has snowballed really really quickly. I opened it on a work term when I was doing industrial engineering technology, planning on massive growth ever since," says Beaton, who adds a Halifax location will be the icing on the cake. A place for "culture badasses," HaliMac will celebrate not just axe throwing, but art, craft beer and charity, too. "Every new location just gives us opportunity to improve ourselves," he adds, and Brunswick Street will be a more refined version of the first two locations. The six-lane set up will welcome not just large groups, but solo throwers too—HaliMac will charge per-person, not per-lane. "We operate in a pool hall or bowling alley fashion. You can come on your own, or with two. It really allows people to get exposed to the sport. We're building our own culture and our own community." Beaton says his aim is to open sometime in November, and it sounds like he's got some serious bullseye potential.

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Vol 26, No 25
November 15, 2018

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