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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shop this: 90s swimwear at Makenew

Which way to the beach?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 4:00 AM


The upside of our recent summer rain is that it’s likely warming up the lakes a little. With your backstrokes and cannonballs in mind, Makenew (2698 Agricola Street) has been collecting a whole slew of top-notch, retro bathing suits for its '90s Swimwear Pop-up this Friday, June 23.

All day long you can get your hands on bathers of all shapes, sizes and colours—one-pieces, two-pieces, mix-and-match, too—as well as 20 percent off Spanish espadrilles and Colombian-made mochila bags if you buy a suit.

Naomi Campbell not included.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Guided Tour - Bedford

It’s got some of the best walking areas in the city, businesses are booming and the pubs and stores are popping up. The growth happening in Bedford is incredible. No wonder it’s been named the fastest-growing community in Atlantic Canada.

Posted on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

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Community spirit

Councillor Tim Outhit's favourite spot in town is up on the Bedford waterfront, where he goes with his wife, daughters and black Lab to enjoy the sparkling blue view and to breathe in the salty sweet air. The representative for District 16, Bedford-Wentworth, says that the community is looking to go even further with the waterfront and incorporate a larger public library.

The increasing number of facilities in the Bedford area includes building two new fire stations, where the existing one will become a larger police station. With the amount of growth happening, HRM is adding several new bus routes, implementing a park and ride, and working with VIA Rail and CN on a possible commuter rail to help improve existing traffic conditions. Along with the tremendous amount of growth happening, councillor Outhit says that even Bedford's small-town spirit is growing. There's no way Bedford is losing its community feel.

Contact Tim Outhit at 902-490-5679 or tim.outhit@halifax.ca

It's in the bagel

Before you go for that warm mid-morning stroll, you'll need to carb up. What better place to do so than at Izzy's Bagel Co., where they never say no—no matter how outrageous the request.

Is it a chocolate chip bagel with zesty cheddar cream cheese that your heart desires? Why don't you even throw some salmon on top? Izzy's got it. With 18 different bagel flavours and nine types of cream cheese, you could stop by every morning for an entire year and still have a completely different combination each time. If you get bored with traditional breakfasts, then this is the place for you.

Izzy's has their own style of bagels that are made with no preservative or additives. So, you don't need to feel bad about the French toast bagel with caramel apple cream cheese—it's made completely natural. Their bagels are so delicious, even the holes taste good.

Izzy's Bagel Co., 1180 Bedford Highway

Taste of tradition

Go back to basics as you enjoy traditional Acadian food made from scratch. Cafe l'Acadie takes their time making your favourite dish so that you don't have to. You won't mind the wait when you catch a whiff of grated potatoes with salted green onions, summer savory and chicken. Do you remember that smell? It instantly transports you back into your mother's kitchen. That's right, you'll feel like you're eating her rappie pie. It's one of the oldest dishes in the culture and connects you with your Acadian roots.

At the cafe they like to call the area their Little Village, where they celebrate Acadian traditions through music and food, as well as cook up some Canadian comfort food like seafood chowder and homemade bread. That's what Café l'Acadie is all about. It's about creating that magic in their dining room and making you feel like you're part of the ever-growing Acadian community right here in Bedford.

Café l'Acadie, 636 Bedford Highway

Really big deals

Are you looking for a new stainless steel stove, or are you sprucing up your cottage look? Bedford Buy and Sell has all that you need, and everything in between. Don't be deceived by the name—this Bedford destination has evolved over the years into a major force for discount appliances. This family owned business has been around Bedford and serving surrounding communities for 24 years.

All of Bedford Buy and Sell's appliances are detailed to perfection, with a 90-day warranty guaranteed for refurbished appliances, and up to one year warranty for brand-new ones. A recent addition to the company is signing with PurewashPro—an innovative and green product that helps wash your clothes without the use of any laundry detergents. Whether it be high-end Electrolux-Frigidaire stainless with a scratch that you can get for half the price, or an excellently refurbished appliance for an income property, this is the place to scout out for the deal.

Bedford Buy and Sell, 1743 Bedford Highway

You've earned a Resto

It's been a long day of walking around Bedford, and maybe you even had to head to work for a bit. You forgot your lunch too? Well, it's a good thing Resto Urban Dining is better than your home-cooked meal—and the food is even made in-house!

Resto Urban Dining controls what goes into the food, and making from scratch helps Resto cater to customers with allergies. Instead of defaulting to salad, because it's the only thing you can have on the menu, let the staff know your needs and they'll whip up something just for you. They want to make sure everyone has the same great experience. You wouldn't want to miss out on their smoked sausage and chicken pasta or maple Cajun fettuccini, would you?

Grab a seat on either of the two patios and lounge around with your sweet tooth. Say goodbye to debating between your two favourite desserts with their sample board, because at Resto, you can have it all. 

Resto Urban Dining, 1516 Bedford Highway

Relax to the max

You deserve a break from all that food, so get back on your feet, but not for too long. The best workout is to get some cardio in while shopping at the full retail store located in Mudwraps to Manicures. Treat your feet with some FitFlops, Keds, Toms or Sorel shoes. After all, those feet have worked hard. Better yet, pop over after your shopping splurge and get a pedicure. Yes, you can shop and spa all in the same place.

Mudwraps to Manicures wants to do everything, and succeeds. They specialize in advance skin-care with micro needling, dermaplaning and endermologie—a cellulite reduction treatment. Pair that with one of the best-airbrushed tans in the HRM and you're golden. Since they're fully licensed, you can even sip on a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the view that overlooks the water. If you weren't relaxed before, you should be now.

Mudwraps to Manicures, 1083 Bedford Highway, suite 201

Affordable fine dining

Finish out your Bedford tour with some more tasty local food and drinks. You can't pass up a visit to The Butcher's Block Pub & Eatery—it'll be the cherry on top of your great day. The Butcher's Block makes you feel like an upper-scale member of their special club as soon as you walk through the doors. From the decor to the food to the service, you will be getting a fine-dining experience at an affordable cost.

Join The Butcher's Block Privilege Club by leaving your name and email with your server and voila! You're in. You will receive a monthly newsletter and possibly be the lucky dinner of a dinner for two.

Four nights of the week you can enjoy live entertainment, unique dinner specials and even wing-night Wednesdays. You may come for the crowd-pleasing burgers, but you'll stay for the five-star experience.

The Butcher's Block Pub & Eatery, 540 Southgate Drive

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Take a ride with Roundabout Bicycles

Dust off your old bicycle and visit this in-home bike repair shop.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:31 PM

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As we head into peak bicycle season—and cyclists are able to use Point Pleasant Park on weekends till fall—it’s a great time to pull your old bike from the shed or garage. It’s probably a good idea to get the bike a check-up before going for a ride, though, and Jack Wong may be the person to do it.

Wong is the owner of Roundabout Bicycles (7111 Churchill Drive), the most recent addition to Halifax’s local options for bike repair. He runs the shop out of his own home. Wong had already been fixing up bicycles for friends and neighbours, as well as providing services at the Dal Bike Centre.

“That’s where I kind of honed my skills,” he says, adding that he eventually became the volunteer coordinator. “I was training other volunteers and students how to fix up bikes.” When he and his partner moved bought a house in the west end, moving from the north end, Wong saw “the perfect opportunity.” “There was a basement, I was already elbows deep in fixing bikes as a hobby,” he says, “and just helping out others, so I decided to open up shop.”

Wong is more than willing to serve folks outside of the west end, but he generally refers to his shop as a “neighbourhood service.” He wants people to know they don’t have to be an avid cyclist to stop by. “Everybody has a bike or a few bikes kind of sitting around.” Wong’s services differ from other shops in that he’ll do free house call consultations. He says this is ideal when a customer isn’t sure whether an old bike is worth tuning up, or if they’re just dealing with a minor squeak.

“In that case, instead of having to go all the way to a bike shop,” says Wong, “I can come to you and kind of give you a comprehensive estimate.”

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Splurge debuts The Shop Upstairs

New stuff at Sophie's Place

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Our shop is OPEN! Follow our brick and mortar shopping experience @theshopupstairs! #theshopupstairs

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Clothing and accessories boutique Splurge has been operating solely from the World Wide Web for the last three years. Since closing its Brenton Street location in 2014, its owners Nadia and Nadin Dajani, who took over the shop that same year, have concentrated on beefing up its online store but as of this week have returned to the Spring Garden strip irl, opening in Sophie’s Place (5486 Spring Garden Road).

“We’ve been online for three years and have been doing pop up shops during that time,” says Nadia of the decision to reopen under the name The Shop Upstairs. “We really missed the in-person experience we were getting from pop-up shops, we really liked feeling like we were friends with our customers and it was girls shopping time.”

The sister-owned boutique aims to inspire its shoppers to be unique, never carrying more than a handful of the same piece, and they hope to push that further with their new location. “We are two sisters with two different lifestyles and styles, what we wanted to offer the customer is that we’re not trying to fit customers into a specific mould. We want to encourage people to find their own style.”

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

(Bike) Feats of strength

Consulting firm aims to make Halifax more bike-friendly.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 10:09 AM


Ben Wedge says more and more people are cycling—and changes need to be made to accommodate the growing number.

Wedge’s consulting firm, Bike Feats, started up in fall of last year. It will have installed more than 150 bicycle racks by the end of June. The firm works with landlords and employers to provide “any services you might need to encourage biking to your workplace or to your apartment building,” says Wedge.

Wedge used to be board chair for the Halifax Cycling Coalition, and he’s been biking in Halifax for about nine years. During that time, he’s become frustrated with the lack of bike parking. When parking is available, it’s often low quality.

“We see a lot of bike racks around the city that, if you were building a new building, you wouldn’t be allowed to install them under the current rules,” he says, adding that they’re often too small for bikes to fit. “You wouldn’t imagine a landlord installing a parking garage next to their building that couldn’t fit cars in it.”

One of Bike Feats’ bigger projects involved partnering with Crombie REIT to install 32 racks outside the Sobeys on Windsor Street.

“They went from, really, some of the worst racks in the city to some of the best racks in the city,” says Wedge.

Bike Feats’ ultimate goal is to educate. If landlords take the time to “do it right,” they can spend the same amount of money and get a better product.

“It shouldn’t be seen as a big fancy thing to hire a local firm that knows what they’re doing."

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

PAID: 10 Off-The-Beaten-Path Looks at Your Favourite Spots in Halifax

From eating and drinking ideas to outdoor escapes, here's a whole new look at the city.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 2:33 PM

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Common Roots' Market Stand sells good shit

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 4:00 AM


If you walk past Common Roots Urban Farm, your eyes might catch colourful stakes popping from the earth. The mosaic of green, orange and purple are essential in organizing the community growing space, located on the corner of Robie Street and Bell Road.

The orange stakes that take up about half the farm indicate plots for the market garden, explains project coordinator Jayme Melrose. "We have really good shit," she says emphatically, "by which I mean manure—really well-composted manure."

Common Roots' Market Stand, which is now in its second year, sells flowers, herbs, manure, seedlings and produce. "It's like a vegetable vending machine," Melrose says.

The market is one part of the Common Roots family, which includes tiny fruit and nut trees, a flower farm and community plots for which there is a long waiting list to join. But the market is a stand-out for those looking to support the farm on a more casual level.

"It's a nice reason to come up on the farm," says Melrose. "You can get really high-quality things that support a local project." She picks seed pods from a nearby plant and encourages their consumption with nothing more than declaring their name (Solomon's Seal).

The Market Stand is open Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 am to 5:30pm. Like Common Roots itself and the crops it grows, it is sure to expand the deeper its own roots reach.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Maggie Jayne spring/summer 2017 collection launches tonight

Sort your summer look tonight at Lion & Bright

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 3:44 PM

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The 2017 spring/summer collection from Halifax-based designer Maggie Jayne launches tonight at Lion and Bright. The Maggie Jayne clothing line is a collaboration between locations: Halifax and fair trade garment manufacturers in Pushkar, India. The one-woman operation is run by Maggie MacCormick, who travels between Halifax and India to oversee production.

The new collection features naturally derived fabrics such as linen and Khadi cloth, handwoven by artisans in Bugar. The new pieces play with inspiration from uniforms, incorporating block stripes and tropical pastels with loosely flowing shapes and a minimalist feel.

Stop by the event tonight between 7:30-9:30pm to view, touch and try on pieces. Guest performance by DJ Alfalfa Brown of Staying Underground and summer drink specials to boot.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nominations for Best of Halifax 2017 are now open

Pick your favourite people, places and meals in town

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 12:28 PM

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Where I work: JAW Pottery

Take a peep inside potter Jessie Wright’s home studio to see what it takes to prep for a crafters’ market.

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 4:11 PM

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Jessie Wright is the maker behind JAW Pottery, and her wheel’s been spinning up a storm lately. “I solidly spend at least two eight-to-10 hour days in the studio, and evenings after work I do a few things,” she says. “Every day now I’m firing the kiln.” Her line of mugs, bowls, planters and plates are bright white and buttery soft—with subtle strokes of colour, glazes she mixes and makes by hand. You can get your hands on them this weekend at the Dartmouth Makers’ market. 

Wright’s been working on her craft for about a decade, taking courses from the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and the George Dixon Centre and working on her own to create a look that’s uniquely JAW (her badass initials). “I really like clean lines, comfortable hand-feel—I do a lot of really smooth straight lines or really try to perfect the circle feeling,” says Wright. “I do a lot of sanding so that every thing feels really soft in your hands. I just want it to look really good, but feel really good, too.”

“I went through this phase of trying to find a studio space, and about two years ago I said, OK I’m either quitting or we have to buy a house so I can keep doing this,” says Wright, who after acquiring a bunch of gear—a pottery wheel, a kiln, glaze ingredients—that she had no room for, wound up buying a house in west end Halifax with her partner and turning the garage into her dream studio. “We insulated it, dry-walled, put electric in—now it’s this really nice white room.”

Wright’s been busy gearing up for this weekend’s Dartmouth Makers Spring Into Summer Market—where she’ll be selling her wares Friday and Saturday—but you can also find JAW at Sattva Boutique (2453 Agricola Street), The Daily Grind Cafe and Art Market (1479 Birmingham Street), KokoMod Floral (158 Portland Street) and Trainyard General Store (53 Portland Street).

Dartmouth Makers Spring Into Summer Market
The Parish Hall, 61 Dundas Street
Fri June 2, 5-9pm and Sat June 3, 9am-4pm

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

SHOP THIS: Family Over Fame

Local designer keeps his priorities straight with Family Over Fame.

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:42 AM

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Alex Ross
isn't wasting time. The 20-year-old designer and rapper (AKA Cunny Ross) was raised by his mother, grandfather and grandmother in Uniacke Square, where he learned the importance of family. Now, he's the brains behind the brand Family Over Fame.

Family Over Fame is an online clothing retailer, and a spin-off project from Ross' music career. He says his biggest achievement so far is collaborating with Alex MacLean, the founder of East Coast Lifestyle, in March of this year.

Ross has been working on Family Over Fame for three years, shifting focus from music and taking it seriously for about a year now and describes himself as a family man.

"A lot of people forget about family when they get the fame," he reflected. "I feel like a lot of people can relate to the brand because if you don't have family then what do you have?"

It hasn't a been easy. Ross says that one of the biggest challenges he had to learn while transitioning from hobbyist to professional designer is the importance of branding. He credits his success so far to his family and his creative team, as well as Youth Art Connection and Centreline Studio—but he's not done yet. Ross' next goal is to have clothes for sale in local retailers.

"I'm a lot more focused," he says, hoping that focus can pull him into the next level. Help him get there by ordering through FOF's Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Guided Tour - The Hydrostone

Posted on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 6:45 PM


The Hydrostone neighbourhood is a melting pot of unique shops. Staying true to the pre-Halifax Explosion architecture, the concrete stone draped with vines is sure to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Take a stroll through this historical area where you can grab an authentic French pastry, sit in the park and get back to your roots.

Down on the "Brooklyn" side of the Hydrostone Market, Gaétan Lang picks up his favourite pair of Bruno Choussignand frames. The metal frames reflect the bright display lights and all of the striking shapes are revealed. This designer is one of four recruits featured in Lang Optometry & Eyewear's spring and summer collections.

After seven years in business at this location, Lang has experienced a fashion upgrade. The new designers that are exclusive to Lang's are showcasing a refreshing '80s comeback style with a twist. The frames are handcrafted and made with love.

Selling is a second nature to Gaétan. He caters each unique set of frames to match your personality. He creates a look for you—shaping and measuring to ensure your satisfaction, and to help you step out of your comfort zone. Your odds of running into someone with the same glasses as you are slim to none, if you shop at Lang's. Lang Optometry & Eyewear, 5550 Kaye Street

Next door to Lang's, we have the newly renovated Assante Hydrostone. The wealth management company has been firmly rooted in the Hydrostone since 2010. Recently expanded, with an additional 26,000 square feet and a street-level reception area, Assante Hydrostone is even more accessible to their clients. 

Their holistic approach to wealth planning examines a client's investment goals, retirement and estate plans, and more. The full-service company creates a complete financial plan to carry their clients through to retirement, and their diverse team works together to achieve their clients' goals.

A proud supporter of many local charities, including Feed Nova Scotia and the Children's Wish Foundation, Assante Hydrostone also sponsors the neighbourhood's annual tree-lighting ceremony, a highlight of the holiday season. Assante Hydrostone is a true cornerstone of the community.  Assante Hydrostone, 5548 Kaye Street

If you need a real north end connoisseur, Edie Hancock is both your friend and your realtor. She has been in real estate for more than 30 years, and has been building relationships from the beginning of her career. Most of her clients consist of travellers, artists and those who love good food and wine.

Edie enjoys meeting like-minded home buyers and showing them why she, herself, lives and thrives in the Hydrostone area.

Now that the construction in downtown Halifax has commercialized a lot of that area, the north end is easier to commute to work from. There is a strong element of safety, and a solid sense of property values in the area. Long-established homes, large trees and unique shopping and dining makes this neighbourhood something special, and really brings the community together. Let Edie show you the wonders of this part of Halifax! Edie Hancock, 800-616-9944

How can you tell the fake stuff from "the real McCoy?" One sip, that's all it takes. When you walk into Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive, it'll hit you. The aroma coming from olive oil is one that you didn't know existed.

Two things will happen when you try the real McCoy: First, you'll be stunned at the flavour and mouthfeel. You'll notice the character and the sparkle. Next, you'll be angry with yourself for cooking with the fake one, and you didn't even know it.

It's all about the education and experience when you walk through Liquid Gold's doors. You'll learn about health and everyday food that tastes better than you'd expect. Then you'll turn to the person next to you, and share a recipe that you just invented with the cinnamon pear balsamic and lime oil mix. Nothing else would have brought you together, and yet conversation sparks. That's what happens at Liquid Gold. They extend the olive oil branch of the artisan tree. Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive, 5525 Young Street

Going up the stairs at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery, you wouldn't expect the bright and open space ahead. The colours pop from the ocean blue oil paintings on the left, and straight ahead you have four more rooms to explore. Whether you're visiting the Hydrostone as a local, or as the average traveller with ties to Nova Scotia, you'll be tempted to buy a work of art.

The gallery is non-intimidating and has a jack-of-all-traits feel, boasting a little piece of art for everyone. With the average price being $600, it is easy for a first-time art buyer to take the bait. But be careful—once you buy one of these original works, it's a slippery slope. Many of the pieces sell online before they even arrive in studio.

The gallery features local artists but doesn't limit to the province. Before 14 Bells opened this year, there had been no large gallery space in the north end, and with the abundance of local talent, it was about time. 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery, 5523 Young Street

Bonjour! Tu parles francais? Super. You don't speak French? No problem. Alliance Française Halifax has you covered. Though the employees immediately greet you in French, they won't judge you for looking confused. You come here to learn and engage in conversation, even if you make a mistake.

Alliance Française Halifax blends into this cultural bit of the city, and has for 20 years. The centre hosts classes of 10 students, in rooms where the windows let in the sweet aroma of the bakery next door. If that doesn't help you learn, what will?

The centre has four missions: To teach French as a second language, to provide resources in multiple versions of the language, to be an examination centre for proficiency tests and to host cultural events. You are welcome to converse over some wine and cheese, or come to a movie screening and listen to the French language. Tout le monde est bienvenue. Alliance Française Halifax, 5509 Young Street

At home, you can peek over your mom's shoulder while she's cooking. At Mother's Pizza, you don't have to resist the urge. Their open concept kitchen invites you right in because when you're here, you're with family—well, it's more like visiting that one wacky uncle. Tyson Wachter and his band of "Capricorns" bring a goofy, comfortable, and mystical pizza experience to the Hydrostone. (No, not the Julia Roberts film.)

When he's not trying to be photographed in a wizard costume, Tyson Wachter is specializing in pizza science. Having studied under a northern Italian cook, he picked up a raw, tangy plum-tomato sauce recipe that he pairs with a flavourful sourdough crust that the staff has been raising and feeding. Most of the staff has been with the company since opening, and have watched customers grow with them. The pizza ingredients, like the restaurant interior itself, are locally sourced and handmade. Feeling homesick? Mother's Pizza has the cure. Mother's Pizza, 5710 Young Street

Once you've rolled out of dinner at Mother's Pizza, flop onto the most comfortable futon you've ever sat on. The Futon Store brings in high-quality, modern furniture that is mostly made in Canada, and you won't be able to turn it down.

 In its brand-new building, you have two floors to choose from. (Your eyes won't be able to stop moving.) With 1,000 fabrics and prints to choose from, you can spend hours debating which panel matches best with your home decor. To make redesigning easier, the boutique even has bar stools, bedroom furniture, dining room tables and chairs. It may be called The "Futon" Store, but it's so much more than that.

There is complete freedom in what you do or how you can design your futon. Gone are the days where you need to work hard at matching the mattress with the frame and the cover—The Futon Store does it for you. The sky is the limit, and they probably have that design too. The Futon Store, 5730 Young Street

To wind up our tour, head back to Hydrostone Park. While you're sitting in the park, maybe sipping on some coffee, take a peek over towards Kaye Street and see the bright mustard doors of the townhouses at the new St. Joseph's Square development. You may have just found your new home.

The unique building design incorporates various historical elements from St. Joseph's Catholic Church, including three stained glass windows featured on the building's monument wall. The development consists of 106 designer rental suites and 6,000 square feet of commercial space designed and developed by Dexel Architecture and Dexel Developments.

The designers used some of the Hydrostone architectural design standards for inspiration while creating the townhouses and commercial space, to allow the building to appropriately blend within the Hydrostone community.

Residents of St. Joseph's Square enjoy plenty of amenities including a resident lounge, outdoor green space and fitness centre. Living in St. Joseph's Square is ideal for urbanites seeking a smaller, neighbourhood feel. Here, within an exceptional community, you'll find not only an apartment—you'll feel right at home.

St. Joseph's Square, 5450 Kaye Street

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Flower Shop hops to Barrington

The veteran florist leaves its Granville digs May 31

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 4:43 AM

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The Flower Shop
has blossomed and outgrown its current 1887 Granville Street location. In June, the much-loved florist is making the move to Barrington—1705 Barrington Street, the former Foreign Affair, to be exact—and the new digs mean additional storage space and a basement office. Owner Charlotte Pierce is particularly excited about the new walk-in cooler.

“It all feels really good,” she says.

The larger space will allow the shop to be able to keep up with the demand to keep its doors open seven days a week, rather than the five-and-a-half it’s open now. The shop is also often selling out of flowers, which is good on one hand, “but when we still have hours in the day to sell flowers and we don’t have the flowers,” Pierce says it’s less than ideal.

The shop is moving out of its current location on May 31. Pierce says they’ll be open on Barrington as soon as possible after that. She’ll be hitting pause on The Flower Shop’s workshops until things are settled post-move, but they’ll be starting up again in mid-June.
“We’ll have a big party and big sales when we open,” she adds.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Abode Boutique is closing

Say goodbye with an Open City mega sale

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 1:55 PM

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Another business dedicated to quality is leaving the Halifax shopping scene—this time Daun Windover’s furniture and home decor shop Abode Boutique. After stints on Granville and Doyle streets, the source for mid-century modern pieces, Scandinavian designs and dishes and accessories settled into its current home at 5881 Almon Street in early 2016, which will close its doors at the end of the month. Windover is offering up mega deals until that point, starting with a garage sale this weekend during Open City (Saturday, May 13, 12-5pm) where she won’t just be selling off existing stock, but everything she has in storage as well. Everything’s got to go, so store fixtures, Christmas stock, shop decor and carpets are up for grabs, too.
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Preamable Footwear walks on

The downtown shoe store closes May 27

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 1:23 PM

Five years after opening in the Trillium building, Preamble Footwear (1457 South Park Street) has announced that the end of May will also be the end of the store. A spin-off shop from the nearly 40-year shoe veterans at Aerobics First (6166 Quinpool Road), Preamble opened its doors in 2012, offering Haligonians fashionable footwear that puts practicality and comfort first. With its lease coming to an end, it’ll close permanently on May 27, but until then will be selling off everything at a discounted price.

All new shoes (Camper, Clarks, Fly and other solid brands) are currently 25 percent off, will be 40 percent off starting May 13 and from May 20 to the end, are half-price.
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