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Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Scotland Brewing Co. to open this summer

Kevin and Scott Saccary of New Scotland Clothing have landed a location for their beer business.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 2:20 PM

  • Geoff Creighton

Kevin Saccary of New Scotland Clothing Co. wants his upcoming brewing company to reflect the same qualities as his clothing venture: “We strive to make a really high-quality product, locally-focused.”

Kevin co-owns New Scotland Clothing with his brother Scott Saccary, and the pair are teaming up with brewer Mike Gillespie for New Scotland Brewing Co. The idea of making beer under the New Scotland brand started floating around not long after the clothing line initially launched. 

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“We just always pictured being in a local Nova Scotia pub or something and having our rampant lion symbol on top of a tap,” says Kevin. “We always envisioned that and that was always driving us to try to do this.”

After some research, the Saccarys discovered that there was a New Scotland Brewing Co. in Pictou County—but it no longer existed, so they were free to trademark the title. That was more than two years ago.

“So it’s been almost a three-year idea that’s finally coming to light.”

The Saccarys recently secured a location for their brewery and taproom (91 Alderney Drive), which Kevin says was their biggest challenge. They’re next steps are ordering equipment, executing their floor plan and getting the ball rolling in hopes of an early July opening. “You can come in and you’re literally going to be sitting and having a beer—probably next to some fermenters.” explains Kevin, describing the open concept. It won’t be a full-fledged restaurant, but there will be snacks and sandwiches available. On top of that, there will be a stage for acoustic entertainment.

Prospective customers can expect a slew of traditional Scottish beer on offer, as well as a cider and other signature beers. “We’re going to be dabbling in other things too, but we haven’t fully nailed those plans down yet,” says Kevin.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Scotia Pharmacy is moving (not very far)

We would like a dinner roll with that.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 4:38 PM


Your friendly neighbourhood, all-caps-tweeting pharmacy is on the move. The north end’s beloved Scotia Pharmacy (2151 Gottingen Street) announced it’ll be making the very short jaunt across the street and moving into the MacDonald Building (2131 Gottingen Street—where the home of chicken delight, The "No Name" Cafe, was for 24 years).

“It’s a smaller spot,” says Scotia’s Jenn Jorna, “but we’re pretty excited because we have such a dank little pharmacy now and we needed new life.” While the downsize means no post office services post-move, the new location puts the pharmacy under the same roof as North End Community Health Centre and MOSH (Mobile Outreach Street Health)—“one of the doctors approached us when The Cafe was closing,” adds Jorna—and makes way for a new home for fellow Gottingen Street resident Direction 180, which will take over the 2151 space.

“The push is on for March 19,” says Jorna. The jury is still out on whether there will be dinner rolls with purchase.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Anthony Reynolds' strong, weekly designs

His brand åntrēy debuts a new piece of clothing every week.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 4:05 AM

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Denim, wool, cotton fleece and Indian silk sarees are just some of the leftover fabrics Anthony Reynolds is using after graduating from the fashion and merchandising program at daVinci College in September.

Reynolds, 34, created an Instagram account for his line, åntrēy as a “creative exploration” towards making unique garments. Since January, Reynolds has dedicated himself to creating a piece every week and posting his creations on Instagram via @antrey52.

“The aesthetic of my brand is garment created for the individual. When I think to describe streetwear to someone, I say ‘It’s something old, something new and something completely you,’” says Reynolds. “So a little thrift and also something that no one else would think of putting on to the garment.”

Raised in southern Ontario with roots in Jamaica, Reynolds moved to Halifax 12 years ago after visiting the province through a youth program and decided to stay to begin his fashion journey. “Aesthetics and being well put together are a major part of Jamaican culture so it's always been in my subconscious.”

The weekly garments Reynolds makes now take up to two days from start to finish. This includes laying out the fabric and cutting out the pattern pieces and cleaning the edges. Though the process will start to take longer in April.

“When I start to make more complex jackets and sweaters there will be more intricate closures, linings and some will be reversible,” he says. “The seaming process and the pattern drafting will get more complicated.”

Although Reynolds is using creative freedom to explore his skills, he is also planning a methodical exploration. In the last six months of this year, he plans on narrowing down what garment types he will be making with the goal of putting a line out in 2019.

As of now, the garments are not for sale. Reynolds calls it more of a “guerilla-marketing campaign” for the brand. And in terms of quality—something he values—they are not yet up to the standards to which he would want in order to sell them. But if someone asked to purchase one of his samples, Reynolds would happily make something specific for them.

“I never want to create mass-produced things,” he says.
Reynolds’ longterm hope and goal is to open a menswear store that sells clothes where he can be sewing in the back: “I feel that people will have a stronger connection with the garment if they have the option of speaking with me about their piece.”

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Halifax street style: West Street

Scouring the streets for the city's most fashionable.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 2:20 PM


Name: Anita Cenac
Age: 25
Spotted: West Street

Wearing: Jacket, King's PIER Curated Collections; sweater, Zara; pants, Saks Off Fifth; shoes, Aldo

How would you describe your style?
Kind of all over the place? I dressed based on mood so it changes frequently.

Who/where do you derive inspiration from when putting together an outfit?
Recently it's the cast in Bad Canteen and PAQ.

How does living in Halifax affect your fashion choices?
The weather, really. You never know what you're gonna get so your clothes have to adapt.

Name a current trend that you just can't get on board with?
If someone feels good in something I'm not personally down with, you do you. Oh, but maybe excessively ripped jeans.

Favourite local shop?
Lost & Found

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Neighbourhood Witch General Store enchants and expands

Saying farewell to Put Me On means more space for the magical shop.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Tarot is one of the workshops that will be on offer at The Neighbourhood Witch after expansion. - KIMBER LUBBERTS
  • Tarot is one of the workshops that will be on offer at The Neighbourhood Witch after expansion.
  • Kimber Lubberts

Neighbourhood Witch—owner Pamela McInnis calls it “Halifax’s most magical shop”—is expanding. 

“We were coming to the point where we just had to get more space, 'cause we’re a growing business,” says McInnis. “We maxed out our space out here.”


Neighbourhood Witch General Store (1526 Queen Street) initially opened above Put Me On vintage clothing in September 2015, offering a slew of spell-binding products including crystals, incense and jewellery. In mid-January of this year, McInnis announced plans to move to the larger space downstairs, which was occupied by Put Me On (also owned by McInnis) up until February 18. McInnis has also taken on a business partner, Kelly Marney.

The larger shop with “five times the retail space” will provide room for both locally-made and ordered-in products. As for the upstairs, McInnis says it will serve as a space for a healing room, along with classes and workshops.

“There's going to be everything from candle magic, palm reading, tarot reading, spell casting, Wicca 101, Witchcraft 101…we’re just gonna have a whole bunch of different people coming in and teaching.”

At the same time, McInnis notes that Neighbourhood Witch isn’t just for the magically inclined: “You can come in and just buy things 'cause they’re pretty,” she says. “There’s something in here for everybody regardless if you follow any specific spirituality or not.”

The new and improved Neighbourhood Witch is aiming to have a soft opening Friday, February 23, with plans for a grand opening party to follow.

Update: According to the Neighbourhood Witch Facebook page, the soft opening has moved to Sunday, February 25.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

SHOP THIS: Halifax Paper Hearts enamel pins

Stationery-makers stick it to you with new enamel pins

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 2:33 AM


It has been a big few years for Stefanie MacDonald, the owner and designer of Halifax Paper Hearts, a stationery company inspired to tell love stories and fairytales that don’t fit the standard narrative. Now, her work is sold in over 125 stores countrywide and will be debuting in the US the spring and she’s adding something new to the mix—a line of enamel pins that invites folks to carry some of her cards’ characters with them all the time.

“The stationery industry has been evolving significantly over the past couple of years, and many makers that traditionally only made greeting cards are branching out into creating lifestyle and gift lines. When I walked into the National Stationery Show in New York City last year, I was so inspired by how card makers were expanding their lines—and diversifying their income stream–by creating pins, patches, buttons, keychains mugs and so much more,” says MacDonald. “It seemed like a natural fit to start with enamel pins for us, as our characters are relatable and lend themselves well to wearable pins.”

You can get stuck on Paper Hearts’ smiling avocado, Dartmouth ferry and gal pal pins at Kept (75 King Street), Duly Noted Stationery (5431 Doyle Street), Bellissimo (2743 Agricola Street) and Coconut Creek (162 Hector Gate).

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RCHMND gets creative with future__seasons

The downtown boutique challenges traditional retail concepts, and brings big name designers to the rack

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 5:45 PM

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hosted a launch event for its first delivery of Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy last week. Highlights included a set of neon tracksuits and a football jersey, both collaborative efforts with Adidas that incorporated the designer’s hallmark Russian typeface.

An extension of RCHMND (1869 Granville Street), future__seasons is envisioned as a venue and cultural hub for the fashion community of Halifax. “We wanted to do something conceptual, not just open another store” says RCHMND co-owner says Kristi Smith. “It can display products, hold people, really anything.” The space does not have traditional hours and will only open for special events and product releases.

Inspired by clothing showrooms, the co-owners desired to creatively display their products. At the Gosha Rubchinskiy launch, future__seasons matched the football aesthetic of the Adidas collaboration. To the soundtrack of early Euro rave music, the garments were thoughtfully placed alongside a set of bleachers and turf, cast in fluorescent light. At future__seasons, the relationship between product and space is dynamic; every element within the space is modular.

Above all, future__seasons is a chance for RCHMND to challenge traditional notions of a retail concept. “It gives us the ability to highlight different designers, and to tell different stories” says co-owner Pete MacDonald of the new space’s potential. Look forward to what story future__seasons will tell next. It will probably sound a lot different.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Where I work: N.S.K.D

A shared a passion for rare streetwear inspired four friends to open Nova Scotia Kids, a boutique fuelled by hype.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 4:43 PM

1876 Hollis Street

Zhen Fan, Bob Bao, Andong Wang and Edward Wei are probably Halifax's swaggiest quartet. All from China, the four transformed their shared passion for streetwear into a retail concept earlier this year. The name Nova Scotia Kids (shortened to simply N.S.K.D) refers to their relative unfamiliarity with the province. "I am like a baby in Halifax, like a kid," Wei says about their experience of living in a new country. "A new language, new friends, a new life. Everything is new."

N.S.K.D specializes in reselling rare pieces from trendy streetwear brands. Inspired by internationally known storefronts like Round Two and the online clothing marketplace Grailed, the Kids have reinterpreted those experiences into a Halifax retail concept. You won't find these garments anywhere else in Halifax; Supreme, Bape and Off-White are the designers featured most prominently, plus rotating rack of consignment clothes. In the future, the co-founders hope to place a stronger emphasis on their own in-house line of apparel.

Hype is what drives N.S.K.D. You can feel it when you step inside, almost everything in the store is limited run and hard-to-find. Even the decor is collectable, as rows of Supreme decks cover the wall while a collection of NEIGHBORHOOD incense burners can be found on the window sill. I fawn over a pair of Converse x Fragment collaboration One-Stars (anybody have a size 10?). Flipping through the racks of clothing, Wei is excited about every piece he shows me. First and foremost, the co-founders are fans of what they are reselling. It's hard not to be swept up in their excitement.

Along with several upcoming collaborations, N.S.K.D will launch the second season of its self-titled apparel this year. The co-founders will also make an appearance at the International Toy Show in Shanghai to debut their own figurine. Though Halifax has typically been seen as a fashionable place, Wei says the city is changing—and the Kids hope to be its destination for streetwear. "Six years ago people didn't really think about fashion in the same way. It's like a revolution."

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Maggie MacCormick is having a seconds sale

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 4:44 PM

  • Alexa Cude

Maggie MacCormick
moved and we are reaping all the benefits.
The Halifax designer known for Maggie Jayne—her dreamy line of made-in-India dresses, flightsuits and skirts—is warming her brand new west end studio space by selling off all of her factory seconds, samples and leftovers.

This Saturday, February 3 get a blast from seasons past at said studio (6437 Cork Street) where from 12 to 4pm MacCormick’s work will be marked down in the name of her upcoming summer collection. And while that s-word may seem out of reach at this icy juncture, a breezy new (local) look is not.

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Rousseau Chocolatier's redux

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 4:37 AM

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It was just about four years ago when Julien Rousseau-Dumarcet and Nathalie Morin opened Rousseau Chocolatier (1277 Hollis Street) after moving from France to Halifax and getting their start selling handmade chocolates at the Historic Farmers’ Market. This weekend the pair celebrates the next wave of their business with their grand reopening at a gorgeous, larger location around the corner in the soho (5151 South Street).

The new Euro-style espresso bar and sweet shop opens at 10am on Saturday, February 3, and boasts menu additions like croissants, pains au chocolat and brioche. Stay tuned for a summer dairy bar, too.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Seven Bays Bouldering takes it higher

North end bouldering gym expands to basement, offers new equipment.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 6:15 PM

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Seven Bays Bouldering
(2019 Gottingen Street) is peaking in size thanks to a basement expansion that will feature additional space and activities for climbers.

“From the moment we started building Seven Bays, the possibility was always there,” owner Geneviève de la Plante says of the renovations, which will make use the massive parking garage underneath their current gym space. “I think it was clear within, I would say, the first few months it was going to happen eventually.” Seven Bays’ new additions will include 45-degree and 15-degree climbing walls, as well as a campus board for finger strengthening.

For intermediate and advanced climbers, a MoonBoard is part of the set-up as well. “It’s basically like a benchmark training tool, so there’s an app that has a database of all kinds of problems set all over the world,” explains de la Plante. “You’re not limited to what we call resets, which are when we change the holes in the wall.”

Additional gear—such as weights and a squat board—will also available to complement the climbing gym, targeting especially those who have plateaued in skill level. “We’re also trying to get some people who live in the north end and who want to just train without climbing, potentially,” de la Plante says.

A launch event is scheduled to take place on February 17, which will include demos of the new equipment.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Scotland Clothing goes big

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 1:46 PM

  • Geoff Creighton
New Scotland Clothing Co. is taking the whole “new year, new you” thing pretty seriously in 2018. The start-up apparel company, founded by brothers Kevin and Scott Saccary, will leave its tiny spot at 20 Wentworth Street and launch its new flagship location in downtown Dartmouth next month.

“The Wentworth store location has been a sort of incubator for small businesses,” says Kevin of the space, which also helped sprout Bodega Boutique (now at 104 Portland Street). “It’s 250 square feet. We took a big risk signing on to a one year lease—we went from literally selling shirts out of cardboard boxes at Alderney Landing to opening that space in May 2016. Three or four weeks later we opened on the waterfront and at the airport, so it sort of just boomed for us right there.”

The new storefront at 102 Portland Street, which is the former home of KEW furniture, will give the Saccary brothers space for more storage and inventory as well as the freedom to add more products and designs to their line. This growth comes on the heels of a big year for New Scotland Clothing, which included international shipping, testing the market at Halifax Shopping Centre and planning for a new partnership and sibling company, New Scotland Brewing (the Saccarys found their new storefront while looking for a taproom location).

“The goal was to grow the business this year,” says Kevin. “And we’ve more than proven we have.”

The shop’s grand reopening will take place Saturday, February 3 and more details on a brewing location should follow (hopefully, says Kevin) soon after. But that’s another story.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Speeding beauty

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 5:17 PM

  • THE TEN SPOT Halifax

The urge to return home hit Nicole Turlo when she was working at a spa in Toronto, pregnant with her second child. She didn't have a job in Nova Scotia, and she told her husband he didn't have to come, but she knew moving felt right: "As long as I'm in Halifax, I'll be happy." After the family—husband included—relocated, Turlo started looking for opportunities. One that intrigued her was THE TEN SPOT, a Canadian chain of beauty bars.

Turlo was a satisfied TEN SPOT customer in Toronto, and, judging by the presence of a Charlottetown branch, the company was open to east coast franchise partners, so Turlo filled out a web form to say she was interested in opening a Halifax location. Six hours later, the CEO phoned. "I was shocked. I didn't think it was gonna be that easy," says Turlo, now owner of the 23rd store. "They liked that I'm a local girl from Halifax."

THE TEN SPOT halifax opens Saturday at 5165 South Street, near the Elmwood. Offering speedy manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials and laser hair removal in a lively, social setting, it's "kind of like an anti-spa," Turlo says. The focus is "high-quality, highly hygenic services" for people on the go. "Get in, get it done, get out."

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King's Pier pops up on Agricola

Finally! Some action on Agricola and Woodill!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 3:23 PM

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The long-abandoned 2347 Agricola Street is coming back to life this week. Dartmouth vintage boutique King's Pier Curated Collections (13 Kings Wharf Place) is popping up as a satellite store in the former north end laundromat, bringing its pre-loved fashions to Agricola and Woodill for the next two weeks.

King's Pier owner Laura MacNutt is taking her show on the road as Port of Call because her location on the Dartmouth canal—which has been closed since the end of December—isn't exactly winter-friendly. So, to tide over shoppers until warmer days, she'll bring a bunch of brand new, yet-to-be-seen stock, lots of men's footwear and "a ridiculous amount of winter coats" with her to what she calls a "raw space" on Agricola.

What will become of 2347 Agricola after Port of Call pulls up its anchor in a couple of weeks remains a mystery for now. Priority 1 real estate's Adam Conter, a co-owner of the building, says he's had significant interest from potential new tenants — 27 of them to be exact.

 "We believe we've bought the gateway to the north end," he says, adding that he's focussed on bringing someone "strong and local" into the building.

Conter and his partners have gutted the street-level retail space and its second-floor apartment, both of which will be fully rebuilt. He hopes to have more news on what's next for the space in the coming weeks.

Starting tomorrow (Thursday, January 25), King's Pier's Port of Call will be open Tuesday through Sunday, noon 'til 5pm.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Levi Store opening doubles as a presidential homecoming

Levi Strauss head-honcho James Curleigh has his company's jeans in Halifax, and Halifax in his genes.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Levi Strauss president James "JC" Curleigh at the opening of the Halifax Levi Store, a stone's throw from the church where he got married. - NOAH WIDMEYER
  • Levi Strauss president James "JC" Curleigh at the opening of the Halifax Levi Store, a stone's throw from the church where he got married.
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Not only did the president of denim dealers Levi Strauss & Co. come to town for the jean store’s grand opening celebration, but that president is from Halifax. 

For James Curleigh, better known as JC, helping open a store in his hometown is pretty spectacular.

"I've been on a world journey, and I never thought I'd get to come back to where it all started and open a store," says the corporate president.

Halifax-born and a Saint Mary’s University alumni, JC got his start in retail at Aerobics First on Quinpool Road in the ’80s with his brother. Working at the athletic boutique, his job included tasks like setting up displays and doing sales, which actually sounds pretty applicable to getting a new Levi Store up and running.

Now based out of San Francisco, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

“Once people found out I was from here, there became an urgency to open a store," he says.

Watch the following video for an extended interview.

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