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Bob and Lori’s Food Emporium at 2179 Gottingen will remain open, and it’s going back to regular hours of Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm after Thanksgiving. “People have been incredibly understanding, and we’re very, very thankful,” says co-owner Bob Trenaman. “Nobody pushed us too hard.” Bob and Lori’s was closing early a few weeks ago for personal reasons, but “wonderful” new staff have since been hired, and Trenaman looks forward to the restaurant’s future growth. “If you don’t make changes and grow in business you’re going backwards,” says Trenaman. “So now that I have all this time on my hands I think it’s time that I do as much as I can, and it can only be good for my family.” Trenaman says Bob and Lori’s is looking to expand into the hotel business, with the potential of renting out five rooms above the restaurant and turning the back into an additional three rooms. “We’re going to be here as long as we possibly can,” says Trenaman, “and try and grow. Just grow and grow.”

Navy gravy

Old Navy opens in Bayers Lake today. It’s the second location to open in HRM this month, with the first store having opened in Mic Mac Mall on September 7. “We are excited to grow our business in the Maritime region,” says Jane Shaw, director of public relations for Old Navy, a division of Gap Inc. “The customer response we have received from this market has been overwhelming and we are happy to open our doors just in time for the back to school shopping season.”

Raise a glass

The Queen of Cups, located at 44 Ochterloney, will be expanding its hours to include supper three evenings a week starting October 5. Queen of Cups is best known for its aromatic array of 22 organic teas, but as owner Shelley Goodson says, “we’ve got a lot more than just tea.” The restaurant also specializes in a wide variety of crepes and desserts all made from scratch, and the new dinner menu will include items such as wild salmon cakes, chicken, brie and apples in phyllo pastry, and Sweet William sausage rolls. “We’re going to have a bistro type menu so that prices can stay very reasonable,” says Goodson, “and people can have a nice dinner without blowing the budget for heating oil.” Queen of Cups is also licensed. The new hours will run Saturday to Tuesday from 11am to 4pm, and Wednesday to Friday 11am to 8pm. “It’s so good during the day time,” says Goodson. “I want them to come for supper too.”

Crystal anniversary

The Summit Day Spa & Wellness Clinic celebrates 15 years in business this Friday, with birthday parties at both its Halifax (Park Lane Mall) and Bedford (Sunnyside Mall) locations, from 7pm to 9pm. Summit offers a wide range of services, from aromatic baths, massage and reflexology, to sunless tanning, laser hair removal and eye contour treatment. The birthday party will feature cake, champagne and a door prize draw for a $1,500 Summit gift certificate.

Dartmouth’s little Italy

Georgio’s Italiana Cafe is now open in the former home of Cafe Michele at 86 Portland in Dartmouth, two blocks up from the ferry terminal. The cafe seats 38, and will serve a variety of Italian favourites, including lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese, shrimp linguini, crepes, wraps, soup, cappuccino, cafe latte and wine. “I’ve travelled a lot to Europe and South America over the years,” says owner George Bishop, “and I just wanted to bring the European feel of a small Italian cafe to downtown Dartmouth.” In addition to the eat-in restaurant, Georgio’s will offer catering and take-out, and Bishop hopes to open an Italian grocery (think the Italian Market) next door in the coming months. “I’ve travelled to Little Italies in Montreal and New York and San Francisco and I just love the Italian way of life,” says Bishop.

’Tis the Season

Holiday Comforts, a shop sporting everything you’ll need to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth, opened September 1 in Park Lane Mall. The seasonal-themed store will remain open until the end of December, and another will open on the third floor of Mic Mac Mall after Thanksgiving. Aside from an abundance of Christmas decorations and gifts, Holiday Comforts also sells tart burners, Yankee candles, lamps and prints. “But the focus is definitely on Christmas decorating and Christmas gift giving,” says manager Shawne Downey. “In retail, is certainly the busiest season of the year—and I think it’s going to do really well. The response so far has been very good.” Downey says the store is especially welcomed by people who do their Christmas shopping throughout the year and those who buy early to have gifts to send away.

Taco Ice Cream

Following months of renovations to the KFC building on Quinpool, you can now get your buckets and burritos in the same space with last week’s opening of Taco Bell. … Fuzzy Bear Ice Cream on Barrington is closed, with a sign in the window reading “business for sale and/or store for lease.” ... Lastly, rumour has it new businesses are popping up on Portland Street in Dartmouth. Word is there’s a new women’s clothing store and a new cafe in the works. We’ll keep you posted.

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