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Linens-n-Things, “one of the largest specialty retailers of home textiles, housewares and decorating accessories in the world,” has expanded its operations with the opening of a new store in Bayers Lake, at 11 Washmill Lake Court. Linens-n-Things features over 30,000 items, ranging from 125 patterns of sheets and comforters to frames, cookware, candles, storage, cleaning products, window treatments, towels and bath accessories. “The Linens-n-Things concept has really resonated with shoppers across the country,” says Dave McGregor, Linens-n-Things regional executive director for Canada. “We opened our first stores five years ago and have continued to grow in Canada with 30 stores total to date. The expansion to the Bayers Lake location made sense for us.”

Price cutters

Le-zah’s Hair and Esthetics is now open at 1442 Dresden Row. Owner and hair stylist Lloyd Petrie also owns the Le-zah’s in Amherst, and will be cutting hair at both locations. “I like cutting and colouring together,” says Petrie, “and I love to work with curly hair.” Le-zah’s provides a full range of hair services at accessible prices. “It’s not just your upper scale of salons,” says Petrie. “It’s somewhere in between. You don’t have to be making $100,000 in order to afford to go here. Not all the clientele that work in the Spring Garden Road area can afford those services, so we’re providing a service that’s a little less costly but at the same time top quality.”

Five for Fid

Fid restaurant on Dresden Row celebrates five years in business this Friday. Owners Monica Bauche and Dennis Johnston say they don’t have any specific plans, but “we’ll probably have a few beers.” Fid specializes in international cuisine, paying close attention to detail and using the freshest ingredients possible. The menu ranges from pad Thai and coconut galangal soup to Annapolis Valley free-range chicken and farmers’ market inspiration. Johnston attributes Fid’s success to its loyal clientele, and says the restaurant is small enough they’re able to cater specifically to clients’ needs—whether it’s seating, table, reservation or menu requirements. “We’re small enough we can do that,” says Johnston. “When you come in to eat we really take care of you.”

Salsa flip

Mexicali Rosa’s at 5680 Spring Garden is under new management, after the previous owners filed for bankruptcy. New manager, and former Mexi’s server and shift supervisor, Alissa Maloney took over on November 25. “It’s going good,” says Maloney, “the franchise is a good company to work for and I think a lot of things are going to change for the better.” Initial changes will include “more specials and whatever, trying to get people through the door.”

New name

Mike’s Large Format Print Services, 5991 Spring Garden, has changed its name to Mike’s Print House. Print sizes haven’t shrunk with the name, however, and Mike’s still provides large format (up to 60”) print services on different media, including canvas and glossy photobase.

Out in the cold

Shop Talk had its information wrong a few weeks ago when we said the former owners of the Thirsty Duck on Spring Garden left town following the restaurant’s closure. Former owner and operator Alexander Herbert is still in Halifax and says, “A lot of times the owners are painted as the bad guys, but we tried to do everything we could to keep it going and have as little impact as possible on our employees. It just didn’t turn out that way.” The Thirsty Duck closed because Herbert was unable to pay rent owed to the landlord Ross McNeil (who could not be reached for comment). Herbert was hoping to transfer the business to a new operator, but says, “we were stymied by our landlord who distrained in order to push through his deal which would recover his lost rent which is now held up with a lot of legal red tape.” Herbert says the deal should be going through soon, but he is unable to say who the new operator will be.

News moves

Both the Chronicle Herald, 1650 Argyle, and the Daily News, 1601 Lower Water, are looking to change locations. Fred Buckland, vice president and general manager of the Chronicle Herald, says his paper is looking for 50,000 square feet, but “we haven’t determined where that’s going to be.” The Daily News did not get back to Shop Talk in time for publication.

Duffy’s doors not closing

Ryan Duffy’s general manager Susan Clark is anxious to alert the public that the Spring Garden restaurant is not closing, contrary to rumours that “have been running rampant about town.” Clark says business is “better than ever” and they’re planning a 21st birthday celebration for 2006.

Swan songs

Shop Talk has learned that the Khyber Club, 1588 Barrington, and The Persian Bazaar, 2103 Gottingen, will be closing in the New Year. We’ll keep you updated.

Say it isn’t so. Email to: shoptalk@thecoast.ca.

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