Decade of music

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news.

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CD Heaven at 118 Wyse Road in Dartmouth celebrates 10 years in business this year. Owner Brian Rippin credits the store’s success with “trying to do our best to give people more than they expected. When they come in looking for an Enya album, we’ll explain to them about Delirium and Enigma.” CD Heaven specializes in used CDs, and generally has 13-14,000 titles in stock, along with a range of other merchandise including t-shirts, DVDs, jewellery and posters. “Everybody comes in here with a smile on their face and a song in their heart,” says Rippin. “This is their fun money, this isn’t repairing the rad in the car or the window that broke or the washer that quit, this is the money they sit down with and enjoy and relax and get away with, so they come in with a good attitude.”

Best dressed

Debut Fashions opened two weeks ago in Park Lane Mall next to the Wicker Emporium. The store currently features a full range of technicolour prom dresses in a variety of cuts and styles. “I love dresses, I always had a passion since I was a kid,” says owner Irina Bialetskaia. “But it has to be distinctive. I have a very different taste and I’m not easy to please so I’m very picky when I’m choosing my dresses.” Bialetskaia carries a number of lines exclusive to Halifax, including Party Time Formals, and she hopes to increase her inventory in the coming months. “We have dresses for all kinds of occasions,” says Bialetskaia, “Junos, military balls, cocktail parties, it’s the dress shop. Whatever the season offers me, I’ll be trying to find the dress for it. I’m following what’s going on in the city.”

Be their guest

As You Like It sandwich shop opened last week at 1660 Hollis. Co-owners and brothers Simon and Andre Rizcalla are veterans of the downtown lunch crowd scene. As You Like It was established in 1978, operating first on Argyle and then for years in the Maritime Centre, before moving to 255 Lacewood Drive. The Lacewood location is still open, but Simon says, “I missed downtown, so I am back. I missed the downtown clientele. This is prime location for office clientele, and this is the type of food they really like, because they don’t want to eat something, go back to their desk and fall asleep.” As You Like It sells a wide variety of lunch goodies, specializing in homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods, prepared according to customer specifications. “That’s why we call it As You Like It,” says Simon. “People can create their own sandwich or choose from our menu—we give them ideas.”

Fast food, homestyle

What’s for Supper opens today at 20-120 Susie Lake Cresent in the Bayers Lake Industrial Park. The new business venture is designed to offer busy people a way to feed their household a batch of balanced home-cooked meals without taking the time to shop, chop or clean up. What’s for Supper offers a number of meal preparation sessions every week, and customers leave with enough food to feed four to six people three times a week for a month. Customers choose from a range of menu selections (chicken tangine, chili-lime grilled pork tenderloin, old fashioned meatloaf), register for a session, prepare their meals at specially designated stations, pack them in a cooler and head for home to freeze them—all in about two hours. “It’s a real time saver and that I think will be the biggest draw to our business,” says owner Michele Peill. “ will probably be busy people, busy families, busy mothers who don’t have the time or are looking for alternatives to the ‘what’s for supper’ dilemma.” Customers can register for supper-making sessions online at www.whatsforsupper.ca.

Sizable suits

Men at Large clothing is now open in Park Lane Mall not far from the Wicker Emporium, and specializes in “Everything for the Man Big and Tall.” Owner Khal Mansour has been in the retail clothing business for years, and employee and friend John Balan says they opened the store to fill a need in the downtown market that was being ignored. “In the downtown area, there’s nobody really specializing in 38 and up.” Men at Large caters primarily to men who live and work downtown, but they have also received business from travellers who are staying in the downtown core. The store stocks sizes 38 and up for pants—“we can accommodate anybody in the pants,” says Balan—and Men at Large suits start at size 46. The store also offers a range of accessories for the big and tall, including five- to seven-inch-wide ties and extra long belts.

Unlucky seven

A fire broke out in the kitchen of Seven Winebar and Restaurant on Tuesday night. There were no injuries. Despite minor smoke damage to the dining room and some water and fire damage in the kitchen, Seven doesn’t anticipate major service disruptions.

North End News

Doug Melanson, owner of Menz bar, is opening a new diner below the Gottingen. nightspot soon, and Hell’s Kitchen is rumoured to be re-opening below the Marquee, provided the new management’s proposal is accepted by Victor Syperek. We’ll keep you informed.

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