A store that sells chains has now become a chain itself. Joanne David Accessories has doubled its fun with a new location in the Spring Garden Place Mall. The new store is now open in the former Splurge location. After 21 days of renovations, including a few coats of manilla and tan paint over the formerly red walls, the small shop has changed dramatically. "People say it looks so much bigger," says co-owner Joanne David, "It's very clean and clear. The new skylights make the whole store brighter." David, who owns the stores with her husband, Harout, says their motto is "one of each." "We rarely carry more than one handbag or jewellery item of the same style or colour." The shop has opened just in time to take part in the annual Spring Garden Spring Fling this weekend. They'll be celebrating their grand opening with a tax-free sale. The popular accessory boutique will also keep the original location open at 1276 Barrington. "We love what we do," says David, "I make sure all those around me are accessorized properly. What is life without accessories?" Contact the shop at 404-1276.
Kara's Urban Day Spa at 5980 Spring Garden has expanded. The salon has now taken over the adjacent space, which formerly housed the Maki Maki sushi restaurant. The expansion adds seven more hairstyling stations, and allows for a full and complete spa area. Kara's now has a full-time massage therapist on staff, where before they could only have a freelance masseuse. There is also a new and improved retail section, offering a wide array of hair, tanning, cosmetic and other products. Manager Jody Gurholt says that the renovations are ongoing, and will finish with a complete overhaul of the exterior. "It's going to look identical to our Cole Harbour location," he says. For more information, contact Kara's at 422-3900.
Meat me in Bedford
Good news for carnivores: The Bedford Prime Steak and Chop House will be opening soon at 1067 Bedford Highway. The space was previously inhabited by Zorba the Greek, but don't expect to see anything resembling a Greek diner now. "We came into the place and literally gutted the bathrooms, and installed all new windows and lighting," says chef and co-owner Mark Langley. "We had a custom bar built and a big wine rack." The restaurant will specialize in steak, and Langley says it will be the only restaurant east of Montreal offering USDA prime-rated beef. The menu will also feature ribs, lamb, veal, chicken and seafood. "We make everything from scratch," Langley says, "from salad dressings to sauces, and a local bakery makes all our breads and desserts." Menu items at the restaurant, which Langley owns with his brother, Shawn, will be priced in the casual fine dining range, similar to Il Mercato or The Cellar. "We didn't want to exclude ourselves to the upper class," Langley explains, "We know people are going to come in here expecting Zorba's, and we don't want them to think they can't afford to eat here." The restaurant is expected to open sometime in the next week. For more information call the restaurant at 832-5259.
Waterfront window shoppers may notice that Handsmith's is no longer filling the streetfront space in the Historic Properties mall. The shop, which sells a wide array of works by Canadian artisans, hasn't gone far, just a few steps inside the mall. The store now finds itself without its second story, but according to co-owner Theresa Smart, the new space suits them far better. "Technically, the other space was bigger, but we weren't using it. So, practically, the new space is bigger. There is more display area, which means we are showing more items than ever." Lower rent for more showcase area is a good deal no matter how you look at it. The shop will still offer an ever-changing selection of Canadian-made handcrafted artwork. "Every year we bring on a new slate of work from new artists, and new works by artists we already carry," says Smart. Handsmith's second location, formerly in Bishop's Landing, will not be re-opening. Contact the store at 492-4438.
Bits 'n' bites
Free Comic Book Day goes down at several local comic shops this Saturday (see The Dope Show on page 51 for more info). Participating shops are Monster Comic Lounge at 2091 Gottingen (429-2398), Strange Adventures at 5262 Sackville (425-2140) and The Last Game Store at 278 Lacewood in Clayton Park (457-7529) and 590 Portland in Dartmouth (434-3350). Details at freecomicbookday.com...Two new giant stores have opened this week at Dartmouth Crossing. The newest additions to the mega-park are Michael's and Linens-N-Things. More than 25 new businesses are slated to open over the next two months, including a Jack Astor's Restaurant on May 7...Work is being done at 6196 Quinpool, former home of The Nail and Kneecap restaurant, now seems to be undergoing renovations...Bad news for Bedford movie-goers who don't want to make the journey to the BLIP: the Empire 6 Theatre on Mill Cove in Bedford will close for good on May 3...The Italian Garden restaurant at 5688 Spring Garden is now closed. No word yet as to who will take over the space.
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