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Since December 11, Dartmouth residents have been enjoying a new cafe in the downtown. Our Thyme Café (98 Portland, 406-7467) has been wowing a busy lunch hour contingent with sandwiches and homemade grub, sweet squares and cappuccinos. With biodegradable cups and Fair Trade coffee, the 20-seater cafe even runs with an environmental bent, and a little fireplace keeps it cozy through the winter months.

But what's most outstanding about Dartmouth's newest cafe is that it has been started for both revenue generation and social enterprise. "It's an initiative of the Elizabeth Fry Society," announces the project's assistant coordinator Lynn Yetman. Elizabeth Fry, for those who don't know, advocates for women in prison, helps develop social services and support for woman in legal trouble and publicizes issues around women and the law. "[The cafe] will give women an opportunity to gain experience in a working kitchen and in the food services industry," says Yetman, who reports that in the six weeks it's been open the community has been responding well to Our Thyme. "Our homemade soups and paninis are very popular. We do catering, too. Call in advance for take out." (To reach the Elizabeth Fry Society of Nova Scotia, call 454-5041.)

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