Shoptalk-lets: local business round up

Local invents The Clicker Leash, Carbonstok wins retail design award, Seahorse reno and Clay Cafe anniversary.

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Looking for a new and effective way to train your dog? A local company is offering The Clicker Leash, which might just be the ticket, bridging the techniques of dog whisperers and other more traditional types of dog training. Clicker Leash expert Adina MacRae will be offering a free demonstration of the leash at Bark & Fitz (5431 Doyle, 406-3489) on July 25. Call the store for more details or visit clickerleash.com for more information on this canine training tech.

Congrats to the Uncommon Group and their Carbonstock (1235 Barrington, 404-7288) gift shop, which won Best New Retail Store Design in Canada for from the Retail Council of Canada, a non-profit, industry-funded national association that has been “the Voice of Retail in Canada since 1963,” according to its website.

Have you been down to the Seahorse (1665 Argyle, 423-1700) lately? You might note that it seems much more spacious. That’s because they moved the bar back towards the kitchen and increased the size of the stage, allowing for a greater customer capacity and better sight lines. Stop in for a beer or a show and prepare to be impressed.

Drop by the Clay Café (6413 Quinpool, 429-2994) to help celebrate its 10th anniversary from July 23-26. There'll be a huge cake, balloons, face-painting and live music in the evenings.

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