Night Magic Fashions, a longtime pillar of Halifax retail, has unlaced its last corset downtown. The store’s entrance at 1711 Barrington Street has been locked for several days now, and window displays lay barren.
Messages left for owner Pamela Theriault weren’t returned, but the company’s second location at 334 Herring Cove Road seems to still be open for business.
Last summer, the sexy sex shop moved to Barrington, and expanded into a second location, after being ejected from its iconic home on Sackville Street.
Sandwiched between Taz Records and Strange Adventures, with its neon sign and naughty red doorframe, the original Night Magic location at 5268 Sackville Street was one of the most instantly recognizable corners in Halifax.
All three businesses left the Mosaik Property-owned location last year. Taz and Strange Adventures moved to Grafton and Prince Streets, respectively. Mosaik plans to redevelop the site as an eight-storey, mixed-use building with 39 residential units and fewer strap-ons.
The renovations are a byproduct of downtown excitement for the new convention centre across the street. But continual wet farts about the Nova Centre’s future promethean impact on our economy aside, there’s no denying the last 12 months have been a nightmare for small businesses.
A summer of heavy construction and street closures has morphed into a winter of unrelenting snowstorms. Sure the weather will (hopefully) improve just in time for summer’s construction season to begin, but any view of a vibrant downtown future must seem far off to those businesses clinging to life.