Plan B needs your support

After a rough winter, the north end merchants' co-op could use a boost

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How much of an asshole has this winter been? Let me count the ways.

OK, I won't. I'm working to get over it. But I will remind you of one of the major downfalls of the snowfall—the affect it, and our hibernation, has had on small, local businesses. It's been a rough go for a lot of people, to say the least. Gottingen Street's Plan B, for example, was closed for more days in March alone than it was in all of 2014, leaving the merchants' co-op in a bit of a bind—it's $5,000 behind in rent.

While the shop's ringleader Bob Chiasson says even stopping by to do some shopping could make a difference, in efforts to get off the tightrope that it's currently balancing on Plan B has launched a Go Fund Me campaign. Chiasson writes: "Nearly 80 local small businesses currently call Plan B home and in the 3 short years since we opened 5 stand alone businesses have opened in Halifax that started under our roof. Parentheses Gallery, Toxic Blossom, Black Buffalo Records, Abode and Vivacious Vixen. Turns out at a time when big box stores are killing small mom and pop shops Plan B is a vital small business incubator".

That's just one of the many ways Plan B has contributed to Halifax's small business scene, it's also provided space for visual artists, musicians and local organizations to meet, work and showcase their talents.

Click here to support local business, Gottingen Street and the weird and wonderful Plan B Merchants' Co-op. There are some pretty sweet rewards you can get for supporting the store—like access to its taxidermy stash!

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