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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Halifax street style: Charles Street

Scouring the streets for the city's most fashionable

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 4:00 AM

MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton

Name: Stevie Fort
Age: 24
Occupation: Barista, co-owner of The Bounty 
Wearing: Scarf, Urban Outfitters; jacket, Paul Levy (thrifted); purse, Coach (thrifted); dress, Addition Elle; boots, Blundstone

Favorite local spots to find hidden gems?
 I found my jacket at the Guy’s Frenchys in Lower Sackville. For some reason they have some amazing outerwear and plus-size brand names that we don’t find new locally. I also find myself at Big Pony often. I either stop in for a laugh or if I'm in need of a good accessory. 

What kinds of things do you consider when putting an outfit together in the morning?
It sounds boring, but I’m interested in comfort and convenience. I love soft clothes and black clothes. I want to be able to pile on layers and take them off with ease throughout the day. 

Where do you draw style inspiration from?
I am inspired by so many fat femmes from the internet! Being part of The Bounty also inspires me. With it being a second hand clothing venture, I get to bring my vision for style and accessibility to other fat babes in Halifax. Right now, we bring affordable plus size clothing to the community through our pop up shops.

If your clothes could talk, what would they say about you?
“Listen, I know some people tell you that you should replace me because of my many holes, but I’m happy just the way we are- the holes just prove we’ve been on some adventures!” - My favourite black dress

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Baby got Bounty

The Bounty's back with another plus-size pop-up at Big Pony

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 5:05 PM

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Stevie Fort, Krista Kirby and Elizabeth O’Brien are the reason we have The Bounty, a pop-up shop of first-class, second-hand, plus-size fashions for ladies with great taste.

“We initially came up with the idea of The Bounty because [we] genuinely wished for its existence,” says Fort. The trio made the wish a reality with its first pop-up shop back in the fall, and they’re back, baby, with more plus-size attire to love. This weekend (February 25-28, 12-5pm) The Bounty brings its collection of clothing to Big Pony (2168 Gottingen Street) once again.

“The three of us at The Bounty contribute clothes from our own closets as well as from other sources,” says Fort. “We all have very distinct styles so it can be expected that you will find fat-friendly clothes that reflect this.”

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Feel-good fashion coming to Agricola Street

SattVa conscious life style boutique opens in March

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 2:03 PM

From SattVa's holiday pop-up shop at FRED. - VIA FACEBOOK
  • From SattVa's holiday pop-up shop at FRED.
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Conscious life, modern style—that’s the tagline of Sarah Andrews’ soon-to-be addition to the north end, SattVa conscious lifestyle boutique. “It’s getting a little bit of a reputation of a yoga boutique, that’s what I’ve been involved with in Halifax but I wouldn’t pigeonhole it as a yoga boutique,” she says of the shop, which will carry women’s fashion (brands like Yoga Jeans and Miik), accessories and natural beauty products.

“It comes from the inspiration of a yoga lifestyle—yoga is a way of thinking and living. It’s my intention to incorporate some of my great loves together under one roof.” Following four guiding principles—eco, ethical, local and social—SattVa will focus on eco-friendly fabrics, ethically produced, Canadian-made products and companies who use their success to give back.

“We don’t want to be negative about the alternative, we just want to inspire, and softly educate,” says Andrews. “It just feels really good putting that stuff on your body. It makes me smile almost, getting dressed. When you buy something it affects a lot of different things, not just you.” In reno mode now, SattVa aims to open this March at 2453 Agricola Street, a few doors north of Amos Wood.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

All about that lace: Katrina Tuttle debuts new bridal designs

Sweet Pea Boutique hosts A Bridal Evening this Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 1:20 PM

A sneak peek into Katrina Tuttle's closet
  • A sneak peek into Katrina Tuttle's closet

Katrina Tuttle knows that just because not all brides are looking for a Kleinfeld’s experience doesn’t mean they have an exact vision of the dress that’ll make them say “hell yes.” The local dress designer turned her focus to bridal about a year a go with Katrina Tuttle Bridal, offering handmade, custom gown designs to betrothed beauties across Canada, and this week she’ll preview her latest collection of made-to-measure dresses—a happy medium between custom and pre-made.

“We’re still taking the hands on process of making the gowns fit you perfectly during the construction process,” she says. “It still has that personal feel, little tweaks can be made to fit your taste but it’s a neat option to be able to have in addition to custom design.”

Whether you’re still coming down from that romantic Valentine’s engagement (congrats!) or you’ve spent the last six months agonizing over choosing the dress, you can find Tuttle and her 12 new designs at Sweet Pea Boutique’s (1542 Queen Street) ultra-romantic special event, A Bridal Evening. On February 18 (6-9pm), she’ll be joined by local bridal/bridesmaid jewellery-maker Harper & Honey as well as Polka Dot Cakes for a night of fun “filled with all things lace and tulle, and champagne and yummy sweets” says Tuttle.

And as for the gowns? “It will walk through everything from sleek silhouettes to ballgowns. It’s a well-rounded collection, so every brides young vision can be showcased. I played around with some colour, so there’ll be hints of champagne, peach, pastel colours and classic off whites. And lace and lots of tulle. I love tulle.”

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

What's Valentine's Day like for a florist?

A Q&A with The Flower Shop's Charlotte Pierce

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 10:56 PM

Seasonal goodies from The Flower Shop
  • Seasonal goodies from The Flower Shop

Charlotte Pierce is the owner of downtown Halifax’s The Flower Shop, which has been assisting with romantic gestures since 1936. She took over the business in 2012.

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For those who haven’t been to your idyllic shop, can you describe the atmosphere that you’ve curated?
Our design focus remains organic, full and current and we've teamed up with local artists and craftspeople to offer local product to accompany our floral gifts.

What’s the process in helping someone select the right flowers?
Not everyone shops for flowers every day so we can offer advice on what selection would be the most appropriate. We sell many seasonal flower bouquets which are right for every occasion and are designed for the recipient to just put them in a vase without having to fuss with it themselves.

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and roses are synonymous with the romantic holiday, how do you prepare yourselves?
Roses are the top seller for all floral shops over Valentine’s and the week leading up to the date is always busy with prep work. Once our flowers arrive in our shop we set up an assembly line to unpack, un-thorn and prepare the roses in the proper solution, store them until they are going to be delivered.

For Valentine’s week we are stocking our shop with reds and pinks, lavenders and peaches so a mix of all of those to create a really beautiful and festive bouquet.

How does Valentine's rank within your busiest days of the year?
Valentine’s Day is the single most busy day of the year. But this year we have ordered a little less because it falls on a Sunday, so there won’t be as many people downtown on the weekend. There’s always lots of last minute shoppers, so we encourage you to order early or to place an order online. We (also) have local chocolate, hand-poured candles and fragrances to accompany our floral gifts.

The Flower Shop, 1887 Granville Street, 902-423-7133, theflowershophalifax.ca

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Abode settles in on Almon Street

Mid-century modern and Scandinavian designs nest in the north end

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The new year brought the end of Daun Windover’s source for mid-century modern furniture and accessories boutique, Abode—or so we thought. The 5431 Doyle Street shop closed its doors the face of the soon-to-be construction zone at Spring Garden, Queen and Doyle with no new location to speak of, until now!

It turns out Abode is currently renovating 5881 Almon Street (what was once Nelson & Co.) with plans to open to shoppers next week. “It’s a little bit smaller than the old space,” says Windover. “It’s like a jewel box.”

The new Abode will continue to bring in ’50s, ’60s and ‘70s mid-century modern furniture and will expand its collection of Scandinavian designs, boasting brands like Normann Copenhagen furniture, iittala glassware, Almedahls textiles and string wall systems.

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Plan B has a new plan

A new in-store cafe aims to stabilize the merchants' co-op's finances

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 12:02 AM

Plan B Merchants' Co-op
  • Plan B Merchants' Co-op

Plan B Merchants’ Co-op (2180 Gottingen Street) is opening a cafe as part of its plan to re-organize the shop and stabilize its finances. 
This week it will begin serving coffee, and over the next month it will roll out its full menu. The grilled cheese, soups and hot mains such as Swedish meatballs and carbonara will be locally sourced as much as possible.


“You’ll walk away from it and feel like ‘yeah, I ate something,’” says Bob Chiasson, the president of Plan B.
 The long term plan is that the cafe will fund Plan B’s operating costs like rent and heat. Currently, the costs are split between all the members of the co-op. Chiasson also hopes that the cafe will bring in enough money to do other things like advertise, repaint and create an emergency fund.


Last April, Plan B crowdfunded to pay its rent and bills because the harsh winter took away so much business. The cafe’s revenue would aim to prevent this from happening again.
 In order to make room for the cafe at the front of the shop, Plan B had to undergo a facelift. The racks of vintage clothes were moved to the back of the store, the records were alphabetized and everything seems to have been dusted off a little. The co-op is looking fresh for its fifth year of business. 


“Five years is the point in a lot of businesses where people ask if it’s viable or not viable. This is the sort of thing, it’s like a sea change. We’re jumping the shark here to see if after five years a change in our model will take us to the next five,” says Chiasson.

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