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Monday, May 30, 2016

Kara's Urban Day Spa debuts gender-neutral pricing

"Why should you pay $20 more for being a woman?”

Posted By on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Kara's will now base prices on short, above the shoulder and long cuts - ISTOCK
  • Kara's will now base prices on short, above the shoulder and long cuts
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In most salons you’ll see two prices for haircuts—one for men and one for women. On June 1, Kara’s Urban Day Spa will cut gendered pricing at its three HRM locations (5980 Spring Garden Road, 940 Cole Harbour Road and and offer equitable gender-neutral pricing.  

Kevyn Martell, Kara’s new artistic director, has been in the industry for over 30 years and thinks gendered pricing is unfair. He says, “if you are a woman who has a little pixie haircut and are sitting next to a man who has the exact same length of haircut, and it takes me the exact same time to do it and finish it, why should you pay $20 more for being a woman?”  

Kara’s will offer three prices based on length—very short, above the shoulder and below the shoulder. “It doesn’t matter what gender you are,” says Martell, “it matters how long it takes for the service.”  

Michael Phillips, owner of One Block Barbershop (2010 Gottingen Street), has offered gender-neutral pricing since he opened his north end salon in 2012. “It just made sense to me,” he says.   Before opening OBB, Phillips regularly saw clients charged different prices for similar cuts, and he saw clients misgendered by a presumptive system. Now, he charges two prices based on length—there's a price for short cuts and a price for long cuts. He believes gender-neutral pricing makes his salon more accessible to queer, trans and non-binary Haligonians.  

“You know, we’re cutting hair, we’re not deciding someone’s gender,” says Phillips.  

Martell agrees, and he’s excited about inspiring change in Halifax’s hair community. “I think people should follow suit,” he says. “And I think they will.”

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Plunge into summer with Mëda Swim

The local bathing suit line is all about body positivity

Posted By on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 6:42 PM

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Shopping for bathing suits is the worst, but if sisters Anna and Omeda Swinemar have anything to say about it—it’s about to get a little bit easier.

Together, the Swinemars are getting ready to debut their line, and first foray into fashion, Mëda Swim, just in time for summer. “We’re really big into promoting body positivity,” says Anna. “We struggled with our weight and image growing up. We felt the affect of what the media was portraying at that time, and still does, for our ideal figure, there was just so much pressure.”

That desire to represent all bodies drove the pair to try something completely different from their day jobs with Mëda (modelled by every day people, and friends from their yoga classes) and over the last year they’ve been preparing their line of seven mix-and-match pieces in five colours, which will land in their online shop in mid-June.

“We wanted to go for super functional and super comfortable, no crazy designs,” says Omeda. “You’re not really reinventing the wheel with swimwear, we’re trying to be innovative with the fact we’re portraying different shapes and sizes.”

Find Mëda on Instagram for an early peek, and keep an eye on medaswim.com for a shop launch.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Get your butt to the Happy Hour Makers Market

Things to buy, things to drink

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:58 AM

The Girl From Away's East Coast girl gang - AARON MACKENZIE FRASER
  • The Girl From Away's East Coast girl gang
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Fresh off shooting a fresh-as-hell new girl-gang-inspired lookbook for her online shop, Nadyne Kasta AKA the designer behind The Girl From Away, is cooking up another cool collaboration. With both local entrepreneurs and shoppers in mind, Kasta, the Maritime Makers collective and Big Pony’s (2168 Gottingen Street) Lindsay Stewart and Emily Ross have planned an extra special way to enjoy your after-work drinks this weekend—the Happy Hour Makers Market takes over the The Company House (2202 Gottingen Street) tonight from 4 to 8pm, bringing a whole lot of awesome with it.

The free event gathers designers, jewellery-makers, artisans and illustrators—like Pin Action, Mule Mother Books, Taylor Made Embroidery and Barre Fragrance and Skincare—in one, inclusive and booze-friendly local shopping space, and then sweetens the deal further with snacks and drink specials.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Guided Tour - Hydrostone

Once flattened by the Halifax Explosion, now home base to Halifax's can-do spirit.

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 8:12 PM


Nobody knows an area better than its residents, so when it comes to looking for a new home in the Hydrostone area, Edie Hancock is as knowledgeable as it gets. Edie represents the Sutton Group Professional Realty, has lived in the Hydrostone since 1991 and specializes in finding new neighbours. The Sutton Group is 100 percent Canadian-owned and has been under the ownership of the same family since its inception more than 25 years ago. It was the first ISO real estate company in Canada, and its guiding principles of integrity and strong work ethic has succeeded in helping families find the perfect home throughout the past quarter-century. Sutton Group Professional Realty, 3845 Joseph Howe Drive

Motivated by a vision of a place that is home for all, and focusing on being client-centered and community oriented, HaliCuts & Spa combines the beauty and elegance of a hair salon with very affordable prices and services. John Wallace's salon has all needs covered, from cuts and colours to men and children's cut and styling needs as well. All different styles of hair are covered, with HaliCuts using the versatile KMS and Joico hair product lines. Having lived in the north end for years, Wallace fell in love with the area and felt that it would become a place where small businesses could thrive— and HaliCuts is proof that he was right! HaliCuts & Spa, 3180 Isleville Street

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The taste of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar is a truly unforgettable experience, so when Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive allows customers to sample any of their products before you buy, it only enhances the tasting and discovery experience.Canada's first artisan tasting bar for fresh, genuine extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegar and gourmet condiments, Myrna Burlock's shop offers rotating taps of uniquely flavoured oils and vinegar, but it's the 15 single-varietal olive oils—straight from the tree, to the mill and then the store—that star in this show. Liquid Gold is a true specialty store, which fits best in a specialty neighbourhood such as the Hydrostone. Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive, 5525 Young Street

A fixture of the Hydrostone area since 1989, The Futon Store has been in business since 1981, meaning it is truly part of the fabric of the north end, and Halifax overall. Marcel Hebert's store carries all types of bedroom furniture, but its the namesake futons that are the main attraction. Offering a variety of sizes, shapes and styles, The Futon Store focuses strictly on high-quality products paired with great customer service to stand apart from the competition. The biggest misconception about futons is that they're only for students and a younger demographic. These days Hebert notices that seniors, cottage-goers and everyone in between is interested in adding a futon to their repertoire. The Futon Store received a major upgrade last year, as they moved into some brand-new digs—a modern building with a bigger showroom and more great products on display! It seems as if everyone wants a piece of the north end these days, and Hebert is doing his best to allow everyone to enjoy the north end in the most comfortable way possible. The Futon Store, 5730 Young Street

Dr. Poh and Dr. Lang, Lang Optometry - LENNY MULLINS
  • Dr. Poh and Dr. Lang, Lang Optometry

The idea of "strength in numbers" may not apply in a better situation than the handling of a person's finances, and that is the exact approach taken by Assante Wealth Management. Assante Hydrostone takes a holistic approach to wealth planning; rather than simply focus on an individual's investments, they integrate lawyers, tax accountants and financial analysts to explore a client's insurance, tax and estate planning as well. This full-service, integrated estate planning is for the growing number of people who have reached the point where they need more than just investment accumulation; they need a complete financial plan to carry them to—and through—retirement, which is where Assante Hydrostone stands out. Assante Wealth Management, 5548 Kaye Street

This winter, the Hydrostone will host a new location for families and businesses alike. St. Joseph's Square will boast roughly 6,000 square feet of commercial space, with 106 residential rental units—including suites and townhouses. Developed by Dexel Developments and managed by Paramount Management, St. Joseph's Square is also acknowledging the history of the land it will be standing on—the building at one point in time was a church, and the  old stained glass and reclaimed limestone  will be incorporated into the building, mixing historic elements with modern comfort. With interior amenities such as a fitness centre, residents' lounge, entertainment kitchen and an outdoor green space, St. Joseph's Square will only further the renaissance undergoing by north end Halifax. St. Joseph's Square, 5450 Kaye Street

Halifax Seed - LENNY MULLINS
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Lang Optometry is the ideal place to get your image sharpened, both in terms of what you see and how you are seen. Working to create their customers a look that is edgy and fashion forward, but at the same time tasteful. Run by Gaetan Lang, a native Maritimer, he recently added a second doctor to his mix—Christopher Poh, from Kingston, Ontario. Lang Optometry prides itself in offering frames mostly from designers the doctors actually know personally—most of them European, award-winning and trendsetting. It takes years to build that kind of rapport, but once achieved it results in a more exclusive product available to their customers. Utilizing the latest technology and a genuine personalized approach to eye care, Lang Optometry has earned that reputation and strives to maintain it, one patient at a time. Lang Optometry, 5550 Kaye Street

The spirit of the north end is characterized by community, growth and supporting those around you. Joel Kelly and Mark Smith embody those traits, as their retail shop Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique encourages the support and growth of the local economy. Joining the Hydrostone community at the end of March, Made in the Maritimes offers a unique collection of high-quality handcrafted products. With a constantly evolving collection of one-of-a-kind items, you are sure to have a unique experience on each visit. Made in the Maritimes currently supports more than 120 Maritime artists, including Natasha Miller, whose works using charcoal and acrylics are found in art galleries across North American and Europe—Made in the Maritimes is her exclusive retailler in Nova Scotia.Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique, 5527 Young Street

Made in the Maritimes - LENNY MULLINS
  • Made in the Maritimes

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016, Halifax Seed Company is Canada's oldest family-run seed company. Providing expert advice and quality products to help gardeners of all levels grow the tastiest food, lushest lawns and beautify their outdoor space. Offering more than 400 varieties of vegetable, flower and herb seeds, Halifax Seed Company has something for everyone and its year-round urban garden centre allows customers and staff alike to keep up with the current horticulture trends. Halifax Seed Company strives to share its passion for helping customers growing their own, and welcomes friends to join on June 3 and 4 for its official 150-year celebration. Halifax Seed Company, 5860 Kane Street

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dartmouth Makers are making it happen this Saturday

Crafters' market alert!

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Foxhound Collective is one of the Dartmouth Makers' 45 vendors this weekend
  • Foxhound Collective is one of the Dartmouth Makers' 45 vendors this weekend

When Gina Comeau and Rachel Blair-Johns met two years ago they bonded for a variety of reasons, but it was after comparing notes over a coffee that the two jewellery makers (Comeau is Three Oak Jewelry, Blair-Johns is Ment Jewellery) decided Dartmouth Makers had to happen.

“We were kind of like, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was something here in support of people like us?’ So we did it,” says Comeau. This weekend marks the third juried show put on by organization: The Dartmouth Makers Spring Pop-Up (Saturday, May 7, 10am-6pm) will bring together 45 local and visiting artisans and crafters, and their wares, at Christ Church Parish Hall (61 Dundas Street).

And the prganizers say if they had more space, they could easily fill it. “We always envision ourselves as a support system for career artists and craftspeople, and a launching pad for newcomers,” says Comeau, who names Michelle Saint Onge, Looking Glass Design, Shoshi Designs and Gateaux Rose as some of the vendors to watch for this Saturday. “We were looking at some of the applications that came through and finding people who were unbelievably talented and making beautiful stuff, and we’d never seen them before! We’re really getting into the nitty-gritty of what we set out to do.”

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