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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drones for the holidays

The sky isn’t the limit, it’s just the beginning at this new Dartmouth tech source.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The DJI Store is your drone zone - STEVE CURRIE
  • The DJI Store is your drone zone
  • Steve Currie

Views from the two just got a bit more epic thanks to the opening of Dartmouth’s The DJI Store by Dr. Drone (250 Baker Drive). Looking out for both recreational and professional drone operators, the store—Canada’s only DJI retailer—opened last weekend, offering a large range of gear as well as a place for repair.

“We have customers looking for drones for fun, or for hobby, aerial photographers and videographers, but we also have a large client base using drones for business,” says Ali Crane, listing police and fire departments, government, construction, wildlife and conservation are but some of professions using the devices. “It’s a view that was previously unattainable for most people, your only other option would have been a helicopter.”

She says DJI Store owner Edward Habib got the idea to bring the shop to Dartmouth after crashing his own drone at home, and realizing there was no one locally who could fix it. Now, the shop offers not just an impressive line-up of drone options for both the average enthusiast and the tech-savvy innovator, as other photography accessories and gadgets like the Osmo handheld gimbal, which can give a phone-shot sequence a pro-finish.

Crane says the shop is planning to build an indoor flight cage for the store, so that folks can try taking a drone for a spin before committing: “We want to give people the opportunity to see how easy the technology is to use and how they can incorporate it into their lives.”

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mind your business: 2016's openings and closings

Hellos, goodbyes and good buys

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Hot damn, the entrepreneurial juices were flowing in Halifax this year. The proof of burgeoning business is in the numbers— the openings of new, exciting and expanded local shops and restaurants triples the number of sad departures and unfortunate closings. And what a relief, goodbyes are the worst. (Sniff Cafe Karachi, sniff sniff Video Difference.) Because of the 116 openings—and 38 closings—we didn’t have room to include all of the new locations and renovations that happened in 2016, but they’ve helped keep our streetscapes ever-evolving, too. Well done, town! If we’ve missed anything major (or about 100 vape shops) let us know in the comments.

Special thanks to informant extraordinaire, @HalifaxReTales


Backoos Korean To Go - LENNY MULLINS
  • Backoos Korean To Go
  • Lenny Mullins


Backoos Korean To Go 188 Bedford Highway

Bedford Basin Farmers’ Market 397 Bedford Highway

The Butcher’s Block 540 Southgate Drive

Board Room Game Cafe 936 Bedford Highway

Cortado Tasting Room 50 Gary Martin Drive

Edible Matters Pub 1325 Hammonds Plains

Hammock by Thornbloom 1595 Bedford Highway

Jumping Bean 936 Bedford Highway

Mary Jane’s 73 Sackville Drive

Patty Cakes 131 Sackville Drive

Sushi Nami Royale 827 Bedford Highway

Sweet Beans Boutique 27 Dellridge Lane

Tasty Source 264 Bedford Highway

Tazah Pizza 540 Southgate Drive

The Wedding Venue Cafe 592 Bedford Highway

Wong’s Wok 811 Bedford Highway


Cherry Berry 81 Peakview Way

House of Mei Mei 264 Bedford Highway

Nu Cafe 799 Sackville Drive

Suga Rush Candy Store 619 Sackville Drive

Son Vida Social House 540 Southgate Drive

Video Difference 1239 Bedford Highway

World Tea House 1595 Bedford Highway

Yeh! Frozen Yogurt 800 Sackville Drive


Spryfield Farmers' Market - JESSICA JUDGE
  • Spryfield Farmers' Market
  • Jessica Judge


Acadian Fish and Chips 16 Dentith Road

The Anchor 3626 Dutch Village Road

Chameleon Cafe 7071 Bayers Road

Dhaba Sweet & Spice Shoppe 8 Oland Crescent

Dilly Dally Cafe 6100 Quinpool Road

East Coast Bakery 6257 Quinpool Road

Golden Fortune 189 Herring Cove Road

Halifax Buy & Sell 70 Lacewood Drive

Halifax VR Room 2863 Oxford Street

Lucky Penny Coffee 6440 Quinpool Road

On The Mat 2985 Oxford Street

Pho Maxim 30 Farnham Gate Road

Riot Snack Bar 6293 Quinpool Road

Station Six 247 Herring Cove Road

Spryfield Farmers’ Market 111 Drysdale Road

Velo’s Pizza 3248 Dutch Village Road


Cherry Berry 6024 Quinpool Road

Golding Lighting 6238 Quinpool Road

Med Cafe 247 Herring Cove Road

Shawarma Stop 6290 Quinpool Road

Video Difference 6086 Quinpool Road

Cafe Karachi 16 Titus Street


Highwayman's pintxos
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Barrington Steakhouse 1662 Barrington Street

Health Nutz 1723 Barrington Street

Highwayman 1673 Barrington Street

Jake's Florist and Chocolatier 3204 Barrington Street

QTique Fashion Boutique 1020 Barrington Street

Qui Brothers Dumplings 1335 Barrington Street

Tidehouse Brewing 2-5187 Salter Street

Trapped Escape Room 1313 Barrington Street

Weird Harbour 1656 Barrington Street

Hot Plate The Sizzling House 1022 Barrington Street


Skybox Haircutting 1235 Barrington Street

Hiroshima Sushi Xpress 1022 Barrington Street


Koko Mod Floral Design - JESSICA JUDGE
  • Koko Mod Floral Design
  • Jessica Judge


Best Kept Secret 21 Portland Street

Cafe 98 98 Portland Street

Kew 102 Portland Street

Koko Mod Floral Design 158 Portland Street

La Marche Fruit Boutique 31 King’s Wharf Place

Lady Luck Boutique 118 Portland Street

New Scotland Clothing 20 Wentworth Street

The Passage Cafe at King 65 King Street

Picnic at The Dart 127A Portland Street

Stone Pizza 79 Alderney Drive

The Trainyard General Store 53 Portland Street


Caroline’s Bakery & Patisserie 79 Alderney Drive

King Street Cafe 65 King Street

The Passage Cafe at King 65 King Street

Sugar Shok 112 Portland Street


Nine Locks Brewery - LENNY MULLINS
  • Nine Locks Brewery
  • Lenny Mullins


Downeast Beer Factory 612 Windmill Road

Hometown Furniture & Mattress 24 Akerley Boulevard

Joe Toulany’s Pizza & Lebanese Grill 590 Portland Street

Kabayan Food Mart 172 Wyse Road

Lockside Canteen by Lemon Dogs Lemonade 54 Locks Road

Millstone Public House 250 Baker Drive

Nine Locks 219 Waverley Road

St Louis Bar & Grill 547 Portland Street

Seafarers Pub 31 Cow Bay Road

Usta Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant 635 Portland Hills


Always and Forever 145 Main Street

Ceilidh’s Pub 245 Waverley Road

Darkside Cafe 196 Windmill Road

Emma’s Eatery 31 Cow Bay Road


  • Go 2 Eat
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OPENED Chatime 1480 Brenton Street

Curio Art Market 1479 Birmingham Street

Giant Bicycles 5536 Sackville Street

Go 2 Eat 5518 Spring Garden

HFX Dog 968 Mitchell Street

Katrina Tuttle Bridal 5954 Spring Garden

The Juice Press 1551 South Park Street

The Port 5485 Clyde Street

Manual Dairy Bar 5688 Spring Garden Road

Mappatura Bistro 5883 Spring Garden Road

National Access Cannabis 5990 Spring Garden Rd

Nova Scotia Designer Craft Shop 1099 Marginal Road

The Smiling Goat 5466 Spring Garden Road

Stillwell Beergarden 5688 Spring Garden Road

Vica Boutque 5475 Spring Garden Road

Wow Hot Pot 5650 Spring Garden Road


Alex Oh Sushi & Rolls 1589 Dresden Row

Downtown Digital 1078 Queen Street

Dress In Time 5670 Spring Garden

Fresh Goods 1491 South Park Street

Pizza Delight 5680 Spring Garden

Wrap So D 1209 Marginal Road


Halifax Distilling Co. - MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON
  • Halifax Distilling Co.
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton


Blue Apples Arts and Wellness Centre 5228 Blowers Street

By Hand Artisan Market 1867 Granville Street

East of Grafton 1580 Argyle Street

Eastside Mario's 5287 Prince Street

Dandelion Cafe 5228 Blowers Street

Haskapa Premium Berry Products 1477 Lower Water Street

Halifax Distilling Co. 1668 Lower Water Street

Little Oak 1475 Lower Water Street

Moon Moon Cosmetics 1475 Lower Water Street

Pavia Gallery 1723 Hollis Street

Pong Social Club 1741 Grafton Street

Roll It Up Sushi 1995 Brunswick Street

Soap In Your Mouth 5239 Blowers Street

Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar 5120 Salter Street

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden 1549 Lower Water Street

Tawa Grill 1496 Lower Water Street

Yu Yo Craft Supply + Tea House 1496 Lower Water Street

Verano 1871 Hollis Street


Aleppo Cafe 1496 Lower Water Street

Dandelion Cafe 5228 Blowers Street

Hamachi House 5190 Morris Street

ONYX 1580 Argyle Street


  • Kitsune Food Co.
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton


11th Street Boutique 5649 Hennessey Street

The 244 2150 Gottingen Street

Agora 2394 Agricola Street

The Canvas Room 5521 Cornwallis Street

Earth Goddess Shop 5528 Kaye Street

El Chino 2398 Robie Street

Eliot & Vine 2305 Clifton Street

Fibres of Life 2082 Gottingen Street

Hands On Halifax 6072 Almon Street

Hooked 5783 Charles Street

Kitsune Food Co. 5710 Young Street

LF Bakery 2063 Gottingen Street

Made in the Maritimes 5527 Young Street

Panache Luxury Linens 3132 Isleville Street

Pramana 2207 Gottingen Street

Sattva Boutique 2453 Agricola Street

Timber Lounge 2712 Agricola Street

Vapor Plus 2082 Gottingen Street

Waffle Love 5530 Kaye Street Workshop & Co. 2470 Maynard Street


Bogside Gallery 5527 Young Street

Canvas Sip & Paint 5521 Quinpool Road

Chi Bistro 5687 Charles Street

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Curious about Curio Art Market?

Add this one to the shopping list

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM


Best buds and Acadia grads Scott MacLean and Lauren Harwood are passionate about giving entrepreneurs a running start to help grow their small businesses. The pair are behind Inspire Halifax, an endeavour responsible for new downtown shopping spot Curio Art Market (1479 Birmingham Street), which made its debut last weekend. “Our goal and vision is to inspire Halifax that you can be a small business owner and and entrepreneur and make it work,” says MacLean of the boutique, which is located in the former Daily Grind. “We don’t really have a policy of who can sell their stuff, we’re very open into bringing in as many artists as possible.” Right now you’ll find work from 50 local makers, budding businesses and NSCAD students, and MacLean and Harwood hope to keep that number growing. For now, Curio will be open through until Christmas (Sun-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thu-Sat, 9am-9pm) but the pair hopes it will be sustainable enough to stay open for the foreseeable future.

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BZLY aims for big things

The Dartmouth clothing company offers A Guide To The Revolution

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 9:52 AM

  • RedE Media

Entrepreneur and artist Peter Hemsworth plans to affirm the fashion industry in Halifax with his debut line of paintings turned casual wear. It’s called A Guide to the Revolution, and Hemsworth says the loose-fitting eco-friendly tees, layerable Grime hoodies and sleek bomber jackets are all about personal empowerment.

“It’s built around the archetype of the revolutionary. It seeks to capture the strength and confidence of a person who believes in something, and despite adversity, pushes forward and elicits positive change.” While Hemsworth cites the recent launch of his clothing company, BZLY, as his personal revolution, he’s known that he wanted to be an entrepreneur as early as age 11. “This was a few years after coping with the news I would never be a Power Ranger or the next Michael Jordan. I knew whatever I ended up doing had to be my own. I started BZLY to do just that, give myself an uncensored avenue to create.”

This creativity is made intrinsic to every BZLY garment by Hemsworth first locking himself in a room, most often in the company of an XL pizza and an Al Green record. There, he puts acrylics and spraypaint to canvas, crafting abstract paintings that will embody the feeling of his designer line. The best of the batch get converted into digital blueprints, and with the help of seasoned designer James Awmack, the themes and colourways of the art imbue a fresh fashion series with a unique creative touch. “Nova Scotia is an amazing creative environment for a project like this,” says Hemsworth. “Art galleries are speckled through the city almost as frequently as Tim Hortons’. It just seems like our export here is our creativity.”

For BZLY, the future holds an appearance at the Last Minute Holiday Pop-Up (Friday, December 9, 3-8pm) put on by Bodega Boutique (104 Portland Street), a line of Offseason Classics to tide you over post-January, and when spring arrives it’s time for Series II: Legacy Systems.

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