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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Housewerks opens in Plan B

A new source for furniture and housewares

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Daun Windover has opened Housewerks, a new furniture outlet, at Plan B (2180 Gottingen Street, 802-0731). An admitted fan of kitsch, she sells and buys mid-century furniture and housewares. Here's how she describes the store's contents (from her Facebook page): "Fabulous teak, California ceramics, barkcloth fabrics and anything else that you've see in any episode of Mad Men."
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Friday, March 16, 2012

P'Lovers moving out of Park Lane

Greener pastures means blooming at the Trillium

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

On Twitter, the good people at P'Lovers- The Environmental Store (Park Lane Mall, 5657 Spring Garden Road, 422-6060) announced they are moving into a storefront at the Trillium building, the shiny new condo at 1445 South Park Street. Shoptalk has learned they'll be in the new space on June 1.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

House Warmings to close

Historic Brewery market business leaves with retirement sale

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Pat Donahoe has been running House Warmings (Historic Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, 425-1777) for 15 years. Closing it feels the way she felt when her kids went off to university. But, she's decided this is the best time to retire.

The store will stay open probably until the end of April, with everything in the store at least 20 percent off. Even the cash desk and the register is on sale. Lamps are 40 percent off, some items as much as 65 percent off.

Check out this cool item. It's a Big Schnozzzz, a wall-mounted Easter Island Tissue holder, regularly $24 now $19.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Urban Home renovates

North end furniture outlet going through changes

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 4:00 AM

The tell-tale brown paper roll is covering the windows, along with big "Renovating" signs. Watch this space for more info on the Urban Home (5689 Cunard Street, 463-1400) changes and reopening strategy....

UPDATED Friday, March 2, 11:30am

We heard from Urban Home owner Jim Kennedy, who writes in an email: "We've been working with Napkin works, a local company to help redesign the store so with their help we're offering a new look. We've also spent our first year identifying which lines are most suitable for our customers and which offer the best service so we've focused on these and cut out the others. We love the neighborhood and have been fortunate throughout our first year so in trying to offer customers our best we'll have a new look and more in the way of lighting and accessories." Expect Urban Home to finish renovating in the middle of next week, with reopening treats including no tax and free delivery on all purchases.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MyBoxBuyer offers an Ikea buying and delivery service

Get stuff from Swedish home furnishing supplier not available online

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

MyBoxBuyer is a Nova Scotia business offering a buying and delivery service for Atlantic Canadian residents. You place your Ikea order with MyBoxBuyer and save on shipping and get Ikea products not available online. MyBoxBuyer charges a commission on the pre-tax value of your purchase.

The business was started as a necessity by the owners who, renovating their kitchen, decided to make a roadtrip to the nearest Ikea to purchase items not deliverable. When calculating costs they decided to ask friends if they could collect a few more Ikea orders and kick something extra in for shipping, thereby minimizing their cost. And it worked!

Now they're going again. The next trip begins March 5. They can accept orders after the Feb 28 deadline at a 100 percent deposit depending on space for new orders. They recommended you prepare a shopping list on the Ikea website using the Ottawa location, which happens to be a newly renovated monster-sized warehouse store.

For more information, visit their website or call 229-4631.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

London Loft opens February 3

Roberta Munden's UK-themed furniture store arrives at Historic Properties

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Haligonian Roberta Munden had been away from home for 23 years and working in the furniture market in Toronto for the past decade. "I was looking for a way to come back" to Atlantic Canada, she says. A visit to Upcountry in Toronto introduced her to "The Halo Collection," furniture from designer Timothy Oulton, who only offers his brand to a few, choice retailers worldwide. Now Munden is in the position to be able to bring Oulton's designs to Halifax, available exclusively in Atlantic Canada from her new store, London Loft(Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street, 404-3844), along with select other brands.

London Loft's concept of high-quality furniture and home accessories from the UK has a more masculine accent than some collections, says Munden. "It's geared toward men, to deco your man-cave," she says. There's plenty of handmade furniture utilizing vintage leather, dining tables using wood for 120-year-old ships, a collection of items incorporating metal from old planes, steamer trunks, even sporting goods such as punching bags, all with a Britannia twist.

"With the London Olympics, the Queen's Jubilee, I think people will get the idea," says Munden, of her timely store. And don't expect items to linger long. Every three months Munden will receive a new container of goods to keep the inventory fresh.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Turnstile offers new classes

Pottery collective refreshes in 2012, with a new membership opportunity, too

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Two new adult classes are starting up this month at Turnstile Pottery Cooperative (2733 Agricola Street, 431-2529). Intro to Throwing, an introduction to wheel throwing, trimming, glazing, and other basic pottery practices, runs from January 25 to February 22, Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm, 3-5 students per class, $200 (tax included). Hand Built Ceramics is a class open to students of all levels, exploring various hand building techniques such as coils, slabs, pinching, and press moulds, running from January 23 to February 20, Monday evenings 7pm - 9pm, 3-5 students per class, $200 (tax included).

Turnstile will also be looking for a new member. Membership involves open access to the studio and a time commitment to volunteer hours such as studio maintenance, advertising, hosting Drop-In and Sculpture Club, and attending monthly meetings. Applications are accepted at turnstile_potteryclasses@yahoo.com. The application form is available for download at http://www.turnstilepottery.com/coop.htm
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Monday, December 12, 2011

NSCAD annual holiday pottery sale this week

Ceramics department offers its art

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Looking for something well-made, handmade and creative to give as a gift this year? The NSCAD Ceramics Department will be selling their wares from Wednesday, December 14 through Saturday, December 17 (10am-5:30pm daily) at the NSCAD Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road, 3rd Floor. You'll be amazed at the colourful creations available.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Give holiday love with the Lovehorn

Local artist offers one-day sale of his unique gift, December 10

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 1:09 PM

You might have seen one on the wall in the entrance to jane's on the common. It's the Lovehorn, created by local artist Kyle B. Jackson, and you can have one of your own, or pass it on to your sweetheart.

"A honked love horn will allow you to yell out for some 'sugar, honey,' whatever sweetness that may be," explains Jackson in an email. "Hung by the front door, beside the bed or passed around like a love bong, these handcrafted boxes create cheeky totems that engage our world."

Jackson’s intent is to spread the love with a thousand horns. Three years into his mission he has only 912 to go.

Check out the one-day sale of 20 new horns on December 10, 11am to 6pm at 6026 Bliss Street, near Spring Garden and Robie. Prices range from $195-$295, including a lifelong horn guarantee.

For more information, visit Jackson's website.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Designer Craftshop to open Friday

Another good reason to visit the Mary E. Black gallery

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Friday, October 14 features the grand opening of the Designer Craftshop, where collections of the work of members of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council will be exhibited, all inside the Mary E. Black gallery (1061 Marginal Road, suite 140, 492-2525). The opening will be from 4-7pm on Friday, with artists attending, refreshments, all that funky jazz, plus prizes!
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Oddjects open in Halifax Shopping Centre

Barrington Street import home store gets second location

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Last week Oddjects (1717 Barrington Street, 405-7007) opened a location in the Halifax Shopping Centre (7001 Mumford Road, 407-4666). When co-owner Eric Claus opened Oddjects on Barrington last year he said he had plans for expansion to Toronto and elsewhere. The business currently has five stores in Toronto and two in Singapore, so things must be going well.

One caveat: the HSC store is only temporary, according to an Oddjects employee who says the space they're in is spoken-for come January. "We're going to see how the holiday rush goes and then hopefully find another space in the mall," he said.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ikea shipping to Nova Scotia

Your Ikea Buyer has all the answers

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 1:02 PM

We all like that Danish home furnishings store Jysk (71 Gale Terrace) has opened out in Dartmouth Crossing, but we also recognize it’s a bit of a substitute for our original love, the Swedish assemble-it-yourself superstore Ikea, which decades ago once had a store in Burnside and has flirted with coming back, though never has.

My Ikea Buyer is a local company that offers an Ikea buying and delivery service for Halifax, Dartmouth and other regional locations. By using My Ikea Buyer you buy and have shipped Ikea products not available on the web. Large or small---MIB ships it all, though the business does charge a 20 percent commission on the pre-tax value of your purchase.

The next trip is Oct 12-14 and clients must submit their shopping lists by Oct 3 to qualify. A 30 percent deposit on the value of your order is required to confirm. Prepare your order with the Ikea online shopping list tool, making it specific to the Boucherville, Quebec location.

For more info, check myikeabuyer.com or call 229-4631.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Frame Plus Art under new management, moves

New north end location for framing, fine art store

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Frame Plus Art, longtime resident of 2705 Agricola Street, has new owners, Karen Meins and Rick Colwell. They've taken the business---with its collection of original prints, painting and photos, and framing services---to 6040 Almon Street, in the old Acadian Lines building. Drop by and see them in the new space, visit frameplusart.com or call 455-9762.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Futon Store & Pineworks finds new home after fire

Temporary lease on Gottingen keeps business going

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

On Monday, July 25, The Futon Store & Pineworks location at 5730 Young Street was badly damaged by a fire. "It's very serious," says owner Marcel Hebert of the damage to the building. "The fire pretty much gutted the third floor and the first and second had smoke and water damage." The business lost some display inventory, but 90 percent of the futons, frames and furniture was stored safely in a warehouse offsite, allowing the business to rapidly relocate while the original location is being rebuilt. Hebert was able to find a six-month lease at another north end location, the former home of Monster Comic Lounge at 2091 Gottingen Street. "The location is perfect," says Hebert, who says despite the fire, "we never did close." The hours for the business will stay the same, 10am-5:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday. Check them out at thefutonstore.ca or 454-9029.
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Urban Home tax free and free delivery

North end furniture destination's June promotion kicks in

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Recently opened furniture store Urban Home (5689 Cunard Street, 463-1400) is offering through the month of June no tax on its furniture and no fee for delivery. Co-owner Jim Kennedy also informs Shoptalk that the store has recently received a shipment of "funky, new" product, which should make a visit to Cunard Street even more of an incentive.
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