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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Waterfront Christmas Market happens this week

Bishop's Landing is local heaven, Dec 8-11

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 4:00 AM

From December 8 to 11, The Waterfront Christmas Market at Bishop's Landing (1475 Lower Water Street) will present dozens of market vendors, free carousel rides, treats, gifts and even a visit from a certain hypersonic, sled-transported, scarlet-clad, white-haired holiday elf. The hours are as follows: 6-10pm Thursday and Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday and 10am-7pm Sunday. For more information, click here.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Viewpoint 2012 Calendar Show on Thursday

Local photographers and printmakers share their work

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

The exhibition runs from now until December 25, but the opening is Thursday night, December 1, from 6-8pm at Viewpoint Gallery (1272 Barrington Street, 420-0854). The 2012 Calendar Show features 24 diverse images featured in the two different versions of the Gallery's 2012 calendar (available at the Gallery and through ViewPoint members). In addition, you'll find bargains galore on framed and unframed fine art prints. Support local photographers and cross off a bunch of names on your gift-giving list.
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Nurtured grand reopening this weekend

Local parenting and kids store renovated, party throwing

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Nurtured Products for Parenting (2571 Robie Street, 405-4367) has expanded and renovated their space. The north end business's grand reopening will be on Saturday December 3 from 10am-5pm and Sunday December 4, 12-5pm.

Drop by this weekend and receive 15 percent off your total purchase. You'll find baby carriers, cloth diapers and an assortment of non-toxic toys.

Also keep in mind the Volunteer Doula Association will be selling cookbooks for $10 each to benefit their program.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Local company Supplement King grows across Canada

Roger King started it as a delivery service six years ago

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Six years ago, Saint Mary's University student Roger King started his company, Supplement King (Park Lane Mall, 5657 Spring Garden Road, 877-5464, and other locations in the HRM including Scotia Square and Bedford Place Mall).

"I was into fitness and using these products," says King. "I had a roommate that was a varsity athlete. The product was too expensive for me to purchase myself, so I began to gather up group orders just to cover my own expenses and got the ball rolling that way. I eventually branched out to being a one-man delivery service, where people would phone in and I would deliver to their door all over the HRM. I was basically a glorified pizza boy."

From those beginnings Supplement King has become the fastest growing group of sports supplement retail stores in Canada, with six locations including in New Minas, Goose Bay and now Abbotsford, BC. The Park Lane location was originally a competitor, Life and Sport, which Supplement King recently purchased.

Focusing primarily on carrying nutritional supplements by Canadian companies---"the supplement industry requirements are higher in Canada than they are elsewhere," says King---Supplement King offers a deal where if you spend over $30 you can take $10 off the next product you buy during the same purchase. So, if you can get two $36.99 tubs of Isoflex Whey Protein Isolate, the second one will only be $26.99.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hounds Around Town sold to Three Dog Bakery

Local dog business partner takes ownership

Posted By on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Angela Granchelli has sold her online doggie boutique Hounds Around Town (houndsaroundtown.com) to Leanne Dowe, who also owns the Three Dog Bakery in Dartmouth Crossing (22 Logiealmond Close, 405-3364). "For out of town customers there is no change in the weather as the online store will remain the same (although Leanne will be adding more products)," explains Granchelli in an email. "But for local customers they can now shop for Hounds Around Town products in person. Also, not too far away out of towners can shop online and choose "pickup in person" as their shipping method and just pop by next time they are in town."
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quarrelsome Yeti opens Pop-Up Store at Carbonstok

Local illustrator opens studio-with-a-store

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM

This Thursday evening, November 17 from 6pm to 8pm is the Grand Opening of Carbonstok's (1235 Barrington Street, 404-7288) first Pop-Up Boutique.

Geordan Moore (aka The Quarrelsome Yeti) is a Halifax-based artist and Illustrator who studied graphic design at NSCAD, produces drawings, paintings and prints in a shared studio in Dartmouth. His work can be found at the Halifax Seaport Market, but from November 17 through the 30, you'll be able to see Geordan at work at Carbonstok. He'll be using the space as his studio and doing screenprinting on site.

For more information about Moore and The Quarrelsome Yeti, please visit his website, thequarrelsomeyeti.com.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Seeds Gallery launches Printed Matter

Books and book-related stuff happening at NSCAD gallery

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Seeds Gallery (Suite 116-1099 Marginal Road, 494-8301) is launching a new Printed Matter Bookstore today, Wednesday, November 2, at 5:30pm. This is a bookstore concept, featuring printed matter in all forms including but not limited to DVD's, books, mail art, t-shirts, one-offs, zines, stationery, cards, and magazines.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Planet Paws helps Shubie Park

Shubie Snacks from local pet food supplier help provide upkeep

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Shubie Snacks are an antibiotic-free, hormone-free chicken liver/organic flax/oats and parsley treats for your doggie, available at Planet Paws Pet Essentials (95 Montebello Drive, Dartmouth, 465-7297) Planet Paws is a new local pet food outlet whose owners are very interested in making sure your pet gets the best quality food. The store's staff can help you decide what food, supplements, homeopathic, remedies or other products will most benefit your pet and home delivery is also available. Planet Paws is part of an operation that donates to charitable causes and community upkeep, including Shubie Park. Hence the Snacks. All proceeds from these treats go to the upkeep and preservation of the park. For more information on Planet Paws find them on Facebook and at planetpaws.ca.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Idealbikes changes hands

Dave Schuhlein reveals new ownership's plans for Best of Halifax-winning bike shop

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

On September 30, Dave Schuhlein of Idealbikes ( 1678 Barrington Street, 444-7433) sold his store. The legendary bike shop, started on Agricola Street in 2003, is now owned by Troy MacQuarrie and Matt Canning, who Schuhlein says have a background in construction.

"They're completely revamping the store," says Schuhlein, who agreed to stay on as acting manager until the end of October, to make sure the details of distribution and accounts were well-handled in the exchange. "They're going to corner the BMX market," he says, with plans to bring in apparel, too. "They have much deeper pockets than I did."

Customers can expect a new look to the store, and some new brands---including GT and Yeti---though most of the knowledgeable staff will stay on, and Idealbikes will continue to offer the brands its known for as well as competitive retail, rental and repair services.

And what of Dave?

"I don't like to be cold," he says. "This climate is cold for six-to-nine months of the year." So he's got a work visa and a one-way ticket to New Zealand. If people would like to wish Schuhlein well on his new adventures---and thank him for years of bicycle expertise---bring a fizzy beverage or two 'round the store Friday, October 28 after 6pm, where there'll be a goodbye party.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Greenlyph becomes Downtown Digital

Best of Halifax award-winning computer store changes hands

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Greenlyph is no more. The south end computer retail and repair shop was sold recently by former owners Jeremy McNeil and Wade Prue to the guys who run Full Spectrum Computers, Jamie MacDonald, Michael Pillai and Chris Harborne. With a largely new staff in place, things should remain business as usual, says store manager Mitch Galpin. "It shouldn't change too much," he says, though customers should expect a better stock availability on the retail side, with more hardware repairs now being done in-house.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

All the Pretty Things have a birthday

Sweet boutique is four years old on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

This Saturday October 8 is birthday number four for Pretty Things Boutique (5240 Blowers Street, 492-8329). It takes place from 11am to 7pm. All day is a tax free sale, free food, cupcakes contests, product demos, and more! For more information click here.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kannon Beach offers a membership deal to beat all

One price for a season of surf

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Local surf shop Kannon Beach (20 Lake Shore Drive, Lawrencetown, 471-0025) is currently offering a shop membership for $99.99, with which the individual will be entitled to unlimited full-day surfboard and wetsuit rental from the day of purchase until April 30, 2012 (a sweet deal if you consider a single full-day rental goes for $30). There will also be special discounts on selected items for Kannon Beach cardholders throughout the membership term. "An opportunity like this has never been offered by a surf shop in this area before," explains Kannon Beach rep Jenner Cormier. "And seems like an excellent way to promote the sport and make people aware that surfing is possible and also a growing sport in Canada."
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Plan B merchant co-op opens on Gottingen Street

One stop shop for lots of stuff

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Plan B is a merchants co-op located at 2180 Gottingen Street, opening tomorrow, Saturday, September 17. Hours of operation will be 11am to 7pm, seven days a week. Businesses operating out of Plan B include The Monkey's Paw (Antiques and Cuiros, known for their Dartmouth Market stall), Toxic Blossom (Japanese street fashion),In Vinyl We Trust (used records available again on Gottingen), Third Eye Blind (games and collectibles), Morrigan Lefay's Mystical Gifts(medieval and goth accessories and fashions, formerly on Portland Street in Dartmouth), Arcane Angel (steampunk jewellery), plus Thai Yoga Massage (heartspacehealingarts.ca) and the work of local artists on display. An art gallery and cafe will be opening in the near future, but don't wait until then: make Gottingen Street a regular part of your shopping sked.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Inkwell launches letterpress printing services with open house

Stop by Thursday August 18 for the big event

Posted By on Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio (1658 Market Street, 405-8309), a hub of local craft and artisan's work---as well as unique internationally sourced gifts and stationery---is having an open house to introduce its letterpress services, August 18 from 6-9pm. There'll be prizes, prizes, prizes and you can enjoy refreshments while printing your own bookmark on their 90-year-old press.
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Five years of Soled Out

Halifax's first dedicated sneaker store celebrates half a decade in business

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Congratulations to Pat Harland and Alex Strum, owners of Soled Out Sneakers (1512 Dresden Row, 422-7310) on their fifth anniversary, happening August 15. The business prides itself on offering the newest and sharpest sneaker selection in Halifax, and this week is no different. Stop into the store and check out new inventory that just arrived ahead of the fall season.
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