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Stonewall closes, The Source Survives, Biscuit's got a sale, new NSLC on Quinpool, new owners at the Oxford Laundromat and Belly Dancing classes start.

Number two electronic giant Circuit City has announced bankruptcy in the States and is liquidating its assets. The boys and girls at Best Buy (the number one American electronic goods retail giant) must be thrilled. The good news for us north of the border is that Circuit City's Canadian presence The Source---formerly Radio Shack---is solvent and separately financed, so the Halifax-area shops will stay open.

Wither the cheesecake: The sign outside says "Fully equipped restaurant for rent," and the word we have is that Stonewall Restaurant (5244 Blowers)---formerly Stonehaven---has closed.

A Best of Halifax readers' poll winner in the customer service category, Johnny MacDonald at Biscuit (1661 Argyle, 425-5436) gives it to us straight: "We're clearing all the winter stock," he says. "It runs the gamut, some winter coats, tonnes of jeans, trousers, workwear, some dresses. All of the shoes." That's between 40 and 90 percent off, folks.

As an addendum to our Well Being Guide of a couple weeks back, full of ideas on how to stay fit indoors this winter, Belly Dance Basics & Beyond is celebrating its 20th year in business. New beginner classes started January 25 at North Woodside Community Centre (230 Pleasant Street), January 27 at the Rockingham Community Centre (199 Bedford Highway) and begin tonight (January 29) at the Bloomfield Centre (2786 Agricola), from 6-7pm. Call Bernadette at 462-0007 to register, and no problem if you're a latecomer: signing up after the first class is cool.

There's been a change of ownership at the Oxford Laundromat, which has been in its digs at 2983 Oxford since the Capital grocery store vacated the space almost 20 years ago. Staff tell us the new owner is starting a renovation Friday, January 30, with hopes that the updating won't interfere too much with regular business hours (a heroic 8am to 9pm, seven days a week). If you haven't done a wash for a while, and want to be sure they're open before shlepping a mountain of dirty clothes, call 455-4725.

As was mentioned last week, a new NSLC outlet has opened as of Tuesday in the Quinpool Centre (6169 Quinpool, 423-7126). It has that awesome new store smell and it looks a lot like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. The space previously rented by the NSLC in the back of the Quinpool Atlantic Superstore will revert back to the store in the days to come once the NSLC gets all of its liquid stock and equipment out.

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