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Rogue’s Roost Brew Pub (5435 Spring Garden) is now available for private parties –just 15 bucks an hour for a private bar and outside patio. A bartender is included, but drinks and grub are extra. Call Deanna at 425-1593…Brick Oven Pizzeria (5982 Spring Garden) isn’t just a pizza joint; the recently opened restaurant, owned and operated by Ben Rhouma , offers Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes, hamburgers, fries and a large selection of desserts. Call 444-8555 for delivery…Argyle Fine Art (1869 Upper Water) has opened a mini gallery, blink!. It’s a little nook located across from the main gallery. Directions say “follow the path of blinking lights.” The space features contemporary emerging artists. Don’t blink or you’ll miss out…George and Lito’s Restaurant (2196 Windsor) is celebrating Lito’s birthday from Sep. 28 to Oct. 4 with various half-priced pasta and wine specials all week. Come sing the old fella a birthday tune…Bhavana Yoga Emporium (#1-6252 Quinpool), a recently opened yoga boutique, offers yoga-inspired clothing, books, jewellery and aromatherapy services that support wellness and lifestyle transformation. Check for more…Vogue Optical’s SuperWalk for Parkinson’s set a Maritime record, having raised more than $180,000…FireWorks Gallery (1569 Barrington) has three days left in their annual September sale –up to 50 percent off selected jewellery…Last week, Shoptalk got the wrong local of organic designer Laura Chenoweth’s official launch. Her opening is at 1313 Hollis (1313 Hollis) Sep. 27 from noon to 5:00pm…The Italian Gourmet (5431 Doyle) is celebrating their 11th anniversary on September 29.

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