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Sticks restaurant opened last Monday at 5543 Young St in the Hydrostone Market. The name is inspired by the restaurant’s primary implement of service: the skewer stick. Sticks currently offers six varieties of skewers, including honey, peanut and lemon-oregano chicken, as well as salmon, shrimp and lamb skewers. “I do a lot of travelling to New York and Toronto and I took the best ideas I’d ever seen and my partner took the best ideas he’s ever seen and we kind of sat down over a long period of time and thought if we were designing a place that we’d want to eat at everyday, what would it be? And that’s kinda how we came up with it,” says co-owner Labi Kousoulis. “What we were going for is healthy food, but we wanted it to taste really good.” Sticks is open daily from 11am –9pm and offers eat-in, take-out and delivery services.

Shut in the Shopping Centre

The Halifax Shopping Centre has seen two closures this month. Bass River Chairs closed on April 17, and South of the Border closes this Saturday, April 29. Shop Talk was unable to reach Bass River Chairs owner Sandra Rodd for comment, but she told the Chronicle-Herald the store was closing for a number of reasons and “competition is part of it. There is a lot of retail around and so many places to spend the dollar.” As for South of the Border, owner John Dobson is retiring and will be closing all locations in the near future. South of the Border in the Sunnyside Mall is scheduled to close June 30.

Young at art

Argyle Fine Art at 1869 Upper Water St will be home to the NSCAD Student Art Store this summer. The student-run store used to occupy a storefront in Granville Mall every summer from May through August, but increased enrolment for NSCAD University’s continuing education program meant that space was allotted for classes this year. To make room for the works of emerging NSCAD University students, Argyle Fine Art will renovate the back section of the gallery and turn it into a distinctively NSCAD University space. “It will be a good amount of space and we can be really creative with the space,” says Argyle Fine Art director Adriana Afford. “We’ll switch things up regularly—so instead of packing it full of stuff, we’ll just make sure that every week there is a new body of work featured.” The gallery has already received a number of submissions, and Afford looks forward to many more as students clear out their studios for the summer. “It’s a great opportunity for us because it gives us more connection with the students in seeing what they’re up to,” she says.

Green moves

It’s been a busy spring for the Ecology Action Centre. Last Saturday, they moved their office at 1568 Argyle to a newly green-renovated home at 2705 Fern Lane. “After 35 years in the community, and eight years at our current location, it was time for us to take the next step and demonstrate some of our principles in our own home,” says Mark Butler, managing director of the EAC. The EAC’s new home features such environmentally minded renovations as solar-powered in-floor heating and construction using sustainably-harvested local lumber. “We have taken a realistic approach to our green improvements with both a budget and the environment in mind,” says home project coordinator Susanna Fuller. In addition to the office move, Stephanie Sodero and the EAC’s TRAX program are also hoping to change the way HRM commuters move between work and home. TRAX is currently exploring the potential for a workplace transit pass—they call it EcoPass—program through Metro Transit. More than 10 such passes currently exist in Canada, but none east of Quebec. Sodero outlines the benefits of the EcoPass as follows: employees get a discount (10 to 17 percent) and the convenience of only buying a pass once a year, the Transit Authority gains a source of guaranteed revenue, employers are seen to be offering a perk and may improve parking issues and the environment experiences fewer greenhouse gas emissions. TRAX will host an EcoPass workshop on May 18 at Alderney Gate Library.

In the bag

Textile artist Laura Hyde has started selling handbags made from post-consumer waste at the Farmers Market on Saturdays under the brand name norm refuse. Hyde weaves her sturdy, fashionable bags from disposable plastic shopping bags. “I’m trying to work with all of the surplus, all the excess that we all have all around us,” she says of her chosen material. “These bags are only made for you to take home the things you bought in, that’s really their only use. They’re so present in everyone’s life, so people are really fascinated to see them made into this tactile, pretty .”

Ride the metro

Metro Pizza has moved from 5566 Fenwick to 6021 Lady Hammond. The new location is larger and the eat-in/take-out/ delivery restaurant has expanded its menu to include “subs, different salads, nachos and stuff like that,” according to Metro Pizza employee Marcel Martin.

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