Viva la renovation!

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news.

If you've ever gone for dinner at Mexico Lindo in Fairview, you know how hard it is to get a table. That problem will soon be over, as the owners have decided to expand the seating area. "If you don't have a reservation, you won't get a table after 5:30," says co-owner Wilson Jenkins of the current seating situation. "Typically we're turning away 20 people every night." The expanded dining room will allow for about 15 extra seats. "I know that doesn't sound like a lot," Jenkins says, "But consider that we only seat 26 people total right now." The plan also includes the addition of a second washroom. The renovations are expected to be complete by the end of the month. During this time the restaurant will remain open, doing the construction only on days when they are already closed (Sundays and Mondays). To contact the restaurant for reservations or more information, call 445-0996.

Fire in the furnish

The long wait for fans of Scandinavian-inspired affordable furniture is over. Dartmouth Crossing will soon be the home of HRM's first JYSK store. Oh, you thought I was going to say that other Scandinavian furniture chain? Nope. JYSK is a Canadian company, out of British Columbia, that promises all the fun of assembling your own furniture, without the impossible-to-pronounce product names. In fact, the only thing confusing about JYSK is the name of the store itself, which is pronounced "yeeesk." The furniture is mostly made in Denmark, and offers the same clean, simple lines that thrifty home decorators have come to expect from certain larger furniture chains. JYSK will be opening soon out at Dartmouth Crossing, nestled between what will soon be a Home Outfitters and a Moore's clothing store. To find out more about the company, and to check out their catalogue, go to

Peas and Qs

Johanna Galipeau loves fashion, and it shows. Her new shop, Sweet Pea Boutique opened on May 4 at 1542 Queen. The shop sells women's clothing, specializing in Canadian designers and environmentally-friendly brands. Galipeau says she wanted the shop to give the atmosphere of a high-end, big city boutique, but also be affordable for everyone. The clothing ranges from formal to casual, and offers trendy brands like Fieerce, House of Spy, Grab, Kitty Clothing, Alice in Wonderland and Only. Sweet Pea also carries accessories to finish your perfect outfit, and will soon be adding shoes. "I want to be a one-stop shop," she says. For now she has to tackle the full-time task of keeping her shelves stocked. "We had an awesome opening weekend. I already have to order more stuff." The shop is open seven days a week. For more info call 423-0975.

Scoopy do

Pinky's Ice Cream has opened two of their pink-and-white-striped stands for the summer. Last weekend the Bedford Highway and Flemming Park locations both started scooping out the good stuff. This weekend the Point Pleasant Park stand will be open for business, and there are plans for at least three more stands in the Metro area. According to founder and president Kevin Riles, the company has their eye on spots in Lower Sackville, Timberlea, and possibly even in the Public Gardens. When asked about new flavours for 2007, Riles names two: English Toffee and Butterscotch. He also assures me that they will still be carrying the Birthday Party flavour, and lets me know that it is one of their most popular flavours. As it should be. I mean, it has chunks of cake in it! To see a list of flavours, or to look at a map of Pinky's locations, go to their website at

Urban outfitters

PRC Urban Wear is now open in the CIBC building on Barrington. The store sells a wide array of hip-hop style clothing and shoes, specializing in brands new to Halifax. "We have nice stuff," boasts owner Paschal Uzochukwu, "things you don't get around here, that's what we have. We're all about top notch designer wear." He says the response has been good during the short time they've been open. "We get good vibes from everyone," he says, adding that he keeps his prices reasonable because he wants everyone to be able to afford to shop there. Uzochukwu is confident his brands will impress Halifax urban trend-setters. "Anyone who walks in here and is disappointed, that person doesn't know about fashion." Contact the store, at 449-7833.

Bits and bites

The Empire Theatres Cinema in Bedford is now closed. Sad news for this reporter, who recalls many happy memories at that theatre. It seems the little theatre just couldn't keep Bedfordites from making the short trip to Bayers Lake for comfy stadium seating. No word yet as to what will occupy that rather large piece of real estate...Uncommon Kids is also now open at 1030 South Park in the Sommerset building. The store, the latest in the Uncommon Group of businesses, specializes in quality toys and kids products, including brands like Bugaboo, Kettler, Automoblox, Phil & Teds, Skip Hop, Ugly Dolls and Faber-Castell. Check out the website at for more info, or call the shop at 431-UKID...The Booster Juice stand at Spring Garden and Queen will open May 17. Drink it in.

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