• Downer of week, but Open City Coming this Saturday

    Date: 2015.05.03 | Category: Dartmouth, Editorial, Halifax, Random, Recaps, Retro, Shopping Pockets, Twitter | Response: 0

    Booster Juice in Bedford closed, as did the one in Clayton Park but they say the Clayton Park one is going “under renovations” but Bedford definitely wont be reopening .

    Bedford also took the loss of their 2 Ultramar‘s , Mill Cove and in front of Bedford Place)  which both closed this week.

    West End Halifax landmark, House of Beauty has closed after 45+ years

    The Halifax Forum had it’s first Farmers Market and for week 1 they attracted quite a few vendors, Iit has potential.

    The recently closed Pita Pit on Argyle to become a new location of Shawarma Stop, coincidentally the first Shawarma stop replaced Extreme Pita on Quinpool, I guess Shawarmas are the new pitas, lol

    I asked what restaurant of Halifax’s past do you miss, lots of love for Hogie’s Alfredo Weinstein and Ho, Juicy Janes and Apple Barrell.

    Purdy’s Pub closed in Sackville, after only 5 months and based on many comments I read they won’t be missed.

    Dave’s Lobster is taking over the spot previously hosting Canadian Bacon Cookhouse, Dave’s has been operating for a couple years in Charlottetown, if I remember correctly simple menu, a Lobster mayo based roll. a Lobster butter  based roll, a Lobster Taco  all $15 and Grilled cheese around $8.

    Tough blow for many small communities across NS, with Sobeys buying up Co-op Atlantic’s wholesale division, many independent stores will rely on their competition to be their supplier.

    OPen City 4.0 is on Saturday check out http://www.ilovelocalhfx.ca/v1/ for the list of awesomeness



  • Less Bacon More Ribs, Signs of Summer and Couple Sobeys Refreshing.

    Date: 2015.04.26 | Category: Dartmouth, Halifax, HRM, Opinions, Random, Recaps | Response: 0

    Canadian Bacon Cookhouse announced that the wouldn’t be back to the waterfront this summer, Sad no more bacon lollipops.

    The Blower St. Paper Chase shuttered it’s doors this week, it will make way for a new cafe, with a new operator on both floors. The convenience store and magazines are  done.

    Willy Krauch had its last smoking on Friday, I have been eating Willy Krauch smoked fish as long as I can remember, sad to see a long time NS business close. Product will still be available for a few weeks.
    logo_pigThanks to FrannyGlass over on Reddit I now know that Halifax is having a RibFest in June ribfesthalifax.ca

    Even though its almost May and the lakes are still mostly covered in ice, there are feint signs of summer. Nomad Gourmet, Halifax Press have hit the streets with their yummy trucks. While on the Eastern Shore, Harbour Fish & Fries and Gazoo’s have opened for the season.

    Before production has started Wrought Iron Brewing on Robie has had a change of name now going by Good Robot Brewing.

    Truckside the Food Truck themed food court has partially opened in Burnside, combined with Cheese Curds/Habaneros the first of the stalls Lil’ Eataly is open now. U pick Fish will follow in a couple weeks and Gweilo Asian Noodles will follow a few weeks after that.

    The Center is opening 2616 Windsor in May, Coffee shop/raw crystals/Yoga/-meditation/psychics & alternate healers.

    11082513_1083980478295150_3945892265613795688_nEuropean closed on pizza corner but already a replacement is in the works.”NBD“is the mystery name, we can guess what NBD is but I will to bet the D is Donair.I also wouldn’t be surprised to find out that recent Master Chef competitor Andrew Al-Khouri is involved.








    The Sobeys in Tantallon and Forest Hills (Panavista)  are getting a makeovers. Expect them to look like the one on Wyse Rd. The Wyse Rd was highlighted , last week, as a model store when regional managers were in town for meetings. Both will be done in time for the Christmas rush, the stores will remain open as renos progress.

    1555367_1083004601726071_366269220625335563_nDSW is coming to Eastern Canada but like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop they are setting up shop in Moncton.

    Formally Yours on Clifton at Cunard has closed, currently in its place is a Vintage PopUp store called Rockalillie. 

    Also credit to @PitcherPlantNL who compiles a running list of community dinners (church suppers) across the province http://www.pitcherplantnl.com/p/community-meal-calendar-in-nova-scotia.html?m=1

    CDdSNqAUEAAGXYQBlackbook Collective, who opened an Urban Art shop complete with graffiti paint supplies  last year behind Cousins on Lady Hammond have moved to the Hydrostone. I look forward to see how they decorate up the building.

  • New Downtown Tony’s, Stillwell BeerGarden, End of Farmer Clems

    Date: 2015.04.19 | Category: Dartmouth, Editorial, Halifax, Random, Recaps, Retro | Response: 0



    Well NorthEndHipsterDog is excited about the Seahorse putting a patio on the side of their new Gottingen St home

    The East Side Mario’s in Sydney closed abruptly.

    Hmmm, new Saturday Farmers Market going in Halifax Forum starting in May. Looking to have 50 tables but I can’t help think it’s going to be mostly crafts and not food. I hope I am wrong and it suceeds.




    Tony’s Donair  is opening up a new location on Grafton in the former Pizza Pizza spot, I wondered what that would mean for pizza corner and right behind that European is papered over.


    If you were interested in seeing any of the pre-stock interior of the Urban Outfitters the pics can be found HERE.

    Farmer Clems is closing all of it outlets except the Garden Centre in Hammonds Plains. The one in Beford has already been taken over by the European Market formerly of Bayer Lake.

    Stillwell is opening a Beer Garden all summer at Summit Place (the bottom of Sackville St)
    They well have an outdoor beer garden complete with German beer garden treats like sausages and giant pretzels!






    On Monday morning the Grindhouse Cafe on Baker Dr, beside AccessNS in Dartmouth was gone, but by Thursday The Dill Pickle had opened.
    Incidentally I found out that The Dill Pickle had closed their loaction in the Emera building last month.

  • Yet Another Dollarama, and Another Shift at HSC

    Date: 2015.04.12 | Category: Dartmouth, Editorial, Halifax, Opinions, Recaps | Response: 0


    After being one of the original tenants of Halifax Shopping Centre (52 years ago) the Dry Cleaner is moving across the street to the annex
    This leaves RBC, Lawtons and Reitman’s as original tenants and 2 originals Sobeys and Dry Cleaner are now at the Annex.





    Mezza Kitchen in Sackville opened this week.

    Blossoms Flower shop will be opening a location where Laura J Flowers was on Cole Harbour Rd

    Yet, another Dollarama is coming to Dartmouth thi s time Baker Dr. in the space between the highway and Sobeys

    Masstown Market has a license for a bar called The Peg, I assume it’s a tavern and not a fetish bar.

    Target is now officially done in NS.

    Nomad Gourmet had and ad on Kijiji looking for cooks but the part that stood out for me is they plan to setup by Purdy’s this year.

    It's going to be a pretty big Urban Outfitters I have highlighted the floor space

    It’s going to be a pretty big Urban Outfitters I have highlighted the floor space


  • More Closures, But New Things for Larry Uteck

    Date: 2015.04.05 | Category: Dartmouth, Editorial, Halifax | Response: 1

    On Friday we learned that Dartmouth Crossing and Bayers Lake Ricki’s locations are scheduled to close by months end.As part of the restructuring affecting Ricki’s/Bootlegger and Cleo

    The Maritime Reptile Zoo in Burnside is closing, but they will still be doing events.

    The Halifax Club appears to have significantly scaled back food services.

    The dog wash on Cunard is moving to Gottingen across from the library in the former Home Grown Organics.

    Longtime NS business Willy Krauch Smokehouse is ceasing operations this month their last smoking is April 24th.

    Starbucks launches their new “buttery” line of baked goods La Boulange in NS outlets this week.

    Larry Uteck buzz: Relish is rumoured to be opening a second Halifax location in the wonderful world of roundabouts and the folks that use to run Oakmount Station (on Beford Hwy) I hear are converting the empty Woody’s BBQ into a pub.

    The Target’s in Mic Mac and BLIP are done and the Bedford one closes this week.
    Fun Fact: Zellers name will outlast Target Canada. HBC still operates 2 Zellers branded stores in Ontario they act as liquidators for Hudson Bay and Home Outfitter stores.

    Both the Bedford Ultramar’s, Mill Cove and in front of Bedford Place are closing at the end of the month.


    Nort EndHipsterDog is making his way around instagram and tumblr

    RUMOUR ONLY: I hear there is a good chance that Anthropologie will be opening Downtown Halifax in Spring of ’16