• Boozy Milkshakes, Village Green To Stay, Dollarama exits HSC

    Date: 2014.08.24 | Category: Dartmouth, Eats, Halifax, HRM | Response: 0

    ReTales Aug 18-24

    Dollarama in Halifax Shopping Centre closes today, originally I had heard it was closing in the fall and moving to replace Pennington’s. Lawtons will be moving in the Dollarama space. However Pennington’s staying put and Dollarama just disappearing. I have also heard, if staff wants to go to other stores or new Dartmouth Crossing store (or the strongly rumoured Lacewood store)  they have to apply like everyone else (but that part is unverified).

    Bubba Rays too opened in the former Red Fox and people say it looks pretty good.

    Marshalls opened in Bayers Lake.

    Scanway Cafe opened on Grafton and they are also serving from the rooftop above Sicilian, The roof top and quality pizza really adds a new element to going to Pizza Corner. Also their Boozy Milkshakes are fantastic.



    The new Tim’s on Spring Garden is calling itself a “coffee house” now

    The Village Green and Moe’s have been saved and will continue in Sunnyside Mall, however sister store Tweed and Hickory in Dartmouth Crossing is still going to close.

    Moda on Dresden is being replaced by Forbidden City, I had originally heard that it was going to be multi Asian fusion, but it turns out it will be just Chinese and I am excited to see the “authentic” part of the menu http://forbiddencityrestaurant.ca/menu.asp?catid=6053783

    In NSRetales: Carriage House and  China King in Port Hawkesbury served a 2 day license suspension this weekend, for being a pop up strip club last December.

    and of course 10 digit dialling is going into effect, but that mean a part of Halifax dies with it 902-429-6666 just doesn’t have the same single appeal.

    and lets end the week with some signage fun .


  • ReTales: A new Pete’s,Scanway Cafe, Halifax Moxie’s

    Date: 2014.08.17 | Category: Dartmouth, Halifax, HRM, News, Opinions, Random, Recaps | Response: 2

    A weird week I launched NSReTales on twitter and Facebook, to cover things I find on the outside of the city. I went to McDonalds against my no chains philosophy for a meal and blogged about it. I was invited by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission to participate in the Big Day Downtown, $150 to spend on something Downtown. I am going with an ambitious A to Z theme. With all that said there were still things uncovered, including the fact Costco has Christmas trees out.

    Pete’s Fine Foods is coming to the former Motherhouse lands at the Mount, which are being redeveloped into a mix used neigbourhood called Seton Ridge. This will be a new concept store for Pete and this will not mean the closing of the Bedford location.

    Bowring and Bombay have filed for bankruptcy protection, business as usual for now, but some store closures are expected soon.

    Black’s Photography is closing its 2 remaining NS stores in Mic Mac and Halifax Shopping Centre.

    The Attic on Queen is closing shop, last day will be August 30th.

    Scanway opened their new Grafton St cafe, housemade donuts, and interesting gelato flavours like Rum or Popcorn are available.

    Moxies has a job posting for an assistant manager at a soon to open Halifax location, where exactly in Halifax? Who knows. I have heard way too many spots to confirm one.

    Dartmouth Crossing but flags up on the land just above McDonalds, strong indicators that it will be a Hilton Garden Inn. Also in DX the Woodys has signs that say it will be reopening soon.

    Coming up this week, The Marshalls in Bayers Lake opens Thursday and Bubba Rays Too opens Monday in the former Red Fox.


    I went to one of my favourites

    Also this week I need to get out to Lawrencetown to try the newly created Donair Taco at Bro’s Tacos.


    some of the scratchings on  my A2Z

    A2Z dt mark




  • A Trip to McD’s in Dartmouth Crossing

    Date: 2014.08.14 | Category: Eats, Editorial | Response: 3

    First off many of you may be asking doesn’t he ramble on about local? I do and have been really great this year other than a trip to a Montreal St. Hubert this is my first visit to a chain restaurant in 2014.

    Had a busy day yesterday forgot to eat and I wanted immediate satisfaction today, and the lure of the Golden Arches called


    The closest to me was Dartmouth Crossing, which I still find odd doesn’t have a free standing M sign towering at the driveway. I enter and of course it is complete chaos there is no semblance of lines and people don’t know who is waiting to order or who is waiting for food. I heard 5 time some ask are you in line? C’mon McD’s figure that out!

    They Figured out Coffee Rush, but McD's cant figure out a lunch line

    They Figured out Coffee Rush, but McD’s cant figure out a lunch line

    There were some new menu items I chose one, the Buffalo Chicken Poutine I immediately though of the words of the great Bluth’s

    also Shrimp!!

    Seriously who has been ordering Filet o Fish? WHO?

    Seriously who has been ordering Filet o Fish? WHO?

    Here is the Buffalo Chicken Poutine



    It’s actually pretty close the gravy could have been warmer to melt the curds


    They actually tried to be all fancy by asking my name, I rarely give my real name  this time I gave Pikachu, NAILED IT


    Also had a Big Mac which is the craving in the first place and it was what it is. I will try to stick to my local ways and I don’t really feel better for going, I suspect I will regret it soon.

    However the worst part of the experience wasn’t the disorganized lines, it was the Beeping OH MY the Beeping!!

    BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP  BOOP BOOP BOOP BEEEEE BEEEEE the entire time I was there! Why so much Beeping!!!pulling-out-hair




  • ReTales: A Sustainable Fish Monger, DT Dartmouth Fashions and Little Hakodate

    Date: 2014.08.10 | Category: Recaps, Uncategorized | Response: 0

    A lighter update but still lots going on for August.

    First a follow up to the news PEI’s Gahan House was coming,everything is confirmed and they will indeed be taking over the great space that Hart&Thistle was in.

    Downtown Dartmouth is going to have a new shop, Room 152 a women’s boutique which will have both new and curated clothes and shoes . Early sneak peeks show they have a thing for short boots.

    Quantum Frontier will be teleporting across the intersection moving in the end unit by Hillcrest VW.

    The Staples in Burnside has closed, the Copy Centre remains open for now but they are planing to move that as well. That Staples one of the first Business Depots at one point was the largest an most profitable in the chain.



    Tako Sushi on Parkland in Clayton Park has quickly become a favourite me.

    The Venus Roll (top right) is a great combo of chopped fish wrapped in thin cut cucumber. I even brought the cucumber flower with masago home, to appreciate a little longer.  It drives me a little nuts, as peninsula resident that I need to drive to go get the best sushi but its worth it . That strip mall also is home to Nine +9 which I consider to be the best Chinese.

    WalMart is shaking up the online shopping world in Canada now that they offer free shipping, No Minimum order. Expect others to follow suit by Christmas. In the ridiculousness of it all though you can buy Mr. Noodle (which I would never eat) is online at Walmart.ca for 37¢ and have it shipped to your door for free, but if you went in store in Halifax it’s 44¢.


    Alex Oh Sushi, will be taking over the former Susies (who moved to Purdys) this is a the 3rd Sushi joint in close proximity, Is it too soon to call this district Little Hakodate in honour of our Japenese sister city with a star shaped citadel. More info about our relationship here


    Afishionado, a sustainable fish monger will be opening inside Local Source Market

    The abandoned Hamachi Grill on Portland St. will be coming back to life as Mizi, which will be an All You Can Eat Sushi and Thai.

    As part of the whole reno of the Irving in Beechville, there is a Rubber Duck Car Wash going in.

    Finally the 2000 block of Gottingen is gearing up for 2 new stores with the Futon Store moving back to their rebuilt home, Biscuit has taken over where the Futon Store has been and the will be opening the Independent Mercantile Company which will be a housewares and gift ware shop. And The Carrot is aiming to open by months end.









  • ReTales: Gahan House Halifax, WingDings done, Anchored Toastery

    Date: 2014.08.03 | Category: Dartmouth, Eats, Halifax, Open City, Random, Retro | Response: 0

    Natal Day Weekend Edition, Happy 265 Halifax

    Usually I don’t discover many things on a Saturday, and long weekends even less but this Saturday all kinds of things came up.

    First off former Barrington St staple Junk & Foibles will be making a one day return on Aug 16, inside Big Pony on Brenton St.

    Charlottetown’s Gahan House Pub is coming to town they say a waterfront location so logic would say they are taking the former Hart & Thistle in Historic Properties. Gahan is just one of a slew of PEI bars and restaurants owned by the Murphy Group. They also operate East Side Mario’s, Pizza Delight and Dooly’s franchises, ISE, Merchantman, Fishbones, Sims and The Brickhouse. It will great to see a tenant back in that lovely harbourside space.

    Room 152, a ladies used and new fashion store is coming to Downtown Portland St.I have been babbling to people for a while that this is the sort of idea that will continue to bring DT Dartmouth back to life. Big Life, Dart Gallery, Kept, The Canteen, Sugah Shok, and higher profile Dartmouth Yarns have all popped up as of late. The Montreal Friperie (currated used clothes) idea would be great to fill the gaps.

    Honey Bee Vintage Bridal opened its doors on Gottingen this weekend.

    And Aeropostale is rebranding as AERO

    Earlier in the week there were news tidbits as well

    10443125_907650549261478_8607599835209203502_oThough I heard today that new kitchen equipment was spotted going in the vacated Susie’s space.

    Wing Dings in Cole Harbour is done but in an odd move they were bought out to make way for a franchise of Newfoundland’s Wing N It, so only a few weeks and the wings will return.

    Ireland 32 will be renamed The Other Bean after a recent ownership change.

    A few doors down in what used Maritime Campus, the major renos  are done, the scaffolding is down and great looking 2 story show room is ready to show  off chandeliers, as a lighting store is going to open.

    Might as well stay on Quinpool and say that Anchored Espresso and Toastery Bar opened inside ProSkates, I admit I went to check it out. I can best describe it as meh. $6.05 for tea and toast neither were even slightly remarkable.

    Outside of my normal geographical reach but Crystal Palace, Ramada and McGinnis Landing in Moncton are closing to make way for Bass Pro Shop, Moncton is getting a Cabelas as well next year,

    Froyo for better or worse has finally hit Dartmouth, yeh! opened inside of the Dartmouth Crossing WalMart.

    The long standing Pizza Hut on Young St has closed, they have moved in with KFC on Quinpool, bumping out Taco Bell. That strip mall on Young is almost empty now with tenants finding new homes. Michaels Bar however is still going but word is they have found a new home.



    I’ll end the week with this bit of RUMOURING, I had heard that WalMart was looking for space Downtown Halifax a few weeks ago and I dismissed it.This week however I was reading that WalMart Canada is considering opening smaller scale “urban stores” to Canadian downtowns.I still remain skeptical though.