• ReTales April 20: Grilled Cheese, Froyo, Brunswick St and Big Eyes

    Date: 2014.04.20 | Category: Dartmouth, Eats, Halifax, HRM, Random, Recaps | Response: 0

    The PetSmart in Dartmouth Crossing opened on Monday, the Grand opening will be on the 26th, and their neighbour Marshalls will be opening their first Atlantic Canadian store at 8am on the 24th. The First 300 customers to Marshalls get a at $10 Gift Card.

    Why have one grilled cheese truck when there can be two? A few weeks ago it was uncovered that Halifax Press Grilled Cheese would be hitting the road soon, but now Cheese Gypsy is also entering the fray.  logoCheck them both out www.halifaxpressgc.com & www.cheesegypsy.ca, I welcome this trend.

    Speaking of trends, Menchies Frozen Yogurt opened on Barrington this week across from Grand Parade, and this isn’t the end of the Froyo with Bedford, Sackville, Dartmouth all having ones on the way.

    A new gaming cafe is about to come to North End Halifax the end unit on Robie at the corner of Young is papered up with just the hashtag #hfxgamecafe.

    Big Erics Restaurant Supply will be moving out of their Lady Hammond Rd location and into shiny new digs on John Savage in Burnside this fall.

    An Anime/Manga shop is opening on Barrington; Hibiki to open on Barrington will be bringing lots of big eyes to us later this summer.

    Resto Dining in Bedford is taking half their space and turning it into a Bridal Boutique.

    Brunswick St is being blocked off for new development between Duke and Cogswell; brunswickalso across the street the Homewood Suites is accepting room reservations for May 22, while the Hampton Inn will be taking reservations June 22.

    Journeys will open another Halifax store this fall when they move into Halifax Shopping Centre.

    Layla Seafood and Mediterranean Food, is now open on Parkland in Clayton Park where a few things before it have failed most recently. Though that strip mall does also host, what many consider the best Chinese (9+Nine) and the best Japanese (Tako) restaurants around.

    DSW has purchased 44% of  Town Shoes, The Shoe Company’s parent. Look for DSW stores in Canada over the next 2 years. The deal also allows DSW to purchase the remaining 56% of the company in 3 years.

    This week I also went off tangent on the blog, there was quick uproar about the new Halifax logo, though most did not read the etire branding presentation. It did illustrate that people want better for our city but want nothing to change, which prompted me to make this.

    I also compared how our local media is doing on Social Media
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  • Editorial: Halifax Logo

    Date: 2014.04.16 | Category: Editorial | Response: 0


  • Halifax Media on Social Media : April 2014

    Date: 2014.04.15 | Category: News | Response: 0

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    quick revision I had missed Q104 in the Facebook Five

  • ReTales April13: The End of late night Taco Bell, Extreme Pita Closes, BOOMBurger, Pavia Gallery, Subway and Free Gelato

    Date: 2014.04.13 | Category: Dartmouth, Eats, Halifax, Random, Recaps, Reviews | Response: 3

    BOOMburger from PEI is finishing up their new Larry Uteck location and expect to be open in May; BOOM is described as a Five Guys clone.

    Talay Thai is on the move from their Barrington St home, to 1300 Hollis

    The Pizza Hut is on Young is closing, to make way for the new development on that piece of land, still no word on where Michaels is going. The Pizza Hut though will be integrating with the KFC on Quinpool pushing Taco Bell out that means no more late night Taco Bell as the only 2 locations left will be in the Halifax Shopping Centre and Mic Mac food courts.

    From 2-8 on Tuesday, April 15 Humani-T on South Park or Agricola, will have free gelato though a donation is appreciated and all donations this year will be going to Feed NS

    2 new Subway‘s on the way, one going in Scotia Square where Ray’s Falafel was , and one at the airport before security, beside where the bookstore is.

    Speaking of the airport in a long term HIAA development plan, they are planning to build a big box centre beside the airport.

    The Jiffy Lube on Robie @ North is being replaced by a Needs, rumour is that the Sobeys controlled Shell Station will be coming down and the station will be re-branded  as Fast Fuel.

    I was at Field Guide this week and as usual and outstanding drinks and this tasty dinner.
    Pig Skin Spaghetti, Dan continues to do amazing work with offal, the so called “undesirable” cuts of animals.

    Extreme Pita on Quinpool is done, store closed and For Lease signs in the window.

    Recommendation is going to council on Tuesday to approve Herring Cove’s Pavia Gallery as the operator of the new Halifax Central Library’s ground floor and top floor cafe’s . Uncommon Grounds and Second Cup were the other bidders.

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  • ReTales April 6: Sals and Indochine Grow, Red Fox & Estia Close, Brany Melville Coming.

    Date: 2014.04.06 | Category: Dartmouth, Halifax, HRM, News, Open City, Recaps | Response: 0

    An Interesting week here at ReTales, I was anticipating a slow week so I had prepared an update to my price comparison of the major grocers. 29 Random Grocery Items. WalMart came in the cheapest and Sobeys was far behind.

    In the meantime opens and closes were happening, long time Bayers Rd staple the Red Fox shuttered its doors after 40ish years, the $174k in back rent forced the landlord to take action. BkT4320CYAAjZC2While over on Spring Garden, another major storefront will go empty as Estia serves its last meals today, the owners made decision not to renew their lease. Rays Lebanese and Coco’s in the Scotia Square food court are both officially  gone.

    Last week I mentioned that Crispy Cristy had closed , but what I didn’t mention was that Indochine was opening a second location in that spot. This will give the downtown office crowd some tasty Banh Mi to have at lunch starting next month. Little Europe in the Hydrostone has closed, the 3rd Hamachi restaurant to close in the last 12 months (Hamachi Grill in Dartmouth closed last year and Brussels last month). However this leaves room for Salvatores to grow into that space. More Sals is for me, combined with the newly acquired liquor license it will be a whole new sit down experience.

    Italian retailer of womens clothing Brandy Melville has announced that Halifax will have a store in November but the location is yet to be determined.
    IMG_3265 Stores have been popping up all over  US and Canada in the last 5 years.

    The I Love Local HFX has had calls for submissions, for small biz on the peninsula and downtown Dartmouth to participate in Open City


    Finally, Shoppers started carrying President Choice products, now that the deal between Loblaws and Shoppers is complete. They launched with the iconic Decadent Chocolate Chip cookie. Look for PC to replace house labeled grocery items and Life brand product to replace Exact brand  in Superstores.

    from @_AShep_

    from @_AShep_