Halifax Shopping Centre has quite a few adds RW&Co, Payless, Crescent Jewellers, and Charm Diamond have all opened new stores. There is also an Hakim Optical on its way (and one for Mic Mac too)

The Pannizza at the airport opens next week (I think I missed mentioning that the A&W opened a while back )

Looks like “Brown Hound Pub” looking to open on Agricola where Agora/Haligonian Cafe was.

Montreal based chain Cacao 70 Eatery/Dip Shop coming to Historic Properties this Spring.

Kings Pier Vintage
 has a popup at for the next six weeks at the corner of Portland and Wentworth, Downtown Dartmouth

Giggles Pizza on Main at the Forest Hills extension is now open.

St. Louis Bar and Grill at Downsview in Sackville opens on Monday

Cole’s Family Restaurant on Cole Harbour Rd has closed.

The Hallmark Store in Dartmouth Crossing is closing.

Also in Dartmouth Crossing, the only JYSK in Atlantic Canada is closing on the 17th.

Entity Boardshop on Blowers is having a store closing sale.

Craft season continues the big list is here, but highlights are the Halifax Crafters at Olympic Centre and Gothic Little Christmas at the Forum

Also, Spring Garden area merchants for the next 2 Fridays will have Shopping Under Stars a great time to save at selection of local shops!

If you are Downtown Halifax on Saturday or Sunday, this December the 4 Waterfront Commission parking lots are free.

Not only are the merging PC Plus and Optimum but there is going to be a higher tier you can subscribe to for $10/mo

Food Network shows The Baker Sisters was in town in August and now the episodes with Halifax content are airing.  Episode 11 features Barrington St’s The Old Apothecary and Ep 12 features Sweet Hereafter on Quinpool. They are both available now online here. Next Friday night Ep 13 with Bayers Lake’s Susie’s Shortbreads will premiere.

And this week I was 1 of 3 finalists for “Best Media” award from the Restaurant Association of NS. I didn’t win, but top 3 from a field of 34 nominees is pretty cool. The winners were

  • Best New Restaurant – Rinaldo’s
  • Local Food Hero – Ratinaud
  • Best Design & Décor – Agricola Street Brasserie
  • Best Wine/Beverage Menu- Cape Cliff Dining Room, Fox Harb’r Resort
  • Best Green Restaurant – Kate’s Sweet Indulgence Catering and Café
  • Media Award – Laura Oakley
  • Best Server – Adam Wigmore (Le Bistro by Liz)
  • Best Bartender – Michael Hopper (Highwayman)
  • Best Small Restaurant  – Mappatura Bistro
  • Best Large Restaurant –Le Bistro by Liz