Raffi’s Kitchen Mediterranean cuisine is opening soon on Sackville Drive.

In March, Cheese Curds/Habaneros will be taking over the former FlipBurger on Lacewood in Clayton Park.

A&W in Burnside is now open Wright @ Wilkinson just on the Dartmouth Crossing border with Sobeys Express, Tim’s and Shell. An NSLC Express is soon to follow.

Speaking of the NSLC, previously I had mentioned they were opening a streetside Express store on Barrington in the new Scotia Square reno. They will keep the main Scotia Square store but are now also opening a 4000 sq.ft store in the newly opened Nova Centre.

When Sukiyaki in Mic Mac closes this month, “Mr. Sukiyaki” isn’t retiring he will be opening a Japanese/Chinese restaurant at 516 Pleasant St. where Hum’s Kirchen was.

The Seaport Market has been adding a few food vendors to the mEzzanine on Saturdays and Sundays, and a new one that I’m excited about open tomorrow called Just Baked Potatoes

After 20 years in the Hydrostone Market and listed in  “Where to Eat in Canada” for most of that time, Epicurious Morsels will be retiring and closing its doors on March 15th.

“Vintage Row,” consignment shop Put Me On is closing next month, but co-tenant Neighbourhood Witch General Store will be expanding, to fill the space on Queen St.

Miracles Christian Store in Bayers Lake closed yesterday.

After 25 years P’lovers has closed their stores in the North End, Downtown Dartmouth And Mahone Bay. The North End store will reopen in February to liquidate the stock.

Stitches on Barrington has closed after just nine months, but I wouldn’t raise any flags about a doomed Barrington St. Stitches parent YM has a history of opening stores for short spells.

Acadiano’s which just recently rebranded from Acadian Fish And Chips on Hammonds Plains appears to be done. They closed at Christmas, and it’s been dark since. The phone is still live though and just rings.

Mic Mac Mall redevelopment news: I got a chance to see a drawing of the new former Target space, and it was Indigo, SportChek and Linen Chest

Well on Sunday I hit a milestone of 25000 Followers, and on Tuesday it marked the 6th Anniversary of Halifax ReTales! Thank You all so much for following along. To celebrate I was giving out prizes on my social media platforms. And newsletter subscribers Katie and Rebecca won prizes from On The Wedge in Bedford and Jamieson’s in Colby Village!

Also in event news, Podcamp Halifax is next Sunday, and I will be one of the 35+ speakers talking about their digital life

The talk of banning plastic bags took a big jump this week and was discussed in Municipal Council, and now the idea is floating for a province-wide ban on plastic shopping bags.

The Nook on Gottingen St started their social program this week as follows
“We’re incredibly proud to announce that our Token Program has officially begun!
Lighting up OUR community together, tokens can be purchased for $2 (Bagel & Coffee) and $5 (Meal).
Tokens can be suspended in the cafe for people in need to easily avail of. Or, they can be taken away with you to which you can then stop and shake someone’s hand, introduce yourself, and create a conversation when giving them a token.”

And finally, this week is the last week on the air for the legend that is Don Connolly. For 42 years he has been the voice so many of us have tuned into hearing tell the stories of Nova Scotia or how national and international issues affect Nova Scotians. I have learned so much about this great place from that so familiar voice. He will be missed. Thanks Don