Garrison Brewing will be converting the Quinpool street front of the Oxford building and part of the extended sidewalk into a tap room and patio this summer. What used to be the theatre room still needs a tenant though I hear they may be close to signing a climbing gym.

G-Street Pizza will be opening there at the beginning of April, in The Velo on Gottingen. They will be on the gourmet side of things and have imported a special oven from Italy.

The NSLC has finally opened their newest outlet in the Nova Centre on Sackville St side on what used to be the corner of Grafton. The new store is designed to showcase Nova Scotia made product.

The saga of the Smiling Goat continues. A few weeks ago I had mentioned that the original on South Park had closed, well that one has reopened. However the one in Bishops Landing got locked out by the landlord. Meanwhile the short lived former location in the Maple (Hollis at Sackville) will later this week be a new coffee shop The Ville Caffeine Bar

One of the most frequent questions i would get is when is a Fit 4 Less coming to Dartmouth. Well the time is next month. Good Life has decided to close it’s gym at the Portland Street SuperStore and convert it to a Fit 4 Less.

The Sushi Nami in Clayton Park is rolling it’s way to Bayers Lake. Exchanging one plaza with a McD’s in the parking lot for another plaza with a McD’s in the parking lot.

Fruition started as a weekend table at the Seaport Market but it wasn’t long before partners Jessie Doyle and Seth Graham decided it was a full-time business and took up a permanent stand at the market.

That was in 2011 and last year it became time for the partners to incorporate their business. They decided it was also a good time to change the name of the business and simplify branding to become Springhouse.

“It was more of a hobby at first, we thought it would be fun to hang out the market on weekends and sell kale chips,” Doyle says. Then it really took off and became more of a full-time job.

Next week will bring the opening of Springhouse in a new home in central Halifax. It will have a new storefront at 2300 Gottingen St. in The Velo across from the library. The new space gives the partners the opportunity to have seating and create “a social hub.”

Previously, they had to rent rooms to host regular nutrition classes and now the partners can host onsite, right next to their kitchen. There is also a small office for one-on-one nutritional consulting.

Having its own space will help Springhouse expand its plant-based menu and reduce waste by having dishes for dine-in customers. The coffee will be from Lunenburg’s Laughing Whale and there will be three types of kombucha on tap from Pop Culture Brew Co.

Springhouse also have the start of what will surely become a destination as plant-based eating. Right next door is the recently opened vegan butcher Real Fake Meats and Fortune Doughnuts, soon opening a couple doors down, I’ve been told will have some vegan doughnuts on offer.