What used to be the theatre room at the Oxford is being converted to a climbing gym called UpEast

Montreal based breakfast/lunch chain, PÜR & SIMPLE is opening their first HRM location this summer in the converted Sears building on Portland St

The Booster Juice on Young St is now open in Monaghan Square

Silverball Games who already had an arcade in the Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake, have now opened a 15 machine arcade in Sunnyside Mall and they have a DDR (Dance Dance Revolution)

Creamy Rainbow Bakery has soft opened on Dresden Row with Chinese pastries

Tako Loko which they have dubbed as “an actual authentic Mexican restaurant” was supposed to open today at 3248 Isleville St. but have met with some delays.

Suzy Shier in Sunnyside started a liquidation sale yesterday ahead of closing the store at the end of April

Ten years ago, Patty Howard started her business, Kitchen Door Catering. Two years later, she moved into a facility at the corner of Bluewater Road and Hammonds Plains Road, and this month she moved the business to a new built-to-plan space in Burnside Park in Dartmouth, overlooking IKEA.

The 10,600-square-foot facility gives the Kitchen Door crew room to do more, and “now includes over 25 full-time staff who provide exceptional full-service, drop-off and take-home catering to our clients,” said Howard.

Howard also was proud of a new section, the Studio, which will have regular cooking classes for up to 24 people starting in April. The cooking class schedule has Demo & Dine, where you sit back and interact while the chef prepares a three-course offering, and Hands-on, where you get dirty and make a multi-course meal.

Some of the classes are inspired by well-known chefs like David Chang or Jamie Oliver. There is also Make & Take, where you prep two-to-three dishes that you take home with you, and the Food Lab, which is broken into multiple sessions that teach the basics like butchering, cooking techniques and knife skills.

About the move from Bedford to Dartmouth, Howard said “around 90 per cent of our business from the old location was delivery.” She added that if her loyal Bedford customer base needs something, they can just have it delivered.Howard also said being in Burnside gives them much easier access to the business park and downtown Halifax.

Another thing worth mentioning about Kitchen Door is its weekly Facebook Live show, Chit! Chat! Chop! It brings in a guest to cook with resident chef and culinary instructor Andrew Farrell. The show really gives you a feel for what the spirit of Kitchen Door Catering is all about.

Last week, the third season kicked off by celebrating Dartmouth with former politician Gloria McCluskey as a guest. The show airs live Wednesdays at
9 p.m, but episodes are archived on their Facebook page. (If you go back to last April 18 yours truly was the guest)

The new shop at 110 Higney Ave. also has a retail storefront so the folks of Burnside can buy some prepped items on the way home, or come in for sandwiches and a rotating selection of hot dishes for lunch.

Happy to report Japan Deli in Burnside is back open

The Fit 4 Less in Dartmouth is now open replacing the GoodLife at the Superstore on Portland.

Squish Candies has announced that their open date in Halifax Shopping Centre is March 30

Sushi Nami in Dartmouth Crossing is on the move … a few doors over to where Woodys used to be

A bit of a switcharoo at Sunnyside Mall, with Fluffy Bottom Babies and Genesis Halifax switched places, Fluffy Bottom Babies is now in the former long time home of Bib N’ Tucker. Meanwhile essential oils shop Fresh New You has moved over a couple units to a larger space.

The Home Hardware on Willow St in Truro is closing

HomeSense in New Minas is now open