An Asian Food Market called Goblin’s Nibbles is opening on the lower level of Spring Garden Place

The Red Wagon Art Studio is opening at 1415 Hammonds Plains Rd. “We specialize in artist quality art supplies and offer art classes, workshops and birthday parties.”

Crafty Fox MakerSpace opening in The Boss Plaza in Fairview.

Nespresso is opening a boutique in Halifax Shopping Centre.

Mary Browns is going in the former Wing n’ It in Forest Hills. Their Fairview spot also recently reopened after a renovation.

Daily Grind Sugar Fix (ice cream and more) has opened on Spring Garden at Birmingham .

Ali’s Place has opened on Highfield Park Dr (Victoria Rd end) African (Ethiopian) and Canadian Takeout.

There is a new curated used clothing shop hiding behind enVie on Charles St. called The Loot

The Marks (work warehouse) in Tantallon is closing

Halifax ReTales Closed

Chimney’s Cafe who opened late Summer on Spring Garden @ Queen has closed

The Wok Box on Young St is now open.

Why have one Ethiopian food spot open when you can have two, Aster Cafe which has been open as coffee shop since June are now serving food Tuesday to Sunday at lunch.

Lots of news from the Nami brand:

The original Sushi Nami Royale was opened in downtown Halifax by Dae Jon in 2007 and has since added locations in Bedford, Dartmouth and Clayton Park.

The first location on Dresden Row moved to Queen Street in 2017 and brought a new izakaya format. Izakaya is a type of informal bar in which a variety of small dishes and snacks are served with drinks.

Sushi Nami Royale has since expanded to Newfoundland in 2015 and last year opened its first Noodle Nami location St. John’s last year. Noodle Nami offers noodle dishes from across Asia.

Over the last 12 years, executive chef John Sam and Catherine Luo, who manages operations for the restaurants as regional manager for Atlantic Canada, have been brought on as partial owners.

“We are just what we are. We were challenged by many others over the last decade, but we never tried to compete against others,” said Luo, when asked why Sushi Nami Royale has been successful. “Only way to keep our identity in the market was to try our best to make everyone happy. Customers, our family members (employees), and even the suppliers have to be happy. That has been our motto at all times, and it’ll never change.”

“We’re investing most of the company profits in the community rather than making the owners’ belly full. We’re responsible for over 100 people’s jobs. We believe that their job security makes them loyal and proud to the brand, so they produce great products and services,” Luo said.

Lots of changes and expansion are planned for the Halifax region in 2019. Luo mentioned “renovations usually takes longer than anticipated” but more changes are planned

Last week, the chain moved its Dartmouth Crossing location to a larger space in the Village Shops a few doors over. The Clayton Park location will be moving to 201 Chain Lake Dr. in Bayers Lake and management is hoping to have the new outlet open by the beginning of June.

In July, a second location will open at 936 Bedford Hwy., Bedford but this one will be a Noodle Nami.

The chain has also recently purchased a former law office at 6254 Quinpool Rd., which will be converted into a two level Sushi Nami Royale. Luo said it will have a little more casual ambiance and most of the dining area will be on the second floor.