Interactive installation room Glow Pop World opens at Mic Mac Mall beside Chapters on the June 26 (Basically a giant set of rooms to get the best selfies in creative spaces)

Sourwood Cider, tap room and kitchen at 5576 Cornwallis soft opened on Friday.

A new cell phone accessories and some other trinkets opened in Park Lane beside the movie theatre called Amo

Sine Coffee Labs is now open on the Barrington St level of Maritime Centre inside of Volta Labs.

I’m a little slow on this one as it seems they opened at the beginning of the year but women’s clothing store Sen See has opened in Spring Garden Place

A new store selling African groceries and beauty supplies called Flenjor Foods has opened on Williams Lake Road

Pon-zu is now open serving poke on Windmill Road.

Ecko Unlimited has opened a second Dartmouth location this time in Mic Mac Mall

Thai Garden in Bedford who “closed for renovations” in the winter will be reopening as Fu Lan or Fu Lam next month

Kings Pier Curated Collections who was beside Kings Wharf then briefly relocated to Portland Street has ferried across the harbour and have settled into their new home on Argyle Street selling vintage clothes (above the Loose Cannon)

Julep Kitchen & Cocktails opened its doors Wednesday on the main floor of the St. Paul’s Building (Barrington at Prince). The owners are Bryan Tanaka, Lawry Deneau, and Ryan Wolfe who met, over the years, while working in the Halifax restaurant industry.

The new restaurant is wide open and has touches of its late 19th century design and modern design in the decor.

“Just being on this corner,” Wolfe says, is a great opportunity. Patrons will perhaps stop in at one of its to one of its neighbours, Highwayman or Stillwell, before or after a trip to Julep Kitchen and travel back and forth.

The owners believe they are adding to the street, Deneau says, by being part of an already great community of places to eat and drink.

Deneau and Wolfe also operate the tiny Unchained Kitchen, which opened inside Chain Yard Cider on Agricola Street two years ago and it has become a neighbourhood favourite.

Deneau believes “people will see a lot of similarities” in the menu from Unchained Kitchen at Julep Kitchen. For example, the Tourtière Ravioli, which has received national attention, will make it to Julep’s menu.

Deneau says the restaurants are sisters, so “they will have the same vibe” that are leaning toward elevated and creative takes on familiar dishes. The menus at the two restaurants, however, will be distinctively different, he says.

The wine menu will have 25 options, both local and imported. Tanaka says “the cocktail scene has been elevated in this city” and he thinks there is now a balance along with the craft beer scene.

The owners are working with Chain Yard to create a speciality Julep cider on tap and will have both consistent and rotating beer options.

I have heard Sobeys is looking to redevelop free standing stores nationally that are in valuable residential areas to rebuild them as apartment towers with a large store as the base. Windsor and Queen St are being considered