Quebec based quick serve vegan chain Copper Branch looks to land in Halifax. They will be occupying the ground floor space on Lower Water Street of the recently built development The Alexander.

Yeah Yeah’s Pizza has made its way across the harbour and has opened a second local location on Barrington Street, between Sackville and Prince streets. The new location will have longer hours than their Dartmouth spot, and also be licensed.

Kanpai Izakaya
has opened on Dresden Row, and truer to an izakaya they have a few more specialty snack items that haven’t been on menus around town yet.

Lo & Behold has opened on Peggys Cove Rd in Glen Margaret, specializing in antique collectibles and kitsch with monthly auctions as well.


The Rustic Crust has evolved form their food truck and have opened their sit down restaurant in Tantallon on Sonny’s Road. The accompanying outdoor Backyard Beer Garden is also now open for the rest of the season.

Just a hair outside of HRM but Black Harbour Distillers has opened in Fox Point (Hubbards). They have started with a blended rum and blueberry vodka.

Dartmouth is now home to a Backoos Korean Food, specializing in Korean fried chicken. Their new spot is at 73 Tacoma Dr.  Their original location is also still open on Birmingham Street in Halifax.

The Instagram friendly Garden Food Bar & Lounge is now open on the corner of Clyde and Queen streets. The focus is on healthy light food.

Halifax ReTales Closed

Quinpool sushi spot B-well Sushi has decided to close it’s doors, in a statement on Facebook “Quinpool has been the nicest neighborhood, with the most loyal patrons any business could have asked for. Thank you for your gracious patronage. It has been our privilege to make you food and provide a space you have taken the time to enjoy. Again, our sincerest thank you.”

Globo Shoes has closed their Dartmouth Crossing location, but they will be opening a new store in a few weeks a highway exit away at Mic Mac Mall

The HFX Wanderers FC have closed their pop up shop in Halifax Shopping Centre, but your can now get all their gear at Soccer Stop on Quinpool

It’s BOSO Bamboo Boutique last day in Sunnyside Mall, look for themTuesday at their new Mic Mac Mall home.

Made in the Maritimes have opened a cute little pop-up store outside the Seaport Market

Nestled behind the provincial courts in Woodside, a motorcycle shop called Moto Italia has opened at 11 Acadia St.

The Italian name comes from their speciality, the first Canadian dealer for Italian motorcycle manufacturer SWM, headquartered in Milan.

The shop owner Bill Scott has a history of motorcycles in his lineage. His great-grandfather William Scott, a blacksmith by trade, was the first to bring a motorcycle to Saint John, N.B. in 1905 — after he grew weary of his daily 10-minute walk. That motorcycle lead William Scott into metalwork, repairing motorcycles, cars and carriages.

Scott’s father, Harry, also had a relationship with motorcycles. He serving in the Second World War as motorcycle mechanic and dispatch rider.

Bill Scott started riding in the 1960s for sport and inexpensive transportation. Now 50 years after he started riding he has brought his love of motorcycles to a business and has partnered with SWM.

“I’ve enjoyed motorcycles since I was a kid and driven every brand out there, but I knew as soon as I drove an SWM while in Europe, that they were superior in performance, and in quality as well as being beautiful bikes,” says Scott. “I knew I wanted to introduce the brand to Atlantic Canada with a dealer that is primarily web based, offering personal customer service, and delivers these high quality bikes at competitive prices.”

Moto Italia carries a range of motorcycles from off-road enduro, dual-purpose classics, and adventure bikes. The prices range from $6,300 and go up to $12,700 with 10 models in between. The dealship also carries accessories and SWM branded clothing.

For now, the showroom is open seven days a week but by appointment (902-880-6731).

This fall in Yorkdale (Toronto) they are opening a Kit Kat store where you can get tons of flavours or create your own! I want to go to there!