Urban Planet is opening in place of where H&M was on the 3rd floor of Mic Mac Mall in December. Their sister store Stitches I hear will then transition to a $10 and under format .

The folks Hospice Halifax are soon opening a thrift store in Sackville on 32 Glendale (near Cobequid) called The Compassionate Closet

US based chain Papa John’s is will be serving up their pizza from a new location opening in Mill Cove, Bedford.

Canada Computers has opened its doors in Bayers Lake beside Giant Tiger.

Bubble tea anyone? Top Tea has opened on South Park beside the Lord Nelson in the previous cafe space.

CORRECTION: The Chopped Leaf opening in Upper Tantallon is not actually a thing. The poster in the window is just to Illustrate you could put a Chopped Leaf there. It is not actually a forthcoming location.

A couple open dates in Dartmouth Crossing, the Under Armour Factory House opens November 7 the Columbia Sportswear opens October 18

A new boutique, La Femme Fatale Plus-Size Clothiers, has opened in Bedford’s Sunnyside Mall.

The women’s plus-sized clothing store is the brainchild of earth scientist Warna Downey, who has a Master’s degree in Geology and a Doctorate in Philosophy of Earth Sciences.

“I get asked regularly asked why I would make such a big change and many eyebrows are raised when I tell them that I used to study volcanoes and work in a lab where I made magma and tried to blow it up, along with numerically modelling the process,”

Downey said. “Telling people my background is always interesting because it leads into the greater conversation about why women, particularly those with children, leave STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.”

“Last year I walked by a…store and saw a sign advertising that they carried plus-size clothing. I was so enthralled. Their clothing was cute, some of the cuts fit great and I picked up some fabulous items. I told everyone who asked where I got my new threads and shared the knowledge with my curvy girlfriends. Like me they also didn’t know that this store carried plus size.” she said.  “However a few months later I went in to try on a fabulous red dress I saw on their website and, much to my dismay, the plus-size section was reduced to only clearance items”

The store had decided to make plus-sized clothing only available online. After venting to staff, Downey realized “The experience with losing a place to shop was a turning point for me. I have been talking about owning my own business. This was my chance to take action and do something I knew I would love with no regrets,” she said. “As large or as small as I have ever been, shopping with a large bottom and thick thighs is tough. I have never not loved myself, though I do have a nefarious relationship with my scale that causes her to stay hidden in the bathroom closet.

“Sunnyside Mall had an amazing space that was in great condition and made it really easy for me to get it up and running fast. As a small business owner, that was so key,” she said.

La Femme Fatale has both a brick and mortar store and an e-commerce site. The store carries sizes ranging from a 12/14 up to a 26/28, depending on the brand availability. It carries dresses, pants, skirts, leggings, tops, T-shirts, and sweaters. Camisoles start as low as $25, with dresses ranging from $65 to $154.

“Being plus-size I know the truth in that,” Downey added. “I have something that I like to call the circuit when I am shopping for clothing because there are so few places to shop, and its especially relevant if I am shopping for a specific item like a dress for an event or a new pair of pants. All plus-size women know what I am talking about – you go to the same 2-3 stores to try your luck at finding a piece. You try it all on and then maybe go back to the first store and buy the items that you may not have been 100% satisfied with.“

La Femme Fatale is open seven days a week.