The Levis Outlet in Dartmouth Crossing will open on Monday, and speaking of Dartmouth Crossing and outlets I hear Calvin Klein Outlet is returning but this time in the small tower beside the new Columbia Outlet.

Stillwell Freehouse on Agricola is now open, it’s a complete change over from the former Lion & Bright and has the feel of an English pub that has already been there for decades.

Sad to hear that the quirky Urban Cottage on the corner of Granville and Duke is closing their antique and collectibles store
by the end of the year. The clearance sale has already started.

Earlier this week Rona‘s parent company Lowe’s announced the closure of 32 stores across Canada. Locally the Cole Harbour, Bedford and Windmill Road locations are closing by mid February. 

The Camera Repair Centre on Hunter St is closing it’s doors.

Halifax ReTales Closed

Ideal Bikes in Bayers Lake has closed up shop.

After only 6 months Asian snack store Goblin Nibbles is gone from the lower level of Spring Garden Place

Espresso 46 which opened as literally a hole in the wall two years ago at 2867 Isleville St. as a cafe takeout window has now added some indoor seating .

Not sure when the Miniso in Halifax Shopping Centre is closing but it will reopen December 7th as a Miniso Marvel X store, same idea as Miniso but (mostly) Marvel

The Plaid Place with tons of tartans and Celtic gifts has been open for years in the Barrington Place Shops, ?but for the holiday season they now have pop ups in both Mic Mac Mall and Halifax Shopping Centre 

The British Bulldog in Cole Harbour last day was on Saturday, it will get a bit of a reboot and reopen at a later date as The Spare Room Public House

Sometimes you need to take your feet off the beaten path to find niche businesses. That is what John Connors has done with East Coast Kicks, a consignment shop for collectible sneakers.

The shop is located at 5687 West St. In Halifax, slightly hidden on the second floor, but the door is just steps away from Agricola Street.

Connors originally started East Coast Kicks as a hobby and eventually evolved into having a retail store in January 2017. It has been in the same building the entire time but has just moved to its third expanded space.

I asked Connors about the somewhat hidden location.

“Our motto going into this was ‘Stay down before you come up.’ Rent isn’t very expensive up here so we’ve had our chance to actually grow our businesses being here,” he said.

“Anyone who is looking for us finds us, no matter how many stairs we put in front of them”

When Connors says “us” he is talking about Classic Soles, a companion business that he shares space with that’s run by owner Tyrone Goodwin, who specializes in cleaning, restoring and customizing sneakers.

East Coast Kicks also provides shelf space to nine small local startup clothing brands. They rent space and can have their products in a retail location and have exposure to a like-minded clientele.

However, the main focus of the shop is limited- and special-edition sneakers on consignment. These are shoes you won’t find in mass retail at the mall.

Connors says Jordan 1s and Yeezys are the most popular, but there are lots of other models available. There are shoes that cost less than $50, while one pair comes in at $1,800.

East Coast Kicks is open Tuesday through Sunday, or browse online.

The women’s only GoodLife on South Park has closed permanently with immediate effect