I don’t really have a ton of details but I hear women’s extended size clothier Torrid will be opening in Halifax Shopping Centre some time next year.

The corner of Brunswick Street and Cogswell will be home to two businesses early next year , one a flower shop and the other a flour shop (bakery)

Pacifico has returned and is now open at their new home on the corner on George and Granville

Ilbunji Korean and Sushi is now open in the food court in the Bayers Road Professional Centre. Some of you may be familiar with them from the years they were in the basement of Maritime Centre

The new Snappy Tomato (pizza) beside McDonald’s in Woodside is now open

Bentley is restructuring and closing some stores, it appears Park Lane and Scotia Square are the ones closing here .

Hillcrest Volkswagen will be moving this weekend and opening a couple blocks away on Monday at 3260 Kempt and be called O’Regan’s Volkswagen Halifax . O’Regan’s bought the dealership in 2014.

The Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission is tapping into an older holiday tradition with a district-wide window/storefront decor contest running this season.

It is an idea that originated in late 19th century New York City, where it was mostly department stores and hotels that went all in decorating for the holiday season. The tradition spread and many community department stores in Nova Scotia would be proud of their imaginative presentation each year.

While the scale may be smaller, the idea is still alive in Dartmouth this year.

“We have 30 businesses that have windows or storefront displays entered the contest,” says Crystal Garrett, communications director communications and marketing for the commission. “It’s a fun way to spread holiday cheer in downtown Dartmouth.”

The public has an opportunity to vote for their favorite window decorations at downtowndartmouth.ca . There is also a photo gallery on Downtown Dartmouth’s Facebook page.

“There is no limit to how many windows you can vote for, or how many times you can vote. We just want folks to see and appreciate the creativity and hard work of our businesses,” says Garrett.

The contest has seemed to spur the imaginations of all the types of businesses that make up downtown Dartmouth. The winning business will receive the People’s Choice Award and a $1,000 ad campaign.

There is also an ad campaign available for jury-selected winner and plaques will be awarded for most original and best themed.