In what appears to be one of the taste trends in HRM this year. RedChillies on Bedford Hwy (At Hammonds Plains) is expanding their offering to add groceries from the Indian subcontinent

The Dahlia, the Asian inspired bar from the folks at Jukai in Kings Wharf is now open

Dust Jacket Books which found a new home in the Brewery Market after leaving the basement of Maritime Centre in 2018 is closing up shop at the end of March look for clearance sales soon.

US chain Pier 1 Imports who has filed for Bankruptcy protection has decided as part of their restructuring to close all locations in Canada including the Halifax Shopping Centre annex and Dartmouth Crossing.

Starbucks is saying goodbye to Mic Mac Mall sometime this spring, but new Starbucks are on their way to SupersStore’s . Construction has already began on one at the Joe Howe locations, and I have heard (but unconfirmed) will also be opening at the Portland Street and Barrington Street locations.

Bramoso Pizza on Quinpool has closed its doors

The Kitchen is back open at Gus’ Pub on Agricola , but this time they are running it in house and serving burgers and tacos but will be expanding the menu. Meanwhile Taco Lina’s has reopened in Cafe Lara a few blocks away.

Boutique clothing store Makenew is on the move to 2576 Agricola (former North Brewing) . When it reopens it will be called Ana + Zac after their inhouse clothing line.

Looks like thing at Mic Mac Mall have changed a bit with European sporting goods discounter Decathlon now taking over the recently vacated forever 21 instead of opening under Linen Chest this fall.

Pomodoro Pizza in Sackville is now Peppery Pizza and Poutine. It has a dozen different poutines and Pictou County Style pizza on the menu.

From the entrepreneur who brought the first Canadian location of Turkish lingerie brand Penti to Halifax’s Park Lane Mall last February, comes Fervente to Bedford’s Sunnyside Mall.

The new women’s boutique opened earlier this week. Fervente is the idea of Yasser Ismail who is looking for the new store to be the first of many.

Ismail, an Egyptian immigrant, wanted to establish a new brand for evening gowns, cocktail, prom and graduation dresses. The garments are sourced from Europe and Turkey with the latest fashion trends in mind.

“His goal is to celebrate every client’s individual style, while providing an extraordinary shopping experience. Ismail’s vision is to look elegant and feel red carpet ready for either your prom or your formal event, with affordable prices,” states a Fervente news release.

“Being an immigrant, Ismail wanted to give back to the community, he’s working closely with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) to create career opportunities for other newcomers to Canada.”

Feverante joins an ever-changing Sunnyside Mall that recently welcomed a new video arcade called Silver Ball Games and independent women’s plus-sized clothier Femme Fatale.