Maria’s Pantry has opened in Downtown Dartmouth, for now with limited lunch service and ready to go pantry items. The shop specializes in made from scratch sauces and pasta.

The King’s Wharf Market has opened replacing Le Marche. There is a new owner with new ideas. Looking to carry more local goods and still be a convenience store for the King’s Wharf area.

A new location of Asian grocery and variety store Loong 7 has opened in Bedford West in the same plaza as Morris East on Nine Mile Rd. Their first store opened on Brenton Street off Spring Garden Road last year

European sports retailer Decathlon is giving us a taste of what they offer. They have opened a smaller pop-up shop across from the former Forever 21 in Dartmouth where they are actively renovating to open later this year.

Made in the Maritimes has opened their new flagship store at 210 Chain Lake Drive in Bayer’s Lake this replaces their Sunnyside Mall store. You can also find them in the Hydrostone and their Peggys Cove seasonal store.

The Pennington’s at the Halifax Shopping Centre Annex is closing. The other local locations of Pennington’s are staying open while their sister store Addition Elle is closing all stores.

The arrival of Tomavo has been such a success that the produce store has moved their Bedford Common location across the parking lot to a larger location. Tomavo who already had multiple locations in NB opened the Bedford spot late last year. There is also a forthcoming Bayers Lake location set to open next month.

When it opens, the new Bedford SuperStore on Hogan Court will be following the model of the Loblaw’s City Market. These smaller footprint stores have a greater concentration on gourmet, fresh and prepared foods.

Norbert’s at the Seaport have closed their cafe, they will be setting up a tent outside the market selling their vegetables though



Daniel Curren has always loved ice cream, always loved to cook and always wanted to own a food business.

“I made my first batch of ice cream at home about five years ago using liquid nitrogen — I was instantly hooked,” says Curren, who recently opened Tatamagouche Ice Creamery.

“I discovered that the world of ice cream was full of possibilities beyond what we traditionally think.”

The shop recently opened on the main stretch of downtown Tatamagouche, in a small building with a garage door right along the sidewalk that opens wide and invites in pedestrians.

Tatamagouche is famous for its butter, which used to be produced at the Tatamagouche Creamery.

“A fantastic arts centre and farmers market now operate out of the old buildings,” Curren says.

“The creamery is still very much central to the identity of the village, though, and we are thrilled to bring back a functioning dairy to Tatamagouche. We hope to pay homage to that history with our name, our brand and the quality of our product.“

Tatamagouche Ice Creamery is bringing creative flavours to customers, things like corn flakes, buttered popcorn and pistachio while having tried and true flavours. It has also been running special flavour series like Canada Day and breakfast, which saw flavours like butter tart, cinnamon roll, rum raisin and blueberry pancakes. This week, there will be Christmas-in-July flavours.

“We have a few small producers making some great products in the province, but homemade ice cream is not widely available, and after Scotsburn was sold, it’s not local anymore and the ice cream isn’t the same,” says Curren. Scotsburn sold its ice cream division to Quebec dairy giant Agropur in 2016.

Curren also sings the virtues of Tatamagouche.

“It’s a quaint, gorgeous village that just comes alive with cottagers and tourists in the summer. Anyone who has ever strolled along Main Street can tell you that there is a vibrancy to this village that has sadly been lost throughout much of rural Canada, and that vibrancy is due in no small part to the area’s fierce support of the local, small business.”

His family also has strong ties to the area.

“My grandfather grew up on Magazine Hill; he is now one of the veterans residing at Camp Hill,” Curren says.

“Magazine Hill had been known as Curren Hill before the government expropriated the land after World War II. My family ran the Curren Brothers Dairy on Magazine Hill, and it was Grandad’s little piece of heaven.

“Granddad might also be the biggest ice cream lover going. He’d always take us for ice cream on the way to the cottage just outside Tatamagouche. It wasn’t my reason for opening the shop, but I know he’s tickled pink that the family is back in the dairy business and in ice cream, of all things.”

There are plans to roll out products to restaurants and retail outlets throughout the province, but in the meantime, they can be found at the centre of the charming Main Street of Tatamagouche.

I love that every few years that this sign gets exposed when it’s in between tenants. Tony’s Corner was a neighbourhood store and the Morrone family still owns the property and I have love that they saved their father’s sign even though the store actually closed decades ago
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