Birch & Anchor on the Bedford Highway at the former Chinatown site at the base of Kearney Lake Road has opened their beer garden and event space. Meanwhile, a little further down the harbour, Brightwood Brewery has opened its outdoor space at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth.

Hop Scotch Dinner Club is now open on Barrington Street in the former Chives Bistro location

LS Express has opened in the place of Kwik Way on Sackville Dr on a social media post “Located at the old Kwik Way at 799 Sackville Drive next to Kaisers Subs and Mary Browns – Typical convenience items plus a twist. Lots of fresh and local products including farm produce, baked goods supplied by 24 Carrots Bakery, natural and handmade skincare by Duckish and some local coffee and tea! There will also be fresh popcorn and cotton candy. Bar counter and table to sit and enjoy your warm cinnamon bun and coffee.”

There is a new consignment and thrift store called Trading Closets at 4888 Hwy 7 in Porters Lake

After over 25 years McLellan Antiques is closing their Agricola Street store for a semi-retirement. McLellan will continue furniture repair and restoration service as well as lamp repair at a new location. 

Shoe store Call It Spring is closing their Dartmouth location, Call It Spring is part of the ALDO Group which has been restructuring under creditor protection.

Halifax ReTales Closed

Yoga wear shop Lole has closed up their Spring Garden shop and won’t be returning.

Liquid Gold is moving its Hydrostone shop to Lower Water Street in The Alexander near the corner of Bishop Street. The North End Halifax store will close in August and the new one is aiming to open in September for your olive oil and balsamic vinegar needs. You can also find them in-between at their Sunnyside Mall location.

“In 1963, Lawrencetown became the birthplace of surfing in Nova Scotia and it represents surfing on the East Coast. There’s an incredibly proud surfing history and community here,” says Nico Manos.

Manos and his wife Jillian are the owners of the newly opened Lawrencetown Surf Co. Both are accomplished surfers and residents of East Lawrencetown. Jill has won a number of local contests and Nico was a professional surfer for over a decade.

“We’re proud community members, we have always received a ton of support from our neighbours and fellow surfers. We wanted to create a space and offer products that they would be excited about. The location always had to be Lawrencetown, or not at all,” continued Manos.

They have renovated the curved roof building at 3733 Lawrencetown Road, which has been dormant for over a decade, and gave it a great new wood facade.

“As surfers, we obsess over surfboards, and Lawrencetown Surf Co. is all about handcrafted surfboards…

really beautiful boards that can be appreciated even if you don’t surf, because they are legitimate pieces of art,” Manos says with pride. “The performance of these boards doesn’t suffer because of their aesthetic, and they actually ride better than equipment you would find in an average shop.

“Though our main focus is surfboards, we have a few other items in store, like fins, leashes and wetsuits. We also have shop-branded T-shirts and hoodies, but our priority is on the core items. We aren’t straying from our original vision of an authentic surf shop … a space that seasoned surfers from anywhere in the world would be impressed by.”

Manos adds “It’s not the most financially responsible way to set up a business, but we aren’t willing to compromise our vision or our brand identity.”

The couple also operates the East Coast Surf School, which has been teaching folks how to surf at Lawrencetown Provincial Park for more than a decade.