Zero waste store The Tare Shop is opening a second location this fall across the harbour at 23 Portland St

Children’s goods consignment chain Once Upon A Child has opened their store at 201 Chain Lake (by McD’s)

This week marks the arrival of Bulwark Cider House to Dresden Row (across from Pete’s) bottle and merch sales for now. The taproom will be up and running mid next month

In the midst of the pandemic shutdown, I forgot to mention that Pavia had permanently closed their location at the Art Gallery at Nova Scotia.
However, they have also decided to suspend operations at their two Halifax Central Library for the meantime, Their original spot in Herring Cove remains open.

It looks like the final list for surviving David’s Tea locations has been released 18 locations will remain of 213 and the only surviving one in Atlantic Canada is in Dieppe. When they announced restructuring they were anticipating 80+ stores would remain.

Niche doesn’t have its regular space this year but instead has setup Niche BBQ and Beer Yard in the open-air quad hiding inside the Four Points Sheraton next door

The Town’s End Tavern that was scheduled to open earlier this year on Portland St. has been indefinitely shelved. It was from the folks at THe Canteen but they want to keep the focus on that business as they adapt to new realities.

Canadian Legion Vimy 27 has moved from Almon (at Gladstone) to 3200 Kempt Road

The odd-shaped corner at Birmingham and Queen streets in Halifax was home to James Bradshaw Goldsmith for decades.

Bradshaw retired this year after almost 50 years as a local artisan.

Now, enter Kip James. James has taken over the business and reopens the shop on Tuesday, but Bradshaw has been mentoring him.

James, who has moved here from Ontario (and was quick to point out he observed a two-week quarantine), has been in the business his whole life. He comes from a family of jewelers, which he honours in the new shop name: James & Son Jewellery Studio.

He told me he has been in all facets of the jewelry world, from making custom pieces to repair. On the sales side of the business, he has worked the front counter and run a wholesale supplier.

When I talked with James, he mentioned he was working on a custom piece for someone. It was something he had never attempted, and he was pleased with his progress. He has confidence from having so much experience behind him.

He is bringing all that together with his own shop.

“Real quality is only obtained from real passion and real desire” is the philosophy he says he lives by.

While the previous store was focused on handcrafted designs, the new version will lean a little more to an everyday shop while still offering custom work and repair. As James ramps up, he expects to add more services like simple watch repair and a few manufactured lines of quality goods that he trusts.

For now, he will be open five days a week but said he would be ready and willing to increase that when things like the holiday season demand more time.

James also said he hopes that he can have the longevity of his predecessor and looks forward to life in Halifax.

Greek Fest is online for the next 4 weekends with order ahead and drive-thru pickup http://www.greekfesttogo.com

Happy Hodge Podge Season!!