The Sutton Place Hotel in the Nova Centre is opening on September 8, CHOP Steakhouse expected to follow soon after

The new Payzant Home Hardware opens in Cole Harbour on Monday (replacing the former Rona)

International matcha focused cafe Tsujiri opened their latest location this week, on the corner Sout Park and Sackville. Matcha is powdered green tea leaves, and they are used to make ice cream, cakes, drinks and more. They also have light Japanese lunches.

Morrocan restaurant Casablanca has opened its doors on Queen St. near Doyle St in Halifax

Noticed that both Suzy Shier and RW&Co in Dartmouth Crossing are both closing out

Last week I mentioned that The Red Stag was closing, but come September 1 the folks from Black Sheep start renovating and will be moving their Dresden Row eatery to that location for the New Year

The Maxwell’s Plum
is poised for a reboot/rename of some sort? Sign and their website say temporarily closed, and the social media accounts have been removed. They had recently been open since the shutdown.

Sobey’s is doing a test run of their Voila online click and collect grocery service. Currently, it looks like the local test stores are Herring Cove Road and Wyse Road. In the meantime, it is invite-only for friends and family but is expected to be rolled out to the public by Labour Day.


Briana Trimmings and Sam Eyland are partners and co-owners of Carmel City, an “L.A.inspired” women’s fashion boutique opening September 1 in the Vertu Shops (formerly known as City Centre Atlantic) at 1535 Dresden Row. The boutique is already online.

“I’d admit that I have spent a lot of my short life online shopping,” Trimmings says. “As a 21-year-old woman, I am constantly trying to keep up with the newest trends in order to stay in style. In Halifax, I found that the styles we had access to were extremely limited so I found myself doing a lot of my shopping online.”

“The clothing we carry is made for the trendsetters. Our clothing is effortlessly chic, stylish and we definitely aren’t afraid to break fashion rules.”

She notes the frustrations of shopping from Los Angeles stores and not being able to try things on. Then there’s the exchange rate, shipping and customs charges, which often add up to half of the final cost.

“I thought, why can’t we have a spot where we bring these clothes to customers in their own city, so that they can either place Canadian-based orders or can go into a storefront and shop the same clothing they would be shopping from online in L.A., but in our store.”

The name Carmel City comes from the Califonia seaside town. (You can overlook Carmel Beach from Hole 10 at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course.)

She said she was Googling beaches of California, and that name immediately jumped out.

“I loved getting to dip my feet into the world of business and self-employment,” said Trimmings after a few other short but successful business ventures.

“Being isolated over quarantine with a partner (Eyland) who is very business-oriented and has ran several business himself, I was able to learn a lot from him.

“When I came to him with this idea of Carmel City, he thought it was interesting and since then has been extremely encouraging. It’s really bizarre actually, Sam will tell you he’d never before thought he would be running a female clothing boutique, but it’s the business aspect that he loves. “Timmings said she and Eyland have their own strengths and weaknesses and they are learning from each other.

As for the location, “the Spring Garden area is the perfect fit for Carmel City. Not only is it the highest foottrafficked area in Atlantic Canada, but it’s the closest we are going to get to that L.A.feel.

The Spring Garden business district is a major hotspot for development and is currently undergoing a major streetscaping project — who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”


A shout out my friend Lindsay who runs Eat This Town, whose Book of Donair is now on store shelves (spotted at the Bookmark on Spring Garden Rd)