A Hallmark Gold Crown store is opening in Halifax Shopping Centre where Carlton Cards was, on November 12

Millstone Public House with locations on Baker Drive in Dartmouth and Gary Martin Drive in Bedford will be adding location three earlier in the new year. They will be taking over the former Il Trullo space in Kings Wharf on the Dartmouth Waterfront. I had previously mentioned another project would be moving in there, but they have decided not to.


Union Mart,
the new Asian grocer on Wyse Rd. Opens on Thursday. They have a significant number of fridges in there, and I don’t have exact measurements but think it will be the largest Asian grocer in town.
Antoinette’s Cheesecakes has opened its own dedicated cafe at 250 Baker Dr. in Dartmouth.

Healthy eating local chain Harvest has opened its second location on the corner of Market and Sackville streets in Downtown Halifax. Harvest opened their first location earlier this year on the Bedford Highway.

Gourmandise Avenue is opening a second location on weekend days at their production facility at 1249 Cole Harbour Rd. You can still also find them at the Seaport Market selling their pastries, macarons, and chocolates.

Spice Hub Indian Kitchen opened this week at 1015 Main St. past the former Dartmouth city limits.

Bedford Neighbourhood Pub is now open in the Bedford Place Mall Annex in the unit that most recently was Bubba Ray’s

Leo’s Pizza has opened location number two at 1746 Bedford Highway. You can still find them at their original location on Waverley Road as well.

Ontario based quick-serve chain Bar Burrito has opened its first Atlantic Candian location at 50 Tacoma Dr. in Dartmouth. They already have dozens of locations from Ottawa to Vancouver.

The Nine Locks taproom at 5686 Spring Garden Rd is now open.

The Woodside location of burger chain A&W is closing around the end of the year.

The Bens Bakery Outlet on Main St closes for good on November 14. It has been there for decades.

Halifax ReTales Closed

Burnside staple Dartmouth Surplus has permanently closed the tire place is still open in the back.

Discount Hub on John Savage Avenue in Burnside has closed its doors after having a going out business sale for roughly two and a half years.

Sydelle’s Fish & Chips who closed earlier this year after a fire will be back open for the beginning of next month, but across the highway in Lower Sackville at the corner of Cobequid Road and Glendale Drive.

Ellen Langley Cohen and her mother, Tracy Langley, opened their bridal store Yours, by E on Granville Street on Friday. Regarding the timing, Langley Cohen says that love is not cancelled.

“This has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and the one positive thing of the COVID shutdown was that it provided me with some time to get my thoughts together and sell the idea to my mother,” she says. “My background is in dental hygiene, so it is very far from bridal. However, my mother was in hospitality and started as a wedding planner when she first began her career.

“When I got married in 2019, I noticed that there was a gap in the wedding dress industry in Halifax.” The focus of the store is to revive an individualized experience that may not otherwise be available in Halifax. “Our dresses are unique to the Maritimes, as the closest place you can buy any of them is Montreal or Vancouver,” says Langley Cohen. “We are a full-service bridal boutique. Our opening vision was to provide brides with a one-on-one experience when trying to find their dress. We have two rooms in our store. The main room is our dress showroom and, in the back of our store, we have what we call the meadow.

“The meadow is a room dedicated to the bride and her family while the bride tries on our gowns.”

They also have jewelry, accessories, wedding stationery and candles, all from local female makers.

Located in the pedestrian Granville Mall off Duke Street, the building’s architectural design is something a lot of people notice when they first walk in, Langley Cohen says.

“We were very fortunate to come across a historical Halifax building with unique moulding all around the ceiling. It almost spoke bridal to us when we walked in the room.” The owners look forward to booking appointments because dress shopping is often one of the first experiences for a bride.

“We hope to make this an experience that they will never forget,”says Langley Cohen.

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I don’t often talk about market vendors, but I am saddened this week to learn about the closure of Sweet Williams after the recent passing of their founder Bill Parker. A staple of the Halifax Farmer’s market scene for years, and part of many great meals and memories I shared with family and friends. The love he put in his product and his business helped me show love on my table. A big loss for the Nova Scotia culinary scene and Nova Scotia, in general, he was such a quiet and friendly man.