I hear the former Shediac Grocery on Waverley Road in Dartmouth will soon be the second location of an existing Jamaican restaurant.

Broth House is coming to Granville Street this spring as part of the Green Lantern Building. Specializing in ramen and rice dishes.

The Ville Caffeine Bar and cater and bakery Buttered Bliss are teaming up to open a joint venture called Bliss Caffeine Bar on South Park Street in the space recently vacated by Humani-T

Spanish themed restaurant Los Toros is now open by the Halifax Ferry where Stayner’s Wharf was. Lost Toros is from the same owner as Snappy Tomato and Orso.

The trend to foods of Central and Southern Asia continues. Indian Chulha has opened in the kitchen of the East Coast Hub Saloon on Tacoma Drive in Dartmouth and Khan’s HFX has opened at 5 Hartlen St. in Spryfiled with a rotating takeout menu and grocery.

Nova Scotian Crystal is permanently closing at the end of February.

Starbucks said it is closing near 300 stores across Canada in the first quarter of 2021. Employees have told me the locations at Spring Garden Road at Robie Street, Scotia Square, Barrington Street at Sackville Street and Quinpool Road are all closing soon; the other two local casualties are the ones inside Chapters that won’t be reopening after closing late last year.

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Sad to say, the Gottingen location of Heartwood has closed, but you can still find them on Quinpool, where they have already been for a quarter-century.

Karma Bridal has moved from Burnside to 50 Tacoma Drive.

Costco is closing their photo centres/ink refill nationwide. Their last day is February 14.

Cathy Akinkunmi noticed a shortage of visible minority women in business as role models.

“I wanted to be able to inspire BIPOC women to dream big and go for it,” says Akinkunmi.

With that in mind, she has opened Eunoia Lifestyle Shop at 5659 Almon St.in north-end Halifax.

The shop’s philosophy is billed as offering “thoughtfully curated products that are mainly ethically sourced, fair trade and sometimes by visible minority women-owned makers and wholesalers.”

The word eunoia is ancient Greek for “well mind” or “beautiful thinking,” and the store carries home decor, giftware, stationery, kids items, clothing and accessories, partyware and more.

Offerings include Nova Scotia-made paper goods and woodwork, items from women in market stalls in Uganda making upcycled jewellery and accessories, and baskets made by mothers in northern Ghana using traditional techniques.

The shop will also offer a DIY balloon bar where you can create garlands from biodegradable balloons.

“Our shop is not only a thoughtfully curated shop,” Akinkunmi says.

“It is also a place to meet your local creatives and learn about their passion for their skills and snag a free sample in the process.”

There are also opportunities to enroll in one of the workshops offered online and in the store.

But why open now? “I guess I have an entrepreneur spirit, growing up helping my mom run her shop at a fairly early age,” says Akinkunmi.

“Over 20 years later, it seems the moment for opening this shop was right.”

Akinkunmi has an education background in IT with an MBA, and she also runs party and wedding planning shop Beautiful Celebrations.

You can find Eunoia open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or anytime at eunoialifestyle.ca

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