Taking care of busi­ness

A year-end, indie busi­ness high­light reel.


A year isn’t a year un­til you start mak­ing lists, check­ing ’em twice and re­mem­ber­ing all of the good, bad and ugly things that came to­gether to make and/or break it. In the world of lo­cal busi­ness we saw lots of growth—es­pe­cially in Dart­mouth and north end Hal­i­fax—dealt with some re­ally bad bosses and thanked god the old Ox­ford Theatre hasn’t been knocked over, yet. A lot of cool stuff hap­pened, but here are the Coles notes about how 2018 went down.

De­spite bid­ding neigh­bour­hood haunts like The An­chor (3625 Dutch Village Road),

La Cave de Stras­bourg (3104 High­way 2), Cana­di­ana Res­tau­rant (15 Lake­lands Boule­vard) and Epi­cu­ri­ous Morsels (5529 Young Street) adieu, the food and drink scene did pretty well for it­self. Dart­mouth scored big time with Lake City Cider and Bright­wood

Brew­ing’s (35 Port­land Street) shared swill­ing space, Aly Mae’s Bread Bas­ket (11 Mount Hope Av­enue) re­minded us the Mary’s Bread Bas­ket cin­na­mon bun is still alive, Up­street BBQ Bre

whouse (612 Wind­mill Road) gave Burnside a saucy spot to hang­out and Cafe Good Luck (145 Port­land Street) made us all feel like we won the god damn lot­tery. The Lit­tle Oak fam­ily brought The Os­trich

Club (5529 Young Street) to life in the Hy­dro­s­tone, Deek­sha Bhaskar de­buted Rasa (1542 Birm­ing­ham Street) in the for­mer Fire­side,

The Ex­change on Hol­lis (1579 Hol­lis Street) went big with its 200-plus seater while Yoshi Suzuki en­cour­aged take-out from his tiny To

kyo Roll (1598 Argyle Street). You didn’t live if you didn’t In­sta­gram your tayaki ice cream cone at Taiyaki 52 (2009 Brunswick Street) or visit Shivani Dhamija at her new Shivani’s

Kitchen at the Sea­port Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, prob­a­bly died when you heard Van­dal Dough­nuts (2605 Agri­cola Street) was clos­ing and can’t stop taco-ing (sorry) about the Ri­naldo brothers’ Taco

Lina’s which took its place in Gus’ Pub. Hop­y­ard

Beer Bar (2103 Got­tin­gen Street) kept it in­ter­est­ing with ro­tat­ing menus while

Kam Moon (2013 Brunswick Street) in­tro­duced us to Egyp­tian flat bread, and Cha Baa Thai (5813 Demone Street),

Lemon Tree (805 Bed­ford High­way) and Mor­ris East (1984 Ver­non Street) mul­ti­plied. Cof­fee drinkers had to keep caf­feinated to fol­low all the ac­tion: Pro Skates lost An­chored Cof­fee (6451 Quin­pool Road) and gained The

Atomic Cafe in its place, four of six Smil­ing Goats went out to pas­ture af­ter labour is­sues went pub­lic and Glit­ter Bean (5896 Spring Gar­den Road) gave us a rea­son to be­lieve good things hap­pen to good people. Cof­fee Mat

ters opened three lo­ca­tions, The Nook (936 Bed­ford High­way) dou­bled up, Cafe Marco

Polo (15-105 King’s Wharf Place) brought some buzz to Dart­mouth’s condo strip, Cafe

Lara (2347 Agri­cola Street) bright­ened a bleak aban­doned laun­dro­mat, The Tare Shop (5539 Corn­wal­lis Street) went waste-free and Lion

& Bright (2534 Agri­cola Street) faded to black. We got a Rage Room (2820 Isleville Street), a pussy palace ( Lily Pad Cat Lounge, 590 Port­land Street) and a med­i­ta­tion space ( Flo, 1574 Argyle Street). Bib ‘N Tucker (6423 Quin­pool Road) bowed out af­ter over 40 years while

Flower Child (5189 Prince Street) and Baby Chic (1139 Bed­ford High­way) wel­comed lit­tle ones and their care­tak­ers to try some­thing new and Cof­fin Skate Shop (2456 Agri­cola Street) rolled into town full steam ahead. We said hey to Blue Col­lar Bar­ber­shop (2272 Got­tin­gen Street) and Dar­ling Tat­toos (2590 Ox­ford Street), later days to long­stand­ing gems P’Lovers and Gedde’s Fur­ni­ture (2739 Agri­cola Street) and poured one out for Liu’s

For­mosa House (278 Wyse Road). There was a lot of ac­tion dur­ing this blur of a year. We haven’t even touched on bak­eries—

The Bread Lounge (5880 Demone Street), Dina’s Sour Dough (3540 No­valea Drive) and Hal­i­fax

Bread Fac­tory (800 Wind­mill Road)— The Has Bin (269 Wind­mill Road), Zakka Mart (2180 Ro­bie Street) or when ev­ery­one freaked about Kelly’s

Deli’s (30 Farn­ham Gate Road) $3.50 subs. For a more fleshed out look at 2018’s ar­rivals and de­par­tures, head on­line where word counts are un­lim­ited.


Clockwise from top left: The Has Bin, Zakka Mart, Cafe Good Luck, Dar­ling Tat­toos, Rasa.

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