Own­ers want to be part of the ‘re­vi­tal­iza­tion’

New busi­nesses on the move in down­town Windsor, West Hants

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA [email protected]

As we near the hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son, some lo­cal busi­nesses have been mov­ing and shak­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Panda Print opens third lo­ca­tion on Ger­rish Street

Panda Print, based out of New Mi­nas, has opened an­other lo­ca­tion — this time at 93 Ger­rish St. in Windsor.

Along with a third lo­ca­tion in Green­wood, their main busi­ness is to pro­vide print­ing needs to con­sumers.

Prod­ucts in­clude mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als such as ban­ners, posters, stick­ers, de­cals, frames, can­vas prints, cus­tom T-shirts and more.

Chuck Seale, owner of Panda Print, said he opened a lo­ca­tion in Windsor so that he could reach the whole An­napo­lis Val­ley be­tween the three branches.

“I like Windsor and I wanted to be able to bring a prod­uct that ev­ery­body needs at an af­ford­able price,” Seale said.

“We just opened in Windsor and we’ve got to get some mar­ket in there; it’s been a lit­tle slow, but we’re get­ting the word out. The cus­tomers we have are ex­cited we’re there,” he con­tin­ued.

“It’s also not that far from Halifax, so hope­fully we can reach some cus­tomers there too.”

No­ble Grape head­ing to Wa­ter Street in early 2019

No­ble Grape, a Mar­itime­owned wine and beer kit sup­ply com­pany, is ex­pand­ing for their 25th an­niver­sary with a 10th lo­ca­tion — which will be at 169 Wa­ter St. in down­town Windsor in early 2019.

Mark Haynes, co-owner of No­ble Grape along with his brother Steven Haynes, said they’re hard at work get­ting the new lo­ca­tion ready for the new year.

“Why Windsor? It seemed like a log­i­cal next lo­ca­tion. We al­ready have two in the Val­ley,” Haynes said. “Windsor is a desti­na­tion and the down­town seems to be go­ing through a bit of a re­vi­tal­iza­tion and we wanted to be a part of that.”

The lo­ca­tion will be ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 square feet, with prod­ucts fo­cus­ing on at-home or on-site beer, wine and cider mak­ing.

“We’re hop­ing to be part of the craft wine, spir­its, and beer com­mu­nity that’s al­ready there,” he said. “(Home brew­ing) has be­come quite a pop­u­lar hobby for a lot of peo­ple, in fact that’s how most craft brew­ers start out and many have been cus­tomers of ours.”

Shur-Gain Feeds ‘N Needs ex­pands with new lo­ca­tion in busi­ness park

Shur-Gain Feeds ‘N Needs have been op­er­at­ing out of their new lo­ca­tion at 48 Mor­ri­son Dr,. in West Hants, since July and had an official open­ing on Nov. 1.

El­lan Mal­lard, mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor for Shur-Gain, said they’ve been hard at work on their new space.

“We not only have a larger space, but we have com­pletely re-de­signed our look to give our cus­tomers a true re­tail shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mal­lard said.

“We have been able to op­ti­mize with a new lay­out, a fresh new look with new brand­ing and de­sign, and we have even ex­panded our pet cat­e­gory with new prod­ucts to match.”

Mal­lard said the com­pany learned about the new lo­ca­tion and jumped on the op­por­tu­nity when it be­came avail­able. They were also happy to be able to stay in the busi­ness park with a more ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion.

Cur­rently, Shur-Gain op­er­ates 13 re­tail lo­ca­tions across the Mar­itimes.

“Our cus­tomer traf­fic has im­proved with the help of our new look and more con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion for our cus­tomers,” she said. “We have added two new Feeds’ n Needs team mem­bers since we opened to help us in this new chap­ter.”

Ev­ery­Body’s cloth­ing closes store­front, fo­cuses on ap­point­ment sales

Ev­ery­Body’s In­clu­sive Fash­ion, a plus-size re­cy­cled cloth­ing store, is clos­ing its doors, but is con­tin­u­ing by ap­point­ment and on­line sales.

Store owner An­gelina Claes an­nounced the clo­sure in late Oc­to­ber. She hopes to grow an on­line busi­ness through Face­book and even­tu­ally a web­site.

Claes said she’ll be open­ing a pop-up shop some­time in March.

“The Face­book page is still ac­tive and I’m talk­ing to clients that way,” Claes said.

“I still have to work full time and I’m tak­ing a fash­ion mar­ket­ing course. I hope to come back with my own line of clothes,” she said.

“Some­times you have to take two steps back be­fore you can move for­ward,” she added. “And some­times you have to work full time to get there.”

For now, Claes will of­fer home vis­its through shop­ping par­ties; her first one is sched­uled for next week.

“Not hav­ing the store gives me the chance to go out and find things and cater to my clients’ needs,” she said.

The brand, Ev­ery­Body’s In­clu­sive Cloth­ing, will re­main.

“It was so hard to close, you get so at­tached to your cus­tomers, but I am so lucky to have met all of the peo­ple that I have and I feel like I still have a good clien­tele base,” she said. “I have no doubt that I will re­open a shop in Windsor soon. I’m work­ing on re­fin­ing my brand.”

COLIN CHISHOLM

Ev­ery­Body’s, on the left, closed their doors at the end of Oc­to­ber and Panda Print opened their third lo­ca­tion at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber.

CON­TRIBUTED

Shur-Gain Feeds ‘N Needs held its grand re-open­ing ear­lier this month. They’re lo­cated on Mor­ri­son Drive in West Hants.

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