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An Odd Fact: Quinpool Road Until Now Banned Bars, Pubs & Wateringholes – Centre Plan Could See Booze Emporium Invasion To The Street

An Odd Fact: Quinpool Road Until Now Banned Bars, Pubs & Wateringholes – Centre Plan Could See Booze Emporium Invasion To The Street

By Andrew Macdonald

If you can believe it, in a city that is famous for its legions of bars and pubs – fuelled by 30,000 university students in Halifax, Quinpool Road has been a bar/pub desert.

Until the other month, one could not operate a solely dedicated bar or pub on Quinpool because of age-old city bylaws keeping the street free of watering holes.

Existing restaurants can sling beer, but only if a customer also orders food.

So if you order a meal at the street’s legendary Athens, then you can quaff a drink.

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Craft Brew Talk With The Other Andrew Murphy Of Unfiltered Brewing Fame

Craft Brew Talk With The Other Andrew Murphy Of Unfiltered Brewing Fame

By Phil DeMont

Meet Andrew Murphy – Unfiltered Brewing

Having a beer at the taproom of Unfiltered Brewing on North Street is more a philosophical experience than a good ol ‘ Nova Scotia elbow-bending session.

Think 1950s Minimalism.

The room might not be on the level of a Frank Stella painting.

Still, small, artistic black-and-white photographs dot the walls of the bar. The iron lattice across the top third of the wall feeds the stark motif. The style is well-appointed.

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Entrepreneurs: No More Monkeys, It’s Tartan Time

Entrepreneurs: No More Monkeys, It’s Tartan Time

By Carol Dobson

The monkeys are on a shelf, replaced by tartan scarves, hats, bags and bow ties.

It’s all happened since mid-2018 when North End Halifax’s Sherrie and Dale Kearney provided Nova Scotia tartan scarves to a Conservative Party of Canada conference in Halifax. Volunteers wore the distinctive six-and-a-half foot scarves around necks, as belts, and, as more than one volunteer determined, in the traditional Scottish style as a sash over one shoulder.

At that time, the Kearneys operated their business under the name ‘Monkeys and More’, turning out sock puppets, but last year rebranded into MaritimeTartan with a new product line.

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Millennial Entrepreneur Nic Merry To Franchise Out Geebo Cell Repair Store – Eyes The World Market

Millennial Entrepreneur Nic Merry To Franchise Out Geebo Cell Repair Store – Eyes The World Market

By Andrew Macdonald

Highly ambitious and quite successful millennial entrepreneur Nic Merry is poised to take his growing storefront Halifax-Sydney Geebo cell phone repair chain to the franchise market.

Speaking from his new two week old storefront on the city’s ultimate pedestrian street, Spring Garden Road, in the Lord Nelson Arcade, he tells me he will roll out a franchise program – and he is eyeing the world market.

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A Chat With Perry Smith – Halifax Investment Guru Sees A Strong Stock Market In U.S. As Canada Languishes

A Chat With Perry Smith – Halifax Investment Guru Sees A Strong Stock Market In U.S. As Canada Languishes

By Phil DeMont

Retired Halifax Investment Guru Sees A Strong Stock Market in U.S. As Canada Languishes

Perry Smith breaks into a sardonic half-grin at the question: where are U.S. stocks headed?

“We’re seeing a frothy market. Nothing has really changed. But stocks are up,” says the 61-year old Smith, sipping a beer in the tap room of Unfiltered Brewing on North Street.

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HFX Restaurants: Partnering With Food Blogger Lindsay Wickstrom Of Popular Website ‘Eat This Town’

HFX Restaurants: Partnering With Food Blogger Lindsay Wickstrom Of Popular Website ‘Eat This Town’

Editor’s Note: I am please to report The Notebook has done a syndication deal with a popular Halifax foodie blogger Lindsay Wickstrom, who operates the must read eatery review website Eat This Town, and who describes herself as a “food nerd, food tourist, and food quester.” Over the next little while, we will publish her restaurant reviews, beginning with her excellent series on the plethora of fish ‘n chip eateries in the city and province surrounded by iconic fishing harbours. A link to her website is at the end of this article.

Fish ‘n Chips at Katch Seafood, Scotia Square Mall (and other locations): Rating: Meh/Good

By Lindsay Wickstrom, food blogger of website Eat This Town

(Rating Scale: WTF, Meh, Good, Some Good, Right Some Good!)

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A Notebook Advertising Campaign Will Reach 5,000 Folk – From Savvy Millennials To NS-HFX Movers & Shakers – We Reach All Age Groups

A Notebook Advertising Campaign Will Reach 5,000 Folk – From Savvy Millennials To NS-HFX Movers & Shakers – We Reach All Age Groups

Growing since its launch in March 2017, The Macdonald Notebook is now read by up to 1,500 readers each week or five thousand readers each month!

With a weekly readership from the Nova Scotia-Halifax community of movers and shakers, The Macdonald Notebook is read by members of government, captains of industry, the pillars of business, and the titans of finance.

There is no surer way to make sure your message reaches your target demographic.

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The Tale Of Two Economies: There is Halifax & Then There Is Rural Nova Scotia

The Tale Of Two Economies: There is Halifax & Then There Is Rural Nova Scotia

The Tale Of Two Economies: There’s Halifax & Then There is Rural Nova Scotia

On Saturday, The Notebook carried an exclusive news story noting the performance of the Halifax economy in our modern times, has not seen so much robust activity since the Post War Era Boom.

Today, the city’s economy is firing on all clyinders, but what about the rural Nova Scotia economy, where hald the circa one million Nova Scotia population live.

Strong factors for Halifax include new residents. Last year, the bulk of the 5,400 new immigrants to NS, relocated to Halifax.

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Road Builder Or Journalism Career?: How The Great Halifax Herald Political Journalist Jim Vibert Influenced My Chosen Writing Career

Road Builder Or Journalism Career?: How The Great Halifax Herald Political Journalist Jim Vibert Influenced My Chosen Writing Career

Explaining why The Notebook of late has covered the Big Business of the Nova Scotia Road Building industry just as the dew covers the province in the summertime!

Road building or Journalism Career?

As the son, grandson, and nephew of Maritime road building legends, I was destined to become a third generation road builder.

That was the plans of my late dad, my best friend in life.

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