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Exclusive: Maine Boot & Clothing Retailer L.L. Bean To Open Halifax Store – Options Include Malls, But Glenn Munro, Besim Halef & Norman Nahas Will Also Be Suitors, Too
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Realtor Phil Slauenwhite: Millennials Adding To Resurgence In Hubbards Real Estate – Twinned Highway Helping To Create ‘Bustling Community’
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A Notebook Advertising Campaign: Reach Savvy Millennials To Well Heeled Entrepreneurs – The Movers & Shakers Read Us!
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Halifax Agency Dean Phil Otto’s Campaign Encourages Consumers To Patronize Independent Shopkeepers
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Alison Strachan: A Visit To Jim Smith’s Chester Ceramic Studio/Showroom
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Class Of 2020: Graduating During Pandemic A Challenge At Tatamagouche School Academy
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Update: McKenna Shindig Heard From NY Times Journalist, An NHL Superstar & Leading Politicos
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A Tourist In My Own City: A Visit To Halifax’s Oldest Military Library: Royal Artillery Park
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Tick Talk: Summertime & The Living Is Easy As Tick Fest Plays Out Across Nova Scotia
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Tick Talk, Part II: Encore: A Chat With Bug Expert Andrew Hebda
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Friday Edition, Below
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Lunenburg Realtor John Powers Remembers Guenther & Susan Reibling
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Guenther & Susan Reibling: Significant Benefactors Paid Off Lunenburg Opera House Mortgage
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MacPolitics: Houston’s Tory Office Fielding Hundreds Of Calls About Americans Not Self-Isolating
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Thursday Edition, Below
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Lunenburg Loses Couple Dedicated To Philanthropy, Global Businesses, Restaurateurs And Heritage Development
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Sunday Edition, Below
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Extra! Extra! Ultimate Power Couple Seeks Butler For Swish HFX Condo & Chester Cottage-Mansion: A Dream Post For The Lucky Job Seeker
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We Get Mail: Reader Writes In From Chester Back Harbour: On Reports Of Americans Not Self-Isolating
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We Get Mail: Reader Writes Mansion At South Park/Rhuland Charming
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Alison Strachan This Week: A Very Berry Fabulous Recipe
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Real Estate In A Pandemic: Sandra Bryant Is Firing On All Cylinders
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Sandra Bryant Had A Ready Made Seller & Buyer In Her Realtor Database For 1029 South Park Street Deal
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Halifax’s Tristan Mills Chats On Airbnb Trends In The City’s Downtown Core In A Pandemic
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NS South Shore’s Jay Hiltz Chats On Airbnb Trends In A Pandemic
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A Chat With Kings Journalism Prof Kim Kierans, Named To Panel Designed To Right Size Newspaper Industry In Canada
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Ryerson’s Journalism Project: The Impact Of COVID On Canadian Media Outlets – Two Thousand Journalists Laid Off; Print Publications Suspend Or Permanently Killed Off
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Saturday Edition, Below
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Halifax Port: Attention Captain Gray, Lawyer John Young Should Be Top Of Mind For New Port-Community Liaison Committee
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Fisherman's Market: Seafood Delivered Overnight Throughout Canada

Business

Exclusive: Halifax’s Port Store Pilot Project Rolls Out At NSLC Outlets in Dartmouth, Bridgewater, Yarmouth & Sydney Mines & Elsewhere

Exclusive: Halifax’s Port Store Pilot Project Rolls Out At NSLC Outlets in Dartmouth, Bridgewater, Yarmouth & Sydney Mines & Elsewhere

By Andrew Macdonald

NSLC Rolls Out New Brand Styled On The Port Store – Including In Bridgewater, Sydney River, Yarmouth & Amherst

The NSLC is bringing its high-end The Port concept to rural Nova Scotia, with a pilot project being dubbed The Signature.

The Port is off of Spring Garden Road, which features rare wines and other alcohol products, including limited-edition whiskys.

The pilot project for The Signature launched first at Dartmouth’s Portland Street NSLC outlet, and has also been rolled out at liquor stores in Sydney River, Bridgewater,Yarmouth and Amherst.

The concept is also now at the Joe Howe store, attached to a Loblaw food store.

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We Get Mail: Peter McCreath Writes On How Alexander Keith in NS Now Plays Second Fiddle To American Bud Suds

We Get Mail: Peter McCreath Writes On How Alexander Keith in NS Now Plays Second Fiddle To American Bud Suds

Following The Notebook’s shocking news last weekend that the iconic 200-year old beer brand, Alexander Keith is no longer the top selling beer at the 103 store network operated by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp, Peter McCreath writes on his own opinions on how American Bud now outperforms the Keith brand in Nova Scotia.

I should note, McCreath served as chairman of the NSLC and under his guidance the liquor monopoly began to transform into a retail force – it was McCreath’s leadership which in 2003 began seeing the store network pair with grocery outlets.

I should also note that in 2001, McCreath wrote a history book on Alexander Keith.

Here is Peter McCreath’s letter:

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NSLC Financials: Commercial Beer Giants Like Oland See Sales Decreases, While Independent Craft Brewers Enjoy Strong Traction

NSLC Financials: Commercial Beer Giants Like Oland See Sales Decreases, While Independent Craft Brewers Enjoy Strong Traction

By Andrew Macdonald

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp the other day released its third-quarter financial results.

An interesting fact is that in the period between Sept-Dec. is that total beer sales were down 1%.

The NSLC store network sold 64.45 million hectolitres of beer in the financial reporting period, as compared to 65 million hectolitres in the previous year.

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Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

By Andrew Macdonald

Story Update

Earlier in the week, I moved a story that millennial entrepreneur Lara Cusson is now selling tacos out of her popular independent café on Agricola Street.

Cafe Lara has entered into an “arrangement” to provide kitchen space to Taco Lina, formerly located in Gus’ Pub.

Reports Cusson: “Taco Lina’s, owned by the Rinaldo brothers, has relocated inside Café Lara”.

The Mexican food offering makes its debut at Café Lara this weekend, opening at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.

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Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Old Fashioned Brewery Wars Between Garrison & Propeller Breweries To Play Out On Quinpool Road

Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Old Fashioned Brewery Wars Between Garrison & Propeller Breweries To Play Out On Quinpool Road

By Andrew Macdonald

Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Craft Brewery Wars Touch Down On Quinpool Road: Garrison & Propeller To Fight For Customers

You gotta love it – and old fashioned independent brewery war is shaping out to play out on Quinpool Road – between the two deans of the craft brew movement.

I refer to the founders and proprietors of Brian Titus’ Garrison Brewery & Jon Allan’s Propeller Brewery – both established in 1997, some 22-years ago.

Garrison late in 2019 opened a fourth expansion brewery and retail store at the Norman Nahas owned Oxford Theatre.

And now comes word that Propeller is going to open a retail store also on Quinpool Road, in the Doug Reid built luxury condo complex, The Keep.

It will spark an old fashioned brewery war from the two craft brewery pioneers.

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Brewery Wars, Part II:  Meet John Allen – The Man Behind The Beer Wars On Quinpool Road

Brewery Wars, Part II: Meet John Allen – The Man Behind The Beer Wars On Quinpool Road

By Andrew Macdonald

Quinpool Road Brewery Wars: Meet John Allen – The Man Behind Beer Wars

Propeller Brewery, like its staunch foe, Garrison Brewery were both founded in 1997.

Propeller declined to talk to me, while Brian Titus did speak to The Notebook – my cell phone number is embedded in Titus phone. The Titus story is elsewhere.

But, who is John Allen, the man who is sparking an old fashioned brewery war to play out on Quinpool Road?

Well, his Propeller Brewery website declares: “For 20 years, Propeller Brewing Company has been making quality craft beer”.

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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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