Articles by Gabby Peyton

New businesses in Atlantic Canada run the gamut this month — from modern speakeasies and Indian food trucks to barber chairs and bespoke suit shops. Plus it’s always nice to see the open column longer than the shuttered.

There’s a lot of disappointed social media chatter over WestJet’s cancellation of the direct flight between St. John’s, N.L. and Dublin. Local business owners like Mallard Cottage restaurateur Todd Perrin and politicians were open about the effect this will have on the tourism industry.

After Vandal Doughnuts closed shop in Gus’ Pub, one of Halifax’s favourite watering holes on the corner of Agricola and North Streets, Taco Lina’s has filled the space (and the stomachs) of North Enders. Owners Sam and Tony Rinaldo, who also run Rinaldo’s Italian American Specialties and the hot dog pop-up at Good Robot Brewing, saw space in the area for a taco shop featuring tacos, nachos, jalapeño poppers and salads.

St. John’s-based clothing brand The Shop, SALT is expanding their online shopping business to a brick-and-mortar holiday shop in Grand Falls-Windsor. Owners Emily Evans and Lauren Saunders — who both grew up in Grand Falls — decided it was the right business move for SALT.

Tech magnate Google held a series of workshops in St. John’s, N.L. on Friday November 1 to help small businesses improve their digital skills. As the fifth stop of a six-stop Grow with Google tour, the company aimed to help entrepreneurs across Canada advance their economic opportunities by fine-tuning their tech skills. More than 500 local business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring startups attend the sessions in St. John’s, which ranged from search engine marketing, website analytics and optimizing Google Search and Maps to support business growth.

This new boutique opened at the end of September, just squeaking into October’s roundup. Hillhead House was once a market stall and is now a full store on Prescott Street filled with gifts and home accents.

Last week, Michelin North America Inc. announced two projects for the Pictou County plant, which means a $20-million injection and more than 150 new jobs for the area. These new developments also mean the 200 temporary jobs set to end in 2020 will now be made permanent. The impetus for the increase in staff is a new winter tire line along with the North American launch of new semi-finished products.

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