Open and Shut October 2018

A roundup of what businesses opened and closed in Atlantic Canada over the past month

Open and Shut October 2018
Inside Hillhead House. Photo sourced from Hillhead House Facebook page.

What’s Open

Hillhead House | St. John’s, N.L.
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.

Coffee Matters | Dartmouth, N.S.
The Newfoundland-based coffee company Coffee Matters opened up their latest Nova Scotia location in Dartmouth on the corner of Alderney Drive and Ochterloney Street on October 3 with a make-your-own salad bar and an array of baked goods to pair with your coffee.

Firkin & Flyer | Halifax International Airport
The latest addition to the Firkin Group of Pubs took flight on October 4 at the Stanfield Airport, serving up pints and traditional British fare past security by Gate 18.

The Tare Shop | Halifax, N.S.
Atlantic Canada’s first zero-waste coffee shop opened up in Halifax on October 4. The Tare Shop serves as a coffee shop, bulk store and community space on the corner of Creighton and Cornwallis Street.

House of Glam Inc. | St. John’s, N.L.
House of Glam: Beauty, Brains and Badass Lashes opened on October 9 at 311 Hamilton Avenue, ready to start a lash revolution at Newfoundland and Labrador’s first lash studio.

618 Studios | Twillingate, N.L.
Mount Pearl native Mike Sixonate opened up 618 Studios in Twillingate right before the MusicNL festival kicked off on October 10, giving local musicians a place to practice and record.

Portland Street Spa | Dartmouth, N.S.
This full-service spa opened up October 18 in a pretty unique location — Portland Street Honda! Patrons can get their hair cut while waiting to get their tires changed, or maybe even pick up a new ride.

The Puurfect Cup | Fredericton, N.B.
New Brunswick’s first cat cafe opened in Fredericton on October 20. The Puurfect Cup – A Cat Cafe is working in partnership with the local SPCA to provide a temporary home to adoptable cats so patrons can enjoy a good cup of coffee and a cuddle with a kitty.

The India Hut | Truro, N.S.
A new Indian-film themed restaurant started serving up Indian classics on October 24 at 15 Revere Street in Truro.

Close to the Heart | Moncton, N.B.
The popular online babywearing store opened a new storefront at 1988 Mountain Road. After five years of selling online and being named the best babywearing store in the country by Babywearing in Canada, owner Larissa Flanagan decided to open a shop with a variety of babywearing products as well as local handmade wares.

Skip the Dishes | Charlottetown, P.E.I.
One of Canada’s biggest food-delivery services is now on the Island, the last Atlantic province to receive the it. Charlottetown residents can now order on Skip the Dishes and have food from more than 20 different local restaurants.

What’s Shut

Plan B Merchants Co-op | Halifax N.S.
Gottingen Street’s Plan B Merchants Co-op closed on October 1 after more than seven years of operation. Their Facebook posted described the closure due to recent changes to Gottingen’s transit and parking as well as the future changes to the transit corridor.

Wicker Emporium | Locations Across Canada
The Halifax-based chain of furniture stores which has been open since 1972 has announced they’re closing. After starting bankruptcy proceedings at the beginning of October, Wicker Emporium will be shuttering their last six stores after 47 years. The family-run business had as many as 23 stores in Atlantic Canada and Ontario at the end of 2014.’’

Connor’s Family Restaurant | Amherst, N.S.
The Connor’s Family Restaurant & Lounge made the announcement via Facebook that they would be closing on October 14 after six years in operation.

Cafe L’Acadie | Halifax, N.S.
Cafe L’Acadie, situated on the corner of Bedford Highway and Larry Uteck Boulevard in Halifax, closed on October 21.

Yuk Yuk’s | Saint John, N.B.
The Saint John arm of the Canadian-wide comedy club Yuk Yuk’s closed its doors on October 22 after only 19 months of operation.

Boston Pizza | New Glasgow, N.S.
The New Glasgow Boston Pizza closed its doors October 26 after being open for just over a year. Around 40 people who worked at the restaurant are out of a job.

Big Deal Market | Riverview, N.B.
Only four months after the opening the bulk food and produce store, the Bathurst-based Big Deal market closed their Riverview location on October 26 at the Fundy Chocolate River Station.

Cicero’s on The Water | Porter’s Lake, N.S.
Cicero’s on the Water in Porter’s Lake closed on October 27. Owner Gary Jackson had purchased the restaurant in 2016 after the closing his south end Halifax restaurant Vinnie’s Pasta Bar.

Paint Shop | Carbonear, N.L.
Ivan’s Paint Shop, which has been operating in Carbonear since 1981, has closed. It will soon by the home of Hotline Cafe, which was forced to relocate from their Water Street location earlier this year.

Did we miss something? Know of a business opening or closing in Atlantic Canada? Email our Associate Editor Gabby at gpeyton@atlanticbusinessmagazine.com and let us know!

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