Open and shut

It’s almost summer and you know what that means: new brewpubs, food trucks and glamping resorts! Here’s the monthly roundup of what opened and closed in May.

Despite some unseasonable weather and nasty flooding, the openings outweigh the closings across Atlantic Canada this month — plus a plethora of seasonal shops are dusting off to open for the busy tourist season.

Spring is in the air and we all scream for ice cream! Scoop shops are opening across Atlantic Canada as we say goodbye to businesses who couldn’t make it through the winter.

Extraordinarily cold temperatures whipping across Atlantic Canada didn’t stop business owners from swinging open their doors for the first time in February, but those breezes heralded plenty of closures across the region.

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.

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.

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.

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