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Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn

Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn By Genevieve Allen Hearn You’ll be noticing a lot more beards and plaid around the Cornwallis Inn these days. What was once considered one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Canada, the Cornwallis Inn has seen many redevelopments since 1929. Recently there has been a push to fill the vacant commercial spaces and bring life to the landmark building once again. ENVE Hair and Tir na nOg Dance Academy have moved in and Pauline’s Golden Thread Tailor Shop has moved to the west end of the building with storefront windows. Cornwallis Inn…
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Wayfarers’ Ale Society: Another Successful Addition to the Port Williams’ Historic River Business Community

Wayfarers’ Ale Society: Another Successful Addition to the Port Williams’ Historic River Business Community WAYFARERS’ ALE SOCIETY at the Wharf in Port Williams celebrates its official opening together with Canada’s 150 birthday on July 1st. The brewery, located next to the historic Port Williams Wharf, opened its doors last summer after completing a purpose-built brewery, retail shop and upstairs Tap Room with deck and a vista across the river. The Tap Room also serves light food and offers tours and beer sampling. The story behind Wayfarers’ Ale is a classic tale of local success. One of how a small group…
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The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby

The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby The Inquisitive Toy Company and Inquisitive Baby in Wolfville have weathered quite the spring, but they are back in action!  After two devastating floods in March, they reopened in April, only to have yet another flood close their stores again. “We had a very successful grand reopening on Saturday, April 15, only to have a third flood from another apartment’s hot water tank the next evening. So, three floods in six weeks, two new floors, and one very disappointed Eddie, our dog, who wasn’t able to come to the store for quite a…
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Featurepreneur: The Humble Personality behind the Humble Burdock

Featurepreneur: The Humble Personality behind the Humble Burdock By Genevieve Allen Hearn Meet Amanda Muis Brown – flower farmer, florist, and soon to be published author. Amanda is a third-generation farmer and is now growing over a hundred varieties of flowers and foliage on Humble Burdock Farm in Centreville. Growing botanicals in a Maritime climate takes good planning, an innate understanding of our fluctuating growing season, and more than a little courage. Amanda faces these challenges boldly and passes on what she has learned in her book coming out this fall entitled *Humble Burdock Farms – From Seed to Centerpiece,…
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A Sampling of Local Libations

A Sampling of Local Libations Lazy Bear Brewing – Brewery 120 East Old Post Road, Smiths Cove lazybearbrewing.ca Happenings: Growler nights on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm year round. Still Fired Distilleries – Distillery 9543 Highway 8, Annapolis Royal stillfireddistilleries.com The Buzz: Artisan craft distillery creating unique, natural spirits from the first “legal” stills built in Nova Scotia. Bad Apple Brewhouse and Mosaic Brewing Co. – Brewery 515 Parker Condon Road, Somerset badapplebrewhouse.ca Cool Fact: Regular contributors to local charities, Kari and Jeff Saunders of Bad Apple Brewhouse recently covered the costs for a lucky family to attend the spring…
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Featurepreneur: ‘Mazel’ Follow Your Dreams

Featurepreneur: ‘Mazel’ Follow Your Dreams By Genevieve Allen Hearn Ross Palmer is a Valley native who has worked in the special needs community for a number of years. Wanting to make his mark on the community, he decided to pursue his dreams of running a business in Wolfville. He recently opened Grandma Mazel’s Cellar Academy in the former United Church in Wolfville – a celestial setting for a business that endorses an artisanal lifestyle. The Grapevine (GV): What is a Cellar Academy? Ross: For me, the Cellar Academy is a state of mind and a trademark. It’s the understanding and…
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Featurepreneur: Hello Handmade with Angie Dorey

Featurepreneur: Hello Handmade with Angie Dorey By Genevieve Allen Hearn Last Fall Angie Dorey made the move from selling her signature soaps online to a brick and mortar business that carries handmade items by local artisans. The Grapevine chatted to the owner of Hello Handmade about her experience starting a retail shop in the Town of Berwick. The Grapevine: How would you describe your business? Angie: I would describe Hello Handmade as a very unique gift shop. My goal and vision for my cozy space was to source items that couldn’t be found easily around us. I sell home décor,…
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Holiday Gift Guide By Laura Churchill Duke

Holiday Gift Guide By Laura Churchill Duke, valleyfamilyfun.ca This Christmas, why not give a homemade gift? There are a lot of places you can go for kids to make something themselves. Start with the Clayground Studio in Wolfville! Kids can make a painted pottery piece, or older kids can try a fusible glass craft. Be sure to check the dates beforehand to find out when the last day is that the pottery will be prepared before Christmas! The Firefly Makery, located in Bridgetown, is a store that promotes local crafters and artists from the Valley. A variety of workshops are…
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AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again

AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book. If you’ve ever sat with a child on your lap, and shared a picture book, you know the magic…
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Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan

Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan Help the All That Glam Fundraiser raise funds for Nunavut school breakfast programs with your donations of gently-used jewellery and handbags. Food costs in Northern Canada have created a food epidemic that sends children to school hungry everyday. The average cost of 2.5 kg of flour in Nunavut is $13 compared to $5 in the rest of the country. In the farthest North towns such as Iqaluit Orange Juice costs at least $26.29. Because of food costs such as these 70% of households in Iqaluit are food insecure, which is eight…
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