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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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“Carey Me: Supporting Palliative Care in the Home” Fundraiser

“Carey Me: Supporting Palliative Care in the Home” Fundraiser: “Remember These: Pre-Loved Holiday Decoration Sale” Saturday, November 12; Port Williams Community Center; 10am-3pm Bill Carey lived his final days as he wished, at home surrounded by family and friends. In 2004, Bill’s wife and daughter started “Carey Me,” a charitable fund whose purpose is to provide financial assistance to individuals with life-limiting illnesses who, like Bill, choose to be cared for in the comfort of their own home. Since 2004, “Carey Me” volunteers and community partners have raised $285,000 through fundraising events and memorial gifts, and have provided financial support…
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“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville

“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville Thursday, October 27 Making its first East Coast appearance later this month, “Small Beauty” will launch at Venus Envy in Halifax on Wednesday, October 26 and at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on Thursday, October 27. While trans identity gains increasing public attention in North America, be it through celebrity coming-out stories or legislative changes, there remains a dearth of trans stories not explicitly about transitioning. “Small Beauty” is just that. A novel by emerging author and long-time musician jia qing wilson-yang, “Small Beauty” explores the protagonist’s transness…
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Horton High School Annual Harvest Craft Fair

Horton High School Annual Harvest Craft Fair October 15, 9am to 4pm Sally Benevides Hopkins The Horton High School music students are gearing up for the annual Horton High School Harvest Craft Fair! This year it will be on Saturday, October 15, from 9am to 4pm. The fair will be held at the school, in Greenwich, just south of the Old Orchard Inn. Admission is $2. This is the first local craft fair of the season! With over 150 tables of crafts, most of which are handmade by local artisans, there will be unique cards, candles, jewelry, jams, soaps, sweaters,…
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Mike Uncorked: Go As You Grow! By Mike Butler

Mike Uncorked: Go As You Grow! Mike Butler I have four nephews and a niece who are my world! They are my “kids” and anyone who knows me is aware that I would lay down my life for them. They’re growing up very fast, a lot faster than I want, but such is life. Their safety, protection, well-being, and a positive life environment have been my top priority since the second I first held each of them. I am not the parent but I am a very loving uncle who wishes nothing but the best for them. My mindset is…
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In With the New: Locally Owned Businesses Sprouting Up Across the Valley! (Part 2)

In With the New: Locally Owned Businesses Sprouting Up Across the Valley! By Genevieve Allen Hearn As a continuation from the last issue, here are more local businesses that will be appearing soon in a neighbourhood near you! Schoolhouse Brewery
 Location: 40 Water Street, Windsor (behind T.A.N. Coffee) Open date: They hope to open the retail shop by December and the Taproom by next Spring. What will you offer? Cameron Hartley: Although we have loved having the title “Nova Scotia’s smallest craft brewery”, it has many challenges. For the past year we have been at our maximum production of 300litres/week…
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