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In With the New: Locally Owned Businesses Sprouting Up Across the Valley! (Part 1)

In With the New: Locally Owned Businesses Sprouting Up Across the Valley! (Part 1) By Genevieve Allen Hearn A number of popular local haunts have closed recently, including Designer Café in Kentville and Il Dolce Café in Wolfville. Losing such businesses can be a tough pill to swallow – especially in a rural area where the absence of a community gathering point makes a major impact on the lives of local residents. However, the sadness that we feel about losing these businesses is assuaged by the excitement of new emergent businesses and business expansions! The Grapevine spoke with a few…
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Save Cinematopia

Save Cinematopia By Megan Halliburton Six and a half years ago, a dream came true for me. On a frigid January day in 2010, I opened the doors of my very own video store, Cinematopia, in Wolfville. It had been a labour of love getting the place off the ground, with a lot of hard work and a whole lot of help from fellow movie-lovers and local movers and shakers. What had started as an attempt to save Light and Shadow, the grand old institution started by the inimitable Bob Brown in 1989, ended up as the beginning of a…
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Featurepreneur: Fluent Frameworks — A new voice in the local cycling scene

Fluent Frameworks is a start-up business specializing in hand-built bicycles. Matt Manuel is the man behind Fluent Frameworks and he had this to say about exactly what it is that he does. So what is a hand-built bike? A hand-built bike starts with a frame built around you. Every detail is accounted for from the tube dimensions and its weight, to its length and ultimate look. It is an expression of one’s personality from its geometry to its paint and as unique to you as your fingerprint. How did you get into building bicycles? Cycling has always been a deeply…
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Young Farmers Weigh In On The Future of Farming in Nova Scotia

Provided by the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Blog, farmersmarketsnovascotia.com/blog Last month, the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) interviewed a selection of current and new farmers about the future of farming in Nova Scotia. One of the recurring topics that arose from these interviews was the role Farmers’ Markets play in fostering young farmers. According to Jocelyn Durston, co-owner of Seven Acres Farm, “Farmers’ markets offer a low-cost, low-pressure venue to build relationships with customers and explore market potential,” says Durston. Durston and her partner Chris Kasza moved to Nova Scotia from British Columbia, in search of farmland. Now…
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