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Wayfarers’ Ale Craft Brewery Wins Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Best 2019!

Wayfarers’ Ale Craft Brewery Wins Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Valley’s Best 2019! The name Wayfarers’ Ale is a tribute to an old custom in England where medieval travelers, ‘wayfarers’ as they were known, would stop at local churches, knock on the door, and be given a small horn of ale and a piece of bread to refresh them along their journey. Well, for two years now, the brewery located next to the historic Port Williams wharf has been welcoming visitors and making a name for itself far and wide. “A Wayfarer, like a seafarer, is a person who is…
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Farmworks: Investing in Local CEDIF Benefits all Nova Scotians

Farmworks: Investing in Local CEDIF Benefits all Nova Scotians By Linda Best, Treasurer FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited is a for-profit enterprise founded by Nova Scotians to promote and provide strategic and responsible investment in food production and distribution in order to increase access to sustainable local food for all Nova Scotians. FarmWorks is aware of many opportunities from “field to fork to future.” Just under one million Nova Scotians spend over three billion dollars annually on food, at home and away from home, and less than 20% is grown and processed in the province. Every percentage…
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Author Heather Pyrcz Releases Book Two of Tales of the Shining Mountains Trilogy

Author Heather Pyrcz Releases Book Two of Tales of the Shining Mountains Trilogy The bears are back! Borealis Press is pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of Heather Pyrcz’s trilogy, Tales of the Shining Mountains. In book two, The Northern Reaches, Pyrcz follows her protagonist grizzly bears as they travel north, colliding with the miners of the Yukon gold rush. A fusion of fantasy, natural, and human history, the trilogy addresses the early terms of what has become a crisis for wildlife as identified by current supporters of North American natural parks, sanctuaries, and wildlife corridors. Pyrcz…
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Your Last Resort: Helping you Turn your Home into a Resort

Your Last Resort: Helping you Turn your Home into a Resort Submitted Valley homes are about to get a lot more organized thanks to a team of three women in Kentville who have recently launched Your Last Resort Home Organization and Staging. Laura Churchill Duke, Jennifer Williams Saklofske, and Raina Noel came together earlier this summer to help a mutual friend, a busy full-time working mom of little children, organize her home as a birthday present. After the day’s work, the three friends realized the impact they had made, and also how much they liked working together. According to Churchill…
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Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts

Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts By Kim Barlow Like many folks on that magical weekend, I discovered Terra Spencer’s music at the Deep Roots Music Festival back in September. A lyric about “my whole world wrapped up in a Sponge Bob quilt” came over the backstage speaker and had me crying in the green room. There is a well-founded buzz about Terra Spencer. She is a skilled instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, and her music has a gentle, singular beauty. Every songwriter should get the start in music that Terra has had. When she was a kid, Jim Aulenbach taught her…
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Featurepreneur: Raising the (Wine) Bar in the Valley

Featurepreneur: Raising the (Wine) Bar in the Valley By Genevieve Allen Hearn Winegrunt Wine Bar opened in Windsor last summer, and it offers the kind of experience one would expect to find in a European city. It is brimming with rustic charm, hosts live music, has a wide selection of wines, and organizes events that offer experiences that are both intellectual and convivial. Owners Robert Buranello and Astrid Friedrich gave The Grapevine some insight into their business venture. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about the concept of Winegrunt Wine Bar. Were you inspired by other places you’ve visited? Robert Buranello…
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In With The New

In With The New New Valley Businesses to Watch Chrismaria Family Restaurant – New Minas This highly anticipated South Indian restaurant is now open in New Minas! You can eat in, take-out, or hire them to cater an event. Dishes include Indian favourites like channa masala, butter chicken, mutton biriyani, and vegetable korma. Located at 8934 Commercial Street in New Minas. chrismaria.org Noble Grape – Coldbrook You may have noticed that the Noble Grape has changed locations in Coldbrook. The spacious, newly-renovated building can be found at 7116 Highway 1, Coldbrook (right across the street from the previous location). More…
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Dealing with Kids and Clutter at Christmas

Dealing with Kids and Clutter at Christmas By Laura Churchill Duke Looking around our house I see how much stuff our kids have, and with Christmas coming, they really don’t need anything else. Lately, because they are outgrowing so many clothes and toys, we have been doing a lot of de-cluttering. I know a lot of other families who are in the same situation and just do not want more things brought into the house. Here are a few suggestions for dealing with kid clutter at Christmas time: Reverse advent calendar There are a few ideas circulating around social media…
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Featurepreneur: A Décor Duo

Featurepreneur: A Décor Duo By Genevieve Allen Hearn It’s hard not to get excited about decorating for the holidays. For Micah and Noelle McGough, making things beautiful is not just a hobby: they turned it into a career. They have a Valley-based Interiors business called Monk & Nun Interiors, and recently opened an online home décor shop. Their home décor collection features Canadian makers, mostly from Nova Scotia. We contacted Micah and Noelle to find out more about their business, and what we could do to get our homes holiday-ready. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about your business venture. What…
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Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story

Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story By Lee & Francis The proud owner of Lee’s Shop in Canning is Lee Van Amerongen. Lee is a young man who loves his church, likes fast food, music, and books. Lee is proud to be called “Uncle Lee” by his niece and nephew, and treasures the time he spends with family and friends. Lee is also a young man with autism and significant seizure disorder. He is non-verbal, communicates with an ipad and alphabet board, and needs support for most aspects of his life. Lee…
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