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Featurepreneur: The Swimwear Hut’s Relocation and Rebrand

The turn of the calendar year is a great time to reflect, re-energize, and revisit old goals while establishing new ones. It is also a time for rebirth. Liz Huntley, owner of The Swimwear Hut And Lingerie, has given the store a fresh look and feel in its new location at 8876 Commercial Street, New Minas. If you haven’t visited yet, just find the most splendid looking Christmas tree in the village, and it’s the stately home-turned-commercial space next to it! Huntley has been busy transitioning to the new space while also operating her other business, LIV Fashion Boutique in…
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Mike Uncorked: VIVEAU Headline Juice

By Mike Butler A while back, a very nice gent named Nick MacDonald popped into TAN Coffee to say hi and introduce me to an awesome new product called VIVEAU. Have you ever been introduced to something or someone and then, everyday that follows, you SEE this product or person? That’s what happened with myself and VIVEAU! And what a great sight to see! VIVEAU is a refreshing juice that was created to fill a significant gap in the market and it’s a product you simply have to find and try! The founders, Ted Grant and Hanspeter Stutz, couldn’t find…
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Jon Wayne’s Big Red Barn

By Anna Horsnell Jon Wayne’s Big Red Barn stands prominently on a slope at the foot of the North Mountain, just north of Berwick in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, and minutes from the Bay of Fundy. Unlike the days when it sheltered pigs, hay, and farm equipment, this fall the barn has resonated with music and laughter from a group of seniors having the time of their lives. Each of them is a professional artisan busily creating on-site and showcasing their artwork in a gorgeous country setting most would envy. Owner Wayne Dombroski and his partner, singer and songwriter Jon…
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Mike Uncorked: Day to Day With KCA

Calendar Fundraiser Showcases Local SchoolBy Mike Butler For 13 years (Primary through Grade 12), I was fortunate to attend Kings County Academy in Kentville. For those wonderful, memorable years I made the bestest friends, fondest memories, and my junior and senior high experiences were filled with laughter, love, and practically no drama! For decades, KCA was home to so many students. I am so lucky to still be in touch with dozens of my friends and teachers, even though the school no longer exists. So, when I heard the Kentville Historical Society was releasing a special calendar commemorating the old…
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Featurepreneur: Blow Your Own Way

By Genevieve Allen Hearn Nathan Penney found his passion in an unusual way: through a chance meeting at a music festival. Now working as a glass blower while raising his 2-year-old daughter, Nathan chatted with The Grapevine about his journey becoming a creator, and how artisans are faring during COVID-19. The Grapevine (GV): What got you into glass blowing?Nathan Penney (NP): When I finished university I was going to summer music festivals that often had artists there for the weekend. I met a glass blower who did live demonstrations of his work for passersby to watch. I was enamoured by the process and how it…
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One Market, Three Experiences at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market

Submitted The Wolfville Farmers’ Market Cooperative (WFM) is adapting to COVID-19 and the accompanying requirement for social distancing by offering three unique ways to access local products from its farmers, chefs, and artisans. On Saturdays, starting October 24, from 9am-1pm, the Market will move indoors, offering a safe socially distanced market featuring 35 vendors selling directly to customers. The safety plan includes unidirectional walkways, plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizers, mask wearing, limits on occupancy, and open doors for improved ventilation. Outdoor seating and local music will be provided while weather allows. Starting on Wednesday, October 21, the Market will trial a…
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Featurepreneur: (Re)Freshen Up!

By Genevieve Allen Hearn We have certainly seen a trend in the retail scene lately—a number of home design shops are springing up around the Valley. We think it’s great timing, as folks are spending more time staying close to home! With so many options, buying ethically-made items for the home from locally-owned stores has never been easier. ReFresh Home and Design is the newest addition, located in Wolfville. Owned by Melisa Yale, the store focuses on clean, minimalist design and functionality. With holiday shopping around the corner, this shop may be exactly what we need right now! The Grapevine (GV): What…
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Nova Scotia Beverage Producers Get Boost From Data Analytics Company

Nova Scotia Beverage Producers Get Boost From Data Analytics CompanySubmitted Wolfville, NS – When shopping at the NSLC, it’s hard to miss the recent growth in the number of local products available. Wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries have been popping up all over Nova Scotia and their products are increasingly easy to find.  Now these local businesses hope to get a helping hand from a new company that performs data analytics specifically for them.  The online company, growNSdrinks.ca, uses the NSLC’s sales data to produce simple, easy-to-understand graphs and charts that give beverage producers a clearer picture of their markets,…
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Featurepreneur: Fundy Hops

Featurepreneur: Hops and DreamsGenevieve Allen Hearn Kelli Anderson, owner of Fundy Hops, started growing hops in Waterville on family-owned farmland nearly five years ago. She sells her hops to local breweries and cideries, further helping the industry to make delicious beverages from as many locally produced ingredients as possible. We wanted to know more about hops and how this crop does in the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine (GV): What got you interested in growing hops?Kelli Anderson (KA): I got interested in growing hops when our daughter was 4 years old. I read a lot and noticed the craft beer trend…
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