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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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Who’s Who: Peter Dewar: The KING-stec of Cooking!

By Mike Butler I have a hard time saying no when asked to be part of a project, be it theatre, fashion shows, or fundraiser events. I love helping and being part of the community in all forms because I get to meet some pretty fascinating people along the way. The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation recently asked me to host some online cooking tutorials as part of their Harvest for Health fundraiser. Myself, a sous-chef (an employee of the Valley Regional Hospital), and a celebrity chef spent a few hours creating a culinary masterpiece with a prominent Valley fruit or…
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Who’s Who Special Edition: Kylo the Haunt Dog!

Mike Butler Those eyes. That wagging tail. That fun, playful, rascal-like attitude towards life. That love for any human who comes close. No, I am not talking about myself, I am talking about a puppy: Kylo the Phantom Effects Super Haunt Dog! They call it puppy love, and anyone who meets, greets, and eventually plays with Kylo is instantly in love with this cute little guy! Kylo is a 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who was born in the Wolfville area. In a short period Kylo has become the furry-faced mascot of one of the coolest businesses in the Valley, and…
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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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Who’s Who: Ashley Jean

Luminous lashes and more!By Mike Butler We are 3/4 of the way through 2020 and more than ever we need to take a breather, relax, and just regroup after the last few months, am I right? Things are waking up again—cafes, restaurants, schools—and if you haven’t had a chance to treat yourself to something fun in awhile, some self-care is needed! There’s a wonderful new business on Main Street, Wolfville called Luminous Beauty Bar & Boutique, and within this quaint beauty bar you’ll find Ashley Jean, and she is just as luminous as the business. Luminous Beauty Bar & Boutique is a…
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Art Spot: Shasta Grant

In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself.I am an artist, mother, and university student. My family moved to Wolfville from Cape Breton when I was 13 and I grew up here. Now I am raising my eight-year-old son here. I am also currently pursuing a degree in community development and environmental sustainability studies at Acadia. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I work mainly with acrylics. I began taking art lessons as a teenager and was introduced to other mediums, but quickly fell in love with the versatility of paint and how it…
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Featurepreneur: Braving a Pandemic

By Genevieve Allen Hearn It’s been a long time since something other than The Market was located at 456 Main Street in Wolfville. When The Market moved into its new, roomy location down the street, it took something really special to fill its shoes. It also took a business owner brave enough to open a shop during a pandemic! Enter Morgan Jane Home, a home design store curated by Morgan Jane Miller. Miller has turned the space into an upscale, eco-friendly, dreamy space that feels like a cozy oasis during a time of uncertainty. The Grapevine (GV): What got you into…
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Who’s Who: Geof Turner

Who’s Who: Geof TurnerThere’s No Place Like Nova Scotia Dear World, Hi, my name is Mike Butler and I write for The Grapevine here in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Sorry things in your…um, world…are a bit “off” right now but I have some great news! I recently met this really awesome man who is motivated to make YOU better and I want to tell you about him. Geof Turner was born in Kentville and raised in Steam Mill, where 7 generations of his family have resided. His dad was a teacher and principal for 40 years here in the Valley and his…
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Who’s Who: Carole Donaldson and Howard Williams: Wildflowers of Wolfville

By Mike Butler Hello Summer!For days now, the sun has been shining and Facebook has lit up with hundreds of photos of gardens, greenery, walking trails and all things outdoorsy! This is a wonderful time of year to go out and see the beauty of the Valley, tend to your own property, and embrace the landscape and everything nature has to offer. We are so fortunate to have such diverse flora and fauna here, and I am just becoming aware of how vast the interest is in this field. Have you heard of the Blomidon Naturalists Society? Well, we can…
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A Working Musician in the Pandemic

A Working Musician in the PandemicKim Barlow Andrew MacKelvie is an award-winning saxophonist and improviser living in Wolfville. He has performed across Canada and abroad with acts like Jerry Granelli, Lido Pimienta, Aquakultre, Erin Costelo, and Roxy & the Underground Soul Sound. His group, New Hermitage, is releasing an album on the third of July titled Unearth. He is currently studying at Acadia University, and will likely perform live at least once this summer, as part of the tiny outdoor concert series being organized by the Music In Communities Co-op. Here we discuss impacts of the pandemic on working musicians. Kim…
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