Supporting Local Wineries and Breweries: Nova Scotia Options

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Local wineries and breweries play a vital role in your local economy. While many people will still go for your typical Budweiser or Barefoot selections, the increase in local drinks […]

Local Bookstores in Halifax: Treasures for Book Lovers

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Local bookstores and the treasures therein have been a big hobby of mine since I was little. Whether they’re selling used, or new books, they just have a special feel […]

Real Challenges of Being a Small Business Owner

Toronto Skyline Fall Colours. 2022-12-28 Blog featured image Real Challenges of Small Business Owners in Toronto

They say money makes the world go round. For the most part, the phrase is true. But to say just big money turns the wheel is wrong. Small businesses and […]

Projected Recession Q&A: What does it all mean?

Thoughtful Black Man wondering about the impact of the projected recession on his small business

The projected recession looms large and we wanted to provide some helpful info for context, and to help the small business owners we love prepare for what may be in-store. […]

A Newcomer’s Guide to Halifax: Resources, Supports and Things to do!

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Being a newcomer to any country can be confusing and overwhelming when you don’t have someone to guide you. I know this from first hand experience. In July of 2014, […]

Christmas, Boxing Day, and Sustainable Shopping 

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Sustainable Boxing Day shopping can mean one big thing—more stuff. Look, I know Christmas at its core is about the spirit of it all, but come on. Gift getting, gift […]

The World Cup, Canada and Buy Local – A Mixed Bag

vLife blog feature image Canada and World Cup 2026 Nov 2022

We’re done. The Canadians are mathematically out of the FIFA World Cup. But not without making a statement. After a historic run, Canada’s men’s soccer (or football, and vice versa) […]

Gifts for Men – Local Options for the Gift Giving Season

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Gifts for men. Let’s be honest, like ‘gifts for women’, the whole concept is a bit simplistic. People are complex. Trying to pin down a stereotypical gift for these ‘guys’… […]

Five Unique and Local Nova Scotia Gift Basket Ideas 

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The holidays—they’re stressful. Cooking, cleaning, baking, gift giving, gift wrapping, planning, and planning noise. Noise noise noise. I’m starting to stress myself out already. I think all of us, at […]

Nova Scotian Local Deals this Canadian Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

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Here we go again, Canadian Black Friday shopping. We’ve all seen those clips on YouTube – the ones of endless shoppers and pandemonium in a Walmart. Don’t get me wrong. […]