HALIFAX ReTALES: Say hello to a new pet store in Fairview
Over the past few years, Fairview has grown and become a hotbed of new businesses, so it’s no surprise that another is coming to Dutch Village Road.
Mohammad Ashiq, his brother Hasibur Abir and their close friend Asm Sady, all from Bangladesh, are holding a grand opening on August 6 of their shop, Hello pets.
“For all of us, this is our first entrepreneurial venture and we are excited to see what the future holds,” Ashiq said.
“An apparent reason for opening a pet store is our love for animals. We have all become pet parents during the pandemic. Hasibur and I adopted Storm, a German Shepherd who is almost four years old. Asm has a cat , Kaneki Our pets are an integral part of the family.
When opening a brick-and-mortar location, Ashiq said the sense of community in the neighborhood was strong.
“We always thought of Halifax as our home. We wanted to create a space where people could come together and share the joy of owning a pet.
The group knew Fairview was the right place for them, as the support they received from the community was heartwarming.
“Everyone who came to our store was very happy to see a pet store in the area. A lot of people don’t know we’re there because we’re waiting for outside signage, which we should be getting this week,” Ashiq said.
“We hope to differentiate Hello Pets by keeping the community at the heart of everything we do. We want to make our store a place where animal lovers and their pets will not only come to shop but also socialize with their friends or other animal lovers. We have a patio next to our store that we plan to call PETio, and this space will be open for community members to come hang out with their pets.
“We want to support other local businesses and grow together. When people come to hang out in our PETio, we’ll recommend all the great restaurants in the area, for example, Ken’s Seafood, our closest neighbor.
“We also want to create a Nova Scotia section in our store where we will carry all pet products created in Nova Scotia. From making accessories to healthy treats, animal lovers do a lot of amazing things here, and we hope to showcase that in our store.
Hello Pets is already open every day at 3569 Dutch Village Rd.
Here are other retail events:
Growlies for Pets has opened a second location (the first opened in Tantallon this year) on Larry Uteck Boulevard and Nine Mile Drive. They also have Dog Beefstro, where people can get ready meals for pets.
British Pride Bakery opened at 201 Chain Lake Dr. and there were queues.
- The new Cafe Chianti is open at 1209 Marginal Rd.
- Quinn’s Brewery is open on Quinpool Road in the old site of Athens.
- A Suzy Shier/Le Chateau co-branding opened where Le Chateau used to be in the Mic Mac mall. When Le Château closed, YM inc. bought the trade name, as it did with Aeropostale. Meanwhile, üKIDS (formerly Urban Kids) is open on the lower level where Justice was, and Hakim Optical has closed.
- The old Subway on Quinpool will be Turbo Chicken. It’s related to the Charger Burger but, I guess, a different concept.
- Beyond Pho is open at 5518 Spring Garden Rd., where Sushi Jet was located before moving to South Park Street. Pho Maniac replaced Red Satay at 1252 Hollis St.
- Lark & Finch, which describes itself as an independent boutique catering to women and men looking for clothing for work and play, opens at 1669 Barrington St.
- Asian grocery and variety store Loong 7 Mart is complete. Spring Garden Place locations in Halifax and Nine Mile Road in Bedford are closed
- Budapest Bisztro plans to reopen on August 2 on Washmill Lake Drive.
- Quinpool’s former King’s Palace will soon be an Anytime Fitness.
- As soon as Wheaton left Bayers Lake, signs announced the arrival of lingerie and sleepwear boutique la Vie en Rose. Wheaton’s said it was looking for another location in Halifax.
- Dartmouth Vacuum Rebuilders, most recently in Dartmouth’s Woodside neighborhood, is closing at the end of the month after 34 years.
Arthur Gaudreau is a retail enthusiast and publisher of a blog on the whereabouts of retail.