NEBA Member Engagement Session

60 (exactly) North End businesses responded to NEBA’s the “Next 5 Years” survey, and shared their thoughts on the things that matter to them about the future of the business district. About 15 people came out to Attica to review the results of the survey and help provide some more context to the findings. The survey revealed a number of insights into what what the membership values, is concerned about, and hopes for the future. In terms as assets, the membership identified:

  • Diversity (businesses, cultures, socio-economic)
  • Community Feel/Residents
  • Funkiness/Artiness
  • Independent/Non-Corporate Businesses
  • Walkability/Bikeability
  • Proximity to Downtown/Bridges
  • Low-rise Streetscapes
  • Parking
  • Greenspaces
  • Affordability
  • Heritage Buildings
  • New Growth

Moving forward, folks said they want to see an expanded mix of retail (independent), restaurants, offices and residences; a place to live, work and play; a vibrant and exciting destination; a place where businesses, residents (long-time and new) and not-for-profits collaborate; and a safe, walkable neighbourhood.

Things to improve upon included affordability, transit, branding and placemaking, more (controlled) development, and improved signage.

NEBA plans to use the outcomes of the survey and engagement session to inform it’s strategic plan for the next 5 years. In the process there will be more opportunities for the membership to engage in discussion about the future of the area and NEBA’s role. We thank everyone who participated. As your association, we want to know what you think. Please continue to share your thoughts with us.

I Love North End

Win one of five ‘I (heart) North End’ shopping bags, or a $25 gift certificate to the participating North End business where you post an Instagram photo of you and your purchase.

Make sure you:

  • tag us on Instagram @gonorthbiz,
  • include the business name, and
  • use #ilovenorthend

Winners will be selected by a random draw and announced at 5:00pm on February 14th. Winners will be notified through Instagram and will be able to pick up their gift certificate or bag at the NEBA office at 2099 Gottingen Street.

Give North 2016


CHRISTMAS WITH VERVE: Bob Chaisson – Plan B Halifax

How do you celebrate the holidays?
“With verve! Some people do the holidays half-assed, we do it whole-assed, we celebrate the holidays ‘ample-butt’!”

“We like to lay on the spread; we’ve always got mulled cider going at the store for the annual levee. We also feature plenty of vintage retro Christmas stuff like the Shelf Elf this time of year.”

Giving back:
“We’re big on giving time to volunteerism. We often give to Christmas Daddies and we are this year too.”

Best gift idea:
Vintage books with old inscriptions -$3-12

Bob Chaisson is the president of Plan B Halifax at 2180 Gottingen Street, a retail coop that supports local artists in the community. He knows a lot about the North End and is delighted by its progress.

‪#‎BuyLocalPledge‬ #‎GiveNorth‬

North By Night Holiday Market

North By Night Holiday Market


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Get ready to kick off the Holiday Season with a North by Night Market “Holiday” Edition! #NXNMRKT 

Live Music, Beer Garden & warmmmm Mulled Wine, Food Trucks, Local Artisans, Family Activities…and all around good time!

Stop by from 4pm to 9pm Saturday, November 19th to get in on the good times… on the corner of Charles & Agricola St.

Nov. 19th, 2016
4:00 – 9:00 pm

2500 Agricola St. Halifax, NS
(Chapmans Autobody Parking Lot)

Support your local economy and get to know your community better- The North by Night Holiday Market is the perfect opportunity to kick off Halifax’s fantastic Holiday Season.

Make the market part of your Friday night and check out one of the North End’s great restaurants, bars and patios before heading over to the Market.12322385_1101147173229529_7002337625554121872_o

While you shop and enjoy the atmosphere of Halifax’s North End, make sure take plenty of pics and to hashtag #NXNMRKT!

Are you a Local Crafter, Artisan or Maker of Cool Things and want to vend at the Holiday Market?
Give us a shout….follow this link to the vending application

Live on Agricola

The North End Business Association in organizing Live on Agricola for the summer of 2017. Starting June 16th we will have live musicians performing busker style on Agricola Street every Friday evening until September 8th. In fact, we already have a line-up!

To help make this happen we are looking for sponsors.
Sponsorships of $125.00 will go directly to pay the musicians. Musicians receive $75.00 for 2 hours of music. We try to book all local North End talent and provide a variety of music genres. Have a favourite? Let us know!

Sponsors will be recognized with their logo on a banner which is displayed during
The musicians set. These musical events will also be promoted through NEBA’s
social media, events page, and newsletter, with shout outs to the sponsors and
We hope you are able to participate this year and help keep the North End rocking while supporting our local musicians. Our goal with this event is to positively enhance the North End experience, which is good for people, good for musicians and good for business.
Got questions? Please call Patty (902 452 2490) or Tracy (902 483 1896) at NEBA.
Thanks for your support!


North By Night Market








Let`s kick off the summer in a big way!

DJ Dance Party, Good Eats, Vintage Finds, Local Artisans and an all around good time! 

2017 Dates:
June 9th
July 14th
August 11th
September 9th

Squiggle Park
2055 Gottingen St, Halifax
Support your local economy and get to know your community better- North by Night Market is the perfect opportunity to kick off Halifax’s fantastic summer season.

Make the market part of your Friday night and check out one of the North End’s great restaurants, bars and patios before heading over to the Market.

While you shop and enjoy the atmosphere of Halifax’s North End, make sure take plenty of pics and to hashtag #NXNMRKT!

Interested in Vending?
Follow this link to the application form

NEBA Levy Changes 2016


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The NEBA Board of Directors met on March 14th, 2016 and voted to increase the Association’s Levy. This is the first increase since the association was established in 2011. In order to continue meeting our objectives it was determined that an increase in funding is necessary. A letter from the board chairperson, Laurie Stephenson, was mailed out to all commercial property owners in the NEBA district on April 11th, 2016 notifying of the levy changes.

Upon much discussion and debate the following increase was voted on and approved by the Board:

  • A levy rate increase from $0.15/$100 of assessed value to $0.16/$100 of assessed value;
  • An increase to the cap from $2500 to $3000;
  • Increase in the minimum levy amount from $50 to $350;
  • Removal of the multi-property clause (which will require a by-law amendment.)

If you would like to checkout how these changes affect you please download our on-line calculator or you can email us at and we would be happy to assist you.

For more information on the processes and governance of the Board of Directors and the Association please read the NEBA By-Laws and Governance Manual.


FRAMING UP THE HOLIDAYS: Jennifer Jacobson, Studio 14 Gifts & Gallery

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“I’m Jewish so although my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas I will be grateful for 2 days off in a row since I will have worked 35 days straight leading up to Christmas!”

“At my place, the thing I look forward to most about the season is my husband’s delicious Hanukkah potato Latkes!”
“At Studio 14, many people come in to frame their children’s artwork for their grandparents around Christmastime”

Giving back:
“At the store we do gift wrapping and sell Christmas ornaments, especially European glass.”

Best gift idea:
Framed Allan Syliboy aboriginal artwork – $30 for 8×10 or $60 for 10X12

Jennifer is the “proprietress” of Studio 14 at 2393 Agricola Street where she acts as somewhat of an art historian, having framed around half a million frames in her life time. She has been professionally framing since she was eleven years old in her parents store in Moncton.

#BuyLocalPledge #GiveNorth


MAKING THE MAGIC: Evyeneia Dexter, Foxy Moon

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“Well I used to work in retail over the holidays and that just killed the joy of Christmas, so now I’m intentional about not playing obnoxious Christmas music throughout November in my shop!”
“My view of the holidays has changed because of my 3 1/2 year-old son, I want to bring back the magic for him again, and it’s making it magical for me too”

“We used to play games and gamble with my Quebecois Grandma on Christmas, even as kids we would play Yatzee for pennies!”

Giving back:
“We like to donate our mini samples to Phoenix House to help with their heath and hygiene programs”

Best gift idea:
Soaps, lip balm and breath freshener -each under $20
Beard care for men -around $20

Evyeneia Dexter is the owner of Foxy Moon Hair Gallery at 2725 Agricola Street with her very cute and friendly dog Astor, where it is their passion to “make people look beautiful for Christmas”.
‪#‎BuyLocalPledge‬ #‎GiveNorth‬


SEASONAL STYLE: Ken McRobbie, 31 Westgate

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“Although we visit family in New Brunswick, we mostly like to stay local. My partner and I enjoy hosting dinner for a dozen people with a classic crowd-pleasing turkey.”

“Every year we read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to our son (who might not appreciate it the same way anymore since he’s now 13 years old!)”
“At 31 Westgate we think it’s important to engage our clients and staff so we usually host a cocktail party or get-together event during the season as well.”

Giving back:
“We’ve donated decor to the QE2 Dream Cottage, as well as supported mental health through the Festival of Trees Christmas Auction.”

Best gift idea:
Ralph Lauren scented candle -$60 to $100

Ken is a co-owner and designer at 31 Westgate furniture store at 2698 Agricola Street and an annual champion of his family party game ‘The Casserole Game’ (a twist on the game ‘Catchphrase’, pulling names to guess from a casserole dish). Ken thinks it’s important to make fine decor and style accessible to everyone in the North End regardless of financial circumstances.
‪#‎BuyLocalPledge‬ #‎GiveNorth‬


A CHEESY CHRISTMAS: Lindsay Stewart, Big Pony

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“I’m an only child so I usually go over to my parents’ place and eat their food. It’s very chill.”
“Big Pony is hosting round 2 of ‘Holidaze’ pop-ups featuring over 20 local artists.”

“Thanksgiving poutine. It’s the turkey dinner style holiday meal all mashed together with a bunch of cheese on it, sans fries. Because I can’t have a meal without cheese. It’s not a meal until there’s cheese on it!”

Giving back:
“Big Pony is a drop off location for the Shoe-box Project, an organization that distributes gifts to women at-risk of homelessness in North America.”

Best gift idea:
Pins and patches make great stocking stuffers – under $10
Custom Goldeen bracelets by Ashley Hayes -$40

Lindsay is the co-ower of Big Pony at 2168 Gottingen Street where they have been known to host “Beiber Yoga” twice a week (which is exactly as awesome as it sounds). Lindsay loves the like-minded people and vibrant diversity along Gottingen Street and throughout the North End. She also really loves cheese.

‪#‎BuyLocalPledge‬ #‎GiveNorth‬


-Peter Dykhuis, Hermes Art Gallery


How do you celebrate the holidays?
“My family has a few major birthdays in December, with my daughter’s only nine minutes before Christmas, so we try to spread out the cheer as much as we can. Over three days we celebrate birthdays, a Christmas brunch, and the family dinner on Boxing day to take stress and quarrelling out of the holidays.”

“We have our Christmas dinner with competing chefs; my wife and my 90-year-old mother-in-law are both very good cooks!”

Giving back:
“There are many people in Halifax who don’t have family nearby, so at Hermes we make a family out of the North End arts community.”
“All our staff are unpaid and give their artwork and volunteer time to the gallery.”

Best gift idea:
During the seasonal ‘Holiday sparkles’ event, the co-op members feature high-quality art for
-under $500 in the main space
-under $100 in the side space

Peter is an owner of Hermes Art Gallery and has his own artwork shown all over the globe. It’s been a year since the start of the collective and Peter is still a firm believer in “making it up as we go”. Hermes Art Gallery is open Saturday and Sundays.
‪#‎BuyLocalPledge‬ ‪#‎GiveNorth‬

– Saskia Roch Aesthetics


How do you celebrate the holidays?
“I like to visit family in Valley and get together with the staff here. It’s always nice to have some down time during this season.”

“My family does our celebrations on Christmas Eve. I never minded that as a kid because we got to open our presents before everyone else and then do it all again at Grandma’s the next day!”
“We also eat fish instead of turkey or ham in keeping with Polish tradition.”

Giving back:
“We like to give to the refugee clinic and to Feed Nova Scotia, but we focus on helping our clients de-stress and detox so they can be festive over the holidays.”

Best gift idea:
Hot stone pedicure -$65 for an hour and a half
Aroma therapy treatment essential oils – $40 for 30-40 mins

Saskia Roch is the owner of Saskia Roch Aesthetics located inside Foxy Moon Hair Gallery on Agricola Street where her favourite way to help people be bright for the holidays is through facials and classic pedicures that maintain the integrity of the nail. She also makes her own oils from vitamin C serum.

COMIC RIDDLES: Mike Crossman, Monster Comic Lounge
How do you celebrate the holidays?
“Gifts are always nice but the most important part for me is hanging out with family”
“On every Christmas gift my family writes clues to each other; riddles or puns to guess what’s inside. It prolongs the process of gift opening and helps us be more attentive to one another.”
Giving back:
“All our staff at Monster Comic are obsessive pets fans(!), so we’re hosting a gift wrap service with proceeds going to the SPCA”
Best gift idea:
Family board games -aprx $50 (between $20-$100)
Star Wars figures coinciding with the new movie release -$15Mike is the owner & operator of Monster Comic Loungue at 2089 Gottingen Street. He studied engineering but now he’s living the dream running his own comic shop, without the help of his cat named Monkey.

— at North End, Halifax.

Wendy Friedman, Independent Merchantile


How do you celebrate the holidays?
“We love good food and hosting parties! Especially when my sister comes to visit and I get to see my four-year-old niece …I’m obsessed with my niece!”

“The Shambala equivalent of a Christmas tree is a shrine created with natural elements to celebrate Children’s Day. Buddhists celebrate this holiday on the eve before solstice, representing all that brings light into the darkest time of the year with candles, singing, and gathering of friends.”

Giving back:
“The Independent Mercantile likes to give financial support to Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank on Maynard Street around the holiday season and to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) because they both contribute in such direct practical ways.”

Best gift idea:
The North End toque (from Tuck Shop’s Neighbourhood toque collection, made in Canada) -$38

Wendy is the proprietor of Independent Mercantile at 2091 Gottingen Street where she always has great music playing and enjoys investing in locally made products that make your home cozier. ‪#‎BuyLocalPledge ‬‪#‎GiveNorth‬



Commercial Tax Reform

Coming to Council Soon: Commercial Tax Reform Staff Report 


Back in April 2015 Councillors Mason and Outhit requested a staff report and recommendations for changes to the commercial tax structure and for implementation approaches that shall:

  • Address concerns regarding small and independent businesses in the central business district and main street and commercial corridors
  • Outline options to address these issues
  • Contain pros and cons of various courses of action
  • Be returned for Council consideration no later than October 2015 so consideration can be
  • given by Council prior to the 2016/2017 budget.

NEBA, together with Quinpool Road Area Business Association, submitted a position paper on Commercial Tax Reform to HRM providing input on our issues with the current commercial tax system and suggesting ways to help mitigate the ill-effects of the current tax system on small businesses — particularly those in districts where redevelopment is driving up tax assessments and placing large tax burdens small mainstreet businesses. The full position paper is available HERE, and we will be hosting a NEBA Meet and Greet in the next couple of weeks to present the findings from the research that was conducted over the summer and the details of our position paper.

MOST IMPORTANT: Please stay tuned for an announcement about the HRM Staff Report to Council on Commercial Taxes. If this issue matters to you, it is critical you come to the council meeting and show council that something needs to be done! Once we know when this item is on the council agenda we will send out a message to all members. Please help by spreading the word. Taxes are only going to go up more — possibly like Quinpool, where some businesses experienced 50% increases and more last year. We need to let Council know that such increases can not be absorbed by small businesses, and small businesses on our mainstreets matter. They should not carry a disproportionate share of the burden of taxes for the municipality.


Volunteer Opportunities at Northwood Manor


If you are interested in volunteering at Northwood please contact:Northwood Volunteer ad

Phone: 902-454-3353


Volunteer Title: Bingo Volunteers (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement
Position Description:
Bingo Volunteers are required to help in all areas of the Northwood Reboom bingo. All monies raised supports programs and services (not for profit organization). Callers, Card Sellers and Floor Workers. Time commitment one evening per week either Monday or Saturday evenings from 5:30-9:30pm.

Volunteer Title: World of Dance Instructor (Chair Exercises)-(Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement
Position Description
: Northwood is looking for a responsible individual with good communication skills to co-lead the World of Dance program for a weekly 2 hour shift. This position involves working with in care living residents. The volunteer will assist in portering the residents, welcoming and talking to participants, and facilitating the exercise moves.

Volunteer Title: Bingo Program Leader (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement
Position Description:
Volunteer Bingo program leader for a small group of in care living residents at Northwood. Shift would be once a week from 1:30-3:30pm. Volunteer would be required to porter residents to and from the program, set up bingo supplies, call bingo and assist residents.

Volunteer Title: Northwood Spiritual Care Worship Companion (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement
Position Description:
To provide one to one support to attend worship services within Northwood. Qualifications – Warm and friendly and comfortable working with resident who require additional support, primarily residents living with dementia.

Volunteer Title: Northwood Ambassadors Program (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help with one – 3 hour shift per week either 9:30am-12pm or 12pm-2:30pm at the Halifax site (2615 Northwood Terrace). This position requires the volunteer to be on their feet for 3 hours and to be able to walk throughout the building. The volunteer must have great customer service skills and be able to offer assistance to people with finding locations in the building. The volunteer may be required to push someone in a wheelchair to their destination. The volunteer will need to be aware of all programs and services in Northwood to be able to provide information to residents, visitors, members, staff and volunteers.

Volunteer Title: Café Volunteers (Ivany place-Bedford)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement
Position Description: Café – Our brand new Café is now open and we are looking for volunteers to help between weekdays 11:00-2:00pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5-7pm


Volunteer Title: Musicians (Ivany place-Bedford) and (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: Guitar players, singers, small bands, piano players or other musicians to entertain seniors. Time commitment 2-3 hours per week.

Volunteer Title: Dining Support (Ivany place-Bedford)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: Resident Dining Support volunteers are needed at Ivany Place , 123 Gary Martin Drive Bedford. Times needed – 2 shifts weekly / Any day 11:15AM -2:00PM or 4:15PM-7:00PM (May not need to stay for entire duration of shift).Prepare the dining area for meal including room and table set-up, assist residents arriving for the meal, assist in the serving process. Support positive social interaction. Assist residents with meals who required minimal physical assistance. Assist with clearing of tables.

Volunteer Title: Spiritual Care Initial Visitor (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: Initial Visitors will provide each resident and their family with an orientation to the spiritual care services available at Northwood upon admission to in care living. Looking for a friendly person of faith who understands the significance of spiritual care. Time commitment is very flexible.


Volunteer Title: Bartender (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description:: Looking for a mature, friendly, and responsible person to provide service to bar customers in the Harbourview Lounge at Northwood. Previous experience with Alcohol & Gaming regulations or cash sales an asset. Shifts are 2.5-3.5 hours. Must be 19+.


Volunteer Title: Café assistant (Ivany Place-Bedford)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: Our new Café is now open and we are looking for volunteers to help between 11:00am-2:00pm on weekdays. Located at Ivany Place,123 Gary Martin Drive in Bedford.


Volunteer Title: Support Companion/ visitor (Halifax and Ivany Place-Bedford)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: Opportunity to enhance the lives of our in care residents by reading, walking, and having conversations with them. Must be responsible, dependable, and comfortable working with people with dementia and/or mental health issues. Time commitment of 1 hour weekly.

Volunteer Title: Mobile Library Assistant (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: Mature and responsible volunteer required to assist in our mobile library program once every 3 weeks, Friday from 9:00-noon. Tasks include sorting new books then delivering them to in care residents and collecting books to be picked up by the library. Must have good communication skills and be comfortable going into resident rooms.


Volunteer Title: Goody Cart (Halifax)

Northwood Volunteer Engagement

Position Description: Friendly and responsible volunteer needed to run the goody cart for 2 hours each month. Responsibilities include filling up the cart, socially engaging with residents to deliver goodies, then emptying the cart at the end of the visit. Must have good communication skills and be comfortable going into resident rooms.


Phone: 902-454-3353