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.”
“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.
NEBA LEVY CHANGES
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 email@example.com 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.
February 16th is the inaugural NS Heritage Day holiday, which this year celebrates the North End’s own local hero, Viola Desmond. Desmond was a successful local entrepreneur who had her own beauty salon on Gottingen Street, started the Desmond School of Beauty Culture, and established her own line beauty products, Vi’s Beauty Products. She is also one of Canada’s most well-known and celebrated civil rights activists. Desmond was jailed over one cent ofsales tax for challenging racial segregation at a film theatre in 1946.
There will be events in the North End to commemorate this special day.
POSTPONED to Monday February 16th!
Monday February 16th 7:00 pm
An Evening of Viola Desmond at the Bus Stop Theatre
There will be a live performance by produced by Bridge Centre for Arts & Technology, spoken word with Poet Laureate El Jones, music, art and live discussions. This is a free event. Everyone welcome!
Monday February 16th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Canceled – Alternate date TBD
Viola Desmond Heritage Day Celebrations at the North End Library
Join Deputy Premier, Diane Whalen (Minister of Finance), and Minister of Communities and Heritage, Tony Ince, at the North End Library to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Viola Desmond. There will be screenings of “A Long Road to Justice, The Viola Desmond Story”, a video screening of the Viola Desmond Song Competition finalists, and an opportunity to give input into creating a permanent Gottingen Street memorial in honour of Viola Desmond. Food and refreshments provided by The Soul Shack. Hope to see you there!
I Love Local Open City Event, known for it’s Back Door Take-out & Shopping Deals, will once again include many great North End Businesses. Get you walking shoes on and come on out for what is sure to be a great event! For a full list of participating businesses please visit: http://www.ilovelocalhfx.ca/v1/
Agricola Street Party
Nurtured Products for Parenting & Cyclesmith Halifax are partnering together for the third year to bring back their Agricola Open City Event on May 13th. Enjoy the fun filled day with the return of a petting zoo, live music, food trucks & food from your favourite Agricola Street eateries. Checkout the event details Here
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NEBA BID MAP
The North End Business Association advocated for and received a number of new bike racks so that cyclists in our neighborhood can have safe places to store their bicycles.
Given we now have 39 locations (most are racks, but stalls at Northwoodcare Manor and the Public Library) for cyclists to park, I thought it would be useful to map out where they are – so I walked the district and plotted them. The map below has all of the bike racks in the district as of July 5th, 2013.
View Bike Racks in North End in a larger map
We are expecting a few more racks on Agricola in the near future. If you are looking for a rack in front of your business (and have adequate space for it), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (902) 452-2490 and I’d be happy to work to ensure you get one. Further, if there is a rack I missed (or you have private bike parking), please get in touch and I will add it to the map.
NEBA is working to ensure our business district is friendly to all modes of transport and to ensure customers feel welcome to enter the district by any means they choose.
Patricia Cuttell Busby