It’s been 11 years since Andrea Rahal opened the charming Inkwell Modern Handmade and Letter Press boutique on Market Street in Halifax. In the spring of 2017, she moved her boutique to Brunswick Street, and now Rahal has opened Inkwell in the outlet’s new home at 1453 South Park St.

I asked Rahal about the differences in movements.

“When opening on Market Street, every aspect of owning a business was new to me. Moving to Brunswick was more ambitious as it was a bigger space with higher costs and the renovation consisted of into a new construction in raw concrete.

“Even before deciding on the new space on South Park Street, I was able to use everything I had learned previously when looking for a new place. Location, costs, how the space works, accessibility, and how long a renovation would take were all factors I had experience with now.

“One thing I was determined to change with the move to South Park was the signage. I had opened the first two locations before the signage was in place. This time I gave that process a lot of time. , and Eye Candy, who are great to work with, had everything installed weeks before I opened.The third time is a charm!

For those who have never been to Inkwell, the company describes itself: “Inkwell is a modern handmade boutique and typography studio located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with a selection abundant in specialty printed paper goods and lovingly handmade delights from makers around the corner and around the world.

Personally, I used the shop for the local aspect. This is a great place to find something for someone missing their home in Halifax or to welcome someone new

“When I first opened the store I had no idea how much work it would entail. I was certain I could have a retail store, an online store and my own range of products that I was designing and printing,” Rahal said.

“I’ve put all those facets in place over time, but it’s still a juggling act. The vision has remained the same – to be a place where local, Canadian and international independent designers and myself can sell our creations with a focus on modern, handmade and colorful gifts.

“Over the years we have added and expanded the categories, collections and number of manufacturers we offer. We remain a go-to place for fine art prints, greeting cards and functional ceramics.

“One thing I’m working hard on is making the business side of things friendly and accessible for artists. Just like me, they also run a business. So I make sure to keep track of inventory, sales and pay them quickly.

“When the lease was up for renewal on Brunswick Street, I knew we had outgrown the space. After 11 years, we wanted to be in a must-visit shopping area with other local businesses frequented by our customers. »

Rehal likes the new location because of the “sunny neighborhood with free local businesses and two parks across the street, wide sidewalks, protected bike lanes, nearby bus stops and street parking” .

“The energy since opening has been wonderful. The trees are full and there are so many people walking around. I feel really excited about the new location and the beautiful, expanded space I’ve developed to show the work handmade from other manufacturers.

“Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has supported Inkwell in the past and invite them to come say hello to us at our new location!”

Rahal says there will be a grand opening in July. You can find them online at and follow the latest updates on Instagram @inkwellboutique

Here are other retail events:

  • The Seaport Market was moved from 1209 Marginal Rd. so that the Port of Halifax could have a “living laboratory”. But now part of that building will be Cafe Chianti and their sister venue called Halifax Pier Pub. The Seaport Market will soon be at the other end of these buildings in the former Cunard Centre.
  • At the Broad Street and Larry Uteck Boulevard roundabout west of Bedford, Jack’s Car Spa, an Irving/Circle K and a new Chicken Little location (with ice cream stand) are being built. The car spa appears to have self-service booths and a double automated car wash.
  • I said before that Johnny Ks at Pizza Corner might be replaced by poutine and I was (sort of) right. Looks like it’s gonna be Indian fusion poutine called Potikki’s
  • The Level 8 Night Club opened a few weeks ago on the top floor of 1800 Argyle St. (the former World Trade Center behind the Scotiabank Centre).
  • Danier Leather is back with a new store at the top floor Halifax Shopping Centre.
  • Part of what used to be Home Outfitters in Dartmouth Crossing will be expanded for Best Buy.
  • New Scotland Clothing, New Scotland Brewing, Timber Lounge Ax Throwing and Root Down Scullery (kitchen) are all open under one roof in Portland Yard at 16 Portland St.
  • The May Garden at 1475 Bedford Highway is closed, the new Bedford location at Mill Cove is still open.