Nova Tactical Inc.
600 Windmill Road, Dartmouth
President: Richard Toulany
An indoor gun range and store.

GymNation Gymnastics and Trampoline
Partner: Brenda Carmichael
“Classes will be offered for beginner to advanced for children ages 18 months and up.
Programs offered are:  Artistic Gymnatics, AcroYoga, Tumbling for cheer and other sport, Trampoline, Birthday Parties and Day Camps,” says GymNation.

Oven Ready Meals Bakery and Convenience
31 Albro Lake Road, Dartmouth
Partner: Patricia MacDonald
This is in the former JC’s Video Store space across the street from that cool little strip mall at Albro Lake and Wyse Road.

Kentville Art Gallery Society
36 Cornwallis Street, Kentville
Directors: Genevieve Allen, Scott Hearn, John MacCulloch, Beth Ross, Sasha Nelson
This is the old Cafe Central space downtown. The group did not respond to an email asking for more information.

Aube Giroux

Peas in a Pod Films, Inc.
President: Aube Giroux
“Aube Giroux is a food writer and filmmaker who shares her love of cooking on her farm-to-table blog, Kitchen Vignettes,” says the PBS television network, which hosts the blog. “Aube is a passionate organic gardener and home cook who likes to share the stories of how food gets to our dinner plates. Her work has been shown on television and at international film festivals. Her web series was nominated for a 2014 James Beard Award. In 2012, she was the recipient of Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog award in the video category.”

YouTube video

CMW Productions Incorporated
President: Charles Wahl
Wahl describes himself like this:

Born in London, England, and raised in Toronto, Canada, Charles Wahl is a triple threat working in commercials, music videos, and feature film. An award winning filmmaker Charles has taken on a wide variety of projects including writing and directing work that has been presented internationally at film festivals, run theatrically, been broadcast on television, and gone viral on the web.

Charles’ music video work has been featured internationally on MTV, Much Music, CMT, and BPM. As a young commercial director he is quickly moving up the ladder having directed work that has been featured in Shots, Marketing Mag, Strategy Online, Fubiz, Ads of the World, Great Ads Blogspot, Stimulant-online and many other publications. His list of clients include BMW/MINI, McDonald’s, Toyota, LG, ING Direct, Nestle, Bell Aliant, New Brunswick Tourism, The Vancouver Sun, and The Canadian Cancer Society.

Charles wrote and directed his award winning debut feature film Webdultery which screened and won awards at numerous film festivals and was distributed in the USA, Canada, and internationally.

Most recently Charles was the writer/director of the branded short film Kill The K-Cup, which went viral and was featured on publications internationally from Huffington Post, to Al Jazeera, and also landing on the Ain’t it Cool News Shorts of the week.

Charles currently splits his time between Toronto, Ontario and Halifax Nova Scotia with his wife, two young boys, and their dog Bitey. 

The Kill the K-Cup vid was evidently filmed on Granville Mall and in front of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Dressage Nova Scotia Association
President: Tasha Gruber
When I saw this registration, I wondered if Nova Scotia is having a horse war. See, there is already a provincial dressage organization called RIDERS, a clever acronym for “Riders Interested in Dressage and English Riding Society.” RIDERS, says its website, is “promoting dressage in Nova Scotia.” So why do we need another dressage organization?

I emailed Dressage Nova Scotia and asked them just that, and the group’s secretary, Vincent Vallee, responded:

This is our first year operating and we’re very excited for the future.

Dressage Nova Scotia was born out of a desire to promote and improve the sport of Dressage in the Maritimes. We are looking to offer high-quality competitions, events and clinics with the goal of fostering an opportunity for riders to grow. We are also forward-looking, and plan to use technology as a way to better engage and connect with riders. Including streamlining online registration for our competitions and offering world-class show management software. Rider’s attending our competitions will have access to real-time up to the minute scoring and placing via LCD displays and through mobile apps. Just a few ways we’re looking to take things to the next level for our members.

We are also blessed to have dedicated and experienced board members, from professional riders to breeders and technologists.

Nova Scotia has a few equestrian organizations, of which RIDERS is one. We are looking to do things a little differently.

Well, that’s diplomatic, I suppose. But it sounds like a horse war to me.

Mad Boocha Kombucha
6041 North Street, Halifax
Nature of business: Kombucha brewery
Partner: Jimmy Beaman
Bombucha is a fermented tea that is all the rage; last week I noted the opening of Dr. Kombu Brewing Company in New Ross.

“I’m currently brewing Kombucha at Unfiltered, using a small brewing setup that is separate from the system that Unfiltered is using for beer,” writes Beaman in an email:

I’ve been brewing beer at home for about eight years, and stumbled across kombucha about a year ago. I really enjoyed the kombucha and started researching how to make it. It’s been a great healthy, non-alcoholic compliment to beer. It actually shares some similarities to some sour beers.

Currently we’re selling 1 & 2 liter growlers, along with 11 &14 oz pours at Unfiltered Brewings Charm School Pub.

Viewpoint Insurance Services, Inc.
President: Bill McMullin
McMullin is evidently expanding the Viewpoint real estate services machine into homeowner insurance.

I don’t know who these kids are, but they like footlong hotdogs and this has something to do with a hop farm.

Malagash Hop and Pickle
Nature of business: Farming
Partner: John Blanchard
Blanchard, who runs the Halifax Footlongs stand, was profiled by Allison Saunders in The Coast way back in 2010:

With some old recipes in hand — like one for a deadly Montreal Pool Room coleslaw — and quality market-fresh veggies and meat at the tips of his fingers he debuted his cart back in 2012. Blanchard has a small farm of his own in Malagash, where he grows horseradish and is working on organic hops, but Footlongs was still a bit of a departure from his last couple of decades.

“I’d spent a whole career doing computer work and writing, and not dealing with a lot of human beings. And one of the great things about the cart is that you’re really working with people,” he says. “You’re standing around a little steamy campfire and you chat and it’s personal.”

And, says the Twitters, Blanchard is looking for a “four season location” for Footlongs.

Suerteksa Canada
Halifax and Lithuania
President: Maksym Shylin
Suerteksa “is a private limited company registered in Lithuania and operating in shipbuilding, wind-offshore, oil & gas and steel construction markets. Suerteksa is working as subcontractor on customer site or as producer using own workshop in Klaipeda. As a side services, Suerteksa also provide steel cutting services for domestic and foreign customers.”

Natural Hound’s Spa & Boutique
Nature of business: Pet Grooming and Retail
Partner: Deborah Spelliscy-Banks
I couldn’t find out anything about Natural Hound’s or Spelliscy-Banks, but I guess there are a lot of dogs in the North End.

Musquodoboit Harbour’s Gold Cafe
7955 Highway 7 Musquodboit Harbour
Partner: Lalslo Steiber
This is the former Harbour House Cafe space.

CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent

Polaris Tactical Ice Navigation Limited
Fletchers Lake
President: Marc Rothwell
Rothwell is the former commanding officer on the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, which is an icebreaker. Presumably, he’s taking knowledge he’s learned on the job, applying it at Polaris, and selling it back to the government.

Lon-Don Pawn Shop
2859 Isleville Street, Halifax
Partner: Lonnie Murphy
Murphy was one of the founders of Man Up, a group of Black men formed after a spate of murders in Halifax last year. He also is in construction and tree cutting.

Tim Bousquet is the editor and publisher of the Halifax Examiner. Twitter @Tim_Bousquet Mastodon

Join the Conversation


Only subscribers to the Halifax Examiner may comment on articles. We moderate all comments. Be respectful; whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims. Please read our Commenting Policy.
  1. I suspect Mr Rothwell will be offering his navigation skills to cruise ship owners as a pilot in northern and eastern waters.
    This is of note : ” Tactical Marine Solutions Ltd. applied , through its representative, for a licence to use the “ERNEST SHACKLETON”, a research and support ship registered in the United Kingdom, to provide support services, in particular emergency services, to the cruise ship “Crystal Serenity” to the following Canadian locations during its voyage through the Northwest Passage and northern Canadian waters: Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories; Cambridge Bay, Nunavut; and Pond Inlet, Nunavut. The activity will start on August 6 and will end on September 15, 2017. Is there a suitable Canadian ship available to perform the activity?
    Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) staff gave notice of the application to the Canadian marine industry and no Canadian ships were offered. Therefore, the Agency determines that there is no suitable Canadian ship available to perform the activity.”

  2. Man, I once naively thought there was nothing worse than a forced acronym*. But today you proved me wrong. A forced acronym where one of the letters actually stands for the word used as the acronym… I just can’t.

    *My alma mater had a student club called DREAM – “Discovering the Reality of Educating All Minds”. **CRINGE**