Anyone who has ever spent time in Halifax’s downtown core knows that small businesses are a big part of the city’s unique vibe and culture. But what they might not realize is that these same outlets and boutiques are also crucial to Halifax’s economic prosperity.
Downtown Halifax Business Commission launched episode 3 of the Big Day Downtown Series on Sunday, featuring a number of the independent designers and retailers that make up Downtown Halifax’s funky shopping scene.
Small businesses (defined as a business employing anywhere from 1-49 people) constitute a whopping 97% of all business organizations in Halifax, meaning that the stops on host Kristen Pickett’s itinerary are not just trendy little outlets, but also important economic drivers.
Kristen’s first visit was to Turbine Clothing, a shop located at Bishops’ Landing on the Halifax Waterfront. Lisa Drader-Murphy, President and Designer of Turbine Clothing, says she’s found her niche catering to a specific demographic of career women. As Lisa puts it, her clients desire a wardrobe that is filled with flair and style while still professional.
After exploring the wares at Bishops’ Landing, Kristen made her way to Barrington Street for a stop at FireWorks Gallery. Bruce Trick, designer and goldsmith at FireWorks, says the business prides itself not just on making jewellery but rather on the creation of what he calls wearable art. Every piece at FireWorks is hand-crafted and created after significant input from the customer and an individualized inspiration that’s kept owners of a FireWorks creation happy long after they first put it on.
These are just two examples of the many small businesses that add so much to our downtown and to our city. Independently owned boutiques and shops are found almost everywhere in Halifax, each having an impact on our overall economic strength and each adding their own distinct flavour to the retail scene. So why not check out some of the hip and trendy things happening at a small business near you? Keep the vibe alive throughout Halifax.
Author: Mike MacKenzie
Mike is the Communications and Marketing Assistant with Greater Halifax Partnership, currently working as a Bachelor of Public Relations co-op student. A lover of all things communications and strategy related, Mike is often known to spend his free time analyzing the latest-and-greatest PR/advertising campaigns. As a relative newbie to the Halifax scene, he can also be seen strolling the streets of downtown looking for the next cool thing that the city has to offer.