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This past weekend, David Jobe returned to Halifax hot sauce retailing, opening a shop on the second level of Spring Garden Place.
Jobe’s first store was Jobe’s House of Peppers, which he opened in 1992, and after a brief stay in Halifax Shopping Centre he moved that business to Barrington Place Shops, where it became a fixture for the next seven years.
After deciding to follow a job opportunity to China, he handed off the business to be sold. The new owner changed the name to From Mild to Wild and started producing their own hot sauce.
In 2012, Jobe re-acquired the business and has been selling his sauces via the internet, setting up booths at events and from his home. But he always wanted to get back to a retail store front.
From Mild to Wild currently carries 400 all natural products and will very soon be scaling up to nearly 700. Although it carries the classic Cholula in a variety of flavours, the vast majority of which are small batch brands.
There will be a small sample cart at the entrance of the new store but most sauces are available to taste. Bottles currently range from $5 to $210 and will soon have one that will cost nearly $600, which will require a waiver to purchase. From Mild to Wild is open seven days a week.
Here are some other retail highlights and happenings:
- Flower Child, a boutique for babies and kids, is coming to Prince Street in Halifax. The store is being opened by the folks at The Flower Shop, which is just around the corner on Barrington Street.
- The people behind the delicious Unchained Kitchen inside Chain Yard Cider on Agricola Street are bringing Julep Kitchen & Cocktails to the beautiful space on the corner of Barrington and Prince streets — the longtime home of J.W. Doull Booksellers before that business moved to Dartmouth in 2012. Julep describes itself as “debaucherous dining and craft cocktails” and plans a spring opening.
- A new cafe and dessert spot Rabbit Hole is opening behind Spring Garden Place on Dresden Row. From what I have seen of the interior so far, it’s going to be popular spot for selfies.
- The Fourth Lock, a casual upscale restaurant, has opened at 3104 Highway 2 in Fall River. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday evenings and has a small bed and breakfast attached as well.
- The highly anticipated Taco Lina’s from the folks that brought us T-Dogs and Rinaldo’s is now open inside of Gus’ Pub on Agricola Street. The initial menu has Baja fish, fried avocado, lengua, fried chicken, mitta, barbacoa and jackfruit tacos, nachos with queso, house-made jalapeno poppers and more.
- Until Dec. 23, Quinpool Holiday Pop-Up Market is open at 6210 Quinpool Rd. on Thursday and Friday evening and daytime hours on the weekend. Baked goods, crafts, pop culture items and more will be offered from a variety of small vendors.
- Mark’s Angels has opened in Bedford Place Mall, the quick serve counter offer Canadian and Filipino dishes.
- Souls Harbour Mission has opened a thrift store called Mission Mart on Susie Lake Crescent in Bayers Lake.
- As is tradition, Hickory Farms has returned to Halifax Shopping Centre and Mic Mac Mall for the holiday season.
- In late July, the owners of Better Than Her Boutique indicated they would be moving the business away from Spring Garden Place, but they have since decided to change careers and have closed the store permanently.
- RUA Sports Fanatic in Halifax Shopping Centre is closing at the end of this month and the remaining outlet in Sydney’s Mayflower Mall, will close towards the end of December.
- Princess Auto, which I had had previously reported would open for Black Friday, has run into construction delays and will now have a grand opening on January 22.
- Ikea will now buy back Ikea furniture. People can upload their pictures to the Ikea Family website and the images can be assessed to determine how much Ikea will give in store credit. Ironically though, Ikea will only accept furniture that is already assembled.