Cathy Akinkunmi observed a scarcity of seen minority ladies in enterprise as function fashions.
“I wished to have the ability to encourage BIPOC ladies to dream huge and go for it,” says Akinkunmi.
With that in thoughts, she has opened Eunoia Way of life Store Inc. at 5659 Almon St. in north-end Halifax.
The store’s philosophy is billed as providing “thoughtfully curated merchandise which are primarily ethically sourced, honest commerce and typically by seen minority women-owned makers and wholesalers.”
The phrase eunoia is historic Greek for “effectively thoughts” or “stunning pondering,” and the shop carries dwelling decor, giftware, stationery, youngsters gadgets, clothes and niknaks, partyware and extra.
Choices embody Nova Scotia-made paper items and woodwork; gadgets from ladies in market stalls in Uganda making upcycled jewelry and equipment; and baskets made by moms in northern Ghana utilizing conventional strategies.
The store can even provide a DIY balloon bar the place you may create garlands from biodegradable balloons.
“Our store will not be solely a thoughtfully curated store,” Akinkunmi says.
“It is usually a spot to fulfill your native creatives and find out about their ardour for his or her expertise and snag a free pattern within the course of.”
There are additionally alternatives to enroll in one of many workshops provided on-line and within the retailer.
However why open now?
“I suppose I’ve an entrepreneur spirit, rising up serving to my mother run her store at a reasonably early age,” says Akinkunmi.
“Over 20 years later, it appears the second for opening this store was proper.”
Akinkunmi has an training background in IT with an MBA, and he or she additionally runs celebration and marriage ceremony planning store Stunning Celebrations.
You could find Eunoia open Monday by way of Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or anytime at eunoialifestyle.ca.
Listed below are different retail highlights and happenings:
- The Dartmouth location of zero-waste retailer The Tare Store has opened at 21 Portland St. The unique retailer is on Cornwallis Avenue in Halifax.
- Coach New York is closing its retail location in Halifax Procuring Centre on Jan. 23.
- Teaghlach Ross Distillery is open at 28 Powder Mill Rd. in Waverley, subsequent to the firefighters college, with an preliminary providing of Picket Sneakers Gin, Skiver Rhum and Sea Witch Vodka.
- The A&W on Nice Avenue in Dartmouth closed on the finish of the 12 months.
- Sidekick Cafe is about to open quickly on the nook of Agricola and Bilby streets in Halifax.
- Korean spot Let’s Ko has returned, opening on Damascus Highway in Bedford Widespread. Sushi has been added to the menu.
- Purple Satay, which provides Vietnamese delicacies in Moncton, opened a location on Hollis Avenue in Halifax, between Morris and South.
- On Vernon Avenue, about midway between Quinpool and Jubilee roads, is Munchies, half common comfort retailer, half worldwide snacks and drinks.
- Well-known Curry Backyard will probably be opening on Charles Avenue, simply off Agricola, within the house that almost all not too long ago housed Water & Bone.
- Halisi Café has opened in Center Sackville, “providing natural, pure and environmentally aware meals and drinks.” You could find them at 1710 Sackville Dr.