saint john

Despite some unseasonable weather and nasty flooding, the openings outweigh the closings across Atlantic Canada this month — plus a plethora of seasonal shops are dusting off to open for the busy tourist season.

Tech magnate Google held a series of workshops in St. John’s, N.L. on Friday November 1 to help small businesses improve their digital skills. As the fifth stop of a six-stop Grow with Google tour, the company aimed to help entrepreneurs across Canada advance their economic opportunities by fine-tuning their tech skills. More than 500 local business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring startups attend the sessions in St. John’s, which ranged from search engine marketing, website analytics and optimizing Google Search and Maps to support business growth.

The St. John’s based coffee shop Coffee Matters has opened their second location in Halifax on the corner of Gladstone and Almon Streets at the base of the Gladstone North apartment building. Their Lower Water Street location nestled in the Brewery Market has been abuzz with customers since early May. With six locations across Newfoundland and three in Nova Scotia, Coffee Matters has grown quickly since opening their flagship shop at 1 Military Road in 2007.

The popular Theodore Tugboat is setting sail for a new harbour this summer. The cheerful fixture of Halifax harbour will be moored in Saint John for peak tourist season, from June until November. The TV star come to life, owned by Ambassatours Gray Line, typically gives daily tours around Halifax Harbour in the summer months, but Theodore has also spent summers in Quebec City, Tampa and even Chicago. Those in search of family-friendly boat tour this summer can hop aboard the Harbour Hopper Tour in Halifax.