ARTHUR GAUDREAU: Florist blooms in Eastern Passage

We’re living the darkest days of the year and have another pandemic vacation, but something bright and happy opened up in Eastern Passage earlier this month.

“This industry is 100% about making people feel happy, appreciated and comforted,” says Wendy Rashid, owner of Foster’s Floral Studio.

“I have the honor to be there for some of the greatest days of their lives, as well as for the small occasions. From the first day I became a florist, I was in love with the business.

Rashid has a deep floral experience. In the 1980s, she had a part-time job in a store in Ottawa while studying at university.

Wendy Rashid, owner of Foster’s Floral Studio in Eastern Passage, is working on a Christmas candelabra in her new boutique on Thursday, December 16, 2021. – Ryan Taplin

“They helped me complete an apprenticeship in floral design. It was a wonderful time for florists; this company then had 12 stores in the city.

“I eventually moved to Scrim’s Florist, well known for their work since the 1800s, and it gave me the opportunity to design bouquets for Queen Elizabeth II, King Hussein of Jordan and many more. “

After moving to Toronto, Rashid worked in the Yorkdale area, decorating homes in Rosedale and Forest Hills and creating lavish wedding arrangements, working on movie sets and floral gifts for celebrities.

“The feeling is always the same no matter who I design for. That’s what matters is to bring a smile.

Rashid said she chose her Eastern Passage location because it is such a warm and welcoming community.

“I had a store here many years ago and always knew I would come back. The welcome I received did not disappoint.

Foster is Rashid’s maiden name and her shop is named after her enterprising grandmother. It offers gift items, bath products and chocolate treats, most of which are made locally, and offers delivery throughout the Halifax area and beyond.

“We personalize bouquets, arrangements and gourmet gift baskets for everyone. I especially like to design wedding flowers; brides are really so exciting to meet. And, of course, making corsages and boutonnieres for the wonderful prom guests is the best time of year, ”said Rashid.

“Corporate gifts are a specialty and we are happy to accommodate large, last minute orders throughout the year. “

Foster’s is at 1515 Main Rd. In Eastern Passage, in Quigley’s Corner.

The Tomavo Fruit and Vegetable Center in Bayers Lake is seen in this photo taken Thursday, October 21, 2021. - Ryan Taplin
The Tomavo Fruit and Vegetable Center in Bayers Lake is seen in this photo taken Thursday, October 21, 2021. – Ryan Taplin

Here are other retail events:

  • The Tomavo product chain has closed its last store. He filed for protection from his creditors a few months ago and was slowly closing stores in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

  • Bahamian restaurant East Coast Conch will open in early 2022 at 771 Bedford Hwy., In the former Esquire Motel converted to retail.

  • International sportswear company Puma has opened at Dartmouth Crossing.

  • The West Ender Cafe is open inside the Oxford Taproom on Quinpool Road.

  • The Pizzadelic on Pleasant Street in Dartmouth has closed. The location will reopen as an outlet for the Ontario Pizza Pizza chain.

  • Buyers & Sellers Depot on Wyse Road in Dartmouth has closed after 22 years.

  • Looks like the Timber Lounge will reopen at 16 Portland Street in Dartmouth, next to the canteen. The ax throwing bar closed its location on Agricola Street in 2020.

  • It could return from the dead, but Pizza Delight has removed the Bayers Lake location from its website instead of listing it as temporarily closed. The open sign was illuminated all day.

Arthur Gaudreau is a retail enthusiast and editor of a blog on the comings and goings of retail.

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