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ARTHUR GAUDREAU: Finding Goodfare Halifax worth the effort

Hidden at 56 Walter Havill Dr. is Goodfare Halifax, a cafe and pantry.

And I mean hidden. You enter the Stoneridge Centre between two residential buildings and then take the hallway on the left to the end, where you find a delightful bright takeout.

I asked owner Jennifer Kwan about the choice of location.

“The decision was easy. I live in the building. I mean, who wouldn’t want a 30-second commute to work?”

Kwan describes herself as “a first-gen Chinese-Canadian and food nerd. Cooking, sewing, video (and) board games, and comics all hold equal places in my heart,” she said.

“When the pandemic shuffled the bricks of my professional path around a bit, I picked them back up and built Goodfare with the help of my partner.”

The cafe is open Tuesday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., closing at 2 p.m.

Jennifer Kwan makes a mocha at her Goodfare Halifax cafe and takeout restaurant on Monday. - Ryan Taplin
Jennifer Kwan makes a mocha at her Goodfare Halifax cafe and takeout restaurant on Monday. - Ryan Taplin

It offers coffee, tea and hot chocolate, Hong Kong milk tea, chilled coffee frappé and more. It also has baked goods like biscuits, cinnamon rolls, danishes, croissants and doughnuts.

If you want something a little more, sandwich fare includes breakfast on brioche, harissa egg salad on croissants or a deli mix on soft sandwich bread. There’s also a breakfast sundae, with yogurt, fruit, almonds and granola.

Goodfare also offers frozen meals, soups prepped to take home and reheat, and local products from folks like Montreal Bagel Style, World Tea House, Java Blend, Pon Pon fermented foods, Sprout Therapy and Schoolhouse Gluten-free. There is also a small selection of cafe items like kettles and cups.

“Goodfare is an expression of my values through food” said Kwan

“I want to echo what is good, at the same time keeping it close to home, honest and humble.”

Here are more retail highlights:

  • The Trainyard artisan gift shop is open in its new home at 137 Portland St. in Dartmouth, a few blocks away from its previous location.
  • South Asian Grocery opened at 100 Ilsley Ave. in Burnside.
  • Malaysian restaurant Mala Lok Lok opened on the lower level of Spring Garden Place, along with a second location of bubble tea spot Top Tea.
  • Italian street food-inspired Sapori is now open in Queens Marque, the new development beside the Halifax ferry terminal on Lower Water Street.
  • Indian-focused Famous Curry Garden opened on Charles Street, just off Agricola Street.
  • Vines Fusion, describing itself as Indo-Italian, has opened at 73 Alderney Dr. in downtown Dartmouth and, yes, it is associated with Vines restaurant in Cole Harbour.
  • Fox Hill Cheese has reopened its Robie Street storefront after being closed since November.
  • New Indian Bazaar is another South Asian grocery, coming soon to 127 Chain Lake Dr.

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

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