HALIFAX ReTALES: Fia Fia brings knitting to the people in Halifax’s north end

Hiding just behind the Sobeys on the corner of North and Windsor is Summit Street and there you will find, Fia Fia. It’s a knitting and yarn shop tucked away in north-end Halifax, offering all-natural yarns and tools, with a focus on sustainability and approachability.

Owner Juliana Naccarato says that means being open for online and walk-in business.

“We have a brick-and-mortar location for people to shop in-person, as well as an online store for those outside of Halifax. We offer many brands that have not yet been available for people in Nova Scotia, and in some cases, the Maritimes as a whole. We will also be offering workshops in knitting, crocheting, and weaving — for everyone, from beginners to advanced makers.”

The name Fia Fia is intentional. “I wanted the name of the shop to feel welcoming and playful. The word fia means “weaver” in Portuguese, which serves as a nod to my own work as a weaver, and my passion for textiles.”

Naccarato learned to knit as a child but took it up again as an adult. “After I graduated from the textile program at NSCAD University, I began to feel frustrated by the availability of certain brands in the Maritimes, and so I decided to bring these products to my community.”

That means everyone. “We have a donation program, which is a way for people to give back to their local knitting community, and get something in return. People can bring in their unwanted yarns, needles and hooks, and get a discount on their next purchase with us. Those who want to try out knitting or crochet before committing fully, or those who need more affordable supplies, can shop our donated goods at a lower price point,” she said.

And students get a discount on Tuesdays.

Fia Fia’s grand opening is Saturday at 10 am at 6169 Summit St.

Here are some more retail happenings:

  • The corner of Agricola and North streets feels a little different with the Mid East Food Center and their back-of-the-building Chef in the Kitchen cleared out. Both have indicated they may return elsewhere, but for now, they are closed.
  • Clothing shop RCHMND in the pedestrian Granville Mall hit a milestone after reaching its 10th anniversary last week.
  • Dejan’s European Bakery is opening at 771 Bedford Hwy, in the converted Esquire Motel.
  • Canadian chain Meltwich will soon open in Elmsdale, by Sobeys, and will be following that up with a location on Spring Garden Road near Queen Street.
  • Retail giant Lululemon’s latest location at Halifax Shopping Center is now open.
  • Clothing Store Lark & ​​Finch is now open at 1669 Barrington St.
  • Mobile cafe Tartan Coffee Company is now open on weekends in Sir Sanford Flemming Park by the Dingle.
  • Bam Bam Bagels on Tacoma Dr. was shortlived and has closed.

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

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