Wednesday, July 28, 2021

July 28th, 2021 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

Cindy Robichaud photo

Where to begin...

This is our first release since 2020.
We didn't want to entice you to Chester, and then be faced with having our event shut down.

As we slowly crawl out of our respective holes, we are cautiously optimistic.
We have a lot to say as we have been silent for so long.
We have missed you and look forward to seeing you again.

We cannot move forward without acknowledging the devastating loss of our beloved Chester Playhouse June 11th, 2021.
Our hearts and spirits broke that day. For the past, present and future.

There’s a new kid in the sand box.
A pop up clothing store is opening in Chester today, Wednesday, July 28th.
Flinn Market Linen will be selling handmade pure linen dresses, tunics, pants, shorts, tops and sleepwear in a range of sizes as well as linen scarves, beach towels and market baskets.
Stop by and check it out!
25 Pleasant St, Chester, across the lot from the Kiwi Café.
Wednesday to Sunday 10 am - 5pm Sunday 10 am -4pm

Amicus Gallery is celebrating artist Malcolm Callaway’s 21st show in as many years ! This is truly a coming of age celebration. Malcolm’s show will run until August 4th. Stop in and see his new work.
The gallery is open daily from 11 - 4 pm.

The Kiwi Café has opened The Kiwi Pantry across the street with all your favourite things. No need to drive to Halifax anymore. Asia meets India, meets Italy meets Ireland meets Caribbean meets "London Calling." Grab your shopping bag and get over there.

The Chester Art Centre is on Warp Drive with director Sue LeBlanc at the wheel. There is so much going on there this year you need a chart to navigate.
So here it is...

Join the Rope Loft for your Nova Scotia Seafood Fix! Coming this weekend…
Pan Seared Halibut and Braised Beef Short Ribs. Save room for one of Kathy’s incredible homemade cheesecakes. It’s always fun in the sun! 
Open Daily at 11 am. Reservations are welcome. Call 902-275-3430 to book your table!

Artist Carol Hansen has opened her gallery at the Captain’s House at 33 Central Street.
The gallery is open every Wednesday to Saturday from 11- 4pm.

Every Friday the Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is open at the Old Train Station from 9 am - 12:30 pm. This year the market has berries, tons of veggies, bread, hand-blended teas, pastries, pies, curries, fish, meat, eggs, lavender, flowers, plants, Syrian food, micro-greens, craft beer, cider, wine, spirits, as well as soaps, and fantastic artisans.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Bluenose Class sloop, designed by renowned naval architect William J. Roué. It is also the 100th anniversary of The Bluenose… the Big One.
As part of her Centennial Sail Past, she will be anchored in Chester’s front harbour this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate all the anniversaries.
There will be Bluenose mobile exhibit parked at the Band Stand at the Parade Square for you to explore.

The Fo'c'sle is back ! We are so pleased that Dean has joined the tribe.
Who ever thought the Fo'c'sle would have Pleasant Street deck dining?

The Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series continues this Sunday at 7 pm with the Mahone Bay Swing Band performing for you. Get there early to stake out your plot on the grass.

Covid lock downs have affected us in ways we could never have imagined. As every cloud has a silver lining, I searched for one to share with you. When the Chicago Zoo got shut down, the residents still needed food and engagement. The handlers decided to let Wellington and his penguin pals out for a day trip.

We should train all Amazon delivery drivers to give the Covid vaccine.
The whole population would be immunized by Saturday, or Thursday if you've got Prime.

Suzi Fraser

Check out our new website (above)

Thursday, December 17, 2020

December 16th, 2020 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release


You can’t hide ! Christmas is just around the corner.

This will be a different Christmas for all of us.

Let’s make the best of it and be thankful.

Happy Holidays !

Gingerbread House display

Our Chester Village Christmas was huge fun.
We were sorry our Halifax friends couldn’t join us this year but we look forward to seeing you when the gates open.

This year, “Revolve” is sharing the spirit of giving local with a massive holiday giveaway! 🎄 They have purchased $100 gift cards from forty independent restaurants, service providers, and businesses, and they’ve all stepped up and added to the gift - some by half, some by more than double.
They are giving away one gift package a day for until December 24th ! Check out @StepUpForLocal 's Instagram to learn how to enter, and help our community thrive by shopping local this holiday season.

Guess who’s back in town? Shane !
@Chester’s Café on Queen Street.

It’s beginning to feel a LOT like Christmas....Magic is filling Chester’s Cafe, and the village!
Now open for dine in and gourmet grab-and-go 7 days a week, with extended hours:
Sunday - Thursday, 8am - 5pm
Friday & Saturday, 8am - 9pm
We look forward to serving you some Christmas cheer! ❤

Amicus Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday with lots of great gift giving ideas for everyone on your list. They even have art puzzles and art games all under $30. Christmas wrapping available!

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:

'And what do you think is the best thing

about being 104?' the reporter asked.

She simply replied,

'No peer pressure.'

We are happy to see the Tancook Ferry out of refit and back into service. A stroll along the waterfront in Chester is always a pleasure. Come take a walk in the evening and see all the Christmas lights on display.

This is new: The Mecklenburgh Inn is staying open all winter. Bring your bubble to Chester and make a weekend of it. Maybe skiing at Martock, then off to SenSea Spa, dinner in the village and a cozy overnight at the Inn with a hearty breakfast in the morning.

If they ever lift the lock down … C’mon down !

Time to dress up and bulk up for winter

The Chester Art Centre is hosting many art classes this winter in all mediums. Check out their program site and sign up. It's going to be a l o n g winter.

We can probably all agree that in 2015 not a single person got the answer correct to, "Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?"

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of You from all of Us !  

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group