The century-old Palace Theatre Mini Mall in downtown Pictou is making another comeback.
The former live action and silent film theatre was reimagined as a mini mall in recent years, and
owners Barry Randle and Camille Davidson say that the building’s three new stores point to a
trend towards a community-based
economy that’s worth celebrating.
On May 10th, the Palace Theatre Mini Mall will hold a grand reopening celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The daylong event will feature specials from each business in the mall as well as live entertainment and a draw for a Mother’s Day basket.
“This is an excuse to blow out the winter cobwebs and kick off a new season of growth and renewal,” says Randle.
The Stone Soup Cafe, Kelly’s Pizza, The Palace Emporium Clothing, and the second location of
Heaven’s Delight are the current occupants of the minimall, the latter three opening just this winter.
Leslie Hoffman, owner of The Palace Emporium Clothing, says she loves their location.
“I love the store frontage, and it’s so big and bright,” she says.
The Palace Emporium Clothing offers something for everyone, with items for the whole family in
a range of sizes, all with modest pricing.
“We’re getting really positive feedback,” Hoffman says. “We’re excited to see everyone at the grand reopening and showing people what we have to offer.”
The Palace Emporium Clothing will offer a tax-free event for the day, and also features the
Mother’s Day basket draw at 4 pm. The basket contains a variety of items including donations
from each store in the mini mall.
The new satellite location of Heaven’s Delight is the latest tenant to the mini mall and owner Samantha Russell says she chose the Palace because she liked the location and their business neighbours.
Heaven’s Delight is offering ¼ lb of free fudge with every 1 lb fudge purchase as their special for the day. Russell also adds that Heaven’s Delight offers gluten-free, sugar-free,
and nut-free treats.
“Just because you can’t have gluten or sugar or nuts, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a treat,”
Kelly’s Pizza, formerly of Lyon’s Brook, has reopened in the Palace. In order to spread the word about their specialty pizzas, they will be offering them by the slice for the day’s event.
Randle adds that the grand reopening also boasts live entertainment. The upstairs floor of the building will host an aikido demonstration at 1 pm, and there will be other live performers during the day.
“It’s becoming a bit of a busker festival,” Randle says.
The Stone Soup Cafe will be launching their new summer menus for breakfast, lunch, and
dinner on May 10th. At the moment they are only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for dinner, but beginning in June will be open six nights a week. Their grand reopening special is a buy one get one half-price lunch special from 11 am to 3 pm.
Another highlight of the event will be the draw for $100 in Palace Bucks. Customers can fill out a ballot at each store, and the winner may use the Palace Bucks at any store in the mini-mall.
The grand reopening is a celebration of the businesses as well as their place within the community.
“We’re really hoping the success of these new businesses will spread and other entrepreneurs
will feel confident enough to take the leap into self-employment,” Randle says.
-Submitted by Susan Whistler