Growing panes for new Halifax cafe owners as same window broken three times

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By Haley Ryan, Metro

HALIFAX - One of Halifax’s newest cafés has started off with a string of bad luck, but Marlo Lemieux and Alice Patterson aren’t letting anything shatter their plans.

SMASHED WINDOWS AT DARTMOUTH CAFE

The couple, owners of Je T’aime: Eco Artistic Family Space and Café on Gottingen Street, said they are making the best of an unfortunate situation after two windows were broken due to wind and one to vandalism over the past few months.

“It’s very excessive,” Patterson said with a small laugh, sitting at a table inside the brightly coloured space.

The first two were thanks to stormy days that brought high winds tearing through the Hydrostone, said Patterson.

This has never been an issue for former owners, Patterson said, but this year brought “extremely crazy winds.”

The latest damage happened over the Easter holiday. At first, both blamed the weather again until a police officer came to say a man had punched out the glass around 2 a.m.

After the vandalism, boards were put in the open space and Lemieux said he wanted to create something eye-catching on the plywood.

“I’ve learned to make fun of myself, I think it’s a useful skill,” Lemieux laughed.

“I said, ‘Well, we have a wood window, let’s put 100% organic window,’” and wrote the message in green paint outside.

Patterson and Lemieux said they are meeting with Efficiency Nova Scotia to put a plan together about how to make their windows safer and more effective.

This could include using different types of panes, or putting in a new wall with smaller windows.

The recent vandalism was actually “easier to take” than wind, Patterson said, and the incident wasn’t likely directed towards them.

“That was a fluke,” said Lemieux.

“It’s probably one of the safest areas in Halifax, it just happened to be our luck,” Patterson added with a laugh.

Geographic location: Halifax, Gottingen Street, Nova Scotia

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