There’s a lot of activity going on behind the covered windows of The Nova Scotian Emporium & Fireside Tearoom.
The 880 Prince St. business closed for renovations on Feb. 10, and will reopen, with a new look, on April 4.
“We’ve been here 21 years and we decided it was time to do a freshening up of the whole store,” said Brenda Dennis, who co-owns the business with her husband Clarence. “We’re painting, taking out shelving and redoing the hardwood floor. We’re in the mess part right now, with work taking place.
“There was so much that had to be packed up. We’ve been moving things, doing the floor on one side, and then moving them again to do the other side. We also put some stuff on the second floor.”
The tearoom and the Christmas area will remain, and no changes will be made to the exterior of the building.
“We wanted to go back to our roots, with more Nova Scotia products, so when we reopen we’ll have a new look and new products,” said Dennis. “We want people to be surprised when we open, and we hope the changes will draw new customers.”