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Family businesses moving into former bar establishments downtown


TRURO – New life is being breathed into a building full of history.

Mitch Cooke purchased two buildings on Inglis Place – the former Keggers bar, as well as The Loft on the corner of the Esplanade.

“You either love it or you hate it,” said Cooke about the establishment, which used to be a popular bar and dance club. “Everyone has a story about it, but whether it’s a love/hate relationship, that building in itself is amazing.”

Cooke has owned HAF Skate and Tattoo for the past seven years. He moved the business into the former Kegger’s building on Oct. 3.

He and his sister own Jimolly’s, also on Inglis Place, which his wife runs. At the end of winter toward the beginning of spring, Jimolly’s will find a new home on the main floor of what used to be The Loft. Cooke’s mother owns Brookfield Bakery, which will have a store inside, opposite Jimolly’s.

“It was our plan all along to bring them all together,” said Cooke. “I wanted to stay downtown. This is where it’s at. The downtown is wicked. It’s the atmosphere. I really think Truro’s on the come up, and downtown is where it’s at now, and where it’ll be forever.”

HAF’s former location, on the corner of the Esplanade and Havelock Street, had less than 2,000 square feet. He left that behind for more than 5,500 square feet.

Up to 10,000 square feet of space on the upper levels of the buildings are for lease.

Miriah Kearney, who owns and operates My HOME Apparel, will be moving into HAF’s old downtown space and will open to the public today. Her business currently operates a pop-up shop on the second floor of Sea Shell Design.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “It will be My HOME Apparel products on the main floor, as well as other Canadian made products. On the upper level, all of our My HOME Apparel printing will be done. We will be under the same roof, with our shirts coming from Stanfield’s.

“Then we really will be a home-made product.”

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Mitch Cooke purchased two buildings on Inglis Place – the former Keggers bar, as well as The Loft on the corner of the Esplanade.

“You either love it or you hate it,” said Cooke about the establishment, which used to be a popular bar and dance club. “Everyone has a story about it, but whether it’s a love/hate relationship, that building in itself is amazing.”

Cooke has owned HAF Skate and Tattoo for the past seven years. He moved the business into the former Kegger’s building on Oct. 3.

He and his sister own Jimolly’s, also on Inglis Place, which his wife runs. At the end of winter toward the beginning of spring, Jimolly’s will find a new home on the main floor of what used to be The Loft. Cooke’s mother owns Brookfield Bakery, which will have a store inside, opposite Jimolly’s.

“It was our plan all along to bring them all together,” said Cooke. “I wanted to stay downtown. This is where it’s at. The downtown is wicked. It’s the atmosphere. I really think Truro’s on the come up, and downtown is where it’s at now, and where it’ll be forever.”

HAF’s former location, on the corner of the Esplanade and Havelock Street, had less than 2,000 square feet. He left that behind for more than 5,500 square feet.

Up to 10,000 square feet of space on the upper levels of the buildings are for lease.

Miriah Kearney, who owns and operates My HOME Apparel, will be moving into HAF’s old downtown space and will open to the public today. Her business currently operates a pop-up shop on the second floor of Sea Shell Design.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “It will be My HOME Apparel products on the main floor, as well as other Canadian made products. On the upper level, all of our My HOME Apparel printing will be done. We will be under the same roof, with our shirts coming from Stanfield’s.

“Then we really will be a home-made product.”

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

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