2020-11-04

Business briefs



  • <p>FACEBOOK PHOTO, TIM REIBLING</p><p>Cilantro The Cooks Shop occupied the old Mahone Auto premises on Highway 325 in Blockhouse.</p>

Trademark business closing down

Widely recognized by its lime green exterior in Lunenburg and then later on Highway 325 in Blockhouse, Cilantro The Cooks Shop is closing its doors for good.

The colourful high-end kitchen supply store, once an anchor business in Lunenburg's so-called UNESCO Fresco district, held a yard sale at its premises at 936 Highway 325 on October 25.

The business had largely transitioned from domestic to commercial kitchen supplies. Commercial sales were conducted online under the name of Vega Direct Inc. The Blockhouse premises included a retail area, however the premises that once housed Mahone Auto were chosen to be used mostly as warehouse and office space.

Previously, Cilantro The Cook Shop had an outlet in Bridgewater and Dartmouth.

In announcing the Blockhouse yard sale on Facebook, owner Tim Reibling said, "Everything must go! Custom retail mill work, grid wall and peg hooks, office chairs and equipment, scales, printers, kitchenware, anti-fatigue mats, old phones, tables and more!"

Reibling confirmed to LighthouseNOW on social media, "We are permanently closing Cilantro." However, he declined to be interviewed about the decision or any plans for the future.

Reibling lost both his parents on the same day earlier this year. Susan Jane Reibling, 72, and Guenther Reibling, 68, who were instrumental in the launch of Cilantro The Cooks Shop in 2008, died in their home on July 5.

More rural communities slated for high-speed internet

Bell is expanding its high-speed Wireless Home Internet (WHI) service to 200,000 homes in Atlantic Canada over the next two years, including 86,000 in Nova Scotia.

The company made the announcement last month, saying that 31,000 of those homes will have the service by the end of the year, with many communities already enjoying it.

In a news release issued October 19, the company listed nearly 80 communities in Nova Scotia that are receiving or are slated to receive the service. In Lunenburg and Queens counties, three are on the cards for the service, including LaHave, Rose Bay and Liverpool.

Eight communities were said to have the service now, including Barss Corner, Hunts Point, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Mill Village, Newburne, Port Medway and Port Mouton.

"With Wireless Home Internet we are able to stay in touch with our family and friends in other parts of Canada by video chat without any lag. This has been especially important to us since we're unable to travel due to COVID-19. Streaming our shows and movies is a whole lot better now too," Glenn Lock, who participated in Bell's WHI technology trials in Newburne, was quoted saying in the release.

Delivered over Bell's advanced LTE wireless network, WHI is 5G-capable technology specifically designed to extend broadband internet access to previously unserved or underserved communities. It operates on a dedicated fixed wireless LTE channel separate from the mobile LTE channel, ensuring consistent capacity and speed for both fixed and mobile customers, according to the company.

The technology was recently enhanced to deliver speeds of 50 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload, which will be available to about 70 per cent of connected homes. Bell said all WHI customers also receive its Bell Home Hub modem to provide enhanced WIFI throughout the home.

"Bell Wireless Home Internet has made a positive difference for many Canadians living in rural and other underserved communities, and we're proud to bring this unique service to the Atlantic provinces," Glen LeBlanc, Bell's Vice Chair, Atlantic, stated in the release.

While Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, was quoted saying, "Access to high-speed Internet is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity – one that's become increasingly important due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

New COO at MJSB

Once a finance manager in the fast food industry, Jennifer Keating-Hubley will now be in charge of the organization mandated to deal with garbage and recycling in Lunenburg County.

On October 28, the Municipal Joint Service Board (MJSB) announced that Keating-Hubley is replacing Siew Secord as its chief operating officer.

Secord, who has been with the organization since its inception in 2013, is retiring.

Keating-Hubley takes over effective November 16. Since 2011, she has served as the director of finance for the Region of Queens Municipality, including a period of approximately six months when she held the role of acting chief administrative officer.

Prior to her time in the public sector, Keating-Hubley spent more than a decade in the private sector, where she was the finance manager for McDonald's restaurants in the Bridgewater and Liverpool areas. She had also been an office manager for the Coca Cola Bottling Company, according to her profile on LinkedIn.

"I'm looking forward to bringing with me the many years of experience and knowledge I have in municipal Government to an organization in the community where I have resided all of my life," Keating-Hubley said in a media release issued by the MJSB. She lives in Baker Settlement.

The Municipal Joint Services Board was established in 2013 through a Memorandum of Understanding to better-serve residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Mahone Bay, and the Town of Bridgewater.

Each partnering municipality has assigned members to sit on the board, who in turn report to their respective municipal councils regularly to provide updates and to identify future shared services opportunities.

The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre was the first shared service to be administered by the MJSB. Since then, the MJSB has provided additional shared services for the partner municipalities, including Information Technology (IT) and Human Resources.

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