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Second Life

Second life. It can represent a chance to do over. To reset and refocus your life. To shake off the past and give yourself an opportunity to change and grow. In our series, Second Life, we took a look at how those in the small business world, out of necessity or desire, reach beyond their comfort zones to re-create themselves and their world. These stories celebrate those who saw potential in being something else or creating something that wasn’t and were brave enough to take the plunge into the deep, dark waters of entrepreneurship.


Out of the ashes

The oh-so-welcoming smells of freshly made, raspberry-jam-and-coconut macaroon tarts and lemon meringue pies fill the air.

Legendary nightlift spot changing with the times

As Downtown Truro has grown and evolved over the years, two legendary buildings have taken on a second life in a very different form.

Lawyer opts for a different type of bar with brewery

When Joe and Laura Parker decided a family-owned brewery was in their future they were coming from a good place: he had no one to let down and she had all the support in the world.

Aylesford business consultant reinvents himself as handyman, helps seniors stay at home

Reinventing himself was as much about helping others as starting a new career for Aylesford businessman Ray Savage.

Scottish immigrant creates Cape Breton tour service

A carpenter by trade, Sean Newman is now making a new life for himself and his family in Cape Breton as a small tour operator.

Antigonish woman makes a splash in the mobile wash business

It was time for change.
After 16 years working in an office, Debbie MacPherson wanted to do something different.

Bringing new life to downtown Yarmouth

Earlier this year, there was a sign affixed to a business in downtown Yarmouth that said: “If you can’t get it here, it ain’t worth having.”
The problem was, you couldn’t get anything “here” anymore.

What’s old is new again

Business owners creating the world they want to work in

Entrepreneur decorating P.E.I. one brick at a time

From Dubai to UPEI and pizza to paving stones, Ali Younis has reinvented himself and his career

Second life for historic building

Restaurant owner opening microbrewery in old train station

Roots in change

Farmer Ian Froude brings experience in non-profit and public sectors to small business world

Owning a company proving a stress-reliever for NL man

Quality of life big motivator for Port Aux Basques man to return home and set up courier service

Looking for more-ish in life

Bonvista baker steps far away from her newspaper experience

Stone Jug bring business to downtown Carbonear

If you take a walk along Water Street in downtown Carbonear any day between Wednesday and Sunday, you'll see lots of vehicles parked around an old stone building.

BubblePixie Soap Co. cleaning up on High Street

James Clarke made his way back to his Newfoundland hometown of Grand Falls-Windsor to open his own specialty soap and bath products shop.

Sackville Commons thrives in first year

Co-working space becoming community hub

Student opts for own business rather than part-time work

Abby MacKenzie could have found a part-time job as a cashier or serving coffee.
It is a common trend among high school students looking to put a little cash in their pocket while continuing to focus on school.

Hard work paying off

Trina Burden excited about developing Corner Brook real estate project

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