Downtown Halifax shines a ‘light’ on female business owners for International Women’s Day.

Downtown Halifax shines a ‘light’ on female business owners for International Women’s Day.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 (Kjipuktuk/Halifax, N.S.) - Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)’s DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN at Grafton Park light show series has another new addition, this time it’s a special curated show for International Women’s Day. The show, named after this year’s national theme, ‘Every Woman Counts,’ starts tonight at sunset, and will be projected on the façade of the former Halifax Memorial Library each night until Sunday (March 12) at 11 p.m.

Since the 2022-2023 series launch (September 30, 2022), DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN at Grafton Park has provided audiences with many unique storyboards, and the ‘Every Woman Counts’ light show is no exception. Aside from this show having a woman-led creative team for the first time, it also has a cast you may recognize, if you follow DHBC on social media.

“DHBC has something called the ‘Downtown Spotlight’ series where we shine a spotlight on local business owners and managers, sharing their stories on our website and social media platforms for everyone to enjoy,” says DHBC’s Membership Engagement Manager, Jessica Pettigrew. “I meet with our members on a weekly basis, and since its inception in 2021, I have interviewed over 50 Downtown business leaders. Some of the most inspiring stories come from our female entrepreneurs, so when brainstorming ideas for this show, we didn't have to look far.”

This uplifting show highlights 18 business owners that chose Downtown Halifax for their place of business; Nathalie Morin (Rousseau’s Chocolatier), Claire Chambers (Score Pizza), Christine Allen (Brawta Jamaican Jerk Joint), Mary Nkrumah (Mary’s African Cuisine), Laura MacNutt (KingsPIER Vintage), Judy Anderson (Fireworks Gallery), Sarah Andrews (Another Shop), Yang Wen (YOLO Craft), Bria Doiron (Flora James Shop), Mimi Fautley (The Loop), Ha ‘Helen’ Le (Midyat Tailor), Dejhani Allen (Kultcha Dance Movement), Solitha Shortte (Soli Productions), Adriana Afford (Argyle Fine Art), Nicole Turlo (THE TEN SPOT), Dr. Karlee Handy (Quantum Sports Therapy), Julie Taylor (Skin Decision Inc.), and Alison Capstick (Alison Capstick Therapeutic Massage). 

“Today is a reminder that all women, from all ages and walks of life, have a place in every aspect of society,” says DHBC’s CEO, Paul MacKinnon. “Being a dad to two girls, I look around Downtown Halifax every day and see so many inspiring women; and THAT is the future we want for our kids.”

March is the last month to experience DHBC’s DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN at Grafton Park light show series. To learn more, please visit:


Land Acknowledgement:
Downtown Halifax Business Commission acknowledges that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

About Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC):
Downtown Halifax Business Commission represents over 1,600 businesses located in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. DHBC’s mission is to passionately pursue a more prosperous and vibrant Downtown Halifax, through good development, Downtown mobility, membership services, DHBC leadership, and Downtown placemaking. For more information, visit


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