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Inkwell wants to thank every person who proudly wore their #HFXPylonClub pin and helped raise awareness that shopping local in downtown Halifax is extremely important no matter the circumstances. 

We were truly blown away by residents and visitors, banding together and making a difference during a time of the year, when significant sales are necessary to maintain the continuing viability of many downtown businesses. We had no idea of the positive impact the HFX Pylon Club would make when we started the initiative after hearing that Market and Prince Streets would be closed for a large part of the Holiday Season. We can't thank our customers enough, both regular and all the new ones, for supporting us and other small businesses during the peak of the Holiday Season, by braving the downtown construction and its pylons. 

The street closures could have been detrimental to our normal best sales period, but when the area rallied together through the HFX Pylon Club, so many people came out to show their support that we closed out the 2015 year on a high note. Our street also re-opened a week earlier than originally proposed, due in large part, to the attention created by the HFX Pylon Club. Inkwell’s HFX Pylon Club initiative was successful because of the support of CFIB, DHBC, the surrounding businesses affected by the construction who joined the Club and, of course, our customers.

Although the HFX Pylon Club wrapped up at Christmas, construction will continue until March 2017. We are still working with other small businesses in our neighbourhood to continue to raise awareness of the impact of the construction. We ask you to keep in mind that even though the construction continues, streets may close, and pylons and cranes will be scattered around us - Inkwell and its surrounding businesses are always open!

The original #HFXPylonClub post can be found here, along with #HFXPylonClub Forever here.

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Be part of the #HFXPylonClub!

HFX Pylon Club

The Holiday retail season is peaking and so is construction, or so it seems in downtown Halifax. Market Street and streets close by are closed to vehicle traffic until at least December 18th, 2015. This means several weeks that holiday shoppers and potential new customers are rerouted away from prime shopping destinations downtown. Local businesses, including Inkwell Boutique are being directly impacted during what would be our busiest time of year for sales.

Since construction is inevitable in making Halifax a better city to live in, we've decided to make the best of our unfortunate situation during this period.

We want to personally thank our customers for braving the downtown construction and supporting local! So, we created the HFX Pylon Club, an elite identity for our customers, who choose to walk through the construction downtown, particularly outside our door, jump over pylons and come into our store to do their holiday shopping. You chose to support local and we appreciate that!

Even though our street is closed, we're definitely open for business with an accessible sidewalk.

We're giving away HFX Pylon Club pins with any purchase during our Tax Free Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday November 28th, to show a little extra appreciation to our customers given the circumstances.

Starting today, Thursday, November 26th, customers can share the HFX Pylon Club emblem from our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter along with #HFXPylonClub, to receive 10% off your next purchase. Edit: This deal runs until Christmas eve!

Thank you to our customers for wearing and sharing HFX Pylon Club proudly to raise awareness that shopping local is important, no matter the circumstances! We couldn't make it through the construction without your help. 


The HFX Pylon Club has become bigger than us! Search #HFXPylonClub on Twitter to see offers at participating businesses & share with your followers! Visit the HFXPylonClub website!

Read our blog post following the launch of the button!

Here is some recent press about #HFXPylonClub:

Light-hearted #HFXPylonClub video supports downtown businesses - Global News, 2015

Halifax Pylon Pride - The Coast, 2015

CBC Nightly News: Nova Scotia - November 30, 2015 (starts at 11 min mark)

Downtown Halifax businesses band together to increase sales - CTV News Atlantic, 2015

Small downtown business suffering due to Nova Centre construction - Global News, 2015

Businesses near Nova Centre get a break - The Chronicle Herald, 2015

Nova Centre construction casualties turn to #HfxPylonClub - CBC Nova Scotia, 2015

HFX Pylon Club supports downtown biz affected by Nova Centre construction - Halifax Metro, 2015

Inkwell Boutique in Halifax feeling construction pain - The Signal, 2015

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