Fundy’s Mountain General Store (November 2011-September 2013)

Nova Scotia is permit-happy, in my opinion.  Our first step was to choose a name for the business and pay for a business name search.   We knew we wouldn’t be able to use Dee Wee’s Takeout and Convenience.  It was a personal name created by the previous owners. The logical choice, in our opinion, was Fundy’s Mountain General Store.  We didn’t want to emphasize the takeout quite as much as the previous owners had (mainly due to my lack of confidence as a cook!) . After all, the…

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Moving Week! Nova Scotia Bound at Last

I was reluctant to enlist a realtor.  I thought we should be able to sell the farm ourselves by advertising it on a multitude of farms- and businesses-for-sale websites.  After all, I for one was definitely not desperate to sell.  And I definitely wasn’t keen on losing a few thousand dollars in commission. We had a few email inquiries as a result, even a handful of showings, but nothing concrete materialized. Finally in January 2011, we signed up for the services of a low-commission realtor.  Six months…

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The Auction (April 11, 2010)

The auction was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.  The only thing that kept me together was the sheer busy-ness and the demands of the process itself. Once we had made up our minds that we would sell the farm, we realized we had to downsize.  We had a way too much — too much equipment, too much in the line of supplies, too much personal stuff, and yes, too much livestock. The last category was hard — the first three were easy.  But I knew we…

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