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Celebrating Dal alumni and local suppliers whose businesses we are proud to support.

Click on each listing below to read about the local and alumni suppliers whom we are proud to support.

Emma Fitzgerald

Emma Fitzgerald

Dalhousie Alumna / Emma Fitzgerald Art & Design


Emma FitzGerald was born to Irish parents in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. She moved to Canada at a young age and spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, BC. These early travels have instilled in her a keen interest in people and places. Emma has followed a career path that is part architecture, part art, receiving a BFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia in 2004, and a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2008. She is the author of Hand Drawn Halifax, a best-selling book based on her chosen home in Nova Scotia. The Globe & Mail describes it as 'part journal, part sketchbook, Hand Drawn Halifax is a love letter to Atlantic Canada’s largest city.'


Where to find Emma and her other work:


Buy the Henry Hicks print in-store at our SUB location.

Stephanie MacDonald

Stefanie MacDonald

Dalhousie Alumna / Paper Hearts Halifax


Stefanie owns and operates Paper Hearts Halifax, a graphic design studio featured in Forbes, the Financial Post, the Huffington Post and other international publications, for their inclusive and thoughtful greeting card designs. Halifax Paper Hearts makes note cards, prints and maps with love, care and salty air on the East Coast of Canada. Their products are carried in over 150 retail boutiques across Canada & the U.S.

Stefanie is a passionate advocate for youth leadership and entrepreneurship, and spends a great deal of time volunteering as a Board Director with Catapult Leadership Society, and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Stefanie created a bursary entitled “Fear is a Liar", and co-founded a crowd funding event for young entrepreneurs called 100 Entrepreneurs: PLANTING SEED$, to encourage Nova Scotian youth to be fearless in the pursuit of their passions. 

Stefanie has received Volunteer Awards from both the City of Halifax, and the Province of Nova Scotia for her community work. Her business was named a finalist for the Halifax Chamber's New Business of the Year Award, and she is the recipient of the Progress Club Woman of Excellence Award, and the Chronicle Herald's NOW NS Good News Award for her work as both a volunteer and entrepreneur.

Dal Alumni News: Stefanie MacDonald (BMgmt'11),  Confidence Creator
Dal News: Three Alumnae Celebrated as Women of Excellence


Where to find Stefanie and her Paper Hearts:


Purchase Thank You cards by Paper Hearts Halifax online »
Many more cards and hard enamel pins available in-store.


Peter Efthymiadis

Peter Efthymiadis

Dalhousie Alumnus / Halitecture Books & Cards


Peter Efthymiadis graduated in 2006 from Dalhousie University where he studied anthropology and psychology. Switching gears, he then went on to fulfill a personal development goal and completed a Master’s degree in theology in Cambridge, England. From there Peter returned to Canada to study immigration law at the University of British Columbia, going on to work as an assistant to Nova Scotia’s Minister of Immigration and to one of Canada’s top immigration lawyers.

It was his time as a student at Dal and his fascination with the university’s many historic buildings when his love for architecture began. This has translated into a passion to photograph architecture in a way that forces viewers to notice and appreciate architectural features that would largely go unnoticed as they hurriedly pass by buildings due to the frenetic cadence of modern life.

In 2018 Peter started a business called Halitecture Photography, which produces souvenir items using impactful images of Halifax’s iconic architecture.


All products are 100% printed on Nova Scotia milled paper by local printers and use eco-friendly inks.

Where to find Peter


Purchase the from the Halitecture line of products »


Holly Carr

Holly Carr

Nova Scotia Artist / Commissioned Dal 200 Scarf & Tie


Holly has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally. Holly has designed for theatre productions and large-scale public installations. Her most ambitious installation to date is a larger-than-life environment created out of painted silk, “Light in the Forest”, for Acadia University Art Gallery. Her work has been widely used in advertising and illustration, including her first children’s book “What is Pink?"  Holly presently is working on three new books. In recent years Holly has branched out into performance art, where she paints large works live on stage. Working with numerous musicians and performers including a cross Canada tour with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café, as well as performances with world-renowned violinist Min Lee in Singapore, and the National Art Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Holly has also had successful performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and her own show with Symphony Nova Scotia where she painted an 8 x 32 foot painting live with the orchestra. Holly is looking forward to a number of upcoming performances including performances with the Toledo Symphony in Ohio. Holly graduated fromthe Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a BFA and B.A.Ed.  Holly’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections.


Where to find Holly

Website | Etsy 

The Dal 200 scarf and tie are available in-store and online.

Purchase the Holly Carr scarf and tie »