about us

About Us


Proud Owners - Stephen and Michelle GerrardAtlantic News first opened it's doors in September 1973. Bunny Scheffman closed the Downtown Book Store on Argyle St and Pat Doherty welcomed the customers to the corner of Morris & Queen St. Atlantic News was a real family affair with Pat's father, brother, sister and his wife Onough all working at the store. Pat died suddenly in 1991 and Onough continued on. Stephen and Michele bought Atlantic News from Onough on January 1st 1998 after having worked for Onough and her second husband for 5 years.

The following 3 months were a challenge with a two week old baby and a two year old!

Over the last 12 years we have been proud to carry on Pat Doherty's legacy.

In 2001 we renovated this Halifax institution, filling the store with more light and space. As the magazine industry has changed pace we have continued to search out niche titles often at the request of our customers.

In October of 2007, a conversation with one of our very regular customers led Stephen down a very different path. He is now working full time for Ravenrock Stoneworks and is enjoying the physical and creative work very much.

He is still a helping hand with the shop looking after some of the paperwork. We miss him in the store though!



Atlantic News Exterior 2008Atlantic News Exterior 2001
Atlantic News exterior photos, 2008 and 2001

Atlantic News Interior 2008Atlantic News Interior 2001
Atlantic News interior photos, 2008 and 2001


Atlantic News
"Halifax's Original Newsstand"

Business Hours
(Open 7 Days a Week)
Monday - Saturday 8am-9:30pm
Sundays 9am-9:30pm

Holiday Hours
Open 10am until 6pm

Telephone Number
(902) 429.5468