The Tare Shop is a package-free coffee shop and bulk store. As the first package-free store in Halifax, we provide alternatives to over-packaged food, household, and personal items.
Founded by Kate Pepler in October 2018, with locations in central Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, The Tare Shop aims to reduce barriers and encourage more sustainable living.
You are able to grab your coffee, groceries, beauty supplies and more, all package-free. We also host engaging community events such as workshops and lectures.
Like any great idea, The Tare Shop was born out of a burning need and desire to do better. As a certified B Corp, we will constantly strive to improve our score and will reapply for the certification every 3 years.
What is package-free?
To us, package-free living means taking action to reduce your personal waste, reusing and repurposing what you already have, and striving to live with less single-use plastic. We provide long-term alternatives to single-use plastic items in order to help you help the world!
Kate Pepler graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in Sustainability, Environmental Science and a minor in Marine Biology. For a year after completing her degree, she was feeling overwhelmed with the doom and gloom narrative of our Earth’s health. This helped her “Eureka!” moment of creating The Tare Shop – which combines all of her passions – oceans, reducing plastic pollution, environmental education, and fostering community – into one community-based business.
The Tare Shop (Dartmouth) is one of the best additions to the neighbourhood. The staff and service is lovely, they always have what I need, they stock brands and items I love. I can walk there! Every city should be so lucky to have a Tare Shop.
I visited here for the first time the other day. The staff were very helpful in explaining how the shop works and answered my questions well. There was a wide selection of goods. I was also able to find products from the East Coast to support more than one local business at once. I will definitely be returning!
Not sure where to start?
Check out our most popular starter products for package-free living.