Teambuy Celebrates First Year in Halifax

A woman yells out you can’t get parties like this at Groupon! while she circulates the party offering up pieces of Teambuy’s first birthday cake. As far as I’m concerned she’s right; Teambuy certainly does know how to throw a fabulous party, and I can’t speak for Groupon since I’ve never been invited. 

Happy Birthday Teambuy Halifax

TeamBuy CEO, Ghassan Halazon is just 27-years old and yet his business here in Halifax has flourished beyond his expectations. After conversations with John Bowes (Vice President, Client Accounts Marqedia Public Relations), John mentioned that Ghassan attributes a lot of Teambuy Halifax‘s success to the closeness of the city and what he refers to as the “two degrees of seperation”. “Everyone knows everyone here and there’s a closeness and loyalty” that this native Ontarian says “is rare in other parts” -Bowes.

The celebration included both a boat cruise on the Haligonian followed by complimentary drinks and full course appetizers at the Hamachi Steakhouse House. 

The best part about this whole adventure was that I got to bring a guest, so naturally I asked my good friend Kerrianne since she LOVES sporting nautical clothing almost as much as myself. Here we are getting excited!! 

Aboard the boat cruise there were plenty of door prizes from local businesses from free Pizza’s to salon giveaways. The boat ride was very fun, a lot of people took inspiration from the boat an opted for a nautical look. JB from Halifax Hype wore a pink satin number with little anchors: almost as adorable as she is. 

Photo Cred: HalifaxHype
The invite said causal, but I don’t think anyone paid any mind to that suggestion. Everyone seemed to take this night as an excuse to get all dolled up. 

Aren’t we fabulous Halifax?

The boat cruise ended around 7:30 and then we made our way over to Hamachi Steakhouse with enough time to take a quick snap with the Teambuy van. 

 Kerrianne seated intently in front of our
Teppan-Yaki table-side dining experience

 a little vino and salmon

and it begins!

 Boom BABY!

Sushi bar, was also known as sushi heaven
we visited a couple times
Here we go again!

 Deep concentration 

super yum!
Suzanne decides to lend a hand

 or two! 

Kerrianne is modeling a lovely wine from a new vineyard in the valley; graciously donated by Suzanne Robinson: Thanks Suzanne. 

Hats off to Hamachi, the food was really great, and when speaking to the owner later in the night I felt it necessary to tell him: “it’s really easy to mess up salmon, but it’s even harder to get it right”.

At the party John spoke highly of Ghassan and mentioned his speech with TED TV and thinks Ghassan’s business model is one to aspire towards:

 “if you talk about your idea with other people and they think you’re crazy, then you should go ahead and do it because it means that no one else has done it yet” 

I had a great time celebrating Teambuy’s very successful first year in Halifax, Thanks to Suzanne Robinson from Teambuy Halifax, and John Bowes from Marqedia Public Relations for showing us an amazing time. Hope to celebrate again next year for year II. 

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger (Vegas Outlet)
Skirt: Pseudio (Halifax Shopping Centre)
Tank: H&M
Necklace: Suzy Shier (Bayers Lake)
Tan: Karney Lake 


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  • Reply Anonymous July 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    woop, thanks for inviting me lady! I was not a teambuyer before, but I signed up right away when I got home!

  • Reply Anonymous July 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    wow, that looks like a great party halifax had!

  • Reply Chris July 27, 2011 at 4:11 am

    That is a fantastic skirt. I love the pattern and the length. Perfect for a boat ride.

  • Reply Short Presents July 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Thank you Chris 🙂 I just checked out your blog; not so bad if I do say so myself.

  • Reply Kim Humes July 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    OMG that food was so delicious! I was so stuffed lol

  • Reply Chris July 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    No problem – like I said fantastic skirt worn on the perfect occasion. (I'm surprised those photos aren't full of more overtly nautical clothes. You'd think all those people would just be looking for an excuse)

    And thanks for the compliment on my own blog. I am slowly getting back into the swing of blogging after a layoff in grad school (two very different styles of writing, that's for sure!). I'm loving your blog, your archived posts have given me tons of ideas for things I want to do when I get back into town.

  • Reply Short Presents August 3, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Thank you Chris! I'm so glad to give inspiration. It is certainly different writing for sure. Luckily I have this problem whenever I find/learn something awesome I need to tell EVERYONE lol.

    So cheers to my big mouth.

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