Mike Stanfield bought Halifax-based Starr Manufacturing, a business operating since 1861 and known for inventing the modern ice skate, from his father. He imagined a new path for the business and together with his wife Lee, opened Starr Distilling Co., which has been making Summer Love Vodka since 2016. Last year, an opportunity to expand came along and the Stanfield’s bought the Burwood Distillery building, moving in and sharing space until Burwood is ready to relocate to their new digs in Currie Barracks. Chef Kyrin Wollen formerly of Rouge Restaurant, The Wednesday Room and Boxwood Café designed Starr’s menu bringing flair and creativity that aligns with the current selection of cocktails. Now that they’ve found their forever home, future plans include seasonal gins, coffee creams, liqueurs and whiskey. In February, they launched a limited batch of chocolate liqueur made from oven-roasted cacao and we can confirm, it’s fabulous.