By Suzanne Rent
•Plaid Place in the Barrington Place Shops celebrates the province’s rich Celtic culture with its line of plaid products. Find children’s wear, gifts, Irish knits, jewellery, hats and caps, sleepwear and, of course, kilts. Rentals of kilts and accessories are also available.
•A staple on Spring Garden Road’s shopping district since the 1970s, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia sells the wares of more than 200 artists from around Atlantic Canada. Find unique gifts, décor items and accessories made from local wood, glass and pewter. It’s a great place to find a locally made souvenir or a special gift.
Bargain hunters will love to dig for deals at Value Village in Bayers Lake or Dartmouth. Find clothes for the entire family, housewares, holiday items, costumes, books and jewellery. Purchases help support community organizations and nonprofits.
Music lovers can tune into either of Long & McQuade’s locations in Halifax or Bedford. Both stores carry the best brands of guitars, keyboards, drums, as well as music software and recording equipment. Music lessons and clinics are available, too.
Foodies and home cooks will love Liquid Gold in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford or on Young Street in Halifax for its selection of olive oils and other products. Stock up on gourmet oils, balsamic vinegars and olives for your pantry. Check out the tasting bar for the selection. Bath and beauty products are on offer, too.
•Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth is one of the largest shopping centres in the region, and home to a variety of high-end retailers and anchor stores such as The Bay and Homesense. Easily accessible by bus or car and close to major highways.
•At Spring Garden Place on Spring Garden Road, the city’s busy shopping district, find specialty boutiques such as All Dressed Up and Better Than Her Boutique, as well as salons, flower shops, furniture stores and more. It’s also home to the city’s landmark Mills store.
•Located in the heart of Bedford, Bedford Place Mall is home to Rona, Swiss Chalet, Charm Diamond and many independent local businesses, including salons, clothing boutiques and a bakery.
KID AT HEART
•Having fun while learning is the name of the game at Brain Candy Toys in Bedford. Kids will love the selection of educational board games, science kids, role-play costumes and plush dolls.
•Halikids on South Park Street is a locally owned boutique specializing in high-end kids’ toys and clothing. Find creative gifts that will challenge and entertain your kids. Top names include Lego, Boon, Mountain Buggy, and Aden and Anais. Gifts are wrapped free of charge.