By Suzanne Rent
Drala Books & Gifts on Grafton Street is the destination for anything you need for a contemplative lifestyle. Find high-quality meditation cushions all made in Nova Scotia, beeswax candles, Japanese teas and Asian-inspired décor. Interesting gift ideas include leather-bound journals, paper lanterns, chopsticks and incense.
•Find all of today’s top fashions at Mills, Halifax’s landmark department store on Spring Garden Road. Both classic and trendy collections are in store, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Bailey 44, James Jeans and Judith & Charles. In-store services include bra fittings, personal shopping, alterations and beauty consultations.
•On Barrington Street, visit Foreign Affair for designer fashions for women. Here you will find the latest and must-have brands from Canada, the U.S. and Europe. There’s also a solid selection of premium denim.
Book a full-day retreat and enjoy several relaxing treatments at Interlude Spa on Upper Water Street in Halifax or on Ochterloney Street in downtown Dartmouth. Book a full-body massage and indulge in a manicure and pedicure. Top it all off with a new haircut and makeup application.
•For business and casual wear for men, drop into Colwell’s in the Historic Properties on Lower Water Street. Find the latest styles in shirts, suits, dress and casual pants, sweaters, jackets, cufflinks, ties and belts. Look for collections such as Nautica, Alex Cannon, Rainforest and Jack Victor.
•For weekend fashions, go to American Apparel on Queen Street. Hoodies, t-shirts and undergarments and denim, all ethically made in the U.S. Accessorize your new wardrobe with shoes, sunglasses and ball caps.
WHAT A GEM
If you’re on the hunt for a special piece of jewelry to give as a gift or wear yourself, visit Frida Custom Jewellery Design in Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street. A team of master goldsmiths and stone setters will help you create the design you want. Signature collections include those by Friday, The Shield Collection, Caribou and Ocean. Clare Bridge, Marathia and Vianna are among the artisan collections.
It’s a toy wonderland at Halikids on South Park Street. With the goal of inspiring creativity and imagination, this store is packed with toys for kids from all ages and stages: Lego, Melissa and Doug, Manhattan Toys, Plan Toys, Plasma and more. The boutique also offers high-end clothing lines.