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Bishop’s Cellar

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UNIQUE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
• Christmas at the Forum at the Halifax Forum on Windsor Street has been a holiday tradition in the city for four decades. Running from Nov. 2 to 4, this annual festival hosts dozens of vendors, offering gifts, decorations, food, antiques, and more. Discover quality arts and crafts from around the region. On Saturday, admission is two-for-one after 5 p.m.
• Visit the Christkindlmarket from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at Alderney Market on downtown Dartmouth’s waterfront, where the Halifax Transit ferries dock. This traditional German-style market features crafts, toys, and other arts and crafts, plus lots of holiday entertainment—marionettes, carousel, and musical acts.
• From Nov. 16 to 18, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council hosts its annual Christmas Show at the Cunard Centre on Halifax’s waterfront. The juried selection includes top-quality textiles, jewelry, and crafts in a variety of media.
• Dalplex Christmas Craft Market is another perennial favourite. Dating back 30 years, it features vendors from across Atlantic Canada selling wares such as pottery, toys, food, and woodwork. Visit Dalplex on South Street from Nov. 23 to 25.
• From Nov. 9 to 11, take a drive to the Halifax Exhibition Centre on Prospect Road for the Christmas Craft Village. It’s another ideal spot to support local artisans while finding unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

 

HOW SWEET IT IS
Inspired by the distinctive culture of Canada’s easternmost province, Newfoundland Chocolate Company mixes its sweet treats with whimsy and fun. The packaging features Newfoundland sayings such as “oh me nerves” and the colourful jellybean homes of St. John’s. Inside the chocolate are Newfoundland flavours like partridgeberries or bakeapple. The gelato and truffles are made at the Sunnyside Mall location. Also located at Mic Mac Mall and Halifax Shopping Centre.

 

THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Bass Pro Shops is known for its huge stores with indoor ponds featuring local fish, taxidermy displays, Outdoor Skills Workshops, and vast array of hunting, camping, fishing, and recreation gear. Nova Scotia’s first Bass Pro opened in September (sans pond) on Cabela Drive in Dartmouth. It’s an ideal spot to gear up for wilderness adventures in any season.

 

EFFORTLESS STYLE
Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street has stylish dresses for any occasion. Find a basic style for everyday wear, flirtier styles for weekends, or the perfect dress for a holiday celebration. Choose from accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and hair pieces to complete your look.

 

LOCAL HARVEST
Located in a stylish (and environmentally-friendly) new home on the waterfront, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is Nova Scotia’s largest and oldest farmers’ market. Browse through a huge array of local produce, meat, cheese, crafts, baked goods, beer, wine, cider, and more.

 

LIBATION LOVERS
• Just steps from the waterfront on Lower Water Street, Bishop’s Cellar is a must-visit boutique for aficionados of fine wine, spirits, and beer, specializing in varieties and vintages you won’t find anywhere else in Nova Scotia.
• The North End’s Rockhead Wine & Beer Market on Windsor Street boasts a selection of beverages from around the world, alongside local creations.
• West Side Beer Wine Spirits on Lacewood Drive is the city’s newest private liquor store, with a heavy emphasis on local craft beers.

 

EDITOR’S PICK: GOLDFINGER
Visit Touch of Gold on Spring Garden Road for the finest engagement and wedding rings. The experienced and knowledgeable staff will help you find the best fit and designs and offers a line of luxury watches including Rolex, Tudor, TAG Heuer, and Frederique Constant.

 

Concierge Q & A

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Penny Cameron is the Regional Secretary for Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic Region and was the first female concierge in our region to receive the golden keys. After 30 years with The Prince George, she is now part of the concierge team at Parkland at the Gardens, a luxury retirement residence in Halifax.

Q: What’s your pick for Halifax’s can’t-miss August event?
A: In August, the waterfront is alive with action. From August 1 to 6, the Halifax Busker Festival offers 300 shows at various stages on the waterfront with performers from all over the world. If you are here during the first week in August, you’ll also catch the Halifax Natal Day Festival, celebrating the city’s birthday. There’s great beach weather in August too; check out the Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition taking place on our Eastern Shore.

Q: What’s a great way for outdoor adventurers to spend the day in the Halifax area?
A: The Halifax Harbour is a stone’s throw from the downtown and a great way to see Halifax from the water is by sea kayak. Kayak Halifax—at Sands at Salter on the waterfront—offers two-hour and full-day tours with professional guides enabling you to explore the second largest natural harbour in the world. Or join Kattuk Expeditions in Fisherman’s Cove for the Sunset Kayak Tour to McNab’s Island.

Q: How can a family make a rainy day fun in Halifax?
A: I always recommend the Discovery Centre to families visiting Halifax, a unique experience offering four floors of interactive exhibits including an immersive dome theatre. It’s open from 10am to 5pm daily in a new beautiful facility on the waterfront.

Q: Where should diners go to experience unique Nova Scotian wines?
A: Visitors are often surprised to learn of Nova Scotia’s thriving wine industry and if you have time, a visit to the wineries in the Gaspereau Valley is well worth the trip. Tour companies such as Grape Escapes Wine Tours offer excellent day trips to the award-winning wineries. Many restaurants support local wineries and offer the best of Nova Scotia wines. Obladee Wine Bar has an extensive wine list along with small plates and charcuterie boards. They also offer private tastings for small groups. Make sure you try our Tidal Bay wines, unique to Nova Scotia and learn more about Nova Scotia wines at Bishop’s Cellar.

Q: Where can travellers find a unique memento of their visit?
A: Head to the Hydrostone Market on Young Street and take home a unique gift from Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. Lady Luck Boutique nearby is also a great spot to purchase locally made jewellery and art. Downtown, Amos Pewter offers beautiful locally-made pewter crafts, frames, and gift ideas.

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UNIQUE GIFTS

Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio on Brunswick Street is one of the city’s most unique shops, boasting Handmade limited-edition paper goods, tea towels, pottery, and jewelry by local and international artists. Letterpress printing and custom design services of social stationery available.

 

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LOCAL HARVEST

• Located in a stylish (and environmentally friendly) new home on the waterfront, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is Nova Scotia’s largest and oldest farmers’ market. Browse through a huge array of local produce, meat, cheese, crafts, baked goods, craft beer, wine, cider, and more.

• Located on the Dartmouth waterfront where the Halifax Transit ferry docks, the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market is a weekend tradition for many families, with live music and a variety of vendors.

The Halifax Forum Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday morning and has become a North End neighbourhood favourite, showcasing products and vendors you won’t find elsewhere.

 

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CRYSTAL CREATIONS

The province’s only maker of fine, mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal, NovaScotian Crystal showcases Old World artistry. Visit the waterfront studio on George Street to see master craftsmen transform molten sand into fine crystal creations. Its collection includes a new stemmed tulip beer glass, plus vases, candle holders, and all manner of giftware.

 

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MUSICAL ROOTS

Any musician will love to shop at the Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street. Situated in a 135-year-old Victorian home, the shop is packed with stringed musical instruments, including banjoes, guitars, mandolins, and fiddles. There is also a selection of harmonicas, tin whistles, and Appalachian dulcimers. All the staff are musicians who can offer expert advice.

 

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HOW SWEET IT IS

Located in the South End at the corner of Queen and Morris streets, Sweet Jane’s is the ideal place to indulge a sweet tooth or pick out a distinctive gift. Find candy of all sorts, high-end confections, whimsical toys, and more.

 

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• New at the Halifax Shopping Centre on Mumford Road, Levi’s boasts a variety of brand-name denim fashions for men, women, and children.

• On Spring Garden Road, Shop Olsen Europe has fresh new looks and trends. Inspired by styles on runways and in the streets, this line is known for its quality and sophistication. Fabrics chosen to reflect a company commitment to sustainability.

• In a Box on Dresden Row is a unique little department store specializing in edgy fashions for women. You’ll also find stylish accessories such as bracelets, scarves, and handbags.

 

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ON THE WATERFRONT *Editor’s Pick*

As you stroll the Halifax waterfront, stylish Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street is a must-visit shopping destination: find a tasty and unique gift for the folks back home at Rum Runnersdistinctive creations at Frida Custom Jewellery Design, finely crafted pearl works at Pearl City, a huge array of local wine and craft beer at Bishop’s Cellar, and more.

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By Suzanne Rent

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EAST COAST STYLE

For unique Nova Scotian designs, visit The Lost Cod on Lower Water Street. It boasts an array of hoodies, t-shirts, aprons and crew-neck sweaters, customized with designs celebrating the province’s heritage—defunct sports teams, seafaring history and well-known local companies.

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TOAST OF THE TOWN

•Bishop’s Cellar on Lower Water Street carries more than 800 imported and local wines suitable for every palate and budget. Knowledgeable staff will help you choose the best selection for a dinner party or gift. There’s also an extensive selection of local and imported craft beers and specialty liquers.

Premier Wine and Spirits on Dresden Row specializes in unique wines, beers and spirits. The staff will show you their stock of 400 wines from around the world, a large variety of craft and specialty import beers or single-malt scotch, fine vodkas, tequilas and liqueurs. Wine accessories and gift cards also available.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

If you’re headed out for a night on the town or a dinner date, drop into Urban 30 Blowdry Bar on Barrington Street to freshen up your look. This is Atlantic Canada’s first salon of its sort, offering convenient wash and blow-dry services for those in a rush. Indulge in a retro high roller treatment and sit under the hooded dryer. Manicures, waxing and threading are on the aesthetics menu, too.

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SWEET SATISFACTION

•For a quick after-dinner treat or gift for a sweet-toothed friend, Susie’s Shortbreads on Upper Water Street or Chain Lake Drive bakes up cupcakes, cookies, whoopee pies and more. The signature shortbreads come in 15 flavours and there are 100 varieties of cupcakes. Everything is made from scratch.

Sugah on Lower Water Street is a dessert-lovers’ dream. All of the confections are locally handcrafted with traditional techniques and fresh ingredients. The chocolates are made in small batches and include coatings or fillings from local ingredients such as sea salt, cranberries and coffee. Be sure to try a scoop of handpaddled ice cream.

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MUSIC AND MORE

The Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street specializes in stringed instruments, including guitars, violins, basses, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles and more. You can bring in instruments for purchase, sale, trade, consignment, repairs or appraisals. The staff are musicians themselves and can help you choose the best instrument for your needs and talent.

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CENTRE OF SHOPPING

Spring Garden Place on Spring Garden Road offers boutique shopping in a mall atmosphere in the convenient and bustling downtown core. Find flower shops at My Mother’s Bloomers, cocktail dresses and gowns at All Dressed Up, unique handcrafted jewellery at The Vault, hosiery, sleepwear and other accessories at Sock It To Ya, and artwork and paintings at Tom Rideout Art. It’s also home to Mills, one of the city’s landmark shopping institutions.

January & February Hot Shopping

By Trevor J. Adams

 

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LOVING LOCAL

For centuries, Atlantic Canada has been home to unique products, brands and businesses. The Lost Cod clothing line celebrates that rich heritage with tees and hoodies emblazoned with logos like the Nova Scotia Voyageurs (the region’s first American Hockey League) and Starr Skates (originators of the modern skate). Its waterfront kiosk is closed for the winter, but you can order online or visit the Lost Cod pop-up stores that frequently appear at the Uncommon Grounds cafés.

 

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FOR THE WINE LOVER

In stylish Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street, Bishop’s Cellar is an upscale wine spirits and beer store, specializing in varieties and vintages you won’t find elsewhere. It also hosts regular tasting events. In Dresden Row Market just off Spring Garden Road, Premier Wine & Spirits is Nova Scotia’s first and largest private liquor store, focusing on value wines from independent vineyards.

 

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FASHION FORWARD

It’s never too soon to start thinking about your spring styles. Premium denim is always hot. Find the latest designs from J Brand Jeans—among countless other high-end fashion lines—at the Mills department store on Spring Garden Road.

 

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HANDS-ON

Want to escape the elements, amuse young minds and find a unique gift? Clay Café on Quinpool Road is a paint-your-own pottery studio where young (or young-at-heart) artists can pick their pottery and paint it with their own whimsical designs, or follow a detailed pattern.

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PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES

If you’re the sort of traveller who enjoys year-round outdoor explorations—cross-country skiing, hiking and the like—odds are good you’ll destroy, soak or freeze your wallet at some point. The Pelican ProGear Sport Wallet may be just the thing for you. Compact and durable, it can hold your cards, keys and cash, and comes with a lanyard and water-resistant seal. Find it at Kellys Luggage on Brunswick Street, in the Halifax Shopping Centre or at Park Lane.

 

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YEAR-ROUND COMFORT

Damage resistant, crushproof and comfortable in any weather, the signature Canadian-made Tilley Endurables hat is de rigueur for savvy travellers. The cold-weather version is ideal for Halifax’s notoriously capricious winter weather. Find Tilley products at the Pier 21 Gift Shop at the Canadian Museum of Immigration on Marginal Road or at the Trail Shop on Quinpool Road.

 

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The creations at NovaScotian Crystal are more than products; they’re functional works of art. Using Old World techniques, the workers (North America’s only makers of mouth-blown fine crystal) turn molten sand into intricate crystal creations—elegant dishes, ornaments and more. Visit the glassworks to see the magic happen (Monday to Friday) and browse the adjoining showroom (open daily).