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Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent



Lovers of local art will enjoy the offerings at The Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth. Owner Jane MacDougald sources local artwork such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, and collectibles. The gallery also hosts art shows. Art consultation services, installation, and lease-to-purchase financing options available.


Mic Mac Mall

Mic Mac Mall

• With more than 120 stores, Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth offers a variety of high-end retailers and special services perfect for seasonal shopping, anchored by iconic department store The Bay. Three floors of shops includes American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Bodyworks, Lush, and Forever 21.
• Situated in the West End, Halifax Shopping Centre is the city’s largest shopping mall with 160 stores and services. Shop for a winter wardrobe at Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, or Cleo. Find matching shoes and handbag at Aldo, Naturalizer, or Coach. One-stop-holiday shopping for everyone on your gift list.


Jennifer's of Nova Scotia

Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia

P’lovers, with locations on South Park Street in Halifax and Queen Street in Dartmouth, is the perfect destination for the shopper who likes to make purchases that are sensitive to the Earth. The product line includes eco-friendly art, clothing, books, stationary, home décor, jewelry, and items for the outdoors.
• Since 1978, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road has been a big supporter of Atlantic Canadian artisans who make unique gifts and works of art. The selection includes pottery, glass, wood, pewter, jewelry, and food; you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list.




Woozles on Birmingham Street is Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore. It boasts shelves of books that inspire any imagination. Titles include those for baby’s first year of reading to those for young adults. Beyond books, Woozles hosts Battle of the Books, book clubs, book fairs, and more.
• For comic lovers, Strange Adventures, Comics and Curiosities on Prince Street in Halifax is a treasure trove of new and old comics, games, clothing, toys, and more. The award-winning comic book store also hosts Free Comic Book Day.


Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

For the foodie on your shopping list, find savoury gifts of olive oil and vinegars at Liquid Gold in The Hydrostone and Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All of the oils in store are ultra premium and made with the best crops in any season. The balsamic vinegars are made in a family-owned facility in Moderna, Italy. Pestos, tapenades, mustards, and confits will help finish off the shopping for any choosy cook.

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For gifts for those with a sweet tooth and a huge sense of fun, visit Freak Lunchbox at its Barrington Street location in Halifax or in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. This colourful store is bursting with nostalgic novelties such as Pez and Pop Shoppe. Grab a bag of bulk candies in myriad varieties or check out the bobbleheads of cultural icons.


Hot Shopping: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Collectibles

Contribute to a well-loved collection this holiday season by finding the perfect keepsakes from these fine Winnipeg boutiques, which all stock unique collectibles and many out-of-the-ordinary treaures.

Choo-choo-choose locomotives and rolling stock at Toad Hall Toys, including O-gauge, HO and Garden Rail trains. For the junior railroader, pick up a wooden train set ready for serious play. 54 Arthur St, 204-956-2195.

Add to a collection of hand-blown glassware and ceramics at The Gallery Shop at Winnipeg Art Gallery. Design fiends will prize Marcel Dzama’s melting snowmen canisters or a futuristic teapot (pictured). Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-789-1769.

At Banville & Jones, discover a precious vintage to age in a home wine cellar, or pick up a bottle to appreciate now. Choose from a broad selection of wine decanters. 1616 St. Mary’s Road, 204-948-9463.

Fans of football, baseball, hockey and basketball will find the perfect cap, T-shirt or bobblehead at Uptown Sports Cards and Collectibles. This wee shop is packed with trading cards from the 1950s onwards. Portage Place skywalk, 204-885-3377.

Step inside the walk-in humidor at Thomas Hinds Tobacconists for a whiff of cigars direct from the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Europe and Cuba. Put them in a leather case or add a cigar cutter to enhance the collection. 185 Carlton St, 204-942-0203.