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March Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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BEST BLOSSOMS

•Bring on spring with a fresh flower arrangement. Dean’s Flowers on Stanley Street has arrangements with all of the best spring blossoms such as orchids, roses, tulips, gerberas and more. Colorful, bright and fragrant, these arrangements are a reminder that spring is just around the corner.

•For a unique flower arrangement and maybe even a lesson, stop into Ikebana Shop on Quinpool Road. Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangement and these styles are sleek, elegant, with a mix of textures and flora will bring a peace and calmness to any space.

Acadian-Maple-Syrup

SWEET GOODNESS

This is the season of maple syrup and as the sap runs from the trees, head out to Acadian Maple in Upper Tantallon where you can find the best and sweetest of the maple syrup treats on the market. Shop for everything from maple-flavoured coffee and confections, wine and preserves. And of course, you can also pick up a bottle of pure Canadian maple syrup.

Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

FRESH FROM THE SEA

Pick up a feed of lobster, the famous local fare, at Clearwater on Bedford Highway or at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Grab several pounds of this rich treat for a feast for friends and family or to take on the plane as a gift from your travels. On the menu are other delicious Nova Scotia seafood products such as wild scallops, clams, shrimp and snow crab.

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FRAME OF MIND

Highlight those special photos or pieces of artwork in an equally beautiful frame from Frame-It on Spring Garden Road. All the frames are completed in this downtown shop and made from Canadian-made materials and products whenever possible. There are more than 1,000 styles of frames and more than 500 mat colours available. Consultants will work with you on a design that fits your budget and the piece of art you’d like to display.

Unicorn

SPRING STYLE

Get a start on your spring wardrobe with some help from Unicorn at Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax waterfront. With a large selection of European imports and head-to-toe service, the shop offers a selection of brands, including Periphery, Luisa Cerano, Crea Concept, Riani and more. The store also carries a selection of jewelry, footwear, handbags, as well as bridal accessories.

Strange Adventures

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Comic book lovers will appreciate the findings at Strange Adventures at its two locations on Prince Street in Halifax and Portland Place in Dartmouth. Known as “Canada’s Best Comic Shop,” the store carries comics, graphics novels and manga. New releases are on the shelves every Wednesday. In-store book signings and Free Comic Book Day are always treats awaiting comic fans.

Hot Shopping: 3 Timeless Souvenirs to Take Home

NovaScotian Crystal

Looking for a souvenir that you can treasure for years to come? These items at local Halifax shops are far from the typical tourist fare.

1. Make your photos stand out or pick a new print at Frame-It, on Spring Garden Road. Get a custom-designed frame or choose from more than a thousand styles to fit your home décor. Take a look through the catalogue collection of artwork, including Peggy’s Cove scenery and the Bluenose.

2. Looking for a special gift? Go local with creative sculptures, jewellery, ornaments and more at Amos Pewter, on Lower Water Street. This store is full of Nova Scotia handmade designs, including new collections and traditional pieces.

3. Impress your guests at the next dinner party and visit NovaScotian Crystal for formal glasses, dishes and other crystal creations. Canada’s only maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut fine crystal recently launched its Canadian Spirit line, available in the George Street showroom or at the Pier 21 Gift Shop on Marginal Road.