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Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia

Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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FOR THE LOVE OF ART

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.

STOP AND SHOP

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.

GIFTS WITH PURPOSE

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.

STORY SELLERS

Woozles

Woozles

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.

FULL OF FLAVOUR

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.

EDITOR’S CHOICEFreak-Lunchbox-Exterior-South-2-resized

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.

 

April Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

Plaid Place

Plaid Place

GIFTS GALORE
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.

Value Village

Value Village

THRIFTY THRILLS
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.

Long & McQuade

Long & McQuade

EDITOR’S CHOICE
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.

Liquid Gold. Photo: Jeremy Tsang

Liquid Gold. Photo: Jeremy Tsang

OLIVE YOU
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.

Bedford Place Mall

Bedford Place Mall

SHOPPING STROLLS
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.

Halikids

Halikids

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.

Concierge Q&A

Andy-headshot-2-webAndy McIntosh is head concierge at the Prince George Hotel and a member of Les Clefs d’Or Canada. A Halifax native with 25 years of experience in hospitality industry, he’s also the past director, Atlantic Region with Les Clefs d’Or Canada.

What’s your recommendation for a can’t-miss March break event in Halifax?

The Halifax Mooseheads, the city’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, are home at the Scotiabank Centre on March 18 and 21. There games are always a great time with friends and family. And throughout the month at the Museum of Natural History on Summer Street you can see the interactive exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed, complete with fossils and animatronics displays.

What’s your favourite spot for a leisurely weekend brunch?

There plenty of great spots for a weekend brunch in Halifax. A couple of my favourites are Le Bistro by Liz on South Park Street and Edna Restaurant on Gottingen Street. And don’t be fooled by unassuming exterior of the Coastal Cafe on Robie Street. It’s a local favourite for inventive brunch offerings. If you like waffles, bananas, peanut butter and bacon, make sure to try The Elvis.

What’s the ideal made-in-Nova Scotia gift to take back home?

Kiln Art Fused Glass is created with a unique process of fusing glass in a kiln, creating unique glassware pieces that are decorative and functional. If you’re day tripping on the South Shore, visit their retail shop in Chester or find their works at Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road. There are pieces on display at Gio restaurant as well, with some pieces used for dinner service.

What restaurant do you suggest for a romantic dinner for two?

Chives Canadian Bistro on Barrington Street offers one of the best dining experiences in downtown Halifax. It has a private room for dinner with that special someone. The building was home to a bank years ago; the restaurateurs converted the old vault into a wine storage room and a private table for two.

What’s an ideal place to see some live entertainment?

For a great night out take in a live show at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom. It hosts great live music: rock, blues, country and Maritime music.

Concierge Q&A

Ron Ring began his career in the hotel business a decade ago, working as a concierge at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites for the last eight years. He’s an Unknown-webactive member of Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic Region and loves showing people the best that Halifax has to offer. When he’s not working, you can often seem him cruising in his antique 1964 Chev Bel Air.

What’s the best way to spend a blustery winter day in Halifax?

Exploring our great museums—especially the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, featuring Titanic and Halifax Explosion exhibits and the Museum of Natural History, which has a terrific new exhibit on Sable Island.

What’s your favourite spot for a relaxing weekend brunch?

Saege Bistro has just the right atmosphere for a winter weekend brunch. There’s a diverse menu with something for everyone, including several variations on eggs benny and the best crab cakes.

What’s the city’s best undiscovered attraction?

It’s well known by locals but many visitors don’t know about the skating Oval on the Halifax Common, which, of course, is only open for ice skating in the winter. It’s a very entertaining way to spend the day in the fresh air. There are free skate and helmet rentals on site.

What’s the best spot for a visitor to enjoy live music while in Halifax?

I always send visitors to the Lower Deck in Historic Properties for excellent live music every day of the week. You can rely on great music, great beer and great food at the Lower Deck and a real flavour of the Maritimes.

What’s the best place to find a unique Halifax souvenir?

Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road continues to offer the best selection of crafts by local artisans including folk art, pewter and pottery.