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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.

 

Hot Shopping: Show Your True Colours with Makeup from Lush

Lush Makeup

Rather than matching your makeup to what you’re wearing, Lush thinks you should match it to how you’re feeling. This is the philosophy behind the company’s new 30-prodcut Emotional Brilliance line, which offers lip colours, liquid eyeliners, and cream eye shadows (all $22.95). Shoppers spin a wheel and choose the three shades that stand out most to them. Each colour has a corresponding word, and that word is said to be significant to your current subconscious needs. Regardless of whether you believe in the philosophy, the products are pretty, well-made, and vegan, and that’s bound to make you feel good.

ByWard Market, 43 William St., 613-241-5874; St. Laurent Centre, 613-564-5874, www.lush.ca.

Hot Shopping: Eco-friendly Shampoos

Lush solid shampoos have a flavour to suit every hair need.

In honour of Earth Day on April 22, forgo your usual shampoo and try something a little greener. These solid shampoos by Lush come packaging and preservative-free, and are packed with good-for-your-hair ingredients like shea butter and peppermint. Perfect for travel or trips to the gym when you need to keep your bags spill-free. $7.95-$14.95. 43 William St., 613-241-5874, and St. Laurent Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., 613-564-5874.

October Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Tod's driving shoe ($498)

Tod's driving shoe

1. Men’s style emporium Harry Rosen adds another notch to its belt with the inclusion of a new shop-in-shop. Tod’s, the distinguished Italian footwear and leather goods company, lays down tracks with a 200 square-foot space, the first of its kind in Canada. Nestled on the second floor of Harry Rosen’s Bloor Street West flagship shop—alongside such other pre-eminent brands as Armani Collezioni and Dolce & Gabbana—the modern masculine showroom bedecked in polished metal and leather boasts a commanding back wall featuring Tod’s illustrious shoes, such as the popular driving shoe ($498). Other small leather products as well as supple bags are also on display.

Guerlain's latest perfume, Idylle

Guerlain's Idylle perfume

2. Venerable perfumery Guerlain shakes up its stately image with the debut of a new fragrance aimed at younger customers. Established in 1828, the French company gives its century-old formula an update with Idylle ($82 to $148), a scent named to suggest languid afternoons of daydreaming. A subtle bouquet of freesia, lilac, peony, jasmine, lily of the valley, chypre—containing patchouli and white musk—and Bulgarian roses, the perfume has serious contemporary cachet. Not only is it represented by rising French starlet Nora Arnezeder, its teardrop-shaped bottle was created by hipster designer Ora Ïto, who is known for his product parodies of items from Louis Vuitton and Apple.

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

3. Shop guilt-free and for charity with these pink picks for breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds from the purchase of each item support breast cancer research.

>> Model, actress and Estée Lauder spokesperson Elizabeth Hurley hand-picked a lip shade collection ($30)—composed of a lipstick, gloss and pencil that fits in a mirrored compact; available at Holt Renfrew and The Bay.

>> Bath time gets a boost with a Think Pink bath bomb ($5.95) from Lush, which fizzles in the water as it unleashes heart-shaped confetti.

>> Write for a good cause with BIC Sheaffer’s brushed stainless steel pen and pencil duo ($27), available at Grand & Toy (College Park, 777 Bay St., 416-977-5100).