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Mills

Hot Shopping

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.

September Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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SERENITY NOW
Drala Books & Gifts on Grafton Street is the destination for anything you need for a contemplative lifestyle. Find high-quality meditation cushions all made in Nova Scotia, beeswax candles, Japanese teas and Asian-inspired décor. Interesting gift ideas include leather-bound journals, paper lanterns, chopsticks and incense.

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FALL FASHION
•Find all of today’s top fashions at Mills, Halifax’s landmark department store on Spring Garden Road. Both classic and trendy collections are in store, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Bailey 44, James Jeans and Judith & Charles. In-store services include bra fittings, personal shopping, alterations and beauty consultations.
•On Barrington Street, visit Foreign Affair for designer fashions for women. Here you will find the latest and must-have brands from Canada, the U.S. and Europe. There’s also a solid selection of premium denim.

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AND REEEEELAX
Book a full-day retreat and enjoy several relaxing treatments at Interlude Spa on Upper Water Street in Halifax or on Ochterloney Street in downtown Dartmouth. Book a full-body massage and indulge in a manicure and pedicure. Top it all off with a new haircut and makeup application.

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MAN MADE
•For business and casual wear for men, drop into Colwell’s in the Historic Properties on Lower Water Street. Find the latest styles in shirts, suits, dress and casual pants, sweaters, jackets, cufflinks, ties and belts. Look for collections such as Nautica, Alex Cannon, Rainforest and Jack Victor.
•For weekend fashions, go to American Apparel on Queen Street. Hoodies, t-shirts and undergarments and denim, all ethically made in the U.S. Accessorize your new wardrobe with shoes, sunglasses and ball caps.

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WHAT A GEM
If you’re on the hunt for a special piece of jewelry to give as a gift or wear yourself, visit Frida Custom Jewellery Design in Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street. A team of master goldsmiths and stone setters will help you create the design you want. Signature collections include those by Friday, The Shield Collection, Caribou and Ocean. Clare Bridge, Marathia and Vianna are among the artisan collections.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE
It’s a toy wonderland at Halikids on South Park Street. With the goal of inspiring creativity and imagination, this store is packed with toys for kids from all ages and stages: Lego, Melissa and Doug, Manhattan Toys, Plan Toys, Plasma and more. The boutique also offers high-end clothing lines.

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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Bishop’s Cellar

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).