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Plaid Place

Concierge Q & A

Roger Poirier has been in the service industry for 40 years. For more than half that time, he’s been with Delta Hotels by Marriott Beausejour in Moncton, New Brunswick. He’s a member of Les Clefs d’Or Canada (an international concierge organization dedicated to high-quality service) and regular visitor to Halifax, staying atop the latest developments and attractions.

For Remembrance Day, where can a visitor go to learn more about Nova Scotia’s military history?

My two favorite places for history in Halifax are the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Both have great exhibits on Nova Scotia’s military history. Although its closed for the season, the Army Museum opens on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m., giving visitors a chance to explore it’s many exhibits on Canada’s military experiences in war and peace.

What’s your favourite event to celebrate the Christmas holidays in the Halifax area?

The Holiday Parade of Lights on Nov. 17 marks the start of the Christmas season in Halifax. Full of joy and light, this parade begins on Barrington Street and winds through the downtown and up Spring Garden Road to Robie Street, featuring dozens of floats, entertainers, and of course Santa Claus. The next weekend, return downtown to Grand Parade square in front of Halifax City Hall for the Christmas Tree Lighting—live music, fireworks, and another visit with Santa Claus.

What’s an ideal place to find a unique gift?

Plaid Place on Barrington Street boasts an assortment of gifts reflecting Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritage. You can find all manner of tartan-themed apparel, traditional Highland clothes, jewelry, Buchan pottery, and much more.

What’s a good way for a family to spend a blustery day in the Halifax area?

The Discovery Centre is always a good place to visit regardless of the weather. This hands-on science centre offers hours of learning (for all ages) disguised as entertainment. This season’s highlights include the Towers of Tomorrow exhibition, showcasing the amazing things creators can do with Lego. You’ll see intricate depictions of the world’s iconic towers, with 200,000 loose pieces on hand for young creators to follow their own muse.

What’s one experience every visitor to Halifax should have in November/December?

Over the holidays, I always enjoy walking on Barrington Street to Spring Garden Road to shop, dine, go for coffee or a drink. There are dozens of unique little stops on the way—boutiques, cafés, restaurants, galleries, and more. There are lots of festive lights and holiday displays along the way; it puts you in the holiday spirit!

Hot Shopping

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UNIQUE FINDS

It’s hard to find a more distinctive memento of your visit than a locally-crafted work of art from the AGNS Gallery Shop at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street. Check out unique jewelry, pottery, paintings, and more. Maud Lewis (the eponymous artist from the acclaimed movie Maudie) is among the many local talents whose work is on display.

The Pier 21 Gift Shop at the Canadian Museum of Immigration on Marginal Road, is the place to go for gifts from the spot known as “Canada’s Ellis Island.” Find local art and books, pewter gifts, and museum-branded swag aplenty.

 

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ZEN AND THE ART OF SHOPPING

Ikebana on Quinpool Road creates attractive floral arrangements in traditional Japanese designs. Choose from an arrangement of fresh flowers or one with permanent botanicals of silk or dried blossoms. Take a lesson or join in on a demonstration or workshop. The retail shop offers flower containers, Japanese pottery, incense, tea, and clothing.

 

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CELTIC PRIDE *Editor’s Pick*

Want to sport that distinctive Nova Scotian tartan? Head to Plaid Place on Barrington Street. You’ll find sweaters, hats, ties, skirts, kilts, and accessories—all reflecting Nova Scotia’s strong Scottish roots. Special event? Highland attire available for sale and rental.

 

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SUMMER STYLE

Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street has stylish summer dresses for any occasion. Find a basic style for everyday wear, flirtier frocks for weekends, or a cocktail dress for a wedding or other summer celebration. Choose from accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and hair pieces to complete your look.

 

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Photo: Trevor J. Adams

BEER LOVERS’ TRIO

Just steps from the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, the Garrison Beer Store on Terminal Road peddles beers from one of the province’s oldest craft brewers. On tap, you’ll find seasonal creations and longstanding favourites like raspberry wheat, Irish red, and more.

With stores on Gottingen Street and Windmill Road, Propeller Brewing is at the forefront of the local-beer scene. Thee new Propeller Common is a perfect summer beer: flavourful but easy-drinkin’.

At stores like Bishop’s Cellar on Lower Water Street and Rockhead on North Street, you’ll find beers from breweries around the province, plus all manner of international imports.

 

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FRESH FROM THE SEA

Fresh Atlantic lobster is a treat year-round; did you know you can stop into Clearwater Seafood at the Halifax airport on your way home to get some packaged for travel? Or visit the Bedford Highway location to get fresh-boiled lobster (with all the fixings), for an unforgettable picnic.

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SPRING STYLES

—Freshen your look for the season with a visit to Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street. Only a small quantity of each style is in store, so every client is uniquely outfitted. Choose from top brands and also local designs including Sweet Pea Collection by local designer Katrina Tuttle.

Locally owned and operated, Wildflower Clothing Inc. on Doyle Street brings international style to local shoppers. The bright and fresh boutique is packed with outwear, lingerie, tops, and bottoms for your summer wardrobe. Finish off your new look with some trendy accessories.

 

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LOCAL TREASURES

Kept Gifts and Housewares on King Street in Dartmouth is packed with handmade finds by artists from around the region and the world. The store carries a fun and fascinating selection of décor items, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, products for children, and candy. Staff carefully select each piece for its unique look and top quality.

Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique has two locations: Sunnyside Mall and Hydrostone Market. You’ll find creations in a variety of media from East Coast artisans, plus gourmet edibles, stained glass, fibre and fabric art, cushions, candles, and fine art.

 

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HIGHLAND PROUD

Find your family tartan at Plaid Place in Barrington Place Shops and be fitted for a kilt, too. This is the place for everything Scottish. But there are more than kilts. Browse the selection of Buchan pottery (Stoneware pottery made in Portobello, Scotland), hoodies, ties, socks, gifts, and jewelry.

 

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street has been creating custom designed jewelry for 40 years. Their designers and goldsmiths blend Old World techniques with New World designs. Choose from designer jewelry, custom, or wedding and engagement styles. Fireworks also offers repair and restoration services.

Bedazzled in Sunnyside Mall, Bedford, carries a range of jewelry to suit any taste. Find designs by artists from Nova Scotia, across Canada, and Israel. Artists include Toni XO, Michique, Christine Philippe, and Earth Goddess.

 

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HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER

A stay in Nova Scotia isn’t complete without a feed of lobster. But Clearwater Seafood on the Bedford Highway or at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport also packs up fresh crustaceans for your trip home. Other fresh seafood selections include scallops, crab, shrimp, and clams.

 

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TRADITIONAL TUNES *Editor’s Pick*

Any musician will love to shop at the Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street. Situated in a 135-year-old Victorian home, the shop is packed with stringed instruments, including banjoes, guitars, mandolins, and fiddles. There is also a selection of harmonicas, tin whistles, and Appalachian dulcimers. All the staff are musicians who can offer expert advice.

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.