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Hot Shopping

Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio on Brunswick Street is one of the city’s most unique shops, boasting handmade limited-edition paper goods, tea towels, pottery, and jewelry by local and international artists. Letterpress printing and custom social-stationery designs.



The province’s only maker of fine, mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal, NovaScotian Crystal showcases Old World artistry. Visit the waterfront studio on George Street to see master craftsmen transform molten sand into fine crystal creations. Its collection includes a new stemmed tulip beer glass, plus vases, candle holders, and all manner of giftware.

Olsen Europe


  • New at the Halifax Shopping Centre on Mumford Road, Levi’s boasts a variety of brand-name denim fashions for men, women, and children.
  • On Spring Garden Road, Olsen Europe has fresh new looks and trends. Inspired by styles on runways and in the streets, this line is known for its quality and sophistication. Fabrics chosen to reflect a company commitment to sustainability.
  • In a Box on Dresden Row is a unique little department store specializing in edgy fashions for women. You’ll also find stylish accessories such as bracelets, scarves, and handbags.

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 musical 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.


  • Outfit the kids for the season and beyond with a trip to Urban Kids at Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. This store serves the market for kids from age four to the tween years, and keeps on top of the latest fashion trends. Get a complete wardrobe from tops and bottoms, to hoodies and accessories.
  • For kids’ shoes, boots, active wear and accessories, stop into Twiggz (also at Mic Mac Mall). Shop for durable and stylish footwear, rain gear, and more. Dance gear, including leotards, tights, and shoes, are always in stock.

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

John David Shoes on Spring Garden Road boasts Atlantic Canada’s largest selection of women’s fashion footwear. The selection includes many exclusive brand names, such as France Mode fashion designer boots made in France.

Last-Minute Gifts for Dad


There’s just one shopping day left before Father’s Day (Jun. 17). But what do you buy the man who has everything? Whether your papa is a hipster, adrenaline junkie, outdoor adventurer, music nerd or sports fan, he’s sure to appreciate shoes and socks that match his true style.

Local brand Native Shoes makes what are, quite possibly, the comfiest footwear ever invented. They’re also lightweight and beast-free (i.e. vegan). Find them at the Native Shoes flagship store in Gastown or at various fashion-forward shoe stores around town.

If your father has a hobby or passion, chances are Stance has a pair of socks to go with it. From sports teams and music stars to funky stripes and Star Wars, every interest is covered. Pick up a pair at Boys’Co, Hill’s of Kerrisdale or Tilley Endurables.

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Heel Boy

Find your next pair of stylish kicks at this hip boutique. Browse its diverse selection of footwear—from the funky to the sensible—and mixture of mid-range to high-end brands. 773 Queen St. W.; 53 Gristmill Ln., Adidas Gazelle trainer, $100








Outfit yourself at this Montreal-based purveyor of shoes for both adults and children. Here you’ll find everything from thigh-high boots by Strategia to alligator-clad sneakers from Lacoste. 110 Bloor St. W.; other locations,  Lacoste Eyyla 317 1, $200








Outfit yourself like a Scandinavian with a selection of comfortable boots, shoes, sandals and accessories in classic styles from this Danish company. CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge St.; other locations,  Soft 1 high-top, $160










Canada’s largest independent luxury shoe store features such labels as Manolo Blahnik, Swims and Hugo  Boss. 66 Bloor St. W.; other locations, Swims motion mid-cut, $220









Ron White

Along with Ron’s All Day Heels and signature collections, this shop stocks names like Frye, Cole Haan and Mephisto. Manulife Centre,
55 Bloor St. W.; other locations, Stella floral dark jeans multi, $445







Want Apothecary

Browse the selection of carefully curated footwear from Want Les Essentiels, as well as other well-known and emerging designers. Want Apothecary also carries clothing, beauty products and accessories. 1070 Yonge St.; 2579 Yonge St., Lalibela sneaker, $275

The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect holiday. Some like to cook up a storm, others head for the hills. And then there are those for whom holidays mean dressing up and hitting every fabulous party. No matter how you like to wile away the time, our holiday gift guide has you covered.

Party Time

Diamond Earrings at Howard Fine Jewellers, 220 Sparks St.

Sparkle like a red-carpet star with these stunning dangle earrings, which feature round and yellow enhanced diamonds. $19,500.

Dirty Jokes at Stomping Ground, 728 Bank St.

Take your cocktail party banter to a new level with this collection of adult jokes. $11

Ace Face Shoes at John Fluevog Shoes, 61 William St.

These fancy lace-up derbys by the celebrated Canadian designer will ensure that you step out in style. $349.

Appliqué Minaudière Purse at Nordstrom50 Rideau St.

Add texture and shine to an evening outfit with this pint-sized purse. $169.

Silk Ties at E.R. Fisher199 Richmond Rd.

Dion neckwear has been making high-quality silk ties ($95-$135) and pocket rounds ($65) out of Toronto for 40 years.


Cheese Board at Boogie & Birdie, 256 Elgin St.

Show your national pride with this made-in-Canada bamboo cheese board. $106.

Reusable Bags at terra201304 Wellington St. W.

Be a wise owl and use these cute reusable bags, which come in a package of two. $15.

Japanese Blade at Knifewear, 800 Bank St.

The Mugen Santoku is a multi-purpose knife perfect for slicing, dicing, and mincing vegetables. $500.

Wood Finish at Maker House Company, 987 Wellington St. W.

Enhance and protect your wooden utensils and cutting boards with this all-natural beeswax product. $8.

Food Storage at The Chef’s Paradise1314 Bank St.

This alternative to plastic wrap uses the heat of your hand to create a seal. $30.


Mountaineering Board Game by Family Pastimes

Watch for avalanches, overcome frostbite, and grapple with other challenges in this cooperative, locally-made board game. $21.

Poop Coaster at Maker House Company, 987 Wellington St. W.

This coaster protects furniture — and lets guests know you’re not that uptight. $22. 

Good Gorilla at The Modern Shop, 541 Sussex Dr.

Hanno the gorilla can hold poses and hook onto furniture, bringing a touch of fun to any space. $150.

Snoopy Backpack at Simons, 50 Rideau St.

This Peanuts backpack by Vans features a padded back and adjustable strap. $45.

Phone Case at Boogie & Birdie, 256 Elgin St.

Is it mixed tape or mix tape? Regardless, transform your iPhone into an icon with this throwback case. $36.

Cozy Up

Earmuffs at the Hudson’s Bay Company50 Rideau St.

These faux fur earmuffs from the Canadian Olympic Team Collection feature a cozy knit headband. Also available in red. $30.

Box of Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut314 Richmond Rd.

This collection features handcrafted chocolates, five of which are award winners. $24.

Grand Teapot at Le Creuset517 Sussex Dr.

This teapot has a capacity of four cups — so your reading (or Netflix-binging) time won’t be interrupted by the need to put the kettle on. $60.

Canadian Club 40 YO at the LCBO, various locations

Toast Canada’s 150th with limited-edition Canadian Club Whisky that has been aged for 40 years. $250. 

Wool Blanket at The Opinicon1697 Chaffeys Lock Rd.

Handmade in Canada, this 100 per cent virgin wool blanket is the same one that graces the beds at the historical Opinicon Resort. $195.


Weatherproof Pad at Lee Valley, 900 Morisson Dr.

The Rite in the Rain notebook will not absorb water, nor will it curl or wrinkle. $9.50.

Craft Beer at the LCBO, various locations

Get adventurous with your tastebuds with beer from Ontario’s Collective Arts and Flying Monkeys. About $3.

Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket at Bushtukah, 203 Richmond Rd.

This lightweight down winter jacket is ideal for when the temperatures drop and weight is a concern. $350.

Eton Grundig Executive Satellite Radio at MEC, 366 Richmond Rd.

This device receives AM, FM, long and shortwave, VHF, marine, and HAM signals. $200.

The Bripe at Equator Coffee Roasters, 412 Churchill Ave. N.

You don’t want to lug a coffee pot to the great outdoors but need a caffeine fix. This copper apparatus and its kit allows the user to brew up an espresso in just a few minutes. $99.

Fall Shopping in Jasper

October 10, 2016
By Olivia Grecu & Naomi Witherick

Jasper shops have the perfect items to take you from summer to fall. Shop for practical jackets, on-trend dresses and durable sports shoes.

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Image by The North Face


Gravitypope’s Toronto Location Has All Sorts of Shoes

Gravitypope Toronto Shoes

Gravitypope Toronto has shoes up the wazoo

Toronto has seen an invasion of big-name American retailers these past few years, but companies from elsewhere in Canada are also coming to town. A staple of Edmonton’s shoe scene since 1990, Gravitypope is a “mini department store”—as manager Jody Kirk describes—that has garnered fans for its expansive selection of brands and prices for men and women of all ages, including Vans and Converse sneakers, Marni platforms, Paul Smith wingtips and Alexander Wang boots. The 4,000-square-foot Toronto destination also carries clothing and accessories from Comme des Garçons, Cedric Charlier, Rag & Bone and Stephan Schneider.  —Linda Luong

>> Gravitypope, 1010 Queen St. W., 647-748-5155; gravitypope.com
>> Map and reviews

Hot Shopping: Singular Shoes from Geox

OCTOBER 30 Take your feet for an extra special treat as Geox hosts a pop-up shop at its Toronto Eaton Centre location. For one day only, the brand known for its highly breathable shoes replaces its regular stock with footwear from an “Italian Runway” collection of two-tone Derbys, sky-high pumps and boots, plus exclusive creations by Canadian-born U.K. designer Patrick Cox, such as metallic silver and pink lace-ups and loafers for men and women. Savvy shoe-buyers will want to visit the shop early—the stylish goods are on sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. only, or while limited quantities last!

Hot Shopping: Teva Shoes

Teva Links

Cycling is a popular pastime in Ottawa, with riders tackling everything from Gatineau Park to city streets to our lengthy network of trails on two wheels. Join the crowd — and look the part — with the Links shoe from Teva, which was designed in collaboration with freeride mountain biker Jeff Lenosky. The Links’ rubber sole has serious gripping power, and state-of-the-art technology within the shoe actually prevents water from absorbing on a molecular level. Plus, the shoes are stylish enough to transition seamlessly from a rugged mountain ride to a downtown patio. $140.

Available at several Ottawa retailers including Trailhead, 1960 Scott St., 613-722-4229, www.trailhead.ca.

Hot Shopping: Flirt With Fashion at Two Unique Halifax Shops

J&R Grimsmo

Halifax has a style all its own. Be sure to visit these two local shops and discover the finest fashions Halifax has to offer.

• Find the latest designer styles at J&R Grimsmo Boutique on Barrington Street. Opened last fall, this womenswear shop offers East Coast summer staples, like striped shirts and flirty dresses, as well as bolder items, like vibrant purses, animal print scarves and handcrafted jewellery. There’s plenty to mix and match for each day of the week.

• Whether you’re outfitting for a night on the town or keeping it casual, Kick Ass Shoes has the footwear for you. Drop by the shop on Spring Garden Road to check out the selection of neon pumps, comfy flats and wedge sandals.

Hot Shopping: Fab Footwear from Geox

The “Janira” patent leather dress sandal by Geox

You’ll feel like the queen of the urban jungle when you strut your stuff in the “Janira” patent leather dress sandals by Geox. With bold colours and modern design, these shoes are indicative of the brand’s 2012 Spring/Summer line, which focuses on colour, texture, and prints. And even though you’ll be rocking a sky-high stacked heel, the shoe also features padded insoles, a patented breathable sole, and soft leather lining to wick away moisture, so you never have to sacrifice style for comfort. $130. Available at Geox, Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-4369.

Hot Shop: Stuart Weitzman’s New Boutique

Stuart Weitzmas brings more fashionable footwear to Toronto

The Toronto Eaton Centre is a shoe-in destination for any gal looking for fab footwear. Here, famed American designer Stuart Weitzman takes another big step into the Canadian market with his first stand-alone shop in Ontario, and only his third in the country. The monochromatic decor scheme—a palette of white and barely-there grey dominates from floor to ceiling—is all the better to showcase more than 200 styles of fun and funky sandals, casual and evening-appropriate finery for the feet, plus a selection of coordinating handbags. Open daily. 220 Yonge St., 647-352-0550.

Hot Shopping: Wet Wear By SWIMS

Spice up the season with these preppy and practical loafers from SWIMS ($175), available at Harry Rosen. Seafaring men and their land-locked brethren are sure to make a splash with this versatile summer classic from the Norwegian brand. These waterproof shoes are made with a natural rubber and feature a hand-sewn anti-bacterial mesh lining for proper ventilation; non-slip, non-marking soles mean they’re perfect for skipping a boat or toting about town. Bright accent colours and a streamlined silhouette make this a no-fuss choice for the season.