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Strange Adventures

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

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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.

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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.

 

October Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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• Drala on Grafton Street is a favourite spot for those looking for gifts and items reflecting the contemplative lifestyle. Choose from meditation cushions and incense, Japanese teas, and beeswax candles to bring a peaceful energy to your space.
• Located in the recently renovated Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Pier 21 Gift Shop boasts unique gifts from around the world, Inuit carvings, traveller accessories, and much more.

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Specializing in head-to-toe service, The Unicorn in Bishop’s Landing caters to the best in women’s style. Locally owned and operated, shop for top brands such as Eliza Caveletti, Laurel, Peruzzi, Riani, and others. Browse the selection of fall and winter styles in handbags, jewelry, and clothing.

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Musicians and music lovers will enjoy a stop into the Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street. Stringed instruments are available for sale or on consignment. Bring your instrument in for appraisal or repair. The staff are all musicians and knowledgeable about music and the products they sell.

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Carrefour Atlantic and The Puffin Gallery on Upper Water Street offer one-of-a-kind gifts for discerning shoppers looking for something special. Featuring quality gifts such as literature, visual arts, and handicrafts produced in Atlantic Canada, Canada’s North and by First Nations communities.
• The artisans at Amos Pewter in the Historic Properties use traditional practices to handcraft molten pewter into designs that reflect the region’s beauty. Choose from modern and eclectic designs in collectibles, jewelry, home décor, and more.

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• Knitters will love the selection at LK Yarns in The Hydrostone in Halifax’s North End. This shop carries a large selection of yarns, as well as everything else you need for your knitting projects, such as patterns, needles, books, buttons, and baskets.
• Regardless of your skill level, The Loop on Barrington Street welcomes everyone to stop in to browse its selection of items for any project. Find natural yarns, fibres, and tools for crochet and felting projects. Sign up for a workshop to expand on your skill set.
• At Dartmouth Yarns on Portland Street, the motto is “it’s always sweater weather in Nova Scotia.” It has all the supplies you need to get started on your fall and winter sweaters and more. A class on knit therapy or crochet therapy is a great way to spend a blustery fall afternoon.

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Proud to be local, Dartmouth Clothing Co. has a selection of fun and comfortable t-shirts, baseball hats, tank tops, and posters, all featuring locally inspired logos and designs. Its products are available at Fresh Goods Sneakers and Apparel, Sugar Shok Candy Boutique, Biscuit General Store, Strange Adventures, and The Dart Gallery.

 

March Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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BEST BLOSSOMS

•Bring on spring with a fresh flower arrangement. Dean’s Flowers on Stanley Street has arrangements with all of the best spring blossoms such as orchids, roses, tulips, gerberas and more. Colorful, bright and fragrant, these arrangements are a reminder that spring is just around the corner.

•For a unique flower arrangement and maybe even a lesson, stop into Ikebana Shop on Quinpool Road. Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangement and these styles are sleek, elegant, with a mix of textures and flora will bring a peace and calmness to any space.

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SWEET GOODNESS

This is the season of maple syrup and as the sap runs from the trees, head out to Acadian Maple in Upper Tantallon where you can find the best and sweetest of the maple syrup treats on the market. Shop for everything from maple-flavoured coffee and confections, wine and preserves. And of course, you can also pick up a bottle of pure Canadian maple syrup.

Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

FRESH FROM THE SEA

Pick up a feed of lobster, the famous local fare, at Clearwater on Bedford Highway or at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Grab several pounds of this rich treat for a feast for friends and family or to take on the plane as a gift from your travels. On the menu are other delicious Nova Scotia seafood products such as wild scallops, clams, shrimp and snow crab.

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FRAME OF MIND

Highlight those special photos or pieces of artwork in an equally beautiful frame from Frame-It on Spring Garden Road. All the frames are completed in this downtown shop and made from Canadian-made materials and products whenever possible. There are more than 1,000 styles of frames and more than 500 mat colours available. Consultants will work with you on a design that fits your budget and the piece of art you’d like to display.

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SPRING STYLE

Get a start on your spring wardrobe with some help from Unicorn at Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax waterfront. With a large selection of European imports and head-to-toe service, the shop offers a selection of brands, including Periphery, Luisa Cerano, Crea Concept, Riani and more. The store also carries a selection of jewelry, footwear, handbags, as well as bridal accessories.

Strange Adventures

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Comic book lovers will appreciate the findings at Strange Adventures at its two locations on Prince Street in Halifax and Portland Place in Dartmouth. Known as “Canada’s Best Comic Shop,” the store carries comics, graphics novels and manga. New releases are on the shelves every Wednesday. In-store book signings and Free Comic Book Day are always treats awaiting comic fans.