By Suzanne Rent
•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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.