By Suzanne Rent
HOME SWEET HOME DÉCOR
Named after one of the cultural centres of Greece during the Early Iron Age, Attica on Barrington Street is an innovative shop that offers great design and décor from local and international artists. There is everything you need to make your home beautiful, including lighting, furniture (indoor and out), rugs, dishware and more.
DAY AT THE SPA
•Embrace sandal season with a pedicure at Interlude Spa on Upper Water Street in Halifax or Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth. Other services include facials, hand treatments and spa packages.
•Book an appointment at the salon at Spirit Spa on Salter Street for a new summer hairstyle. While you’re there, book a massage or body scrub or wrap, too.
Olivier Soapery in the Historic Properties carries all the soap and beauty products made from natural products at its soapery in Ste-Anne-de-Kent in New Brunswick. Choose from the line of soaps, milk baths, therapeutic oils and creams, all made with natural beeswax, cocoa butter and olive oil.
CARVED FROM WOOD
Woodworker and owner Jana Bookholt at Swaine Street Woodworking in the West End crafts unique and durable cutting boards, butcher blocks and serving boards that will last a lifetime for the cooks in your kitchen. Each product is made of maple, birch or walnut, and cutting boards are naturally anti-bacterial. A line of care products, such as polish and oil, are available as well.
FASHION ON THE RUN
All the active wear you need for a summer outside in nature is at Patagonia Halifax on Lower Water Street. Many of the clothes, including jackets, pants, shorts and yoga gear, are made from recycled polyester or organic cotton. One per cent of the sales are donated to local environmental causes.
•Sunnyside Mall sits in the heart of Bedford on the Bedford Highway. Anchored by Pete’s Frootique and Marks’ Work Wearhouse, this mall offers stores with women’s apparel, footwear, gifts, books, wine and more. Make it a day and have lunch at Finbar’s or Il Mercato.
•Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth is one of the largest shopping centres in the region. Inside are retailers such as The Bay, Homesense, H&M, Bath & Bodyworks and Aeropostale, making this a great shopping destination for everyone in the family. Easily accessible by car or transit.