Fruitful Expressions enchants givers and receivers alike with its handmade, customized fruit and confection concoctions. Artfully assembled chocolate-covered strawberry bouquets and fruit baskets take centre stage on the tables of special occasions. The bakers’ talents shine most brightly in their chocolate cake pops, individual tokens of edible art available in dozens of styles that take the shape of animals, seasonal figures, or event-specific shapes such as brides and grooms (not included with this Groupon). Fruitful Expressions also concocts treats for holidays and special occasions, celebrating everything from Thanksgiving and birthdays to St. Patrick’s Day and Casual Banana Hat Tuesdays.
In 1998, shop owners Ellen and Gregg ventured from their Chicago home out into the northern sunset, sowing the seeds of Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee in Upper Tantallon. Their business has since grown to carry more than 20,000 books, including recent best sellers, classics, romance novels, and young adult titles, as well as handmade jewellery from local artisans. Interspersed throughout the store are several reader-friendly lounge areas, boasting vintage area rugs and oversized chairs, where visitors can relax while sipping on cups of organic tea or fair-trade coffee from Just Us. Members of the shop’s book club meet regularly to share opinions of current titles and dish the latest Louisa May Alcott gossip.
Busy Bee Tools equips its patrons with more than 5,000 different woodworking, metal, and power tools by brands such as DeWalt, Makita, Bosch, Freud, Craftex, Delta, and Porter-Cable. Digital calipers ($19.99) measure the precise distance between hanging portraits of Frank Gehry's protractor, and shockless hammers ($10.99) keep wayward nails in check. Suction-seal safety goggles ($3.99) and magnetic wrist bands ($2.49) ensure home repairs conclude without a glitch. A plethora of woodworking and metalworking implements avail themselves to creative projects from custom-whittled figurines to home-forged chocolate fountains.
A large variety of toys, apparel, electronics, and gift items line the shelves at The Cotton Penguin, all aimed at children ranging in age from infants to preteens. Youngsters and their parents can explore the aisles that burst with colourful toys for learning and plush dolls for reanimating. The Cotton Penguin’s staff strives to fill the shop’s inventory with items made from eco-friendly materials and sourced locally.
Noble Grape arms amateur vintners and would-be brewmasters with the equipment and supplies they need to craft their own reds, whites, and brews at home. The store's winemaking starter package includes 15 items crucial to turning lowly grape juice into nectar worthy of Bacchus, including a fermenting device, racking accoutrements, a 23-litre glass carboy, a bottle filler, sanitizer, and a moody yet talented wine whisperer to tame the grapes. Oenophiles can choose from a stock of 25 Vintners Reserve wine kits designed to yield 23 litres in varietals ranging from pleasantly acidic chardonnay to bold, palate-blanketing cabernet sauvignon, or opt for a Twisted Mist wine-cocktail kit in flavours such as strawberry margarita and mojito. This option also includes $20 off a future wine-kit purchase.
Cuisine Type: Fresh fast food
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fish 'n' chips
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Pro Tip: Huge portions—bring a healthy appetite.
When the Chronicle Herald writer Bill Spurr arrived at Sydelle's Deli exactly three minutes after its noon opening, the parking lot was "filled with—I’m going to say— every pickup truck in Bedford. Inside, the half dozen tables were all filled and a line of men in coveralls stretched from the cash register to the door."
But after biting into the fish 'n' chips' perfectly cooked piece of haddock and seeing the extremely large portions and casual, welcoming atmosphere, Spurr deemed the wait to be "worth the effort," unlike convincing a child that broccoli is just a weird-looking piece of green candy. In addition to the fish 'n' chips, which won a trophy for Best Fish 'N' Chips in the HRM at the Fringe Festival in 2010, Sydelle's serves up burgers, smoked meat sandwiches, and a chicken breast and avocado sandwich that Spurr's dining acquaintance called "fantastic."