Otis & Clementine's invites adults and kids to browse more than 20,000 new and used books while pleasing their palates with coffee, tea, and sweets. Readers wander through freestanding shelves that line the walls, making typewriter calls to lure out paperbacks ($4–$8) and browsing myriad genres, including recent best sellers, classics, young adult, and non-fiction. Younger readers test page-turning skills on kids' books ($2–$5), and the bookstore's aptly named "secret shelves" invite children to peruse gift ideas for parents and caregivers, all pre-approved by adults as fitting presents for birthdays or other holidays. Between picking out reading materials, visitors can head over to the coffeehouse area to sip Just Us fair-trade, organic tea and coffee ($2), silence the demands of sweet teeth with a selection of treats from White Sails Bakery ($2 each), or ask the barista to narrate their inner monologue.
Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
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.
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.
Leon’s Furniture in Kentville is locally owned and operated and offers great prices on furniture, major appliances and home electronics. So whatever your needs, from living room and bedroom furniture to washers, dryers and freezers, you can always be confident when you buy from Leon’s Furniture.
Miller Tirecraft coddles beloved cars with experienced, conscientious care. A standard oil change ($46.50) drains hot engines of their motor blood before Miller Tirecraft's masterful mechanics ease the lubricated filter's head back for a swig of nourishing, non-synthetic black gold. After a few paternal pats on the back, your car is ready to find itself among the open roads. Oil changes are recommended every three months or after 3,000 kilometres worth of whispering secrets into the ears of loyal dashboards.