Through trials and tribulations, Dacane Surf Shop owner Lance Moore has always strived to provide the best opportunities and gear for wave-tamers. Having hatched the shop's first incarnation in his mother's basement and moved on to locations where break-ins and robberies were rampant, he maintained his focus on learning his trade before finally settling in Halifax. Always looking to stay one step ahead of the sport, Lance and his team seek out the most cutting-edge surfing equipment available from reputable designers such as Channel Islands, Santa Cruz, and Watercooled. His instructors customize surf camps and lessons to help mould burgeoning aquanauts of all ages and skill levels, and hip threads from the likes of Quiksilver and Billabong keep them looking the part. The surf shack also sets up adventurists with stand-up paddleboards, skim boards, body boards, and all the accessories needed to coast the whitecaps or add authenticity to an online dating profile.
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.
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.
Lumbermart succours and shellacs home interiors and exteriors with pragmatic products and individualized installations. Maintain stylish privacy by separating the living room from the teddy bear cloning lab with a colonist six-panel door (starting at $32.88 per door). Spend a snowy Saturday ripping up the decades-old Twister-patterned carpet from the basement and replace it with prefinished hardwood flooring (starting at $2.88 per sq. ft.). Lumbermart also tints walls and decks with interior and exterior paint such as a can of their contractors’ choice 100% acrylic interior paint (starting at $22.88), which may look appetizing but is not a recommended soup substitute.
At Heartstrings & Things Lingerie, complimentary fittings help shoppers pluck figure-flattering pieces out of a collection of bras that spans sizes 30D–40H and boasts both seductive and practical undergarments. Cast a curvy shadow with Le Mystère's seamless bra ($85+), which, like a shy ghost, never reveals its existence. Chantelle's collection of sheer, lace-laden underthings ($99–$129) accents a sultry silhouette, and Olga's bras ($36+) support full figures with underwire and padded straps. Shoppers can also stock up on Warner's underwear ($30 for three pairs) or peruse Heartstrings &Things' sleepwear ($45–$70) to prolong dreams as efficiently as a glass of warm milk poured over an alarm clock.