More than three decades into its life as the local bike shop the community depends on, Lunenburg Bicycle Barn continues to aid cyclists with everything from repairs, bike sales, gear, and itineraries for tours of the Nova Scotia coastline. The shop’s Trek brand cycles and Louis Garneau kids’ bikes ferry renters and buyers alike across all kinds of local terrain, complemented by gear that outfits riders from helmet to cleat in brands such as Camelbak and Sidi. Cyclists can outfit their rides in wheels that claim to withstand bullets, much less road debris, and the full-service shop’s craftsmen can nurse diverse rides back to road-worthiness under the tutelage of master repairman Al Heubach. Alternatively, the shop arranges single- and multi-day bike tours, the latter of which include pre-booked meals, transportation, and cottage-style accommodations that take the stress out of seeing Nova Scotia by pedal, leaving cyclists free time to convince their handlebars they love them both equally.
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.
Mountain Equipment Co-op gears its customers up for adventure in the great outdoors. The shop stocks hiking, biking, and climbing equipment and accessories, along with all the clothing and footwear you need for excursions in the snow or out on tropical waters. Whether you're searching for a pair of running shoes for a jog around your neighbourhood, or the tools to equip yourself for a weeklong journey through the Alaskan wilderness, Mountain Equipment Co-op is your one-stop shop.
The foot buffs at The Shoe Company outfit kickers in casual, formal, and athletic shoes for men, women, and kids. Flats exchange tap-dancing tips with long and short boots, including Madden Girl lace-up short boots in brown or black leather ($89.99). Women’s toning shoes nudge muscles toward shapeliness in brand names such as Skechers and Reebok ($69.99–$89.99). Male paws slip into a pair of deck shoes ($39.99–$89.99), and fashion athletic shoes from Puma, Diesel, Adidas, and other designers ($69.99–$89.99) beautify lacrosse games. Prepare for fall classes or bouts of acorn gathering with handbags in tote, cross-body, clutch, and hobo styles, including bright satchels from Baci Couture ($59.99) and black or grey satin evening bags from Cause & Effect ($24.99).
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Château Outlet's original storefront, where he intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Château Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew great success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Château Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.
From wardrobe analysis to helping dress for an interview, the personal shoppers, consultants, and tailors at 180 Moda outfit clients with a host of fashion-focused services. During private consultations, personal shoppers assess wardrobes before helping clients choose the ensemble that best fits various occasions, pairing a smart yet casual khaki-and-crew number with first dates or a sequined off-the-shoulder dress for jury duty. Master tailors from Thailand and Italy call on a thorough knowledge of sartorial tradition and a unique eye for detail to craft accurately tailored and well-fitting suits, dresses, and shirts from a selection of thousands of fabrics, helping their clients turn heads with every ensemble.