Category Archives: Local Retail

Makenew at Love, Me

Anna Gilkerson’s current Makenew collection is at Love, Me Boutique all day today! I was at the shop last eve and  was so impressed by the whole scene. Anna has managed to create collections of vintage clothes with such cohesion and a small footprint.

I love the concept. Recycled clothes are great… but we can feel sometimes like it is second best. Makenew is the perfect antidote. Each piece takes on new life within the theme of the collection, it finds new ways to be worn that are current and in great taste. Kinda like have a personal shopper and a stylist- but you will still spend less than you would shopping new!

Check out the website to see the collections and the great fashion photos (you can shop online too!).

It is totally worth going to see the clothes in person though. Head down to my favorite shop in Halifax, Love, Me Boutique!

1539 Birmingham St
Halifax, NS B3J 2J6
(902) 444-3668


Rootbrew, Gingerbrew and always some IPA.

A visit to Propeller on Gottingen street today was just what I needed. I was stocking up for the season, root and ginger to go with the rum and pale ale for the beer lovers. The shop itself is delightful with its brewery smells. I love filling up my growlers for $9 and pouring them out for friends to share back home. If you have a growler lover in your family you should def buy them a wetsuit for their bottle. So cool. I guess more for the summer months but always a great way to keep your beer cool looking, and cool tasting. We are so lucky to have good local brews in this city… Let them know you love them next time you stop by!

Dreaming of a Solstice Dinner

What will we have? Ham, chicken or a roast? Brie and crackers or maybe Solstice Sushi? Today I was inspired by one of my favorite Halifax spots, Local Source Market. I could not make it all the way to the Farmer’s Market today and so I stopped into LSM on my way home. I was very pleased with my finds: smoked bacon, delicata squash, soft goat cheese and some Propeller root beer (to try with the Ironworks Rum!). It felt great in there today, yummy smells, cheerful people picking up their CSA boxes and smiling staff. Local Source is a perfect place to but holiday house gifts, maple syrup is always a great choice or a homemade chutney or relish. Also a good plan? Plan your winter meals around what is grown here in Nova Scotia and what is in season… Very easy with the right inspiration.

Everyone needs a cup of Local Jo

Well if you have ever been to Local Jo you probably know it is my second home. My children crawl on the floor, play with the toys and eat marvelous pizza and lemon poppyseed shortbread cookies. I drink latte’s and always take home some sweet williams sausage or a fresh loaf of bread. There is nothing this place can’t do! Warm, child friendly, local gift ideas, yummy food, great coffee and they even have cheesecake and Dee Dee’s Ice Cream. I think every hood should have its own version of Local Jo. A meeting place where you can find a good lunch and the local staples you need to make dinner. They also provide a space for your events… I guess I will see you there.

Love in the Downtown

Love, Me Boutique is an all time favorite for downtown shopping. Creative displays, friendly chats and always exciting stuff. I love that I can afford Art at Love, Me. Whether it is a hand painted card, a felted pin or a luxe scarf I feel like any item will be cherished for a long time. This is a place where heirlooms originate. With my eyes peeled for Halifax made goods I ventured in yesterday. The find of the day: the sweetest sleep masks ever known made by Alison Campbell. Hand embroidered beauties so comfy you wanna take a nap. Also my favorite feathery earrings, wooden rings and the cutest baby gifts of all. (including patchwork quilts by yours truly!). So take a look and a shop. I know you know someone that needs a good nap.

Kid Lit Loot

I have been going to Woozle’s since I was a tiny child. Now that I have a couple of children myself I am back in the routine of stopping in for a visit. Gabe loves the train tables, there is a super comfy chair for nursing and I always learn about a new great book. Today I went to talk to my old friend Suzy Crocker about the local authors, illustrators and publishers they carry at the shop. I had no idea what I was in for. There were so many books! I had no idea what to focus on… The picture here is of Shauntay Grant’s new book, “The City Speaks in Drums”, with artwork by Susan Tooke. There are even copies with the CD of Shauntay reading which is a must if you know her voice. Amazing imagery from Halifax too. The booty I brought home for my pirate lovers is called “The Dread Crew”,  by Kate Inglis and art by Sydney Smith, which involves some recycling pirates with a bad reputation. So next time you stop into Woozle’s ask about the Local Lit, you will be delighted at the hidden treasures.

Local Biscuits? Homegrown High Fashion!

Claire and I headed downtown this morning to see what kind of local products our favorite retailers are carrying. Seems to be a little disconnect for some retailers when in comes to selling NS products in their shops.  The store owners I talked to today were very supportive of NS goods and would like to be able to offer them to their customers. My friend Wendy, who owns Biscuit General Store, would like to carry more locally made goods but can’t compete when they are being sold directly at craft fairs, Etsy or Farmers Markets. Often small producers are buying their materials at retail prices and aren’t manufacturing in large quantities. So what? Should the customer being willing to pay more? The retailers take a smaller margin? Producers cut costs or increase production? Only sell direct through markets? I am curious  what  you think.

I did find some beautiful homegrown greats at Biscuit. Sisters Louanna & Hilary Murphy both sell their one of a kind wares at the General Store. Here are some of the pieces I love! Louanna’ s top and floral skirt (right). Hilary’s necklace (below).