88 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3S 1A2
Phone: (902) 405 4555 Fax: (902) 405 4025
Formerly the Bayers Road Shopping Centre, The Village at Bayers Road, essentially a commercial complex, incorporates several offices, medical centers, clinics and other such businesses. You'll also find the popular salons such as Zanzibar and Head Shoppe here; apart from that, there's a drug store, an optician and much more. The Village at Bayers Road is also home to some popular fast food joints and eateries such as Tim Horton's and Village Deli.
Minutes from downtown Halifax and easily accessible by bus, Halifax Shopping Centre has all the departmental stores, clothing shops (including the largest Gap in the Maritimes), electronics, games and hobbies, books, and food services you want. For a CAD2 donation to a local charity, the little ones can travel in a fun stroller. There is plenty of parking, some just for expectant moms and those with young children.
Located in central Halifax, Planet Organic Halifax has an extensive collection of herbal solutions for almost anything that ails you and staff to steer you in the right direction. It is also a supermarket stocked with organic foods: fruit and veggies, free range and organically fed meats, soups and breads and plenty of pre-cooked items. Before you leave, take a look at the notice board for everything healthy that is going on in town.
The Clay Cafe offers a great way to pass some time and be as creative as you like. Paint your own pottery. Three hundred shapes, teapots, bowls, plates, mugs and more than seventy colors to choose from. Come up with your own design or use the wide range of patterns available here. A party room can be reserved for up to thirty people. Prices are more than reasonable. For further details, please check the website.
After the Halifax Explosion in 1917, the Hydrostone District was created and, within that area, The Hydrostone Market stands. A Federal Heritage Site, it has won the Nova Scotia Heritage Award and is well worth a stroll. Nine shops of pastries, woven treasures, household accessories, gourmet tasties and more, nestle side by side. Shop for a while and have a lunch outside on a sunny day. Wander about the neighborhood, it is truly one of a kind. Business hours vary but most shops are open seven days a week.
P'lovers is dedicated to the planet and sells nothing that might cause her harm. Bedding and towels are soft unbleached cotton and baby clothes and stuffed toys are delightfully simple and durable. There are also jute or rag floor mats, mirrors with frames made of recycled Nova Scotia wood and old tires revived as hobby horses. You'll also find recycled paper and books to help you live a little greener. This is definitely a great place for unusual and thoughtful gifts.
As you stroll along Spring Garden Road, you will find this mall between Dresden Row and Brenton Street. Spring Garden Place is home to great dining options like Bonn Cuisine and Fiasco as well as a number of specialty shops selling a variety of products. One of the shops sell an excellent selection of local writing. There's a jeweler, Roots outlet, shoe store, nail salon, dry cleaner and grocery store among others.
Woozles has enough books, tapes and fun things to do to keep any child interested. The classics, and the latest, for the little and not-so-little ones are available as beautifully packaged gift sets. The store is a treat to visit, and a young reader's dream come true. There are special low-cost workshops too; subjects such as candle making, book design, yo-yo tricks and how to make your own rain stick are covered regularly. Call the shop or check out the website for details.
The Daily Grind has just about every paper and magazine you could want and nobody seems to care how long you browse. The shop is well lit, roomy and easy to navigate, and when you need a break there are healthful meals to be had in the dining area at the back. This is the spot to go for a magazine and a tasty sandwich if you are heading to the Public Gardens to sit a spell, a one-minute walk away.
Island Beach Company had its beginnings in 1988 and has been producing great clothing ever since. The merchandise quality is high quality and the price is right. Many of the graphics that grace the sweats and tees are original to Island Beach. Whether you need a cozy shirt to wear camping, Halifax shirt or pajamas, you will find a great selection here. Crafts and souvenirs are available as well. Other locations are Pier 21, MicMac Mall (wheelchair access) and 1781 Lower Water Street.
Drala Books & Gifts is the place to find items created especially for the spiritual side of your life. It is an interesting little shop if you want books on Buddhism for the novice or the long-time practitioner. There is also a fine selection of ornaments and home decor items like lamps, candles and wind chimes for decorating your home. So come by to buy things here that are not easy to come by elsewhere.
Carefully maintained throughout the years, the facade of Barrington Place Shops is as lovely now as it was a hundred years ago. Inside are 30 specialty shops featuring local and imported goods. Clothing, art, crafts, footwear and household items can be found in this pleasant and inviting atmosphere. There is ample parking in Scotia Square, just across the street, but if the weather is fine you'll want to include this area on your stroll down delightful old Barrington Street. Credit card acceptance varies by store.