Open City 2016 – I Love Local HFX

One of my favourite days of the year! I Love Local HFX's Open City is a celebration of local food and business. You can spend the day shopping and tasting yummy back door takeouts from the best local restaurants. I love Open City because I get to visit business owners and catch up! It's a great way to try something new: check out a new shop that has recently opened, or try a new dish at a unique restaurant. You don't have to wait for Open City though – get out there and support local business!

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Started my day at Pro Skates on Quinpool Road with Anchored Coffee and delicious cookies!

 Started my day at Pro Skates on Quinpool Road with Anchored Coffee and delicious cookies!

Pop-up sale at Pro Skates! Melody Hillman Ceramics was busy selling handmade pottery.

 Pop-up sale at Pro Skates! Melody Hillman Ceramics was busy selling handmade pottery.

Pop-up sale at Pro Skates! Drifter Goods was selling handmade leather and canvas goods.

 Pop-up sale at Pro Skates! Drifter Goods was selling handmade leather and canvas goods.

Brand new shop Sattva conscious life style boutique on Agricola Street started the day with a yoga class and celebrated Open City with a sale on clothing and accessories.

 Brand new shop Sattva conscious life style boutique on Agricola Street started the day with a yoga class and celebrated Open City with a sale on clothing and accessories.

I visited Patch Halifax on Robie Street for the first time. So many beautiful colours and fabrics! Will have to try one of their sewing classes soon.

 I visited Patch Halifax on Robie Street for the first time. So many beautiful colours and fabrics! Will have to try one of their sewing classes soon.

Met up friends at Black Sheep Restaurant for some Breakfast Poutine – Hand Cut Fries, Oulton's Bacon, Gravy, Cheese Curds, and Poached Egg. So good!

 Met up friends at Black Sheep Restaurant for some Breakfast Poutine – Hand Cut Fries, Oulton's Bacon, Gravy, Cheese Curds, and Poached Egg. So good!

Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street was full of spring colour! Gorgeous hand-lettered designs by Better Left Said.

More local food :) House-made sausages on a brioche bun from La Frasca! Proceeds went to support relief efforts in Fort McMurray.

 More local food :) House-made sausages on a brioche bun from La Frasca!

Visited Brilliant Clothing for the first time on Birmingham Street. Garden Party with treats from Le French Fix and tax free dresses.

 Visited Brilliant Clothing for the first time on Birmingham Street. Garden Party with treats from Le French Fix and tax free dresses.

It was opening day for Made in the Maritimes on Young Street in the Hydrostone. Beautiful locally made gifts and art.

 It was opening day for Made in the Maritimes on Young Street in the Hydrostone.
 Live painting by artist Kimberley Eddy at Made in the Maritimes. Fun to see a painting in process!

Live painting by artist Kimberley Eddy at Made in the Maritimes. Fun to see a painting in process!

 Nova Scotia Fisherman samples. They all smelled divine!

Nova Scotia Fisherman samples. They all smelled divine!

Visited Bodega Boutique's new digs on Portland Street in Dartmouth. All the beautiful things!

 Visited Bodega Boutique's new digs on Portland Street in Dartmouth. All the beautiful things!

My first taste of Portland St. Creperie and it was chocolate heaven!

 My first taste of Portland St. Creperie and it was chocolate heaven!