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Thursday, May 23, 2019

GUIDED TOUR: HYDROSTONE

On a visit to Halifax’s charming, personal gem of a neighbourhood, enjoy a unique mix of shops, services and eateries that specialize in the charming, personal touch.

Posted on Thu, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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From the Earth, made for you
When you first walk into Earth Goddess Jewelry, you'll notice the amazing aroma. Next, you'll be instantly calmed by stones and crystals. But none of it would be possible without their staff, who tie the ambiance together to give you the complete shopping experience.

Earth Goddess' new location is bigger and brighter, and allows for even more ethically sourced, naturally based products to be displayed. The locals will tell you that this is the best shop to find a quality gift for an amazing price point (and all made by Canadian artisans!).

Their signature necklaces are either sterling or gold-filled with dropped stone pendants that each come with a property meaning tucked inside the box, so you can carry those strengths with you everywhere you go.

With bridal season coming up, you'll want to stop in and see their award-winning selection of bridal jewellery, or take the time to create a custom piece that's made especially for you on your special day.

Earth Goddess Jewelry, 5866 Demone Street


You're that much closer to becoming a Hitter
You're invited to try a fun, fast-paced and challenging full body cardio workout that is guaranteed to make you feel amazing. 30 Minute Hit is a high intensity boxing and kickboxing circuit training studio. It's a 30-minute workout designed just for women, has no set class times and a trainer is always included.

Stop in for a free trial, which is a full 30-minute workout (and not just a 10-minute sampler). You'll get a chance to experience the awesome 30 Minute Hit workout with no obligation. A qualified trainer will be ready to work with you every step of the way and answer all of your questions! Once you become a Hitter, they will personally instruct and motivate you through the entire circuit every time that you come into train. No matter what your fitness or skill level, you'll sweat, punch, learn and burn your way to results you never thought possible!
Go to 30minutehit.com and sign up for your free trial today!

30 Minute Hit, 5651 Hennessey Street


Loko for Takos
Tangy pineapple, chipotle mayo and beer-battered fish with guacamole are just a few of the flavours that'll have you hooked on the new Tako Loko. Having only been open for two months, this family-owned restaurant is already known for pleasing their customers with authentic Mexican cuisine, especially with their (very) spicy salsa.

Their simple space is beautifully decorated with vibrant yellow and green walls that instantly settle you into an eating mood. The menu is simple too, with seven types of tacos and some classic side options. For something new, Tako Loko launches a weekly special each Sunday. Their current focus is to introduce tofu into their veggie taco to imitate the pulled chicken style in the "Tinga"—they'll even make the salsa separate from the meat!

Fingers crossed they'll have their liquor license by summertime, which means enjoying an El Pastor ttaco with a refreshing glass of Corona to pair. Bring your appetite, you'll want to stay for seconds.

Tako Loko, 3248 Isleville Street


Evolving eye care, bold eyewear
The team at Lang Optometry and Eyewear stops at nothing to bring us the best—that goes for frames and the most advanced technology to make sure that we're staying on top of our eyecare.

In their optometry department, they've introduced the Zeiss OCT instrument that lets Gaétan Lang and Christopher Poh see beneath the surface of the retina. Almost like an MRI of the eye, this machine helps to diagnose macular degeneration, glaucoma and other eye disease often before progression has done any obvious damage. Earlier diagnosis means you get referred to the appropriate specialist even earlier than before.

Lang Optometry revolutionizes vision care with their premium European frames. Their Belgian frame THEO is bolder than ever with their new collection, "Colours are smiles," adding even more brightness to make clients' eyes pop. To perfectly compliment the THEO brand, Lang has introduced a new line originating from France, Anne & Valentin Eyewear that focus on a renewal of form and colour.

Major frame designers always find their creative home at Lang Optometry.

Lang Optometry and Eyewear, 5550 Kaye Street


Creative floral and curated plants
If you're looking to send a fabulous, strange, sentimental or tiny custom floral bouquet, no one can craft one like Props Floral Design.

Ashley is a floral goddess with 17 years of experience and says nothing is too big or too small. She can do anything from a comedic custom arrangement—it included feminine hygiene products—to large wedding installations complete with constructed floral trees amongst suspended baby's breath clouds.

Jayme can guide you to pick the perfect house plant, as she loves to nurture relationships through gifts from the natural world. She's currently on the hunt for more edible houseplants to add to their curated selection.

Keep an eye out for upcoming floral and plant workshops, but in the meantime, come in and browse the floral shop and let their shop-dog Kuma sit on your feet and give you snuggles. Dogs, flowers and plants—what more could you need?

Props Floral Design, 5533 Young Street (The Hydrostone Market)


A melange of flavours and dishes
Sit up at the sushi bar and watch the work happen right in front of your eyes. Hamachi Kita Sushi and Asian Flare is some of the best sushi in the city and has been for nearly a decade. They don't stop at sushi—Hamachi offers a concept that combines our favourite dishes with other Asian influence.

Hamachi brings items such as their Thai BBQ chicken, pad Thai and Thai curries to the mix, and have healthy and creative dishes on their feature menu, which includes vegetarian options.

The wide selection means you'll never argue with your friends about where to eat—Hamachi even has a full selection of teriyaki, riceand noodle entrees and appetizers.

With a combination of dishes to choose from, plus the quaint setting of the Hydrostone market, Hamachi Kita is always a contender for date nights, celebrations and dinners out.

Eat in, take out or get it delivered—there are multiple ways to experience Hamachi.

Hamachi Kita Sushi and Asian Flare, 5535-37 Young Street (The Hydrostone Market)

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