Let your day take you off-course and right to Off Track Brewing, Bedford's only brewery. It's where you can release all of your troubles and come as you are. Their relaxed environment welcomes people in from all walks of life.
These new brewers have already grown to house 15 taps, and within the next few weeks they'll be able to double their production with their new tanks. You may have already tasted Crash Course IPA, Damn Skippy PB Stout or Coconut Kolsch—and if you have, you know that these guys love to experiment with flavours. We can expect several new unique beers by the end of June, including a wheat beer made with haskap berries and cherries for a refreshing patio beer.
Bring over some food from around the neighbourhood and take a load off with a crowd-pleasing pint or an eccentric brew. We can't wait to see what tricks they have up their fermenters.
Off Track Brewing, 275 Rocky Lake Drive
Coming in Clutch
From Amazon to Uber, there's nothing you can't access online at the touch of a button. So why shouldn't you be able to find a used car this way?
Clutch.ca takes away all of the hassle of having to visit a dealership; with a quick scroll and click, you can be test driving your dream car by lunch. The local Clutch Concierges will drive it right to your home or office so that you can test it up to 200 kilometres around the HRM—no pushy sales tactics or commitment included. The power is truly in the consumer's hand.
Without the added dealership costs, Clutch's savings are their customers' savings. That goes for buying a Clutch Certified vehicle, or if you're looking to sell your car. Clutch will appraise it and take it off your hands for a price that you can feel good about.
The car hunt has never been so stress free, and with their seven-day money-back guarantee, you'll be sure that this is the car for you.
Clutch.ca, 20 Duke Street
Pleasing People with Every Bite
When you walk inside 3A Restaurant you'll find a stylish interior, cozy atmosphere and an ever-changing menu that is sure to keep you on your toes.
The story behind the 3A name celebrates the three owners who moved from Cape Breton to Halifax to make a dream come true. Charlie, head chef and co-owner, has devoted eight years to cooking. You can taste his passion in every meal they serve.
Their homemade menu items are constantly changing, rotating from classic fish and chips or steak all the way to Asian fusion dishes made with pork broth, Thai tastes with their Thai chicken burger and new Indian-style dishes like the maple curry chicken penne.
As a fully licensed bar with beer, wine and creative cocktails, 3A offers an exclusive "fine dining" experience while catering to every budget. These innovative dishes are ones you've never seen crafted before.
3A Restaurant, 264 Bedford Highway
Celebrating a quarter-century of great deals this year, Bedford Appliance Warehouse still knows how to make our dollar go that extra mile. With high-end appliances at low-end prices, you can comfortably blueprint all of those summer home updates you've had planned, without worrying about compromising the quality for price.
Whether you're looking to modernize your home kitchen or upgrade the cottage appliances, they can pair your budget to the style that you're looking for. These attractive packages are perfect for when you're in the market for more than once piece. Go the contemporary route with their sleek stainless-steel collections or stick with the traditional, they've got plenty of options no matter the home aesthetic.
You can finally enjoy your summer vacation without those appliance headaches. With reliable brands like Whirlpool, Kitchen-Aid, Frigidaire and Electrolux, your dream kitchen, fully-stocked Airbnb or summer home-away-from-home is waiting for you at Bedford Appliance Warehouse.
Bedford Appliance Warehouse, 1743 Bedford Highway
A "real world" of tastes is what you experience when you take that first bite of this Instagrammable bagel. With Izzy's Bagels there's no fine print, all of the natural ingredients are laid out for us to see (and to taste).
Flour, water, year, sugar and a sprinkle of salt—that's it!
A little goes a long way, and when the recipe is simple, the flavours have a chance to come out and play.
Izzy's experiments with natural flavours to bring the most eccentric and fantasized-about bagels to life. You can always count on their rainbow Pride Week special, or red-and-white-coloured dough to show our nation some love on Canada Day.
Their equally unique whipped cream cheeses will have you floating away, dreaming about your bagel long after breakfast is done. And Izzy's doesn't hold out on the good stuff—they slather it on. Trust us, the messier the face, the better it tastes!
Izzy's Bagels, 1180 Bedford Highway
Spicing Up Your Everyday Meals
Who says you shouldn't grocery shop on an empty stomach? Pete's Frootique & Fine Foods will rev up your appetite and then instantly satisfy those cravings with their ready-made dining options. Let your taste buds take control—they may just guide you through the aisles and tempt you with something new to throw into the "tonight's dinner" mix.
Pete's Frootique delivers all of the decadent flavours that come with eating out, mixed in with the wholesome comfort of a homecooked meal. This Bedford landmark is filled with new fresh and local delights to try, and with a 10 percent off deal for seniors on Wednesdays and students on Saturdays, you can afford to throw a little something extra into your basket.
Take advantage of your lunch break to shop around with some friends, and then power up with a healthy Best of Halifax-winning salad or smoothie. You'll get back to work feeling renewed and ready to take on anything that comes your way.
Pete's Frootique & Fine Foods, 1595 Bedford Highway
Bringing the "Experience" Back to Shopping
Sunnyside Mall changes your idea of what a mall should be and treats its customers to a comfortable shopping experience.
Say goodbye to fast food, because the mall's "foodie food court" serves made-in-house goodies from around the world that staff prepare on the spot.
You can find all of the mainstream stores that you know and love, while also supporting the local scene with a mix of independent boutiques to suit everyone's shopping preferences.
It's not often that you'll see an outdoor patio available at a mall, and Sunnyside houses four unique options. Grab your Second Cup coffee beside fresh flowers, step onto a top-notch Italian terrace at Il Mercato, enjoy more patio space at Finbar's Irish Pub or sip on that handcrafted summer cocktail at The Middle Spoon.
Along with their events in partnership with Make-A-Wish and Autism NS, you'll know that Sunnyside is passionate about bringing customers the complete community feel when they walk through the doors.
Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway
As Bedford's population rises, amenities and new local services aren't far behind. Watching as plans turn into actionable growth has been a treat for councillor Tim Outhit. He says there have been some extraordinary additions to the restaurant and pub scene, many of which will be showcased Saturday night at Sunnyside Mall, at the Rouge et Blanc sampling party during Bedford Days.
With the increase in local eateries and shops, traffic through Bedford is busier than ever. Though Outhit discloses that the plan for the commuter rail to relieve some of the congestion isn't coming, the district will be reinvestigating improvements to the Bedford Highway. Along with this project, they'll be looking into Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and a possible ferry service that takes people from Bedford into downtown Halifax.
Maintaining accessibility to and from Bedford is very important to Outhit, especially with finalizing preliminary work on the library. The next step is to find the perfect location, and to continue watching Bedford flourish as a district and community.
Councillor Tim Outhit, HRM District 16 Bedford-Wentworth, 902-229-6385