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Guided Tour - Hydrostone

Once flattened by the Halifax Explosion, now home base to Halifax's can-do spirit.



Nobody knows an area better than its residents, so when it comes to looking for a new home in the Hydrostone area, Edie Hancock is as knowledgeable as it gets. Edie represents the Sutton Group Professional Realty, has lived in the Hydrostone since 1991 and specializes in finding new neighbours. The Sutton Group is 100 percent Canadian-owned and has been under the ownership of the same family since its inception more than 25 years ago. It was the first ISO real estate company in Canada, and its guiding principles of integrity and strong work ethic has succeeded in helping families find the perfect home throughout the past quarter-century. Sutton Group Professional Realty, 3845 Joseph Howe Drive

Motivated by a vision of a place that is home for all, and focusing on being client-centered and community oriented, HaliCuts & Spa combines the beauty and elegance of a hair salon with very affordable prices and services. John Wallace's salon has all needs covered, from cuts and colours to men and children's cut and styling needs as well. All different styles of hair are covered, with HaliCuts using the versatile KMS and Joico hair product lines. Having lived in the north end for years, Wallace fell in love with the area and felt that it would become a place where small businesses could thrive— and HaliCuts is proof that he was right! HaliCuts & Spa, 3180 Isleville Street

  • Liquid Gold

The taste of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar is a truly unforgettable experience, so when Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive allows customers to sample any of their products before you buy, it only enhances the tasting and discovery experience.Canada's first artisan tasting bar for fresh, genuine extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegar and gourmet condiments, Myrna Burlock's shop offers rotating taps of uniquely flavoured oils and vinegar, but it's the 15 single-varietal olive oils—straight from the tree, to the mill and then the store—that star in this show. Liquid Gold is a true specialty store, which fits best in a specialty neighbourhood such as the Hydrostone. Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive, 5525 Young Street

A fixture of the Hydrostone area since 1989, The Futon Store has been in business since 1981, meaning it is truly part of the fabric of the north end, and Halifax overall. Marcel Hebert's store carries all types of bedroom furniture, but its the namesake futons that are the main attraction. Offering a variety of sizes, shapes and styles, The Futon Store focuses strictly on high-quality products paired with great customer service to stand apart from the competition. The biggest misconception about futons is that they're only for students and a younger demographic. These days Hebert notices that seniors, cottage-goers and everyone in between is interested in adding a futon to their repertoire. The Futon Store received a major upgrade last year, as they moved into some brand-new digs—a modern building with a bigger showroom and more great products on display! It seems as if everyone wants a piece of the north end these days, and Hebert is doing his best to allow everyone to enjoy the north end in the most comfortable way possible. The Futon Store, 5730 Young Street

Dr. Poh and Dr. Lang, Lang Optometry - LENNY MULLINS
  • Dr. Poh and Dr. Lang, Lang Optometry

The idea of "strength in numbers" may not apply in a better situation than the handling of a person's finances, and that is the exact approach taken by Assante Wealth Management. Assante Hydrostone takes a holistic approach to wealth planning; rather than simply focus on an individual's investments, they integrate lawyers, tax accountants and financial analysts to explore a client's insurance, tax and estate planning as well. This full-service, integrated estate planning is for the growing number of people who have reached the point where they need more than just investment accumulation; they need a complete financial plan to carry them to—and through—retirement, which is where Assante Hydrostone stands out. Assante Wealth Management, 5548 Kaye Street

This winter, the Hydrostone will host a new location for families and businesses alike. St. Joseph's Square will boast roughly 6,000 square feet of commercial space, with 106 residential rental units—including suites and townhouses. Developed by Dexel Developments and managed by Paramount Management, St. Joseph's Square is also acknowledging the history of the land it will be standing on—the building at one point in time was a church, and the  old stained glass and reclaimed limestone  will be incorporated into the building, mixing historic elements with modern comfort. With interior amenities such as a fitness centre, residents' lounge, entertainment kitchen and an outdoor green space, St. Joseph's Square will only further the renaissance undergoing by north end Halifax. St. Joseph's Square, 5450 Kaye Street

Halifax Seed - LENNY MULLINS
  • Halifax Seed

Lang Optometry is the ideal place to get your image sharpened, both in terms of what you see and how you are seen. Working to create their customers a look that is edgy and fashion forward, but at the same time tasteful. Run by Gaetan Lang, a native Maritimer, he recently added a second doctor to his mix—Christopher Poh, from Kingston, Ontario. Lang Optometry prides itself in offering frames mostly from designers the doctors actually know personally—most of them European, award-winning and trendsetting. It takes years to build that kind of rapport, but once achieved it results in a more exclusive product available to their customers. Utilizing the latest technology and a genuine personalized approach to eye care, Lang Optometry has earned that reputation and strives to maintain it, one patient at a time. Lang Optometry, 5550 Kaye Street

The spirit of the north end is characterized by community, growth and supporting those around you. Joel Kelly and Mark Smith embody those traits, as their retail shop Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique encourages the support and growth of the local economy. Joining the Hydrostone community at the end of March, Made in the Maritimes offers a unique collection of high-quality handcrafted products. With a constantly evolving collection of one-of-a-kind items, you are sure to have a unique experience on each visit. Made in the Maritimes currently supports more than 120 Maritime artists, including Natasha Miller, whose works using charcoal and acrylics are found in art galleries across North American and Europe—Made in the Maritimes is her exclusive retailler in Nova Scotia.Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique, 5527 Young Street

Made in the Maritimes - LENNY MULLINS
  • Made in the Maritimes

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016, Halifax Seed Company is Canada's oldest family-run seed company. Providing expert advice and quality products to help gardeners of all levels grow the tastiest food, lushest lawns and beautify their outdoor space. Offering more than 400 varieties of vegetable, flower and herb seeds, Halifax Seed Company has something for everyone and its year-round urban garden centre allows customers and staff alike to keep up with the current horticulture trends. Halifax Seed Company strives to share its passion for helping customers growing their own, and welcomes friends to join on June 3 and 4 for its official 150-year celebration. Halifax Seed Company, 5860 Kane Street

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