- Joel Kelly and Mark Smith in the Bedford store
“People are looking for high quality, and they want to support local,” says Joel Kelly. He’s learned that in the last year, during which he’s been bringing beautiful things to Bedford via art, craft and handmade boutique Made in the Maritimes (Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway), which he runs with Mark Smith.
Amidst a busy first year in business Kelly and Smith quickly realized they wanted to grow the brand and open a companion location closer to downtown Halifax, but were waiting for the right place and time, which came together just in time for spring. This week Made in the Maritimes announced that in a perfectly fitting tenant swap it will take over the home of the recently retired Bogside Gallery—a business that dedicated decades to local artisans—and open shop number two at 5527 Young Street on the Hydrostone shopping strip. “It will look and feel the same,” says Kelly of the slightly smaller space. “But it’ll be really nice to have two locations to bring different things to.”
The Halifax location of Made in the Maritimes aims to open in early May.