My #BigDayDowntown 2014

Last month  I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in this year’s #BigDayDowntown, planned by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC). I, along with 30 other local bloggers, was given $150 in Visa gift cards and a deadline of one month to spend and write about it. Today is the last day of the deadline (I’ve been out of town) and luckily, I needed to buy a little wedding gift for this weekend. So today, I truly did spend most of the day eating and shopping, and going to the spa in downtown Halifax. Normally I blog about the food, but I wanted to show off the goods I picked up at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress Studio, an incredible shop that was first recommended to me by friend Anna, who sells her origami roses there.

The ‘Always & For Ever’ is a print I bought for a wedding gift (hopefully she doesn’t read this blog before tomorrow night). Aside from that, I found a great card for the newly weds, an awesome 7-year pen that Geir will love (he’s very into pens) with bacon and egg on it, plus some coasters (a gift for me).

I did also meet a friend for a lunch at 2 Doors Down, which I’ve previously blogged about. Always a fantastic spot (they just finished shooting an episode for You Gotta Eat Here! yesterday). The lobster bruschetta with sweet pea, ricotta and lemon blitz was delicious, and I especially enjoyed the glass of Avondale Sky Cheverie with it. After that, I hit up Spirit Spa, my favourite spa in downtown Halifax for a hair appointment with Vernon (he’s the best — try to go see him).

Today was a gorgeous, sunny September day, the best kind to spend downtown. Thanks DHBC!