I’m spending time with family over the holiday, and this is the first time I’ve been back to Halifax, Nova Scotia—my hometown— since I started working with Hospitality Design. It’s a charming coastal city, but for a place as famous for its hospitality as Nova Scotia, there is still a lot of room for growth and innovation in the hospitality industry.
An interior design boutique that I was excited to visit is Attica on Barrington Street, one of the main drags in downtown Halifax. Looking in the windows it always seemed just a bit ahead of the rest of the city—showcasing sleek, modern furniture and lighting that would look at home in any boutique hotel in New York. According to Suzanne Saul, co-owner of Attica, they provide high-end furnishings (like Vi-Spring mattresses) for both private and hospitality spaces.
Among others, Attica has provided items for Atlantica Hotel, Oak Island Resort & Spa, The Prince George Hotel, Killam Properties, and Premiere Executive Suites—and recently provided lighting for Cut Grill, an upscale steakhouse in downtown Halifax.
Halifax has an almost effortless style that’s hard to reproduce: it has the intimacy and friendliness you’d associate with a small town, but the nightlife and culinary scene of a bigger city. Despite some challenges brought on by growing pains—it’s like Halifax can’t decide whether or not it really wants to be a big city—there is much to see, do, and experience, and with the recent news that Halifax has been awarded a $25 billion federal shipbuilding program, which will bring a flush of money, jobs, and people to the province, the need for more and varied hospitality spaces will explode over the coming years. I look forward to seeing Halifax take its rightful place as a “must-visit” spot in Canada, and a force to be reckoned with in the hospitality industry.