I’m not a big fan of suburban living for me it’s near the core or in the woods. This however is likely the most densely populated area of HRM with streets upon streets of apartment buildings, townhouses and duplexes. People obviously want to live in this neighbourhood designed for cars. However there is a great trail system, A lovely new athletics and aquatic centre, and architecturally pleasing library and a newly renovated and expanded Soccer Nova Scotia headquarters. This type of area brings us the mini mall. Whose success seems to rely on some combination of tanning salon, hair salon, physiotherapy, medical clinic and/or dentist mixed with National Chains. First we will look at the west side of Clayton Park and Rockingham

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Area A is at Exit 2 of Highway 102, This area offer 2 hotels to stay at Holiday Inn Express or Quality Inn. It’s also has a few gas station options Esso, Irving and and Petro Canada all with attached convenience stores and Irving having a Subway and Heritage Credit Union also attached. There are additional eats to have in the area the ubiquitous Tim Hortons, Hala’s Pizza, Little Caesars. There are plethora of services available from instant loans to Dentist, H&R Block to Allstate, Jorge’s Barber Shop to Red Rooster Video and Convenience, Vogue Optical to a local branch of the gym behemoth Anytime Fitness, Physio to Medical Clinic, Head Quarters hair restoration to the Medicine Shoppe and Lawton’s Drugs. Maritime Dance Academy has a studio here and then an NSLC to round out the area.

Area B nestled in Parkland Drive we have another mini mall with  Cooke Insurance,Bare Essentials aesthetics,First Choice  Haircutters, Clayton Park Tailor and Dry Cleaning, Ritual Tanning and Vibration Centre, Needs convenience store, Chiropractor, Hearing Aids, It Takes A Village daycare and Dominos. There are a few quirky things here though like the Canadian Lebanese Consulate. It also has the 2nd location of Gracious Indian offering a fast food and delivery style Indian food. The star is 9+Nine Chinese I have yet to eat here myself but I have heard nothing but good things about the quality of food and service.

Area C is at Exit 2A offering some big names in Canadian sprawl. There is accommodations to be had at the Future Inn which also houses the family restaurant Redwood Grill. There is Irving with Circle K for your petrol and convenience store needs. A full service CIBC with drive thru and a Starbucks. Crossing the street to the south side of Lacewood Dr. There is Halifax’s Home Depot, a newly opened Mr. Lube , Smitty’s, Pizza Hut, Swiss Chalet (or “S  ss Chalet” as the sign has said for months at night) and another drive thru bank in the form of BMO. Taylor Flooring and Harmony Interiors are here if you have a reno bug. A dentist and two medical clinics here available in this area. Expedia Cruise lines has a store but if you use Expedia why not use a PC? Noble Grape for the basement winemaker supplies. Golden Goal one of HRM’s soccer stores is strategically located and HRM’s first all you can eat sushi, Happy Sushi is here which is OK but the service is a bit slow and by the time you are done you could have had a higher quality (thou not quantity) sushi meal at another spot for a similar price.

to be continued Part 2 http://halifax.retales.ca/?p=198