Venus Envy

Venus Envy, Barrington Street Halifax NS

As a Halifax based business, and general fans of this vibrant city, eyecandy SIGNS INC. has long been a fan of The Coast and the buzz it brings to so many of our city’s dynamic businesses.  Their “Best Of” addition highlights many of our fellow entrepreneurs with its extensive categories, and we are thrilled that there is now a special place for us in the mix.  The “Best Retail Sign” category provides a platform for us to brag about our work, which stands proudly in front of so many of Halifax’s favourite boutiques.

If you’ve ever walked down Barrington Street you’ve seen eyecandy originals.  We’re particularly proud of our bold creation at Venus Envy.  Owned and operated by Maggie Haywood, Venus Envy is an education based sex shop and bookstore.  In addition to the retail side of this business, Venus Envy hosts’ seminars and workshops on a variety of sexually based topics aimed at improving the sexual lifestyles of adults of all genders and orientations.

This haven for sexual health and pleasure has repeatedly been recognized as “Halifax’s Best Sex-Toy Shop” as voted by Coast readers, and we’re proud to say that our relationship with Maggie has spanned the decade–her success being a direct result of her strong and focused entrepreneurial spirit, not to mention some fantastic branding.

We love creating signs that strongly reflect our clients’ brands and we think we’ve made our point with Venus Envy’s sculptural Rocket.  This funky, phallic presence starts your Venus Envy experience on the street.  The giant “rocket” peaks interest, and curiosity bringing traffic in the door and drawing attention to Maggie’s exceptional boutique.

If you’ve got a rocket it your pocket cause you like our sign, vote Venus Envy for Halifax’s best retail sign in balklänningar


Inkwell Boutique

Andrea Rahal, Billige brudekjoler   Owner of Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letter Press Studio, is on to something.  Her soft voice and pleasant demeanor made for a lovely exchange of information, enabling us to bring to life her vision for a gentle boutique sign which now hangs eloquently from the façade of her business located at 1658 Market Street in Halifax.

Andrea is a purveyor of specialty paper goods handmade with love, by artists from around the corner and across the world. She also offers custom letterpress printed personal stationery.  The moment you walk in to her fresh, bright, welcoming boutique you’ll have no doubt in your mind that handmade letter pressing is no lost art; but one that is vibrantly present in our city, and we’re lucky for that.

Andrea’s inspiration behind opening her business in Halifax is rooted in William Morris’ dictum labour of love. She does what she loves, she shares what she loves, and helps support other artists in doing what they love.  Andrea says her favourite aspects about running a business in Halifax are all the fascinating people she gets to meet. Inkwell Boutique is a strong contribution to the revitalization of downtown Halifax. Tucked between the bustle of Spring Garden and Barrington, Inkwell get’s many visitors who roll in, unaware of the beauty hidden behind her door. Andrea adores the reactions from these visitors who stumble in and exude appreciation for this unexpected shop.

Her unique products remind us that in Evening Dress Online   today’s world of email and generic birthday cards, we have options, options that allow us to get back down to the heart of things.  To reach out to our loved ones with a beautiful handwritten note, or say thank you in a way that is truly meaningful.  This is a world that has forgotten how much a real letter means- and inkwell has set out to change that.

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L’Acadie Vineyards


I remember the very first day I spoke with Pauline Scott, Owner of L’Acadie Vineyards.  It was a chilly day in February and she was eagerly preparing for her upcoming season at the winery.  Being a general wine lover, and past inhabitant of Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley, I was over the moon to be working with L’Acadie Vineyards in creating what was to become a traditional sign that would embody the heart/essence of L’Acadie and welcome visitors onto their stunning certified organic Vineyard.

Owners, Bruce and Pauline are putting Nova Scotia on the world map. Bruce is forging new territory with his traditional method sparkling wines. His use of L’Acadie grapes is particularly unique and his contribution to the craft is winning attention and praise world wide.  The L’Acadie Vineyards’ Prestige Brut and Sparkling Rose are the first Nova Scotia traditional method sparkling wines and thanks to their benchmarking the unique cool climate wine region is quickly gaining recognition for its authentic style.

At my earliest opportunity I sought out a bottle of their 2009 Sparkling Rose and was not disappointed.  It is no surprise that L’Acadie has been repeatedly acknowledged as Nova Scotia’s premiere producer of sparkling wines.

When asked what has been their favourite thing is about running a vineyard, Pauline and Bruce Ewert have this to say: “the many repeat customers that tell us how much they love our wines.  Nothing is greater for us than having happy customers”.

L’Acadie’s products are available for purchase at many NSLC’s throughout the province, the Wolfville Farmer’s Market as well as Halifax’s newly established Seaport Market, Bishop’s Cellar, Premier Wines, and Cristall and Luckett Wine Merchant. For a closer look at the vineyard you can visit the tasting room and shop May through December or can stay in the vineyard side guest cottage.

eyecandy is proud to have made L’Acadie Vineyards home to one of our pieces, and we look forward to keeping an eye on what’s happening with this growing Nova Scotian business.