Tuesday, November 27, 2012


10 Holiday Gift Suggestions From Mattick's Farm


Christmas is just around the corner, which means Christmas shopping. At Mattick's Farm our community of locally-owned and operated stores provide a way to shop local and support your local community. So, here are 10 Christmas gift suggestions from Mattick's Farm.

1. Country Gift Shoppe
Check out Kamelon jewelry that's interchangeable.
More here.

2. A Stable Way of Life
Suggests Canadian-made Garneau sheepskin slippers.
More here.

3. Sunday's Snowflakes
Simon Chang collection of coats - perfect for the cold weather ahead.
More here.

4. Elephant Florals
Offering special Christmas florals, with delivery from Sooke to Sidney.
More here.

5. Ladybug boutique
Table linens from Danica and Ekelund, Dansk Glassware, pottery from Bowen Island, and more!
More here.

6. VQA Wine Shop
Check out a fabulous selection of wines:

Occulus Magnum 2007 - $175
Cedar Creek Platinum Viogner 2011 - $25
Le Vieux Pin Syrah 2008 - $50 - OMG! is a good way to describe this lovely Rhone styled Syrah
More here.

7. Adrienne's Tea Garden & Restaurant
Christmas High Tea daily + Christmas family get-togethers.
Book now.

8. Cordova Hair
Best price on KQC and HR professional flight irons and curlers.
More here.

9. Toying Around
Find the elusive Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway.
More here.

10. Pure Day Spa
Gift certificate for a Signature Masaage Treatment, Facial, Pedicure and more.
More here.

Nevin Thompson frequently blogs about the Saanich Peninsula on behalf of the Cedarwood Inn & Suites, a Sidney BC hotel.
A Stable Way Of Life, set in the beautiful complex of Mattick's Farm in Victoria, offers an interesting shopping experience featuring footwear for a city or country lifestyle. Along with an ever changing selection of gift ideas which begins with this season’s collection of fun handbags and of course an unusual array of finds for the cat dog and horse lover. We have a great selection of cool shoes, footwear and slippers for this holiday season.
Come visit our store, it is a must for this holiday season A Stable Way of Life .


A Stable Way of Life - Because we love shoes as much as you do!         

 Happy Holidays from A Stable Way of Life

Monday, November 26, 2012

It’s hard to imagine a bigger Christmas treat than going to meet Santa, well this coming December 02, on Sunday, Santa will be at Mattick's Farm from 1pm-4pm. Bring your Christmas Wish List and what's new at Mattick's Farm.

Santa at Mattick's Farm

Friday, November 23, 2012

Gift Basket - The Country Gift Shoppe

Hello: We now have a beautiful gift basket being drawn at the end of November worth $160.00. Anyone who comes in from November 17th to November 30th and buys any Kameleon gets their name in the draw!!! All the staff love the Kameleon and we are sure you will to!!! Come in and have a look or visit us at The Country Gift Shoppe

Butchart Gardens Christmas

December 1st, 2012 marks the start of the 26th season of festive Christmas displays.

Tens of thousands of coloured lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away about The Gardens.

From 5 pm to 9 pm in the Piazza you will find lively performances featuring traditional caroling and music.

Enjoy some recreational ice skating on our 465 sq. m (5,000 sq. ft.) outdoor rink.

Skating is available daily during admission hours. Just show up and skate at the next available time, or you can book a time by visiting the Visitor Information Centre upon arrival. Skate times run on the hour and last for 40 minutes. The rink capacity is 75, so be sure to bring your friends.

Skate prices are Adults $5 plus tax, Youth (13-17) $4 plus tax, and Children (12 and under) $3 plus tax. Admission to The Gardens is required. Skate rentals are available on a first come basis for $3 plus tax per pair. Helmets and wrist guards are available at no charge. *Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to 12% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).

Skate club performances are on several Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

If you are hunting for Christmas gift ideas, the Mattick's Farm  presents an array of tasteful selections.

Christmas Shopping Tips

Christmas shopping can be stressful for many people. In fact, holiday shopping can be a primary source of stress during the weeks leading up to the holidays.

Avoid the parking challenges and peak time at the Mall’s by visiting us here at Mattick’s Farm

Find the perfect gift or shop to your own delight. Revel in a fabulous lunch, relax in the spa or stroll the courtyard. Discover our fascinating atmosphere, check out our event page for Santa Claus and Caroller’s this holiday season.

It’s all here at Mattick’s Farm, a distinctive blend of shopping, dining and entertainment, open for you from first coffee till last call; seven days a week.

The choice for visitors, the perfect place for business, and the hub for local residents, feel the beat of the city at Mattick’s Farm

Create an Organized Christmas Shopping List - Start by jotting down all those holiday gift ideas in list form. Then, holidays shoppers should make a list of all the stores that they need to visit. Under each store's name, write down what items need to be purchased and cross gifts off the list as they're purchased. Keeping an organized holiday shopping list will save time and prevent holiday shoppers from forgetting gift ideas or having to return to a store to buy an item that was forgotten during the first shopping trip.

Take Advantage of Gift Wrapping Services, Especially Free Gift Wrapping - During the holiday season, many stores offer gift wrapping services.

Don't Go Christmas Shopping at Peak Times - Avoid the malls and stores during lunch hour and on the weekends, as this is when most holiday shoppers are at the stores.

Do Holiday Shopping a Little Bit at a Time - Eight straight hours of Christmas shopping is apt to be a stressful proposition. So instead of taking long holiday shopping trips, do that Christmas shopping bit by bit. Stop by a store on your way home from work or en route to another appointment.

Canadian Shoppers on Black Friday

We might not have an official Black Friday in Canada, but with a soaring loonie and hot sales luring shoppers over the border, many Canadian retailers are pulling out all the stops this Friday to keep shoppers’ dollars here at home.

A number of malls opened their doors extra early Friday to get holiday deal-seekers into their stores. The West Edmonton Mall opened up at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than usual, while Toronto’s Eaton Centre threw open its doors prior at 6 a.m. -- the earliest it’s ever opened. Staff at some stores in the Toronto mall had to open even earlier than that because, even before the sun had risen, shoppers were already lining up outside stores. Kimberley Clancy, of the shopping website Frugal Shopper Canada, says for Canadian retailers, it doesn’t get any bigger than this weekend. “Every Canadian retailer wants Canadians to get out shopping this weekend so they’ve created sales across the board,” she told CTV’s Canada AM Friday. While pre-holiday sales are not new in Canada, this year, many retailers are appropriating the U.S. term and labelling their sales “Black Friday events.”

But Clancy says Canadian shoppers don’t need to worry about finding themselves caught up in all-out brawling Black Friday mayhem like we see coming out of the U.S. “Here in Canada, we tend to be a bit more civilized. Most of the doors have a week-long -- or at least weekend-long -- sale, with a lot of their merchandise on sale. It’s not just the doorcrashers that create the chaos in the U.S.,” she says.

Canadian retailers are pulling out all the enticing sales tactics that they usually reserve for Boxing Day sales because they are fully aware that their biggest competition this year is not each other, but the U.S. A dollar that’s near par with the U.S. currency, higher duty-free limits, and more-diverse shopping choices are conspiring together to tempt Canadian shoppers to take their dollars elsewhere. Six per cent of Canadians told a Harris-Decima survey in mid-October that they were planning a trip to the U.S. for Black Friday deals, says the Retail Council of Canada. And a survey released last week by Visa Canada found that about 44 per cent of Canadians were planning to take advantage of discounts offered online by American retailers on Black Friday weekend.

Since Canadians can now spend $200 in the U.S. without paying duty if their stay is longer than 24 hours, many are turning shopping trips into mini-shopping vacations, booking hotels in border towns and bringing the family along.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas Wish Book

Holiday Wish Book; Every nook and cranny of our delightful shops and boutiques are filled with giftware, linens, candles, luxurious bath products, jewellery, wine, toys and much more this holiday season, Drop in today and delight your senses, treat someone special this holiday season, click the icon to visit our Holiday Wish Book! Visit www.matticksfarm.com