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The Wedding Café refreshes couples planning their big day with nuptial knowledge dished out alongside fair-trade organic coffee, salads, and paninis. The airy sky-blue-and-white dining room doubles as a resource centre where betrothed couples garner guidance from wedding planning books and magazines, browse brochures and reception-site menus, or connect to WiFi to run vows through plagiarism filters. As planners pour matcha green-tea lattes into mugs, they also dispense wedding advice, including referrals for trusted vendors.
Black café tables offer a calm space for planning ceremony details and finding the proper laser needed to cut the cake, but The Wedding Café dishes its fare out to non-planners just as joyfully. Paninis come equipped with accents such as cranberries or basil-pesto mayo to highlight chicken or turkey and complement a plate of Moroccan hummus with pita chips. Cupcakes, meanwhile, tap dance inside a glass display case, and wedding-themed merchandise waits to be gifted.
Nature's Fare Markets is an organic and natural foods grocer that supports ethically grown, fair-trade, local, sustainable, and organic products. During smoothie manifestation, Nature’s Fare Markets combines a cornucopia of fresh fruits, veggies, vitamins, and supplements, creating a super blend capable of boosting the immune system and ability to pronounce "quinoa". The all-fruit smoothies, with a choice of orange juice, rice milk, soymilk, or almond milk, include the Berry Breeze, made from strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and banana (16 oz. for $4.99). Ingest an Energizing Elixer, such as the vanilla chai vega, with Vega vanilla chai whole food health optimizer, banana, and rice milk (16 oz for $5.99). Those looking to sprout their own stingers can embrace the bee pollen, ginseng, and maca in the Lust for Life booster ($1.99).
Stocked with fair-trade coffee, a wide variety of teas, vegetarian dishes, and gluten-free cuisine, the Marmalade Cat Café caters to a wide range of particular eaters. The daily breakfast and lunch menus are supplemented on Sundays with simple brunch fare, which includes eggs Donny topped with homemade hollandaise and a choice of spinach and tomato, salmon, or ham ($9.50). While you tap into the complimentary wireless connection, wash out your throat with a cup of red espresso—a naturally decaffeinated version of the traditional sippable that's made from Rooibos tea leaves finely ground by the feet of off-season elves.
After years at the helm of his family’s 60-year-old garden centre in Burnaby, Barry Kuypers opted for a change of scenery. He and his family moved to Kelowna and opened The Kelowna Flower Farm. Now managed by his daughter Carrie, the plant centre welcomes clients with a country farm's hospitality and a green thumbs up. The gardening professionals choose shrubs, blossoms, and herbs that can adapt to the Okanagan climate, and their bedding plants run the alphabet from abutilons to zinnias. Clients have their choice of around 2,000 hanging baskets and heritage perennials, which return year after year to remind households to file their taxes. A selection of exotic plants adds flair to yards with tropical water plants, mandevillas, and lemon trees to replace money trees that have only sprouted IOUs.
At Cottage Quilting, shelves groan under the weight of more than 3,500 bolts of fabric awaiting adoption by nimble hands. Friendly staffers help customers navigate reams of brightly hued designer cottons, sweet floral prints from Amy Butler, and vivid batik patterns in their quest for the perfect cloth. They can also point crafters toward hand-dyed threads, pattern books, and tools such as rotary cutters and mats, as well as new sewing and embroidery machines from Bernina and Brother. Their classes dole out guidance and inspiration for students of varying skill levels, focusing on anything from binding basics and hand embroidery to crafting reversible aprons that enable a single chef to play both good cop and bad cop with fallen soufflés.
At Lake Country Cycle Ltd., bicycle lover Cameron Donald pours his energy into providing a host of bike services. Using skills acquired at the Winterborne Bicycle Institute in Guelph, where he obtained his professional bicycle mechanic certificate, the shop offers everything from standard tune-ups to full bicycle rebuilds. Lake Country Cycle Ltd. also lubes chains, adjusts bearings, and even custom-builds new wheels for cyclists who thought a roll through the brier patch sounded lovely. If customers require a new ride, the staffers help them choose road, mountain, and kids bicycles from manufacturers including Scott and Louis Garneau.
First opened in Vancouver, Bang-On T-Shirts' shops have spread over the past decade to dot the globe. No matter which continent they call home, the custom-printing stores emphasize a retro style, filling their binders with hundreds of images inspired by fashion, pop culture, and music. Patrons flip through the binder of in-store designs, selecting ones to customize or print as is. Creative types bring their own photos or illustrations of the monster living under their house in for pressing. Once customers lay out their T-shirts and tank-top patterns, staffers emblazon the cotton tops right in front of them.
For more than 30 years, Plum has outfitted women of all ages in timeless apparel imbued with European flair and crafted by Vancouver-area designers. The boutique boasts nine locations around British Columbia and Alberta, and it designs half of its inventory in-house using years of garment-fitting experience and an extensive knowledge of life-sized paper dolls. Plum also carries a range of one-of-a-kind pieces from casual daywear to hand-sewn cocktail dresses.
Flip Flop Shops grants previously restricted toes the freedom to frolic with its wide selection of summer-inspired men's, women's, and children's footwear from name brands such as Havaianas and Quicksilver. The shop also hawks boots and closed-toe shoes alongside its toe-exposing namesake sandals, and their vegan and water-friendly styles protect the bodily pedestals of surfers and surfing beluga whales alike.
When she's not scouring the wide world in search of high-quality rattan, teak, and cast-aluminum patio furniture, globetrotting entrepreneur and owner of Sun Country, Carol Dodge, designs her own deck-side accoutrements. Dole out pool-side potables on a sleek teak serving tray ($39), or relax in a teak side chair, crafted from kiln-dried timber and epoxy resins. Made from aluminum wrapped in all-weather wicker, rattan stacking chairs simply refuse to stretch, fade, or crack under the pressure of inclement weather ($145), and auto-tilt deck umbrellas cast a protective shadow over apostate sun worshippers and add a festive, futuristic twist to above-ground piña-colada pools ($375).
Tweaked & Yummy curates one of the largest selections of vintage men’s and women’s clothing in Okanagan Valley, making retro pieces of wearable fashion available for purchase or rental in a cozy streetside boutique. Plaid pants ($35+) chill on metal girders above wood-panelled floors, while, like Donald Duck, rows of hanging disco shirts ($35+) prove that great style does not require pants. Suit up with a pair of '50s-style shoes ($26+) or a piece of handcrafted jewellery to subtly accent a contemporary outfit with time-tested style ($16+). Perfect for wooing nostalgic sweethearts and closing deals from within the trunk of a Coupe de Ville, a midcentury suit ($135+) remains the ideal complement to a midcentury prom dress ($135+) for a time-travelling date to the drive-in movie or root-beer-float stand.
The array of draft beer and chilled wines at Woody's washes down a menu of classic pub offerings. While relaxing in the eatery's casual dining room, diners disassemble racks of ribs ($15) and cast anchors into plates of fish 'n' chips ($11). Idle molars can exercise around a sweet-chili chicken wrap ($11), prawns thoughtfully blanket a steak ($16), and bacon, mushroom, and cheddar toppings test the foundation of a burger ($12). Between bites, patrons sip ice-cold beer while shooting pool, watching sports on TV, or playing their kazoos along with the pub's occasional karaoke and live music performances. Though not included with today's Groupon, customers can also purchase their favourite wines and bubbly brews at the pub's on-site liquor store.
An abundance of colours and textures populates Art of Yarn, where customers can peruse shelves laden with skeins of natural, synthetic, and hand-embellished fibres, as well as patterns, kits, needles, and other supplies. The shop purveys yarn for clothes-making or kitten-occupying projects in an array of fibres, including 100 per cent wool, cashmere, and llama, from brands such as The Alpaca Yarn Company and SweetGeorgia Yarns. Shoppers can set knitting needles clicking with Araucania’s panguipulli Shade 7 merino ($18.95) or opt for the gossamer wisps of Be Sweet’s brushed baby mohair ($18.49). With kits, meanwhile, yarn users can handcraft items such as two hats in vintage wool ($24.97) and stylish refrigerator cozies.
Coveted Designs Fine Jewellery adorns mortal beings with high-end, handcrafted gems while restoring reminiscent ornaments and gifts to their proper sheen. Repair a forlorn chain ($15) or resize a childhood heirloom to fit around adult fingers or a celebrated slug king ($40). String along a set of sentimental Trollbeads (starting at $29/bead) or elevate a deeply nestled diamond's self-esteem by engaging Coveted Designs' nimble goldsmith to re-tip the precious stone's claw ($20). Coveted Designs Fine Jewellery also bears an array of affordable charms such as small silver earrings and necklaces starting at $40.
The foot buffs at The Shoe Company outfit kickers in casual, formal, and athletic shoes for men, women, and kids. Flats exchange tap-dancing tips with long and short boots, including Madden Girl lace-up short boots in brown or black leather ($89.99). Women’s toning shoes nudge muscles toward shapeliness in brand names such as Skechers and Reebok ($69.99–$89.99). Male paws slip into a pair of deck shoes ($39.99–$89.99), and fashion athletic shoes from Puma, Diesel, Adidas, and other designers ($69.99–$89.99) beautify lacrosse games. Prepare for fall classes or bouts of acorn gathering with handbags in tote, cross-body, clutch, and hobo styles, including bright satchels from Baci Couture ($59.99) and black or grey satin evening bags from Cause & Effect ($24.99).