Creekside Country Home Decor outfits homes and humans alike with a plenitude of modern and antique goods, including artwork, jewellery, and decor items artfully displayed in inviting confines. Carpal canvases regain the confidence to wave like those of royal greeters when adorned with wrist-enhancing bracelets ($15.95), and French soap ($1.75 for a small, $6.50 for a large) whisks away epidermal dirt and leaves skin gleaming. Venture into the lucrative market of ornithological real estate with a birdhouse on a stake ($10.99), or help loved ones revel in the soft glow of a Country Affair jar candle gift ($9.99 for a small, $15.99 for a large). Shoppers can also use this Groupon toward reproduction furniture and a variety of ageless home decor, such as an antique washboard ($45) that serves as both a charming interior decoration and a harrowing reminder to modern cleaning appliances of how good they really have it.
Bean Around Books connects curious minds with literary gems in a tidy, friendly atmosphere awash in the aromas of freshly brewed teas. The shop shelves an array of new and used books—from romance and mystery to sci-fi and self-help—that currently include page flippers such as the Star Trek Titan series ($5+) and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code ($15) in a special illustrated edition. Customers hunting for a rare first edition of Chicken Soup for the Salad-Shunning Soul can enjoy more than 25 loose-leaf teas in the seating area, or take home infusions that include varieties such as luscious mango ($11.99/100 g), green ginseng ($11.49/100 g), and Ilam artisanal oolong ($15.99/100 g) from Nepal. In the seating area, guests enjoy plentiful room in which to sip their earl grey while practicing Sherlock Holmes impressions or surfing the shop’s free WiFi. Bean Around Books also features the work of local artists and visiting writers, and an assortment of handcrafted jewellery.
Drawing on more than 20 years of cabinet-making experience, founder Paul Akers caters to the unique needs of the modern carpenter by fashioning innovative and timesaving woodworking tools. Akers solicits design ideas from working carpenters to create FastCap's unique wares, including its signature line of self-adhesive screw caps ($2.10+ for a sheet, number of caps/sheet vary based on material). Fine tune drawings with a durable FatBoy pencil ($14.95), build beatific window and door moldings with the Pro Tools reveal square ($5.95), or measure spaces with the FlatBack 16' tape measure ($7.95), which has a blank edge for writing notes and cinderblock-inspired cinquains.
A stylish assortment of household accessories, décor, and domestic trappings lines the shelves of Digs, adding modern flourishes to every room with pieces from celebrated brands such as Jonathan Adler, Blu Dot, and Modernica. Shoppers can adorn homes with a variety of Digs’ offerings, from bedding and furniture to lighting and office accoutrements. Shoppers can spruce up a bland couch with the smoky touch of an accent pillow in dark roast ($39), or display flowers or waterproof report cards in an Eddy vase ($48). The curving antlers of the Jack D. Jackalope wall hook ($49.99) display keys and other hangables, and glass-vase napkin rings by Two’s Company ($36) double as both homes for small buds and hoopla hoops for hamster dinner guests.
A shy glance through a bridal veil. The intricate swirls of a wedding-day henna tattoo. An eruption of laughter during the best man's toast. The team at Brellow captures moments like these with high-definition videography and professional photography services. For a less formal commemoration of any special day, they also rent attendant-run photo booths. Zany props can also be rented, allowing guests to freeze-frame the fun of the event, and take-home pictures enliven wallets or miniature mantles.