Cannor Nursery flourishes with an expansive selection of blooming botanicals hand-picked to thrive in British Columbia's climate. Shoppers may browse the lush, outdoor garden for healthy greens such as rhododendrons ($8.99–$34.99), or ask knowledgeable staff to negotiate a watering treaty between English and Portuguese laurels ($11.99–$49.99). Ceramic decorative pots ($7.99–$179.99) can nestle alluring orchids ($24.99–$49.99) in their ornamental vessels, and assorted bird feeders ($14.99–$54.99) attract colourful fowl. Cannor Nursery protects buyers of shrubs and trees such as Japanese maples ($34.99–$119.99) with a one-year plant guarantee that insures greenery for a full year even if it dies or leaves its new yard for a younger, curvier stretch of land.
An award-winning emporium of enticing emollients, Clayburn Comforts sculpts soothing soaps and aromatherapy elixirs in small, handmade batches. Peruse the quaint refurbished cottage for ambrosial accoutrements, such as the brick-shaped Clayburn bars, redolent of the town's brick-manufacturing origins and ideal for fortifying rubber-duck fortresses ($4.00–$6.50). Made with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, palm-kernel oil, canola oil, and beeswax, and swaddled in biodegradable shrink-wrap, Clayburn bars moisturize the skin without parching the planet.
At Champion Jack's Emporium, owners Jason R. Nicholas and Amelia J. MacArthur have created a shrine to North American history and culture by amassing an eclectic, hand-picked collection of local and vintage clothing, records, and accessories, with some items dating as far back as the '20s. Vintage wearables for men, women, and kids resurrect the glamour and spirit of bygone eras, with an ever-changing selection that can include everything from dresses donning the psychedelic prints popular in the 1960s to the leather jackets favored by punks and members of Parliament throughout the '80s. Mint-condition vinyls, cassettes, and CDs suit musical tastes ranging from grindcore and classic rock to indie, folk, and pop, and even include selections from rare songsmiths such as Citizen Punk and local outfits Vacant State.
Four Aces has tickled the imaginations of new and avid readers since 1995 with its inventory of more than 30,000 new and vintage comic books, some dating as far back as the 1960s. Vividly illustrated, action-packed monthlies and graphic novels including The Avengers, Batman, The Walking Dead, and The Uncanny X-Men share shelf space with lighthearted fare such as Archie comics and String Theory Illustrated. Elsewhere in the store, customers display their fandom with T-shirts and other apparel, or pick up fantasy gaming supplies such as Dungeons & Dragons books and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
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.
Formaggio Fine Foods owner Jody Sigurdson-Longo, a Red Seal chef and graduate of Dubrulle Culinary Institute, strikes a balance in her cuisine by serving time-tested gourmet recipes alongside dishes that embrace the latest culinary trends. During her cooking classes, groups prepare dishes such as handmade ravioli, stuffed with butternut squash and mascarpone cheese and flavoured with brown butter and sage. For special events, Jody’s typical catered platter might include snacks such as brined olives, shaved prosciutto, and stalks of asparagus with which to gesticulate wildly during conversations. The shop also stocks a wide selection of imported cheeses such as manchego, a sheep milk cheese from the Mancha region of Spain, or Roaring 40's blue cheese from Australia's King Island Dairy. Jody also creates treats for on-the-spot enjoyment, such as panini sandwiches stacked with prosciutto di Parma, frothy cappuccinos, and 49th Parallel coffee.