At The Book Man’s two locations, half a million used books beckon to readers, impeccably organized into 72 categories on deep shelves and in spacious drawers. Family owned and operated by a daughter and father team, Amber and book man David illuminate wordy wares with full-spectrum lighting, which helps browsers find a specific book or take a peek at the first sentences of an unfamiliar tome. Although they stock plenty of well-known classics and bestsellers, one of David's favourite aspects of owning a bookstore is stocking unusual treasures. “That’s the whole fun of the bookstore,” he says, “finding those things that people didn’t know they were looking for until they see it.” Amber boasts 20-plus years of experience, oversees inventory databasing, and drives the internet and mail order aspect of their business, allowing customers to contact The Book Man and order books to be placed on hold.
Praised as a local gem by Fraser Valley Pulse, the shop has won awards for Best Bookstore in Chilliwack with its comfortable environment. The store’s unique, reader-friendly spirit has two mascots in store cats Nietzsche and Gatsby, who stalk the shelves of both stores and greet favoured guests with mewling demands to be petted. Customers are free to bring their dogs with them, or plop kiddies down in a play area lined with thousands of picture books and early readers.
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.
With FPgirl, little ladies are the designers, wielding an artistic eye to customize their own clothes to their personal style. The FPgirl cache of threads includes articles such as tops, hoodies, jackets, pants, and tees, which girls can customize based on a variety of options such as style, color, and embellishments, and then finish with their own customized brand label. More than just an online clothier, FPgirl also lets girls express their creativity and create customized items that are uniquely theirs.
Since 1997, King's Music has served as a hotspot for budding and established musicians, offering rentals, repairs, and equipment. The shop offers a variety of brass- and wind-instrument rentals for school students taking band, and also buys and sells used instruments. They also hold a large selection of sheet music ranging from movie themes, to jazz, to essential rock, and also carry a plethora of accessories and instruments such as guitars and drums.
Abby Florist's team mingles and meshes all varieties of flowers with garnishing to compose artful arrangements for holidays and special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. They also compile candies, fruits, and savories into gourmet baskets and help decorate homes with plants such as potted palms.
Anchor your love letters to Derek Jeter with a piece of the cathedral of baseball. Today's side deal puts a little piece of history on your desk, end table, or upturned plastic milk crate. For $39, plus a flat $10 shipping fee (not included in today's Groupon), you get a Yankee Stadium final season crystal paperweight from Steiner Sports, an $80 value. Each paperweight is additionally weighted with actual infield dirt from the old Yankee Stadium, dirt that itself bore the weight of legends. Possess a piece of baseball history, and shove it in the face of your Red Sox–loving friends.
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