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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.

#5-2630 Bourquin Crescent West
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

Some years ago, Paul and Caroline heard rumblings about water hyacinths. Their inner horticulturalists were intrigued because these plants bloom early and combat algae, but water hyacinths were only imported from Singapore at the time and often carried invasive parasites. So, the couple resolved to grow the plants themselves and start Woodbridge Ponds, a local greenhouse specializing in safe, locally cultivated specimens.

Today, their two-pronged business consists of Echo Nurseries, a 27,000-square-foot wholesale nursery, and Woodbridge Ponds, a sprawling retail shop brimming with beautiful water lilies and pond plants, lively fish, and essential pond hardware and supplies. All of the shop’s retail plants are grown at the adjacent nursery, ensuring that no seedlings get homesick while waiting for a new owner. Their friendly team of loyal local women helps visitors navigate hundreds of available plants, which gussy up large ponds and simple birdbaths alike.

3387 Tolmie Rd
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

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.

#102 - 2636 Montrose Ave
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

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.

33784 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

Ladyfern's staffers strive to empower women through the yoga lifestyle. They stock their shop with activewear that meets the modern urban woman's demand for fashionable, flattering styles that comfortably twist, stretch, and knot into a pretzel. Every season, they usher in a fresh shipment of trendy apparel, such as Second denim's hand-distressed, ultra-flexible yoga jeans. In an effort to stay earth-friendly, Ladyfern showcases green items such as Organic Planet soaps, bamboo water bottles, and organic-cotton sweaters. They also support their community by seeking out Canadian brands, including Montreal's Fig, Vancouver's Früv, and British Columbia's The Sonja Picard Collection.

2540 Montrose Ave
Abbotsford,
BC
CA

For more than 20 years, Imagemakers Photography Studio’s Rob and Connie Siebert have helped clients take stunning pictures, both in their controlled studio setting and outside across lush, varied natural backdrops. In their private garden, natural light splashes over flowers and foliage, creating a colourful, texturally rich setting for engagement photos and graduate portraits. Families can gather in the barn studio or spread out across a wooden bridge that arches over a reflective pond. For a blend of indoor and outdoor experiences, the studio’s covered garden shelters groups from potential rain while allowing grizzly bears to enhance images by smiling and waving in the background.

28830 Fraser Hwy
Abbotsford,
BC
CA