Founded in 1994 by former commercial airline pilot Paul Sass, The Home Vintner supplies connoisseurs and novices with an abundance of award-winning pours and do-it-yourself kits for individual winemaking and beer brewing. With Winexpert kits, at-home vino makers blend varietal juices from around the world that will be ready to drink or cellar in 4–8 weeks, depending on the kit. Alternatively, brewers dive into barley bubbles with Barons beer kits that contain measured ingredients to make a hoppy Canadian blond ale, an English-style redwood ale, and a crisp Dutch-style lager, among others.
During classes, the staff of certified wine- and beer-makers walks pupils through each step of the brewing and vintning process, such as carbon-dioxide removal, corking, storage, and determining each libation's year by monitoring its reaction to different Bon Jovi songs. Courses dispense both basics of production and new methodologies, so apprentices can discover new approaches and skills to try with their next batches.
Established in Vernon, BC, Kal Tire has six decades of service under its belt and more than 240 locations across Canada. The independent shop's many different brands of tires - including brands like Nokian, Michelin, and Bridgestone - keep cars, SUVs, semis, and even mining trucks running in all weather conditions. Its collection of shiny custom wheels brings class to once-drab jalopies. And its professional technicians keep highways safe and cars and trucks running smoothly by handling everything from routine air-pressure checks and alignments to brake-pad and shock replacements.
The undergarment experts at She Apparel earned the upscale boutique the honour of Calgary's Best Retail Experience in the 2011 Calgary Choice Awards with the help of their 50 hours of training in proper fitting methods. She Apparel, a winner in the lingerie store category for Calgary Herald's 2012-13 Readers? Choice Awards, introduces women of all body types to upscale, international lingerie and swimwear, ensuring a proper fit from cup to strap (the boutique's selection encompasses cup sizes A?K and back sizes 30?44). They act as personalized shoppers, presenting customers with corsets, bras, and garters from international brands, and once a woman has been fitted at the store, they save her measurements in a profile. This can be especially helpful for men who want to buy their wife or girlfriend a gift. She Apparel also outfits men in upscale SAXX underwear, crafted from soft Italian fabric that seamlessly forms to the male figure.
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.
The fitters at BraTopia believe that everyone is born perfect, and it is their job to find chic styles that fit each lady’s form. To accomplish this, they assemble a vast array of stylish bras, underwear, shapewear, lingerie, and accessories. The chic boutique carries designers such as Cleo, Panache, and Miss Mandalay, which ladies can peruse and try on in private dressing rooms.