Per The Chocolate Apprentice, Shelley Wallace waitressed at the Four Seasons for 10 years, serving high-profile figures such as Bill Gates. Craving a career change, Shelley asked to visit the chocolate factory that a customer said he was closing. Upon stepping into the factory, looking down at the production floor, inhaling the chocolaty aroma, and watching Violet Beauregardes roll around in their pen, she was sold.
Since then, Shelley's ideas have come to life with the help of her crew of trained chocolatiers, who create award-winning bars, bites, and seasonal treats from all-natural, sustainable ingredients. The team crafts signature truffles with flavours such as bubble gum and orange, and fills frog-shaped truffles with caramel and raspberries.
The chefs at Red Pagoda Bistro stock platters with savoury tastes of Asia, including spring rolls, chicken and pork brochettes, and vermicelli salad. Diners also hover over steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho, known to clear the respiratory system faster than a fledgling comedian clears a banquet hall.
According to Green Earth Organics, the term “certified organic” means “the food has been grown according to strict uniform standards which are verified by an independent state or private organization.” Therefore, as a delivery service that carries a selection of certified organic products, Green Earth Organics gets its inventory from farms and processing facilities that have been scrupulously inspected and tested. There are many reasons the staff at Green Earth says shoppers should go organic—from better flavor with no chemicals to protecting farm workers and a future generation. They make it easy for consumers to make the switch by supplying organic meats and produce, canned soups, and condiments. They fill small, medium, or large bins with such weekly produce as strawberries, green chard, mangoes, and russet potatoes. They also carry a selection of environmentally friendly products and organic toiletries.
Green Earth goes one step further in saving the earth by easing car-exhaust emissions by delivering groceries to the home or turtle shell. The service also reduces the use of plastic bags and saves customers the time spent finding a parking spot and waiting in line at the grocery store.
At Popeye's Supplements, more than 800 sports nutritional products line the shelves as savvy employees relish helping shoppers plan a new vitamin and supplement regiment. Customers seeking vitamins can stop trying to swallow televisions tuned to the Flintstones and instead easily gulp down Optimum Nutrition's Opti-Women multivitamins ($19.99/60 capsules). All-natural nourishment includes ZonePerfect nutrition bars ($19.99/12-pack) and the waterborne wellness elixir of Ascenta NutraSea Fish Oil ($19.99/200 mL bottle). Now Vitamin C Powder ($19.99/454g container) accelerates sluggish immune systems and herculean Allmax Creatine ($17.99/400g container) helps consumers perform amazing feats such as pumping iron at the gym or squeezing the last bit of toothpaste from flattened tubes.