Since 2006, the specialists at Brida Shoes have outfitted women with original footwear and handbags. With five shops, the team has been working to broaden their reach with their own brand of flats, heels, and wedges. Collections change each season, allowing shoppers to stock up on suede boots for the fall, leather zip-ups for the winter, sandals for the spring, and heels for formal crab-fishing expeditions in the summer. Brida Shoes also carries slippers and handbags.
Sugar Mountain Confectionery stocks its shelves with domestic and imported retro treats from the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as mountains of Jelly Bellies and troves of sugar-free sweets. Bulk options let connoisseurs stock up on a single favourite or mix and match to their sugar-buzzing content for $.02 per gram, as Sour Patch Kids, Boston Baked Beans, and Whoppers patiently wait to be scooped into shopping bags or hollowed-out wooden legs. Bar-shaped bites include vintage Koo Koo bars ($0.99) and Abba-Zaba bars ($1.89), whose creamy peanut-butter centres have rewarded devoted fans for more than 60 years. Shoppers can adorn their throats or busts of Sir Winston Churchill with candy necklaces ($0.79) or wake up sleepy palates with a packet of Razzles, fruity candies that morph into chewing gum ($1.99).
For more than 40 years, DiveAqua has taught novice divers across Canada the subaquatic ropes. The staff's specialty is a comprehensive curriculum of skills and certification instruction that commences in the classroom, where students learn about diving safety and how to use equipment. Afterward, they gear up and head to the indoor pool to learn proper snorkeling and scuba-diving skills while becoming comfortable with the equipment in the gravity-defying environment. Divers opting for the certification participate in open-water dive sessions before receiving their certification card, which allows them to dive anywhere in the world. In addition to conducting instructional classes, DiveAqua offers a variety of professional diving gear, available to rent or own. At each store location, staff members stand by to outfit divers in wetsuits, tanks, and regulators.
A bronze-medalist and former member of the Guatemala National Team, Master Sergio Plaja has been devoted to Tae Kwon Do for more than 30 years. He earned his black belt at age 15 and never looked back. All his hard work and training since then lead to realizing his dream of opening Millennium Tae Kwon Do in 1999. Today, with his black-belt wife, Patricia, they train kids and adults the ancient form of self-defense. During sessions, they foster a positive environment where students learn discipline, respect, and focus. They also give students a pretty good workout that can ready them for competition, if competition is a goal. They're also committed to creating a sense of community. To do that, they host special events throughout the year for all students and their families.
Even as the original store has expanded to include 23 locations across Ontario, Love Shop has never wavered in its singular purpose: to enrich the experience—and art—of making love. Inside each store, employees dole out insight on the varied merchandise, which includes everything from popular toys, clothes, and lubricants to Blu-Rays, books, magazines, and novelty items. For a more private experience, customers can shop for items online and have them shipped in discreet packaging. Above all, Love Shop strives to sweeten life's most intimate moments so companions can grow even closer than a pair of turtledoves trying to use the same mirror at once.
Roses come in many colours, each shade with its own associations. The staff at Botanic Florists will assemble dozens of the classic blossoms in practically any hue that nature produces. The florists also specialize in wedding packages and will arrange every flower needed for nuptials, including bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, and boutonnieres for empty buttonholes. If a customer wants something that's not in stock, the staff will acquire it, even if it means travelling back in time to steal a sunflower from Van Gogh.