With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
Through the 80s and early 90s Graham Rawlinson accumulated more than a decade of experience piloting jets, hot air balloons, and ultra lights. Knowing how moving soaring through the sky can be, he opened Skyward Balloons in 1993 to share the experience with others. Today, Graham leads a team of Transport Canada–approved commercial pilots that ferry guests into the sky in kaleidoscopically coloured balloons. Leisurely sky-floats take guests 500–3,500 feet in the air, cruising over cities and the countryside for scenic champagne tours. Sightseers revel in aerial views of yawning pastures as they soar along, waving to earthbound onlookers and comparing lakes and ponds to unassuming puddles as lush treetops appear small enough to use for cleaning one's ears. The crew can accommodate corporate and group outings and are also certified to train student pilots. Their fleet of 10-storey-tall balloons can even help companies and public communication programs get the word out through airborne advertising.
Daniel's Cheese and Deli supplements a selection of imported and locally sourced cheeses with a menu of housemade gourmet deli fare. The deli pros guide palates through a lineup of 10 different kinds of aged Canadian cheddars sliced thin to top off sandwiches or thick to provide a raft for river picnics. Helpful cheese experts can also help customers navigate an international collection of imported delicacies that include Spanish manchego, English stilton, and Swiss raclette. Patrons wrap mandibles around towering gourmet sandwiches such as a garlic-dip-slathered meatball sub or a grilled wrap stuffed with marinated steak strips. A collection of more than 16 healthy dips entice handmade chips to skinny-dip into mango-chipotle-garlic pools that boast low levels of both fat and cholesterol.
The cocoa connoisseurs at Reid Chocolates have been churning out sugary delicacies from their on-site bakery for the past 40 years. Weigh down a meager Easter basket or underutilized spare tire with an elegant box of assorted milk and dark chocolates ($14.95 per lb.), or sample individual cocoa butter bundles such as the milk tortoise ($7.50 per half lb.), featuring fresh pecans cosseted in golden caramel and draped with a milk chocolate cape. Those who prefer milk-based morsels can sample sugary confections such as the candy kabob ($2.70) featuring sweet and sour gummi candies on a stick. Or, surprise a pet elephant with a mixed-nut bag ($9.85 per lb.) of blanched and redskin peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, almonds, and more, all of which are roasted and salted in-house. Meanwhile, dietetic options ($7.50–$10.45 per half lb.) allow calorie counters and the sugar sensitive to partake in sampling the cocoa bean bounty.
The dough-artists at National Pasta Corp. forge many varieties of fresh pasta by hand in the store to the delight of customers' palates. A pre-made large meat lasagna provides teeth with the opportunity to spelunk through scrumptious strata of pasta, local mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, ground beef, and tomato-meat sauce. Patrons can pick up their freshly crafted ready-to-bake dish at the store before taking it home and introducing the multi-layered meal to the oven. Six to eight eaters can silence the growls of the trolls that reside in their stomachs with a single lasagna.
Tri-City dresses speed demons with specialty clothing for ATV driving, snowmobiling, and motorcycling. Strap on a pair of Fly MX gloves for full-throttle gripping ($14.95 kids, $19.95 adults), or cradle crania without the requisite lullabies by opting for CKX full-face helmets ($49.95 kids, $69.95 adults). CKX snow gloves ($29.95) and boots ($59.95) warm the digits of daredevils, and Shoei motorcycling helmets deflect attacking gravel and insect militia ($99).