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While browsing shops during her travels in New York, Australia, and Europe, Alisa's lifelong dream to own a boutique only grew stronger. Her own wish was granted when she and her mom, Kathie, opened wish.list boutique. The mom-and-daughter team stocks the shop with finds such as Deborah Lippmann and Butter London nail polish, RMS Beauty, Ilia Beauty, Jouer, LippyGirl Makeup, Hanky Panky Bridal, and La Vie Parisienne Jewelry. Alisa especially loves the Voluspa candles?"The smells are unbelievable," she says, singling out Santiago Huckleberry as her favourite aroma.

It's Alisa and Kathie's passion for their products that makes wish.list boutique a treasure trove for shoppers. They have to "fall in love" with something in order to consider it worthy of the boutique's shelves. "Anything we would want to use or feel like we need in our lives, we want in the store," Alisa says. That includes a focus on paraben-free, organic, and less-toxic items, including RMS Beauty and Jouer Makeup.

The store brings a chic vibe to Kitsilano with white paint, a damask accent wall, and butterfly motif, all lit by chandelier. To keep faces equally fresh, the staff's professional makeup artist gives complimentary makeup applications and cosmetics advice on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday. The boutique also hosts events on occasion?they threw a lipstick and wine-pairing party and Real Housewives of Vancouver star Mary Zilba helped them celebrate posh polishes with a 50 Shades of Summer party.

In addition to feminine accessories and beauty products, the shop is a popular place to pick up gifts, such as Dogeared's "Pearls of Friendship." "A lot people come in looking for a gift and then they end up buying something for themselves," Alisa says.

Alisa knows she's doing her job right when she's out at a restaurant or around town and someone asks her where she got her bag. It's even more gratifying when she hears their response: "They say, 'Oh, I love that store!'" she says.

2811 Broadway W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Just past Fleetwood Arms Pub's classic red awning, leather armchairs, wood panelling, and a crackling brick fireplace await loyal regulars, who frequent the eatery as much for its warm, inviting atmosphere as its menu of traditional pub cuisine. As flat-screen televisions broadcast sporting events, servers shuttle fish and chips, burgers, shepherd's pies, and imported draft beers to lacquered wood tables. Throughout the week, the strains of live music and karaoke cut through the pub's standard soundscape of jovial chit-chat and mournful whale song.

8410 160 St
Surrey,
BC
CA

A tiny ripple glides along the smooth-as-glass water, alerting captain Pete to the fact that he and his passengers are about to have company. Sure enough, within seconds a group of glossy black fins breaks through the sea in a silent, synchronized ballet. A native Washingtonian who has spent his entire life on the water, captain Pete orchestrates San Juan Excursions to grant guests the chance to go head-to-head with nature in moments such as these. As marine naturalists certified by the Whale Museum?s Naturalist Training Program, captain Pete?s crew of passionate guides take to the peaceful waters of the Puget Sound to entertain boatloads of guests with informative facts about area wildlife witnessed during excursions.

The team?s passion for nature informs its low-impact approach to whale and wildlife watching, which is exemplified in the Odyssey, the company's tour boat. Originally a U.S. Navy search-and-rescue vessel forged in 1941, the craft is fueled by biodiesel when possible and maintains a low propeller RPM to minimize the Bono moans it releases into the water column. Though San Juan Excursions specializes in whale watching, it also sends adventurers forth to explore the waters on their own steam during sea-kayak tours.

65 Spring St
Friday Harbor,
WA
US

One million probiotic cultures per gram sounds like a lot. That's the amount of the healthful stuff you'll ingest when eating frozen yogurt made from powdered mix. But when eating fro-yo made from fresh yogurt, as it's made at Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, you'll be consuming as many as 700 million probiotic cultures per gram. It's an astonishing increase, one that's complemented by other conscientious methods: Most of Qoola's products are fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher.

Qoola's low-calorie concoctions helps patrons feel better about indulging a bit at the toppings bar, where they can opt for lighter scoops of fresh fruit and flax seeds, or go all-out with crumbled candy bars and chocolate sauce. As committed to the health of the planet as it is to the health of its customers, Qoola uses biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable containers and utensils, and keeps its facility bright and sparkling with energy-efficient lighting and natural cleaning supplies. Qoola also proudly gives back to the community by supporting a number of charitable organizations.

4700 Kingsway
Burnaby,
BC
CA

For the best beer, wine and pub fare in Washington, head on down to Brewster's in Point Roberts. A combination wine shop and restaurant, Brewster's serves up culinary delights with class for lunch and dinner, and even offers a Sunday brunch where you can nosh on smoked salmon benedict while sipping a mimosa. Children love Brewster's as much as their parents do for its meals made especially for them. Join the wine club for discounts, specials and free wine and beer tastings each month. Locals love the beer selection at Brewster's, and the service is out of this world. The next time you want a pub experience served up in style, come out to Brewster's.

1379 Gulf Rd
Point Roberts,
WA
US

The Globe and Mail and local blog Your Steveston have featured The Candy Aisle. Nine Yelpers give the downtown location a 4.5-star average and six Yelpers award the Kitsilano location an average of four stars:

12240 2nd Ave
Richmond,
BC
CA