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Vie Belles specializes in keeping kitchens stocked with professional-quality cookware, cutlery, and baking provisions. But the company doesn't restrict itself to the kitchen: it manufactures products across a range of categories, including electrical appliances, furniture, and even baby and child supplies. The broad-reaching inventory means Vie Belles products can appear in just about any room in the house, from offices and bedrooms to storage areas where the secret family cottage is kept.
Some years ago, Paul and Caroline heard rumblings about water hyacinths. Their inner horticulturalists were intrigued because these plants bloom early and combat algae, but water hyacinths were only imported from Singapore at the time and often carried invasive parasites. So, the couple resolved to grow the plants themselves and start Woodbridge Ponds, a local greenhouse specializing in safe, locally cultivated specimens.
Today, their two-pronged business consists of Echo Nurseries, a 27,000-square-foot wholesale nursery, and Woodbridge Ponds, a sprawling retail shop brimming with beautiful water lilies and pond plants, lively fish, and essential pond hardware and supplies. All of the shop’s retail plants are grown at the adjacent nursery, ensuring that no seedlings get homesick while waiting for a new owner. Their friendly team of loyal local women helps visitors navigate hundreds of available plants, which gussy up large ponds and simple birdbaths alike.
With six locations throughout the city, Vancouver Flower Company can have fresh florae delivered to Lower Mainland locations faster than it takes a time-lapsed tulip to bloom. Expertly arranged roses, dahlias, orchids, and daffodils arrive in time for holidays, or just to brighten up a plain old Tuesday. During the yuletide season, the company expands its selection to include poinsettias, wreaths, and potted evergreen trees that are available at the Vancouver Christmas Market location.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.