A bright expanse of white, edged with swooping lines of chartreuse green, welcomes clients arriving to partake in Hairsoda’s trifecta of hair, beauty, and photography services. As clients sink into a row of matching chartreuse salon chairs, stylists shear locks shorter, swath manes in colour or foils, and apply Kera Straight formula to tame unruly heads of hair. Behind the chairs, a photo studio snaps pictures of people and pets looking to memorialize affectionate memories or disprove rumours of vampirism. Elsewhere in the salon, aestheticians treat bodies to beauty services that include brow threading, professional makeup, and manicures and pedicures, all set among lime-coloured furnishings, styling stations, and wall accents.
Coquitlam Centre, perched at the epicentre of the Tri-Cities, encompasses 910,000 square feet of shopping across two floors. Stores run the commerce gamut. Shoppers can stroll past windows chock full of the latest fashions in stores such as H&M and Aritzia or gear up for a 5K at lululemon and Sport Chek. To forestall any impending temper-tantrums, they host a kid's play park, stroller rentals, and free shuttle service around the Upper Level.
The technicians at Blackapple Cellular understand that customers can rarely afford to have their phone or other device out of commission for extended periods. That's why they strive to perform every repair in around one day by maintaining a regularly restocked arsenal of replacement parts for most current marketplace devices, such as LCD screens for Apple iPhones and trackball replacements for BlackBerry smartphones. Devices travelling to the United States can don a Roam Mobility SIM card to capture 4G service away from home and avoid dragging miles of phone line behind them, and if an unlocked device is in need, the technicians can also remove the preset carrier codes to free phones of their network shackles.
As night falls on Fridays in July and August, live jazz musicians serenade diners at 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar. The music drifts across the massive outdoor patio and onto the adjacent Two Eagles Golf Course before blending with the sound of the wind rippling across Okanagan Lake. This elegant scene suits the year-round kitchen's upscale steakhouse cuisine, which includes made-from-scratch soups, steaks, and grilled tiger prawns. While bartenders pour wines by the bottle or glass and garnish martinis with errant golf balls, they chat with regulars about the day’s round.
Sidney Professional Dry Cleaners has purged and freshened fabrics for 26 years. Its cleaning techs handle all cleaning services onsite, and can employ traditional dry- or wet-cleaning methods to suit any item's needs, from fragile fabric to the hard-to-remove stain of silvery unicorn tears. In addition to suits, pants, and blouses, customers can also bring in tarnished wedding gowns, comforters, drapes, and sleeping bags, and expect them to be returned good as new in approximately three days.
The leather-cleaning experts at Breeze Bag & Shoe Cleaner not only rid shoes, wallets, and handbags of difficult scuffs and stains, but also condition and treat leather goods so they retain their good looks in the long term. The staff uses only organic and eco-friendly products to carefully shampoo articles before applying a protective treatment that keeps water damage from rain and elephant spit-takes at bay. Luxury items receive extra attention, and they are carefully handled with specialized cleaning and colour-restoration procedures.