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.
Long before he opened Westcoast Piercing and Ink, professional piercer Kelly began to reconsider his own body’s potential as a template for artistic self-expression. As a pre-teen during punk rock’s heyday in the early 80s, he became fascinated with big chains, spiked bracelets, and large rings—pretty much anything that would showcase his style and increase his radio signal. The scene’s do-it-yourself ethic often led his friends to experiment with unsanitary piercing methods, but Kelly thankfully knew better and decided to take the true D.I.Y. route: he became a certified piercer himself and opened Westcoast Piercing Guy.
Today, years after his initial stroke of inspiration, Kelly operates out of a health-board approved studio that has been given the seal of approval from the local medical community and clients alike. He continues to outfit ears and other body parts with piercings; only now he works alongside a band of piercers and tattoo artists who decorate skin with everything from colorful custom sleeves to blank crossword puzzles that help clients pass the time during morning commutes.
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.
For Making Memories with Scrapbooking owners Debbie Siu, Diana Pesa, and Amari Yu, scrapbooking is more than just a hobby—it's a way to unify people over their individual memories. Inside their brightly lit store, organized rows of scrapbooking accessories line the shelves and kiosks, and framed scrapbook pages available in an array of hues and textures beckon memory-makers. The store also offers a wedding invitations and stationery service that allows customers to customize their theme and colors. Classes encourage interaction amongst participants as they share anecdotes and glue vintage photos or memorable speeding tickets onto scrapbook papers; private parties offer a chance to invent calendars, cards, and mini books in the midst of close friends.
Eyelashi turns false lashes into a beauty staple, helping scores of women gain confidence and get an extra 45 seconds of sleep in the morning since they can skip mascara. The collection ranges from a light fluff to a full line of thick lashes, and a special mink collection creates a natural look with different styles you can trade out depending on mood. Eyelashi's mink lashes can be worn up to 40 times, and its synthetic lashes last up to 10 uses, just like a paper towel used by a recycling fanatic.
Hailed by the Vancouver Sun for ?gathering an exciting inventory of plants? that has helped him build Phoenix Perennials into "one of the best known destinations for home gardeners and plant enthusiasts from all over the Lower Mainland,? Gary Lewis keeps his shop stocked with a selection of upwards of 4,000 varieties of garden plants. Under Gary?s capable helm, a knowledgeable staff tends to the greenhouse?s lush vegetation, assisting shoppers and answering questions about rumours of killer tomatoes and providing tips such as planting in the fall can help plants grow to their full potential. To further bolster patrons? flora-centric savvy, Gary imparts his substantial know-how upon pupils of all ages with monthly e-newsletters and a host of workshops and classes held throughout the year. An in-nursery design service pairs patrons and a trained design professional who architects a custom garden blueprint based upon photos of the space, a detailed client questionnaire, and the dimensions of existing secret gardens.