Ayala Moriel breathes in the warm ocean breezes and fragrant sage blossoms of her childhood in the Mediterranean each time she bottles up a new hand-crafted perfume, fragrance, and body product. Though her signature line of fragrances tallies nearly 50 different scents, she and her staff conduct fragrance consultations to help clients create their own custom aromas from her cruelty-free collection of botanical ingredients. Luring guests and small satellites into its aromatic atmosphere, Moriel's artisan perfume studio regularly stages an array of events, including public and private tea parties, perfumery classes, and culinary workshops.
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Victoria: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theatre, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
Burgers. Steaks. Bacon. Steaks wrapped in bacon. Since 1997, Clancy's Meat Co. has made mouths water with its selection of fresh and frozen meat products. The company debuted in Langley, British Columbia, but quickly expanded across Vancouver and most of Canada, adding ready-to-eat side dishes and desserts to its repertoire. Franchised locations continue to pop up thanks to the company’s ability to self-fertilize and its easy-to-love mission: to make nutritious, satisfying meals simple for busy homemakers. To keep up with the needs of its health-conscious consumers, the company continually builds upon its selection of organic and preservative-free products, too.
This maternity hub swaddles baby bellies in chic and functional apparel, and equips expecting mothers with panoply of accessories for pampering the stork's precious co-pilot. Nurtured by a local Abbotsford mommy, Nine Boutique indulges customers with bump-friendly garments dresses (from $65) and adjustable belly-button caps. After welcoming their wee bundles to a cooler climate, certified mamas can enlist the help of a fashionable nursing bra (from $40) or diaper bag (from $75) while the rest of the neighbourhood loads up on accessories (from $8) like hand-knitted puppet dolls for forthcoming baby showers. The baby boutique also cossets newbies with whimsical nursery décor, and plush, stuffed crib-mates to share in incoherent pillow talk and teaspooning sessions.
Who is the Linda behind Linda's Quilt Shoppe? Well, for starters, she's a quilting expert who's been in the business since 1992. She's also the person responsible for assembling the store's more than 2,500 bolts of fabric. To most customers however, Linda is the woman who greets them with a friendly smile and helpful advice on creating their next quilt square.
Linda works alongside Jim Findlay, whose own business background dates back to a childhood spent in his father's store. With their powers combined, the Findlays sell pretty much everything a sewing or quilting enthusiast could possibly need, including embroidery and sewing machines. They also host a variety of sewing classes and "fat quarter" clubs, in which enrolled members received fabric samples and patterns every three months.
Beyond tall front windows, an espresso machine whirs to life as one of Bon Vivant Fashion Cafe's baristas creates a foamy toffee-nut latte. In the kitchen, housemade waffles crowned with mounds of fresh fruit nestle alongside scoops of ice cream, and slabs of housemade cheesecake receive a drizzle of rich chocolate. Diners can choose all-day breakfast items including customized omelettes and crispy bacon, or fill their afternoons and evenings with freshly constructed sandwiches and daily soup selections.