With a passion to craft luxury cosmetics without harsh chemicals, pinkginger pampers skin with biodegradable organic skincare lines and beauty products. Exfoliate cheeks like bunnies do with the carrot facial scrub ($24), or moisturize mature mugs sans harmful oils with the calendula hydrating & toning mask ($36.50). The organic dark chocolate mocha body cream ($28) saturates sheaths with dark cacao and rich anti-aging antioxidants while the jasmine & grapefruit organic deodorant ($19) infuses essential oils into arm joints to disguise humans in the event of a botanical takeover. Holistic bods can also find vital haircare, makeup, and gifts for both babies and brothers.
A long driveway ushers patrons along a line of rustling trees to the door of Enchanted Creations, nestled on a serene four-acre property. Once inside, a wall of more than 200 loose-leaf teas and herbs in bulk draws customers to the back of the store, past displays of garden accents, kitchen gadgets, and accessories and gifts such as purses, scarves, and handmade Phasha journals and bags. At the counter, owner Wanda McCumber pours complimentary cups of the steeped tea of the day, a rotating selection intended to welcome guests and broaden their tea repertoires. Those browsing the tea wall are encouraged to experiment with their own loose-tea concoctions, or fill bags with Enchanted Creations’ house blends, such as the cardamom chai, which blends yerba mate, cinnamon, and rooibos.
McCumber began her shop in 2003 as a home for the wooden trellises and arbors she built in her spare time, the outgrowth of a lifelong passion for woodworking and renovating old houses. Though she doesn't showcase as many of her own creations in her store these days, she still stocks artistic trellises and concrete statement pieces to accessorize a garden or replace a stolen hood ornament, as well as Lampe Berger products and WoodWick candles to freshen indoor spaces. The majority of her stock comes from Canadian companies, and McCumber sources fair-trade and North American products as often as possible.
Big Apple Music outfits vehicles of all types with brand-name audio equipment, remote car starters, and hip gadgets—which aren't necessarily for your hip. From keyless entry and security systems to in-cabin LCD screens and booming subwoofers, the technicians transform rides. The company has supplied the area with their useful car accouterments for more than 25 years.
Stefan Duerst designs, crafts, and installs an array of custom and premade metalwork drawn from myriad styles, ranging from gothic and renaissance to art nouveau and contemporary. Prop up flower-bed denizens with minimalist garden stakes ($20) or dramatically whip open kitchen pantries with artful metallic door handles ($60 for medium size). Industrial chic wall hooks ($60 for large) await winter coats and cloaks of invisibility, and bathroom towel racks ($40) and drawer pulls ($30) can augment home decor and impart metallurgical secrets. Duerst's resident alloy artisan has crafted works throughout the world, sculpting custom-designed metal pieces and macaroni portraits in countries including Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States.
Patrons enter Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery to discover the handmade work of more than 30 North American artists, including unique glass creations that focus on various styles, shapes and colours. Adorn freshly cut evergreens in a candy-cane design that reflects twinkling lights across its crimson hues, or place a bucket beneath a green-glass icicle in case it melts back into sand. An on-site studio beckons visitors over for daily demonstrations, in which local artisans use pipes to transform glowing glass into semi-transparent vases or summon flames by loudly gossiping about dragons in order to render glass beads. After selecting their five ornaments, customers can peruse the other artwork that occasionally sprouts from the store's exposed stone wall, including paintings, sculptures, and vases.
Dwell Boutique's team of design gurus, led by interior designer Jen Storey, pack their showroom with a plethora of home-decor items from brands such as Gus Modern, G.Romano, and 18Karat. Find a home for colourful blossoms inside chic vases ($10–$78), or cushion living-room motorcycle jumps with piles of stylish pillows ($26–$124). Table linens ($5–$20) provide elegant drapery for dining-room surfaces, and artful wall decals ($50) can instantly make over drab living rooms, bedrooms, or walk-in freezers. While perusing these wares, customers can chat with or stare blankly at the store's helpful and friendly interior-design specialists.