Sewing Machines Etcetera schools students of the seam in a variety of project-based, hands-on classes geared toward all ability levels. Under the tutelage of knowledgeable instructors who stay up to date with modern methods and technologies, students can handcraft home decor in the Hollyhocks Yo-Yo Wallhanging class ($60) or study new sewing techniques, such as telekinetic stitch removal, in the Lutterloh Club ($30). Four two-hour Learn to Quilt sessions ($90), meanwhile, cover the basics of basting, and pupils can whip up wearable masterpieces in two two-hour Embellished Jersey T-Shirt classes ($40). All sewers are expected to bring the equipment listed on each course's supply list, including sewing machines, needles, fabric, thread, and straw primed for spinning into gold.
Wisebuy Home’s extensive inventory of appliances and furnishings is enough to fully appoint any room in a home. Mattresses from King Koil, Dyson vacuums, stainless-steel wall ovens and cook tops, and french-door refrigerators round out the collection.
Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
The Paint and Paper Place recoats domicile walls with more than 3,000 colours of chemically calibrated Benjamin Moore interior and exterior paints and an arsenal of wallpaper patterns. Seaweed green lends earthy tones to rooms and a welcoming aura for visiting beluga whales when mixed into a gallon of the environmentally safe Natura interior paint ($59.99+). Regal Select interior-paint gallons are available in finishes ranging from flat to glossy and imbue walls with finely tuned amounts of glimmer and sheen ($58.99+), and a gallon of low odor, zero VOC Eco Spec paint allows customers to see what a portion of a large room or a whole friend looks like in a vibrant new hue ($36.99+). Patrons may also choose to paper their walls with top end ($29.99+) and regular rolls ($19.99+) of wallpaper from brands such as Crown, Blue Mountain, Ontario, and Provincial. In-store experts assist customers with all their home project needs and happily mix buckets of Benjamin Moore paint to order.
Painters, graphic artists, and architects have found the tools of their trade at the one-stop Top Notch Art Centre since 1971. A floor-to-ceiling picture window beckons passersby on Craig Street, where shade trees shelter a block of historic buildings and small businesses, including a rare bookshop and a cobbler for broken dreams. Inside, the staff leads 2-D artists toward the right brush for watercolor or oil from their selection of Winsor Newtons, or printmaking papers from Arches Cover and BFK Rives lines. The store also makes an effort to seek out artisanal brands, such as Gamblin Artists Oils and Mt. Vision Handmade Pastels. Bookbinders can pick up screw posts and glue, and drafters can run their fingers over delicate, smooth vellum and curl them around the curves and angles of nine types of stylus guides. Past the tall, narrow aisles, a framing shop encases completed works of art in glass and caution tape to prepare them for display.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.