At Making Memories, customers stock up on a wide selection of tools and supplies for paper crafts, and the shop's scrapbooking sages guide students' hands during a variety of card-making classes. Scrapbookers can construct invitations out of card-stock and pattern paper ($0.99+/sheet), or equip their hands with embossing folders ($6.99) to bring a touch of texture to their paper creations. Adhesives ($3.99+) keep materials and co-workers' moustaches snug while Tombow markers ($3.99) leave their inky signature across pages. During two-hour classes, expert paper artisans teach techniques to transform paper items into custom-created cards and card boxes, each decorated for winter holidays or any of the year's other special occasions. To get the most out of the provided materials and avoid using car keys as scissors, students should consult the schedule for a list of additional scrapbooking items to bring to class, or purchase one of the store's starter kits.
First opened in Vancouver, Bang-On T-Shirts' shops have spread over the past decade to dot the globe. No matter which continent they call home, the custom-printing stores emphasize a retro style, filling their binders with hundreds of images inspired by fashion, pop culture, and music. Patrons flip through the binder of in-store designs, selecting ones to customize or print as is. Creative types bring their own photos or illustrations of the monster living under their house in for pressing. Once customers lay out their T-shirts and tank-top patterns, staffers emblazon the cotton tops right in front of them.
The Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks are a massive sports-entertainment complex boasting six NHL-sized rinks and one dedicated figure-skating rink. Slip on a pair of sharp rental skates and take a spin on the elite ice that has hosted the 2008 World Broomball Championships, the 2009 World Police Fire Games, the Level 6 mini-boss, and a number of other frosty tests of sporting skill. The complex also contains a full-service restaurant, the Thirsty Penguin Grillhouse, whose menu includes scrumptious post-rink snacks such as nine flavours of juicy wings ($8.99) and eight varieties of hearty burgers ($7.99–$9.99). Bring along up to four friends for an icy book-club meeting or space out your five rentals over several visits.
The foot buffs at The Shoe Company outfit kickers in casual, formal, and athletic shoes for men, women, and kids. Flats exchange tap-dancing tips with long and short boots, including Madden Girl lace-up short boots in brown or black leather ($89.99). Women’s toning shoes nudge muscles toward shapeliness in brand names such as Skechers and Reebok ($69.99–$89.99). Male paws slip into a pair of deck shoes ($39.99–$89.99), and fashion athletic shoes from Puma, Diesel, Adidas, and other designers ($69.99–$89.99) beautify lacrosse games. Prepare for fall classes or bouts of acorn gathering with handbags in tote, cross-body, clutch, and hobo styles, including bright satchels from Baci Couture ($59.99) and black or grey satin evening bags from Cause & Effect ($24.99).
Game On Sports, an official retail partner of such teams as the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos, stocks its shelves with an array of hockey, soccer, and football merchandise, including team jerseys, hats, and signed memorabilia. Fans can also don the green and gold of an adult-size Edmonton Eskimos replica jersey ($89.99) or cover noggins or tapas dishes with a Philadelphia Eagles draft-day cap ($29.99) festooned with a raised team logo. Devotees of the Vancouver Canucks can commemorate the team’s 40th anniversary with an official NHL hockey puck ($9.99) emblazoned with the team’s logo, and fans of the Calgary Flames can get their hands on a puck ($35) branded with the signature and dadaist manifesto of erstwhile forward Tim Hunter. Meanwhile, baseball merchandise, such as navy blue New York Yankees T-shirts ($24.99), trigger fond memories of fly balls and ballpark franks.
Vivah Jewellry traces its origins back to 1972, when founder Zell Goodbaum began wholesale trading sparkly gems and fashion jewellery back and forth between Canada and his home in India. During his travels, he met self-taught gold- and silversmith Vivah Goldberg, who dazzled Zell with her masterful stone carving, intuitive eye for design, and impressive collection of golden celebrity busts. The Goodbaum-Goldberg alliance came into full fruition in 1985 with the opening of Vivah Jewellery's first location, a partnership that combined Vivah's artistry and technical skill with Zell's business savvy and experience.
Today, each of Vivah Jewellery's locations lures passersby who are easily distracted by shiny objects with more than 8,000 pieces of sterling silver, milky pearl, and precious stones. Appendages become beacons for positive attention when wearing the shop's uncommon, original trinkets, which have included the classic, turn-of-the-century-style art-nouveau crystal pavé watch and the contemporary crystal leaf designer headband.