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.
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.
Every woman's body is different, which is why the European designers at Change Lingerie have worked to a selection that includes 108 varieties of colours and sizes. Whether lacy, sleek, patterned, or sporty, the designs include everything from supportive full-cup models to strapless bras that stay hidden under football shoulder pads.
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).