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.
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.
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.