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.
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.