The sweet scents of honey and coconut waft through the air and mingle with creamy mango butter and fluffy cranberry powder. Though these ingredients smell delicious, they aren't meant for snacking. At Soap & More, they form bath and body products that help pamper the complexion and protect the earth. They also serve as teaching tools in the studio's workshops, where experienced instructors show groups how to handcraft soaps and skin creams. During cold-process soap-making workshops, students can swirl flower petals and natural exfoliants into bases of olive pomace and coconut. Other classes brim with tips for turning plant extracts into sunscreens and facial cleansers as gentle as a fawn in sheep's clothing. To fuel home-based projects, the shop also sells paraben-free soap bases, candle-making supplies, and aromatherapy starter kits.
Behind 60 feet of storefront windows, visitors to ChromaColour Creative Art Centre's laid-back studio transform the blank surfaces of glass, ceramic, canvas, and even T-shirts into unique pieces of art. Two spacious workshops—one that holds 50 people and one with capacity for 100—invite budding artistes to learn a new mode of expression or hone an old one. In pottery classes, students forge ornamental or utilitarian pieces, decorating with eco-friendly paint that staffers mix themselves in-house. Though formal classes are offered, artists can often waltz in during studio hours, take a seat, and chat with family, friends, or the piece of artwork they're working on.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.
Direct relationships with manufacturers overseas account for Beauty Saunas and Baths' sleek array of European-designed showers, sinks, and toilets. The showroom stocks elegantly designed bathroom staples and extras, such as all-wood infrared saunas, which may show promise in treating ailments such as arthritis and insomnia. A range of showers show off contemporary glass designs and spritz water to mimic falling rain, while bubbly whirlpools—unlike children—come equipped with self-cleaning abilities.
Striving to give every customer a "beducation," the mattress mavens at Mattress Mattress delight in matching humans with their ideal mattresses. Within Mattress Mattress' airy showrooms, customers can test the bounciness of bouncy balls on name brands that include Serta, Sealy, and Kingsdown. A Zoom twin mattress ($158.88) or a Sedona Twin Unit ($999.99) sponge up the elusive epiphanies and grocery lists made right before falling asleep. This Groupon may be used towards larger mattress models such as the Kingsdown Macau queen-size mattress set ($1199.99) or the Serta Helen king-size mattress ($1299.99).