Behind the pretty stone façade of The Thymeless Apothecary is a fittingly beautiful collection of bath and beauty products from around the globe. Colourful candles and diffusers line the shelves, filling the air with scents of persimmon and bergamot. Giant jars filled with colourful salts beckon visitors to scoop the fragrant crystals into awaiting bags and create their own relaxing scents. These crystals are then taken home to be used in the bath or scattered on an icy driveway.
Thymeless Apothecary’s Alonda Nichols—who spent more than 20 years at the helm of an upscale spa—uses many Thymeless’s products during her facial treatments. Each facial is customized to skin type and can treat issues such as fine lines, acne, or dryness.
Former Bay Street banker Chris Zownir launched Cuffwear.com to transform a humble suit accessory into an accent piece that elevates masculine silhouettes. Designers sculpt four collections of cufflinks including Stylish and Fashionable, Fun and Playful, Black Tie and Formal Events, and What's Your Profession?. Materials range from stainless steel to matte rhodium plating adorned with an array of enamels, crystals, and etchings. Based in Toronto, Zownir has expanded Cuffwear.com into international markets in the United States and Europe and also produces custom designs for companies, industry events, and penguin conventions.
Every colorful bauble crafted by IRIS Beads & Charms is part of a long tradition of glasswork, tracing back to Venetian artisans from the pillow-covered islands of Murano. The company combines their classic Italian techniques with a modern sensibility, hand-blowing glass beads featuring on-trend dots, stripes, and swirls in vibrant hues. A similar eye for chic detail goes into the crafting of textured and bejeweled silver and rhodium charms. When slipped onto a choice of arm bands, the unique trinkets put a grown-up twist on the classic charm bracelet.
Updating its stock of designer shades every week, Eyewear Sunglasses helps protect eyeballs from UV rays and glare by shielding them in style. Aviator and wayfarer frames from Ray-Ban hint at a classically cool sensibility, while wraparound frames from Porsche say, “I've probably been to Europe.” Customers can drop into the brick-and-mortar shop to peruse the eyewear selection or arrange for at-home delivery of prescription and non-prescription glasses.
The team at Gem Design Jewelers, Inc. works with customers to design custom jewelry pieces, which it then crafts onsite. The jewelers can incorporate their clients' old gold or gemstones into a brand new, personalized design. The jewelry experts also make repairs, including fixing broken clasps and replacing missing gemstones.
Thousands of beads of all kinds from around the globe twinkle in hues of every color at Bead Creative, awaiting their moment to be united with wire, floss, and leather in customers’ unique handiworks. The store’s expert jewelry-makers aid shoppers in selecting the perfect combination of beads for stringing a necklace or embroidering onto a leotard in preparation for a circus job as a beardless woman. After finding the perfect materials, guests can perch at in-store workstations to start their creations. The store’s bead artists also lead classes or host parties, imparting the fundamentals of crafting pieces to dangle around the neck, wrist, or prehensile tail.