At The Book Man’s two locations, half a million used books beckon to readers, impeccably organized into 72 categories on deep shelves and in spacious drawers. Family owned and operated by a daughter and father team, Amber and book man David illuminate wordy wares with full-spectrum lighting, which helps browsers find a specific book or take a peek at the first sentences of an unfamiliar tome. Although they stock plenty of well-known classics and bestsellers, one of David's favourite aspects of owning a bookstore is stocking unusual treasures. “That’s the whole fun of the bookstore,” he says, “finding those things that people didn’t know they were looking for until they see it.” Amber boasts 20-plus years of experience, oversees inventory databasing, and drives the internet and mail order aspect of their business, allowing customers to contact The Book Man and order books to be placed on hold.
Praised as a local gem by Fraser Valley Pulse, the shop has won awards for Best Bookstore in Chilliwack with its comfortable environment. The store’s unique, reader-friendly spirit has two mascots in store cats Nietzsche and Gatsby, who stalk the shelves of both stores and greet favoured guests with mewling demands to be petted. Customers are free to bring their dogs with them, or plop kiddies down in a play area lined with thousands of picture books and early readers.
Cannor Nursery flourishes with an expansive selection of blooming botanicals hand-picked to thrive in British Columbia's climate. Shoppers may browse the lush, outdoor garden for healthy greens such as rhododendrons ($8.99–$34.99), or ask knowledgeable staff to negotiate a watering treaty between English and Portuguese laurels ($11.99–$49.99). Ceramic decorative pots ($7.99–$179.99) can nestle alluring orchids ($24.99–$49.99) in their ornamental vessels, and assorted bird feeders ($14.99–$54.99) attract colourful fowl. Cannor Nursery protects buyers of shrubs and trees such as Japanese maples ($34.99–$119.99) with a one-year plant guarantee that insures greenery for a full year even if it dies or leaves its new yard for a younger, curvier stretch of land.
Big Top Powersports is a multi-line dealership featuring Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Arctic Cat and KTM motorcycles, ATV's, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and jet skis. We have a huge accessory department featuring all the gear, accessories and clothing you could ask for. We also service your ride (even the brands we don't carry)!
The sirens of style at Diva! lure shoppers with vintage-influenced attire crafted by local designers. Inspired by classic pin-ups and retro glamour, the boutique's fun, flirty fashions include circle skirts ($45+), hip-hugging pencil skirts ($50+), and small, colourful satin hats ($40+) of the type Winston Churchill often wore while addressing Parliament. Shoppers can also augment their wardrobes with a wide range of jewellery options ($20–$200) or stylish purses ($45+). A sponsor of the Reign Valley Vixens roller derby, Diva! purveys derby-related merchandise as well, such as T-shirts ($25) and organically farmed shin guards.
At Anita's Organic Mill, millers gather sprouted flours, ancient whole grains, and cereals from local organic farms and then grind them fresh to order on a stone mill. Quick-rolled oats($27.20/11.34 kg) burst with fibre and grow without chemicals, pesticides, or pep talks. An ancient grain rich in protein and fibre, spelt flour($38.50/10 kg) provides bakers with the benefits of wheat flour without the high gluten count. Stone-ground whole-wheat flour($19.70/10 kg) fortifies bellies with hard red spring-wheat kernels grown in Western Canada, and unbleached white flour ($22.50/10 kg) proves strong enough for bread recipes but soft enough for pastries. Shoppers can also peruse a vast variety of hot cereals and baking mixes, all of which undergo a trial-bake and series of pop quizzes in Anita's on-site kitchen to ensure quality batches.
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.