Every autumn, when the cool air puts an end to the growing season, the gardening experts at Art Knapp Plantland reorganize their Port Coquitlam greenhouse into Art Knapp's Funland. This harvest festival beckons young and old alike with games and rides that range from the popular and scary haunted tunnel to carnival classics, all of which operate on a ticket system. This year, kids can romp on a tire swing and in a bouncy castle, as well as enjoy the cricket ride, octopus ride, and bear-and-monkey ride. Amid the rides and games, vendors serve carnival treats, and bright-orange pumpkins sit atop rows of straw bales. Inside Art Knapp’s store, meanwhile, an ornate Halloween display presents frightening spectacles such as one-eyed skeletons and a miniature haunted town where inhabitants can only get dial-up Internet service.
Beyond tall front windows, an espresso machine whirs to life as one of Bon Vivant Fashion Cafe's baristas creates a foamy toffee-nut latte. In the kitchen, housemade waffles crowned with mounds of fresh fruit nestle alongside scoops of ice cream, and slabs of housemade cheesecake receive a drizzle of rich chocolate. Diners can choose all-day breakfast items including customized omelettes and crispy bacon, or fill their afternoons and evenings with freshly constructed sandwiches and daily soup selections.
A sprawling white tree with a bird perched on one of its bare branches stands peacefully by a couch, blending effortlessly into its surroundings. Though it sounds like the set of a quirky outdoor magazine shoot, it’s actually a vinyl wall decoration, just one of many that The Vinyl Touch creates. Soaring butterflies and bold letters cover kids’ confines, whereas yoga poses and floral vines accent adult rooms, adding a minimalist touch without messy stencils and paints. No matter if it's a bedroom, car, or living room, the high quality embellishments fill spaces with personality and highlight their owners' fascination with nature or desire to be an ant in a very large flower garden. The decals stick on without hassle and can be removed without damage to the wall, though they cannot be reused.
Escents Aromatherapy crafts more than 300 all-natural products to nurture the body and home, derived from 100% pure essential oils and scented with more than 120 fragrances. Handmade, geometrically calibrated bar soaps such as the lime and eucalyptus renewal bar ($4.95/5 oz.) prepare skin for a comforting embrace of calm hand and body lotion ($16.95/8 oz.), which blends pleasing sniffs of frankincense and orange with moisturizing avocado oil, shea butter, and aloe vera. An extensive selection 100% pure essential oils refill aromatherapy diffusers, ranging from Australian tea tree essential oil ($8.95/0.17 oz.) to signature blends such as wild gardenia($10.95/0.17 oz.) swirling ylang ylang and jasmine. For domiciles demanding refreshment, the osmanthus soy jar candle ($15.95/7 oz.) ushers in the outdoorsy scents of cedar leaf and lemon without the hassle of buying fresh lemons or planting a tree in the ottoman.
Almost anyone can bake cookies, because cookbooks and ingredients are plentiful. Wine Kitz wants to lend the same ease to the art of winemaking by packing the cookbook and ingredients into one convenient kit. The franchise equips people with quality beer- and winemaking kits that they can brew at home or in-store over a period of four to nine weeks. The low-sulfite kits are made with grape juices from around the world, including vineyards in Italy, California, Australia, Chile, and on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The passion Wine Kitz' staff has for winemaking goes past ingredients to the root of the process; owner Dario Gigliotti aspires to own a vineyard someday and is always happy quick to lend a tip or suggest a food pairing to amateur vintners.