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.
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.
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).
Fred Beck opened Broco Auto Glass's work bays in Surrey in 1978 and, with help from his brother Merle, installed up to 18 windshields per day. Their hard work would pay off—setting the blueprint for the 20 locations Broco has today—helping the sibling team branch off into residential and commercial glass services in addition to automotive glass services. Broco's government-certified auto-glass technicians specialize in foreign and domestic cars, trucks, and boats, and they undergo training every three months to stay abreast of the latest techniques for installing their selection of OEM or equally certified parts. Away from the shop, they equip homes and businesses with interior and exterior glass panes for an array of jobs, such as custom-crafting a glass door or installing a skylight that makes it possible to cast disparaging looks at the sun without leaving your home.
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.
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.