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 uses pure essential oils and scents from all corners of the globe to wage wellness on British Columbia’s bodies through aromatherapeutic treatments. Choose from Escents’ expansive array of essential oils to halt headaches, block bug bites, and alleviate aches, among numerous other reputed positive side effects. The eucalyptus globulus ($7.95 for a 5 ml bottle) freshens the air and can eliminate toxins with its camphor-rich and koala-doctor-approved scent, and the rosemary’s fresh odour ($9.95 for a 5 ml bottle) is said to enhance mental clarity and relieve the body of acne, indigestion, and muscle pains. For the best of Escents’ blends, opt for a scent from its signature collection, such as the grapefruit-and-mandarin energy blast of Squeeze or the rose-and-jasmine heart tickle of Love. Escents doesn’t only vend vitalizing vials for adding to baths and bases—it also offers aromatherapy colognes, deodorants, and body butters for direct-to-skin delight. Organic concoctions are also available for customers desiring the all-natural replenishing that generally only comes from rubbing magic seashells on teeth.
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.