Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
Busy Bee Tools equips its patrons with more than 5,000 different woodworking, metal, and power tools by brands such as DeWalt, Makita, Bosch, Freud, Craftex, Delta, and Porter-Cable. Digital calipers ($19.99) measure the precise distance between hanging portraits of Frank Gehry's protractor, and shockless hammers ($10.99) keep wayward nails in check. Suction-seal safety goggles ($3.99) and magnetic wrist bands ($2.49) ensure home repairs conclude without a glitch. A plethora of woodworking and metalworking implements avail themselves to creative projects from custom-whittled figurines to home-forged chocolate fountains.
Lumbermart succours and shellacs home interiors and exteriors with pragmatic products and individualized installations. Maintain stylish privacy by separating the living room from the teddy bear cloning lab with a colonist six-panel door (starting at $32.88 per door). Spend a snowy Saturday ripping up the decades-old Twister-patterned carpet from the basement and replace it with prefinished hardwood flooring (starting at $2.88 per sq. ft.). Lumbermart also tints walls and decks with interior and exterior paint such as a can of their contractors’ choice 100% acrylic interior paint (starting at $22.88), which may look appetizing but is not a recommended soup substitute.
Leon’s Furniture in Kentville is locally owned and operated and offers great prices on furniture, major appliances and home electronics. So whatever your needs, from living room and bedroom furniture to washers, dryers and freezers, you can always be confident when you buy from Leon’s Furniture.
At Cucina Moderna's specialty kitchen stores, shoppers can peruse a stock of contemporary culinary wares and check out full product demonstrations. The shop's selection of kitchen essentials include Oxo rotary graters ($19.99) and Shun citrus or tomato knives ($9.99), stored in colourful protective sheaths. Home cooks can enhance their knowledge of adventurous frozen treats or can continue their experiments in miniature snowman cloning with the aid of a Zoku Quick Pops recipe book ($22.99). The Brazil .35L French press by Bodum ($25) squeezes confessions out of double-agent coffee beans, and bamboo barbecue tool sets ($39.99) assemble the burger-taming resources of a spatula, a steak fork, and a set of tongs. Before purchasing any wares, customers can test and compare items in-store with the helpful assistance of Cucina Moderna's knowledgeable staff and a fleet of spatula sprites.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Custom Cut Foam for Cushions & Mattresses
Pro Tip: Size of foam required and application
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are the only local company that sells and stocks on site a wide variety of commercial grade quality foam for many different applications. We custom cut the foam on site to fit cushions, mattresses, day beds, window seats, etc. We will work with the client to make sure the foam quality is what they require, the firmness is what they like, and offer additional service to have a cover made for the foam as well. We are a one stop shop.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
The original owner started the business when her uncle, who had a fabrication foam business in Ontario realized there was no local supplier to upholstery shops. She was living out west and wanted to move back home to Nova Scotia. She started the business in 1993 with the thought of supplying upholstery shops with foam, polyester, and upholstery supplies. Eventually people found out about us and were calling and stopping by and wanting to buy foam direct from us as there were no local suppliers.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Our customers love us. We go above and beyond and have incredible repeat business. We had a client who was deaf and came into the store. Our sales girl was very kind and was able to figure out exactly what she wanted and she left happy. We received a letter from the better business bureau telling us that this woman was above happy with the service we provided to her that day and that the BBB explained to us that they seldom receive positive feedback on businesses. We will do almost anything to make sure the customer leaves happy and satisfied with their purchase.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
I am the new owner of the company. I love helping people sort through their issues and problems and find a product that will help make their lives easier and better.