Fruitful Expressions enchants givers and receivers alike with its handmade, customized fruit and confection concoctions. Artfully assembled chocolate-covered strawberry bouquets and fruit baskets take centre stage on the tables of special occasions. The bakers’ talents shine most brightly in their chocolate cake pops, individual tokens of edible art available in dozens of styles that take the shape of animals, seasonal figures, or event-specific shapes such as brides and grooms (not included with this Groupon). Fruitful Expressions also concocts treats for holidays and special occasions, celebrating everything from Thanksgiving and birthdays to St. Patrick’s Day and Casual Banana Hat Tuesdays.
Otis & Clementine's invites adults and kids to browse more than 20,000 new and used books while pleasing their palates with coffee, tea, and sweets. Readers wander through freestanding shelves that line the walls, making typewriter calls to lure out paperbacks ($4–$8) and browsing myriad genres, including recent best sellers, classics, young adult, and non-fiction. Younger readers test page-turning skills on kids' books ($2–$5), and the bookstore's aptly named "secret shelves" invite children to peruse gift ideas for parents and caregivers, all pre-approved by adults as fitting presents for birthdays or other holidays. Between picking out reading materials, visitors can head over to the coffeehouse area to sip Just Us fair-trade, organic tea and coffee ($2), silence the demands of sweet teeth with a selection of treats from White Sails Bakery ($2 each), or ask the barista to narrate their inner monologue.
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.
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Château Outlet's original storefront, where he intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Château Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew great success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Château Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.
The BFF Boutique owners Shannon and Sharlene urge their customers to Be Fabulous Forever. The self-proclaimed "hole-in-the-wall" boutique cultivates a selection of unique, one-of-a-kind dresses and accessories. To keep its inventory fresh, the shop constantly adds new items, which it then displays amid an intimate, friendly boutique atmosphere.
With more than 100 years of floral design experience, the petal primpers at Blossom Shops handcraft vibrant bouquets to brighten any interior. Induce smiles with a fresh bundle of effulgent blooms displayed in floral bouquets of gerbera daisies, mums, carnations, and hypericum berries available in six colour varieties ($32+), or express your love more elegantly than wearing a tuxedo made of solid gold by sending a glass vase overflowing with six roses ($34.95+). A sunset-inspired arrangement of roses, gerberas, carnations, and huckleberry blossoms from a cube vase in the sunrise sunset bouquet ($39.95+), and the congratulations balloon bouquet sends warm wishes to any graduate or woman who recently made a baby appear out of thin air.