For more than a century, the Woodbury family has tilled the rich, porous soil of the Fredonia area to craft one-of-a-kind, flavorful wines from homegrown grapes. The vineyard’s serene surroundings—from the doting shelter of the nearby Allegheny uplands to the temperate words of encouragement from Lake Erie—work together to rear aromatic, mature, and emotionally balanced crops. Sippers may indulge in the complex flavors of a full-bodied cabernet ($24/bottle), the peppery floral notes of the Gewürztraminer ($24/bottle), or the regional sweetness of a niagara ($9.50). In addition to bottling up high-quality grape juice, the expert vintners at Woodbury shake down local orchards for refreshing fruit wines, such as a tastefully tart cranberry ($12) or delicate apple ($12), simultaneously capable of banishing thin-skinned doctors and impressing teachers with its semidry personality and ability to rinse chalkboards.
Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
Style Commission drapes fashion forward women in socially conscious frocks and casual cuts that have treaded runways from New York to Toronto. Earrings ($12–$20) allow onlookers to admire sparkling lobes without performing a lobotomy, and a pair of Foxy Jeans ($55), rivets legs with an electric indigo look. Tie a Pashmina scarf ($19) around a non-conformist ankle or remind winter of its weak, inevitable mortality in a seamless tank ($16). Other items include hair accessories ($2.99–$7.99), bandeaus ($8), and bicycle shorts ($10). The staff at Style Commission puts together looks appropriate for myriad occasions, such as luncheons, dates, and poetry duels.
Scrapping Nook supplies scrapbooking devotees with a large inventory of card making, paper patterning, and album building paraphernalia. Fashion homemade greeting cards or business cards for the family dachshund with some of Scrapping Nook's card stock ($0.75/12"x12" sheet), available in attractive colours such as African daisy, berry blush, and blackbird. Or keep scrapbooks and unruly phone books secure by taking home a bottle of Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue ($6.49). Scrapping Nook's staff of friendly and knowledgeable designers makes sure their charmingly decorated store is always well-stocked with all the materials necessary to sustain the scrapbooking addict, including an artist edition mixed-media album ($17.29), ideal for snazzily storing memories, and 2-ounce bottles of Maya Road mists ($8.79+).
The outdoor enthusiasts at Play Hard Niagara outfit visitors for romps on the water, beach, and street. Gear rentals ranging from sit-on-top kayaks to bikes equip explorers for adventures throughout the Port Colborne area, including trips along the old canal and Lake Erie shoreline. For a small fee, Play Hard's staff delivers equipment to nearby locations for full-day rentals. Back in Crystal Beach, the shop displays a multitude of recreational equipment, ranging from land-bound scooters to surf gear that stands ready to skim over a cresting wave or through layers of the upper atmosphere.
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.