Dedicated to the art of libation creation, Haus Of Vine’s staff forges vinous quaffs via winemaking performed on the premises, and outfits patrons with equipment and supplies needed to concoct their own batches of beer and wine. Sage oenophiles keep shelves stocked with upwards of 130 different wines imported from across the globe, helping shoppers select bottles and answering questions about pairings and bouquets. Haus Of Vine’s staffers also help bolster at-home brewing arsenals with essential winemaking equipment such as wine tannin, liquid oak extract, and laces for grape-stomping shoes.
With high-definition monitors around every corner and a golf club workshop that resembles a cutting-edge physics lab, Modern Golf's 13,000-square-foot, chrome-and-black studio incorporates the golf industry's latest technology and tools. High Definition Golf simulators line the walls, filling massive screens with satellite-based 3-D images of world-famous courses. The simulators use stereoscopic swing-tracking technology to project the flight of each shot, and golfers hit off of HD Softstrike mats that allow them hit down and through the ball—as they would naturally when taking a divot—without having to live with the guilt of destroying a fairway's toupee.
Modern Golf offers club-fitting services to ensure golfers have the clubs that best suit their swing and body type. After determining customers' specifications, expert craftsmen custom-build each club from start to finish, making sure that they get the length, loft, lie angle, shaft flex, and flame decal just right.
Within Watermarks Kitchen & Bath Boutique’s cavernous showroom sits a host of diverse design vignettes and kiosks. These stations present a carefully curated collection of kitchen and bath appliances from trusted brands—such as Kohler, Moen, and Produits Neptune—all laid out in realistic settings. Homeowners confer with Watermarks’ non-commission-based consultants, who then classify their tastes and preferences into one of five key styling themes formulated by the store’s crew of architects, designers, and builders. The themes range from the Pure, Clean, Contemporary collection’s minimalist designs to the Glamorous, Hollywood, Art Deco collection’s ornate hardware and Academy Award–shaped showerheads.
Erie Meats packages wholesale meats of all kinds into tidy parcels ready to cook at home or at local restaurants. Chicken nuggets, individually seasoned frozen chicken breasts, and strips from Watson Ridge join an inventory of Harvest Creek–brand super crunch hot dogs. The Mississauga shop also stocks food-service-ready kilograms of extra-lean ground turkey and boneless chicken bites.
In 1980, Paul Montgomery's ski shop—along with everything in it—burned to the ground. All of his hopes and dreams, reduced to ash. As a teenager, Paul had tuned skis in a neighbourhood ski shop. After earning a degree in computer science, he decided to forego the fast-paced lifestyle of the tech industry—with its outsized salaries and lascivious solicitations from Ms. Pac-Man—and open a 900-square-foot ski shop adjacent to a ski lodge. And that's when he lost everything. But just four days after the fire, he decided he would continue to sell skis out of his home. As it turned out, many of the ski-club members had lost their gear when the lodge burned down, and they flocked to his home in droves. In one weekend, he'd sold more skis than he had in the previous year.
In the decades that followed, Paul struggled through financial difficulties and recurring nightmares about teaching dinosaurs to ski, but continued to expand the business he had once nearly lost. Today, Skiis & Biikes boasts five locations across the country and more than 50,000 square feet of skiing, snowboarding, and cycling necessities. More than 100 dedicated staff members channel their love of outdoor recreation into the kind of dedicated salesmanship that has earned the shop its hard-won success.