Patrons enter Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery to discover the handmade work of more than 30 North American artists, including unique glass creations that focus on various styles, shapes and colours. Adorn freshly cut evergreens in a candy-cane design that reflects twinkling lights across its crimson hues, or place a bucket beneath a green-glass icicle in case it melts back into sand. An on-site studio beckons visitors over for daily demonstrations, in which local artisans use pipes to transform glowing glass into semi-transparent vases or summon flames by loudly gossiping about dragons in order to render glass beads. After selecting their five ornaments, customers can peruse the other artwork that occasionally sprouts from the store's exposed stone wall, including paintings, sculptures, and vases.
Willow Soul ravishes body and home with a collection of clothing, accessories, housewares, and art fashioned mostly from Canadian materials or by local artisans. Canadian-crafted Rocky Mountain beauty products season skin with bath salts ($5) or luxurious body butter ($15), and Love+Toast hand lotions teach fingers the ancient art of black-belt softness ($11+). Necks flex fashion muscles under Frug necklaces ($26+) or airy summer scarves that protect against bumblebee-filled breezes ($19), and Hue jeggings eschew traditional denim conventions ($38+). In addition to house highlighters such as quilts, art napkins, and throw pillows, Willow Soul beckons bottoms to grow attached to furniture, such as reclaimed-wood benches made by Kingston artists.
With a multitude of frame and moulding samples ranging from oversized casings to delicate shadow boxes, Kingston Frameworks indulges all masterpiece visions with traditional framing and custom-made compositions. Consumers, art collectors, and interior designers can channel their artistic inspiration with a host of frame options in contemporary and traditional designs to spruce up a drab powder room or add flair to a flat office space ($80 for a 14.75"x12.25" with matting, $58.64 without). The staff of border buffs can also accommodate individual requests to churn out plaque-mounted diplomas and laminated exit strategies to adorn barren walls. In addition to memorializing baby booties and ticket stubs, Kingston Frameworks upgrades pressed-flower security with conservation framing, swaddling prized pieces in antireflective museum glass to preserve the quality of delicate keepsakes and family heirlooms.