Since selling its first chef's knife in 1959, The Cookware Centre has armed culinary warriors from its cache of top-notch kitchenware. The store's downtown location brims with respected kitchenware brands such as Cuisinox and Donvier, as well as the necessary tools for creating brilliant dishes, desserts, and drinks. All-purpose pots and pans and other familiar kitchen fixtures flaunt their sheens alongside the same highly specialized kitchen tools and small appliances used by culinary masters to create everything from gourmet meals to melon balls so perfect they haunt Gallagher himself. In addition to helping both seasoned bistro pros and at-home cooks navigate their thousands of products, The Cookware Centre also offers cookware refinishing and knife sharpening services.
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.
Framing for more than 45 years, Koyman's skilled custom framing team wraps flat valuables such as limited edition prints, photos, diplomas, and memorabilia in high-quality frames. Photo protectors can outfit 8'x10' ($60+), 11"x14" ($95+), and 16"x20" ($110+) family portraits in a basic frame, or guard cherished grass clippings behind an upgraded frame with nonglare glass ($77+). For premium frames ($119+), carefully constructed matting weaves around awards and watercolour paintings as it inflates the outer edge to dimensions up to 22"x26". Expert art consultants stand by at the ready to make suggestions on the best ways to reframe existing artwork damaged from continued use as a frisbee.
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.
At Wag's pet-friendly Doggin'it Café, humans can sip lattes and teas while their four-legged associates sample Wag's wide array of treats and doggie desserts. The café's baristas brew cappuccinos, espressos, lattes, and specialty beverages ($2.25–$3.75) using Joe the Dog coffee, Wag's own Ottawa-roasted line of java. You can take home your own bag ($15.99 per lb.), available in Bad Dog dark roast, Gotta Go morning blend, and Neutered Dog decaf. Goodies for canines and felines include gourmet treats ($0.99–$25), dog cookies ($0.99–$3.99), and aged sweat socks of rare vintages. Wag also offers food and kibble (starting at $16.99) for your furry, flea-bitten friends as well as fashionable collars and leashes (starting at $20). In addition to providing free wireless Internet access for laptop users and web-savvy terriers, Doggin'it Café frequently hosts social nights so that proud pup-possessors can mingle with like-minded animal lovers and pooches can sniff one another to their heart's delight.
Champions of battery-renewing sleep bolstered by eco-friendly materials, Obasan's sleep experts have helped customers lasso z’s since selling their first mattress upwards of 25 years ago. The company’s dedication to marrying restful dozing with environmentally minded practices is evidenced in their collection of bedroom wares forged from chemical-free and functional materials such as thermo-regulating organic wool, renewable Canadian wood, and natural rubber harvested from free-range bouncy balls. An intricate customization process tailors mattresses to fit personal sleeping styles by varying the amount and distribution of natural rubber throughout the mattress, ensuring that customers can doze soundly without fear of their bedfellows rolling into their dreams. While specializing in the creation of their signature mattresses, Obasan also outfits shoppers with rest accessories such as comforters, pillows, and pet beds to facilitate peaceful household-wide repose.