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.
P'lovers stocks its shelves with all sorts of sustainable goodies, featuring natural, recycled, organic, and nontoxic products to ensure you and your family won't sprout flippers and your flippered friends won't sprout knees. Although P'lovers maintains a quaint, boutiquey feel, it equates itself to an environmental department store, offering everything from home-cleaning products, books, and merchandise for babies and kids to adult clothing and linens and products for the home and outdoors. Treat your household to some fluffy new cotton towels, which are free of pesticides, bleaches, chemicals and dyes ($6.95–$59.95). AppleCheeks reusable diapers cozily wrap babies in soft, fleece-topped cotton diapers ($7.95–$21.95).
Zephyr Rug and Home shines a spotlight on Canadian-made furnishings in its Quinpool showroom. Crisp, modern ceiling lights and dining tables from Jesse, Selene, and Korson Furniture Design add trendy touches to homes. More than 300 styles of hand-knotted and tufted rugs maintain their fresh appearances, even when faced with rough shoes and foot traffic. Zephyr also employs two interior decorators who perform onsite consultations to help customers to update their household’s style and garage's haircut.
• For $45, you get a one-hour in-studio ($40) or on-location ($50) photo shoot for family portraits, including one 10"x13" print ($39.95) and choice of one 4"x6" print or four wallet-size prints (up to a $99.90 total value). • For $60, you get a one-hour in-studio ($40) or on-location ($50) photo shoot for school portraits, including a photo package ($79.99) featuring two 8"x10" prints, three 5"x7" prints, two 3"x5" prints, 24 wallet-size prints, and an image CD (a $130 total value).