Painters, graphic artists, and architects have found the tools of their trade at the one-stop Top Notch Art Centre since 1971. A floor-to-ceiling picture window beckons passersby on Craig Street, where shade trees shelter a block of historic buildings and small businesses, including a rare bookshop and a cobbler for broken dreams. Inside, the staff leads 2-D artists toward the right brush for watercolor or oil from their selection of Winsor Newtons, or printmaking papers from Arches Cover and BFK Rives lines. The store also makes an effort to seek out artisanal brands, such as Gamblin Artists Oils and Mt. Vision Handmade Pastels. Bookbinders can pick up screw posts and glue, and drafters can run their fingers over delicate, smooth vellum and curl them around the curves and angles of nine types of stylus guides. Past the tall, narrow aisles, a framing shop encases completed works of art in glass and caution tape to prepare them for display.
Kaboom Fireworks stocks a large assortment of pyrotechnics, including sparklers, fountains, and mortars that launch into the sky before bursting into showers of brilliant colour. Throughout the year, they also offer special giveaways to customers depending on how much they purchase in-store.
Shoppers can also find party favours such as confetti cannons and glow-in-the-dark jewellery. Before lighting a fuse, check out the company's safety tips, where you can get information about everything from what makes a good fireworks show to where fireworks should be stored and why they aren't efficient at toasting s'mores.
A family business for more than four decades, Frechette Lawncare bolsters lawn vitality and revitalizes dwindling colour saturation with a selection of grass-enlivening products for yards around the Toronto area. Frechette technicians apply a custom-blended slow-release fertilizer to the future-verdant expanses of customers' yards. The nutrient-packed health wallop affects grass tracts like a chlorophyll-cream pie in the face, slamming brown spots and malnourished blades over time with a gradual disbursement of growth-spurring materials. With the same techniques that they use for treating professional golf courses and the Grinch's goatee, Frechette specialists will jump-start any lawn’s summertime growth and offer additional services such as aeration and grub control for increased benefits.
Runner's Den fits feet for fast fleeing and fitness fashioning. Elongated ankle bases brawn up and cradle comfort in the myriad quality running shoes found at Runner's Den, from such brands as Adidas ($119.99–$159.99), New Balance ($119–$189.99), and Saucony ($129–$169.99). Staffed with runners, Runner's Den expertly suits up figures in apparel from Sugoi ($29.99–$159.99), Nike ($29.99–$99.99), and New Balance ($24.99–$69.99) appropriate to the task. Keeping up on accessories, runners track time on Timex watches ($89.99), heart rates on a Polar heart-rate monitor ($79.99–$319.99), and the megafauna ruthlessly pursuing them through rearview-mirror headgear.
The knowledgeable and friendly staff at One Small Step slips infant, toddler, and adult feet into name-brand casual and sporty footwear. In a boutique equipped with entertaining diversions for kids that include a fish tank, a train set, and a docket of 19th-century parliamentary documents, shoe gurus keep kids happy while outfitting them in kicks that serve both their functional and fashionista needs. Infant and toddler runners envelop tiny soles in velcroed sneakers from New Balance, Reebok, and Adidas ($49.99+). Infant walking boots shroud wee Achilles' heels in mid- and full-length booties ($69.99), and Kamik Synergy Lite winter boots keep toes safe, dry, and comfortable at up to -40 degrees ($79.99). A wide selection of men’s and ladies’ running shoes ($79.99+) keep feet comfortable and ready to sprint forgotten homework to classrooms at a moment’s notice.
The creative minds at Silvana's Hair, Esthetics, & Spa indulge the desires of each client with salon services that trim, tease, and twist hair into gorgeous styles and luxurious spa treatments, soothing sore muscles and reviving overworked fingers and toes. Envelope luscious locks in a new, hip look with a cut and style (starting at $59), permanent colour (starting at $58), or partial highlights (starting at $71), or settle civil unrest amongst digits with a calming spa paraffin manicure ($53) or a hot stone pedicure ($71). Silvana's uses top of the line products, including AVEDA and Yon-Ka, and employs high-tech equipment that, like a Sicilian grandmother, smells like cannoli and is imported from Italy.