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.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.
Hammer City Cycle's experienced technicians perform adjustments and checkups to a wide selection of bike brands, tailoring services to suit each customer's preferred experience. A basic tune-up package places two-wheeled companions in the capable hands of a United Bicycle Institute–certified master mechanic and suspension technologist. Helping hands pump air into hard-breathing tires and make needed adjustments to inconsistent tendencies in shifting and braking systems. In-place cleaning and lubrication of your road repeller's drivetrain helps to ensure rides free from ornery bucking and braying. Technicians inspect each bolt for proper torque, and the ride-refining service concludes with a full-frame wipe down, removing dust, grime, and lipstick marks from sloppy street kisses.
The Running Room is proudly a family owned company, which originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. He opened a small one room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room."
The Great Canadian Gift Company carries Canadian-made clothing, specialty and gourmet foods, and other gifts available for individual purchase. An array of gift baskets conveniently compiles heart-warming sentimentality or thanks for a job done medium rare in handy portable containers, such as the Icewine Winter Harvest basket loaded with Icewine chocolates, preserves, tea, and salmon ($69.99). Buyers can also build custom gift baskets by picking a container and stocking it with their own product theme. Fill a gold galvanized bin ($12.99) with a celebration of all things maple syrup, from maple barbecue sauce ($8.99) to maple crunch shortbread ($6.99). The Great Canadian Gift Company's team helps vessel captains optimize their container-to-product ratio with eco-friendly gifts such as the Urban Salvage maple serving platter ($49.99), which simultaneously expresses a sensitivity for the earth and gives wood from broken homes a second chance.