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.
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Château Outlet's original storefront, where he intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Château Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew great success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Château Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.
Even as the original store has expanded to include 23 locations across Ontario, Love Shop has never wavered in its singular purpose: to enrich the experience—and art—of making love. Inside each store, employees dole out insight on the varied merchandise, which includes everything from popular toys, clothes, and lubricants to Blu-Rays, books, magazines, and novelty items. For a more private experience, customers can shop for items online and have them shipped in discreet packaging. Above all, Love Shop strives to sweeten life's most intimate moments so companions can grow even closer than a pair of turtledoves trying to use the same mirror at once.
Started in 2008, Conlux Shoes stocks footwear designed to make hikes more enjoyable, rain more bearable, and walking more fashionable. The shoe emporium carries a range of sneakers, boots, and eco-friendly sandals, featuring Canadian brands such as Hanagal. Burnetie’s colorful skate shoes and plaid hi-tops champion individuality, and toes are kept cozy in UGG’s popular boots. A selection of bright rainboots protects feet from sudden food fights.
A wedding dress for every type—that's what She's So Beautiful Consignment and Bridal Boutique specializes in. Its consignment gowns, from designer brands such as Bridalane and San Patrick, are all less than two years old and sold for up to half off their retail price. Gowns are available on an appointment basis, so brides can get one-on-one attention for their perfect day.