At Cottage Quilting, shelves groan under the weight of more than 3,500 bolts of fabric awaiting adoption by nimble hands. Friendly staffers help customers navigate reams of brightly hued designer cottons, sweet floral prints from Amy Butler, and vivid batik patterns in their quest for the perfect cloth. They can also point crafters toward hand-dyed threads, pattern books, and tools such as rotary cutters and mats, as well as new sewing and embroidery machines from Bernina and Brother. Their classes dole out guidance and inspiration for students of varying skill levels, focusing on anything from binding basics and hand embroidery to crafting reversible aprons that enable a single chef to play both good cop and bad cop with fallen soufflés.
True Blue Picture Framing’s doors were swung open in 2010 by the steady hands of owner John Pearson, who operates under the mantra, “Great framing does not have to cost you an arm and a leg.” Backed by 14 years of framing experience, John completes all of True Blue’s work on-site, allowing him to control the quality of every piece that enters and leaves the store. From standard keepsakes, such as photos and certificates, to more unique mementos, such as canvases and a child’s first snow angel, True Blue’s arsenal of readymade and custom frames is capable of protecting a wide range of treasures in a stylish manner. The shop also provides canvas stretching to ensure paintings, cloths, and fabrics fit perfectly and don’t cramp up while getting framed.
Stroll the aisles of Home Hardware long enough and you'll encounter more than 100,000 items, from hand and power tools to paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies. You'll also find something else: ideas. After all, it's hard not to start picturing new ways to improve a home when you're wandering past Home Expressions decor items, garden decorations, plumbing and lighting fixtures, and more than 3500 paint colours. Fortunately, kitchen, colour, and garden experts are on hand to turn customers' nascent ideas into full-blown design plans, much as magicians turn frogs into doves or birthday parties into more boring birthday parties.
Intellibed Sleep & Spa outfits shoppers with locally crafted detergents and a host of relaxation-inducing goods including mattresses, pillows, and spa gear. Forged by local sudssmiths in Kelowna, Samson Soaps’ collection of cleansing potions (starting at $5) includes a laundry detergent and softener duo that render clothing as fluffy and spotless as a marshmallow dressed as Mr. Clean. Kitchen and bathroom cleaners ensure the effortless eviction of domestic smudges, while the Big Red degreaser purifies garages and boat hulls.
Striving to give every customer a "beducation," the mattress mavens at Mattress Mattress delight in matching humans with their ideal mattresses. Within Mattress Mattress' airy showrooms, customers can test the bounciness of bouncy balls on name brands that include Serta, Sealy, and Kingsdown. A Zoom twin mattress ($158.88) or a Sedona Twin Unit ($999.99) sponge up the elusive epiphanies and grocery lists made right before falling asleep. This Groupon may be used towards larger mattress models such as the Kingsdown Macau queen-size mattress set ($1199.99) or the Serta Helen king-size mattress ($1299.99).
An abundance of colours and textures populates Art of Yarn, where customers can peruse shelves laden with skeins of natural, synthetic, and hand-embellished fibres, as well as patterns, kits, needles, and other supplies. The shop purveys yarn for clothes-making or kitten-occupying projects in an array of fibres, including 100 per cent wool, cashmere, and llama, from brands such as The Alpaca Yarn Company and SweetGeorgia Yarns. Shoppers can set knitting needles clicking with Araucania’s panguipulli Shade 7 merino ($18.95) or opt for the gossamer wisps of Be Sweet’s brushed baby mohair ($18.49). With kits, meanwhile, yarn users can handcraft items such as two hats in vintage wool ($24.97) and stylish refrigerator cozies.