Stocked with fair-trade coffee, a wide variety of teas, vegetarian dishes, and gluten-free cuisine, the Marmalade Cat Café caters to a wide range of particular eaters. The daily breakfast and lunch menus are supplemented on Sundays with simple brunch fare, which includes eggs Donny topped with homemade hollandaise and a choice of spinach and tomato, salmon, or ham ($9.50). While you tap into the complimentary wireless connection, wash out your throat with a cup of red espresso—a naturally decaffeinated version of the traditional sippable that's made from Rooibos tea leaves finely ground by the feet of off-season elves.
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.
At Lake Country Cycle Ltd., bicycle lover Cameron Donald pours his energy into providing a host of bike services. Using skills acquired at the Winterborne Bicycle Institute in Guelph, where he obtained his professional bicycle mechanic certificate, the shop offers everything from standard tune-ups to full bicycle rebuilds. Lake Country Cycle Ltd. also lubes chains, adjusts bearings, and even custom-builds new wheels for cyclists who thought a roll through the brier patch sounded lovely. If customers require a new ride, the staffers help them choose road, mountain, and kids bicycles from manufacturers including Scott and Louis Garneau.
For more than 30 years, Plum has outfitted women of all ages in timeless apparel imbued with European flair and crafted by Vancouver-area designers. The boutique boasts nine locations around British Columbia and Alberta, and it designs half of its inventory in-house using years of garment-fitting experience and an extensive knowledge of life-sized paper dolls. Plum also carries a range of one-of-a-kind pieces from casual daywear to hand-sewn cocktail dresses.
When she's not scouring the wide world in search of high-quality rattan, teak, and cast-aluminum patio furniture, globetrotting entrepreneur and owner of Sun Country, Carol Dodge, designs her own deck-side accoutrements. Dole out pool-side potables on a sleek teak serving tray ($39), or relax in a teak side chair, crafted from kiln-dried timber and epoxy resins. Made from aluminum wrapped in all-weather wicker, rattan stacking chairs simply refuse to stretch, fade, or crack under the pressure of inclement weather ($145), and auto-tilt deck umbrellas cast a protective shadow over apostate sun worshippers and add a festive, futuristic twist to above-ground piña-colada pools ($375).
Tweaked & Yummy curates one of the largest selections of vintage men’s and women’s clothing in Okanagan Valley, making retro pieces of wearable fashion available for purchase or rental in a cozy streetside boutique. Plaid pants ($35+) chill on metal girders above wood-panelled floors, while, like Donald Duck, rows of hanging disco shirts ($35+) prove that great style does not require pants. Suit up with a pair of '50s-style shoes ($26+) or a piece of handcrafted jewellery to subtly accent a contemporary outfit with time-tested style ($16+). Perfect for wooing nostalgic sweethearts and closing deals from within the trunk of a Coupe de Ville, a midcentury suit ($135+) remains the ideal complement to a midcentury prom dress ($135+) for a time-travelling date to the drive-in movie or root-beer-float stand.