A tree swing sways in the breeze beneath a willow near gardens of large perennials sprouting in rows and flourishing in greenhouses. When Laura Tattersall founded Made in the Shade Perennials in 2006, she wanted to build more than a simple nursery, she wanted to create a destination. She envisioned a lush environment where customers could stroll among large clusters of violet hydrangeas, duck under the bulky green leaves of wild ginger, and admire the yellow and white blossoms of star grass. Teaming up with her daughter, Lynn, they till the ground and plant shade-producing perennials and plants suited to the eastern Ontario climate, growing everything available in their catalogue onsite. Working with both landscapers and home gardeners, they invite all horticulturists to peruse their lush country landscape for water plants, vines, and a wide variety of hard-to-find hostas. When the team can fit it into their schedule, they also lead free workshops on topics such as garden design and why an actual green thumb is a serious medical condition that should be attended to immediately.
Since 1972, Renaissance Music owner Gary Mullen has lived out his philosophy—that anyone can learn to express themselves through music—by selling instruments from makers such as Yamaha, Gibson, Fender, and Martin. The shop’s deft repairmen tend to all the wear and tear musicians inflict, building up a cache of services that ranges from guitar restringing to giving the Heimlich to blocked trumpets.
He facilitates patrons' enjoyment of the music world not only through sales but through lessons; the shop’s team of more than 30 instructors teaches almost 800 students on instruments from the piano to the harmonica. Students can show off their newly learned techniques during in-house concerts, and peruse a vast in-house supply of sheet music for classic concertos or newer works, such as Bach and Mozart mash-ups.
Since 1984, the framers at Creative Framing have worked with clients to encase treasured photographs, paintings, and keepsakes on premises. Drawing inspiration from the colour pairings in the shop's attached gallery, they match artworks with wood and metal frames as well as shadowboxes. The framers also shield works from sun rays and the withering eye contact of art critics with UV-blocking and glare-resistant glass. Gallery liners come in linen or custom-painted Medite; mats in hundreds of colours complement pictures and make diplomas look smarter. The Creative Framing team will also reuse or resize an existing frame on request, counselling it for adjustment to life after cosmetic surgery.
Novellino Clothing & Accessories swathes youthful and fashion-conscious dressers in modern apparel and accessories. A host of style-minded international cities provide the constantly changing, small-run selections, including duds from Los Angeles that arrive weekly, warring over pilot scripts. Tops join footwear in a sprightly dance, escorted by day dresses and handbags both spanking new and vintage. Fair-weather wardrobes bloom from the boutique's line-up of cocktail dresses, including the draped white Calypso dress with black and red detailing ($69.99), and a cast of vintage and modern jewellery. Novellino's rotating stock of vintage accessories, which currently includes mid-century green and gold neckwear ($17.50), give credence to the shop's name, which translates to “young and new" in Italian or “saucy toga" in Latin.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fitness classes
Recommended Age Group: Adults
The Seniors Association Kingston Region is a conglomeration of professionals and more than 750 volunteers that manage The Seniors Centre. They provide more than 100 programs, classes, and social functions geared toward people ages 50 and older, though there's no age requirement to join in the fun. "Our youngest member is 23," confesses one staffer. They host sporting events such as badminton tournaments, group fitness classes, and even art classes that range in topic from repurposing old jewelry to casting objects in cement. They also run an onsite restaurant, Hatter's Cove, where chefs dish up daily specials such as meatloaf, poached salmon, and chicken kiev.
Fitting women in flattering French-style unmentionables, Coquetta furnishes buyers with Canadian and international lingerie brands. The shop carries an array of high-end lines, such as Hanky Panky, Christine Vancouver, Spanx, and PrimaDonna. Gals can receive custom fittings to ensure healthy comfort and compatible star signs. Come-hithers are complemented by pieces such as a lacy Chantelle bra ($105+) or seamless Passionata undergarments ($54+). Coquetta belongs to the House Of Angelis boutique triumvirate that furnishes fashionistas and stylish scarecrows with designer lingerie, apparel, and footwear.