Locally owned and operated since 1992, Sketchley Cleaners endeavours to enhance appearances and strengthen the fibres of customers throughout Kitchener and Waterloo. The specialists employ a progressive selection of laundering techniques ($2.50+) that include folding and starching shirts and hand-scrubbing collars and cuffs. Using gentle machine cycles and waterless solvents, staffers work to purify pants ($7.35+) and dresses ($12.10+); hand-pressing services pamper two-piece suits ($15.25+), eliminating wrinkles and evidence of lunch-hour snorkelling sessions. Depending on the services requested, clients pick up clothing items within 1–3 days of dropping them off. Sketchley’s King Street East location in Kitchener and Bridgeport Road and Weber Avenue locations in Waterloo also offer on-site tailoring, making it possible to finally stitch a favorite shirt-and-pant combo into a unitard.
Booksmarts's word gurus pack their store with an assortment of clothes, giftware, and books, including new releases, best sellers, and hidden treasures all priced at up to 80 per cent below cover price. Customers can navigate across shelves in search of the latest mystery novel, pick out a new dinner menu in the cooking section, or watch as characters spring to life and shout out their story's hidden motifs from between the pages of graphic novels. Readers share Conor Grennan's moving experiences in Little Princes ($9.99) before delving into the minds of one of literature's most controversial figures in Jeff Lindsay's Dexter in the Dark ($6.99). Literary-themed T-shirts come in an assortment of sizes for both kids ($19.99+) and adults ($24.99), and customers' favourite wordsmiths weigh down a variety of tote bags ($15.99).
Every premium meal supplied by Onterra Farms' farmers starts with high-quality animal feed. Open-pasture cows dine on grass and corn, cage-free chickens enjoy blended-grain mixtures, and pigs that reside in temperature-controlled barns chow down on all-vegetable diets. From humanely raised and humanely slaughtered livestock, butchers with 30 years of experience select the finest cuts of meat to prepare in perfect portion sizes. They then vacuum-seal each cut in heavy-duty BPA-free packaging. They also guarantee the freshness of their products for up to 15 months after packaging.
The meticulous frame fashioners at Framing & Art Centre construct high-quality homes for treasured artwork, awards, and memorabilia. After perusing the surplus of frame and mat samples, customers can choose the design that best complements their masterpiece. College graduates and traffic-school alumni will appreciate Framing & Art Centre's diploma-framing services (around $100+); personalized sports-jersey framing (around $400+) glorifies retired professional players. Fast, on-site service ensures collectible movie posters (many 24"x36" pieces typically cost under $150) will be framed and back on the wall before their owners can reenact all six Rocky movies. Beyond providing an elegant display, professional framing ensures that collectables will be protected and properly preserved. The staff at Framing & Art Centre gives owners peace of mind with protective products and services such as security hardware for safe hanging, acid-free matting, UV glazing, and shark-bite proofing.
Distinctly Tea is a tea brewer's dreamland, with a varied selection of more than 350 teas from around the world as well as tea-related accessories. Most teas at the shop begin at $4.75 for a 50-gram bag and $8.75 for a 100-gram bag, with smaller sample bags starting at $1.75 each. Palates tired of average tea selections can cart home such soothing herbal varieties as LaPacho vanilla chai and the inner-scarf tendencies of Winter's Remedy. Distinctly Tea also offers far away flavours that include South African rooibos teas and lush and aromatic selections such as cranberry cream and whole-fruit supreme. Passionate about the ways of the teacup, the helpful staff at Distinctly Tea is perpetually ready to help both longtime connoisseurs as well as those who just discovered a saucer can be more than a hat to appreciate the differences between a tisane and an oolong. And while the tea shop’s selection of loose teas runs deep, the shop also boasts a lineup of tea accessories that includes such necessities as stainless-steel teapots, tea cozies, and anti-coffee propaganda literature such as The Chamomile Manifesto by Karl Marx.
Meltdown Snowboard Shop purveys athletic gear and apparel for sports involving boards, skis, and BMX bikes. In the winter, snowboards by brands such as Burton, Forum, and Gnu fill the shop. In the summer, paddleboards by Bic Sport and Jimmy Lewis float into stock, along with longboards by GoldCoast, Dregs, and Lush. Athletic apparel and accessories bolster a wide range of outdoor pursuits, from hiking up tranquil foothills to biking away from overly chatty mountain goats. Men and women’s clothing provides tip-to-toe epidermal coverage, and all-purpose backpacks hold gear safely and conveniently.
In addition to guiding guests through an extensive selection of boots and bindings, the expert staff maintains slope-shredding equipment with meticulous tune-up services. Patrons can drop off beloved skis or snowboards for overnight upkeep sessions at the shop, bidding tearful goodbyes and making sure they packed their night lights.
X-Disc-C festoons its shelves and racks with an abundant selection of vinyl, imported and domestic music, and a diverse assortment of posters and movies. Rest a turntable needle on new vinyl copies of albums by bands such as The Chocolate Watch Band ($19.99), a psychedelic '70s outfit that constructed timepieces out of fudgesicles after disbanding. A two-disc set of remixed tracks from Radiohead's latest record, The King of Limbs ($15.99), gives fans new perspectives, and DVDs such as Jeff Beck: Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott's ($16) showcases one of the songsmith's captivating live sets. An assortment of posters and art prints encapsulate lasting images of movie and rock stars, nature scenes, animation, or portraits of prime ministers with their Fender Stratocasters.