Novice and experienced brewers alike can build their winemaking knowledge base at Bayleys Brews, where instructors show students how to get the most out of red, white, and specialty wine kits and beer kits. Customers can peruse red or white kits that take from four to eight weeks to complete and range from standard varietals to luxurious vineyard-specific creations. Beer-brewing kits fulfill dreams of hosting a re-creation of Cheers in your basement forever by supplying materials for barrels of stout, cream ale, or Canadian lager. Brewers are on staff at all times to guide decision-making and explain the nuances of each kit to their customers.
With festive disguises in more than 60 themes, it's no wonder that Victoria Costumes has earned praise and awards for its massive selection. Kids and adults find finery inspired by the roaring '20s, the Renaissance, and ancient times, or they can suit up to match their favourite Disney or Star Wars characters.
But the costumes span more dress-up opportunities than just Halloween, with options for Christmas, Easter, and Mardi Gras. And, in addition to its rentals, Victoria Costumes also suits up impersonators before sending them off to help add flair to a marriage proposal or singing telegram.
The ASE-certified mechanics at Sidney Transmission & Autocare diagnose car troubles across all makes and models using a combination of computerized equipment and ongoing training. The team manoeuvres around electrical systems and transmissions to suss out underlying issues or to install fresh ACDelco parts that keep engines humming like a cartoon villain trying to act casual. The convenience-minded management team offers free shuttle service, as well as late-night and early-morning drop-off options to keep clients going about their daily business.
The Raptors at Church & State thrills guests with the midair acrobatics of owls, falcons, and hawks during three daily demonstrations over Brentwood Bay’s 11 acres of rolling vineyards. Raptor specialists brief guests on the behavior and personalities of each bird as they set them loose in 45-minute displays of flight, natural hunting prowess, and avian turn signals. Guests seated snugly in hillside bleachers watch leather-glove-armed holders release their feathery allies. Before or after each bird buoyancy test, visitors taste any four of the winery’s premium wines or three of the super-premium pours. Sip from piquant selections, such as the 2008 chardonnay, 2007 meritage, and the 2010 cabernet blanc, all fermented from grapes roaming free in the winery’s vineyard.
Cottons and Blues sheathes men, women, and children in more than 70 styles of jeans and other casual wares by brands such as Esprit, Billabong, Orb, Mavi, and Silver. The shop's ensemble-whittlers hem all jeans and pants to flawlessly conform to each customer's stems. Pair Mavi jeans ($69.99–$99.99) with plain-faced and graphic T-shirts ($29.99–$49.99) or a Billabong hoodie ($49.99–$79.99) that stylishly protects hair from nesting magpies. Cottons and Blues also supplies swimwear ($59.99–$99.99) and enhances ensembles with purses, earrings, scarves, and belts.