Monkey Business, a kids' boutique started by two local mothers, dresses little ones in fashionable apparel, shoes, and accessories from brands such as Guess and Roxy. Mexx brand clothing ($12.99+) wraps around tiny torsos as parents guide their kids’ toes and piano's legs into Jack and Lily shoes ($29.99). Aden + Anais swaddling blankets ($24.99) drape over tiny shoulders, and BumGenious one-size diapers ($23.95) keep kids and everything else dry. The baby experts also stock their shelves with popular accessories such as BOB strollers and Sophie the Giraffe ($20.95), a toy perfect for teething or for filling an empty seat at dinner parties.
At Babydoll Boutique, lingerie experts accentuate frames with complimentary bra fittings and spectrum-spanning sizes from designers such as Hanky Panky, Chantelle, and Bravado. Lacy thongs ($24) guard against panty lines and Naked men's boxer briefs ($38–$44) swathe nether-regions in seamless Italian microfiber. After clients are measured for the proper bra size, Babydoll Boutique’s helpful staff can choose a Chantelle Hedona bra to enforce natural contours sans seams, padding, or support panels ($89); new mothers relish the Bravado nursing bra's soft, stretchy fabric ($50). A Belly Bandit body slimmer ($69+) hugs post-pregnancy torsos with an elastic band that encourages the body to regain its pre-pregnancy circumference and ability to dive through closing elevator doors. Babydoll Boutique's fitters strive to flatter every type of figure, and happily assist with mastectomy fittings and special orders. Though not required, customers can call in advance for an appointment.
With an extensive repertoire of scrapbooking and photography techniques and products, Photo Express flourishes creative minds with a full-day design camp and online photo memorabilia. Between 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., student artisans can enrich their right brains in the indulgent Day For You as instructors enlighten pupils with scrapbooking layouts, a Copic card tutorial and an interactive photography workshop. After indoctrinating imagination muscles with popular scrapbooking methods and designs, guests can celebrate their new aesthetic skills by creating a double page scrapbook layout or decoupaging their neighbour's cat. Equipped with mounting basics, up to 20 clipping disciples subsequently cultivate their talents in a card decorating class, enlisting artisan Copic markers to embellish the luxurious paper line. Photo Express also inspires participants with a photography lecture and presentation to endow students with superior Polaroid skills and sunset-stalking strategies. After an energizing group lunch, nourished patrons can explore their scrapbooking goodie bags to decorate their favourite photos and preserve a book's worth of memories.
Sparkling semiprecious beads, Kazuri beads, and Swarovski crystals line the shelves of Kellie’s Bead Boutique, waiting to be strung into bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The shop’s ever-changing selection evolves according to seasonal fashions and nearly imperceptible shifts of dark matter. Similarly, jewellery-making classes regularly change so that teachers can help students craft new statement pieces. The class instructor and shop owner, Kellie Sutton, also crafts her own line of jewellery, which is sold internationally.
The craftsmen at Blueberry Meadows Interiors know a solid piece a furniture can be the difference between a house and a home. With that in mind, they've made it their mission to pair people with well-built, designer imports through a hassle-free process that cuts out the middleman and his dreaded scheming. From beds and chests to chairs and coffee tables, furnishings come in several timbers, stains, and paints, so guests can match new additions to the rest of their home decor.