Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up an all-star line-up across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from hockey and softball to inline skating and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armour, and pint-sized and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
With a passion to craft luxury cosmetics without harsh chemicals, pinkginger pampers skin with biodegradable organic skincare lines and beauty products. Exfoliate cheeks like bunnies do with the carrot facial scrub ($24), or moisturize mature mugs sans harmful oils with the calendula hydrating & toning mask ($36.50). The organic dark chocolate mocha body cream ($28) saturates sheaths with dark cacao and rich anti-aging antioxidants while the jasmine & grapefruit organic deodorant ($19) infuses essential oils into arm joints to disguise humans in the event of a botanical takeover. Holistic bods can also find vital haircare, makeup, and gifts for both babies and brothers.
Harvesting 29 varieties of apples on its 80-acre orchard, Hall's Apple Market loads its bushels, baked goods, and ciders with handpicked or frozen fruits free of pasteurization and preservatives. Honeycrisp apples ($7 for two litres; $12 for 4 litres) conceal a juicy, slightly acidic taste beneath cream-coloured flesh and a distinctive crisp texture. Made weekly in small batches on a rack and cloth press, sweet apple cider ($3.50 for one litre; $4.50 for two litres) boasts a natural saccharinity without the assistance of added sugar or granulated love sonnets. Signature caramel-apple pecan pie ($15) is concocted from scratch with hand-rolled dough and an amalgamate of apple, caramel, butterscotch, and bits of pecan, and apples and almond paste cram into a flaky strudel ($6) adorned with slivered almonds. Chunks of walnuts and cranberries pile into oatmeal cookies ($4.50 for a package of eight) that treat witch-wary princesses to an apple alternative.
Dozens of veteran gymnasts serve as instructors in Starr Gymnastics’ three Ottawa-area facilities, where they favour instruction that emphasizes the most beneficial aspects of gymnastics: enjoyment, physical fitness, and socialization. Since only a small percentage of gymnastics athletes ever cartwheel their way to the competitive level, Starr Gymnastics' instructors teach proper balance-beam technique and safe tumbling skills without skimping on the fun, reminding their gleeful charges of gymnastics' inherent power to imbue agility and a foundational skill set easily applicable to turbo-kicking bad guys in dark alleys.
Starr's high-spirited staff occasionally spices up the play by inviting pint-sized gymnasts to don costumes or by darkening the arena while pupils leap, flip, and bear glowing cuspids amid a sea of black lights. The gym's festive approach to youth fitness occupies vacationing students during school breaks with summer camps, and birthday celebrants frequently gather in colourful private rooms for party packages that include equipment access and a T-shirt for the guest of honour.
The Amish Store deals in handcrafted wood furniture and accessories built in the United States by Amish communities of Indiana and Ohio for every room, nook, and cranny of the home. Add dimension to dwellings with an extensive selection of stock and made-to-order items, such as large wooden mixing bowls ($72.13) and multistriped cutting boards ($89.38). Keepsakes stay safe in a musical jewellery box ($94.08), and treasured reads and vintage LPs find a rent-controlled home on rustic hickory bookshelves ($555.02+ for three-shelf units). The heirloom-worthy Laurel Victorian bed ($1,109.27/queen) comfortably frames dreams about being framed in traditional spindling and a single bow design. Every piece can be customized with a variety of woods and stains, including hickory, cherry, maple, and quarter-sawn white oak, and furnishings can be fitted with fabrics and leathers (prices vary with fabric, leather, stain and wood options).
Top Mode Depot cloaks all ages in trendy togs and spruces domestic sanctuaries with aisles of home décor on its 20,000-square-foot sales floor. Slip on a knit tunic dress ($22.98) or implore the sidewalk to flirt back with a silvery sleek pair of sandals ($14.98). Pairs of men's casual jeans ($34.98–$39.98) remain obedient held up with belts ($16.98), and torsos flaunt popular trends in button-down plaid shirts ($24.98). Babies can wiggle toes into leather slippers with animal prints ($9.98), and middle-aged tykes can dream of fast cars and schoolwork in a set of soft pyjamas ($15.98). Top Mode Depot also seasons households with aromatic candles ($9.98 for a package of three), ornamental pillows ($15 for two), and more home-complementing accoutrements.