Rainbows of cardstock, walls of stickers, and a glittering array of embossing kits hail from more than 200 brands to deck the airy interior of Cherry Lane Scrapbook Shoppe. Staff members and avid scrapbookers Amy, Leanne, Cheryl, and Jesse acclimate customers to the store's bountiful selection while offering friendly discourse on upcoming projects and tips on building an immunity to paper cuts. Through a bevy of themed crafting classes, the staff instills inspiration and practical skills in beginners and veterans alike with lessons in creative layouts, household crafts, and how to use specific tools. The memorabilia mecca also hosts Friday night crop events, where papersmiths can mingle with likeminded folk while shaping pages of their latest works.
CanTalk Wireless is an exclusive TELUS dealer selling mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, TELUS Optik Internet / TV services & accessories. Brands carried include Apple, Blackberry, Samsung, LG, Nokia & Motorola. CanTalk has been in operation for 22 years operating 4 retail stores and a business sales department.
Some years ago, Paul and Caroline heard rumblings about water hyacinths. Their inner horticulturalists were intrigued because these plants bloom early and combat algae, but water hyacinths were only imported from Singapore at the time and often carried invasive parasites. So, the couple resolved to grow the plants themselves and start Woodbridge Ponds, a local greenhouse specializing in safe, locally cultivated specimens.
Today, their two-pronged business consists of Echo Nurseries, a 27,000-square-foot wholesale nursery, and Woodbridge Ponds, a sprawling retail shop brimming with beautiful water lilies and pond plants, lively fish, and essential pond hardware and supplies. All of the shop’s retail plants are grown at the adjacent nursery, ensuring that no seedlings get homesick while waiting for a new owner. Their friendly team of loyal local women helps visitors navigate hundreds of available plants, which gussy up large ponds and simple birdbaths alike.
Formaggio Fine Foods owner Jody Sigurdson-Longo, a Red Seal chef and graduate of Dubrulle Culinary Institute, strikes a balance in her cuisine by serving time-tested gourmet recipes alongside dishes that embrace the latest culinary trends. During her cooking classes, groups prepare dishes such as handmade ravioli, stuffed with butternut squash and mascarpone cheese and flavoured with brown butter and sage. For special events, Jody’s typical catered platter might include snacks such as brined olives, shaved prosciutto, and stalks of asparagus with which to gesticulate wildly during conversations. The shop also stocks a wide selection of imported cheeses such as manchego, a sheep milk cheese from the Mancha region of Spain, or Roaring 40's blue cheese from Australia's King Island Dairy. Jody also creates treats for on-the-spot enjoyment, such as panini sandwiches stacked with prosciutto di Parma, frothy cappuccinos, and 49th Parallel coffee.
At The Book Man’s two locations, half a million used books beckon to readers, impeccably organized into 72 categories on deep shelves and in spacious drawers. Family owned and operated by a daughter and father team, Amber and book man David illuminate wordy wares with full-spectrum lighting, which helps browsers find a specific book or take a peek at the first sentences of an unfamiliar tome. Although they stock plenty of well-known classics and bestsellers, one of David's favourite aspects of owning a bookstore is stocking unusual treasures. “That’s the whole fun of the bookstore,” he says, “finding those things that people didn’t know they were looking for until they see it.” Amber boasts 20-plus years of experience, oversees inventory databasing, and drives the internet and mail order aspect of their business, allowing customers to contact The Book Man and order books to be placed on hold.
Praised as a local gem by Fraser Valley Pulse, the shop has won awards for Best Bookstore in Chilliwack with its comfortable environment. The store’s unique, reader-friendly spirit has two mascots in store cats Nietzsche and Gatsby, who stalk the shelves of both stores and greet favoured guests with mewling demands to be petted. Customers are free to bring their dogs with them, or plop kiddies down in a play area lined with thousands of picture books and early readers.
At Champion Jack's Emporium, owners Jason R. Nicholas and Amelia J. MacArthur have created a shrine to North American history and culture by amassing an eclectic, hand-picked collection of local and vintage clothing, records, and accessories, with some items dating as far back as the '20s. Vintage wearables for men, women, and kids resurrect the glamour and spirit of bygone eras, with an ever-changing selection that can include everything from dresses donning the psychedelic prints popular in the 1960s to the leather jackets favored by punks and members of Parliament throughout the '80s. Mint-condition vinyls, cassettes, and CDs suit musical tastes ranging from grindcore and classic rock to indie, folk, and pop, and even include selections from rare songsmiths such as Citizen Punk and local outfits Vacant State.