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.
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 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.
Abby Florist's team mingles and meshes all varieties of flowers with garnishing to compose artful arrangements for holidays and special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. They also compile candies, fruits, and savories into gourmet baskets and help decorate homes with plants such as potted palms.
This maternity hub swaddles baby bellies in chic and functional apparel, and equips expecting mothers with panoply of accessories for pampering the stork's precious co-pilot. Nurtured by a local Abbotsford mommy, Nine Boutique indulges customers with bump-friendly garments dresses (from $65) and adjustable belly-button caps. After welcoming their wee bundles to a cooler climate, certified mamas can enlist the help of a fashionable nursing bra (from $40) or diaper bag (from $75) while the rest of the neighbourhood loads up on accessories (from $8) like hand-knitted puppet dolls for forthcoming baby showers. The baby boutique also cossets newbies with whimsical nursery décor, and plush, stuffed crib-mates to share in incoherent pillow talk and teaspooning sessions.