Family owned and operated across two generations, Hatley mixes humour, nature, and comfort in its famous cotton pajamas and loungewear. The company’s apparel runs the gamut from women’s sleepwear and girls’ footwear to men’s swim trunks and boys’ outerwear. Kitchenware and plush animals also round out the collection, letting kids take home a new stuffed bear that looks just like the one they’ve been leaving scraps for in the backyard. Many products include humorous and pun-filled drawings of animals originally created by family matriarch Alice, mother of the company’s president, CEO, and creative director.
Kaboom Fireworks stocks a large assortment of pyrotechnics, including sparklers, fountains, and mortars that launch into the sky before bursting into showers of brilliant colour. Throughout the year, they also offer special giveaways to customers depending on how much they purchase in-store.
Shoppers can also find party favours such as confetti cannons and glow-in-the-dark jewellery. Before lighting a fuse, check out the company's safety tips, where you can get information about everything from what makes a good fireworks show to where fireworks should be stored and why they aren't efficient at toasting s'mores.
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
BikeSports' dedicated staff adds flair and functionality to customers' current rides, with myriad bike parts and accessories as well as more than 350 in-stock bikes. As the staff bestows thorough advice, customers may choose bike add-ons such as Profile Design bar ends ($15.99), which give hands an extra place to grab and bikes an extra place to hang their bowler hats. The lightweight Lezyne CRV 4 multi-tool ($16.99) is handy for repairs to steel steeds with three built-in Allen wrenches and a Phillips screwdriver, and Giant plush gel short-fingered gloves ($24.99) ready hands for the road's many bumps and for thumb-wrestling tolls on longer drives.
Fine arts photography by SSV's award-winning Sarah Vander Heide employs seasoned photography training to capture subjects of all ages in their natural, un-posed postures for fine art portrait photography. In one-hour sessions, Vander Heide welcomes children and families into her home-based studio or meets clients at an indoor or outdoor location of their choice. Photographers may help direct youthful subjects, but each session, like Shakespearean tragedies cast with stuffed animals, depends on the child's preferences and personal direction. At session's end, clients receive a matte 11"x14" print of their favourite image and can view up to 40 proofs from their session in an online gallery for up to 10 days following the session. Vander Heide's studio fills her home's living area, lit with natural light from various windows, and boasts a sitting area for parent spectators. Guests can also visit the kitchen to make tea or bask in praise from amorous fruit arrangements.
Vivah Jewellry traces its origins back to 1972, when founder Zell Goodbaum began wholesale trading sparkly gems and fashion jewellery back and forth between Canada and his home in India. During his travels, he met self-taught gold- and silversmith Vivah Goldberg, who dazzled Zell with her masterful stone carving, intuitive eye for design, and impressive collection of golden celebrity busts. The Goodbaum-Goldberg alliance came into full fruition in 1985 with the opening of Vivah Jewellery's first location, a partnership that combined Vivah's artistry and technical skill with Zell's business savvy and experience.
Today, each of Vivah Jewellery's locations lures passersby who are easily distracted by shiny objects with more than 8,000 pieces of sterling silver, milky pearl, and precious stones. Appendages become beacons for positive attention when wearing the shop's uncommon, original trinkets, which have included the classic, turn-of-the-century-style art-nouveau crystal pavé watch and the contemporary crystal leaf designer headband.