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.
Though it looks like a simple bicycle affixed to a canopy-covered and cushioned seat, Niagara Pedicab's bright blue conveyance has the power to ferry visitors along the roads intersecting the natural wonders surrounding Niagara Falls. Local guides—many of whom are also historians—pedal their passengers to see all three waterfalls from Goat Island, Luna Island, Terrapin Point, and Three Sisters Island, revealing area history through narration along the way. On each tour, drivers can photograph their passengers standing in front of their favorite vistas and pause to let them disembark and explore on their own, allowing guests to experience scenery off the path without having to be kidnapped by a passing tree. Drivers also transport passengers to a range of local attractions including the Niagara Aquarium and Cave of the Winds, and usher them to and from events such as weddings and river tours. When not leading area tours, guides may also recommend local restaurants and spots to view the Falls' nighttime illuminations.
With five locations posted around the Niagara region and 33 years of experience, Buckner's Source For Sports has outfitted and equipped athletes of all ages with gear and apparel for lacrosse, running, football, hockey, baseball, and soccer. Adult-sized pads, sticks, and skates from brands such as Easton and Reebok prepare players for pickup games and semipro matches, whereas youth-sized hockey gear helps wee ones learn valuable lessons in teamwork and zamboni-herding. Men's and women's shoes and cross trainers support arches and pad heels as runners race down country roads, and baseball, football, and lacrosse pads and helmets protect players from tackles and fastballs.
The Organic General Store blends the welcoming atmosphere of yesteryear's convenient all-purpose shops with contemporary consciousness of the health benefits of organic goods. The shop welcomes new stock of fresh, organic produce every Thursday and delivers assorted fruits and vegetables to clients each week, including fair-trade bananas and fresh Canada-grown pears. All-natural skincare products promote personal and environmental health with plant-oil moisturizers and care packages for babies that include gentle soaps, salves, and mobiles made from organic teddy bears.
The Niagara Falls Review was established in 1879 and has been informing locals about national and local high-school sports, international and hyperlocal news, and issues such as health, food, and travel on a daily basis since the 1930s. It runs regular columns offering the papers’ curated editorial opinion on news and local politics, so readers can pick up on the important political arguments of the day without starting a bare-knuckle fight with the nearest councillor.