When they were hairstylists, Lisa and David Robinson spent years listening to their clients complain about the difficulty of finding a lingerie shop whose bras came in a wide range of sizes and styles. Inspired, they decided to remedy this with their own boutique: My Top Drawer. The shop stocks bras in band sizes from 28 to 54 and cup sizes from A to M. Its professional fitters help customers find creations from brands such as Chantelle, Freya, PrimaDonna, and Goddess that are more comfortable than traditional corsets made from chainmail. If customers can’t find the right seamless, molded, pushup, or nursing style and fit in the store, the experts will custom order bras and mail them at no extra charge.
The shop’s wide range of supportive upperwear pairs with panties in thong, bikini, and brief cuts from Hanky Panky and Minerva. Additionally, customers can pick up both romantic lingerie and everyday sleepwear that keeps them warm when they go outside to count sheep in the pasture before nodding off. Spanx and Body Wrap shapewear smooth silhouettes, and the shop’s swimwear includes suits that accommodate full busts with larger cup sizes and supportive underwire.
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.
Groms outfits youngsters sizes 6 months to youth 16 with an array of surf-, snow-, and skate-related apparel from brands such as Volcom, Quiksilver, and Billabong. Kids can dress for afternoons surfing on apple-juice oceans in a graphic T-shirt ($20), or go sand-castle hopping in a pair of flip-flops ($15). Backpacks ($40) tag along during half-pipe runs, and skateboards ($100) roll down neighbourhood sidewalks and under neighbourhood limbo bars. Expert staff members are on-hand to help style rookies pick out the skate park's hippest looks, while parents relax and enjoy the satisfaction of being considered cool until the next family vacation to the Tupperware factory.
Kazwear Swimwear’s fit experts swathe silhouettes of all shapes in swimwear by top-tier brands such as Puma, O’Neill, Jantzen, and Speedo. Nautical threads range in size from 6 to 26, and staff happily offers style suggestions to flatter a diverse range of body types. In addition to fashionable and flirtatious cruise wear, the store suits aquabats in sturdy performance wear. Many suits boast flourishes such as push-up tops, mesh inserts, and tummy control for confidently promenading through park fountains.
It's tough to make a kitchen both chef- and kid-friendly, but President's Choice Cooking School has taken on the challenge. Its curriculum has classes for adults, teens, and children, all of which allow for hands-on food prep. Young students learn the life skill of cooking, preparing foods ranging from healthy meals to baked desserts. Adults, on the other hand, take courses that teach more complex skills, such as how to make Greek dinners and homemade ravioli. After baking classes, students can take their culinary creations home for later snacking?other classes always culminate in a group tasting.