A miniature track loops around the interior of North Shores Athletics, slithering through displays of running shoes and accessories from brands such as Nike, Merrell, and The North Face. In case the furnishings and shelves alone don’t tip off the store’s passion for all things running, the staff also hosts summer-long training clinics for aspiring marathoners and triathletes.
Scrap Arts, a paper crafts boutique, hosts a wide range of classes and themed craft parties for children and adults surrounded by shelves lined with vintage and retro stamps, papers, and embellishments. From decorating Altoid tins to crafting memento boxes to creating mixed media mirror collages, students at Scrap Arts kindle their creative fires while transforming everyday objects into eye-catching keepsakes. The store also carries card-making kits to celebrate all occasions, such as anniversaries, weddings, and the swallowing of your last baby tooth.
For more than two decades, hobbyists and comic fans have gathered at Big Pete’s Collectibles, perusing the ample selection of issues from DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and independent publishers or adding to collections with the shop’s enormous stock of toys. Latest editions of comics and voluminous backlogs of old issues keep readers up to speed on the exploits of superheroes or storylines of indie serials, and comic-themed T-shirts give wearers at least some protection from stray laser blasts. Guests can load up their shelves with Pete’s emporium of figurines and statuettes and plan for rainy-day entertainment with the generous stock of board games.
Peak Golf is a North Shore owned and operated full service specialty golf retailer. With a full time location in North Vancouver and a seasonal store located in Kitsilano, Peak Golf features the best golf brands at excellent prices and exceptional service to match.
The family of florists and plant whisperers at Special Moments Flowers And Gifts expertly fill vases with flowers and leafy foliage. Patrons can commemorate any occasion—such as Monday—with a variety of living, photosynthesizing gifts, namely crimson Ecuadorian roses, blue or pink bouquets for babies, or elegant yet prickly cacti. Terrariums and bone-white porcelain vases can house living rocks, succulents, and elegant orchids, and sheets of coloured rice paper conceal hand-tied bundles of matthiola, tulips, and gerbera daisies.
At Kintec, university-trained fit gurus draw upon a thorough, five-tiered fitting process, exploring each foot's singular lifestyle to ensure a shoe-human compatibility. Prior to each fitting, slow-motion video and sensor technology measure length, width, and grape-stomping prowess. Upgrade walking, running, or two-stepping experiences with pedorthist-picked foot cocoons, such as the New Balance 1442 with biped-pleasing ultralight cushioning ($99.95) or the Nike Free 5.0 with a mesh upper that ensures flexible fit and lets feet breathe without uncomfortable snorkels ($124.95).
Since 1986, Forerunners has furnished feet with an array of endorphin-enhancing, endurance-enabling footwear and running apparel. Featuring a staff of seasoned pavement pounders, Forerunners provides shoppers with guidance on not only on the best fit for singular feet features, such as low arches or miniature ankle wings, but also the lowdown on upcoming races, proper attire for changing climates, and time-trimming training tips. Apparel-wise, Forerunners supports latter-day goddesses of victory with such threads as Nike 6-inch woven shorts ($39.99) or a Nike pro bra ($34.99). Gents, meanwhile, can don Nike Mile UV short-sleeve shirts ($39.99) or Asics Velostretch short-sleeve shirts ($49.99) before dashing off to either the finish line or the donut line. Trod out of the store in a pair of arch-cosseting New Balance 860s ($139.99) or Asics GT-2160 ($159.99). For leisurely strolls or energetic clogging, Forerunners give succour to strained street stompers with a selection of tennis shoes, walking shoes, and cross trainers.