Luc Crawford, an interior design business for 15 years, staffs an expert team who specifically selects each piece of the store's furnishings and home accessories. Decor gurus in India hand-weave a Frontier area rug ($189), which drapes over the living room's trapping pit and wins over vacuum cleaners beneath its colourful 100% wool tableau. Bodies rest comfortably on a Cebu chair's ($210) recycled leather cushioning, and a crystal ball table lamp ($185) beams through the holes of an Aba ceramic silver vase ($65). Toes dance across a tri-light floor lamp's ($189) foot switch to illuminate three separate light fixtures and cast a beacon for stray socks once thought forever lost.
Champions of battery-renewing sleep bolstered by eco-friendly materials, Obasan's sleep experts have helped customers lasso z’s since selling their first mattress upwards of 25 years ago. The company’s dedication to marrying restful dozing with environmentally minded practices is evidenced in their collection of bedroom wares forged from chemical-free and functional materials such as thermo-regulating organic wool, renewable Canadian wood, and natural rubber harvested from free-range bouncy balls. An intricate customization process tailors mattresses to fit personal sleeping styles by varying the amount and distribution of natural rubber throughout the mattress, ensuring that customers can doze soundly without fear of their bedfellows rolling into their dreams. While specializing in the creation of their signature mattresses, Obasan also outfits shoppers with rest accessories such as comforters, pillows, and pet beds to facilitate peaceful household-wide repose.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
The Amish Store deals in handcrafted wood furniture and accessories built in the United States by Amish communities of Indiana and Ohio for every room, nook, and cranny of the home. Add dimension to dwellings with an extensive selection of stock and made-to-order items, such as large wooden mixing bowls ($72.13) and multistriped cutting boards ($89.38). Keepsakes stay safe in a musical jewellery box ($94.08), and treasured reads and vintage LPs find a rent-controlled home on rustic hickory bookshelves ($555.02+ for three-shelf units). The heirloom-worthy Laurel Victorian bed ($1,109.27/queen) comfortably frames dreams about being framed in traditional spindling and a single bow design. Every piece can be customized with a variety of woods and stains, including hickory, cherry, maple, and quarter-sawn white oak, and furnishings can be fitted with fabrics and leathers (prices vary with fabric, leather, stain and wood options).
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
Since selling its first chef's knife in 1959, The Cookware Centre has armed culinary warriors from its cache of top-notch kitchenware. The store's downtown location brims with respected kitchenware brands such as Cuisinox and Donvier, as well as the necessary tools for creating brilliant dishes, desserts, and drinks. All-purpose pots and pans and other familiar kitchen fixtures flaunt their sheens alongside the same highly specialized kitchen tools and small appliances used by culinary masters to create everything from gourmet meals to melon balls so perfect they haunt Gallagher himself. In addition to helping both seasoned bistro pros and at-home cooks navigate their thousands of products, The Cookware Centre also offers cookware refinishing and knife sharpening services.