Aggie Martin transports the traditions of French cuisine into Ontario’s taste buds with a dinner menu of freshly made fare celebrating France's various culinary regions. Starters include escargots ($9.50), prepared ìn the style of Arles, and roasted brie ($12) bedecked with wildflower honey and cracked black pepper; classic French-onion soup ($9.50) and a soup of the day ($7) are available for spoon-dependents. Entreewise, Aggie Martin slings main courses delving into steak, seafood, and more. Keep cows with moon-jumping dreams realistic with a 10 oz. strip-loin steak finished in a peppercorn sauce ($29.50), or net ambitious upstreamers with the fresh catch of the day accompanied by seasonal vegetables and potato. Other appetite appeasers include a savoury vegetable crêpe ($17) and a rack of lamb with a mustard crust ($29.95). Aggie Martin's vast selection of wines, with labels from such countries as France, Italy, South Africa, Portugal, Canada, the U.S., and Australia, provides luxurious libations for discerning tannin-tasters.
Sugar Mountain Confectionery stocks its shelves with domestic and imported retro treats from the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as mountains of Jelly Bellies and troves of sugar-free sweets. Bulk options let connoisseurs stock up on a single favourite or mix and match to their sugar-buzzing content for $.02 per gram, as Sour Patch Kids, Boston Baked Beans, and Whoppers patiently wait to be scooped into shopping bags or hollowed-out wooden legs. Bar-shaped bites include vintage Koo Koo bars ($0.99) and Abba-Zaba bars ($1.89), whose creamy peanut-butter centres have rewarded devoted fans for more than 60 years. Shoppers can adorn their throats or busts of Sir Winston Churchill with candy necklaces ($0.79) or wake up sleepy palates with a packet of Razzles, fruity candies that morph into chewing gum ($1.99).
Since 2006, the specialists at Brida Shoes have outfitted women with original footwear and handbags. With five shops, the team has been working to broaden their reach with their own brand of flats, heels, and wedges. Collections change each season, allowing shoppers to stock up on suede boots for the fall, leather zip-ups for the winter, sandals for the spring, and heels for formal crab-fishing expeditions in the summer. Brida Shoes also carries slippers and handbags.
Younique Salon and Spa's professional nail whisperers transform tips with relaxing spa manicures and pedicures. Patrons can sip a complimentary beverage as a savvy nail technician files away jagged edges and trims down claws before the hands are mistaken for gargoyle paws and cemented to a high-rise building. Then, OPI or Creative nail products dance across nail canvases, painting them with natural hues or vibrant acrylics. Leg hands and arm feet also receive a massage to alleviate tension and tightness, and a moisturizer does away with the need for living in an aquarium by imbuing skin with healing H2O.
The sports savvy staff at Play It Again Sports tends to shelves stacked high with new and lightly used athletic equipment and apparel. Figure skaters, hockey players, and recreational ice gliders bring in razor-bottomed boots for in-store sharpening to ensure blades evenly shred ice and toe-picks cleanly spear through snowman shish kebabs. Meanwhile, snow-sport savants remedy snowboard and ski ailments, inspecting bindings and edges while also tuning boards and their skinnier twin cousins to descend mountainsides smoothly. Play It Again services brands including Burton, K2, and 5150, among others. New helmets ($34.99+) shield ridge runners' skulls from rugged danger, and gear such as medicine balls ($39.99+) allow cross-country skiers to train during the offseason. New supplies hit the shelves every day, and the store invites patrons to trade in their gently used sports equipment.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.