Canadian Geographic, crowned Magazine of the Year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors in 2010, explores the country's culture and landscape with illuminating articles and sophisticated photography. For more than 80 years, readers' thumbs have voyaged through the magazine's glossy pages without having to resort to hitchhiking, while navigating national stories that cover the revival of railway travel, an action guide for protecting the watershed, and the future of national parks. Award-winning photo spreads unfurl rich landscapes and capture intimate portraits to feed the hungry eyes of more than 3.4 million readers a year. Though Canadian Geographic unveils local environmental issues, its travel edition exposes unconventional vacation spots, budget itineraries, and subterranean unicycle paths.
Kimicha founder and professional tea taster Kimiko Uriu sources her selection of teas directly from small farms, helping promote fair trade and sustainable growing practices around the world. Customers can browse teas by origin, from India to Japan or home in on staples such as Earl Grey, the fruity Bouquet Royal, or the award-winning Jin Jun Mei which can be steeped seven times without bitterness. A handsome collection of teaware provides various brewing methods and vessels, and various tea books steep sippers in information about tea's history, its health benefits, and the proper angle at which one's pinky should salute the queen.
At Play It Again Sports, locally owned and operated for 20 years, athletes suit up to conquer challenges on the ice, in the field, or on the court with new and used gear from major-league brands such as Bauer, Reebok, and Adidas. An ever-rotating inventory keeps lockers stocked with spare balls, dressers filled with run-ready shorts, and dens populated with gleaming treadmills. Proud recipients of the Gold Standard Store award, amiable staffers stand ready to answer questions or assist with fittings, ensuring that each athlete leaves with the appropriate gear for their needs. Neglected equipment ready to leave storage spaces and rejoin the sporting life can be traded in for cash or credit for gear, completing the ethereal Circle of Sports.
With four acres of nursery space and display gardens, Whitehouse Perennials grows a large number of the familiar and rare pieces of flora that adorn its shelves. Growing more rapidly than a seedling in a tanning bed, the selection constantly accommodates new plants and boasts as many as 300 varieties of hostas and 1,000 varieties of daylilies in addition to shrubs, conifers, and ornamental grasses. Nestled into sunny and shady patches where appropriate, the nursery's display gardens help visitors imagine how the plants might look at home without having to hire a professional Monet reproductionist. Every Saturday, the garden's design professionals assist with free garden-design consultations by appointment, helping guests pick the right plants for each plot.
The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick-maker aren't just three characters from a nursery rhyme; they're part of the team at Manotick Natural Market, a farm-to-table shop that's served the community for nearly two decades. The butcher carves organic chicken, antibiotic and hormone-free pork, and other locally sourced meats, the baker crafts fresh pasta and gluten-free breads, and the candlestick-maker shapes wax into elegant candles that flicker on dinner tables. Shoppers can also find natural beauty products, health supplements, Olea Bella olive oil and balsamic vinegar sampler, and organic produce sourced from farms located within a 100-kilometer radius.
Kaboom Fireworks stocks a large assortment of pyrotechnics, including sparklers, fountains, and mortars that launch into the sky before bursting into showers of brilliant colour. Throughout the year, they also offer special giveaways to customers depending on how much they purchase in-store.
Shoppers can also find party favours such as confetti cannons and glow-in-the-dark jewellery. Before lighting a fuse, check out the company's safety tips, where you can get information about everything from what makes a good fireworks show to where fireworks should be stored and why they aren't efficient at toasting s'mores.