Perhaps Budd Gardens Ltd.? story begins back in the fields of Ukraine, when a young Peter Bodnaryk lost his father to a lightning strike, leaving him an orphan to be raised by his village. Or perhaps the story begins when, years later and at the urging of a poster inviting Ukrainians to Canada, Peter sold his small plot of land and hopped a boat to Quebec City. Regardless of where the seed of Budd Gardens Ltd. was planted, the true story began to unfold in Ottawa in 1913. It was then that Peter?having shortened his surname to Budd?met his wife Theresa, and the two joined forces to found a business that would end up thriving through most of the 1900s and into the new millennium.
More than a century has passed since these events unfurled, and Peter and Theresa?s hard work and passion for gardening has been lovingly tended to and passed down through the Budd family, resting now with their grandsons, Don and David. The brothers immersed themselves in the business early on, piloting tractors around the farm at the tender age of 10, working each summer in the greenhouse, and selling the farm?s bounty at local markets. Today, the pair works tirelessly to maintain the same values of uncompromising attention to detail and customer service that were set forth by their grandparents decades ago.
Budd Gardens Ltd.'s close-knit staff?comprised of family members and seasoned veterans who return to the gardens year after year?takes their work seriously, bustling about the sprawling farm to coax vibrant blooms and verdant plants forth from the soil. The knowledgeable team remains on hand throughout the day, offering up their horticultural prowess to help visitors choose suitable plants for their home gardens and to dole out advice, such as when to plant what or how to quash lawn-gnome uprisings. Though they are purveyors of numerous plants, including hardy field-grown perennials, their signature flora remains hostas, which, because they are sold in their juvenile stage, promise to yield years of greenery.
Wineries are often found far down country roads, shrouded by the curling tendrils of their vineyards. At The Wine Garden, though, the entire winemaking experience can be had without setting foot outside of the city.
Yeast bubbles busily in stainless-steel fermentation vessels, transforming the juices of grapes from fertile regions of Chile, Argentina, and California. The fermentation process yields wines that range from crisp chardonnay to heady cabernet franc, the progenitor of cabernet sauvignon, and oak barrels bestow some of the elixirs with a rich maze of tannins. Fruit wines made with peaches, cranberries, or strawberries make refreshing summertime drinks and help work friends mingle with hummingbird friends at parties. Patrons play a major role in the entire process, selecting grapes and siphoning finished wine into bottles. The Wine Garden's gourmets also brew craft beers and stock hot sauces with humourous names such as Blair's Chipotle Death Rain.
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.
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.
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.