AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.
At Vivio Flower Gallery, owner and floral design expert Patricia Navarro creates elegant arrangements with a blend of classic and exotic flora. The gallery showcases seasonal and occasional creations, with creative twists on valentine’s day bouquets – including a three-foot centerpiece of Ecuadorian roses – Christmas-themed vases, and wedding designs.
Festooning its racks and display cases with top international brands and designs exclusive to the area, Vive Clothing Company bedecks its clientele with stylish threads and accessories. Leggings ($39) from Desigual cloak lower halves in vivacious Spanish colour, and, like recently reunited prairie dogs, denims ($110–$160) from Miss Me or Fidelity Denim firmly embrace thighs and calves. Havaiana flip flops ($20–$60) treat feet to a comfortable, stylish foundation, and light coatings of Principessa gloss ($16) illumine lips. Espe compact mirrors ($20) supply miniaturized reflections for quick touch-ups, wallets ($20–$30) clutch cash and credit cards, and handbags ($42) elegantly hang from shoulders while transporting valuables such as cell phones, umbrellas, or treasure chests.
Having encouraged her toddler’s artistic side so successfully that by age 4 he was creating impressive paintings, artist Joey Simon was urged by her community members to start art workshops for children. Beginning in 2005, she did just that, hosting classes out of the basement of a Victorian home on Vancouver Island. Today, 4Cats Arts Studio has locations throughout North America, including the Port Moody studio where children’s workshops are flanked by adult classes and family events on the packed schedule. In addition to making its community members a more artistic bunch, the business gives back by hosting food drive events in the winter.
Helmed by designer Vanessa Ramsay, Lavish Floral & Gifts’ knowledgeable staff whips up bountiful gift baskets for all occasions along with fresh, contemporary arrangements of greenery. The Martini Set ($50.99) arrives replete with a quartet of martini glasses, freezable cocktail mix, and handmade glass charms to facilitate Bond-like lifestyles without the ensuing showdowns in volcano lairs. Reiterate gratitude with a Thanks Again basket ($35) that tickles the palates of giftees with dulcet treats such as Guitard chocolate hand-dipped biscotti, gourmet cookies, and Sweet Pops kettle corn. Like an elf’s soul, the Happy Holidays basket ($40) brims with seasonal joy and can be used as collateral in wicked deals with Santa, filling tummies with goodies including peppermint popcorn and gourmet white-chocolate-cranberry and almond bark.