When naming their winery, John Sambrook and Geoffrey Webb searched for something more creative than just Prince Edward Winery. Instead, they took inspiration from a different Edward, the Black Prince. The eldest son of Edward III, the Black Prince was an accomplished commander in the Hundred Years' War, but more importantly, he ruled over Bordeaux, a region world-renowned for its wine. More than a decade after finding its namesake, the winery showcases the thriving viticultural landscape of Picton through a diverse selection of wines that, much like a maze-shaped community college, strives to be both complex and accessible. In addition to its eponymous line of award-winning varietals, the sprawling 10-acre Black Prince Winery partners with six vineyards in Prince Edward County to showcase other wines rich with regional character.
Since 1966, Suzy Shier stores have been the career woman's source for modern, fashionable clothes. This commitment to the latest trends is exemplified by their inventory policy, which rotates new pieces each week to keep shoppers on the crest of fashion. Shoppers can find essential workplace outfits, such as a one-button blazer to pair with straight-leg pants or plaid blazers with elbow patches. Beyond business wear, Suzy’s collections showcase weekend and casual styles outfitted with eye-catching embellishments. Sequins shimmer beneath the surface of a layered shell blouse, and metallic studs punctuate faux-suede ballerina flats.
In addition to keeping closets filled with the latest looks, Suzy Shier prioritizes affordability. Many pieces are $40 or less, with more extravagant items, such as coats and boots, ranging between $40 and $90. For frequent shoppers, the Prestige card grants 10% off all items as well as special access to coupons and promotions.
Vivah Jewellry traces its origins back to 1972, when founder Zell Goodbaum began wholesale trading sparkly gems and fashion jewellery back and forth between Canada and his home in India. During his travels, he met self-taught gold- and silversmith Vivah Goldberg, who dazzled Zell with her masterful stone carving, intuitive eye for design, and impressive collection of golden celebrity busts. The Goodbaum-Goldberg alliance came into full fruition in 1985 with the opening of Vivah Jewellery's first location, a partnership that combined Vivah's artistry and technical skill with Zell's business savvy and experience.
Today, each of Vivah Jewellery's locations lures passersby who are easily distracted by shiny objects with more than 8,000 pieces of sterling silver, milky pearl, and precious stones. Appendages become beacons for positive attention when wearing the shop's uncommon, original trinkets, which have included the classic, turn-of-the-century-style art-nouveau crystal pavé watch and the contemporary crystal leaf designer headband.
With a multitude of frame and moulding samples ranging from oversized casings to delicate shadow boxes, Kingston Frameworks indulges all masterpiece visions with traditional framing and custom-made compositions. Consumers, art collectors, and interior designers can channel their artistic inspiration with a host of frame options in contemporary and traditional designs to spruce up a drab powder room or add flair to a flat office space ($80 for a 14.75"x12.25" with matting, $58.64 without). The staff of border buffs can also accommodate individual requests to churn out plaque-mounted diplomas and laminated exit strategies to adorn barren walls. In addition to memorializing baby booties and ticket stubs, Kingston Frameworks upgrades pressed-flower security with conservation framing, swaddling prized pieces in antireflective museum glass to preserve the quality of delicate keepsakes and family heirlooms.
The friendly florists at Kingston's Flower Market cull and pose batches of roses, flowers, and plants into beautiful bouquets and arrangements. A dozen red roses ($19.99) demonstrates classic care, and a colourful arrangement of cut flowers and foliage ($26.99) seduces swarms of bees so they may be petted and cuddled. Express desire by the half dozen with six roses wrapped in clear wrap along with greens and baby's breath ($24.99), or celebrate the arrival of an actual baby with a pastel arrangement ($34.99), complete with a decorative bucket perfect for holding memories and excess frosting. Balloons, vases, candy, and stuffed animals can be chosen to accent any of these garden-picked gifts.
Hailing from South Africa, store owner Elsabe joins forces with fellow owner Elspeth, who has 20 years experience in the interior-decorative arts, to bring an expert eye and corporate-consulting experience into the homes of Kingstonians. Like a modern-day Alexander, Els cuts through the Gordian knot of clutter and clash, simplifying décor and organizing disarrayed domiciles. In addition to proffering colour palette suggestions, reconciling hue-feuding bedding and furnishings, Something Els houses a constantly updated selection of unique accessories and new, refurbished, and consigned furniture. Make your army of terra cotta dinner guests at home with a Chinese porcelain fishbowl planter ($90), or tie any room together with a De Poortere wool rug, spun from the generous donations of Chatham Island sheep ($200).