Like the range it was named after, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has carved a path across North America, opening its first Canadian store in Whistler in 1988. Every day, refrigerated trucks dispatched from a 53,000-square-foot factory bring fresh treats to glistening display cases in each confectionary outpost.
Today, these hefty morsels reside behind display glass in the form of truffles, molded chocolates, and signature treats such as the Bear—a palm-sized mix of caramel, roasted nuts, and a thick coating of chocolate. Each shop also churns out fudge made daily and candy apples dipped in caramel, nuts, and even cheesecake. Assorted goodies fit into artistically arranged baskets, and seasonal and holiday treats make for tasty stocking stuffers or a good way to fill your mouth during awkward silences at family séances.
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.
Winexpert aims to make the ancient traditions of winemaking accessible to both wine enthusiasts and newcomers. With over 100 varietals to choose from, their award-winning winemaking kits give home vintners the chance to put their own stamp on personal batches of ambrosials such as chardonnay, pinot grigio, and merlot, rather than printing out images of their face and pasting them onto bottles at the store. Winexpert also works with dedicated retailers around the world, who help buyers choose the right vino and learn the secrets of the wine-making lifestyle.
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.