A catering service, and grocery store, Eat Healthy Foods spreads a simple and straightforward message—one the founders believe in so strongly that they made it the company’s name. Yet by encouraging people to eat healthy foods, the eatery is concerned with health and well-being not only at the personal level but also at the global level. The founders believe companies and individuals share a responsibility to protect and preserve the earth, and it all starts with food.
Enticing baskets of tomatoes, radishes, potatoes, and other locally grown and organic produce populate the store. Scattered intermittently throughout are other products—preserved naturally and made with the least amount of processing and butterfly labour possible—that come from environmentally responsible companies across the world. In the restaurant, chefs prepare vegan, vegetarian, and meat-friendly meals, such as Mediterranean-style bean salads, fried tempeh sandwiches, and free-range bison burgers. Bakers, meanwhile, pull decadent sweets from the oven, sating sweet tooths with gingersnap cookies, chocolate zucchini loaves, and peanut-butter bliss balls, which are made without eggs and dairy.
Happily married shop owners Rachel and Sean Brimacombe refer to their business as their "love child," which makes sense considering that they created their aromatic enterprise together before getting married in the summer of 2011. From their location in the Cornerstone Balfour Boutique Mall, Lumsden Florist procures bundles of fresh flowers, fending off bumblebees still in hot pursuit to create signature arrangements for any occasion. Potted greenery and flowering tropical plants bring life into households and businesses, and gift baskets filled with gourmet snacks and bottles of wine make impromptu picnics a constant possibility. The Brimacombes consult with clients in their shop's parlour to design services for weddings or funerals, and offer delivery services for special surprise bouquets.
Christopher Goodwill and Michael Makoid met while diving in the Sea of Cortez. The duo’s shared passion for scuba led them to found Planet Scuba; nowadays, they lead fellow divers on trips to the sea where they first met, as well as to Key Largo, St. Croix, and other exotic locales.
The shop arms patrons for independent dive trips as well with open-water certification courses. During 22 hours of coursework that combine classroom instruction and pool lessons, students learn basic diving techniques, such as removing the helium balloons tied to their wrists. Classes close with an optional overnight dive trip, on which students earn their certification. The gear store—which stocks equipment for snorkeling and swimming as well as diving—can equip aquatic explorers for any kind of expedition.
Slice Athletic Wear prefers to keep things local by sourcing the majority of the shop's moisture-wicking, stretchable workout clothing from Canada-based companies. The clothier fosters a close relationship with its suppliers and manufacturers to curate a collection that offers a range of fits for all body types and activities. Customers of any fitness level or preferred activity can find an outfit that fits their needs, such as shirts that help skin breathe during intense workouts or form-fitting jackets that keep the chill away when gyms forget to pay their gas bill.
When Tracy and Derek opened Zippity Zoom Toys in 2009, they pinky swore never to sell "junk." The child-savvy couple hand selects each toy that gets shelved at their store, exercising a special fondness toward classic toys that never become passé with kids. Open seven days a week, Derek and Tracy believe that in an age of smartphones and other high-tech "adult playthings," a trip to the toy store should also delight grownups, since encountering a timeless toy can transport them back to childhood without pedaling a Big Wheel fast enough to open a time portal.
Orion Transfer Canvas decks dreary walls with a huge selection of room-enhancing prints, paintings, photography, and custom-framing services. Canvas styles span the aesthetic spectrum, from abstract to landscape to classical designs. Muzzle a brash-mouthed disco ball with a soothing, earth-toned 16"x16" landscape print ($87.89), or add an elegant flourish to shabby walls with striking black-and-white photography ($120.99–$439.89). Orion Transfer Canvas can even commission custom artworks in the colours and sizes primed to tickle customers' ocular orbs. Custom-made polystyrene frames, meanwhile, make it easy to renovate a cherished Wall of Blame ($100+).