Wine Cellar Regina is a purveyor of fine wine and winemaking supplies where, with today’s deal, budding vintners will mix water and yeast into 15 litres of varietal grape juice and concentrate from one of four Cellar Classic wine kits. They’ll tearfully leave their fresh-faced chardonnay, piersporter, chianti, or pinot noir to encounter youth's foibles and, eventually, age in a capacious and environmentally controlled winemaking room on the premises, returning after six weeks to cork their matured creation into 30 shrink-capped bottles, which customers can bring from home or buy from the store for $0.99 each. Friendly staff members are on hand to help grape guzzlers safely wield the store’s high-tech corking equipment and particle accelerators, capable of processing 900 bottles each hour, or answer general questions about the wine-making process.
Coteau Books makes a home for Canadian writers’ words with their nonprofit co-op press, which publishes a wide range of opuses for all ages and focuses primarily on writers from Saskatchewan and the prairie provinces. The press began in Moose Jaw in 1975 as a channel for Saskatchewan poetry and gradually grew to encompass several genres for adults and children. Many of their featured titles have earned awards and nominations throughout the years, such as A Song for Nettie Johnson, a collection of short stories which won the Governor General’s Award in fiction in 2002. Coteau publishes first-time authors every year in addition to established Canadian scriveners, keeping the local literary scene fresh without hermetically sealing successful writers for preservation. Page-turners for children and teens captivate young and maturing minds with modern fiction such as Pelly, the story of a recently-relocated girl and her pelican friend, and historical fiction such as Full Steam to Canada, which is set at the turn of the 20th century.
Planning a wedding is rarely easy—everything from the ceremony to the reception requires a series of nuanced decisions. Yet Debra Dee Weddings takes some of the stress out of planning by helping brides and bridal parties feel confident about one important choice: how they'll look on their big day. In the boutique, racks brim with gowns and dresses by lines such as Mori Lee, Jade Daniels, and Alfred Sung to ensure that everyone from the bride to the flower girl finds flattering formalwear.
To keep the sheer volume of styles from overwhelming, the staff works with each visitor to assemble an ensemble. After taking measurements, assistants find the right style in anything from silk to satin before ordering a supportive, custom-fit gown. And since brides need more than just a dress, Debra Dee Weddings outfits them with everything from shoes and purses to jewelry and headpieces. Special-occasion gowns are also available for graduations or formal events so that gals can make a stunning entrance without blaring "The Final Countdown" from their boom box.
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.
Fazio Boutique drapes Regina ladies in styles imported from Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, ushering in fresh looks every season. Frequent guest brands include French Connection, Ladakh, and Lipsy London. Smart up the impending summer months with a stylish dress ($79+) or fill pavement pads in a pair of new shoes ($69+) before proving to naysayers that you can indeed two step. The bath-and-body products preen lady dames with the smells of ambrosial rainbows ($15+), and the unique and flattering tops ensure that panted parts won't be left alone in case of sudden shrink zapping ($59+).