Carnations sprout from a miniature ’48 Ford pickup, stuffed bears clutch a spray of roses, and helium balloons threaten to whisk away a bundle of daisies. These arrangements highlight Terra Plants & Flowers’ knack for elevating designs beyond the traditional bouquet. The Flowers in a Gift collection enhances fresh-cut flowers with keepsakes, and the Modern Arrangements boast sleek, asymmetric designs. Additionally, florists can collaborate with customers to create a custom arrangement, replete with add-ons such as boxed chocolates or murmured well wishes from bumblebees.
The botanical artists at Purple Lotus Flowers build living sculptures from vibrant blooms and elegant vases. Arranging everything by hand, they position flowers into glass and wicker containers to create Western or Eastern style pieces from a menu that changes monthly. Bouquets of red roses and rich purple gloxinias commemorate celebrations that range from anniversaries to birthdays with chromatic bursts and floral scents. The florists also substitute flowers with fruit to create gift baskets filled with fresh snacks. Whether fruit or fauna, Purple Lotus Flowers will also deliver everything directly to the homes, offices, or hover sky-labs of loved ones.
A locally owned Vancouver clothing enterprise, Lotusvive outfits men and women with form-hugging yet cozy apparel with an eye toward promoting eco-friendly products. The colourful lineup of yoga-inspired pants, tees, jackets, and accessories comfortably hugs torsos and limbs whether they're straining through a muscle-toning backbend or casually resting during movie marathons. Threads of sustainably sourced fabric form workout outfits of muted cool colours and sunny pastels, as well as raincoats, shorts, gym bags, and tanks, creating stylish, sensible wardrobes.
Characters sells and trades books in order to stock more than 35,000 gently used novellas, novels, and tomes in a panoply of genres across its shelves. Peruse sweeping collections of mystery, thriller, and nonfiction books, such as the 1950 Rosicrucian Principles for Home and Business ($10), as well as classic creative works, such as Asterix and Caesar's Gift ($9), rows of pocketbook fiction ($6+), and archaeological dig sites of ancient blanket forts. Many of the books Characters puts back into readers' hands are uncommon and rare titles, both in print and out of print. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to unearth customer-requested opuses from brimming shelves and can swaddle any book in a Brodart dust jacket to wear at black-tie book-club meetings. Customers can pair books with an included small cup of Salt Spring Island Roasting Company's drip coffee or a small tea ($1.87). Roasted locally, Salt Spring Island harvests its organic beans from global growers while adhering to fair-trade processes.