For 20 years, The Brew Kettle has let beer, wine, and cider aficionados bask in the pride of making their own beverages without the hassle of using their own equipment. The process begins as libation experts help customers browse the more than 200 beverage kits to choose their favourite style, whether it's a murky stout, a refreshing riesling, or a blend of several flavours. Once they've made their choice, customers mix the ingredients with yeast, then hand off their developing creation to staff members so they can monitor it for proper fermentation and a passable Belgian accent over the following weeks. Once it's ready, the experts filter the newly born beverage and help the customer bottle it, label it, and ferry it home to enjoy.
Combining for more than 30 years of experience between them, the technicians of Home Pro Exterior Services gird houses against the occasional harshness of Canadian weather and wildlife. They scale ladders to repair roofs and sweep eavestroughs and downspouts clear of debris, which helps prevent rooftop flooding. While they're up there, they typically also examine the roof for 15 points of common stress and indicators that animals may have found entrance into the house. Should critters be cohabitating with owners, technicians can humanely remove them and release them back into the wild before repairing the entry point or hanging a "no vacancy" sign.
Ecosmart Home Services strives to reduce the amount of pollution generated by homes' energy usage. To achieve this mission, it upgrades its clients' homes with efficient, eco-friendly air conditioners, water heaters, and gas furnaces. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, the energy-saving products also help shave down energy bills.
Three generations of chefs passed on their talents to Sweet Sushi by Jessica's eponymous founder, who brings an epicurean flair to her baked goods, which are shaped to look like sushi. Colourful bands of fondant on top of petite rice-krispies treats emulate nigiri sushi and make for a low-fat, low-calorie goodie. Her kitchen also creates bite-size cake balls in flavours such as coconut dream cake, lemon meringue, and chocolate mint. Flavoured popcorns, from cheddar to milk-chocolate caramel, round out the menu.
Stacaro whips unembellished homes into elegant, refined shape with a vast array of European furniture, decor, and accessories, all of which exude an air of Old World charm. Flighty novels stay put in their upright and locked position with a set of nickel bookends ($79), and the glow of an antique lantern ($75) drives away darkness and makes people feel like old-timey prospectors. The chic hands of a brasserie clock ($45) circumnavigate the numbered expanse with continental aplomb, and a Tonga chair ($199) serves as a restful perch for bodies weary of standing. A Logix mirror ($299) outfits onlookers with a pellucid plane upon which to primp, preen, and practice positive affirmations before fighting a bear.
Alta Moda's ample showroom flaunts furniture and accessories by brands such as Valentino Furniture, Artage International, and Continental Furniture, and an on-site woodworking and upholstery factory transforms furniture fantasies into custom-built, plush realities. Homesteaders cruising for a table and four chairs ($1,995) for after-dinner musical chairs can peruse more than 100 different dinette sets. Furnish living rooms with a sectional sofa ($2795) and one of dozens of end tables ($219), or ensconce television sets in one of hundreds of TV units ($599-$649). Home decorators seeking a design not present in the showroom can commission a project from scratch, selecting their own wood, furniture style, and one of thousands of different upholstery fabrics, from Italian-imported leather to divan-size fruit roll-ups.