The Running Room is proudly a family owned company, which originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. He opened a small one room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room."
Lauded by numerous media outlets such as The Dr. Oz Show and O magazine, Essentia's memory-foam beds offer an all-natural and organic alternative to synthetic sleep aids. Crafted from a blend of organic tree sap, essential oils, and plant extracts, the cushiony foam coddles craniums and bodies by shifting its shape to fit each snoozer's form. Pillows cradle heads in a cool embrace, as the highly breathable foam allows body heat to dissipate, unlike conventional pillows or throw pillows made of old waffle irons. Seven mattresses ($1,489–$6,489) offer up the plush foam formula in varying levels of firmness, supporting backs of all shapes.
One of the first FlowRiders available in the area, Maeva Surf’s indoor system grants surfing aficionados a place to ride waves safely no matter the season or weather. The double FlowRider’s powerful pumps hurl water, like a schoolchild with a squirt gun, at 40 km/h along a trampoline-like surface made of tightly stretched canvas, creating two waves that accommodate a maximum of six surfers. During the introductory FlowBoard class, students absorb 30 minutes of instruction covering safety techniques and wave patterns, followed by 30 minutes on the waves themselves. Each ride on a flowboard lasts anywhere between 1 and 45 seconds depending on the level of expertise of the riders and whether they believe time is a construct of the mind. Meanwhile, students with reservations can choose to experience bodyboard instead. After class, students can browse the attached shop for beachwear and surfing paraphernalia such as Oxbow sandals ($17), a Rip Curl bathing suit ($50), and an O’Neill belt ($23).
Since 1982, AquaSport has equipped competitive and recreational swimmers with suits, accessories, and training equipment. Five brick-and-mortar boutiques carry thousands of trendy trunks, two-pieces, and Victorian-era swimming jackets from more than 100 brands including Nike, Speedo, TYR, and Arena. A large athletic section holds specialty apparel and equipment for watersports such as water polo, triathlons, and professional cat bathing.
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Château Outlet's original storefront. He intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Château Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew heaps of success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Château Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.