Though the world around Blank Skate + Snow has changed dramatically since the shop first opened in 1978, the team holds firm to its roots. Committed to carrying only trusted snowboard, long board, skateboard, and surf gear, they strictly avoid less-than-quality equipment, while maintaining a promise to never become a "clothing-skateboard store." To that end, staffers give skateboards and snowboards by Canadian manufacturers top priority in the shop, along with trucks, wheels, bearings, boots, and wax by companies such as Endeavor and Never Summer. They also keep their clients’ snowboards and skis maintained each season by edging boards and waxing away winter stubble.
Behind Baby & Beyond's storefront, pastel greens, blues, and yellows set a calming scene accented by charming baby clothes and accessories. Pint-sized clothing and footwear for both boys and girls boasts brand names such as Mexx, Guess, and Robeez and range from sleepers to tuxedos. Guardians and those taking exceptionally good care of their stuffed animals can also peruse the vast selection of accessories, including carriers, diaper bags and feeding supplies.
A specialty toy store, Laugh 'N' Learn peddles an enriching array of toys, games, and puzzles to sate thirsty young minds. Fill a sagging bindle with toddler-friendly games such as the Honey Bee Tree Game ($19.99) and encourage musical muscle development with the I-Play Music Strike a Chord Violin ($24.99). More dexterous learners can explore art and crafts activities such as the Alex Origami and Kirigami Kit ($19.99) or stock up on popular board games such as Monopoly ($24.99) and Bananagrams ($19.99). Following a recreational round-up, walk out of Laugh 'N' Learn with enough educational treasures to keep kids as busy as a ball of yarn at a kitten conference.
Striving to give every customer a "beducation," the mattress mavens at Mattress Mattress delight in matching humans with their ideal mattresses. Within Mattress Mattress' airy showrooms, customers can test the bounciness of bouncy balls on name brands that include Serta, Sealy, and Kingsdown. A Zoom twin mattress ($158.88) or a Sedona Twin Unit ($999.99) sponge up the elusive epiphanies and grocery lists made right before falling asleep. This Groupon may be used towards larger mattress models such as the Kingsdown Macau queen-size mattress set ($1199.99) or the Serta Helen king-size mattress ($1299.99).
René and Klaske de Leeuw are the proud caretakers of a diverse tree nursery that stretches over 80 acres of Lindbrook’s hills. Mature evergreens—some more than 18 years old—vie for the attention of potential owners with their full, lush canopies and ability to roll over on command. Sprinkled throughout the rustling seas of columnar and conifer spruces are bright splashes from decorative shade trees, such as crabapples in vibrant pink and towering norway maples flaunting a gorgeous seasonal bronze. Staffers also make every effort to fulfill rare or exotic requests, as well as stand by to offer advice on native plants, surviving Albertan winters, and preparing for spring.
Established in 1999, Naturally Fit continues to carefully curate its store of dietary supplements, drawing them from premium merchants throughout Canada. The online boutique’s vitamins and supplements can augment workouts or help streamline diets, running the gamut from providing boosts of protein to selling creatine, glutamine, and casein supplements. Staffers test each product before endorsing it in their store, eschewing products that don’t live up to their standards and ensuring that each product enhances performance and health, rather than just making naked marathon-running dreams more vivid.