Just as yoga helps people expand their minds, Bodhi Fit augments its inventory of yoga and athletic apparel with amenities designed to nurture a relaxing environment. Large changing rooms bestow shoppers with enough space to park a stroller or spread out a yoga mat to test their new clothing’s fit under the real-life demands of rolling up a mat. Toys and crafts entertain youngsters while their parents change, too—their frazzled adult minds soothed by the soft world tunes filling the store. Committed to healthy consciences as well as bodies, the staff stocks eco-friendly fabrics and fair-trade apparel whenever possible, brews complimentary cups of loose-leaf tea, and holds regular yoga classes inside the store.
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.
Key Lime Athletic Wear helps patrons dress casually and comfortably without sacrificing style. Its shops stock looks that transition easily from yoga class or a morning spent lifting treadmills at the gym to everyday life. From capris and hoodies made with soft bamboo fabric blends to yoga mats, gym bags, and other accessories, each item is fashionably unique. Though Key Lime was initially opened to supply clothing for active moms and women, it now offers apparel for men and kids, as well. Most of the shop's products are made in Canada.
Bella Maas' L.A.–style boutique keeps ladies from all walks of life strutting their stuff in designer duds from the likes of Michael Kors, Lauren Moshi, Ella Moss, Toms, and others. Ladies can kick it casually in a pair of Tom's shoes ($55+), such as Toms red canvas kickers, or glamorize appendages with Betsey Johnson jewellery for a glitzy jaunt ($35+). An assortment of denim ($99–$300) dolls up bipedal's pedals, and C'est Moi leggings and body smoothers ($20+) sleekly form figures, unlike last year's Picasso body cubers. Bella Maas also adorns bodies with Hanky Panky thongs ($22), Bitchin' Beads ($40+), and Ugg boots, shoes, and accoutrements ($87+).
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.