The founders of Servings understand the stress of whipping up a healthy meal for the whole family—because they experience it themselves. Employees at the family-owned business lift the burden of dinnertime from parents' shoulders, so they don't have to resort to fast food or sending someone out to hunt and gather. Their quality ingredients, such as Alberta beef, often hail from local sources and make up fresh, flavourful meals that rotate according to a monthly menu. They focus on compiling nutritious components, including ingredients low in fat and sodium, as well as lean cuts of meat and vegetarian options.
Customers collect their feasts in one of three ways. They can book a session and pop in to the store to create their own freezer-ready meals 6 or 12 at a time, which serve either 2–3 or 4–6 people. Staffers tackle all of the shopping and prep ahead of time, only leaving assembly and artistic flourishes up to visitors. An alternative to assembly is ordering ahead and allowing employees to craft meals for a designated pickup time. Thirdly, diners can survey a Grab 'N Go fridge of to-go meals and snatch their favourite.
Headquartered for nearly 60 years on a 400-acre plot in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Cannor Nurseries' wholesale and retail business has flourished through three generations of the Mathies family. Their 40-acre Spruce Grove location cultivates forests of noble blue spruces, fields of ornamental grasses, and oceans of shrubs, vines, and ferns, all ringed by waterways and natural forest. The team of nurseryfolk helpfully guides visitors through the verdant menagerie, sharing landscaping tips for growing in difficult climates and the magic words that turn plants into police informants. Guests can enroll in workshops to develop their gardening skills and connect with like-minded hobbyists, or visit the gift shop to adorn their yards with bird feeders, exotic ceramic pottery, and fair-trade gardenware.
Game On Sports, an official retail partner of such teams as the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos, stocks its shelves with an array of hockey, soccer, and football merchandise, including team jerseys, hats, and signed memorabilia. Fans can also don the green and gold of an adult-size Edmonton Eskimos replica jersey ($89.99) or cover noggins or tapas dishes with a Philadelphia Eagles draft-day cap ($29.99) festooned with a raised team logo. Devotees of the Vancouver Canucks can commemorate the team’s 40th anniversary with an official NHL hockey puck ($9.99) emblazoned with the team’s logo, and fans of the Calgary Flames can get their hands on a puck ($35) branded with the signature and dadaist manifesto of erstwhile forward Tim Hunter. Meanwhile, baseball merchandise, such as navy blue New York Yankees T-shirts ($24.99), trigger fond memories of fly balls and ballpark franks.
Both of the Edmonton-area One Tooth locations are locally owned and operated and stock an extensive selection of cozy Canada-made workout wear in their warm and inviting boutiques. Pair a pair of comfy pants ($45+) with a bra-top ($25+), or tank top ($35+) to achieve an ultimate level of comfort in your bi-daily stretch session, or slide into a pair of shorts ($25+) for a sweltering hot-yoga session. The comfortable and breathable wares at One Tooth are ideal for any fitness endeavour, including jogging, tennis, elliptical training, and synchronized theatre-going.
After struggling to find a fresh, nontraditional design for her own wedding, co-owner Kelsey Snell teamed up with her mother to start her own gift and bridal-wear business, decking out customers in handmade wedding-day finery, glittering jewellery and crystal beads, and chic, stunning clutch purses. More than 4,000 beads from 19 brands fill out charm bracelets or set luxurious booby traps for jewel thieves, and an impressive collection of jewellery adorns appendages, earlobes, and necks with freshwater pearls and handmade Israeli sterling-silver pieces. Carefully crafted custom veils and headpieces mark memorable weddings with colors and designs made to match each bride's personality.:m]]