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.
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.
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.
Midnight Magic Lingerie compiles a dainty diversity of lingerie, bras, and swimwear as well as other intimates and sexy accessories for both women and men. Underwear wardrobes lost to thieving washer-dryers can be replenished with Avero Marie Jo thongs ($54), available in six colours, or the sleek and seamless strata nylon of Van Elle Illumination briefs ($14). The store's reliably friendly and tactful staff possesses expertise in proper bra fitting and competitive measuring-tape origami, with added proficiency in fitting larger cup sizes through size N. The Madison by Prima Donna ($118-$128) eloquently endows size B to I cups with lacy detailing and translucent pearl decor. Each fitting consultation matches customers with the right undergarment for her tastes and lifestyle, be it an Triumph sports bra ($40) for ease and comfort at the gym or a Calvin Klein push-up bra ($52) for creating a buxom figure while donning cocktail dresses or couture beekeeper suits.
Stork Avenue Boutique fills its shelves with an assortment of decor and children's items from brands such as Mud Pie, Ugg, and Corky & Company. Outfit tiny toes with three-packs of soccer-, baseball-, and football-themed socks ($28.99), or prep kids for days lassoing crabs at the beach with a pair of olive-coloured cargo shorts ($39.99). A polka-dot elephant stampedes across blue and green cotton on a sleeveless romper ($37.99), and multicoloured potpourri designs and tiny pink bows top a pair of Annie Original girls' velcro shoes ($29.99). Meanwhile, a baseball-themed musical piggy bank ($37.99) runs the bases and sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Strollers and rollerblading warthogs glide easily across Stork Avenue Boutique's hardwood floors and open layout, and kids can caper in the play area while their parents shop.