Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
At Heartstrings & Things Lingerie, complimentary fittings help shoppers pluck figure-flattering pieces out of a collection of bras that spans sizes 30D–40H and boasts both seductive and practical undergarments. Cast a curvy shadow with Le Mystère's seamless bra ($85+), which, like a shy ghost, never reveals its existence. Chantelle's collection of sheer, lace-laden underthings ($99–$129) accents a sultry silhouette, and Olga's bras ($36+) support full figures with underwire and padded straps. Shoppers can also stock up on Warner's underwear ($30 for three pairs) or peruse Heartstrings &Things' sleepwear ($45–$70) to prolong dreams as efficiently as a glass of warm milk poured over an alarm clock.
Soles in Motion aims to promote health and wellness by proffering custom-fitted athletic products suited to the bio-mechanical needs of each patron. Cross trainers and trail sneakers carry feet like Hermes’s winged hovercraft through a variety of terrains (around $140), and runners can protect feet from the trevails of roads not yet taken with specialized running shoes ($80–$190). Protect aerodynamic bodies from the taunts of cold breezes with assorted apparel, such as track jackets (from $20), or pick up accessories to outfit full-functioning athletes with essentials such as water bottles and reflective gear (from $10). Sports bras support women in motion ($40–$80), and sunglasses support eyes in sunlight (from $10). Soles in Motion's staff custom fits footwear for supinated, neutral, pronated, and eagle-clawed lower appendages, and can recommend the right footgear to promote healthy horizontal movement.
The designer-savvy shoe stewards at Town Shoes show off diverse pairs of women's and men's footwear from a feast of noted brands. Seasonal women’s styles adorn the store, from ankle wraps such as Steve Madden gladiator sandals ($99.95) to denim sneakers and well-ventilated flats, such as a pair of Havaianas ($33.95). Dress shoes also line the shelves, waiting in anticipation for a gala invite or a marriage proposal from a nervous pair of leather oxfords. Toes stand at attention in men’s military-style boots or soak in sunny rays while tossing toe-ring Frisbees in beach-ready sandals. While customers shop, shoe scholars are on hand to provide consultations on fit-and-flatter quotient, offering advice such as which metallic foot coverings will garner the most envious glances from fashion-forward robots.
With more than 100 years of floral design experience, the petal primpers at Blossom Shops handcraft vibrant bouquets to brighten any interior. Induce smiles with a fresh bundle of effulgent blooms displayed in floral bouquets of gerbera daisies, mums, carnations, and hypericum berries available in six colour varieties ($32+), or express your love more elegantly than wearing a tuxedo made of solid gold by sending a glass vase overflowing with six roses ($34.95+). A sunset-inspired arrangement of roses, gerberas, carnations, and huckleberry blossoms from a cube vase in the sunrise sunset bouquet ($39.95+), and the congratulations balloon bouquet sends warm wishes to any graduate or woman who recently made a baby appear out of thin air.
Fruitful Expressions enchants givers and receivers alike with its handmade, customized fruit and confection concoctions. Artfully assembled chocolate-covered strawberry bouquets and fruit baskets take centre stage on the tables of special occasions. The bakers’ talents shine most brightly in their chocolate cake pops, individual tokens of edible art available in dozens of styles that take the shape of animals, seasonal figures, or event-specific shapes such as brides and grooms (not included with this Groupon). Fruitful Expressions also concocts treats for holidays and special occasions, celebrating everything from Thanksgiving and birthdays to St. Patrick’s Day and Casual Banana Hat Tuesdays.