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.
It's tough to make a kitchen both chef- and kid-friendly, but President's Choice Cooking School has taken on the challenge. Its curriculum has classes for adults, teens, and children, all of which allow for hands-on food prep. Young students learn the life skill of cooking, preparing foods ranging from healthy meals to baked desserts. Adults, on the other hand, take courses that teach more complex skills, such as how to make Greek dinners and homemade ravioli. After baking classes, students can take their culinary creations home for later snacking?other classes always culminate in a group tasting.
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.
In 1998, shop owners Ellen and Gregg ventured from their Chicago home out into the northern sunset, sowing the seeds of Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee in Upper Tantallon. Their business has since grown to carry more than 20,000 books, including recent best sellers, classics, romance novels, and young adult titles, as well as handmade jewellery from local artisans. Interspersed throughout the store are several reader-friendly lounge areas, boasting vintage area rugs and oversized chairs, where visitors can relax while sipping on cups of organic tea or fair-trade coffee from Just Us. Members of the shop’s book club meet regularly to share opinions of current titles and dish the latest Louisa May Alcott gossip.
Lumbermart succours and shellacs home interiors and exteriors with pragmatic products and individualized installations. Maintain stylish privacy by separating the living room from the teddy bear cloning lab with a colonist six-panel door (starting at $32.88 per door). Spend a snowy Saturday ripping up the decades-old Twister-patterned carpet from the basement and replace it with prefinished hardwood flooring (starting at $2.88 per sq. ft.). Lumbermart also tints walls and decks with interior and exterior paint such as a can of their contractors’ choice 100% acrylic interior paint (starting at $22.88), which may look appetizing but is not a recommended soup substitute.
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.