Since Oakridge Laser & Skin Care Clinic's service menu leans so heavily on advanced medical procedures—think laser vein removal and even intense-pulsed-light skin rejuvenation—it's a good thing the centre is run by Dr. Shihab, a physician with an impressive background. He has concentrated on laser technology for more than 12 years, and he shares his knowledge with students at the Laser and CosMedic Academy, which he founded.
The clinic is also home to a spa side, where staffers relieve muscle tension with five kinds of massage, groom hands with peppermint-sugar scrubs, and cleanse faces with minerals and skincare products from Bhoomi Minerals.
Nothing fit right when Michael Tang was little. With a frame on the small side, he couldn’t just slip on a pair of jeans or a new shirt from the store and have it look right—but luckily, his mom was a seamstress. He’d watch her at work as she tailored his wardrobe, and at 16 years old, he started to pick up her skills. He began with hemming jeans and progressed to the point where he was able to refit anything from a jacket with lining to a three-piece tuxedo for a circus elephant. And so blossomed his own enterprise, Threads Fashion Alterations.
In addition to clothing alterations, the shop offers eco-friendly wet cleaning, which gently cleanses delicate garments using biodegradable soaps. The staff also alters bedding and drapes to perfect the fit of sheets or refit drapes for windows that have shrunk.
The founder of Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, Anne-Geneviève Poitras, kindled a passion for fine chocolates while studying pastry and bakery at the Institut du Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec in Montréal. Determined to share the joyous epiphany with others, she opened her shop, which has earned a spot on Vancouver Magazine’s Best Things to Eat and Drink list and even a recommendation in the Vancouver City Guide.
In her shop, fragrant, sumptuous ingredients perfume handmade chocolates with curious bouquets of flavour bursting with lavender, orange blossoms, and fleur de sel. The house chefs seek out French single-origin or plantation chocolates, made from the cocoa beans of a single country, lending each variety a distinctive character. No additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients dilute the taste of the confections.
As a multiple recipient of the Vancouver Courier’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Sporting Goods, including in 2010 and 2011, Abbie’s Sporting Goods equips all-levels of athlete with apparel and equipment for racquet, soccer, baseball, and other team sports. Professional staff fits players for soccer shoes and shin guards ($34.95+) or prepare feet to punish the sphere’s strict adherence to pi with Adidas F10 soccer boots ($79.95). Practice grip and test heft on an array of wooden baseball bats ($34.95+), or reward the reflexes of hands with Rawling 11-inch ball gloves ($54.95). While not included in this deal, Abbie’s Sporting Goods technicians re-string racquets, repair baseball gloves, and sharpen skates ground-down from collecting the ice for artisan snow cones. As part of its mission and throughout its more than 60 years in business, Abbie’s supports youth and amateur sports through local charities and the organization of tournaments.
Over the course of the last 15 years, Natasha Kirillov has helped countless clients regain their youthful glows with a full suite of skin services. When she’s not working on celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Bridget Fonda, and Gillian Anderson, Kirillov can be found at her studio performing waxes, massages, and other body treatments—treatments that include facials powered by such brands as Peau Vive, a luxurious line known for producing potent, vegan formulas.
Words aren’t always necessary to show someone you care. The florists at Blumen Floral Boutique let flowers do the talking with their colourful petals and sweet scents. To make the message as clear as possible, designer Nghia Diep and his team transform seasonal blossoms into hand-tied bouquets, boutonnieres, and bundles that spring from stylish containers such as glass blocks and ceramic pots. Blumen's team can also create large arrangements for special events such as weddings, graduations, and corporate celebrations. They deliver their aromatic masterpieces to nearly any location in the Lower Mainland.
While Blumen Floral Boutique specializes in floral arrangements, it strives to position itself as a one-stop shop for anyone looking for a thoughtful gift or simple trinket to brighten up a dreary day, such as handmade cards by local artists, scented candles, and books of motivational quotes. The boutique even offers floral-design classes and landscaping services for your patio, deck, or even full back yard.