At Cottage Quilting, shelves groan under the weight of more than 3,500 bolts of fabric awaiting adoption by nimble hands. Friendly staffers help customers navigate reams of brightly hued designer cottons, sweet floral prints from Amy Butler, and vivid batik patterns in their quest for the perfect cloth. They can also point crafters toward hand-dyed threads, pattern books, and tools such as rotary cutters and mats, as well as new sewing and embroidery machines from Bernina and Brother. Their classes dole out guidance and inspiration for students of varying skill levels, focusing on anything from binding basics and hand embroidery to crafting reversible aprons that enable a single chef to play both good cop and bad cop with fallen soufflés.
Striving to give every customer a "beducation," the mattress mavens at Mattress Mattress delight in matching humans with their ideal mattresses. Within Mattress Mattress' airy showrooms, customers can test the bounciness of bouncy balls on name brands that include Serta, Sealy, and Kingsdown. A Zoom twin mattress ($158.88) or a Sedona Twin Unit ($999.99) sponge up the elusive epiphanies and grocery lists made right before falling asleep. This Groupon may be used towards larger mattress models such as the Kingsdown Macau queen-size mattress set ($1199.99) or the Serta Helen king-size mattress ($1299.99).
An abundance of colours and textures populates Art of Yarn, where customers can peruse shelves laden with skeins of natural, synthetic, and hand-embellished fibres, as well as patterns, kits, needles, and other supplies. The shop purveys yarn for clothes-making or kitten-occupying projects in an array of fibres, including 100 per cent wool, cashmere, and llama, from brands such as The Alpaca Yarn Company and SweetGeorgia Yarns. Shoppers can set knitting needles clicking with Araucania’s panguipulli Shade 7 merino ($18.95) or opt for the gossamer wisps of Be Sweet’s brushed baby mohair ($18.49). With kits, meanwhile, yarn users can handcraft items such as two hats in vintage wool ($24.97) and stylish refrigerator cozies.
When she's not scouring the wide world in search of high-quality rattan, teak, and cast-aluminum patio furniture, globetrotting entrepreneur and owner of Sun Country, Carol Dodge, designs her own deck-side accoutrements. Dole out pool-side potables on a sleek teak serving tray ($39), or relax in a teak side chair, crafted from kiln-dried timber and epoxy resins. Made from aluminum wrapped in all-weather wicker, rattan stacking chairs simply refuse to stretch, fade, or crack under the pressure of inclement weather ($145), and auto-tilt deck umbrellas cast a protective shadow over apostate sun worshippers and add a festive, futuristic twist to above-ground piña-colada pools ($375).
The artisans at Framing & Art Centre love a challenge. With years of experience in the field and a workshop updated with efficient framing machinery, they take on any framing project with confidence. Hockey jerseys and ticket stubs find homes in custom shadowboxes, and paintings and photographs retain their brightness with the help of acid-free matting and UV-resistant glazes. For those unsure of what style frame they want, Framing & Art Centre's artisans are happy to offer suggestions and collaborate on the final design.
A Canadian-based company with presence throughout the world, Cinnzeo has been baking its indulgent signature cinnamon rolls for more than 25 years. At each location, luscious Cinnarolls and their flavourful spin-offs are served hot within 30 minutes of leaving the oven after being coated in cinnamon, brown sugar, and cream-cheese icing. Patrons can pick up a single roll to pair with coffee or depart with a takeout pack.