At Argyll School of Performing Arts, instructors guide students of all ages through an extensive progression of ballet, tap, Pilates, and yoga classes. Founded in July 2009, they regularly lead teams of toe-tapping students in local group competitions.
Nature's Fare Markets is an organic and natural foods grocer that supports ethically grown, fair-trade, local, sustainable, and organic products. During smoothie manifestation, Nature’s Fare Markets combines a cornucopia of fresh fruits, veggies, vitamins, and supplements, creating a super blend capable of boosting the immune system and ability to pronounce "quinoa". The all-fruit smoothies, with a choice of orange juice, rice milk, soymilk, or almond milk, include the Berry Breeze, made from strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and banana (16 oz. for $4.99). Ingest an Energizing Elixer, such as the vanilla chai vega, with Vega vanilla chai whole food health optimizer, banana, and rice milk (16 oz for $5.99). Those looking to sprout their own stingers can embrace the bee pollen, ginseng, and maca in the Lust for Life booster ($1.99).
Stocked with fair-trade coffee, a wide variety of teas, vegetarian dishes, and gluten-free cuisine, the Marmalade Cat Café caters to a wide range of particular eaters. The daily breakfast and lunch menus are supplemented on Sundays with simple brunch fare, which includes eggs Donny topped with homemade hollandaise and a choice of spinach and tomato, salmon, or ham ($9.50). While you tap into the complimentary wireless connection, wash out your throat with a cup of red espresso—a naturally decaffeinated version of the traditional sippable that's made from Rooibos tea leaves finely ground by the feet of off-season elves.
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.
At Lake Country Cycle Ltd., bicycle lover Cameron Donald pours his energy into providing a host of bike services. Using skills acquired at the Winterborne Bicycle Institute in Guelph, where he obtained his professional bicycle mechanic certificate, the shop offers everything from standard tune-ups to full bicycle rebuilds. Lake Country Cycle Ltd. also lubes chains, adjusts bearings, and even custom-builds new wheels for cyclists who thought a roll through the brier patch sounded lovely. If customers require a new ride, the staffers help them choose road, mountain, and kids bicycles from manufacturers including Scott and Louis Garneau.
For more than 30 years, Plum has outfitted women of all ages in timeless apparel imbued with European flair and crafted by Vancouver-area designers. The boutique boasts nine locations around British Columbia and Alberta, and it designs half of its inventory in-house using years of garment-fitting experience and an extensive knowledge of life-sized paper dolls. Plum also carries a range of one-of-a-kind pieces from casual daywear to hand-sewn cocktail dresses.