AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.
Escents uses pure essential oils and scents from all corners of the globe to wage wellness on British Columbia’s bodies through aromatherapeutic treatments. Choose from Escents’ expansive array of essential oils to halt headaches, block bug bites, and alleviate aches, among numerous other reputed positive side effects. The eucalyptus globulus ($7.95 for a 5 ml bottle) freshens the air and can eliminate toxins with its camphor-rich and koala-doctor-approved scent, and the rosemary’s fresh odour ($9.95 for a 5 ml bottle) is said to enhance mental clarity and relieve the body of acne, indigestion, and muscle pains. For the best of Escents’ blends, opt for a scent from its signature collection, such as the grapefruit-and-mandarin energy blast of Squeeze or the rose-and-jasmine heart tickle of Love. Escents doesn’t only vend vitalizing vials for adding to baths and bases—it also offers aromatherapy colognes, deodorants, and body butters for direct-to-skin delight. Organic concoctions are also available for customers desiring the all-natural replenishing that generally only comes from rubbing magic seashells on teeth.
The Well's multifunction store infuses earth and body healthfulness into a retail area, café, public creative space, and live-performance venue. Guests head to The Side Bar DeCafe to peruse a health-conscious menu generously seasoned with gluten-free food options. Wrap hands around a roasted chicken ($6.75) or vegetable sandwich ($6.50), both cloaked, like most runway models, in a warm ciabatta roll. Gluten-free crepes stuff themselves with seasonal fruits and dance in drizzles of chocolate ($6.95). Infiltrate sweet mugs of frog-friendly drip coffee ($2.23–$2.66). This Groupon can also be applied toward swathing soul sacks in environmentally conscious and recycled clothing, such as light coats (average $20) and men's T-shirts ($12+).
For more than 40 years, art curators and expert framers at Dales Gallery have attuned their aesthetic eye to pair clients' artwork and keepsakes with more than 1,000 frame varieties by Larson-Juhl, Hsin, and more. Framing costs vary depending on the size of the piece and material used. Customers can proudly corral a diploma in a 14"x12" case ($146.72 on average), or protect a family portrait from heat, humidity, and Sharpie moustaches in a 12"x16" frame ($64.96 on average). Before honing in on a choice frame, clients can bask in sunbeams that bounce off burnished hardwood floors while admiring the artwork that graces the gallery's rustic brick walls.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.