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.
Crafting handmade bracelets and rings at the Adore Jewellery storefront, owner Alexander Carey fuses his grandfather's signature Cape Cod designs with innovative metalworking techniques to create striking, custom-fit baubles. Patrons can glean an eyeful of the artisan's technique while perusing the gallery's boutique adornments, which sparkle with intricate “screwball” designs and the metallic wood grain of pieces crafted with the mokume-gane technique. Coax cats from high trees with a silver Cape Cod Dennis bracelet ($98), or show off some nautical flare with the fish-pendant necklace ($118). To ensure an immaculate fit for every wrist, finger, and 11th toe, Adore's adroit artistes take precise measurements before crafting each piece of body bling.
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.
With a focus on crafting sustainable, environmentally responsible wares, Salts Organic Clothing swathes women and men in Canadian-made apparel forged from eco-friendly materials including hemp, organic cotton, and soy. Clavicles find protective solace in the Softly turtleneck’s ($48) organic-cotton jersey embrace, and cozy pockets in the Lanas Day Off skirt ($68) ensure convenient side storage of handfuls of liquid soap. Sashay through quotidian errands in the casual sea dress ($76.34) whose two-toned A-line design and Bamboo fabric attracts the attention of passersby and hungry pandas alike. A pair of wide-legged Today Yoga capris ($54) keep sun saluting legs stylishly ventilated, and men’s T-shaped torsos slip effortlessly into an Anarchy Print T-shirt ($48) emblazoned with PVC-free inks.
Vivah Jewellry traces its origins back to 1972, when founder Zell Goodbaum began wholesale trading sparkly gems and fashion jewellery back and forth between Canada and his home in India. During his travels, he met self-taught gold- and silversmith Vivah Goldberg, who dazzled Zell with her masterful stone carving, intuitive eye for design, and impressive collection of golden celebrity busts. The Goodbaum-Goldberg alliance came into full fruition in 1985 with the opening of Vivah Jewellery's first location, a partnership that combined Vivah's artistry and technical skill with Zell's business savvy and experience.
Today, each of Vivah Jewellery's locations lures passersby who are easily distracted by shiny objects with more than 8,000 pieces of sterling silver, milky pearl, and precious stones. Appendages become beacons for positive attention when wearing the shop's uncommon, original trinkets, which have included the classic, turn-of-the-century-style art-nouveau crystal pavé watch and the contemporary crystal leaf designer headband.