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An exclusive on-premises winemaking shop, Jacobs Wine Kits pairs its clients with the right supplies to craft their own wine in a matter of weeks. Expert winemaker Gerhard leads students through the process, which begins with sprinkling yeast on their choice of grape juice. Depending on its quality level, the wine takes four to six weeks to ferment and produce a finished product. When they return after this period, students spend about 45 minutes bottling their wine and applying corks, labels, and shrink caps. The results range from a refreshing Niagara Mist peach chardonnay to a bold Cheeky Monkey Australia syrah with notes of plums, blackberries, and currants.

55 Earl Martin Drive
Elmira,
ON
CA

Initially, beading for Marja Veldhoen was just a hobby. The then-graphic designer started sliding down the slippery crafting slope more than a decade ago after discovering Cindy Jenkins' book How to Make Glass Beads. Soon, she was hooked. Marja shares her zeal for unusual looking beads and jewellery that springs from nature's influence with students through courses teaching the art of inventing handmade wearables from semi-precious stones, pearls, and glass. Her Bead blog keeps crafters abreast of events and promotions, which can include trunk shows, tax-free offers, and workshops on installing chic beaded garage doors.

1441 King St N
St Jacobs,
ON
CA

Founded in 1971, "Alternatives Journal," uses pinpoint journalism to focus on educating the public about local and global environmental news. Its coverage has touched upon subjects ranging from sustainable living tips to political news to profiles of environmentalists and their innovations. The publication also keeps readers abreast of upcoming events, books, and documentaries, allowing like-minded environmentalists to share opinions, green practices, and any new species they find in their backyards.

200 University Ave W
Waterloo,
ON
CA

At PDR Picture Frames & Gallery, framing treasured pictures and memorabilia is a family affair. Ross Pritchard and his kin size up clients' heirlooms and refrigerator doors, charting their exact dimensions to fashion decorative frames that display and protect. He and his staff utilize museum-grade conservation materials for added safekeeping. Not only a framesmith, Ross is also an accomplished artist whose paintings and pottery sit alongside other works in the location's gallery.

112 1/2 King St S
Waterloo,
ON
CA

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.

550 King Street North
Waterloo,
ON
CA

Even as the original store has expanded to include 23 locations across Ontario, Love Shop has never wavered in its singular purpose: to enrich the experience—and art—of making love. Inside each store, employees dole out insight on the varied merchandise, which includes everything from popular toys, clothes, and lubricants to Blu-Rays, books, magazines, and novelty items. For a more private experience, customers can shop for items online and have them shipped in discreet packaging. Above all, Love Shop strives to sweeten life's most intimate moments so companions can grow even closer than a pair of turtledoves trying to use the same mirror at once.

363C King St N
Waterloo,
ON
CA