Style Commission drapes fashion forward women in socially conscious frocks and casual cuts that have treaded runways from New York to Toronto. Earrings ($12–$20) allow onlookers to admire sparkling lobes without performing a lobotomy, and a pair of Foxy Jeans ($55), rivets legs with an electric indigo look. Tie a Pashmina scarf ($19) around a non-conformist ankle or remind winter of its weak, inevitable mortality in a seamless tank ($16). Other items include hair accessories ($2.99–$7.99), bandeaus ($8), and bicycle shorts ($10). The staff at Style Commission puts together looks appropriate for myriad occasions, such as luncheons, dates, and poetry duels.
Golf Stuff equips golfers and tennis players with the clothes, equipment, and accessories needed to conquer the course or court. Along with new clubs and putters from brands including Callaway, Titleist, and Odyssey, Golf Stuff maintains an inventory of used equipment to help golfers to enjoy the game without dipping into their sand wedge's college fund. Racquet wielders can peruse the store's collection of tennis and badminton equipment, which includes the Babolat Pure Drive racquet series and gear from Adidas, New Balance, and Prince. Golf Stuff's technicians also perform repairs and regripping services for racquets, clubs, and curious spoons.
Scrapping Nook supplies scrapbooking devotees with a large inventory of card making, paper patterning, and album building paraphernalia. Fashion homemade greeting cards or business cards for the family dachshund with some of Scrapping Nook's card stock ($0.75/12"x12" sheet), available in attractive colours such as African daisy, berry blush, and blackbird. Or keep scrapbooks and unruly phone books secure by taking home a bottle of Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue ($6.49). Scrapping Nook's staff of friendly and knowledgeable designers makes sure their charmingly decorated store is always well-stocked with all the materials necessary to sustain the scrapbooking addict, including an artist edition mixed-media album ($17.29), ideal for snazzily storing memories, and 2-ounce bottles of Maya Road mists ($8.79+).
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
Renee’s Greenhouses has experienced not only physical growth since opening in 2000—the owners moved from their backyard to a full-size retail shop in 2005—but also philosophical growth. As their inventory expanded, they decided to get bigger shelves and focus on eco-friendly products, such as all-natural soils, fertilizers, and pest-control products. The owners are also phasing out plastic plant containers, instead opting for 100% natural terracotta pottery. The selection of flora ranges from ornamental grasses and shrubbery to perennials and fruit trees; shoppers overwhelmed by the selection can consult with on-site designers from Yardley Designs.
Chocolatier Bobbi-Joan transforms Belgian and Swiss chocolate into an ever-changing parade of sumptuous treats. Hundreds of molds churn out chocolate shapes for every conceivable celebration, from a baby's first birthday to a landscaper's final wheelbarrow race. Divvy up a fanciful feast of chocolate pizza ($15.99), or indulge in a sonnet-inspiring classic chocolate bar ($1.99) or morsel-laden chocolate bark ($5.99). Offering a sweet alternative to generic greeting cards or off-brand kisses, Sweet Thoughts will happily craft one-of-a-kind orders to suit special needs.