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.
Founded by Stratford Chefs School graduate Ruth Nixon, The Whisk & Ladle is a full-service caterer, kitchen store, and cooking school dedicated to the use of high-quality ingredients and equipment. Busy epicureans can pick up hearty meals—including family-sized lasagna drenched in slow-cooked tomato sauce ($38)—from an extensive On-The-Go menu to enjoy gourmet eats at home without hours of intensive cooking or spell-casting. Otherwise, they can pause a moment to browse a wide selection of sturdy kitchenware from brands like Le Creuset and Cuisipro, whose winsome wares can double as musical instruments for toddlers, Muppets, or Muppet toddlers. The Whisk & Ladle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
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.
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+).
NTEC EcoGardens' native plants nurture yards of all sizes, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides while promoting a sustainable environment. A vine of extra-large beefsteak tomatoes ($6) flourishes next to a fragrant 10-inch peony ($20), and a native geranium ($3) rests lazily until well after noon in a large hanger basket ($15). An array of annuals ($3), potted herbs ($2), and heirloom vegetables ($1.50/four-pack) can sprout in any garden, and purchases benefit NTEC's charitable programs supporting people with special needs. NTEC also hawks soil ($2.49–$38) and mulch ($3–$50) for protecting yards and suppressing gnome uprisings. In addition to fostering plant growth, NTEC supports the community by offering a variety of programs for people with developmental disabilities in the Niagara region.
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.