Not too much. Not too little. Just right. Since 1981, the knowledgeable Maidstone Tree Farm staff have been insistent on finding the goldilocks zone: that unique balance of water, sunlight, and fertilizer that helps every type of plant and tree in their garden thrive. They begin by hand-selecting flora—20-foot maple trees, many-coloured hydrangeas—that flourish in Windsor-Essex County's soil and climate. Across their 15-acre garden, they arrange their plants based on how much sunlight the plants need, clustering Asiatic lilies in sun-dappled patches of soil, and huddling green, blue, and yellow hostas in the cool shade. Then, they fine-tune their drip-irrigation system to quench the thirst of the trees, shrubs, and perennials without over-watering them. The great pains taken by the green thumbs at Maidstone Tree Farm result in plants that leave the garden centre at the pinnacle of health, ready for rearing and teaching multi-branch high fives.
Ly Sports supplies the duds for poolside catwalks with swimwear and accessories from name brands that include Speedo, Durafast, and Endurance. Snorkelers can keep up with underwater acquaintances or turn co-worker's heads at the office with adjustable dive fins by Speedo ($39.99) or intimidate swim meet competition while sporting a pair of Speed Socket goggles ($31.99), a silicone-strapped competition goggle that can be custom-fitted with the help of knowledgeable staff. Ly Sports also stocks swim apparel for the competitive backstroker and the casual toe-dipper alike, with versatile swimwear selections that include 100 per cent chlorine resistant Endurance Jammer swimsuits ($49.99). Customers can also slip into a women’s Endurance Splitsville one-piece suit ($74.99), which is composed of a special Endurance Lite fabric designed to channel water and reduce drag, leading to swifter swimming during triathlons and bathtub duckie rescue missions.
Since 1948, Borrelli Cellars has guided connoisseurs through the process of vinting and bottling their own pours at its winery, using grape juice gathered from the world's top growing regions. Instructor, winemaker, and owner Frank Borrelli educates visitors on grape varieties, yeasts, and sanitary practices while divulging tips on how to consistently craft top-notch batches of vino or win foosball tournaments. While scouring the premises, students can pore over a collection of books, wine presses, and kits to put skills learned in the workshop to the test.
In business for 35 years, G&G Jewellery and Coins stocks a vast inventory of new and pre-owned jewellery, luxury and vintage watches, and precious metals in the form of coins or bullion. Shoppers can adorn ears, wrists, fingers, and necklines with baubles crafted from 10k-24k gold, silver, diamonds, and gemstones. The company's jewelers also appraise patrons' coin collections, resize rings, and repair watches and jewellery.
Silver Stitch supplies embroidery, screenprinting, and digital garment printing & sublimation services on items that customers bring in or buy in-store. Make your presence known with a monogrammed shirt, or get your true feelings embroidered on a petite pillow before gifting it to your grade-school nemesis (prices are located under the services tab on the website). The helpful, friendly staff eagerly answers customer questions concerning fonts, colours, and the concept of infinity.
Earth-conscious and fair-trade maternity wear, nursing gear, furniture, toys, and more abound at this baby-centric boutique. The 3 Sprouts–branded chico hooded towel made from organic cotton terry cloth will swathe freshly-cleansed kids in warmth and style ($36). Child owners and renters can cloak their little ones in a fuzzy lamb jacket, which adorns kiddies with the cute lamb ears they were denied by genetics ($36.99). Chic clothing brands for mom such as Jules & Jim Maternity and Pouch Mom give baby bumps the hippest of shelters, and nontoxic crib accoutrements from Naturepedic ensures that babies will sleep both safely and soundly.