Brush Fire Ceramic Studio hands over the creative reins to its customers, who browse a selection of more than 300 ceramic pieces while choosing the perfect figurine or plate to personalize. Then, would-be van Goghs select stencils or sketch a design freehand, flipping through books or eating the pages for inspiration. The studio time clock starts as painters dip their brushes in as many colours as they like, but visitors are never charged for more than two hours of studio time per visit. Professionals glaze and fire creations, and customers can return to pick them up in about a week before placing their pieces on mantels and gifting them to family members.
Boutique Unique was formed under the steady hands of Brenda Weiss, the shop's resident artist and a self-taught bead-smith who learned her craft through books and trial and error. Brenda keeps her studio stocked with her own whimsical creations, as well as the works of more than 20 local and prairie artisans. Inside, visitors may browse an eclectic selection of women's clothing, home décor, and handmade jewellery, including specially made pieces for big events such as weddings and graduations.
Village Streetwear has been outfitting men and women in casual but stylish threads since 1984. The fashionable staff helps guests navigate the seasonal stock, which highlights such items as stylized T-shirts from Miss Sixty, organic cotton T-shirts from Alternative Apparel, and fashion-forward pieces from Scotch and Soda. They also carry a collection of vintage sports jerseys that allow their wearers to announce team loyalty without naming their firstborns after an easily bribed referee.
In their neighbourhood shop, Nile Bridal & Alterations' skilled tailors adjust clothing to fit an individual's frame. They alter anything from formalwear and bridal gowns to everyday items such as slacks, shirts, or team-mascot costumes. When they're not hemming, applying patches, or letting out too-tight waistbands, they lend their superhuman dexterity to the repair of damaged items or the preservation of gowns using eco-friendly practices.
Modern lights hang from the ceiling like glowing sticks of dynamite, exploding light onto cherry-red-leather furniture at Uppercuts Hair Studio. Red shelving rounds out the space as stylist Jason rewires hair circuit boards with high-end Unite and Aveda products. Guests may also request a specialty keratin treatment to straighten and fortify hair.
This award-winning health boutique nourishes muscles and boosts immune systems with a diverse array of products ranging from antioxidants to protein powders and weight control supplements. Bodies benefit from a steady dosage of multivitamins ($11.99+), omega oils ($9.99+), herbal supplements ($7.99+), and bone health ($13.99+) products that can invigorate skeletons enough to mambo in their closets. While shoppers are welcome to browse the sleek aisles in solitude for brand-name products from Canada, Europe, and the United States, those seeking guidance can consult the certified nutritionist on staff to pick their brain for health and fitness advice.