by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
March 8, 2004
Main Street Marketplace: 708 S. Main St 636 940 8626
For gourmet cooks or those who just like to eat, this is the place. It is filled with cookbooks and accessories and all manner of coffees, teas, jams and spices. It has an extremely wide and varied assortment of packaged mixes - everything from appetizers to desserts and many are made up for sampling to allow you to try before you buy.
Riverside Sweets: 416 S. Main St 636 724 4131
Dieters beware - this place is so tempting that just inhaling the fragrance of chocolate and caramel could cause weight gain. There is a good variety of homemade fudge, handmade chocolates and jelly beans in a whole rainbow of colours and samples are always available.
Collectors’ Center 723 S. Main St. 636 946 1121
This year round Christmas store has everything from tree decorations to an amazing display of Department 56 pieces which thrilled my collector sister to pieces. The store isn’t limited to just Christmas and has a wide variety of other collector memorabilia.
The Flower Petaler- 620 S. Main 636 946 3048
This place is huge and has two floors jammed full of floral arrangements, limited edition prints, fine arts, candles and accent furniture. A popular place, it was almost too crowded, but they had some incredible multi media sculpture as well as whimsical Christmas decorations for tree or table top that made the crush of people more bearable.
Olde Towne Spice Shoppe 334 S. Main 636 916 3600
Not only do they stock a wide variety of spices, they also specialize in tea and tea accessories. Large glass canisters behind the counter are filled with loose teas from around the world including chocolate mint that smelled so much like candy I had to buy some to take home. Like most flavoured teas, the smell was much more distinctive than the taste but I enjoyed the tea anyway. The shop also sells customized gift baskets and has a large and varied assortment of decorative teapots.
From journal A Taste of St. Charles