I need to take things to the drycleaner. And the tailor. And I need to make a dentist appointment, and a chiropractor appointment. And I need a massage. And I need my eyebrows threaded, and Dallas needs a haircut. Whew. If we were still in Edmonton, I would have access to all the members of my "team." These are the individuals who, if I were a multi-millionaire, I would pay each of them a salary and/or keep them on retainer. I miss them, and am trying to figure out how to amass a similar group of folks here in Victoria.
For those of you still in Edmonton, I can recommend the following:
Lauren at Raw Beauty in St Albert: Lauren is THE BEST. Dallas actually just told me the other day that he plans on not having his hair cut until our next visit to Edmonton. In a similar vein, I have promised Lauren that after I have tired of my ever-growing-longer hair, she will be the one to cut it off for good. For the first 2 years we lived in Edmonton I let her have her way with my locks and received endless compliments on the haircuts she gave. I say that not to toot my own horn, but to acknowledge that Lauren makes people look their best. Even though it took us about 35 minutes to get to the salon from our house on the south side, we would not trust our hair to anyone else in Edmonton & area - and neither should you.
Friendly Nails: Located in the Capilano area of Edmonton, these ladies give the best pedicures in town. For $30. You can be assured an excellent experience that includes the latest gossip magazines and those crazy massaging chairs. I first heard about this place from my friend Jennifer, and soon a whole bunch of us from work were making frequent trips. Because you CAN afford a pedicure every 4 to 6 weeks when it's only $30.
Bella Tonic Spa: I was a faithful attendee for 4 years, and miss this place dearly. Who doesn't love having their eyebrows threaded for only $5!
Wallace Shoe Repair: It's no secret that I have a penchant for shoes. My favourite brand is Camper. In order to keep my Campers looking good I would bring them in each spring for a clean up and to be winterized for the next year (I own 3 pairs of Camper boots). When I would pick them up, they looked NEW. Wild. Michael does a great job on heel taps as well.
Bill at Fashion Tailors: Bill is a GENIUS. Caitlin originally referred us to Bill when Dallas' first pair of Nudies were in a state of disrepair after our month-long trip to Europe. Bill has this unique ability to patch jeans so that your worn-in favourites have a second (or third, or fourth...Caitlin, I'm talking to you!) lease on life. If you've ever been on the receiving end of a pair of pants that were hemmed incorrectly, you will know the value of finding an excellent tailor. Bill works wonders on all kinds of other clothing too, right Amy?
My doctor and our chiropractor both referred us to people out here, but now it is up to us to do the work of building those relationships. I should also really work on finding a family doctor out here. Am thankful for some recommendations on that front. And I've also got to find that massage therapist...with all this time on my hands, I better do something, and what better thing to do than get a massage?
If you are in need of any services in Edmonton, please try the above folks - you won't be disappointed. And if you have any tips for Victoria, please send them my way.