Some people visit this seaside town for the surrounding nature and some come for the year-round golf. Others come for this compact sewing and notions shop. This almost-20-year-old fixture is festooned with over 300 needlework pieces. A global clientele stops by to select from nearly 2,000 kinds buttons from over 15 countries and more than 200 styles of yarn in enough colors to put Crayola to shame. 614 View Street; 250-384-8781; buttonedup.com
Trounce Alley is a discrete passage connecting two main thoroughfares in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. It has a long history as a commercial strip, albeit a tiny one. It goes back to the mid-1800s when developer and architect Thomas Trounce designed the lane to provide easy access to stores he owned. With fluctuations in the economy, businesses have come and gone over time, but today, still lined with 125-year-old gaslights, the corridor is a diverse micro hub where old-world businesses coexist alongside hip new shops and restaurants, none of which disrupt the pathway’s quaint charm.