Cadeaux Gifts: Impressive selection, quality finds, and reasonable prices

Cadeaux
Cadeaux

I have been known to make late night trips to large chain stores to buy necessities. Diapers, toilet paper, or an air freshener to mask the aroma from the ‘treat’ my kids left in the backseat and I still can’t find. Desperation and ‘open-till-midnight’ hours have forced my hand once or twice, but when it comes to gift giving I prefer to spend my time and money on a unique item selected from a unique shop.

I enjoy the process of Christmas shopping in particular. I meticulously make a list of recipients. I jot down a few items I have heard them mention, a bracelet perhaps, or a few words to describe them and their style such as conservative, flirty, and even impossible! I feel prepared; armed and ready to purchase thoughtful gifts. I used to head downtown, in the hopes I would find success amidst the plethora of boutique shops. I am ashamed to admit that I previously overlooked New West as a suitable shopping destination.

Now that I have lived in New West, and more importantly shopped here, I have become very attached to a few impressive boutique shops that rival and surpass many I have seen downtown!

One shop that never ceases to impress and entice me is Cadeaux Gifts in Sapperton. It is “a trendy boutique and gift store providing the best in essential indulgences” and is easily one of the Lower Mainland’s best-kept secrets.

They incorporate an ‘everything for everybody’ element into the shop and carry an extensive mix of unique items. There are home embellishments from entry mats to clocks; luxurious bath and beauty indulgences for head-to-toe pampering; stunning holiday decorations; and fashion must haves like handbags, scarves, and a jewelry collection to tempt every taste and style. This is just the proverbial tip-of-the-iceberg too. I have devoted many mornings to a leisurely stroll through the store, and I always find something new to gift or covet for myself.

While chatting with the shop’s owner and staff, I have learned that many of the irresistible items I have eyed (and drooled) over so many times are made by local companies and artisans. One local artist they seemed particularly proud to highlight is Karen Telio and her stunning collection of jewelry. Her pieces range from bold to subtle, trendy to traditional, and every adjective in between. It’s no exaggeration to say you could easily check a few special women off your shopping list after a glance in this jewelry cabinet (which is just one of many!)

Though I think more than any particular artisan, product, or display, what impresses me most is the affordability and quality of the items. As a mother of two, and a new homeowner, my pockets seem painfully less deep this year. I have yet to feel overwhelmed by sticker shock while perusing Cadeaux’s collection, and have always been impressed by the quality of items. While most of the store is stocked with unique and eye-catching goodies, I did see a few items that I have seen carried downtown at other boutiques. The difference being that Cadeaux isn’t competing with several similar boutiques on the street and is able to offer us many of the same items found downtown at significantly lower prices.

Impressive selection, reasonable prices, and quality items! What more can you ask for? How about impeccable customer service? The staff at Cadeaux always welcomes you with a smile, offers help without being pushy, and really listen to what you want and need. It’s like having a personal shopper at your side. In fact, they are so invested in your shopping experience being fun, stress free and successful that they actually offer personal shopping assistance. Their website boasts “Give us a call and book your own personal shopping session. Our staff will happily talk you through our store, and find the best gifts for the special people on your list, and make your shopping experience that much happier!”

Its cliché, but I dare you to shop Cadeaux and leave with nothing! Make sure to give yourself ample time to dawdle, sample, try on, and enjoy the shops bounty. Better yet, plan your introductory shopping trip for Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 5pm to 9pm. Cadeaux is hosting a ‘Christmas Shopping Spectacular’ and donating 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the Music Program of New Westminster Secondary School. The donation will help up-and-coming student musicians with their trip to the national, invitation-only MusicFest Canada festival in Ottawa this spring.

Shopping Cadeaux means supporting our neighborhood’s economy, a New Westminster shop, local artisans and entrepreneurs, and budding talent from our community. On top of that, you walk away with unique, quality gifts and maybe even a few new things to add to your own wish list.

You can find Cadeaux at 467 E. Columbia St. in Sapperton. The store is open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12-5pm.

Here’s a gallery with some photos of their store.

Women ‘Kick the *&%! Out of Cancer’ at 30 Minute Hit

New Westminster women are raising money for cancer, one 'hit' at a time.
New Westminster women are raising money for cancer, one 'hit' at a time. Women at 30 Minute Hit locations in North America are fundraising for cancer research. There is also an upcoming pub night fundraiser, 4-7pm on Sunday October 23rd, 2011 at The Dublin Castle. For a mere $20.00 (all proceeds donated) you get a juicy burger, crispy fries, and your choice of a beer/wine/highball.

For the ladies at New Westminster’s 30 Minute Hit the process of kicking, punching, kneeing, and helping fight cancer has been just as liberating and empowering as you might imagine.

A group of dedicated women from each of the twenty-three North American 30-Minute-Hit locations is participating in the KICK THE *&%! OUT OF CANCER event. They have pledged to “hit” (complete the kickboxing workout) a certain number of times during the month of October in exchange for donations to the British Columbian Cancer Foundation! They are collecting these donations from their friends, family, coworkers and people on the street while they’re kicking and punching their hearts out. The event is called “30-Minute-Hit, Kicking the *&%! Out of Cancer” and as Stacey Firth, one of the co-owners of the New Westminster Hit location, quips “the name makes total sense when you remember we are a kickboxing gym!”

Stacey Firth’s New Westminster location signed on to participate in the event, and a group of more than 52 women have come together to support a cause near and dear to their hearts. Stacey beams with pride as she recounts how her ‘Hitters’ have come together. “Its super special when you think about it. A group of women fighting for each other, fighting for any and every women affected by cancer. It’s so cool to look out at the workout floor and see it full of girls sporting their pink team t-shirts and working so hard to reach their goals. I took the time to read through each of their stories on their personal fundraising pages and I was so touched. It’s just really wonderful.”

This event goes beyond just the basic intention of fundraising though. It motivates and encourages the women participating to be healthier versions of themselves. It provides them with a proverbial kick-in-the-butt to take their health more seriously.

The medical community unanimously agrees that daily physical activity is vital for over all heath. There is also compelling research that shows 30 minutes of activity 3 times a week (or more) significantly reduces the risk of ovarian, breast, and uterine cancers (as well as colon and prostate). The 30-Minute-Hit kickboxing circuit supports these activity goals, and the 30-Minute-Hit lifestyle keeps you coming back for more! Stacey boasts “30-Minute-Hit is not only a fantastic workout in 30 minutes, it’s a community. Women come together, get to know each other, and become strong empowered women together. In 30 minutes, they work up a sweat like nowhere else but they also get to shut out the world and put themselves and their health first! Anyone can find 30 minutes in their day to get a GREAT workout in, meet amazing women and become part of something special. Health should not be an option.”

The Minister of Health projects more than 23,000 British Columbians will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year with more than 40% of these diagnosed patients being women. By 2024 it is estimated that there will be more than 33,000 new diagnosis made yearly. A terrifying prospect indeed, but one we have the power to change.

Support the New Westminster ‘Hitters’ by donating and helping them KICKTHE *&%! OUT OF CANCER. Their fundraising goal of $5,000 was quickly met and they have increased their goal to $10,000. To date they have raised $8,817.13 though online donations, and over $600.00 with their additional fundraising efforts for a total of more than $9,400.00.

To help in the fight against cancer, and to support the commitment of local New Westminster’s you have two options.

First of all, you can donate online. Or, for a more delicious option, you can purchase a ticket for the upcoming pub night fundraiser, 4-7pm on Sunday October 23rd, 2011 at The Dublin Castle. For a mere $20.00 (all proceeds donated) you get a juicy burger, crispy fries, and your choice of a beer/wine/highball. There will also be a toonie-toss and 50-50 draw for you pub night traditionalists. The Dublin Castle Pub is located at 101 – 319 Governors Court New West (the old Penitentiary). If you haven’t been to the Dublin Castle Pub yet, this fundraiser gives you the opportunity to support two local businesses and fill up your Karma-bank two fold!

For tickets Call 604-521-5913 or email
newwestminster@30minutehit.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. On Facebook? Check out the event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=280317065326845.