An excerpt from: http://www.themattressmaker.ca/
The Mattress Maker is a man with a passion for building healthy and sustainable mattresses. And every one he makes is meticulously crafted to suit each one of his customers. The Mattress Maker is Dean Halstead, a craftsman who founded Calgary’s first natural mattress business back in 1984. He’s a veteran mattress specialist, motivated by perhaps the oldest “new idea” around: create a more natural mattress, tailored to the unique needs of each client.
A mattress by The Mattress Maker is a hand crafted piece, tailor-made for you, your body and your comfort. Pocket coils, latex, foams, gels – we will use all available non-toxic materials and technologies to ensure you get the most revitalizing and refreshing sleep possible.
We create mattresses that themselves can be revitalized and refreshed. That way, if your needs change due to injury, illness, or preference, we can adapt it for you. In fact, the entire mattress can be renewed, providing you with peace of mind for not contributing another mattress to the pile at the dump.
As a vehicle to building community, the shop is a one-stop-shop biking support hub in Calgary’s downtown core offering reconditioned/recycled bikes, repair space, tools and instruction, and workshops. The shop provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for novice and experienced riders alike. Further, The Good Life is community meeting space open for use to environment and community minded groups. The Good Life collaborates and builds relationships with other community groups as well as offering work experience while focusing on the ideal of mutual aid.
The Good Life strives to make Calgary a better place for cyclists and all community members alike through creating a venue for education concerning cycling as well as other local issues. Aside from the benefits of encouraging cycling through mechanical awareness, self-sufficiency, and affordability, environmental benefits include reducing carbon emissions through reduced traffic congestion as well as individual production in addition to recycling bicycles and parts otherwise destined for the waste stream. The shop not only facilitates access to affordable bicycles and services, thus enabling people to ride and keep riding, but builds the stronger sense of community that our booming population so desperately needs. This project is an end in itself, while also creating a positive space for the promotion and organization of future ventures dedicated to the goals of environmental protection and community empowerment.
Visit http://www.goodlifebikes.ca/ to learn more.