Lululemon Athletica, Vancouver
Founder Chip Wilson opened the flagship store of his global yoga apparel chain, Lululemon Kitsilano, back in 2000. The brand is known for fashion-forward workout gear that bridges the yoga studio/street wear divide. While the cult-favorite cropped pants and the signature Mat, made with natural rubber, polyurethane, and 10-percent recycled luon®, are quite pricy, the studio-like store also offers no-cost community services. Regularly scheduled drop-in, yoga classes—which take place on the sales floor, amid the merchandise—are open to all, regardless of ability, and with no purchase required.