As its name implies, MovieTime outfits its clients with countless classic films and new releases, though its technicians also fine-tune computers, consoles, and media devices of all types and models. Shoppers entertain themselves with Hindi and Punjabi comedies, romances, dramas, and thrillers, or convert dusty VHS tapes and 35mm slideshows into easy-to-access DVDs with customized menus and music sequences. Electronics whizzes clean viruses from infected systems, hook computers into networks, and recover lost data from damaged servers, tapes, or hard drives. Gaming experts render nearly any modern-generation console as good as new—bringing motion sensing capabilities back to the Wii through laser-lens replacements, or removing an Xbox's Red Ring of Death through a careful curse-lifting procedure.
Before the notion of upscale pub fare existed in Sudbury, Ontario, Casey's restaurant was busy inventing it. Since firing up its first kitchen in 1980, Casey's has grown to include more than 160 restaurants that operate under five brand names, including as Casey's Grill Bar. Inside its welcoming walls, culinary craftspeople put an upscale twist on traditional pub dishes from burgers to sirloin steaks. They crown their fresh half-pound ground beef burgers with sautéed mushrooms, Alexis de Portneuf brie cheese, and arugula before tucking them into an Ace Bakery bun. In addition to their poutine with Quebec cheese curds and gravy, the chefs also toss heart healthy salads and pan sear mahi mahi accented with sweet hints of mango salsa.
DJ Depot equips disc jockeys with all the headphones, turntables, mixers, and amps necessary to create thrilling electronic soundtracks for house parties and nights on the town. Musicians amplify their mixes with powered and non-powered speakers and subwoofers, and spice up their sound with samplers, multi-track recorders, and monitors. Students can gain the basic skills necessary for a successful spinning career, or sign up for intensive 10-week courses to master the advanced techniques of mixing, scratching, or turning into a cyborg.
Employing professional broadcast equipment, the memory restorers at Toronto Home Movies weave threadbare tapes into a sleek tapestry of digital imagery. Adept analog whisperers gently coax VHS, HI8, 8MM, Digital 8, and MiniDV ($12.50 per hour) or film ($25 for 100 ft. of 16mm film) into selflessly giving their content to the 21st century. Audio/visual virtuosos ready home videos, old movies, and public service announcement collections for transfer with a thorough cleaning and conditioning. After technicians edit out reel markers and empty frames, computers step in to scrutinize and enhance every frame for optimal colour and clarity. Customers leave with a high-quality DVD that, like every sequel ever made, is a vast improvement on the original.
Naughty Nadz Bar & Restaurant fuels late-night festivities with a menu of eclectically inspired pub cuisine. Besides familiar staples—including fish 'n' chips and gravy-smothered poutine—cooks serve up a selection of Mexican- and Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Housemade guacamole and salsa accompany the jalapeno-laden nachos, and hummus lines flour tortillas alongside refreshing cucumbers, baby spinach, and feta cheese.
Flat-screen televisions, foosball, and a pool table help keep visitors occupied while they enjoy their meal or their drink. The pub hosts open-mic nights twice a month as well as karaoke every Sunday, encouraging guests to croon their favorite song or the most musical passages of their television's instruction manual.
Since 2002, 25Dates.com's staff has created age-specific dating events like this for straight, gay, and lesbian singles in LA, Chicago, New York City, and all across Canada. At a typical event, they set up attendees with 25 one-on-one dates at stylish downtown venues, each lasting three minutes. After each mini-date, participants write "yes" or "no" behind the ID number of the person they just met. 25Dates.com then finds mutual matches and exchanges the two parties' contact info. In addition to countless happy case studies, more than 75% of participants find at least one match, a number that has caught the eye of myriad press outlets. If a mutual match can't be found, attendees receive free admission to a future event.