The staff at Alberta Home Services, family owned and operated for the past 30 years, combines home-heating expertise with meticulous customer service that has garnered a 2013 Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence—its 11th in a row—as well as a 2013 Top Choice Award for its home services. In addition to rigorous safety inspections, the cordial technicians respect homeowners by donning boot covers so as not to scuff hardwood floors or create divots on freshly zambonied living-room ice rinks.
At MMA Fit Boot Camp, learning how to throw a punch doesn't mean you'll be taking one in kind. Its coed and women-only classes are safe and effective—the gym boasts that just one hour of boot camp can burn 1,000 calories. Talented trainers combine mixed-martial-arts fighting techniques with fast-paced core-strengthening exercises for a total-body workout.
Ten times a year the contributors to Alberta Views scribe a periodical chock full of guides, reviews, and features relating to the vibrant culture of Alberta, winning acclaim as Canada's Magazine of the Year in 2009. Local writers, thinkers, journalists, playwrights, artists, and photographers like Fred Stenson, Aritha Van Herk, and Rudy Wiebe address domestic affairs, providing a snapshot of life and local water fountains in the province. The magazine frequently highlights analysis of relevant public concerns with figures in politics, education, industry, and public service sectors. The July/August 2011 issue includes a feature interview with k. d. lang, a poetic take on the deterioration of the province’s prairie skyline, and an analysis and examination of Alberta’s role in the energy transformation. Mainstays of the magazine include a collection of reviews of books written by Alberta residents, and the Guide, a trusted personal adviser that informs on festivals, art seasons, and public gardens where you can re-create slow-motion movie scenes without judgment.
The Oil Drop drains dirty automotive fluids, balances and rotates tires, swaps out belts, and performs any other vehicular first aid, maintaining cars for smooth sailing with a staff of auto aficionados eager to make all services easily understood by their clients. Car-lovers can bring in a revered road-hugger for its 5000km checkup and oil change (from $49.95) without disrupting an entire day. In just 10 minutes—as long as it takes to boot up a Commodore 64—the Oil Drop's experienced professionals perform an oil change, 32-point visual safety inspection, and top off all fluids, equipping drivers for another safe 5000km on the open road. Car-caretakers can also apply the value of the Groupon to other preventative maintenance services, such as driveline services ($34.95+), swapping out a filthy, disgusting air filter ($14.95+), and slapping on new moisture-defeating wipers ($10.95+).
Aristocrat seamlessly fuses the cuisines of two regions, with a menu of hearty North American pub fare as well as a litany of classic Filipino dishes served side-by-side. Diners sink their teeth into morsels of fried calamari, poutine, or chicken wings, or sample platters of ground-pork embutido, savoury fish balls, or nilagang baka—a soup with beef brisket and banana.