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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.

320 23 Ave SW
Calgary,
AB
CA

At the centre of Mission Health's selection of aesthetic services, Endermologie treatments boost collagen production and slim physiques without surgery. The procedure can reduce cellulite or excess water stored beneath the skin and leave healthy, tight complexions in its wake. A variety of facials employ methods such as diamond-tip microdermabrasion or vitamin infusion to fight blemishes or signs of aging. The practice specializes in acne treatments, clearing skin with light therapy, antibacterial solutions, and other techniques. Gentlemen's facials bolster handsome appearances and soothe irritation caused by shaving with a razor or cuddling with a football.

320 23 Ave. SW
Calgary,
AB
CA

Each toting 10 years of experience, registered dental hygienists Joelle R?os and Shelly Lambe opened their practice to treat adults and children alike with basic dental hygiene services. The duo focuses on prevention with dental hygiene exams and cleanings, where they use up-to-date technology such as digital x-rays to scan for signs of tooth decay. Expansive windows filter sunlight into their airy office, which remains open late one day a week to accommodate busy schedules or owls with toothaches.

320 23 Avenue Southwest
Calgary,
AB
CA

The stylists at Emphasis Hair Design offer cuts, color, and chemical treatments inside of a warm environment with polished hardwood floors and jet-black styling chairs. They also offer reconstructive hair treatments and liquid keratin treatments that make locks more manageable and adaptable to clients' style desires. To aid them in their work, the stylists favor products from J Beverly Hills and Moroccanoil.

338 24 Avenue Southwest
Calgary,
AB
CA

Juliet's Day Spa is located in an old residential home, which belies the innovative and sophisticated services delivered inside. Those include skin-smoothing waxes, durable Shellac mani-pedis, and chic hair services, such as relaxers, colour treatments, and artistic styles, as well as less common services, such as lash and brow tintings. The selection is meant to appease everyone who walks through the door?whether they require hot-stone massages to melt away muscle pain or hydrating facials to moisturize parched complexions.

338 24 Ave SW
Calgary,
AB
CA

The chic wine bar offers a high-quality selection of fermented finds from its amply stocked shelves, alongside an upscale menu featuring locally harvested fare. Start with a selection of savoury charcuterie ($4.75+) or cheese ($4.75+) before moving on to the tapa-esque menu. Small-sized eats, such as the half-dozen fresh-shucked oysters ($19) or a decadent dish of baked cheese dip with marinated artichokes and fresh herbs ($15), stimulate the mouth-economy with their riches and glottal high-fives. The lobster nachos, with pickled peppers, onions, heirloom tomatoes, and hot sauce ($24+), and the wine-braised bison short ribs ($16+) are an elegant accompaniment to any of more than 60 wines from around the globe, available by the taste (2 oz.), glass (6 oz.), half-bottle (13 oz.) and bottle. Servers and sommeliers are happy to direct nervous wine newcomers to a suitable sip. Throw caution to hungry robot dogs and opt for the flights and bites, a trio of small tapas accompanied by sommelier-paired 6 oz. servings of wine ($35).

2310 4 Street Southwest
Calgary,
AB
CA