The massage therapists and aestheticians at Body Works Day Spa nurture the body and mind with a full menu of soothing services. Skincare treatments cleanse and rejuvenate pores, and all-natural spray tans imbue hides with a sun-kissed glow without exposure to damaging UV rays. Waxing sessions remove unwanted hair from virtually anywhere for a few weeks, and laser hair-removal treatments yield longer-lasting results. In the privacy of a special room, couples massages allow pairs to lie side by side as therapists knead away their tension, knots, and his-and-hers charlie horses.
LMZ Nails & Spa may be new to the beauty world, but its staff is not. The experienced beauty professionals transform clients with services that include mani-pedis, waxing, and facials. Amid shelves of shellac polish and hair-removing waxes, free consultations help clients choose which services will help them look their very best before job interviews or hours spent running back and forth in front of the same traffic camera.
Personal trainer AJ Mihrzad once struggled with his own weight-loss challenges and severe back pain. After catching a glimpse of himself in the window of a fast-food restaurant, he decided it was time to make a change. Mihrzad pursued an undergraduate degree in exercise science and nutrition and a master's degree in psychology, striving to learn about all the factors that contribute to fitness success. He tried working at a corporately owned gym, but felt compelled to follow the road less traveled or treadmill less frequented. Mihrzad created LifeFuel Fit, where his focus on three major aspects of health— exercise, nutrition, and mindset—helps others achieve the same confidence, energy, and fitness level that he himself has obtained.
Mihrzad hired a team of trainers and nutritionists to assist him in this mission. The nutritionists provide dietary guidance, the trainers lead highly varied workouts designed to efficiently tone muscles and burn fat, and they all hold clients accountable for their results. Patrons lose a monthly average of 10–12 pounds of fat, or the amount of butter needed to sculpt a soulmate for the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Knowing that everyone takes a different path to fitness, Mihrzad also established LeanBuddy, an app that leads customers through their weight-loss journeys from the convenience of their smartphones. For a full month, users receive a daily email filled with the challenges and dietary recommendations they should take on for that day. Once they complete the instructions, they report back on the smartphone app, then receive personalized feedback from a team of fitness coaches. By letting participants complete challenges on their own time, the program can often produce more dramatic results than other more demanding regimens.
Japanese-style folding screens line up to form private treatment areas inside Hallelujah Foot & SPA. Each nook holds treatment beds where clients relax during massages and acupuncture sessions. The spa's other services include facials and waxing sessions for the legs, stomach, and liver. The relaxing vibe is enhanced by Japanese hand fans and paper butterflies in bright hues clinging to the wall.
With a menu that introduces traditional Italian fare to a modern culinary sensibility, Adesso Bistro's chefs have garnered acclaim from a host of publications including the Vancouver Courier and the Globe and Mail. "Adesso" translates to "now" in Italian, symbolizing the culinary artisans' commitment to turning fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients into vibrant plates that carry the flavours of Italy's northwestern coastal region Liguria. Known for its capital city of Genoa, the seafood-loving region is dotted with small towns that produce dynamic takes on Italian staples such as foccaccia, pesto, and calamari. Adesso's owners line its facade with lush vegetation and accent the dining room with dark wood tables and chairs. Servers flit imported and local wines to tables dotting the outdoor patio among neatly trimmed bushes and the sweet sounds of the eatery's three squirrel tenors.