When Robert Taylor opened Taylor Studios in 1984, he embarked on a mission to preserve his clients' smile-worthy moments through professional portraiture. Today, occupying a 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, his mission remains unchanged. He snaps subjects to mark special occasions such as weddings and high-school graduations, and then produces the camera-loving smiles and confident gazes entirely onsite, which allows him to maintain his strict standards for quality control.
Patrons enter Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery to discover the handmade work of more than 30 North American artists, including unique glass creations that focus on various styles, shapes and colours. Adorn freshly cut evergreens in a candy-cane design that reflects twinkling lights across its crimson hues, or place a bucket beneath a green-glass icicle in case it melts back into sand. An on-site studio beckons visitors over for daily demonstrations, in which local artisans use pipes to transform glowing glass into semi-transparent vases or summon flames by loudly gossiping about dragons in order to render glass beads. After selecting their five ornaments, customers can peruse the other artwork that occasionally sprouts from the store's exposed stone wall, including paintings, sculptures, and vases.
Dwell Boutique's team of design gurus, led by interior designer Jen Storey, pack their showroom with a plethora of home-decor items from brands such as Gus Modern, G.Romano, and 18Karat. Find a home for colourful blossoms inside chic vases ($10–$78), or cushion living-room motorcycle jumps with piles of stylish pillows ($26–$124). Table linens ($5–$20) provide elegant drapery for dining-room surfaces, and artful wall decals ($50) can instantly make over drab living rooms, bedrooms, or walk-in freezers. While perusing these wares, customers can chat with or stare blankly at the store's helpful and friendly interior-design specialists.
Adult days passes are valid for ages 15 and up, and apply to –open-gymnasium and fitness centre times. The single-access swim passes are valid for families—households of an adult or spouses and any direct dependent children under 18 years old (or full-time students under 23 years old) who reside at the same address—and apply to open swim times at the leisure and lap pools. Note that some open swim times are reserved for adults or children only.