Peek behind the counter at Sam Sub and you'll spot a colourful spread of crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy peppers. Staffers fold these fresh ingredients—along with slices of turkey breast, morsels of grilled chicken, and dabs of Sam’s special dressing—into subs, paninis, and wraps. The staff sizzles up homemade patties for burgers, and fries tender haddock in canola oil for fish and chips. To craft their poutine, the skilled chefs shower freshly cut fries in gravy, cheese curds, and imaginative custom toppings such as jalapeno and Montreal-style smoked meat.
Surrounded by the gleaming wood floors and cream-colored walls of Xpressions’ salon space, guests perch in padded chairs and watch their tresses transform through the efforts of a savvy stylist. At an aesthetician's station, a nail technician gussies up digits with manicures and pedicures, and an aesthetician performs waxing services that rid bodies of rogue hairs and super-glued fake moustaches. Guests can also add length and texture to drab manes with the salon's specialty: 100 per cent human hair or synthetic extensions, wigs, and braids.
Helen relies on sophisticated technology such as bipolar radio frequencies and ultrasound to fight wrinkles and other dermal imperfections on her clients' faces and bodies. Radio frequency treatments can be used to stimulate collagen regeneration, which in turn leads to tighter skin and a better defense against the pinches of nosy aunts. Ultrasound treatments also work to tighten the skin by targeting the deep, subbasement of the dermis and strengthening the connective tissue therein. Helen also offers traditional cleansing facials and chemical peels, along with waxing services and Reiki energy therapy.
While other 10-year-old boys spent their free time practicing slap shots and trying to teach bugs to do their chores, Danny passed afternoons and weekends at his father's barbershop. He'd sweep the floors and run errands, all the while admiring the time-honored craft that his father learned during his training in Italy. Danny would go onto study these same barber techniques under the tutelage of his father and at a local hairstyling school before eventually opening up a barbershop of his own—The Barber's Chair.
Tucked among the bustling shops and upscale restaurants of the Vaughan Mills mall, the barbershop is an oasis of old-world comfort and calm. You can find Danny and his seasoned staffers two-stepping around the cushy barber's chairs, snipping up haircuts while exchanging cheerful anecdotes and jokes. After a refreshing trim or luxurious hot towel shave, the barbers treat clients to cups of simmering espresso.
Sculpture Hair & Spa's experienced team of beauty technicians fortifies skin, hair, and nails with a luxury canon of indulgent services. During pedicures, nail techs mollycoddle extremities as patrons relax in heated massage chairs that gently levitate thanks to the spa's resident telekinetic. Stationed in private treatment rooms, massage therapists untie knotted muscles and aestheticians rejuvenate complexions with exfoliating facial treatments. The spa's stylists snip tresses during precision cuts followed by shampoos, conditioning treatments, and colour changes that draw on the styling powers of Schwarzkopf and Moroccanoil products.
As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to take over the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, before joining forces with a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he says. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
Bright sunlight pours into the front lounge of Bodé's Toronto location, which features earthy yet ultramodern décor. Technicians lead patrons to private treatment rooms where facials are customized to each man's skin type and issues, such as beard burn or permanent lipstick marks. Masculine tranquility can also be found in a tailored mani-pedi, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and soon-to-be-offered laser hair removal treatments.