Adventurist Frederick Schuett launched One Axe Pursuits in 2001 to use outdoor adventure as a vehicle to promote active lifestyles. He sliced the company into three divisions: recreational programs, corporate team building, and filmmaking. The outdoor-adventure company specializes in recreational programs that send clients zip-lining over the Elora gorge, climbing up frozen waterfalls, and rappelling down limestone cliffs. The corporate team-building division helps create cohesiveness among groups, and film-industry services?such as stunt work and training?keep movie stars and the cardboard cut-outs they use as stunt doubles safe and intact.
The high-definition simulators at Jarzie’s Indoor Simulated Golf virtually transport players to such legendary loops as Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach, and Banff Springs without the hassles of international travel and exorbitant greens fees. In addition to producing accurate three-dimensional renditions of nearly two dozen courses, the computerized system captures critical swing parameters such as ball speed and launch angle, allowing players to better their game as they pummel shots down fairways, shoot for the flagsticks, and try to outrun each hole’s computer-generated yeti. When combined, the clear video playback and swing analysis also highlight areas of weakness that can later be addressed during private lessons with the resident CPGA professionals.
The instructors at Pilates in Guelph try to make their studio a peaceful sanctuary where students can focus on mindful fitness. Inside the bright, welcoming space, groups of like-minded exercisers build core strength and learn to use their bodies more efficiently through Pilates. The fully equipped studio has everything you need to practice the craft, from professional reformer machines to foam rollers, exercise balls, and other resistance and stability-training equipment. Along with a variety of mat and equipment Pilates classes, the studio also offers private lessons for more focused one-on-one attention.
Funmazing Playcentre stocks its indoor playground with interactive equipment and arcade-style games promoting physical, social, and emotional development in children ages 1–12. After strapping on mandatory pairs of socks, tykes skate down a winding green-and-yellow tunnel slide, race friends down three blue plastic slides, or hug car-track corners while manning the wheel of a plasma car. A sport court boasts basketball hoops for pickup games or rounds of Horse, and a pinata pit permits candy-craving youngsters to whack defenseless replicas of Mickey Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants, or multiplication tables. As skee balls launch up lanes into numbered holes, pucks glide speedily across air hockey tables into opponent goals. Funmazing Playcentre grants adults free entry with kids, sequestering grown-ups in seated areas where they can relax with cups of coffee or tea, check e-mail on free WiFi, or propel paper airplanes marked with basketball strategies toward their children.
Instructors at the Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios believe that stiff, stilted dancing isn't a result of too little talent—it's a result of too much information. Dancing comes naturally to most people, they profess, and harnessing that nature is simply a matter of simplifying the process. When teachers bombard pupils with dance patterns and technical details, the students' brains take over their bodies, leading to awkward steps and uncomfortable performances. At Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios, teachers instead introduce students to a few easy steps they can use over many styles of music. Once they feel like second nature, steps are gradually differentiated until every dancer can execute Latin and ballroom moves in a flowing manner. They've dubbed this the SNAP teaching method, and though slow-going at first, it often helps students learn to dance even faster than with detail-heavy or battery-powered dance-shoe methods.
F&M Brewery makes its carefully balanced Stone Hammer craft beers with malted barley, fresh hops, and water sourced from local artesian wells. Each small batch is fire-brewed in a copper kettle before slowly aging in the cellar?s horizontal tanks. The resulting beers have garnered numerous awards, including a gold medal in the 2009 Canadian Brewing Awards? pilsner category and a silver medal in the 2013 Canadian Brewing Awards? stout category.
In addition to hosting events and operating restaurants throughout Canada, F&M Brewery sells their suds at a retail store alongside swag such as glassware and beer soap. The store also stocks pieces from the Craftbrewers Recycled Art Project, which transforms malt bags and brewery waste into wallets, and other useable items.