Bisqueware-lined walls and buckets of bright paint await sparks of creativity to bring them into full-colour radiance. At Vikki's Clay Art Studio, artists first select an unfinished piece of pottery or a fused glass project-in-potentia, and then set to work with provided tools, patterns, stencils, and glazes to create their own unique piece. Expert supervision is always on hand as guests decorate pots or piece together cut glass under expert supervision. Once finished, the pieces disappear into the studio's kiln and emerge ready for pickup after about a week. Private parties let crafters socialize over glass or bisque art while testing out ideas for a set of risqué tea saucers on pals first.
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Back in 1970, a young Michael Moster was inspired to buy his first camera and create his own darkroom after visiting a friend's, where he watched fascinating black-and-white images appear on blank photo paper. Seven years later, he went into the photography business full time. Moster developed a knack for capturing candid moments, and for making clients laugh. In 1994, he moved his business, Michael's Fine Photography, to a new studio on five acres in South Langley. Moster has received numerous awards for his work, such as the title "Master Of Photographic Arts" along with a Fellowship and Honourable Life Member status from the Professional Photographers of Canada—British Columbia; he also spent many years on the association's board of directors.
As photography went digital, Moster embraced these changes, becoming an expert in Photoshop and digital photo manipulation. These skills allow him to remove distracting background images from photographs, or perform “photographic surgery” on his clients themselves—delighting clients by taking years off their faces and delighting surrealists by swapping their heads with dinosaur skulls.
A winner in Vancouver magazine's Best of Vancouver 2010, West Coast Tails professional pet service is the brainchild of Candace Herrod, a former veterinary worker who grew up surrounded by pets. With the help of her husband, Ryan, she expanded her small pet-sitting business to include 16 bonded, insured, and pet-first-aid-trained attendants who perform services where pets are at their happiest—at home. When customers are away for extended periods of time, staff members stop by homes to give love and attention to dogs and cats that have grown bored of their toys and already plowed through the complete oeuvre of Dostoyevsky. They also walk dogs in private 30-minute sessions, brush up pets' manners with obedience training, and cart them around town with pet taxi services. For owners’ peace of mind, attendants care for pets seven days a week, including holidays, and field both special and last-minute requests. The company recently started offering equine care, during which attendants arrive at stables to pamper horses with grooming, lunging, and road walks.
As one of the first veterinary practices in Canada to install an underwater treadmill and therapy pool, Aldergrove Animal Hospital gives pets care that rivals what their owners get. In tandem with The SPAW Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, therapists heal dogs with aquatic care that ranges from therapeutic ultrasounds to non-impact water exercise. Of course, Drs. Jeff Bowra and Sharon Moloney and their team of animal-care specialists would prefer that dogs never need physical therapy, which is why they provide preventative and emergency veterinary care tailored for puppies and kittens through senior animals. They also strive to take care of animals beyond the hospital's facilities, giving owners online care guides on topics such as parasite prevention and how to save for dog college.
As one bride gushed, "everyone at our wedding thought he was a friend of ours." That's the reason people come to officiant Darian Kovacs. Over the past 10 years, he's overseen kind of ceremony imaginable, from giant affairs fit for a princess to small legal ceremonies and destination weddings. He works with couples as long as needed to perfect the ceremony, and conducts his meetings in whatever medium suits them best, be it over Skype, e-mail, in person, or when passing each other on slow-moving yachts. Ceremonies can be as traditional or modern. He has a range of quotes to pull from that veer away from wedding cliches, with verses pulled from classic religious texts or even applicable children's books that showcase what true love looks like. After the ceremony's over, he files all the paperwork so that honeymooners don't have to worry about logistics while on their dream vacation.