As the sun dips into the horizon, a bride and groom share a quiet conversation, almost forgetting that their photographer, Mike Impens, is mere feet away from them snapping shots of their special day. Mike's photojournalistic and candid approach to portraiture helps him compose photographs that tell a story and organically reveal his subjects’ personalities. Many such scenarios have played out during portrait shoots in Mike's laid-back studio on the southern shore of Lake Erie as well as under his watchful eye during alfresco sessions all around the region. Along with capturing the events that are most important to his clients, such as weddings and family outings, Mike also maintains a portfolio of sports photography, snapping energy-filled action shots of teams and individuals playing hockey, baseball, and soccer.
At Punch Kettlebell Gym, owner and certified fitness trainer Rob Santarossa leads a team of instructors who lead group and private exercise regimens and nutritional coaching to help each client achieve a slim physique and healthier lifestyle. Rob’s dedication to fitness stems from his own early weight-loss struggles, an experience that allows him to coach with empathy and enact appropriate levels of motivation. About 12–15 students partake in the group and boot-camp classes, which stress weight-and-cardio combinations using diverse exercises, each scalable to fit individual needs or allergies to jumping jacks. Kettlebells and other forms of resistance are added along the way to round out the focused 30-minute routines. To help maintain a healthy lifestyle, fitness seekers will also be equipped with online nutritional software, which helps lay out customized meal plans, charts nutritional progress, and shouts warnings of falling anvils.
For more than 25 years, Windsor Pure & Clean H2O to Go has furnished homes with water that is more than 99 per cent free of contaminants. Each staff member is certified by the Water Quality Association, which holds them to an esteemed level of water knowledge, ethics, and goldfish vocabulary. Dispensers loaded with delivered 5-gallon bottles fill glasses from any location; under-sink systems keep kitchens flowing with clean, tasty water for sipping and cooking alike. For a full house of impeccable agua, ceramic filters—created in partnership with 3M—protect home plumbing systems from iron deposits and toothbrush escapees.
The stylists of Sage Salon and Spa refine the beautification experience by pampering clients from the start with steaming drinks served in a soothing relaxation room. During a full range of salon and spa services—including haircuts, massages, and mani-pedis—the savvy beauty techs use top-shelf Redken products.
The Magic Closet owner Sandra Riccio-Muglia is no stranger to the stress of planning a birthday party, since she has two kids of her own. That parenting experience, combined with 14 years of hosting VIP events for adults, equipped Sandra to plan themed parties for children to teenagers in a 2,400-square-foot location. Although they're welcome to stick around, parents can take a load off and sip coffee as the staff take the reins for parties centred around Barbies, Harry Potter, Rockstar Diva, Lego, create-a-bear, or other kid-friendly themes.
Sooters’ multitalented team takes a photojournalistic approach to each shoot to fully capture essential stills, with services ranging from graduation portraits to wedding photography. With more than two decades of business experience, photogs evoke a befitting in-studio atmosphere for subjects with a choice of backdrops including mottled colours, holiday motifs, and strangers’ family portraits. Post-shoot, clients select a favourite image to be immortalized in-house as an 11”x14” print or burnished onto the face of a flattened wooden nickel.