What's proper etiquette for the queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine-dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre d'. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Lalibert? and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.
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Spa Utopia’s services range from those of a salon to those of a med-spa, recognizing the connection between medical and more purely aesthetic issues. Facials can purify skin or minimize signs of aging, and they also calm rosacea outbreaks. A LightSheer Diode system combats unwanted stubble during laser hair-removal sessions, and beams from a Fox Diode system attack toenail fungus. Massage therapists use styles ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue, and they’re glad to combine modalities to target unique troubles such as lower back pain or shoulders that won’t stop shimmying.
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The Pearl Essence staff helps patients relax and reboot while undergoing beauty-bolstering services. Extra oxygen atoms break through stains during their water-based teeth-whitening treatments, which are designed to brighten teeth up to eight shades as patients recline on comfy facial beds before 50-inch TVs.
Extending their cleansing touch, techs send patients home with teeth-whitening products they can use while doing chores or making squid-ink smoothies. Pearl Essence also keeps skin smooth with an array of waxing techniques and relaxes the muscles below with hot-stone and aromatherapy massages. For added sparkle, the staff adorns teeth with jewels and vajazzles ladies’ bikini areas with glittery designs.
Yolo Medical Inc. develops and manufactures noninvasive aesthetic medical equipment for use by certified spas and clinics. The company's namesake Yolo Curve laser combines both visible and infrared laser light to stimulate inch loss, reduce joint pain, and service Troll dolls' belly diamonds. Continuing outside the realm of eyesight, a Digital Pulse Analyzer uses pulse waves to detect early warning signs of cardiovascular disease, and the Whole Body Vibration Platform stimulates rapid-fire muscle contractions to quickly strengthen bodies. Following the completion of any of Yolo Medical Inc.'s treatments, its proprietary Nutraceuticals supplements work to continue the process of weight loss and detoxification.
Crystal Beam Laser's flagship services?laser hair removal and IPL skin rejuvenation?embody the company's commitment to enhancing beauty with advanced technology and providing great service. Depilation treatments for women and men target any body area that sprouts hair or grows a handlebar mustache. During IPL sessions, a technician treats the face with a laser that infuses skin with rapid, concurrent pulses of light. The combination of heat, light, and energy fades signs of aging while heightening collagen production. To round out these offerings, Crystal Beam Laser offers facials and teeth whitening.