The husband-and-wife team of Tassos and Stephanie Makrakis link the past with the present in more ways than one at Momento Photoworks. In a restored studio originally built in the 1860s, their team of photographers specializes in portraiture employing the same Hasselblad data camera system that Neil Armstrong used to capture the famous picture of Buzz Aldrin standing in front of the moon's first McDonald's. Tassos does extensive research on new products and portrait styles to ensure that each unhurried session yields the best visual results. The crew consults at length with the clients before memorializing images of couples, families, and children, as well as taking professional headshots and corporate photos. Artists professionally retouch faces and mount, protect, and hand-finish portraits on canvas, offering a five-year warranty on any piece unable to withstand environmental elements or cryptic glances from neighbouring pictures.
Home should be a respite that provides safe shelter, good food, and clean air. The technicians at TotalGreen Cleaning Solutions contribute to this textbook picture by purifying the air in clients' homes with services that do not include fitting air vents with gas masks. Instead, they blast dirt and debris from ventilation ducts after inspecting every nook and cranny with infrared and thermal cameras. The insured technicians also service and install air filters, purifiers, and humidifiers in order to help keep allergens and dust at bay, and they track down the source of sour smells with organic odour removal.
From their location within the Hilton Suites Toronto, Club Makham's staff trolls the facility's more than 30,000 square feet, inspiring patrons to change their often sedentary lifestyles by developing a lasting fitness regimen. Strength and cardio equipment—including Precor treadmills equipped with personal TVs—await to help guests whip into shape, along with an aerobics studio stocked with exercise balls, step platforms, and free weights. Members can reserve one of four international-size squash courts to perfect their zucchini-whacking prowess or sign up for tournaments. Trainers tailor their personal-training regimens to each client's goals, whether honing sport-specific skills or rehabilitating an injury. The staff also leads group fitness classes, including cycling, yoga, and Zumba, as well as water-based classes held in Club Markham's indoor pool.
Nestled beside the outdoor pond's bubbling fountain, the zen patio and garden channels serenity with wicker furniture cushioned by sage green pillows. Trees and patio-table umbrellas shade visitors admiring the bright blooms or taking notes on birds' fitness routines, hoping to one day hone enough strength to fly. To foster indoor serenity, the staff maintains steam rooms, saunas, indoor heated pool, and a whirlpool filled with liquefied calm.
Boxgrove Cleaners' talented fabric technicians restore dirtied and worn garments to struttable splendour with an array of eco-friendly washing, dry-cleaning, and alteration services. Using no water, renewable energy from Bullfrog Power, and the toxin-free cleansing power of Green Earth products, staffers avoid damaging delicate fabrics and short-circuiting boom-box T-shirts. Garments are then shrouded in biodegradable plastics for optimal take-home protection. Clients sip on complimentary coffee and surf free WiFi when picking up their dry cleaning, washed and folded laundry, expertly altered clothes, or preserved, packaged wedding dresses.
Whether they're walking in for a quick eyebrow wax or an essential-oil-infused chakra massage, visitors to Oriental Falls Spa soak in a tranquil ambience designed for total stress relief. After a lavender-scented mani-pedi or an anti-aging LED light facial, some locations allow customers to don a comfortable robe and head to the complimentary jacuzzi or steam and sauna room to whisk away muscle tension. Staffers offer 50 signature treatments within the spacious wellness centres' walls, which are decorated with Asian-themed prints. A relaxation room invites guests to lounge in comfy armchairs, sip tea, and watch the large-screen TV, and a trickling waterfall inspires relaxation or high-stakes betting on origami-boat races. In addition to aesthetic treatments, the centres' clinical team performs traditional Chinese medical services such as acupuncture as well as homeopathic, osteopathic, and chiropractic therapies.