The exhaust system is a necessity of a powerful engine, allowing cars to safely breathe out the byproducts of their daily combustion. And exhaust is exactly what the ASE-certified technicians at L&G Auto specialize in—it's the featured service at their full-service shop. Tools in hand, they help roadsters respire properly and use custom fabrication machinery to bend and weld exhaust systems onsite. The technicians can supply quality components for all makes and models, swapping out the flex pipe—often a weak point in exhaust systems—and replacing catalytic converters with an on-board Rumpelstiltskin that transforms parking tickets into gold. Alan Guo and the boys at L&G Auto also perform collision repair and cheer up cars with an encouraging array of non-exhaust services, from brake work to clutch replacements.
Markham Heritage Wines began its evolution in 1965 as Wine-Art, a company that supplied the materials for customers to ferment wine in their own homes. In 1987, it rolled out its first four-week wine kit, a compact collection of everything needed to produce wine within a single month. Eventually, technology changed and so did the business owners, so they sold Wine-Art and founded Markham Heritage Wines as an all-purpose supplier and educational venue for aspiring bottlers who just can’t bring themselves to forgo buying a rocket car in favour of buying a vineyard.
On Markham Heritage Wines’ premises, wine experts guide neophytes through the process of mixing wines from simple grape juices, flavouring them with oak chips and other additives, and bottling the newly created vintages. Each batch of wine needs to be looked after for four to six weeks, during which time the experts rack, stabilize, clear, and filter the liquid before singing it to sleep each night. Clients then return to bottle their wine using automated equipment, label the bottles, and apply decorative shrink tops.
A winner of a Markham Economist & Sun's Readers' Choice award in 2010, The Wine Place Markham has helped oenophiles craft their own quaffs for more than 15 years. The California Connoisseur winemaking experience brews 30 bottles' worth of wine with grape concentrates from the sun-kissed climes of the state made of solid gold. Burgeoning brewers choose from an array of white and red varietals such as zinfandel or pinot noir, pour in the yeast, then think about what they've done and let the wine ferment 4–6 weeks in The Wine Place's 2,000-square-foot, climate-controlled heritage building with an original cellar, where all equipment is meticulously cleaned and maintained. Today's deal includes professionally designed labels plus all corking and sealing, and vintners can either buy bottles ($1 per 750ml bottle) or bring their own to preserve their beloved elixir's bouquet, flavour, honest spirit, and velvety sheen. Experienced imbibers can upgrade to The Wine Place's more advanced kits for an additional fee.
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.
Jacqueline Gobeil believes that everyone can dance. She decided to prove her theory by teaching dance lessons form her own living room. Over the past 10 years, her one-room outfit has expanded to five studios in three locations and an annual recital showcasing more than 150 dancers of all ages. With each lesson, she teaches her students to exude confidence through their toes as they tickle the floor with an eclectic blend of ballet, hip-hop, and tap steps. Her curriculum aims to increase self-confidence, foster the development of new friendships, and improve fitness in students at any level or age.