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.
At The Wine Place, would-be vintners can mix and bottle their own reds or whites using varietals from around the world. Visitors can choose a vino-to-be from a selection of wine kits derived from grapes grown in such locales as South Africa, South America, California, Italy, and the mythical land of Shangri-La. Once guests have decided on a variety for their batch—including cabernet sauvignon, syrah, pinot gris, and more—friendly, knowledgeable staff members help pour nascent libations into a large jug, mix in crucial ingredients, and stir.
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.
Eve of Desire is the brainchild of two women who share a love for fashion. Inside their boutique, they stock the shelves with intimate apparel that heats up temperatures without burning holes in wallets. This includes pushup bras and matching panty sets, as well as swimwear and sleepwear.