Though she was a university-educated professional and a proud mother of two, Chantel Waite was troubled when she looked in the mirror. At 132 pounds, her healthy frame didn't mirror the picture-perfect bodies of women depicted in the media. Searching for a boost in self-image and esteem, Chantel took up a pole-dancing class and was immediately hooked. She marvelled at her fellow classmates—strong, full-figured women who appeared so beautiful and powerful as they danced. As she continued to practice the art form, she began to appreciate her own body, embracing the awareness that beautiful women come in every size.
Today, Chantel shares her newfound sense of empowerment with fellow women, conducting pole-dancing classes at her own private studio, Allure Fitness. Amid soft carpets and curtained mirrors, Chantel guides ladies of all sizes through twists and turns in workouts designed to enhance flexibility, tone muscles, and boost confidence. Chantel always begins each course by simply having her students practice walking in an uninhibited way, encouraging them to dispel prior insecurities with their bodies and sexuality. Through group classes and parties, Chantel aims to create a supportive community among her students, free of competition, judgment, or aggressive thumb-wrestling tournaments.
With two distinct layouts that bob and weave through groves of douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock trees, both Eighteen Pastures Golf Course and Tall Timber Golf Course invite clubbers for a day of challenging golf. The more difficult of the two layouts, Eighteen Pastures flummoxes stick-flickers with more than 6,800 yards of topsy-turvy terrain, where precipitous hillsides and bending fairways lined with arbors conceal upcoming hazards, which include 10 ponds and a multitude of sand traps. The course's front and back nines converge at the unique clubhouse, a bright red barn with a tall silo on one end said to contain the souls of every golf ball lost on the course.
An easier and shorter alternative to its grassy brethren, Tall Timber sprawls across 5,921 yards of kempt fairways cleaved through second-growth West Coast forests. The rippling waters of streams and ponds run throughout the course, attracting waterfowl and thirsty golf carts as clubbers hack through the 160-acre landscape.
Dr. Morgan Campbell relies on technology from Alma Lasers and serums approved by the FDA and Health Canada to cultivate smooth, youthful skin. He guides the activities of Mission Medical Skin & Laser Clinic's technicians, who launch every recovery and beautification regimen with a complimentary consultation. The team specializes in enhancing faces without surgery, particularly in diminishing acne, signs of aging, and body hair with intense pulsed light and other gentle laser therapies. Their medical-grade tonics come from the labs of powerhouse companies including Botox, which flattens wrinkles with an injection, and Latisse, which lengthens lashes by coating them in Bambi's beauty secret: tears. To soothe and protect skin after treatments, they stock SwissTec products specifically designed for that purpose.
Rainbows of cardstock, walls of stickers, and a glittering array of embossing kits hail from more than 200 brands to deck the airy interior of Cherry Lane Scrapbook Shoppe. Staff members and avid scrapbookers Amy, Leanne, Cheryl, and Jesse acclimate customers to the store's bountiful selection while offering friendly discourse on upcoming projects and tips on building an immunity to paper cuts. Through a bevy of themed crafting classes, the staff instills inspiration and practical skills in beginners and veterans alike with lessons in creative layouts, household crafts, and how to use specific tools. The memorabilia mecca also hosts Friday night crop events, where papersmiths can mingle with likeminded folk while shaping pages of their latest works.
At Mission Oaks Laser & Spa, a licensed crew of laser technicians and aestheticians buffs bodily exteriors in a clean and professional environment. Medicam intense-pulsed-light units lower the friction coefficients of upper lips, chins, and bikini lines and work to remove tattoos, reduce wrinkles, and eliminate spider veins. The team also eschews these light-based labours to perform a slate of spa services, such as massages, mani-pedis, and hair stylings. Before each treatment during complimentary consultations, clients can choose their technician and express their individual needs and any concerns.
Most of the automotive-maintenance services at Pro Oil Change begin with the pop of a hood. The dull sound reverberates around the engine, where trained and certified technicians inspect air filters, replace batteries, refill fluid levels, and inject Valvoline motor oil. Outside the automotive nucleus, they extend their restorative touch toward burned-out headlights and waved-out windshield-wiper blades. All of this unfolds inside their welcoming facility, which accepts all vehicle makes and models and features a waiting room with TVs and complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.