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The Air Force relies on flight simulators to train its recruits, avoiding risking young lives and expensive equipment as their pilots learn the ropes in a nonlethal environment. Why, then, shouldn't bartenders learn their own dangerous, high-stakes craft by simulating the real thing? At Wright Drink Bartending School, students learn to mix concoctions at an artificial bar in the school's loft, preparing them for the fast-paced rigours of slinging drinks by recreating the typical work environment. Beyond simple mixology, classes impart the more nuanced skills necessary to the job, such as managing space, mastering an in-depth liquor vocabulary, and dealing with troublesome customers by alerting the police with a high-pitched scream.

369 Columbia Street
New Westminster,
BC
CA

A quick glance at Vashti Fairbairn’s resume is telling. At local theatre company Fighting Chance Productions, she has directed the critically lauded Little Shop of Horrors and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, both of which magically combine music with dramatic arts. At her own Music Box Music and Theatre Academy, Fairbairn, along with a team of dedicated teachers, does the exact same thing on a daily basis. Children’s group classes give little ones as young as 6 months old a chance to strut their stuff on the dance floor, belt out their favourite show tunes, and learn to tickle the ivories like a seasoned elephant sitter. Private lessons are open to adults as well, and expand the instrumental scope to include strings, music theory, and the speaking arts. The latter comes in handy during the school’s drama clubs, which teach kids 3 years and older how to use their imaginations to create real-life and fantasy scenarios. Outside of their educational programs, the facility entertains visitors to the River Market with free music and theatre performances in the Music Box Presents series.

211-810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster,
BC
CA

The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is a not-for-profit member services organization with more than 792, 310 members in British Columbia and the Yukon.

BCAA is affiliated with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA).

501 Sixth Street
New Westminster,
BC
CA

Since 1969, dog-loving groomers at Tiffany?s Grooming Salon have served the area's pets with baths, trims, and even hand-scissored specialty cuts. Their doggy paradise is outfitted with specialty shampoos for all types of hair and skin, custom safety equipment, and hydraulic tables to accommodate larger breeds or older pets. To thoroughly pamper and calm canines, they can treat dogs to a four- to six-hour spa day complete with a massaging bath, blow-dry, pedicure, and custom hairstyle that suits their needs.

820 B12th St
New Westminster,
BC
CA

Lagoons. Cobblestone streets. Fairy tales. A good photograph should be able to transport the viewer to another place in time, but the photographers at Jassal Photography Studio do so almost literally. They pair their subjects—be they couples, children, models, or boudoir clients—with vivid, realistic studio backdrops that depict locations from high-resolution town squares to underwater landscapes. This is just one of the innovations the team of fine-art photographers at Jassal has made over more than 20 years honing their talents: they’ve also spread out their talents to on-location shoots at weddings and other events, creating museum-quality printed canvases and frames, along with head shots, portraits, and boudoir sessions. For a more whimsical or a different look, Jassal has a wide variety of fairtytale clothing and props, along with creative backdrops.

7665 6th Street
Burnaby,
BC
CA

At Yogadog Dog Training studio, instructors not only train pups to control their impulses, but also train owners to communicate with their canines through rewards and play rather than force. This focus on the owner-dog relationship stems from trainer Shannon Coppin—a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers —whose courses cultivate these bonds with a fusion of new-age and traditional techniques. Covering topics ranging from puppy social skills to equipment-based agility sports, Coppin strives to host a program that is simultaneously humane and useful, unlike training that only teaches dogs which fork is the salad fork.

7844 Edmonds Street
Burnaby,
BC
CA