On their 25-acre parcel of scenic countryside, Rosemary Richardson and Sarah Thomas, Gemstone Equestrian’s mother-daughter team, teach students to ride properly and respect their equine friends. Lessons are held year-round either outside or within the indoor facilities and cater to riders of all experience levels, whether they aim to ride recreationally or for competition. Students choose among the riding arts of dressage, which stresses obedience and balance; hunter/jumper, which takes place on the hunter course or jumper ring; and Western, which focuses on how to visit the Pacific by hitching a skateboard to a team of wild horses. No matter the riding style, safety remains of utmost importance—the center offers ASTM–approved helmets for no extra charge and caps lessons at a 1:2 staff-to-student ratio for beginners and 1:4 for experienced riders.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Each AquaCenter location hosts low-impact Aquafitness classes that help participants improve blood circulation, reduce swelling in injured or swollen joints, or even help decrease water retention. Determined to share its passion for the water, AquaCenter Swim School’s also team fosters a safe environment in which students of all ages can learn to swim and engage in aquatic activities. Along with Red Cross–certified lessons, Swim camps keep youngsters kicking when school is out of session. Under the helm of the certified instructors, pupils dive into the balmy waters of a salt-water pool for lessons that teach essential skills such as treading water and speaking colloquial narwhal.
At Airborne Trampoline KW, leapers of all ages defy gravity on the centre's six Olympic-style trampolines. Custom mats and padding surround each trampoline to ensure safe landings. Trampoline coaches certified by Gymnastics Ontario and the NCCP watch over visiting jumpers and recreational classes of students aged 6 through adult as they leap, flip, and twirl through basic moves and advanced tricks. When not leading classes, coaches also host tryouts for an in-house competition team. The centre also provides decorated private rooms and basic catering services for birthday parties, during which children combine the joy of birthdays with the thrill of hugging clouds they've herded indoors.
It was Scott Catton?s father who opened the first two-for-one optical store in Ontario in 1989. It was called Wholesale Vision, and the glasses sold there were crafted at the lens-manufacturing facility onsite. The company may have changed its name to iVision in 2000, and it may have a new president?Scott?but it still offers two-for-one specs, perfect for those who misplace things or for for people like Superman, who need to completely change their identity in a hurry. iVision also still manufactures all of its lenses in-house. These lenses go on to fill regular frames as well as frames from designer brands such as Ray-Ban, Hugo Boss, Prada, and Gucci.
BikeSports' dedicated staff adds flair and functionality to customers' current rides, with myriad bike parts and accessories as well as more than 350 in-stock bikes. As the staff bestows thorough advice, customers may choose bike add-ons such as Profile Design bar ends ($15.99), which give hands an extra place to grab and bikes an extra place to hang their bowler hats. The lightweight Lezyne CRV 4 multi-tool ($16.99) is handy for repairs to steel steeds with three built-in Allen wrenches and a Phillips screwdriver, and Giant plush gel short-fingered gloves ($24.99) ready hands for the road's many bumps and for thumb-wrestling tolls on longer drives.