Faranak’s two-day weekend styling workshop at Restyle Today provides a crash course in women's fashion while enhancing students' styling confidence and familiarity with current trends. Groups meet on Saturday for three hours' worth of instruction on the art of wardrobe overhaul, with Faranak imparting lessons in applied fashion basics and how to organize closets to produce well-informed, consistently chic ensembles. Faranak also grants each attendee a makeup and hairstyle analysis, bestowing the same image-augmenting tips she’s given to celebrities and top-rated rodeo clowns. Sunday sessions summon students to one of the city’s top fashion districts—to be revealed at Saturday's workshop—for a two- to three-hour guided shopping excursion. Capped at five to seven students, the course allows for close, individualized attention and personalized souvenir limericks.
Joe's Apartment envelops carousers in an unpretentious atmosphere with live music, engaging bartenders, and a considerable dance floor. Skip the long wait and saunter up to the VIP line with two covers ($24 total) in tow and a yarn carnation tucked into your lapel. Souse a draft beer ($5.75) or get your daily dose of veggies with the signature pickle back, a shot of Jameson followed by a pickle juice chaser. Bartenders genially ring Joe's Bell and salute any tipplers taking a shot or reciting the complete works of Proust, and appearances by alternative rock bands, hip-hop acts, karaoke, stand-up, and house band The Roommates keep the air molecules vibrating with convivial frequencies (see the calendar of events). Bedecked with crystalline chandeliers, gleaming wooden floors, and a lively pool table, the interior glitters with as much decadence as domesticity.
Classes are generally held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and involve practical instruction on Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. A teacher will take you through guided meditations and explain ways to put the positive benefits of meditation into practice during daily life. After class there is an opportunity to ask questions, and if you attend classes on a Thursday, the main centre sells soup and sandwiches before class. Meditation can lead to improved relationships with others, shifts in perception, more congenial conversations with yourself, and constructive behaviour when dealing with stress. Classes are taught as three to five week courses, with recommended, though not required, participation every week. Drop-ins are welcome, as all individual classes cover self-contained topics.
Open since 1977, The Lobster Man continues its tradition of vending live shellfish wares, cultivating lobsters, crabs, mussels, and other seafood in more than 25,000 gallons of saltwater in its Granville Island facility. Visitors admire mollusks' iridescent shells glittering beneath the water and select their favourite edibles such as Nova Scotia lobster, before the knowledgeable staff packages feasts or steam cooks crustaceans free of charge. The Lobster Man also bundles its marine harvests for international shipping and supplies entrees to local restaurants, supermarkets, and cats capable of using the telephone.