Gym-Max presents fitness fanatics with a fully equipped facility open seven days a week. Scheduled throughout the week at all three locations, trainer-led group fitness classes provide students with a chance to appease the sweat gods by filling bright studios with calorie-crushing exercises. Hasten heart rates in athletic conditioning classes, or channel the Tour de France in spinning classes without having to learn the French word for “velocipede.” Minds and bodies get centred in a yoga class, and Zumba shows students how to shimmy into shape. A month of full access to Gym-Max's well-maintained, spacious gym facilities gives customers free rein to bulk up with free weights, practice fashion runway strutting on a treadmill, or train for their next elevator boycott on a stairmaster.
During her more than 20 years as an interior designer and a teacher at Algonquin College, Elaine Comeau made sure to continuously sharpen her already formidable skills in the visual arts. Colour theory and perspective drawing are just a couple of the various mediums she’s taught at art schools and in private lessons. Now the owner of her own studio, Comeau again welds her experience as an educator to her talent for illustration. As with Fellini films and lectures on Thomas Pynchon, anyone over age 3 is welcome: Elaine's group, private, and semiprivate courses are all geared toward different age ranges. Better-half-free visitors can meet one another at singles workshops, which combine paint and blank canvases with music and a relaxed atmosphere. Children's art classes send celebrants home with their own crafts.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
The Mud Oven gives amateur artisans the chance to design and paint their own ceramic pieces, with an array of mugs ($19–$25), plates ($18–$32), individual-serving-sized bowls ($18–$26), mixing bowls ($28–$62), and more. Begin your ceramics-styling journey by choosing one of The Mud Oven's earthenware offerings, and then sit down to design and paint the piece. If you're at a loss for inspiration, the studio's staff of pottery whisperers is happy to translate the clay-based concoction's unspoken desires into the realms of colour and form. Go-getter businesspersons may wish to express appreciation for an eventual raise by painting a wine goblet for their CEO, while recently returned-from-orbit astronauts can log their dialogues with the stars on the surface of a salad plate. Once guests have designed and painted their pottery, The Mud Oven staff will glaze and fire it in the studio's onsite kiln, allowing patrons to return for their finished pieces in five days. Rush orders can be met for additional costs.
Inside pristine showrooms, the knowledgeable staff of Cuisine Santé International shares their know-how with a host of products that simplify the art of cooking. Constructed with patented seven-ply thermal bases and surgical-grade stainless steel, Santé Cookware heats quickly and evenly, saving time whenever one needs to pan-fry deep-frozen snowmen. Along with a healthy-eating guide of recipes, Cuisine Santé's chefs lead classes to help promote fat-free, water-free cooking to bolster healthy lifestyles.
After moving to town in 2005, glass artisan Melody Jewitt was renting studio time in Merrickville, Ontario. While at work, the Sheridan Institute–trained craftswoman discovered a kindred glassblowing spirit in the studio's owner, Bronwen McKnight. The two forged a friendship and artistic alliance that eventually became a business venture as well—their Ottawa studio dubbed Flo Glassblowing. The women use the studio to produce new work, continue their ongoing experiments with glass catcher's-mitt prototypes, and showcase their best designs. They also offer visitors a variety of workshops tailored to all ages, in which they reveal the secrets of flameworking, fusing, and casting that enable students to execute their own small glass pieces.