Illustrating its devotion to maintaining an immaculately clean environment inside and out, Buff Nail Lounge emphasizes natural products. Opt for an array of waxing services ($10–$55) and designate an area for one of Buff's experienced aestheticians to overthrow hair dynasties and sanction smoothness. With the salon’s basic mani-pedi service ($55), nails are filed and shaped, cuticles are well cared-for, and bad skin is banished to an island in the South Atlantic during this relaxing and revitalizing treatment. Appendages soak in a cleansing bath while a massage eliminates the stress that your hands and feet have been hoarding since the stress harvest. At treatment’s end, Buff Nail Lounge’s attentive aestheticians apply the salon’s namesake polishes, made without the harsh chemicals formaldehyde and toluene to help keep keratin caches healthy. Feel free to mix and match wax and nail services, pampering hand or toe talons separately before unleashing a fury of waxen Valkyries on a hirsute brow ($15) or Bikini line ($25).
Nella Cucina grants the fabled power of food preparation to neophyte cooks through a variety of classes. Each month brings new classes and new cuisine styles, ensuring that you’ll find at least one tasty tutorial in which to immerse yourself. The month of May, for example, kicks off with a Malaysian-cuisine class ($95) in which instructors from Arvinda’s Artfully Created Indian Spice Blends will teach the spice-tinged ins and outs of the Indian-Thai hybrid cuisine through such dishes as fragrant lemongrass-coconut soup, Malaysian chicken curry, and vanilla-coconut-chai ice cream. Break open a piñata of possibility with May 11’s class in Mexican cuisine ($125), taught by chef Jose Hadad of Frida Restaurant & Bar, or scale summits of pasta and prosciutto at May 19’s class in authentic Italian cooking ($125), courtesy of chef Gabriele Paganelli of Romagna Mia. The snowy winds of summer bring classes in Latin-American cuisine ($125) on June 16, classic soup and stew stocks ($95) on June 19, and authentic Chinese cooking ($95) on July 7. Peruse Nella Cucina’s list, with classes detailed into the autumn months, to find the cooking course that best speaks to the ladle of your heart. (The letters next to the prices are a key to the types of classes: I for individual, G for group/team, D for demonstration.)
The Designer Cookie blends fresh, high-quality ingredients into a slate of gourmet sweet eats. Load a miniature trebuchet with artfully crafted gourmet cupcakes ($2.75) or encourage the banana cake and chocolate frosting of the Dolce & Banana to sashay down the catwalk of the esophagi. The Michael S'Mores cupcake offers a tempting triumvirate of roasted marshmallows, graham cracker, and chocolate, and gourmet cookies contend for taste buds' affections in flavours such as Guy LeCrunch, laden with Hershey's Skor bits, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate chips ($2.75). Customers can also opt to custom design cookies that sprinkle a choice of dough with up to 25 different mix-ins ($2.75+ each, minimum 12 cookies/order). The Designer Cookie whips up celebratory treats as well: birthday cakes in flavours such as lemon meringue, mud pie, and banana caramel maple ($59–$69 for a 10") make delightful sugar-laced centrepieces for birthdays, anniversaries, and hot air balloon capers.
Named after the word tula, which signifies balance, Tula Hot Yoga was created to promote guests' inner and outer harmony and well-being. After a Pilates or hatha- or flow-yoga class—available in a hot or temperate studio—patrons can indulge in spa treatments ranging from herbal body wraps to Ayurvedic facials and massages. Each location evokes a soothing, nature-inspired look, characterized by wood flooring and water fountains. The studios' radiant heating panels, natural cleaning products, and organic spa products also speak to a desire for balance with the earth.
Tula Hot Yoga has built a loyal local following for both its yoga classes and spa services. The Tula West location made a list of Best Health magazine writer Kat Tancock's favourite yoga studios. Studio director Isabel Lambert's "meticulous approach" to sugaring was praised by Fashion Magazine in 2010, and the establishment was voted one of the Best Spas in Toronto in 2009 by readers of BlogTO.
Saint Cinnamon slings sweet, sticky, swirled sustenance into Toronto's taste portals with its world-famous cinnamon rolls, made in full view of the customers. Savour the flavour of piping-hot pastries with a dozen of Saint Cinnamon's Little Cinns—smaller than the bakery's regular-sized rolls but just as delicious and much easier to shove into the pockets of gym shorts for mid-marathon snacking. Customers with wheat allergies or gluten-rejection syndrome can redeem their Groupon for $14.99 worth of spelt or gluten-free baked goods at Saint Cinnamon's Pickering location only.