Peek behind the counter at Sam Sub and you'll spot a colourful spread of crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy peppers. Staffers fold these fresh ingredients—along with slices of turkey breast, morsels of grilled chicken, and dabs of Sam’s special dressing—into subs, paninis, and wraps. The staff sizzles up homemade patties for burgers, and fries tender haddock in canola oil for fish and chips. To craft their poutine, the skilled chefs shower freshly cut fries in gravy, cheese curds, and imaginative custom toppings such as jalapeno and Montreal-style smoked meat.
The Medi Spa at Market Lane employs pulsed-light technology to smooth away undesired patches of stubble. After an initial 30-minute consultation to elect the treatment area and do a few last werewolf impressions, bodies are sent through a series of six Palomar pulsed-light hair-removal sessions, which take around 15 minutes per visit. Safe for most skin and hair types, the pulsed light technology uses a larger beam and a longer pulse width than some laser treatments to penetrate deep into follicles and minimize discomfort. Before seeing optimal results, patients typically experience a mild, post-procedure redness similar to sunburn in that it can last up to a few days and make dragon tattoos look like they're blushing.
While other 10-year-old boys spent their free time practicing slap shots and trying to teach bugs to do their chores, Danny passed afternoons and weekends at his father's barbershop. He'd sweep the floors and run errands, all the while admiring the time-honored craft that his father learned during his training in Italy. Danny would go onto study these same barber techniques under the tutelage of his father and at a local hairstyling school before eventually opening up a barbershop of his own—The Barber's Chair.
Tucked among the bustling shops and upscale restaurants of the Vaughan Mills mall, the barbershop is an oasis of old-world comfort and calm. You can find Danny and his seasoned staffers two-stepping around the cushy barber's chairs, snipping up haircuts while exchanging cheerful anecdotes and jokes. After a refreshing trim or luxurious hot towel shave, the barbers treat clients to cups of simmering espresso.
The barbers at Maverick Studio elevate the haircut to an art form. They start by examining facial features to get the phrenological lay of the land. The aim is to create the experience of getting a bespoke haircut, rather than a pre-fab style. To help, they enlist top-shelf products, such as Eufora Hero shave gel. The shop specializes in precision gentlemen's cuts and facial hair detailing, and clients may supplement with a colour process or hot towel treatment for maximum relaxation.
The attention to detail is apparent in the ambiance as well. Sconces cast honey glow on polished wood accents and modern photography from local artists. And though there's a large TV always broadcasting a game, it feels more like a modern update to the barber shop tradition that dates back hundreds of years, rather than a new-fangled distraction.
Helen relies on sophisticated technology such as bipolar radio frequencies and ultrasound to fight wrinkles and other dermal imperfections on her clients' faces and bodies. Radio frequency treatments can be used to stimulate collagen regeneration, which in turn leads to tighter skin and a better defense against the pinches of nosy aunts. Ultrasound treatments also work to tighten the skin by targeting the deep, subbasement of the dermis and strengthening the connective tissue therein. Helen also offers traditional cleansing facials and chemical peels, along with waxing services and Reiki energy therapy.
Vibe Hair Designs specializes in creative cuts and colouring. Whether clients need a full haircut, a bang trim, or highlights, the stylists first take into account the face beneath the hair, thereby ensuring that the new hairdo is flattering to the eye colour, face shape, and skin tone. They also beautify with Japanese perms. These, much like "lawn art," are oxymoronically named, because they actually straighten hair.
In addition to hair services, Vibe offers waxing for faces and bodies, as well as mani-pedis with traditional or shellac polish.