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.
More than 11 years ago in the Gallant family’s second garage, husband-and-wife team Tom and Debbie worked tirelessly to get their fledgling business—Demand Janitorial Equipment & Repair—off the ground, fixing vacuums and floor scrubbers late into the night. Their meticulous attention to detail and passion for repairs quickly built a devoted following of customers, necessitating the move from the garage to a storefront.
In the decade since they mended their first ailing machine, Tom, Debbie, daughter Michelle, son-in-law Josh, and their trained staff have expanded their operations to include janitorial supplies. Today, they grant Regina-area businesses access to industrial cleaning supplies and accessory rentals and accept equipment and used parts on consignment. A fleet of reconditioned equipment can be scooped up on-site, and staffers help shoppers navigate the store’s inventory, which includes degreasers, window cleaners, and mediation strategies for particularly obstinate dust. In the decades since they mended their first ailing machine, Tom, Debbie, and their trained staff have expanded their operations. Today, they grant Regina-area businesses access to industrial cleaning supplies and accessory rentals and accept equipment and used parts on consignment. A fleet of reconditioned equipment can be scooped up on-site, and staffers help shoppers navigate the store’s inventory, which includes degreasers, window cleaners, and mediation strategies for particularly obstinate dust.
As they enter the training circle at Curves Regina, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity. All of this takes place within the spacious facilities of the four Regina studios, which have been approved and certified by the franchise as Shining Star Clubs for being model branches.
With a dedication to clean, healthy, and pure-tasting water, the crew at Crystal Clear Water supplies homes and offices with refreshment by designing regular-delivery and cooler-rental packages. While facilitating conversation between office coworkers, each rental cooler sates thirsts with cold and hot taps for mixing icy glasses of instant juice or refilling papier mâché models of hot springs. The Crystal Clear Water crew sanitizes and delivers bottles, or lets customers refill their own at the U-Fill walk-in centre.
Though Adrenaline Personal Training Studios looks like a garage, there’s not a single car or snow blower inside. There’s a tire or two and also a sled, but it looks nothing like a toboggan. This is a weighted sled, a tool that helps exercisers build speed and power. It’s part of an arsenal of functional training equipment, which includes agility ladders, strongman yokes, squat racks, and York weightlifting gear. Certified trainers and strength coaches teach clients how to use these tools during workouts that range from partner training to outdoor boot camps. One-on-one training is tailored to individual goals such as weight loss, sports performance, or injury rehab, and group sessions revolve around shared objectives and teamwork. In addition to leading strength and cardio workouts, staffers build custom nutrition plans to help clients slim down, build muscle, or win a staring contest with a many-eyed potato. After workouts, exercisers can head to the locker room to change or unwind with the help of a massage therapist’s relaxing strokes.
At Bodhi Tree Yoga, there's a yoga class for everyone. From classes that offer extra back support during poses, to nude classes for men, Bodhi Tree Yoga truly has a wide variety of class offerings. Those new to Hatha yoga can learn the fundamentals during introductory courses, which include core postures, breath work, relaxation techniques, and yoga philosophy.