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.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Bloom Learning Centre utilizes a structured curriculum administered by degreed teachers who emphasize interaction and fun to build student's fundamental skills. In the level-one Play and Exploration junior preschool program spanning September through December, introductory preschool classes develop tots' social, emotional, and intellectual faculties through experiential learning activities such as managing a miniature-aardvark farm. Small class sizes of 10–15 students ensure individualized attention and empower teachers to tailor the pace of the lesson for each child as tykes roam the bright, air-conditioned, open-floored 2,200-square-foot space designed to ignite imaginations. Bloom supplies everything kids need for the program, including learning materials and nutritious snacks. Bloom recommends parents sign their children up for the entire three-course program that continues into Jump Start Art and Cooking ABCs, a year of learning designed to progressively build toward myriad learning objectives.
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.
Fit Zone, locally-owned and and operated for 11 years, is always open. Members come in 24 hours a day to pump iron with free weights and Selectorized strength equipment and up their heart rates on cardio equipment. The gym's certified personal trainers boast schedules as flexible as their clients' eventual bodies. Other ways to get a little sweaty: 24-hour high-powered tanning beds, an infrared sauna, or keeping a little vial of last workout's sweat in your locker. And during the day, a smoothie bar supplies fuel or a post-workout cool-down.