At Innovation Wellness, stressed clients lie down on massage tables and unwind during a half-hour hot-stone massage. Soothing music vibrates across eardrums as certified massage therapists pry heated stones from the mouths of fire-breathing poodles and then use the body boulders to massage muscles and de-stress tense limbs. Skilled hands delicately arrange the stones on key points along the body, where heat permeates deep into tissues to help alter muscles' physiological states and relax the entire body. Finally, massage therapists work their deft digits along key body areas to break up adhesions and disassemble fibrous scar tissue. Clients can emerge from their massage with less pain, lower stress levels, and a range of motion increased enough to fully hug lonely lionesses at the zoo.
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
When it comes to nailcare, the technicians at Nova Nail Spa know every trick in the book—they can sculpt even the most tattered tips into graceful curves, and they apply smooth layers of polish that sparkle under light. Specialists apply an array of manicure and pedicure services, treating clients to massages, scrubs, and skin-smoothing treatments before adorning nails with durable gel and Shellac polishes. The versatile aestheticians also administer a variety of replenishing facials, professional waxes, and tinting treatments for eyelashes and brows. As staff go to work, customers recline on the soft pillows of cushy chairs, reaching a state of pure relaxation that can be otherwise attained only by slowly sinking into a lake of marshmallows.
At Lillette's Hair Studio, deft hands shear tresses into new styles, imbue locks with vibrant colours, and enhance natural hair with feather extensions, weaves, and perms. Braided and straight hair extensions lengthen manes until they tickle their owner’s elbows, and eyelash extensions lengthen eye fringe until it tickles its owner’s staring-contest adversary. Lillette’s stylists can also expertly apply their thickening talents to thinning hair and the locks of clients dealing with alopecia. Visitors waiting for their turn in the spotlight sink into cherry-red chairs, skate in socks over the smooth, blond-wood floor, or gaze upon the studio’s contemporary decor.
A registered massage therapist with nine years of experience, Mechele Player rejuvenates and relaxes clients with massage and holistic therapy treatments. Procedures nourish bodies with natural and organic products such as organic coconut oil and Young Living essential oils. Massage includes modalities such as therapeutic, relaxation, sports, prenatal, and hot stone massage. Holistic therapies include a chakra-balancing treatment, which enlists crystals and chakra stones to restore order in the seven chakras, aromatherapy massages, and energy transference sessions reenergize patients more effectively than blending AA batteries into a wheatgrass smoothie.
The steady-handed staff at ON2U Body Piercing and Tattoos helps bodies to reach their full potential as artistic canvases. Backed by more than 15 years of experience, Veronica connects one inky pixel after another to create stunning tattoos, which blossom to fruition from a customer's vague idea or the rough outline from a police sketch artist. Jonathan employs his piercing expertise to ready epidermal spaces for new bling. The River Landing?area shop recently added a laser tattoo-removal service, where laser-technician Kevin removes unwanted ink more effectively than soaking in a bathtub of club soda.