Stocked with locally sourced ingredients, Dinner Factory decorates dining-room tables with a rotating selection of creative meals custom assembled by each customer in its culinary workshop. After Dinner Factory's prep team chops and minces its preordained grocery list into celebratory confetti shreds, household heads can flock to its community kitchen to fashion a family feast in around 30 minutes from a monthly menu of 14 entree options serving four to six portions each. Customers equipped with detailed station instructions enlist hormone-free meat and poultry from farms within 100 miles to anchor their meal creations, such as coconut crusted chicken with rice and snap peas or the summer-favourite Hawaiian teriyaki chicken burgers. Customers can also fill fridges and freezers with refined and healthful stovetop staples, such as seafood risotto, a collection of prawns, scallops, and crabmeat combined with a white wine stock, onion, saffron, crushed garlic, and rice. In addition to alleviating supper anxiety, Dinner Factory also caters to healthful homes by allowing customers to leave out any undesired ingredients from each recipe, and includes gluten-free alternatives and whole-wheat bread and pasta.
"It's not just about art. It's about learning a little bit, and doing art, and letting them create too," explains Kristine Godziuk to the St. Albert Gazette. As the owner of 4Cats St. Albert, a children's art studio with one-day workshops and extended classes, Godziuk drives this viewpoint home by lacing her curricula with age-appropriate art history. While crafting a piece of pop art by silkscreening a soup can, students may learn about Andy Warhol's 25 pet cats named Sam. A self-portrait session gives way to a discussion on Frida Kahlo. During a six- to seven-week Artist of the Month series, children dig into the work of two artists per class, letting small fingers experience the challenges of their respective media. Artistic adventures and further learning continue beyond each class with accompanying 4Cats art books and collector cards with links to educational cartoons on the studio's website. The franchised company, with locations throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, was named for Picasso's favorite café, Els Quatre Gats, where he pondered various shades of blue and took inspiration from townsfolk who could turn their faces inside-out.
At Movimento, owner Juan Medrano and his team of trainers guide clients through training and nutrition programs designed to instill long-lasting healthy lifestyle habits. Instead of focusing on shedding an extra 10 pounds or looking toned, trainees are encouraged to commit to improving their health in ways that affect every aspect of their lives. Trainers work to make fitness routines exciting and fun, and strive to create a motivational and supportive environment for every client.
Lime-green and bright-blue walls flank the brightly lit facility, where clients choose from three types of training sessions: 1-on-1, semiprivate in a group of up to four, and larger group classes. Supplementing the calorie-incinerating routines are seasonally available nutrition programs.
British Columbia local and Lakers player Steve Nash created his fleet of namesake Fitness World & Sports Clubs to honour the tenets of healthy living. The classes at both Fitness World and Sports Club locations are taught by engaging instructors who impart students with methods for getting fit that don’t involve traditional livestock lifting. Group fitness trainers lead exercisers through Bball Blast's stability-ball training, ICE indoor-cycling intensives, and Cardio Core's combinations of step, cardio kickboxing, and abdominal exercises. The Nash Smash class uses full-body metabolic training to sternly badger moping muscles into action, and Women on Weights builds toned musculature by pitting females against leaden opponents. Personal training sessions fit workouts for each client, tailoring them to individual's goals and personal theme song.
The amenities at each club differ—the Burnaby location boasts a swimming pool and spacious whirlpool. The staff strives to create a healthy environment for members and the earth alike, with floors made from sustainable bamboo and locker panels build with recycled car tires.
StillPoint Healing Centre greets physiques with holistic massage, acupuncture, yoga classes, and workshops for nurturing the body and mind. Skilled yogis shepherd sun-saluters to peace of mind with a slate of sessions, such as classes for beginners, advanced dynamic-flow sessions, and sunrise meetings for early risers and insomniac owls. The centre's registered massage therapists and acupuncturists ease aches with five distinct massage modalities—such as deep-tissue, hot-stone, and Thai massage—and the precise placement of microfilament needles. Benefits range from stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems to relieved tension to improved range of motion, which can help when running backward to stare at and still escape from an attractive ghost.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs—teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.