The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customers’ eyes with a rainbow of colours. Once clients have made a flavour selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavour masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring handheld treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed half-litres, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such as corporate get-togethers or school functions with portable marble slabs or sundae bars in tow.
After five years in business, Grant and Joe Sappy, co-founders and owners of K/W Lawn Care, are still trying to figure out who is the company’s president and who is the CEO. But the pair agrees on the company’s mission: to make their clients’ landscaping visions a reality. Drawing on the expertise of trained horticulturists, the Sappys help clients select the best plants and trees to meet their goals, and then install them using state-of-the-art equipment. In addition to cultivating relationships with architects and horticulturists, the Sappys partner with local providers to minimize the cost of materials such as mulch, fertilizer, or garden-gnome repellent. K/W Lawn Care maintains existing yards with services such as planting, weed control, and lawn cutting and fertilization as well as snow removal and holiday-lighting installations.
The UPS Store #66 brings the United Parcel Service's internationally renowned services to the Kitchener area. Mainly a shipping hub, the facility can send packages of nearly any size across the globe with options such as ground and overnight delivery. In addition, the local branch doubles as a copy and design centre for individuals and small businesses. Customers can duplicate colour documents at self-service photocopiers, work with the store's design experts to create anything from T-shirts to custom mugs and websites, and print outdoor items such as banners and signs. Alternatively, the UPS Store offers online printing services, which allow customers to upload their documents and send carrier pigeons to pick them up from the store.
At PDR Picture Frames & Gallery, framing treasured pictures and memorabilia is a family affair. Ross Pritchard and his kin size up clients' heirlooms and refrigerator doors, charting their exact dimensions to fashion decorative frames that display and protect. He and his staff utilize museum-grade conservation materials for added safekeeping. Not only a framesmith, Ross is also an accomplished artist whose paintings and pottery sit alongside other works in the location's gallery.
Supervised by an on-staff medical director, Cara Bella Studio's staff brings its A game to rejuvenate entire bodies with massages and med-spa treatments. Trained massage therapists wring tension from muscles to reduce stress and widen range of movement and also prop up postures by whispering pep talks to vertebrae. Nonsurgical med-spa services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments aim to liberate facescapes from fine lines, and teeth whitening and eyelash extensions amp up smiles and winks, respectively.
All Wet Water Sports equips aqua athletes with skis, snorkels, sunglasses, and other gear at its 2,000-square-foot facility, staffed by friendly, factory-trained experts. Customers can protect their eyes from flying sushi with a pair of SeaSpecs Sunset Specs ($49.99) or coast on tranquil seas in an Aviva Breeze inflatable lounger ($39.95). Fuzion X baby-safe life jackets ($25.99) keep infant copilots afloat, and a pair of HO Sports 2011 Blast Combo water skis ($269.95) navigates whitecap slaloms. Adventurists can borrow a one-person kayak from the rental department to skim across seas in solitude ($40/day, $100/week) or use this Groupon toward an open-water scuba training course ($569.95), which includes pool usage, classroom time, manuals, DVDs, and training, to fulfill fantasies of staging a full underwater production of Porgy and Bess.