With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
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.
Stone Photography's husband-and-wife team outfits fledgling photographers with the technical skills to photograph a wide range of subjects. A Basic Photography workshop instructs lens learners on the ins and outs of hybrid DSLR photography and lassoing light, and How to Use Your Camera sessions extol the virtues of point-and-shoot picture taking and responsible free-range image hunting. Each course coaches pupils over one full day or three evenings, totalling six hours instruction time. With class sizes capped at 15 participants, digital disciples receive individual attention as well as invites to familial Boxing Day festivities.
Bodies wrap around a freestanding pole in serpentine fashion as a Studio Goddess instructor leads parties through the seductive motions of pole dancing in a private home or hotel room. Birthday girls and bachelorettes strut across the portable stage, spinning and twisting around the metallic pole until it glows red with heat. Dancers of all skill levels learn new moves designed to tone muscles and impress significant others as their friends get into the spirit by cheering them on with ecstatic monkey screeches, gorilla calls, and human golf claps. Between lessons in chair dance, burlesque, striptease, and hip-hop techniques, gals can kick back and toast their hostess or guest of honor with a bottle of champagne.
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.