Owner Mehdi Roghani has sharpened his approach to dry cleaning during nearly 20 years of running businesses in Toronto and his native Iran. Under his direction, First Class Dry Cleaners’ staff takes a green approach, first by lifting stains and odors with an eco-friendly cleaning solution and state-of-the-art machinery, and then by packaging garments in a biodegradable poly-roll and hanging them on recyclable hangers. They continue minding Mother Nature when wet cleaning items, as well as when cleaning rugs and carpets or cleaning and conditioning leather and suede. Beyond cleaning, First Class’s team also offers alterations and repairs, from hemming pants to hammering new links into chain mail. To earn customers’ long-term trust, Mehdi and his team offer credits for friend referrals and reward points of 1 per cent for every dollar spent.
Backed by more than three decades of industry experience, Supershade outfits windows with innovative, custom furnishings from Hunter Douglas. The shop's showroom gives customers an opportunity to explore an oasis of fabrics, textures, and colours, with expert staff members on duty to help navigate through the countless combinations. Those same staff members also get dispatched to residential and commercial sites, where they provide installations and complimentary consultations.
Spotless Cleanliness doesn't just blindly accept every resumé it receives. Instead, the company’s interviewers go to the applicant's house to interview them, fittingly basing their hiring decision on the home's cleanliness. With good reason, too, because the company takes its work seriously. Operating on a foundation of five promises designed to ensure optimal cleanings, the team performs services such as move-out overhauls, everyday household chores, and express jobs for folks who always forget to dust the foyer before the cats come over.
Like a flower and a honeybee or Fabio and the tiny birds who clean his hair, the relationship between Walter Psotka and his camera is mutually symbiotic—one seems unable to exist without the other. He began his career as a freelance still photographer for Global TV, and before long he was serving as chairperson of the Professional Photographers of Ontario and running his own studio. Armed with decades of experience, he requests a pre-shoot consultation with his clients in order to capture their essence into a tiny vial and splash it onto film. During his interactive workshops, Walter can explain the nuances of natural light, along with delving into questions such as "What are the buttons on the digital camera I received as a Christmas gift?," "What kind of digital camera should I buy?," and "What is the most flattering angle for shooting a walrus?"
Jeffrey D. Cowan earned his degree in law at The University of British Columbia, where he served as the senior editor of the UBC Law Review. Now the principal lawyer at Cowan Law, he draws on more than two decades of experience to assist clients with legal tasks. Drafting wills, guiding buyers through real-estate purchases, and helping businesses to obtain liquor licenses are just a few of the services in which he and his team specialize. As an added convenience, the company operates at three locations in Toronto.
In Da Leonardo Bistro's kitchen, located in the heart of Little Italy, chefs use ingredients sourced from Toronto farms and organic producers to whip up fine Italian dishes. Based on time-honoured recipes, handmade dishes include pizzas with toppings such as mango and garlic shrimp as well as pastas tossed with clams and vodka-blush rosé sauce that’s always embarrassed to be seen out of its bottle. A wealth of salads, paninis, and classic desserts such as tiramisu rounds out the menu. In warmer months, patrons can enjoy their meals on the outdoor patio.