With equal focus devoted to running, yoga, spinning, and kettlebell workouts, Energia Athletics lives up to its philosophy that "cross-training is the best way to reach maximum performance and the highest level of fitness." And the business didn't just borrow this philosophy from the philosophy library. Both of Energia's founders are living examples of the benefits of varied training. Lea Amaral has run competitively since her late teens and later discovered spinning, yoga, and kettlebell workouts. Jon Dunnill walked a similar fitness path, joining a running group and competing in races before shaking up his routine with strengthening kettlebells and calorie-torching spinning. At Energia Athletics, the duo introduces their members to the healthy, full-body challenges presented by each discipline, helping clients tone their muscles, boost their endurance, and shed unwanted pounds.
Though Botany Floral Studio owner Rachelle Soucy holds a BFA degree in studio art and has designed for flower shops throughout Canada, her passion for blooms stretches back much further. As a child, Soucy accompanied her grandmother to her garden, where she witnessed the cycles of the seasons and the various flowers, vegetables, and plants they brought with them.
At Botany Floral Studio, Soucy’s nostalgia for her formative years tangibly permeates the space. Locally grown blooms, succulents, orchids, flowering branches, and berries mingle with the wistful dreaminess of the studio, beckoning visitors to linger by inimitably arranged displays to see if a peony will whisper them a story from their childhood. In addition to perusing the aromatic bouquets, visitors can enroll in arrangement workshops and enlist the services of Soucy and her staff, who lovingly tailor designs for events such as weddings and Valentine’s Day.
The chocolatiers at Chocolate Tales love a sweet bit a cocoa, but they love bringing people together even more. That's why they created the Chocolate Social, an innovative event that combines the hands-on fun of chocolate making with the laid-back ambiance of a happy-hour bar. The vision for this new social experience comes from David, the founder of Chocolate Tales. Inspired by his time in Europe, he brought back the continent's shared love of quality chocolates, social camaraderie, and a few stiff drinks before adding his own, unique spin.
During these two-hour sessions—held at bars and restaurants throughout the GTA—groups loosen up with a drink and chocolate pairing, sipping on wine or cocktails in between bites of delicious confections. Then, they listen to enthusiastic chocolatiers share their knowledge of generating fine, cocoa-based creations as well as tasty tidbits of chocolate history. Finally, it's time to get hands-on; participants bond while creating impressive sweets such as hand-rolled truffles.
Meltdown Snowboard Shop purveys athletic gear and apparel for sports involving boards, skis, and BMX bikes. In the winter, snowboards by brands such as Burton, Forum, and Gnu fill the shop. In the summer, paddleboards by Bic Sport and Jimmy Lewis float into stock, along with longboards by GoldCoast, Dregs, and Lush. Athletic apparel and accessories bolster a wide range of outdoor pursuits, from hiking up tranquil foothills to biking away from overly chatty mountain goats. Men and women’s clothing provides tip-to-toe epidermal coverage, and all-purpose backpacks hold gear safely and conveniently.
In addition to guiding guests through an extensive selection of boots and bindings, the expert staff maintains slope-shredding equipment with meticulous tune-up services. Patrons can drop off beloved skis or snowboards for overnight upkeep sessions at the shop, bidding tearful goodbyes and making sure they packed their night lights.
Crisp surgeon’s cuffs. Tiny ticket pockets accenting the waist. Contrast lining peeking from a suit collar. Nuanced yet eye nabbing, detailed flourishes such as these adorn Quattro Clothier’s custom suits, reflecting their mission to enhance silhouettes with personalized ensembles. Tailors meticulously measure clients’ builds, and then help them navigate the vast selection of high-end Italian 100s and 150s fabrics such as Marzotto wool, cashmere, Egyptian cotton, and silk.
In addition to custom garments, Quattro Clothiers stocks ready-made sartorial flourishes such as extra-fine cashmere sports jackets and Italian-made silk ties by Versace Collection, Pal Zileri, Canali. Additionally, Quattro Clothier’s staff of sartorial experts are always on hand to field high-end apparel questions, from pleat placement to which pocket should be used to store martini olives.
To Tanya MacFarlane, a pile of glass isn't a safety hazard?it's art. The owner of Mosaic Beach Studio keeps glass all over her studio in jars much as a baker keeps flour, sugar, and hoarded Lucky Charms marshmallows. She arranges these colourful pieces one by one until they form a glimmering scene, and perhaps even a mural for a local school or nonprofit.
Glass mosaics have been MacFarlane's full-time career since 2001. Beyond creating her own work, she also teaches ongoing studio classes, which meet five days a week and let students come in, design mosaics, and finish them at their own pace. More formal sessions?such as installation classes?focus on projects like bathroom murals or floor inserts. Mosaic Beach Studio sells all the glass and tools needed to create these projects and just about any other students can conceive.