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.
Style at Home?s team of writers and photographers crafts monthly issues that outfit home decorators across the country with a full-length report of emerging trends in decor, styling secrets, and home appliances. Each glossy issue features fresh, engaging articles and photos pertaining to all things domestic, making sure to chronicle all manner of design aesthetics and preferences, from budget-conscious finds to eco-friendly wares to luxury goods. While the magazine?s focus is on the art of creating a beautiful home, Style at Home also includes useful tips concerning subjects such as party planning, technology, and detailed how-tos outlining topics including how to transform a coat rack into a handsome dance partner using only a wig and a tuxedo. To further enhance subscribers? know-how, the magazine?s website facilitates further reading with online articles and trend forecasts while granting guests the chance to engage in chats and discussions with readers from across Canada.
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.
Modasuite tailors custom, high-quality gentlemen's garments utilizing a convenient online method inspired by traditional workmanship. Its virtual clothiers invite patrons to create profiles and to enter the specifics of their body types into the site's FitGenerator, resulting in the meticulous formation of personalized garments without the frivolous investment in James Bond–esque tailor robots. In addition to made-to-measure garments, Modasuite's stylists hand-pick new items every two weeks for its members based on their stored preferences.
Panicked outfit selectors get a mollifying makeover with upscale suits, debonair pants, and crisply cut shirts. Accessories cultivate a man's ability to express his creativity, pull a look together, and match fine-spun monocles to silken moustaches, all of which are facilitated by Modasuite's wide array of ties, pocket squares, and shoes.
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.