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.
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.