Business and pleasure blur in the ceaseless hum of downtown Toronto’s financial hub. Both hotels bask in the light and shadows of skyscrapers that contain corporate institutions, boutique shopping, and numerous fine-dining opportunities. History buffs and bargain hunters will find themselves sightseeing in perfect harmony at the historic St. Lawrence Market, where farmers, crafters, and independent merchants peddle everything from fresh eggs to antiques inside an assembly hall dating to 1850 and modeled with regal 16th-century Renaissance influences. Performing arts thrive in the Entertainment District, which plays host to artists ranging from local to universal renown. The recently expanded Art Gallery of Ontario is presently exhibiting masterpieces borrowed from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (until September) and plays host to permanent collections of historical Inuit art and works specific to the Ontario area. Touring Broadway musicals, sentimental orchestral performances, and critically acclaimed readings from the local phone book play in such historic venues as Roy Thomson Hall, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Just Beauty's technicians refurbish worn-down nails and cheeks with a menu of mani-pedis that draw on OPI polishes and facials that extract pore-clogging impurities. The team softens digits with paraffin wax and outfits nails with long-lasting Shellac polish to shine them up before a party and strengthen them before a trip to a scratch-and-sniff culinary museum. Microdermabrasion facial treatments are also on hand to slough off dead skin cells and reveal the smooth surface beneath, and waxing services free the body of oppressive tufts.
As a licensed massage therapist, Sylvia Sullivan has mastered different massage modalities in order to tailor her services to each client’s specific needs. Sullivan kneads out tension and pain through a variety of styles, including hot-stone therapy, trigger-point therapy, and geriatric massage, which restores vitality lost due to age or while chasing down rogue grandchildren. She will use any combination of massages to ensure her services effectively improve her clients' well-being and reduce their stress.
Loida Summerville brings seven years of experience to her nail-services station at The Phoenix Salon. Wielding OPI polishes, she expertly paints digits with solid hues or spirited designs that declare loyalty to a favorite sports team or deli sandwich. She also attaches synthetic gel nails, in both full sets and fill-ins, and coats tensomes in contrasting french tips.
Featured on Fox 6, La Vie MD specializes in making people feel better from the inside out, offering medical and aesthetic services in a physician-overseen facility that feels more like a spa than a doctor's office. Hormone-replacement therapy is one of the shop's specialties, bringing bodies back into a youthful state balance, which can help increase energy, improve memory and concentration, and curb any desire to ask the file cabinet on a date. Aesthetic treatments such as Botox and IPL photo rejuvenation diminish visual signs of aging without surgery, and the center's medical weight-loss programs combine dietary limitations with a regimen of injections or pills containing a naturally occurring protein that abates the hunger and fatigue often associated with dieting.
Softouch Permanent Makeup's steady-handed professionals subtly and safely enhance clients' natural features using the SofTap Hand Method. Unlike permanent makeup applied with a tattoo gun or water pistol loaded with borscht, the SofTap Hand Method applies pigment using small needles to gently tap color under the skin's surface, usually over the course of two visits to reduce healing time. Improve top lash batting averages with a slight dot of color between every lash ($250), or add permanent top or bottom eyeliner ($250). Fully shade a pout ($550) or fill out sparse or bare brows ($400) with natural-looking strokes that mimic the look of brow hair. Though the procedure may cause some pain, prettifying pros apply a numbing agent before application to reduce discomfort. Results can last from five to ten years, and require minimal touchups or makeout sessions with rainbows to maintain.