What's proper etiquette for the queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine-dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre d'. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Lalibert? and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.
Pearl Whitening's tooth techs illuminate incisors with a light-activated, water-based carbamide gel that oxidizes discolored proteins in the enamel and dentin layers to whiten grins. The standard in-office treatment lightens chompers up to eight shades as an LED light catalyzes the gel's stain-scrubbing might, obliterating common stains while clients kick back and watch extreme flossing battles on a 50-inch TV. The treatment causes virtually no sensitivity for those with healthy teeth and gums, and Pearl guarantees its results and will re-treat unsatisfied teeth free. Once finished, salient smiles depart with a Chrome whitening pen for at-home maintenance and autographing fans' teeth.
In a cozy spa setting, Perle Blanch Smile Studios uses swift, non-invasive laser technology to improve teeth by up to eight shades. Treated teeth can keep their healthier-looking appearance for more than six months, so long as patients take proper care and don't rent their mouth out as an oilcan during desperate times. Perle Blanch also helps in maintaining glistening grills after procedures, offering touch-up treatments and administering specially designed whitening gel pens to sustain results.
Juvinesse MediSpa offers advanced treatments designed to rejuvenate the body and mind. Facials enhance the appearance of complexions by reducing fine lines, sunspots, and excessive moon tans with a combination of products from France Laure—which uses products infused with botanicals, minerals, and ocean ingredients—and the medical-grade skincare line Vivier Skin. Juvinesse also offers advanced treatments with its resident intense pulsed-light laser, which can defuzz body hair or firm sagging skin. Body wraps pull double duty by detoxifying with mineral-rich clay and contouring the body.
Shelley J. Smith is at the helm of Pearl Teeth Whitening Spa's team of dental hygienists, who specialize in gentle and even bleaching. Shelley found that whitening strips and trays conform poorly to the teeth and, like a drunken house painter, leave some spots whiter than others. The imprecise systems also tend to irritate the gums. Instead, Shelley and the team use a small brush to apply the whitening gel, avoiding gums while restoring every enamel crevice to a white that match's the dental spa's immaculate decor.
The technicians at Ilaaj Clinic skip over unproven skin creams in favour of Obagi's and AFA's clinically tested skincare products, which they use to combat signs of aging, rosacea, pigmentation, and acne. They also turn to Canada White Smile products to brighten teeth. During these treatments, clients recline for 20-30 minutes as the brightening solution erases stains caused by wine, tobacco, and Sharpies.