Since 1934, the staff at MacIntosh Dry Cleaners has groomed textiles with dry-cleaning, laundry, and specialized services. They clean dust, stains, and clingy housecats from draperies, or tailor home hangings with their Adjust-a-Drape machine. Their gentle, eco-friendly cleaning methods banish grime from everyday wardrobes and ready delicate wedding dresses for preservation.
Supervised by an on-staff medical director, Cara Bella Studio's staff brings its A game to rejuvenate entire bodies with massages and med-spa treatments. Trained massage therapists wring tension from muscles to reduce stress and widen range of movement and also prop up postures by whispering pep talks to vertebrae. Nonsurgical med-spa services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments aim to liberate facescapes from fine lines, and teeth whitening and eyelash extensions amp up smiles and winks, respectively.
The technicians from Clean Master Services banish dirt from carpeting, grout, and air ducts with the heavy-duty prowess of a truck-mounted system. The system includes a high-pressure hot-water rinse that heftily extracts grease and residue from tile and grout. The clean team's strategy for tackling upholstery—a dry-foam system—takes advantage of circular brushes, turbo-vacs, and shampoos that crystallize for swift removal. The team also uses a suction device with a 100-kilometre reach to remove contaminants and give houseplants a break from the chore of producing clean air.
All Wet Water Sports equips aqua athletes with skis, snorkels, sunglasses, and other gear at its 2,000-square-foot facility, staffed by friendly, factory-trained experts. Customers can protect their eyes from flying sushi with a pair of SeaSpecs Sunset Specs ($49.99) or coast on tranquil seas in an Aviva Breeze inflatable lounger ($39.95). Fuzion X baby-safe life jackets ($25.99) keep infant copilots afloat, and a pair of HO Sports 2011 Blast Combo water skis ($269.95) navigates whitecap slaloms. Adventurists can borrow a one-person kayak from the rental department to skim across seas in solitude ($40/day, $100/week) or use this Groupon toward an open-water scuba training course ($569.95), which includes pool usage, classroom time, manuals, DVDs, and training, to fulfill fantasies of staging a full underwater production of Porgy and Bess.
Working 50 hours a week in a large corporate office, Gordon Aitken could almost feel his creative muscles atrophying. So instead of losing them forever, Gordon lifted his artistic legs and took the step toward his new career as a photographer. That’s how he met his soulmate and collaborator, Grainne, who, coincidentally enough, also walked away from a fast-paced career in international management consulting after years of yearning to express her creativity through photography.
After a chance meeting at an international photographers’ conference, the duo joined forces to open Art and Soul Photography, focusing on creating custom pieces that celebrate subjects with style and individuality. Together, the two have 30 years of combined experience that they've used to capture weddings and snap portraits of famous subjects, including former US President Bill Clinton and professional baseball players. They’ve traveled throughout North Africa and Europe, teaching students that photography is a viable alternative to chiselling marble statues during every Kodak moment.