When Robert Taylor opened Taylor Studios in 1984, he embarked on a mission to preserve his clients' smile-worthy moments through professional portraiture. Today, occupying a 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, his mission remains unchanged. He snaps subjects to mark special occasions such as weddings and high-school graduations, and then produces the camera-loving smiles and confident gazes entirely onsite, which allows him to maintain his strict standards for quality control.
Patrons enter Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery to discover the handmade work of more than 30 North American artists, including unique glass creations that focus on various styles, shapes and colours. Adorn freshly cut evergreens in a candy-cane design that reflects twinkling lights across its crimson hues, or place a bucket beneath a green-glass icicle in case it melts back into sand. An on-site studio beckons visitors over for daily demonstrations, in which local artisans use pipes to transform glowing glass into semi-transparent vases or summon flames by loudly gossiping about dragons in order to render glass beads. After selecting their five ornaments, customers can peruse the other artwork that occasionally sprouts from the store's exposed stone wall, including paintings, sculptures, and vases.
Dwell Boutique's team of design gurus, led by interior designer Jen Storey, pack their showroom with a plethora of home-decor items from brands such as Gus Modern, G.Romano, and 18Karat. Find a home for colourful blossoms inside chic vases ($10–$78), or cushion living-room motorcycle jumps with piles of stylish pillows ($26–$124). Table linens ($5–$20) provide elegant drapery for dining-room surfaces, and artful wall decals ($50) can instantly make over drab living rooms, bedrooms, or walk-in freezers. While perusing these wares, customers can chat with or stare blankly at the store's helpful and friendly interior-design specialists.
Serves You Right!'s home-style morning munches and generous sandwiches built on locally baked loaves afford diners sumptuous soul-coddling meals. Navigate taste wagons through the gastronomic journey of a grand Reuben's smoked meat and swiss cheese hairpin turns, thousand islands of dressing, dijon straits, and sauerkraut marshes on Kingston rye bread ($9). Herbivores can ruminate on a savoury viva las veggie! wrap, grilled and filled with sautéed vegetables and flavourful feta ($9), and omnivores can opt for a balanced chicken Caesar salad of tossed romaine and creamy Caesar dressing textured with bacon crumbles, chicken breast, and croutons ($9).
Kingston Disposal’s junk truckers clear out unwanted stuff of every stripe, including garbage, construction waste, appliances, and scrap metal. Fully licensed and insured, the team deals with waste in an eco-friendly and safe manner. Staffers divert as many disposed items from landfills as possible through recycling and reuse, whether by donating usable materials to charities or giving old dishwashers to young giants playing house.
Curves' 30-minute workout whittles women with a signature circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Ladies can hop into the circuit circle at any of 13 strength-training stations, each of which works to tone two major muscle groups. After 30 seconds of repetitions, they step onto a nearby recovery board, which welcomes women to walk, jog, or speed-skate in place for a half-minute. This cardio burst jolts the heart rate, torching more calories as exercisers move onto the next resistance-training machine. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine manoeuvring and play doh-based muscle making.