The outdoor enthusiasts at Play Hard Niagara outfit visitors for romps on the water, beach, and street. Gear rentals ranging from sit-on-top kayaks to bikes equip explorers for adventures throughout the Port Colborne area, including trips along the old canal and Lake Erie shoreline. For a small fee, Play Hard's staff delivers equipment to nearby locations for full-day rentals. Back in Crystal Beach, the shop displays a multitude of recreational equipment, ranging from land-bound scooters to surf gear that stands ready to skim over a cresting wave or through layers of the upper atmosphere.
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
Style Commission drapes fashion forward women in socially conscious frocks and casual cuts that have treaded runways from New York to Toronto. Earrings ($12–$20) allow onlookers to admire sparkling lobes without performing a lobotomy, and a pair of Foxy Jeans ($55), rivets legs with an electric indigo look. Tie a Pashmina scarf ($19) around a non-conformist ankle or remind winter of its weak, inevitable mortality in a seamless tank ($16). Other items include hair accessories ($2.99–$7.99), bandeaus ($8), and bicycle shorts ($10). The staff at Style Commission puts together looks appropriate for myriad occasions, such as luncheons, dates, and poetry duels.
Blake’s Men’s Wear attires men in ravishing tuxedos and both off-the-rack and custom suits for any occasion. Groupon holders’ additional credit can be used as a comely pocket square or in combination with today’s deal for $200 off any suit in stock. Introduce a dapper shirt, pair of pants, or tie (options available under $60) to the crowd in your closet, or put the $60 value toward a Bugatchi shirt ($99+) or renting a tux for a special occasion, such as the item on your calendar marked “puppy graduation.” As tuxedo jackets tap dance with full-dress tails, vests and accessory-colour options parade through the store’s stock by the hundreds. On-site tailoring ensures that styles hang equally well on multifarious frames and kneecaps appear as though they just returned from the spa. Blake’s Men’s Wear has outfitted gentlemen in upscale garb since 1952, during which time both sartorial selections and handshake variations have broadened considerably.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.
At Superkix Martial Arts, professional trainers instill a passion for fitness and martial arts in students of all ages and fitness levels. Adults can take charge of their health and well-being with the centre’s extensive programs in mixed martial arts and muay thai. They also can learn the stances, kata, and sparring techniques of hapkido self-defense in the Superkix Adult program. Children as young as 3 can enroll in Lil Dragons or Superkix for Kids courses, where they develop discipline to accomplish their goals, respect and self-esteem to succeed at school, and board-breaking techniques to tackle wood-chopping chores with ease.