The Urban Bakery's walls drip with an eclectic array of dashing duds, spanning the spectrum of high-top sneakers, graphic tees, and flat-brimmed hats. Don a vibrant shirt by LRG ($32+), liven up ligaments with a classic pair of Reebok pumps ($119), keep pants pinioned with a belt ($25+), and deflect bird droppings with the power of a hat ($30+) too handsome to inspire avian vengeance. Sale items, which typically hover around 50% off, often include shoes for less than $50. Trusted brands such as Nike, The Hundreds, and Stüssy all consider The Urban Bakery a suitable place to kick it until six in the morning.
Chris McWilliams believes that photos capture more than mere images. The lighting, the atmosphere, each subject’s facial expression: these disparate elements come together to create a mood that distinguishes each photograph from the next. It’s no surprise, then, that Chris prefers laughter to be the soundtrack at her photo shoots. The skilled photographer creates an upbeat, relaxed atmosphere by personally engaging with her subjects. Whether warming up shy children, easing the anxieties of stiffened adults, or making babies smile with with strange animal noises or playing "peek-a-boo", Chris seems to always know how to bring out the best in her subjects. In addition to composing artistic portraits, she memorializes weddings with lighthearted pictures of newlywed couples and as well as elegant and classic photographs of the bride and groom.
With a proud emphasis on environmental consciousness, Dollar Wise Quality Cleaners refresh sullied garments and fabrics with due deference to clients and the planet alike. In addition to cleansing clothes with environmentally responsible cleaning solvents, the staff replaces buttons, performs alterations, and cleans rugs sullied with smashed Magic 8-Balls. Dollar Wise's eco-friendly van zips between garment drop-off points and store locations while running on a tank full of recycled vegetable oil.
Skilled shuttersmith Janelle at Purple Prairie Photography doesn’t cram her subjects into a studio to strike stiff, unnatural poses. Rather, she reveals her subjects’ personality through candid, unrehearsed shots in front of trees, gazebos, or on the street. During shoots, she encourages her subjects to interact with their environment and each other, making suggestions and listening to ideas.
After Elaine Halpert graduated from Ryerson University, she worked as an exhibiting fine-art photographer and taught photography classes. With her more than a decade of accrued experience, she refocused her efforts to build her own photography business, drawing upon the many lessons she learned, including the idea that two cameras are better than one. She and a sidekick attend all special-event shoots, capturing as many memories as possible during celebrations ranging from bar mitzvahs to weddings.
Her work emphasizes normal exposure and natural light, ensuring pictures suffused with authentic hues and clear focus. On occasion, she saturates colours by drawing out the brightness of a blue balloon or the stately beiges of a municipal bus shelter. Elaine also varies her lenses to achieve portraits with soft backgrounds and group shots with crisp details.
Every week, certified yoga instructors help guests stretch into fitter versions of themselves, drawing from their certifications in yoga and fitness training. Seasoned yogis at the Curves club lead all classes within its comfortable facilities. As a Curves trainer, Debra Vandekerkhove also holds within her mental hard drive an encyclopedic knowledge of diets, nutrition, and the favourite snacks of 19th-century prime ministers.