What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a beginner friendly gym with a tight-knit and laid back community atmosphere.
We pride ourselves on quality training, dedicated instruction, and effective martial arts techniques.
Strong coaching and support for both recreational members and competitive athletes.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Come in ready to learn and ready to work hard.
Just show up with a good attitude, and we'll take care of the rest.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
As long-time martial artists, we decided to open a facility for us to continue our life-long martial arts journey while sharing our knowledge and experience for others to enjoy the benefits of the martial arts lifestyle.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing others reach their goals in the martial arts, and sharing the joys and benefits of training with the rest of the community.
LakeShore Links Indoor Golf’s sleek, 8,000-square-foot facility helps golf swings avoid offseason rust with nine golf simulators and a duo of instructors that hold lessons year-round. Within the simulators, wall-sized, high-definition screens capture every blade of grass at 23 legendary courses, including Bay Hill and Pinehurst, and built-in video-swing-analysis cameras allow players to scrutinize their techniques, introducing them to a digital doppelgänger soon to be their inferior. Virtual rounds even grant stick-flickers the freedom to take a mulligan with the mere touch of a button, which instantly lets them replay their previous shot. LakeShore’s resident aces help groom games with everything from private lessons to junior development programs, and golf-simulator league play helps participants sharpen their competitive edge all year round. As golfers play through a circuit of fairway facsimiles, the club curbs appetites with a menu of very real light fare.
Signature service: Stand-up paddleboard rentals
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Make sure you arrive at the ferry docks early to avoid missing the boat.
Q&A with Julian Ganton, Owner
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
It's a surprise.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
The staff and instructors are university graduates with degrees in fitness and lifestyle management. We are first-aid- and CPR-trained with lots of experience in both competitive and recreational paddling.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I grew up on the Toronto Island and spent most of my time in the water. I've had a passion for this for as long as I can remember.
Ancient Polynesian athletes had the right idea with stand up paddleboarding. As paddlers catch gentle waves and soak in the sun, the sport whips their bodies into shape as a side effect, leaving toned bellies, arms, legs, and back in its wake. At SUPGirlz, staff members—all of whom have roots in surfing and other boarding activities including wake-, skate-, and snowboarding—share their passion for the water-based sport with students of all abilities. Their classes range from beginner paddles to SUP Bootcamp, an intense workout that, much like a grizzled seadog's life, is divided between land and sea. Surfers who have have SUP’d
before and are thinking about buying a board can take the board review class. During this two hour class, students will learn about different SUP boards available. Several times a year, a scenic fishing village in Ecuador sets the stage for their all-inclusive camps, which incorporate yoga, surfing, and stand up paddleboarding into nine days of outdoorsy fun.
For Souhaer Zarik, belly-dancing is a means of expression. A story begins the moment she takes the stage and strikes her initial pose, and every belly movement that follows has meaning. Ms. Zarik doesn't think she's an artistic anomaly, though—she believes everyone can learn how to express themselves through dance. In fact, she's even designed a structured curriculum to take students from complete beginner to belly-dancing star. The introductory class starts with fundamental postures and body movements. From here, Ms. Zarik' takes fledgling dancers through four additional class levels until they ultimately arrive at the advanced class. It's here that students design their own choreography and develop a stage presence that is uniquely their own.
While enchanting to watch, belly-dancing also has health benefits. With this in mind, Hip Kik schedules a Belly Fit class that incorporates dance moves into an intense workout for the legs, stomach, and rear ends. Additionally, the studio hosts classes with boot camp instructors to provide a well-rounded approach to fitness.
A line of girls wearing brightly colored dresses painted with Celtic knots dance in formation, their hard shoes clacking against the floor and tightly wound curls bouncing as their fast-moving feet become blurs. Irish dancing has long entranced people all across the world with its rapid steps and colorful costumes. And the Devoy Academy of Irish Dance teaches this art form with a bevy of classes for youths.
Its instructors, Kieran and Dympna DeVoy, have both danced since childhood and have reached top levels of competition. For the past five years, Kieran, who is the principal dancer in the Celtic Dance Company of Canada, has toured with Magic of the Dance—one of the most successful Irish-dance shows of all time—and performing in the lead role.
Now, Kieran and Dympna teach children a blend of traditional and contemporary dances that use both hard and soft shoes. Though many students dance with an eye toward competition, classes accommodate both competitors and dancers seeking a bit of Irish fun that doesn’t require them to hunt down a leprechaun.