Eye on Business

Beyond the Beat is a music and recording studio here in the Beach (463 Woodbine Ave., just north of Kingston Road) that has had several years of success in preparing young musicians for the rigours of the music industry. In addition to individual lessons for guitar, vocals or drums, along with training in music theory, owner Dave MacKenzie has added a storefront to the enterprise.
As you can see from the photo, Dave’s storefront offers musicians of every style something to help them grow in their ability; from electric and acoustic guitars, strings and accessories, to name-brand amplifiers, drums and percussion instruments, making Beyond the Beat a one-stop music studio.
For more information on instruments for sale – or programs offered – call Dave at Beyond the Beat at 647-341-2264, or visit beyondthebeat.ca.

Floorplay is a clever name for a clever business. Owned and operated by Christy Graham, a real estate sales rep for Royal LePage Estate Reality here in the Beach, Floorplay is a complete styling, staging and real estate service. Recently Floorplay was named as one of the Top Ten Best Occupied Stagings in North America by RESA, the Real Estate Staging Association.
“I am thrilled to be recognized by my member colleagues throughout North America for my work in staging and particularly in the ‘occupied’ staging category where I work mainly with the homeowner’s existing furnishings,” said Graham. “I believe this type of project is the most challenging versus staging a brand new or vacant home.”
You can find out more about Floorplay by calling Christy Graham at 416-888-7053, or visit the website at floorplay.ca.

Rachael Naylor is the owner of Massage Addict which recently opened at 1842 Queen St. E. Massage Addict brings a new concept in massage therapy to the Beach where clients are encouraged to come in on a regular basis as part of their lifestyle routine. The free membership comes with an agreement to come in at least once a month for one year. Members pay only $59 for a one-hour massage done by a professional Registered Massage Therapist. Receipts are issued for insurance purposes, and if you call now you can take advantage of a special introductory offer.
For more information on becoming a Massage Addict, call Rachael at 647-748-7009, or email rnaylor@massageaddict.ca.

Robert Liu of Dragon Eye System Company is pleased to announce the launch of it innovative Query Interview communication portal. Worldinterview.net allows people in the recruiting industry, those looking for jobs, journalists and sales and marketing people access to an open and safe communication tool.
“It’s like a magic cube!,” says Liu. “Worldinterview.net has many more features, and we invite you to try them all.”
Dragon Eye System Company was founded by Liu in 2002 as a software publisher and e-business service provider. You can find out more about this new communications portal, or about Dragon Eye System Company by calling 416-686-4349, or online at dragoneyesystem.com.

Kelly Greer is a registered dietitian who owns and operates Nutrigal (you may have seen her ads in Beach Metro News). She plans custom meals for clients, and deals with some clients who have hormonal issues which affect their diet. Lately though she has realized that there is a large group of people – women especially – whose relationship to food is more psychological.
Greer writes a regular blog at nutrigal.wordpress.com, and in the most recent she poses the question, “How does a dietitian stop dieting?”
She reasons that she must have had several deep-seated reasons for not being able to stick to her goal of sustained weight loss, and that other women must have many of the same reasons – as well as others she may not have thought of. She came up with the obvious solution to help both herself and others: a support group.
“Learning to correct our relationships with food is crucial to a healthy and long life,” Greer says. “Weight-loss diets don’t work – plain and simple. The non-diet approach is working wonders for those who dare try it.”
Greer reports that after the first three sessions (of a six-week program) the support group is doing very well. The group has identified many “eating triggers” – everything from the habit of eating while watching television to eating to escape from unwanted emotional stress – and that several of the participants have already been able to lose some weight.
For more information on Nutrigal call Kelly Greer at 416-258-3596, 416-694-4800 ext. 3, email her at MsNutrigal@gmail.com, or visit the website at nutrigal.ca.
Beach resident Craig Hamilton has just been awarded Top Sales Representative of 2012 honours from the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association (CGTA). Hamilton has worked in the industry for 19 years, learning the ropes from his father who owned and operated a chain of gift and kitchenware stores in Alberta.
For the past 17 years he has been building lasting relationships with clients on behalf of Trudeau Corp., one of Canada’s leading kitchen and table products supplier.
“I feel honoured to receive this award,” said Hamilton. “I’m supported by very good retailers, great products and a terrific company. Without them this wouldn’t be possible and I thank them for all their support.”
The CGTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the competitive capability of its more than 1,400 members in Canada’s $10 billion giftware industry. For more information visit cgta.org.

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