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Lose yourself in the time warp that is Termëa F

By Tania Moffat

or most of us, taking time out of our hectic days for ourselves seems like the superfluous inanity of dreams. Deadlines, ringing phones, endless meet-

ings, thousands of countless chores and errands – not to mention the demands of family and our homes – can push us to our breaking points. Amidst all this insanity, we need to remember to take

care of ourselves every once in a while: to treat our minds and bodies to a much-deserved break, disconnect with the world, and reconnect with ourselves. Termëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is a relaxation experience

you won’t soon forget. Te aroma of a wood-burning fire welcomes you as you exit your car and enter the stunning rock and cedar spa reminiscent of a Scandinavian moun- tainous retreat. Relaxing music and aromatherapy scents mixed with

cedar abound indoors, and as you exit the change room, you are greeted by baths filled with glistening, sky-blue water. Steam dances and swirls as it rises from the pools. The courtyard, landscaped with alpine accents and

cobbled paths between the baths and cedar buildings that house the various methods of relaxation, is edged with snow. Huge flakes begin to fall from the sky as you stroll outdoors in your robe. Termëa spa officially opened on January 15th of this

year. The thermotherapy spa offers several options for guests to enjoy the three-step thermal cycle. You begin by immersing yourself in heat to cleanse your

body of toxins. Enter option one, the Finlandia sauna; it is heated to approximately 80 degrees. Tere is something about saunas; the rich woody smell, the feel of the heat as you breathe that first breath deep into your lungs, and the enveloping warmth is so welcoming. Knowing the second step of the thermal cycle is to tran-

sition your body into a cold environment, you leave your warm cocoon with trepidation and make your way to the Tempër pool (heated between 20 and 23 C). Te outside temperature sits at -10 C and it seems almost ridiculous to be going into a cold pool outdoors – but, when in Rome. Te initial reaction is "I must be crazy," but after you

immerse yourself in the water, you begin to feel alive. You feel your body waking up as your adrenaline surges. It feels great and surreal to be relaxing in a pool with snowflakes falling all around as you gaze at a magnificent sculpture of ice formed from water splashing the sides of a flowing waterfall. Leaving the pool, you grab your robe and enter Relaxa,

where an assortment of Tazo teas or cold orange- and sage- infused water await. Choose between a quiet room with mattresses and pillows or a two-tier heated tile seating area overlooking the hot pool and a roaring fire. In this third stage of the thermal cycle, your body will

experience a deep sense of relaxation created by the en- dorphins that are released following the adrenaline rush.

Thermëa has more to offer including a full-service restaurant, massages and body treatments. Access begins at $45 for the thermal treatment.

Since it is recommended you repeat the cycle three

times, after your rest, you can try out Vaporo where two steam rooms await. Each is infused with its own aroma- therapy oil, either the tantalizing scent of orange peel or the invigorating eucalyptus. Exfoliä, located in the same building, offers you a choice of sea salts for an exfoliating rub and shower. Before you go, you must try Polarbër, the cold plunge

bath which is "heated" to a brisk 8 to 12 C, and Gëser, the hot tub, heated to a balmy 39 C. Who would ever believe that they would walk through

walkways surrounded by snow in flip-flops and a robe, dipping in the outdoor baths of a picturesque spa in the middle of a Winnipeg winter or spring? Believe it – and after a relaxing afternoon, the only thing you’ll be trying to juggle is when to fit in your next visit.

Linking art and community to his business Continued from page 1

in intriguing locations, which helped him build demand for his upcoming shop and test menu items before launching. “I’ve seen a lot of places do it in the reverse order, where they did pop-ups and got so big that they had to build a restaurant,” says Mike. In this case, Mike’s space was already in

the works (at the corner of King Street and Bannatyne Avenue, giving it its moniker), and people lined up for blocks to get in the door for the pop-ups. By the time the per- manent space was ready, people couldn’t wait for it to open. Te pop-ups were exclusively promoted

on Facebook and King + Bannatyne’s In- stagram (@kingandbann), so he also had already captured the attention of plenty of followers prior to opening shop. “It’s a hell of a way to market a business,” he says, of the pop-ups and continual Instagram activity. But “It kind of doubled down… We got

to test out all of our bakeries, decide which buns we wanted to use.” Benefitting the artistic community In addition to providing a mouth-water- ing slow roasted sandwich for lunch, the

pop-ups each showcased a featured artist, and diners got to leave with an art print. Other than covering its costs, King + Ban- natyne gave all of the proceeds to the artist. Mike didn’t see the pop-ups as a way to

drive revenue, but rather to start building a community surrounding his business and to foster relationships with artists. Te first two featured artists, Zephyra

Vun (of anARCHI design) and Kristina Dimitrova (of Dimi Gallery), were after- ward commissioned for the decor in King + Bannatyne. The sandwich shop even got the local

BeardBrothers WoodWorking to create its cutting boards, serving trays, and several wooden display pieces throughout the res- taurant. With a steady lunch rush and business

picking up in the evenings (King + Ban- natyne is licensed and serves draft beer and wine), Mike is now looking ahead to the chaotic festival season in the Exchange District with one goal: “survive,” he laughs. With its already strong customer base, and over 2,000 followers on Instagram, the

Nestled near the Crescent Drive Golf Course, an urban oasis like no other awaits.

A gooey grilled cheese from King + Bannatyne.

summer heat is definitely going to bring a test to its perseverance. King + Bannatyne is open Monday to

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Unit 4 - 100 King St.

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