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first word With Fine Lifestyles editor BRAnDi PARneLL

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elcome to another volume of fine living in Edmonton. Christina Rossetti once said, “Spring is when life’s alive in everything” — that certainly is the case in this issue. I recall as a child feeling new life in every cell of my body on my first bike ride of each new season. Spring is invigorating, and so too are the amazing entrepreneurs featured in this issue. Between these pages, you can peruse mouth-watering menus, you will be inspired to improve your overall wellness and you’ll be abreast of everything new and innovative in the community of Sherwood Park. Whether you’re looking for the perfect accessory for your next evening out or the perfect accessory for your home, we have it.

Editor Brandi Parnell brandip@finelifestyles.ca Art Direction Lisa Redden, Senior Design Candace Haiko, Ghislaine Moffitt, Deanne Bell Staff Writers Courtney Tait, Henny Buffinga, Melanie Furlong, Tobie Hainstock, Tonya Lambert, Tori Stafford, Trina Annand Cover Photography Christophe Benard Photography Carlos & Alyse, Christophe Benard, Cory Johnn Photography, Haas Photography, Kevin Tuong, Jonathon Lima Guiroux, Phuwadet Ply Pasarj, Shonah Chalmers, Bri Vos/ Detour Photography

Our cover story feature is one of growth and invention with Newground Developments – a homebuilder who constructs impeccably built homes with character and class.

Contributing Writers Barbara Levorson, Brook Thalgott, Brandi Parnell, Karin Leske, Ken Beattie, Jenaye Lewis, Kim Mannix, Rebecca Henderson

With warmer weather near, it’s time to fire up the grill and explore our Edmonton. Here’s to feeling alive!

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE ..................................................... 7 HEALTH & WELLNESS ......................26 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT.... 38 SPORTS, RECREATION & TRAVEL.....64

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FEATURES Dining Guide Feature ............................. 52 Community Spotlight ............................68 COVER STORY: Newground Developments – Serving you with Passion and Integrity .......... 75 One Smart Home – Home Technology at its Finest .......... 78 Sherwood Park Feature ......................106

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Swinging for Fashion

Vonita Jordaan owner Nicole Mendelman director of product management MyGolfCloset.com Edmonton 1.844.414.GOLF (4653) info@mygolfcloset.com

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his spring, Jordaan and Mendelman launched MyGolfCloset.com, an online store providing a wide range of ladies’ golf wear to women in Edmonton, Alberta and across Canada. FL: How long have you been golfing? VJ: I’ve been golfing for about 15 years; I co-own Long Shotz Driving Range in Sherwood Park. NM: I’m a professional golfer who played on the European tour and in the LPGA Open in Edmonton. I’ve been around golf and golfers my whole life.

FL What kind of ladies’ golf wear are you offering?

I need to have on the golf course. We chose lines based on that functionality.

VJ: Whether you’re looking for fashionable golf clothing for a size 2 or a size 22, MyGolfCloset.com will have something flattering for you. We have golf skorts, dresses, shorts, pants, polos, sleeveless polos and rainwear from a range of high-end brands. These include Chervo, Cross, J. Lindeburg, EP Pro, Daily Sports, and Galvin Green. A number of these brands are only carried in the pro shops of private golf clubs, which not everyone has access to. Those that do shop in private clubs will not be able to find the range of sizes and stock in each brand that we carry. We want to make fashionable, quality golf wear accessible to every woman.

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FL: What do you look for in golf wear? VJ: I’m a real woman with curves, so the most important aspect for me is styles that flatter. A great fabric with stretch and strategic pocket placements can do wonders. For example, Daily Sports has a collection of “Miracle Pro Stretch” bottoms. They literally can make you look a size smaller. I have every style of bottom they make. NM: For me, one of the biggest things is functionality. If I’m going to wear a golf dress, it must have built-in shorts and it must have a back pocket in just the right place for gloves and tees and everything

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NM: I’ve always admired Babe Zaharias, one of golf’s leading ladies from the early 1940s. I also love the photos of Marilyn Monroe golfing at Banff Springs showing her wearing a long skirt and golf sweater. I like to look different on the course and I like to wear a traditional look. A couple of lines we carry are classic looking with a new age, or European, styling. FL What are the upcoming fashion trends for ladies’ golf wear? NM: Pink will be a really big colour this year, as will a mix of pastels and hot neon colours. You can already see golfer Michelle Wie wearing a lot of these. If you need some style ideas, you will find complete outfit suggestions on our website. FL: How would you define a great piece of golf wear? VJ: A great piece can go from the course to cocktails, or from work to the golf course. If you’re on a budget, invest in a good quality bottom in a neutral colour, like black, you can wear for many seasons on and off the course. Then buy a few lower priced tops in the season’s trend colours. MyGolfCloset.com

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CHRISTIAN LoubouTIN Engaging All The Senses

WITH ST Christian Louboutin has garnered the distinction of being a fashion icon after only a mere two decades as an industry brand. Known the world over for their trademarked red sole, the footwear has become synonymous with style and sex appeal, introducing a splash of sensual colour to even the most modest looking heel.

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s a boy growing up in Paris, Louboutin discovered a love of heels quite by accident while visiting the Museum of African Art. A 1950’s sign that banned sharp-heeled shoes from the space immediately struck the inquisitive child. Louboutin was enchanted by the shoe style, a strict contrast to the 1970s trend for chunky heels or flats and began drawing his own designs in that style. The designer started his career working with performers and dancers, and then moving into shoe design. It wasn’t until 1992 that Louboutin had a dedicated shop for his footwear. Now Christian Louboutin stores dot the globe, bringing the theatricality of the designer’s shoes to women and men around the world. Designed in Paris, made by hand in Italy and inspired by the world, Louboutin’s women’s shoes are not made for comfort — they are made for beauty. In an interview with Charlie Rose, the designer said, “My shoes change a woman’s body language, they are transformational, they slow you down. They are not for running, if you run through life you’ll end up seeing nothing.” Best known for his signature stilettos the artisan has branched into men’s shoes as well. Men, who traditionally wore the same style for decades, are now more open to style and trying something other than the standard black loafer. The signature red sole of Louboutin’s came to him in the embodiment of a red nail polish, an added flourish created on a prototype by the designer. Louboutin has extended his signature style to accessories, including a selection of nail lacquers, which of course are available in a signature moody colour palette called Louboutin Rouge. For those looking for an extra touch of glamour, you can find limited edition sets covered with hand-applied Strass crystals. It’s the

ABOVE Christian Louboutin at the 66th Cannes Film Festival - amfAR’s 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS - Arrivals, Cannes, France. © Featureflash | Dreamstime.com - Christian Louboutin Photo

perfect selection for a Louboutin manicure with a peek-a-boo red highlight. The signature design element of the bottle harkens back to the designer’s passion for shoes with an eightinch tall tapered lid, the same height as his skyhigh Louboutin Ballerina Ultima shoe. Though Louboutin’s signature look is not new to the fashion world, it certainly inspired it. The trend of red heels and soles can be traced back to Louis XIV who used the colour to denote his glamour and royalty, passing an edict that only nobility could wear them.

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Love your lips. Supersaturated in high impact hues as seen at Carolina Herrera, Burberry, & Missoni. Makeup colours: Girl About Town Lipstick, Please Me Lipgloss, Beet Lip Pencil, eyeshadows in Beautiful Iris, Satellite Dreams, & Parfait Amour, all by M.A.C. Cosmetics.

Photographed by Carlos + Alyse Produced by Swish Productions

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Wing it. A flick of the eyeliner as seen at Oscar de la Renta, Cushnie et Ochs, & Saint Laurent. Makeup colours: Deep Blue Sea Fluidline Eye Pencil, Steamy Eyeshadow on top, Candy Yum Yum Lipstick, & Beet Lip Pencil, all by M.A.C. Cosmetics.

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Skin you’re in. Glowing from the inside out as seen at Gucci, & Calvin Klein Collection. Studio Finish Concealer & Mineralize Skinfinish on face and body, Refined Golden Cream Bronzer & Ambering Rose Sheertone Shimmer Blush Powder on the cheeks, eyeshadows in Dazzlelight, Motif, Amberlights & Expresso colours, Viva Glam Riri Red Lipstick, all by M.A.C. Cosmetics. These pages: Makeup: Jocelyn Caballero @ M.A.C. Cosmetics ; Hair: John Graham @ Aevi Winnipeg; Styling & Creative Direction: Lekan Tijani @ Swish Productions; Model: Mical Bockru @ Swish Model Management.

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#mompreneurs defining beauty in YEG By Henny Buffinga Photos Phuwadet Pas-arj Photography

Sheryl Asp and Christy Stevenson have a lot in common: they are successful women, entrepreneurs, mothers and wives. More than that, they share a passion and talent for discovering beautiful things.

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heryl and Christy live and work in the communities of Terwillegar and Magrath. With a one-minute commute from home to work, they truly are neighbours in life and business. Their boutique shops, Swish Flowers Inc. and Refinery Clothing Co., are a stone’s throw from one another in the Shoppes of Terwillegar Gardens. Christy and Sheryl first met when Christy began supporting Swish Flowers as a customer. The two became fast friends and their friendship eventually led Christy to work with the Swish Flowers team. After spending the days together, the two quickly discovered a shared work philosophy and mutual respect. “A lot of what goes into opening your own store and diving into the world of small business is scary, but Sheryl made it look seamless,” explains Christy, owner

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of Refinery. “Watching Sheryl create beautiful things every day and serve the community she loves made me want to do the same.”

incredibly special,” Sheryl says. “I love what I do and look forward to coming into my stores each and every day.”

Swish Flowers is a boutique flower and gift shop that makes the world a more beautiful place, one arrangement at a time. Sheryl opened her shop in 2004, filling a void in a community known for a love of fine things.

Swish stores feature carefully curated giftware that isn’t available in other local stores. The shop endeavours to stir all five senses and provide an escape from the daily hustle and bustle of life. Swish recently launched a custom gift box line; each box is a carefully crafted gift, which includes fresh flowers and hand selected products.

At Swish, Sheryl and her team create gorgeous custom floral designs carefully edited to create an individualized look to suit any occasion. Paying careful attention to the placement of every bloom, the team at Swish can make an ordinary flower look extraordinary.

Swish’s signature balloons are fun and whimsical. Each balloon is filled with glitter, feathers and sequins to create a magical, sparkling effect; these balloons are the perfect addition to add a enchanted element to your next party or special function.

“We get to learn so much about our customers’ lives as they buy gifts for others; we are allowed insight into personal relationships and it’s really

“It’s inspiring to find gifts for people that can’t be found anywhere else,” Sheryl says. “And flowers are the perfect gift for the person who has everything.”

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“There really is no reason to leave the T6R!” - Christy Stevenson The idea for her store first came to Sheryl when she lived in England. Working across the street from a flower shop, she fell in love with the lifestyle. Taken with the idea of being able to walk home with a baguette and fresh cut flowers, she started working in the flower industry when she returned to Canada. When she felt she had learned enough and with encouragement from her entrepreneurial husband, she decided to open her own store. The original Swish Flowers boutique has excelled during the past 11 years. Sheryl recently opened another location to bring her shop’s particular charm to Sherwood Park. In addition, Swish also has an online store where customers can order gift and home products conveniently from home. styLiNg for each geNeratioN: a boutique for everyoNe Christy worked at Swish during a transitional time in her life after years of travelling throughout the United States and Europe for her husband Grant Stevenson’s hockey career, eventually settling into married life in Edmonton. At the time she didn’t know what she wanted to do, but the boutique setting inspired her while travelling the world and became a reality while working at Swish. When an opportunity presented itself to open a store in the same strip as Swish, Christy seized it. Refinery Clothing Co. is a contemporary women and children’s clothing shop that also sells jewelry and giftware. Refinery showcases emerging and well-known designers from around the world. Always on top of the latest trends, Refinery is often the first Albertan or Canadian store to land accounts with new companies like Freshly Picked Moccasins or Rails, a women’s clothing line. Christy loves to support companies right from the start. Refinery features modern and contemporary looks for all ages. Often carrying only one item in each size, Refinery is the place to

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go for unique children’s clothing that will make your child stand out from the crowd. “I have parents who come in to find those pieces that are different from what every other kid at the park is wearing,” Christy explains. “It’s so rewarding to provide the newest trends in the best quality. We all want to feel excited and proud of our purchases.” Refinery carries everything from urban children’s lines such as Beau Loves to a more classic look, like Mommy and Me. With a talent for making customers feel at ease, Christy effortlessly helps people discover and define their own sense of style. “The majority of my customers are mothers with young children like myself,” she says. “I truly enjoy getting to know my customers, their families and their unique tastes.” At the heart of her store is family: a supportive husband and two young children who inspire. “I would never have been able to do this without my

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husband’s support,” says Christy. “It definitely has been challenging to start our own business, but we’ve worked hard to make sure we are doing the right things to be successful, and most importantly supporting each other and our kids. And, yes, they do get some cute outfits in the process!” tWo of a kiNd Swish Flowers and Refinery are part of a thriving boutique culture in southwest Edmonton. Sheryl and Christy not only serve their community, but they make an effort to support it. “I really try to support our four corners,” Sheryl says. “My hair stylist owns Blue Gemini, I attend spin classes at Infinite Fitness (not as many as I would like), and I support Vines Wine Merchants, Prairie Mill Bakery and Hillaby’s.” A few of their favourites just a short drive away include Bliss Yoga Spa, XIX, and Fresh and Co. Christy laughs, “There really is no reason to leave the T6R!”

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Refinery Clothing Co. 14263 23rd avenue, edmonton the Shoppes of terwillegar gardens 780.988.0012 www.refineryclothing.com Refinery Clothing Co. @refineryyeg @refineryclothingco

Swish flowers inc. the Shoppes of terwillegar gardens 14225 23rd avenue, edmonton 780.437.7493

baseline Village #120, 222 baseline Road, Sherwood Park 780.467.9816 www.swishflowers.com shop.swishflowers.com Swish flowers inc. @SWiSHflowers @swishflowers


CASH IN ON Upscale Consignments By Melanie Furlong Photos Jinsei Photographics

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ne might think Larissa Love and Holly Hawryschuk were born to shop. They co-own Kid’s Stuff Etc. & My Favorite Aunt’s, a popular Edmonton consignment boutique specializing in quality, name brand clothing for children and women, as well as footwear, accessories and home decor.

Eight years ago, the two friends bought the store from their mothers, Diane Gibbs and Lynne Holland. Gibbs and Holland started Kid’s Stuff Etc. after meeting at their daughters’ pre-school in 1979. The store, which began with 2,000 sq. ft., was so successful, it was expanded three times. Kid’s Stuff Etc. & My Favorite Aunt’s is now more than 6,000 sq. ft.

“Everyone wants the latest designer brands and styles,” says Love. “Our store provides an outlet to consign last year’s “must haves,” but also to buy fabulous merchandise at great prices. As such, we are also able to support various charities such as Suit Yourself, which provides clothing to disadvantaged women going back to the workforce.” Top phoTo Holly and Larissa, Owners

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“Unlike conventional stores, Kid’s Stuff Etc. & My Favorite Aunt’s inventory is constantly changing, which makes the store unique every time you shop.” Their children’s clothes, shoes and accessories run from newborn to size 6x and typically include brands such as Ivivva, Roxy, Gymboree, Gap and Carter’s. Women’s clothing includes plus sizes, shoes and accessories and they carry brands such as Michael Kors, Coach, Lululemon, Marc Jacobs, J.Crew and Kate Spade. The store also accepts current and stylish home decor accessories —just like our wardrobes, we like to freshen up our homes as well.

Hawryschuk says, “The store’s appeal has grown over the years because no matter what your economic situation, everyone loves getting a great deal. You never know what you’ll find here!” Karolina, an image consultant, says she’s been shopping at the store for years and will continue to do so. “I stop by at least once a month, as there are always new and exciting clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories at unbelievably decent prices,” she says. “I recommend to all my clients to sell the clothes they no longer wear or to shop to enrich their wardrobes.” Consignors earn 40 per cent of the sale price back on their items, which are sold at one-third to half the full retail price. Many have done very well, one customer says she saved all the money she made back from the store and took her family to Disneyland. “It’s fun for us,” says Hawryschuk. “We get to shop and look at unique and

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interesting items every day, I also get to work with my best friend. Throw in a glass of wine and I’ve pretty much had a perfect day.” Kid’s Stuff Etc. & My Favorite Aunt’s 5212-86 Street Edmonton, AB 780.468.5299 www.consignmentwithstyle.com www.facebook.com/yegconsignment www.twitter.com/@yegconsignment

Girls’ Night Out Are you and your girlfriends looking for a fun night out? Kid’s Stuff Etc. & My Favorite Aunt’s now hosts private shopping parties after hours. Get a minimum of 10 girlfriends together and they’ll provide refreshments while you refresh your wardrobe. FineLifestyles

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Where Men Go to

LOOK THEIR BEST By Tori Stafford Photos Phuwadet Ply Pas-arj

With spring in the air and the snow melting away, it’s almost time to put away those winter wardrobes in favour of some lighter, fresher styles.

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manufacturing suits in Canada — and S. Cohen, a three-generation familyowned business in Montreal providing us with tremendous quality suits and sports jackets.” Knighton also offers dress shirts from Lipson Shirtmakers (Toronto), and dress pants from Citadin (Montreal) and Gala (Toronto). “So you can actually dress head-to-toe here in Canadian-made products,” Samuels says. “We also carry some of the most recognized brands in the industry, like Bugatti, Bugatchi and 7 Downey Street shirts.”

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or men in Spruce Grove and the surrounding area, this need not be a daunting task. Thanks to Knighton Men’s Wear Fashions, shopping for menswear and accessories can be done all in one place. Whether you’re looking for casual wear to take on vacation, business attire to replace last year’s daily basics, or formal wear for upcoming graduation and wedding season, the staff at Knighton can help you find what you’re looking for. “I, myself, have well over 20 years experience in the fashion industry, both in men’s and women’s wear, and our sales staff is fully informed as far as product knowledge goes,” says Ron Samuels, store manager. The friendly environment lends itself to a relaxed shopping experience for their clients. “If a customer comes in looking for something specific, we help guide him to what he’s looking

for — a dress shirt, a suit, dress pants — and then to what looks best on him.” Knighton Men’s Wear Fashions carries styles and shapes to fit and flatter all different body types and builds, made by some of the most sought-after brands from Canada and around the world. With casual, business and formal wear available at a variety of price points, Knighton is able to outfit men in fashion-forward options to fit any budget or lifestyle. The wide selection of fine accessories, from colourful socks and Saxx underwear to shoes and belts, means that Knighton can complete any outfit head to toe, so clients leave the store confident and looking their best.

With the spring bringing a variety of events, celebrations and functions that require formal attire, Knighton Men’s Wear Fashions receives shipments nearly every day. Their knowledgeable, friendly staff are excited to help clients find a suit to accommodate their needs. Knighton also offers a selection of apparel for those with size-specific needs, such as tall gentlemen. They offer suit and tuxedo rental services, as well as an inhouse tailor. “As we enter this season, we’re focusing on one of our busiest times of the entire year and we carry a large inventory of quality suits to accommodate that need,” Samuels says. “We are fully equipped to provide the customer with an exceptional shopping experience.”

“We’re proud to offer a large variety of Canadian-made products here,” Samuels expresses. “Some of our suit brands include Jack Victor — which just celebrated their 100th year of

Knighton Men’s Wear Fashions 107 – 314 McLeod Ave. Spruce Grove, AB 780.571.3434 www.knighton.ca

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Pamper & Play Salon and Spa A Perfect Paradise for Parents & Their Children By Tonya Lambert Photos Christophe Benard Photography

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alking through the door of Pamper & Play Salon and Spa in Edmonton, you are greeted by the joyful sounds of children’s laughter. This salon is unique in the city for offering childminding services so parents can unwind and enjoy a relaxing and revitalizing experience in the spa knowing their children are we; cared for and happy. As a new mother, owner Tara Tremblett realized her own self-care was suffering as she was hesitant to ask her own mother to watch her infant son while she went to the salon and spa, considering it a luxury rather than a necessity. When she discovered that spas catering especially to parents were available in other cities,

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she knew this was a service needed by mothers and fathers in Edmonton. Before opening Pamper & Play in October 2014, Tremblett put a lot of thought and planning into how to make the experience the best it could possibly be for her clients and their children alike. As a mother of two young boys, she knows the happiness and safety of your children are your main concern. The Pamper & Play playroom is a bright, cheerful area with a delightful forest scene on the wall. The room has been decorated in soothing colours that encourage calm interaction so parents are greeted with happy, not hyper, children after their salon and spa treatments. The playroom

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is stocked with a variety of educational books and toys, including a child-sized kitchen and table and chairs, which are cleaned and disinfected regularly. For the older children, there is a large-screen television with Netflix. Children of all ages may visit the playroom while their parents are in the salon and spa. There is always a staff member trained in infant and child CPR in the playroom watching the children. The staff do bottle feeding and diaper changes and parents are welcome to send nut-free snacks with their children. The playroom is equipped with a top-of-the-line infant swing with a variety of movement, speed and sound options.


The playroom is located in a separate area at the front of the salon for the children’s safety in the event of an emergency, as well as to ensure clients of the salon and spa have a quiet and calming experience. While enjoying a peaceful massage, a restful manicure/pedicure or an undisturbed haircut and colour, parents can check on their children with the tablets provided for that purpose. Pamper & Play offers a wide range of spa treatments, including manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, tinting, masques and massages, in a serene and soothing atmosphere. Guests enjoy the remarkable benefits of the pod-warmed, serum-based Amber products exclusive to the spa. In the L’anza exclusive salon, clients will find many cutting, colouring, styling, straightening and perming options from which to choose. Finally there is a salon and spa that suits your busy lifestyle. Pamper & Play Salon and Spa: the name says it all! Pamper & Play Salon and Spa 228 91 Street SW Edmonton 780.440.7529 www.pamperandplay.ca info@pamperandplay.ca

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History & Hair Damage: Hair Extensions

Megan Ledarney The Extensionist Consultancy Inc. 10139 82 Avenue NW Edmonton 780.705.8363 www.thExtensionist.com

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air extensions were first introduced to the western world by way of African decent. Its founding father was the weave. Most suitable for African hair, the weave hid natural hair, allowing, “European textured” hair — the weave — to be safely sewn onto the natural braid. As such, this magnificent invention soon caught the eye of others who desired longer and thicker hair. But because every human has varying ethnic traits, there were challenges for non-African people applying the weave. Straight hair types did not need to tuck away their natural hair, they just needed more of it! For years, people with fine, straight hair took refuge in the weave, as it was the first hair extension product

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available in our Canadian market. Unfortunately, because braids used in the weaving method are pulled excessively tight to allow for long-lasting wear, prolonged tension on the hair caused traction alopecia. This type of or tension hair loss is almost always associated with hair extension damage. Next, the fusion method was brought to the Canadian market as an alternative to the conventional weave. The fusion method used keratin adhesion bonding to bind natural hair with cosmetic hair. Then the taping technique arrived in our market and spread like wildfire. With each new method came entirely new issues for natural hair. If not properly suited the correct hair type problems arise by way of harsh adhesives being applied to the natural hair, use of the required solvents for removal, and potential excess tension to the natural hair. Over the last 10 years, more and more women in Canada have given in to the temptations of hair extensions, and unfortunately, many have fallen victim to hair damage caused by method, hair type or improper installation or removal procedures. Whilst it seems every method promises a world of benefits and guarantees no damage, women are beginning to see

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this is simply not true, especially when it comes to prolonged use, which can lead to traction alopecia. That is until now. There are now a number of methods using silicone-lined beads, which are tiny copper or aluminum tubes, lined with a silicone barrier to protect natural hair from damage. This new method has provided the most success for finer, thinner, and more delicate hair types. Five years ago, I developed a technique using silicone-lined pearl beads and wefts called VOGUEPEARL™. Combined with my uniquely developed personal hand technique, The Extensionist Consultancy Inc.’s signature installation technique was born. As a company, we have adapted our method to provide hair replacement services for women suffering from hair loss with the use of our signature method. VOGUEPEARL™ can last in the hair up to six months at one time, whilst maintaining the integrity of your natural hair. Finally, a method better suited for more hair types and prolonged use. Now everyone can enjoy long, full hair while encouraging natural, healthy hair growth and happier people.


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3D Printing Could Change the FaCe oF PlastiC surgery By Henny Buffinga

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D printing is one of the most exciting new technologies to emerge in recent years, most importantly because of the vast implications for almost any industry: manufacturing, shipping, construction, patenting, medicine… the possibilities are seemingly endless. The process works by creating objects one layer at a time, sequentially printing layers of paper, resin, plastic, metal, biomaterial or another material based on a digital scan or model. In medicine, advancements are being made with bio-printing, where the material used in the layering process can consist of skin cells, stem cells or the patient’s own cells, which can create an organ with a lower chance of the patient’s body rejecting it. The $2 billion 3D printing industry is projected to reach $6 billion by 2017, and the field of medicine is welcoming the possibilities of the new technology with successfully printed live tissue and working organs making headlines this year. Plastic surgeons in particular are taking advantage of this new technology in interesting ways. Using 3D printing as an educational tool, surgeons are able to print models of body parts in order to plan complex surgeries. This is the most widely used application of the technology at this time. These precise anatomical models allow a surgical team to evaluate several courses of action before determining the best scenario. The models can serve as a guide to the surgery, where time is critical. Any time saved during surgery means a greater chance at recovery. Another seemingly conventional use of 3D printing is proving invaluable to the cosmetic surgeons. Iranian cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yakub Avsar, for example, is using 3D printing to provide his clients with a more accurate view of themselves and what they would look like post-surgery. Avsar uses this technique with patient’s undergoing a rhinoplasty (nose job) to demonstrate realistic before and after models for his patients. Patients can now see their

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new face from all angles and make a more educated decision on their surgery. 3D printing also holds exciting possibilities for aesthetic improvements for procedures such as breast augmentation. The implants could be designed by the plastic surgeon to fit the patient’s measurements and desired changes. This process would provide a customized implant that would suit the patient’s form perfectly. The costs of 3D technology are still high, not least because of the outlay of materials alone, over and above the technology. However, with 3D printers predicted to become more accessible and affordable in the coming years, it is anticipated the technology will become more widely embraced for the many advantages it can provide surgeons, many of them as of yet unexplored, and with seemingly unlimited possibilities for more visually appealing and safe procedures.

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Sound Professional Advice

Dr. Richard Hatfield, MD Medical Director Ethemba Health and Image Centre #210-2018 Sherwood Drive Sherwood Park 780.570.5747 drhatfield@ethembahealth.com www.ethembahealth.com

1. I am on a budget, and often see great “deals” on Botox at local Salons and Spas. If I can save money on my simple Botox treatment, why should I not do it?

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njections with neuromodutors (Botox, Dysport) are not as simple as it may seem. The musculature and neurological anatomy in the face is quite complicated. With an untrained or inexperienced injector, a number of things can go wrong: droopy eyelids/ brows, inability to swallow, close your mouth, difficulty with speech, stroke-like symptoms, and inability to close your eyes properly. I have been injecting these products, as well as dermal fillers such as Juvederm, for more than 16 years. When I teach medical students at the University

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Hospital, I stress the importance of both the end cosmetic result and the safety aspect of injecting these drugs. An advanced injector can give you so much more value for often the same price for brow lifts, smoothing of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, neck tightening, smoothing of the chin, corrected nose (fillers), and improving the smile. 2. I’ve heard you can achieve results similar to a facelift without surgery in the doctor’s office today? Is that true? Yes, you are quite right. We are achieving excellent results with two revolutionary procedures in our office. One, the fractionated CO2 laser, provides excellent lifting, tightening and smoothing, as well as pigment eradication with minimal downtime. We also have a new controlled depth peel called the “Blue Peel” that should only be performed by a physician. It includes collagen and elastin stimulation, treatment of rosacea, skin tightening, pigment removal at the deepest level (so that it does not return, as with other procedures), and goes deep enough to eradicate skin disease such as skin cancer. Never before in the field of cosmetic dermatology have I had the tools to do so much for my patients with

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respect to safety, lower costs and reduced discomfort and downtime. It’s exciting to offer exceptional results similar to the face-lift, but without surgery. 3. I have tried so many times to lose weight, without success. How can you help me lose weight and keep it off? I am very proud of my patients and the results we have achieved with our excellent weightloss programs. We teach the basics of nutrition as well as in depth management of nutritional needs based on the patient’s lifestyle, goals and overall health. We do comprehensive lab work to assess underlying conditions that may interfere with the program and create a customized plan that is set up for longterm success. We see dramatic results motivating permanent lifestyle changes. Typical results include discontinuing medications for blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. We test our patient’s resting metabolic rates to provide true indications of what is necessary to keep this weight off. Our weight loss educator, Shannon, is passionate, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and above all, an excellent motivator. Weightloss is complicated; therefore, a highly qualified health care team is important for long-term success.


Getting Ahead of Seasonal Allergies

signal the release of histamine. Histamine is a small tissue protein that helps us heal by actually creating symptoms, which clear the body of the offending allergen. For example, a runny nose can clear allergens from the nasal passages. Therefore, allergy symptoms are a response to excess histamine in the body.

Dr. Lisa Clements BSc. ND. Vital Health Naturopathic Clinic #136 – 2755 Broadmoor Blvd. Sherwood Park 780.449.4047 www.vitalhealthclinic.ca

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his time of year is beautiful. The sun is shining, which means we can finally feel some glorious heat soaking into our bodies. Soon the trees and flowers will be blooming and people will resurface after a long winter hibernating. Spring is a season of renewal and can be very uplifting; however, for some of us, spring brings with it unwanted symptoms such as sneezing, congestion and itchy, watery eyes — seasonal allergies. What are allergies? Excess histamine. Allergies occur when the immune system inappropriately overreacts to things in the environment or foods we eat. These allergens trigger the immune system to create antibodies that bind to mast cells and

Alleviating allergies — breaking down histamine with copper and vitamin B6

spill histamine into the tissues. Nutrients such as quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C help stabilize these cells and keep histamine in storage. The food factor Some foods are either high in histamine or stimulate the mast cells to spill histamine into the tissues. Limiting high histamine foods can be helpful for reducing allergies.

It’s normal for the body to release histamine from time to time because it helps us heal; however, we should also be able to break it down again. Some people regularly suffer from allergies because they lack the ability to break down the excess histamine. An enzyme in the body called DAO (diamine oxidase) breaks down histamine with the help of copper and vitamin B6. Therefore, if we are lacking either of these two nutrients, allergy symptoms can persist.

Healing the digestive tract

Alleviating allergies – controlling the production of histamine with iodine

The naturopathic approach

Iodine controls the production of histamine produced in our cells. An iodine deficiency can cause the body to overproduce histamine and create allergy symptoms. Alleviating allergies – reducing histamine by stabilizing mast cells Sometimes allergies occur because the mast cells, or cells that store histamine away, are unstable and unnecessarily

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A large part of the immune system lies beneath the intestines. If the digestive system is unhealthy, it sends inflammatory messages to the immune system, which tips off the allergy response. Avoiding food sensitivities, ensuring food is properly digested and maintaining a healthy gut with helpful probiotics can go a long way to prevent seasonal allergies.

Antihistamines such as Benadryl or Reactine block histamine receptors in the body; if histamine can’t bind to the receptors, then it can’t cause symptoms. Our goal is to reduce histamine altogether and eliminate the dependence on antihistamines. The important thing to remember is the cause of one person’s allergies may be different from another. Naturopathic medicine strives to find the root cause of illness and create individualized treatment plans to address each person’s unique needs.

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Look and Feel Your Best AT ANY AGE By Tori Stafford

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rom the natural effects of aging to impacts associated with medical issues, many people would change something when it comes to their appearance. For Dr. Vance Elliott and the team at Advanced Hair and Skin Surgery, helping patients in Edmonton and the surrounding areas address their concerns regarding appearance comes down to a simple philosophy: “You don’t have to live with it,” Dr. Elliott says. “I can help you.” In 2004, after several years as the head surgeon for a major North American

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hair restoration group, Dr. Elliott opened his hair surgery and cosmetic medicine practice in Sherwood Park. Since then, his practice has expaneded to offer a variety of dermatologic surgeries, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures, and vein treatments. Still active in teaching methods of hair restoration across the country, Dr. Elliott remains focused on helping patients address hair loss at any age. “Medical and surgical treatment of hair loss in men and women is the largest part of my practice,” he says, noting that most patients don’t know about the effectiveness of medical therapy for hair loss.

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“Medical therapy works extremely well. Most patients that come to see me will not need a hair transplant,” Dr. Elliott explains. “The treatment works so well that going bald is a choice. It doesn’t have to happen, and it can be prevented.” The clinic offers personal and attentive service, beginning with the initial consultation where Dr. Elliott speaks to each patient about his or her respective issues. It is this comfortable, personable approach to cosmetic and medical treatments that makes a visit to Advanced Hair and Skin Surgery more enjoyable than daunting, explains one of Dr. Elliott’s current patients.


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“Dr. Elliott and the whole staff really make a personal connection with you,” says Lana Anderson. She has been a patient at the practice for more than five years. “It is not intimidating at all.” Lana visits Advanced Hair and Skin Surgery for some of the other cosmetic procedures Dr. Elliott offers. An increasingly popular part of the practice, the clinic offers temporary, semipermanent and permanent fillers for the treatment of lines and wrinkles. They also offer treatment for acne, acne scarring and varicose veins. While gel fillers remain popular, not all patients are aware of the availability and cost-effective nature of permanent fillers, Dr. Elliott says. He has worked with these fillers for many years with wonderful and rewarding results for his patients. “It is basically the difference between renting and buying,” Dr. Elliott says of temporary versus permanent fillers. “If a patient likes the results from a temporary filler, and they want to maintain that result, using a permanent fillers means they don’t have to keep coming back in for appointments.”

“If a patient likes the results from a temporary filler, and they want to maintain that result, using a permanent filler means they don’t have to keep coming back in for appointments.”

At Advanced Hair and Skin Surgery, it truly is all about the results. Lana says “Dr. Elliott really is an artist in what he does,” noting how subtle and natural the results of his treatments are. “When I have gone in for a treatment, it gives me a boost of self-confidence, and that confidence has a positive effect on others aspects of my life.” Advanced Hair and Skin Surgery Synergy Wellness Centre #113, 501 Bethel Drive Sherwood Park, AB 780.416.8999 www.drvanceelliott.com Dr. Vance Elliott

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At this special time of your life, you deserve more attention!

Sweet Momma is a health spa specializing in pregnancy wellness. We understand that conceiving is not easy, the aches and pains of pregnancy are real and that relaxing can be a challenge. So, sit back, relax and enjoy this exciting time in your life. And, let us, help you, become the quintessential Sweet Momma! Drop by today to experience our unique pregnancy services and products. Specialty pregnancy services include pregnancy massage, pregnancy & preconception acupuncture, pregnancy nutrition, and pregnancy specific spa treatments. Pregnancy not required, everyone welcome.

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Safely & Naturally Assisting Pregnant Mommas

“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited.”

—Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn

Sarah Subchuk registered acupuncturist Sweet Momma Spa Edmonton 109, 10903 23rd Avenue 780.432.2265 info@sweetmomma.ca St. Albert 60, 585 St. Albert Trail 780.458.9362 stalbert@sweetmomma.ca

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cupuncture is one part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that treats conditions through the insertion of fine sterile disposable needles into targeted acupuncture points on the body. Its practice stimulates the body’s natural healing process. As such, acupuncture is an ideal treatment for moms-to-be and new mothers as it can help women maintain a healthy state with a safe, effective and drug free alternative. Pre-bAby Acupuncture can ease several symptoms during pregnancy including nausea and vomiting, constipation and hemorrhoids,

headaches and migraines, back, hip, pelvic pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression, breech and posterior babies, pre-birth preparation and preparation for medical induction. In fact, pre-birth treatments starting weekly at 36 weeks gestation can naturally help prepare a woman’s body for labour. Pre-birth treatments also ensures a woman has optimal energy for labour. Moreover, a clinical trial has shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment to help ripen and dilate the cervix, as well as reduce: labour time, pain, the rate of epidurals, medical inductions and caesarean sections. Acupuncture points are selected based on the woman’s physical constitution and pregnancy history. Points may be selected to reduce stress and anxiety, to reduce pain, and relax tendons and ligaments to help open hips for an efficient labour. With the use of moxabustion or mugwort, a type of herb burned to warm specific acupuncture points, acupuncture can help assist with breech or posterior position babies — effectively turning babies upside down. Breech babies are ideally treated at 34 to 35 weeks gestation but can be

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treated later in pregnancy as well. It can also be an effective treatment to induce labour, providing a natural and gentle push into labour and is an alternative to medical induction. Induction acupuncture stirs the baby from a restful state into an active state, moving the baby downward to start labour, aiding in preparing the baby for labour. It has been said: “If the fruit is ripe it will drop.” In other words, if the baby is ready, labour will occur. For the New MoM Acupuncture in combination with dietary therapy can continue to support women post pregnancy. Postnatal treatments focus on promoting recovery, balancing hormones, as well as nourishing and rejuvenating the body. Treatments can also help several postnatal conditions such as postpartum depression, mood disorders, insufficient lactation, wound and scar healing and urinary incontinence. To learn more about how acupuncture can be an effective, natural treatment during pregnancy as well as assisting the body through the transitions of pregnancy from the moment of conception to birth and post birth, book a consult with Sweet Momma.

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HEALTHY NEW YOU 2015 FEATURE

It’s About

How You Feel

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he Midwest Laser Centre has been on the forefront of the latest technologies and treatments in the cosmetic field for more than 20 years. The clinic opened its doors in 1988 and was one of the first laser clinics in Canada. Dr. David Will, a pioneer in the laser cosmetic field and the chief medical director of the three locations serving Saskatoon, Regina, and Edmonton, began his practice in Otorhinolaryngology with a special interest in facial plastics. With the clinics continual growth, he welcomes Dr. Sabrina Stewart. Dr. Stewart is a trained surgeon in Obstetrics and Gynecology who has grown her practice to include facial aesthetics and laser surgery. Upon completing her training with the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona and a preceptorship with Dr. Will, Dr. Stewart now joins the Midwest team as the new medical director of the three locations. “One of the most enjoyable and important aspects of being a physician has been the ability to help people,” says Dr. Stewart. “When clients experience non-surgical cosmetic procedures it is humbling to be involved in their transformation and be able to watch their self-esteem grow.” Midwest’s goal is to provide their customers with a refreshed, natural look. The Midwest Laser Centre specializes in non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as Thermage CPT, Clear+Brilliant, Fraxel:Restore, Botox Cosmetic, Restylane, Juvederm and Teosyal. An additional benefit of non-surgical procedures is the minimal downtime. Most of the treatments offered by the centre can be done without taking any time off work. The experienced staff will guide you through

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the options and find a treatment plan to suit your needs and timelines. Midwest Laser Centre is now offering IntimaLase TM and IncontiLase TM; this is a laser vaginal tightening treatment that uses thermal heating to improve intimacy and decrease stress urinary incontinence. The laser treatment, performed by Dr. Stewart, has a photo thermal heating effect on collagen in both the vaginal walls and the urethra, which causes restructuring and regrowth of the collagen. This results in thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls to improve atrophy and prevent urine loss. This simple, non-surgical, 15 minute, in-office procedure is highly effective, pain free and safe. “Midwest is a medical clinic. We strive to offer advanced treatments that are effective. Having a surgical background has been indispensable in allowing me to achieve great results with injectable treatments. My medical training and understanding of the physics of lasers is critical for offering procedures to treat skin conditions, vascular lesions and rejuvenation treatments. It is

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exciting to be able to offer non-surgical gynecology treatments.” Midwest Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Centre, “It’s about how you feel everyday.” For a free consultation and more information about the treatments, visit www.midwestlasercentre.com or call toll free 1.800.463.8700. Midwest Cosmetic & Laser surgery Centre Edmonton 102-9145 82 Ave 780.469.4704 mwlc.ab@shaw.ca

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Your Next Great Workout Is Just a TrūRide Away By: Trina Annand Photos Phuwadet Pas-arj Photography and Dale MacMillan

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aking the effort to go to the gym can often seem like an arduous task standing in the way of you reaching your health and fitness goals. Thankfully, specialized boutique studios have sprouted, changing the fitness landscape by catering to all needs and styles of enthusiasts. As the first and only dedicated cycle studio in Edmonton, TrūRide welcomes all ages, fitness and experience levels.

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Guided by a simple goal to make fitness fun, owner Dana Rajotte and her team of instructors, called TrūLeaders, inspire their clients to BeTrū to themselves.

through the air. Stadium seating in the studio ensures every rider has a perfect view of the instructor and the candles to light the way to a perfect ride.

Every element of TrūRide is carefully crafted to enrich the client’s experience. As soon as riders walk in the door, a motivational wall greets them with slogans like —‘Sweating is sexy – TrūStory.’ The air is scented with the business’ signature citrus scent of grapefruit Archipelago candles wafting

“I wanted to create a unique brand for TrūRide that was empowering. We are anything but cookie cutter; every instructor has their own style and we want to showcase it,” says Rajotte. The studio is so popular they offer a bike reservation app so that riders can ensure they get a spot in their

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favourite instructor’s class. Guests enjoy perfectly filtered water from the Q Water Bar, another complementary service provided by TrūRide. Where traditional fitness activities like lifting weights or running on a treadmill can be monotonous, TrūRide’s spin classes are all about enjoyment. “Our classes are fun and motivational, there is a lot of energy generated from the music and the people around you. It really doesn’t feel like a workout,” says Rajotte. Spin classes are a great low impact exercise for people with joint issues and it is a fantastic cardiovascular activity at any age.

fitness goals whether it is simply to get in shape, get healthier or prep for a biking event. Regardless of your skill level, we want you to succeed and have fun doing it,” says Rajotte. Your first Trū Ride is always on us! TrūRide Cycle Studio Inc. 3825 99th Street, Edmonton 780.469.4020 truride.com (@truridecycle)

Rajotte and her team are constantly looking for new ways to inspire and engage their clients with new class times to accommodate rider requests. One of their most popular events is the ‘wine & ride’ where riders come for a class and enjoy a wine tasting, cheese and tapas afterwards; the event was a natural choice for Rajotte who used to be a wine sales representative, combining her two great loves in one evening.

Dana Rajotte, owner

With spa-like amenities in the full-service change rooms such as professionally lit makeup mirrors, luxurious showers and Comfort Zone spa products, TrūRide is the perfect place to stop for a class before work or a night out. By providing all the tools to make fitness accessible for their clients, TrūRide proves there is always time for a healthy lifestyle. Rajotte is so confident guests will love TrūRide that their first class is free. “Living a great life is all about balance. We love to help people achieve their

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Seductive Sights & Tantalizing Temptations AT THE TORONTO CULINARY SALON By Tonya Lambert Photos Shonah Chalmers

Food is more than just the relationship it has with your taste buds; food intimately engages all our senses — taste, touch, sight, smell, even sound. Close your eyes and imagine the sizzle of a steak on a grill. Indeed, if a dish doesn’t appeal to the gatekeeper of our senses, it will likely never make it into your mouth. 38

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Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton served as head of the jury. He was joined by Gert Kloetzke of Sweden, WACS culinary committee chairman; Stafford DeCambra, chairman of The American Academy of Chefs; Clayton Folkers, an instructor at Edmonton’s Northern Institute of Technology; Don Gyurkovits of Vancouver, CCFCC national president; and Cornelia Volino, manager of CCFCC Bourse d’Or Canada. The entries at TCS are cold salon exhibits. The dishes are prepared in advance and then coated in a preserving food gel or aspic. Early on the morning of the competition, competitors make any final adjustments to their artistically presented dishes before the judging begins.

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he Toronto Culinary Salon (TCS) focuses primarily on the sight sentinel. In other words, how attractive is a dish? Does it look so tempting you must taste it? Touch also plays a role. Can you see a variety of contrasting textures to tantalize your taste buds? These are questions the jury members at the prestigious TCS sought to answer March 1-3 as they graded each entry on: • • • •

Presentation and Innovation Composition Proper and Professional Preparation Serving Arrangement

the 2016 World Culinary Olympics to be held in Erfurt, Germany.” To hold such a prestigious event requires the hard work and dedication of many people as well as the support and commitment of corporate partners. TCS 2015 was graciously sponsored by Saputo, Sysco, Ontario Turkey Farmers, Ontario Greenhouse Growers, Powder for Texture and Friedrich Dick Knives of Germany. Likewise, the jury also consisted of both national and international members. Simon Smotkowicz, executive chef at the

Each dish is given a score out of 100 with 25 points being allocated to each of the above-mentioned categories. Each competitor is then awarded a medal based upon his or her score: 90-100 for gold, 80-89 for silver and 70-79 for bronze. Four Best of Show Awards were also presented this year. After the judging was completed on each of the three days of the event, attendees of The Restaurants Canada Show were able to admire the enticing entries, ample evidence Canadian diners will be enjoying wonderful eating experiences for many years to come.

Held at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre in conjunction with The Restaurants Canada Show, TCS is a chance for both local and international culinary and pastry students as well as professionals to show off their talents, experiment with new ideas and ingredients, and share their knowledge with colleagues. Sanctioned by the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS), TCS is cohosted by The Escoffier Society/CCFCC Toronto and CCFCC Oakville under the direction of co-chairs chef Cornelia Volino and chef Ryan Marquis respectively. Volino explains, “The Toronto Culinary Salon is an opportunity for novices and professionals alike to showcase and strengthen their competition skills for recognition in Canada and in preparation for international competitions including

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April 10-12 Alzheimer Face Off Hockey Tournament - Edmonton and Leduc / www.alzheimerfaceoff.ca April 12 Eric Church – The Outsiders World Tour Rexall Place

events C I T Y/ R E G I O N

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April 19 Brian Webb Dance Company Art Auction 2015 Shaw Conference Centre April 24-26 Edmonton Cottage Life & Cabin Show Edmonton EXPO Centre April 25 Golden Pairings – Beer and Wine Tasting Event The Derrick Golf and Winter Club April 25 Masquerade Ball by Souls of the Feet Edmonton Scottish Society April 29 OneRepublic Rexall Place

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MAy 5 Neil Diamond World Tour 2015 Rexall Place MAy 8-9 La Bayadere: The Temple Dance Jubilee Auditorium MAy 16 Investors Group Stars on Ice Presented by Lindt Rexall Place june 20 Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s – Make Memories Matter Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park www.alzheimer.ab.ca 40

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Ship and Sip

I Bill Medak Expert Sommelier UnWined: Fine Wines, Spirits & Ales 203 Edmonton City Centre, Edmonton 780.421.0015 512 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert 780.458.4777 info@unwined.biz unwined.biz

n the first edition of Fine Lifestyles Edmonton we talked about traveling with wine. I hope some of my suggestions for how to wrap and pack wine came in handy.

bring it with you to new home; although specific reporting requirements and applicable charges are associated with bringing liquor products into the province.

Friends often tell me they find great wines in their travels and ask how to go about getting it shipped from wineries abroad or even domestically from B.C. or Ontario. As long as the wine is for personal use, there usually are no problems in shipping wine home or bringing it back from other provinces.

If you are moving to Alberta from within Canada, there is no reporting requirement. If you are moving to Alberta from an international location, including the U.S. and the shipment of your household goods contains no more than nine litres of liquor, report directly with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/ do-rb/provinces/ab-eng.html.

Albertans, over the legal drinking age, who travel to other provinces can bring home liquor of any kind for personal consumption. There are no limits on quantity or frequency, as long as the liquor accompanies the individual and is for personal use. An adult may bring back from another country no more than 45 litres of liquor in any 90-day period. Federal duty, provincial mark-up and GST will be payable on alcohol over and above the returning resident’s personal exemption. Wine however, can be shipped to Canada from abroad too. The traveller or the winery must complete a customs declaration form stating the value, origin and alcohol content of the wine. Upon arrival in Canada, the shipment is presented to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for processing. The wine is held in bond until the duty is paid. If you are relocating to Alberta and have a large liquor collection, you can

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If you are moving to Alberta from an international location, including the U.S. and the shipment of your household goods contains more than nine litres of liquor, continue reading this guide. If you are moving to Alberta from an international location and your household goods include liquor products, note that: There is no limit in quantities you can bring back, as long as the liquor is/was in your possession at the time of your move. The liquor will be subject to customs duty, excise duty, GST and provincial markup. It is a given the Federal Government of Canada and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Control will require you pay taxation and duty. Further details and information on these and other alcohol related topics can be found on the AGLC web-site http://www. aglc.gov.ab.ca Safe travels!

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CHEF PROFILE

Chef Porter Brings Unique, Savoury Flavours to El Cortez Photos Cory Johnn Photography

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he newly re-launched menu at Edmonton’s El Cortez Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar is fireworks for the senses. It’s been the room’s décor and vast tequila selection that has garnered most of the attention since the restaurant opened last summer, but now the food has taken center stage. It took a few months for the Merchant Hospitality Group to find just the right chef, but it was worth the wait. The new menu has been created by executive chef Lindsay Porter, formerly of 4th and Vine, and recent bronze medalist at the prestigious Gold Medal Plates Edmonton in 2014.

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“From the colours, to the flavors, to the textures, this menu really is my form of expression. I wanted to have fun with it, so I took several traditional recipes, and added my personality to them.” Porter graduated in 2006 after completing a two-year, fulltime culinary course. While at school, she apprenticed under chef Willie White at the River House Grill where she learned the basic fundamentals of restaurant fine dining. After graduating, she travelled to Europe for two months and explored the culinary world of Italy, Switzerland, France, Greece, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Once home, she became the executive chef at 4th and Vine, and began taking part in various competitions, such as the Chaine des Rotisseurs Junior Commis Competition, placing first in the regionals twice and travelling to Vancouver and Montreal for nationals. Porter has also competed in the CCFCC Junior Chef Challenge and CCFCC National Challenge. With an emphasis on quality and local product whenever possible, Porter’s menu at El Cortez Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar features exciting items such as a Swordfish Ceviche, Korean Bulgogi Steak Tacos, Roast Pork Rojo, and Valentina’s Fried Cauliflower.


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SenSuouS, SpiriTed, SpeLLbindinG The Vaughan String Quartet By Tonya Lambert Photos Jonathan Lima Guiroux

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he English conductor Jeffrey Tate once referred to the string quartet as “the most perfect expression of human behaviour,” and this is certainly true of Edmonton’s Vaughan String Quartet. Their dynamic performances transport listeners across the fiery heights of passion to the depths of melodic melancholy, from frenzied, feverish fury to calm, soothing tranquility. Their virtuosic abilities will steal your breath away, leaving you spellbound. Comprised of two couples — one Brazilian and the other Italian — the Vaughan String Quartet’s vibrant performances and wonderful blend of technical brilliance, intellectual rigour, rich interpretations and deep emotion have been thrilling audiences for more than two years and have already garnered a faithful following. The four musicians met at a local recital and upon discovering their mutual love for the intimate sounds of chamber music, they founded the Vaughan String Quartet in February 2013. Incredibly dedicated to their craft, they practice together almost daily, enriching each other and future audiences with fresh, colourful renditions.

The string quartet arrangement of two violins, a viola and a cello originated with Joseph Haydn in the 1750s. The Vaughan String Quartet combines the sparkling sounds of Vladimir Rufino and Mattia Berrini on first and second violins with the warm, velvety vibrations of Fabiola Amorim’s viola and the stately notes of Silvia Buttiglione’s cello. The Vaughan String Quartet shares their appreciation for chamber music not only with audiences but also with students through the string quartet course they conduct at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music – Grant MacEwan University. In addition, they have collaborated with Edmonton Opera, Edmonton Verdi Festival, the Banff Centre, the Western Canadian Music Awards, composer Robert Rival, University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, Alberta College Conservatory of Music and the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series. In May, they will travel to New York City to perform the Homage to Tango concert in which they will premier the second movement of Edmonton composer Allan Gilliland’s Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra in his version for accordion and string quartet, in collaboration with classical accordionist Antonio Peruch and pianist Polly Ferman. The Vaughan String Quartet gives regular concerts throughout the year including a free five-part series funded by the Edmonton Arts Council, the City of Edmonton and CKUA. The group often brings both local and international artists in for exhilarating collaborations. Next year’s concert series will combine selections from their classical repertoire with contemporary pieces by Canadian composers, including several never heard before. For an extraordinary experience, check the calendar page on the Vaughan String Quartet’s website. Their sensuous sounds that speak so eloquently to the heart will leave you mesmerized. If you are interested in sponsoring this consummate group of musicians to enable them to continue bringing the astonishing warmth of classical and contemporary chamber music to people around the city and across the country, contact them today. Vaughan String Quartet www.vaughanquartet.com

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A New Way to Play:

Family Game Night at Table Top Café By Courtney Tait Photos Jonathan Lima Guiroux

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ou may not guess it by the rise in tablets, smart phones and digital apps, but we’re in a golden era of what some might consider a vintage pastime: playing board games. Just step into Table Top Café — a large, homey space furnished with kitchen tables and filled with people rolling dice and trading cards. There you’ll see

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how the art of passing go, so to speak, is alive. Opened in 2013, Table Top Café is the brainchild of owner Brian Flowers, a board game enthusiast who envisioned a place where people could sample different games, enjoy good food and drinks, and spend quality time together. “People tell us it’s awesome,” says Brian. “The staff are super friendly and

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can teach people how to play a lot of the games. Board games are in a huge upswing right now, and we have the biggest selection in Edmonton.” With close to 500 games available, customers have the opportunity to try before they buy, a big incentive to visiting if you are considering a new game for yourself or your kids. A $5 daily fee allows you to play as many


games as you want. Most of the newer games at Table Top are for sale, with prices ranging from $5 to $125, and the selection is always expanding. While board games make up the majority of options, Brian says many games, such as the popular Cards Against Humanity, use cards or other media aside from boards. What you won’t find are video games; while the café does have Wifi, its focus is on screen-free recreation. Table Top has become a meeting place for people of all ages with similar game interests, drawing a Meetup group on Saturdays and fans of the cyberpunk themed card game Netrunner on Wednesday nights. On Monday evenings, guests can play with Brian and whoever else joins in. Planning a birthday party or other event? You can reserve seating at Table Top Cafe for your group, and are welcome to bring in your own cake. Offering a new take on family game night, Table Top provides kids and parents with a fun way to connect in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Its location features a spacious parking lot, making it easy to settle in for as long as you wish. “We have lots of families that come in two or three times a week,” says Brian. “It’s a good place to get kids away from the TV and to disconnect from technology.” Along with a range of hot and cold drinks, beers and coolers, Table Top serves tasty made-to-order options such as burritos and paninis. Home baked brownies, cookies, carrot cake and a candy bowl — the ideal game time snack — are also on the menu. As Table Top’s success continues to grow, Brian plans to open a second location in Edmonton, and eventually one in Calgary. “Running a business is similar to a board game,” he says. “It’s like I’m playing my own board game. I enjoy doing it, and it’s very rewarding that so many people like it.”

Table Top Cafe 5716 75th Street Edmonton 587.524.5323 www.tabletopcafe.ca

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A NEW TWIST on a Pantry Staple By Henny Buffinga Photos by Lisa Landrie and Phuwadet Pas-arj Photography

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veryone has olive oil in their the kitchen pantry — either as a staple for everyday cooking, a key ingredient for homemade salad dressings or perhaps a long forgotten item in need of inspiration. Whichever the case, OLiV Tasting Room is going to change the way you look at quality. Now you can really amp up the flavour of your food and impress your guests with the very best oils. OLiV Tasting Room proves there’s more to extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) than what is found on the average pantry shelf. OLiV Tasting Room features more than 60 flavours of EVOO, balsamic vinegar and white balsamic vinegar, all of which are available for free tasting every day in their stores. OLiV is different because they own their own olive farms, manage the harvest and processing, and bottle onsite overseas. This integrated process means their product is of a higher quality and has a longer shelf life. “We’ve been in business for a little over a year,” says Ian Reid, who co-owns the Edmonton and St. Albert locations with Susan Reid. “In that time we’ve found there

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are three broad types of customers: the foodies who are really interested in the cookbook and the creative ways they can use olive oil and balsamic vinegar, the growing numbers who are looking for the many health benefits attributed to EVOO, and the people who come in and say ‘what do you do with this stuff?’” The aim of OLiV Tasting Room is to educate clientele with friendly staff who encourage customers to taste the product. With so many premium flavoured and unflavoured options, the atmosphere of experimentation is ripe with the discovery of unique flavour combinations. In addition to their tasting room, where clients are free to taste all their products, OLiV also hosts private tasting parties, which can accommodate groups as small as ten and as large as 60 guests. These tasting parties are held after store hours

and provide an excellent opportunity for a culinary evening experience — featuring wine, bread, meats and cheeses while the host describes the history of the oils and vinegars and describes the flavours to look for.

The Fine Lifestyles team has partnered with OLiV for a very SPECIAL GIVEAWAY!

OLiV Tasting Room has a brand new cookbook with many recipes designed to enhance the flavours of a dish with gourmet oils and vinegars. Flavoured with natural essential oils and sweet, spicy, herbal, or fruity flavour combinations, their oils will naturally elevate your food.

The first 100 VISITORS at either the Crestwood or Shops at Boudreau location who bring in their copy of Fine Lifestyles and do a FREE tasting tour gets a FREE copy of OLiV Tasting Room’s brand new cookbook!

In fact, at OLiV Tasting Room they are flavour experts. Bernard du Toit, son of one of the owners of the parent company, is one of seven people worldwide who has earned the title of associate savant — an individuals who is trained to taste and distinguish the nuances of EVOO. His knowledge, combined with the expertise of all involved, ensures expertly curated flavours and quality control. To receive a free copy of their cookbook, visit their Crestwood or Shops at Boudreau locations with your copy of Fine Lifestyles!

OLiV Tasting Room Crestwood Centre 9656 142 Street North West, Edmonton 780.756.1600 Shops at Boudreau #115, 140 Bellerose Drive, St. Albert 780.569.1602 Mother’s Market 10251 109 Street, Edmonton olivboudreau@shaw.ca www.olivtastingroomedmonton.com ABOVE Manager, Amber Reid

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Dine IN! The Dining Out Better Alternative Thick, Juicy and Cut to Perfection Meats By Brandi Parnell窶ケhotos by Christophe Benard

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ust imagine the sound of a steak sizzling on the grill. Close your eyes and smell a summer evening with wafts of a chicken slowly roasting on a barbeque rotisserie. Or better yet, start planning a summer menu that includes an Okanogan white wine, baked salmon fillets and fresh sides. Charlies Place, a gourmet meat shop located in Sherwood Park, is the perfect accompaniment to the perfect meal. “Growing up on the farm, I never knew what it meant to look forward to a good meal. People often talked about occasions with specially prepared dishes. We ate good every time we sat down at the table,” says Charles Hansen. It’s that farm goodness that he and his daughter, Tiffany, bring to work everyday.

“Great dinners start with the best ingredients and a little preparation. Let us take care of all of that for you.” After 29 years of cattle, hog and chicken farming, Charles decided to take his experience as a butcher on the road, selling his homemade, mouth-watering sausages at various farmers’ markets around Edmonton. Quickly he realized his products were in demand. In fact, those same products are available at Charlies. Signature flavours of his sausages include Hawaiian with pineapple, green peppers and cheese, cheese and jalapeno, and olive and cheese. Available in countless combinations of lean pork, beef, chicken and turkey, they are perfect for lunch at the lake. But that’s not all, Charles is also know for his cut to perfection Alberta beef, thick strips of in-house bacon, smoked pork, beef and turkey jerky as well as smoked chicken, hams and turkeys. Charlies sells perogies and cabbage rolls, which can be purchased gluten free, not to mention his Montreal smoked meat and high quality luncheon meats. “We source all of our products locally. We stay open for our customers who come in at closing time and we get to know our neighbours across the counter,” he says.

In fact, they will cut to spec your dinner and also season and/or marinade your meat just as you like it. All you have to do is take it home and graciously accept the praise that comes from serving your friends and family prime products. “We are the dining out alternative,” he says. Charles and his staff will do all of the preparation; you just need to cook it at home and relax. Order one steak or a complete package of cuts for the entire weekend away. All of their products are fresh — never frozen — and they are

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vacuum sealed so you can buy your meat ahead of time. Charles and Tiffany are not your typical mom and pop operation. Along with their staff, they are a father/daughter meat shop, raising the bar on delicious meals made at home. By shopping at Charlies for your family, you are supporting theirs. Charlies Place 977 Fir Street Sherwood Park, AB 780.915.2592 info@charliesplace.net

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our taste buds may need a vacation after you bite into this issue’s dining guide. From a quaint table for two to an engaging night out with friends, we’ve got you covered. Best of all, this eclectic variety of culinary seriousness is not just about ambiance; each entry is jam packed with first-rate food. El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen is a local favourite for creative greatness. The eccentric décor, unconventional dishes and craft drinks are the complete combination of getting away without leaving town. Go for a cocktail, stay all night.

Next stop, Ampersand 27 where the food presentation is as beautiful as the atmosphere. It is the flawless choice for a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board or time-tried fares meant to be shared. Ampersand 27 is abstract, modern and must be experienced.

Living the best life means gathering with friends, of course, but it is also an investment in self. Glow Juicery is the newest hotspot for drinking to wellness. Whether you’re restarting after last night, rushing through life or rebalancing for purpose, Glow juice bar is for anyone who wants to eat well, live well and enjoy the best life. Anything but, The Common is your destination for food culture and music. It is a place to come home, a mix of what was and what is. More importantly, it is a gastro-lounge where food and location are elevated to uncommon heights. Lastly, nothing says Canada like a night out with great friends for a few beers and a table full of snacks. The Canadian Brewhouse is as easy as our northern roots. Don’t think about dress code or adventure: kick back, raise a glass and fill up on great times. Cheers!

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El CortEz

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 From the 100-year-old Mexican doors to the urban gothic décor featuring graffiti-covered walls, no aesthetic detail has been overlooked at El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Be warned though, the Latin world of El Cortez is not that of repetitious beach resort life; quite the opposite actually, El Cortez is heavily inspired by Chicano, Southern California culture. With its bright and vibrant colours, it is the celebration of life whilst acknowledging that death is always just around the corner. This curious juxtaposition can be seen in the grinning, colourful skulls found throughout the restaurant and in the underground tequila cellar. It can also be found in the statues of the Virgin Mary that grace El Cortez, arms outstretched, welcoming La Buena Vida — the good life. This “good life” can be deliciously complimented by diving into one of Cortez’s inventive culinary creations. The menu features many unique flavor combinations, from Valentina’s Fried Cauliflower, Korean Fusion ‘Bulgogi” Steak Tacos, exotic Swordfish Ceviche, Chorizo Corn Pops, to the Roast Pork Rojo. A bold addition to Edmonton’s blossoming culinary scene, El Cortez is rich is in all things creative. Experience the authentic atmosphere, get lost in the music emanating from the tequila cellar, explore over 140 different tequilas and mezcals and savour innovative Latin-inspired cuisine, all in the heart of Old Strathcona.

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SAMPLE MENU SELECTIONS El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar Menu TACOS Cinnamon Braised Pork Taco

Chorizo Chile Rellenos With rojo sauce, almond, raisins

Shredded lettuce, pickled onion, chipotle, Fried Patatas cojita Smoked paprika, guacamole, cheese, aioli, Crispy Pescado Taco walnut With shrimp salad, slaw, sweet chili Valentina glaze, crema, cilantro, mint

Chili Lime Pollo Taco

Valentina, cucumber, mint, cilantro

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Roast Pork Rojo With raisin red rice, beans, tropical salsa

Fried Queso Taco

With mushroom, onion, pepper, beans, Achiote Swordfish With buttered ancient grains, farofa, guacamole nogada sauce

Chorizo and Patatas Taco

Cream cheese crema, shredded lettuce

Argentinian Style 14 oz Striploin

Steak Taco “Bulgogi�

With chorizo potatoes, chimmichurri, buttermilk onions

Pickled slaw, sesame, aioli

APPETIZERS Chorizo Corn Pops

Cornmeal batter, sweet chipotle, cream cheese crema

Valentinas Fried Cauliflower With crema dip

8230 Gateway Blvd 780.760.0200 reservations through opentable For parties over 10, email cressida@elcortezcantina.com

Yucatan Roasted Pollo With sweet potato cumin mash, mushroom, beans, sherry, date mole

Mayan Chile 6 oz Beef Tenderloin With ancient grains, roasted cauliflower, mole, salsa Mexicana

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AMPERSAND 27

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Flavourfully Imagined and Locally Immersed  &27’s menu is crafted to be different; you’ll find an inspiring combination of familiar and faraway flavours made with traditional and trendsetting ingredients. Beautiful, delicious and designed for sensory delight, you’ll find familiar fare, reimagined and served in a completely different way. &27 is passionately local. To us, that means more than sourcing many of our ingredients from local producers, it means we’re deeply committed to our region and its people. Our water filtration system, QWater, eliminates plastic bottles, reduces our carbon footprint, and sales benefit the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Our coffee mugs were hand-crafted by Bon Accord potter, Heather Edwards, and our walls are adorned with paintings and prints by local artists. We’re from Edmonton and for Edmonton.

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SAMPLE MENU SELECTIONS Ampersand 27 Menu SHARE & SHARE ALIKE Beet Texture

Pig Ear Pad Thai 16

Rice Noodle, Bean Sprout, Tamarind,

12 Cilantro, Chili

Sous Vide, Roast, Gel & Crisp, Goat Cheese Maple Butter Pork Belly 17 Ganache Southwestern Mesquite Corn,Baked Beans, Roasted Cauliflower 12 Green Pea & Fritters Romesco, Raisins, Beluga Lentils, Garam Hanger Steak Masala & Yogurt Wilted Kale, Pickled Kale & Spinach Salad 14 Horseradish Fonduta

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Mushroom,

Barley, Mint, Cranberry, Apricot, Ricotta, Southeast Inspired Flat Iron 16 Crafted “Italian” Dressing Kimchee Fried Rice, Korean Pickles & Apple Pulse & Grain Salad 15 Mango Slaw Chickpea, Cous Cous, Quinoa, Lentil, Foraged Vinaigrette

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Seashore

19 Seafarer’s Redeemer

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Seared Albacore Tuna

18 Simpler Thymes

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Arctic Char Crudo

18 Scintillant Fig

Scallop, Prawn, Smoked Tuna Brandade, Sailor Jerry, Port, Licorice Root Strawberry “Sand”, Sea Asparagus Clove Shrub, Orange

www.ampersand27.com 10612 82 Avenue Edmonton 780.757.2727 Brunch (Saturday & Sunday) 10-2 Lunch Monday – Friday 11-2 Dinner All week 4 till late

Pickled Hearts of Palm, Citrus, Seaweed, Vodka, Campari, Thyme Balsamic Simple Cashew Puree Syrup, Orange, Poprock

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Avocado, Sesame Crisp, Asparagus,Truffle & Soy Aperol, Anise Fig Grapefruit Shrub, Pressured Octopus 15 Prosecco Sea Salt Crusted Potato, Fennel, Tomato, Chorizo

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Prairie Fields 15 Brandy, Grand Marnier, Chrysanthemum Rabbit Confit, Farro, Corn Panna Cotta, Shoots Orange Honey, Lemon, Walnut Bitters, Cherry Smoke Pastrami Pork Cheeks

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12.5 Braised Red Cabbage, Rye Spaetzle, Flora Gin, Elderberry Liquor, Hibiscus Raspberry Sauerkraut Creme Shrub, Tonic

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Glow Juicery

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Who Knew Nature Could Taste So Good?  Glow Juicery is Edmonton’s newest vehicle to enjoying life to the fullest, one fruit or vegetable at a time. Creating cold-pressed veggie and fruit Juices, smoothies and vegan Raw Food options, Glow Juicery uses largely local, seasonal and organic food sources. Their unique signature Juices are designed to be a convenient way to nourish your body, increase your energy, and add a little more “Glow” to your day. Their healthy, freshly created food options change seasonally, and deliver immediate energy, detoxify the body and rejuvenating the mind. In a world where time is a limited resource, Glow Juicery is a place for people with allergies, food intolerances, health concerns or just a general desire to live better and with more energy than they ever thought possible. Glow Juicery is for anyone who wants to eat well, live well and feel amazing!

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SAMPLE MENU SELECTIONS Glow Menu GLOW RAW FOOd:

(menu items change seasonally)

Kale Me Crazy Salad

GLOW TREATS: Raw Lemon Cashew Squares Glow Raw Chocolate + Superfoods

Kale + marinated nori + vegan cesar Glow Bites dressing + coconut bacon cashew + date + chlorella + coconut

Glow Bowl

3 grain blend + spiralled rainbow veggies + JUICES: vegan zucchini dressing + nigella seeds 8 signature Juices, including

Glow Raw Tapas

After Glow

glowjuicery.ca New! Strathcona 7911A 104 Street,edmonton whitemud crossing Suite 184, 4211-106 St edmonton 780.758.2773 Sherwood Park 208 Sioux road Sherwood Park 780.464.5355 Many retail locations around edmonton

raw sushi, vegan salad rolls, falafal + apple + kale + spinach + celery + cucumber hummus

Citrus Glow

GLOW NUT MyLKS:

orange + lemon + ginger + cocount

Chocolate + Chaga Almond Mylk

Earthy Glow

Matcha + Spirulina Nut Mylk Glow Raw Almond Mylk

beets + carrots + apple + cucumber + ginger

Vitamin G

carrot + orange + lemon + spinach + ginger

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THE COMMON

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Crafting a New Spin on Common Classics Crafting a New Spin on Common Classics  There’s nothing common about it. Located in the heart of the political district, The Common is serving up anything but typical bar food. With menu items such as square umami burger and short-rib poutine, chef and partner, Jesse MorrisonGauthier’s scratch kitchen takes typical dishes and turns them into gourmet bites. Always offering exciting seasonal menus with an emphasis on creativity and quality, this forward-thinking establishment also has a fine selection of craft, small batch, local and imported beers, as well as an innovative mix of vintage and modern cocktails, spirits and wines. Since 2009, The Common has been known for a fabulous night out on the town. A move in 2012 to a higher profile and larger location added their partner and Chef Jesse Morrison Gauthier to the team. That year they were named runner up for best new restaurant and first for best dance club. Lunch, Dinner, corporate functions, private parties and after-work drinks are in their wheelhouse. You’ll find great entertainment at this multifaceted venue. There’s an eclectic mix of electronic, indie, funk, hip hop, soul, classics and live music from local and worldwide performing artists from as far away as New York and Berlin. Collectively, the ownership group — all under the age of 40 and business owners in Edmonton for more than 15 years — also operates Foosh, The Bamboo Ballroom and The Bamboo Stockroom. Hard work and amazing support has garnered some great awards; most recently The Common was awarded best lunch 2015 as well as their legendary Chicken & Waffles for 25 best things to eat Come for the food or the libations. The Common is revamping vintage, honouring community and reinventing culture in Edmonton.

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SAMPLE MENU SELECTIONS The Common Menu TO START & TO SHARE

SOMETHINg SwEET

Tandoori Calamari

Earl Grey Creme Brulee

Chicken And Waffles

Chocolate Nemesis

Short Rib And Risotto

Tarte Tatin

olives, mango, orange, ginger dip

Shortbread & marmalade

THE COMMON www.thecommon.ca The Common 9910 109 Street Edmonton 780.452.7333

Bake ‘n shake, apple bacon relish, ancho Flourless cake, caramel, roasted strawberry maple ice cream. gluten free

Spinach, chantrelle mushrooms, pine nuts

Apple tarte, bourbon sauce, marscapone

Umami Burger

Bacon, jack cheese, pickles, lettuce, mustard. fries, soup, or salad (contains nuts) gluten free

Fish And Chips of The Week

Tempura battered, grilled lemon, pea puree fries, soup, or salad (contains nuts)

Pan Bagnat

Open face tuna salad, anchovy fritter gluten free

Chicken Pot Pie

Peas’n carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, puffed pastry. fries, soup, or salad (contains nuts)

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CANADIAN BREWHOUSE:

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Something for Everyone at The Canadian Brewhouse The Canadian Brewhouse is place where everyone is made to feel comfortable and welcome, a quality that is not limited to the friendly staff and outstanding selection of wine, beer and cocktails. Designed to cater to a variety of different tastes and occasions, the menu is also expansive with everything from those pub classics and shareable appetizers to delectable bistro-style dining for those looking for a more formal, sit-down dining experience. Salads, pasta, pizza, steaks, and stir fry dishes compliment a huge selection of burgers, wings and pub favourites, along with signature items and much-loved best sellers which include Fried Pickles and the famous Peppered Angus Steak Bites. With several all-time Canadian favourite poutine options, it’s no wonder customers return time and again to The Canadian Brewhouse – and with 24 beers on tap and a huge cocktail menu including favourites like sangria, Dangle ice shots and The Woodsy, you won’t leave thirsty, either!

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Shaved Prime Rib Sandwich

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Super thin shaved prime rib, cooked and seasoned in our kitchen, mixed with Brewhouse BBQ sauce, a slice of cheddar cheese and served with au jus.

Canadian Donair

Sliced homemade donair meat, oven baked with mozza and cheddar in a warm pita shell. Served with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, diced red onions and our homemade donair sauce.

Alexander Keith’s Bluenose Fish

Atlantic cod battered in an Alexander Keith’s beer batter. A tribute to the legendary Nova Scotia “Bluenose”.

Braised Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A healthy portion of our now famous braised beef between two slices of Texas toast with melted cheddar and BBQ sauce, served with au jus.

Chicken Kay-Sad-Dee-Ya

A grilled tortilla stuffed with chicken, green peppers, mushrooms, diced white onions and blended cheeses served with sour cream and salsa.

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Breaded chicken breast, seasoned with lemon pepper and garlic, then stuffed with ham and ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese and cooked golden brown. Served with our cheesy scalloped potatoes and seasoned vegetable medley.

Olympic Stirfry

Wok-tossed carrots, broccoli, bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and celery in a ginger soy sauce with your choice of rice or chow mein noodles and chicken or beef!

Bollywood Butter Chicken

Chicken breast covered in a creamy curry sauce, served with toasted garlic naan and steamed white rice.

PIZZAS Montreal Smoked Meat Pizza

Shaved Montreal smoked meat, secret sauce and mozza cheese with fresh pickle slices.

Perogy Pizza

Kactus Chips, sour cream, mozza and bacon, topped with cheddar cheese, chives and sour cream.

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The Canadian Brewhouse 200 – 270 Baseline Rd. Sherwood Park 780.464.3630 Everyday 11am – 2am


CUCUMBER-INFUSED

GIN CAESAR Canada’s classic cocktail is getting a makeover in many restaurants and lounges around the country these days. Notably, there are extravagant garnishes and alternative alcohol options, besides traditional vodka. This version is fresh, yet savoury. Drink up!

RIM Pickle juice, fresh cracked salt, black pepper. • • • • • •

3 Sliced cucumbers 2 Dashes of Tabasco pepper sauce 1 Dash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce 3 Grinds of fresh cracked salt and black pepper 1 oz (30 mL) Hendrick’s gin 4 oz (120 mL) Mott’s Clamato Cocktail

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Cucumber slice Lemon Wedge Pickle

Muddle everything together at the bottom of your glass, except the gin and Mott’s Clamato. Fill glass with ice; add Hendrick’s gin and Mott’s Clamato. Garnish and enjoy!

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ANCIENT MAYA By K.A. Beattie Photos Courtesy of Oceania Cruises

The Mayan civilization is for the most part associated with the spectacular circular calendar, astronomy and, we can’t forget, the sacrifices so embellished by Hollywood. Quite honestly, I had no idea of the extent of the Mayan civilization and the incredible accomplishments that resulted from such a civilized, artistic, hardworking, industrious society.

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ABOVE K.A. Beattie

aturally, when travelling in Mayan country, one expects to see the ruins and many step pyramids of Tikal and numerous authentic archaeological sites, but the plants are very nice, too. The association of plants and spirituality as medicines in the Mayan culture was very strong and still exists to this day. Traditional wisdoms seem not to have been obscured by synthesised medicines, tourism and modern day technology. This is not to say all that we take for granted doesn’t exist. It does, but there is a cultural reverence for ancestral knowledge and a deep appreciation for what Mother Nature continues to provide. A visit to a local market in Santo Tomas, Guatemala will reveal first hand what the local population considers “plant medicine.”

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Granted, there are a great many uncommon looking specimens, packages and bundles of strange foliage, roots and bark bits from peculiar trees, but all very familiar to the still vibrant Mayan population. Our ship, Oceania’s Regatta, made several ports of call along the coast of Central America, allowing guests many opportunities to experience a real, close up look at the modern Mayan culture as well as a peek into their past. Shore excursions in Cozumel and Costa Maya Mexico, Santo Tomas, Guatemala, Belize City, Belize and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica wove an intriguing cultural fabric, bringing to life the ancient Maya culture reflecting today’s society as well. Fascinating discussions and tours with local guides through ruins, rain forests,

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back roads and beaches left us tired, but chocked full of new information and more questions. Of considerable fascination for me, being a plant person, was the use of plants for medicines and spiritual healing. The goddess of medicine, healing, childbirth and fertility named Ixchel, is depicted as a child, maiden, mother and crone, almost identical to the Celtic belief. She wears a headdress of a serpent and holds a plant in her palm and is easily found on a wall of hieroglyphs. There are hundreds of icons representing everything from a single letter of the alphabet to full concepts. Oceania’s Regatta is a marvelous “small ship” and one of our favourites for many reasons. Like the rest of the fleet, the service not only aboard but pre and post-cruise is exemplary. Consider any business with at least 45 different nationalities all working harmoniously day in and day out — rather like the UN without the translators. Every time we

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see them, our stateroom staff greet us with enormous smiles and a genuine salutations, not simply the mantra of so many North American retail staff: “Have a nice day!” Each staff person proudly wears a metal nametag stating his or her first name and home country — it’s a great conversation starter. In the grand dining room the wait staff is crisp, professional and buzzing about like worker bees in a lavish hive, never bumping into each other. We are most comfortable dressing in country club casual clothes for the evening meal, such as a golf shirt and long dress trousers. There is no need to pack formal or fancy evening wear — unless you prefer to do so. From time to time, I don a sports jacket and maybe a tie, but again the choice is yours. There are also no prescribed dining times. You can eat dinner when you wish between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.. Alternatively, the buffet at the rear of the ship provides a similar menu, and you

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can dine alfresco if desired. Failing all of that, perhaps after a long day of jungle trudging, rooms service in the stateroom allows you to dine in whatever you please, put in a movie or DVD, and just chill. We have discovered just how much we didn’t know about the ancient Mayan civilization, which has added more fuel to our fire. Once home we will be pouring over our photos and literature in an attempt to become more familiar for our next excursion to Central America. Consider joining us this October as we sail with Oceania from Istanbul to Dubai, and thereafter on to India, Madagascar and South Africa. For the time of your life, simply contact a travel agent or Oceania Cruises yourself and see what the world has to offer. Ken Beattie is the Horticulture Education Manager with the prestigious Canadian Wildlife Federation and a lecturer with many cruise lines.


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Local Humanitarian Leads Community to ‘FaCe oFF’ against

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s a local builder and resident in the area, Greg Christenson of Christenson Developments understands the value behind giving back to the community. “My dad always believed that it was important to support the community and the church. I guess it just kind of stuck with me,” he says. His interest and active involvement with the Alzheimer Society is a personal connection: his father had the disease. Christenson has played a vital role in the planning of one of the charity’s most popular fundraising events: the Alzheimer’s Pro-Am Face Off Hockey Tournament. For the past five years Christenson has been the chairperson for the event and regards serving as both a privilege and an honour. “It’s been a very positive experience,” he notes. “Alzheimer’s is about losing memory and the hockey tournament is about creating ones and building relationships to help a worthy cause.” Pro-Am FAce oFF Hockey TournAmenT Exercising humility, Christenson eagerly sways the conversation to the fundraising event. “This year’s tournament runs from April 10 to 12

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with events happening in both Edmonton and Leduc,” he says. The Alzheimer’s ProAm Face Off Hockey Tournament offers both amateur players and NHL Alumni to spend time on and off the ice having fun while raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and caregiver support. According to Christenson, there will be a total of 24 participating teams, each raising a required minimum of $25,000 in order to play. The team that raises the most money picks first in the draft which is the Friday evening of the tournament. NHL Alumni players are comprised of former Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars members from the playoff series in the late 1990’s. The lineup includes Curtis Joseph, Cory Cross, Fernando Pisani, Mike Modano, Jamie Langenbrunner and more. The weekend kicks off on Friday at the Shaw Conference Centre with the Rivals Luncheon. Later that evening the draft takes place, allowing teams to choose their alumni teammates for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday offers spectacular hockey action at the Leduc Recreation

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Centre with plenty of excitement for fans. An all-star game on Saturday will feature the tournament’s top individual fundraisers with a championship game on Sunday. THe HeArT oF A PHilAnTHroPisT Christenson’s enthusiasm is infectious as he talks about taking part in such a worthwhile cause. His passion for community and humanity is evident as he sets an example of a truly charitable nature. “The fun part for me is building relationships while doing great work for such a worthy cause. I’ll always be linked to the Alzheimer Society because of the great need that’s there and because our business markets to babyboomers,” he explains. Last year’s event raised about $500,000 in donations matched from Alberta Innovates to provide a grand total $1,000,000 for research. Christenson is hoping to meet or exceed that this year. alzheimer society alberta and northwest territories 308 – 14925 111 avenue, edmonton aB 780.761.0030 www.alzheimer.ca/en/ab www.alzheimersfaceoff.ca


“Greg’s years of dedication to raising awareness and funds are unmatched! We appreciate him as an advocate and philanthropist,” —Dr. David Westaway, president of the Alzheimer Society for Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

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AMAZING GARAGES High-End Homes For Your High-End Vehicles

By Melanie Furlong Photos Courtesy tdSwasnburg design studio, Alex Watson Photography and TR Building and Remodelling

Garages are not just places to park your car anymore. Homeowners around the world are finding ways to dwell more comfortably with their vehicles, whether that means creating an amazing showroom around them or hiding them away.

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ake car collection company CEO Craig Jackson who built his Arizona home with a circular 3,600 sq. ft. garage. It displays his muscle and luxury car collection facing centre, like the spokes in a wheel. At the centre, a Bugatti Veyron rotates on a deserving pedestal. If you own a Bugatti, Ferarri, Lamborghini or McLaren, a climate-controlled “Garage Mahal” will definitely be on your wish list. For many car aficionados, the ideal garage shares the same elements as the man cave. Garages with wet bars, flat-screen televisions, fitness centres, woodworking shops and lounge areas to display autorelated memorabilia are becoming increasingly popular. Las Vegas native and Forty4 Asset Management CIO Francis Wisniewski put a small basketball court and gambling room — complete with a full-size craps table —in his 15,000 sq. ft. garage. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who famously collects Porsches, keeps them in an underground garage three blocks from his

home. The three-storey garage houses his 46 Porsches and features a clubroom with a billiard table, kitchenette and office. A New York penthouse apartment listed for sale comes with an “en suite sky garage” that allows for your car to be transported by elevator to your apartment and parked just outside your door. The idea of using a car lift, or elevator, has gone beyond space-challenged citydwellers. Car collectors who want to maximize garage space by stacking their vehicles also use them, as do those who prefer the attention stay focused on the garden, and not on their vehicle. Swiss company Cardok has created a bespoke parking solution to suit any home or vehicle. Installed under an existing driveway, cars disappear into a hole via a hydraulic ramp. A decorative roof fools passersby into thinking there’s no car parked at home and maintains the decorative appeal of your garden. It becomes impossible to vandalize or steal the car and you don’t have to worry about power-outages because every

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installation comes with a small back-up generator. The same company offers the CarLift, which was developed to enable customers to access their basement garages utilizing a lift rather than a ramp. Turntables can also be provided within the basement garage to allow easier access to every underground parking space. In some scenarios, a garage is more valuable to a property when converted into living space. Some choose to transform their garages into extra bedrooms, home gyms or cinemas, while they move the car underground, as it’s more cost-effective than moving to a larger house. About 3.5 million Canadian homes have attached garages, according to a 2007 report on energy use by Natural Resources Canada, and a garage generally increases property values by approximately 64 per cent of its cost, depending on current markets. The kind of garage that suits you and your car perfectly will depend on budget, space and how you will enjoy your wheels best.

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Opening the Door to Quality Craftsmanship By Brandi Parnell

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any homeowners choose the garage door to express themselves aesthetically. After all, your garage door can occupy up to half the front facade of your home. In fact, new garage doors have the ability to change the overall look and feel of your home, enhancing its appearance and curb appeal. At The Garage Door Depot, owner Jim Goode knows quality when it comes to doors. Not only do customers have style and colour to choose from, but also insulation

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type and construction of the door. With access to many attractive garage door designs, including brands like Amarr, TimberValley and Haas, the options are practically limitless. “We offer superior products with quality service and we stand behind our work with a labour warranty that is second to none ,” says Goode. Customized to Fit Your LiFestYLe Designs range from traditional to carriage house varieties, which are more reminiscent of the old world barn-style doors. “We sell

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everything from retrofits for older period homes designated as landmark homes to new builds for custom one-of-a-kind homes. In fact, we sold the first and only Trento door in Canada,” he says. Designed and crafted in Italy by Amaar, the Trento door is made using Japanese marine grade hardwood, has no track and comes with a built-in operator. Their portfolio of doors comes in four premium wood grain options, 12 standard colours and all doors are available in manufactured factory black. “We can even do custom wood doors that actually look like and feel wood without the maintenance.”


moderN, C H A r i s m At i C , timeLess If you’re looking to enhance the exterior of your home, estimates are free at The Garage Door Depot and best done onsite. It is important to Goode and his staff that there are no hidden costs or fees. They provide clients with the full scope of work to be done. “We do the whole gamut,” he says. Not only do they sell a vast range of first-rate garage door options, they also offer service on all makes and models on the market, including both residential and commercial. Most importantly, all doors come with a lifetime warranty. To make the most out of your garage, The Garage Door Depot also installs Swisstrax flooring to enhance the overall look of the garage floor, along with Storewall systems to maximize your garage storage solutions. Goode’s team of staff comes with vast experience in the overhead door industry. He values not only your family but those of his staff too: “As a company we are family driven. We try to put our staff’s families at the forefront as well.” Whether you’re in midst of planning your spring renovations, overhauling the look of your house or building the home of your dreams, The Garage Door Depot is the perfect place to begin a makeover of your garage. Call today for your free estimate or to see the wide variety of doors matched with excellent customer service.

the GaraGE Door DEpot® Edmonton region 780.960.3252 1.888.698.Door (3667) www.GarageDoorDepot.ca

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Delivering Finely CraFteD Homes

with impeccable Service By Tobie Hainstock Photos by Christophe Benard Photography

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COVER FEATURE – NEWGROUND DEVELOPMENTS

for your fine lifestyle, you will find these outstanding homes captivating. cuStom homeS Built to order If you’re seeking out a custom home and don’t have a floorplan yet, Newground will look for a designer and architect with you. Together your team will talk with you about the home and lifestyle you are envisioning. It may take a bit more time, but the results will be amazing. You will have a lovely custom home that matches the needs and desires of you and your family. the PerSonAl APProAch “We take a very personal approach when serving our clients,” comments Ashley. During the planning process, homebuyers are encouraged to think about the amount and type of involvement they would like throughout the build. “It’s about making the entire homebuilding experience as enjoyable as possible. Building a dream home should be fun. Tailoring the process to each client is an important way to achieve this. Some want to be very ‘hands

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hether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned veteran, buying a home is something you never do on a whim. Not only do you want your stunning new home to be a reflection of your lifestyle, you want it to be safe and secure for you and your family. The key elements that attract most people to the home they choose to buy or build include functionality, beauty and structural integrity. Newground Developments offers impeccably crafted high-end homes that are as functional as they are beautiful. Owners Brian and Ashley MacLean offer custom and predesigned high quality homes that not only meet, but exceed, the expectations of their customers. Scott Arthur homeS Within their ultra-high-end line of striking Scott Arthur Homes, Newground offers homebuyers a collection of amazingly crafted Georgian-style homes that will take your breath away. Ranging in sizes from 3,500 sq. ft. to more than 8,000 sq. ft, Scott Arthur Homes are stylish, luxurious and extraordinary. With a full brick exterior, a Scott Arthur Home features a strikingly unique appearance with a timeless classic feel. In a place where siding and stucco are the usual materials of choice, these homes definitely stand out from the others. Suited

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on’ while others prefer to step back and let the builders take care of things.” During the building process, Newground Developments will keep open communication with you to ensure you are pleased with how things are progressing. This will give you opportunities to get clarification on anything you might have questions about. A Winning teAm One of the most important factors when building a quality custom home is making sure that the proper team is in place. “We work with a lot of subcontractors,” Ashley explains. “We are very careful about the tradespeople we choose and always look for the company that best fits the specific needs of each build. We want to make sure our clients are getting only the best quality craftsmen. It’s really about finding the right pieces to

the puzzle and making sure everything fits together perfectly.” When hiring subcontractors, Newground is transparent about their costs so the homebuyer can be confident there are no hidden costs and any savings are passed on to the client. rAiSing the BAr for cuStomer Service By offering personal service at a higher level, Newground Developments takes extra steps to raise the bar of excellence, placing their relationship with their clients at the top of their priority list. “We are totally dedicated to our clients and conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity. We believe value is defined by service and quality and we are committed to offer the best value available on the market today.” With Newground Developments, the relationship between builder and

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homebuyer doesn’t end the day you move in. Their excellent “after care” includes a great warranty and service program. dedicAted to Serving You Newground understands building a new home is an exciting but stressful time for homebuyers. Their passion, dedication and attention to detail, combined with a strong focus on the client experience, helps alleviate that stress. In the end, the most important thing is to build a comfortable, high quality home for their clients. Ashley emphasizes, “It’s our goal to help our clients create a beautiful new home they can enjoy and build wonderful memories in for many years to come.” Newground Developments 208 134 Pembina Rd, Sherwood Park 780.464.4202 newgrounddevelopments.com |

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COVER FEATURE – ONE SMART HOME

Home Technology at its F i n e s t By FL Staff Photos Christophe Benard Photography and Audie Benson Estate Homes

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magine moving into your beautiful new estate home with the finest technology conveniently at your fingertips! One Smart Home offers the latest in home automation technology so simple to use even the least ‘tech savvy’ people will enjoy using it. The most appealing aspect of home automation is the convenience and sense of security it offers. From one easy to use interface, you can experience the

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luxury of controlling your music, video, thermostats, lighting, security, shades and more. At One Smart Home, you will receive the guidance and support needed to help you choose the right technology for you. Gain peace of mind by remotely logging into your home through your smart phone, allowing you to check up on your kids or be reassured you closed the garage door on the way to hockey practice.

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Every single home automation system is unique. They are easily customizable to fit the preferences of you and your family. “What we do is take the time to learn and understand how our clients live day-to-day and help them pick the right technology for their new home,” explains owner, Marco Pugliese of One Smart Home. One Smart Home recognizes everyone’s needs are unique. Their goal is not to have technology stand out, but


complement the design put forth by the builder and interior designer. By working with key individuals in the planning stages of building your home, One Smart Home can hide unsightly switches and speakers. They can also camouflage televisions through motorization, art and mirrors, which helps keep the beauty of your custom estate home intact. “We work with the builder and designer to help enhance the appeal of the home. For example, you can set the atmosphere with strategic lighting layouts. Press one button and set the mood for a dinner party, movie night and more,” adds Pugliese. One Smart Home understands moving into a new home can be a stressful and busy time. They also realize you can’t customize a space until you have really

had a chance to live in it and use it. “Once you live in your new home we will spend time with you to customize the rooms to fit your new day-to-day routines, assist in the familiarization of the system, and to address any outstanding questions or concerns you may have,” he says. Enhance the ambiance with the press of a button. Whether it’s movie night with the family, or sitting in the hot tub watching the big game, turn any space into that oasis you’ve been looking for. One Smart Home can assist you in truly bringing your home to life! One Smart Home 104 150 Chippewa Road Sherwood Park Hours: by appointment only 780.801.8181 www.onesmarthome.ca |

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Quality Begins With a Strong Foundation By Henny Buffinga

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n 2003, Darwin and Tanya Holm entered the homebuilding industry after a bad experience while trying to finish their basement. The home was only nine-years-old but did not have a straight wall to be found. Speaking with friends about their situation, the couple realized many people they

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knew felt frustrated with the process of building their own new homes. Common complaints included not being able to visit the home during construction to check on things, limited colour choices and finishes, and being charged exorbitantly for any changes they wanted to make – if changes were permitted at all.

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Frustrated with the quality of their home and thinking their friends should have been able to get exactly what they wanted with one of the biggest investments they’ll ever make, the husband and wife duo decided to get into the business to offer a different experience; and that is what Contrast Homes provides.


Darwin has been in the construction industry for over 30 years, and is experienced in both commercial and residential construction. A journeyman carpenter and journeyman ironworker with red seal certification in both trades, he was also a construction superintendent overseeing large commercial construction projects; so starting his own business wasn’t a stretch. Learning from their bad experience, the Holms’ top priority is quality construction, making sure the “bones” of the house will withstand the test of time. They pride themselves on their attention to detail, and don’t accept substandard work from their subcontractors. “When people see custom, they automatically think it means expensive,” Tanya explains. “Our clients give us a wish list and a budget, and we try to provide as much of that wish list as we can that fits within their budget. Custom doesn’t have to mean expensive: it just means you get to choose exactly what you want within your budget.”

She goes on, “Some of our clients know exactly what they want and some even come to us with their blueprints all ready to go. However with most of our clients we sit down and help them make a list of needs and wants and then our drafts people design a plan that fits their vision.” Honesty and transparency along with a hands-on approach sets this company apart. The personal one-on-one guidance ensures customer satisfaction, and while some contractors only allow one or two visits to the building site, Contrast Homes allows clients to make appointments whenever they want to inspect the progress of their home. “We try to involve our clients as much as they want; we want to make them comfortable and educate them throughout the entire construction process,” says Darwin. “Our goal is to exceed their expectations.” As a BUILT GREEN member, Contrast Homes is committed to getting more energy efficient products into their homes. By staying on top of cutting

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edge technology and products, they can educate clients on the benefits of a higher efficiency home. Their first show home, a 2,496 sq. ft. walkout bungalow, is currently under construction in the Meadow Hawk subdivision of Sherwood Park. It is scheduled to open in June of 2015. Darwin and Tanya are excited about the opportunity to showcase the quality and craftsmanship of the homes they build. Visit Contrast Homes’ show home this summer at 86 - 52320 Range Road 231, Sherwood Park. ABOVE Darwin and Tanya Holm

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CREATING One-of-a-Kind SPACES By Trina Annand Photos Christophe Bernard Photography

It is often décor that adds the finishing touch to a home. It embodies elements of personal style while reflecting the passions, life direction and personality of the homeowner. Whether you are looking for that perfect chair or an entire home reinvention, the professional decorators at Henry’s Purveyor of Fine Things can help create a space that is intimate and inviting.

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s certified interior decorators, sisters Janice Funston and Kirsten Proulx discovered their passion for decorating early in life. They are now owners of the ultimate décor shop filled with unique and limitedrun pieces. Their services are diverse, including furniture and accessory selection, space planning, home styling, colour and feng shui consultations to meet every décor need. “We help educate our clients so they can make informed decisions based on their lifestyle and taste. Our services can be as simple as helping select paint colours to enliven a space. We maximize the livability of each room we work on — it can really change the energy of a space and how you feel in it,” says Funston. At Henry’s there is no signature look. The store has an eclectic array of items and can accommodate any client’s style, from modern to traditional. As a locally owned and operated business, the owners firmly believe in the “shop local” movement. They offer 100 per cent Canadian custom upholstery services and a wide selection of North American made furniture and accessories. Henry’s is dedicated to getting clients the perfect pieces to create timeless spaces that don’t just follow trends. “We don’t want to sell clients a sofa; we want them to have the right sofa. We don’t just sell them pieces because they are in stock. We are creating their dream space and will source items from anywhere,” says Funston. The dedicated team approaches every project focused on the four principles on which the business was founded on: imagination, quality, knowledge and commitment — a recipe for the perfect space. For those wanting to stimulate all the senses and elevate the scent of their home, Henry’s carries a wide selection of Lampe Berger products, with fragrances that range from crisp and clean to warm and inviting. Every person is different and so is their home, so décor must be a genuine expression of style and reflection of personality. “We are proud to be able to create spaces that surprise our clients. There is no better feeling than seeing the amazement people feel when we have surpassed their expectations and they have an extraordinary space. We all work hard, so it’s important to have a space that nurtures you and allows you to relax,” says Funston. From furniture and décor to shutters and rugs, there is something for everyone at Henry’s. Henry’s Purveyor of Fine Things #120 10216 124 Street, Edmonton 780.454.6660 http://henrysfinethings.ca info@henrysfinethings.ca Find us on ,

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LESS THINGS, MORE HEART A FRESH APPROACH TO HOME ORGANIZATION By Courtney Tait Photos KTB Photography

Have you ever looked around your home and felt overwhelmed by the amount of discord? Loose papers, unused objects and other items without purpose clutter our living spaces and weigh us down mentally and emotionally. But what if you could clear your space — and your mind — with the help of an expert? OPPOSITE L-R Stephanie Wachnuk, Candice Levesque, Jon Hruschak and Carrie Drage

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ear t Your Space, a professional organizing and coaching business founded by Candice Levesque, helps people let go of the unnecessary things taking up space in their life. The company’s philosophy of “less things, more heart” empowers its clients to remove the obstacles that create clutter, so they can focus on what’s most important to them. As a certified professional coach and member of Professional Organizers in Canada, Candice has trained extensively in both fields. A former child and youth care worker, she became inspired to start Heart Your Space through seeing the impact a disorganized home has on families’ well being. “People’s spaces hold them back in all different ways,“ says Candice. “When you clear out the things you don’t need, you feel more comfortable in your home, and are less stressed and more productive.”

Candice says they’re thrilled. With the help of Heart Your Space, a recent client transformed a chaotic “catch-all” area of her home into a well-designed sewing room. “She was excited about the change and what she would be able to create,” says Candice. “Finally, she could accomplish what she wanted.”

So how does the process work? Candice offers a 30-minute complimentary consultation to determine how the spaces in your home function and what areas you want to improve. Options range from having specific rooms or closets repurposed to whole house organization, move in/move out organization and estate clearing.

Those who want to delve even further into the transformation process should welcome Heart Your Space’s coaching services. Candice offers Individual, Family, and Life Changes Coaching, supporting people in taking concrete steps to achieve their goals. “Together, we take an assessment of their life and the areas they want to work on,” says Candice. The next step is creating a vision statement, which helps people imagine how their lives will be if they achieve their goals. With Candice’s coaching, they are better equipped to stick with their plan, turning their vision into reality.

Heart Your Space’s organizing process typically includes creating three piles: items to throw away, keep or donate. While purging can be a challenge for clients, once the project is complete,

Along with Candice, the Heart Your Space team includes her husband Jon Hruschak, who assists in customizing spaces, her sister Carrie Drage (www.carriedrage.com), who does the

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company’s marketing and graphic design and photographer Stephanie Wachnuk (www.coraltreephotography.com), who captures before and after images of the clients’ spaces. Candice says her dog Pumba is also a key member, as he brings joy to the team and provides the guest voice of Heart Your Spaces’ blog, which focuses on organizing and coaching topics. Candice welcomes you to contact Heart Your Space to learn more about her services. “I love helping people get organized so they can feel good about themselves and the space they’re in,” she says. “Living with less things and more heart sets people on the path to realizing their dreams.” Heart Your Space Edmonton 780.271.0770 candice@heartyourspace.com www.heartyourspace.com

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Quality, Custom-made Furniture Made Right Here at Home By Melanie Furlong Photos Christophe Bernard Photography

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hen you shop for custom furniture, the options for every room in your home are endless. Dempsey’s Fine Furnishings, a familyowned business located in the Edmonton Home Fair, specializes in Canadian-made custom-order furnishings. Take a walk through the tastefully decorated 12,000 sq. ft. showroom, visit the displays and then imagine how your favorite pieces might fit into your own space.

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Almost everything in the showroom is custom-made by different manufacturers, 80 per cent of whom are located throughout Canada. The wood species, finishes, chairs, sofas and tables are all customizable. Owner Dean Mason says he and his staff take many steps to ensure customers get exactly what they want. First, they discern what the client is looking for and in what size. “We have a lot of smaller scale furniture,” says Mason. “It’s functional but still offers

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exceptional comfort. People who are downsizing love our furniture, especially our sofas.” If a customer is looking for a new sofa, Dempsey’s offers many sizes, arm styles and back styles to consider. Mini-sofas have become popular for the space conscientious client. Next, Mason and his staff help the client to choose their fabric or leather and leg style. Mason says, “We recommend that our customers take samples home to view in their lighting


conditions to ensure their custom sofa will compliment their home.” Dean, his wife Lorraine, and salesperson Janice take great pleasure in helping customers purchase unique furnishings that suit their homes with truly oneof-a-kind pieces. “People like to have something unique. Once they find out how to obtain that piece, the process is worthwhile for them. The result is they acquire a quality piece of furniture that lasts a lifetime.”

Dempsey’s was founded in 1981 by Jack Dempsey. The Masons purchased the store in 1998 and brought a new look and passion to the business. However, they feel they owe a lot of their success to what they call the “Dempsey Difference” — a relaxed atmosphere paired with good old-fashioned personal service. Customers are encouraged to browse leisurely to soak in all their options. “We encourage people to pay Dempsey’s a visit, as I’m sure they will be pleasantly

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surprised.” Come and see their showroom to browse the endless options or be inspired to purchase a statement piece of quality furniture. ABOVE Lorraine & Dean Mason, owners

Dempsey’s Fine Furnishings 2820 Calgary Trail South Edmonton 780.466.9357 www.dempseys.ca

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Living Your Dream Lifestyle at Hillcrest By Tobie Hainstock

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t’s a place like no other in the city; a place where the splendour of the North Saskatchewan River and the Patricia Ravine provide breathtaking views all year long. Hillcrest Developments is pleased to offer residents the perfect combination of beauty, comfort and convenience.

“There are schools in the nearby Rio Terrace and Patricia Heights areas, which are only a few blocks away, and easy access to bus service,” comments Jenn Brown, project manager for Hillcrest. This central location also offers easy access to the Whitemud Freeway for your daily commute to work.

Located adjacent to 156th Street, this peaceful upscale property offers mature landscaping, incredible scenery and plenty of amenities within close proximity.

This enchanting location is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Beautifully sculptured walking and biking trails are available for runners, bicyclers and bird

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or nature watchers as well as those who wish to enjoy the brilliance of this picturesque location. “We’ve enhanced the trails surrounding Hillcrest to make it a more pleasurable experience for all residents,” adds Brown. Along with the natural beauty of the location, this quiet cul de sac also offers historical significance. According to Brown, the property was once the site of the Hillcrest Country Club and, more recently, the Jewish Community Centre.


The inimitable layout of the property offers privacy and the contented aura of a small community. Lot sizes range from 54 feet to 82 feet in width and are uniquely shaped around the property. These stunning lots allow homeowners to maximum space for their homes and have privacy for backyard entertaining and active family living. In addition to the flexibility residents can enjoy when planning their landscaping, Brown notes the architectural guidelines are also quite open. Hillcrest allows many types of architectural designs as long as they are true to form. An example of this would be if a purchaser who wants a craftsman style home, the purchaser is required to have it constructed to a full craftsman architecture, or a contemporary home is to be constructed to a full contemporary style. Being formerly established and located essentially in the heart of Edmonton, roads and utility lines were previously within the city grid. Brown points out these services have been upgraded to serve the needs of residents. Ideal for young families, empty-nesters and every phase in between, living in the Hillcrest area will make your dream lifestyle a reality. Just imagine what it would be like waking up every morning in this semiprivate and peaceful neighbourhood. Enjoy and appreciate the splendour of this picturesque location everyday from your newly designed custom home. Make your plans today to settle down in the beautiful, distinctive community of Hillcrest Developments. Hillcrest 7200 156 Street NW, Edmonton AB 780.431.2805 www.hillcrestedmonton.com

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FASHIONABLE, FUNCTIONAL & FABULOUS COUNTERTOPS AND CABINETRY FOR 2015 By Tori Stafford Photos courtesy of Blum Canada

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that enhances efficiency in the kitchen. Both the Servo-Drive and Tip-On drawer systems allow users to open and close drawers with the bump of a hip, or the tap of a toe. Not only does this technology create a space that is easy to work in with your hands full, it is forward thinking for those clients who have difficulties with arthritis, back problems, or even little ones in the house who want to be able to grab their own snacks after school. “People who love to cook in their kitchen, and families that gather in their kitchen each day, want to have a beautiful, functional and inspiring kitchen,” Sandham says. “It all comes down to the design of a kitchen complementing the way you use it.”

Countertops…unplugged? Today’s kitchens are designed with more outlets, charging stations and remotes in an attempt to accommodate an endless array of mobile devices, appliances and gadgets. But it can truly be a bother dealing with the tangled cables and endless wires these items require — something the DuPont™ Corian® line of surfaces aims to do away with.

The old adage “a place for everything, and everything in its place,” becomes a mantra in the kitchen, where organization and functionality are paramount.

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ith to d ay ’s wo r l d interconnected by modern technology — putting information, support and entertainment at our fingertips — it is only fitting to see the most-used room in the home moving in the same direction. From automated cabinetry and ingenious design to the integration of smart technologies in appliances and even countertops, the kitchen is becoming a gallery of innovations.

AutomAtions And innovAtions The idea that every space and item in a kitchen serves a purpose is one the world of cabinetry has embraced wholeheartedly over the past decade or so. The items and systems available for organizing cabinets, pantries and drawers allow homeowners

to create customized storage to complement their work habits and lifestyle — and all behind closed doors. As many have moved away from traditional cupboards, opting for the easier access drawers provide, Lisa Sandham, an interior designer based out of Thunder Bay, Ont., points to innovations such as drawers designed specifically to fit into corners as a means to maximizing storage space. In traditional kitchen designs, a lot of space is consumed by creating corners with countertops and the cabinets beneath them, and often this space is difficult to use. Designs like the Space Corner offered by Blum Canada actually allow full use of under-counter space in corners, Sandham says, and have done away with the problematic “Lazy Susans” of the past. Blum Canada offers another innovation

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Debuting at the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, Nev., DuPont ™ Corian ® surfaces are now able to wirelessly charge smart mobile devices. All you have to do is put your phone or tablet on the countertop, and a transmitter beneath the surface connects to a receiver — in the form of a phone, phone case or wireless charging ring — to charge your device. “Electromagnetism moves from the transmitter to the receiver where power is extracted. [Induction charging] was used instead of more traditional charging methods due to the presence of water on countertops,” says Lisa Jenkins, Canadian business manager for DuPont™ Building Innovations. The nonporous and stain-resistant surfaces are available in an array of colours — and with wireless charging technology due to be available for purchase by mid-2015, countertops may soon be serving double-duty. “Since the kitchen tends to be the family hub, we know it is a logical place for cell phone charging,” Jenkins says. “But we also know the last thing anyone needs is more wires and clutter on their countertop.”

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JOCHEN SCHUELE DOESN’T CREATE CABINETS; HE CREATES ART.

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s the owner of Kitchen Art Inc., and a German master cabinetmaker, Schuele knows how to balance form and function with his high-end cabinet designs. His Edmonton-based company is dedicated to bringing clients quality cabinets and furniture, without extra charges. Kitchen Art Inc. is where customizing doesn’t mean more money. “We don’t do stock cutting, so for us it’s no extra work. We cut everything once we have the custom plan,” Schuele says, adding that he visits the clients at their space to personalize the design. Kitchen Art Inc. works with customers to design a perfect layout from scratch — at no up-charge. The company sources materials from local suppliers, which translates to superior products without a

lengthy wait for shipping. From kitchens to closets, Kitchen Art Inc. has access to a wide array of products and special finishes. Schuele’s workmanship leaves a lasting impression. The 23-year veteran master cabinetmaker, which is the highest qualification for woodworkers, spent years in Germany perfecting his craft before moving to Canada. “In Germany, if you are a cabinetmaker you can do anything,” he says. Master cabinetmakers are certified journeymen before working as shop foremen and finally applying for a three-year program to become masters. His knowledge and versatility is unmatched in the business. If you can imagine it, Schuele can build it. “There’s no limitation when it comes to custom cabinets,” Schuele asserts. With the help of business partners, Bettina

Woerner and Bill Doherty, Schuele has the flexibility to accommodate clients’ schedules to build products reflective of their personal tastes and needs. Kitchen Art Inc. is your one-stop shop for full-service renovations, from demolition to design and installation. The company has relationships with superb tradesmen including electricians, plumbers, painters and interior designers to ensure your transition is as seamless as possible. Clients looking for high-end cabinets, but are keen on supporting local businesses, can rest easy knowing their project is in the hands of an expert with Kitchen Art Inc. Kitchen Art Inc. 12608 126th Street Edmonton 780.238.3402 kitchenartincorporated.com

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Combining Outdoor Beauty with

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or Suncoast Enclosures president, Randie James, there is nothing quite like the great outdoors. It’s the reason he founded his business in 1991. “Large screen enclosures in warmer climates are not new,” says James. “However, I was convinced there was a definite need for a product like this in Canada.” James’ cousin first discovered the screen enclosure business in Australia. Intrigued, James then got on a plane, curious to see if a product like that could work in Canada. After a few trials on his home, the product proved it could withstand the harsh Canadian winters and James knew instinctively Canadians would want one for their homes too. James set up a display the following spring at the home show, which generated a lot of interest. He ended up selling and building more than 50 screen rooms that first year. Innovative and modern, Suncoast Enclosures now operates throughout North America and continues to be ahead of the curve when it comes to products that satisfy customer needs. With three custom products available, including a three-season room, screen room and louvered roof, each comes with its own distinct benefits. What they all

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have in common, however, is the ability to bring the outdoors inside, to block out sun and wind and to allow varying levels of privacy. “With our rooms, you feel connected to the outdoors while still enjoying the comforts of home,” says Daniel Butler, corporate general manager of Edmonton. “Your sunroom is a like an extra living space with added optional amenities such as an entertainment unit, dining room or fireplace.” A Suncoast enclosure, which utilizes high-tension screens as roof panels engineered for harsh Canadian winters, offers homeowners protection without feeling enclosed by a roof or walls and is a great addition to a hot tub or pool. It keeps insects and leaves out of the pool without closing off the sun or beautiful night sky. By adding a polycarbonate roof, which allows 95 per cent of light, you can enjoy the room even on rainy days. On overcast days, the polycarbonate roof gives off a glow that creates an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. The lightweight aluminum frames are all custom powdercoated in hundreds of different colours and even anodized to match existing colour schemes.

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THE THREE-SEASON ROOM The three-season room is Suncoast’s forté, offering a bright space with 75 per cent ventilation when the windows are open and extended enjoyment of the seasons when they are closed. Threeseason rooms are often pre-wired for electricity. “Many people find they can use the rooms for nine months of the year with a small heat source,” says Butler. Whatever your reason, an extension into nature is always welcome. SCREEN ROOMS Screen rooms are the reason Suncoast has been in business for more than 20 years. A screen room allows you to be entirely outdoors to enjoy a light breeze, a warm day or a starry night without the hassle of mosquitoes, wasps or flies; in other words, no discomfort, annoyance or aggravation from those pesky insects. Screen rooms can also always be turned into three season rooms with the simple addition of windows, giving you the ultimate flexibility should your needs change in time. Best of all, Suncoast rooms are designed and built for your existing deck or patio, eliminating the need to build a new floor or foundation. THE LOUVERED ROOF If you’re looking for shade while sitting outside, the louvered roof has the appearance of a pergola, a common feature in gardens or outdoor sitting areas. A pergola faces east to west and blocks direct sunlight for those seated beneath, while remaining open to the sky. With the touch of a button, the slats on the louvered roof can close to block out rain with a tight seal. Butler says James was instrumental in the creation and design of the louvered

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roof. “Randie changed the material from crimped steel to extruded aluminum,” he says. “Extruded aluminum is lighter and stronger — and we also protect it with a powder-coated finish making it beautiful and long-lasting.” As an added bonus, the louvered roof is solarpowered — saving you money and the world energy. Butler says it’s not only James’ revolutionary and innovative thinking that’s kept him a loyal employee for nine years; it’s also being part of such a great team. “Randie is open-minded to allow for personal growth, building jobs within the company,” says Butler. “He encourages a team environment where everyone knows one another.” James’ sons are a part of the family business as well. Son Ryan, acts as general manager in Calgary, while his other son, Mitch, is the general manager in Vancouver. Suncoast’s head office in Edmonton features a 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse and 1,800 sq. ft. showroom. “All of our products are on display, so our customers are able to envision the space and know what to expect when investing in our products,” says Butler. Suncoast is continuously innovating for customer satisfaction. “At Suncoast, we strive to make our products and service even better,” notes Butler. For more information or to see for yourself what life could be like in a screen room, call or visit the showroom today. Suncoast Enclosures 1.877.449.5106 6757 50 St NW Edmonton www.suncoastenclosures.com dannysuncoast@gmail.com

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INVISIBLE POOLS By Trina Annand

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can simply be lowered with the deck, allowing them to enjoy a healthier and more active lifestyle. Swimming has long been exalted for its health benefits. Thanks to buoyancy, it is a great workout that reduces impact and stress placed on the body that can arise with activities like running. Swimming uses the large muscle groups, strengthening the whole body. Regular swimming provides better blood-sugar control and reduces the risk of diabetes. It also improves lung capacity, brain and heart function, and even flexibility. In children, learning to swim has shown an increase in motor skills while combining physical activity and fun.

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hen selecting a backyard pool, technology probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Fortunately for homeowners, advancements in this industry now allow for a plethora of unique options. A recent flurry of innovation has given rise to moveable pool floors — systems that solve many of the age-old problems associated with having an in-ground pool. Much more than simply a pool, these systems can create an entirely new outdoor lifestyle for homeowners of all ages. Moveable pool floors, hidden pools or invisible pools — as the trendsetters have labelled them — consist of a hydraulic system that raises and lowers the pool floor. When fully raised, the pool completely disappears, allowing for extra

space and added safety as the system can be locked with a key and pass code. The space becomes accessible only while supervised, reducing the possibility of accidents. Backyard pools are often seen as a hazard, requiring fences and safety protocols. According to Statistics Canada, children are five times more likely to drown in private pools. The variable depths of this new pool system allow for swimming fun for all ages and skill levels, creating a shallow wading pool, a mid-depth pool for those just learning to swim, or a full depth pool perfect for swim and play. The invisible pool also allows people with mobility concerns, whether from age or disability, to enjoy swimming again. By removing the barrier of climbing in and out of the pool, these swimming enthusiasts

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The true beauty of an invisible pool is the urban development factor. In densely packed cities and suburban areas, homeowners often need to make a choice between having a pool, yard or entertainment space. With the invisible pool, you can go from swimming in the morning to enjoying a deck or patio for a party in no time at all. It provides homeowners with the best of both worlds in a small yard. Often clad in tile or a composite decking, this floor provides the ultimate entertainment space. The application has even been extended to indoor pools in both commercial and residential settings, so owners can enjoy the benefits of swimming and added square footage year round. Certain hidden pool systems even open via a sliding mechanism moving under a deck panel, allowing for a turf covering to create the ultimate grassy oasis for pets and kids. The limits to this new backyard technology are as endless as your imagination. With the right company and engineer, an invisible pool can be any shape, size and material. Homeowners can also incorporate a number of luxury items to make their cutting-edge pool the envy of the neighbourhood, including musical massage, a current for lap swimming, LED projection for a therapeutic light show, even fountain or fire pit elements. When selecting the right pool, it is important to appraise your lifestyle and future plans. Whether finishing off a dream home or making an investment in the property ladder, the right pool system can add value to any home.

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Nicholas Carels Assistant General Manager Augusta Fine Homes 3203-93 Street, Edmonton 780.289.6899 www.augustafinehomes.com

“There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ~Jane Austen

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veryone knows luxury never goes out of style. In today’s new homes the ensuite has become a private spa retreat, a quiet place filled with the lure of opulent relaxation. It is a place to let go of the day, a place to restore inner peace. With carefully planned details and handpicked features, your ensuite transforms into your own personal spa.

no time. Add steam for an extra piece of hydrotherapy, or better yet, equip your spa with music or sounds of nature, which can be embedded through showerheads to sooth the senses. Put the ahhhh back into the spa ensuite.

Water is known to wash away more than sand. In fact, it is a key property to relaxation.

Today’s ensuite often features a freestanding bathtub — a throw back in time that is making an appealing comeback. They are available in many shapes and sizes, fulfilling the needs of contemporary and traditional spaces. But beautiful styling is only the beginning; there are many different options to consider when thinking about your bathing needs. Kohler has recently released their BASK tub, which comes equipped with heated surfaces to add extra warmth in back, shoulder and neck areas. Want more? Kohler’s integrated massage tub, the BubbleMassage system, gently massages you with bubbles from airjets or vibrations. More still? They also offer a VibrAcoustic system, which serves as a stereo system, allowing you to play your favourite tunes via a Bluetooth connection.

Today’s digital shower systems are programmable. You can turn on the water without opening the door and have it warmed to your desired temperature. With body spray jets and electronically controlled showerheads, your morning shower can become a mental escape in

Whatever your desire, there is a variety of products to meet every relaxation need. Your home is your sanctuary; your ensuite should be your retreat. When building a new house, add a few features that make it a home. Go ahead and treat yourself to the finer things in life.

Creating a therapeutic ensuite begins with easy-to-clean, timeless materials such as granite countertops and tile floors that extend into the shower floor and onto the walls. For that extra bit of lux, granite can be used as sink basins, custom cut to fit any size. Even better, these materials are not only durable, but also aesthetically pleasing in richly designed, detailed patterns. But don’t stop there; because stone tiling can be cool to the touch, heated tile flooring is the perfect solution to soothe tired toes on cold winter mornings.

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A brilliantly cut diamond, a seamlessly tailored ensemble, cuisine catered to your palate. When something is crafted especially for you, there’s a depth to it, a quality that conjures confidence and comfort, inspiration and individuality. Imagine a home built to this ideal, appealing to these senses, a space that timelessly embodies your desires. A flawless fit, your new Augusta Fine Home is so much more than a house, it is your sanctuary.

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PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD By Brook Thalgott

Today, businesses face far more risks than in the past, such as business interruption, cash flow and liquidity, reputation, regulatory changes and weak economic climate. Now, businesses face another growing threat — cyber risk. No company, no matter how big, is immune to issues from the virtual world. Just ask Sony Pictures and Target. Both suffered massive security breaches that affected both customers and employees alike. In today’s connected world, businesses must be aware of the risks posed in cyberspace, and how to protect against threats.

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ccording to the Globe and Mail, cyber attacks have already hit more than one third of Canadian businesses. Gaining access via anything connected to the Internet, these well-funded and sophisticated criminal enterprises will attack businesses of any size and cause serious damage. Because the risk is constantly evolving, and the legal system is usually playing catch-up to technology, businesses have to protect themselves from all angles. With smaller businesses (less than 100 people) often the target, it really isn’t the massive multinationals alone that need to worry. While cyber risk insurance can help, it’s not the only piece of the puzzle. Cyber risk needs to be addressed across the whole business. An enterprise cyber risk management strategy is a must for any business these days, and senior management needs to be front and centre in planning and implementation. Where the IT department was the gatekeeper, now the whole business needs to be aware of the risks presented by cyber crime. First, businesses need to address what exactly is at risk from cyber attacks. It may be customer information, proprietary information on products or services, or communications between employees. The big question to ask is what will a hacker find valuable if they get in? The risk isn’t just financial — it’s reputational. When Sony Pictures

was hacked in 2014, they not only lost money over the release of the film The Interview, they also suffered serious reputational damage by the leak of sensitive emails between senior executives. Businesses must ask what needs to be protected and why. It’s not just senior management that needs to be involved in the development of a cyber risk strategy. A strategy should assess the current plan and practices and where improvements are needed, determine a monitoring process and what the procedures are if attacked. From the top down, the whole organization plays a part in keeping the business protected. Employees need to be educated about their responsibilities in minimizing risk, with a robust policy and compliance guidelines. Internal and external networks need to be assessed on an ongoing basis, with full knowledge of who has access to what and where everything is located. A well-planned and executed cyber risk strategy will help your business become cyber resilient. As the world becomes more and more connected, the opportunities for businesses grow — as do the risks. While we’re often prepared for the traditional business threats, we may neglect the ones that come from our connectivity. However, with a robust, well-planned and executed strategy, cyberspace risks can be mitigated.

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RULES THE ROAD WITH STYLE AND CLASS By Tobie Hainstock Photos courtesy The Ford Motor Company

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leek and luxurious, the 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover is every bit as stylish as it looks. Sporty design and lavish features work hand in hand to create a dynamic new breed of small premium utility vehicles.

Stunning Design The low shoulders and high beltline of the MKC present a strong but elegant image. A wrap-around liftgate with a panoramic rear view add to the unique look of this pristine vehicle and allow the driver clearer vision. The interior is a prime example of what Lincoln does best: comfort and luxury. Quality grade handcrafted leather trim and a stylish real wood trim create a classy and comfortable ambience for both driver and passenger. The push-button transmission shift takes a little getting used to at first, but the convenience and ease are soon greatly appreciated. Other features such as the stunning panoramic vista sun and moon roofs and soft exterior lighting add to the class and sophistication of this upscale crossover.

Powerful, Efficient and a Pleasure to Drive As the first to offer the 2.3 litre EcoBoost four cylinder turbocharged engine, Lincoln is leading the way in in innovation and design. This powerful and fuelefficient engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger and three-part integrated exhaust manifold (IEM). The engine also delivers 275 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, making it no “slacker” when it comes to towing capacity. The handling of the MKC is smooth and the steering is sharp and well-weighted, thanks to a continuous damping suspension. With the active noise cancellation, you can enjoy your drive without the coarseness of road noise that can distract from riding pleasure.

Bells and Whistles The 2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere comes standard with power heated driver and passenger seats, keyless entry, pushbutton start, cruise control, speedsensitive intermittent wipers, remote start, HID headlamps, reverse sensors, heated mirrors and more. The MyLincoln

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Touch system comes with an eight-inch screen, media hub with two USB ports, SD card reader and RCA input. For those who are “parallel-parking challenged,” the MKC also comes with park assist that moves into even the tightest parking spaces. If you can handle the brake, then you can park with ease. Back up cameras allow the driver to see if there are any obstacles in the way and an audio alert signal advises on the proximity of nearby objects.

Safety First Safety is top priority with Lincoln. The 2015 MKC comes standard with a broad range of safety features including dualstage front air bags, front-seat-mounted side-impact air bags, safety canopy system with side curtain air bags, driver knee air bag, illuminated entry, tirepressure monitoring system and passive anti-theft system.

More to Come! Stylish and spectacular, the Lincoln MKC is definitely a head turner. With the thrilling features and classic Lincoln quality, this crossover is certain to be a gem in their fleet for years to come. lincoln.com autos.jdpower.ca

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‘SHER’ YOU SHOULD LIVE HERE! By Brandi Parnell

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f you’re from the big metropolis, you may find life too slow here. Even though Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, its cosy charm makes it feel more like a small town, or better yet, the hamlet it is. Just east of Edmonton, life slows down considerably. So too does the traffic. And yet, Sherwood Park has everything one could want in a community. From fashion boutiques to meat shops, from major retailers to quaint restaurants, from bookstores to coffee shops, everything is at reach is within a short commute. In the summertime, there are nearly as many people on foot or bike as there are motorists, no doubt due to the more than average walking and bike trails. In a world where life is incredibly busy, with more disconnect than ever before, bedroom communities are desirable to foster a sense of belonging in families and neighbours. Sherwood Park is notorious for its friendly citizens. Some even go so far as to say there is an immediate sense that good people abound in Sherwood Park. With weekly farmers’ markets, Festival Place for concerts and community events, along with plenty of arenas, baseball diamonds and green space, one can not only live, but play in the ‘Park.’ Rather than a downtown, there is a town centre. Instead of traffic jams, there are meeting spots. And yet, within the serenity that comes from living in a hamlet, there is equal innovation and new development as seen in the local small businesses and many new subdivisions. But perhaps what may be most alluring to future inhabitants of this community is the close proximity to nature. As such wildlife and horizons that stretch across the prairies are ne’er far. Go ahead, jump in the car and head east for lunch or a day on foot. Take in the culture that bleeds from the big city, support local Albertans or bring your camera and photograph the fowl. Sherwood Park is a destination unto itself.

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Sherwood Park A Fine Place to Call Home By Melanie Furlong

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he burgeoning Hamlet of Sherwood Park is a fantastic place to establish and lay down some roots. ReMax Elite REALTOR®, Justin Holubitsky knows firsthand — it’s his hometown. Whether you’re looking for a starter home, your dream home or anything in between, Justin will find what you need in Sherwood Park. This tight-knit community eight minutes from Edmonton offers urban amenities with wide-open spaces in Alberta’s heartland. For the past decade, “The

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Park” has been an attractive hub for infrastructural development and an ideal destination for homebuyers and sellers. Justin tells Fine liFestyles (Fl) more about sherwood Park and his career. FL: What drew you to the real estate industry? Justin: My mother, Linda Holubitsky, has been in the business for 15 years; it’s the family business, you know. Real estate deals were always a dinner table topic when I was growing up. It always appealed to me.

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FL: How do you define success in real estate? Justin: I believe I find most of my success in my ability to listen, understand and relate to what clients’ needs. A home is your biggest investment! As a seller, it has to work for you financially; however, if you’re a buyer, it should be a purchase you fall in love with. When my clients say comments like “We couldn’t have done it without you,” that makes what I do so rewarding. FL: Outside of real estate, how are you involved in the Sherwood Park community?


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Justin: I have a passion for football that has led me to be a volunteer offensive coordinator for the Bev Facey Falcons junior team. In previous years, I volunteered with the Sherwood Park Wolverines. Recently I became involved with a local charity called Change Heroes. An old teammate and friend of mine, Dave Raborn, has spearheaded the latest fundraising initiative, a contribution to building a school in Nicaragua. FL: Do you anticipate real estate values in Sherwood Park to drop due to low oil prices? Justin: This is a question that has been on everyone’s mind as of late. I ‘am confident not only in the Sherwood Park market, but Edmonton and surrounding areas as well. People are concerned and they have every right to be. If one were to look at the numbers for Sherwood Park this year in comparison to 2014 we are

down about 20% in the number of single family homes that were sold, however, in saying that, we are actually up 2% for the average sale price and homes are selling 10-12 days sooner. FL: Why should homebuyers and sellers contact you, Justin Holubitsky? Justin: Because I’m awesome! In all seriousness though, I’m passionate about this community, I grew up here and doing business in this area means a lot to me. I believe both buyers and sellers will benefit from my expertise and knowledge of the community. Justin Holubitsky Remax Elite 116, 150 Chippewa Rd. Sherwood Park, AB 780.233.6100 jholubitsky@gmail.com www.holubitskyhomes.com

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Verico iMortgage Solutions: Unpaid, Unbiased advice By Tobie Hainstock Photos KTB Photography

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hese days people are looking for alternatives when it comes to finding the right mortgage. One option is to have the assistance of a mortgage broker.

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Crystal Mamchur of Verico iMortgage Solutions is well-versed in the field. She is aware of the delicacies affiliated with personal financial matters. “The first thing I do is ask my clients if they’ve ever dealt with a broker before. Then I will educate the clients on the process and explain all the fine details.”

With over 13 years in the financial industry, 10 of which were in banking,

Mamchur explains the various mortgage options and helps you pick what best

serves your needs. Sometimes the best mortgage isn’t the one with the lowest interest rate. Some mortgages offer higher rates but have more flexibility. When utilizing a mortgage broker, you have only one person pulling your credit score as opposed to several when you are shopping for a mortgage at various financial institutions. This will help maintain the status of your score. Once all

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Offering unpaid, unbiased help and advice, your mortgage broker is your advocate throughout the entire mortgage process. of the information is gathered, Mamchur can get back to you within a few hours. “As a broker, I can advise on any changes required to rebuild your credit or correct any errors on your report,” she states. UndErstanding thE rolE of a MortgagE BrokEr Mamchur is aware there are a number of misunderstandings about using a mortgage broker and she would like to put those concerns to rest. “One of the most common myths about mortgage brokers is that you only go to them if you don’t qualify for a bank loan,” says Mamchur. Although a mortgage broker can assist in this matter, they are ready and able to serve homebuyers of all credit backgrounds and income levels. Having to pay a fee to the mortgage broker is another misconception. Mamchur explains mortgage brokers serve homebuyers at no charge. “We are paid a commission for our services by the lender who is providing the mortgage product.” Many people believe the relationship between clients and the mortgage broker ends once they purchase their home. Sometimes this is the case. But when dealing with Mamchur, she believes the relationship really starts on possession date. There will be a number

of times when a homeowner needs to refinance, change payment frequency, make lump sum payments or get preapproved for another mortgage and she is always ready to help. Mamchur’s banking background has helped her establish strong connections with prominent financial institutions that help her clients acquire consolidation loans or lines of credit for down payments. These can be distinguishing factors when it comes to seeking approval on a mortgage application. YoUr advocatE Offering unpaid, unbiased help and advice, your mortgage broker is your advocate throughout the entire mortgage process. At Verico iMortgage Solutions Mamchur and her team will go above and beyond to ensure your home buying experience is a pleasant one.

Verico iMortgage Solutions Inc 2004 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park T8A 0Z1 Office - 780-570-5630 Cell - 780-887-0230 crystal.mamchur@verico.ca www.mortgageweb.ca/crystal

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Fostering Culinary Creativity – In Their Kitchen and Yours By Tori Stafford Photos Bri Vos/ Detour Photography and Jinsei Photographics

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good chef and a great meal have many similarities. They both master the mixing of flavours, technique and require a whole lot of passion. At The Pan Tree in Sherwood Park, the love of cooking and the passion for food are shared between home cooks looking for tips, tricks and products, amateur chefs seeking the latest gadget or the very best cookware, and professional chefs expanding their knife sets. It is not only the place to find high-end cookware and kitchen accessories, but also the place to learn the proper techniques of different cooking styles and to try your hand at a new recipe.

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Opened in 2012 by owners Natalie Nelson and Cathy Slobodian, The Pan Tree was inspired by a fateful visit to an elegant kitchen store and the desire to offer high-quality kitchen tools, gadgets and cookware. “I really liked the whole concept behind a kitchen store I visited in Calgary, and I thought ‘That would be a really good fit in Sherwood Park,’” says Nelson, who also owns and operates Baskets in the Park with Slobodian. “I have a passion for the product, and I enjoy offering it to those who come in.” Like every great meal, it takes many courses to complete a chef’s arsenal of recipes, techniques and specialized skills.

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With that in mind, The Pan Tree offers courses in the evenings, twice weekly, in their state-of-the-art interactive kitchen. Led by local chefs and industry experts, both demonstrative and participatory courses are offered, Nelson explains. Cuisine classes focus on both regional and ethnic options, and technique classes offer thematic lessons like knife skills or pasta making, she says. “Our classes aren’t specifically basic or advanced, they’re pretty much meant for any skill level,” says Nelson, noting classes can fill up quickly. “Everybody is welcome, regardless of their experience in the kitchen!”


With Father’s Day around the corner, and barbeque season fast approaching, Nelson points to the Butchery and Beer class offered at The Pan Tree as a great introduction to grill season. Also coming up, Classic French is a course that offers the basics in a cooking style widely regarded as the crème de la crème. Beyond their classes, The Pan Tree also offers product demos each Saturday, where clients can try out new gadgets, sample delicious products, and learn more about some of the fabulous cookware and kitchen tools the store has to offer. It’s all about sharing the love of cooking, and the vast array of the products and techniques that make cooking even more enjoyable, Nelson expresses. “I like being able to help people, and I love to educate people,” she says. “If someone leaves the store knowing more than when they came in, then I feel like I’ve accomplished something.” The Pan Tree #550, 220 Lakeland Dr. Sherwood Park 780.464.4631 info@thepantree.ca www.thepantree.ca

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A Canadian Favourite for Food, Friends and a Fun Night Out By Tori Stafford Photos Cory Johnn Photography

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ome of the attributes most commonly associated with Canada are great food, cold drinks, friendly people and, of course, hockey. Bringing together all of these things, The Canadian Brewhouse is aptly named – a place where people meet for all of the above and so much more. Whether watching a game with friends while enjoying a beer and some classic Canadian cuisine, or celebrating a milestone with a dinner soiree and some well-loved signature cocktails, The

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Canadian Brewhouse aims to deliver a fun and comfortable experience. With friendly staff who strive to do that for each patron who walks through their doors, The Canadian Brewhouse in Sherwood Park offers a truly Canadian experience.

sport is. Or you can come here for a casual dinner date or a stagette party! We really do cater to everyone.”

“It’s a sports bar, but it is also a great place to have a fun party,” says Karen Paulgaard, marketing director for The Canadian Brewhouse.

‘Our HOuse is YOur HOuse’ The Canadian Brewhouse is all about making everyone feel welcome, Paulgaard expresses. The staff is always conscious of the experience their patrons are hoping for, and plan accordingly to ensure everyone in the Brewhouse leaves more than happy.

“You can come out and you won’t miss the game, no matter what your favourite

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Paulgaard says. “One of the things I’ve always loved about the Brewhouse is people can come in wearing jeans and a jersey or they can come in dressed up, and either way they aren’t going to feel out of place.” e l e vat e d Pub F O O d, Canadian ClassiCs and a bevY OF beverages Another thing you can be sure of when you’re going to The Canadian Brewhouse is you aren’t going to leave hungry. Whether you’re looking for some of your favourite pub grub, or a more bistro-style dining experience, the menu at the Brewhouse has a variety of dishes to tempt your taste buds. Offering wonderful pasta dishes, fabulous steaks and shareable appetizers, The Canadian Brewhouse has something for everyone – and, of course, a selection of poutines to satisfy the classic Canadian craving.

And with 24 beers on tap, a great selection of wines and a cocktail menu you won’t find anywhere else, it is easy to pair a beverage with whatever night you have in mind. Their signature cocktails, like The Dangle and The Woodsy, are quickly adopted as favourites by many customers and the variety on offer is just one more reason The Canadian Brewhouse is the perfect option for a night out — no matter what type of night you’re looking to enjoy. “The great thing about The Canadian Brewhouse is that we always look at it like we’re hosting a party,” Paulgaard says. “Every night, we’re hosting, whether it’s a sports party to watch the big game or more of a sit down dinner party … we cater to whatever people are looking for.” The Canadian Brewhouse 200 – 270 Baseline Rd. Sherwood Park, 780.464.3630 www.thecanadianbrewhouse.com

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SwimSuit Shopping Anything But a Chore at Style Lounge Apparel

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By Karin Leske and Jenaye Lewis Photos Sandy Jinsei Photographics

relaxed, comfortable and intimate boutique in Sherwood Park is changing the way women think about

shopping for swim and travelwear by swapping the busy franchise vibe for a quieter, more personalized approach.

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Style Lounge Apparel strives to offer top-quality items that ensure you feel your most confident, your most beautiful and maybe even your sexiest too. Whether you’re lounging poolside, strutting along the beach, or participating in water sports, the boutique offers chic, stylish and

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functional options from flirty bikinis and tankini separates, to elegant one-pieces and chlorine-resistant suits perfect for aquasize classes or nights in the hot tub. They also sell sporty rashguards. The boutique exclusively carries Karu Design Swimwear, which was notably


featured on the CBC’s Dragons’ Den. This sporty line carefully crafts performance and design for active women who appreciate both fit and style. Karu suits are perfect for days at the beach or lake, playing sports, exercising and are also a great option for hot yoga. If you want to “look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds,” the Miraclesuit or Magicsuit lines with built-in shapewear are right for you. The Miraclesuit/Magicsuit keeps its shape and yours! True to their mantra of providing suits for any and every body, the Style Lounge Apparel stocks these suits and many more up to size 24, ensuring all women can find the suit that suits them best.

Shopping at Style Lounge Apparel is not only about finding great swimwear and clothing, but about feeling great and celebrating yourself too. Since your summer or hot destination is not restricted to swimwear, why should your shopping trip be? Style Lounge Apparel also offers fashionable clothing and cover-up choices to take you from the sand to the city. Two of the shop’s most popular clothing brands are Sympli and Nikki Babie, both of which offer comfortable travel and everyday wear. A hallmark of both brands is their pieces are incredibly versatile, meaning you can easily take your outfits from day to evening and therefore pack more efficiently. Sympli and Nikki Babie provide chic and multifunctional wardrobes that are effortlessly stylish and empower women to be themselves. The boutique also exclusively offers a versatile line of sandals called SunSmiles, which allows you to interchange ribbons and bases, meaning one pair of sandals can look like many more. Most importantly, the staff members at Style Lounge Apparel want women to know finding swimwear and vacation apparel doesn’t have to be overwhelming or frustrating. Employees at the boutique endeavor to offer honest advice to help

you choose swimsuits and clothing that make you feel truly beautiful. “We’re always most concerned with finding the best fit,” states Lynne TaylorRyan, who co-owns the boutique with Patricia Kowalewski. “We aren’t happy unless the women we serve are happy with how they look and feel in our pieces.” Let Style Lounge Apparel help you look and feel fabulous on vacation and at home! Style Lounge Apparel Suite 109-120 Wye Road Sherwood Park 780.464.5118 www.styleloungeapparel.com 3 minutes east on Wye Road off the Henday

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Fashionable Footwear That Truly Fits By Melanie Furlong Photos Christophe Benard Photography

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herwood Park’s Lauren Willms and her mother, Sue Willms, have always loved to shop together. And they’ve always had a penchant for shoe shopping above all. When Lauren decided to open her own boutique shoe store, her mom was on board. The pair opened Modern Sole in September 2012 with a goal to create an individual shopping experience with personalized attention in a comfortable

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atmosphere. They also wanted to have something for everyone with products ranging from $40 to $500. They’ve succeeded in both ways. These business partners do all their buying together for Modern Sole and have learned to pay close attention to their customers’ needs. “When we’re out buying, we know what our customers are looking for,” says Lauren. “We try everything on ourselves so we know how it fits. Whether you have a wide foot, a

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narrow foot or any other foot issue, we can guide you into the brands that will fit your feet.” It’s that customized buying that has been particularly fulfilling for Lauren and Sue. Often they heard about the difficulty people of finding tall boots that fit wide calves. Lauren says this has been the biggest eye-opener for them in the business. “Most boots in chain stores are made to fit one specific woman,” she says. “About 65 to 70 per cent of all


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customers come in with a calf that is too thin or wide for those boots.” This past year they’ve really focused on boots to fit all women. “We’ve had so many customers come in and be fitted. Many women got to wear tall boots for the first time. That was great to see.” Spring and summer footwear is in stock now at Modern Sole—and some styles are already sold out and being re-ordered. Their popular orthotic line, Vionic, which is podiatrist-designed, offers women both fashion and support. Vionic is one of the store’s most popular brands and works well for casual, dress or work wear. “Many ladies purchased this brand as a walking shoe for travelling,” says Lauren. “Then they came back for more because they loved them so much!” While Modern Sole is mainly a women’s shoe store carrying both big name and boutique brands, they also carry stylish handbags, accessories and jewelry.

jewelry, which has a full counter in their shop. This Edmonton-made jewelry line is sold by retailers across Canada and is very popular with customers at Modern Sole. Giving back to the community is important for Modern Sole and each year they do a shoe drive for YESS, an Edmonton-based, not-for-profit organization that helps local youth facing difficult realities. “They are dependent on donations,” says Lauren, “so we ask clients to bring in their gently-used footwear for YESS and we offer a discount off their purchase.” Visit Modern Sole’s online shop or come in to the store to see what’s hot for spring and summer. Modern Sole 520, 220 Lakeland Dr. Sherwood Park, AB 780.416.5352 info@modernsole.ca www.modernsole.ca

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Lingerie That Ignites Your

Passion By Melanie Furlong Photos Jonathan Lima Guiroux

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little piece of lingerie can go a long way in boosting a woman’s confidence. Karen Penney, who owns Sherwood Park’s tasteful lingerie store, Sheer Impulse, along with her husband, Travis, sees this in many of her customers. The shop’s clientele varies from women in their early 20s to those who’ve been married for 20 years and more. One of her favourite clients was a woman in her

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70s. “Her husband told her to go and buy herself something nice,” says Penney. “It was great to see because the passion never has to end. No matter who you are, we’re here to make sure we help you find the right style to enhance your beauty and bring out the excitement and passion in your life.” Sheer Impulse sets itself apart from big box stores with its expert, personal service, discreet and private location away from

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the malls and its wide range of sizes. They carry lingerie items like corsets, stockings, nightwear, provocative chemises and babydolls for women up to size 4X. They can order up to size 6X on request. When new customers come to Sheer Impulse, Penney starts by asking if they are looking for anything in particular. Many of them have not worn lingerie for years and feel overwhelmed by the selection. If they prefer to browse, they


are welcome to take their time. But Penney may help guide them by asking if they’re looking for lingerie in a certain colour. Once she finds out whether they’re looking for something more revealing or sexy or something to sleep in, she can give them some ideas and start a fitting room. “If the customers need to try on 20 outfits, they try 20 outfits,” she says. “We want to make sure every customer feels special.” Apart from women’s lingerie, the store carries a variety of massage oils and novelty items including CupCases, the perfect travel accessory for your underwire bras. The small hardshell case protects bras from crimping, crushing and creasing and are easy to throw into your suitcase. Sheer Impulse is the only store in Western Canada to carry them. They also offer the new Vancouver-based men’s underwear line MyPakage in their

men’s wear. The high-end underwear uses unique keyhole comfort technology to give men exceptional support and is receiving rave reviews.

Karen Penney, owner

Customers can visit Sheer Impulse’s new online store to get a good idea of what they offer in store or to order. They offer free shipping on purchases of $100 or more. Sheer Impulse also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, where they offer exciting specials and bonuses to their followers. Check out Sheer Impulse and spice things up in your relationship!

Sheer Impulse 370 Kaska Road Sherwood Park, AB 780.467.8578 sheerimpulse.ca

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Come Home To The Spa By Barbara Levorson Photos KTB Photography

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here are people who you trust with your secrets: your best friend, your partner and your hair stylist. Few know this better than Tammy Murri, owner of Tricho Hair Design and Spa in Sherwood Park. With more than 30 years’ experience, she has seen clients get married, have babies, and is now doing hair for those children’s weddings. “I love doing their hair, but I also love the relationship I have with my clients, and the trust I have earned from them. It’s all about the people,” says Murri. Murri opened Tricho Hair Design 10 years ago and added the spa a year and a half

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ago. All of her employees are master stylists; Murri personally trains new apprentices. “All the staff here are trained by the companies about the products they use. Both of our spa estheticians are fully certified.” One of the products Murri is particularly proud of is the line Evo from Australia. “It’s completely free of additives and is as natural as you can get. It’s great for people with sensitivities.” All consultations are free, and Murri says they give honest opinions to their clients. “We want them to get the style they want, and don’t pressure clients to buy products they don’t need. This is one of

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the things that set us apart from some of the other bigger salons. People want to be heard; we work hard to make our clients feel comfortable.” Services in the day spa range from manicures and pedicures, to microdermabrasion and chemical peels. “Our skin suffers from the dryness in our environment. As we age, our skin no longer replaces cells the same way. In our 20s, our skin might replace cells every month, but might take 60 days once we are in our 40s. The result is our skin is not glowing anymore. Treatments help to exfoliate and restore that natural


glow, so skincare products will absorb better,” says Murri. “We all want to look younger! People are more in tune with themselves, physically and spiritually. Our spa services help clients to relax and enjoy the moment.” All services are by appointment, but Murri adds, “On our Facebook page, we offer a ’20 per cent off seat sale’ for same-day openings in the event of a cancellation. We may have one or two cancellations a day, so keep checking Facebook.”

Murri adds, “We have a cosy and comfortable atmosphere here. I know each customer and I am here for them, not the other way around. All our staff has the same goal. We go out of our way to recognize and remember each customer. It’s like coming home.” Tricho Hair Design and Spa 160–130 Broadway Blvd Sherwood Park 780.464.5561 /trichohairdesignandspa

On April 18, Tricho is having an open house, where clients can meet representatives from Cara, a premium and medical grade skincare line. Customers will also enjoy a free skin analysis, microdermabrasion and chemical peel. Because this event is by appointment, Murri advises clients to call early to get a spot.

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The Love of Dance By: Kim Mannix Vermette Photos Jinsei Photographics

When Mary Anne Kuebler talks about dance, there is music in her voice. As owner of Sherwood Park’s reputable Dancefusion Academy of Dance, Kuebler has watched thousands of students, young and old, experience the fun and beauty of dance. It’s her job to train and develop dancers, but it’s also her joy.

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o dance, or be in the business of dance, you have to have a passion for it,” says Kuebler. “It really is fulfilling and I feel grateful because I know not everyone can say that about their work.”

Kuebler took over ownership of the business in 2000, when there were about 100 students, and a handful of different dance classes to choose from. Now,

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Dancefusion attracts 600-700 students per year to their beautiful 10,000 sq. ft. studio. They come from all over Edmonton and surrounding areas, some travelling an hour or more for the chance to work with the school’s roster of experienced and accomplished instructors. “I think what makes us appealing for people is we have so many dedicated instructors and are able to offer such

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a wide variety of disciplines,” explains Kuebler. “We hire people who all excel in their own discipline, which makes the classes specialized and focused.” Helming Dancefusion’s tap instruction is Gail Ledger, a highly regarded teacher who has trained many of the area’s best tap dancers and instructors. Anne Marie Schotte, a gifted dancer and choreographer who’s worked throughout


Canada and the United States, runs the musical theatre classes. Richard Andries is one of the city’s most sought-after hiphop instructors who has worked with big-name artists such as Chris Brown, Ludacris and Shawn Desman. Kuebler’s daughter, Cally trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was a member of Ballet British Columbia. Laurie Alston worked for years on various cruise ships as well as with Disney. This team of instruction brings a vast range of skills to Dancefusion as far as technique and experience. Dancefusion also offers instruction in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, break dance, belly dance, burlesque, acro, pom and cheer. There are drop-in classes for adults and youngsters, as well as more intensive training for competitive dancers. The school also offers boys-only classes, and several pre-school or parent and tot classes, which are a great weekday option for stay-at-home-parents looking for something fun and active. “Children as young as a year and a half can start the classes with a parent, and those can be a great bonding opportunity for parents and children, as well as a chance to expose them to dance from an early age,” says Kuebler. The studio also offers a Power Program, which encourages dancers in all disciplines to learn from the foundations of ballet. The ballet power program is designed for the serious ballet student aiming for completion of their professional ballet exams. Kuebler is proud to sing the praises of the studio’s many talented and committed dancers. Dancefusion students routinely win at local and regional festivals, and many of their alumni have gone on to study at top ballet and dance schools, or work as professional dancers, performers and actors. But it’s not just about winning competitions, or training students for a career in dance. As Kuebler says, “We offer so much, there really is something for everyone.” Dancefusion Academy of Dance 225 65 Chippewa Rd., Sherwood Park 780.464.6963 www.dancefusionsp.com

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Meagan’s Dog Grooming: Keeping Your Dog Clean, Content and Comfortable By Tonya Lambert Photos Jinsei Photographics

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hether your precious puppy is getting her first groom or your furry little fellow is getting her regular bath and trim, you can rest assured knowing your pet will be bathed in TLC at Meagan’s Dog Grooming in Sherwood Park. Owned and operated by Meagan Zuchetto, Meagan’s Dog Grooming is a safe, secure and soothing environment devoted to pampering your pooch and having her clipped, cleaned

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and content when you pick her up. “She really treats your best friend like one of her own,” states client Fraser Hiebert.

of not responding well to grooming relax in Meagan’s care, seeming to sense her profound love for dogs.

A life-long dog lover, Meagan is skilled at handling dogs of all ages, sizes and temperaments. Meagan schedules plenty of time for each appointment so she is able to take every aspect of the grooming process slowly, reassuring and rewarding your four-legged friend regularly. Even dogs who have a history

Meagan’s Dog Grooming studio is an open-concept salon operated out of the welcoming surroundings of her own home. Encompassed by beautiful blue walls and a checkerboard floor, the salon includes a sturdy grooming table, a full-sized stainless steel bathtub with ramp and a comfortable rest area. It is

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stocked with professional grooming equipment including scissors, clippers and a powerful blow dryer. Meagan uses all-natural Kelco shampoo and conditioner because it is easy on your dapper dog’s skin. She also has an ample selection of quick-drying doggie nail polishes and hair highlights from which to choose. In addition, the salon sells pretty, colourful collars that sparkle in the sunlight.

“She works magic on doggies!” says client Kayla Packford-Dahl. “She is basically the dog whisperer!” Grooming improves both the appearance and health of your dog. Meagan’s Dog Grooming offers a variety of services to have your pet looking and feeling great. Overgrown nails can cause your dog pain and lead to health issues, so bring your dog in to get her nails’ clipped regularly. Additional services include bathing and blow-drying to get rid of excess dead hair, as well as brushing and cutting her hair, and shaving out feet pads and cleaning ears, including hair plucking if necessary. She also does anal gland expression and lice removal. Meagan prefers not to dematt dogs, if possible, as it not only hurts the dogs but the fur will only matt again. “We love Meagan’s Dog Grooming!” exclaims client Erica Perotte-Mazerolle. “Cohen always looks handsome and is very relaxed after his groom.” Your precious pet will receive undivided attention at Meagan’s Dog Grooming, where only one dog is ever groomed at a time. Meagan’s Dog Grooming offers flexible hours during weekends and weekdays, daytime and evenings — every effort is made to accommodate your busy lifestyle. To book an appointment simply call, email or message Meagan on Facebook or fill out the convenient online form.

Meagan’s Dog Grooming 35 Penguin Crescent Sherwood Park, AB 780.224.3572 meagansgrooming@icloud.com www.meagansdoggrooming.com

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Your Dream Community Awaits

In Emerald Hills Urban Village By Karin Yeske Photos KTB Photography

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merald Hills Urban Village will be an inspirational neighbourhood benefiting both people and the planet, now and in the future. It will integrate beautifully designed natural, public, private and commercial spaces into a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use community for young families, active adults and seniors. Eton Park EstatEs It is all about location when it comes to Eton Park Estates — a 56-unit, apartment-style condo development, “nestled in the centre of our Emerald Hills Urban Village,” says Tyler Hamilton, lifestyle consultant with Christenson Developments. Eton Park Estates landscaping complements the walkable nature of the community. A beautiful courtyard in the heart of the development and a 7.5-acre park beside the Estates add to the green space. Pathways shape the landscape as they meander through the community, taking you on a walk or directing you to a store. The hospital is across the street and retail and services including groceries, clothing stores and restaurants are just across the way. In an effort to reduce the number of vehicles a household needs, Eton Park will have a rentable onsite car share program. Eton Park Estates is minutes from downtown Edmonton and other coveted urban amenities, including Millennium Place and Broadmoor Lake and Golf Course, as well as easy access to Yellowhead Trail. Eton Park Estates include one-bedroom-plus-den and twobedroom suites. Features of the suites include soaker tubs, in-suite laundry, air-conditioning, nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances. The building features include heated underground parking, with an option for a second stall, fitness room and guest suite. Prices start at $274,900 with a pre-construction discount of $20,000. Christenson’s Eton Park Estates in Emerald Hills Urban Village, Sherwood Park epitomizes active adult living. BEdford VillagE Bedford Village is a life lease project developed by Christenson Developments in Sherwood Park. It is a five-storey seniors’ complex and is part of the Centre in the Park urban village. Phase 3 is now available for lease. The suites range in size from 385 sq. ft. to 1,600 sq. ft. and include five appliances, airconditioning, five ft. walk-in shower and window coverings.

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Amenities include dining room, fully licensed pub, exercise room, beauty salon, games room, craft and wood working shop and guest suites. Optional services are also available including meals, housekeeping, laundry and personal care. These services complement this outstanding housing option. Unsurpassed convenience to every amenity, including restaurants, shopping and businesses, coupled with easy accessibility to a wide variety of leisure activities deem this a sought after and desirable property. A defining characteristic of the Centre in the Park project is the unique partnership between Strathcona County and Christenson Developments. Strathcona County has crafted a clear and concise vision for a leading edge, environmentally sustainable town centre for Sherwood Park in the heart of Strathcona County. Christenson Developments is committed to the vision. Co n t a c t M o rga n R u ss e l l at 780.452.2030 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for more information rEflEctions Reflections is an innovative building also located in Centre in the Park, a uniquely designed community. It is a vibrant, pedestrian friendly neighbourhood where people live, work and play. Reflections’ location is just one of its many outstanding features, which includes secured underground heated parking, spacious oneand two-bedroom air-conditioned suites with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and nine-foot ceilings. Reflections offers residents convenience in their nearby amenities, such as tennis courts, a golf course, swimming pools, theatres and the Sherwood Park Shopping Mall. All images depict Bedford Village

Eton Park Estates and Reflections Info Centre – 5001 Eton Blvd. Monday-Thursday 1 – 6 pm Weekends/holidays 1 – 5 pm 780.410.0004 www.cdlhomes.com

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HEALTH AND VITALITY The Natural Way By Kim Mannix Vermette Photos Jinsei Photographics

It’s a doctor’s dream to see a patient get well. For the doctors at Vital Health Naturopathic Clinic, it’s a dream they believe possible for every patient that enters the practice. SHERWOOD PARK FEATURE

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ed by Dr. Garry Schafer, a licensed naturopath for more than three decades, the dedicated doctors at Vital Health in Sherwood Park pride themselves on their ability to provide personal and attentive care to every patient. “We love the patients,” says Patty Halter, Vital Health’s office manager, and one of the first friendly faces patients meet when they arrive at the comfortable, casual clinic. “We truly believe the healing starts as soon as they walk through the door, and our doctors take the time to ask lots of questions, listen carefully and follow up to see how a patient is doing.” Many patients come to Vital Health because they’re feeling frustrated with persistent symptoms that seem to have no cause, or to find alternative treatment for common ailments. Halter notes there is frequently scepticism from new

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patients, who can be seeking holistic treatments as a last resort. But just as often, once they’ve had a chance to meet with a doctor and get on a personalized treatment plan, they become proponents for the naturopathic approach. Working alongside Dr. Schafer are Dr. Nooreen Sumar and Dr. Lisa Clements, all of whom are certified through the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta. The varied educational backgrounds of each doctor, which includes undergraduate training in the sciences, as well as the naturopathic doctorate, ensures patients receive a knowledgeable, well-rounded approach to their treatment plan. Halter says sometimes patients, or potential patients, are unsure about the limitations of naturopathic treatment. They may think their ailments are too minor, or too complicated. However,

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the Vital Health doctors routinely treat patients for everything from general fatigue to serious illnesses such as MS and cancer. In addition, skin ailments, digestive concerns, hormone imbalances and pain disorders can often be alleviated through the clinics various treatments, which includes nutrition counselling, vitamin and herbal supplements, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as well as homeopathy. At the very heart of Vital Health’s philosophy is the idea that treating the symptoms of any disorder or illness is not enough. In order to restore balance and heal the body, the root cause of a patient’s pain is of the utmost importance to the doctors. As Halter explains, it’s an unfortunate truth that many of the clinic’s patients don’t remember what it’s like to feel healthy or pain-free.


“We always do our best to diagnose what’s really going on, so the healing can begin, and when it works and patients feel well again — well there’s no better feeling,” says Halter. What attracts so many patients to the clinic is Dr. Schafer’s years of experience, as well as the expertise of the other doctors, but also Vital Health’s wide array of diagnostic tools. Halter notes the clinic operates an Electrodermal Analysis machine, the machine is a painless, safe diagnostic tool that uses electrical pulses to detect areas of concern in the body. The doctors are also able to analyze results brought into the clinic from standard diagnostic tools such as blood tests and ultrasounds, x-rays or CT scans, in addition to the alternative methods, such as allergy testing, salivary hormone testing and heavy metals testing. This multifaceted approach to diagnosis allows the doctors to gather as much

information as they can about a patient’s body, which makes the diagnosis more accurate and the treatment plan more patient-specific. Sometimes results happen quickly, and sometimes they take more time, but Halter says one of the things patients routinely comment on throughout their treatment is the personal attention from the doctors. “The other day we had a patient who just couldn’t believe the doctor called him at home to check in and see how he was doing,” explains Halter. “He was amazed, and I was happy to say that’s just how we do things here.” Vital Health Naturopathic Clinic #136 – 2755 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park 780.449.4047 www.vitalhealthclinic.ca

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Spinning a Passion into a Career

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aul Burgess, owner of Mud, Sweat and Gears, still remembers one of the first times he walked into a bike store. He left the store dismayed at how the shop owner made him feel stupid over the few questions he had about his bike. “I didn’t know it at the time but it was one of the most influential experiences of my life,” says Burgess. “I couldn’t believe as a customer I had been made to feel so insignificant.” Fast-forward 40 years; Burgess’ mantra to his staff is to be inviting, accommodating

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and helpful toward customers. “I don’t want anyone to have the experience I had. People come here for a fun experience,” he comments. There are no training programs or fancy hiring processes at Mud, Sweat and Gears. “There’s no better training program than using product,” Burgess explains. “The sales floor is the best recruiting platform for us. We see their enthusiasm and how excited they are to be using the product; what better person to sell it?”

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Staff retention has been one of the strongest points of Mud, Sweat and Gears. A majority of the staff has been on board for more than five years and a handful remain since opening in 2006. “We have all become like family. It’s a great atmosphere to spend your day with active youth and watch as their roles within the business expand,” states Burgess. In 2014, a second location opened in Spruce Grove offering the same commitment to product, service and experience.


In June of 2011, Burgess received a call from the Make-A-Wish Foundation asking if he knew of anyone who could build a backyard skateboard park for a young boy. “At first I had no idea, but then it occurred to me that some of the staff had built their own small ramps,” he recalls. “A small group of us went out to meet the family and float the idea of a few of us building it for them. My biggest fear was that we were going to get in over our heads but the crew totally took ownership of the project. In less than two months the family’s backyard had been transformed into the most amazing skateboard park. It was one of the most rewarding experiences we’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of.” That year, the business was honoured by the Chamber of Commerce for its community work, and it continues to host events to raise funds for the MakeA-Wish Foundation, to date raising over $40,000. What started as a hobby 30 years ago in his laundry room has slowly spun into not

only a business but a way of life. Burgess attributes his success to a lot of hard work and a passion for what he does. “Who doesn’t remember how exciting it was as a kid to get a new bike? We get to be a part of that every day; it’s awesome!”

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Mud, Sweat and Gears 133 Main Blvd. Sherwood Park, AB Phone: 780.449.2453 124 First Ave. East Spruce Grove, AB 780.571.2855 www.mudsweatandgears.ca

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Fun, Fitness & Friends By FLE Staff Photos Cory Johnn Photography

Strengthen your body, boost your confidence and feel beautiful with pole dancing lessons at Aradia Fitness in Sherwood Park. Never before has fitness been so much fun!

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radia Fitness is a welcoming and supportive establishment geared towards helping students develop a positive body image. A unique fitness facility, Aradia helps women and men of all ages, sizes and fitness levels develop their upper body and core strength as well as tone and sculpt their muscles while losing weight and gaining self-esteem.

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The physical and emotional benefits of pole dancing are myriad and diverse. “Many of our students come to class with the goal of losing weight,” says owner and instructor Chantelle Beasley. “They stay because their confidence and excitement increases as they master new tricks.” “When I first walked in,” explains Mary, a student at Aradia, “I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in and wouldn’t be able to

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do the workout because of my weight. But the extremely supportive workout environment, the focus on fun and the attitude from the school that all women are sexy, no matter their body type, really motivated me to change my life.” Josh agrees. “When I first started out, I was worried about being male and how I would fit into a business for empowering women. But after my


first session I realized it wouldn’t be a problem; the instructors were excited to be there, enthusiastic and accepting of all. I have made great friends and have found pole and silks to be one of the best workouts.” Aradia keeps class sizes small so every student has their own pole and adequate individual attention. Classes are an hour long and each session lasts six weeks. Every class begins with a warm-up and a Pilates-based floor exercise before proceeding to pole techniques. Contortion classes are available to help students increase their flexibility. In addition, customized private and semi-private lessons can be arranged. Students have the option of attending additional practice sessions at the studio on the weekends or purchasing a pole for home work-outs, practice or a private performance for that special someone! Aradia Fitness not only sells poles, they also have an array of fitness gear, including shorts, shirts, capris and pants, as well as grip. In addition to classes, Aradia also hosts bachelorette and girls’ night out parties. Book a fabulously fun session of learning the basics of pole dancing or lap dancing for yourself and your favourite group of girlfriends. You will experience an enjoyable, entertaining and educational evening that will leave wanting to return and learn more. “Love this studio!! Wonderful instructors!” exclaims Candace. “I love how after an hour of a pole workout I feel like I can take on the world ... great confidence boost and I get to feel sexy while working out!” Increase your strength and selfassurance. Sign up today at Aradia Fitness for a pole dancing class full of fun, fitness and friends.

Aradia Fitness #102 977 Fir Street Sherwood Park, AB 780.819.0977 sherwoodpark@aradiafitness.com http://www.aradiafitness.com http://sherwood.aradiafitness.com

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Reveal Your Inner Beauty By Tonya Lambert Photos Haas Photography

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themba Health & Image Centres have been helping people look and feel their best for the past 15 years; originally serving clients in Regina, they opened a second location in Sherwood Park in 2012. Ethemba is a Zulu word meaning ‘to believe, to have faith in, to trust’. The amazing team of healthcare professionals at Ethemba Health encompasses all of these qualities. “The brilliant, knowledgeable Dr. Richard Hatfield ensures confidence in his patients through diagnosis, health checks and prescribed healthy solutions for healing,” notes patient Heather. “Dr. Hatfield and his team at Ethemba go above and beyond to make the client experience a memorable one. I love that they always put the needs of their patients first to ensure we are happy with our results,” adds Jen, another satisfied client.

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“Ethemba is not only about looking your best, but also about feeling your best. Your health is your greatest asset, never take it for granted!” explains Shannon Hatfield, weight loss specialist. Dr. Richard Hatfield and the team at Ethemba help women and men improve their health, enhance their appearance and boost their confidence in an environment where honesty, confidentiality, safety and great results are the top priorities. “Ethemba is for anyone who wants to achieve natural results without compromising values and safety,” says Dr. Hatfield. “We educate all of our patients so they can make the best choices based on their time commitments, budget and expected outcomes. As a doctor, when I examine a patient’s face for cosmetic purposes, I’m looking at so much more. The patient’s overall health is my top priority.” This

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is yet another advantage of seeing a physician for your cosmetic, anti-aging and weight loss concerns. Most of Ethemba’s clients are either repeat clients or referrals from existing clients. “The best compliment for our clinic is knowing the clients we see think so much of us that, as a result, they refer their family members and friends to our outstanding team of professionals,” says Lydia, office manager. NoticiNg a Need Dr. Hatfield was born and raised in southern Africa. From a young age, he wanted to become a doctor. In 1994, he obtained his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg; he practiced medicine in South Africa for a few years before moving to Canada.


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Dr Hatfield is amazing and makes you feel completely at ease. He’s a doctor who truly cares.” At Ethemba, they specialize in cosmetic injectables, chemical peels, laser treatments, varicose/spider vein removal as well as weight loss and hair loss treatments. They will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enhance your eyelashes and provide treatment for cellulite and excessive sweating. Dr. Hatfield also treats migraine sufferers. In addition, they carry the excellent ZO Skin Health product line.

As a family physician, Dr. Hatfield became aware of patients’ many dermatological and cosmetic concerns. Following his passion for helping others, Dr. Hatfield enrolled in further specialized medical training in these fields, studying with several well-known, highly respected experts including Dr. Z. Obagi, a Beverly Hills dermatologist to celebrities. Through his 18 years of practice, and with continual advancement of his craft in the most up-to-date techniques in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Hatfield has become a recognized leader in these

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fields of medicine, sharing his knowledge and skills with students and colleagues alike, both locally and internationally. e s ta b l i s h i N g ethemba Ethemba is a full-service, boutique-style, anti-aging health clinic with a welcoming environment. The entire team takes great pride in developing close relationships with every client. “The customer service is second to none,” testifies Bobbi. “Lydia at the front desk does everything in her power to squeeze you in when needed; Karisa is very knowledgeable so you feel 100 per cent confident in her work; and

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blue Peels & co2 lasers Two popular new services offered at Ethemba are Blue Peels and CO2 Laser treatments. “CO2 Lasers have revolutionized cosmetic medicine,” says Dr. Hatfield. “In one procedure you can achieve the lifting, tightening, smoothing and correcting once only achieved with a number of procedures, including the surgical face lift.” CO2 Laser treatments are great for treating deep wrinkles, blotchiness, scars, uneven pigmentation and textural changes due to sun damage. “Our newest procedure is called the Blue Peel,” exclaims Karisa, senior laser technician. “The results are outstanding! Radiant, flawless skin is now accessible at a level never seen before with the chemical peel.”


“The peel has changed my practice,” adds Dr. Hatfield. “You see dramatic, long-lasting results for a fraction of the cost of surgery.” lose Weight aNd KeeP if off Seven years ago, Shannon Hatfield lost her father to diabetes brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle. Since then, she has been committed to helping others improve their quality of life through healthy eating and exercise. “Seeing my clients dramatically improve their health — often coming off drugs for diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure — is affirmation I am on the right path,” says Shannon. “Seeing the proud faces of my clients who have reached their weight loss goals is exciting. Confidence is sexy and has no age limit or expiration date!” Shannon has helped many people not only lose weight but maintain it through a combination of education, encouragement and support. Clients come in for weekly consultations that include personalized meal plans, recipes and strategies for achieving their goals long term. They are surrounded by inspirational staff who motivate them under Dr. Hatfield’s supervision. “Shannon is no doubt the best weight management consultant anyone could meet. Her enthusiasm about a healthy lifestyle, as well as all the recipes and ideas she has given me to help encourage me to keep my weight off over the last year, have been life changing for me. I am now at a healthy weight, I feel fantastic and it has been a very easy transition to maintain that healthy way of eating thanks to Shannon’s infectious personality,” says Lori, a client. “Ethemba continues to grow by leaps and bounds,” says Lydia. “We have doubled our client base from last year to this year — a testament to our superior services and outstanding healthcare team.” Call today to book an appointment for a complimentary consultation. Find out what Ethemba can do to improve the way you look and feel. PREVIOUS PAGE The Hatfield Family TOP Shannon and Dr. Hatfield

Ethemba Health & Image Centre #210-2018 Sherwood Drive Sherwood Park 780.570.5747 drhatfield@ethembahealth.com www.ethembahealth.com

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FLOAT your way to

WELLNESS By Courtney Tait Photos Phuwadet Ply Pas-arj

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hen Laara Delain was in her 20s, a doctor told her that by the age of 30, she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Laara suffered from debilitating pain every day. Devastated by her prognosis, she was determined to find a path that would lead to healing. Fast-forward more than two decades and Laara says, “I haven’t had any arthritis symptoms for more than 20 years.” So what changed? Along with making alterations to her diet and practicing Kundalini Yoga, Laara discovered an alternative treatment that gave her complete freedom from pain: Float Therapy. First developed by Dr. John C. Lilly in the 1950s, floating consists of immersing yourself into a Sensory Deprivation Tank, typically for 90 minutes. The tank creates a weightless and lightless experience in which the brain is freed from processing external stimuli. 1,100 lbs of Epsom Salts are dissolved into skin-temperature water, enabling the user to float effortlessly, an experience akin to being in the womb. Floating is practiced in locations around the world, giving people a way to experience profound healing and relaxation. “It was an ‘aha moment’ the first time I tried it,” says Laara. “All the burning and aching slowly disappeared, and I began to feel whole again.”

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In October of 2014, Laara opened Float Wellness, Sherwood Park’s first Float Therapy location. Float Wellness features three i-Sopod Float Tanks from the UK — each in a private room with its own shower — and has Registered Massage Therapists on staff. Imagine a float and massage combination for the ultimate in relaxation. Experienced Float Hosts will introduce new clients to the art of floating and answer any questions. The post-float lounge offers guests seating on a 1950s turquoise vinyl sofa, a library of books, water or tea and relaxing music. Along with relaxation and relief from aches and pains, float therapy offers a myriad of other benefits. One hour in the i-Sopod Float Tank is equal to four hours of sleep. Floating helps to eliminate fatigue and reset your clock from shift work and jet lag. Mental benefits include increased

motivation and productivity, as well as diminished depression, anxiety and fear. Float therapy is also beneficial for anyone with PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or for anyone recovering from an injury. Many athletes enjoy floating to help heal their sports-related injuries, and find they are able to manifest their goals via visualization when they are in the float tank. “Over the last decade, the speed of our lives has increased tenfold, and we are constantly bombarded by information,” says Laara. “As Joe Rogan, avid float guru says, ‘Everyone should be doing this!’ We need to slow down, relax

and heal our bodies and minds. Floating is not something you do just once, it’s an amazing therapy to incorporate into your lifestyle, like going to the gym or a yoga class.” Laara says guests emerge from their float therapy sessions with a post-float glow. “Everyone feels amazing after a float,” says Laara. “I am honoured to be introducing the art and science of float therapy to my community.” Float Wellness 108-85 CRANFORD WAY Sherwood Park, AB. 780.570.2222 info@floatwellness.ca www.floatwellness.ca

TOP LEFT Laara Delain, Owner

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Your Favourite Coffees Made Convenient By Melanie Furlong Photos Cory Johnn Photography

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f you love using your machine, you’ll be delighted to discover Sherwood Park’s Koffee Korner. The store offers more than 360 varieties of Keurig and Tassimo compatible coffees, teas, hot chocolates, cappuccinos, ciders, lattes and more in a wide range of brands, flavours and roasts.

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“We love to see customers’ faces when they come in for the first time,” says owner Charmaine McLeod, who has partnered with her husband, Doug McLeod, to open both this and their Bonnyville, AB location. “It makes coffee lovers feel like they are a kid in a candy store.”

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Koffee Korner is a family-owned franchise started by Charmaine’s brother in Ontario. She and Doug opened their Bonnyville store in April 2014 and followed with their Sherwood Park location this January, which has received a wonderful reception from the neighbourhood.


“I think everyone is excited to have us nearby with our fabulous selection, convenience and excellent prices.” “It’s very easy to get to, with three entrances and lots of parking,” says Charmaine. “I think everyone is excited to have us nearby with our fabulous selection, convenience and excellent prices.” While about half of their customers like to come in for their 24-box of favourite K-cup beverages, the other half likes to sample all kinds of new drinks. The pick and mix store allows customers the flexibility to try new flavours without investing in a whole box. “It’s a great way to try a new coffee or tea. People love the variety!” says Charmaine. “Here you can choose as many different types as you like of individual favourites. Business owners can choose a variety of their clients’ favourites for their next visit.

Your clients will feel very special knowing you remembered they prefer an organic fair trade blend and you have it on hand for them.” The store is always receiving new premium quality products in light, medium and dark roast coffees, chai lattes, Cafe Escapes pre-mixed products and much more. Koffee Korner sells Keurig machines in different sizes too, along with the filters. They also have a fantastic Italian-made Rivo machine that makes one-cup espressos, cappuccinos and lattes with a frother on the side. Other beverage accessories, like water bottles, Contigo mugs and flavoured

syrups, are available at Koffee Korner as well. A personally chosen gift basket filled with K-cups and accessories makes the perfect gift for any occasion. You can add a gift certificate too. “We’ll help you find something for that someone who has everything — and at a reasonable price,” says Charmaine. Offering great customer service and getting to know their customers has been fulfilling for Doug and Charmaine. “It’s very enjoyable and relaxed here,” she says. “We always feel like we’re on a coffee break!” Koffee Korner 60-1020 Sherwood Dr. Sherwood Park, AB 780.449.2034 www.koffeekorner.com above photo Charmaine McLeod

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SPINUNITY CYCLE STUDIO Dynamic Spin Classes Combined With Strength Training

Celebrating our

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Energize the way you view fitness. We value ensuring everyone is offered a quality workout, both mind and body. Our purpose is to have our clients feel comfortable to perform at THEIR very best.

COMMUNITY We value our community & its success. Our purpose is

to use the Spinunity Studio as a means to give back.

LIFE We value helping our clients feel inspired by passion, optimism & fun. Fitness is a lifestyle not an hour out of your day. Our purpose is to have our clients motivated to carry that feeling forward in their everyday life.

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AMENITIES Full Service Shower/Change Rooms For Men & Women Glow Juicery on Site With Lounge & Free WIFI Child Care During Select Weekday/Weekend Classes Corporate/Group Rates and Private Function Fundraising Availability

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MEDI Esthetics

We are excited to add cosmetic injectables to complement our laser & microdermabrasion medi-esthetic services Dr. Marcia Hartt is a cosmetic physician who specializes in advanced injection techniques for BOTOX®/DYSPORT treatments as well as cosmetic fillers. Dr. Hartt has been enhancing beauty with cosmetic injectables for over eight years and is well known for the natural results she achieves.

Book your FREE consultation today!

Bliss Yoga Spa 5954 Mullen Way • Edmonton, AB • 780-432-1535 • blissyogaspa.com


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