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alifax comes to life in the summer months — from festivals and patio dining, to parks, watersports and travel. I’m sure I’ll see many of you out and about as people move their lives outside to enjoy the short, but sweet, warm weather season. Now is as good a time as any to start a new health regime. In this issue you’ll find our second instalment of a three-part series on alternative health, where we look at the benefits of acupuncture, osteopathy and reiki. With so many movies and TV shows filmed here over the years, our city is often referred to as “Haliwood.” Last year the filming of Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, starring Christina Ricci, created quite a buzz in Halifax. Numerous TV shows and miniseries have been created at least partly in Nova Scotia, including Call Me Fitz, Haven, Mr. D, Seed and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A planned BET/CBC miniseries based on Lawrence Hill’s novel, The Book of Negroes, set to feature Cuba Gooding, Jr., is also on the horizon. Check out our feature story on the booming local film industry.
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CANADIAN ARTS AND
FASHION AWARDS By Angela Campagnoni Photos courtesy CAFA by George Pimentel
LEFT Supermodel Coco Rocha, Twin Designer Duo Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2
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strive to increase the visibility of the fashion industry within Atlantic Canada, so you can imagine how honoured I felt when asked to be a jury member for the first-ever Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) held in Toronto earlier this year. I was selected along with a team of industry professionals that have a strong understanding of the Canadian fashion industry and the impact of fashion worldwide. Canadian designers struggle to establish themselves as international contenders. Even top designers who have chosen to stay in the country have to work diligently to remain visible. This is how CAFA was born. Organizers wanted to honour those that have had an impact on the industry and to support its growth. CELEBRATING FASHION Twin designers Dean and Dan Caten earned a double victory at CAFA. The Torontoborn brothers behind the renowned Milan-based label DSQUARED2 were recognized with an award for outstanding achievement and also received the award for the International Canadian Designer of the Year. This award honours designers who have had success abroad and have brought attention to Canadian talent on the world stage.
LEFT Joe Mimram (Joe Fresh) and wife Kimberley Newport- Mimram, designer of Pink Tartan ABOVE Canadian fashion model icons Stacey McKenzie and Lana Ogilvie RIGHT Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert BELOW TOP DSQUARED2 designers with Jeanne Beker BELOW BOTTOM L–R Susan Heart, Cafa director; Sylvia Mantella; Vicky Milner, CAFA managing director; Suzanne Rogers; Brittney Kuczynski, Cafa co-director
Jeanne Beker scored the 2014 Vanguard Award Honouree title. It was a muchdeserved accomplishment for Beker, considering she is one of the most recognized Canadian faces on Fashion Television. Winner for Menswear Designer of the Year went to Travis Taddeo. Jeremy Laing, who apprenticed for Alexander McQueen, took the winning spot for Womenswear Designer of the Year.
The beautiful Coco Rocha won Model of the Year. Photographer Chris Nicholls took home the Image Maker award. This award is presented to a Canadian photographer or filmmaker who has made a significant impact on the Canadian industry. Taking home the Emerging Talent Award was reining Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels winner Sarah Stevenson.
Other categories included the Canadian Style Award, which was given to Joe Fresh creative director Joe Mimran, who was named honourary chair of the 2014 event.
At one point during the evening, I remember taking a step back and looking around the room filled Canadian fashion elite. I wasn’t sure it was possible to top this experience, but later in the evening, I found myself getting a hug in the ladies’ room from Jeanne Beker. She’d discovered it was my 40th birthday that night. The hug became the cherry on the top of my fashion “Sunday.”
George Antonopoulos, a contributing fashion editor at Fashion Magazine and Men’s Fashion, was named stylist of the year.
Angela Campagnoni is the director of City Models in Halifax and founder/director of Atlantic Fashion Week. For more information, visit angelacampagnoni.com
Ottawa-born twins Byron and Dexter Peart took home Accessory Designer of the Year, as well as honours for their brand WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, which features a collection of bags and accessories.
FASHION I N F U L L B LO O M
Canadians countrywide suffered through a long winter and slow-to-start spring, so it shouldnâ€™t come as a surprise that some of the fashion trends weâ€™re embracing most are those that conjure dreams of garden walks and poolside lounging. Here are a few of my favourite spring/summer trends that have been populating the runways and retail stores around the world.
equal. This summer, the possibilities are endless with this trend. Stores are filled with retro-inspired floral prints this season. To bring this trend into your wardrobe, think Palm Beach resort wear. In other words, think pastel colours and tropical inspired flowers, such as palm fronds. If you fear you will be overwhelmed in a garment in full bloom, add the motif in a scarf or necklace.
By Lisa Drader-Murphy National Fashion Columnist Photo Jenn Gregory
STATEMENT NECKLACE With spring in full effect, it’s all about the accessories. “Go big and bold or go home,” is my motto when it comes to your necklace this season. Whether you’re trying to spruce up your favourite basic tee or add a little glamour to your LBD, you can’t go wrong with a vibrant, statement necklace.
SHEER Panels and inserts of sheer to full chiffon pieces are perfect for exposing a bit of skin or creating a beautiful layered double-silhouette. Separates are key for the season, whether it’s a midi skirt teamed with a dip-hem top, or wide leg palazzo pants with a translucent blouse. This look is ultra-feminine and soft. Sheer fabrics have always given off the girly vibe, and a bit of sheerness offers some sexiness to any outfit. This look gives you a little bit of spice while also looking ladylike. It’s the best of both worlds.
PINK From bubblegum to orchid, the pastel pink trend signals the return of femininity, combining sheer and lace textures with delicate details. Further soften the already ladylike look by wrapping a batiste scarf in a delicate print.
GRAPHIC The graphic trend combines minimalism and geometric prints for a relaxed, easy-to-wear collection. Laser cut, asymmetric finishing and colour blocking are mixed with sheer paneling and midi length styles. Black and white is again very en vogue, as are repeating prints of graphic images, like flowers and berries.
OFF-THE-SHOULDER Nothing says summer like a bare shoulder. There’s something about a woman’s neckline, that flash of collarbone that is pure sexiness. Do both off-the-shoulder and strapless styles at every opportunity. Try a casual top with capris or an asymmetric dress. Accessorize with this season’s statement necklace and you’re golden.
EMBELLISHED We’re seeing styles embellished with everything from sequins to rhinestones to flowing satin ribbons. Whether it’s as simple as adding a bit of bling to a neckline or covering a dress completely in sparkle or rosettes, these added details create this look of the season. FLORALS Summer is full of sunshine and warmth, and the flowers are in full bloom. More often than not, summer clothing is a reflection of that. Florals have always been a popular trend in the spring and summer months, and this summer is no different. But not all florals are created
BLUE Blue (dark, light and everything in between) had a strong presence on the runways this season. From cerulean, cyan and cobalt, to navy, sapphire and periwinkle, countless shades of blue are being seen for dresses, tops, skirts and accessories.
Lisa Drader-Murphy is one of Canada’s preeminent fashion designers, and presides over one of the few remaining fashion houses in the country to design, cut, and sew all of their own garments. Proudly selfdescribed as “an entrepreneur who happens to design women’s clothing,” she has been the creative and driving force behind the celebrated “Turbine” label for more than 17 years, as well as the new and exclusive “Lisa Drader-Murphy” line.
Alternative Health Part 2 of 3
BY SARAH VERMETTE
tâ€™s not uncommon to find certain alternative therapies being offered in hospitals and conventional health programs, such as cancer clinics offering meditation and acupuncture, to help patients manage pain and side effects of treatment. In part two of this three-part series, weâ€™re looking at four alternative therapies that are often used as complementar y approaches in conjunction with western medicine. Each of these can also be widely beneficial as stand alone therapies.
Acupuncture Acupuncture began in China and has been used there for over 2,000 years. It is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world that is still being practiced. Though acupuncture has been used in North America for a few hundred years, it has only become popular in the past few decades. An acupuncturist inserts very thin needles through the skin at certain points on the body to help restore the flow of energy, called qi (pronounced chee). Sometimes the needles are connected to a small machine that emits electrical pulses through the tips. Qi, the vital energy (life force), flows through the body along a network of channels called meridians, and affects a person's spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Qi has two life forces, called yin and yang, which are opposite forces that work together to form a whole.
Biofeedback The word "biofeedback" was coined in the late 1960s to describe laboratory procedures then being used. Biofeedback is a technique in which people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies. Clinicians rely on machines that act as a kind of sixth sense, allowing patients to recognize activity inside their bodies. One commonly used type of machine picks up electrical signals in the muscles and translates these signals into a form, such as a flashing light, that the client and practitioner can detect. The practitioner then works with the patient until they learn how to adjust their internal responses. Clients can be taught relaxation exercises, learn how to identify what triggers their symptoms, and how to avoid or cope with stressful events. Biofeedback helps clients learn how to remedy some physical ailments and empowers them to take responsibility for maintaining their own health.
Osteopathy Osteopathic philosophy embraces the notion that the body is naturally able to heal itself. The practitioner of traditional osteopathy works with the body to enhance this natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal. Palpation is a diagnostic skill that the practitioner uses to feel or sense the state of the tissues or systems being examined. This sense encompasses the many sensory aspects of touch, such as the ability to detect moisture, texture, temperature and subtle motion. With experience, practitioners learn to palpate not just superficially, but also very deeply within the body. The ability to detect a variety of compromised tissue qualities allows the practitioner to prioritize a patient's course of treatment. It is this sensing of the quality of the tissue, in combination with the position, mobility and vitality of the tissues, that allows the osteopathic practitioner to determine the tissues or systems that need immediate attention.
Reiki Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. It is administered by laying on hands, and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and selfimprovement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Be sure to check the next issue for part three of this series, where we will discuss alternative therapies that treat a wide array of symptoms with the use of ingested or inhaled substances.
ExpErt ADviCe When Chest Pain isn’t the Heart
Dr. Tasia Lazaros B.Sc.(H), D.C.
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hen I was in university I remember taking a shower one morning and as I went to shampoo my hair, I experienced a sharp pain in my left chest area. I gasped and at the same time froze. Thoughts were flooding my mind… was I having a heart attack? Was I dying? I kept thinking, “I’m too young to die.” I was so scared. I went to see the campus medical team at the time and after a thorough examination they concluded I was healthy and was not having a heart attack. They gave me muscle relaxers, yet I still had the pain. After a week I realized the pain intensified when I took a deep breath and when I
moved a certain way. I went to get a second opinion and they said the same thing — it was nothing to worry about. They said I might have a pulled chest muscle. Eventually, the pain subsided, but it would come back from time to time throughout my university years. Luckily, in my second year I saw a Doctor of Chiropractic, and after a few sessions, the pain was completely gone. Now — a practising Doctor of Chiropractic — many patients have come to my clinic over the years with a similar experience. It is a very common presentation and many have actually had many extensive medical tests done at the emergency room that can’t seem to find any pathology to the heart or lungs etc. So what exactly happened? For me, as a science student, I studied with poor posture for long hours. The position I had actually compressed and placed pressure on my ribs in such a way that the joint formed where the rib attached to the vertebrae became stuck or misaligned. Chiropractors call that a subluxation and it is actually not a dislocation. When someone tries to take a deep breath in, the rib can’t move fully and inflammation is placed on the nerve that is associated with that joint and follows the rib to the sternum. Pain can be present
in the back along the shoulder blade area near the spine and even in the front of the chest, as I had experienced. It may also be given the diagnosis of costochondritis, which is inflammation of the ribs. With a chiropractic adjustment, movement can be gently restored to the misaligned rib head and the pain subsides quite quickly. A few visits may be necessary, depending on how long the rib heads have been misaligned and restricted in movement. Many patients even report having a lot of pain while getting a massage in between the shoulder blades where the rib heads are misaligned. Ice is usually recommended, as well as home care and soft tissue therapy for the area. What is great is not only does the pain subside with the chiropractic adjustments, but also the muscles in the area relax. Patients report it’s easier to take a full breath in, and after awhile it becomes easier to straighten up without burning or pain. Home care, consisting of ergonomic advice and stretches, will also help. So if you or someone you know is having pain in the mid-back and/or chest, and the chest pain is not related to the heart or another medical emergency, and it is present more with certain movements, I would highly recommend seeing your local Doctor of Chiropractic, as I thankfully did.
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ExpErt ADviCe Grey Divorce – What is it and Why is it on the Rise?
Angela Mercier CDFA™ Black Star Wealth Partners 210 – 3600 Kempt Road, Halifax 902.830.7511 902.446.4661 email@example.com www.angelamercier.ca
e plan for many things in life. We plan for graduation, our first car, the first home we purchase. We plan for marriage and, perhaps, children. However, most Nova Scotians — most Canadians — never plan for the end of marriage. We’re especially unprepared for the end of long-term marriages. Yet, according to Statistics Canada, divorce in Canada is on the rise and the highest rate of increase is divorce between couples aged 50 and older, creating the term “grey divorce.” These separations are happening all over the world. In Japan they call it “retired husband syndrome” and in Europe “silver separations.” Regardless of the moniker, this is a reality that isn’t slowing down.
What is happening to this demographic? There is no simple explanation. The baby boomer generation is the first generation with a significant number expected to live more than 100 years. According to the Statistics Canada Census in 2011, the number of centenarians in Canada increased 25.7 per cent since 2006. Compared to past generations, this generation is healthier, and as a result, have different ideas of what retirement life is or will be. Could empty-nest syndrome, combined with the fact that children are living at home longer, have something to do with this unfortunate phenomenon? Whatever the reason, we know divorce is difficult at any age — but the financial ramifications of divorce at the age of 50 or older are significant. As a certified divorce financial analyst, I find many people are misinformed about the financial implications of divorce. We may have the ability to Google everything, but the abundance of information on the web can be extremely confusing, even for professionals. Even worse than confusion about the legal technicalities of divorce is the emotional strain arising from the end of a 20 or 30year union. Some feel ashamed and never reach out to the right professional. First, you must get proper legal advice from a family lawyer. As a certified divorce financial analyst, I cannot give legal advice.
Therefore, my clients must understand their legal rights before examining the financial implications of their divorce: • • •
Can I afford to keep the house and/or the cottage? How do I analyze my cashflow so I know what my true expenses are? My lawyer tells me I am entitled to spousal support. What does that look like in the short term and the long term? Will I have enough to live on after I pay spousal support or receive spousal’s support? What are Canada Pension Plan (CPP) credits?
Clients must also understand that not all assets values are the same now or long term – RRSP, Pension, TFSA, etc… Specializing in personal financial planning and divorce planning, it is my goal to educate and encourage my clients to be involved in the financial decisions that impact their lives and the lives of their children. UpcominG events: • •
Divorce Workshop for Women – Sept. 19, 2014 Divorce Workshop for Men – Nov. 21, 2014
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ExpErt Advice No. 1 Anti-Aging Treatment – Sun Protection How can I wear sunscreens on my face when I find them heavy on my oily skin, or irritating for my sensitive skin? Most over-the-counter sunscreens are designed for use on the body where the skin is typically less oily and less sensitive. Visit a professional that carries a wide range of sun filters for the face.
I am rarely outside, why would I need sun protection?
Susan Alward The Summit Skin Care & Hair Removal 5495 Spring Garden Road, Suite 101 Halifax, Nova Scotia 902.423.3888 www.summitspa.ca
Why is sun protection the No. 1 anti-aging treatment?
xposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is the root cause of most wrinkles, rosacea, sagging skin, brown spots, pre-cancerous lesions and skin cancer.
2. What sun protection is best? Sunscreens today in Canada are fullspectrum sun filters, which means they filter both UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) rays from the sun. Understanding the best SPF for your skin type and lifestyle (SPF 15, 30, 50), the best ingredients (chemical or physical sun filters), and the best texture (based on how oily or dry your skin is) is the more complicated part. We recommend clients visit us for a sun assessment to learn these basics.
UVA radiation penetrates glass and is at 100 per cent strength year-round regardless of the weather. UVB radiation predominately affects us in the summer months, when shorter wavelengths can reach the earth. You may not burn in the winter, but the deeper, more damaging UVA rays will still damage the skin, even when sitting by a window or driving in your car.
I still want to have a tan. Should I just use a lower SPF or use a tanning bed for safer tanning? There is no such thing as “safe” tanning. A tan is the skin’s attempt to repair sun damage and prevent further injury. Studies have now proven indoor tanners have a much higher risk of all forms of skin cancer, compared to people that have never tanned indoors. Using a lower SPF in order to tan simply means you are letting the effectiveness of your sun protection wear off, allowing the skin to become tanned. SPF measures how long you can stay out in the sun without damaging and burning.
I already have a lot of sun damage, what can I do now? Use an appropriate sunscreen for your skin type, lifestyle and the time of year.
Add an effective anti-oxidant that will prevent, protect and repair existing damage to your skin colour, texture and tone. At The Summit, we love GM Collins Vital C Serum and Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, Serum 10 and Phloretin CF. We find treatments with our Gentle Waves LED Light Therapy, Intense Pulse Light Therapy (reduction of brown spots and rosacea/vein treatment); chemical peel series (collagen and elastin rebuilding, texture repair, brown spot reduction) and our Rejuvenating Facials assist in repairing and improving most of the visible signs of aging from the sun. Consider that as we age, our skin slows down its natural repair functions. Your at-home skin care routine should also address this decreased ability to heal. The Summit – Skin Care & Hair Removal carries many professional, easy-to-use home care products specifically to boost skin repair from GM Collin, Glymed Plus, Skinceuticals and Yonka. For a customized at-home sun care regime, book a complimentary 15-minute sun assessment with one of the professionals at The Summit. For a more in-depth skin assessment and repair advice, book a 45-minute clinical skin care consult with one of our clinical estheticians. Susan Alward, a master clinical esthetician/ electrologist /laser technician with more than 30 years experience, is the founder and owner of The Summit-Skin Care & Hair Removal, a multiaward winning skin and hair removal clinic that has been creating great results for its clients for more than 23 years.
The Natural Beauty of Ceramic Dentistry By Trina Annand Photo Geoff Creighton
s society advances, so does medical and dental technology. Dentists no longer simply remove damaged or painful teeth; they are rebuilt, resurfaced and good as new in no time. A great smile is not only an outward sign of health, it can significantly boost a person’s confidence. At Smile Innovations, Dr. Ryan Thomas offers clients the latest in dental materials for all procedures, including the seamless look and durability of ceramic dentistry. “Any time we do dental procedures, our main goals are to restore function and beauty,” says Dr. Thomas. “This is why it is important to use materials like ceramics that closely mimic natural teeth and enamel, and it is the most biocompatible (non-toxic) option available.” Unlike older metal fillings that are unsightly and can weaken teeth over time, ceramic restorations provide durability as well as the added cosmetic effect of being visually indistinguishable, creating a pristine smile. Ceramics fuse with the tooth’s structure, making a singular functioning unit, which is especially important for back teeth that are often under the most pressure in daily life.
As a material, ceramics are versatile and can be used for crowns, bridges, veneers, and more recently, dental implants, rather than using titanium components. At Smile Innovations, Dr. Thomas and his team use digital technology to create precision-fitted custom ceramic crowns. Using the CEREC 3D program, Dr. Thomas can design, manufacture and permanently bond a crown in as little as one appointment. “The more we can do to make our services efficient with high-quality results, the better it is for all of our patients,” remarks Dr. Thomas. Though Smile Innovations can perform advanced comprehensive procedures, they are equally at home doing
general and family dentistry, ensuring a strong healthy smile for life. Dr. Thomas’ one chair approach assures clients receive their undivided attention, whether they are at the clinic for a simple filling or a complete smile makeover. “We can spend more time getting to know our patients, their needs and desires. As an added benefit it also helps alleviate any anxiety they may have with all of our attention focused on them alone,” notes Dr. Thomas. For Smile Innovations, happy patients are the key to their success and the reason the experienced team comes to work everyday.
“I love the smiles I get from patients. The impact we can have on people’s lives is truly amazing. As dental practitioners we have the ability to not only improve a person’s smile, but their overall health and well being,” says Dr. Thomas.
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ExpErt Advice Braces and Technology – Can We Speed Up Orthodontic Treatment?
Wouldn’t it be nice to reduce this time by 30 to 50 per cent? The technology to do so is here!
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echnology in the orthodontics field is rapidly changing and advancing. We are able to straighten teeth with greater comfort for our patients, usually without removing permanent teeth, and with braces that are much less visible. The next orthodontic frontier involves reducing the duration of treatment with braces or Invisalign aligners. Orthodontic treatment takes anywhere from six to 36 months, depending on the severity of the bite issues and the degree of tooth misalignment.
Meet AcceleDent. AcceleDent Aura is a handheld, light, portable unit. It is FDA cleared, available by prescription from your orthodontist, and clinically proven to speed up tooth movement by up to 50 per cent. AcceleDent consists of a mouthpiece, resembling a small mouth guard, which is attached to a small handle. The appliance is very lightweight and can be used “handsfree.” When a patient gently bites down on the mouthpiece, the gentle pulsing is transmitted from the handle through the mouthpiece to the teeth and the surrounding bone. These gentle micropulses accelerate the bone cells responsible for bone remodeling and tooth movement. Essentially, it is like putting your orthodontic treatment on fast forward! This technology is new to orthodontics, but not new to medicine. Micro-pulse technology may be used to help heal complex bone fractures and is being investigated in the treatment of bone loss. Medical studies show that low level, high frequency vibrations can inhibit bone loss in the hips and the spines of some patient cohorts. Today, NASA uses vibration
technology to prevent loss of bone mass in astronauts. So how is the AcceleDent used in orthodontics? AcceleDent Aura is easily charged through a USB extension cable and power adapter. Once charged, the device is turned on and the patient closes his or her teeth gently onto the mouthpiece for 20 minutes per day while wearing orthodontics or Invisalign aligners. The mouthpiece is very light and is held in place simply by gentle biting pressure. It can be used during daily activities such as watching television, computer use, and reading. The micro-pulses are very gentle and exert up to eight times less force than an electric toothbrush, so the AcceleDent is very comfortable to use. Most patients report that the pulsing sensation can actually reduce discomfort that can sometimes be associated with braces. The AcceleDent is quiet and totally safe, and no adverse side effects have been reported by patients in clinical and randomized controlled trials. The technology is here to speed up your braces or Invisalign aligners in a safe and risk-free way. Ask us today about adding AcceleDent to your orthodontic treatment!
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A Focus on the Whole child By Ashliegh Gehl
t’s often said the first five years of a child’s life are their formative years — a time when parents have a heightened sense of awareness about the implications their actions have on their child. When those first five years have come and gone, and children blossom the way children do — with a greater sense of self — the learning continues. Before you know it, teething rings and jolly jumpers slip into nostalgia and the first day of school has arrived.
uncommon for 100 per cent of students at an independent school to attend university. Since the learning caters to the student’s needs, teachers know when students are ready for a more advanced placement. Sports and arts play a definitive role in giving youth a well-rounded education. They play a large part in a student’s life, furthering their development and enhancing their character. Independent schools offer a challenging athletic environment for students to benefit from the competitive, respectful camaraderie often found in playing sports such as rugby, volleyball and curling. Learning to play the violin, or how to embrace the theatrics of Shakespeare or the work of Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro, play a vital part in a student’s education. Independent schools encourage students to dive into their artistic passions and chip away at mastering their craft. It fosters creativity and curiosity, two characteristics that will inevitably carry over into a student’s adult life. Many independent schools offer an outdoor education and travel component to their curriculum. Exposing students to different cultures, opening their minds to different ways of thinking, and cultivating an appreciation for the environment gives them exposure to experiential learning. Only eight per cent of students in Canada are enrolled in an independent school. That being said, the number of students entering independent schools is on the rise in Nova Scotia. So too are the number of schools, 23 currently call the province home. Most of us don’t remember the fine details of our formative years. What we do remember is the first day of school. The mismatched socks we picked blindly. The heart-shaped peanut butter and jam sandwich our mothers slipped into the tatty brown paper lunch bag. As we clumsily climbed the ranks of pre-school, we learned what we were capable of. With soil, an egg carton, and seeds, we could create a garden of snap peas. Who knew?
wealth of educational options in the region.
Since these are the memories children retain, it’s imperative for parents to explore the
Students benefit because the academic opportunities are enriched. It’s not
There are many benefits to choosing an independent school. For starters, the class sizes are smaller. Any child who has experienced overcrowding in a classroom knows how dynamics and interactions change in confined spaces. Shy, reluctant students can easily slip to the corners of the class and doodle on their notepads when a teacher has more than a handful of students to engage with.
There is a myth that an independent education is for the rich. Not everyone who sends their children to specialized schools makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Costs vary from one location to the next. Ultimately, it’s an investment in a child’s future and there are grants and funding available through the government. Be it academics, sports, or arts, independent schools focus on the whole child. They offer strong communities with a wealth of support in every area of interest students choose to pursue.
Exceptional Learning Environment
ancy Wallace, a former public educator from New Brunswick, is the founder and director of Bedford Academy, one of the region’s finest private schools. This fall marks Wallace’s 29th anniversary as a private educator. This ambitious endeavour grew from a preschool she opened in her home to enable her to be an at-home mom for her then sevenyear-old daughter, Megan. Today, Bedford Academy provides affordable private education and offers programs for children aged two up to Grade 9. The educational climate is a key factor as to why this school is in such demand. Wallace’s education philosophy is to create a learning atmosphere in which students feel secure, cap the class size at 20 students, and provide challenge with an enhanced curriculum. “Nancy has amazing vision and formed an incredible team of dedicated, skilled and engaging teachers who have been a part of Bedford Academy for over 10 years. She
is inspiring and a wonderful role model. I am very proud of her.” —Megan Wallace Grant, Associate Director
the top 25 per cent of the more than 50,000 students worldwide who wrote the Pascal Math contest.
For the past two years, Nancy has shared administrative responsibilities with her daughter, Megan. After receiving a Bachelor of Public Relations Degree, she followed her mother’s path earning a Bachelor of Education Degree and taught for 10 years at the Academy. Megan also graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership.
“The Olympics is a wonderful teaching tool and a fantastic way to instill Canadian Pride in our children.”
“It is wonderful that Megan shares my passion; we love working together. We value and appreciate our dynamic teachers. We are surrounded by a fantastic group of people.” —Nancy Wallace, Founder and Director NatioNal ScieNce awardS Bedford Academy played a key role for Team Nova Scotia, winning gold and silver medals for the past three years. iNterNatioNal MatheMaticS awardS Bedford Academy scored in
TOP Nancy Wallace, (centre) Jody Lyne, Band Teacher and Melletone Performer (left) Coach Bell, Athletics (right)
—Nancy Wallace, Founder and Director
“The children love Nancy because she is joyful and so much fun. Nancy is a compassionate person who genuinely cares about their happiness. She is their advocate and encourages students to believe in themselves and celebrates their every achievement.” —Megan Wallace Grant, Associate Director
ABOVE Vice Principal Anthony Grant and Associate Director Megan Wallace Grant BOTTOM LEFT Kevin MacDonald
“The moment I step foot in Bedford Academy, I feel at home. The teachers are kind and they challenge us while making learning fun!” —Carol T., Grade 6 student
“Our children have been going to Bedford Academy since preschool. They have dedicated and approachable teachers who care. The strong curriculum and teaching provides a solid background to tackle the next levels of education. Our daughter, in the pre-IB program at CP Allen, was so well prepared for the workload and work ethic required. In addition to the excellent academic preparation, Bedford Academy fosters a great love for music and sports. While providing a nurturing, safe and happy environment, Bedford Academy prepared our children extremely well for their future.” —Parents Bob and Natalie Abraham
“Our students learn to be independent thinkers. Our school atmosphere encourages students to be good citizens and to maintain a balance in their lives. When graduates return to visit, we enjoy hearing of their success and how Bedford Academy positively impacted their lives.” —Jeff Sangster, Junior Head
“Nancy has done an excellent job creating an environment that fosters individual growth and creativity. Her dedication towards education and citizenship can be seen in the efforts and achievements of our students.” —Anthony Grant, Vice Principal
“In June, I will be celebrating another Grade 9 graduation with children I have known since they attended my preschool. I am fortunate to have been a part of their lives; to watch them grow into caring and confident individuals. Interestingly, I am the first employer of many former students at our Bedford Academy Summer Camp.” —Nancy Wallace, Founder and Director
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Bedford Academy, home of the provincial champion Broncos Basketball Program is the only school to field teams in the Metro Basketball Association. Hall Of Fame inductee, All Canadian and St. FX standout Jonathan Bell oversees seven teams with players grades 2 to 9 and elevates their game to a higher level! “I loved my 10 years at Bedford Academy. I had absolutely amazing teachers that prepared me so well for high school. I had a sense of family; the teachers really cared and were always there to support and improve our abilities. I will always be grateful for my experience at Bedford Academy.”
—Zoe A., Bedford Academy Graduate
“Our family moved back from Ontario because we missed the school! We love the energy; everyone gets along and there are no bullies.” —Evan S., Grade 8 student
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How Well will Your Kid’s Brain be Working by the End of Summer?
or students of all ages, summer can’t get here fast enough. While kids may be ready for a vacation — a change of pace — the opposite is true for their brain. The brain never gets tired of doing the one thing that it was designed to do: learn. So, what happens in the summer when kids are not in school, and not providing their brains with the active intake of information that it needs to stay sharp? Well, like any muscle, it weakens, and it begins to forget. When students are not actively engaging their brains, neurological connections can begin to deteriorate, making it increasingly difficult to recall the information that was learned throughout the school year. Research shows that students can lose up to 30 per cent of their academic skills over the summer break. This means that in the fall, students are actually further behind than when they left school at the beginning of summer. A few hours a week of academic work maintains important school skills. Try some of these tips to keep kids of all ages mentally engaged over the summer:
READ! Encourage reading every day this summer. Frequent reading improves comprehension skills and develops vocabulary. WRITE! Give children a journal or scrapbook and encourage them to write every day. Stumped about what to write? Keep lists of new words, start a short story, or just summarize the day. TALK! Make discussing your day part of your family’s regular routine. Chat about what you did, saw, or wondered about.
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PLAY! Games such as Sudoku, crossword puzzles, board games, or any game with strategy and planning keep the cognitive wheels working. THINK! Keep the mind active by asking questions about anything and everything! Parents can model questions for kids. Don’t worry if there aren’t answers. An alert mind is always questioning and thinking.
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ShakeSpeare by the Sea By rebecca Schneidereit
hakespeare by the Sea 2014’s lineup — which includes The Merchant of Venice (Aug. 2-29), The Taming of the Shrew (July 6-Aug. 30) and Cinderelly: The Wild West Musical (July 1-Aug. 31) — seems sure to showcase the company’s versatility. These selections cover both comedy and tragedy, and numerous moments in between. And although The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew are two of Shakespeare’s most contentious compositions, Elizabeth Murphy, artistic director at Shakespeare by the Sea, indicates that the plays weren’t selected to incite debate. “I think we felt, ‘we haven’t done these shows for a while,’” she says. “The canon’s only so big. And the last
time we did [The Taming of the] Shrew, it was extremely popular, and the last time we did Merchant of Venice, it was really popular. But with anti-Semitic actions in Ukraine and rights of women being trampled in so many places, they remain extremely topical.” The Merchant of Venice will feature fatherand-son actors Paul and Simon Rainville as warring businessmen Shylock and Antonio. Heroine Portia — who utters Shakespeare’s immortal “the quality of mercy is not strained” monologue — will be portrayed by Margaret Legere. The Taming of the Shrew depicts the lessthan-idyllic honeymoon of newlyweds Kate and Petruchio; Shakespeare by the
Sea will feature Tom Gordon Smith as the groom and Tringa Rexhepi as the bride. “She’s new to the company, but she’s originally from here,” says Murphy. “We’ve got a lot of new people in the company this year.” Shakespeare devotees who aren’t sold on grass-sitting in Point Pleasant Park, should note that blankets and chairs can be rented, and that “sweet seats” can also be arranged ahead of time. Additionally, Murphy says 2014 will feature elevated “berm” stagings. “We’re trying to make the sightlines better for everybody,” says Murphy. It’s good timing: audiences will want a clear view of this lively season at Shakespeare by the Sea.
The Business of ‘Haliwood’
By Rebecca Schneidereit
owever accustomed we may be to the province’s silver-screen prestige, Nova Scotians should be aware of the exceptional nature of “Haliwood” — an industry that arose over a century ago. “The first feature film ever made in Canada was made here in 1913,” says Ron Foley MacDonald, senior programmer for the Atlantic Film Festival and film curator at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. That film, Evangeline, was a Longfellow adaptation produced by the Canadian Bioscope Company. Its mix of American and local crew members proved prophetic, notes MacDonald: “It was very much like, say, something like Haven [in that regard].” After Evangeline’s release, wartime nitrate scarcity stymied Canadian filmmaking for a time, MacDonald continues. Yet the province remained the site of some silver screen activity by artists, including Howard Hawks and Robert Frank. Eventually, MacDonald says, governmental financial incentives in the 70s and 80s helped reinvigorate the Canadian and Haligonian film industries. Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia dates the creation of Nova Scotia’s “tax credit” to 1994: today, it continues to provide qualified parties with between 50 to 65 per cent tax credit amounts. “It’s a labour-based tax credit, so it encourages anything that films here to hire local,” explains Abbi Hennigar, Film & Creative Industries director of marketing. Financial incentives aren’t the only reason Nova Scotia is a filmmaker favourite; artists also value the region’s versatility. Between them, MacDonald and Hennigar name an extraordinary assortment of “starring roles” Nova Scotia itself has played: from Norway to Martha’s Vineyard to the Great Plains to Russia. “It’s cheated for lots of different places,” says Hennigar.
LEFT Christina Ricci, star of Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Photo © Sbukley | Dreamstime.com
In some instances, notes MacDonald, a Nova Scotia “location shoot” is preferable to visiting the actual location, and not only due to travel costs. “New England is so overdeveloped, and access to the seashore is so tightly controlled, that New England… doesn’t look like New England anymore,” he explains. “We look like the way they imagine
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, 2014
Charlie Zone, 2011
Take This Waltz, 2011
Hobo with a Shotgun, 2011
K-19: The Widowmaker, 2002
The Shipping News, 2001
Pit Pony, 1997
Margaret’s Museum, 1995
The Scarlet Letter, 1995
The Neptune Factor, 1973
Corvette K-225, 1943 ABOVE Cuba Gooding Jr., to star in Book of Negroes. Photo © Featureflash | Dreamstime. com. LEFT Haven, Photo Courtesy of Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia
Numerous TV series and miniseries have been created at least partly in Nova Scotia since 2010: Call Me Fitz, Haven, Mr. D, Seed, Sex and Violence, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and more. Various feature films were also created with local connections, including a new entry into NBC Universal’s Beethoven franchise, plus new iterations of Tom Selleck’s “Jesse Stone” vehicle (Benefit of a Doubt and Innocents Lost were released in 2012 and 2011, respectively). Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, featuring Christina Ricci, was another regionally-rooted success, and Hennigar says a new movie from long-time local standbys The Trailer Park Boys is due for theatrical release this spring.
themselves.” Furthermore, Nova Scotia isn’t just versatile, he adds: compared to Hollywood, it’s also visually novel. “Every inch of California has been photographed.” ‘Haliwood’ now has the distinction of being “the fourth largest production centre in the country,” says MacDonald — and the resultant numbers are impressive. “Last year, we had $125 million in production activity generated in the province,” says Hennigar, and with a single exception,
“for the last 10 years, we’ve had over $100 million in production activity every year.” According to Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, approximately 80 per cent of “Haliwood” business is locally based, a film culture very different from that in a hub like Vancouver — where MacDonald estimates the majority of film business consists of visiting productions. He notes that Halifax’s many locally shot productions help anchor the industry when foreign shoots are scarce.
Between returning productions [the 26-episode renewal of Haven, for instance] and new endeavours (a planned BET/CBC miniseries from Lawrence Hill’s novel, The Book of Negroes, set to feature Cuba Gooding, Jr.) on the horizon, Nova Scotia’s silver-screen future looks spotlight-radiant. “We’ve been steadily growing for the last four or five years,” says Hennigar. “I think we have a fairly established industry here, and that it has the potential to continue to grow.” With any luck, we’ll be seeing our home on the big screen — and our friends’ names in the credits — for decades to come.
June 15-22 Multicultural Festival: Multifest 30! June 20 Buffy Sainte-Marie Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Showroom
events H A L I FA X
June 27 Songwriters’ Circle Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Showroom June 28 An Evening With Chantel Kreviazuk The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium June 30–July 6 GOLFest
July 1 Canada Day Halifax / Halifax Harbour Landing July 1-8 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Halifax Metro Centre July 4–12 Halifax Jazz Festival Halifax
July 30-August 4 Halifax International Busker Festival
July 31-August 4 Bell Aliant Natal Day Festival Halifax August 8-9 Halifax Seaport Beerfest
August 27 Alice in Chains Halifax Metro Centre
Cooking for a Cause
CHEFS FOR UNICEF By Trina Annand Photos Bruce Jollimore
or many of us living in first world nations, we don’t worry about the everyday necessities of food, water and shelter. People run water without even thinking about where it comes from, or how important it is. The harsh reality is that in far too many countries, running water — let alone clean water — is unavailable. At this year’s Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Dinner, Nova Scotians were able to support the noble cause of providing clean water, while enjoying an elegant dining event catered by local celebrity chefs. “Clean water is critical for children’s health,” says Holly Davidson of UNICEF. “Since 2011, the annual event has dedicated funds to help provide sanitation and hygiene programs, ensuring the delivery of safe water and sanitation. We believe that no child is too far to benefit from our help.”
Participating Chefs and their inspiration Andy CAmm – Harbour City Bar & Grill at the Delta Halifax: Brazil BrAdley Bowden – Tempo at the Delta Barrington: Trinidad & Tobago ClAude AuCoin – NSCC Akerley Campus: France Geir SimenSen & rAy BeAr – Stubborn Goat Gastropub & Scanway Catering: Spain Jeff mCinniS – Grafton Connor and the Five Fisherman: Philippines BriAn Corkery – Elements on Hollis at the Westin Nova Scotian: Mexico erwin PAlo – Holiday Inn Harborview: Malaysia ThomAS CArey - PiCTou lodGe: Hawaii ChriSToPhe luzeux – WTCC: Switzerland JonAThAn hAnnAm – WTCC: Desserts ChArmAine romA – WTCC: Desserts JeAn-luC doridAn – NSCC Akerley Campus: Desserts
The annual gala event brings together some of the city’s greatest philanthropists and chefs to increase awareness and raise funds, helping children around the world. Globally, 768 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Last year alone, the event raised more than $200,000 for the worthy cause. Safe clean drinking water not only changes the lives of children, but also adults and communities as a whole, creating a better world for everyone. Approximately 20 of the province’s best chefs band together each year to make the dinner a success. For the 22nd year, guests were treated to a culinary trip around the world, exploring dishes inspired by the cuisine of Brazil, Spain, the Philippines and Mexico, to name a few. With only 550 tickets, the event is often a sold out affair. This year was no different. With almost 100 different dishes and desserts, it was a challenge for attendees to sample food from each chef; the
best advice says Sean Doucet, head chef for the event and director of operations at Delta Halifax, had to offer was for guests to pace themselves. “It is almost impossible to try every dish,” he says. “Using our privilege to give back is a very important part of being global citizens.” Geir Simensen, the creative mind behind Scanway Catering, Saege Bistro and The Stubborn Goat Gastropub, has participated in 15 UNICEF dinner events and sees them as an important way to give back. “In other places, getting water means an hour-long walk both ways and it is certainly not for clean water. That is something in this day and age that everyone should have,” says Simensen. The chef, who has been cooking since he was 16, was raised in a culinary family and remarks that cooking isn’t the only thing to being a chef. “There is a lot more to being a chef than cooking a good meal. For many chefs, the cooking is the easy
part and the other things are the challenging part. We need to be good people as well.” With a team of about 10, Simensen dazzled guests with his culinary prowess, with dishes inspired by Spanish fare. “We are rarely in need of water, it’s everywhere; we are surrounded by lakes and oceans. To think there are children in the world that don’t have water to drink is very troubling,” says Doucet. “As a father and a chef, I always want children everywhere to have food and water, there is no life without it.” For the head chef, the event is about helping make the world a better place, spreading awareness of cultures in need, and helping thousands each year. More than 150 volunteers worked to make this event a success, from chefs and prep crew, to committee members and support staff, the dinner is a well-oiled machine, thanks to UNICEF and Doucet’s team.
Where Extraordinary Kids Can Be Ordinary
magine a place where you meet your new best friend, where you understand you are not the only one, where you are not so different, where you can celebrate all that life has dealt you in the company of others who also understand. A place where you can be yourself. This is Brigadoon Village “Camp is my second home. I’ve never felt so at home anywhere else, and being at Brigadoon Village allowed me to feel comfortable talking about my arthritis,” says a 2013 Camp JoinTogether camper. Camp JoinTogether is just one of 12 programs offered for children living
with a chronic illness, chronic condition, or special need at Brigadoon Village. Children living with a variety of conditions and illnesses can come to Brigadoon; there are camps for children living with heart conditions, kidney disease, celiac disease, epilepsy, asthma, anxiety, cancer, Crohn’s and Colitis, blind and visual impairment, and even grief. For campers at Brigadoon Village — who have in their young lives only known hospitals, home and school, and who have faced challenges that we can never comprehend — the opportunity to go frog hunting, to play in the mud, to swim in a lake or to relax in a field at
night and look up at the stars are things they have often never experienced. Many campers have never met another child who shares the experience of having their chronic illness or chronic condition. Brigadoon Village is located on Aylesford Lake in the Annapolis Valley. “We are preparing to welcome more than 500 children to our programs this summer, most of which are unique in Canada,” explains executive director Dave Graham. “We have been growing at a rate of approximately 40 per cent since opening our doors in 2011 and as we continue to grow exponentially, so does the need for
funding.” In addition to donations, Brigadoon Village also relies on support through third party events. The Big sWiM On Aug. 17, 50 swimmers will brave the Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick to PEI as part of The BIG SWIM, in support of Brigadoon Village. “We wanted to make Brigadoon Village the sole recipient of all the donations this year because we strongly believe in their mission and admire all of the work they do for chronically ill children,” says Todd McDonald, co-founder of GIVE TO LIVE. GIVE TO LIVE is a volunteer, non-profit organization that is behind The BIG SWIM, and has become rooted in the belief that everyone can be happier and healthier through generosity, fitness and the achievement of the extraordinary. Through the events they coordinate, GIVE TO LIVE has raised $2.5 million for numerous charities around the world. “We want everyone to believe that they can achieve something extraordinary, and change the world while doing it. Our goal for The BIG SWIM this year is to have everyone achieve the 1417 km swim across the Northumberland Strait and send 150 children to camp at Brigadoon Village while doing so; or in other words, raise $150,000,” says Heather McGrath, BIG SWIM event organizer. Each swimmer has their own fundraising goal, which range from $1,000 to upwards of $75,000.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE
ON AUG. 17, 2014, 50 SWIMMERS WILL BRAVE THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT, WHICH STRETCHES FROM NEW BRUNSWICK TO PEI, AS PART OF THE BIG SWIM. ALL MONEY RAISED FROM THE 2014 BIG SWIM WILL SUPPORT BRIGADOON VILLAGE. Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel, a Halifax plastic surgeon, has signed up to take part in The BIG SWIM.
all contributions up to $75,000. Every donation made in his name for The BIG SWIM will help send chronically ill children to camp at
Although an experienced ironman athlete, Dr. Bendor-Samuel has never swam more than 5 km and looks forward to the challenge of a 17 km ocean swim.
At Fine Lifestyles Magazine, we are spreading the word.
Not only will the doctor train for and complete this diﬃcult swim, he is hoping to gain the support of the public by personally matching
All donations over $20 receive a tax receipt and every penny counts. So please donate generously. To
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Village (and mention Dr. Bendor-Samuel’s challenge) or go to their website www. brigadoonvillage.org (events/ the big swim).
ABOUT BRIGADOON VILLAGE Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society is a non-profit organization that offers transformative camp experiences for children, youth and families living with a chronic illness, chronic condition or special need, whose opportunities for self-discovery can be limited by definitions of disease, treatments, conditions and stereotypes. Brigadoon Village is a place where campers come together to experience new things, meet friends who are facing similar challenges, and to just be themselves.
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MakiNg The MoST of
Seafood By Rebecca Schneidereit Photo Taste of Nova Scotia
hile out walking one morning, I came across a half-dozen lobster traps stacked by the side of the road. That fact alone (well, that and the daydreams of cracked crimson claws and butter-brushed meat which inevitably ensued) is nearly all that’s needed to sum up Nova Scotia’s relationship with seafood. It’s not just a local delicacy or provincial export; ever-abundant and wildly varied, it’s a ubiquitous passion for those locals versed in eating for pleasure. According to Luis Clavel — the NSCCeducated chef who helms the kitchen at Seasons by Atlantica — seafood is seasonal. Now that warmer weather has arrived, “fin fish” and a number of shellfish are once again in season. “We try to utilize what’s seasonally available,” Clavel notes. Seafood is capable of highlighting the strengths of both Nova Scotia itself and its chefs — not only in the case of home kitchen gourmands, but also for professionals, Clavel points out. “A lot of our products are used in some of the best restaurants in the world,” he says, listing haddock, halibut, lobster and scallops as regional heavyweights. In fact, says Clavel, “We just did a [culinary] competition in Switzerland, and the lobster that we took — it was from Nova Scotia.” Those looking to treat themselves, or their guests, to seafood should bear in mind Clavel’s advice as far as heat exposure. “The best way to eat seafood… is at a mediumrare doneness,” he maintains. “That’s the only way to cook seafood, really.” Clavel is flexible in other respects, including cooking methods and flavour pairings. Some of his suggestions for the
latter seem nearly intuitive — bacon or maple, for instance. Another of Clavel’s preferred accents, however, is more unusual. “One of my favourite things to cook with is coconut and blueberries,” he says. “It’s a beautiful marriage, and it works well with arctic char, with scallops.” (If you enjoy exploring unfamiliar avenues in the kitchen, you may also be interested in trying your luck with sable fish or red snapper, which Clavel notes aren’t seen quite as often on Nova Scotian tables.) Clavel can even propose novel ways to lend fish and chips a new edge: “You could marinate [the fish],” he muses. “You could use a lighter approach, where you can actually bread the fish in bread crumbs, rather than a batter; you could easily also use a tempura.” Looking to raise the bar on lobster? “My favourite way to cook lobster is [… to] poach it in butter,” Clavel says. “You’re enhancing the flavour profile of the lobster, and not only that, but it also adds more fat to it… [lobster] tends to be a bit lean.” When it comes to the prototypical lobster boil, “you don’t have to cook lobster in just boiling water,” he notes. “You can use things like onion, and carrot, and garlic, and ginger.” The simple process rounds out the dish’s dimensions, Clavel explains. “If you create a boiling liquid that has beautiful flavour [… you’re] achieving a higher flavour profile.” Fish and chips shops sprinkling the city, a dozen beaches within driving distance, lobster traps stacked on the side of the road — Nova Scotia is positively immersed in seafood culture, and participating in that culture is a simple matter of enjoying a delicious meal.
LOBSTER CURRY CHOWDER SOUP By Chef Luis Clavel
On the Town Nova Scotia is awash with amazing restaurants as well as amazing seafood — and food blogger Kelly Neil is happy to share a few instances in which the two categories were serendipitously united. “Sean and i love the pan-fried haddock at Jim’s Family Seafood [Restaurant] on the Bedford Highway — it’s a regular stop for us,” says Neil. “Last fall i had both the lobster ravioli and the roasted halibut entrée at cabot Links’ Panorama Dining Room in inverness, and they both knocked my socks off.” Neil also mentions an intriguing concoction which is, apparently, something of a secret at one of HRM’s finest italian restaurants: “there’s a shrimp appetizer at daMaurizio called ‘Gamberi alla Marchese’ that isn’t on the menu, that they’ll make for you if you ask,” she reveals. “it’s jumbo shrimp sautéed with chopped garlic, sherry and cream. it makes me swoon just thinking about it.”
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2 tbsp vegetable oil 1/4 cup medium diced white onion 1 tbsp minced garlic 2 tsbp minced ginger 1 lb medium peeled, diced sweet potatoes 2 tsp garam masala 1/2 tsp cumin powder 2 tsp coriander powder 2 litre lobster stock 1.25 litre can tomato juice 3/4 lb Roma tomatoes with seeds 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro 1 lb cooked lobster meat Juice of 1 lime
In a pot, heat oil and sauté all spices, onions, garlic, ginger and sweet potatoes until onions are translucent. Add tomato juice and lobster stock; bring to a boil. Once boiled, finish by adding diced tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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3-1 lb lobster 2 Spanish onions, cut into large chunks 1 celeriac, peeled, cut into large chunks 1 large carrot, cut into large chunks 1 bay leaf 1/2 litre white wine 4 litres of water 1 bunch of tarragon 2 tbsp tomato paste
Cook the lobster for six minutes in boiling water seasoned with 1:1 parts sugar and salt (remove tail and claws for soup usage, and save the shells for stock). In pot, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Once boiled, simmer for 45 minutes, then strain. Once stock is strained, reduce volume by half and use for soup.”
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By Sommelier Rayell Swan
have you noticed the seemingly endless sunny days, extended warm evenings and lush greenery outside your door? Yes, folks, summer is ďŹ nally here! The season is a wonderful occasion to move dining and entertaining outdoors. With ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather, it is a fantastic chance to combine good food, people and wine with the blissful surroundings.
y recommendation is to embrace the relaxed and carefree attitude that summer inspires when shopping for wine options. This is an apt time to venture into unknown territory and discover new flavour experiences. AlbAriño – Are you a fan of foodfriendly, crisp, aromatic whites such as sauvignon blanc? Then this style of wine could be a great option for you. Albariño is a white wine from the North Atlantic coast of Spain. It is known for generous aromatics of ripe fruit and zesty acidity. It is often compared to a riesling for the mouth-watering acidity expressed on the palate, or a viognier for its exotic peach, apricot and floral hints. Along with the noble comparisons, albariño displays delicious citrus and tropical fruit notes. It marries well with different dishes with its flavourful flexibility. It is a beautiful partner for poultry, seafood, and shellfish. (It will certainly shine with the following recipe.) Pinot Gris – This wine is also known as pinot grigio, which I’m sure many of you are familiar with. However, this style is distinctly different than the classic and much enjoyed pinot grigio of Italy. The wine conveys a slightly fuller mouth feel while expressing the pronounced fruit characteristics of the grape. Pinot gris is a fantastic summer wine for both dining and enjoying on its own. Styles can vary depending on the country of origin and winemaking techniques applied. The wine is a signature offering of Alsace, France, where it is known to express opulent flavours of fruit and honey. Additionally, it finds a home in many other areas of the world — notably, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. These regions show individual nuances, but overall, the wines are well defined with fruit character, a softer acidity and a refreshing nature. Recently, I enjoyed a pinot gris from the Okanagan Valley, B.C. and was mesmerized by the beautiful balance of fruit, acidity and freshness of the wine. AGliAnico – A fantastic option from Southern Italy; specifically the Campania and Basilicata regions, for the robust red fans. Aglianico, pronounced without the “g,” is a concentrated wine with a medium to full body, and excellent acidity levels.
BarBecued chorizo & clams Tannin structure can show ferocity in youth; however, with time these wines age gracefully. This powerhouse requires food that will stand up to its intensity. It is a fine match for the grill. The wine can handle some spice and takes on barbecue ribs, steak, lamb and even classic hamburgers. With so many options available at your local outlet, there truly is a world of wine ready to be discovered. Taking a risk and purchasing an unfamiliar wine will not always guarantee finding a new favourite, but I am confident that you will have fun trying.
Rayell Swan is a CAPS certified sommelier (graduate June 2014) and retail product specialist with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, Larry Uteck, Bedford South.
Ingredients One 4” piece of Spanish-style dry cured chorizo* 2 tbsp olive oil 1 shallot diced 2 dozen clams, washed 2–3 sprigs fresh thyme 1/2 cup vegetable or fish stock 1/2 lemon, juiced *Authentic Spanish-style chorizo is available at Ratinaud on Gottingen Street. Directions 1. Set a grill to medium-high heat. 2. Quickly sear the chorizo on all sides; chop. 3. Place a cast iron pan on the grill and add the olive oil, shallot, chopped chorizo, clams, thyme, stock and lemon juice. 4. Close the lid and let steam for six to eight minutes. 5. Discard any clams that don’t open.
IN THE SUN Central Park is probably the city’s most celebrated
green spot, but it doesn’t have the monopoly on natural beauty. “The one that I discovered a couple
years ago is the High Line,” says Claudia Viani,
WHEN THE MERCURY IS UP Rebecca Schneidereit STORY Pauline Boldt QUOTES & PHOTOGRAPHY 26 Projects DESIGN
December in New York City may be traditional, but summer can produce just as many postcards (and you can ditch the parka)!
concierge, leisure and local business operations director at Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
“I never grow tired of photographing the High Line, no matter the time of
year. Summer though brings people out: to soak up the sunshine or just to be
removed from the bustle of the city for a lunch break in your own urban garden.”
The High Line is set to reach its ultimate completion “later this year,” says Jennifer
McGibbon of NYC & Company – Canada,
who adds Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Governors Island, Prospect Park, Roosevelt Island and Wave Hill to the “green space”
shortlist. “Architecturally, Prospect Park and
Central Park have… similarities,” she says,
since the two parks “were both designed by the same people.” McGibbon also says that “there
are a lot of special events taking place this year
celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries” of Flushing Meadows – Corona Park’s World’s Fairs in 1939/1964.
Central Park, of course, hosts Shakespeare in the Park, with King Lear and Much Ado About
Nothing onstage this summer. The Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, meanwhile, allows
cineastes to complement golden summer days with silver screen evenings.
IN THE SHADE
The Metropolitan Museum of Art spotlights
artists including Goya and the Pre-Raphaelites
this summer. And don’t neglect the umpteen
Dark Age masterpieces (including the Unicorn
Tapestries) sequestered separately at the Cloisters.
“Many visitors are not aware of the wide variety of the draws and attractions throughout all of
NYC’s five boroughs,” says McGibbon. “A trip to
the Bronx Zoo is great for families … Queens is also home to some fantastic, but lesser-known, museums.”
Broadway’s summer offerings include Cabaret, a darkly stylized dissection of prewar Germany;
Les Miserables, which condenses Victor Hugo’s labyrinthine source text into a few ferocious
hours; and Matilda, a Tony-festooned Roald Dahl adaptation. Viani suggests visitors “plan
ahead” for the Big Apple, which may prove especially vital for those aiming to catch particular shows. Numerous productions, including Cabaret, wrap in (or before) August.
Shopping might qualify as either a “sun” or “shade” pastime. “There’s just different
kinds of shopping,” Viani says, listing choices from Canal Street — “where you have lots of small, individual little shops” to “big, huge
department stores” (Viani mentions Century 21 and Diane von Furstenberg’s as trip-worthy).
McGibbon names a few Brooklyn destinations, hinting that vintage enthusiasts may find the
area rewarding. “The BoCoCa neighbourhoods
(Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens) are known for great shopping,” she notes.
“The Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg, open every Sunday, draws people
from all over. While queuing to get in is well worth your time, make sure
you arrive early as you’ll not be the
only one looking to walk away with a new treasure.”
IN BETWEEN McGibbon says accommodation availability,
particularly in outlying areas, is ever-expanding.
One choice with character: “the new Bronx Opera House Hotel just opened in the South
Bronx this past August… it is located in the old Opera House,” she notes.
Closer to the city core, Viani recommends The Chatwal and The Sherry-Netherland: “it only has 50 rooms and suites, and most of them overlook
Central Park,” she says of the latter. Just one word
of warning: the Sherry-Netherland’s website indicates that permanent space is possible. Are you positive you’ll convince yourself to leave? 52
Getting Started on
GETTING STARTED By MEREDITH HERON Photos COURTESY OF MEREDITH HERON
he warmer months are inevitably the busiest for the design industry in Canada. Our oﬃce is prepared for the phone calls that arrive with the warmer temperatures, asking if we can “start now and finish before the end of summer.” We are able to keep a straight face as we gently counter with: “it depends on the scope.” Planning for any design endeavour is essential to the
overall success of the project. With planning comes budgeting with the calculator in hand. I am often asked what a realistic budget is for “this and that.” At a cocktail party several months ago, one half of a couple was eagerly discussing plans for an upcoming kitchen renovation he was planning. He conspiratorially whispered to me that their budget was
What Does a Kitchen Cost? Kitchen Size SMALL KITCHEN (150 sq. ft. or less)
Handy Full-Service Homeowner $35,000 $45,000
MEDIUM KITCHEN (150-350 sq. ft.)
LARGE KITCHEN (350 sq. ft. and up)
$75,000 and up
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actually about $30-35,000, but to not let on to his partner that it was that high. I smiled as I sipped my drink, not wanting to burst his bubble. Kitchens are expensive, and the one he described was going to be very expensive. It was the holidays; I didn’t want to put a lump of coal in his stocking, so I am secretly hoping he is reading this article. PREVIOUS This condo kitchen we designed for our clients was medium-sized and a hybrid of “handy homeowner and almost full service.” We opted for cabinetry from a big-box store that we customized with crown moulding and custom cables. The marble counters, including the waterfall edge and the backsplash, were where we splurged. LEFT This 5,000 sq. ft. home we designed just outside of Boston, MA, has a very well laid-out kitchen; while not huge, it would fall in under the “large kitchen” category. Premium appliances, including panelled fridge and freezer, quartzite countertops and fabulous lighting definitely have this kitchen reaching beyond the $75,000 mark. We trimmed costs back on our window treatments, opting for my now famous “Fromans” or “Fauxmans.” The fabric we initially selected had major minimums and at $450/yard, wasn’t in the cards. Our solution was for me to hand-block three yards of fabric using wooden blocks I’d purchased at Brimfield Antique Fair the year before. You don’t get much more bespoke than that!
Window treatments can realistically cost upwards of about 30 per cent of your design budget. When purchasing a new home that does not have functional or decent looking window treatments, you should factor the cost to cover them with something into your budget right off the top. Many people think that Roman Blinds are a great solution, but I am always leery of them if budget is a factor. Roman blinds are often the most costly because they are hand-sewn; they require significantly less fabric, but the labour takes them out of the budget treatment category. Our Froman/Fauxman is a valance that we have made to look like a raised Roman, but it isn’t functional.
ABOVE We find that having our clients put together a wish list or shopping list at the start of any project helps to determine the budget, and also helps ease them past “sticker shock.” After we have their list, we create a chart with “low/high” pricing options based on each piece. For example, if they need two sofas in the living room, we will give them a “low” of $2,400/sofa and a “high” of $4,000/ sofa. This is done with the caveat that costs are based on projects we’ve completed in the last 12 months, the “high” includes custom fabric, and the “low” has a graded fabric. Giving a range helps a client to better prioritize their design goals relative to how
much they want to invest. If their wish list exceeds their budget, we can phase their project over a period of time or make changes to the scope or their priorities. The budget ultimately belongs to the home owner. The designer works on behalf of the client to hit their targets and realize their goals. The best way to maximize the budget is to invest the time to create a solid plan and give equal time to realize the plan. Meredith Heron Design works on residential projects across North America. If you are looking to transform your own space into something more luxurious, we’d love to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org.
C U S TO M , E N E R GY E F F I C I E N T H O M E S
The Future of Homebuilding
ABOVE Hillary Webb, Caleb Howden, Josh Hagen. Photo, Bruce Jollimore
By Henny Buffinga Photos Courtesy of Denim Homes
enim Homes is on the leading edge, setting a high standard for residential energy efficient homes at a competitive price. Serving the Halifax and Annapolis Valley communities, this company was founded eight years ago and today builds some of Nova Scotia’s most energy efficient custom homes. Owner Caleb Howden says these energy efficient homes are the future of homebuilding. Winner of the Canadian Home Builder’s Association National SAM Award for the 2011 and 2013 Green Home of the Year, Denim Homes has built net-zero homes with a tightly sealed double-stud building envelope. Everything that is designed into their homes affects the end energy rating. All their homes receive an EnerGuide rating (the Canadian government’s rating system for the energy efficiency of products, including homes). “All the homes we build are what I would call super energy efficient,” says Howden. Most are able to sustain ‘net-zero’; a term meaning there is an energy producer on the home or property that creates as much electricity as the home uses. Often solar panels are used to make electricity and feed it back into the power grid. The objective is to create as much electricity as you have used, over the course of a year, considerably reducing, if not eliminating, your power bill. “The double stud wall, our building envelope, is standard in every one of our homes,” says Howden. Denim has carefully developed the double stud wall over time; they can produce it reliably and more economically than other companies. Denim Homes offers many services as part of their turnkey home building package, including drafting and modifying designs for a home, interior design consultation, home energy modelling, and landscape design. While their envelope is consistent, the homes are customized in every way to suit their clients. Potential clients often come to them with many questions, to which Howden and his team are very understanding. “Anyone who speaks with us, whether they have built a home before or not, ends up leaving empowered because we try to educate our customers from an unbiased perspective,” says Howden. Denim Homes wants their customers to feel good about the decisions their customers make.
COVER STORY in support of the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation. “We built the most efficient QEII home there has ever been, with an EnerGuide rating of 88,” says Howden. Featuring a large deck overlooking the golf course, a “his and hers” walk-in closet and bathroom with matching showers and sinks, the home was a beautiful addition to the charitable foundation’s prizes. Not only was it an excellent opportunity to be a part of an amazing fundraiser, but it also offered Denim Homes the opportunity to show off the quality of work they can do. Although he is not a native Maritimer, Howden loves Nova Scotia and says it truly feels like home for him. Coming from Calgary, where natural gas is abundant, Howden was initially at a loss to find the best energy source available where he was living in Nova Scotia. Howden did extensive research on the topic, debating triple-paned windows and solar orientation, and eventually realized it all came down to the building envelope. “I did the research nobody else was doing on sustainable housing,” he says. “There are hundreds of ways to make your house more efficient — the windows, the doors, the orientation to the sun, the insulation… Denim feels that when a person chooses a builder, they need to choose someone they can trust, someone they can build an honest and strong relationship with. One of the concerns potential clients have is price. People think building custom or energy efficient is expensive. Howden says, “We are not expensive, and most customers who come to us after getting prices are surprised at how competitive we are in the market place.” Their houses may make for expensive starter homes, however for an average home, which is what the majority of the market is looking for, their pricing is competitive and their product is superior. “Energy costs are going up,” Howden says. “Building energy efficient homes makes sense and it’s the right thing to do. I believe that if you build them right, the payback begins in the first month.” Last year, Denim Homes built the home for the QEII Lifestyles Lottery
everything affects the EnerGuide rating your house will have. At the end of the day, the building envelope encompasses so many factors that can make or break the way your home serves you in the future.” Howden believes Denim Homes has made a massive change in the industry. “A lot of building professionals in the market are talking the talk but not walking walk when it comes to being energy efficient. You can advertise your homes to be acceptable according to building code, but not to our standards.” Denim Homes did not build a home under EnerGuide 86 last year. In fact, Denim Homes is the only builder in the Maritimes consistently building homes above EnerGuide 90. “We pride ourselves on being leaps and bounds above average.” Howden has been a hard worker his entire life. He started in the industry as a young labourer in Alberta, then onto framing. At the age of 19, he was the foreman on a large-scale project, building a 190,000-sq.ft. assisted living home in Hawaii. “Construction is in my blood,” he says. He worked for the largest assisted living home
building company in North America, and he travelled extensively. “My wife and I had just gotten married, and working and travelling for that job was like a three year honeymoon,” he says. When he decided to go into business for himself and a partner, Denim Homes was born. “We were looking for a name that had little to no negative connotations. Denim fit the criteria, and everyone feels comfortable in denim.” Howden’s passion comes through in his work. “I’m not the kind of person who sits around the house on the couch, I’m a bit of an adrenalin junkie, and so in everything I do, I take risks,” he says. “I believe in quality and innovation. We have a saying around the office that we are amazing people who appreciate quality and innovation, we just happen to build great homes.” The team at Denim Homes makes their customers happy in every way they can. “We love people,” says Howden. “We want everyone who comes to us to have a great experience. That’s what we strive for.” For more information about Denim Homes, contact them today.
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ClassiC Convertible By Rebecca Schneidereit
axonomically, the label “convertible lover” encompasses a range of people and passions. There are hard-top lovers and soft-top fans. There are those who value a vintage pedigree, and those seduced by straight-off-the-lot sparkle. There are domestic devotees, and acolytes of glamorous imports, and owners who pride themselves on paint jobs in a thousand shades. But all of them are “convertible lovers.” They love the way a convertible looks and feels, its inimitable combination of Hollywood glitter and heartland bravado. For confirmed convertible lovers — and those just discovering their charms — Fine Lifestyles offers this retrospective: a glance at the convertible’s origins and the current state of affairs.
Way Back When European auto artisans, Peugeot, smashed the metaphorical bottle of champagne on the prow of the convertible; their hard-topped 601 Eclipse hit the streets in 1934, and for nearly 40 years afterwards, demand for convertibles was both extreme and enduring. From the first models to the modern era, the convertible’s desirability was uniquely democratic. Unlike the limo or pickup truck, its allure crossed class and gender. Ingrid Bergman drove a convertible in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 nail-biter, Notorious; Patrick McGoohan manned a model in 60s spy drama deconstruction, The Prisoner. From Grease’s Danny Zuko to Mad Men’s Don Draper to Barbie herself, the convertible never ceased to transcend boundaries.
ABOVE Late 50s Merceds Benz 300SL RIGHT BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette Stringray
CLOCKWISE 58 Buick Limited, 2003 Ferrari Spider 360, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, Astin Martin DB9
Throughout the 50s and 60s, a number of celebrated convertible masterpieces (including the Alfa Romeo Spider and Chevrolet Corvette) were unveiled. The period’s playfulness was reflected in the vehicles’ shape and detailing: the Austin-Healey Sprite was all but anthropomorphic, and Janis Joplin (who penned cappella 60s anthem “Mercedes Benz”) possessed a Porsche Type 356 C so extravagantly ornamented it’s now a museum piece. Unfortunately, disco wasn’t the only disaster convertible lovers had to endure in the 70s. What was arguably North America’s most decadent decade paradoxically saw steep deterioration in convertible marketability. However, popularity catapulted again in the 80s, with the 1982 Chrysler LeBaron among comeback forerunners. The LeBaron isn’t universally beloved: Web2Carz’s Tim Healey proclaimed models up to 1985 among the “Top Ten Worst Convertibles of all Time”. Nevertheless, CAKE’s 2001 hit “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” demonstrated that the LeBaron had garnered suﬃcient household recognition to be namechecked in a pop song two decades later. The “second wind” of the 80s and 90s fueled successful convertible designs capable of rivalling mid-century models, and nowadays, it may be mostly the nostalgia factor separating “new school” convertibles from their forbearers’ legendary status. But the clock’s always ticking: at this point, even nostalgia can’t be far away. IF yOU WanT One If you’re considering purchasing a convertible, well — congratulations on your timing. A variety of exciting models, crafted by numerous manufacturers, are offered for 2014. Price points vary, as always, but turning the plunge into a splurge ensures you’ll
make a splash. Here are a few options that live up to the convertible legacy. BMW. This German creator’s 6 Series Cabriolet is decked with extras, from LED lights to Bang & Olufsen acoustics. But it’s the Cabriolet’s artistry (“inspired by the elegance of flowing water”, according to BMW) that’s unforgettable. Ferrari. The 458 Spider has received umpteen commendations (from the Robb Report’s “Best of the Best Convertible” to Top Gear China’s “Best Driver’s Sports Car,” both 2012), so we’re not ashamed to confess what really sold us: the custom-matched travel bags. Mecedes-Benz. Whoever names Mercedes-Benz’s inventions has a sense of humour. The roofless heater is dubbed the “AIRSCARF”; the tint mechanism is the “MAGIC SKY CONTROL”. Both features (and more) are attached to Mercedes-Benz’s SL-Class and SLK-Class convertibles. Vintage. Like the violin, the convertible’s prestige can escalate with age. Apply the usual rules for purchasing pre-owned: find a trustworthy source, and confirm that your chosen vehicle is safe and reliable, even if it looks flawless. You don’t want a car so cool it takes a smoke break on the highway. Those who look askance at “pre-owned” may want to reconsider in the case of convertibles. With convertibles, the universal second-hand slam — “you don’t know where it’s been” — is part of the point. Did your roadster sail down the freeway, Beatles on the radio, beach day-bound? Was it served milkshakes and French fries by skated waitresses at an original drive-thru? Did it ferry a business mogul, musician or athlete to deals, gigs or games? A tinge of mystery is the finishing touch on a car that’s already irresistible.
ANNAPOLIS VALLEY DEPARTMENT
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Annapolis Valley Appellation Wine
By rebecca schneidereit Photo scott Munn, nova scotia tourism Agency
iven Fine Lifestyles’ numerous articles featuring local wines, you’ve probably realized we’re fans of the Annapolis Valley’s vineyards. And with summer’s incumbent beach days and picnics, it seemed high time we spotlight Tidal Bay.
The wines possess an emblematic flavour. “They’re light, lower in alcohol; they’re nice and crisp,” says Blomidon Estate Winery winemaker Simon Rafuse. “There’s often a little hint of C02… there’s usually a little bit of residual sugar.”
WinesofNovaScotia.ca describes Tidal Bay as an “appellation” — a term once more applicable to European vintages than Canadian creations, according to Winery Association of Nova Scotia president Stewart Creaser of Avondale Sky Winery. “[An appellation] is a specific [wine] style produced in a specific geographic region,” he says.
WinesofNovaScotia.ca, Creaser, and Rafuse all mention seafood as a possible partner for Tidal Bays, and Rafuse’s suggested sushi pairing could prove a novel take. Yet a smorgasbord isn’t vital. “Some wines really need a good paired food to make them better,” says Creaser, “but Tidal Bays tend to be great by themselves.”
Continental appellations are marked partly by exclusivity. “Very tight standards and controls,” as Creaser puts it. Accordingly, the Tidal Bay moniker is restricted to wines fulfilling a plethora of style parameters (measured at “the blind tasting”); despite rigorous conditions, Creaser estimates that nearly a dozen local vineyards may bottle a Tidal Bay in 2014.
Tidal Bay’s star seems only to have risen since the appellation’s inception in the early 2010s; Creaser and Rafuse have heard about Tidal Bay sampling sessions in numerous contexts. And at the time of our interview, Creaser expects new Tidal Bays to begin retailing in June — so it’s not too early to plan a tasting of your own.
Always Expanding and Evolving By Rebecca Henderson Photos Raven Dawn Photography
eter Simmons, president of Valley Ford, says the relationship with a customer begins when the vehicle leaves the lot. It’s a statement that won Valley Ford the Gold Level Voice of Customer in both sales and service operations. However, one might say the mints placed on the dash after a vehicle visits Valley Ford’s service Dept. and its returned to its owners is another reason. Simmons is proud of the work done by Valley Ford’s service team. “Our Sales Team does a masterful job of determining a client’s needs and placing him/her in the correct vehicle at Valley Ford but it’s the service team that sells every vehicle afterwards,” he says.
The service team makes sure customers’ needs are taken care of when visiting Valley Ford. Whether its offering an in house rental or replacement vehicle(s), complimentary shuttle drive or vehicle pickup anywhere in the Valley and/or the Hand Wash that every service client receives regardless of the size of the invoice — the idea behind it is to never leave a customer unsatisfied, Simmons explains. “There’s always a solution.” Simmons attended The Canadian Automotive Institute (CAI) at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. specializing in automotive marketing. After graduating in 1991, he worked for his dad’s dealership, aptly named Simmons Pontiac Buick GMC, until 1995 when it was sold
to another dealer in Halifax. Simmons subsequently worked there for 11 years, running the new entity until 2006 when he bought the Ford franchise in the Valley in October of that year. The Ford dealership is a Ford Millennium Facility and only eight years old. Within the 15,000 sq. ft. facility you will find a seven-car indoor modern car show room, two service drive thru lines — all you do is honk your horn to come right in —and three acres of paved lot to make parking easier for customers. Simmons says he can’t stress enough that customer service is Valley Ford’s number one priority. “Nothing is brushed under the carpet. We deal with problems head on and let the customer know we’re there for them.”
LEFT Steve Hume with client ABOVE Peter Simmons BELOW Heather Myles
Simmons and “If there ever is an issue, The Valley ford Team will find a solution.” The dealership was the recipient of the President Award for 2013, where the Ford Motor Company recognizes the top Canadian dealers in the areas of retail sales and market share, and customer satisfaction and profitability, just to name a few. “I am very proud of the entire team effort from all staff and departments that was demonstrated this past year in order to garnish this accomplishment,” says Simmons. 898 Park Street, Kentville 902.678.1330 email@example.com www.valleyford.ca | |
In fact, Valley Ford can be there to help its customers anywhere in North America. The Gas and Go Package, which is comparable to travel insurance for one’s vehicle, is a prepaid service offered by the company. Simmons says any maintenance can be done at any Ford store in North America, if needed, and will be covered under the package, “So when a customer gets his or her keys back, there won’t be a bill attached to it.” Simmons’ goal is to expand and evolve Valley Ford. He’s added a new electronic sign outside the dealership that invites customers to take part in special offers, promotions and services that change monthly. The sign never
stops running, is bright and easy to read, and reflects the convenience and transparency Simmons wants to project with the Valley ford Brand 24/7. At Valley Ford, there is an open dialogue where customer feedback is appreciated and continuously acknowledged within the company. Simmons says when one of his 31 staff members is referenced in a customer survey it is noticed and recognized immediately. He says it’s not uncommon for people to come and knock on his door to relay their positive experience to him in person. “Those are simply the best knocks or your door and are always welcomed” says
A Beacon for Outdoor Enthusiasts By Melanie Furlong Photos David Elliott
or more than 65 years, G.W. Sampson Co. Ltd. has been a beacon for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts in the Annapolis Valley. Originally opened as a general store that offered hunting and fishing gear and everything else for the outdoors, G.W. Sampson Co. Ltd. later created a niche for itself with ATVs, power equipment, motorcycles, boats and outboards. In 2004, the Parsons family purchased G.W. Sampson Co. Ltd. and saw the potential for this store to become the No. 1 destination in the Annapolis Valley for
outdoor enthusiasts. Matthew Bonnyman, general manager at G.W. Sampson Co. Ltd. says, “The original store was about 5,000-sq.-ft. in an older building we had really outgrown. In 2012, the Parsons built a new 12,000-sq.-ft. facility. They’re really invested in this company and they wanted to give their clients a nice facility to come and do business at.” The store deals in many brands, including Honda, Stihl and Yamaha Marine. Honda ATVs, side-by-sides, scooters, dirt bikes and motorcycles make it one of their
most popular lines. “There’s something for everybody in the family,” says Bonnyman. “Kids can come in and look at youth bikes and four-wheelers while mom and dad look at four-wheelers and motorcycles.” G.W. Sampson Co. Ltd. offers a wide variety of Stihl power equipment including grass-trimmers, bush-cutters, chainsaws and leaf blowers. Stihl also has an extensive line of KombiSystem machines, engines with multiple attachments. “The Kombisystem is good for a landscaper,” says Bonnyman. “They can have one engine that will run multiple attachments for a ABOVE Matthew Bonnyman, general manager
hedge trimmer, cultivator, edger, blower, or grass trimmer. We also carry a fairly extensive lineup of Stihl’s Lithium-ion battery powered equipment.” The store’s Yamaha Marine line includes Yamaha outboards with two-horsepower up to 250-horsepower. They also carry the G3 boat line, which is a Yamaha Marine partner. “Customers have a great selection to come in and look at,” says Bonnyman. “Our service has dramatically improved and customers can rely on us for service on all makes and models, not just Honda, Yamaha or Stihl.” Bonnyman says a lot of the box stores are selling the same products, but they’re selling them in a box. “Consumers get them home and become very frustrated in trying to put them together,” he says. “Our store offers the products already assembled and ready to go. It’s an added benefit for customers when they come in here to buy a lawnmower, a trimmer, or chainsaw because we assemble the unit, run it up and put gas and oil in it to make sure everything’s working well before customers take it home.” G.W. Sampson Co. Ltd.’s focus for the future is to continue offering the products their clients want and need. “We’d like to add more product lines to our inventory,” says Bonnyman, “including Arctic Cat Line. Offering the best products and customer service is our aim.” G.W. Sampson Co. Ltd 1488 Park Rd., Kingston, N.S Exit 17E (An hour’s drive from HRM) gwsampson.com 855.759.3357
Always There For You
Wilson’s Pharmasave By Henny Buffinga Photos Raven Dawn Photography
he traditional role of pharmacists has evolved in the last few years with new legislation that allows their responsibilities to expand beyond dispensing medication. Wilson’s Pharmasave has embraced these increased responsibilities to better serve the health needs of their clients. “With expanded scope practice, the traditional days of pharmacists receiving a prescription, evaluating the appropriateness, getting the bottle and giving it out with a bit of counselling is going to change a bit,”
says Jim Best, pharmacy manager for Wilson’s Pharmasave. “The most obvious change is the flu-shot campaign we did this year,” he says. “We gave out over four times the amount of doses by the end of the campaign that we had initially been allocated. We can now do minor ailments assessments, which comes in handy for people who have seasonal allergies or acid reflux, which pharmacists are now able to assess and prescribe if appropriate.” Pharmacists are also able to prescribe certain medications
in emergency situations, such as asthma attacks, as well as administer some vaccinations that can help last-minute travellers going to exotic locations. Wilson’s Pharmasave is a pharmacy and retail store that serves the communities of Berwick and Kentville. “We service anyone from a new mom to people who are in palliative care,” says Kimberly Strickland, the operations manager for both locations. “We have wheelchairs and home products, but also toys for kids. We are here for people of all ages and walks of life.”
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Both locations have an extensive healthcare section, carrying products made by companies like Drive and Airway, and can order products recommended by pharmacists or physiotherapists. They also carry Prevail, the brand of incontinence products recommended by hospitals. In addition to the more comprehensive prescribing responsibilities, pharmacists are also an excellent source of information about vaccines, medical reviews, and general healthcare. They host health clinics to help educate the public and involve the community in their own health. They also have a representative from a weight loss program called Ideal Protein that meets with clients once a week at their location for weighins and measuring; and their representative, Laurenda Spears, offers support, recipes and motivation to lose weight. Wilson’s Pharmasave are very active in the community through fundraising events, the Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, Terry Fox, and the Relay for Life campaigns, as well as giving to the food bank and supporting local families at Christmas.
The family feeling is what sets Wilson’s Pharmasave apart. “Every single member of our team cares so much about the customers, and tries to do their absolute best for everyone,” says Strickland. “The people who work here are very special. They are a very giving staff.” This feeling of closeness is also in part because of the community of Berwick itself. “It’s a very welcoming community,” says Strickland. “You get to know the customers, and they become a part of the family. “ Wilson’s Pharmasave has been in Berwick in different incarnations for 71 years. Originally owned by the Wilson family, they continue to serve the community with care. “I want people to know how much we care about our local community, and that we are here for them anytime,” says Strickland. Wilson’s Pharmasave 213 Commercial Street, Berwick 902.538.3185 100 Station Lane, Kentville 902.365.6655 www.wilsonspharmasave.com
ExpErt Advice Recognizing the Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dr. Trevor Archibald dds Park Street Dental Clinic 70 Coldbrook Village Park Road Coldbrook 902.678.7530 www.parkstreetdental.net
bstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a medical condition where there is a significant reduction, or complete blockage, of a person’s airway several times per hour, preventing oxygen exchange. One way this can occur is from a relaxed jaw during sleep; the relaxation allows the jaw and tongue to fall back and cause a restriction or obstruction of the airway. In some people there is an excess of tissue in the back of the mouth/throat that can cause the obstruction. One possible symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. So many people snore it has become readily accepted that it’s normal and non pathologic, and in some causes it is. Snoring occurs when the air does
not move smoothly through the airway, making the soft tissue vibrate, creating the snoring sound. This constant vibration may cause excess tissue to develop, making the snoring worse. Other possible symptoms people may experience if they suffer from sleep apnea are: daytime sleepiness, morning headaches and high blood pressure (hypertension). The daytime sleepiness is caused from a lack of continuous deep sleep. If a person’s airway is obstructed, they will eventually arouse themselves enough to take a breath. They may not wake up enough to be aware of the arousal, but it is very disruptive to the sleep pattern. The headaches are probably due to a lack of oxygen that is getting to the brain due to the obstruction of the airway. The high blood pressure may be due to the lack of oxygen getting to the heart muscle and the heart having to work harder. Medical conditions linked with obstructive sleep apnea, and repeated deprivation of oxygen to the brain and other major organs, include headaches and life threatening illnesses, not limited to but including, hypertension, increased risk of stroke and heart disease and increased risk of diabetes and obesity; recent studies are also questioning a link to cancer. The inconveniences of snoring can also strain relationships — partners will often sleep in another room to avoid being disrupted by a snoring spouse. Sleep deprivation can also lead to irritability, difficultly concentrating and daytime sleepiness. At Park Street Dental Clinic we recognize the whole body connection, and have recently begun screening all our patients with a risk assessment of OSA. Our team does a quick “signs and symptoms” questionnaire and patients who show signs of OSA are referred to a local medical company for a home sleep study, which is done in the convenience of the patients’ home, with their normal activities. The level III sleep study records the oxygen saturation in the person’s blood, blood pressure, snoring, sleep position, effort to breathe and if the patient stops breathing. This evidence-based data is then reproduced in a report, interpreted and diagnosed by specialists.
If a person is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea there are basically two forms of treatment. The gold standard for treating OSA is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. For many people that do not like, can’t tolerate or won’t wear the CPAP machine, there is an oral appliance that can be worn to treat OSA. The oral appliance works best for people who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, and is better than nothing for people with severe sleep apnea. At Park Street Dental Clinic we can provide Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) to treat OSA. An oral appliance is worn during sleep to prevent the jaw and tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway. Each appliance is custom fit and produced by a Canadian dental lab. Patient feedback has been very positive, with patients commenting on how impressed they are by the amount and quality of sleep they are receiving. Compliance is very good because patients notice an improvement in their level of rest and alertness. These appliances are also very portable, which makes them ideal for travel. If patients test negative for OSA (and central sleep apnea), but snoring is their primary concern, an oral appliance is very effective in reducing or eliminating it. We understand the importance of a collaborative relationship with our patients’ primary care providers. Our objective is to have our patients receive the best possible care, and the most appropriate TEAM approach, to the diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Maximize Your Sleep QualitY
Used in more than 20 countries around the world, SomnoDent appliances provide mild to moderate sleep apnea patients with maximum comfort and sleep quality, especially in cases of CPAP intolerance. Contact your certified SomnoMed dentists at Park Street Dental for more information.
Dr. Trevor Archibald, dds 70 Coldbrook Village Park Road, Coldbrook
Technology Your Skin’s Best Friend
t one time, it would have been the fodder of a science fiction novel. Who would have ever imagined that a laser would be used to safely and effectively remove hair? Now laser hair removal is commonplace and widely accepted as the best way to take care of unwanted hair. There is no question that technological developments are forged from human need and desire. So, as the baby boomers become an aging population, the quest for the elusive ‘fountain of youth’ is ranking high on the list of priorities.
“Fifty is the new 40 because we are taking better care of ourselves than ever,” says Carrie Yeo, owner of Light Touch Laser, a skin and body care clinic located in the Valley. “We are feeling younger as a society and we want our appearance to reflect that. This is what is driving forward advances in technology that help us maintain and even recapture our youth.” As owner of Light Touch Laser, Carrie has grown the services in her clinic to meet the needs of her clients. In over 10 years of helping men and women deal with unwanted hair, she has had the privilege of building relationships and having many
candid conversations with clients. Carrie explains that though on the surface the subjects of conversation seem different, there is really one common theme. “We all want the same thing,” she says with certainty. “We just want to feel good about ourselves.” According to Carrie, tapping into technology is a great way to achieve improvements that otherwise would be unattainable. Laser Hair removaL Technology in laser hair removal has remained relatively unchanged for several years. The laser’s interaction with melanin works to destroy the hair to get reduction. “What has changed
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in our newest laser,” Carrie excitedly explains, “is how that energy is delivered.” The Lightsheer Duet laser uses all of the same principles of the previous Diode, but uses suction to deliver the energy to the hair more eﬃciently. The result is a more comfortable treatment while maintaining effectiveness, making it a very worthwhile investment. aGiNG or saGGiNG sKiN Since the introduction of the Ideal Protein
Weight Loss Protocol at Light Touch last year, clients have seen incredible weight loss. Addressing the concerns of sagging skin has become a common question from successful dieters. “That’s where the EndyMed Skin Tightening comes in,” Carrie says enthusiastically. “Our skin is an amazing organ, and will continue to contract for sometime after weight loss. But, if there is still room for improvement, we can
use radio frequency to heat the tissue and stimulate the production of collagen. The new collagen will develop and continue to grow over time to tighten and improve the structure under the skin. It’s painless and the effect is amazing.” When it comes to technology, it is often best to rely on a professional for guidance. Carrie and her team at Light Touch Laser offer a positive, supportive atmosphere to help you use technology to look your very best. Light Touch Laser 50 A Webster Street, Kentville 902. 678.2829 firstname.lastname@example.org 780 Central Avenue, Greenwood 902.765.2639 email@example.com www.lighttouch.ca
ExpErt ADviCe Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
Dr. Dion Davidson MD FRCSC FACS
Vascular and General Surgery, Critical Care Valley Medical Aesthetics 66 Exhibition Street, Kentville 902.678.2121 Toll Free: 888.471.8346 Fax: 902.678.0859 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmedical.ca
hronic Venous Disease (CVD) shows itself in bothersome and sometimes painful ways, from the common spider vein to varicose veins, swelling and even ulceration. If you do not have varicose veins yourself it is likely that you know someone who is afflicted by some form of venous disease; likely more than a third of the population experience CVD in some way. Sclerotherapy has been used for decades as an effective and safe way to rid the body of diseased veins, usually spider and varicose veins visible under the skin, by injecting them with various solutions.
The techniques and solutions used have been refined over many years and there are still several different approaches but the effects are all pretty much the same; the liquid solution irritates the lining of the vein inducing a healing reaction that, over time, changes the vein to fibrous tissue that is usually eventually undetectable. Increasingly over the last several years foam solutions have been used rather than liquid since the foam can treat larger surface areas and often works better. Simple sclerotherapy involves injecting veins that can be seen under the skin. However, there are deeper veins, usually larger, that can’t be seen with the naked eye but can also be diseased and can contribute a lot to venous pressure, varicose veins, pain and other symptoms. These veins are examined with ultrasound while the patient is standing; if they reflux blood back down the leg instead of transporting it up to the heart the way they are supposed to then they are diseased and the patient is better off without them. Common examples are the great saphenous vein of the thigh and the small saphenous vein of the calf which will require “surgical stripping” or a private office Endovenous Laser Treatment to resolve. Another option is Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS). It is much
less painful than stripping and is a minimally invasive office procedure. After cleaning the leg with antiseptic, ultrasound is used to image the diseased vein to guide needle access and injection of foam sclerosant. This allows the solution to be administered in precise locations accurately and safely. After the procedure, compression stockings are applied and the patient does some walking exercise. Although strenuous workouts and pounding exercises are to be avoided for about two weeks afterward, returning to regular activities and walking exercise is encouraged. With all forms of sclerotherapy there can be pigmentation of the skin. More serious complications and side effects are extremely rare. Like laser ablation, UGFS is usually a private procedure not covered by provincial health plans. Another disadvantage is that it can be less effective than heat ablation or stripping; there is a better chance of success with relatively smaller refluxing saphenous veins. UGFS is another option available to patients with venous disease that, in the right situation, can significantly improve symptoms, appearance and quality of life. In experienced hands, it is highly effective, very safe and nearly painless.
Showcasing Halifax and Area’s Best Products & Services! 2014 COLLECTOR ’S EDITION
BEST OF THE BEST
elcome to the second annual Publisher’s Choice Best of the Best special section. On the following pages, you will find stories on some of the finest local businesses in HRM, based on quality, selection, level of service, staff, accessibility and community involvement.
Wedding Dress Preservation/Restoration
Windows & Doors
Outdoor Living/Stone Supplier
Providing Dependable, Top-Quality Products and Services By Tonya Lambert Photos Raven Dawn
he team at Jordan’s Home Furnishings in New Minas and Jordan’s Clearance Centre in Canning know furniture. With 45 years of providing dependable, top-quality products and services to the residents of Nova Scotia, customers know they can trust the expertise and advice of the staff at Jordan’s. After 10 years of working in the furniture and appliance business, Phil Jordan
decided to open his own store in Canning in 1969. Since then, the business has steadily grown. By 1976, the current building was no longer big enough and Phil moved the store down the street to the present 6,000 sq. ft. location of the firm’s clearance centre. Then, in 1994, the decision was made to expand the business further and a second, much larger location was opened in New Minas. In 2010, this store nearly doubled in size to 35,000 sq. ft., when an extensive addition was built.
Over the years, more family members joined Phil in the business. Today, Phil’s son Don is the company’s general manager, while daughter Sherry is in charge of marketing. Sherry’s daughter oversees customer service and accounts receivable. In addition, Jordan’s has two staff members at their Canning location and eight salespeople (five of whom are certified interior decorators), at the New Minas branch as well as several deliverymen. As a family-owned and locally operated
TesTimonial “I joined the team at Jordan’s Home Furnishings three years ago. Having spent most of my professional career in education and public relations, I was looking for an opportunity to combine my passion for working with people with my love of decorating. This I am able to do at Jordan’s Home Furnishings, one of the finest furniture stores in Atlantic Canada.” —Sharon Smith, decorating and sales consultant, Jordan’s Home Furnishings Ltd.
business, Jordan’s understands the needs of their customers and strives to not only meet but to exceed their expectations. This commitment to their customers and communities extends into running their stores in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Reusable and biodegradable shopping bags are provided in the stores and energy-saving light bulbs are used in the showrooms. Shipping materials are carefully recycled. As well, the company carries several eco-friendly lines of products, including high-end CDI Furniture made from recycled materials, and bag-free, asthma-friendly Dyson vacuum cleaners. Jordan’s Home Furnishings in New Minas is divided into several sections, including the Palliser Gallery, La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio and Ekornes Gallery. Each salesperson at Jordan’s is responsible for their own area of the store, including the ordering and the decorating. According to Don Jordan, “Customers frequently comment on just how beautiful the store is. Seeing the attractive appearance and layout of the store gives people confidence in the decorating skills and product knowledge of our salespeople and makes them willing to entrust their homes and offices to our expert staff.” Jordan’s offers the widest selection of living room, bedroom, dining room, home office and entertainment furniture, as well as appliances and accessories in the Canning and New Minas areas. The firm deals mainly with Canadian and American furniture and appliance manufacturers. They carry stock from more than 18 Canadian suppliers, including Durham, Superstyle, Palliser, Canadel, Dutailier, Simmons, Zedbed, and Jaymar. Jordan’s is the exclusive Nova Scotia supplier of Barrymore Upholstery, a Toronto company specializing in bench made custom built upholstery, as well as Flexsteel, one of the top five most trusted companies in the U.S., and holder of an international patent for a spring system that is virtually indestructible. Jordan’s also carries the products of a select group of European manufacturers. They are proud to be the sole provincial
TesTimonials “I have been employed by Jordan’s Home Furnishings for 12 years and truly cannot imagine working anywhere else… Buying furniture is so much more than just getting a sofa; it’s about creating a space that the homeowner will love for a very long time.” —Stephanie Bell, decorating and sales consultant, Jordan’s Home Furnishings Ltd.
“Just a note of thanks for the fabulous personal service. It was so refreshing to have a store rep being so knowledgeable and every question answered or researched.” —Wayne Auby, customer
proprietor of the Norwegian company, Ekornes, which is known for its stress-free, ergonomically-built chair, endorsed by the American Chiropractors Association. This amazingly comfortable chair is available in more than 50 colours of leather, seven base colours and three sizes. Jordan’s is a member of Mega Group Inc., the country’s largest furniture and appliance buying group. Such buying power enables the group to obtain products at reduced prices, and their members are then able to pass these savings along to their customers. Additionally, Jordan’s offers its customers easy financing options with no administration fees. Jordan’s has its own fleet of delivery vehicles and offer free furniture delivery in mainland Nova Scotia. Jordan’s delivery staff will not only unload merchandise but will also help to assemble it and put it into place in your home or office. If desired, they will also remove your old appliances at no charge. Don Jordan says the company is proud of the fact that their business is primarily based upon referrals from satisfied customers. They have many loyal families and businesses whom they have continually supplied home and office furnishings throughout their many years in business. He attributes the firm’s success to a variety of factors, including a welltrained staff, great teamwork, top-of-theline products and exceptional customer service. Jordan’s has been “adding comfort to your life since 1969.” Visit one of their two locations and let them add some comfort to your life today. STAFF BAck l–R Jennifer Morris, Sharon Smith, Rick MacDonald, Genevieve Beique. FRonT l–R Katelynn O’Neill, Tanya Bosworth, Stephanie Bell, Nicole Turpin.
Jordan’s Home Furnishings 9108 Commercial Street New Minas 1.800.681.7445 Jordan’s Clearance Centre 9818 Main Street Canning 902.582.3350 www.jordansfurnishings.com
Anti-Aging at its Best
egardless of where you are, there are always risks when starting a new business. It has now been a year and a half, and judging from the response, Nova Scotians are very happy that Dr. Hackshaw took the plunge. AdvanceMD Anti-Aging Clinic and Medical Fitness Centre is Eastern Canada’s first and only medical clinic specializing in anti-aging medicine, a specialty founded on the prevention of the diseases and conditions of aging. Dr. Christian Hackshaw is the owner and director of AdvanceMD, and is double board-certified in family practice and antiaging medicine. He is presently the only board certified anti-aging physician in Nova Scotia. “I first became interested in anti-aging medicine after a 15-year career as an emergency physician and a growing frustration in seeing, and trying to treat, so much preventable disease,” says Dr. Hackshaw. Anti-aging medicine takes preventative measures by focusing on measuring and optimizing all the modifiable health parameters before they lead to disease. “By replacing and balancing hormones, optimizing nutrition and fitness, and taking the correct supplements, it’s amazing what a difference one can make in how they feel and how they age.” In the short time since AdvanceMD brought anti-aging medicine here, they have helped more than 350 Nova Scotians lose their hot flashes and night sweats, sleep through the night for the first time in years, improve their energy levels, find their libido, balance their emotions, and generally feel like they did 10 to 20 years ago. Through a comprehensive nutrition and personalized fitness plan, as well as the Ideal Protein weight loss program, their clients have literally lost more than 1,000 lbs. “I never tire of hearing again how much of a difference we have made in a patient’s life,
ServiceS include: • • • • • • •
Detailed hormone assessments Bio-identical hormone replacement Testosterone replacement for men Advanced nutrition and medicallymanaged weight loss programs One-on-one personal fitness training in a private studio Advanced supplements consultation Aesthetic medicine (body contouring, skin tightening, Botox/ Dysport, Juvederm/Restylane)
or how they have been able to get off their anti-depressant or diabetic medication, or how their family doctor can’t get over how much their lab work has improved,” says Dr. Hackshaw. AdvanceMD is also a leader in aesthetic medicine. They have the most advanced technology in body contouring (Vanquish) and skin tightening (Exilis Elite). Clients
have commented how five to 10 years have been taken off their face, with a combination of skin tightening, Botox and facial fillers. If you are going to feel younger and better, you often want to look younger as well. “It’s really about a comprehensive approach to providing clients with a pathway to the highest quality of life going forward. It’s about optimizing everything we can,” says Dr. Hackshaw. Located in a beautiful setting on the Bedford waterfront, AdvanceMD is a
luxurious, Euro-inspired clinic, providing professional anti-aging services. You can find more information on their website: www.advancemd.ca AdvanceMD Anti-Aging Clinic is thrilled to be featured in the Best of the Best edition of Fine Lifestyles magazine, as it is their focus to help create fine (better) lifestyles! AdvanceMD #105–210 Waterfront Drive Bedford 902.832.6000 email@example.com www.advancemd.ca
WEDDING DRESS PRESERVATION/ RESTORATION
Your Bridal Gown Care &
Preservation and Restoration Specialists Photos Bruce Jollimore
t Erica’s Bridal & Christening Gowns, owner Heather Inglis-Quinn is dedicated to sustainability, social responsibility and ecologically conscious practices that symbolize the union of past, present and future. Restoring Second and Third Generation Garments “Often the sentimental value attached to a wedding gown is greater than its monetary value,” says Inglis-Quinn. Some brides might wish to wear their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress (“if only it weren’t so yellow”). No matter what the age, restoring gowns to their pristine condition and vibrant colour is part of the magic performed at Erica’s Bridal. Care & Preservation A wedding dress is one of the most precious possessions a bride will own and should be treated with proper Care & Preservation. This offers a fundamental quality to successfully clean a wedding gown without damaging it. Committed to non-toxic, biodegradable treatments, Erica’s Bridal & Christening Gowns has
pioneered against stains, gown destruction and the ravages of time: an innovative alternative to harsh dry cleaning solvents, toxins and irreversible fabric harm. Care removes 95 per cent of stubborn stains, like cake, champagne, makeup, perspiration and premature discoloration that ordinary dry cleaners cannot. After professional cleaning, safe storage in a ‘breathable’ preservation box is recommended, to ensure long-term protection from yellowing, humidity and insects. Eco-Couture Recycling refurbishes a product for reuse — up-cycled as a new item. Eco-Couture will redesign one-of-a-kind, quality gowns with a vintage style and history. A timeworn gown is bestowed as a novel recreation with a modern twist, while remaining classic and elegant. Vintage-inspired fashion is classic, like a fine wine, and is often selected for the uniqueness of the design and overall ‘chic.’ Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, vintage can define one’s own style by creating a unique fashion statement. As part of their bridal services, Erica’s
Bridal also offers a white glove treatment for vintage veils, restoring them to their former glory. Wedding Dress Conversion to Christening Gowns Erica’s Bridal & Christening Gowns can use vintage fabric from your grandmother’s or your own wedding dress to create a ‘true’ family heirloom. Nowadays, a novel trend for some brides is to refurbish the wedding gown. Up-cycled christening gowns are custom made, depending upon the cut of the original gown. Using features like detailed fabric, buttons and lace, the newly designed gown will reflect the spirit of the original dress. “It’s a great way to make a living, to be able to do what you want and remain eco-conscious, while creating something exciting and good for the environment,” says Inglis-Quinn. Erica’s Bridal & Christening Gowns 902.469.4441 firstname.lastname@example.org By appointment only
Quality That Lasts
BEAUTY STONE CONCRETE By Tonya Lambert
ittle known to most, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to headaches associated with concrete. Turn tired and damaged concrete at your residence or commercial space into something you can love again. Specializing in concrete repair and the application of protective coatings to existing concrete, Andrew Rogers, owner of Beauty Stone Concrete, is in the business of increasing the value of your home or firm without you having to spend a fortune. There is no longer any need to
destroy or remove the existing concrete. In most cases, rather than pouring a new slab or structure, Beauty Stone can coat and seal your existing concrete structure with a polymerized coating that will both lengthen the life of your concrete and make it into something you can once again be proud of. Beauty Stoneâ€™s coatings seal concrete, protecting it from the elements, harmful salt and other de-icing agents, as well as most abrasive chemicals that would normally degrade concrete. These non-porous coatings create a barrier,
safeguarding the concrete from UV radiation as well as everyday wear and tear. The team at Beauty Stone Concrete can apply a polymerized or epoxy coating of your choice to either older, existing concrete or newly poured concrete. Beauty Stone Concrete is also certified and trained in polished concrete. Using professional equipment, they will repair any damage that older concrete has sustained over the years before covering it in a coating that will greatly increase its life expectancy. â€œThe cost of repairing and re-surfacing concrete
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is about a third of the cost of removing old concrete and replacing it. Our coatings can increase the longevity of newly poured concrete as well, preserving the investment you made,” explains Rogers. Polymerized concrete requires minimal maintenance and is resistant to dust, mould, mildew and other allergens. Its flexibility means it can handle the extremes of Canadian temperatures and does not crack or chip due to freezing or thawing. Polymerized concrete is not only durable and easy to maintain, it’s also beautiful. The team at Beauty Stone Concrete offers an unlimited number of textures and an endless palette of colours from which to choose. In addition, they can apply impressive, eye-catching stencils (such as a company logo), directly to the concrete. Once sealed, this coating will protect the image and colour. Polymerized or epoxy industrial concrete coatings can be applied to any concrete structure, either interior or exterior. For example, Beauty Stone Concrete has applied coatings to walls, floors, driveways, walkways, patios and swimming pools. A contractor with more than 20 years of experience, Rogers is also fully qualified to help with other contracting needs. Hiring a single company to handle everything greatly reduces the time and cost involved and ensures jobs progress smoothly. Andrew Rogers understands the importance of communication and is careful to explain everything to clients up front, as well as keeping them informed as a project progresses. “Andrew Rogers and his team are professionals in every area of their business, from meeting timelines and cost restraints, tenant communication, organization, quality in workmanship, and even clean up,” attests Cory Richardson, property manager for Compass Commercial Realty. Protect your home or business’ value by protecting your concrete. For beauty that lasts, call Andrew Rogers at Beauty Stone Concrete today.
Beauty Stone Concrete Oakfield, N.S. 1.855.405.8373 902.405.8373 www.beautystoneconcrete.com
Carrie Lamb, owner
ewellery is more than simple adornment; it is a personal declaration of one’s individuality and style. Designer Carrie Lamb, known for her visually creative pieces, has elevated her jewellery to the status of art. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and nestled on the Halifax waterfront, The Piazza at Bishop’s Landing is where Frida calls home.
The European charm and sophistication of Bishop’s perfectly compliments Lamb’s aesthetic. Festooned with flowers in the summer and evergreens laden with snow during winter the Piazza at Bishop’s reminds Lamb of home. Born in England, Lamb reflects in her art the subtle yet undeniable influence of her culture. The boutique aptly called Frida; as Lamb explained, her fascination
with Norse mythology inspired the name which derives from the old Norse words “Frioa” meaning Beloved and Beautiful and “Frid” meaning inner peace and tranquility. Weaving historical references into her signature collections, Lamb mixes metals and gems deliberately. When asked if she preferred a specific metal, lamb replied, “Gold! If, however,
“I am a collector and lover of art and jewellery. Carrie Lamb’s work is both. She has an amazing talent which I have not seen in the many countries I travel. When I discovered her shop in Halifax I was blown away by the quality and magnificent designs, not to mention the variety of unheated spectacular gem stones. Her designs are show stoppers!” – Nancy Smithers , D.C.L., President, NNS Organics Ltd.
“We are an average couple with average incomes, and like most average people, we have big dreams and our dream was to have unique custom made wedding bands. Thankfully, our dream was bigger than our trepidation as we entered Frida, fully prepared to be turned away. From the minute we met Carrie, our hearts loved her. She made us feel like we were as important to her as any millionaire client. We will never forget what Carrie has given to us; not just gorgeous meaningful rings, but a very special experience that we will carry in our hearts forever.” – Rodney and Adele
I am designing for my Shield or Ocean collections, I typically incorporate both gold and silver. Yellow gold is the metal of our past and representative of the sun; thus it harbours its strength, beauty and power while the white of silver perfectly balances the piece with the femininity and mystery of moonlight. Life, as in art, is all about balance.” Walking into Frida is most definitely a visual treat. A profusion of colour awaits in the form of stunning gemstones, pearls and diamonds. Nothing is ordinary, everything is exclusive. Frida is not only a destination for Lamb’s signature artisanal collections, but also for her distinctive beautifully made fine jewellery creations. All executed in 18kt, typically showcasing amazing sapphires, spinel, ruby and emeralds. Appealing to a discerning clientele, Frida provides a bespoke design service. Whenever possible a private consultation for custom work is encouraged. In an atmosphere that is both relaxed and sophisticated, Lamb’s attention to detail and style will ensure your visit becomes an occasion: “I am absolutely passionate about what I do and feel that therein lies my strength. My aim is always for my client to feel that their vision is fully understood and then to create a beautiful jewel that exceeds beyond expectation.” From custom engagement rings to bejewelled cuffs, Lamb intrinsically echoes her brand’s luxury image. In Lamb’s words, “Frida represents luxury beyond brand, for the woman who defines herself.” Frida Bishop’s Landing 6A–1477 Lower Water St. Halifax 902.492.2947 www.frida.ca
Creating Unique Custom Features For Your Home
CJ’s Custom Trim Specialists By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Jess
hen Chris Jollimore, owner of CJ’s Custom Trim Specialists Inc., arrived in Halifax from the
Annapolis Valley at the age of 18, he had just $50 in his pocket and a couple of years experience framing houses with his father.
point, he had completely left the roofing industry for the craftsmanship and detail of interior trim.
These basic carpentry skills landed him a job with Trim Masters. After a few years, Jollimore took another construction job that led to him owning a roofing company. Based on a customer’s request, Jollimore’s focus shifted to interior trim.
CJ’s Custom Trim Specialists Inc. can make a variety of unique custom features for your home, such as window benches, fireplace mantles, decorative columns and built-in bookcases. They also specialize in custom closet interiors.
The third home he was involved with won a Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association award and Jollimore’s trim work was recognized as a contributing factor. At that
“Upon receiving the initial client phone call, I set up a meeting with the homeowner as soon as possible to discuss their vision,” says Jollimore. “We begin our
discussion and often we will brainstorm to come up with the right plan for their home. I enjoy bringing creativity to each job. I want the work to be done right and look magnificent.” Jollimore works very closely with his clients to make sure their homes are unique and bring them pride. “Custom trim adds both character and value to a home,” says Jollimore. “It provides detail that everyone can see and appreciate, and it has to be the best.” CJ’s Custom Trim Specialists 354 Preakness Drive Fall River 902.489.5389 www.HalifaxCustomTrim.com |
CJ’s Custom Trim Specialists Inc. • Crown Mouldings • Columns • Cabinet Built-ins • Baseboards & Casings • Tray Ceilings • Wainscoting • Fireplace Mantels • Window Built-ins • Chair Rails
Call for a Free Consultation CJ’s Custom Trim has evolved over the past decade from a two men business to one of the leading trim installation companies in HRM.
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Landscaping the Interior of Your Home By Courtney Tait Photos Bruce Jollimore
ust as the beauty of the natural landscape creates a feeling of peace and happiness, having an attractive ‘floorscape’ in your home promotes well-being. Flooring is the foundation of any interior design, and the expert team at Floorscapes has been enhancing homes in the Metro area for the past 15 years. If you’re considering new flooring, and value quality service and a wide selection, Floorscapes should be on the top of your must-visit list.
Originally opened as Sackville Flooring in 1999, Floorscapes has evolved over the last decade, offering window coverings and renovations in addition to traditional and contemporary flooring. Owner Bernie MacIsaac says the experience of the Floorscapes team and their friendly approach to service makes customers feel comfortable. “People like the service, and they feel at home here,” he says. The Floorscapes showroom features a vast range of floor covering products and
accessories, including hardwood, luxury vinyl, carpet, cork, laminate, ceramic tile, and custom rugs. A selection of custom window coverings is also available. Floorscapes continually brings in new styles of their products, offering the latest trends such as 12 X 24 tile and engineered hardwood. “Things are changing all the time,” says MacIsaac. Floorscapes’ atmosphere offers a comfortable shopping experience that’s easy to navigate. “Our showroom gets a lot of compliments,” he
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TesTimonial “Over numerous years we’ve counted on Floorscapes to help our home buyers choose their flooring without any problems. Our customers always mention what great selection and service they had, and that Floorscapes made picking out flooring an easy event in a stressful time. Their use of quality materials and workmanship has ensured that our homebuyers are extremely satisfied. We would not hesitate to recommend the service of Floorscapes to any new homebuyer or anyone that is renovating.” One of HRM’s Finest Homebuilders, Gerald mitchell Contracting
says. “It’s well organized and easy to shop around. You don’t get lost or overwhelmed.” Over the past two years, Floorscapes has expanded their operations to offer renovations. Their team of installers and network of electricians and plumbers enables customers to get everything they need for their renovation with just one expert business. “People really like that they can get everything under one roof,” says MacIsaac. “They don’t have to look for trades elsewhere.” The Floorscapes team includes flooring and window coverings specialists, installers, and an interior designer who provides consultations on colour and other home design elements. The company has installed everything from flooring, tubs, and showers, to the tile on fireplaces and outdoor bars. “The biggest part of renovations is the organizing of it,” says MacIsaac. “There is a process and we look after it.” Floorscapes is a member of FloorsFirst™, Canada’s largest association of independent floor covering stores. This enables the business to offer its customers top-quality brands, warranty assurance, and better prices. “Our prices are very competitive with anyone in town,” says MacIsaac. MacIsaac’s son, Jeff, has recently joined the team, with a business degree behind him and plenty of new ideas to bring to Floorscapes. MacIsaac says the staff ’s mix of industry experience and fresh perspective enables them to offer a unique service to customers. “We are small, independently owned, and have our own team of professional installers on staff,” says MacIsaac. Floorscapes 20 Duke Street, Bedford 902.832.2955 www.floorscapes.ca email@example.com
Garage Door Depot’s Pointers for a Perfect Garage Door Photos Bruce Jollimore
or Sandy Martin, the best garage doors blend curb appeal and quality. “They should add charm to a property, rather than detract from their surroundings,” he says. “And a quality garage door, with regular maintainance, should be constructed and installed to stand up to the Canadian climate.”
When Martin and his partner, Cathy Gordon, settled in Nova Scotia almost five years ago, they were unable to locate a garage door that met their standards. After much research, they decided to open a local Garage Door Depot branch to fill the gap in the Halifax market. The assets of this successful Canadian company, plus Martin’s and Gordon’s dedication and
integrity, joined to provide precisely the services that had previously been lacking. Martin acknowledges that garage door shoppers can face overwhelming choice: from private contractors to multipurpose department-style stores to specialists like Garage Door Depot. Yet he urges those considering a garage door purchase to remember the impact it will have on their
Get in touch Garage Door Depot can be reached either directly, or through Costco or RONA/Piercey’s — seven contact points in total.
decades of combined expertise handle garage Door Depot’s installations. He notes that the company’s professional proficiency is matched by on-the-job manners, which result in plenty of compliments. After installation, Garage Door Depot continues to provide comprehensive maintenance and repairs to clients. Day of installation repairs are often possible and each appointment includes an 18-point inspection. home’s liveability and look. “The garage now represents 25 or 30 per cent of a home.” It’s a significant investment; Garage Door Depot can help ensure that it’s also a rewarding one. First, Martin encourages shopping around. “But don’t assume a single variable, such as R-value, indicates quality,” he says. “Numerous facets, appearance not least among them, should influence door choice.” In keeping with the high priority of appearance and workmanship, Garage Door Depot provides Amarr and Garex doors — high-quality designs
appropriate for commercial and residential applications. An initial quote, consistent with final costs, is vital to those purchasing a garage door, Martin says. And since numerous variables factor into such a quote, he warns shoppers against taking telephone quotes, which could be suddenly revised mid-job. In fact, Garage Door Depot provides quotes only after an in-person consultation to prevent such discrepancies between the quote and the final charge.
Continuingly flawless function of a garage door depends upon upkeep: proper maintenance can preclude not only inconveniences, but also safety concerns. Our regional weather conditions subject garage doors to plenty of wear and tear from salt exposure to excessive damp. Martin recommends yearly service visits as a matter of course. He also emphasizes ensuring doors are adequately insulated, prioritizing this quality alongside R-value.
Martin also suggests selecting a garage door provider capable of installing their product. On-staff technicians with
Garage Door Depot 902.482.0799 www.GarageDoorDepot.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearing Loss It’s a Natural Thing Photos Bruce Jollimore
or the folks at Hearing Institute Atlantic, talking about hearing loss and helping clients find solutions to hearing issues is as natural as breathing. Champions of bringing better hearing health to local communities, these audiology experts do not shy away from talking about the importance of being tested and addressing hearing loss at an early onset. Hearing loss affects most people, especially age-related hearing loss which starts around age 60 and continues to progress. Just like our vision,
which naturally deteriorates with time, so does hearing. WHY seeK HeLP? Many of us will experience some degree of hearing loss as the years go by. If you feel you may have some diﬃculty hearing, it may be time to get your hearing checked by the audiologists at Hearing Institute Atlantic, who recommend routine testing starting at age 40. It is important to establish a baseline and a hearing test doesn’t take long and is completely painless.
iT’s A LiFesTYLe CHoiCe Choosing to treat your hearing loss is an easy step in the right direction. Research has clearly shown that those who choose an appropriate hearing device and treat hearing loss lead fuller and healthier lifestyles. Often it takes people five to seven years living with untreated hearing loss before they seek help. Why is this? Today’s devices are small, stylish, discreet, they come packed with technology and ... they work! These aren’t the same devices your grandparents wore; today’s devices are like mini computers for your ears.
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They are small, programmable and quite simply amazing. TrusT At Hearing Institute Atlantic, you will find only honest, direct advice and expert support for your hearing health. “As an independently owned company, our audiologists are able to fit many different brands of devices and can choose the right solution for you,” says owner Christina Rogers-Lunn of Bedford, N.S. “Having a choice of devices and technology is what makes Hearing Institute Atlantic unique and able to ensure our client’s total satisfaction.”
Co m m i T m e n T B etter hearing doesn’t stop with a hearing device. To truly hear better, the folks at Hearing Institute Atlantic provide life-long support for their clients. Hearing loss doesn’t go away or get better; there is no cure and once it has begun, it is often progressive. “Hearing loss affects us all, it is so deep, so emotional and so pervasive that it is hard to see anyone struggling with untreated loss,” says Dr. Patricia Cameron, an audiologist with more than 15 years experience. “This is why we offer ongoing counselling,
support and advice, and select the best device possible for our clients.” “Trust The Experts Who Listen” is the motto of Hearing Institute Atlantic. It is a motto that certainly resonates with those who recognize the value of a long, trusting relationship with their Hearing Health Care Professional. Hearing Institute Atlantic Halifax / Clayton Park / Bedford Lower Sackville / Dartmouth 482.2222 www.hearinginstitute.ca
Maritime Kitchen Masterpieces By Rebecca Schneidereit Photos David Elliott
abinetworks — founded in 1983 at a Windmill Road address — is now located in an Akerley Boulevard space, featuring an approximately 3,000-squarefoot showroom. There, staff fashion cabinetry, countertops and more for Maritimers perfecting their kitchens. Some of the traits that have bolstered Cabinetworks’ reputation over the years are timeless, such as employees’ expertise and consideration towards clients. “We produce
top quality products, and our installations are impeccable, so we hire people who care about what they do,” explains Cabinetworks founder Glen MacDonald. The staff roster includes accredited interior decorator Nina Boulanger, who offers clients complimentary aesthetic guidance. “When people come in, they feel a sense of comfort. They know they’re going to be taken care of,” MacDonald says. Consultations (allowing for a 3D blueprint) and quotes may be obtained
without charge, and the “sense of comfort” MacDonald mentions can extend well beyond a client’s purchase date. Shortterm sinks and counters, for instance, are available to customers pending “solid surface” installations. C a b i n e t w o r k s’ emphasis on comprehensive customer service might be considered traditional; contrastingly, the business’ in-house cutting-edge technological solutions are decidedly innovative. MacDonald mentions
Recognition “Best of the Best” from Fine Lifestyles isn’t the only tribute Cabinetworks has received. Other titles enjoyed by the business and/or its employees include: “A+” Better Business Bureau “Best Renovation of the Year ” Peter Kohler Peak Award “Member” Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association “Industry Supporter of the Year ” Peter Kohler Peak Award “Member” Nova Scotia Interior Decorators’ Association “Member” Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association ABOVE L–R Michael Garden, Glen MacDonald
“our CNC machine for cutting kitchen cabinets” and “a program for cutting MDF doors suitable for painting” as two highlight technological capabilities. Cabinetworks offers astonishing variety: “We have more than 100 [styles of] doors to choose from,” says Boulanger. Cabinets are hewn from clients’ chosen wood (or other material), then lacquered, painted or stained, and trimmed with hardware according to client preferences. Finally, cabinets are painstakingly installed onsite, according to rigorous specifications enabling outstanding quality. Cabinetworks is among the foremost cabinetry sources in HRM, and MacDonald notes that “our cabinets have undergone a rigorous certification process sponsored by the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association.
This means that we have met or exceeded their high standards of strength and durability for construction and finish, and have earned the right to display their ‘Quality Assured’ stamp of approval.” Cabinetworks also offers Corian, granite, laminate, and Zodiaq quartz countertops. “They’re laser-templated after the base cabinets are installed, to get a perfect fit,” Boulanger says. Other kitchen necessities available at Cabinetworks include accessories such as what team members call “innovative ‘Smart Susans,’” pullout storage, and Elmira appliances. Many accessories, says MacDonald, boast ergonomic appeal; MacDonald also speaks highly of what he calls Elmira’s “retro” charm. The appliances, he explains, emulate the “look”
of chosen historical periods — “but they’re all energy-efficient, and brought up to today’s standards,” Boulanger adds. MacDonald calls Cabinetworks’ employees a “family,” noting that “we have monthly safety meetings with the whole crew.” Cabinetworks also participates in charitable enterprises like Home Builders Care, assisting in local building refurbishments, from shelters to a regional church. After three decades in Maritime homes, Cabinetworks’ commitment to its own hometown — and the people living there — is clear. Cabinetworks 75 Akerley Boulevard Dartmouth 902.468.8118 www.cabinetworks.ca
Living the Dream, Loving your Investment
Xcel Landscaping Makes the Difference By Catherine Roberts
t lastâ€Ś summer is here! You wake each morning, eager to peer over your lush new lawn. The trees and shrubs are just what you imagined with delightful flowerbeds interwoven throughout. The morning sun sparkles across your new driveway of interlocking stone. And that nuisance drainage problem is fixed for good, now that your property is properly graded. In fact, the only thing you have
left to worry about is where to put your beloved garden gnome. Thankfully, Matt Eisener and his team of professionally trained staff at Xcel Landscaping also provide perfect backdrops for your garden accessories. With your newly installed deck and a pergola in the backyard, you also have ample room for all of your patio furniture. Xcel Landscaping is a full-service, locally
owned and operated business that has been giving clients creative landscaping, maintenance and installation solutions for eight years. Eisner is committed to providing high-quality products and peace of mind, partnering with only the most trusted and reputable suppliers. Onsite visits and consultations provide for insightful collaborations. Xcel Landscaping can see your vision through
to completion, on time and on budget. Don’t know where to start? Eisener, and his team can provide creative ideas and expertise. They’ll explore your best options, and build a custom plan that’s perfect for you and your property. It isn’t by chance that Xcel Landscaping builds lasting relationships with its customers. “We’re a company that you can trust in all seasons,” says Eisener. “We see your property as more than just soil and grass, fences and backyards. It’s your home. A place where you live, work and play. It’s an investment to be enjoyed, valued and protected.”
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and patios Entryway steps Excavation and drainage solutions Deck and fence construction Skid steer & tracked skid steer services
Holly Bond couldn’t be happier with her decision to hire Xcel Landscaping for her lakefront property in Dartmouth. She admits it was an “eye-sore” before the work began.
Xcel Landscaping provides a diverse range of services to meet your year-round landscaping needs, including:
“They took care of everything,” says Bond. “They even cleaned up after each day on the job. I never came home to an unsightly construction site after a long day at work. And the results are amazing. Now I walk out into my backyard, and I have my own perfect oasis.”
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Xcel Landscaping is a member of the Nova Scotia Landscaping Association and is certified with the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association —
Turf grass installation Retaining wall system design & install Natural stone walls Interlocking driveways, walkways
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dedicated to the highest standards of safety, quality and workmanship. Call for your free estimate.
Xcel Landscaping www.xcellandscaping.com 902.880.9779 |
Grandmas and Compression Stockings – Not what they used to be! By Michelle May Photos By David Elliott
t the top of the compression stocking game is a German company that has stood the test of time. Since 1929 Bauerfeind has been a major player in the medical compression stocking field. Over 84 years of exponential growth and success has kept Bauerfeind at the forefront for highly desired medical compression garments. Bauerfeind has kept its brand cutting edge in technology, fashion and quality by keeping their production facility close to
their home. Produced in a top textile facility in Germany, these stockings are highly sought after. Supporting the German Olympic team since 2001, Bauerfeind’s company motto is “Motion is Life”.
The 5 Ws of compression socks WHO should be wearing compression stockings? Maybe everyone. Over a third of the
population is affected by some form of chronic venous disease and hundreds of thousands of Canadians are aﬄ icted with its more severe forms. If you sit or stand for long periods of time, do a lot of travelling, have had an injury, pregnancy, or have a family history of varicose veins YOU should almost certainly be wearing compression socks. There are studies suggesting that there may be others such as athletes and people with heart failure and obstructive sleep apnea who could
WHEN should you wear compression stockings? Putting them on at the start of your day and removing them at the end of your day is ideal. It helps prevent swelling of the lower extremities and helps your legs feel better at the end of the day. But they don’t have to be worn constantly to help. Any day you’re wearing your compression stocking is a good day for the health of the veins of your legs.
WHAT is a compression stocking? Compression socks come in various graduated compression levels to offer health benefits to all who wear them, those with venous disease and those who want to prevent it. Graduated compression means that the compression is strongest at the ankle then gradually reduces as it goes up the leg, almost creating a funnel effect. Knee high, thigh high and pantyhose styles are available depending on patient / customer preference and the length prescribed but most of the effective compression is below the knee. Knee high compression stockings are very effective.
WHERE do you get them?
also benefit. For all of us, leg veins are subject to the effects of gravity which compression stockings work against.
Bauerfeind does not distribute directly to the end user. Valley Medical Aesthetics is a top medical compression stocking provider in the Maritimes. We have trained and certified medical compression stocking fitters on staff with the experience of working with vascular surgeons. We help thousands of people, everyone from those that want to prevent venous insufficiency to patients with severe and
complicated disease. We will take the time to discuss your needs, measure your legs and provide you with the most appropriate Bauerfeind product. Still not sure compression stockings are for you? Come into our office for a no obligation stocking fitting and we’ll help you learn how to get back in the game.
Valley Medical Aesthetics 66 Exhibition Street, Kentville, NS p: 902-678-2121 | tf: 888-471-8346 f: 902-678-0859 www.vmedical.ca
WHY should you wear compression stockings? Often we think of compression socks as being something you have to wear because something is medically wrong and it’s true that compression is definitely important for people with venous disease (varicose veins, venous ulcers and the like). However, research has been suggesting that compression socks can help prevent the effects of gravity on leg veins too, helping venous blood circulate back to the heart as it is supposed to. RIGHT Dr Dion Davidson, Nicole Barton, Stephanie Forsythe, Michelle May FineLifestyles
Something to Smile about Now at Two Locations By Tonya Lambert Photos Stephen Jess
r. Magda Barnard and her orthodontic team are creating smiles throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. Dr. Barnard is proud to be the new owner of the orthodontic practice of Dr. Paul Bourque in Halifax. The amalgamation of Dr. Barnard’s existing practice in Bedford with Dr. Bourque’s office is an exciting union designed to bring the area’s residents the benefits of over 80 years of combined orthodontic experience, exceptional service and the latest technological innovations.
Dr. Bourque and Dr. Kathy Russell will continue to treat patients in the Halifax office while Dr. Barnard and Dr. Lee Erickson will continue to practice in the Bedford clinic. According to Dr. Barnard, “We now have the benefit of two practices so that patients and referring dentists have a choice of location. Patients will continue to receive the same professional treatment with orthodontists and teams that genuinely care about each and every patient and what is important to that patient.”
Patients of Dr. Bourque and Dr. Russell will continue to receive the same high level of care and outstanding results. Now, however, they will have more opportunities to do so. The schedule has been refined to offer more options for appointment times and an after-hours emergency service has been established for their patients. Another orthodontist will be joining the staff on a part-time basis in order to allow the clinic to stay open five days a week year round. In addition, an exciting, new website will soon be available.
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TesTimonials “My son required surgery along with orthodontic treatment. He was supported throughout these stages and the results are extremely impressive. Excellent work! The doctor and staff are exceptional. ” – MC
“My teeth look beautiful and my dentist said the bite is perfect. The office atmosphere is friendly. Everyone was very accommodating and helpful.” – SW
“Amazing results! Two thumbs up all around. It was an excellent experience. Everyone has great energy and is very friendly. 10/10!” – KO
A perfectionist, Dr. Barnard travels regularly to conferences around the world to learn about the latest technological advances in the field of orthodontics. “Both our practices are cutting edge and offer patients the best that orthodontics has to offer,” states Dr. Barnard. “I travel frequently to conferences and orthodontic summits and will ensure that we will continue to bring the latest and best technology to our offices.”
have with us and with our team. We treat every patient as we would treat family.” Drs Barnard, Bourque, Erickson and Russell are always accepting new patients. You may get a referral from your family dentist or call their offices to set up an appointment for a complimentary consultation.
Halifax Office Dr. P. Bourque & Dr. K. Russell 200–5991 Spring Garden Road, Halifax 902.423.7331 Bedford Office Dr. M. Barnard & Dr. L. Erickson 206–1595 Bedford Hwy, Bedford 902.835.6531 F: 902.832.5448 www.bedfordortho.com
The amalgamation of the practices has been a smooth transition as the orthodontists at both the Halifax and Bedford offices share a common vision in patient care, seeking to provide the absolute best service and treatment possible to each and every patient. Explains Dr. Barnard, “We seek to establish the most beautiful smiles, both aesthetically and functionally, for each of our patients. We value our patients as individuals and want to make sure that they are truly happy, not only with their smile when their braces come off but with every visit to our office, every interaction they
Furnishing Outdoor Living Spaces Holland Home Leisure By Katie Schofield Photos Liana Rhodenizer Photography
utdoor entertaining has never felt or looked this good. Holland Home Leisure, located in the scenic Annapolis Valley, has been furnishing outdoor living spaces in Nova Scotia for the past eight years. One of Holland Home Leisure’s most popular lines has been the beautiful Envirowood
furniture from Seaside Casual. With collections ranging from traditional to ultra modern, Seaside has moulded their aesthetics after the coastal communities of the eastern seaboard. Seaside’s Envirowood frame offers an impressive 20-year guarantee. Made of high-density polyethelene and marine-
grade stainless steel, this furniture is made for a Nova Scotian climate. It is the perfect outdoor furniture addition to any oceanside cottage or inland oasis. Holland Home Leisure offers a wide variety of vibrant shades in Seaside Casual’s classic-looking Shellback Adirondacks. As the company’s inaugural creation, these chairs are the perfect balance of traditional design
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recreated with modern materials. Another showstopper is their Portsmouth Party Bar, made with the same durability as their sturdy Adirondacks. This piece is made to withstand the elements and is guaranteed to add fun to any backyard space. New this year is the SYM collection, which represents Seaside’s Youthful and Modern outdoor design. This innovative twotone collection offers gentle curves that provide hours of comfort with an exciting pop of colour. “If you do not see the style you had in mind on our showroom floor, we have the ability to custom order all of Seaside’s unique collections straight from this Rhode Island manufacturer. The quick shipment times allow you to choose the colour and style you’re dreaming of without waiting all season,” says Liana Vandenhof-Rhodenizer, outdoor furniture division manager. Over the past two years, Holland Home Leisure has made another exciting addition to their leisure lineup. Hydropool Swim Spas are the perfect combination of fun, fitness and functionality. Swim Spas allow you to have a pool in even the smallest of backyards. Available in 14, 17 and 19 foot options, Hydropool offers a size and layout for everyone. Their customizable swim current provides the possibility of a personal aquatic gym in your very own backyard. The optionpacked swim tank features everything you need to strengthen, tone, and shape your body through resistance training. With the ability to swim stationary laps, row to strengthen your upper body or run underwater, you’ll be able to achieve all of the benefits of an Olympic Aquatic Centre without leaving your home. Stop by the New Minas Lifestyles Plaza and take a dip in their very own Hydropool Swim Spa. They’re certain you’ll fall in love with all the fun features the swim spa has to offer. For a lifetime of memories, just add water. Holland Home Leisure 8794 Commercial Street, New Minas 902.681.3030 www.hollandhomeleisure.com
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STONE DEPOT’S OUTDOOR KITCHENS, PATIOS By Rebecca Schneidereit Photos Bruce Jollimore
ova Scotia’s warm-weather bounty of sidewalk sales, restaura nt patios a nd bustling beaches speak to the Maritime passion for summer. Lately, reveals Stone Depot’s Ken Timmons, more and more locals are slipping in additional sunshine via outdoor kitchens — open-air cooking and dining facilities that put a polished spin on al fresco. “It’s an alternate living space for the summer months,” Timmons explains of the outdoor kitchen concept. “There’s no need to come in and out of the house. You basically go outside, and stay out there.”
At one time, outdoor kitchens were often made from scratch by homeowners, Timmons notes — but all the elements required for outdoor kitchens are now instore at Stone Depot. “We’ve always sold material for people to create beautiful backyard patios,” he explains. “We thought we’d take it to the next level and bring in products to incorporate on the patio, or around the pool.” All that’s required of clients initially, says Timmons, is a diagram, or even a verbal description, of the desired kitchen setup. Blueprints — and eventually a finished kitchen — can then be fashioned
according to client specifications. Stone Depot even removes the guesswork from installation by recommending specific subcontractors to clients. Stone Depot’s polyurethane outdoor cabinetry by Werever Outdoor Cabinets is warrantied for life and hardy even under Maritime conditions. “They’re waterproof and weatherproof, perfect for coastal environments like Nova Scotia,” says Timmons. “You can put them in direct sunlight; they won’t fade.” Although Werever cabinetry is more rugged than indoor models, he says, it doesn’t look it. “From a quick glance, you’d think it was Patio- Ivory Travertina techo-bloc.com
EXCLUSIVES Stone Depot is Atlantic Canada’s sole regional source for Barlow Tyrie, Lynx Professional Grills, Techo-Bloc, and Werever Outdoor Cabinets.
interior cabinetry… the options, styles and designs are the same as an indoor kitchen.” Of course, granite counters are stunning in any kitchen, and Stone Depot accordingly carries creations by Bridgewater’s Classic Granite Countertops. Lynx Professional Grills outfits Stone Depot’s clients with outdoor appliances. “Lynx appliances are made of 100 per cent North American stainless steel,” says Timmons. “Everything’s welded, with a lifetime in-home warranty.” He calls Lynx’s barbecues state-of-the-art; the brand also produces infrared heaters, fridges and more. “It’s crazy what’s available.” Any homeowner with open-air cooking and dining facilities will host plentiful guests, and Stone Depot’s Barlow Tyrie exterior furniture will accommodate visitors in the most luxurious manner. “Barlow Tyrie designs are very current — trendsetting, in some ways — and their quality and style stand out,” says Timmons. Techo-Bloc can place homeowners’ entire outdoor setup — kitchen, lounge space and all — on a firm foundation. “Techo-Bloc slabs simulate natural stone, but they’re precast,” Timmons explains. “The application is similar to pavers, so they’re friendlier than natural stone for installers.” Techo-Bloc lines include Aberdeen, Borealis (which simulates wood grain) and Travertina (modern, sleek looking, and popular around pools). After 2014’s winter, all Nova Scotians deserve a summer of sunshine; mild, moonlit nights and lots of chances to lift a glass or a fork alongside their chosen company. There’s no better spot for those moments than an outdoor kitchen — and no better spot than Stone Depot to choose one. 49 Ash Lake Court, Halifax 902.835.0742 www.thestonedepot.ca email@example.com
Maintaining Your Pets’ Health and Happiness:
Global Pet Foods Photos Bruce Jollimore
hen Lucie Larochelle and Thomas Affeld decided to move their young family (three children, three dogs, a canary and a hamster) to Nova Scotia in order to own and operate HRM’s Global Pet Foods stores in 2004, they brought with them a game changing philosophy: the choices we make for our families’ health and nutrition should extend to our family pets as well. “We grow some of our own food, we try to make really healthy food choices. So I realized we do this for our family so why not for our pets?” says owner Larochelle. Ten years have passed since they made
the move and Global Pet Foods HRM still offers the products to make this philosophy a reality for pet owners. Go into any of the three Global Pet Foods HRM stores and you will quickly realize this is not your average pet supply shop. With a focus on healthy, natural and holistic foods, supplements and treats, the knowledgeable staff is able to customize their recommendations to your pets’ needs. The wide range of local, Canadian and international brands allows customers to choose from a variety of options to find the one best suited to their pet, which is especially important if dealing with a pet with
complicated dietary needs, such as digestive sensitivities, allergies or illness. Owners Larochelle and Aﬀeld are also conscientious to stock the store with products from responsible companies who are invested in pet health. In each store you’ll find friendly, helpful staﬀ who love animals and take pride in being able to assist customers in maintaining their pets’ health and happiness. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, the team at Global Pet Foods HRM will take time to get to know you and your pets because they truly care about your animals.
Customers keep coming back because of the excellent, personal service they receive, along with Global Pet Foods perks such as Air Miles, a Free Food Program, carry out services, special orders and much more, in addition to the wide selection of supplements, treats, toys, accessories, flea and tick products.
are constantly pushing to find new and better ways to serve their customers and improve animal welfare. Customers feel good about shopping with them because they are a local family business that gives back to the community and are passionate about providing the best possible service and products.
Although being the owner/operators of three successful pet food stores keeps the husband and wife team extremely busy, they are very involved in the HRM community and support numerous local animal rescue groups, shelters and charities. Larochelle and Affeld believe in always moving forward and
With locations in Dartmouth, Bedford and Bayers Lake, Global Pet Foods HRM has the largest selection of food, treats, supplements, toys and accessories for your pets. They are the best choice for keeping your pets healthy and happy. Drop by today and discover why Global Pet Foods is Canadaâ€™s Healthy Choice for Pets!
Global Pet Foods HRM www.globalpetfoodshrm.ca Bedford Commons 30 Damascus Road, Bedford 902.835.2250 firstname.lastname@example.org Westphal Plaza 100 Main Street, Dartmouth 902.434.8361 email@example.com Bayers Lake 201 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax (Relocating to 209 Chain Lake Drive June 2014) 902.876.0894 firstname.lastname@example.org
Quality Craftsmanship in a Friendly,
Courteous Manner Pat McCarthy
t Pat McCarthy Renovations Ltd., they aim to give clients quality craftsmanship in a friendly and courteous manner. They are a family owned company and have been in operation in Halifax since 2004, where they have built a solid reputation for quality work. The company has completed a diverse range of projects — from small renovations and additions, to the construction of new buildings. “We are able to tackle any type of work, however intricate or detailed it may be, and help customers transform their
living or work area, improve ‘traffic flow’ and provide a more functional space to suit their needs,” says owner Pat McCarthy. Pat McCarthy Renovations represent their client’s needs and go above and beyond to make sure their questions or concerns are dealt with as quickly as possible. “We treat each home we work in as if it’s our own, and if unexpected issues arise during the renovation process, we will keep you informed and find the solution to overcome them,” says McCarthy. “We strive to make the overall experience pleasant and stress free. We will take
care of the details and work with selected subtrades to co-ordinate your project. Our clients are continually pleased at how well the overall project moves toward the end goal, not to mention on schedule. Whether it’s our plumber, electrician, painter, or crack-fillers, the entire team is booked well in advance.” Creating a positive workplace for their staff is equally important; this makes everyone involved feel that they are part of the team. The staff is comprised of qualified carpenters and apprentices. They maintain a strong safety program as well
as scheduled meetings to review their work and goals with each person within the company. “The intent is to create an organised environment that will make our customers feel that they are hiring a company that cares about their project and will go to great lengths to maintain a high level of satisfaction,” says McCarthy. “From the first time you call the office and speak with our pleasant office manager, Alison, to the initial meetings with our estimator, Shawn, and down through the line, we are here to serve the needs of our clients and we try to do this in a way that no one else can do.” Pat Mccarthy renovations: • •
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Member of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association Winners of ‘Outstanding Residential Renovation — Addition to an Existing Home’ in the 2008 Peak Awards ‘Best of the Best’ award from Fine Lifestyles magazine in 2013 Office conveniently located in Halifax Have completed projects in many areas of Halifax, Dartmouth and the surrounding region Carry out new construction, plus additions and renovations to both residential and commercial property Services include: • Home additions • Renovations (such as basements, bathrooms, kitchens, commercial buildings) • New construction (homes, sheds, garages, commercial buildings) • Decks and fences • Exterior renovations such as replacement siding, windows, gutters Accredited by the Atlantic Provinces Better Business Bureau
Pat Mccarthy Renovations 13 Ashdale Avenue Halifax 902.406.3368 email@example.com www.patmccarthyrenos.com
In It To Win It By Kris Webster Photos Bruce Jollimore
ulse Signs & Design does it all when it comes to signs — posters, banners and even vehicle wraps. The latest addition for Pulse is a HP 500 Flatbed Printer. They can print directly on any material up to 2.5” thick. The applications are endless. After eight years in business, Pulse Signs & Design now has renovated oﬃces located at 958 Cole Harbour Rd. and an expanded workshop — there is no task this sign shop cannot handle. Onsite free estimation and some of the best pricing in the business are just a couple of the reasons they have been chosen for the second year in a row for this prestigious Best of the Best award.
President Mike Maheux saw an opening in the market for this type of work and felt this move was necessary. His son Michael Maheux Jr. is the business manager and has been transforming the company from a small sign shop to one of the most recognized names in the industry. His attention to detail, dedication and outstanding customer service helps to deliver a flawless finished product. So whether you need a poster for your business window, a new sign above your storefront, or something totally custom, call Pulse Signs & Design. You will be impressed with the quality and service they deliver.
Pulse Signs 958 Cole Harbour Road Dartmouth 902.434.4787
A Thousand Words By Kris Webster Photos Bruce Jollimore
ome say a picture is worth a thousand words... Sometimes a thousand written words put that very picture in your mind’s eye... Either way, everywhere you look there are pictures and words. Every day you cannot escape it. From the minute we open our eyes, our minds gather those pictures and words and process them to give us purpose and meaning. From the writing on your coﬀee cup to the book you read when you fall asleep. Someone out there put those pictures and words in front of you. That is where Minuteman Press comes in. Minuteman’s president, Mike Maheux, bought a struggling print shop 19 years ago and through hard work and determination he and his staﬀ turned things around for
the little print shop. As things grew, his children worked to each earn a bachelor’s degree in business. His son, Michael, now runs Pulse Signs, a division of Minuteman Press, while his daughter, Chantal, has taken on the role of general manager and her husband, Kris Webster, recently joined the family-run business and manages their location in Halifax. The family’s strong ties and work ethic have had a huge influence on how well things work at Minuteman Press. But this small family run business has outgrown just family and now includes a large, talented and fun-loving staﬀ who work hard to bring continued success to the business. Without them, they would not be able to deliver the great customer service and high product
quality that Minuteman and Pulse customers have come to expect. Mike, his family, and their team continue to offer professional results with the most up to date equipment. Their ambition, combined with a growing customer base, has led to a very exciting year for Minuteman Press. They have expanded into the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth. This large state-of-the-art facility is their new head oﬃce and home to their expert quality equipment — equipment that helps them give fantastic results with the speed their customers have come to expect from Minuteman. Now with locations in Burnside, Cole Harbour and Halifax, they are more excited than ever to exceed expectations and provide the highest quality products available... on time and at the right price.
Announcing this move has been a long time coming. Recently joining forces with local printer Ken Mac has helped expand their territory and customer base, thus making this move a must. They wanted to make sure every detail was right… they needed to make sure everything was in place… they wanted to make sure that when you needed that purpose or meaning… and when you needed that picture or even those thousand words… there was only one place that comes to mind… Minuteman Press.
Minuteman Press Central Facility, 101 Simmonds Drive Burnside Industrial Park 902.434.1434 19 Crane Lake Drive, Halifax 902.450.0508 mmphalifax.com
A ROCK SOLID Reputation for Quality By Trina Annand Photos Bruce Jollimore
est known as the “Stonewall S p e c i a l i s t s ,” Lincoln Construction Ltd. has been providing superior quality stonework and landscaping services for more than 40 years. Their guiding principle — do it right the first time — has
garnered them many repeat customers over the years and a loyal following. As a child, founder Stewart Williams grew up on a farm and is no stranger to hard work. Farm labour often includes much more than farming, and Williams
found himself creating stone foundations and fences, digging trenches and creating drainage solutions. Over the years he realized he had a passion for the work and decided to make it his career. “I loved working with my hands and decided to learn more about the trade. It turns
out I have a knack for this type of work. Stonework became my passion and I started my own business,” says Williams. Over the years, four generations have joined the family business, instilling the highest possible standards in their employees. Williams sees the business not only as a legacy for his children, but also as an important part of building the community, hiring mainly from the Preston communities, HRM and beyond, and helping employees get the skills they need to go further in life. The quality of Lincoln Construction’s work is visible around HRM — in the elevator shaft of Province House, the gabions walls on Waverley Road, and most notably the retaining walls in Clayton Park, including Dunbrack and Kearny Lake Road walls that are still structurally sound after nearly four decades. Best known for their exterior work with local stones, including blue ironstone, granite, sandstone and limestone, the company also offers excavation and interior stonework. “A natural stone accent wall or fireplace creates a unique feature in a home, it also blends with any style of home, from traditional to modern,” notes Williams. The experts at Lincoln Construction are best known for their traditional stone
applications for walls and historic home foundations, but the team is equally well versed in more modern materials and projects. The future looks bright for the company, who will be applying their superior quality service and expertise to include town home construction. Lincoln Construction is the perfect onestop shop for clients looking to create their dream yard. “Clients can bring us a drawing, or even a page from a magazine, and we can bring it to life in their own yard. The sky is the limit to our creativity. I have dreamed big building this business and my clients can dream big too,” remarks Williams. Whether clients are looking for excavation, full landscaping and drainage services, or that perfect paved driveway or stonework to accent their home, Lincoln Construction does it all, with the perfect blend of friendly and professional service. Doing the best for their clients makes the company the best in the business, with the experience to back up their work. Lincoln Construction Services Ltd. 902.462.5561 610 Wright Avenue, Suite 343 Dartmouth
A Lesson in Art By Rebecca Henderson Photos Stephen Jess
ix Points Tattoo Parlour takes its name from the metatron’s cube — a geometric figure that is the physical representation of the perfect shape. “We like to focus on the intellectual side of art,” explains Chris Kelly, Six Points’ head tattoo artist. “Many great artists in the past have been obsessed with this ancienttimes shape.” The interior of Six Points reflects the fine arts perspective that Kelly and his business partner Nick Jollymore want to emulate. Jollymore describes it as a Renaissanceinspired décor with hardwood flooring and an array of art hung on the walls, most of which is created by the tattoo
artists themselves. “We want to create an experience for customers when they sit down with our artists,” says Jollymore. Six Points has two full-time tattoo artists and one apprentice that service the parlour. Kelly was an artist for more than 20 years before taking up tattooing. Jollymore says the idea for Six Points came because he wanted to open up the parlour for Kelly. “My wife and I are tattoo enthusiasts and we came across Kelly and were amazed at how different and knowledgeable he is at what he does.” Kelly has been Jollymore’s tattoo artist for almost eight years now and continues to do the bulk of his and his wife Christa Ashford’s tattoos. Kelly has a long list of loyal clients stemming from when he first
started tattooing and will wait, however long, to get the Chris Kelly experience. Dennis Oldham is the other full-time tattoo artist and he brings a myriad of experience and craft to Six Points. Kelly describes Oldham as “Americana traditional with great discipline,” to which Jollymore adds, “The wisdom and general knowledge he has [regarding tattooing] is incredible.” “Oldham’s been with us since the second day we opened,” says Kelly, noting they opened in April of this year. Jollymore says when they hire artists to work at the parlour they must have a connection with them. “We have to click on some sort of level and the artist has to be very good at what they do.”
Right now, Kyle Griffiths is apprenticing at Six Points and while he helps out with bookings and general maintenance, he’s also an exceptional artist who works with a number of different mediums, one of which is paint markers. Six Points also hosts guest tattoo artists like Adam Beazley, a well-known body piercing and branding artists from Five Forty Two Kings Tattoo Shop in Wolfville, N.S. “He was trained in San Francisco,” says Jollymore. “And will give your tattoo a piercing, which makes it very dynamic.” Jollymore says he wants to continue bringing in guests from all over Canada to be guest artists in the shop. Ashford, as well as Kelly’s girlfriend Jennifer Whitman, also spend time at Six Points helping out and adding to the growth of the business in a very personal way. “They’re the backbone,” says Kelly, fondly. “They make us do what we do — there’s good women beside us men.” Six Points Tattoo Parlour 740 Bedford Highway Halifax 902.457.8288 Hours: Monday to Saturday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
RIGHT BACK ROW Nick Jollymore, Dennis Oldham, Kyle Griffith’s, Chris Kelly FRONT ROW Christa Dawn Ashford, Jennifer Whitman MISSING Gillian Helpard, hair stylist; Jennifer Perkins make-up artist/esthetician
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Eye-Catching, Energy Efficient Windows & Doors By Tonya Lambert Photos Bruce Jollimore
hether you are building your dream home, wanting to increase the energy efficiency of your existing home, or thinking of selling and want to enhance your home’s value and curb appeal, the staff at Revolution Windows and Doors in Dartmouth can help you find the perfect windows and doors to fit your needs. Owner Bob Wood, sales manager Keith Lampier and the friendly staff at Revolution Windows and Doors are
truly experts in their field; Wood and Lampier alone have more than 50 years of combined experience. Attending trade shows and refresher training courses regularly, as well reading the latest industry publications to keep on top of the newest developments and current trends, staff members are always willing and able to answer all your questions. In addition, Revolution Windows and Doors is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association, the Better Business
Bureau, and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “By aligning ourselves with these well-informed and very committed organizations, we gain further knowledge and experience — all part of our simple philosophy to do things better,” says Wood. The staff at Revolution Windows and Doors is careful to pass this knowledge on to their customers. “It is important that we educate our customers about our products, explaining the benefits of each and the differences between them,” says
Wood. “We want our customers to be able to make informed decisions. After all, your windows and doors are important: they not only help protect your family from the elements, but give your home its own unique look. Your windows and doors are a big investment and are meant to last for many years.” To ensure their customers are getting the very best windows and doors on the market today, Revolution deals only with a select group of nationally recognized, longstanding manufacturers. Hurd, Laflamme, Superseal and Pella are all industry leaders and are responsible for the creation and development of cutting-edge industry technology. For example, Laflamme offers a wide variety of specialty glass, such as self-cleaning, sound-blocking, energy efficient and heating glass, while Hurd has designed the new Ultra-R multi-pane,
multi-cavity, multi-glaze window, whose super-insulating, gas-filled cavities make it extremely energy efficient. “Each of these companies has been in business between 50 and 100 years,” says Wood. “They all have incredible expertise to draw upon. The research, development and testing these companies put into their window and door products is second to none in the industry.” Of course, picking the perfect windows and doors to fit your needs is only part of the process. Revolution will also install them, making sure they are level, plumb, square, and true. As Wood notes, “Installation is the key. Proper installation helps you to maximize energy efficiency and ensure that your windows and doors last for years.” Revolution provides a two-year warranty on all windows and
doors they install. For those customers who wish to do their own installations, Revolution is happy to provide them with guidance and advice. At Revolution, you will find a huge selection of top-quality windows and doors in a variety of sizes, shapes, styles and colours. They have amongst the largest selection of glass kits in Atlantic Canada, with more than 1,000 to choose from. Enhance your curb appeal and reduce your energy usage today with new windows and doors from Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. 270 Wyse Road Dartmouth, NS T 902.464.5050 F 902.464.4747 firstname.lastname@example.org www.revolutionwindowsanddoors.com
SUTHERLAND’S FASHION AND JEWELLERY By Henny Buffinga Photos Bruce Jollimore
Finding the right combination of clothing and jewellery that fits your unique style can be a challenge, but Sutherland’s Fashion and Jewellery offers an exclusive selection that allows you to personalize your look. Sutherland’s Fashion and Jewellery is a family-run boutique that carries beautiful and unique items you won’t find in box stores. Cathy Sutherland founded Sutherland’s Jewellery Ltd. in September 2001 in the Sobeys Fall River Plaza. It then moved to the Sobeys Tantallon Plaza in October 2004, where it currently operates. “In the past 12 and a half years, the store has evolved immensely,” says Cathy. Cathy was joined at the store last year by co-owner and longtime friend Marie Crowell and her daughters Kristin and Lauren. Marie’s interest in fashion brought a new element to the store by offering clothing, making it Sutherland’s Fashion and Jewellery. “I’ve always had a love for jewellery, and Marie was always more interested in clothing, so this was a good mix,” says Cathy.
BELOW L-R Cathy Sutherland, Kristin Crowell, Lauren Crowell and Marie Crowell.
The small team works well together. “Lauren and I are the buyers for the jewellery and Marie and Kristin are buyers for the fashion — but we all enjoy the buying trips,” says Cathy with a smile. Sutherland’s caters to women and offers a range of styles and selection. The store boasts a wide range of clothing — including linen leisurewear, dresses, yoga pants, sweaters and tops. Their selection is for women of all ages with their product lines constantly expanding. Some clothing lines include Tribal Fashions, Mink Pink, Papillon Clothing, Soya Concept, Lady Dutch and Mango Tango. Canadian-designed jewellery lines include Kameleon, Myka, Earthline, Silver Stone and Midnight Cactus. The store also carries a large selection of quality jewellery from Italy, including a Murano Bead line, and some lines from Israel, as well. The jewellery ranges in price, but it shares a common thread of quality workmanship and fun styles. Some of their jewellery, like the Midnight Cactus line, is one-of-a-kind. Sutherland’s pride themselves on excellent customer service. “We are a company that is dedicated to the people who matter most — our customers,” says Cathy. The store offers repairs and complimentary giftwrapping, and sells watch batteries as well. Sutherland’s is very involved in fashion and the community. They have participated in events such as the William Black Church Fashion Show and the Shining Waters Marina Fashion Show. This event donated proceeds to the Steven Lewis Foundation for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, a grassroots movement that provides support to grandmothers in Africa and the children they care for. They are also excited to be participating in the Head2toe Women’s Show, which will take place this fall in Halifax. The event is the ultimate girls’ night out, featuring more than 80 venders showcasing products specific to women. The store continues to grow as the owners discover new items to add to their shelves. For beautiful products and unique styles, check out the store today. Sutherland’s Fashion and Jewellery 3650 Hammonds Plains Road, Halifax 902.826.7034 www.sutherlandshfx.ca |
Helping You Look and Feel the Best You Can By Tori Stafford
ow you feel inside and how you look outside complement one another. When you feel your best it has a positive effect on many aspects of your life. This is something the team at The Landings Surgical Centre knows all too well. Those who work at the clinic have experienced firsthand the difference a boost to someone’s self-confidence can make. Seeing a client’s self-esteem blossom and helping to make that happen are the most
fulfilling aspects of his work, says Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel, co-founder of The Landings. Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boileau opened The Landings Surgical Centre nine years ago to serve patients undergoing cosmetic procedures not covered by provincial health care. Two of the most experienced cosmetic surgeons in Atlantic Canada, and well-known throughout the country, both Bendor-Samuel and Boileau are board certified plastic surgeons and
medical doctors, each with more than 20 years experience in the field. Since its inception, The Landings has developed a reputation as a leader in cosmetic procedures throughout the country. The first fully accredited surgical centre in Canada east of Montreal, BendorSamuel and Boileau built the clinic following the cessation of cosmetic surgeries in Halifax’s Capital Health hospitals. Knowing the desire and need for a professional facility where these surgeries
could be performed, the pair designed and built this state-of-the-art centre, which includes a fully-equipped operating suite and is set up to accommodate overnight patients following procedures like facelifts and tummy tucks. This not only allows for personalized nursing care, but also provides a stress-free environment for the rest and recovery vital to patients after larger surgical procedures. No other facility in the Maritimes offers this space or service, but for Bendor-Samuel, it is a crucial aspect of what he does. “We felt that we could offer an extremely safe setting in the first 24 hours following surgery, at an affordable, reasonable price, and it would allow us to keep people comfortable rather than doing an uncomfortable procedure and then sending patients home and wishing them good luck, which is what’s done in many other places,” says Bendor-Samuel. “We have never, ever regretted keeping patients overnight — it is the best thing to do.” “What makes our centre work is the fact that everyone on staff is primarily interested in getting the best possible outcome for our patients,” Boileau continues. “We pride ourselves in being one of the foremost accredited clinics in Canada. This speaks to our emphasis on both patient safety and quality surgery.” Providing unsurpassed surgical procedures and care to their patients, the staff at The Landings are committed to maintaining privacy, and actively works to ensure all patients’ personal information remains strictly confidential. In keeping with this policy, the centre offers a private entrance and exit for patients upon request. The clinic is not limited to surgical procedures, however, and also offers a variety of non-invasive and non-surgical aesthetic treatments, such as BOTOX® and filler injections. Joanne Whynott, clinic director at The Landings, is a leading expert on facial rejuvenation in Canada. Whynott’s expertise and education in non-surgical revitalization, combined with more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse, make her one of the best in her field. She is also a leading instructor TOP Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boilea LEFT Joanne Whynott
in educating nurses and physicians on the latest news and trends in injections and injection techniques. The Landings clinical skincare specialist, Tricia Dauphinee-Bishop, furthers The Landings’ mission to help patients look and feel their best, and employs a holistic approach to achieving a glowing complexion. The Landings reputation for exceptional patient care and world-class expertise have made the clinic one of the most popular and renowned in Atlantic Canada, something Bendor-Samuel describes as a “privilege,” but one that comes from the unsurpassed attention to providing professional, safe and private care to each and every patient. “We offer a very respected service, and we treat clients from across Atlantic Canada, frequently from centres that have their own local plastic surgeons,” BendorSamuel explains, noting he feels honoured to work in a profession he enjoys with so many outstanding professionals — which is key to ensuring The Landings’ standards meet and exceed its reputation.
“Many patients are repeat clients, and all comment on how nurturing the staff is throughout the consultative, surgical, and then post-operative process,” agrees Boileau. “We want people to feel comfortable here and to know that they are our first priority.” LEFT Tricia Dauphinee-Bishop
The Landings Surgical Centre 1477 Lower Water Street Suite 7A 902-492-2007 www.landingsurgery.ca
Simply Dipped Mixed Fruit Box
The best variety of our semisweet chocolate dipped fruit in one delicious box! In our Simply Dipped Mixed Fruit Box, you’ll sample four of our most popular chocolate covered fruit types: strawberries, apples, pineapple daisies and bananas. Each piece is always freshly dipped-to-order by a Fruit Expert® for you to enjoy! 12 Count Box $29
Confetti Fruit Cupcake™
Celebrate with our Confetti Fruit Cupcake™ arrangement, featuring cupcake-shaped pineapple dipped in gourmet white and semisweet chocolate with rainbow sprinkles. It’s filled with an assortment of fresh fruit favourites: cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries and grapes. It’s all artfully arranged in a custom cupcake container for the sweetest presentation yet.
Watermelon Kiwi Summer Festival™
Small $59 Regular $69* Large $79
This refreshing summer fruit arrangement is the perfect addition to all your summertime plans: summer BBQs, graduation parties, gifting and more! The new Watermelon Kiwi Festival™ features juicy watermelon, sweet kiwi, and fun, sun-shaped pineapple. It’s all artfully arranged with a variety of all your fruit favourites in a mouthwatering display! Small $80 Regular $95 Large $110*
Watermelon Kiwi Summer-tini™
Our recipe for the perfect summer get-together: our NEW Watermelon Kiwi Summer-tini™! This fresh summer fruit bouquet features watermelon and kiwi (two of our summertime favourites), sun-shaped pineapple, and our new Pineapple Fruit Truffles! It’s filled with a variety of bite-sized pieces of our fresh fruit favourites for all to enjoy. Then, it’s all mixed… we mean artfully arranged… in a fun, martini-glass-shaped container that you can use once the fruit is gone! Small $59* Large $79
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