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FineLifestyles Lifestyles SUMMER 2015 | VOLUME 4 ISSUE 2

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othing says summer like a day out on the water, whether it’s on the ocean or one of Nova Scotia’s many scenic lakes. On the cover of Fine Lifestyles Halifax’s summer issue are Zack and Jennifer Green and their children Colin and Madelyn. The Greens, along with their team at Mahone Marine, want to share their love of boating with you and your family. Find out more in our cover story. You’ll also get to know Canadian musician Tom Cochrane. Over the years, Cochrane has shown his support for organizations such as World Vision, War Child, Amnesty International, Make Poverty History and more. Fine Lifestyles writer Tobie Hainstock chats with Cochrane about his music, storytelling and philanthropy. In this issue, celebrity chef Michael Smith offers tips for summer grilling and Scott McGillivray is back with his latest column on curb appeal. While summer vacations are on the horizon — or if you’re really lucky, have already started — the warmer months are the perfect time to plan a staycation and explore the beauty that surrounds you. Check out our Explore Truro and Annapolis Valley features to help you plan your next getaway.

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Art Direction Lisa Redden Design Candace Haiko, Ghislaine Moffitt, DeAnne Bell, Shanna Joudrey Staff Writers Trina Annand, Henny Buffinga, Melanie Furlong, Tobie Hainstock, Tonya Lambert, Tori Stafford, Courtney Tait Cover Photography Geoffrey Creighton Photography Bruce Jollimore, Stephen Jess, Geoffrey Creighton, David Elliott, Joesph Robichaud, Dustin Rabin, Cooked Photography Contributing Writers Lisa Drader-Murphy, Cheryl Doherty, Scott McGillivray Distribution & Subscriptions kellym@finelifestyles.ca

We are proud to present our Best of the Best feature in this issue. Every year we honour the local businesses that truly shine in their respective fields. This year brings a wide variety of new and old favourites, you definitely don’t want to miss it. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Shining Waters Marine Setting the standard for quality service Shining Waters Marine is so much more than a place to store your boat. Our staff members are professionally trained and certified in their field to ensure we provide top quality services. Lifting a boat in and out of the water doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. With proper, professionally inspected equipment and government certified operators with many years experience hauling and launching both power and sail boats, Shining Waters Marine will take care of your boat. Our team will do the work so you can relax and enjoy your time on the water. When the season is over, we can put your boat back on its blocks for the winter, supported by Brownell boat stands, the industry leader.

Our 50-ton Marine Travelift and 60-ft. truck-mounted crane can handle any boat that will fit in our yard. Fibreglass repairs and gelcoat colour matching are not jobs for a beginner. Our fiberglass technician was trained by one of the best in the business in the best way possible — with hands-on, practical training from the bottom up. He has continually upgraded his skills and honed his considerable talents for more than a decade. Whether the repairs are structural or cosmetic, from impact damage to polishing and waxing, experience makes the difference. Mechanical service is more than nuts and bolts. It’s an understanding of electrical

systems, heating units and refrigeration. Electronics installations and auxiliary battery charging systems, such as solar panels, are also increasingly common areas of repair and upgrade. Engines and sails will get you to your destination and the various systems on your boat will allow you to enjoy your stay, but only if they work properly. Twenty-five years of experience in mechanical and vessel system repairs can help you make the right decisions to get the most pleasure from your boat with the least amount of worry. Our boating store stocks many of the materials you will require to ensure you have your boat prepped and ready for the boating season.

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE ..................................................... 8 HEALTH & WELLNESS .......................13 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ... 22 SPORTS, RECREATION & TRAVEL....36

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FEATURES Grilling with Chef Michael Smith .......30 Explore Truro.............................................62 Best of the Best ........................................ 75 COVER STORY: Mahone Marine ........ 77

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GET THE FOG OFF Eastern Passage entrepreneur Tim Henneberry has launched a clothing line dedicated to encouraging and empowering all of us to focus on the importance of mental health. For Fog Off Clothing, “fog” represents the stressors in our lives. These stressors can lead us down a path where we feel we have no control. The Fog Off brand was born just a year ago and has since gained national recognition. Working with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Henneberry donates $5 from each purchase that is more than $50 to the foundation. He hopes to create awareness and help fund programs to assist the more than 200,000 Nova Scotians dealing with mental illness. Offering casualwear of all types for all ages, Fog Off Clothing includes hoodies, T-shirts, tanks, hats and more. Visit their large storefront at Fisherman’s Cove, Eastern Passage. All products are also available online and at Guardian Pharmacy in Bedford and Elmsdale, and other select locations.

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DIANE VON FÜRSTENBERG & THE WRAP DRESS By Tonya Lambert

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iane von Fürstenberg — her name will always be thought of in conjunction with her iconic wrap dress, her astonishing life, and her efforts to empower and improve the lives of women. Born to an Auschwitz survivor, she married and then divorced a German prince. As a young woman, she developed a dress that was not only remarkably successful, but has also stood the test of time. She was a subject of painter Andy Warhol and graced the cover of Newsweek before the age of 30. She partied at Studio 54 and has dated many celebrities. The mother of two and grandmother of four is the owner of a multi-million dollar fashion firm for which her lips are the well-known logo. Her second husband is a media mogul and billionaire businessman with whom she has established a major charitable organization. In 2014, she was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In short, Diane von Fürstenberg has lived a life of such gigantic proportions, it staggers the imagination. In her recently released memoir, The Woman I Wanted To Be, von Fürstenberg credits her parents, Liliane Nahmias and Leon Halfin, with giving her the tools that led to her later success. Her mother taught her to be strong and fearless. Her father gave her unconditional love so she did not grow up to be a needy individual. Since she was young, she has had a fierce desire to be independent and not financially reliant on any man. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be,” says von Fürstenberg.

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LEFT Designer Diane Von Furstenberg walks the runway during the Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show at Lincoln Center. © Antonoparin | Dreamstime.com - NEW YORK, NY.

Indeed, her desire for independence was so strong that she was initially horrified to discover she was pregnant in college. The father was the wealthy Prince Egon von Fürstenberg. She married him somewhat reluctantly. Not wishing to lose her identity within his, she immediately set about establishing a career and income of her own. Having apprenticed with Italian textile manufacturer Angelo Feretti, she decided to try her hand at designing women’s clothing. She had some of her designs sewn up and presented them to American Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, who was impressed — von Fürstenberg knew fabric. When the young designer unveiled her take on the wrap dress, (earlier versions had been around for several decades: Elsa Shiaparelli’s in the 1930s, Charles James’ 1930s taxi dress and Claire McCardell’s 1940s popover dress) it was her use of the curve-

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clinging jersey knit fabric that was largely responsible for its tremendous success. Last year, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Diane von Fürstenberg (DVF) wrap dress. As popular as ever before, it is the subject of a new coffee table book, The Journey of a Dress, and a major exhibition. Von Fürstenberg’s inspiration was not the earlier versions of the wrap dress, but a ballerina sweater; initially designing a wrap top before changing it into a dress. All encompassing, the DVF wrap dress is sexy yet presentable, practical yet pretty, equally appropriate in the boardroom or at a nightclub. Described by von Fürstenberg as elegant and effortless, it epitomizes comfort and confidence by enabling freedom of movement — and, as von Fürstenberg has stated, confident women are the most beautiful.

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By Lisa Drader-Murphy National Fashion Columnist Photo Sue Siri Photography

I first met Blodwell while presenting my clothing collections in Hollywood during the Golden Globes in 2011. He greeted me with a broad smile and his dulcet British accent. We’ve since crossed paths many times at Hollywood events, including at a VIP party on the rooftop of The Beverly Hilton during this year’s Oscars week.  I enjoyed catching up with Blodwell over the phone recently. LDM: When did you decide this was the career for you? 

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GB: I grew up in Scotland. My first job was at a men’s tailor shop where I spent all my money getting suits made for myself. Then I was a hippy and went on the road and did all these wonderful things. I lived a very beautiful life, but I wanted to get back into the world so I moved to London. I had a pair of corduroy pleated pants by a company called Browns. They were stylish pants. I don’t know how I acquired them because I was basically a monk. I was walking down the street and I saw the store called Browns and I thought, “This must be where my pants are from!” I walked in and discovered it was the finest store in London, selling Armani, Cerruti, Miyaki… It was the premier store in England. I was blown away trying on all of the clothes and the next thing I know, the owner of the store approached me and offered me a job!


LDM: How did you transition into styling celebrities? GB:  I knew George Harrison’s wife and I phoned her up and told her she must have him try this stuff on, that he would go crazy. So I packed up a trunk and took it to George Harrison’s house.  I brought him mostly Giorgio Armani and he bought almost everything. He became my personal client. A short time later, Bob Dylan came to town and Rod Stewart as well. Before long, I decided to move to L.A. I was able to secure a job at the premier store on the west coast, which was called Maxfield. It was a tiny store and all the stars would come in. Working with these incredibly well designed clothes with great fabrics and trying them on different people, I honed my skill.  LDM:  You’ve styled many stars, including Helen Mirren, Drew Barrymore, Sophia Milos, Eva LaRue and Elton John. Are you able to name a favourite client?

GB: One day I returned to the store and Leonard Cohen was standing right there. I told my workmates, “You can have all of my other clients, but this one is mine!” And so he became my client. He would arrive early in the morning and sing songs to me while I made his selections.  LDM:  You have styled shoots for numerous magazines, including Detour, Ebony, Movieline, Estylo, Entertainment and many more. How did this element of your career evolve? GB: It was after I began working on Rodeo Drive.  I met the Italian designers who would bring me their work and the next thing I know I’m in Milan as the editor-atlarge for Italian Harper’s Bazaar. All of these Italians were staring at me wondering, “Who is this man?” I was dressed pretty outrageously on that particular day and I guess it caught their interest. They invited me to my first ever high-end fashion show on the Spanish Steps in Rome, which was Valentino. They asked me to tell them what

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I liked and my selections were published in the magazine. LDM:  In every success story there is an element of timing and luck, however, you seem to exude an energy that draws people to want to embrace you and present you with opportunities. GB:  It seems to happen like that. I am very lucky that I have a lot of love in my heart. I mean no harm to anyone. I truly have love and empathy for every human being. I am happy when others are happy.  Lisa Drader-Murphy is a Canadian fashion designer. She has been the creative and driving force behind the Turbine label for 20 years, as well as the exclusive Lisa Drader-Murphy collection. Drader-Murphy is the founder of philanthropic efforts The Turbine Fund and Turbine India Project and has been invited to present her collections during numerous international events such as the Oscars, Golden Globes and Cannes Film Festival.

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A Fashion for

DANCING By Julie Harris-McDonald Photos Cooked Photography

Learning to dance can be a humbling experience at the best of times. Do it in public and it becomes a daunting challenge for anyone.

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his January, Fine Lifestyles’ national columnist Lisa Drader-Murphy was invited to participate in Dancing for Our Stars, a major annual fundraiser for Bridgeway Academy. Since she resolves to put herself outside her comfort zone every year, she said yes. “As a child, I was not permitted to participate in dance and was often ashamed of my inability,” says Drader-Murphy. “I don’t know how to dance and this is something I never dreamed I would take on. But, the students at Bridgeway Academy are so brave to take on the challenge of discovering their unique ways of learning. I owe it to them to be brave and accept this challenge on their behalf.” Bridgeway Academy provides individualized programming for students diagnosed with learning disabilities, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Founded in 1983, the school operates with the notion that people with learning disabilities can learn and do anything if taught in a way that works for them. As an entrepreneur in the Canadian fashion industry, Drader-Murphy has had to create her own opportunities. She learned that perseverance, resilience, and self-reliance helped her over the years and these are the assets she will bring to the dance competition. “I want to encourage young people to follow their passions,” she says. “There are so many different ways to learn… focus on the things that bring you the most happiness and fulfillment. When you are passionate about what you are doing, learning comes much more easily. This is what is so great about Bridgeway Academy and the atmosphere for learning they provide.”

Bridgeway Academy has schools in Dartmouth, Truro and Yarmouth and works with close to 100 students. Follow Lisa Drader-Murphy’s progress online at DancingForBridgeway.com and see her dance live on Oct. 3.

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ASHTANGA YOGA By Courtney Tait

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which postures are practised and what order they are practised in, an Ashtanga session consists of the same set of opening, backbending and finishing sequences each time, along with one of six series that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced.

Developed by Indian yoga teacher K. Pattabhi Jois, who opened the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India in 1948, Ashtanga emphasizes synchronizing each asana (physical posture) with the breath, creating an internal heat that is believed to purify the body.

While teachers typically guide the class, students are encouraged to learn and remember the postures and the sequence in which to do them, making Ashtanga more disciplined than some other forms of yoga. For many students, repetition makes the practice easier to do on their own, as once you have learned the series and sequences, you simply step onto your mat and begin.

So what can you expect from an Ashtanga class? Continual movement and sweat, as well as deep, focused breathing — Ashtanga is a vigorous practice. But what sets it apart from other forms of yoga is the repetition. While most yoga styles feature variation in

In a yoga tradition that emphasizes daily practice, having the asanas memorized increases the likelihood that you will not only start, but complete an entire session, enjoying the increased strength, flexibility and mental focus yoga provides.

amed for the eight limbs of yoga as described in the ancient text Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Ashtanga Yoga offers a modern version of classical Indian yoga and is one of the most popular styles practiced in the Western world today.

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2. Positioning of the wrists and hands. These days I see a lot of patients of all ages come in with carpal tunnel syndrome and thumb strain/sprain injuries from excessive smartphone and technology use, such as video games. They can also get weakness in their hands and arms from holding the devices for a long period of time while sitting incorrectly.

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3. Positioning of the legs and feet. A lot of patients love to sit cross-legged or with one leg underneath their buttocks. Pelvic and hip joint misalignments occur which can give localized pain, weakness in the legs and issues with circulation. So, what are some ways to correct posture while sitting? forward posture and their feet up on the seat. Whether they are playing video games, on social media and/or reading, children think they are comfortable sitting in a slumped position, unaware of all the damage that is occurring and the problems that may arise down the road.

Dr. Tasia Lazaros B.Sc.(H), D.C.

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o you know someone who sits like the child pictured above for hours on end? Have you ever stopped to think about the problems and issues that can arise from repetitively maintaining an ergonomically unsound seated posture? I have been paying attention to how people sit since I opened my clinic 15 years ago, and I am saddened to observe the demographic group maintaining the poorest sitting posture is children. More often than not, children slump in their seats with an exaggerated head

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It is up to us to educate ourselves on preventative care and educate our children and the people around us. In practice, I often have patients in their 40s come in for pain management for headaches, neck and back pain, postural imbalances and other issues. Sadly, they were never educated on preventative care when they were younger and are unaware these issues are often preventable. We have the potential to be in our 40s, for example, and have great posture, very little imbalances and hardly any pain. So, what are things to look for to help correct posture while sitting? 1. Sitting in a slumped position. Basically, the curves in the neck and lower back are gone and the mid-back curve is accentuated. The curves in the spine are present to help absorb the forces equally, from gravity especially. By changing the mechanics of the spine, a lot of stress is placed on the pelvis and base of the skull creating problems now and in the future, such as pain and headaches, abnormal bone formation, muscular and structural imbalances and early osteoarthritic changes.

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1. Sit upright with both shoulders back and relaxed. By sitting upright, the normal curves in the spine are maintained, helping prevent issues from occurring. 2. Keep feet on the floor without crossing the legs or putting the leg under the buttocks. Remove any objects from the back pockets as well. 3. Refrain from leaning and putting all your weight on the armrest with your elbow. This one I have had personal experience with too, unfortunately. I used to repetitively lean my weight on my right elbow, resulting in months of sharp pain in my right shoulder and in the area near the base of my right neck. Now I know better and I feel better. 4. Keep shoulders relaxed and wrists straight or with a slight bend. 5. If using a laptop, try to use a remote keyboard and mouse and if you are reading, look into a book holder to prop it up. If you have been sitting with poor posture for a long time, please consider correcting your posture right away. As well, consider seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic to realign and balance the spine and correct any imbalances that may be present. Being preventative is a lot better than waiting until there is a major issue present and the body has responded with compensatory and arthritic changes.


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he American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has just honoured the first dentist in Atlantic Canada with accreditation status. Halifax Dental Studio’s Dr. Jenine Arab O’Malley, a lifelong resident of Halifax, is distinguished as one of only 14 dental professionals across Canada and 348 worldwide to have achieved accreditation status in the AACD. Dr. Arab O’Malley joined eight other international dental professionals at the 2015 AACD Conference in San Francisco this May to be formally awarded the accreditation honour.

This unique designation requires the highest level of technical skill and competency in cosmetic dentistry and takes years to complete. The process was both an empowering and humbling journey for Dr. Arab O’Malley. “The challenges of difficult case selections, the rigorous AACD protocol coupled with the personal and time commitments required a perseverance that I attribute to my father, whose hard work and determination inspired me throughout my educational endeavours,” she says. “It is indeed sad that he could not be here to witness this achievement. He would have been very proud.” At her clinic in Clayton Park, Dr. Arab O’Malley performs a full spectrum of

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dental services, where she incorporates a blend of artistic sensitivity and technical ability, ranging from cosmetic bonding to full mouth reconstruction. She has applied new technologies and scientific applications to her practice, which enables a focus on non-invasive restoration of aesthetics and wear.

Halifax Dental Studio 255 Lacewood Dr.,Suite 102 902.443.4111 appointments@halifaxdentalstudio.ca halifaxdentalstudio.ca

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How

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

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

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

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Get Fit in a Fun, Friendly Environment By Tonya LambertPhotos Bruce Jollimore

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any fitness classes are designed for people who are already in good shape. They involve intense cardio workouts and high impact exercises, which can be daunting, difficult and even dangerous for people carrying extra weight. Working out in a traditional gym can also be emotionally challenging. Being surrounded by people in excellent physical shape when you are just beginning to get active can make you feel self-conscious and discouraged. If you are a plus-sized person, you need a place to work out that is both physically and emotionally rewarding in order to be motivated to stick with it. Getting fit is never easy, but it is worth it. Tara MacDonald Fit Club is just such a place. As a plus-sized woman, Tara MacDonald knows firsthand the challenges many people face when it comes to getting fit. “I started doing workshops for plus-sized women in 2004 when I was a business

student at MSVU,” says MacDonald. “I wanted to be around other plus-sized individuals as I worked out and didn’t see any in the local fitness clubs.” Being in a supportive environment is often the key to success in any endeavour you undertake. This is especially true when it comes to getting in shape and losing weight. In December 2014, MacDonald found a space for her workshops and made the decision to turn it into a studio for group fitness, personal training and small group personal training. “We are a small fitness studio,” says MacDonald, “but we have two rooms for personal training, free weights, bosu balls, battle ropes, stability balls and other equipment, such as a universal trainer and treadmills, to offer a complete workout. We believe plus-sized individuals can achieve their health goals. It takes work and it takes time.” The new fitness studio has numerous trainers offering a variety of classes. Michelle Lindsay, a certified personal trainer, offers a seniors movement

class and BURST, 30 minutes of intense fitness. Lindsay’s Bells, Balls and Bands class is especially popular and combines work with kettlebells, stability balls and resistance bands. While the weather is warm, join Lindsay and a group of like-minded individuals in the Nordic pole-walking club. Danielle Melanson, a Beachbody coach, offers PiYo, a combination of Pilates and yoga. Kettleball and kickboxing classes are also offered. In the future, chair yoga and walk leader classes will be offered, aimed at the complete beginner and the plus-sized individual. They will be offering plus-sized workshops three times a year. These will run three nights a week for four weeks with Nordic pole walking, resistance band training and guest speakers, plus CTI coaching from MacDonald herself. Tara MacDonald Fit Club is a place where you can get an amazing workout in a fun and friendly atmosphere. “We consider ourselves the stepping stone between the couch and the high intensity gym, and we have a small, neighbourly feel. No one is a number in our studio,” says MacDonald. Tara MacDonald Fit Club Inc. #8 – 380 Pleasant Street Dartmouth 902.403.7813 taramacfitclub@gmail.com to www.taramacdonalfitclub.com

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Menopausal Skin Concerns and Treatments

AnAToMy of MenopAuSe Let’s start with what is happening in the body and skin. Peri-Menopause: It will begin for most women around 45 with missed or irregular periods. Why? Progesterone and estrogen begins to slow. Menopause: When your menstrual cycle has ended for one complete year, you are considered in menopause. Estrogen has really decreased. Progesterone also continues to decrease. Post Menopause: Once your body has adjusted to these changes, hot flashes diminish and we can hop off this temporary hormonal rollercoaster.

Susan Alward The Summit Skin Care & Hair Removal 101–5495 Spring Garden Road, Halifax 902.423.3888 www.summitspa.ca

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ello, my name is Susan and I am in menopause. Although I make this statement with humour, it is also to let you know I speak from experience. When I began my career as an esthetician, I didn’t have first-hand knowledge of menopausal skin concerns. Luckily today, with great advancements in skin treatments, my many years of work and education and now firsthand experience, I can give sound advice for menopausal skin concerns. When I was younger, I had clients in their 40s, 50s and 60s say, “I just woke up and my skin seemed to have aged overnight!” I took note and would work on their concerns but never really “got it.” Now I get it. The great part is I also know what to do about it.

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WhAT hAppenS To The Skin WiTh ThiS drAMATiC loSS of eSTrogen? Estrogen: • Stimulates collagen production (keeps our skin wrinkle-free) • Boosts hydration (maintains the protective function of our skin) • Increases healing • Balances oil secretions • Increases cellular renewal (keeping everything looking and working great) • Slows the rate of unwanted hair growth If this is what estrogen does, then loss of estrogen means sagging, dehydrated, more reactive skin with poor healing, increased scarring and wrinkling, dull and uneven pigmentation, more visible veins and rosacea due to hot flashes, plus increased facial hair. It also means possible cystic acne, as estrogen controls testosterone and testosterone controls oil glands. The brain is the primary control point of hormonal activity and our diet is the secondary control point. Prior to

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menopause, our sketchy lifestyle and diet habits, poor sleep, excess stress and tanning may not have had a big visual impact. Menopause becomes a game changer. ACne And MenopAuSe Although acne only affects about 10 per cent of menopausal women, when it does it adds extra stress. With more oil due to hormonal shifts and more dead skin cells due to the slowing down of cell turnover, it’s easy to see why blocked pores can happen during this time. Treating localized breakouts is almost always better than treating the entire face. I love Yonka Juvenil acne spot treatment for this purpose. It’s also important to exfoliate twice every week to help break the cycle of clogged pores. The Yonka Gommage 305 is an excellent choice as it is soothing and hydrating — two important components when working with menopausal skin. MenopAuSe And SunSCreen During menopause, our skin does not repair from sun damage as quickly. This means we age and get skin cancer quicker! You will also get a dramatically accelerated appearance of pigmentation spots as estrogen regulates our pigment producing system. If you have been using an SPF 1530, I recommend switching to SPF 50 year round. Yonka’s or Skinceuticals SPF 50 applied over one of Skinceuticals amazing anti-oxidant serums give the best results and protection! hoW To MAke iT “All beTTer” To learn more about preventing, treating and correcting the concerns of menopausal skin, read the remainder of this article at http://summitspa.ca/ articles/menopausal-skin-concernstreatments or simply book a Clinical Skin Care Consultation with one of the clinical estheticians at The Summit for a customized program.


ExpErt ADviCe Orthodontics and the Damon System

Dr. Magda Barnard B.Sc., D.D.S. (with distinction), M.Sc. (Orthodontics), F.R.C.D(C) Bedford Orthodontics Suite 206, Sunnyside Mall 1595 Bedford Highway Bedford 902.835.6531 www.bedfordortho.com

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Damon System itself is a combination of the high-end Damon brand brackets, specific orthodontic wires and a series of mechanics that your orthodontist uses to create a beautiful smile. The Damon brackets are the attachments, or handles, if you will, that hold the wire against the tooth. Inside the bracket is a prescription that tells the tooth how to move in response to various shaped wires in three dimensions of space. Your orthodontist can design the prescription and customize it to your bite and teeth alignment problems. The Damon brackets have doors that hold the wire in place and create a low friction environment for the teeth to move. The low frictions system, in combination with very gentle memory wires, allows the system to work with the muscles of your face, such as the ones in your lips, cheeks and tongue. This is important because by working in tandem, the Damon System and your musculature allow teeth to move gently and with less force exerted on them, resulting in less removal of permanent teeth and also can result in broader smiles. Sometimes, due to the low friction in the system,

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teeth move faster, which can also mean a quicker treatment time. The memory wires that are used as part of the Damon System can work for a longer period of time to straighten teeth without getting permanently deformed and needing to be changed. Therefore your adjustment visits with the Damon System may be at times six to 10 weeks apart instead of the traditional four weeks apart. The appliance itself is very aesthetic — the brackets are sleek, smooth, small and low profile and quite comfortable for the lips, cheeks and tongue. The brackets come in a silver metal variety and also in clear for a less noticeable appearance. Both brackets can hold colours but the colours are for decoration only and are worn under the wire, as opposed to on top of the wire, so as not to interfere with the low friction system. Your orthodontist can give you a wonderful smile regardless of whether or not the Damon System is used; however, it is a great and modern treatment option to explore!

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For many of us the idea of rosé wine conjures up memories of putting a candle in a just finished bottle of Mateus or quaffing girly glasses of sickly-sweet white zinfandels. But time, tastes and wine techniques change, as do attitudes. When a decidedly masculine Hollywood titan like Brad Pitt starts producing a quality rosé wine, even the most skeptical of the macho men have to sit up and take notice.

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osé is any wine with a colour spectrum from a barely perceptible pink to a pale red. Quality rosé wines have been produced for millennia in the South of France and it’s an accepted fact that the first wines ever produced were rosés. These wines are still the benchmark for quality; dry wines refreshing enough for a hot summer’s day but with enough depth and complexity to complement a wide array of food. Rosé wines have recently experienced a renaissance, which has driven up prices somewhat, but they still tend to be a very good value for money.

generally not of the same quality. An exception to this would be rosé wines from Champagne, where blending of red and white wines is sanctioned and strictly controlled.

Most rosé wines are created from red grapes by allowing a short maceration of the juice with the skins after crushing. The time of maceration ranges from a few hours for dark pigmented grapes to a day or two for lighter skinned varieties. This allows transfer of colour from the skins. The juice is then pressed or drained away from the skins for fermentation.

Rosé wines pair incredibly well with a diversity of food. From sushi to charcuterie to barbecue, there may not be a better all-purpose food wine. The following are a few selections from our fine Nova Scotia wineries. They are wines worthy of any social gathering or quiet summer sip in the backyard. A bit of sun, a bit of wine, some great food … what better way to bring some colour to our winter weary cheeks? Don’t forget to add a candle to the empty bottle for an added glow — and nostalgia.

Some basic rosés are created by blending a small amount of finished red wine with white, but the hue and flavour of these wines are quite different, and

2011 Vintage Cuvee Rosé L’Acadie Vineyards A cuvee of Marechal Foch, Seyval and L’Acadie Blanc: A blended rosé made in the traditional style of Champagne. Winner of the 2014 Top Sparkling Wine Gold Medal at the Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards. NSLC $25.99

Food Pairing: Lobster Risotto

We are fortunate here in Nova Scotia, our climate allows for the growth of tart and herbaceous red grapes, which can result in very palatable rosé wines. Our local rosés have a wide range of styles, but the majority has a light sweetness. This provides a pleasing counterbalance to their high acidity, but there are fantastic dry and sparkling wines as well.

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Blomidon Vineyards 2013 Rosé A blend of L’Acadie Blanc, New York Muscat and Leon Millot. Delicate and fresh, medium dry with citrus notes and wild strawberry and cranberry on the palate. Equally good as a summer sipper or with a light meal. NSLC $16.99

Food Pairing: Sushi

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FiVe SPiCe HoiSin BARBeCued CHiCken BReAST

4 bone-in chicken breasts 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 cup hoisin sauce 1/2 cup bottled chilli sauce 1/4 cup sherry 4 tsp chilli garlic sauce 1 tsp minced, peeled fresh ginger 1 tbsp oriental sesame oil 1/4 cup chicken stock Rub chicken breasts with five-spice powder and onion powder. Let sit for two hours. Whisk remaining ingredients, except for stock, in a small bowl to blend. Heat grill to high and sear the chicken skin side down to sear. Grill for five to 10 minutes and watch carefully to avoid burning. Turn over and move chicken to a cooler part of the grill and baste with sauce, continue to cook for about 20 minutes. Turn over and repeat on breast side, and continue cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 74 C. Chicken should cook low and slow. If you wish, you can finish with a final baste on the breast side and a quick sear on high heat to slightly blacken the top. Let chicken rest a few minutes off heat before serving. Add the stock to the remaining barbecue sauce and heat through for five minutes to reduce slightly. Serve sauce on side for dipping. Serve with simple skin-on baby potatoes, scallion salad and some steamed sugar snap peas.

Wine Pairing: Gaspereau Vineyards RosÊ Deep pink in colour. Pronounced cherry and cranberry flavour and silky mouth feel, a little spice and a faint hint of sugar provide added structure to this medium light wine. Serve moderately chilled. Bishop’s Cellar $16

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Reserva - Imported Japanese Wagyu A5 Strip Loin

Black Label - USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye

Reserva - American Wagyu Strip Loin

The World’s Best Steak, Delivered to Your Door Are you serious about your steak? Love grilling at home? Then a must-try experience awaits: the world-class steaks of Fuego Diablo. Launched in fall of 2014 by Matt MacQuarrie, Fuego Diablo has been creating a buzz among steak lovers, who are thrilled with the opportunity to enjoy the world’s highest-quality steaks, at home. Fuego Diablo offers a complete range of premium cuts: Gold label, a high-end USDA choice product, Black label, a USDA prime, American wagyu and Japanese wagyu (Kobe style), which is imported from Japan and considered the highest delicacy of steak available. Simply place your order through the company’s website and your steaks — flash frozen at the peak of the aging process and individually vacuum packed — will be delivered to your door in a cooler, nestled in dry ice.

“We’ve had a great response from the local community, and would like to thank our clients here for helping make the past year a great one for Fuego Diablo,” says MacQuarrie. “This winter in Halifax has proven we have some of the most dedicated winter grillers in the country!”

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JULY 8 – 12 2015 TD Halifax Jazz Festival Lower Water Street

JULY 29 – AUGUST 3 Halifax International Busker Festival Halifax Waterfront JULY 30 – AUGUST 4 Natal Day Events Various locations

AUGUST 1 Natal Day Harbour Fireworks AUGUST 7 – 8 Halifax Seaport BeerFest Cunard Centre

SEPTEMBER 3 – 13 Atlantic Fringe Festival Various locations

SEPTEMBER 17 – 24 Atlantic Film Festival Various locations

SEPTEMBER 13 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Scotiabank Centre SEPTEMBER 26 NHL Preseason Islanders vs. Hurricanes Scotiabank Centre

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A Halifax Landmark Pub and Eatery Locally owned and operated for 25 years on Halifax’s most colourful street. A trip to Halifax just isn’t complete without a visit to Your Father’s Moustache, Halifax’s landmark pub and eatery for 25 years. Locally owned and operated, the Moustache is host to a diverse menu featuring the freshest seafood, great steaks, pastas, handmade burgers and more in a relaxed and fun environment.

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n the summer months, enjoy one of their handcrafted beers (brewed in house) atop their famous rooftop patio overlooking Spring Garden Road and the beautiful Public Gardens. Got a craving for fresh local lobster? Have the summer Lobster special: a 1 1/4 lb lobster with potato salad, French bread and drawn butter. It’s the best deal on lobster in town! Are you in town on the weekend? Don’t miss out on Your Father’s Moustache’s amazing brunch with favourites like eggs benedict, apple pecan French toast, banana pancakes, and for the very hungry, the lumberjack breakfast. If you have the chance, be sure to check out Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band, putting on the best Cajun blues every Saturday from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. Murphy and his band have been entertaining fans every Saturday at the Moustache for 25 years. They are a true Halifax staple! Over the past number of years, Your Father’s Moustache has been the recipient of many local “Best of Halifax” awards including best wings, best patio, best clubhouse sandwich and best overall pub food. With credentials like those, you surely can’t go wrong with a visit to Your Father’s Moustache. Your Father’s Moustache 5686 Spring Garden Rd. 902.423.6766 www.yourfathersmoustache.ca

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onveniently located on Spring Garden Road, the Rockbottom Brewpub offers a deliciously varied menu made entirely in-house. Some house specialties include a tropical seafood salad with a creamy avocado and wasabi dressing, incredible homemade onion rings, and beer battered fish and chips made with their own wheat ale. Burgers at the Rockbottom are worth the visit alone. Rockbottom grounds all their own burgers from inside round steak and brisket to ensure the most tender and juiciest burgers possible. Though the food is sure to impress even the toughest critics, the Rockbottom’s main draw is their award-winning beer brewed right onsite. Ask for Brewmaster Jake and he will gladly give you a tour of the brewery. All brews are naturally made with a blend of hops and malts in small batches with no preservatives to keep all beer as fresh as possible. If you are a fan of craft beer, the Rockbottom Brewpub is definitely worth a visit. Rockbottom Brewpub 5686 Spring Garden Rd 902.423.2938 www.rockbottombrewpub.ca

Sample Menu Selections Turkey Avocado Burger 100 per cent ground turkey with sautéed onions, avocado, Swiss cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce and cranberry mayo. Salt Roasted Beet Salad Salt roasted beets with an arugula salad tossed in pistachio dressing and served with creamed goat cheese. Blackened Haddock A healthy portion served with basmati rice, seasonal vegetables, and topped with our own strawberry avocado salsa. Creamy Pesto Pappardelle Sautéed mushrooms, onions, zucchini, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes tossed with pappardelle pasta in a creamy pesto sauce Lobster Carbonara Fresh local lobster and sautéed bacon tossed with a white wine cream and parmesan sauce. Dagwood Sandwich Three layers of grilled bread layered with cheddar, Swiss and jack cheeses, turkey, ham, bacon and salami along with lettuce, tomato and pickle. Served with a garlic mayo and mustard.

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Summer GrillinG With Chef

Michael Smith By Trina Annand Photo Heckbert Studio

With warmer weather the delicious smell of barbecue wafts through the air of many backyards, tempting even the culinary novice to try their hand as a grill master. Who better to learn tips from than avid griller and celebrity chef michael Smith?

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purist at heart, Smith told Fine Lifestyles in a recent interview that he prefers to grill over coals from a hardwood fire built himself. His second choice is oldfashioned charcoal, never briquettes. “It’s really all about flavour. There’s an incomparable flavour to building a real fire,” says Smith. “I love the art and craft of cooking. You have the ability to be creative, but there are also a series of steps that ensure success.” According to Smith, there are two major mistakes that people make grilling. First, using sugary sauces as soon as the meat hits the grill. It quickly caramelizes and then burns. This problem can be easily fixed by first grilling the meat and then near the end use the sauce as a glaze rather than a marinade. Another common mistake is trying to cook directly over flame. It’s extremely important to let the fire die down to coals before cooking. Smith’s must-have grilling tool can’t be found in any culinary store. “I love my welding gloves, I have picked up logs that are glowing cherry red and moved them by hand. They are an amazingly useful tool.” Perhaps Smith’s most interesting advice is on eating local food. “When you buy local you meet people who actually produce it. To me that’s what is missing from our food today. Too many people don’t understand that food is made by people; it’s become very impersonal.

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When we put that sort of humanity back into our food, it changes us, it makes us better cooks and makes us engage with food in a more meaningful way.” Smith is currently building a monument to his favourite type of cooking in his home province of P.E.I. He recently purchased the Inn at Bay Fortune, returning to the kitchen that launched his career. The centrepiece of the restaurant will be an altar fire, an open fire kitchen that will provide him with seven different methods of cooking with fire. “We are building a 25 foot long wood burning, fire breathing beast. It’s something we haven’t found anywhere else in the world.”

grIlled PIneaPPle red onIon salad © Chef michael Smith – BeST OF CHeF AT HOme 2009 This is my all-time favourite summer salad. it’s amazing how much savoury flavour your grill can add to a simple pineapple and some red onion. SerVeS 4

IngredIents 1 whole pineapple, skinned (uncored), cut into thick rings 2 red onions, sliced into a few very thick rings a few generous splashes olive oil a sprinkle or two sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lemon, zest and juice few handfuls fresh whole basil leaves

Procedure Preheat your barbecue or grill. evenly brush or drizzle the pineapple and onion rings with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Try to keep the onion rings intact as you do. Grill the pineapple until golden grill marks appear and the fruit softens, about five minutes per side. meanwhile, grill the onion until soft and lightly charred. Quarter the grilled pineapple slices into wedges and roughly chop the onion rings. Toss everything with the lemon zest and juice and as many whole basil leaves as you can get your hands on.

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SOCIAL life WINE TASTING IN SUPPORT OF LIVE ART DANCE By Melanie Furlong Photos Bruce Jollimore

Halifax wine enthusiasts supported Live Art Dance Productions by taking part in a Victoria Day afternoon wine tasting at Seasons by Atlantica. The event offered participants the chance to learn about eight wines. These were complemented by some extraordinary amusebouches, prepared by Seasons’ chef Luis Clavel, a member of Culinary Team Canada. It was also the first opportunity for Halifax audiences to learn about the seven new shows scheduled for Live Art Dance next season and purchase subscriptions at early bird prices until July 15.

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The money raised from this event helps support Live Art Dance, which brings worldclass dance companies — such as Ballet BC, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and others — to Halifax. “This was a wonderful way to celebrate what we do and what’s coming up next year,” says spokesperson Emily Pettet.

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Live Art Dance Productions will launch its 33rd season in September with works from some of the top dance makers in the world. One of the anticipated highlights is November’s unique Rendez-vous: 40 Silver Dart Dr. by Montreal’s 2ième Porte à Gauche, which brings the audience behind closed doors at the Alt Hotel and into the lives of four fictional couples to achieve a level of intimacy that’s virtually unattainable in a traditional theatre. Pettet says they are thrilled to have Frédérick Gravel, who brought last season’s hit Usually Beauty Fails to Halifax, back again. “He is really breaking the boundaries between audience and artist!” For more information about Live Art Dance Productions, visit liveartdance.ca.

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1) Paul Caskey, Live Art Dance executive producer; Kevin Schwenker, event host and owner of Wine Horizons; Bonny Lee, Dance Nova Scotia administrator; Deb Twohig, Live Art Dance administrator; Susanne Chui, Mocean Dance artistic director; Susan Lee, Bonny Lee’s sister. 2) Kevin Schwenker, speaks at the wine tasting. 3) One of the silent auction items kindly donated by Bishops Cellar. 4) Cecilia Moisio and Erin Harty, in Moisio’s Juxtapose, produced by Dansmakers Amsterdam and playing at the Sir James Dunn Theatre Jan. 14-16, 2016. 5) Emmanuelle LêPhan and Elon Höglund, Tentacle Tribe’s artistic directors and performers, in Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, playing at the Sir James Dunn Theatre Dec. 10-12, 2015. 6) Emily Pettet, outreach and development coordinator, and Erica Allanach, box office assistant.

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Tom CoChrane Musician, storyteller, HuManitarian By Tobie Hainstock Photos Dustin Rabin

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ow do a young Canadian university student named Terry Fox and a determined African-American woman named Rosa Parks find themselves in the lyrics of a song written by music legend, Tom Cochrane? According to Cochrane, both Terry Fox and Rosa Parks are the personifications of fearless doggedness that changes situations and impacts lives. Cochrane recalls the day he first heard about Fox and his mission. “It was a rainy day in late August 1980 and the band and I were on tour. We’d been stuck in the tour bus for what seemed like forever and, to be honest, I was feeling very sorry for myself. I was tired and I just wanted to be home with my family. We were driving on the highway approaching Thunder Bay and the traffic was slowing down. I looked out the window to see what was going on and saw this kid running on one leg in the rain and shivering. That did it for me! I wasn’t complaining anymore!” It was the following day that Cochrane heard about what Fox was doing and that he had to cut his run short. “I can’t tell you how much I’ve thought of that image of him running in the rain, running the good race and fighting for freedom from cancer... just as Rosa Parks was fighting for freedom,” he expresses. Take IT Home The song The Ones that I’ve Known is just one of the incredible tracks on Cochrane’s newest album entitled Take it Home. With a classic grass roots, folk rock style, Cochrane relays a theme of inspiration and hope when times get tough.

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Another stand-out song is Pink Time, the tale of a long haul truck driver devoted to his wife, who has dementia. “It speaks of how love can manifest itself in so many ways,” remarks Cochrane. “He understands that his wife’s essence is still there, but she’s just on a different plane than him and he accepts her.” There are autobiographical elements to the album as well. A Prayer for Hope stems from a trip to Africa taken by Cochrane when working with the humanitarian organization, World Vision. The song tells the story of a mother dying of AIDS as she prays for her daughter, Hope. The single Diamonds refers to the diamonds on the pages of our memories. Its truly inspiring melody encourages us to savour every aspect of life. makIng a DIfference Humanitarianism is important to Cochrane; he’s shown his support for organizations such as World Vision for many years. “We’ve been sponsoring children since the 1980s, but it was when Terry David Mulligan asked me along on a trip to Africa that I really got to see things firsthand. It was a very humbling experience for me. As an artist, it’s easy because I just show up and do my thing and move on, but the people who work in these organizations face it every day. It’s amazing, the things they do,” he humbly states.

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Cochrane’s philanthropy has also been associated with other worthy causes such as War Child, Amnesty International, Make Poverty History and more. He’s been the recipient of the Canadian Music Industry Humanitarian Award in 2005, Allan Waters Humanitarian Award in 2013 and the Henry H. Knowles Humanitarian Award in 2014. When asked about his charitable work, Cochrane simply replies, “It’s a very seminal part of who I am as an artist and a citizen.” Cochrane continues to touch and inspire his audiences both internationally and at home. His spiritualism, music and charity work have motivated many of us to reach outside our comfort levels and stretch ourselves to grow and become better. And isn’t that what it’s all about? www.tomcochrane.com


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Luxury Suites

The city is teeming with luxury high-roller suites that celebrities frequent on a regular basis. In the hotel’s new Fantasy Tower,

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The Palms has introduced the Hardwood Suite for the basketball enthusiast, complete with an indoor basketball court. A penthouse equipped with a bowling alley is available at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Chairman Suite at the Spa Tower at Bellagio features a waterfall, three fireplaces and remote controls for everything from the drapes to the lights to the music. MGM Grand’s Skylofts include pool tables, plasma screens, private chefs and infinity bathtubs. Just months ago, some of the finest and most lavish Las Vegas suites from Caesars Entertainment were accessed only by celebrities and the casino’s high rollers. But with the launch of its new Anthology collection, the pinnacle of


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Strip. Wynn Esplanade features the first Oscar de la Renta boutique fashion store and the first Jean Paul Gaultier designer store in the country. Crystals, at CityCenter, showcases an array of exclusive retailers and dining establishments. Unique-to-market retailers opening their first locations in Las Vegas include Tom Ford, Assouline, Kiton, Miu Miu, Paul Smith and Porsche Design. luxury and exclusivity is brought directly to paying guests. Each of the suites, in hotels like The Cromwell or Nobu Hotel, boasts lavish amenities and stylish furnishings to private pool parties and glamorous movie star history, there’s nary an unrealized possibility.

Unique Spa Treatments

Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars Palace offers the Laconium Room (providing ultra-heat therapy), the Arctic Ice Room (complete with snow falling from above) and a Tea Room staffed by a sommelier skilled at pairing herbal beverages with your chosen treatment. AMP Afterhours at The Palms is designed to serve just one privileged couple or

person at a time. Guests can have the entire spa to themselves. Lingerie-clad nail technicians treat guests to the platinum pedicure in a candle-lit spa while they sip Cristal champagne and enjoy appetizers.

Decadent Shopping

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace features approximately 160 boutiques and shops such as Harry Winston, Ted Baker, Thomas Pink, Nanette Lepore and Vosges Haut Chocolats. Other popular stores include Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Escada, Gucci, Christian Dior and Hugo Boss. The much-anticipated 2005 opening of Wynn Las Vegas brought more high-end shopping experiences to the Las Vegas

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Anchored by a flagship Barneys New York, The Shoppes at The Palazzo offers more than 60 luxury boutiques— including Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg and Jimmy Choo ― to present one of the most upscale retail destinations under one roof in the United States. Paris Las Vegas features upscale French retail shopping within the resort’s quaint Le Boulevard District. Picturesque cobblestone streets and winding alleyways take guests on a European shopping spree with a wide array of authentic French boutiques, such as Le Cave, where you can sample premier French wines and private labels; Les Enfants, a purveyor of French children’s toys and games; Lunettes designer eyewear; Le Paradis fine jewellery and crystal; and La Boutique by Yokohama de Paris.

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inding the right accessories to complete your home and create the right atmosphere is an art. Peggy Reid and Ashley Bryant from Reid & Siemonsen Design Group have some decorating advice for incorporating luxury accessories into your home. “We are seeing a lot more colour coming into our designs this year,” says Peggy, the owner of Reid & Siemonsen. “For a long time it was neutral on neutral, but just like women’s fashion, home design has moved more towards bolder colours, which is exciting to design with.” Before shopping for the perfect home accessories, choosing a colour palette can help you develop a cohesive look in each room. A great way to start is by choosing something you already own that you love. “Sometimes clients will have a gorgeous rug or a signature piece that they want to incorporate into the room,” Ashley says. “It can be helpful to have that one piece that they love to pull colours from and use as a starting point for the overall look of the room.”

Great Room The great room is the main focus for decorating enthusiasts, as it tends to be one of the most popular spaces for families to gather. Peggy recommends choosing an exciting fabric as a jumpingoff point. By finding a fabric you love, you can begin to pull colour and pattern into your space. Mixing patterns can add a lot of interest in the room as long as you remember to have a variety of scale, texture and prints while keeping consistency with colour. Patterned fabrics can be used in a variety of ways, from draperies to toss cushions. Keeping larger pieces of upholstered furniture neutral allows you more PREVIOUS & THIS PAGE Troy Landscape Lighting TOP RIGHT Currey & Company HOUSE & HOME

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flexibility for art and accessories. “Toss cushions can add colour and texture, and allows you to mix patterns that you might not be able to mix otherwise,” Peggy suggests. “Adding trim to the cushions or upholstery pieces can create a more custom look while adding a little bling to the room,” Ashley adds. A simple way to update your room is by changing light fixtures or drapery hardware to warmer metal colours such as gold or brass. This can go a long way toward staying on trend. “Everything was stainless or chrome for a long time, but things are moving towards warmer tones now,” Peggy explains.

Dining Room Creating a fabulous tablescape can add fun and interest for entertaining guests. A bright floral arrangement can set the tone for the room for each season. White or neutral coloured plate sets will also be advantageous for these seasonal place settings and allow you to change napkins, candles and other accessories easily.

The dining room is also an ideal space to have a more daring paint colour or interesting wallpaper. Glamorous drapes can also add a dramatic element to the room. Choosing the right chandelier enhances the room and is often the focal point and can create some sparkle to the space.

Master Bedroom Similar to the great room, this is a wonderful room to experiment with fabrics and use different textures. “A lot of men don’t like having too many decorative pillows on the bed,” Peggy laughs. “But it does look glamorous and romantic to have a variety of colours and layers. The bedding itself can be fairly neutral, but adding pillows with fabrics such as silks and velvets will provide a luxurious feel to your space. Fabrics offer a lot of options for mixing and matching, and can help you easily update your bedroom to suit the current design styles.” The other end of the scale is to have a more minimalist bedroom, she says, which can still be very tasteful and beautiful. Tailored, fitted bedding offers clean lines to give the room more of a European style.

Kitchen A great way to add colour, pattern and texture to the kitchen is through an interesting backsplash, which can be a combination of metal, glass or stone. If you have an island or bar in the kitchen, you can have a lot of fun adding different fabrics on the seats of the bar stools. With metal or wooden stools you can add a pop of colour by painting the whole frame to suit the room. Lighting is very important in a kitchen; choosing a variety of pot lights and pendants provides task lighting as well as helps you achieve the look you are after. In every room of your home, carefully selected home accessories can add the finishing touch to pull it all together. ABOVE The Designer Pad BOTTOM Thom Filicia

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FRAMING | DECKS | GARAGES

When Thinking About Building a Deck, Think Blue Ridge Builders Specializing in Custom-Built Decks, Garages and Home Framing

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Your Home, Your Style

InspIred LIvIng By Trina Annand Photos courtesy of Better Baths

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reating a one-of-a-kind space is always a challenge, but when the space is a bathroom or kitchen there are additional decisions behind the scenes the casual viewer doesn’t see. It’s important for homeowners to work with a team that has not just an eye for design, but knowledge of the utilities that make it all work. At Better Baths’ showroom, visitors

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can find the latest styles and technology for their homes, backed by the expert staff’s 50 years of industry experience.

Better Baths consultant has a specialty — ensuring clients get not just what they want, but also what they need.

“Our staff understands all parts of the industry, from rough plumbing to design. We work hard to find creative solutions for our clients,” says manager Dale Halliday. Whether it’s plumbing, renovating or new construction, each

According to consultant Dana Trimper, Better Baths goes above and beyond to educate their clients. “It doesn’t matter if a bathroom is beautiful if it doesn’t work. For us, the sale doesn’t end at the cash register.” Keeping clients up-

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to-date on deliveries, trends and new products is just another part of the expert service provided by the design inspired professionals. In addition to colour and style shifts, today’s bathroom is embracing technology like never before. From Kohler’s Numi toilet, that warms feet, plays music and is controlled by remote, to their affordable and easy-to-install Bluetooth compatible showerhead, technology is making the bathroom somewhere to linger. “The bathroom has become a getaway, an oasis where no one can bother you. The place where you relax, have a glass of wine and enjoy the view,” says Halliday. As a Kohler showroom, Better Baths clients can find the widest and most customizable selection of the renowned brand to create their dream space. Technology is also making bathroom features easier to use. For example, a single valve can control the Riobel multihead shower system. Showers are also getting smarter, with the ability to set multiple user preferences to control water temperature and which shower heads to use. Health and cleanliness are also topof-mind in modern bathroom and kitchen spaces, with touch-less products for everything from taps to toilets. At Better Baths’ Atlantic owned and operated showroom, visitors can see and experience fixtures for themselves. They can check out and test various systems in their unique shower room. “We believe in inspired living; creating a space that is beautiful but also perfectly tailored to how you live. We are anything but cookie cutter,” says Trimper. Whether clients are looking to replace dated fittings with on-trend finishes, such as polished nickel, create the ultimate tech-savvy spa retreat or outfit an entire home, there is something for everyone at Better Baths.

Better Baths 75 Peakview Way, Bedford 902.494.5266 www.betterbaths.ca

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Lighting OptiOns in haLifax

Just Got BriGhter By Melanie Furlong  Photos Stephen Jess

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Haligonians have exciting new choices in lighting with the recent opening of Golding Lighting on Quinpool Road. The two-storey, 4,000 sq. ft. space, owned by entrepreneur Yang Lu, was completely renovated before opening in mid-May. It now features some of the most unique, high-quality lighting on Canada’s east coast.

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in Halifax. While considering his niche, he met lighting manufacturers in China and decided a lighting store would be a great asset to the city. He plans to bring as much value to his customers as possible by including complimentary installation of any fixture now in store. “It will save some trouble for our customers,” says Lu. He will also make onsite visits for customers considering large pieces so he can advise accordingly. Yang Lu, owner

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u began by stocking gorgeous, high-end chandeliers. You can get a feel for the place by peeking in the front window and checking out Golding Lighting’s showstopper — a stunning nine-foot long by six-foot wide steel and crystal chandelier, which weighs 700 pounds and has 50 bulbs. It would look amazing in a hotel lobby, condominium foyer or mansion. Don’t stop there—go inside to see much more. The others at the front of the store, which are mostly made of premium solid brass and finely cut crystal, are equally dazzling and can be ordered in various sizes. At the back of the store, past a small coffee bar, you’ll find more

modest chandelier models for bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms in classic and traditional styles. With increased stock arriving in the next month or two, there are plenty of retail and wholesale options. The upstairs section will be devoted to contemporary LED lighting as well as table and floor lamps and other styles of lighting. Staying on trend, Lu plans to consult with local architects and interior designers before putting in his orders. Lu, who earned his business degree at Saint Mary’s University before completing a Master’s degree in finance, had long dreamed of opening a business

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As a small company, Golding Lighting will focus on giving its customers personalized, quick attention for total satisfaction. “We’ll strive toward continuous improvement in all aspects of our business and provide exceptional value, price and service to our customers,” says Lu. No matter your lighting needs, everyone from homeowners and hoteliers to contractors, interior designers and real estate developers are warmly welcomed at Golding Lighting. Lu invites you to come in, browse and discuss your lighting needs. Golding Lighting 6238 Quinpool Rd. Halifax 902.425.4979 goldinglighting.com

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Natural Stone A Rock Solid Choice By Melanie Furlong

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ould you like your home to create a lasting and elegant impression? Using natural stone adds luxury and style to any home. If you’re considering a renovation or are planning a building or construction project, you’ll find plenty of inspiration at The Art of Stone. The new store, which opened mid-May, consists of a 20,000 sq. ft. showroom and workshop that sells fabricated granite, marble, onyx, soapstone and other stones they also install.

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Natural stone can be used in an endless array of options. Use onyx to create stunning dining tables, feature walls and even place it in windows where its translucence takes on the appearance of stained glass. Consider granite — in a myriad of colours — for kitchens, vanities and fireplace mantels. Marble countertops, back-splashes and showers make your personal style come to life. Beautiful porcelain tiles from Spain and Italy are on hand as well as tiles in marble, granite, slate, travertine, quartz and onyx.

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A variety of stone vanity styles made in onyx, granite, marble and engineered stone have been fabricated for display in the store and are ready to install. Stone sinks and vessels, made onsite, as well as colourful glass vessels and an array of luxury faucets are also available. If you’re looking for kitchen cabinetry, you’re in the right place. The Art of Stone’s skilled carpenters build custom cabinetry in a wide range of wood from MDF to walnut and cherry. You can buy the cabinetry alone or with the stone countertop of your choice.


The store sells the Canadian brand Bristol Sinks and Faucets for residential to industrial kitchens. This trusted company offers a multitude of styles from easy-toclean Virtuo Granite sinks to stainless steel apron sinks and porcelain vessels. They have stylish and contemporary faucets to meet all your needs. Outside, think about using some of The Art of Stone’s attractive pavers or loose stone to create a stunning walkway or outdoor kitchen area. Local sculptor Vasilis Vasili creates unique

stone vessels, some of which are on display, and custom-made stone sculptures for home or garden can be ordered. If you’re having trouble deciding what style and materials would look best in your home, The Art of Stone’s on-staff interior decorator will be happy to give complimentary consultations. Bring in photos, paint chips and fabric samples and discover which stone suits your decor. “Our store has a huge selection of colours and high quality products,” says owner Peter Giannoulis, “as well

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as the professionals and craftsmen to select, fabricate and install exactly what you need. Our mission is to give our customers the best product knowledge with excellent customer service, affordable prices, skilled workmanship and the best quality products.” The Art of Stone 130 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax 902.406.7338 europeanstone@mail.com eurostoneandmarble.com Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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New & Notables

Coolest Plants for 2015

By Ken A. Beattie, NPD, Ph.D. Photos courtesy Terra Nova® Nurseries, Inc.

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pring presents a parade of the new and potentially most popular perennials, as well as a bastion of brightly coloured annuals. The highlighted plants that follow are either what I want or already have in my wee garden. My actual list is much too long for publication, so I’ve chosen this select offering.

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Bergenia “Flirt” is a handsome yet diminutive selection of the ever-hardy and trusted workhorses of its parentage, great for the shadier Canadian garden. Typical of this genus, the foliage ranges from a dark glossy green through stages of red and maroon. Considered to be an evergreen, I have yet to appreciate that aspect, as my plants are under snow cover for the longest time. This wee gem offers the small pocket gardener a wonderful perennial addition with promise of pink flower clusters early in the season. It’s also for those who have just a corner to add a new selection.

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Coleus Colour Clouds “spiCey” is one of a great many new introductions in this popular and easily grown genre. For the past number of years, Coleus has regained immense popularity and with good reason. New gardeners have little to no difficulty achieving success with Coleus; their range of foliage shape, size and massive range of colourful combination are intriguing and their price point is usually reasonable. A shade tolerant or preferred plant, Coleus can be nipped backed to encourage a bushier habit; the cuttings root can very easily be


the popular lime green foliage of many plants so popular this decade. Heuchera are amongst my favourite perennials because they are basically worry-free and reliable in my zone 2b garden with a decent leaf mould cover for winter. The selection abounds sporting vivid coloured foliage, a vast array of leaf shapes and, in many cases, attractive venation in the leaves. “Forever Purple” will find a home in my front garden in the dappled shade of an American Elm tree with neighbours of Thalictrum, perennial Dianthus and a lovely perennial geranium for texture. tHaliCtrum “BlaCk stoCkings” plays a critical role in my front, southeast-facing garden. I just love this perennial and will continue to sing its praises at every possible opportunity. She stands tall with her jet black stems supporting a filamentous foliage reminiscent of Columbine. When she blooms, typically later in the season, great clouds of powder puff purple fill her corner on centre stage of the garden. The Winnipeg winds haven’t bothered her yet as she defiantly stands her ground — totally hardy, massively reliable and above all gorgeous. Have fun shopping, studying the new and notables and, of course, play in your garden. It’s been a long winter indoors. PREVIOUS PAGE Bergenia “Flirt” TOP Thalictrum “Black Stockings” BOTTOM LEFT Coleus Colour Clouds “Spicey” BOTTOM RIGHT Heuchera “Forever Purple”

Ken Beattie is the Horticulture Education Manager for the prestigious Canadian Wildlife Federation. www.cwf-fcf.org

reinstalled in your garden or container. Colourful splashes in a darker corner of the garden act as punctuation marks and will liven up even the dankest landscape. It’s a very popular container-grown plant for balcony gardeners and those of us who are short of room in our landscapes and must hang plants. HeuCHera “Forever purple” provides an exhilarating contrast to

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Bedford Basin Market Abloom By Melanie Furlong Photos Bruce Jollimore

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ou don’t have to be an avid gardener to appreciate the lush, high-quality plants for sale at Farmer’s Best. The variety of healthy shrubs, trees, vines, perennials and annuals is one of the best in the city. Stroll the busy garden centre overlooking the placid Bedford Basin and enjoy the salt air as you choose your favourite blooms and stylish shrubs. Maybe you’ll consider putting in your own fruit trees, grapes or blueberry bushes.

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Then enter the greenhouse filled with gorgeous hanging baskets in a variety of colours and sizes. Herbs and perennials line the shelves and outside vegetables, from celery and carrots to tomatoes and peppers, wait to be transplanted into your pots or vegetable beds. Even the grocery store has been revamped to accommodate its colourful annuals and wide selection of seeds

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at the front of the store. Not only are they carrying plants, but also everything a gardener will need to succeed this season, such as fertilizers, soil and mulch. This includes a beautiful array of clay planters and pots from Greece. The biggest bloom of all, however, is the store’s giant solar sunflower. The 25-foot off-grid solar sunflower holds five solar panels and powers its own LED lighting system in the store.


“The sunflower is generating a lot of positive attention,” says Peter Giannoulis, owner of Farmer’s Best. “It’s a perfect calling card for the garden centre and for solar energy. Sunflowers can grow to 18 feet tall and are a natural marvel for sun collection. People are stopping to browse the garden centre and to have their photograph taken with the giant sunflower.” Known for its staunch support of local farmers, Farmer’s Best always has new produce coming in from farms as soon as they’re ripe. At the moment, there are many varieties of Nova Scotia apples as well as rhubarb and melons. If you’re looking for unique specialty items, Farmer’s Best is the place. Quail eggs from Bridgewater, goat cheese from Greece and chocolate from Germany are all on hand. Citrus produce imported directly from Greece as well as a wide range of Greek

olives, olive oil and olive-based body products are also on offer next to dry and canned foods from countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and many others. On the other side of the building, work on the site is underway. By September 2015, an extension to Farmer’s Best will be complete, accommodating a European-style market which will have the best fresh produce from Nova Scotia and Europe, a café serving daily-made sweets and pastries overlooking the water — offering floor-to-roof windows on both the front and back of the building, providing exquisite light and views of the Bedford Basin — a meat shop serving the choicest local cuts, a flower shop and office space. Farmer’s Best 389 Bedford Hwy, N.S. 902.443.4391 Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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CURB APPEAL WI TH W I N DOWS & DOOR S By Scott McGillivray

Investing in new windows and doors is one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value, curb appeal and save you money in the long run. 52

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Window Types Explained

Windows: Repair or Replace?

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irst, check for draf ts, condensation and fogging. Then ensure the casings are in good condition and free of rot and mould. Make sure caulking has not deteriorated and maintains its seal. You might just be in for a weekend DIY project instead of an entire overhaul. If you decide to replace the windows, make sure you opt for energy efficient models that maximize the amount you can save on your energy bills, keeping your space cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. Look for windows that are low-e (low emissivity) which reflect the heat to the warm side of the glass (to the inside in winter and the outside in summer) and have a good u-factor rating, which determines how well the window prevents heat loss. If you’re planning on selling your house in the next five years, new windows are a major selling feature; it’s one of the top five things potential buyers ask about a home. In my experience, good quality, energy efficient vinyl windows will give you the most bang for your buck.

Doors: The Unexpected King of the ROI Dollar for dollar, replacing your existing front door is one of the best returns on investment projects you can do. Your front door is the focal point of your home’s façade. And don’t forget about your door hardware. High quality door hardware complements and completes the look of the door and, more importantly, ensures your home’s security.

Casement: Casement windows swing in and out like a door and are operated with a crank. They offer a high level of ventilation and have a tight seal when closed. You often find them in hard to reach or awkward places (like above a kitchen sink) because they’re easier to open. Double-hung: One of the most common types of windows, it consists of two sashes that move up and down. These windows are great for ventilation. What they lack is energy efficiency, as they often leak more air into homes than other types of windows. PiCture: Picture windows are large and fixed, usually flanked by two casements or double-hung windows. Picture windows are big and dramatic, allowing for a lot of natural light and unobstructed views. However, this style is definitely “just for looks” as they offer no ventilation.

You can always opt for a makeover instead of replacement. A fresh coat of paint and upgraded hardware will make a dramatic difference in curb appeal. While you’re at it, update the elements around your door as well, such as house numbers, mailbox, doorbell and exterior lighting. On their own, these are all small elements, but together they add up to a front entrance that looks stylish and well-maintained.

bay: Bay windows are typically made up of one large fixed window in the middle and a casement on either side. Take caution when installing; bay windows are large and very heavy, meaning you must ensure there is adequate structural support.

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skylights: Skylights allow you to look up instead of out. These are a great option when privacy is a concern (such as in bathrooms). However, proper installation and seal are essential, as leaks are the number one problem associated with skylights.

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INCOME PROPERTY NEW EPISODE

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The Value of a REALTOR®

Jonathan Ladha RE/MAX nova 6363 Lady Hammond Rd. 902.233.7059 jladha@remaxnova.ca

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hether you’re buying a first home, vacation property or arranging a commercial deal, real estate buyers can sometimes feel excitement and uncertainty throughout the transaction. A skilled REALTOR® is an expert at helping his or her clients step back and look at the big picture in order to identify and remember what is most important. Any emotion, good or bad, can influence the buyer’s decision, making it hard to stay objective. It’s essential to have an exceptional real estate professional working for you in order to keep the process smooth and objective. Everybody has different requirements for their property transactions and in

the way they like to do business. Each and every client in the real estate market deserves to achieve their main goals, but since a deal is only possible when both sides are satisfied there may be some compromises along the way. It is up to the REALTOR® to negotiate favourable terms by working closely with the client to identify items that are of great importance, as well as items that could be more valuable to the other side and used as leverage in negotiations. Writing custom clauses into the agreement of purchase and sale is an important part of the negotiation. An effective REALTOR® will advise clients on how to get as much value as they can from a deal. After a deal is reached and an agreement of purchase and sale is signed by both parties, there is typically more than three weeks of clauses that have to be fulfilled and deadlines met in order to maintain a binding agreement. That includes the review and acceptance of utility and tax bills, the home inspection report and more.

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As family and work are typically the most important aspects of peoples’ lives, there just may not be room in your schedule to thoroughly search for the right property, market your property in an effort to find the right buyer and oversee the whole transaction from start to finish and beyond closing. A REALTOR® represents your best interests in the real estate market seven days a week. Full time representation is essential in order to maximize your utility in such a fast-paced and fluid market. Having a strong negotiator with a genuine personality and a driven work ethic is a valuable asset to have working for you. When you find the right agent, you will be able to appreciate an interesting and seamless transaction. I thoroughly enjoy going above and beyond the norm to make my clients’ real estate transactions smooth and successful. Please call me to discuss your real estate needs and see if my incredible work ethic is a good fit for you.

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SCORN By Tobie Hainstock Photos Capital GM

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ince its birth in 1902, the Cadillac has been the embodiment of what a luxury automobile should be thanks to its innovative technology, eye-popping design and premier performance. First designed by master mechanic Henry Leland, it was during Cadillac’s early days that North Americans fell in love with the car’s quality and smooth handling. So well revered, Cadillac has been featured in countless movies, and performers such as Train, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Guy Drake have sung its praises.

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Not your Grandpa’s Caddy Since GM’s revamp in 2009, the Caddy has deliberately been reclassed from a senior’s touring car to a sportier ride — like the CTS-V that can hold its own against the Camaro, the Mustang and others. When it comes to performance, the CTS is able to stand among the best of the best. The CTS has also been described as the domestic lover’s answer to the Audi, BMW and Benz. The V sport model features an impressive twin-turbocharged 420 horsepower V6 engine. The CTS offers larger wheelbase and track dimensions. With a near 50/50 weight distribution, the handling of the car is downright dreamy. All this, combined with the Cadillac name and style, create what anyone would call a classy luxury muscle car. Introduced this year at the Detroit Auto Show is the new Cadillac ATS, which comes in a coupe and a sedan. The performance of the ATS possesses a 2.0 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine that features 295 lb. ft. of torque or the more commanding 3.6 litre V6, that boasts an acceleration of 0 to 96km/h in just 5.5 seconds. Pressing down on the pedal of this baby produces a sweet engine rev that’s sure to be appreciated. Owners may choose between a quick-shifting manual transmission and the automatic with steering wheel-mounted magnesium paddle shifters. Both options provide an exciting sense of the driving experience as they shift gears for optimal performance.

Luxury, Cadillac-Style Both the CTS and ATS come with the luxurious interior for which Cadillac is known. Finely crafted materials combined with stunning artistic design create a cabin that is both stylish and comfortable. Drivers can choose from semi-aniline or subtle leather combined with top quality wood, aluminum and carbon fibre trim. Both vehicles come with a variety of chic interior themes from which to choose.

Falling in Love all Over Again Out of all the amazing Cadillac choices, perhaps the most sleek and sexy is the ATS Coupe. It makes one think of the thrilling Caddy’s of yesteryear — those amazingly lustrous machines car lovers everywhere fell in love with that were ‘long and dark, shiny and black.’ Although the nostalgic clout of an old Caddy will never go out of style, it’s exciting to see Cadillac rebranded as a young luxury car, while still keeping the allure it’s held for drivers all these years. www.cadillac.com www.caranddriver.com www.autoblog.com

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Let’s PLAY

A Radical Addition to the Lexus Lineup By Henny Buffinga

Many of us watch the Super Bowl for the halftime commercials, and Lexus’ “Let’s Play” advert was one of the best this year. Setting the tone for their playful 2015 lineup which premiered this last fall, Lexus’s focus is on their all-new RC luxury coupe series.

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ne of the top brands in terms of both reliability and quality, the luxury division of the Toyota Motor Corporation is bringing some excitement to this year’s coupe category. With inspiration taken from the IS C convertible as well as the latest GS and IS sedans, the RC is a whole new design. Lexus’ first pure coupe in over 15 years, the RC stands for Radical Coupe. As a latecomer to luxury coupes, Lexus made a bold statement with their first entry in the field. The RC 350 comes standard with a 306 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 and an eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission for rear wheel drive models, plus a six-speed automatic on all weather drive models. This allows for greater fuel economy, smoother acceleration and near instant gear changes at your fingertips. But all this power means nothing if it can’t meet the road, so the RC 350 sits on equally impressive 18-inch split five-spoke alloy

wheels or optional 19-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels for that added swagger. The exceptionally responsive handling is due to the RC’s new ultra-stiff platform, drawing inspiration from the chassis of the highly acclaimed GS series and the rear of the new-generation IS sports sedan. The RC 350 also offers drive mode select, which includes eco, normal and sport modes. With the simple turn of the dial, the car can become more responsive or more efficient. Upgrading to the RC 350 F Sport edition gives a sporty interior, including an LFA supercar inspired gauge pod with a sliding bezel like the one in the IS. The package also includes four-wheel steering, adaptive dampers, 19-inch wheels and high-friction brake pads. The RC F is a step up from the 350 in terms of looks as well as speed. Increased performance is the result of standard Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and

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the Lexus Handling System, including rear-wheel steering. The RC F is named for the Fuji Speedway, a motorsport racetrack in the foothills of Mount Fuji acquired by Toyota in 2000. To live up to its namesake, the RC F is equipped with a powerful 5.0 liter V8 engine that delivers an impressive 467 horsepower, and blasts from zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds. On the track, this combination allows the RC F to hit a top speed of 269 kilometres per hour (167 mph). With so much horsepower rumbling beneath your feet, you need to be confident you can safely rein it in. For high-performance braking, Lexus employs race-proven Brembo six-piston monoblock calipers mounted on 14.9inch slotted and ventilated discs up front, and 13.5-inch slotted and ventilated discs in the rear. The RC F’s cockpit features track-inspired instrumentation, including a full colour LCD multi-information display within the

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gauge cluster which allows the driver to easily read the data to achieve optimum performance. The in-dash display also shows incoming calls, current song selection and more. The RC F’s infotainment system is almost as impressive as what is under the hood. Controlled by the Lexus’ Enform system, it puts navigation, climate control, weather and traffic data at your fingertips using the Remote Touchpad. The touchpad uses swipe and flick features similar to a smartphone, with ample touch area and pulsation feedback. The new Lexus Enform Remote mobile app also allows drivers to remotely start their engine from their phone, as well as locate the car in the parking lot, check the status and control the windows and doors, and even check the fuel level. Owners can set alerts if the car exceeds a predetermined speed. With comfortable interiors, the backseat of the RC coupe is bigger than many in this class. However, while it may technically be a four-person car, most drivers will find themselves using the backseat for overnight luggage while the golf clubs occupy the trunk. Wrapping a racetrack-worthy car in Lexuslevel refinement is proof that in the coming year this company is more than ready to meet any competition head on.

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Chatting WITH THE

ONE BILLION DOLLAR MAN By Tobie Hainstock

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t all started with 112 avocado green electric can openers. In 1977, Bob Circosta was a talkshow host for an AM radio station when he was approached by the station manager with a situation... a client had paid the station in product. “When the manager asked me to go on-air and sell these can openers for them I thought he was crazy,” he chuckles. To Circosta’s surprise all the can openers sold that day. “I was in total disbelief,” he recalls. “I’m not sure what it was that did the trick, possibly because I had some credibility to my audience as a newsperson.” That was 37 years ago and the home shopping experience has far surpassed many expectations. LIFE’S A PITCH! As a home shopping guru, Circosta has had plenty of experience with sales and marketing over the decades. This has inspired him to write his book Life’s a Pitch, which outlines numerous key elements to successful sales and marketing. Over the years, many have encouraged Circosta to write a book about his work with various celebrities and high profile people. “Rather than doing something like that, I looked at writing something that would help people. I wanted to write something readers could refer to as a resource manual.” He adds that he purposely wrote a book that was not about him, but rather about assisting seasoned business owners and entrepreneurs. SELLING OR SERVING? So, how do you become successful at selling? According to Circosta, the key is not to sell a product. “Take a step back, look at the product and ask yourself, ‘how is this going to help others?’ ” He encourages business owners to advise their staff that they are not selling, they are serving. “Don’t sell,” he advises, “Serve. Help every customer achieve their goal.” Talk about the product and how it can benefit your customer. For example, if you own a shoe store, what you are really selling is style and comfort. Focus on the end result. If you buy these shoes, they will look great and be so comfortable your feet won’t hurt at the end of the day. “This is not a

gimmick, it’s built on complete honesty,” he adds. Being dishonest will only discredit you and you won’t receive a strong repeat clientele. HEALTHY COMPETITION Circosta notes that when it comes to keeping the competition on their toes, customer service is the key. People purchase from a comfort level. Don’t sell to your customers; provide a service and go to great lengths to serve with excellence. Develop relationships with your clientele and they will be loyal to you. Follow that rule of thumb and you won’t have to worry about being competitive. PUTTING WORDS INTO ACTION In conclusion, Circosta says the onus is really on the business owner. If he/she wants a truly successful business, it’s ultimately up to him/her. “I can share technique, but it’s up to you to take action. Gather the information and apply it. If you do it wrong, that’s okay. Everybody fails at something. You’ve just got to do it yourself to succeed.”

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Explore Central Nova Scotia By Melanie Furlong

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scape to Central Nova Scotia this summer, where opportunities for family-friendly fun are endless. Enjoy sandy beaches and lobster suppers on the Northumberland Strait or watch the tide come in at the internationally renowned Bay of Fundy. Try hiking or biking in Truro’s 1,000-acre Victoria Park, golfing in one of the region’s spectacular courses or learning about our province’s wildlife at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. If it’s fine food and drink you’re after, Central Nova Scotia’s lush vineyards, farm fresh produce and Truro’s restaurants, pubs and cafés have something delicious for everyone. One of the area’s most famous features is the phenomenal Tidal Bore, which has been drawing visitors for generations. When 160-billion tonnes of water sweep in from the Bay of Fundy, it

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forces the Salmon River to flow in the opposite direction. The incoming tide is extreme as the ocean water moves up the narrow neck of the bay, temporarily reversing the flow of several rivers that empty into the bay and create a notable wave known as the Tidal Bore! And with Downtown Truro at the centre of it all, you can combine nature’s wonders with shopping at unique boutiques, local music and cultural festivals, plus history and art options that will make your getaway complete. Plan a day trip or a long weekend, read the following pages for addresses and phone numbers, or simply turn off Highway 102 at Truro or the 104 and set off on your own journey of exploration. Central Nova Scotia is waiting for you!

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The Downtown Experience Park your car and get acquainted with the welcoming atmosphere of Downtown Truro. There is so much to discover: an intriguing mix of unique independent shops and restaurants; free parking and an easy-to-walk business district; dozens of examples of 19th and early 20th century architecture; museums, art galleries, numerous events and live performances. All combined in a beautiful, relaxing setting that beckons you to stay and explore!

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With several art galleries, libraries and museums, as well as a theatre for the performing arts located in the heart of Downtown Truro, there is no shortage of fine cultural opportunities to keep you entertained. Learn interesting facts about the area’s past or delve into the era of the one-room school. Enjoy offerings from talented local artists as well as world-class performers from across Canada.

2 Farmers’ Market For the past 35 years, Downtown Truro has been home to one of the area’s most popular weekly social and shopping events: the Truro Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday from April to December, numerous farmers, artisans and food purveyors gather to offer a tantalizing selection of locally produced, homemade and homegrown treats. Live music and special events regularly add to this feast for the senses. Shoppers come for the freshness and stay for the fun!

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More than 150 shops focusing on fashion, gifts, home décor, health and wellness and more combine to create a shopping mecca that is worthy of a much larger centre. You’ll also discover dozens of restaurants, cafés and pubs offering everything from delicious fish and chips and gourmet burgers to thai, sushi and Jamaican options. It’s easy to see why a day spent in Downtown Truro is an enjoyable experience to be repeated often!

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More than 125 years old, Victoria Park is a 1,000-acre treasure in the heart of Truro. The beautiful and vast property boasts incredible natural features, including a dramatic steep-sided gorge, ancient river channels carved into 360-year-old geologic formations, cascading waterfalls and a stately old-growth forest containing 250-year-old Eastern Hemlocks. The park offers residents and visitors endless recreational, cultural and leisure opportunities, including hiking, photography, bird watching, picnics, family gatherings, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming, baseball, cultural events, live music, tennis, cycling and much more. A playground, baseball diamond, tennis courts, outdoor heated swimming pool and bandshell are located near the park’s entrance. For information, contact Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture at 902.893.6078 or recdept@truro.ca.

Rath Eastlink Community Centre The Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC), located off Exit 13 on the Trans-Canada Highway, is Truro’s premier recreation facility and event venue. With 2,500 fixed seats surrounding an NHL-sized ice surface, the RECC is home to Truro’s biggest trade shows, concerts, family entertainment and sporting events. The facility also boasts the highest indoor rock climbing experience in Nova Scotia, reaching 47 feet. For upcoming concerts and events, or to find additional information on facilities, check out the website at www. ratheastlinkcommunitycentre.ca.

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Hiking and Biking Cyclists and hikers looking for a leisurely ride or walk along picturesque trails, or those looking for more challenging forest routes, will find it all in the Truro area. The scenic Cobequid Trail system draws you along Acadian dykelands and farmlands, through forests and beside the Salmon River. Victoria Park, a 1,000-acre urban forest in the heart of Truro, boasts many kilometres of trails and walkways, sure to delight visitors of all ages and abilities. Maps for the Cobequid Trail and Victoria Park are available online at www.truro.ca.

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From the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Summer Games (Aug. 18-23) to the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters (Oct. 27-Nov. 1), the Truro area will play host to amazing local, provincial, national and international festivals and events in 2015. You won’t want to miss the VP Challenge race (July 18); Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition (Aug. 25-29); EMBRACE Diversity Festival (Sept. 12); inaugural Showcase Film Festival (Oct. 2-3); Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Festival (Aug. 14-29); and much more. For information, go to www.truro.ca. And when you visit Truro, stop by the Welcome Centre in Victoria Square to discover other enjoyable opportunities in the region. 64

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Golfing The Truro Golf Club, one of several courses in the Truro area, is known as the Jewel of the Hub. Many summer visitors return year after year to enjoy the course and the service. The 6,317yard, par 71 layout features well-manicured fairways, white sand bunkers and water in play on 10 of the 18 holes. Built mostly on marshland, the course is a very easy walk, and both pull and driving carts are available. Other courses in the region include Riverrun Golf Club, Mountain Golf Club, Brookfield Golf and Country Club, Debert Golf Course, Greenfield Golf Course, Ridgewood Golf Course, Fox Hollow and Brule Point.

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The remarkable gardens on Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill are inspiring places for visitors and area residents to enjoy a peaceful moment and to learn a little about the nature around them. The two most popular destinations are the Rock Garden and the Alumni Gardens. The rock garden covers more than half-an-acre and boasts a thriving collection of stunning, and somewhat uncommon, plants. It consists of a rock face, two dry streams, a gravel scree bed and a damp area. The Alumni Gardens is an ideal setting for family time, quiet time and photography. The campus also has a butterfly meadow and herb garden for people of all ages to enjoy.

Music lovers will want to add Truro to their list of summer destinations. Truro’s Concerts in the Parks was the winner of the Central Nova Tourist Association’s Festivals and Events Award for 2015. Each summer, the Town of Truro offers free outdoor concerts at two of its scenic parks. Every Friday night in July, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., local musicians are featured in the gazebo at Riverfront Park. Every Sunday, from mid-June to early September, concerts are held in Victoria Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit www. truro.ca/special-events.

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This natural phenomenon happens twice a day and has been a huge draw for visitors to the Truro area for generations. One hundred and sixty billion tons of water sweep in from the Bay of Fundy and force the Salmon River to flow in the opposite direction. The tidal bore phenomenon is unique to the Bay of Fundy, with the Cobequid Bay and the Salmon River helping to create this spectacular display. The incoming tide is extreme as the ocean water moves up the narrow neck of the bay, which temporarily reverses the flow of several rivers that empty into the bay, creating a notable wave known as the Tidal Bore! For viewing times from the Truro location, on Tidal Bore Road, contact the Downtown Truro Welcome Centre at 902.893.2922.

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Tidal Bore Rafting River rafting in Nova Scotia? Who knew? The Shubenacadie River is the only place in the world to experience tidal bore river rafting! Once a day, when the massive Fundy tides roll in, experienced guides take visitors on an adventure of a lifetime riding the raging river in motorized rafts. To add to the experience, continue further along the shore to Burntcoat Head Park in Noel, the site of the highest recorded tides in the world. Visit the park at low tide and walk around an island that will be completely surrounded by water at high tide six hours later. Visit fundyshore.com. (Photo Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia)

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Only 15 minutes from Truro, the Masstown Market is a “must stop” en route to exploring Nova Scotia’s stunning Fundy shore. Grab an ice cream or a batch of fresh made donuts from the bakery and maybe some berries for the road. Wander the extensive gift store and garden centre before making your way to the onsite lighthouse and fish market. Place an order for one of the greatest fish and chips in the province and then climb to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the incredible view. On your way up, take note of the wonderful places you’ll explore as you continue your travels further along the shore.

Just under an hour’s scenic drive from Truro is Nova Scotia’s beautiful Northumberland Shore. Along with its warm water beaches and great seaside golf, the Northumberland Shore is home to Jost Vineyards, Nova Scotia’s longest operating winery. Enjoy a wine tasting to discover your favourite, sit by the cosy indoor/outdoor fireplace, grab a picnic basket and hike into the vines or linger with a glass on the patio while enjoying live entertainment at one of Jost’s many events. Tours are offered twice daily at noon and 3 p.m. Check out jostwine.com. (Photo Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia)

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Shubenacadie Wildlife Park About 25 minutes from Truro, or 45 minutes from Halifax, you’ll find Nova Scotia’s premier wildlife destination. The Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park and neighbouring Wetland Interpretive Centre and trails have been a family favourite for years. Within the Park’s 40-hectares are 26 species of mammals and 65 species of birds — from moose, cougars, bear and wolves to playful otters, eagles and ducks. Make sure you don’t miss the park’s wonderful Sable Island Horses. This is the only Wildlife Park System in the world that can boast being home to these animals. Visit wildlifepark. novascotia.ca.

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Best Western Plus Glengarry

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fter falling in love with the Truro area, Judy and Lorne Nicholson purchased the Glengarry motel in 1975. At the time, it was a big burgundy Victorian home and over the course of 40 years it has evolved into a full-service hotel, paired with a regional convention centre capable of hosting up to 500 guests. Throughout the Glengarry, you can find elements from the old Victorian homes that stood before, conscientiously preserved, refinished and given new life and purpose. Choose from king, queen or executive two-room suites. Dine in their light and friendly coffee shop or in the main atrium-style dining room, where the menus are inviting and the food is superb. For exercise or relaxation, you can check out the indoor pool, relax in their hot tub or at the outside pool with an oasis poolside bar. In the evening, bring your friends and enjoy the food or atmosphere in the recently renovated Sherlock’s Piano Bar. The perfect base from which you can explore the Truro area!

Best Western Plus Glengarry 150 Willow Street, Truro 902.893.4311

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Family-Friendly Bike Shop Keeps You Rolling

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icture yourself cycling through 20 kms of trails in Truro’s Victoria Park, enjoying gorgeous waterfalls and babbling brooks. Or riding the Cobequid Trail along the Bay of Fundy coastline watching eagles soar. You can rent mountain, road or touring bikes for your day trips, along with racks and child carriers, from Truro’s own Bike Monkey. The bike shop, opened 15 months ago by locals Jeff and Grace Simms, also sells a wide selection of Canadian, Swiss and U.S. bikes as well as accessories, from shoes and panniers to scooters and clothing. The Simms are proud to have some of the best staff

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aving opened in June of 2008 under the name Blenkhorn’s Classic Motors with a large selection of pre-owned motorcycles, The Cat Shack has met some amazing people from all over the world, acquired many loyal and greatly appreciated customers and learned a great deal about the recreation industry. As well as continuing to import motorcycles, The Cat Shack is a dealer for Yamaha, Suzuki and Arctic Cat ATVs and snowmobiles. When you are travelling through the Truro area, visit their 10,000 sq. ft., two-floor showroom. They guarantee it will have something of interest for everyone!

The Cat Shack 70 Juniper St., Truro 902.843.4800

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in the market and offer fast bike service and repair to keep their customers rolling. Recreational and racing cyclists of all ages have been delighted to discover the community-oriented Bike Monkey. “Our focus is on the family and getting everyone active,” says Jeff. “This is where quality meets family-friendly pricing.” Bike Monkey 109 Robie. St., Truro 902.843.7111 bikemonkey.ca


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Get a New Perspective This Summer in the Avon and Annapolis Valleys By Melanie Furlong

If a change is as good as a rest, try something new this summer and come to dine, shop and have fun in the Avon and Annapolis Valleys.

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oar from the heights of treetops at Martock’s Ontree Fun & Adventure Park or glide down the beautiful Gaspereau River through forest and farmland on a bouncy inner tube. Other activities for couples and families include attending some of the many festivals and concerts happening this season. Take part in Windsor’s Avon River Days events, try picking fruit at one of the area’s u-picks, go fishing or hike and bike on a scenic trail.

Tour Nova Scotia’s wine country and discover acres of lush vineyards filled with a variety of ripe grapes ready to be handpicked. Stroll the vineyards with winemakers and winery owners and learn about the intricate winemaking process. Then, indulge in a private tasting of some of the extraordinary wines. From the province’s oldest commercial winery, Domaine de Grand Pré, to the first organic certified winery, L’Acadie Vineyards, discover how each winery

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brings a unique taste to the wines of Nova Scotia. Visitors are also welcome to take advantage of the area’s professionals who can offer expertise in a wide variety of areas, from medical procedures to vehicle sales and services. Whether you’re on a day-trip or a weekend getaway, a visit to the Avon and Annapolis Valleys will give you a new perspective.

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WINDSOR’S SUMMER FESTIVALS & EVENTS 6th Annual British Motoring Festival www.britishmotoringfestival.com July 11 — 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. King’s-Edgehill School

EXHIBITION SUMMER EVENTS www.hantscountyex.com

Smokin’ Blues Fest July 10-11

Tregothic Creek and Windsor Railway www.atlanticmodelengineeringsociety.com/tcwr.html Miniature passenger carrying steam & coal-fired train rides July 5 Aug. 1-2 Sept. 13 July 19 Aug. 16 Sept. 27 Aug. 30

Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Fest July 17-18 RCMP Musical Ride Sept. 10

For up-to-date tourism information www.town.windsor.ns.ca or visit the Windsor-West Hants Visitor Information Centre 321 Gerrish Street 902.798.2690

250th Hants County Exhibition Sept. 18-20, 25-27

THE HANTS AQUATIC CENTRE The Hants Aquatic Centre offers an exciting summer lineup of recreation, leisure and active living opportunities!

Get active, cool off and have FUN! Opening June 13 – Closing Aug. 30 Swimming Lessons Public Swimming Aquafit Classes Pool Rentals The Hants Aquatic Centre is a heated facility with a six lane, 25-meter pool, a leisure pool with beachfront entrance for accessibility and a tot pool. An access lift facilitates the entry and exit for people of all abilities.

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AVON RIVER DAYS 2015! Family, friends and fun times in Nova Scotia’s Avon Region July 31 – Aug. 2. Three full days of fun and music for the whole family. Friday Highlights

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Downtown Merchant Street Fair 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wet ‘N Wild Pool Party 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Elmscroft Playground Family Picnic & Free Concert in the Victoria Park 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bring your picnic supper or try some tasty treats from a variety of vendors.

Windsor Lions Club Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Windsor Community Centre Waterfront Activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Games, activities, prizes, food and vendors Trecothic Creek Railway 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Centennial Drive Antique Tractor and Engine Show Hants County Exhibition Main Street Parade 1 p.m. Skate Park Showcase 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Windsor Waterfront

Antique Tractor and Engine Show Hants County Exhibition Pisiquid Canoe Club Regatta Trecothic Creek Railway 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Centennial Drive Waterfront Activities Noon – 9 p.m. Games, prizes and food vendors Fireworks 9:45 p.m. (or when its dark) Lake Pesaquid Waterfront www.avonriverdays.com

ONTREE PARK Based on German ingenuity and standards, Ontree Park offers excitement and physical challenges for people of all ages and ability. The well-trained staff provide an always expanding and evolving number of climbing tracks, high rope courses, zip lines and other activities among the trees of Martock, including courses specifically built for young children. The idea for Ontree began several years ago in Germany, but wasn’t implemented until the owners discovered the beautiful woodlands of Nova Scotia. Having combined European standards with Canada’s supreme environment and decades of experience in special construction, safety and rescue fields, Ontree’s team ensures an extremely safe and reliable experience for you and your family. Come play at Ontree, or bring a picnic lunch and watch your friends as a spectator. Everyone is welcome to explore the park in the trees or on the ground. Ontree Fun and Adventure Park 370 Martock Rd., Windsor 902.798.8855 info@ontreepark.com www.ontreepark.com

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Treating Varicose Veins

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 valleymedical@bellaliant.com www.vmedical.ca

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hronic venous insufficiency is the disease underlying varicose veins of the legs. For some, this is primarily a cosmetic problem, but many have pain or other symptoms and will even eventually suffer unhealthy skin and ulcers. It is a common problem; we see hundreds of patients with venous disease in our clinic every year.

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Compression stockings are important for patients with varicose vein ailments. There are also a variety of procedures that can be helpful. Aimed at ridding the legs of diseased, refluxing veins, these procedures improve venous circulation, diminish varicose veins and decrease the severity of the disease overall. Traditional hospital-based surgical stripping of refluxing saphenous veins and excisions of varicosities are still practiced and covered by provincial health care. It requires fairly long wait times, a general anesthetic, several incisions, some risk of complications and usually at least moderate pain in recovery. Despite these drawbacks, with the appropriate preoperative assessments and in the right hands (and once recovered from the surgery) it serves patients well and improves their quality of life. Private, office-based and minimally invasive alternatives to surgical stripping include endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) and ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy(USGFS). These procedures

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have been developed to improve upon the surgical approach to venous disease, especially to lessen both the procedure wait times and post procedure recovery and discomfort. EVLT starts with the patient lying on a stretcher and washing the leg with an antiseptic. Ultrasound is then used to access the saphenous vein, often at the bottom of the thigh, and then to inject water and anesthetic around the vein. A laser fibre is then placed and the vein is destroyed with heat as the laser is drawn downward. The patient feels the needle injections at the beginning, but then usually feels nothing or only minor warmth as the vein is treated. UGFS of refluxing saphenous veins starts the same as laser ablation. Once the vein is accessed though, it is not necessary to inject fluid around the vein since the vein is treated with a sclerotherapy solution rather than heat. UGFS is a bit quicker and involves less needle poking than EVLT. However, it is not as consistently effective as laser ablation, especially for larger veins.


Whether the veins have been treated with EVLT or UGFS, at our clinic, pressure dressings and fitted compression stockings are applied. The patient immediately gets up and we encourage about half an hour of walking exercise before going home. Most have minimal discomfort in the following days and weeks and find it easy to follow our directions to get lots of walking exercise; most don’t require time off work or activities. We follow up in a few weeks to ensure the targeted veins are gone and there’s been no complications. Often at that time, varicose veins will already have diminished and the patient will already feel better than before the procedure. We will often then do some simple sclerotherapy injections of any remaining varicose veins. It’s important for people with varicose veins — especially those who have pain or unhealthy skin — to be assessed by experts in venous disease who can advise and offer all of the various options for treatment, tailored to each patient’s unique situation.

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Women in Automotive: What You Need to Know What challenges have you faced as women in the automotive industry? LS: I’ve heard every type of comment imaginable. Years ago there were not many women in the service industry. Now we are active participants running successful parts and service departments.

Lisa Strong-Simmons Valley Ford 898 Park Street, Kentville 902.678.1330 lisa.strong@valleyford.ns.ca www.valleyford.ns.ca

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n an industry dominated by men, Valley Ford is helping to shift outdated perceptions of women and their roles in the automotive workplace. With female staff in every department, the dealership is an example of how gender diversification benefits both the work environment and the customer experience. Here, four of Valley Ford’s female staff share their advice for women who work in the automotive field and the female customers they serve. What are your roles at Valley Ford? Lisa Strong, fixed operations manager; Heather Miles, Red Seal journeyman automotive service technician; Michelle Fraser, parts clerk; and Sandra Dorman, sales.

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HM: I’ve had to develop thick skin and become physically capable of the demands of a very physically demanding job. SD: One of the biggest challenges is being taken seriously. I’ve often heard when greeting people, “do you sell cars?” or “do you get the coffee around here?” How did you overcome these challenges? LS: I listened a lot and adapted to my customer. Male customers require the necessary time to earn your trust and respect. HM: Hard work, support of other women in the business — and humour. LS: We work as a team. Everyone has an area of strength we capitalize on. What advice do you have for women interested in a career in this field? LS: Pursue it. There are days when it’s very rewarding and you feel good that you were able to make a difference in someone’s day. HM: You will need strength, determination and to be able to laugh at yourself.

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MF: Learn your stuff. The best way to be confident is to have the knowledge to back it up. SD: Know your product and listen to your client’s needs. Why is it important that women work in the auto industry? LS: Women feel empowered when they have the option of a female on staff to take care of their needs. HM: Diversity fosters an enlightened and enjoyable workplace. If employees are happier, they take care of customers better. If customers are happy, business is good. SD: Women make more than 80 per cent of car buying decisions. Any dealership that is not marketing to women is missing the boat. I enjoy walking women through the buying experience as someone she can relate to. What challenges do women customers face? HM: The perception is women are generally less knowledgeable about vehicles and feel at the mercy of the men fixing their car; not the case… having women in the shop helps ease their mind. There is a sense of trust. What can women do to improve their experience as customers? HM: Educate themselves about their car. above photo l-r Lisa Strong-Simmons, Heather Miles, Michelle Fraser, Sandra Dorman


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Showcasing Halifax and Area’s Best Products & Services! 2015 COLLECTOR ’S EDITION BEST OF THE BEST

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PUBLISHER’S CHOICE

BEST OF THE BEST What Makes Halifax So Great?

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alifax offers it all: gorgeous country settings on the water in St. Margaret’s Bay, exquisite small town charm in Bedford, car-free commuting in Dartmouth and a vibrant downtown core. No matter where you choose to live in this city, you’re sure to find a dynamic arts and culture scene, rich history, an active, supportive community and a lifestyle that balances a fast-paced urban living with a friendly atmosphere and excellent local dining and nightlife.

We’re also lucky to have a plethora of businesses and services run by talented and expert entrepreneurs that support this community. Fine Lifestyles Halifax takes a look at some of the best our city has to offer in this year’s Best of the Best feature. Whether you’re looking for the very best in landscaping, health, beauty, recreation or vehicles, you’re certain to find those that make Halifax the best place to be!

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BOATING:

FUN, FRIENDS & FAMILY By Tonya Lambert Photos Geoffrey Creighton and courtesy of Mahone Marine

Zack and Jennifer Green and the team at Mahone Marine want to share their love of boating with you. After spending 22 years of sailing and working his way up from deckhand to captain of a $20 million super yacht, Zack returned home to Nova Scotia to raise a family with wife Jennifer and to help others pursue the pleasures of boating.

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hen I left the yachting world three years ago my plan was to semi-retire and start a small business helping friends and neighbours with their boats,” says Zack. “However, it was soon apparent that my community required a full service centre. Our business has grown from nothing to a strong enterprise in a very short time and Jennifer and I now employ four full-time fully trained technicians, as well as a number of office staff and general labourers.” “

Being directly tied in to the boating community means Zack can connect buyers with sellers. Consignment sales

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are a big part of their business. “I often hear people say they are considering trading up their boats. At the same time, I have new buyers coming in everyday who are looking for a specific pre-owned boat. It is common for me to create that connection, making buyers and sellers alike very happy.” The team at Mahone Marine will help you find the perfect boat to meet your family’s needs. They started with preowned boats but now carry a wide selection of new ones, too. Edgewater, a first class boat, was their first brand for which they are the exclusive dealers for in Atlantic Canada. Then came Robalo,

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Chaparral, a good selection of pontoons and aluminum utility boats. They are now an authorized dealer for parts and services for Yamaha and Mercury/ Mercruiser but their technicians are fully qualified to work on all brands of motors. “It’s very important to me that our customers are completely satisfied and totally comfortable knowing their boat will operate properly. Our technicians are factory-trained and have lifetimes of mechanical experience so I feel confident when sending them out on jobs.” From fibreglass repairs to customized detailing to electronics installations and everything in between, they are there


“Zack, I have been in business for most of my life and learned the key to a strong business is customer service driven by great people. I thought it was important you know the service I received from you was very special. The personal touch added by Craig was exceptional. You have a heck of an asset in him. ‘Above and beyond’ is certainly the way to describe the work he does. I deal in customer service daily and seeing how he represents Mahone Marine is something you should be very proud of.” – Satisfied client “After a recent series of service and insurance work for my Edgewater boat by Zack and staff at Mahone Marine, I have to say the process for both and the work preformed was outstanding. I recommend anyone looking for marine services to contact them.” – Satisfied client

to help get you back on the water seven days a week throughout the season. Their store is stocked with all the basic boating needs from life jackets to shackles. Their customized computer software streamlines special parts orders and most customers see their parts within three days. Mahone Marine also offers a concierge service. “We have customers that will call us to request their boat be ready when they arrive at their cottage,” says Zack. “They will arrive to find it all ready to go and tied to their mooring or dock. Then they just let us know when they are done using it and we will pick it up, winterize it,

wrap it and store it for the winter.” Now that’s service that will make any boat owner cheer! As the Greens and their children can attest, boating is a great way for families to bond. Zack’s goal at Mahone Marine is to help people get out on the province’s many lakes, rivers and bays to enjoy fishing, waterskiing and cruising. “I like to see people having fun with their families while boating,” says Zack. “These funfilled moments together on the water are memories you will cherish for a lifetime.” There are many happy adventures awaiting you and your family with a boat and equipment from Mahone Marine.

Mahone Marine is located only a few minutes from the boat launch in the town of Mahone Bay. Just off Hwy 103 at exit 10, they are a convenient stop for anyone headed for their cottage on the South Shore. Let the Greens and their team at Mahone Marine help your family make many memorable moments this summer! Mahone Marine 7980 Highway 3, RR 2 Mahone Bay, NS 902.624.1800 Toll free: 1.877.333.1159

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ANTI-AGING

Rethink Aging Photos by Stephen Jess

Dr. Christian Hackshaw tells his patients on a daily basis to rethink aging. It’s the same thing he told himself five years ago.

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hen I turned 43, I was suddenly struck by the realization that I was starting to feel my age,” says Dr. Hackshaw. All the things he had taken for granted — energy, sleep, weight, libido, strength, capacity, etc. —

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were slipping away. A trip to his doctor revealed no specific illnesses and his lab work was all in the normal range. He wondered why he was no longer the person he used to be? It was during his search for answers that he came across Anti-Aging Medicine, a medical specialty that delved deeper into the aspects of why and how we age. Research showed there were many ways to slow down the aging process and even reverse many of the signs and symptoms of aging. He followed the principles and practices, lost 27lbs, gained back all of his strength, sleeping habits, energy and capacity; and now at 48 he feels better and younger than he did at 30.

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“Not being one to stop there, I completed a board certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and opened Nova Scotia’s first Anti-Aging Clinic, to share my new found knowledge,” says Dr. Hackshaw. Judging from the response and feedback from his more than 600 patients, it was the right decision. “The reason I went into medicine in the first place was to help people improve their health and wellbeing, not just treat a disease once they got one.” Anti-Aging Medicine takes the best medical knowledge from conventional medicine and combines it with the best of alternative medicine to provide patients with a complete path to wellness.


OPPOSITE The Advance MD Team TOP RIGHT Dr. Christian Hackshaw BOTTOM RIGHT Dr. Mallory Ryan

“It takes a little work on the part of the patient; there is no magic pill, but the results speak for themselves,” say Dr. Hackshaw. “Every day I hear a patient tell me she is sleeping again, her energy is back or her hot flashes have gone away completely. Or I see a man who has got his ‘mojo’ back. I know I have found the right practice of medicine when I routinely see my patients lose weight, cure their diabetes, or no longer need their anti-depressants. This is why I went into medicine.” AdvanceMD Anti-Aging Clinic and Medical Fitness Centre 210 Waterfront Dr. #105 Bedford 902.832.6000 www.advancemd.ca

11 Most Effective Ways to

OPTIMIZE AGING 1. Reduce your refined carbohydrate intake (flour, sugar, pasta, rice, potatoes) 2. Do at least 40 minutes of resistance training (weights) and cardio three times a week. Muscle tone is highly related to longevity. 3. Have your hormones measured and replaced to optimal levels. Your hormones play a role in every cell system in your body. 4. Increase your Vitamin D intake to 4,000u daily. 5. Increase you Omega 3 fatty acid intake to greater than 2,500mg daily.

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6. Reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the basis of almost all disease. 7. Eat organic foods as much as possible. 8. Increase your protein intake (meats, beans, nuts and legumes). 9. Eat five small meals a day rather than three large ones. 10. Increase your intake of the antiinflammatory supplements such as activated curcumin and green tea. 11. Reduce the stressors in your life that you can. Chronic stress leads to chronic high cortisol levels and rapid aging.

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BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

Boudoir - SHOWING WOMEN HOW Beautiful THEY ARE Photos courtesy of This is Boudoir/This is Photography

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ost women struggle with their self-image at some point. Halifax’s Heather Crosby Gionet is no exception. But this talented photographer has found a fun and positive way to make women of any age or stage of life believe they’re beautiful — or at least open their eyes to a new way of seeing themselves — with This is Boudoir. Heather’s boudoir photography, which ranges from sweet to very sexy, meets each person at their comfort level. However, Heather is proud to say that, “Even the most nervous women who come into the studio end up totally rocking it by the end of the shoot. It’s really amazing to see!” The photo shoots can be done at her studio, at the beach, in the garage with your partner’s motorcycle or in a sexy hotel suite. Through detailed discussion, Heather will help you choose a location that will suit the style you are leaning toward and what feels right to you. She recommends you have your hair and makeup done professionally, either by her personal stylist or your own, to enhance your beautiful features. Heather uses different sets, lighting, backdrops and props to provide variety in each and every shoot. It all comes together to create a stunning collection of magazine-quality photos for you to choose from.

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In order to find out firsthand what her clients went through during a boudoir shoot, Heather went to a boudoir studio in California to have it done herself. “Knowing just how empowering the photo shoots can be, I was inspired to raise the bar and create an even better experience for my clients and to get the word out there,” says Heather. It has paid off as clients rave about This is Boudoir. Kelly St. Pierre, a mother of twin four-yearold daughters, says, “Heather has a way of putting you at ease. She made me feel sexy and look beautiful. I left feeling like a million bucks!” In creating This Is Boudoir, Heather has taken a step toward reaching her goal, which is to empower women of all ages in any stage of life to believe they’re beautiful. After eight years in business, she’s proud of how much happiness she’s brought to her clients. “There will always be five (or 50) pounds to lose or another reason to wait,” says Heather. “I believe you’re beautiful as you are now. Having a great photograph of yourself will remind you of your right to feel confident and sexy today and every day.” Heather is excited about the growth of her boudoir business, but says she will continue to photograph weddings, families, couples and more. “I just love being behind the camera and capturing beautiful moments.” Why not give yourself, or a loved one, the ultimate gift and let Heather capture you in beautiful boudoir photography!

This is Boudoir/This is Photography www.thisisphotography.ca heather@thisisboudoir.ca 902.830.8593 LEFT: Heather Crosby Gionet

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CABINETS

A Balance of Trends and Tradition at Cabinetworks By Courtney Tait Photos courtesy of Cabinetworks

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well designed kitchen is like a well made tool: a pleasure to use, time after time. That’s the philosophy of Glen MacDonald, owner of Cabinetworks, a custom cabinetry company that’s been providing Maritime residents with beautiful kitchen cabinetry for more than 30 years. Opened in 1983, Cabinetworks immediately set itself apart during the onset of an industry primarily offering

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mass produced, flimsily built cabinets. “This opened the door for us to sell custom cabinets with better materials and construction methods for discerning customers,” says MacDonald. “To this day, we have never lost sight of that ideal.” Visit Cabinetworks’ 3,000 sq. ft showroom and you’ll see firsthand the company’s emphasis on craftsmanship. Featuring a range of cabinetry styles and materials — from traditional wood to the latest in sheer Italian inspired finishes —

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Cabinetworks recognizes cabinetry trends are in a continuous state of evolution. The company’s accredited interior decorator Nina Boulanger takes inspiration from style and colour trends while upholding the Maritimes culture of wood, stemming from its shipbuilding days. One of Cabinetworks’ popular new options is its line of Medina doors, which have a textured wood grain finish in several colours and falls in an attractive price range. The company leads the


industry in hardware innovations — offering a multitude of space and labour saving accessories that make life easier for the homeowner. MacDonald says solid surfaces are a high priority for kitchen buyers and customers appreciate Cabinetworks’ selection, which includes Corian, Zodiaq and granite, along with the more economical plastic laminate with under mount sink possibilities. Cabinetworks carries two lines of Elmira appliances, each inspired by a different era. One replicates the wood stoves of the 1850s, while the other is inspired by the retro fridge and stove of the 1950s. “These retro products bring back the old days but with the convenience of modern technology,” says MacDonald. Some of the company’s most unique products are its deskbeds and wallbeds, developed to maximize space. The furniture transforms into a bed as needed,

making it ideal for condos, apartments and studios. “They have a wow factor,” says MacDonald. “You can leave a full cup of water on the desk, fold it down and it won’t spill a drop.” Peter Briand, owner of Econo Renovations, has recommended Cabinetworks to his clients for years, and recently hired the company for his own renovation. The kitchen they created for him features the simple lines of a country kitchen in warm chocolate espresso tones. The raised bar top is ideal for hosting and is finished with a maintenance-free Zodiaq counter. Concealed behind the doors are a myriad of space saving accessories, and the interior is a warm wood grain with the toughness of a melamine finish. “I like to entertain and this kitchen suits my lifestyle perfectly,” says Briand. Whether you are seeking an entire kitchen remodel, new appliances

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or a space-saving wallbed, you are guaranteed exceptional service from the Cabinetworks team. “Our employees are the backbone of our business,” says MacDonald. “From the knowledgeable office staff to the dedicated production crew and installers, customer satisfaction is our goal.” ABOVE Norm Patey, Nina Boulanger, Michael Garden and Glen MacDonald

Cabinetworks Ltd. 75 Akerley Blvd Dartmouth 902.468.8118 www.cabinetworks.ca www.canadawallbeds.ca www.deskbeds.com

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Car DealersHiP

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Dealer Brings

Luxury Vehicles to the Maritimes

By Melanie Furlong  Photos Joe Robichaud and Geoffrey Creighton

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arson Exports has built its local retail business by bringing hard-to-find luxury vehicles to Nova Scotia. This spring, the company has had an amazing variety of high-end and rare cars in stock. These include a 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible, a 2010 Dodge Viper Final Edition, a 1967 Camaro SS Coupe and more. But the major showstopper in store now is an extremely rare gold 2012 Lamborghini Supperleggera LP570-4. This fully loaded vehicle is a dream car for most and certainly the only one of its kind in the Maritimes. It offers smooth driving and even has a button to raise the front end a few inches for bad roads and inclines. This beautiful car can be yours for about $222,900. If you’re considering it, make note that Carson Exports offers financing too. Carson Exports also has a great selection of lightly used BMWs and high-end pick-up trucks by Ford, Chevy and Dodge. These trucks would normally go for more than $75,000 apiece brand new with their high trim levels, but Carson Exports is offering a wide selection at a fraction of the price. Local car enthusiasts are excited to discover exotic and high-end luxury vehicles like these with the same warranties and financing found at any car dealership. Car aficionados can look forward to seeing a lot more exciting inventory at Carson Exports in the near future. Owner Carson Way now travels frequently throughout North America to locate fantastic inventory. Way and his retail sales manager, Richard Paul, constantly study the market to ensure their selection of higher end vehicles are

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competitively priced. “If consumers compare us nationally they’ll see we strive to be on the lower end of the price range,” says Way. No matter what price bracket you are shopping in, the staff at Carson Exports treats everyone like their very best customer. The staff — including sales, service and detail — is very passionate about Carson Exports and the industry. “I have a really good team of people who want happy customers,” says Way. Some of Carson Exports’ customers are from as far away as Vancouver. “That speaks to our pricing that they would buy from us and still pay to ship their car across the country.” Carson Exports’ second location in Greenwood, N.S. also prices aggressively and brings in some very interesting models as well. The highly modified 1934 Ford Coupe currently in their showroom is like a piece of art for car lovers. In November, Carson Exports will be moving to its new location in what is currently a motorcycle dealership at 550 Windmill Rd. “It’s an exciting new spot for us and will be twice as big as our current location,” says Way. “The 20,000 sq. ft. indoor showroom will hold 60 vehicles inside and the exterior lot will have 60 to 70 cars on display.” Way purchased the new facility because it will provide customers easier access and a full service department to offer motor vehicle inspections, oil changes and more. This location will allow Carson Exports to continue to grow and provide a better experience for customers. “I was recently in San Francisco for 10 days for the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) convention,” says Way. “This week-long merchandise show has experts speaking on everything from washing cars more efficiently to customer retention. I picked up several things from there we’re going to implement here and at our new location. We want to be aggressive with our pricing on a national level.” As the business continues to grow and succeed, Way is now using his leverage to support Nova Scotian families dealing with autism. Carson Exports is the title sponsor of the Walk the Walk for Autism fundraiser, which took place in nine cities

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and towns across the province on June 13 to raise money for Autism Nova Scotia. At the time of printing, the organization was well on its way to raising its goal of $207,000. “So much of the work Autism Nova Scotia does goes unnoticed,” says Way. “Autistics of all ages are some of the most brilliant minds in society, yet face a variety of struggles. It’s an honour to be involved in this year’s event.” Check out the Facebook pages for Carson Exports and Carsonexports Greenwood Auto Sales to see some of the vehicles currently available. Carson exports 11 Pettipas Drive Dartmouth 902.468.7804 carsonexports.com greenwood auto sales 830 Central ave. greenwood, 1.888.720.3229 greenwoodautosales.autotrader.ca

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DECKS

BETTER OUTDOOR LIVING BY DESIGN An integral part of the Maritime experience By Trina Annand Photos courtesy of Archadeck

ith a short summer season, many Nova Scotia homeowners are looking to make the most of every minute of warm weather.

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like an outdoor dining space, kitchen and even heating. We are truly focused on creating innovative and unique outdoor living for our clients.”

They even offer extensive planning and a real time system for project updates, which is accessible via computer or smartphone.

“People are looking for a lowmaintenance outdoor oasis to relax in with all the comforts of the indoors,” says Maurice Meagher, owner of Archadeck of Nova Scotia. “They are looking for things

Archadeck of Nova Scotia has been building dream backyards for more than a decade. The award winning custombuilders dedicate themselves to providing a stress-free experience for their clients.

Whether clients are looking for a new fence, deck, patio or fire pit, or the convenience of a sunroom, the outdoor building experts at Archadeck are there to help.

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Archadeck’s Halifax office designs and builds the following types of projects: •

Custom decks: Wood decks, low-maintenance decks, composite decks, pool/spa decks and balconies

Railings: Wooden railings, vinyl railings, glass railings, aluminum railings, composite railings

Porches: Screened porches, open porches and porticos

Sunrooms: Three-season rooms, screened rooms, enclosures, year-round sunrooms, solariums, all glass sunrooms and custom sunroom additions

Patios: Stone patios, flagstone patios, interlocking stone patios and retaining walls

Outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, wood burning ovens and fire pits

Shade structures: Pergolas, gazebos and awnings

Fences: Wooden fences, vinyl fences, composite fences, stone fences and custom fences Archadeck of Nova Scotia 902.444.DECK(3325) 6070 Almon Street, Halifax novascotia.archadeck.com

Maurice Meagher, owner

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HOME CARE

Home Care That Celebrates Living

“Our Talent Is Caring” Photos courtesy of Nurse Next Door

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here may be a time in your life when you need help taking care of a loved one. You will want people who care; you will want people you can trust. You will want Nurse Next Door.

caregiver. Whether you’re looking for homecare for yourself or a loved one, their services span a full range of both medical and non-medical homecare for seniors, new moms, post operation and persons with disabilities.

which left her with debilitating fatigue, memory loss and impaired eyesight. They know firsthand the impact this service can have on families in need of extra support while working full-time and raising a family of their own.

At Nurse Next Door, the focus is on more than just giving you a good bath or making sure you have a qualified

Sylvie Giguere and her husband Gary McCurdy became franchise owners after Gary’s mother suffered a series of strokes,

“My mother-in-law used to knit, garden and entertain friends,” says Giguere. “Upon her return from the hospital, PHOTO ABOVE Sylvie Giguere, owner

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Nurse Next Door makes lives better by adding the ‘wow’ factor. Sylvie trains her team to focus on these fundamental building blocks to ensure a long and healthier life. Delicious Meals: Nutritious food is key to maintaining muscle mass, reducing falls, having a positive attitude and energy. Physical Activity: Staying/being active doesn’t have to be boring, heals the spirit, increases appetite and maintains muscle mass. Looking Good: When we look good, we feel good. Personal hygiene is essential to good health and self-esteem, increased appetite and desire to go out and socialize with others. Relationships: Being social is the number one contributor to happiness. If we are happy, we are more inclined to go out, eat, exercise and so on. *Let Sylvie customize the perfect care plan to suit your needs and budget with no contract, no obligations and no deposit.*

normal everyday activities turned into challenges requiring assistance. Going to the grocery store on Fridays at one in the afternoon became a thing of the past.” Giguere, equipped with her entrepreneurial and corporate background, poured her heart and soul into educating and growing Nurse Next Door in Halifax. Today, she heads a handpicked team that equals her passion for caring. She’s proud to say that, even with last winter’s severe weather conditions, every critical service went uninterrupted. McCurdy plowed his driveway at three

in the morning to pick up and drop off caregivers to clients who relied on them. One palliative care client, who lived in a remote area, was temporarily provided with two qualified caregivers, simultaneously. This ensured continuity of care, respite and safety for the Nurse Next Door team and gave the family piece-of-mind for their loved one. This example epitomizes the Nurse Next Door motto: It’s about caring, not just health care. You may need as little as three hours of caring companionship to get you to and from appointments, or the help

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of a Continuous Care Assistant that can include some toileting, medication reminders or dementia support. As per their name, they also provide around-theclock care from a registered nurse after surgery, coming home with a new baby or for end-of-life care. Nurse Next Door is about caring, not just health care.

Nurse Next Door 902.482.8355 sylvie@nursenextdoorhalifaxns.com www.nursenextdoor.com/ home-care/halifax-ns

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HEARING

Your Hearing,

As Unique As Your Fingerprint Photos Bruce Jollimore

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technology to treat hearing loss. And this is a big difference. Traditional models of hearing devices are amplifiers; they have programming capabilities, some features for comfort of sound and the user can often make small adjustments to the volume or direction of sound.

At Hearing Institute Atlantic, they call this Brain Hearing. A shift away from the traditional thinking of “ear” hearing, they focus on fitting clients with hearing devices that use this

Brain Hearing technology works smarter. Today’s devices allow users to personalize how they like to hear sound. Imagine being able to actually personalize the way sound is heard! The audiologists at Hearing Institute Atlantic will work with you to trial different listening prescriptions of everyday sounds and speech. By programming your hearing device to recognize your listening preference, it becomes a unique and personalized hearing solution. This level of technology is staggering, as these

f you’re like most people, you’re used to thinking of hearing as something that happens in your ears. What people often don’t think about is what happens between their ears, in the hearing part of the brain. That’s where sound becomes information that has meaning. It’s how we understand what has been said or heard. And no two people will make the same interpretation or hear the same way, even if they have a similar level of hearing. How you hear sound and interpret speech is as unique as your fingerprint.

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BACK ROW FROM L-R Dr. Patricia Cameron, Mary Arsenault, Mary Cameron FRONT L-R Beth Conrod and Owner, Christina Rogers-Lunn

devices are packed with the latest and greatest in hearing technology. The evolution behind hearing devices over the past few decades has gone from simple analog circuits to programmable and now digital circuits, with the inclusion of Bluetooth technology. The advancement of Brain Hearing technology allows for a level of personalization, which improves the way we hear and how we want to hear sound. And Hearing Institute Atlantic has been along for this evolution. Celebrating 15 years in business, they have seen the impact new technology has had for

their clients. Clients who have worn hearing aids for years note the difference technology is making in how much better they are hearing, with clearer, more comfortable and effortless listening. “Talking with satisfied clients is simply wonderful,” says owner Christina RogersLunn. “Our mission, our whole philosophy really, is to provide better hearing health care, and we choose to do this with the best technology and the top products. Knowing our clients experience the best level of hearing possible reaffirms for us that we are doing a good job, fulfilling our mission and truly helping people.”

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Everyone wants to be treated as the individual they are, and with today’s technology, the same can now happen in the hearing industry. When you think hearing, think about your brain not your ears. Then think personalized, individual and unique. Now you’re talking — or hearing!

Hearing Institute Atlantic Halifax | Clayton Park | Bedford Lower Sackville | Dartmouth 902-482-2222 hearinginstitute.ca

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INVESTMENT PROPERTY SPECIALIST

Winter – Need I say more? Seasonal Relocation Service Finds Snowbirds New Nests By Melanie Furlong

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re you searching for a Floridian haven? A South Carolina sojourn or golf retreat in Arizona? Many Nova Scotians nearing retirement or semi-retirement dream of wintering in the warmer climate of the southern United States. Figuring out how to fulfill that dream can be daunting, but working with a professional you know and trust can make the transition smooth.

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Real estate agent Terry Brennan is offering a new seasonal relocation service to meet all your needs, from selling your current home to helping you find temporary or long-term properties for purchase down south. With his Snowbird listing service he offers a simple one-stop solution. He works in conjunction with more than 60 associate offices throughout the southern U.S. to

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help you find the right place to call home. After a consultation with his clients, he investigates properties for purchase in the areas that are of interest. He shows clients properties with a monthly newsletter and virtual tours, working closely with his southern counterparts to collect information on the neighbourhood’s real estate pricing, recreational facilities, educational


opportunities, tax rates, municipal by-laws and everything else you would want to know about an unfamiliar place when you’re investing in a property. They also arrange for home inspection and all other services the buyer would expect here. “Our service minimizes the investment risk and gives people peace of mind,” says Brennan. “These are places they may not have been before, but with the guidance and market resources we have, they may be able to buy without even setting foot on the property.” Brennan says working through Exit Realty Corp’s International franchise network offers excellent accountability and governance on all transactions. “It’s not like mixing apples and oranges with different brokers and standards,” he says. “We offer a very firm framework.” His Snowbird listing service ties into the sale of the homeowner’s current property.

Downsizing — a popular move for empty nesters — is often what opens the way for investing in a U.S. property. “Our designated mortgage consultant, Daryl Woodill with The Mortgage Group, will work with you along with fellow mortgage specialists south of the border to make buying easier. Much like here in Canada, they will shop around to find the best deal and keep you informed during the process every step of the way.” With 25 years experience in interior decorating services, along with 10 years in property development and sales, Brennan offers his clients high-yield, lowcost input to real estate decisions.

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When listing your property with Terry Brennan Real Estate you can also be signed up with The Snowbird Listing Service, a monthly newsletter featuring Southern properties in soughtafter markets.

Terry Brennan, CNE 902.452.5298 # 91 Sackville Drive, Suite # 206 Sackville, NS B4C 2R3 terrybrennanrealestate@gmail.com

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LANDSCAPING

ADDING VALUE AND CHARM TO YOUR HOME By Tobie Hainstock Photos Bruce Jollimore

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he curb appeal of your home is the first impression neighbours, guests and potential buyers get when they first see it. It adds ambiance and character to your home and neighbourhood.

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quickly for the asking price and one that sells much later for less. Making landscaping as much of a priority in your building and renovating project as the interior not only adds value and charm to your home, it’s also a great way for Canadians to get more enjoyment out of their yards during the warmer months. “There are many new and exciting trends and advancements in the field of landscape design,” adds Eisener. It’s about more than building a new deck for your barbecue. Landscaping design can truly make the outside of your home just as chic and comfortable as the inside. Enjoy your backyard longer with the help of Eisener and his amazing crew of highly skilled and talented professionals. Eisener acknowledges the true success of Xcel Landscaping lies in the dedication and expertise of the entire crew. Keeping up with the latest developments in product and equipment allows everyone at Xcel to offer exceptional customer service. With so many new technologies and products available in landscaping today, the design possibilities are virtually

endless. The extremely talented and proficient team at Xcel Landscaping keep fully up-to-date with the latest in design trends plus products and equipment. With many of the newest and most efficient pieces of equipment available, Xcel Landscaping is pleased to take on any job, big or small. “Safety is also a No. 1 priority with our team,” says Eisener. As members and affiliates with the Better Business Bureau and Landscape Nova Scotia, it’s clear to see Xcel Landscaping sets the bar higher when it comes to offering impeccable customer service. The landscaping season is moving along quickly. Eisener and his team urge homeowners to contact them as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Make your yard a beautiful extension of your home that will add enjoyment and value to your living space. Add value and appeal with the expert assistance of Xcel Landscaping. Xcel Landscaping 902.880.9779 www.xcellandscaping.com buyowner.com

Matt Eisener

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MEDICAL

What’s Your Pain Number? By Michelle May

Embarrassment and pain are an immeasurable physical experience. Doctors will often ask what your pain level is on a scale of one to 10 in order to assess the degree of discomfort you, as a patient, are feeling. This scale rating is based on your personal tolerances; a rating of six for you could be another’s nine. The same can be said for embarrassment.

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blush in the cheeks could be caused by making eye contact from across a crowded room with your crush, or, even better, your spouse of 30 years. The blush of fire red in the cheeks could be extreme shyness or a rage from an insulting comment from well-meaning co-workers. The point being is: only you can truly gauge your “pain number” when it comes to your discomforts. A spider vein on your face could be a level four for someone else; while it ranks a whopping nine for you and has become the only thing you see when you look in the mirror. Many times we have to let the pain factor reach a level 11 before we give ourselves permission to actually do something about it. Maybe you didn’t know there was something out there that could help, so you suffer in your pain and the level moves up the scale. Valley Medical Aesthetics is proud to offer the services that can help you reduce your “pain points.” As a clinic, they are proud to

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BOTTOM RIGHT Nicole Barton, Stephanie Forsythe, Michelle May

serve clients and are moving into their eighth year of reducing all the things that annoy. They love the various cosmetic services they use to remove those pain points, which have been proven by science and technology over and over again because “they just work.” Elos Skin Rejuvenation uses intense pulse light (IPL) to aid in removing sun damage that has been done over the years. It is also effective in treating rosacea and red or pink acne scaring. Elos ReFirme uses bipolar radio frequency to tighten and encourage your body’s production of collagen. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and leaves you with a fresh face, which often shaves a few years off your look. This is often a relaxing treatment that makes the skin feel tighter and firmer. Elos Laser Vein is for smaller face and body surface veins that are often called spider veins. This treatment uses heat to create an inflammatory response and takes a bit of time for your body to completely resolve, but the effect is very nice. You can return to normal activities right away. Valley Medical is equipped with the skill, experience and technology to help you effectively manage your appearance, and on a scale of one to 10, that is a 10!

Valley Medical Aesthetics 66 Exhibition Street Kentville 902.678.2121 tf 888.471.8346 f 902.678.0859 www.vmedical.ca

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ORTHODONTIST

Metro Orthodontic Specialists

Something to Smile About By Courtney Tait Photos Joseph Robichaud

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or more than 20 years, two orthodontic practices in the Halifax Regional Municipality — Bedford Orthodontics and the practice of Dr. Paul Bourque and Dr. Kathy Russell — have been helping people achieve their best smiles. Operating as sister practices since 2013, Bedford Orthodontics and Metro Orthodontic Specialists — the new name for Dr. Bourque’s practice — serve Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding areas. Dr. Magda Barnard, who treats patients at the Bedford location along with Dr. Lee Erickson, says both practices prioritize not only treatment and results, but also the patients’ entire experience. “We provide individual attention with

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the absolute latest technology,” says Dr. Barnard. “And we implement it in a way that we would want our family and friends to be treated.” Dr. Russell has been working with Dr. Bourque for 14 years and continues to practice in the Halifax office one day a week. Dr. Emanuele is the most recent addition to the Metro Halifax location practice and comes with more than 20 years of orthodontic experience. While the Bedford and Metro Halifax orthodontists each treat individual patients, they also work as a team. This means patients have access to the expertise of not just one but five specialists with a combined 80 years of experience. The orthodontists discuss

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complex cases together to provide patients with all their expertise. The Bedford and Metro Halifax teams feel it is important to involve patients in the treatment planning process so they understand their options and are knowledgeable in deciding on the best treatment. From early interceptive growth treatments to braces, treatment plans are tailored to the specific needs of each patient. The doctors value their patients being happy with their experience. “We want patients to have a great journey, be thrilled with their smile, the process, and how attentive the staff and doctors are,” says Dr. Barnard. “We do the best we can every day and every patient gets our honest opinion.”


“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

For people who don’t feel confident or avoid smiling because of the way their teeth look, orthodontics can make a positive change and increase selfesteem. “The most fulfilling aspect is helping each patient achieve a smile they are proud of,” says Dr. Barnard.

TOP LEFT Dr. Andrew Emanuele and Loren Holton TOP RIGHT Heather Sutherland BOTTOM LEFT Dr. Kathy Russell BOTTOM RIGHT Christine Ingram, Loren Holton, Dr. Andrew Emanuele, Emily Durnford, Sharon Campbell, Julie Fennell, Erika Tingley, Heather Sutherland, Lynn Wilson BELOW Dr. Magda Barnard

“Amazing results! Two thumbs up all around. It was an excellent experience. Everyone has great energy and is very friendly. 10/10!” — KO

Whatever your orthodontic needs may be, you can expect to be treated with the utmost respect from the first greeting through your entire treatment at Bedford Orthodontics and Metro Orthodontic Specialists. “We want our patients to have an ideal experience from start to finish,” says Dr. Barnard. “We make sure they are comfortable and happy.”

Metro Orthodontic Specialists Dr. P. Bourque, Dr. K. Russell & Dr. A. Emanuele 200–5991 Spring Garden Road, Halifax 902.423.7331 Bedford Orthodontics Dr. M. Barnard & Dr. L. Erickson 206–1595 Bedford Hwy, Bedford 902.835.6531 www.bedfordortho.com

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POOLS

ENJOY SUMMER

In Your Own Backyard By Catherine Roberts Photos by Stephen Jess and courtesy of Levy Pools

Last summer, a multitude of harried homeowners left work, beat it to their backyard retreats and ended their day with a splash. This year, it’s your turn!

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aving a pool in the backyard is one sure way to destress, especially since you don’t have to wait for the weekend or travel to enjoy a rejuvenating swim. Imagine yourself diving into a vanishing-edge swimming pool or relaxing in an above ground pool, floating on your air-filled lounger with a beverage in hand.

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Levy Pools, a full-service pool and spa provider for 35 years, can add aesthetics, value and recreational peace-of-mind to your property. You’ll appreciate the one-stop shop environment owner Sterling Ryan and his team have created. Sterling is proud of his many long-term and key employees. Besides great customer service, quality products are pivotal to Levy Pools’ success. Over the years, Sterling has come to trust the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to suppliers. “To make lasting relationships with customers, we provide superior products that are not just one-summer use,” says Levy’s office manager, Karen Hudder.

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And people rave about the service. “Sterling and his team helped create a dream pool for my family,” says customer Henrick Strait-Hinnerichsen. “The project’s timeline and budget were exactly as estimated with no surprises, and the ease of communication was second to none. They made the experience of becoming a pool owner incredibly worthwhile and they far surpassed our expectations.” They have other things to be proud of as well, such as the new partnership Levy Pools is establishing with a well-known charity. “This year, we will be working with The Children’s Wish Foundation to help make a wish come true,” says Lisa Monk, Levy Pools’ general manager. Levy Pools offers a fabulous line of spas, above and in-ground pools, with full installation included — even the decking. Partial to ocean swimming? Levy Pools carries salt-water compatible products, the best in pool supplies and toys. Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply looking for accessories, they have it all. Also new is the Radiant line of above ground pools, which Atlantic Canadians are sure to appreciate given the winter damage sustained by many pool owners this past season. Radiant pools’ manufacturer offers a lifetime transferrable warranty that includes winter damage. Did the weight of ice and snow buckle the weak end of your pool like an accordion this past season? If the answer is yes, you’ll appreciate a Radiant pool.

back row l-r Ryan Christen, Tyler Russell, Ricky Higgins, Glenn Fraser, Sterling Ryan, Margaux Lachance, Dennis Bellefontaine, Richard Graham, Bradley Gaven, Dan Mader; middle row l-r: Logan Archibald, Jordan Higgins, Stephanie Monk, Karen Hudder, Melissa Gallant, Nicole Thompson; front row l-r: Chloe Provencal, Lisa Monk, Julia Monk

There’s more good news. You can enjoy your pool without worrying about the filling, water testing and draining. They’ll even arrange for your water. Levy Pools offers set up, weekly or by-weekly maintenance and winterizing services. Now, all you have to worry about is getting home!

Levy Pools offers a new product called Sider-Crete, which is a cement-based plaster for concrete pools, plus: • Automatic cleaners • Solar blankets • Pool and spa chemicals • Pumps and equipment • Games and toys • Heating options

Levy Pools Province-wide residential and commercial service 475 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville 902.865.4373 or 1.888.222.POOL (7665)

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• Automatic covers • Pool liners • Steps and slides

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PRINTING

Where Your Business Is Your Printer’s Business By Melanie Furlong Photos Bruce Jollimore

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hile some printing shops in the city are closing their doors, Minuteman Press is striving forward and continuing to grow. The 22-yearold family business, owned by president Mike Maheux, now has three locations, including Cole Harbour, Burnside and Halifax, and employs 25 staff members. They attribute their success to having a vested interest in every client that comes through their doors. “If a client needs something, we’ll get it done — even if it means working on it all night,” says Kris Webster, manager of Minuteman Press’s Halifax location. “We care about our customers and our philosophy is that your business is our business.”

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Minuteman Press specializes in copying, printing services, graphic design and promotional products. They offer products such as pens, business cards, clothes, receipts, tags, brochures, booklets and more. They don’t turn any jobs away because there’s none they cannot do. While they have three locations for the convenience of their customers, it’s their 10,000-sq.-ft. location in Burnside that’s the hub of production and where many projects are undertaken. Minuteman Press has received many accolades and won various awards over the years. For the fifth consecutive year, Minuteman Press has won the 2015 Consumer Choice Award for Photocopying, Printing and Digital Services.

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According to client David Pace, owner of Overhead Door, this recognition is well deserved. He says Minuteman Press offers great service, artistic ideas and has an awesome staff. Talk to the experts at Minuteman Press about your printing needs.

Minuteman Press 19 Crane Lake Drive, Halifax 902.450.0508 101 Simmonds Drive, Dartmouth 902.434.1434 958 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth 902.434.4787 www.halifax10.minutemanpress.ca


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SIGNS

The Signs are Everywhere! By Melanie Furlong Photos Bruce Jollimore

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ook around the next time you’re out and take note of any printed sign you see. The experts at Pulse Signs and Designs may have created it. And if they didn’t make it, they could have. Due to demand for signage creation and installation at their Minuteman Press shops, president Mike Maheux decided to delve into the business 12 years ago. He began with basic equipment and has since added a state-of-the-art large format printer and boom truck and has been doubling his business every year. Pulse Signs and Designs specializes in storefront and interior signage, printing

for outdoor products such as vehicle graphics or hotel signage, and all manner of business and trade show advertising and marketing material. “We build things to last,” says manager Michael Maheux. “And we have a deeprooted interest in our clients’ businesses. At most places, you won’t get the owner on the phone. The clients know us and they know who they’re dealing with.” The Hardman Group’s Clayton Hardman says: “Pulse Signs has been doing great work with us. All of the signs at the Wright and Burnside business campuses were provided by Pulse.”

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With so many options and styles of signage to choose from, making a decision can be difficult. Sit down with an expert from Pulse Signs and Designs and discuss your marketing goals to determine what would work best for your unique personality, business style and budget.

Pulse Signs & Design Inc. 958 Cole Harbour Road Dartmouth, NS 902.434.4787 pulse@accesswave.ca pulsesigns.ca

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2015

ROOFING

A Roofer Who’s to Any Job By Melanie Furlong Photos Bruce Jollimore

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ric Milledge’s English Tudor home in St. Margaret’s Bay is unusual for the area. And its roof is definitely unique. The rolling lines have no eaves or down spouts and feature 16 charming dormers. Finding a professional roofer to replace it with quality work was proving a challenge for Milledge until a friend in the construction business referred him to Mader’s Roofing. “He said he only knew of one person in Nova Scotia he had confidence in for doing a quality job on our very unique roof design,” says Milledge. “That was Larry Mader.”

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Mader’s Roofing put a new 50-year roof on the home and brought it up to modern day installation specs. It was one of the largest, steepest and most complicated roofs Mader has ever worked on. The impressive finished product was recognized by roofing engineers as a truly unique feat. Mader’s Roofing also removed and replaced two chimneys, using beautiful cultured stone and fireplaces, and installed two Vermont Casting wooden stoves. They built a spectacular 200foot wooden walkway, featuring electrical down lighting, through the

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woods to the boat dock. Milledge was extremely satisfied with the outcome. Mader works hard to stay on top of the latest techniques, products and technologies so he’s prepared to tackle any job. “We’re not simply a re-roofing company,” he says. “We know there are always new technologies and materials that can be used to improve the longevity of the roofs we work on and customers will benefit from our knowledge.” He was recently chosen to represent Atlantic Canadian roofers by Beacon


Roofing in Dallas. The round-table meeting and informative seminars brought Mader up to speed on a variety of industry updates. This winter, Mader’s Roofing worked on many roofs that failed due to improper installations or use of incorrect materials. He even saw roofs that were only four or five years old fail and have to be re-done. Mader says a good roof should last 25 years — and will if he does it. “In my opinion,” says Milledge, “Larry Mader is the consummate professional.

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He and his people at Mader’s Roofing do quality work and stand by it. Larry has become a very close and trusted friend and I think it is somewhat rare for someone you have hired to do a major project on your home to become a very dear friend. To me it speaks to not only the quality of his work but the integrity of the man.”

Mader’s Roofing Lower Sackville, NS 902.492.2868 902.830.4236 info@madersroofing.com www.madersroofing.com

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WINDOWS & DOORS

Give Your Home the WOW FACTOR with Fabulous Windows & Doors By Melanie Furlong Photos Bruce Jollimore

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alk to any real estate agent about windows and doors and you’re sure to hear they’re one of the most important investments you can make in your home. “If your home has a great entrance system and some great-looking windows, the house is really going to stand out,” says Bob Wood, owner of Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. “We call this curb appeal the wow factor. It’s a better investment than a bathroom or kitchen renovation, or even landscaping.”

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Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. has been selling one of the largest selections of windows and doors in Atlantic Canada since 2006. They represent numerous high-quality brands such as Laflamme, Hurd, Pella, Superseal and Sierra Pacific, which are all backed by national manufacturers that have been in business for 50 to 100 years. These brands offer a number of unique products such as heated glass in vinyl sliding doors and casement windows, which are designed to keep your home

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warm efficiently, using approximately the same amount of energy as a light bulb. Windows with fabric Venetian blinds between the glass, offering privacy and style, are another unique product. If you’re looking for something different, Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. will have it. Their products come in many different designs and trendy coloured exteriors. Whether you’re looking for black or red doors, or brown or green windows, they’ll have something that suits your home.


If you’re not sure what would look best, the staff at Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. will consult with you on your wants and needs, style preferences, budget and the options and features available for safety and efficiency. They’ll want to know what aspects of windows and doors are most important to you and what level of maintenance, if any, you are prepared to take on. Then they’ll inform you about the benefits of various materials and styles. The staff strives to be among the best in the industry. Attending trade shows and keeping up with the latest trends and products is all part of their “modus operandi.” They also work hand-inhand with the suppliers’ research and development teams to improve their products by giving them customer feedback on various windows and doors.

Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. “We love seeing a home transformed and the happy customers we have,” says Wood. The staff at Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. understands the importance of customer satisfaction and wants to make sure every client is happy with the service they provide. “Customer service is our most important goal,” says Wood. “Our service techs make sure that if there are any issues they are dealt with in a timely manner. Much of our business comes from referrals and positive word-of-mouth, and we want to keep that going.”

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Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. 270 Wyse Road, Dartmouth 902.464.5050 www.revolutionwindowsanddoors.com

Seeing the final product of a renovation or a newly finished home is very fulfilling for

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WOOD

WOOD WARMS MODERN AESTHETIC By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Jess

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hen Tarah Wright and her husband Daniel Rainham, both environmental science professors, built their new Halifax home, they wanted it to be both warm and ultra modern. They knew that using wood would make that possible. But how and where the wood was cut was just as important to them as its beauty. The couple turned to Amos Wood. “Jeff Amos is just as concerned about

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environmental issues as we are,” says Wright. “That’s why we went with him. He tries to be as sustainable as possible and he does beautiful work. We knew he’d be able to get us the wood aesthetic we were looking for.” Juxtaposed with two glass walls, their queen-sized bed, made from a huge piece of live-edge black walnut wood, anchors the room like a piece of art. The tree was cut by a sawyer Amos knows in Scotland, Ont., an area with forest on the outskirts

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of arable land. Wright and Rainham appreciated hearing the story behind the wood because it allowed them to make their own connection to it. When they showed the new dining table to their two young children, Amos pointed out different parts of the wood where branches had come out of the tree and explained how he matched up pieces for the most beautiful effect. Amos first selected two planks of black walnut wood from the same tree. The planks were


flipped right and left for the outside of the table and a third plank from the tree was chosen for the centre of the table, complementing the colour and grain pattern for a stunning composition. Amos Wood also made the doors for their utility shed and supplied the wood used on the family’s main stairs and bookshelves, as well as part of their exterior wall covering. “For us, using wood adds an element of warmth to a modern home,” says Wright. “We stayed true to our modern aesthetic and Jeff was very much about keeping the angles and lines. He also works surprisingly fast. Once we approached him, it was a matter of weeks to a month to get everything planned and done.” Amos Wood makes a wide range of products including exterior siding and

trim, interior trim and wall coverings, interior and exterior doors, decking, beams, flooring, mantels, countertops and furniture for home, office or commercial purposes. All furniture pieces are one-of-a-kind and custommade. Much of the wood he uses comes from the Maritimes, including all the wood used for interior and exterior wall coverings and flooring. The rest comes from sawyers and wholesalers. “I can’t say enough good things about Jeff,” says Wright. “He’s a fine craftsman who’s able to listen to clients and understands what they are looking for.” Come into Amos Wood’s locations in Halifax or Blockhouse, N.S., and learn about their design, millwork and furniture. Explore doing your next project with Amos Wood.

Amos Wood 2445 Agricola St. Halifax, NS 902.407.7772 agricola@amoswood.ca 944 Hwy. 325 Blockhouse, NS 902.624.8206 blockhouse@amoswood.ca www.amoswood.ca ABOVE Jeff Amos, Owner

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