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Fashion Week Hits its Stride

By AngelA CAmpAgnon

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Angela Campagnoni


s each season of Atlantic Fashion Week draws near, I make a silent wish that my vision of what the event could be, will land within the realm of reality. This year, my wish came true. After seven seasons, Atlantic Fashion Week has blossomed and hit its stride. This year’s show featured the work of 14 designers and 14 design students. And

on top of the incredible 200-foot white marble runway, these artists set a new bar for fashion excellence that Atlantic Canada has never seen.

and quality tailoring of these pieces has us convinced that designer James Awmack will be a name everyone knows in the future.

As our region’s fashion elite poured into the long rows of white seats in Gallery 1’s atrium, the room became electric with excitement. Social media postings were rampant and camera flashes were going off at every seat.

Design Student Laura Corkum’s Coleoptera collection was chosen to be featured at Mills during their grand prelaunch week, after winning the Buyer’s Choice Award at the Phase emerging Showcase. Her wearable looks and cutting-edge style were a perfect look to be featured in this retail location.

The show opened with the works of 14 design students from the Centre for Arts and Technology. This program, headed by Michelle Kulyk, consistently turns out top-notch design talent. Among these student designers there are always a few who truly shine and make it hard to believe you are seeing the work of students. It is exciting to daydream where their raw talent and fresh determination could take them. Featured in the photos is a beautifully tailored men’s look, with inspiration coming from period pieces. The details

Our returning designers such as All My Designs by Amy Negus, Drunk Gurl by John Michael, Sueno Swimwear, Blue Ladybug Designs and Cbrido all wowed us with their newest looks for the upcoming season. We were also introduced to first-time AFW showcases from JJ Darling, Cypress & Argon, Zafira Apparel, Wear Blair, The Esme Original and Vivacious Vixen. Trying to sum up the work of the designers becomes an increasingly




difficult task each and every year. They continue to inspire and delight us with their many amazing pieces. I was exceptionally drawn to the looks from Overman Jewellery, Veronica MacIsaac and Orphanage Clothing for a number of different reasons. I love that Veronica MacIsaac made a bold choice and decided to show all of her new silhouettes in one single Tartan perfectly labeled “New Scotland Forever.” This stirred an emotion of pride among AFW attendees as models floated down the runway in our beautiful Nova Scotia Tartan. I myself have ordered the look, which is pictured in this article, however, in a longer pencil length skirt version with the bowtie — a must this season! I like that MacIsaac is so confident in her tailoring and structure that she did something she has always wanted to do, show a complete show in Nova Scotia Tartan. And, with the stunning white backdrop the Gallery 1 atrium provided, the designs showed perfectly.




Orphanage Clothing, by designer Kim Munson, had me on the edge of my seat with excitement as she was using AFW to re-launch her established Orphanage line. In the past, Munson’s collections have been created by deconstructing existing clothing and reconstructing them into something new. This season, however, Munson decided to create a completely “from new fabric” line, which still has her rocker-edge, but will allow for mass production. I had a hard time deciding on my favourite. But knowing how much this new direction will open the doors for her creations to be sold across the country was just as exciting for me as the pieces showcased. And last but certainly not least, Overman Jewellery. This year there was a pairing of design talent within the Overman line as designer Matt Bowness collaborated with Kelly Caseley, who studied fashion at the International Design Academy. Together, they created an unbelievable collection of fashion and accessories that not only closed the show, but left people drooling over its richness.

Featured in the photos is one of my favourite looks, which finds Bowness’s jewellery embedded into the clothing with his beetle wings collection. One of the dresses showcased was actually created by using 2,000 beetle wings. In the blink of an eye, Atlantic Fashion Week is over. It was the most visually stunning event yet, from the venue to the designs shown on the runway. This season leaves me wondering how we will ever top ourselves next year. But with ideas already flowing, you can be sure that you will be treated to another amazing collaboration of Atlantic Canadian design talent. For more photos and designer contact information, please visit Angela Campagnoni

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For the Love of HoundstootH By Lisa DraDer-Murphy, NatioNaL FashioN CoLuMNist PhotoS GeoFFrey CreiGhtoN Model sarah Murphy


s winter hints at arriving, one of my favourite fabrics to work with is supple woolen traditional houndstooth (or hound’s tooth). Referred to by the French as “pied de poule” and to North Americans also as “dog’s tooth.” This classic weave can be found in almost everyone’s closet. It is androgynously embraced, succeeds in any scale, and may manifest as comfortable tradition or cutting edge.

Houndstooth is characterized by a large checked pattern, broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, with notched corners suggestive of a canine’s tooth. An example of a tessellation, houndstooth is most often in black and white. A tessellation is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. In mathematics, tessellations can be generalized to higher dimensions. Another mathematical idea that can

be portrayed through tessellations is symmetry. Their repetitive nature is both soothing to the eye and creatively stimulating. Tessellation designs are seen regularly on textiles, woven, stitched or printed, houndstooth arguably being among the most recognizable. Houndstooth originated in Scotland, some believe as early as the fourth century, when tartans were worn to identify clans in battle. During this time,




By Lisa Drader-Murphy, photo Jenn Gregory

houndstooth was one of the few plaids with no designated clan. Consequently, wearing the pattern became a sort of strategy for peace — perhaps akin to sporting the blue and white of the United Nations. (Ironically, this pattern was part of Scotland’s lead in the creation of camouflage cloths). The pattern made a resurgence in the 12th century, emerging on fabric in the Scottish Lowlands, and in variations such as the Glenurquhart Check and Glen Plaid. These woven woolens remained popular in and around the Scottish Lowlands into the 1800s, where the shepherds wore houndstooth as a heavy outer garment. According to John Telfer Dunbar’s “The Costume of Scotland,” houndstooth was originally made on woven wool cloth, but it has since made its way to tweed and other fabrics. By the 1930s, upperclass city folk were wearing houndstooth as a status symbol — a far cry from its battlefield beginnings. Since then, the classic woven pattern has found its way into numerous couture collections by the likes of Christian Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. While it did experience a respectable level of popularity, houndstooth did not become truly iconic until Christian Dior used it in a pair of court shoes in 1959. The interesting graphic nature of the weave has inspired many designers over the years, and in the 1930s, the pattern was adopted by the upper class as a symbol of wealth. During the 1960s, houndstooth dominated the international fashion scene, from the famous court pointed shoe on Christian Dior’s ads to the runways of Ann Klein and Geoffrey Beene. By the mid-90s, fashion houses of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani and Moschino regularly featured the iconic weave. The traditional pattern has found its way into many fibres and weights and has become a recurring fashion theme. Once used exclusively for overcoats, it can now be seen in dresses, skirts, scarves, hats and home décor items. I love styling this enduring trend head to toe or mixing it with bright solids like crimson and teal. For those who prefer only a nod to the weave, a handbag or fedora is perfect for finishing a winter look.




Jeanne Beker







have always admired Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker. She not only inspires others, but has also carved her own niche in television as a powerful and motivating woman, and a game changer in fashion. Beker was the host of Fashion Television for 27 years, judge on CTV’s Canada’s Next Top Model, contributing editor at The Toronto Star, author, and creative director of her own clothing line, EDIT. I am thrilled to bring you the highlights of my recent interview with Beker, who was in Nova Scotia in October for the “Jeanne Beker and Friends” women’s retreat weekend at Oceanstone Resort, which I had the pleasure of attending for the second time. Guests were treated with fashion shows, beauty and styling advice and, of course, with Beker’s larger-than-life personality. Angela Campagnoni: Can you tell our readers what drives you, and how you maintain relevance with so much competition in media, television and the international fashion industry? Jeanne Beker: [I do it] by never really thinking about competition, I guess. I’ve always been adamant about staying true to myself, so I suppose I’m an original, as we all are at our best. Just like life, the only constant in fashion is change. It’s an area that keeps you on your toes. Fashion is also about looking forward, with a nod to the past, of course, but ultimately it’s about what lies ahead. So because I have a history in the fashion world, a strong frame of reference and continue to write and opine about the subject of style, and most importantly watch and study fashion and consumer trends, I think that helps keep me at the forefront of what’s going on in the industry. AC: Could you ever have imagined how that first designer interview would take you to where you are now? JB: Absolutely not! I always loved talking with creative minds… whether they came from the world of music, or film, or theatre, or art, or fashion. I guess I found myself in fashion — or at least covering that scene — after many years in the music world interviewing rock stars. But after a steady diet of that, I wanted to move on, into

a world that felt a little more sophisticated… a little more age appropriate, you might say. I never thought this fashion ride would have lasted this long… And it’s still going strong. AC: If you were to give advice to a young designer, what would it be? JB: Far be it for me to give designers advice! I learn so much from them… about integrity, tenacity and vision. But I would say you have to be prepared to sacrifice a lot. Being a fashion designer is one of the toughest professions I can think of. You constantly have to prove yourself… and rely on customers who can be very fickle. AC: You now have a fabulous collection of your own, EDIT by Jeanne Beker. Can you tell the readers more about your newest endeavour, how it has evolved, and where is your style philosophy taking you next? JB: In terms of my association with EDIT, it all started when my dear pal Bonnie Brooks moved back to Toronto to head up things at The Bay. We knew we wanted to do something together, and I suggested that a clothing line might be interesting. After the pitch, The Bay liked it… and so here we are. I’m creative director and work closely with a designer and other stylists in order to refine my vision for the season. I guess after so many years of being in the public eye — with a whole generation growing up watching me, and getting so much of their fashion education from Fashion Television — it felt like what I would do might indeed resonate with women. I can’t be all things to all people, but as EDIT grows and evolves, we’re managing to hone in on just who our “woman” is. AC: If you had to use words to define your personal style, what would those words be? JB: The same way I define the style of my line: modern, easy, chic. To read the full interview with Jeanne Beker, including her favourite accessories, upcoming trends featured in her line EDIT by Jeanne Beker, and life outside the industry, visit www.







Casual & Classic

Create Your own unique DaY By Trina annand


f all the elements in a wedding, very few highlight a couple’s combined styles like the flowers chosen for the big day. The bouquet often sets the tone for the rest of the floral elements in the wedding, from church and table arrangements, to boutonnieres and corsages.

For floral guru Neville MacKay, owner of My Mother’s Bloomers, flowers are far more than an accent to an event. “Flowers are food for the soul. For centuries they have been used in every celebration, whether it is to mark an arrival, departure or anything in between. Our culture is obsessed with flowers; they have been used as inspiration for art, architecture, decoration, fashion, pretty much everything. They are also the most widely used symbol of love, passion, desire, faith and happiness in the world.” Trends come and go, but coming up for 2014 weddings, MacKay is seeing a resurgence of some old favourites. Since the 1900s, cascading bouquets have been a perennial choice; experiencing a lull in the 2000s, they are set to come back this year. “Trends are looking a lot less trendy. Bride’s bouquets are much more like what their mothers and grandmothers carried, more classic and timeless. Bouquet and stem holders are also returning to the forefront and they will define a whole new generation of florists, as they are more difficult to create,” notes MacKay. Baby’s breath is also seeing a reinvention, not as a filler flower, but the star of a bouquet, creating delicate clouds of white blooms. In strict contrast to the highly structured and tightly packed traditional arrangements of the last two decades, casual, more relaxed bouquets that are


hand-tied are becoming more popular. Casual arrangements can be achieved through mixing colours and flowers to create a more “plucked from the garden” feel. Incorporating foliage and grass elements also creates an heirloom look; generating movement both physically and visually. Roses are always in style whether they are long stemmed or more relaxed garden roses. “Floral bouquets for weddings are designed as an accent to an outfit. Flowers should reflect a person’s tastes as well as the clothing they choose, you can’t mix an avant garde bouquet with a traditional dress,” remarks MacKay. When selecting flowers colour and theme, feeling and season come into play. Most important to this process is season, if a couple must have peonies for their big day, they can’t get married in the winter. Flexibility is fundamental during the whole process, if a specific date is important for a couple, selecting a seasonal flower isn’t the best approach. “It’s always important to have a Plan B. Beautiful flowers are beautiful flowers. There is no such thing as an ugly flower, just flowers that we are more drawn to,” says MacKay. Working with a professional ensures that wedding flowers are of the best quality and last longer. Florists also have a wide base of experience and can educate clients on what will and won’t work. A client may love the idea of carrying six dozen flowers, but it is physically impossible to carry. For the eco-conscious couple, there are always possibilities in the floral world, caring for the environment doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have the wedding you desire. MacKay now works with suppliers to acquire organic floral options; he has even grown things




for clients. You can work with a florist to incorporate repurposed items or accessories, along with flowers or foliage you have from your own garden, which is of course dependent on the season. Organic doesn’t necessarily mean a shabby chic theme; organically grown roses are available all year around. Flowers have the ability to capture emotion and harken fond memories through scent or even by description, making them an essential part of any event. “Think about when you were a child and picked a bouquet of dandelions for your mom. How much joy and love you had holding that bunch of wild flowers? That is the magic of flowers and why they are so important to any event,” remarks MacKay. Whether you’re a casual outdoor bride or a traditional white gloved bride, the flowers you surround yourself with on your big day are as important as the dress or cake. By combining your unique styles in floral elements you can share who you are as a couple with family and friends, making a good event a great one.



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ashion is an integral part of our culture, and as a result, weddings are as much about the bride’s dress as the ceremony itself. “There is no better feeling than finding that perfect dress for a bride,” says Always & Forever Bridal owner Wendy Gay. “We pride ourselves on providing a great shopping experience for our clients. We always have new stock coming in the door and can find exactly what you’re looking for.” Starting as a seamstress, Wendy has been in the bridal industry for more than 20 years. She has seen trends come and go, but says one thing always remains the same: the importance of the dress. “Trends are now moving away from strapless ruched gowns,” says Wendy. “Sleeves of all lengths and lace are getting a lot more interest right now.” As the only full service bridal salon in HRM, Always & Forever Bridal can help find the perfect attire for not only the bride, but also the entire bridal party. The shop carries bridesmaid, mother of the bride, flower girl and prom dresses. With a wide selection containing hundreds of dresses, the shop is the perfect destination for some bridal or special occasion bonding time. “We can dress the whole wedding party. It takes a lot of the stress out of planning when you can minimize the number of calls and stops you need to make,” says Wendy. Always & Forever also has a wide selection of wedding accessories, including cake toppers, guest books, headpieces and veils. The store carries an extensive collection for men, which includes tuxedos and linen for destination weddings. The relaxed look of

linen is breathable and cool in hot climates, but is also perfect for a less formal outdoor wedding. A unique feature of Always & Forever is the ability to try on a tuxedo inhouse and walk out with one on the same day for last minute black tie events. With a wide selection of formal tuxedos and suits, as well as casual wear, everyone will look their best for a special event. At Always & Forever, dresses are ordered to the bride's sizing requirements, including plus sizes. This focus on getting the perfect fit for every bride means that dress shopping should happen six months to a year before the big day. “Brides need

to remember that it’s their special day. Don’t let other people sway you from what you love, and keep an open mind. The dress you love in photos isn’t always perfect when you try it on,” says Wendy. If you are looking for that perfect dress or suit give Always & Forever a call, with impeccable service and exceptional products it’s the perfect place to find expert guidance. Always & Forever Bridal 145 Main Street Dartmouth 902.462.5450 |



Creating amazing events in an elegant HistoriC setting By Trina annand


wedding’s venue not only sets the tone for the day, but is also one of the defining features your guests will remember for years. At the Halifax Club, staff are well versed in providing perfect service and creating an occasion to remember. The Halifax Club has been offering white-glove service and creating history for more than 150 years. “You don’t need to be a member to enjoy the club for weddings. We can handle full

weddings, from ceremony to dancing the night away, or a casual cocktail reception. At the Halifax Club, we specialize in making every day a spectacular event,” remarks Adam Bower, assistant manager. Steeped in history, the club is the perfect setting for any wedding, whether it is a match between history enthusiasts, architectural fans or simply a couple who enjoys the setting of an elegant room for their special day. Centrally located downtown, the venue boasts fantastic photo ops inside and out. The

stately building has stood the test of time, seeing prohibition, two world wars and the Halifax Explosion. As a memorial to the Halifax Explosion, the club has left a pane of glass that was cracked by the blast intact in the Uniacke Room. When guests book a weekend wedding at The Halifax Club, they have the venue to themselves. The club offers a wide variety of special touches to make a day extraordinary, including red carpet VIP treatment for guests, a piano for aBOve phOtO by Emma Poliquin





live musical entertainment and on-staff sommeliers. “By including extra touches, like a sommelier in a rehearsal dinner or reception, it not only serves as an education, but entertainment. The right wine pairing can elevate food and an event,” notes Bower. Head chef Nelson Francis has been a staple at the club for more than 19 years. He meets with every couple personally to ensure a perfect meal. Included in every wedding booking are chair covers and linens. If a couple doesn’t have a wedding designer, the club can handle the centrepieces as well. The elegant setting does not require much decoration. New this year is the club’s ability to book a New Year’s Eve wedding, creating an extraordinary event on an already special day, toasting the new year and a new life together. Membership at the Halifax Club has its rewards. Not only are members part of a historic Halifax institution, but they can benefit from networking possibilities and guest speakers. The club hosts a variety of presenters, from business speakers to celebrities. The club also offers a variety of discounts and services to their members. “We have friendly and experienced staff provide personal service to all who enter our doors. Our servers are used to servicing our members, engaging with them and making them feel special and it’s something we pride ourselves on. Creating that perfect meal, meeting and event is what we love,” says Bower. With the perfect setting for any event The Halifax Club is the key to the perfect wedding, guests will be impressed with every aspect of a wedding when it is in a space dedicated to perfect service and excellent experiences. The Halifax Club 1682 Hollis Street, Halifax 902.423.8460 LeFt Alex MacAulay Photographers, Inc. tOp L–R Adam Bower, assistant general manager and director of sales and marketing; Edwina Thomas, food and beverage manager phOtO by Bruce Jollimore aBOve phOtO by Lou Photogrpahy






2014’s Gowns

Offer LOts Of ChOiCe (and LOts Of LaCe) By Rebecca SchneideReit


he early 2010s’ reign of strapless gowns and “pickup” skirts is ending, and a plethora of new options are taking their place, says Wendy Gay of Always & Forever Bridal. “I’ve been in business over 20 years; this is probably the first time that I’ve seen so much choice,” she says. “You have strapless, sleeves, low backs, high backs… a little bit of everything.” Furthermore, Gay notes, brides aren’t hesitating to incorporate personalized finishing touches. “They can buy a strapless dress and add beaded cap sleeves and shoulder straps,” she says. “They’re able to buy little pieces, like broaches, feathers — things to make it their own.” That’s not to say no specific style has gained ground. “The vintage look is very strong,” Gay says. “The most popular is lace. This is the first time around

that I’ve seen the full lace dresses.” Throat-brushing lace collars, she adds, cause many brides to skip the standard necklace, perhaps favouring a bejewelled belt or veil. And shoes can increase visual interest: “A lot of girls are having their shoes dyed the same colour as their bridesmaids’ dresses.” While style varies, says Gay, length has stayed consistent. “Even at destination weddings, they still like to have that dress to the floor.” Many gowns, she notes, feature “fit-to-flare” skirts. “Fit-to-flare is almost like a cross between a mermaid and a trumpet dress. It hugs the body, and then you get fullness at the bottom.” One last tip, whatever your personal ‘look’, “the most important thing is to keep an open mind and try the different styles on,” says Gay. “That way, when you do find the dress, you’ll know you covered all your options.”


destination Weddings Gay urges brides embarking on destination weddings to choose their dress for feel, and not only appearance. “The biggest thing is the heat,” she says. “You should look for a chiffon or a lace, because those are lightweight.” Veils aren’t always popular at outdoor weddings, Gay says, adding that there’s nothing wrong with skipping one — “lots of girls go without veils” — and plenty of alternatives exist: “A beaded headband, flowers in the hair, feathers.”



It’s Your DaY; Have it Your Way Photos Jennifer Galliott

The dress, the flowers, the cake, the menu; when the big day comes, all couples want their wedding to be absolutely perfect. Since 1981, couples have been trusting Scanway Catering and Pastry to take care of their wedding cakes, menus, service and much more. Trust Scanway Catering to use their decades of expertise to create a wedding experience that friends and family will talk about for years to come. According to sales and business development manager Lisa Lepage, Scanway Catering has a variety of delicious reception menus to offer couples. “We are pleased to accommodate any size wedding,” she says. “We’ve catered everything from small, elegant affairs to 200-person patio barbecues.” At Scanway Catering, they will walk couples through the menu and event planning, keeping all costs up front, to avoid any unwelcome surprises after the big day. Once the menu is chosen, Lepage will go a step further and assist with equipment rentals, décor details and other coordination. She will work with the couple to ensure they stay on track with their budget and ensure they’re satisfied with all the details of the wedding day. When it comes to bar services, Scanway Catering will provide as much or as little service as needed. “If they need it all, we will bring in everything,” explains Lepage, “or if a couple just needs a professional bartender on-site, we can do that too.” What wedding is complete without a cake? Scanway Catering also specializes in delicious and decorative cakes. Their

talented, professional pastry chefs can help any couple have the wedding cake of their dreams. “If someone sees a picture in a magazine or online, send it to us,” says Lepage, “our chefs are great at re-creating designer wedding cakes.” As an active member of I Love Local Halifax, Scanway Catering is pleased to support Nova Scotia farms, wineries and other high-end suppliers for the best and freshest products available. “We are privileged to be able to use fresh, local ingredients in our recipes,” states Lepage. The couple may choose from spectacular menu options, or customize a menu to fit their tastes. Also, if there are any dietary concerns or issues, the Scanway team is happy to accommodate those needs. While Scanway Catering is the exclusive caterer at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Dartmouth, Four Points by Sheraton in Halifax and Shining Waters Marina, they are pleased to execute their famous wedding services at any venue in Nova Scotia. “We can provide all of the necessary staff, linen, cutlery, glassware, plates and much more,” says Lepage. She goes on to say that Scanway Catering provides the personal touches, like arranging centrepieces and taking care of place cards. “It’s our priority to keep the day as worry-free as possible for the couple, we want them to be able to relax and enjoy their day,” she comments. Scanway Catering is accepting bookings for 2014. Lepage advises booking as far in advance as possible to ensure that couples get their ideal wedding dates.

Scanway Catering and Pastry 1505 Barrington Street Halifax 902.425.0386 |

TOP and middle PhOTOs Taken at Shining waters Marine Event middle lOwer righT PhOTO by ©Steph Photography Inc. righT l–r Unni Simensen, owner; Ray Bear, executive chef; Lisa Lepage, sales and business development manager; Geir Simensen, owner



Planning a DESTINATION WEDDING Start a Lifetime of Happiness with the Time of Your Life



uestion: What’s better than combing white sand beaches, splashing through tide pools, and watching a sunset fade into starlight? Answer: Doing it all with the love of your life. If you’re considering saying your vows on a destination wedding, you’ll have lots of exciting choices to make. Below, Louise Gardiner, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s senior director of Leisure Travel and Terry Lynn Slaunwhite, Expedia CruiseShipCenters travel consultant, offer advice to help create a destination wedding you’ll still be talking about at your golden anniversary.

When to Go The siren song of surf and shore is cause enough to hold a destination wedding, but certain factors can make this type of ceremony an especially smart choice. Those in their 20s and 30s tend to favour destination ceremonies, Gardiner and Slaunwhite both note. “It avoids the fuss, and it’s very cost effective,” says Gardiner. “It’s actually less costly to have a destination wedding than to do a wedding at home.” The younger demographic inclines towards tourism regardless of marital status, Slaunwhite says. “They’re just travelling like crazy!”

Gardiner and Slaunwhite also agree that destination weddings are popular for remarriages. “It’s something a little bit different from what they did the first time,” Gardiner explains. In addition, she says, couples may prefer a destination wedding if guests are geographically scattered: “Rather than flying into your hometown, you’re flying down to a destination.”

Where to Go The words “destination wedding” conjure visions of blue skies and ocean views: the Caribbean. But, a “Caribbean wedding” is only a starting point — each of the Caribbean islands boasts its own culture and charms. The Dominican Republic, particularly Punta Cana, is a frequent choice, says




Gardiner. “Punta Cana is, right now, the No. 1 destination in the bride magazines,” she says. “I think that’s because of price point and value — and also because they have the most amazing beaches.” Wedding parties visiting Punta Cana would be well advised to consider accommodations at the Majestic Colonial, she notes. “They’re very efficient — [a] nice resort for big groups.” For a more unconventional Caribbean backdrop, Gardiner suggests Antigua or St. Lucia. “Those two destinations are just a little more off the beaten path,” she says. “Antigua has stingrays,” and volcanic St. Lucia features mountain and rainforest regions. In either Antigua or St. Lucia, Gardiner recommends Sandals resorts. “Sandals is still the premiere.


Weddings are their specialty.” (Other Sandals locations exist in the Bahamas, Grenada and Jamaica). If your “perfect wedding” is less about beachside lounging and more about exploration and adventure, the Mayan Riviera — a narrow band tracing the Mexican shoreline — could be just the thing. “The Mayan Riviera has a lot more going if you want to be really active,” says Gardiner, and her list of regional attractions (catamarans, cenotes, fishing, snorkeling, ziplining) will keep anyone’s mind off pre-wedding jitters. Travellers to the Mayan Riviera may wish to stay at Karisma’s El Dorado Royale. Gardiner’s an avowed fan: “They have a gourmet-inclusive resort… they’re known for their food.” The El Dorado Royale’s

Monte Carlo, and I can envision this as an amazing wedding opportunity,” she says.

Before You Go Even DIY experts may want assistance planning a destination wedding. “I don’t think the destination wedding is something you’d want to do on your own,” says Gardiner. “Not that it’s at all complicated, but there are just little tricks of the trade that you’d want a travel counsellor to help you with.” For instance — as Slaunwhite discovered while planning her wedding — travel agents may have exclusive booking rights. “We had to get a travel agent to book the ‘block’ rooms on the cruise,” she says. Cruise lines and resorts specializing in destination weddings typically provide clients with wedding consultants, Gardiner and Slaunwhite say. And prior to picking a destination, a local travel agency can set you on the right course, perhaps offering perks of its own. For instance, Carlson Wagonlit Travel clients have access to an online registry, Gardiner notes. “You can actually register your wedding with CWT, and have your guests buy gift certificates toward your wedding and/or honeymoon.”

website highlights another fun touch — not only do they offer swimming pools and swim-up bars, but also “swim up suites.” If heat and sand are not your thing, don’t rule out a destination wedding — Europe boasts a host of perfect locations. Give your fairy tale its “happily ever after” in Germany; play the “English rose” and “knight in shining armour” in London; toast vero amore in Italy. “We did a Princess wedding in a castle in Ireland,” recounts Gardiner. “It was the most beautiful destination, and the vistas were amazing… who would not want to get married in an Irish castle?” Likewise, not much can compete with a glamorous cruise wedding. Just ask Terry Lynn Slaunwhite — her successful cruise nuptials are what inspired her to become

a travel consultant. She and her fiancé “had our first cruise in 2007,” she says. “In port on St. Martin, we got engaged.” On a second cruise, they followed the shipboard engagement with a ceremony at sea. “The whole thing was just fantastic… so easy… so much fun.” Many cruise lines are equipped for weddings; some even offering material incentives. For example, Slaunwhite — who sailed with Princess for both her engagement and wedding cruises — received “credits” based on the length of her guest list, which she used to provide favours to guests. To combine shipboard style with continental elegance, consider Gardiner’s suggestion: river cruising. “I just recently took a river cruise from Paris down to


Don’t get so distracted planning colours, flowers and food that you forget the legal details. “It’s not always easy to get all the legal paperwork done when you’re ‘at destination,’ especially if you’re doing a destination that is Spanish-speaking,” says Gardiner. “Legal documentation has to be translated into Spanish, and then you receive Spanish documentation once you do get married. And then once you get back into Canada, you have to get it translated all back into English.” The legalities are just as convoluted aboard cruises. “If you want to get married at sea, your marriage license is actually for wherever the cruise ship is registered,” says Slaunwhite. “But if you’re married in port, you’re married for wherever the port is.” One possible solution? Take care of legal niceties at home. “We often suggest that you have a symbolic wedding ‘at destination,’” notes Gardiner. With a little advance planning, a destination wedding is the perfect way to have the “time of your life” — and start a lifetime’s happiness.






TasTy CreaTions awaiT aT Criollo ChoColaTes By Katrina Geenevasen Photos Jennifer Galliott


ife is sweet for Evelyn Staples. The founder and owner of Halifax’s Criollo Chocolates, Staples spent nearly a decade in the culinary industry before fulfilling her dream of owning a business. In 2005, she left university unsure of which major to choose, and ended up moving to Kingston, Ont. for a cheftraining course. Before too long, she decided being a cook was not for her and enrolled in baking and pastry classes




Quite at home amidst hand-rolled truffles and custom-made chocolates, it is safe to say Staples has found her true calling.

With a wide selection of truffles and artistically customized creations, the small but mighty store promises there will be something to suit every chocolate lover’s palate. There are also many seasonal offerings for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and also something for that hard-to-buy-for person at Christmas.

“I have such a passion for chocolate, I love eating it, and I love sharing it with other people,” says Staples, who opened the doors to Criollo Chocolates in June.

Imported fair-trade, organic chocolate from award-winning makers all around the globe rounds out the delectable selection. There is even vegan chocolate,

back in Halifax, discovering her true love: chocolate. A chocolatier course soon followed in Vancouver, B.C., ultimately leading her to where she is today.


which happens to be diabetic and allergy friendly. Depending on where it’s grown, different flavours come out in the chocolate, explains Staples. “You could have some that taste like olives, or mushrooms, or leather, or smoke, or plums and currants. I love being able to share that with people,” she says. Staples and her team produce the handmade truffles right in store, with a wide selection of flavours paired with white, dark or milk chocolate. Dark chocolate may be paired with mint, raspberry, or banana. Milk chocolate lovers will be delighted with combinations that unite sea salt and caramel, or curry and coconut milk. “People love the flavours,” says Staples. “They love how it feels in their mouth, they love the Belgian chocolate that we use. And they love having a say in the flavours of chocolate that we make.”

LEFT Evelyn Staples, owner

Criollo Chocolates is already making its mark on the wedding industry, with customized eight-inch chocolate shoes designed to match the shoes worn by the bride on the big day. The shoes can be filled with customized truffles, adding even more of an individual touch. And that’s not all. Recently, Staples partnered with Moira Peters, a local wine sommelier, to give wine and chocolate lovers a blissfully flavoursome experience during pairing events. “It’s very fun, and very tasty,” she says. “We share our combined expertise to educate people in the art of tasting chocolate and wine. We give suggested pairings, and also allow clients to choose whatever tastes great to them.”


The small start-up business is already glowing with success. Only months into business, Staples is looking to expand by setting up an e-commerce website, exporting to the rest of Canada and into the United States, as well as open more locations throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. One day, she hopes to open her own plantation. “It has been a long time in the making, but I am very happy to be where I am today.” Criollo Chocolates Historic Properties 1869 Upper Water Street 902.404.3590






Bridal Bliss with sensory PercePtions life & wellness By Katrina Geenevasen Photos Geoffrey CreiGhton


anessa Ross knows all about pre-wedding pampering. As the owner of Sensory Perceptions Life & Wellness, a centre geared toward a life of health and happiness, Ross works tirelessly to help brides and grooms reach their personal goals before their big day. “Little girls dream about their perfect wedding and their Prince Charming and they want everything to be like a dream,” says Ross, a bilingual holistic healer. “So for them to be stressed out during that




time they are waiting to get married… to me it doesn’t make sense. I like to help people through that time and make it as easy as possible.” Offering everything from Jikiden Reiki and life coaching, to yoga and colon hydrotherapy, Sensory Perceptions Life & Wellness ensures brides-to-be and their grooms are the best they can be on their big day — inside and out. It’s all about inner beauty and inner peace, says Ross. “To have a balance in life when you’re off balance is important,” she


says. “Everything can seem chaotic and a mess. Quite frankly, if your head is not in balance, it’s hard for you to accomplish anything, because there are so many obstacles. It almost snowballs.” If everything is all figured out and you would like something to relax you, a Jikiden Reiki treatment can do the trick — or even a guided meditation to calm the mind. Couples yoga is yet another option, says Ross. “It forms a powerful bond and creates a deeper connection between the two, all while encouraging

balance and synchronicity, as well as how much stronger they are as a team,” she says. “To me, it’s a positive reinforcement of their union.” Since opening in September 2012, Ross says the goal of Sensory Perceptions Life & Wellness has been to teach clients about alternative ways to keep and maintain a healthy lifestyle, without poisoning their bodies. It’s about educating the mind, educating the soul and giving clients other options, she says. She works with clients to determine what their personal goals are and the best ways to accomplish those goals. “I make it all about the client,” says Ross, adding that creating a timeline is crucial to the ultimate success of her clients. “Together, we pinpoint what is important, and how they want to accomplish it,” she says. “If it’s feasible, we create a plan and a schedule to make sure that everything is done promptly, correctly and to their satisfaction. This is, after all, their big day.” Colon hydrotherapy continues to be one of Ross’ most in-demand services. A gentle rinsing of the colon with warm filtered water to remove accumulated matter, a colonic allows vital nutrients to be absorbed more easily and leaves clients feeling rejuvenated and healthier, says Ross. It’s a long-practicing therapy that dates as far back as 1500 B.C. in Egypt. “Health begins in the colon,” says Ross, who will perform in-home services for the comfort of her clients. “To me, it’s essential for everyone to do.” This spring, her services will expand when she begins to offer certified laser hair removal. Helping brides and grooms achieve their best inner selves is something Ross is shamelessly passionate about. “I love weddings,” she says with a big laugh. “It’s someone’s big day, and if I can help someone create their big day, or make their big day a lot easier and smoother and have them satisfied and confident that everything is going to work out, I’m happy.”

Sensory Perceptions Life & Wellness 2594 Agricola Street 902.491.5433 RIGHT Vanessa Ross ABOVE Vanessa and client




Béo sPa’s Natural sPiN By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos Kailey MandeR


éo is Gaelic,” explains hairstylist Graham MacDonnell. “It means ‘alive’ and ‘to give blessings.’” Béo is also what long-time coworkers MacDonnell and aesthetician Nora Powell called their Queen Street spa, created in 2009. Since then, the spa has earned its name. Twice-renovated, now home to a dozen employees, Béo Spa extends its brand of ‘blessings’ to all comers: lifting each client’s spirit, polishing their appearance, and protecting their health.

Numerous salon and spa services are available at Béo. Clients can complete their look with a haircut or hair colour, or with a straightening treatment, hair extensions, blowout, or perm. They can




take advantage of the spa’s specialities, such as electrolysis, eyebrow tinting, eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures, spray tans, or waxing. They can also book much-deserved pampering — for instance, a massage session and body or facial treatment. Whatever the reason for their visit, Béo clients may feel rejuvenated before their treatment even begins. “We constantly hear how comfortable it is,” says MacDonnell. “It’s relaxing; it feels welcoming. Staff remember your name.” Powell takes pride in the combined camaraderie and professionalism of Béo’s staff. “There’s an easiness and flow. We’ve got a nice groove going,” she


laughs. “That’s something a client picks up on.” In fact, says Powell, “This is the best team we’ve had since we opened — a great group of people who are very good at what they do.” She emphasizes that a positive workplace atmosphere helps produce exceptional results. “In a stress-free environment, our employees can be more creative. We want them to fully engage in their art.” One of Béo Spa’s defining traits is its devotion to clients’ well-being, as well as to their appearance. When she and MacDonnell opened the spa, Powell explains, “We could choose what products to carry, so we went with what was better for clients’ health.”

Éminence Organic Skin Care products are a Béo hallmark: in constant use at the spa, and available to take home. “We fell in love with Éminence,” says MacDonnell. “It’s completely healthy and organic — no parabens or sulfates.” Powell partly credits Éminence’s quality to its Hungarian origins. “The European standards for skincare are extreme,” she says. Additionally, Béo Spa offers clients organic Kevin Murphy hair products and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics (both paraben-free), and “we use all vegan-friendly products for massage,” McDonnell notes. Béo’s choice for hair colour is Redken’s ammonia-free Chromatics. “Redken is a leader in education,” MacDonnell says — and constant education is integral at Béo. “There’s always new technology, new fashions, new ways of doing things,” says Powell. “No matter how long you’ve been doing what you do, you can learn more.” Béo personnel have journeyed as far as Montreal, Toronto, and Las Vegas to hone their skills, and resident stylist Jane Rudolph is herself a Redken educator. “Jane travels all over the world, learning and coming back and teaching,” says Powell. “We’re fortunate to have her.” Béo’s first-ever open house was held in November, and a second salon space is being incorporated on the location’s lower level. “We’re adding a blowout bar,” McDonnell says, and Béo Spa is pleased to note that it’s Metro’s first such service. “We invite clients to enjoy an express blowout, as well as additional services such as makeup and manicures.” Whether you’re looking for a half-hour blowout or a lavish afternoon of spa luxury, Béo will leave you feeling blissful, beautiful, and at your best.

Béo Spa 60 Queen Street Dartmouth 902.469.2244

LEFT L–R Graham MacDonnell and Nora Powell






True BeauTy By Trina annand Photos Bruce Jollimore


ombining health and beauty is a big part of the philosophy at Bedford’s newest spa. At True Beauty Spa and Wellness Center, the expert staff prides themselves on providing amazing services with a personal touch. They believe that when getting ready for your wedding, nothing can take the pressure off like a day just for you. After working in the industry for nearly a decade, and experiencing the large corporate salon environment, stylist Jessica Fletcher decided she wanted to create a more personal approach to beauty. “I love being able to make clients happy, giving them the most relaxing day of their week. Making someone’s day is the best part about my job,” notes Fletcher. The intimate cottage-inspired spa is conveniently

located in the heart of Bedford and offers a wide selection of services. Not simply a salon, True Beauty offers massage therapy, dietetics and osteopathic services to clients—taking a whole body approach to health and beauty. With an ‘as-green-as-possible’ approach, the spa is the perfect venue for a relaxing bride’s getaway or a bachelorette party. True Beauty offers options for all guests, with organic as well as mainstream hair colour. They carry Canadian-made, mineral base makeup, bio-natural and scent-free hair and body care, as well as popular main stream products, such as Goldwell, Redken and Moroccan Oil. One of the spa’s signature organic products is BISH ALIVE, a locallymade kelp hair care product created by in-house stylist Kevan Bish. Buying local is

one of True Beauty’s guiding principles. “We strive to provide dependable high-quality service that our customers will enjoy. Every part of our business is dedicated to customer service,” remarks Fletcher. Creating the perfect wedding day is as simple as walking through the door at True Beauty, with all the services you could possibly want, from styling and makeup to lash extensions and pedicures. Whether your goal is primping for a special day, a full day of spa relaxation or just a quick pickme-up treatment, True Beauty has it all. True Beauty Spa and Wellness Center 1440 Bedford Highway, Bedford 902.444.3044

BACK Maryann Shaver, Erika MacNeil, Abby Fletcher, Kayla Nickerson, Kevan Bish FRONT Miranda Howard,Jessica Fletcher, Lynne Fenerty, Jessica Jobe, Brittany Fletcher, Laurissa Fletcher, Melanie Wilson, Kristine Larkin





EXPERTAdvice Dentists and Dental Specialists—Who Does What?

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By 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


ikely you already have a dentist that you see on a regular basis. If you do not, now is the time to find one. Dental health is extremely important. Unhealthy gums and teeth have been linked to several health issues, including generalized infections and even heart disease. Dental disease

tends to be silent, so you may not see cavities or gum issues yourself or even feel pain until it is “too late� for preventative treatment or small fillings. This is why it is so important to see your dentist for checkups and cleanings as often as recommended. The frequency of these visits depends on your own individual dental health, so ask your dentist about a schedule that best fits you. Once your teeth are clean and your gums are healthy then you are ready to see the orthodontist if there are some teeth that need to be straightened or if your bite or alignment of your jaws needs to be corrected. An orthodontist is a specialist who has an additional two-to-three years of training beyond dental school. Orthodontists specialize in straightening teeth, and also in bite and jaw alignments. It is imperative that regular dental checkups continue during braces, as the orthodontist will not be looking specifically for cavities and gum disease at braces adjustment visits. Furthermore, the orthodontist does not do the cleanings that are so important for your dental health. The orthodontist is also not licensed to perform general dentist duties, such as filling cavities or pulling teeth. Your orthodontist and your dentist work very closely together and compliment each other. A periodontist is another specialist that you could encounter during braces, especially if you have an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth is one that is trapped inside the jaw bone and does not want to come down on its own. The periodontist would essentially cut a little window in the gum and attach a brace to this tooth to allow the orthodontist to gently guide a tooth like that into alignment. The periodontist is also the specialist that you would see should you have any gum issues, such as thin gums that may require a gum graft.

If you have wisdom teeth and no room for them, or you are fully-grown and have misaligned jaws, then the orthodontist may send you to an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon is a dental specialist that would perform complicated wisdom teeth extractions, extractions of other badly impacted teeth, and jaw surgery if it is required. When jaw surgery is planned for a patient, the patient would visit the oral surgeon for a consultation. Braces are usually worn anywhere from six to 18 months before the jaw surgery is performed. The braces stay in place for the jaw surgery and actually help the oral surgeon position the jaw bones relative to one another. The braces remain on the teeth after the jaw surgery for approximately six to 12 months and finish positioning the teeth into the new bite. Your dentist works very closely with all the specialists and your orthodontist is a part of the team.




EXPERTAdvice Chiropractic and TMD


emporomandibular disorders (nick-named TMD) are very common and are positively managed by chiropractic care. The problem may be with the jaw, the jaw joint — called temporomandibular joint or TMJ, and the related muscles around the jaw.

Dr. Tasia Lazaros B.Sc.(H), D.C. Healthy Link Chiropractic Practicing chiropractor since 2000 Certified in Webster Technique Certified in Thompson Technique 201–362 Lacewood Drive Halifax 902.446.5465

As a chiropractor, one aspect of our extensive, specialized training is studying the neuromusculoskeletal system inclusive of TMD disorders. The TMJ is a hinge joint with sliding motion and allows the lower jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side.

Several common causes of TMD: • Trauma to the jaw (eg. child falling on his/her chin) • Injury to the head and neck — referral to the TMJ (eg. heavy blow or whiplash) • Stress (eg. grinding and clenching during the day or night) • Posture (eg. prolonged forward head posture) • Dental work (although dentists nowadays try to minimize prolonged stress to the TMJ) • Dislocation of the jaw, arthritic conditions and/or other medical conditions

How would TMD likely present? • Difficulty opening mouth wide • Jaw gets “stuck” or “locks”




• Clicking, popping, grating and/or pain with movement of the jaw • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, TMJ area, neck and shoulders (especially with jaw movement) • Associated symptoms that can be noticed are tooth pain, headaches, dizziness, earaches, hearing and ringing in the ear problems

What can be done for TMD? A prompt assessment by a primary health care practitioner like a medical doctor, dentist and chiropractor is important as the body can compensate and aggravate the condition. Many TMD sufferers are commonly given bite plates for bedtime, massage therapy, Botox‰ injections and even jaw surgery. Interestingly, many people that have jaw surgery actually need therapy afterwards as well. A chiropractor can assess the TMJ and neck area and adjust to correct the alignment of the TMJ and cervical spine. Soft tissue therapy can be given internally and externally to the TMJ area and related structures. As well, home care is given consisting of helpful stretches and ergonomic advice with everyday activities.A preventive approach including stress reduction is very beneficial too. Great success can be found with turning to chiropractic for the positive management of TMD that is gentle, noninvasive, drug-free and effective.

Rethink Aging By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos GeoffRey cReiGhton and JennifeR Galliott


o matter how many candles lit your birthday cake this year, Dr. Christian Hackshaw believes you have reason to celebrate. Dr. Hackshaw (founder and owner of anti-aging clinic AdvanceMD) doesn’t believe that energy, health and wellbeing should belong exclusively to 20and 30-somethings. On the contrary, he says, modern anti-aging innovations mean vitality and vigor are accessible at age 40, 50, 60 and beyond. For Dr. Hackshaw, anti-aging medicine was the logical culmination of a medical career that spanned 20 years and an

entire continent. After studying family medicine at UBC, Dr. Hackshaw began his practice by providing clinical services in rural regions. “The government would fly me to go and work in small communities. I’d be the only doctor for at least a sixhour drive,” he says. Being the only doctor meant handling all the communities’ medical needs, including emergencies. Dr. Hackshaw’s interest in “urgent care” quickly grew, and he went on to provide emergency services in Maine, then California, before resettling in Nova Scotia. Here, “I was the emergency room director at the

Fishermen’s Hospital in Lunenburg,” says Dr. Hackshaw. “I also worked part-time at the South Shore Regional Hospital.” While treating Nova Scotians, Dr. Hackshaw became increasingly drawn to “preventative” medicine — treatment intended to prevent illness and infirmity before they emerge. While investigating preventative care, “I came across anti-aging medicine as a specialty. I hadn’t realized it existed,” says Dr. Hackshaw. “The more I read about it, the more I thought, ‘this is exactly what I’ve been espousing.’” Numerous “anti-aging” myths exist in popular culture. “The term ‘anti-aging’

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every month.” Many of those patients, he notes, previously flew across the country or continent for anti-aging therapies: now AdvanceMD provides world-class treatment closer to home. A variety of services are available to patients at AdvanceMD, but hormone replacement might be considered the clinic’s primary focus. Complaints commonly associated with advancing age, explains Dr. Hackshaw, often actually result from decreased levels of hormones, like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. “There are whole groupings of signs and symptoms that suggest certain imbalances,” he says, adding that by testing patients for hormonal deficiencies, then prescribing absent hormones, those imbalances can be corrected. In treating patients, AdvanceMD uses only “bioidenticial” hormones, which exactly match hormones produced naturally by the human body. This eliminates unwanted side effects associated with outdated hormone treatments, Dr. Hackshaw explains. “’Bio-identical’ sounds like modern biotechnology, but it’s exactly the opposite. It’s common sense. Instead of replacing your missing hormones with something synthetic and different, it’s replacing your hormones with the same hormones you had.”

has been misused in the media, taken over by the beauty industry,” says Dr. Hackshaw. “When hearing ‘anti-aging,’ people often think of cosmetic products or aesthetic procedures, but that’s a very small part of anti-aging.” True clinical anti-aging therapies, he explains, aim to create and maintain high quality of life into — and past — retirement age, so patients can enjoy each year to its fullest. “’Optimize’ is a keyword in anti-aging medicine… the goal is to optimize everything you can, so you not only feel like you did when you were 25 or 30, but you also have the optimized




health parameters and resistance you did when you were 25.” Dr. Hackshaw’s interest in anti-aging medicine soon became a calling. Attaining certification from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, he founded Bedford’s AdvanceMD Anti-Aging Clinic and Medical Fitness Centre in November 2012. As the Maritimes’ first medical anti-aging clinic, AdvanceMD has been greeted with increasing local enthusiasm: “A majority of my patients are now coming from word-of-mouth referrals,” Dr. Hackshaw says. “I’m seeing more and more patients

Potential hormone replacement patients begin their journey with a consultation with Dr. Hackshaw. There, patient and doctor draw up a hormonal history, often concluding with hormone testing. Patients then decide whether to proceed with hormone replacement: those who take advantage of the treatment receive prolonged individual care from Dr. Hackshaw. “I spend a year with people who want to go beyond the testing stage, readjusting their dosing until they get the right dosing combination… it’s very personalized,” he says, noting that patients may see and feel results from hormone replacement within as little as a month, and that benefits often continue to mount for half a year. Women undergoing menopause are one of AdvanceMD’s primary patient groups. “As you reach 40 to 45, as a woman, your levels of progesterone and estrogen have declined to a point when you’re going to start feeling a certain group

AOBVE Dr. Christian Hackshaw and partner Krista Knickle TOP RIGHT Dr. Chernin RIGHT Vicki Patterson, with patient

of symptoms,” Dr. Hackshaw explains. Those symptoms aren’t limited to physical effects stereotypically associated with menopause, such as hot flashes. “There are probably 25 more symptoms that many women experience,” Dr. Hackshaw says. That broader symptom group includes anxiety, energy loss, fluid retention, sleeplessness and more. In men, Dr. Hackshaw says, “andropause results from a loss of testosterone,” with corresponding stress on the mature male body. Therefore, men can also benefit from AdvanceMD’s services. “I’m happy to see that so many men are coming to the clinic,” Dr. Hackshaw says. “When men find out what andropause actually is — what low testosterone feels like — and that it can be fixed very easily, they’re the first to go ahead with treatment.” Not only can hormone replacement relieve symptoms of andropause, says Dr. Hackshaw, “It also helps improve male health, because the men with the lowest levels of testosterone have higher incidences of Alzheimer’s, prostate cancer and osteoporosis.” AdvanceMD also provides clients with dietary guidance and weight-loss strategies. Dr. Hackshaw espouses a “low glycemic index” approach, which minimizes refined carbohydrates in favour of healthy fats and proteins. Clients desiring faster, more dramatic results may wish to investigate HCG therapy. Dr. Hackshaw says this hormonal approach

The many anti-aging treatments and services AdvanceMD provides include: • Hormone Testing • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement • Advanced Personal Training • Medical Aesthetics • Nutraceutical Supplementation • Nutrition and Weight Loss

drop “stimulates your hair follicles to grow amazingly thick and full lashes,” says Dr. Hackshaw, who offers aesthetic clients a complimentary consultation. When he’s not working with patients and clients at the clinic, Dr. Hackshaw’s heart is at home: “I spend as much time as I can with my daughter and my partner.” A self-confessed “foodie” (“I love to cook… one of my favourite dishes is pistachioencrusted salmon over wilted greens”), Dr. Hackshaw is also a long-time wine buff who owned a vineyard in California. Even this hobby, however, has its healthy side. “Wine has resveratrol, as well as other bioflavonoids that are antioxidant, and therefore anti-aging,” notes Dr. Hackshaw. “So it does have health benefits — in moderation!” ABOVE Dr. Christian Hackshaw and Lori Barnes OPPOSITE Dr. Christian Hackshaw, daughter Helena Hackshaw and partner Krista Knickle

to weight loss may permit clients to “lose between 20 and 30 pounds in one month.” In addition to weight-loss resources, AdvanceMD supports clients aspiring to increase their strength and fitness levels. “We provide a personalized, oneon-one fitness studio for clients to use in the clinic,” says Dr. Hackshaw. Clients can arrange for sessions with one of the clinic’s personal trainers, experienced in keeping mature bodies fit while accommodating existing health issues. Dr. Hackshaw can also recommend nutraceuticals, supplements and vitamins

to complement clients’ efforts to build stronger bodies. He himself is a devotee of physical activity. “I like to maintain my fitness, I like to run,” he says. “I like to do resistance training in the gym. I’m following the anti-aging lifestyle.” Various other anti-aging modalities are available at AdvanceMD, and may be combined with hormone therapy, or utilized independently. Popular aesthetic treatments, including Botox, Dysport, facial “fillers” and laser therapy are all offered to clients, as is Latisse’s unique eyelash drop. Available only by prescription, the

Dr. Hackshaw’s commitment to anti-aging medicine is clear, and AdvanceMD’s success seems to show that HRM shares his passion. “Anti-aging medicine is now the fastest growing medical specialty in the world,” he says. “It’s the kind of medicine that makes sense for the future.” The future, of course, is something we all want to be able to enjoy, and AdvanceMD helps lay the groundwork to do so. AdvanceMD Anti-Aging Clinic and Medical Fitness Centre #105–210 Waterfront Drive Bedford 902.832.6000 |




TreaTmenTs and educaTion for a BeTTer You The Summit Skin Care and Hair Removal Photos Jennifer Galliott


ecognized throughout the spa and skin care industry for their commitment to staff and client education, The Summit has 23 years of experience to prove that this is a winning formula for everyone. The Summit Skin Care and Hair Removal aims to bring the very best to their clients, offering and focusing on proven and innovative technologies and treatments for skin care, permanent and semi-




permanent hair removal, as well as select and classic spa treatments. The Summit brought many now classic spa treatments to the Maritimes and Canada, such as aromatherapy, salt scrubs, hot stone massage, hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy, body wraps, Thai yoga massage and even Brazilian bikini waxing. The now famous Brazilian bikini wax is the only service of those listed that The Summit continues to offer.

Although proud of the innovations developed at The Summit, it was time to re-focus, says Susan Alward, owner and head esthetician/electrologist at The Summit. “Skin care and permanent hair removal have always been the core of the business, and almost three years ago we decided to really focus and specialize.� This specialization is what continues to makes The Summit stand out as the choice for learning about and caring for your skin and body.

top left Katie Bell clinical esthetician performing electrolysis above left Patricia Marie Veinotte, clinical esthetician/reflexologist photo Courtesy of The Summit Skin Care and Hair Removal top right Mia Trevor, assistant manager

Alward has spent more than 30 years in the industry, and her now smaller staff is also very experienced. It is this experience, she says, that allows her and the team at her clinic to know which treatments work best for the individual client’s needs. “Many places now offer laser hair removal, but what sets us apart, I believe, is that we have the training and experience in both laser and electrolysis to deliver the results a client is looking for,” says Alward. Not all hair types can be permanently removed by laser, explains Alward. For many clients, it is a combination of laser hair removal and electrolysis that is the most effective and cost-efficient way to achieve permanent hair removal. Consultations are key to client satisfaction, and the team at The Summit spends extra time educating clients

on treatment processes and the best follow-up practices. The Summit takes this clinical and educational approach to all clients and for all treatments, Alward expresses. From rejuvenation treatments to pedicures, every appointment includes a consultation and the promise of privacy and results. “A lot of spas have taken a more social approach to services, and it’s been the trend for spas to have open areas for pedicures and manicures. Here, we take a more clinical, yet still spa-like approach. This works for our clients, especially our male clients and those that crave privacy and solitude.” One treatment that really showcases the talents of The Summit is their popular 8 Week Skin Transformation Program. This intensive skin health program improves skin concerns, such as sun damage, rosacea, acne, scarring and lines and

wrinkles through progressive treatments and education. “The results are often dramatic and clients love it. Working successfully with these skin issues has become our specialty and we are proud of this,” says Alward. “We find that clients understanding their skin conditions and concerns is critical to achieving long-term results,” says Alward. “Our mission statement is ‘Professional, Educational, Results, Relaxation,’ — that’s what it’s all about.” The Summit Skin Care and Hair Removal is located at 5495 Spring Garden Rd. For more information, call 902.423.3888 or visit The Summit Skin Care and Hair Removal 5495 Spring Garden Road 902.423.3888




Dazzle With Dental implants By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos GeoffRey cReiGhton


t Fall River’s Smile Innovations, Dr. Ryan Thomas believes in making patients feel comfortable and welcome, whatever the reason for their visit. “We see our clients mainly one-on-one. It makes for a more relaxed environment,” explains Dr. Thomas, who — with approximately 15 years experience in his field — understands how to make the most of a patient’s time. “One-on-one care allows us to get to know our clients better, listen to them more, and hone in on what it is they want.” Patients at Smile Innovations take advantage of numerous cosmetic and family dental services, as well as dental implants. “A dental implant is basically a small screw that replaces a lost tooth,” explains Dr. Thomas. This “screw” is placed in a patient’s jaw, and then fitted with an abutment and artificial tooth. “One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is their ability to prevent bone loss and maintain facial structures. Dental implants act like a tooth root, so the bone is constantly being stimulated,” says Dr. Thomas, who began providing implants to his patients approximately 10 years ago. Dental implants may replace one or a number of teeth, and are appropriate for LEFT Dr. Ryan Thomas

adults of all ages. Individuals currently wearing dentures may be among the most likely to benefit from dental implants. Implants can create a sturdy foundation for removable dentures; alternately, an “implant-retained bridge prosthetic” can be permanently affixed to implants. “When you’re a denture wearer and you have trouble with retention, adding dental implants can sometimes be ‘like night and day’ as far as quality of life,” says Dr. Thomas. Inserting dental implants typically requires about three appointments over the course of a few months. After an initial consultation and imaging session, implants are inserted and given time to integrate with the bone. Later, a patient’s dental impressions are used to create the final prosthetics, closely resembling real teeth. “At Smile Innovations, we use a local anaesthetic for dental implants. You’re frozen, the way you would be for a filling,” says Dr. Thomas, noting that postoperative pain is frequently mild or negligible: “Generally, what we see following a standard implant placement is very little discomfort.” In addition to titanium implants, Dr. Thomas provides all-ceramic implants to patients. “I strongly believe that ceramic implants are the way of the future,” he says. From a cosmetic point of view, allwhite ceramic implants eliminate any

chance of metal components showing in your smile. At Smile Innovations, ceramic implants are just a single facet of the office’s approach to dental health. “We use nonmetal, biocompatible materials when possible… some people experience metal sensitivities or allergies,” explains Dr. Thomas. “Also, people who prefer a ‘natural’ style of medicine are apt to want non-metallic materials used in their bodies. There’s a lot of people looking for alternatives, and we provide those.” The convenience and cosmetic benefits of dental implants are attractive to many patients. For some, says Dr. Thomas, “The results are truly life-changing.” A consultation at Smile Innovations can help you discover whether they might be right for you too.

Smile Innovations 104–3301 Highway 2 Fall River 902.576.4537 |




Face the World With Pride…

thanks to Renü By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos bRuce JollimoRe


wink, a smile, a nose wrinkled in laughter — we know our friends and loved ones by their faces, and that’s how they know us, too. Your face “becomes your identity,” as Dr. Louis Bourget says. But if your face has been altered by illness, accident or time, your appearance may not show the “inner you.” In such cases, options are available — starting at renü. At renü’s Spring Garden Road location, people’s lives change every day. “The renü goal is to offer, with multiple specialists, a head-to-toe, one-shop service,” says Dr. Bourget, co-founder

and medical director. To realize that goal, renü provides a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures and retail offerings to patients and clients. As renü’s resident cosmetic/facial reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Bourget has honed his craft through specialization. “Everything I do has to do with the face,” he explains — he’s worked on more than 3,000. A graduate of Dalhousie and McGill, a frequent attendee of international Mayo Clinic courses, Dr. Bourget is professionally affiliated with the American Association of Cosmetic Surgery, International Association of

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Royal College of Dentists of Canada. His surgical skills are sought throughout eastern Canada, but Haligonians have regular access to Dr. Bourget through renü. Dr. Bourget’s surgical specialties include blepharoplasties (eyelid surgeries), cheek and chin implants, facelifts, jaw surgeries, rhinoplasties (nose surgeries) and similar procedures, addressing both cosmetic and functional defects. Some of his patients achieve excellent results through non-surgical approaches such as “fillers” or Botox; others require ABOVE Dr. Louis A. Bourget PHOTO by Jennifer Galliott




more elaborate interventions. In certain cases, Dr. Bourget points out, “If we correct hard tissue, we’re going to get better results than by just correcting soft tissue.” Sometimes, combined treatments can be beneficial. For instance, cosmetic surgery can enhance a patient’s appearance after functional reconstructive surgery; laser therapy can help to diminish surgical scars. Renü’s in-house 3D camera and X-Ray technology are invaluable diagnostic tools for doctors. “The camera allows me to take three-dimensional pictures of patients’ faces,” explains Dr. Bourget. “To look at soft tissue, hard tissue, and find out what patients really need.” Based on the procedure selected, patient health, and anaesthetic requirements, treatments may then be administered either at renü or another surgical setting, such as a hospital. Wait times depend on surgery type and location (hospital operating rooms are constantly in demand, Dr. Bourget notes). Dr. Bourget emphasizes realistic expectations and natural results: the most successful facelift, he says, improves patient appearance without giving itself away. “What I want to do with a facelift, or reconstructive surgery, is give you back where you’re supposed to be, if you’d had minimal stress and a great life,” says Dr. Bourget. “If I can accomplish that, I think I’ve done well.” Outside renü, much of Dr. Bourget’s time is occupied by the Bourget Foundation. This charitable organization — which Dr. Bourget and his family co-founded — sends Brazilian and Canadian medical personnel to Benin (Africa) to deliver medical aid, surgical skills, equipment and training. Dr. Bourget last visited Africa in April, and will join the Foundation team journeying to the region in April 2014. The Foundation’s future goals are ambitious, but easily described: “To help two hospitals get bigger, better; to be able to offer some of the services we have in Canada — which is very simple

sometimes,” explains Dr. Bourget. “There are people in Benin who are anxious to be taught. The problem is a lack of resources and stability.” How long will it take to effect the dramatic improvements Dr. Bourget envisions? “I’m a bit of an optimist,” he muses. “I’d love to say the next 10 years.” Wherever Dr. Bourget’s practice may take him, his personal standard of care remains constant. “We’ve got to make sure that the patient gets treated in the way that you and I would like to be treated,” he says. “The patient comes first.”

Q&a: Question: Will I get the results I want from cosmetic surgery? Answer: Dr. Bourget suggests a simple test to discern whether cosmetic surgery might provide satisfying results: “Lie on your bed and look at a mirror. You’ve taken gravity away, so if you like the changes you’re seeing, a facelift or surgery might help.” Question: What’s the right time for a facelift? Answer: “Earlier is better,” says Dr. Bourget; younger skin could mean the difference between a “short scar” facelift and a more dramatic procedure. Opt for a facelift sooner, and “we’ll probably get more attractive, longer-lasting results, with fewer potential complications.” Question: How will I know I’ve found the right surgeon? Answer: “Choose a surgeon for expertise, not for their title,” says Dr. Bourget. “Ask potential surgeons how many surgeries they’ve performed and how long they’ve been operating. Have them show you pictures, too — of their own surgeries, not from a pamphlet.” Question: I’ve had cosmetic surgery. When can I return to work? Answer: Recovery time varies with surgery type. You may bounce back quickly; however, Dr. Bourget says, “We’ve got to be realistic. Any surgery can create bruising, swelling, discomfort.” If you’d prefer coworkers not realize you’ve undergone surgery, “The minimum time before we can remove sutures is five to seven days.” Question: How long will a procedure like a facelift last? Answer: Results depend on maintenance. In the case of a facelift, says Dr. Bourget, “if you don’t take care of your skin, it’s going to go back… If you’re a heavy smoker or ‘sun-worshipper,’ your skin tends to lose elasticity.” However, proactive maintenance (such as laser treatments) can enhance and extend results. Generally, “a facelift will last about 10 years.”

ABOVE Dr. Louis A. Bourget PHOTO by Jennifer Galliott

ABOVE client before and after treatment

testimonials (from renü website, “[...] When I met Dr. Bourget and Judy, I felt at ease immediately […] Prior to surgery, I met with Dr. Bourget twice to review the procedure and then again for my follow-up. The follow-up was excellent — thorough, kind and comprehensive. I am extremely pleased with my results, and I would recommend renü to anyone.” – Heather, 56 “Just wanted to thank renü and Dr. Bourget for the amazing work performed on me. Today I looked at a picture from a few years ago and the difference is startling. I’m extremely happy with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend your services.” – Allan, 55

“[...] I had eye surgery with Dr. Bourget. Since then, a friend of mine has expressed interest in having cosmetic surgery and I told her that she must visit renü. I had such a wonderful experience working with renü during my procedure that I want my friend to have a consultation with Dr. Bourget.” – Shelly, 40

Renü Cosmetic + Reconstructive Surgery 5943 Spring Garden Road, Halifax 902.492.1586 |





“I can pay my journey forward!” Although I was overweight, I was lucky to never have any healthrelated issues. But it constantly was embarrassing to be the overweight wife, married to a healthy fit, good-looking husband! I hated to meet new people. I figured everyone would look at us and think, “Why is he married to this fat woman?” When my son was about to start kindergarten, I dreaded being the “fat mom” at school. I never wanted either of them to be ashamed of me. When I heard about WLF, I thought, “OMG, it’s in Mexico! That can’t be safe!” After someone I know an amazing transformation with WLF, I started doing my research. Then I knew WLF was going to be my best chance at the life I always wanted. WLF is 100 per cent hands down the best team out there. My facilitator Julie has been incredible throughout my whole journey. Now eight months out, if I need anything at all she’s just a phone call away. When people ask me how I am doing now, all I can say is amazing. My whole family is all starting to eat better and make healthier choices. I love waking up in the morning and not feeling tired, depressed and angry about life. I can exercise. In fact, I’ve started running and soon I’m doing a five kilometre race. Something silly that I can do now is sit with my knees up by my chest. I could never do that before! I love life now and I can pay my journey forward! I have been blessed to become an independent WLF facilitator. By sharing my story with others, I can help someone else achieve this level of happiness. WLF saved me. Jen



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Physician, heal thyself – with help from WLF I’m a family physician. Like many of my patients, I have struggled with weight for a long time, despite trying many diets and exercise to lose weight. I had hypertension, daily heartburn and shortness of breath with any exertion. As a physician, I knew well the health risks of obesity. Melanie and Dr. Pompa have changed many lives. Now I have had over 100 of my own patients who had surgery through WLF. Having gone through the weight loss surgery myself makes a huge difference in how I counsel patients struggling with obesity. I understand what hard work it is to go through this process, but patients can also see the difference it made in me. I can more easily discuss with patients my experience with Dr. Pompa and her staff at the hospital. I am also able to help patients through the post op stages. It brings me great joy to see the trust that patients have in me when they realize that I was a patient myself. It feels good to have patients and friends compliment me on how well I look now. I enjoy having more energy and being able to exercise without limitation. Going up and down stairs is easy! It is wonderful to be off my blood pressure medication, to have no heartburn (which I had daily before!) and to have a normal cholesterol level again. Surgery seems like a drastic procedure to lose weight, but doing it with the support of the team at WLF and Dr. Pompa, this has been a success when nothing else worked before. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to improve my life and health, and to continue to support and counsel my patients who struggle with obesity.

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umerous studies have shown that a smile can boost a person’s mood, sending a message to your brain that it’s time to perk up! Having that perfect smile has never been more attainable. There are a multitude of different options for those looking to improve their smile, and one doesn’t have to do a complete dental overhaul. According to Dr. Daniel of Daniel Daniel Dentistry in Halifax, the most common approach is whitening. Dr. Daniel notes that most products result in the same effect. “At-home whitening techniques have become every bit as effective as in-office procedures. It is really just a matter of time to get your results. Inoffice whitening immediately gets teeth as

white as possible. At-home whitening takes 10 minutes a day for a period of time.” It is important to remember that in order to maintain your whiter smile, you will need to maintain an at-home treatment schedule for either approach. One cause for aging and discolouring teeth is old silver-mercury fillings, which darken teeth and can be visible when speaking or laughing. These fillings age over time and can be gradually replaced with white fillings. Individuals looking for this dental upgrade can choose between porcelain and plastic options for a whiter smile. Durability is an important factor for filling replacement. “Porcelain fillings last longer, they are as strong as natural teeth and are a long-term

option. Plastic fillings are more porous and weak; they are more of a short term option. It’s like the difference between a luxury sedan and an economy hatchback. Both are cars, but the materials and craftsmanship are different,” notes Dr. Daniel. Dr. Daniel says the thing that can age teeth the most can be a person’s bite. When teeth are misaligned, they become worn, misshaped and even cracked. Some of these concerns can be prevented by using tooth straightening technology. Invisalign clear braces are definitely a step up from the metal options previously worn and can be easily removed to brush and floss. After a series of dental trays, and six months to a year, you can have the smile you always dreamed of. People who have more serious dental concerns, such as snapped, cracked or missing teeth, may wish to pursue a complete smile makeover, an event that has literally changed people’s lives. Through the use of implants, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, amazing things can happen sometimes in as little as two appointments. “An imperfect smile can result in pain, poor overall health and a complete loss of confidence. People with dental problems live with them 24-hours a day for years; it really does affect the way they live. Dental aging is natural, after all teeth were only designed to last 30 or so years. Now that we’re living longer, we are concerned with how to best increase their longevity,” remarks Dr. Daniel. When pursuing a smile makeover, Dr. Daniel has some simple advice: ask your dentist about the best solution. “Make sure that you ask them a lot of questions, you really need to be confident in your choices because you are fostering a relationship of trust,” he says. Often, smile makeover clients are even able to test-drive their new teeth. A client can go out in the world, show their smile off to friends, live with them for a few days and then have it adjusted for a better look, as everyone’s idea of perfection is slightly different.


If a patient is nervous about going to the dentist, there are a number of clinics that now offer sleep or sedation dentistry. Actively avoiding dental treatment can put a person in a serious amount of danger. You can get infections that will start in the mouth and can spread from there; it’s not simply a vanity issue. “I love being able to really improve people’s lives. With a great smile they really do become different people and are able to do the things they always wanted to. A smile is really a fundamental part of confidence,” says Dr. Daniel.




How to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions with Ease BY MEGAN LUST

Sharing a dinner table, let alone a family feast, with someone who has special dietary requirements can be a challenge. It can be downright nerve-wracking. Put those fears behind you and embrace your next family dinner with an arsenal of tips and recipes for a happy and festive feast for all. Be Aware of CrossContamination

If you’re serving a guest with celiac disease or a serious gluten intolerance, crosscontamination can be a very real threat. Kindly educate the guests on the importance of not double-dipping or using the same utensils for spreading, dipping, scooping which have touched something with gluten or other allergens.

Know What You’re Serving

If you’re making Auntie Greta’s famous pumpkin pie, make sure you know what ingredients are in it for all guests invited. Some of your dinner guests may have dairy, egg, gluten or other allergies that you’re not aware of. If you’ve purchased a food item, it might help to keep the ingredients list handy for any who may need to check it (though you might not be able to pass off a storebought pumpkin pie as your own homemade this way!).

Be Inclusive

Nobody likes to be the odd person out at the dinner table. Nor does a person enjoy feeling awkward for having special dietary requirements. Providing a few special glutenfree and plant-based dishes for everyone to enjoy, especially those who might not be able to partake in anything else, is a wonderful way to share your hospitality.

planning you may find that with a few substitutions to your regular recipes they can easily become gluten-free and/or vegan and still taste amazing. Why not share the load and ask other family members or guests to each prepare a single dish to bring to share? Of course, you can choose to create an entire meal that is completely gluten-free and plant-based! Traditional autumn and winter family feasts generally include things like turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy with stuffing. There’s no need to try and replace the turkey with a faux meat substitute that’s not gluten-free when you can serve up something hearty and satisfying, and equally as festive, as Wild Rice & Pear Stuffed Acorn Squash. Enjoy the following recipe and over a dozen more gluten-free and plant-based recipes, appetizers, soups, side dishes, gravy, desserts, and much more in my complementary Family Feasts Cookbook available for download at

Megan Lust is a freelance writer and foodie, with a focus on gluten-free and vegan recipes. Visit her blog at or her FB page for more healthy eating ideas and recipes.

Make It Fun!

It might seem like a lot of extra work to prepare an entirely separate menu of glutenfree vegan items but with a bit of advance

Wild Rice & Pear Stuffed Acorn Squash A hearty and flavourful vegan and gluten-free main course so filling you won’t miss the turkey. Serves six to eight people. INGREDIENTS


4 acorn squashes 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper, sprinkled 1 cup brown and wild rice mix ¼ cup wild rice ½ cup red lentils 2 ¼ cups vegetable broth 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 rib celery, chopped ½ large white onion, chopped finely 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 large, firm Bartlett pear, unpeeled, chopped finely ¼ cup dried cherries, chopped ½ cup hazelnuts (or pecans), chopped 2 - 3 sprigs of fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme) Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. 2. Cut acorn squashes in half width wise and scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy bits. Drizzle the first amount of olive oil over the flesh side of the squash halves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place squash flesh side down on the baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350°F. 3. Meanwhile prepare the stuffing mixture by first rinsing the rice and lentils using a sieve to remove any extra starch and any foreign materials. In a large saucepan heat vegetable broth to a boil over medium-high heat and add the rice and red lentils. Let boil, uncovered, until the liquid is just barely below the rice, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer until all liquid is absorbed. This should take about 20 to 25 minutes in total. 4. While the rice is boiling, heat the second amount of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions, garlic and celery until they begin to soften ¬ about 6 to 8 minutes. Add in pear, dried cherries and hazelnuts. Sauté an additional 3 minutes. Do not let the pear get too soft. Add thyme, salt and pepper. 5. Add the cooked rice and lentil mixture to the skillet. Toss to combine all the flavors. 6. Stuff the cooked squash halves evenly with the mixture. Place in a large baking dish, cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Serve hot with your favourite side dishes.

EXPERTAdvice Age Reversing Magic

JoAnne Whynott Clinic Director and Injection Specialist The Landings Surgical Centre 1477 Lower Water Street Halifax 902.492.2007


e all do it. Gaze into a mirror; examine a wrinkle here, a laugh line there or a forehead crease just begging to be taken seriously. We’ve pushed, pulled and prodded wishing that magically they would all disappear. In the past, we were told to accept aging gracefully. Well, it is the future, when anti-aging injections and surgery have never been so advanced and affordable. At The Landings Surgical Centre, we perform age reversing magic for both men and women.

What is the greatest contributor to the appearance of an aging face? Wrinkles would be the most common answer, but in my opinion, it’s the




deflation and descent of the mid-face; especially the drop of the cheek down to the folds bracketing the mouth. As we get older, the loss of collagen and elastin causes the skin to become droopy and gravity moves everything downwards. The jowls are especially prone to decent and can cause the corners of the mouth to have a permanent frown. Also, with descent and droopiness of the cheek, there is a hollowing out of the lower eyelid region, a loss of cheek volume and the chin starts to sag.

How can this be reversed? We cannot reverse the aging process, but we can restore the face to its youthful appearance with the use of long-lasting, injectable fillers (Restylane® and Juvederm™, etc.) and neurotoxins like BOTOX® and DYSPORT®. When fillers are injected under the surface of the skin, there is volume restoration, which in turn corrects deficiencies at various levels of the face, creating a natural youthful appearance. When volume is added to the cheeks the skin is lifted upwards, which elevates the upper lip and jowls. I tell all my clients, while it’s the lift we’re after, the cheekbone accentuation is the bonus. Neurotoxins, on the other hand, relax the muscles and reduce contractions that cause wrinkles. Relaxing the frown lines, for example, gives the face a softer and more youthful

look. I see men and women in their early 30s who are taking a proactive approach to aging. Using neurotoxins to stop wrinkle formation is an increasingly common preventative measure. With increased aging, injectable agents may not be adequate to achieve the most desirable outcome and surgical options should be considered.

Why is it important to seek out expert injectors? Frequently, inexperienced injectors misdiagnose the anatomic cause of a problem. An expert eye will be able to determine the root cause and what approach is necessary to restore a natural, youthful look. A common rookie mistake is to see a line and fill it. This two dimensional approach to rejuvenation marginally improve ones looks — but looking 50 years old without wrinkles isn’t as good as looking 40. As mentioned earlier, deflation and descent cause the face to look older — returning lost volume to the cheeks, eyes, lips, etc. creates a younger looking face. Facial rejuvenation is not just a science; it’s an art form. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” At The Landings Surgical Centre we artistically create and restore beauty.

EXPERTAdvice Improving the Appearance of Wrinkles

Tricia Dauphinee-Bishop Clinical Skin Care Therapist The Landings Surgical Centre 1477 Lower Water Street Halifax 902.492.2007


he perfect compliments to injectable fillers are chemical peels and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI). There are many variables when it comes to peeling the skin. We need to consider not only the condition of the skin and the problem we are dealing with, but also lifestyle. Not everyone can take a week or more of “downtime” after an aggressive peel. Newer peel treatments require less downtime, but may be as effective as some stronger peels. My favourite peels are from our Environ skincare line, a patented lactic cool peeling system available in a cream formula that is suitable for all skin types.

Percutaneous collagen induction is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to more abrasive and invasive procedures. The simple technique involves a handheld roller tool with rows of fine needles that create minute channels into the dermis, inducing a natural process of skin rejuvenation. Needling of the skin creates tiny areas of trauma that initiate a natural process of healing, which releases numerous growth factors and also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and tighter with virtually no damage to the overlying epidermis. Topical vitamin A is well-known for its skin-normalizing effects. When it comes to wrinkles and sagging of the skin, the problems are in the dermis, where collagen has been damaged and has become thinner. Percutaneous collagen induction therapy is an ideal technique for improving appearance of wrinkles and shallow scars. The procedure is done with a topical anesthetic.

Do I need to change my skincare with the seasons? The change of the seasons is a great time to reassess our skincare needs. The harsh winter can cause turmoil to the skin; dehydration is a constant battle. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this winter: 1. Exfoliate: The key to keeping skin healthy and in a position to accept hydration treatments more effectively.

2. Hydrate: Inside and out, 2,000 milligrams of Omega 3 per day will enable your skin to keep its moisture from the inside out. Topically, our clients are big fans of our Vivier Facial Hydrogel. An exfoliated skin will drink this, being the catalyst for beneficial anti-oxidant treatments. 3. Correct: We use specific topical products that will penetrate the skin, working at the cellular level to improve moisture retention and nourish the cells for healthy renewal. The skin will thicken by 20 per cent, making a significant difference in appearance. The product contains multi-level support with a combination of vitamins A, C and E, along with antioxidants and peptides to achieve superior overall results. 4. Protect: While it’s true that UVB is not as strong in the winter, UVA is the same all year long. It is the cumulative effect of UV rays that cause the majority of environmental aging. Most people mistake environmental aging for chronological aging. If you commit to wearing and reapplying sunscreen 365 days a year, you will reap the benefits of healthier skin. It is a challenge to find a sunscreen that you enjoy using every day, but that is one of my first skincare goals when I meet my clients.




Plastic surgery with a state-of-the-art aPProach By Trina annand Photos Bruce Jollimore


ow you feel about the way you look can deeply affect one’s personality and self-confidence. The Landings Surgical Centre specializes in cosmetic surgery, which can revitalize and help to build one’s confidence. The expert staff has the artistic skill necessary to solve a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, helping clients achieve their goals. “Cosmetic surgery is very exacting. It is unusual in that patients are actually looking forward to a surgery and of course to the end results. Cosmetic surgery

brings joy to a person’s life,” remarks Dr. Louis Boileau. As board certified plastic surgeons and medical doctors, Dr. Boileau and his partner Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel are experts on the human body and know it inside out. As plastic surgery becomes more mainstream and less stigmatized, the team at Landings has developed their skills to meet the growing demand for both men and women’s surgeries. “Men get surgeries for different reasons than women. They are not trying to be more beautiful, they generally want to

look younger and more virile,” notes Dr. Bendor-Samuel. Gynecomastia is an important part of male plastic surgery in the practice. This breast reduction service allows patients to take control of their lives. “It can be mentally traumatizing for men who have larger breasts. They are devastated by it and it affects every part of their lives. It’s a relatively simple procedure and it makes them feel a million times better,” says Dr. Bendor-Samuel. Male patients are also increasingly interested in BOTOX®, fillers, eyelid surgery and liposuction. With Ultrasonic Liposuction (VaserTM),




clients can treat the stomach and love handles — areas that are traditionally difficult for men and women to target with exercise — with little to no down time, unlike traditional surgical methods. The increased self-confidence created by these surgeries is evident in every part of a man’s life. As a fully accredited state-of-theart facility, Landings Surgical Centre is dedicated to their clients. In the heart of the Halifax Waterfront, the fully-equipped facility is set up to accommodate overnight patient care following procedures like facelifts and tummy tucks. No other private facility in the Maritimes has this level of care. This allows for the best possible nursing and personalized pampering after surgery. Landings Surgical Centre even offers a private entrance and exit for clients if needed. “When having plastic surgery, you have to have confidence in the surgeon, the team behind the surgeon and the facility delivering the service. At Landings, we strive for excellence in all areas of our practice, we are perfectionists at heart,” notes Dr. Boileau. Landings offers a large variety of services to women. One unique service is the ‘mommy makeover’ which includes breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. The clinic also specializes in breast lifts and implants, body contouring, facial rejuvenating surgeries and fat grafting. Gaining popularity in recent years, fat grafting takes fat from one part of the body and moves it to an area that could use more volume with nearly invisible incisions. The clinic takes a whole body approach to the services they offer by including clinical skincare and scar revisions. When considering plastic surgery, it is important to do your homework and consider all your options. Just because you think something is out of reach, doesn’t mean that it is. “People assume that we are more expensive because we are located on the waterfront, but we are not. We work efficiently and as a result we are able to keep costs reasonable. It is a surgeon’s job to be able to communicate realistic expectations, after all we have to be able to deliver what we promise,” remarks Dr. Bendor-Samuel. There are times when clients have unrealistic goals for what can be achieved through surgery;




ABOVE Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boileau

this is why it is important to consult with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon. There are a number of people in Halifax doing cosmetic surgery, even facelifts, some of which are not medical doctors. The Internet is a great tool to learn more about your prospective surgeon. To achieve the best possible results, you need to have confidence in the surgeon you choose.

satisfaction is of paramount importance. Plastic surgery is not about vanity, it is about confidence. Why shouldn’t a person feel more attractive? We want to provide our clients with the best possible results and care. Why not look as good as you feel? Achieving this goal with a client brings a smile to my face,” says Dr. Bendor-Samuel.

When you are looking for cosmetic service, it is important to do your research and find a surgeon that offers the optimum mix of service and experience. “At Landings Surgical Centre, client

The Landings Surgical Centre 7A–1477 Lower Water Street Halifax 902.492.2007

EXPERTAdvice A Comparison of Saphenous Vein Stripping Surgery and Saphenous EVLT

Vein Stripping Location & Anaesthetic: Performed in the hospital under general anaesthetic as “day surgery” (planning on discharge the same day).

How Vein is Treated: Involves removal of refluxing (improperly functioning) saphenous veins by surgical “stripping.”

Procedure Details: Incisions made of varying lengths, usually at the groin and thigh. The top part of the vein is dissected, a wire is passed down, it is tied lower down and pulled out from under the skin. Often a number of additional smaller incisions are also made to pull out varicose veins with a hook.

Wait Time: Almost always only one leg can be operated on per surgery. To have both legs done would be too painful. Approximately one year per leg.

Possibility of Cancellation:

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aking a decision to have any kind of procedure can be very stressful. Having the best information and options available helps you make the best informed decision for your situation. Many do not know that there is another way to treat varicose veins other than with surgical interventions. Here is the truth about two.

Public hospital resources also have to be used for patients life threatening conditions so the initial wait time for vein surgery can be long and the possibility of getting cancelled last minute is fairly high.

Risks: Risks related to general anaesthetic include heart and lung complications. Risks with any surgery include significant bleeding, infection and scarring. Risk of nerve injury of varying severity: three to nine per cent. Risk of clot forming in the deep vein: two to five per cent.

Pain and recovery: Soreness for four to six weeks, sometimes longer. Most are too sore to work or engage in similar activities for most of that time. Narcotic analgesics (like morphine tablets) are usually necessary, at least at first.

Cost: Covered by provincial health care

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) Location & Anaesthetic: Performed at Valley Medical Aesthetics (all materials used are sterile and single use only), often with numbing cream and a relaxing pill.

How Vein is Treated: Involves treating the vein with heat generated by a laser fiber.

Procedure Details: Using ultrasound imaging and small needles, the vein is entered, then the laser is fired while removing it from the vein.

Wait Time: Almost none.

Possibility of Cancellation: Almost none.

Risks: No general anaesthetic risk. Virtually no risk of significant bleeding or infection (much less than one per cent). Risks of nerve injury or clot in the deep vein less than with surgery (one to two per cent). Very small risks of reactions to local anaesthetics or sclerotherapy.

Pain and Recovery: Most experience little discomfort with the procedure itself. Recovery is significantly better and faster than with surgical stripping. There may be some mild soreness but generally patients do not need to take time off of work or other activities. Narcotics not prescribed and pain relievers are usually not needed.

Cost: Not covered by provincial health care. Some extended health accounts offer coverage. Valley Medical Aesthetics package includes all follow up appointments, and sclerotherapy a few months later if needed. It is tax deductible as a medical expense. Financing is available.




Your ChoiCe for Better health Photos Natasha Poirier


hoice Chiropractic & Integrated Health Center Inc., a Dartmouth clinic founded by Dr. Erin KemptSutherland in 2009, offers health and wellness treatments to suit a variety of lifestyles. Currently, the clinic — which is constantly expanding its services — provides chiropractic care, acupuncture, Kinesio Taping®, naturopathy, massage, Pilates, orthopedic bracing, and custom foot orthotics, as well as innovative, cutting-edge Active Release Techniques (ART)®, Graston Technique, and lowintensity laser therapy. ART®, says Dr. Kempt-Sutherland, is “a soft-tissue, hands-on, manual technique that targets scar tissue deposits on soft tissues.” Scar tissue deposits — typically caused by either overt trauma or repetitive strain — can create “symptoms of weakness, tightness or pain.” During treatment, the patient moves the soft tissue affected by scar tissue from a shortened to a lengthened position, while a practitioner of the patented technique creates tension with their hands. So doing, says Dr. Kempt-Sutherland, “We’re able to diminish friction between layers of tissue and improve the overall function of the tissue.” “ART® got its start in treating triathletes,” notes Dr. Kempt-Sutherland. However, the techniques may prove effective for acute injuries (like joint sprains and pulled or strained muscles) or for anyone whose daily habits cause their body repetitive

strain — from office workers to longdistance runners. “Sometimes it’s not a movement, it’s a lack of movement, that will cause the repetitive strain.” ART® patients often see results quickly. “One of the good things about ART® is that we get people better in a relatively short period of time,” says Dr. KemptSutherland. “Generally, people start to notice an improvement after their first visit… within six or eight visits, people are often feeling significant improvement.” Graston Technique is another soughtafter therapy provided by chiropractors at Choice. “Graston is basically similar to ART in that it targets scar tissue,” says Dr. KemptSutherland. However, she explains, “Instead of our hands, we are using a stainless steel instrument that’s specifically designed and engineered for targeting scar tissue deposits on soft tissues.” Depending on the individual complaint, either ART ®, Graston or both may be employed. Dr. KemptSutherland notes that the instruments used in Graston Technique “are more sensitive, so we can feel things, oftentimes, that we might miss with our hands.”

wearing pacemakers or other permanent medical implements, such as bone plates and screws. “Because of the low-intensity nature of the laser, there’s no thermal effect… it’s actually nicknamed ‘cold laser therapy,’” explains Dr. Kempt-Sutherland. “There’s no heating; there’s no risk of burning bone, or heating up metal plates.” Choice Chiropractic enjoys constant growth. The clinic currently houses two chiropractors: Dr. Erin Kempt-Sutherland herself, and Dr. Warren Hefford, who specializes in working with athletes and is completing his chiropractic sports residency. Choice Chiropractic is also the professional home of Registered Massage Therapist Teresa Noye. Noye uses a range of massage techniques, including pregnancy massage, sports and Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. Choice Chiropractic recently added another massage therapist, Melanie Ball, Pilates instructor Susan Cook, and naturopathic physician Scott Woodworth to their roster. A physiotherapist will start work with them in February 2014. Dr. Kempt-Sutherland also envisions making personal training and yoga available. The ultimate goal, she says, is “a one-stop-shop for people’s ability to augment their health.” Choice Chiropractic’s patients are diverse. “We’ll see an eight-year-old gymnast… a 20-year-old rower… a 60-year-old retired teacher who wants to be able to keep playing with their grandchildren,” says Dr. Kempt-Sutherland. Each patient will receive a thorough, comprehensive experience. “You’re getting individualized care, and each and every visit, we’re reassessing your progress.”

Laser therapy is among the most intriguing modern health modalities. Through laser treatment, says Dr. KemptSutherland, light produced by a laser energizes cells to heal themselves. “We place the laser over the injured area [and] the cells… absorb that light and convert that light energy into usable energy by the cell,” Dr. Kempt-Sutherland explains. “We have two lasers at our clinic.” One — the Meditech BioFlex laser — is a top-tier model “considered the gold standard” by laser therapy practitioners.




Since laser therapy can facilitate healing in the deepest layers of cells, it can be effectively applied to complaints from the skin to the bone and joint level. “Some of the best research results for low-intensity laser therapy have been shown in cases of osteoarthritis and wound healing,” notes Dr. Kempt-Sutherland. Diabetic ulcers, for example, often respond well to laser therapy. Laser therapy is very safe. Unlike some other modalities, it may be safely used during pregnancy and by individuals

Choice Chiropractic patients are encouraged to engage in maintaining their health, often through prescribed therapeutic exercise. “No matter what the issue is, we’re always going to give you homework! It’s a team approach,” says Dr. Kempt-Sutherland. And it’s an approach that works. “Most people are very, very happy with their results,” says Dr. Kempt-Sutherland. “The results speak for themselves.” Choice Chiropractic 99 Main Street, Suite 4, Dartmouth 902.404.3668

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lassroom participation is an easy way for students to get extra marks; however, for many students, participating in the classroom is risky business. Raising a hand and offering a comment or asking a question can attract attention, and students run the risk of being wrong or even ridiculed in front of the class. Many students lack confidence in their learning abilities and don’t want to draw attention to themselves in the classroom. Still, for shy students, putting up their hands in class is a risk worth taking. With more than 30 students in the average classroom, it can be easy to be overlooked by teachers. Students don’t always have to know the right answer to be engaged in the classroom. By raising their hands in class, students let teachers know that they are paying attention and thinking about the lesson. Improved classroom participation leads to active thinking, which helps improve confidence, which helps students overcome classroom shyness. Regardless of whether students are called on, if they

know the answer or not, they should be raising their hand in class. This helps even the shyest student engage their brain and gain a better understanding of the subject matter. When students are confident about their learning, what is there to be shy about? For over 25 years, Oxford Learning has been helping students of all ages develop better school habits. Whether it is goal setting, reading comprehension, math skills, or homework help, Oxford Learning’s programs helps students start the year off on the right foot.

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Lorelei Burgess is the Director of Oxford Learning Halifax, Bedford, and Hammonds Plains. A mother of two, she is actively involved in the community through volunteering and mentoring. Lorelei was a Halifax Business Awards Finalist in 2013 for Business Person of the Year and Business of the Year. Lorelei is passionate about empowering individuals to be the best they can be and believes that everyone has the potential to excel when they believe in themselves.






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Shopping hotSpot Steeped in Halifax Heritage By Trina annand photoS Kailey Mander

A marine city steeped in naval and seafaring tradition, Halifax boasts an amazing waterfront. Nestled on its banks are the Historic Properties, which blend character-filled buildings with fantastic shopping and services that appeal to locals and tourists alike.

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1. Carrefour Atlantic Emporium and the Puffin Gallery A mix of a gallery, bookstore and gift shop, visitors can find a wide array of gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people on their list, or the perfect completer piece of art for their home. With an emphasis on local and Canadian products, customers can find the latest in Atlantic Canadian fiction mixed in with wooden toys, folk art and soapstone Inuit sculpture.

2. Limoncello Lifestyle Store: Shopping redefined With a focus on things that bring contentment to your lifestyle, Limoncello is the exclusive retailer of bright, fun and colourful Fiesta Dishware. The shop also offers a wide selection of hand-crafted sterling silver jewellery and ladies’ accessories, including eco-friendly OKA b. Footwear and beautiful scarves. For the men in the office, there’s Troika Collectibles. Canadian-made Hilborn Pottery is also a perfect gift, while the practicality and flexibility of Beyond A Bag will fulfill anyone’s needs.

3. Colwell’s Clothing A legend in men’s clothing in Halifax, Colwell’s offers some of the finest menswear in the city. Featuring fine lines such as Bugatchi, Viyella, Blu, Nautica, Ballin, horst and more, Colwell’s is the perfect shop to find gifts for that special fashion-forward man in your life. It’s also a great place for a special treat after a long week.

4. Lisa Drader-Murphy (LDM) A fantastic new collection clothing line created by the local celebrity designer that brought us Turbine, LDM offers limited-edition styles with signature accessories. Featuring raw silk wraps, luxurious wool vests, cropped jackets and sky-high booties, Murphy has returned to her roots with more exclusive and experimental pieces. LDM is the height of local luxury apparel for women of style.

5. Bounty Fashions Recently relocated in the Historic Properties with a larger and brighter space, Bounty provides personalized service and unique fashions for the stylish woman on your list. Offering Liverpool Jeans, which feature innovative denim that lifts and shapes a woman’s body, the shop also offers clothing from Neon Buddha, Spanner and Softworks. Meanwhile, eco-conscious lines such as Adventura and Miik create a perfect balance of style and comfort.


6. St. Lou’s Gentleman’s Barbershop Featuring well-tailored haircuts by the famous barber Rob Oxner, St. Lou’s is the perfect place to get a quick haircut during or after work, or to purchase quality men’s care products. With fast service that does not require an appointment, and the nostalgic touch of a straight razor and a warm towel, St. Lou’s promises total relaxation.

7. Oliver Soapery Add a relaxing touch to your week with soaps, creams, lotions and bath oils handmade in the Maritimes. With natural ingredients like olive oil, natural beeswax and cocoa butter, Oliver has something to soothe any skin type and a specialty line of men’s products that are perfect for stocking stuffers or an everyday skincare regime.

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8. Two If By Sea The longtime Dartmouth favourite for that perfect cup of coffee and flaky pastry has expanded across the harbour. With the philosophy of ‘quality is no accident’, the café welcomes visitors to stop for their morning cup and a decadent pain au chocolat, almond or prosciutto croissant.

9. Criollo Chocolate Inc. Featuring handmade truffles, chocolate confections and specialty imported chocolate you can’t find anywhere else, Criollo is the perfect place for those with a sweet tooth. Specializing in wedding favours and corporate gifts, the shop




offers wine and chocolate pairing events for the foodie in everyone.

10. Hart and Thistle Enjoy the relaxed seaside atmosphere of the waterfront’s only gastro pub with high-quality dishes and award-winning craft beers. Head chef Colin Stone creates culinary delights daily with a Nova Scotia twist using local ingredients whenever possible.

11. Salty’s Featuring the culinary expertise of head chef Troy Crawford, Salty’s has a split personality with casual, relaxed dining downstairs and more formal dining


upstairs. The city serves as its stunning backdrop, while a menu steeped in nautical tradition and flavour offers fresh seafood. Salty’s functions as the perfect meeting space for a working lunch. With ample parking, unique specialty shops and fantastic restaurants, The Historic Properties are the perfect place to shop after work or make a special trip downtown for a one-of-a-kind experience. Avoid the hustle and bustle of mall shopping with a visit to the historic Halifax waterfront shopping district.

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Shannon Shields, owner, and daughter Karley

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hannon Shields graduated from Dalhousie University with a Business Management Degree and worked happily for years before considering self employment. However, when she had kids, she found it surprisingly difficult to find products that were both educational and well made with a focus on sustainability. So when she was on maternity leave with her second child, she wrote a business plan for a store that would provide her community with products that matched her values. Situated in the ever-expanding Upper Tantallon area, The Cotton Penguin not only carries all the standard items you might need for your little one, but also a beautiful selection of exclusive and unique locally made products, from all-

natural laundry detergent to tutus, games and puzzles. A member of the East Coast Mama Collective, The Cotton Penguin carries a wide variety of products from local artisans, including custom-made dresses, cloth diapers, toys and boots. Shields always chooses merchandise that is environmentally sustainable and ensures that all the bath and skin products she orders are low in toxins and additives. Shields’ husband Adrian is a self-taught computer buff, and has recently devoted himself to finding and constructing computers that are affordable and educational for children, with practical features for kids who are ready to play and learn. “We offer a wide variety of computers geared for young learners and


experienced gamers, all customizable, depending on the age and interests of the child,” says Shields. One of the wonderful things about shopping at The Cotton Penguin is that you know whatever you buy has been hand selected by Shields for its quality and unique features. Shields is continually going the extra mile for customers. “The shop’s so close to home that I can come in on a Sunday morning and put together a gift basket for someone last minute, if need be,” says Shields. At The Cotton Penguin, you can rest assured you and your little ones will be well taken care of. The Cotton Penguin Upper Tantallon








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ince relocating from Hammonds Plains to Peggy’s Cove Road last year, Shear Indulgence has brought style and sophistication to a whole new neighbourhood. Staffed by owner/master stylist Jaime Rafuse and master stylist Jennifer Hamblin, this two-chair affair provides professional polish with a personal touch. “It’s a cozy setting, yet we offer the services of a big salon,” Rafuse explains. Those services include both the traditional (haircuts, hair colour, straightening treatments, perms, updos) and spa-style esthetic treatments (such as waxing, ear piercing, manicures and pedicures with OPI, SpaRitual, Artistic or Shellac polish).

Shear Indulgence also offers eyelash and eyebrow tinting and, most recently, ear candling. “It helps remove wax from the ears gently,” explains Rafuse, who has tried the process and given it her stamp of approval: “I love it!” Excellent service is essential to a small salon’s success, and Rafuse (who believes in “always greeting clients with a smile”) ensures each patron leaves satisfied. Communication is a major factor in giving clients what they want: “Before touching anybody’s hair, we have a consultation.” Furthermore, Shear Indulgence’s referral program provides a “thank you” bonus to customers who bring friends to the salon; loyal clients may even receive birthday perks via email.


When it comes to high-performance product, Shear Indulgence relies on L’Oréal Professionnel, Pureology and Mythic Oil. In addition, Rafuse hints, they’ll be offering facials as soon as she and Hamblin discover the perfect product line: something “simple, to-thepoint.” In the meantime, there’s plenty to tempt you at this little salon, the next time you’re feeling indulgent. Shear Indulgence 13589 Peggy’s Cove Road 902.405.4247 TOP LEFT L–R Jaime Rafuse, master stylist/ owner; Jennifer Hamblin, master stylist




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unnyside Mall has been an iconic part of the landscape in Bedford for almost 50 years. And as long-standing as our building is our reputation for unique boutiques and a quaint shopping atmosphere. Not to mention our renowned one-ofa-kind Marketside — a section of the centre that resembles a European open-air market with a variety of gourmet fresh food retailers, where people come together for a meal, a cup of coffee, networking, business meetings or simply to take some time to catch up with friends. The holidays at Sunnyside are no different. The festive atmosphere and spirited holiday events make it a fabulous place the whole family can enjoy. With one of the most popular Santa’s in HRM, you won’t want to miss your chance for a photo with the big guy

in the red suit. Santa arrives on Nov. 23 with a kickoff performance by the fantastic children’s band, Razzmatazz and a special reading of The Night Before Christmas. Festivities start at 9:30 a.m. Santa will be at Sunnyside Mall until Dec. 23 and photos are free with donations collected for Feed Nova Scotia. The gift-wrap booth will be available from Dec. 2 to Dec. 24, with all proceeds from the booth going directly to Feed Nova Scotia. Offering free aboveground and underground parking, Sunnyside Mall is accessible to everyone and is a great option on blustery days. Popular anchor tenants include Pete’s, Mark’s and Shoppers Drug Mart. For a complete list of shops, festive holiday events, and everything under the sun visit us online at

Sunnyside Mall | 1595 Bedford Highway, Bedford 902.835.5099 | Holiday Hours: (until Dec 23) | Weekdays – 9:30 a.m .to 9 p.m. Saturdays – 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Sundays – Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Craft Market – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 22 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



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ugar Shok opened on Portland Street last year. Since then, Stacey Campbell’s “candy boutique” has become the sweetest part of Dartmouth’s downtown landscape. “It definitely brightens up the neighbourhood,” says Campbell with a smile. “I’m the only candy store in Dartmouth.” Visitors to Sugar Shok will discover 50plus bulk candy varieties (11 sugar-free options allow all comers to satisfy their sweet tooth), as well as imported oldfashioned and naturally sourced candy. The shop’s local selections include Garrison Brewing’s Cannonball Soda; Maritime Marshmallows’ confections; and cake pops, chocolate crack and bestselling chocolate-dipped bacon from Sackville’s Fruitful Expressions.




In addition to candy, Sugar Shok stocks cards, gifts, party materials and toys for every age. Their masks and “emergency costume kits” can ensure a spectacular Halloween shindig. You will also find supplies for bachelor, bachelorette and birthday parties. Local giftware by businesses such as Truro’s Bent Humour Greeting Cards and the Dartmouth Clothing Company is also available. Sugar Shok’s candy bouquets and catering (delivered locally) allow Campbell to bring sweet treats to the community. Provide a price point, and perhaps a theme, and Sugar Shok can dream up endless arrangements and assortments for parties, gatherings and charitable events. (“I do a lot of donations in lieu of advertising,” she


notes). Staff will even assemble your treat bags or goodie bags, freeing up your time to decorate, send invitations or bake the perfect birthday cake. “Candy will make you feel good when you’re down, and better when you’re up,” says Campbell. “I want to help downtown grow, and I feel like I have.” Whether you swing by Sugar Shok to spice up a day at the office, or as the highlight on a family outing, this shop of sweet surprises is sure to impress. Sugar Shok 117 Portland Street Dartmouth above Stacey Campbell, owner





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The Parlour GranTs Your WinTer Glamour Wishes PhoTos Jennifer Galliott


rom holiday parties to Valentine’s dinners, family trips to New Year’s Eve soirees, you’ll want to look your best. Luckily, the stylists of The Parlour — Jenna Corkum, Lydia Handspiker, and owner Jacquelyn LeRue — know the secrets of cold weather glamour. Below, they share style and shopping advice for a flawless winter look. As invites roll in, plan your look ahead of time, suggests LeRue. She says proper prep is key to picture-perfect hair. “I recommend having colour done one week before an event — especially if




you’re making changes — to ensure it’s a colour you not only feel comfortable with, but love.” LeRue continues, “Everyone wants to look and feel their best during the holidays.” That’s why she advises enhancing your salon visit with a conditioning treatment to repair dry or damaged tresses, ensuring your colour is at its healthiest and most spectacular. The Parlour’s Kerastase treatments are uniquely formulated, so each client’s tresses get exactly the boost they need.


Cooler weather doesn’t necessarily demand darker hair, says LeRue, who suggests letting your skin tone guide your winter colour. “Many Parlour clients visit warmer climates during the winter, so their skin tone rarely changes,” she notes. “However, if you see less sun during the winter, you might consider a hair colour change to compliment your fairer complexion, and the deeper, warmer colours worn in cooler months.” Your stylist can suggest a shade to enrich your skin tone and add depth and shine on winter days.

Rich, luminous tones, soft ombré effects and multi-dimensional cuts are all important for show-stopping style. The Parlour’s stylists agree that winter’s “it” cut is the lob (“long bob”), a bob that extends below the shoulders; its length and layers allow hair to stay full, yet sway with your movements. “It’s sexy, yet polished,” says LeRue, “and pairs well with either a little black dress or your weekend sweater, scarf and skinnies.” Before you RSVP for any special event, reserve 30 to 45 minutes (on the day of, or day before) to experience The Parlour Signature Blow Out. “Better yet, ask a friend, co-worker, sister or daughter to join you!” A blow out will last for days, and can be maintained at home with your choice of Kerastase products. Two Parlour favourites are Powder Bluff (“the best dry shampoo on the market”) and Touche Finale (“a luxurious serum that minimizes frizz and flyaways”). “You’ll feel like a celebrity and have compliments rolling in,” LeRue promises. Whether you’re shopping for gifts or treating yourself, The Parlour’s retail section overflows with options. Kerastase’s “Moments Sublime” gift boxes are offered in eight varieties; each three-pack contains complimentary shampoo. Kerastase’s “Volumifique” volumizers are also new, and cute “downsized” Kerastase bottles are available. “They’re great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa ideas.”

Ascenta Skin devotees should note that the product is now offered in gel caps, which “travel with ease,” LeRue says. The Parlour’s gift cards are also attractive gifts — one the giver may enjoy alongside the recipient, since socializing and fun with friends are encouraged at The Parlour. In early 2014, LeRue even hopes to introduce a “beauty how-to night,” where Parlour stylists will teach guests tricks for home. All told, this Bedford salon has discovered great ways to ring in the New Year, and keep your look stylish ‘til spring.

The Parlour Boutique Salon 65 Dellridge Lane Bedford 902.446.7575 RIGHT Top To boTTom Lydia Handspiker, stylist; Jenna Corkum, stylist; Jacquelyn LeRue, owner, stylist





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Dancing For Our Stars Helps Bridgeway Students Shine Brighter BY REBECCA SCHNEIDEREIT PHOTOS BRUCE JOLLIMORE


ould you perform a dance routine for hundreds of friends, peers and family members? On Sept. 21, six local leaders did just that. The occasion? “Dancing for our Stars” — a Bridgeway Academy fundraiser that supports youth with learning disabilities by placing volunteers centre-stage. Executive director Lucinda Low established Bridgeway in 1983. “I needed someplace for my son to attend,” she explains. “We ended up with one teacher, one student, at my kitchen table… and we

just continued to grow.” Bridgeway now runs classes in Dartmouth and Truro for around 90 and 20 students respectively, Low says.

“But knowing Nali, and how good she is at doing this kind of thing, it wasn’t a huge leap of faith to put it in place… we now have three years under our belts.”

Nali George, the mother of one of those students, brought the Dancing for our Stars idea to Bridgeway in 2010. “I came up with this concept because of the TV show, Dancing with the Stars,” she says. “Dancing is a great way to celebrate, and it’s a form of healing — and why not focus on the ability, instead of disability?”

George, Low, and Bridgeway’s director of development, L. Paul MacInnis, handle much of the annual preparation. “We start planning about nine months before,” says George, noting that volunteers are required at every level to stage the event. “The secret to success: Incredibly supportive sponsors from across the business community, passionate and dedicated dancers, our celebrity judges,

“We met, and talked about it, and it was really impressive, and scary,” says Low.





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spotlight and our commitment to keep the event fun and full of entertainment from start to finish.” 2013’s Dancing for our Stars saw Margaret Fountain, Jen Nicholson, Stewart Robinson, Lynne Simmons, Marc St-Onge and Royden Trainor take the dance floor, raising a combined total of more than $360,000.

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to make change.

Marc St-Onge, Ascenta Health’s CEO/ founder, saw Bridgeway as a fitting professional cause for Ascenta, whose Omega-3 supplements “are very much connected to this element of learning, brain health, brain function,” he explains. St-Onge’s professional contacts “gave a big boost to my overall fundraising… I was really overwhelmed with the amount of support that I did get from my particular business network.”

– Lucinda Low, Bridgeway’s executive director

St-Onge’s choreography strayed from the beaten path. “Traditionally, the event is focused around one of the ballroom genres,” he explains. However, “I just always had this desire to learn hip hop.” With the help of Alexis Cormier and her hip hop dance company, The Woods, StOnge mastered a routine. “It was very fast, and very intricate, and very different from anything I had ever done,” he admits. But St-Onge learned fast: “After probably about four weeks, I was really picking it up.” Coming into Dancing for our Stars, Margaret Fountain was “nervous at the prospect of doing something like this, and excited at the opportunity,” she says. One-time Halifax Dance student, Fountain prepared a tango number with help from Edgett Dance Centre. “Like many people, I enjoy dancing, so was happy to take on the task.” Fountain led Dancing for our Stars’ fundraising, bringing in just over $148,000. “That’s thanks to my team,” she says. “I had about seven people helping me… we sat down and pulled together a list of people we wanted to ask to help, and fortunately, there were a number of people who got behind us.” Dancing for our Stars struck especially close to home for lawyer/dancer Royden Trainor. “I’m also an individual that was diagnosed with having a significant form of dyslexia and dysgraphia,” he says. “It was a school very much like Bridgeway that really rescued me.” Even a longdistance job at the Ontario College of





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of the special contribution made by everyone associated with this critically important project. For me, it was about the passion of unlocking potential. – Royden Trainor, dancer

Trades couldn’t stop Trainor from participating. “Every Friday, I flew out, back to Halifax, to take dance lessons,” he explains — thus gradually perfecting a jive number with a partner from Edgett Dance Centre. When the “big night” rolled around, Dancing for our Stars’ judging panel consisted of Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Rex Harrington and HRM Mayor Mike Savage. However, Fountain, St-Onge and Trainor managed to overcome any preshow jitters. “I think I was more nervous during the practice, because it’s the first time you’re on a stage,” says Fountain. “Moments before going onstage, I was completely calm.” In addition to dancing, Trainor served as a spokesperson at the event. “There were 800 people there,” he notes. “I think after my conversation with them, those 800 people have a better understanding of the importance of what Bridgeway is, and what a learning disability is… I tried to talk about the enormous potential —

and the risk of wasted potential — that is available to communities, to society, to families and to workplaces, when you address a learning disability in the right way,” he continues. “Bridgeway is about making sure everybody can unleash their full potential… my focus and responsibility was to raise awareness and understanding, even more than raising cash, and I was very pleased with the impact.” Motivational speaking and public speaking have long been among Trainor’s strengths. “This is about moving heart and head, and what I do best.” Based on the reception of his comments at Dancing for our Stars, he expects to continue speaking about learning disabilities and similar topics in future. “My phone has been ringing off the hook, for people asking me to do motivational speaking, and to build a greater understanding of leveraging opportunities to help people reach their fullest potential,” says Trainor. “I’m doing my best to answer them!”


Funds raised through Dancing for our Stars, says Low, will support Bridgeway. “As a charity, everything that we raise, or do, all goes back into the charity again, to provide programming,” she explains. Contributions might be made to student bursaries, to the “future building growth fund,” or to one of Bridgeway’s longterm goals. “One of the big plans that we have is to be able to have a location in each of the school boards throughout the province.” Dancing for our Stars’ organizers and participants seem to overwhelmingly agree that youth with learning disabilities can thrive when provided with a solid foundation — like that offered at Bridgeway. “The easiest thing to do, for a student with a learning disability, is to drop out of school,” says Nali George. “Help keep them in school, that’s what Bridgeway is doing… they can learn and they can graduate from school, and nothing should stop them from that.”




InspIrIng performance Fall River School of Performing Arts Setting the Standard for Artistic Development By Katrina Geenevasen Photos Geoffrey CreiGhton


rom the moment you enter the doors of the Fall River School of Performing Arts, you’re enveloped in the sights and sounds of creativity; a student diligently mastering the harmonic strings of the violin, the sweet notes of a child singing, the sound of feet thundering across a dance floor. “It’s an eclectic atmosphere,” says Virginia Cox, owner of FRSPA.

for the performing arts. Currently, there are more than 400 students enrolled, mastering the art of music and dance with the assistance of the school’s topnotch instructors. “The teachers are willing to go the extra mile here,” says Cox. “Their pay is not just monetary. A lot of time, it’s for the pure knowledge that they’ve made a difference and have been a part of our school.”

to their students with every lesson. “It’s about being involved and caring about where the students are going,” says Cox. “We’ll never lose that.”

Since opening its doors in 2002, the family-run school has evolved from a small creative academy into a mecca

She says the teachers at the Halifax school have proven themselves time and time again, showcasing their dedication

Several of the school’s teachers have produced their own albums, including fiddle and piano teacher Kimberley




“It’s great to see the weekly improvements my children are making,” says Kendra Flynn, who has two children enrolled at FRSPA. “They learn so much in just one class.”

I look forward to it. FRSPA is full of very talented teachers. It’s obvious when you walk in that they are happy, and love what they do.” Other students feel the same way. “My children and myself are encouraged by the positive learning environment provided at the school, and we would certainly recommend their programs to others,” says Jill Reid, a mature student mastering the art of the bass guitar at the school. “FRSPA instructors are the real deal. [They are] true musicians teaching the skills and knowledge amassed from a life of performing. They are teaching me the skills and knowledge to develop my own musical ability, all while maintaining a positive learning environment for myself and my children.” Any student with a love of music is guaranteed to receive a learning experience at FRSPA that is second to none. Beginning with one-on-one attention with their instructor, each student works toward performing their new talents at one of the school’s term recitals. At FRSPA’s recitals, students can either perform solo, or in an ‘Insta-band’ — performing with a group of students as a band. The Insta-band performances often inspire students to join an ensemble class at the school, where they can practice playing music alongside other students every week. Those interested in dance are also treated to a unique and personalized experience at FRSPA. There’s a variety of styles for students to choose from, including jazz and hip hop. The school also offers the Royal Academy of Dance Program with Carol Jedidi, a renowned ballet instructor.

Holmes, and drum teacher Zach Smith — who both have toured with some of the top musicians in Canada. Piano teacher Ian Bent — who has packed venues across Canada and the U.S. with his bands Acres and Acres and Caledonia — is yet another teacher who just recently released an album. The school itself deserves bragging rights, as well. Many of the school’s students have gone on to become professional musicians and can be seen touring across Canada. Just recently, a group of students




— featuring the inimitable talent of 15-year-old Madeline Teele — recorded two songs. “Set it on Fire!” was recorded with Evan Meisner, who is not only the lead vocalist of the band Gloryhound, but one of the school’s instructors as well. The second song, “Let it Shine,” was recorded in Joel Plaskett’s studio. Both songs have been garnering all kinds of attention online. Teele is quick to point out how much she loves FRSPA. “Everyone is so nice,” she says. “Going to class is always fun,

“It’s nothing short of amazing to be witness to the students’ blossoming talents,” says Cox. She is, after all, passionate about the performing arts and all it entails. “We love what we do because we know that we’re making a difference, and there’s nothing that feels better than that,” she says. Be sure to view “Set It On Fire!” and “Let It Shine” by visiting the school’s website. Fall River School of Performing Arts 454 Windsor Junction Road 902.861.2227

Join us for a night of divine food, fine wine, unforgettable music and awe-inspiring dancing in support of Halifax’s premier dance school.

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lmost a quarter of a century ago, Halifax Dance, Mermaid Theatre, and Symphony Nova Scotia undertook a joint production of The Nutcracker. The famous Tchaikovsky ballet, derived from E. T. A. Hoffman’s tale, had already enchanted generations of audiences worldwide. However, “prior to that, I don’t think that anyone in the community had ever discussed doing a Nutcracker,” says original choreographer and director Leica Hardy.

were sometimes more concerned with spectacle than plot. “I wanted there to be a logical emotional development.” Hardy and Mermaid Theatre’s Graham Whitehead collaborated on an overhaul of the text, excising elements vital to some stagings (the Sugar Plum Fairy, for instance, is nowhere to be seen). The risks they took paid off; the revised take possesses remarkable emotional resonance. Set at a girls’ boarding school during the winter holidays, it’s a wistful examination of loneliness and jealousy, as well as first love and friendship. “For some children, it’s just a simple story about Clara, and fighting mice, and going off to a magic castle,” says Hardy. “For an older viewer, it’s a rite of passage for Clara into adulthood… it has a variety of layers.” Youth and adult performers share the stage in many Nutcracker productions. In this regard, Halifax’s version adheres to convention. Dance students perform ensemble pieces and some solo parts, while leading roles like Clara and the Nutcracker are played by professionals. This year, Vivika Ballard will reprise her 2012 role as Clara. “Viv has a lovely, natural classical style,” says Hardy. “She was originally from here, from Halifax, but graduated from the professional program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.” Henry Jackson will dance the titular Nutcracker, as he has since 2004.

The results of the collaboration were exquisite. Mermaid Theatre’s puppets, dozens of dancers, and a full orchestra brought Tchaikovsky’s score to vivid, joyful life: Halifax had a new tradition. “We’re now starting our 23rd season,” says Hardy, who has since founded the Leica Hardy School of Dance and continues to direct and choreograph The Nutcracker. More than two decades later, she says, “The storyline is absolutely the same.”




That said, the Halifax Nutcracker’s story diverges from the typical framework, partly through necessity. “Traditional Nutcrackers require, usually, a lot of male dancers,” says Hardy. “That pool of dancers was just not in the city… it had to be a predominantly female cast.” Reworking the narrative was also a matter of artistic preference. “Frequently, I don’t find in traditional versions that there’s a great deal of logic,” she says, noting that ballets of The Nutcracker’s era

Twenty-three Nutcrackers in, one of Hardy’s favourite aspects of the show is its audience. “When we go from the battle scene to the snow scene, because you’re going from dark to bright light… you’ll often hear ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’,” she says. “Or you’ll occasionally get the odd comment for the snake [puppet]… a young child will tell Clara to ‘watch out!’ You’ll occasionally get things blurted out from the audience, by the children, and it’s wonderful. You know you’ve suspended reality when that happens.” Inspired fusion is The Nutcracker’s ‘modus operandi.’ Fusion of ballet, orchestral accompaniment, and puppetry; of established and fledgling dancers; of classical musical and contemporary staging. Twenty-two years after its premiere, this polished production is still utterly unique, a Maritime gem to be treasured by music and dance devotees province-wide.


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CatCh Up With Joel plaskett… and Meet Mo Kenney By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos GeoffRey cReiGhton


oel Plaskett is both Nova Scotia’s de facto national rock representative, and a “local legend” beloved at home. From Cheticamp to Shelburne, you can’t set an iPod to “shuffle” or spend a night on the town without hearing a Plaskett tune. But unless you have a finger on the pulse of Maritime music, you may not have heard Mo Kenney, the fledgling folk-rocker whose debut — produced by Plaskett — turned heads nationwide. Plaskett and Kenney were introduced years ago, when Plaskett visited Halifax’s Shambhala School as an invited lecturer. “There was a little recording studio that was set up there,” recounts Kenney; various musicians, including thenteenaged Kenney, had the opportunity to play for Plaskett. “The feedback he gave to everyone about their songs was so thoughtful,” she says. “I remember just trying to soak up everything he was saying.” Plaskett recognized Kenney’s potential instantly. “She played a song or two, and I was like ‘holy smokes,’” he says. “Her music had a real intensity about it that was remarkable, I thought. And she was quite an accomplished guitar player, even at that age.”

After that first meeting, Plaskett and Kenney went their separate ways. Plaskett released triple album Three in 2009; Kenney honed her lyrical voice. “I just had a notebook with me at all times, and I was constantly writing things,” she says. Three years passed before Plaskett’s manager asked him to suggest guests for a songwriting camp, and Plaskett offered her Kenney’s name. Kenney’s adult work spoke for itself, and 2010 found Plaskett producing her first album. The 2000s have seen Plaskett’s talents turned more frequently toward production. “I’ll just take on a couple projects every year with somebody other than myself,” he explains (past “somebodies” have included David Myles and Sarah Slean). His production values are deliberately lo-fi; a tape machine provides his signature sound. “It just softens things,” he says. “When they’re tracked digitally, things can get kind of glassy.” Plaskett is also a minimalist with an appetite for authenticity. “I don’t always respond to really slick or dense music,” he says. “My favourite music is often regional… my favourite U2 is when they sound Irish.” Kenney recorded her eponymous debut at Scotland Yard, Plaskett’s first studio: “a tarpaper-covered shack,” in his words. Plaskett has since moved studios, and nostalgia doesn’t seem to have tinted his memories of his former space. “I could throw a mic and hit the far end of the room, and the drums would still sound the same,” he laughs. “You couldn’t run the air conditioning while you were recording, because it was too loud for such a small room, and so you would just melt, melt, melt.” Still, you might say Scotland Yard made its mark on Plaskett. “I was producing Two Hours Traffic, and there were five of us in there,” he recounts. “The place was sweltering with all the gear on, and then, it was freezing outside. The door swelled, and I was locked in — and I cut my hand trying to get us out!” Within Scotland Yard’s 300 square feet, Kenney’s first album took shape. “That was a super cool process, bringing all those songs that I had had forever to life,” says Kenney. “I had never recorded any of them, really, in a professional studio.” The record’s track list includes both mature work and teenage compositions; first LEFT Photo submitted

acoustic sets: “I think that’s super smart, to give everyone’s ears a rest and break up the show a little,” she says. “I kind of stole that little trick from him.” October saw Kenney and Plaskett double-heading two Symphony Nova Scotia shows for the Halifax Pop Explosion. And by the time this issue is in your hands, they’re probably already back in the studio: Kenney will be recording her sophomore effort at New Scotland Yard, Plaskett’s recently-opened second studio which, he notes, features both a lobby and air conditioning. Kenney suspects her second album will emphasize on more recent, darker material, showcasing a harder rock sound. Plaskett will again produce, but plans to take a hands-off approach. “The challenge on the next record — that I’m looking forward to, actually — is hearing less of myself on it,” he says. “She’s just more surefooted, as an artist, and so my job as a producer is going to be to show that off.” When Kenney and Plaskett wrap her second album, they’ll likely part ways once more. Kenney expects to be “touring and writing… I think that’ll be my life for the next few years.” Plaskett, meanwhile, has winter shows lined up out west, plus more producing on the horizon; having taken New Scotland Yard’s maiden voyages with Kenney and, earlier, Great Big Sea’s Sean McCann, he’ll next produce James Hill, whom he calls a “ukulele virtuoso”.

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song “Eden” is the same piece Kenney played Plaskett at Shambhala years ago. Plaskett co-wrote two tracks, “Déjà Vu” and “Scene of the Crime.” (“You can hear bits of Joel’s influence through the record,” says Kenney. “He definitely has a style as a producer.”) Throughout the album, Plaskett supports Kenney’s guitar and voice with bass and drums. “I thought it would be neat to put some more rhythm to it… to give it a little more bounce outside the traditional singer/songwriter framework, because I

think she’s more than that,” he explains. “I didn’t want it to be just her and a guitar.” The partnership hasn’t been confined to the studio; Kenney also opened on Plaskett’s trans-Canada tour. “That was my first real tour… a pretty luxurious introduction to touring, which was good, because I needed to be eased into it,” admits Kenney, adding cryptically, “There were some hilarious motels.” Kenney has since completed a second tour as a headliner. She’s adopted Plaskett’s tendency to alternate full-band and

After that, the veteran rocker hopes to take his own turn in front of the microphone and record a new album — his first since 2012’s Scrappy Happiness. So far, says Plaskett, “I’m not sure if it’s with the Emergency, or myself. I’m just putting the songs together right now, and trying to connect the dots between them in my mind... I’m not rushing, because when I dive in, it takes over my life.’” Solo, Joel Plaskett and Mo Kenney are forces to be reckoned with; together, they’re one of the province’s most exciting musical partnerships. “I feel a definite connection to her record, and to her as an artist,” says Plaskett. “Mo’s record is one that I think is one of my strongest collaborations.” Whatever’s next for these two, Fine Lifestyles is looking forward to it.




Halifax Dance Celebrates

40 Years of Step-by-Step Dance Distinction

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t’s only right that a dance school should grow by leaps and bounds. Halifax Dance was founded 40 years ago, beginning as a pay-what-you-can in 1973; now it’s the backbone of dance in HRM. Throughout the last four decades, the school has remained a non-profit, guided by passion for the most dynamic of artistic disciplines. “We’re dedicated to the development of the art form, and




to supporting a community of dancers,” says general manager Leah Hamilton. A tour of Halifax Dance may take you past a roomful of teens stomping out hip-hop beats; a flock of preschoolers perfecting their pirouettes; an adult class de-stressing with flamenco or Pilates; or an inclusive movement class for students with special needs. Beginning and

advanced dancers, young and old, visit Halifax Dance — for enjoyment, exercise and a sense of community. Regardless of the class, Halifax Dance’s teaching is always of the highest standard. “Our senior teachers, who teach the pre-professional dancers, also teach the three-year-olds,” says principal Alicia MacDonald.

In addition to recreational classes, Halifax Dance sets students on professional paths through the Intensive Training Program and Young Company (now in its 25th year). “Our goal is to have the Young Company experience what it’s like to enter a professional dance company,” says MacDonald; members work with some of the community’s foremost choreographers and production personnel. While Halifax Dance students soar to success internationally, they also continue to see the school as a safe harbour, says Hamilton. “Halifax Dance is the touchstone for many people who have gone on to dance careers… it’s a place to come home to.” Nine artistsand companies-in-residence — including Mocean Dance and Compania Azul — are professionally headquartered at Halifax Dance. As the next generation of dancers — recreational and professional — take the stage, Halifax Dance will help them find sure footing. The last 40 years are cause to celebrate; the next 40 are even more exciting.






ith the curtain drawn on the 33rd annual Atlantic Film Festival, organizers couldn’t be more thrilled. Featuring more than 180 films and a full slate of special events presented over eight days in Halifax, the festival promised something for everyone — and organizers certainly delivered. “It has been extremely successful,” says Wayne Carter, executive director of the Atlantic Film Festival. “One of the things at the end of the day that makes our film festival so successful is our Atlantic Canadian film content. And this year, we were blessed with an enormous amount of great films from our region.” Offering a first look at the best international films of the festival season, the not-for-profit AFF is a champion of local filmmakers, and attracts some of the biggest players in film, media and music from around the world. Carter says that this year the programming team knocked it out of the park.


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“The theatres were full. People were remarking to me how there had never been so many lineups, and there was so much excitement,” says Carter. Dramatic comedy The Grand Seduction kicked off this year’s festival at Park Lane on Sept. 12. The film, directed by Don McKellar, dazzled audiences with its unique storyline, says Carter. “It’s an absolutely incredible movie, so to have this as an opening night film sort of tipped the film festival off in a great way,” he says.

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33rd Annual Atlantic Film Festival Best Atlantic Feature: Arctic Defenders - John Walker Aside from showing great films, overall accessibility was a main goal for festival organizers eager to transform the historic coastal city into a mecca for the arts. “What we’re really trying to do in our market is have people in Atlantic Canada feel like the film festival is open to everyone, and that we have something on our program for everyone. It’s not a velvet rope scenario,” says Carter. This year, the AFF proudly launched a number of new programs to meet those very goals. “Cinéma En Français S.V.P.” took place over the course of four days, and featured 18 French language films from Canada and around the world. Meanwhile, another new program, aptly named Industry Day, gave industry personnel and craftspeople the opportunity to meet, network and celebrate with each other. “It was a great opportunity for local craftspeople, as well as for the public, to come and get an inside look at the industry,” says Carter. “We had never done this before, but this is certainly a

project we will be building and expanding on next year and years after, because it was very well-received.” The long lines of eager moviegoers, says Carter, spoke to the overall success of the entire festival. “It was amazing,” he says, bursting with pride during his interview with Fine Lifestyles. “In the first weekend, there was this huge selection of films that were sold out.” Reflecting on the overall success of the festival, Carter makes it clear he couldn’t be more proud or more grateful for the audiences and the people who made it all happen. “I’m thankful to the audience, to all the people who showed up. You can do all the planning that you want, but if people don’t show up, it’s all for naught. We’re honoured that so many people decided that they wanted to take a look at the film festival this year, and we hope they had a good time, so that they’ll want to be involved again next year, and take part in whatever it is that we cook up for them.”

Best Atlantic Short: Infanticide! - G. Patrick Condon Honorable Mention: Foam Drive Renegades - Adam DeViller Joan Orenstein Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress: Kristin Langille -There Are Monsters Honorable Mention: Evany Rosen - There’s Been A Terrible Mistake David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor: Mark Critch - The Grand Seduction Honorable Mention: Matt Amyotte - There Are Monsters Script Development Award: Niagara Falls (And Other Stories) John Hillis 10 x 10 Emerging Artist Award: Filmmaker - Matthew Ingraham & Musician - Shaun LeBlanc Special Recognition for Animation: Kreb - Tim Tracey




he library of the 21st century is breaking the mould. The new Halifax Central Library, currently under construction on the corner of Queen Street and Spring Garden Road, will be much more than four walls to house books; it will be a hub of information, as well as a centre for socializing. The more than 100,000-square-foot space will engage the public like never before, with multifunctional, interconnected




spaces, which will allow citizens and visitors to get the most out of the library and city experience. The re-envisioned Halifax library, designed by international architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen and local firm Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, takes into consideration the historical context of our naval city. “Halifax is a city built on naval heritage,” says architect Morten Schmidt. “At its highest point, the Citadel

stands watch over the horizon. The view lines of the Citadel and the way the street grid is interrupted by the diagonal streets surrounding the Citadel shaped our vision for this building. It is a space of angles, the horizon and history.” Another local feature that shaped the library was its location on the former grounds of Bellevue House, the residence of the commander of British regiments stationed in the city in the 1800s and later turned into a

parking lot in the 1950s. The mansion had impressive grounds that were rumoured to have been the inspiration for Spring Garden Road’s name. As a result of these famed gardens, the glass-covered space welcomes the outdoors in and features a leaf patterned fretwork motif. As a way of preserving the history of the space, the architects also designed around the mature trees surrounding the site, saving as many as possible.

Seeking LEED Gold Certification seemed like a natural choice for a building that embraces nature as the new library has. “It is easy for anyone to say they have a green or sustainable building, it’s called ‘green washing.’ That is why it is important to have LEED Certification, to prove your project is all it was meant to be. This building proves that Haligonians are excited about something new, that modern architecture has a place in our very historic city. It is

the first iconic modern building to go up in the city and I think there is an interesting juxtaposition in pairing modern and historic architecture,” remarks architect George Cotaras. The library will feature a green roof, viewable from the city living room on the fifth floor, which will insulate the building. The water captured on this rooftop will be reused in the bathrooms to flush the toilets. With the atrium skylight and glass walls, the library will require




with a volunteer, connect with others, pursue their creativity and take in a free concert,” says Bruce Gorman, director of the Central Library and Regional Services. With dedicated spaces for different age groups, the building is designed to get quieter the higher up you go, allowing visitors to craft their own library experience. Multifunctional spaces are the key to maximizing the potential of the new space. On the first floor, the Paul O’Regan Hall is the perfect place to read on stepped benches and enjoy the ebb and flow of the community with a coffee. Later in the evening, this space can be transformed into an auditorium for a concert or performance, revealing hidden seating. The second floor will be for children and teens with an architectural book tree for younger children to play around. The floor will also contain a creative space for youth, a recording studio that will be stocked with instruments and the tools to record their own music. “The library is a social equalizer; a place that is meant to serve the visitor. A space that can achieve so many things for so many different people,” notes Gorman. The new space will also make way for technology in its everyday function. Checking books out will be easier and faster with self-checkouts. Radio frequency ID tags will reduce the time it requires to scan books and a new automated book handling system will ensure that out-of-city citizens get their requested books faster. There is also talk of a portable device lending system that will allow visitors to borrow technology from the library. There will also be Wi-Fi throughout the building, allowing guests to use their own devices in the library to work or interact.

minimal light during daylight hours, further reducing its carbon footprint. The building has been designed to make everyone think about our environmental future. As a library, it will be greatly expanding its collections for all age groups, as well as its overall size, but what makes this a truly unique space is the options it will provide the community: meeting spaces, new programs and extended education options. “Central libraries are a concept




that is gaining strength around the world. It is a social capital. We are a vibrant city, but as our society advances, we seem to be losing public space. Central libraries address this issue by creating a social infrastructure. Libraries are no longer book warehouses; they are a place where people can create a space of their own to focus on what they want, whether it is read a newspaper, learn a new skill, perfect their English skills

In a digital world, libraries create a space where society and culture can meet, where people can meet and mingle. “In many ways public spaces are disappearing,” notes Schmidt. “Technology is changing how we organize ourselves; people do genuinely feel a desire to be around one another now. This is a space for interaction, to feel like you are part of a greater community.” To learn more about the new Halifax Central Library project, or to watch the building progress on the live webcam, visit

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Winter 2013






A Christmas Carol Neptune Theatre November 26 to December 31

Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting Sullivan’s Pond December 7

Symphony NS Symphonic Christmas Spectacular Rebecca Cohn November 29, December 1

Ha!Ha!Ha!lidays Schooner Showroom Casino Nova Scotia December 13, 14, 20

Ron James Rebecca Cohn December 1

The Patron Saint of Stanley Park Alderney Landing Theatre December 13-15, 20-22

A Christmas Carol Coastal Dance Theatre Alderney Landing Theatre December 6-8

Frank Mills in Concert: “Music Box Dancer Christmas” Rebecca Cohn December 16

Sons of Maxwell Christmas Schooner Showroom Casino Nova Scotia December 15

Johnny Reid Halifax Metro Centre December 18

Symphony NS The Nutcracker Rebecca Cohn December 6, 7,8, 12, 14

Barra MacNeils Christmas Rebecca Cohn December 21

John Gracie Christmas, Featuring Samantha Gracie Schooner Showroom Casino NS December 21

Having Hope at Home Neptune Theatre January 14 to February 9

Tell it on the Mountain Alderney Landing Theatre December 26-31

Elvis to the Max Schooner Showroom Casino Nova Scotia January 17, 18

The Joel Plaskett Emergency Schooner Showroom Casino Nova Scotia December 30

Blue Rodeo Halifax Metro Centre January 31

New Year’s Eve Celebration Grand Parade December 31

Dean Brody Halifax Metro Centre February 1

Matt Mays Schooner Showroom Casino Nova Scotia December 31

Oil and Water Neptune Theatre February 18 to March 9

2013 Sobeys Art Award Exhibition Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Until January 5

Chicago Halifax Metro Centre February 23





COOK! By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos Kelly neil

On October 17th, the Cunard Centre hosted what could be the Maritimes’ swankiest kitchen party, Gold Medal Plates. At this multi-faceted, multi-city fundraiser for the Canadian Olympic Foundation, nine Nova Scotian chefs competed for a spot at Kelowna’s Canadian Culinary Championships. More than 600 attendees joined them for a sold-out evening of eating, drinking and honouring Canadian artistic, athletic and culinary talent.


aren Blair and Stephen Leckie established Gold Medal Plates in 2004 to fete Canadian athletes and Canadian chefs. “Both communities in Canada were not as celebrated as they could be,” explains Blair. Now a national series, Gold Medal Plates has evolved into a mixed culinary competition, concert and fundraiser. 2013 marked Gold Medal Plates’ return to Halifax after several years. Various forces joined to shape the evening, including its co-chairs [Deloitte’s Mathew Harris and Source Security’s Ron Lovett] and event organizer Taste of Nova Scotia. “It was definitely a team effort. Mat and Ron were great leaders,” says Taste of Nova Scotia’s Christine White. “We had great support from the national committee as well.” Gold Medal Plates began with a culinary competition at which each chef served a single dish to guests and to a judging panel including Bill Spurr. “You enter and experience all nine culinary stations, to view and taste the chefs’ creations and sample the beverages they had paired them with,” says White. Entertainments including a live auction, music, and medal distribution — all held in “the celebration room” — filled the rest of the evening. The presence of Olympic athletes was integral to the event— more than 20 were in attendance. The event featured master of ceremonies Shaun Majumder, plus musicians including Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Gold Medal Plates’ entertainment advisor. Culinary medals were awarded to the competition’s chefs: Le Caveau’s Jason Lynch took home bronze, Café Chianti’s Terry Vassallo nabbed silver, and Fleur de Sel’s Martin Ruiz Salvador — who will compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships this February — earned gold. James Chatto, head judge and national culinary advisor for Gold Medal Plates, found Nova Scotia’s chefs willingness to embrace regional bounty remarkable, say event organizers. But to Jason Lynch, cooking local is logical. “I grew up on a farm five minutes from here,” he explains from Le Caveau. “It never made sense to me to buy all this stuff from big suppliers when there’s a whole network of farmers throughout this area that I already knew from growing up.”




I really wanted to do a refined but traditional Nova Scotia dish… Sourcing all of the ingredients locally was also really important to me and I was able to secure everything but the saffron from my suppliers. It is amazing to see the quality and diversity of products we have here in Nova Scotia.” —Martin Ruiz Salvador (Gold)

Lynch is a believer in local culinary talent. “I think Nova Scotia culinary is sometimes overlooked in the country,” he says. “We need to make a little more noise in Nova Scotia about what we do have... Gold Medal Plates coming is a good first step toward that.” A few Gold Medal Plates personages point out traits shared by the event’s dual athletic and culinary causes. “Many of the athletes who have watched the chefs compete see that the same kind of intensity that they bring to an Olympic competition, the chefs are bringing to Gold Medal Plates,” says co-founder Karen Blair. “You could almost, in a very small way, make some correlations between their lives and the lives of chefs,” muses Terry Vassallo. “You put in long hours, sometimes tasting defeat… but you persevere, move on. And as for me, I actually look toward a lot of those people for motivation.” Vassallo will likely be tuning in for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. “I think I watched every second of the Olympics four years ago,” he says. “I suspect the same will be true for what’s coming up.” He adds: “I’m just so proud of our athletes and how hard they work, and the coaches, and the trainers... to make it all work, of course, there has to be funding.” Money raised through Gold Medal Plates goes toward the Canadian Olympic Foundation and, specifically, to Own the Podium, which is an incentive providing promising Canadian athletes with financial resources to become Olympic medalists.

Winning the gold medal for the second time was a huge accomplishment for me and my team. I am really proud to be representing Nova Scotia at the Nationals again. This event is great for the Canadian chef community. It unites us from coast to coast and I am honoured to be working with everyone in Kelowna for such a great cause.” —Martin Ruiz Salvador (Gold)

Despite Gold Medal Plates’ long absence from Halifax, there’s every chance the event will be back in 2014, says Karen Blair. “They had a very, very successful event,” she says. “The community really embraced the event and its purpose and it was a thrill to be back.”

Halifax’s CHoiCe for Great food and MusiC By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos Kailey MandeR


hink the waterfront’s too quiet, come wintertime? Stop by Stayner’s Wharf. This dockside favourite — known for its menu and its music — never goes into hibernation, no matter how cold it gets. Todd Abbass, recognizable by his handlebar moustache and convivial air, cofounded Stayner’s Wharf in 2001. “We envisioned a place that provided fresh, quality food, dynamic service, and local jazz and blues,” he says. The name ‘Stayner’s Wharf,’ adds Abbass, refers




to a historical family who conducted business nearby; a photograph of the Stayners hangs among the restaurant’s countless framed prints.

Stayner’s Wharf stays on top of its game. “We aren’t perfect, but we strive for perfection. We encourage people to offer us feedback.”

Abbass’ tendency to call customers “friends” says a lot about his business. “We’ve made great friends over the years by being conscientious,” he says. “We know Sackville residents who get off work, go home, freshen up, and come back to the waterfront to eat at Stayner’s Wharf.” Welcoming visitors’ comments and suggestions is one way

Stayner’s Wharf’s popularity, says Abbass, comes down to “quality, personality, and consistency” — and to unbeatable employees. “It’s a team effort, from the front to the back of the house. Our kitchen’s pushing 80 years of combined employment.” The restaurant is something of a family business, since Abbass’ sons — Jesse, Ben and Sam —

number among his staff. “They’ve been a tremendous help and inspiration.” The menu at Stayner’s Wharf is revised two times yearly: Abbass’ favourite offerings this winter include chicken souvlaki and Mediterranean tacos. Certain items are always available, including a substantial gluten-free selection and customer favourites like Cajun haddock, pan-fried haddock, and seafood chowder. One such specialty — the ‘Louisianan’ — has a history Abbass proudly relates: he invented it for the after-party of playwright Hans Boggild’s Satchmo’ Suite. (The ‘Louisianan’ includes red beans and rice, a favourite of Louis Armstrong, who features in The Satchmo’ Suite). Such grassroots involvement is typical of the restaurant, which has supported causes from Feed Nova Scotia to Blind Date with a Star. Recently, Stayner’s Wharf has become instrumental to the Hughie Douglas Langin Foundation, created in honour of “a dear friend of ours who was a tremendous musical lover,” Abbass says. Through the Foundation, “scholarships will be awarded in four different categories to students, or aspiring musicians. We’ll hand the awards out here every year on Hughie’s birthday.” Music is omnipresent at Stayner’s Wharf, a venue played by too many Halifamous — and nationally famous — acts to list. You might discover live music any night of the week, but certain evenings are reserved for specific acts. Thursday’s “Ivy League Series” features students; Fridays are for guitarists, pianists, singer-songwriters; Saturdays showcase for a full band. Sunday’s jazz revue, hosted by Jeff Goodspeed, has “been burning for 10 and a half years,” says Abbass. “Jeff has close ties to the Cuban community. We host Cuban players two or three times a year.” Including, he notes, the acclaimed Augusto Enriquez. In addition, Stayner’s Wharf celebrates artists like Ray Charles through monthly “jazz tribute nights.” To Todd Abbass, the colder months offer Stayner’s Wharf a chance to prove its mettle. “You have to be the best at what you do in the wintertime. You have to put out a fabulous product every day,” he says. “The locals are very important to us, and we’re here for them year-round.”

Stayner’s Wharf 5075 George Street, Halifax 902.492.1800 | Hit ‘like’ on Facebook to keep posted on the latest music and menu updates from Stayner’s Wharf. TOP LEFT Stayner’s Staff TOP RIGHT Todd Abbass



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hen Johnny Khalil opened a restaurant in the heart of Dartmouth, there was nothing like it in Nova Scotia. Now, almost a decade later, there is still nowhere in the area that offers a dinner experience like Kababji. With the popularity of the traditional Lebanese cuisine Kababji has sky rocketed since then, and it seems like hummus and falafel have become staples in nearly all grocery stores, Khalil’s restaurant is still the original home of authentic Middle Eastern delights. That’s because when you dine at Kababji, it’s like you’re at home. Kababji offers a full menu of Lebanese flavours that transport you to another

world. Kababji also offers traditional mezza-style dining, where two or more guests can enjoy an abundance of Lebanese appetizers, followed by a shish and kafta barbecue, all served family-style. Kababji also serves quick, filling lunches for a fair price, popular among those who work in the area. Monday and Tuesday are Bring Your Own Wine nights, when Kababji offers a reduced corkage fee, and on Saturdays, the restaurant hosts Arabian Nights: a full night of food, wine, and music, complete with belly dancers. Kababji uses the best local offerings in fresh lamb, beef, chicken and vegetables and aims to give guests a taste of Lebanon that feels like home, Khalil says.

And since selling his second restaurant, Khalil says he’s been able to focus on his original restaurant at 202 Brownlow Ave., where he is happy to be once again serving his loyal customers. “Lebanese dining is all about food, drink, relaxing and socializing — like a dinner party,” says Khalil. “Come and join us!” Kababji Lebanese Cuisine 202 Brownlow Ave Dartmouth 902.468.5555 above l–r Lisa O’donell, Johnny Khalil, Paula Racki




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amilies and individuals looking for alternative healthy dessert options can find them at CherryBerry SelfServe Yogurt Bars. The greatest thing about CherryBerry is that it invites you to make healthier choices, notes co-owner Ian Tillard. “It’s really an interactive experience; you are creating your own perfect treat.” The frozen yogurt shop offers more than 100 rotating flavours of froyo that can be enjoyed in freshly made waffle bowls, cups or cones. There’s also more than 50 toppings and syrups. “There is something to tempt everyone, from the very young to the young at heart,” says Tillard. “From freshly cut fruit and gummy worms, to low-fat granola and




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as the perfect spot for a birthday party, a family outing or date night!

All of the flavours at CherryBerry are non-fat or low fat, with many options available for those seeking sugar free and lactose free sweet treats. It’s the perfect place for the whole family, notes Tillard, who adds that CherryBerry’s decadent treats are made from Canadian milk and have five active cultures, three of which contribute to healthy digestion and a healthier immune system.

CherryBerry froyo bars represents one of the fastest growing profitable franchise opportunities in Canada, and there are currently affordable opportunities in all of the Atlantic provinces. Location sizes can vary from 1,000 to 2,800 square feet with flexible CherryBerry business models. CherryBerry in Halifax opened in the fall of 2013 and other stores are in active development for South Bedford, Clayton Park and Sackville.

With an endless selection of froyo and toppings, free Wi-Fi, big screen TVs and comfortable seating, CherryBerry is the perfect place to relax, hang out and share some quality time. Consider CherryBerry

CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar 6024 Quinpool Road, Halifax 902.405.8088 | |

Serving Authentic Irish Fare with a Flair, Since 1999

Restaurateur Chris Smith and staff have been treating customers with chef-prepared dishes — based on tried and tested traditional Irish recipes, and created with the freshest of ingredients — for more than 14 years. Enjoy a wide selection of fine wines, 70+ single malt scotches

and Irish whiskeys, and a wide variety of craft beer on tap. Jamieson's offers a truly warm and welcoming atmosphere. Relax in the 'living room' sections or at the bar over drinks, and then move to your table to enjoy dinner, service and company. You'll be glad you did.

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Cranberry Mojitos

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8 oz. fresh cranberries 1 C sugar 1 C water 20 mint leaves 2 tbsp lime juice Ice 4 oz. rum 4–6 oz. soda water

1. Place cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then lower the heat a bit to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, before your berries start bursting. Remove from heat. 2. Once the berry mixture has cooled, you can strain them. If you prefer, you can keep the mixture in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight before straining. 3. Put about 10 leaves of mint and a tbsp of lime juice in each glass. With the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler mash the mint up. 4. Put ice in each glass and pour 2 oz. of the cranberry syrup and 2 oz. rum into each glass. 5. Top off each glass with soda water. And sprinkle some fresh cranberries in for garnish.

Hot Spiced Wine

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1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 10 whole cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 peppercorns, whole 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (to taste) 1 orange, juiced 1 bottle red wine Cinnamon sticks (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients except wine in a pan and boil for five minutes. 2. Reduce heat, add wine. Heat to the point where it is just before boiling. (Try to avoid boiling; the alcohol will begin to evaporate.) 3. Strain into cups and serve hot. 4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Serves four.


s we move ever so closer to the festive holiday season we are presented with a splendid opportunity to step slightly away from the faithful and familiar in entertainment fare and be just that little bit more experimental and creative. Wine is the perfect vehicle for such an excursion, and the most talked about, written about and consumed of festive wine is undoubtedly the bubbly kind. From its mythical beginnings — the Benedictine monk who purportedly claimed, “I am drinking the stars!” to the innovations of Madame Cliquot, a lady decidedly ahead of her time, to James Bond famously stating that “any man who likes Dom Perignon ‘52 can’t be all bad” — traditional champagne has been an integral part of culture and celebration for hundreds of years.





In recent years the bar has been raised significantly in relation to both the availability and the quality of a large number of sparkling wines, including traditional Champagne, and these wines now fit snuggly and comfortably in any and all social situations.

What is champagne? Simply stated it is a sparkling wine produced from specific grape varieties grown in the Champagne region of France, namely Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The carbonation is created when secondary fermentation occurs within the wine bottle. Many other countries produce sparkling wines in a very similar manner, notably Cava from Spain, Cremant, produced in various areas of France, and Franciacorta of Italy. An ever-increasing number of consumers have recently “discovered” another sparkling gem from Italy — Prosecco. Though ostensibly similar to the traditionally made sparkling wines, the production and flavour profile is quite different. The wines generally undergo their secondary fermentation in large steel tanks, making production much more affordable, and creating a light, crisp beverage. Simple fresh fruit is the hallmark of the best this grape has to offer. In the past three years sales of Prosecco outside of Italy have surpassed the sales within the country itself — a boon for the producers and for consumers, who thanks to the surge in popularity now have a diverse range of producers to choose from. Now that we know our basic sparklers, what do we do with them in this upcoming festive season? The classic champagne cocktail, made with cognac, bitters and a little sugar may seem like something from a bygone era, if you haven’t had one, it deserves a nip. Local pubs now create the “Black Velvet” with champagne and stout; while the increasingly popular French 75 combines gin and lemon juice with your favorite bubbly. The Italians have combined Aperol with Prosecco seemingly forever — add some of the lovely Christmas citrus available now along with a sprig of fresh mint, and let the festivities begin. Here in Nova Scotia, we are also fortunate to have at our fingertips an increasing selection of fine sparkling wine. The most highly touted are those from Benjamin Bridge, but many of Nova Scotia’s other fine wineries produce excellent quality sparkling wines, including Blomidon, Gaspereau, and L’Acadie vineyards. Some of these houses also produce festive and quite quaffable sparkling fruit wines, a great addition to that Christmas punch. However you choose to

celebrate this season, when raising your glass enjoy not only the aroma and flavor of your bubbly, but the history and joy that has accompanied its consumption through the centuries. Cheryl Doherty is a certified sommelier and coowner and franchisor of the The Old Triangle, a successful quartet of restaurants/pubs in Atlantic Canada. Cheryl is also a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers Atlantic Chapter and is chair of the Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards committee. About Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers – Atlantic Chapter (CAPSAC) CAPSAC is the only active professional wine and spirits training and industry educator in Atlantic Canada. The association holds regular tastings, which are open to all members. Membership ($75) also provides discounts at private wine store retailers in HRM, discounts on wine publications and much more. To join, email Ann Miller at or to learn more about wine education opportunities email Carman Mills at

Classic Champagne Cocktail Bitters Sugar cube 30 ml Brandy or Cognac 120 ml Champagne, chilled Soak sugar cube in bitters (3-4 drops). Place the sugar in a champagne flute. Add brandy and top with champagne.

Black Velvet 90 ml Sparkling wine, chilled 90 ml Stout, chilled Pour sparkling wine into a flute. Slowly add the stout.

French 75 45 ml gin 45 ml fresh lemon juice 10 ml granulated sugar 125 ml Champagne Place gin, lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake. Strain into a flute or wine glass and top with Champagne.




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Jean Claude Roy “The Swing, Tors Cove” Oil on canvas 30” x 30”

Maud Lewis (1903-1970) “Two Oxen with Spring Flowers” Oil on Beaver board 12 ½” x 14 ½”

Noo Atsiaq (Cape Dorset) “Walking Bear” Carved serpentinite 4 ½” x 7” x 2 ½”

To celebrate the season and our forthcoming 128th anniversary, we are 5415 Doyle Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1H9 T. (902) 423-7662 F. (902) 422-3870 Fine art appraisals Conservation and restoration of art and artifacts Professional framing Established in 1886

having our annual Christmas exhibition offering a variety of attractive art works with a wide price range to suit every budget. Please join us on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm The exhibit will run until December 31st. Member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada Member of the International Society of Appraisers.



s the summer sun starts to fade, I pull out my riding boots and fall wardrobe and wish I had a fireplace to cozy up to. Living in a Victorian home built in 1856, I think it is criminal that my house is without an actual fireplace. As fall arrives each year, I mourn this missing architectural feature. However, there is hope. As a designer, I’ve watched new technologies regarding faux fireplaces come and go. I recall my grandparent’s electric fireplace: it was a log with a lightbulb that flickered to simulate flames, glowing orange and deep red where the

embers seemed to glow. So, you can imagine how I greeted the new electric fireplaces on the market: serious “side eye.” Year after year, I’ve watched them get better and better, and I have finally specified and had one installed for a client. “Doubting Thomas” no more! Our clients own a century home and contacted us after seeing on my Instagram feed some custom cabinetry we had designed for a narrow Victorian. I kid you not: Instagram is a great way to stalk designers like myself if you are so inclined (I’m @meredithheron). They wanted to recreate what I had achieved in my clients’

here. A simple warm “greige” on the ceiling and the contrast between the lead gray walls and ceiling isn’t so noticeable. The wall colour on the ceiling would have been too cave-like — not a good look. The contrast between matte wall paint and high-gloss lacquer adds depth without making the space feel narrow; in fact, it widens it all the more.

project in their own den, which is a former bedroom turned media/den. The room itself is tiny by den standards: 10-feet-by12-feet at most. The plan is to add built-in cabinetry to house an impressive book collection, along with holding audio visual equipment to allow for movie screenings. The clients are huge movie buffs, and the room is also to double as a screening room for their business which they need instead of renting a separate space. There was an existing former woodburning fireplace, but as soon as our contractors got into the room, they discovered it was near collapse, so it had to be carefully removed. We were initially on the fence about whether or not to replace the fireplace, but decided that the space needed it once we got the drawings put together. Our only choice was to go with an electric fireplace because we didn’t have the room to vent, nor did we want to grow the budget that much to suit. To make up for the small scale unit we needed to go with, we chose to design an elaborate mantle that would integrate into the rest of the millwork. I knew that I wanted a high-gloss lacquer finish, but my cabinet maker wasn’t so sure. A quick sample made up by the spray shop, and we were good to go. The secret to working with a small space is to reduce contrast where it counts. I find that if you have dark floors, opting for dark walls is a great way to expand the space. I don’t believe in cutting the wall colour in half or three-quarters and painting the ceiling that colour. If you are going to go with a very dark wall, then you should at least add a colour or a stronger neutral to the ceiling as you see we did




We chose to colour block the books on the shelves because the clients own many antique books that have colourful spines, but they’ve worn with age into a more mutable palette. We’ve mixed in family heirlooms which are both sentimental and a nice break from all books on the shelves. I love shopping from my clients’ own homes not only

because it is good for the budget, but because this is how we weave the story of the client throughout the space. This room could easily be recreated in a condo, so if you are downsizing, don’t think you have to downsize style, function and drama into your new space. There’s always room to build up and visually increase the space you have with a little creativity. Meredith Heron Design is a residential design firm that works on a variety of projects across North America including Western Canada. We are booking new projects for 2014. If you are interested in working with Meredith or her team please contact and tell us about your project.

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Creating the PerfeCt holiday déCor with an extraordinary SeleCtion By Trina annand PhotoS Bruce Jollimore


ew things evoke the holiday spirit like natural greenery: wreaths, trees, Christmas urns and garlands. At Bloom Greenhouse & Garden Centre, owner Cathy Oulton knows the power of plants year-round and has carefully selected the perfect holiday supplies with the largest and most extensive selection in HRM. “This really is a fantastic job; I get to make people happy every day. Gardening encourages an outdoor lifestyle and creates a beautiful surrounding. Customers are really happy to come here and gather inspiration,” notes Oulton. During the holiday season, Bloom shifts to a one-stop décor shop with dozens of fresh greenery options, as well as colourful berries and glittering accents. Whether a customer’s desire is a traditional red, green and gold colour scheme for their décor, or a modern multicoloured display, Bloom has options for every style, budget or challenge. “Customers who are looking for a taller display might want to check out the curly willow branches, someone looking for a more unique look should try some eucalyptus or magnolia leaves.” The store has far more than traditional balsam boughs. The experts can help visitors discover new trends, such as vertical swags, rather than wreaths and décor mesh, or give tips on creating the perfect traditional garland. The helpful and knowledgeable staff is available to give advice to first time do-

it-yourselfers and seasoned pros alike. The shop offers workshops year-round to teach gardening skills and special projects, like how to make wreaths and centrepieces. If the hands-on approach is not your style, Bloom offers in-house design services. With these services, customers can bring in their own vessels, get custom-made décor with the greenery they choose, and even have the team install their garlands, wreaths and urns at their home. Christmas decorating always goes smoother when professionals are on hand. “We are a small, locally-owned business and we take a lot of pride in doing things the right way,” says Oulton. “Customers can come in and find everything they are looking for and some things they are not, whether it is gardening season or the holidays.”

Bloom also offers fresh Christmas trees in both balsam and pine varieties; the experience is topped off with some warm apple cider to further the festive feeling. Make your visit the perfect family event by picking your tree in the cozy atmosphere of the greenhouse, or outside in the crisp winter air. For those ‘hard to buy for’ loved ones on your list, the store also has a gift section filled with gardening accessories and décor, bird feeders and Christmas ornaments. At Bloom, the holidays have never looked so good. Impress your guests and get in the holiday mood with a visit to the store. “We have really created an atmosphere where everyone is welcome and everyone leaves relaxed. Our goal is to take the stress out of Christmas. It is important to remember that the season is really about family and spending time together,” remarks Oulton.

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RamaR at the top of theiR Game and ClimBinG By Trina annand photos Bruce Jollimore


uilding a home is the perfect way to attain a space that suits your taste and lifestyle. At Ramar Construction, clients are supported by an entire team of experts they can trust — a family that is dedicated to doing it right every time. After decades in the armed forces, Ray Marchand decided to become an entrepreneur and homebuilder. Nearly 30 years later, three generations of Marchands call Ramar Construction home, spreading their inherited values

of honesty, hard work and customer service. “Our employees work as if each home is their own, making sure that the clients receive the best possible service,” says CEO Ben Young. This year, Ramar moved from number 47 to 41 on the Progress Magazine TOP 101 list of Atlantic Canadian companies, proving that their philosophies are gaining them acclaim with the industry and customers alike. For this builder, making the client happy and building a relationship with them is the most

important part of the project. “As a family company, we are dedicated to giving each customer personalized, professional service at all times and we are always looking for better ways to serve them. We don’t just build homes, we build relationships,” says Young. Since its humble beginnings, Ramar Construction has grown to 25 staff and 13 real estate agents. The company also employs more than 300 contractors a year, helping drive the local economy forward. Working in many local

ABOVE BACK L–r Jeff Marchand, Shawn Marchand FrOnt L–r Ryan Marchand, Chris Marchand




right Christina Beaton BELOw Ben Young

communities, Ramar ensures that clients find the right home and location to suit their lifestyle, whether they are a young family or retirees. The expert team at Ramar can help clients every step of the way, from purchase and finishes, to plan changes and landscaping. With a wide variety of homes, clients can find the style they are looking for and become as involved in the process as they want to. “Our goal is to make the process easy for clients. People are busier than ever and don’t have time to be there every day or wait for a phone call. Building a home is a partnership, not a financial transaction. It is about building dreams,” notes Young, adding that the company offers full renovations services as well. Ramar Construction believes not only in building homes, but stronger communities. As a result, Ramar launched the Home Sweeter Home

renovation contest in 2012, which encouraged the public to tell how a $100,000 renovation would change their lives. For the past two years, this event has allowed people in need to actually live in their home rather than simply occupy it. “The contest allows us to touch a local family,” says Young. “It is truly special to be able to change someone’s life. So many people who have serious physical conditions are just making do.” This year, the Butt family was chosen out of more than 250

entries, and received a renovation for their two-storey duplex. Kyle Butt is in a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy and could only access the living room and kitchen of the home. Now, the space has accessible cabinets and drawers, a large bedroom and accessible bathroom, along with an expanded living space. It’s been a true life-changer for a family that could only do small fixes to make the space livable. At Ramar Construction, the focus is not on how many homes they build in a year, but on how many lives they touch with their work. “We are a hands-on company that loves what we do,” says Young. “We are passionate about every facet of the process. It is very rewarding at the end of the day when clients are able to turn the key on that door and are excited to have the home they helped create.” Ramar Construction Ltd. 66 Temple Terrace Lower Sackville 902.865.1607


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Plan your next Move with tracey rudolPh By Katrina Geenevasen Photos Bruce Jollimore


home. And when I can get people excited about moving here, it makes my job so much better.”

services assist clients with marketing strategies, home promotion, buyer interaction, and sale agreement.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Rudolph’s heart has always been in the Maritimes, so it is no surprise she is eager to share that love with each and every one of her clients.

Rudolph, who has an extensive background in both commerce and advertising, ensures her clients benefit from her complete range of professional services.

“It’s home,” says Rudolph, her sparkling personality evident the minute she speaks. “I have travelled all over the world, but there really is no place like

Home purchase services ensure clients receive guidance with the home search, viewing arrangements, price guidance and purchase agreements. Home sale

Meanwhile, Rudolph’s professional marketing services help clients with interior design consultations, professional marketing materials, social media, agent tours, web promotion, marketing and networking.

pening the door to your new home is what award-winning REALTOR® Tracey Rudolph does best.

The real estate business is right where Rudolph belongs, and she loves coming to work every day. “I’m a true people ABOVE Tracey Rudolph




person, and it’s great that I get to meet new people every day,” she says. Without fail, each day is different. “I wear a lot of hats,” she says. “One day, I’ll just be a marketer, the next day I’ll be a teacher, or even a marathon sprinter,” she added with a big laugh. “Other days I’ll be a firefighter, because I’m putting out fires.” At the end of the day, though, she always seems to become friends with her clients. “I’m invited to my clients’ homes for family birthday parties, I’ve been invited away on vacations with my clients and I value the lasting friendships.” Ultimately, seeing clients’ dreams come true is what this delightfully animated REALTOR® strives for with every sale. “I want them to be happy there for a long time,” she says. Customer satisfaction is evident, with client testimonials speaking for

themselves. Many customers fondly recall her high energy during their home buying experience. “A passion for customer service is just one of Tracey’s many great qualities,” says Andrew Welch, who recently purchased a home from Rudolph. “She’s energetic, thorough, and highly knowledgeable about the market — not to mention a joy to be around.” Pets are equally happy with Rudolph’s expertise. “I know that moving with pets is a challenge, and very stressful, not only for pets, but their people too,” she says. Therefore, she does all she can to ensure clients and their furry friends are as at ease as possible when a move is underway. “I advise clients to keep their pets in a quiet, secure location where they can be confident that their loved ones can’t get lost in their new surroundings, and

to have a doggie-bag or cat-sack of toys, treats and favourite pet bed or blanket close at hand or in your car, and not the moving truck,” she advises. “That way, your furry friends can be offered comforts as soon as they need it and will help to reduce anxiety.” Actively involved in her community and a member of the Nova Scotia Association of REALTOR®s, Rudolph promises to be easy to communicate with and excited to help, bearing the resources to assist your decision making process. For help with your next move, visit www., call 902.293.8991 or email Tracey Rudolph Royal LePage Atlantic 7075 Bayers Road 902.293.8991




Skymark HomeS Promises a Positive Building Experience Photos Natasha Poirier


ince making its debut in Halifax two years ago, Skymark Homes has become a leader in residential construction and neighbourhood development. “A home is the biggest investment most people make,” says Evan Collins, general manager for Skymark Homes (a division of Future Group Co.). In order to “invest” wisely, potential home buyers must choose a well-established company. Skymark Homes holds Better Business Bureau accreditation (“A+”), and has been recognized by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association. In addition, Craig Williams (Future Group Co.’s President and CEO) received an Ernst &




Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 award for Atlantic Canada. Skymark constantly emphasizes professional distinction, starting with understanding clients’ needs. “We know what people want when they build a new home,” Collins says, and Skymark provides it: engineered floor joists, top-quality plumbing, natural stone details and more. They’ve also embraced the Government of Canada’s EnerGuide rating system, striving to offer clients energy-efficient homes. Through Skymark’s “Take the Tour” program, potential buyers can examine the company’s workmanship at various building stages. “Instead of just showing people the finished product, we show them what’s behind the walls,” says

Collins. The “finished product,” meanwhile, is on display at Skymark’s “staffed sales centres,” housed inside “two fully-staged, furnished model homes” at 40 Bonsai Drive and 255 Jackladder Drive. “Skymark Homes has been building in Atlantic Canada for over 20 years,” says Collins. “In that time, we’ve become experts at providing exceptional service for every client.” “Our relationships with clients are about both professionalism and personal attention,” says Rochelle Simpson. She’s Skymark’s client care representative, helping clients through numerous aspects of home buying, right down to design advice. Skymark’s licensed home stagers and realtors are also happy to help clients

“Due to time constraints, we only had three months to coordinate finding, buying, and moving to a new home in Nova Scotia. We chose a Skymark home that had already begun its build, and came in at the right time to choose almost all of our own touches. The team at Skymark was efficient, easy to work with, and motivated to help make the process go as smoothly as possible. Everything came together, and we love our new home. Thank you, Skymark!" – Elizabeth and Scott MacRae (GoTire) prepare to sell. “Our realtors are always on call, working around clients’ schedules.” Numerous designs and locations (from city properties featuring municipal sewer/water access, to rural acreages) are available. Realtors will especially appreciate one Skymark incentive: ”We offer realtors who sell a Skymark home half their commission up front, once the deal is firm,” Collins says. Building on their early Nova Scotian success, Skymark Homes started offering home renovations this past spring, which in turn allowed for the creation of a package Collins calls the “Skymark

Triple Play”: “Skymark will renovate and sell your existing home, and then you can move into a new Skymark home. You don’t pay for the renovation until the final transaction,” says Collins. For homeowners with an eye on the “bottom line,” the package could be the best way to get a quick boost. But whether you’re intrigued by the “Triple Play,” or you’re looking to build, renovate, buy or sell, one thing is clear: Skymark Homes is the place to start. Skymark Homes 902.407.7171

BELOW Evan Collins, Conrad Mullins, Rochelle Simpson, and Heath Pierson

Comfort that fits your style By Tobie HainsTock Photos bruce Jollimore


or that classic contemporary look in your home, visit Lighthouz Furniture in Dartmouth. After being online since June, this exciting new furniture store opened its showroom door on Sept. 25.

signature collection is the Regeneration. Described as a ‘new traditional’ look, each piece is constructed from premium materials. The classic style makes it transitional when combined with the appropriate accessories.

Lighthouz Furniture offers three unique furniture collections. The Bungalow collection is a group of mid-20th century inspired designs. Reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s, this collection offers a retro style that will enchant and delight. With its sleek lines, the Europeaninspired Loft collection is considered to be very transitional and will look great in any room. Lighthouz Furniture’s

This trendy furniture offers a wide selection of high-quality upholstered sofas and chairs that are as comfortable to sit in as they are pleasing to look at. “We offer two programs to our customers,” says Denise Kroll, owner and manager of Lighthouz Furniture. She explains that the first one is a Custom Program, which allows the customer to work with Lighthouz staff




or with a designer. They can customize their favourite pieces to match their favourite room. Lighthouz also offers an exciting In Stock Program. This program offers customers the option of choosing one of the many lovely pieces from the showroom. “We are able to offer a quick turn around,” states Kroll, “customers can expect to have their purchase in their home within a week.” Along with a large selection of sofas, sectionals and chairs, Lighthouz Furniture offers a complete line of top quality dining room furniture, including

tables, chairs, sideboards and cabinets. “We also carry a line of area rugs, lamps, window coverings, office furniture and more,” says Kroll. She goes on to advise that if customers purchase an entire room — including furnishings with rug, coffee table, lamps and artwork — discounts are available. “Everything we have in the showroom is also available to view online,” she remarks. Kroll points out that the usage of the online site is very helpful for customers. They are able to look online and see the different colours and patterns available and then check them out in the showroom. Can’t find something? That’s no problem at Lighthouz Furniture. “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we will get it in for you,” Kroll says assuringly. For your convenience, Lighthouz Furniture offers delivery on all purchases. Kroll explains that they deliver within the metro area, out of town and throughout Atlantic Canada. Lighthouz Furniture is located in the furniture corridor of the Burnside Business Park in Dartmouth at 120 Troop Avenue. Store hours are Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Lighthouz Furniture 120 Troop Avenue,Dartmouth 902.830.6299 | Right Denise Kroll

UniqUe ConCrete Designs for yoUr Home By Katrina Geenevasen PHotos Bruce Jollimore


little over four years ago, Mike Casey was watching a home renovation show that featured concrete countertops. It was, as the saying goes, love at first sight. He searched high and low for someone who offered this service in Halifax, to no avail, so he decided to take matters into his own creative hands. He found training available in Ontario and Alberta, and then took design courses from both Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products and Cheng Concrete Designs. After a few




personal projects, Casey decided to start up his very own business. These days, Casey is the owner of Liquid Stone Studio. Based in Halifax and servicing the Maritimes, this unique business specializes in everything from kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities to bar tops, sinks, tiles, tub and fireplace surrounds, mantels, railing systems, tabletops, stair treads and concrete furniture.

On the verge of becoming widely used in place of granite, marble or stone, concrete offers endless options. The design, says Casey, is only limited to his customers’ imaginations. “Customers can throw pretty much anything at us, and we will see if we can do it,” he says, pointing out that concrete not only looks natural, but has a lot of character, and provides a variety of options that are not always possible with other solid surface materials.

“It’s a really versatile product,” he says, adding that Liquid Stone Studio works with each client to create a personal expression of his or her own style. The texture of concrete can be polished smooth as glass, take on a rough feel, or be imprinted with designs. Another option is to embed personal objects into the concrete. “It comes down to the versatility,” he says, noting the wide variety of colour options. “You can do whatever you want with the product. Because it’s in a liquid form prior to curing, it can adapt to any shape you want.” In fact, no two projects are ever the same. “Each one is unique, just like a snowflake,” he says. Engineered to be stain-resistant and very low maintenance, homeowners that install concrete countertops can be confident they will remain beautiful for years to come, says Casey. “Concrete

sealers have come a long way,” he points out. “If it’s treated properly, it’s going to stand up.” It’s also ideal for commercial uses, he adds. Concrete countertops can also be more cost-effective than other materials because there is no waste, and they’re a greener option for those concerned about the environmental impact that building or renovating a home can have. “It’s made locally; it’s not travelling thousands of miles to get here,” he says. For this successful entrepreneur, life doesn’t get any better than this. He loves what he does, and is passionate about his job. “I just really enjoy doing something different each day,” he says. “I love not having to do the same thing, day in, day out. There’s always a new project to work on, which makes things really interesting.”

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yson’s new bladeless fan heater heats when it’s cool and cools when it’s hot. It’s a heater and a fan in one. The inventor (also known for the vacuum cleaner that doesn’t lose suction) Sir James Dyson comments, “It’s frustrating when temperatures fluctuate in a room — you’re warm one minute, shivering the next. So, we created a machine that heats and cools effectively. We increased the output of the brushless motor by 33 per cent, improving cooling performance, whilst maintaining fast even room heating.” Using Air Multiplier technology and a motor engineered for greater airflow, AM05 draws in 28 litres of air per second via a mixed flow impeller. Air friction is reduced using nine asymmetrically aligned fins, with rows of tiny holes. This helps maintains constant smooth airflow. In heater mode, two Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) ceramic plates heat the air as it’s projected into the room. The air is then accelerated through a tiny aperture set within the loop amplifier. This creates a jet of air, which passes over an airfoil shaped ramp angled at five degrees. Creating an area of low pressure behind the fan, air is drawn in through a process known as inducement.

Surrounding air is drawn into the airflow in a process called entrainment. A team of 45 Dyson engineers developed Dyson Hot + Cool. They performed acoustics testing, electromagnetic compatibility testing, airflow modelling and simulated life testing for the equivalent of 10 years. Air fluctuations were mapped with Laser Doppler Anemometry, enabling engineers to make iterative changes to achieve the optimal angle of the airfoil-shaped ramp. The AM05 has an intelligent thermostat that maintains the temperature between 1ºC and 37ºC. When it hits the desired temperature the machine turns itself off, but if the thermostat senses a drop in temperature it turns back on. Its low surface temperatures throughout and no visible heating elements make it safe around little fingers and pet paws. And if tipped over, the machine has been engineered to automatically shut off. Plus, turning the AM05 on and off, adjusting temperature, airflow rate and controlling oscillation can be done easily from across a room. The remote control is curved and magnetized to store neatly on top of the machine. It’s whole room heating in the winter and high velocity cool air in the summer. Available where Dyson is sold.

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The PerfecT KiTchen To SuiT Your LifeSTYLe BY Yvette d’entremont PhoToS GeoffreY CreiGhton


tep inside the vibrant Dartmouth showroom at Mother Hubbard’s Kitchens and you’ll be impressed not only by the beauty of their display kitchens, but also with the wide selection of products. In an era where kitchen design businesses come and go, this family-run company has a long-established, 25-year record of providing a wide variety of high-quality kitchens to suit every budget. A walk through the recently expanded showroom highlights the quality design and products on which Mother Hubbard’s prides itself. The kitchens on display are as breathtaking as they are different. Mother Hubbard’s has access to the largest selection of products and styles available, with a wide array of cabinet doors, finishes, veneers, paints and wood choices. This ensures that customers have unlimited sources of inspiration and that every taste and style can be catered to. Fine craftsmanship and seamless design are all hallmarks of their kitchens. Run your hand over the surface of any countertop or cupboard, and it’s evident the company is creating high-quality pieces that are built to last. Unlike mass produced products, Mother Hubbard’s employs dado joinery. This process results in a square cabinet using a CNC machine for a precision cut. But Mother Hubbard’s Kitchens is much more than its top quality products, service and commitment to client satisfaction. It’s also about the dedication, professionalism and commitment of the people who work there. Co-owner Leo Hollohan beams with pride as he passionately discusses the company’s philosophy and dedication to creating the perfect kitchen to suit his clients’ needs. As down-to-earth as his kitchens are beautiful, Leo has a gift for putting clients

at ease with his genuine personality, knowledge and expertise. Leo co-owns Mother Hubbard’s Kitchens with his wife Gail. The couple’s two sons also play critical roles. Their eldest son Adam runs the complete production facility and installation department, while their middle son, Matthew, is a professional cabinetry installer. And the spark that fuels the Hollohan family is also reflected in the highly experienced designers. The smiles and genuine happiness radiating from each staff member highlights the passion each brings to the company and to their work. Although designing a kitchen is often perceived as a daunting and stressful experience, it becomes an enjoyable and exciting process in the hands of the personable and very knowledgeable employees. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary, modern, or transitional kitchen, the company’s team of

accredited designers are on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the design world. They are always researching and developing new products, and will go through every detail with you to ensure your new kitchen meets and exceeds your expectations.

built with state of the art CNC machinery which has just recently been upgraded for a superior quality of the finish product. The cabinets are completely built using blind dado joinery that are fully glued, screwed and fastened for maximum strength and perfect squareness.

The company was the first in Nova Scotia to receive certification with the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association, following rigorous testing. Mother Hubbard’s also offers one of the best warranties in the business, covering both products and labour to better protect your investment.

It isn’t hard to understand why the majority of Mother Hubbard’s business comes from referrals. When asked, Leo humbly, but happily, shares letters and stories from satisfied customers across Atlantic Canada and from as far away as Bermuda and even California.

Because Mother Hubbard’s builds the totality of their cabinetry in their Dartmouth production facility, they are able to offer shorter delivery and installation time frame. Therefore, you don’t have long to wait before your dream kitchen becomes a reality.

Mother Hubbard’s now sells higher-end Miele appliances for customers who may want to go that extra mile. The features, quality and beauty of the Miele refrigerators, range tops and ovens are a perfect compliment to any Mother Hubbard’s kitchen.

The company offers semi-custom and custom cabinet components that are sized to suit any spaces. The cabinetry is

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ExpErt Flooring installation You Can stand on BY Trina annand photos Geoffrey CreiGhTon


enovating is a great way to increase a home’s value and make it into a space you love. One type of renovation that will benefit every inch of a home is flooring — it is something you see and use every day. If done right, flooring will be the one item in your home that lasts the rapidly shifting trends of home décor. At Floorscapes in Bedford, owner Bernie MacIssac and his

staff have built a reputation for quality flooring and superb customer service with a personal touch. “Home renovations are becoming more popular as the new home market cools. People are also realizing the value of making a home already filled with memories their dream home,” says MacIssac. With hundreds of options,

from tile and carpet to vinyl and cork, there is a perfect flooring solution for any lifestyle. Buying from a small local shop has its perks; clients can take advantage of Floorscapes’ in-house design consultations and contribute to the local economy. Interior design consultant Jaclyn Strum can provide full design services, or simply provide someone to bounce ideas off for clients

Above L–R Brent Elliot, Jaclyn Strum and Bernie MacIssac




who are unsure of colour or products for their space. Like the big box stores, Floorscapes has a wide selection, free in-home consultations and estimates, but few clients realize that they also offer financing for projects big and small. A unique feature of Floorscapes is that they have experienced and friendly staff installers. With in-house installers, clients don’t need to wait until a contractor gets around to them and they can rest assured that the people installing their floors are highly trained experts in their field. The store has even expanded their product line to window treatments to better serve their customers. “You would be surprised how many people don’t think about window coverings when they renovate or build a home. It’s not until they get here that they even realize they want them,” notes MacIssac. When renovating, it is important to seek an expert’s help with picking the perfect options for your busy lifestyle. There are always new products on the market, such as Alterna, an alternative to the time and mess associated with replacing tile. Alterna by Armstrong has a coating that can be placed over existing tiles with only minor prep work. “It’s a great option for people who can budget the disruption that renovating a bathroom causes. It can be installed in one day and ready to be used that night and is much warmer underfoot,” says MacIssac. Floorscapes also offers ‘environmentality’ options, which are produced with

‘green living’ in mind, and full bathroom renovations, including plumbing and electrical work. Maintaining a versatile line of services and products for clients is key to the company’s success. With a dedicated staff of eight, clients will always see a familiar and friendly face at the store. “It really is a satisfying job. When you are done a flooring renovation there is an actual finished product. Something you’re not going to cover up. It’s really nice to be able to see customers get excited about the work we are doing,” says MacIssac.

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s a former paramedic and firefighter, Peter Briand saw the dangers of poor construction and unsafe working practices in the industry. When he reached a point in his life where he was ready to make a career change, he set out to create a company of his own — one based on quality, accountability and pride in workmanship. At Econo Renovations, the experienced staff knows the importance of doing a job right the first time and has built a name on it with a long list of accolades




“We have the experience and dedication to build our clients’ dreams. We have no agenda or hidden costs, our clients know up front what they are getting. We have the experience to see what we are getting into at the beginning of a project,” says Briand. After 10 years in the construction industry, Econo Renovations has won Renovator of the Year from the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association four times, among their many other awards. A member of the Nova Scotia

Construction Safety Association, the business has bloomed from a staff of two to 18 employees. The business has developed a strong employee base, knowledgeable in a wide variety of trades, so the company can handle any aspect of renovation — from plumbing and flooring to architectural work and landscaping. “We strongly believe in giving back to the community and we try not to forget where we came from,” says Briand. Each year, Econo Renovations

donates to a variety of charities and community groups; Briand himself hosts a backyard fundraiser for a different charity every summer. The company is also a participant in the Home Builders Care program, which has raised nearly $1 million to strengthen nonprofit organizations’ infrastructure. Briand’s community focus extends throughout Econo Renovation’s principals; he is rallying support to create a provincial system of certification for builders and renovators, as Nova Scotia is one of the few provinces that doesn’t have a system in place. This means homeowners are on their own when searching for a reputable builder. “When searching for a builder, you need to make sure they have a great track record. Make sure they provide references. It is also important to ensure they are safety certified, registered with the Better Business Bureau and are properly insured. You don’t want a home renovation to end in you losing your home, whether through shoddy work or a lawsuit. It is very important to choose the right company the first time,” says Briand. Before


testimonial “A home renovation of any type is stressful; the team at Econo Renovations was awesome to work with and eased a lot of our stress. The team worked diligently, professionally; offering helpful tips and recommendations during the course of the renovation. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Econo and would plan future home projects with them. The end result is beautiful.” – A&T, Beaver Bank After


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or 50 years, Nova Tile and Marble Ltd. in Dartmouth has been a leading stone and tile contractor in Atlantic Canada. “As a family-owned company that has been in business for this long, it is certainly a source of pride,” says Richard Gerstenberger, vice president of Nova Tile and Marble. “It shows that the commitment to customer service and quality products are essential to helping our company maintain and grow.” The large, state-of-the-art showroom showcases an endless selection of




hard surface countertops, including granite, marble, quartz, limestone, soapstone and onyx. There is also an extensive and diverse selection of tile and mosaic. This showroom extends into a 10,000-square-foot warehouse area, where customers can see Atlantic Canada’s largest inventory of stone slabs. “Being able to choose the stone slabs that are going to be used in their home gives our clients a very personal involvement,” says Gerstenberger. “It is quite an experience to view the variety of material available and imagine what it will ultimately look like in their home.”

Just recently, Nova Tile and Marble Ltd. invested in new state-of-the-art machinery, including a powerful waterjet saw that can cut any solid surface into a variety of sizes and shapes. They also purchased a powerful machine called the Titan 1800 that can cut holes for sinks, faucets and do polishing. “The new equipment allows us to keep on the cutting edge of fabrication technology and processes,” says Gerstenberger. “As a result, our clients can experience more accurate layouts and quicker turnaround for their projects.”

For this company, it’s all about superior service. “From the first step into the warehouse to selecting their stone to the installation of their projects, customers know that all work is being completed in-house and they can take pride in the knowledge that all work is being done locally,” he says. Over the years, Nova Tile and Marble have helped thousands of clients — many who return time and time again — design visually stunning kitchens and baths. It’s a job that’s beyond satisfying. “Helping clients to create rooms of their dreams is what makes working at Nova Tile and Marble so satisfying,” says Gerstenberger. “Quite often, clients come in not really knowing where to start, so helping them through the process is very rewarding.” Nova Tile and Marble has the power to turn dreams into reality, knowing that for many, stone countertops are something they have been planning for a long time. “It is an amazing feeling to help customers make a selection that can transform their home,” says Gerstenberger. “We get to know our clients on a more personal level than just ‘doing business’. At the end of the day, knowing we have helped a client with something that is a reflection of themselves makes for a rewarding experience.”

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TreaT your WindoWs righT with Bedford Draperies & Window Blinds By Katrina Geenevasen PhoTos Bruce Jollimore


t has been more than 35 years since Al and Heather Boudreau opened the doors to family owned and operated Bedford Draperies and Window Blinds. Now two generations strong, Al and Heather are enjoying their retirement and grandchildren, but Bedford Draperies and Window Blinds continues to make its mark on the industry by offering hands-on, personalized service from the initial consultation to the design and installation.




“Draperies really give that finishing touch,” says Suzanne Boudreau, who co-owns the business with her brother, André Boudreau. “It’s not unlike landscaping, custom draperies and window blinds truly complete a room, complete your home.” With a broad selection of fabric and leading brand name window blinds to choose from — including leading Canadian manufacturer Shade-O-Matic — the staff at Bedford guarantees there is

something to be found within anybody’s budget. Bed coverings, upholstery and decorative drapery hardware round out their selections. It can be overwhelming selecting that perfect fabric, but combined, the team at Bedford Draperies and Window Blinds has years of experience. “This vast knowledge is what our customers are looking for when they come into our showroom, or we consult in their homes,” points out Boudreau, who

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can do it fast and make it look easy. We have saved a lot of marriages,” says Boudreau with a hearty laugh. In addition to installations, André is the resident sewing machine technician, servicing all makes of sewing machines and sergers.

A growing part of the business is partnering with local designers as they see their own companies getting busier over time, explains Boudreau. “Outsourcing the window covering aspect to us is convenient and time saving for them,” she says. “We have become a resource centre for many, and can provide sampling as well as the fabrication of draperies.”

It comes as no surprise that customers are thrilled with the quality of service this family owned business provides. “The vast majority of our customers are repeat or come to the company through word-of-mouth. It’s something to be proud of,” says Boudreau. “Customers say how easy we made it for them. They just love the looks that are created, and it’s more or less that we make the whole shopping experience trouble-free, in terms of decorating their windows. We get so much satisfaction from the responses and thank you letters that we receive.”

Installation is a key part of any project, with about 99 per cent of Bedford’s clients taking advantage of this service. “With 27 years of experience, André

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ould you go travelling in a foreign country or a jungle without a map, GPS or an experienced guide? So, you’re thinking of renovating, adding on or building a new home; but you’re not sure which idea will give you the best solution to your current and future needs. It’s a jungle out there! Do you need a space assessment or different planning options drawn out or just a guide through the building design process? When it comes to figuring out optimal use of space, a professional interior designer has design education, knowledge and experience in exactly that… space planning. What should you expect from a professional interior designer. 1. Expect to start planning early. Two years ahead is not uncommon if it’s a whole house reno or new build. With scaled floor plans and sketches of different layouts and views on paper, the designer helps you evaluate options. No power tools involved. 2. These same drawings are solid communication tools

6. Your interior designer is the “go-toperson” for you and your contractor. You get complete sourcing guidance for every material and finish that is going to be used on your project. The designer proposes materials (flooring, cabinetry, countertops, wall colours, etc.) by showing you actual samples of the materials and colours. A complete list (called a Finish Schedule) is drawn up for you, the contractor and the installer to indicate what the material is, where to get it, its colour and code name and exactly where and how it is to be installed. Often, full wall views called “elevations” are drafted to show a shower tile detail or how a backsplash is to be installed. All interior items are coordinated ahead of time so you can go back to work. No need for you to run to the job-site to answer questions about where the colour change line is, or if a tile is to be set on an angle or laid square. 7. Colour and material boards show

an actual sample of the tile, wood, stone, laminate, paint… all the materials proposed for a complete and coordinated design of your space. With a bit of design guidance and your own imagination, you can get a fairly accurate idea of what it will look like when it’s done. 8. You can know estimated prices of the items going in to your project before they are installed. 9. 3-D or perspective drawings are usually extra. Check your contract. 10. Last minute decisions and 11th hour meetings are minimized because the design is planned on paper well before any construction starts. The professional interior designer is a listener and a problem solver, well trained and experienced at planning space for your needs. They help you through the unfamiliar jungle of interior space plans, and building jargon. It’s their job and you can go back to yours. That’s what you should expect from your interior designer.

when it comes to getting estimates from a builder. 3. Do expect to sign a written contract from your designer that outlines what he/she will do for you for what price. Interior design fees are about $80 per hour and will increase according to the designer’s experience and location. Commercial interior design fees can also be calculated as a percentage of the cost of the project, similar to a realtor’s commission or a per square foot basis. 4. By Nova Scotia law, your designer has ability to stamp non-structural interior drawings for permit. 5. Insurance equals assurance. It is mandatory for a registered interior designer in Canada to carry professional Errors & Omissions insurance.




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he Blind Spot, a national franchise representing some of North America’s leading manufacturers, has your window needs covered — whether they are residential or commercial requirements. “My typical customer comes to me with a challenge and a budget, not knowing what the best options are,” says Jerry Gallant, owner of Halifax’s The Blind Spot. “He or she is usually restricted for time, so they enjoy the in-home service and authoritative guidance they receive.”




Gallant says a customer recently asked advice on what to do with two ensuite windows. “I suggested covering the windows with vinyl shutters, which are resistant to bathroom moisture and easy to wipe clean,” says Gallant. The Blind Spot is able to take on larger projects as well. Gallant references a young couple that had nearly 20 windows in need of window treatments. The couple’s vision, he says, was to achieve a clean look that would let their home’s beautiful mouldings stand out. They also

wanted plenty of natural light to flow into the room, but also have the option of privacy. “I suggested roller shades with a finished fascia, which is very popular with their generation and are a costeffective way to cover many windows,” says Gallant, who has more than six years experience installing custom blinds. “The young couple was very pleased with the end result.” New homeowners are also in good hands at The Blind Spot, says Gallant. “Folks building a new home through a

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contractor often forget the extra costs associated with a new home purchase — and window treatments are one of those costs.” His advice? “Talk to contractors and negotiate a window treatment allowance,” says Gallant. “This will lessen the financial stress of new purchases related to a new home.” Upscale window treatments, which are suitable for showroom homes, are also an option. Hunter Douglas Silhouette window shadings are an ideal solution, says Gallant. They provide ultimate light control, while at the same time eliminate harmful UV rays. Simply tilting the fabric vanes closed gives total privacy. With winter upon us, heat loss through windows is a top concern for many homeowners. “The Blind Spot regularly installs honeycomb cellular shades to help reduce heat loss through windows,” says Gallant. “The unique design of the shade captures air, which is a natural insulator.” Naturally, unwanted heat also stays out during the summer months. With its one-of-a-kind service warranty, The Blind Spot guarantees all customers will be happy with their purchase — even years down the road. “Two years ago, a customer purchased custom-fit window treatments from The Blind Spot for her entire home,” says Gallant. Recently, she called The Blind Spot to fix one of the

blinds. Gallant promptly removed the blind, returned it to the manufacturer and re-hung it once it was fixed. The only cost to the customer was $20 for parts, and Gallant did not charge for his service. “It’s all about providing unparalleled customer service,” he says. “Taking a personal

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alifax Rainmen fans should expect a lot more strategy and ball sharing with new head coach Chris Terrell at the helm. “What I am really looking forward to is winning,” says Terrell. “For players, they are ranked according to points, rebounds, assists and steals. For a coach, it is either a win or a loss. I am going to be bringing a more European approach to the game, one where the synergy between teammates makes them stronger as a unit.”




Terrell brings a wealth of experience to the team. During his decade of coaching, he has achieved the status of being the first American to coach on three continents. Terrell has worked with China’s Top League, Europe’s First Division and with various North American teams. After a rough 2012/2013 season, Terrell says the Halifax Rainmen are poised for a better-than-ever season. After ranking sixth overall by the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL), the Rainmen received a total overhaul in the off season.

Amidst concerns about the team possibly moving due to lack of community interest and support in a staunchly hockey city, the team was completely rebuilt. Only hometown player Tyler Richards returned for the 2013/2014 season. Hopes are high for the reimagined team with Terrell taking the reins on the sidelines, as he becomes the seventh in that position in as many years. The team welcomes Cheyne Gadson, a player with NBA experience under his belt. Gadson has played for The Dallas

Mavericks as well as the Washington Wizards and played in the NBA summer league with the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls. Having played in Argentina, Mexico, England and Israel, to name a few, Gadson is bringing big league experience to the newly minted Rainmen. For Terrell, another player fans should keep an eye on is Steve Sir from Alberta, who just came off a successful Romanian playing career. According to Terrell, Sir has the makings of an NBA leader with a 50 per cent success rate at the three-point line. By combining the various layers of expertise on his team, Terrell hopes to create a winning team. “We are pushing, practicing every day, sometimes multiple times a day. We want fans to really see how we work together to create that perfect shot,” says Terrell. Hoping to get fans revved up for the Rainmen is choreographer of the Weather Girls Nikki Brown. For Brown, who has been dancing for more than 20 years, performance is her passion. “There is really nothing better than performing. It’s the best part of dancing. I love being a part of the Rainmen family and keeping fans excited about the game. I am definitely one of the Rainmen’s biggest fans.” As a dancer and financial consultant, Brown doesn’t get a lot of downtime, but somehow manages to find the time to cultivate her love of science fiction and comic books and attend the ever-popular Hal-Con. The job of a Weather Girl is really to keep the fans motivated when the team is off the court or not doing so well. Brown shares the recipe for the perfect Weather Girl, “Obviously all the girls are technically trained, but they also need to have a big stage presence, people need to want to watch them.” Scoring high in offensive rebounds this season, the Rainmen are proving that there is new life stirring in the team. With a number of internationally-acclaimed players, the team is building on experience and creating a unified approach to the great game. “I am a real lover of the sport; there is no other sport in the world quite like it. Basketball is fast-paced. There is constant player and ball movement. It is really a fantastic sport for fans to watch and we are looking forward to seeing them here,” says Terrell.

Home Games Schedule: Dec. 7 Ottawa SkyHawks 7p.m. Dec. 8 Island Storm 2 p.m. Dec. 12 Windsor Express 7 p.m. Dec. 13 Moncton Miracles 7 p.m. Dec. 14 Island Storm 7 p.m. Dec. 27 Saint John Mill Rats 7 p.m. Dec. 29 Saint John Mill Rats 2 p.m. Jan. 4 Moncton Miracles 7 p.m. Jan. 12 Island Storm 2 p.m. Jan. 18 London Lightning 7 p.m. Jan. 19 Mississauga Power 4 p.m. Jan 26 Moncton Miracles 2 p.m. Feb. 15 Saint John Mill Rats 7 p.m. Feb. 16 Island Storm 7 p.m. Feb. 22 Moncton Miracles 7 p.m. Feb. 27 Island Storm 7 p.m.

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hat truly makes a hockey team is a loyal fan base, and no team knows this better than the Halifax Mooseheads. In response, the team is always looking for ways to give back to the community — making HRM a better place in both big and small ways. Heading into the holidays, the Mooseheads are ramping up for another successful year of community involvement and play.




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DND Appreciation Night One of the Mooseheads’ most successful events is DND Appreciation Night, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Held just before the Remembrance Day weekend, the game focuses on Halifax’s strong connections to the Canadian Forces, Veterans and the DND. “We realized that the military was a big part of the fabric of our city. We wanted to do





defending your country, for the veterans and those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. It is very important for the military community to know they have a supportive community behind them,” says Doucette.

Ronald McDonald House The Teddy Bear Toss is an upcoming community event hosted by the Mooseheads to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Once the Mooseheads score their first goal on Jan. 10 against Moncton, fans are invited to toss a new teddy bear on the ice, which will find its way to an ill child. “The bears are meant to brighten a child’s day,” notes Urquhart. This event gathers between 500 and 1,200 bears, which is enough to sustain the organization for the entire year. The Ronald McDonald House is a safe, warm and comfortable place for families with ill children to stay; the space allows families to provide support to their children and each other during good times and bad. “The bears are really just a little piece of home; it makes the children feel comforted to have a new friend. These bears are with them throughout their journey. We have even had bears go to the hospital and be part of a child’s operation coming back with their own hospital bracelets,” says Linda Thibault, house manager.

something to help our Veterans, as well as say thanks to all the people who sacrifice for our country,” says Brian Urquhart, vice president of business operations, who helped start the popular event. During the game, fans were entertained by a Canadian Forces flag party, the Stadacona Band and, of course, the Mooseheads (who did not fail to delight with a 4-0 win over the Moncton Wildcats). A unique feature of this year’s game was the specially designed jerseys, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Sea King helicopters. Five autographed jerseys were raffled off during the game; the rest of the jerseys will be auctioned off on Dec. 4, with all proceeds being donated to the Camp Hill Veterans




Memorial Garden. In the five years that the jerseys have been auctioned off, the Memorial Garden has received more than $50,000 from the event. “It really is outstanding what the Mooseheads do for the military community. We have turned a partnership into a friendship,” notes Ken Doucette, senior sponsorship specialist for the Canadian Forces Base in Halifax.

The Ronald McDonald House sees approximately 1,150 family visits a year; offering a place to stay for a nominal fee. No family is rejected due to lack of funds. As an added bonus, medical teams often release kids to the house before they are allowed to actually go home, allowing sick kids to have what they need most: their families. “We are really inspired by the children who come here. It is really a privilege that they share their journey with us. The children know there will always be a new friend waiting for them here,” remarks Thibault.

The Mooseheads Memorial Cup win earlier this year was a special honour for the team, as the cup was originally created as a memorial to fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen in the First World War. “All the team does is really a sign of respect to the men and women in uniform. It is a very honourable thing to show support for the people who are

Supporting a variety of different groups came naturally for a team so deeply rooted in the community. “We are truly fortunate to have the ability to give back to our local community. Without community support we wouldn’t have a team. The kind of support we have from our fans is something that is really unheard of in junior hockey,” says Urquhart.









Luxury TraveL vehicLes wiTh a cusTom approach By Trina annand PHotos Bruce Jollimore


ome people don’t love travelling or camping simply because of the upheaval it causes in everyday life, but what if you could take the comforts of home with you? At Atlantic RV and Boat Exchange, the staff offers a variety of recreational vehicles that allow you to see more of this hemisphere without having to live out of a suitcase. RV travel is the grown-up version of backpacking, with a space of your own and luxury fittings. After a career in the automotive and RV business, Graham Gaetz retired, or




at least tried to. Now, 23 years later, he is still heading Atlantic RV. With 30 years experience in the RV business alone, Gaetz understands the need for a dependable and comfortable RV. “I love getting to work with people and help them build their dream RV. You get to meet a lot of interesting people. I am often helping people design their retirement escape plan,” chuckles Gaetz. As the exclusive Maritime dealer for Leisure Travel Vans (LTV) and Triple E Recreation Vehicles, the high quality


inspires a dedicated customer base. LTVs are of such high quality they do not even have a warranty manual; if something breaks they fix it, no matter where. LTVs produce a unique line of luxury RVs that are a mere 22 to 24 feet in length and packed with features, including a large bathroom with a separate shower space. Getting 24 to 26 mpg, these travel vans are built on Mercedes chassis, ensuring a quality ride. What truly sets these vans apart is that the Canadian company uses expert Mennonite craftsmen to

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create one-of-a-kind wood cabinetry for each RV. These artisanal cabinets take advantage of every square inch of available storage space and feature unique curved designs. The Triple E division puts the same quality in the Regency GT class C units, which are available from 24 to 29 feet in length and with up to three slides. Working with a specialty Canadian RV Company ensures that Atlantic RV clients can custom build their dream machine. “There is a lot of versatility with different Leisure Travel Van models. They offer one-of-a-kind options like leather recliner seating and a queen sized Murphy bed to make the most of the available space,” notes Gaetz. The compact design of Leisure Travel Vans ensures that clients have the space they need without the challenges of driving a full-sized touring bus; it also includes a backup camera and optional side view cameras. With luxury features like a pullout flat screen TV, Corian counters, ultraleather and memory foam seating, this RV allows a luxury getaway of your own. “Our clients love to travel, to go and experience new things. RVs allow you to enjoy the trip as much as the destination. I have clients who have toured South America in a Leisure Travel Van,” says Gaetz. With a dedicated staff, Atlantic RV can create a strong relationship with their clients, offering the communication needed to build a one-of-a-kind luxury vehicle tailored to your unique specifications. When looking for the perfect RV, there is only one place to visit to make your travel dreams a reality: Atlantic RV. Atlantic RV and Boat Exchange 9220 Highway #7, Head of Jeddore 902.889.3722 Office 1.855.279.9447 Toll Free



Fraserway rV makes Vacation Dreams a reality By Meghan Baxter Photos Jennifer galliott


rom the moment 15th Century explorers set foot on Cape Breton Island, the desire has existed to uncover the mysteries of the Canadian landscape. Over the centuries, this longing has been fulfilled by generations of travellers.

eastern shorelines of the Maritimes, the barren tundra of the north, the unending prairie skies, and the lush west coast. When Fraserway RV customers travel, they find a home away from home at every Fraserway dealership across the country.

And since 1969, Fraserway RV has been the vehicle to adventure for countless families as they discover the sculpted

Whether guiding a young couple through their first tent trailer or truck camper purchase, or helping an RV veteran





finally buy that deluxe fifth wheel or prized Class A motor coach, the end result is the same: Fraserway RV makes vacation dreams a reality. “Our customers should feel confident choosing Fraserway for all their RV needs,” says Robb Cusack, general manager of Fraserway RV in Bedford. “We listen to our customers, learn their specific needs, and respond in a meaningful way. We

deliver what we promise with integrity and professionalism. And we exercise respect: for our customers, suppliers, and the members of our team.” Fraserway has grown from a fiveperson truck camper manufacturer to a national dealer of top-brand recreational vehicles, with eight Canadian locations. But it has also become Canada’s largest independently owned RV rental company, specializing in meeting the vacation needs of local residents, as well as serving a sizable European clientele. For global vacationers eager to travel Canada by road, their entire Canadian experience is framed by their Fraserway rental vehicle, allowing Fraserway to identify as part of the Canadian “brand.” The company promotes a love for the great outdoors and respect for the wilderness. So if you call the Maritimes home, it could be time to discover more

than the ocean or a lake at the end of the road. “My dad, Erdman Epp, started Fraserway Camper Manufacturing in 1969,” explains James Epp, president and owner. “He used to say, ‘Never satisfied until good is better and better is best!’ Innovation, creativity and quality have always been our focus. My family has personally travelled across Canada in an RV, enjoying God’s beautiful creation, and meeting wonderful people. I know the value of the RV experience.” With expertise in service and maintenance, the repair shop at Fraserway is all about extending the life and value of an RV, helping RV owners avoid expensive future repairs and inconvenient breakdowns. The service team’s goal is to help customers get back to enjoying the RVing lifestyle they


love so much. And, as “The Place for Everything RV,” Fraserway’s parts store boasts a wide selection of RV gear and accessories, as well as a team dedicated to helping customers adapt their rigs to meet their vacation objectives. Above all, the folks at Fraserway RV in Bedford care about their customers’ RV experience, and want their passion for RVing to spark the same flame for adventure in others.

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Cycling Through Paradise:



tlantic Canada conjures to mind images of rugged seacoasts, small family farms, orchards, vineyards, forests, and welcoming towns and villages. For 26 years, Gary Conrod and the team at Atlantic Canada Cycling have offered their expertise in sharing the region’s best cycling. They’ve led the way down hundreds of roads and paths, allowing riders to get fantastic exercise while making lifelong memories — and countless friends. In the summer of 2014, Gary and his crew will offer six events. One adventure will take riders through Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland. From there, cyclists usually enjoy tailwinds, riding together as far as Labrador. Along the way, they may see moose, caribou, seals, whales and perhaps even icebergs.




Upon reaching Labrador, the team will take all the tour’s riders safely back to where they started. Another excursion will complete a circle around Cape Breton Island (considered one of the world’s best spots to tour by bike). Gary encourages experienced riders to embark on this tour, noting that the group will occasionally challenge steep hills. In addition, Atlantic Canada Cycling has tours planned for east and west Prince Edward Island — both will include evenings on the beach, trails to explore, campfires, and the freshest oysters around. Gary will also lead a week-long tour closer to home, in mainland Nova Scotia. Riders on that adventure will visit vineyards, sample local seafood, and


take in the province’s “hidden corners” for cycling. What might be next year’s most anticipated bicycle tour (it’s certainly expecting the most participants) will take place further away, in Quebec’s Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean regions. This group will enjoy hundreds of kilometres of paved cycling paths. (Since his last visit to the region, Gary has discovered 92 additional kilometres of car-free trail.) Along the way, riders will visit fromageries, linger at trailside cafes, plus enjoy evening outings to restaurants and brewpubs. Atlantic Canada Cycling frequently inspires guest loyalty. Up to 70 per cent of any tour, says Gary, consists of riders returning after one or more previous

events. Every trip is accompanied by a support vehicle to give assistance and offer tired participants a lift; another vehicle carries their gear. At night, riders may choose between camping in the great outdoors and staying at motels and bed-and-breakfasts. Gary is happy to provide anyone with bicycle touring advice. After a lifetime of cycling, he knows all the roads in the region, and the best ones for exploring by bike. Likewise, he understands — and can provide reassurance to — first-time tour riders. He can also offer advice on which type of bike is best-suited for a given activity. Leading hundreds of cycling tours over many years, Gary has learned what people want and need on cycling


adventures. He and his team keep an eye open for solo participants, especially those who are also first-timers. Tour leaders make them feel comfortable and bolster their confidence on the road. Atlantic Canada Cycling’s team also ensures that plenty of socializing takes place along the journey, and that everyone ‘fits in’ with the group. “A lot of friendships have been made and couples have met participating on my tours.” Atlantic Canada Cycling’s website is filled with participants’ photos and testimonials — and, of course, with information about 2014’s tours. Atlantic Canada Cycling 902.423.2453






Route 1 MotoRspoRts: Valued Products and Trusted Service By Tobie HainsTock Photos naTasHa Poirier


ike it or not, winter is unavoidable in Canada. Why not make the most of it? Get outdoors on your new Polaris sled and enjoy the season. Capture the thrill of blazing through a fresh layer of snow as you and your friends shake off the winter blues.

have a passion for bikes, ATVs and sleds,” comments Doug. “As riders, we understand the passion for being out there riding. We have a lot of experience with other brands but we love Polaris and Victory.”

Route 1 Motorsports in Lower Sackville offers a thrilling lineup of Polaris sleds that will make the long winter months ahead not quite long enough. “We are a full line Polaris dealer,” states Doug Nicholson, co-owner and sales manager at Route 1. Whether you’re a beginner or long-time rider, looking for work or play, Doug and his colleague Dave will help you find what you need.

Looking for a great way to spend the summer? There’s nothing quite like the freedom of the open road as you’re breezing down the highway on your Victory motorcycle. Embrace the beauty of this country as you leave your worries behind you. Take a breath of fresh air and enjoy your independence. This is living! For many of us, that dream is a lot closer to being a reality than we may think. Route 1 Motorsports also carries an exciting lineup of Victory bikes and accessories.

With more than 40 years of combined sales experience and over 30 years of riding, Dave and Doug have the expertise to help you find what you are looking for. “We both

Route 1 Motorsports offers a full service department that is second to none in quality workmanship. With a full automobile service department featuring

licensed mechanics, Route 1 will take care of any repairs and maintenance required on your vehicle, bike, sled or ATV. “Our service department has recently expanded, offering customers a total of five automotive service bays,” Doug says. He goes on to say that Tony, a recent addition to the team, offers customers many years of experience with automotive and ATV service. Route 1 is warranty approved for maintenance service. The staff at Route 1 are quick to put customer service and satisfaction first among their priorities. “Everyone on the team makes every effort to help customers get where they are going,” remarks Doug. “We all go over and above what is expected and do what we can for all of our customers.” In the parts department, you can trust Chris to help you find what you need and

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erusing a list of former members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron is a lot like looking through a street map of Halifax. You have your Creightons, LeMarchants, Tobins, and McNabs. Not to mention former premiers, mayors and lieutenant governors. “It’s quite amazing the people that have contributed to the squadron,” says commodore and former MLA George Archibald. “The first bunch of fellows was a who’s who of the founding of Nova Scotia.” 192



The oldest yacht club in the new world, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron’s beginning goes back to the 1800s. The original clubhouse, built in 1860, was where Halifax’s container terminal currently stands. It was completed the same year the Prince of Wales, later named King Edward VII, visited Halifax and presented the club with the regal Prince of Wales Cup. The Prince was also instrumental in applying for “Royal” designation for the club, which was approved the following year.


The squadron moved its location twice, eventually relocating in 1966 to its current home on the Northwest Arm. The former house, built as a wedding present in 1929, now stands as a living time capsule to the RNSYS’s triumphant history. Mementos and keepsakes line the clubhouse’s walls, including portraits of former commodores, ancient maps of Nova Scotia, several trophy cases filled with gleaming silver cups and a bell from the Bluenose II. Adorning the club’s wardroom, the bell stands



Disabled Sailors and the RNSYS If there’s one event coming up that has the RNSYS excited, it’s next August’s International Federation of Disabled Sailors’ regatta. “That is a huge undertaking,” says commodore George Archibald, who estimates more than 100 boats will crowd the club’s shores next summer. The club also hosted this past year’s Mobility Cup for disabled sailors. The regional interest is something the squadron credits to Halifax’s world champion and Paralympic gold medalist Paul Tingley. Tingley, who won gold at the 2010 World Championships competing against both able bodied and disabled sailors, was recently profiled by Rick Mercer, taking the television satirist out for a sail on the Northwest Arm. next to a plaque warning anyone who wishes to ring it that such actions mean buying a round for the house. With more than 900 current members, the RNSYS is perhaps busier than ever. They’ve co-sponsored the biennial Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race with the Boston Yacht Club since 1939. The squadron maintains a very active juniors training program as well. “Six out of the 10 sailors that represented Canada at the World Championships in their respective classes all came from this yacht club,” says general manager Kevin Hurd. A transplant from Southern Ontario, Hurd says he came into the club six years ago without an inkling of the RNSYS’s lengthy history. Thankfully, the club’s “very active” trustee committee brought him up to speed. “As fast as things are moving today, as much as things have changed, our trustee




committee tries to ensure the historical significance of the club is maintained,” Hurd says. “There’s so much history that could so easily get lost.” From time to time, the history and all those who came before him will hit Commodore Archibald. A member since leaving politics in 1991, he believes it’s the people — the members — that truly define the Squadron and its past. “There are some really fine people that you wouldn’t meet through business, because their interest is sailing, not whatever they’re doing in their other life,” Archibald says. “It’s important that we’re here, and it’s important that we maintain the traditions of the club.” With a booming membership and constant activities, hopefully the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron will be around for another 200 years to come.


Archibald says their training programs and prestige make the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron stand out in working with those who have disabilities. “This is the centre for disabled sailing in Eastern Canada,” he says. “Nobody has as much going on for disabled sailors as we do.”

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fter Craig and Kathryn Newell’s early retirement from the corporate world, “Craig said to me ‘I think we should get a bigger boat,’” recounts Kathryn Newell. The search for that boat brought them to a local marine dealership, where an opportunity to buy the business itself arose. “Next thing you know, we owned a lot of boats” — and Iron Wind Marine was born. A boat dealership has existed on Iron Wind’s site for over a quarter-century. In the past year, however, the Newells have renovated, expanded their staff from four to




12, brought in new boat lines and increased sales tenfold. Iron Wind now carries “practically any boat you’d want,” including yachts, sports boats, cruisers, pontoons, offshore fishing boats, jet boats and aluminum boats by Regal, Pursuit, Premier Pontoons, Glastron, Palm Beach Pontoons, and Crestliner, “plus all the accessories and parts you’ll need.” Furthermore, they possess one of Atlantic Canada’s largest in-stock boat, motor and trailer selections. No need to leave the Maritimes for your “dream boat”: Iron Wind carries regionally exclusive Regal yachts in 35,


42, 46, and 53-foot models. “We’re the yacht dealer for Regal across Atlantic Canada,” says Newell. “Regal is very innovative, very savvy with the use of space,” she adds, noting that Regal yachts may feature lounge-style seating, grills, or washer/dryer combos. Iron Wind is also Atlantic Canada’s exclusive dealer of Pursuit’s full centre console and offshore fishing lineup. “As a sister company to Tiara Yachts, Pursuit offers yacht-calibre fit and finishes in all models,” says Newell. “It’s easy to go fishing in style.”

The Newells selected Premier’s pontoons especially for Iron Wind. “We were looking for a pontoon line,” says Newell. “When we saw Premier, we said ‘that’s the line we need.’ Premier Pontoons are the most beautiful and luxurious. You can see the difference on a Premier pontoon, versus their competitors.” For any budget, Iron Wind offers various options, including the ability to finance a vessel through partnerships with several major Canadian banks. “Our boats range from under a $1,000 to over a million,” says Newell. “If you’re looking for excellent quality at a better price, there’s a boat for you.” The quality of the dealership where you buy your boat is equally important, she adds. “We provide service and customer support long after the initial sale.” Iron Wind also carries a selection of previously-owned boats, vetted by the dealership. “We’re very particular about the trades we take.” Iron Wind Marine services boats, too, employing “factory-certified technicians” with specialized tools and technology for Mercruiser, Mercury, Volvo Penta, BRP Rotax and Yamaha. “We try to turn a boat around in a week or less,” says Newell. “We understand the season is short here.” In the off-season, Iron Wind can winterize, shrink-wrap and store vessels in their locked, video-equipped boatyard. “We’ll pick your boat up for you, store it for winter, and put it back on the water for the spring and summer season.” Boating enthusiasts choose Iron Wind Marine for many reasons. “We provide one-stop shopping… we’re financially strong, local, and we’re a family — you’re dealing with the owners,” says Newell. Plus, you’re dealing with people who love boating. “There’s so much to do with a boat,” she smiles. “We want to make it easy for you to have fun on the water.” Iron Wind Marine 4566 Prospect Road Halifax 902.852.4199 RIGHT L-R Nadine Hardiman, Terrie Bellefeuille, Dennis Lutz, Marlin Creaser, Paul Tough, Jim Chaston, Kathryn Newell, Craig Newell. Mark Mitchell, Andrew Corkin. Photo by Natasha Poirier




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ou’re probably familiar with a cruise’s advantages. You can visit various international destinations, yet unpack just once; you can spend “transit time” viewing shows, sipping cocktails and sampling first-rate cuisine. But have you heard of — or been on — a river boat cruise? From the Rhine to the Seine, “River boat cruising is the fastest-growing travel trend,” says Kim Myers of Expedia CruiseShipCenters Halifax. Intimate vessels by lines like AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Scenic Cruises and Viking

River Cruises chart courses from Egypt to Russia, making port along the way. “It’s like a floating boutique hotel that never leaves the scenery. You always see land.” Ocean cruisers may bear some 5,000 passengers, but river boats transport a few dozen to perhaps 200 guests. That smaller size means additional attention from service staff. Many river cruise guests, Myers says, return with stories such as “the chef coming to the dinner table, making sure everyone had an unforgettable dining experience” — the kind of personal touch that isn’t practical on larger ships.

In contrast with bigger cruises’ funfair atmosphere, river boats emphasize authenticity. The shipboard menu may feature regional delicacies; entertainers are frequently local musicians, joining the cruise for a single evening. Walking tours of varied pace, with comprehensive guides, are often available in port. “AmaWaterways even has bicycles on some river boat cruises,” says Myers. “You can bicycle from one port and get on again at the next.” River boat cruises differ in duration (seven to 21 days is the norm); guests can travel almost anywhere on the globe,




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from Budapest to Beijing. But, Myers notes, a perennial favourite is the Danube cruise, which may stop in spots like Linz, Nuremberg and Vienna. Also exhilarating is the 28-guest cruise down Africa’s Chobe River, which could include visits to Kasenu Village or Victoria Falls. Many river boat cruises are exceptionally inclusive, with dining, beer and wine part of the package; some feature dedicated themes. More than one line offers a European “wine cruise.” Holiday cruises, which spirit guests away to old-world Christmas markets from Salzburg to Prague, are also popular; and the maiden voyage of AmaWaterway’s new Danube “Chocolate Cruise” is in April of 2014. Given river cruises’ diversity, plus the

possibilities larger ships offer, “it’s not uncommon for people to have two or three cruises booked at once,” Myers notes. Expedia CruiseShipCenters Halifax “specializes in cruising,” says Myers. Consultants are connected with numerous lines, enabling them to plan incomparable ocean and river getaways. But, she adds, Expedia is “a full-service travel agency and an exclusive cruise partner with Aeroplan,” too. Agents can help clients with every aspect of travel arrangements, from accommodations to transportation to insurance. Many Expedia clients extend their cruise adventure by booking additional hotel time, to be enjoyed before embarking and after landfall. Those who prefer to “keep their feet on the ground” often rely on

Expedia to arrange expeditions to immortal destinations like Italy or Greece. Like river boats themselves, Expedia is partly defined by its high client care standards. “We specialize in one-onone customer service,” says Myers. So if far-off shores tempt you and the ocean’s blueness beckons, pay Expedia CruiseShipCenters Halifax a visit. Before you know it, you’ll be on the waves. Expedia CruiseShipCenters Halifax Unit 5–362 Lacewood Drive Halifax 902.404.7447 1.877.887.7447




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rand new in May 2012, Oceania’s Riviera and her sister, Marina, are touted as the most sophisticated and elegant ships to debut in the last five decades. Comfortably midsized — which really means that the ship has a guest capacity of 1,250 passengers and a staff of 800 — appeals to a great many cruisers because these ships are not gargantuan as many of the new vessels are. This equates to a guest to staff ratio of less than 2-1; how do you spell “pampered?” Personalized service has been long a hallmark of Oceania Cruises, yet not “over the top” and artificial — just simply, excellent. I have yet to learn how the staff can learn first names, your preference for “shaken or stirred,” and who you are travelling with — usually by day two of the voyage. Perhaps there is a secret code that is transmitted via some shipboard social media, or perhaps our trusty cruise cards are each embedded with a microchip. No matter their process, the results are awesome; you will feel appreciated and welcome aboard any of Oceania’s vessels the moment you set foot on the ship. The Oceania Cruises experience is chatted up in many cruise circles, but for those who have yet to savour a voyage with Oceania there is no need to be overwhelmed by descriptions of elegance, designer touches and the upscale ambience of Riviera or Marina. The tone, cadence and shipboard ambience is very relaxed — often referred to as “country club casual.” Of course, there are many different passengers aboard, some who prefer to dress formally for special occasions, photography or just because they like to. Others will appear at any of the six open-seating gourmet restaurants neat and tidy with or without a jacket or tie; whatever suits your style and comfort level is just fine. Naturally, common sense prevails, so parading into a grand buffet in your flip flops and wraparound over your swimwear may raise a few eyebrows on your way out. Extra surcharges to dine in these specialty restaurants are nonexistent, but because they are quite popular, reservations are usually required. There are many times that we feel like dining on deck or even in our stateroom; it matters not where — the food is considered the best at sea. Having a burger and fries on deck at The Waves Grill or lighter fare at the Terrace

Cafe on the 12th deck often hits the spot perfectly, and the pool is not too far away. On tropical itineraries such as the Sun Splashed Isles, eating on deck is very pleasant. There always seems to be a breeze, no matter what the temperature, and in February if it’s not snow, it’s good! Sun Splashed Isles is a great 10-day itinerary from Miami return, departing February 22, 2014. I will be presenting onboard as part of Oceania’s enrichment program for the duration of this cruise. Our ports of call lend themselves so beautifully for storytelling, weaving all manner of myth, mystery, medicines and history of the Caribbean. Not only are you able to work on your tan, but you may also learn quite a bit about this beautiful part of the world. The new Bon Appétit Culinary Centre is the only hands-on cooking school at sea. Massimo, a well known and fantastic chef, is scheduled to be on this cruise, so all “foodies” are welcome to join me and learn the art from a master. The Artist’s Loft offers a wonderful opportunity to learn or hone your creative skills from the artists-in-

residence program; perhaps a watercolour expression of Tortola will be your souvenir. The Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Barts will certainly deliver the consummate Caribbean image on any level. Tortola, the Dominican Republic and finally to Nassau, Bahamas, completes this idyllic island sojourn with a return to Miami for your connections home. First time cruisers: this is a wonderful itinerary for

you to discover how fantastic cruising can be. Start with Oceania and you will realize that you are home. I look forward to welcoming you on the Sun Splashed Isles itinerary aboard Riviera in February. Ken Beattie is the Manager of Habitat Programs for the Canadian Wildlife Federation. For more information or to book your trip visit

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ichard Arnold is so passionate about his job that the simple act of chatting with him about travel is an adventure. Mention San Francisco to the president of Atlantic Tours and he has some fantastic, off-the-beaten-track ideas to share. Do you want to know where the best sun destination would be for you and your three best friends? He’ll ask a few questions and narrow that down, too.

nature and deep personal knowledge of so many diverse travel destinations that it isn’t difficult to see why so many people turn to him and the Atlantic Tours team when seeking a worry-free vacation.

Affectionately known as “the director of fun,” Arnold has an infectiously cheerful

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States, Europe or the world, Arnold and his staff have all the tools at their disposal to ensure your vacation is tailormade to suit your needs. In fact, Atlantic Tours’ staff are experts at customizing vacations to suit the unique needs of each client or group. Pre-planning is often one of the most stressful parts of any trip. Where to stay? What about food? When it comes to sightseeing at a chosen destination, what

If that doesn’t pique your interest, how about one of a number of fabulous cruise options? A luxurious riverboat cruise on the Danube is the perfect way to journey through four European countries, and Arnold and the company’s vice president Gary Biddle are personally hosting a small group on such a cruise next October. “A lot of clients want to go on a riverboat cruise, but do not want to go alone… In addition to having your shore excursions and all your meals included, it includes unlimited wine with your meals. On regular cruises, those are typically addons, which can add up,” Arnold advised. “It may seem like more up front, but is a much better way to go.” Planning a wedding, family reunion, or other gathering in the Caribbean? Want

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are the must-sees? “Our staff specialize in everything from student travel and traditional groups to weddings, reunions, family get-togethers,” Arnold says. “Whether you are a group of two or 50 people, we do it all so you don’t have to.” Who wouldn’t enjoy a breathtaking cross-country rail tour of Canada? With Atlantic Tours, that includes first class services. A full cabin on-board, all meals, and a narrated rail tour provide a worry-free rail experience that takes passengers from the untamed wilderness of Northern Ontario through the rolling prairies and into the majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies. “It’s a dream of most people to see their own country from coast to coast,” Arnold says. “This is the best way to see it while enjoying a very relaxed, first class experience.”




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to take in a New York City show or enjoy a getaway to Vermont, New Hampshire or California? What about a vacation in Iceland, Ireland, Italy or Australia? Arnold says they even have a Downton Abbey oriented trip on offer. For added peace of mind, Atlantic Tours is part of the Travel Alliance Partners (TAP) network. Premier tour operators in Canada and the U.S. belonging to this organization are regional experts in their respective locales and can be counted on to uphold the highest level of professionalism and quality. “Any time you travel, when you try to do it yourself and something goes astray, where do you go for assistance? Our team deals with all of that,” he explains. “The added value you get from working with a travel professional makes a big difference. We have been there.”

Although many people may equate Atlantic Tours with the Ambassatours bus company, the two are distinct entities. Arnold spent more than 20 years as part of the leadership team at Ambassatours. However, on Jan. 1, 2014, Arnold and Biddle will begin their fourth year as owners of Atlantic Tours. For more information about the wide variety of worry-free world vacation options available through Atlantic Tours, visit their website at

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uests walking into the fresh, contemporary lobby of the Comfort Hotel Bayers Lake can immediately sense their stay there will be free from stress. The friendliness and efficiency of the front desk staff will immediately lift the spirits of the weariest of travellers, while calming the nerves of the most jittery conference presenter. Very knowledgeable and always willing to help, general manager Stephanie Giannoulis and her staff are able to assist guests with all their needs, from planning a fun-filled family excursion to ensuring that special events run smoothly.

A family business, the hotel opened twoand-a-half years ago as an extension of the restaurant owned and operated by Giannoulis’ father, a successful developer in HRM for 18 years. The family also runs the Bayers Lake European Farmer’s Market/ Mediterraneo Patisserie Meze Café just up the block from the hotel. Specializing in fine European and local foods, visitors can choose from fresh local and Mediterranean fruits and vegetables, imported European specialty foods and coffees and freshly baked European pastries. As the owner and manager of an award-winning hotel, the strong work ethic and attention to detail that Stephanie Giannoulis, a non-

practicing medical doctor, inherited from her father is evident everywhere, from the complimentary hot buffet breakfasts, movie library and wi-fi, to the state-of-the-art fitness centre and heated indoor pool. The 73-room Comfort Hotel Bayers Lake is conveniently located only minutes away from one of the city’s largest shopping districts — Bayers Lake Park — and 10 minutes from historic downtown Halifax. Being close to all the major highways that pass through Halifax, guests of the hotel can easily visit many local attractions, such as Exhibition Park, Granite Springs Golf Course and Peggy’s

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Cove. For guests, travelling by vehicle, the hotel provides free on-site parking while guests travelling by plane appreciate the short 20-minute travel time to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The Comfort Hotel Bayers Lake has three modern conference rooms, two of which can hold between 60 and 80 people depending on the arrangement. The third meeting room, known as the Allegro, has a capacity of 200 people, making it ideal for large conventions and weddings. The hotel provides catering for functions held in all three conference rooms. The meals are prepared by the chefs in the hotel’s Canadiana restaurant. Each conference room is equipped to handle the audio and video requirements of guests and comes with free wi-fi access. In addition, each room has an abundance of natural light and ground floor accessibility. The Comfort Hotel Bayers Lake has been named the 2013 Canadian Hotel of the Year by Choice Hotels Canada in addition to being rated the No. 1 hotel in Halifax by TripAdvisor every year since it opened in 2011. Both awards are based upon reviews provided by guests of the hotel. Hotel guests rated the Comfort Hotel Bayers Lake very high for customer service and cleanliness. “General manager Stephanie Giannoulis and her team have set the bar high to provide the ultimate guest experience. From customer service, to property maintenance, this hotel has established itself as a leader in the industry,” says Tim Oldfield, managing director of Choice Hotels Canada. Comfort Hotel, Bayers Lake 88 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax 902.405.4555 TF 1.855.405.4555 RIGHT Stephanie Giannoulis and Peter Giannoulis boTTom riGhT Josie Kaye, front desk. boTTom LeFT Mediterraneo: Patisserie-Meze-Café


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Absolutely Fabulous has been the Valley’s treasury of bedroom, bathroom and kitchen necessities for well over a decade. “I like people to be happy,” says founder Catherine Reid. “Things can be pretty and practical; this is where to find products bringing beauty, comfort and ease to your home.”

can welcome guests and wow family. Ceramic finishes on Pro Gold bakeware and Fat Daddio’s anodized specialty pieces mean less time on sink duty. Zwilling cookware, meanwhile, is designed for lifetime use on all stovetops (including induction).

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boards are keystone kitchen tools. “Knives love wood,” Reid advises, so Epicurean’s dishwasher-safe wooden boards are a perfect choice. Additionally, Absolutely Fabulous’ overnight knife-sharpening service keeps every blade at its best. Make sure you scope out the Absolutely Fabulous 20-foot-plus “gadget wall.” It features Good Grips’ ergonomic tools, Swissmar’s super-sharp peelers, and everything in between — making peeling, slicing, scrubbing and food prep a pleasure. Countertop appliances from Breville, Cuisinart, and KitchenAid round out the kitchen tools. When it comes to presentation, invite April Cornell (table linens), Gordon Ramsay (Royal Doulton china), Trudeau (European glassware), and J.A. Henckels (18/10 flatware) to dinner, for a table setting as fabulous as your food. Ready for bed? Absolutely Fabulous carries bedding by Canadian suppliers

like Highland Feather and HB Promotion. Duvets stuffed with down, silk, synthetic materials or wool are stocked. Allergy sufferers have choices beyond synthetic — silk and wool “are naturally hypoallergenic,” Reid says, noting silk’s capacity to both retain heat and breathe is perfect for “women of a certain age.” The staff’s signature “pillow interview” will help you sort through nearly a dozen pillow types; it is possible to find the perfect one. Absolutely Fabulous’ “Approval System” is a great way to visualize products at home before committing, simply by leaving a credit card number. The bathroom selection includes freestanding hardware, shower curtains, Turkish cotton towels and more. Of her shower curtains, Reid says, “We carry everything from beautiful to silly.” They also carry bath and body treats by local labels like Dirty Pig, Laughing Pear, Canadian Barefoot Venus and Bee by the Sea.


Gift baskets — each individually tailored — are Absolutely Fabulous to give (or receive). The store also maintains a gift registry, great for new homeowners, bridal couples or Christmas. Specialordering is easy if you’re searching for “that certain something”. From Dec. 1 to 24, Absolutely Fabulous will host their 16th annual charity bedding drive. “We run a bedding bank for Chrysalis House women’s shelter,” Reid explains. “We accept gently used bedding and give customers a discount on new bedding as a ‘thank you.’ It’s a win-win.” The ‘bedding bank’ keeps Chrysalis House stocked with linen for months — a tradition best described as, well, Absolutely Fabulous. Absolutely Fabulous. Kings Centre Plaza 8927 Commercial Street New Minas 902.681.2284 |





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t 8881 Commercial St., you’ll discover three floors of fashions for you and your home. Décor/ ladies’ boutique Anatolia occupies the top two stories of the building, while Finish Up is located on the lower floor. Together, the two establishments are “a one-stop shop for all things wonderful,” laughs Michelle Rouleau, who co-owns Anatolia and Finish Up with husband Randy Kinsman. Either is the perfect place to splurge on something stunning — whether “something” you throw over your shoulder, slip onto your wrist, or cuddle up on in your living room.




ANATOLIA Anatolia’s interior is divided into several smaller rooms, each brimming with treasures; there’s no telling what musthave item you’ll stumble across on your visit. If you’re the shine-and-sparkle type, you may spot your next signature piece in Anatolia’s assortment of jewellery — or become the newest fan of the Brighton jewellery line. “We’re the only Brighton retailer in the Maritimes that I know of,” says Rouleau. “They have great


statement pieces and jewellery you’d wear every day. It has a great following.” On Anatolia’s fashion-festooned second floor, customers can peruse ladies’ accessories and apparel, chosen by Rouleau for chicness and common sense. “I try to bring in clothing that’s easy to wear, current, and for all sizes,” she explains. “Classic, staple pieces every woman should have.” Anatolia is the Valley’s sole source of Vancouvermade Karma activewear, and also carries bags by Lug, watches by Fossil, and leggings by Hue. “You can dress them

up, dress them down,” Rouleau enthuses of the latter. “They’re very versatile, so comfortable.” Anatolia’s second storey also houses the boutique’s shoe department, featuring brands like Alegria, FitFlops, Hunter, Miz Mooz, Uggs, and Un Tour En Ville. You’d have to look hard to find a collection of Toms rivaling Anatolia’s: “People come from the city to get their Tom’s here all the time. We probably have 100 different styles.” Anatolia also stocks MJUS footwear — a personal favourite of Rouleau’s. “They’re Italian boots — so comfortable and beautiful.” No shoe shopper is left out at Anatolia: “I have women’s sizes up to 12.” In addition to fashion, Anatolia carries wall art, baby supplies, bath and body products, bedding and nightgowns, kitchen accessories (including tablewear by Sophie Conran), and Atlantic Canadian home décor. “We specialize in the coastal look,” says Rouleau. “We have lots of items that fit well in Nova Scotian homes — we all live so close to the water I think it’s a must that our homes reflect this uniqueness.”

FINISH UP Beneath Anatolia, you’ll find Finish Up, which offers services to put a fresh face on your house. Custom draperies are one of Finish Up’s specialties. Staff can help clients choose the perfect fabric and style for their needs. Then, Rouleau says, “We make the drapes ourselves, right here in the store. We also carry Maxxmar custom blinds, which are manufactured in Ontario.” Finish Up handles ordering all materials, as well as drapery installation, meaning that customers can effortlessly acquire beautiful blinds in as little as two weeks. Finish Up also offers custom upholstery, transforming love-worn favourite pieces of furniture into something new. “We specialize in smaller pieces,” says Rouleau. “It might be something you’ve had in your family for years, a sentimental piece that needs to be redone; perhaps




the fabric is worn, or out of date.” Leave that piece in Finish Up’s hands, and soon it’ll look better than ever. “We can restore the wood and bring it back to the original appearance, or put a funky fabric on it and make it a statement piece.” Rouleau says custom spray finishing is another of their keystone services. “Over the past three years, we’ve turned dozens of tired kitchens into new, lacquered, up-to-date spaces. We can make your existing kitchen look new for a fraction of the cost. We also provide stain colour matching,” which allows customers to purchase stain mixed to blend seamlessly with existing furniture or décor. “Nobody else in the Valley does that — we constantly receive orders from flooring and stair installers needing custom service.” For quality, Finish Up relies on Sansin stains; they’re the Valley’s single Sansin retailer. “Sansin’s a great, environmentally-friendly product,” says Rouleau — and, she adds, hardy enough for the Maritimes. “Sansin’s exterior products are meant to withstand our harsh climate.” Employees at Finish Up and Anatolia are well-versed in selection and services. “The staff is very knowledgeable,” Rouleau says, noting that they regularly contribute input on what items to order. With this team to helping you shop — and a wealth of stock to choose from — Anatolia and Finish Up are the perfect place to find unforgettable gifts. That is, if you don’t mind the fact that you’re almost certain to come away with something for yourself, too.

Anatolio and Finish Up 8881 Commercial Street New Minas 902.681.1763 (Finish Up) 902.681.1499 (Anatolia)




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NOVA SCOTIA’S Peerless Icewines



cewine — painstakingly crafted of frozen grapes, and produced in Europe since the Enlightenment — is now a Canadian flagship. You can thank the bitter winter freezing your car doors shut and frosting your windows over for that. “Our climate is much colder than Germany’s, so the Canadian icewine products are probably the best in the world,” says Go North Tours’ founder, Laila North. Even among Canada’s first-rate icewines, Nova Scotia’s may be the crème de la crème. “Nova Scotian icewines have always been some of my personal favourites,” says Peter Rockwell, NSLC category manager. “They tend to be lighter. They’re not as cloying.” “Our grapes have natural acidity to them, and acidity balances out sweetness,” echoes North. “They’re a lot more balanced.” Despite their possible superiority, local icewines can be more attractively priced than imports. “Nova

Scotian icewines aren’t that expensive compared to Ontario and BC,” North says. And there’s plenty of choice available, since several local wineries produce icewine; North and Rockwell both name Domaine de Grand Pre and Jost Vineyards as recognized leaders. Rockwell’s criteria for judging icewine is not all that different from other types of wine. “You’re looking for a balance of flavour. You don’t want something that’s too over-the-top sweet or too thick.” You should also glance at the year on the label, he says, although he does note that icewine buyers enjoy a safety net in that regard. “It’s got to be a decent vintage to start, because there’s so much that can go wrong if it’s a bad year. They’d probably abandon it before it got too far.” He also advises serving your selected vintage relatively quickly. “Icewine typically doesn’t cellar very long. You’re probably looking at three to five years.”


Laila North’s recommended icewine pairings are adventurous and occasionally unconventional. “You can have it before dinner with salty hors d’oeuvres— blue cheese or Pâtés,” she suggests, “but its finest pairing is with chocolate.” North has even used icewine in other drinks. “I like to make an icewine martini: two ounces of icewine and one ounce vodka, straight up. I throw in a couple of frozen grapes to keep the martini chilled as I drink it.” Rockwell suggests a more minimalist approach. “If you have it before a meal, you’re probably going to taste it all the way through.” Instead, “you might have it with cheeses or fresh fruit, or have it with a very light dessert, after dinner. You really don’t need to decorate it.” Despite its status as a local speciality, icewine can receive mixed responses from drinkers, Rockwell notes. “Some people love it, other people go ‘eh, too sweet for me.’”





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Expanding SErvicES, Expanding gEography


lways striving to be the best, Light Touch Laser has found one more way to serve their clients even better. They are proud to announce that they are opening a second clinic located at Southgate Court, 780 Central Ave., Greenwood. Already boasting a strong clientele in the Kingston and Greenwood area, Light Touch Laser is excited to bring their full complement of services much closer to them and the people of southern Nova Scotia.

The initial response to the news of their expansion has been inspiring for Carrie Yeo, clinic owner, and her staff. “I am so thankful to have this opportunity and watch it unfold,” explains Yeo. “Everything with planning and development of the expansion has gone so well, we can’t wait to be a part of this community!” With more than 10 years in business, Light Touch Laser has built great relationships with its clients. People travel considerable distances to get the service and experience that Light Touch Laser

offers. Clients trek from Yarmouth, Digby, Middleton, Greenwood, the South Shore and Halifax. There are also several clients who, even after being relocated out of province because of work or school, continue to schedule trips back to the area to receive their treatments. “It is a huge compliment that they prefer to make the effort to travel to see us, than to go to another clinic,” says Yeo. “There are a lot of clinics out there. As a consumer, how do you choose? It [medical aesthetics] is such a tough ABOVE Carrie Yeo, owner





industry to navigate as a consumer because there is such a wide range of equipment, experience and prices.” “If any sector of our community knows the woes of relocation, it is our military. What better way to welcome them to our community than to have premium services that meet, and even exceed what they had in their previous posting!” exclaims Yeo. One of the most difficult things about moving and relocating is finding a new provider for all of the services you need. It is not just about finding the amenities. It takes time to develop a relationship of trust and confidence; especially when you must rely on your new service provider to help you maintain your health or personal appearance. Providing free consultations for all of their services, Light Touch allows clients to make educated decisions. Whether it is getting control of excess weight with the Ideal Protein weight loss protocol, removing unwanted hair, slowing the signs of aging, or simply improving the look and feel of their skin, clients can be assured the best results possible in a positive and supportive environment. Using only the highest-grade medical equipment for the treatments they offer, all of their services are chosen with the goal of helping their clients look and feel their best.

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Our larger space enables customers to see and touch fixtures more easily. Our light lab showcases the effects of various styles of recessed lighting, as well as demonstrates the benefits of task and accent lighting. You can utilize our catalogue shopping area

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So Much More Than TeeTh Park Street Dental Clinic By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos Raven dawn PhotogRaPhy


ark Street Dental Clinic, says practice manager Caroline Archibald, “is so much more than teeth.” Which isn’t to say that basic care isn’t part of the practice; the clinic provides checkups and cleanings to many loyal patients. However, Park Street Dental also offers services beyond the routine — invaluable to locals who don’t want to commute for treatment. “You don’t have to go to big cities,” says Archibald. “These services are offered in rural Nova Scotia.” Caroline Archibald co-owns Park Street Dental alongside dentist Trevor Archibald. “Trevor graduated from Dalhousie in 2000,” she says. “He knew, growing up, that he wanted to be in the Valley, so we bought the practice in 2000.” Originally established in Kentville, Park Street Dental later relocated to Coldbrook, where it has remained for almost a decade. Among Park Street Dental’s numerous offerings is treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. “We have a K-7 by Myotronics, which is a computerized system that shows muscle activity and tracks jaw movement,” she explains; the K-7 can determine whether TMJ issues are the source of a patient’s pain. If so, “we would use a TENS

LEFT Trevor and Caroline Archibald

machine to relax the muscles and put them in the balanced position.” The clinic can also provide an appliance to help patients maintain their results, which can be dramatic. “Some people who are migraine sufferers, who take multiple medications … within months, we’re able to greatly reduce, if not eliminate, that medication,” Archibald says. “It’s incredible. It’s life-changing for people.” Another clinical focus is treating sleep apnea (bouts of disrupted breathing while asleep). Testing for sleep apnea requires a simple home sleep study: “We have a partnership with Family 1st Medical,” Archibald explains. “Patients take a little apparatus home — they sleep in their own bed, and it keeps track of how many




episodes they have throughout the night, and what their oxygen levels are.” If the sleep study reveals that a patient suffers from sleep apnea, Park Street Dental may prescribe either an oral appliance or a CPAP machine, based on the obstructive sleep apnea’s (OSA) severity.

Dental. “There are fewer adjustments, and a much more accurate fit on digital impressions, because of how precise they are,” says Archibald. Digital impressions also eliminate the occasionally unpleasant and messy process of taking traditional impressions.

Various orthodontic and pre-orthodontic services — including transparent Invisalign braces — are also available through Park Street Dental. “We’re huge advocates of early treatment,” Archibald says of the latter. “If it doesn’t eliminate ‘ortho,’ it’s going to greatly reduce it.”

One innovative piece of technology at Park Street Dental is not just convenient, but potentially lifesaving: their VELscope screening system to help detect oral cancer. “It’s a tool that fluoresces, and it shows anything abnormal in your mouth,” Archibald explains. “Most people don’t realize that they’ve got oral cancer until it’s too advanced — but it’s curable if caught early. We do the screening with all our new patients as part of our comprehensive exam,” she says,

Impressions for appliances — whether orthodontic, pre-orthodontic, or intended to treat TMJ issues or sleep apnea — may be taken digitally at Park Street


difficult to imagine anyone as suited to the demands of a “smile makeover” as Trevor Archibald. “He’s a perfectionist,” she says. “I think that goes with the profession. But he has a real eye for detail, and patients appreciate that.” Dental implants are also available from Park Street Dental. Potentially ideal for anyone missing a single tooth or a number of teeth, dental implants frequently present an attractive alternative for denture wearers. “Implant support dentures are much more comfortable and stable.” In contrast with their cutting-edge technology, Park Street Dental’s customer service ethos is old-fashioned and unpretentious. “Trevor is down-toearth, and people respond to that,” says Caroline Archibald. “He doesn’t like being called Dr. Archibald — it’s Trevor. Little things like that make a big impact.” The team, although already highly educated, is never afraid to learn more; at the time of writing, Park Street Dental had completed two additional courses in just the last month. “We spend so much time, and make a huge investment, in the education of our entire team,” says Archibald. “We strive to be the best we can be, and we’re able to offer our patients the best we’re capable of giving them.”

adding that subsequent screenings are conducted periodically. The breadth of Park Street Dental’s modern technology allows the clinic to treat complex issues, but equal care and attention are paid to simpler procedures; for example, fillings. No mercury fillings are ever used at the practice, says Archibald. When Park Street Dental adds bridgework, fillings or crowns, “it’s all composite, zirconia, or porcelain. Everything is very aesthetically pleasing. It looks natural; our patients want that, and we need to be able to deliver.” Patients seeking cosmetic improvements may invest in “Zoom2” tooth whitening (a single treatment can provide results for up to three to five years) or Park Street Dental’s

“smile makeover” — a treatment in which Trevor Archibald may use a combination of techniques (Caroline Archibald lists composite, crowns and veneers among possible tactics) to transform a patient’s smile. “You’re giving them something pretty, but also functional.” Many “smile makeover” patients, she says, are those who have undergone numerous previous dental procedures; others are empty nesters finally able to indulge in personal attention. “A lot of people say ‘I wish I’d had this done 10 years ago,’ but I don’t know that we would have had the same results, because we didn’t have the products then,’” Archibald muses. “That said, it’s hard to imagine it being better in 10 years’ time. I’m sure it will be — but it’s amazing where it is.” It is, perhaps, equally


Park Street Dental’s commitment to personalized care is evident through the clinic’s scheduling procedures; although clinic hours technically run Monday through Thursday, Trevor Archibald routinely uses Fridays to treat patients best served by either extra discretion or in-depth care. Furthermore, a personal “check-in” call from Park Street Dental “to see how patients are feeling, how they got along” is the norm, Caroline Archibald says, for “anything beyond a basic filling.” The loyalty of Park Street Dental’s patients — who are of all ages, Archibald notes — is indicative of their satisfaction with the clinic. “It’s a warm, welcoming environment. They appreciate that it’s modern, they appreciate the technology; they have a real trust in everyone here,” she says. “Our standards are high, and that shows.” Park Street Dental Clinic 70 Coldbrook Village Park Road Coldbrook 902.678.7530 |





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LocaL Fare with an internationaL FLair By Laura WaLsh Photos raven DaWn PhotograPhy


ucculent grilled lamb chops, line-caught fresh fish, pasta and warm bread created from scratch, house made ice cream… salivating yet? If you haven’t already, it’s time to check out Wolfville’s newest fine dining establishment: Privet House. Chef Jamie Smye was drawn to Nova Scotia because of its territorial abundance. “We always loved the valley. It reminded us of an embryonic Niagara Region with its produce and wines,” says Smye. Originally from southern Ontario,




he and his partner Liisa Sellors left for the east coast when a job offer took them to Newfoundland. Shortly after, they established Madison’s Grill at the Marble Inn in Steady Brook on the western side of the province. After a successful three years, the pair decided to continue on their exploration of Atlantic Canada. Wolfville’s late summer tourists and local patrons first experienced Privet House in August 2012. The interior décor of neutral tones, rich dark wood and flickering candlelight create a serene,


classy environment, while the cushioned banquette and intimate seating gives the comfort of home. “I want our guests to feel comfortable, as if they are having dinner at my house,” says Sellors. “It’s really just like my home,” she laughs, referring to one of the colourful paintings adorning the wall. “I just took that out of my hall this morning.” The elegant atmosphere, tantalizing menu and friendly, knowledgeable service provide an appetizing refuge in the heart of Wolfville.

Not only does Smye delight the palates of both lunch and dinner guests of Privet House six days a week with his internationally-inspired local fare, he also serves the public face-to-face twice a week at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. “The market is great. It’s a lot of fun,” says Smye. “It helps me keep in touch with our customers and it’s a good way for people who haven’t yet dined with us to try us out.” The offerings at the market have recently expanded from cooked on-thespot dishes, including Pad Thai and flank steak sliders and “Privet House at Home” to-go items. These include some of the favourites from the restaurant such as the mouth-watering demi-glace and roasted vegetable hummus. For those food enthusiasts who want to go beyond purchasing the items to take home and actually learn to make it themselves, Smye also offers cooking classes on Monday nights! “We started offering cooking classes in Newfoundland as a means to educate guests on the new flavours they were experiencing while dining with us. It gave them a sense of familiarity with both our kitchen and the preparation of their favourite dishes,” explains Smye. Each lesson has a different theme (Thai, Italian and sushi, to name a few), so there is always something new and exciting to prepare. The classes have earned the same positive response here in Nova Scotia with aspiring culinary artists eager to sign up. With their many epicurean offerings, including catering both on and off-site, the Privet House strives to satisfy the hunger in all of us for truly great food. Privet House Restaurant 406 Main Street Wolfville 902.542.7525


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Turn Back The clock With Valley Medical Aesthetics


o amount of makeup can create better skin. Yet better skin is possible: just ask staff at Kentville’s Valley Medical Aesthetics. This clinic, recognized for high-calibre endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) and sclerotherapy, additionally provides clients with a range of non-invasive aesthetic services — including those which reduce the appearance of blemishes, scars, wrinkles, loose skin and small spider veins.




For this issue, Fine Lifestyles spoke with office manager Michelle May to find out more about treatments offered using Valley Medical Aesthetics’ state-of-theart EMax elos energy equipment. The EMax utilizes bi-polar radio frequency (BRF), Intense Pulse Light (IPL), and/or a laser to provide patients with one of three separate services, depending on their individual needs. The first such service, ReFirme™, reduces and/or prevents wrinkles


and other markers of aged skin by boosting collagen, lending skin a fresh appearance, explains May. “Everybody stops producing collagen around age 20,” so the ReFirme treatment may have benefits at any point past that age. “By doing the ReFirme, you’re continuously depositing collagen into your skin. It gives you younger, more vibrant, tighter skin.” The ReFirme’s full effects are revealed over time, since “collagen takes six months to mature.”





The second treatment provided by the EMax, Skin Rejuvenation, “safely restores youthful, healthy-looking skin” by treating skin blemishes caused by age, environment and excessive sun exposure, as well as conditions like rosacea. The Rejuvenation treatment isolates and targets damaged areas, and can also cause some limited collagen growth, says May. Additional post-care products, including sunblock, assist results. Like the ReFirme treatment, Skin Rejuvenation may be usefully administered before seriously damaged skin is visible: Valley Medical Aesthetics considers two or three appointments annually a sufficient preventative regimen. Finally, the elos’ laser may be used to “diminish red spider veins, or larger blue-green problem veins,” which are prominent or overly noticeable on the face and body. “Using combined energies, you target the unwanted vein while protecting the surrounding skin. Maximum clearance is typically achieved in one to three sessions.” The eMax’s ReFirme, Rejuvenation, and laser hand pieces have different goals, but nevertheless, the treatments share several things in common, she notes. All cause minimal to no discomfort, and can be targeted anywhere on the body — not only on faces, but also hands, legs, necks, and so on, according to what’s desired in each individual case. Perhaps most appealingly for readers leading busy lifestyles, all three treatments allow patients to resume their usual schedule upon leaving the clinic. “People just love these treatments, and come in over their lunch break,” says May. It’s easy to learn about Valley Medical Aesthetics without moving from your chair, since the clinic maintains a comprehensive website packed with information, as well as active accounts on Twitter and Facebook. The latter, in particular, continually features information about the clinic, its services, current fundraisers/charitable causes, and client incentives: keep up with new developments by clicking “like.”

Those curious about the EMax, or about Valley Medical Aesthetics’ other services (such as the cellulite-eliminating VelaSmooth) are welcome to call and book in, or stop by the clinic, where staff provide complimentary aesthetic consultations.

Valley Medical Aesthetics 66 Exhibition Street, Kentville 902.678.2121 | TF: 888-471-8346 F: 902-678-2945 | |



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Medical coMpression stockings

While trying to be a superstar at work, you log long hours at your desk and travel to every training opportunity and business meeting there is — you should be wearing medical compression stockings! New to compression stockings? Valley Medical Aesthetics has a fullytrained staff working with vascular surgeons to measure and fit you for your first pair, or maybe it’s your 100th. Experience, education and product variety make us the best place to shop for your compression stocking needs.

Fifty per cent of adults over the age of 30 should be wearing compression stockings. Ask us why. Compression stockings have come a long way with the variety of brands and styles available, at Valley Medical Aesthetics we are sure to have something that meets your needs. From wool socks to micro-fibre, with so many colours and patterns no one will even suspect you are wearing them for healthy legs.

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We have a great selection of delicious, mouth-watering dishes to tempt every palate. Assemble your meals at the store, or have us prepare the meals for you.

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