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first word With Fine Lifestyles editors AnnA DelAney & lori McKAy

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ith cooler weather on the horizon, now is the perfect time to curl up in front of a fire and check out Fine Lifestyles Kingston’s fall issue. In the following pages you’ll find stories on the local theatre scene, the latest in home automation, the beautiful new Lincoln MKX and much more. On our cover is Caldwell Wealth & Estate Advisory’s Rick Tomalty, Dan Lambert, Michael Caldwell and Josef Riha, whose business combines the scope of a general financial practice with the personal touch of a boutique firm. Find out more in our cover story. In a city abundant with independent businesses, it’s no surprise to find a number of successful women at their helms. Fine Lifestyles takes a closer look at some of those top local businesses and the fabulous females behind them in our special section on Women of Achievement. We also Explore Downtown Kingston in this issue! Offering a diverse variety of stores, businesses, restaurants and entertainment, the downtown area offers something new and exciting every time you visit. Planning a vacation? You might want to check out writer Courtney Tait’s Top 5 Ways to Discover Australia or Ken Beattie’s column on the history and amazing sights of Chile. Also in this issue, we look at how local celebrities Dan Aykroyd and The Tragically Hip are putting their names behind some great wine and spirits, and television personality Scott McGillivray is back with his latest column on curb appeal. Enjoy!

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www.finelifestyles.ca Volume 3, Issue 3 Editor Anna Delaney annad@finelifestyles.ca Lori McKay lorim@finelifestyles.ca Art Direction Lisa Redden, Senior Design Candace Haiko, Ghislaine Moffitt, DeAnne Bell, Shanna Joudrey Staff Writers Trina Annand, Henny Buffinga, Melanie Furlong, Tobie Hainstock, Tonya Lambert, Tori Stafford, Courtney Tait Contributing Writers Scott McGillivray, Ken Beattie, Kim Meathrel Cover Photography Stephen Wild Photography Stephen Wild, Jen Fitzpatrick, Lauren Kaufmann, Suzy Lamont, Kathryn McGlynn, Jay Bridges, Bernard Clark Associate Publisher Cathie Watson cathie@finelifestyles.ca 613.453.5697 Distribution & Subscriptions kellym@finelifestyles.ca This issue of Fine Lifestyles Kingston is proudly delivered by the Kingston Canadians Minor Peewee AA Hockey Club

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE ..................................................... 6 HEALTH & WELLNESS .......................12 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT.....27 SPORTS, RECREATION & TRAVEL....38 HOUSE & HOME .................................46 BUSINESS ........................................... 60 WHEELS ...............................................96

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FEATURES Rediscover Fine Vintage Jewelry....... 6 Local Legends Linked to Drinks ........28 Scott McGillivray: Curb Appeal..........46 COVER STORY: Caldwell Wealth & Estate Advisory ....62 Women of Achievement ....................... 78 Explore Downtown Kingston............ 102

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FINE Vintage Jewelry By Tonya Lambert

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As the saying goes, “What’s old is new again.” With the popularity of vintage jewelry, everyone is searching for the next big find!

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t’s important to note that not all old jewelry is vintage. Vintage refers to older items of very high craftsmanship, materials and design that is still relevant and useful in today’s world. Real vintage jewelry is timeless and, hence, valuable. A rare vintage piece may cost more than a similar new item. Vintage-themed weddings are the latest trend, and many couples are opting for a vintage or vintage-look engagement ring. Couples can choose from a new ring made in an older style, an older setting with new diamonds, or an actual vintage ring, whether a family heirloom or something specially purchased for the occasion. Associated with romance, enduring love and traditional moral values, a vintage engagement ring is one-of-a-kind. In addition, an older piece of jewelry can be more meaningful because of the stories and the people connected with it.

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Tips When Purchasing Vintage Fine Jewelry Once the decision has been made to purchase a piece of vintage fine jewelry, there are several things you will need to consider. • Reason for Buying. People buy vintage jewelry for a variety of reasons. Is it an investment? Do you desire something truly unique or are you searching for a particular style of jewelry? Perhaps you want to own something that once belonged to a celebrity? Your reason for buying will greatly affect what you buy. If you are investing, research the market trends. For example, seven years ago, the desire for natural pearls was strong but now buyers are looking increasingly for coral pieces. Gemstones from long-closed mines, such as Golconda diamonds or Kashmir sapphires, are always in demand, as pre-owned jewelry is the only source for these precious stones.

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JEWELRY DESIGN PERIODS Georgian (1714-1837) Victorian (1837-1901) • Early Victorian or Romantic (1837-1860) • Mid-Victorian or Grand (1860-1885) • Late Victorian or Aesthetic (1880-1901) Art Nouveau or Arts & Crafts (1890-1914) Edwardian or Belle Époque (1890-1915) Art Deco (1915-1935) Retro (1935-1955)

• Educate Yourself. Informed buyers make better decisions. The more you know about a product, the more likely the piece you purchase will be genuine. Educate yourself about the different jewelry design periods, specifically about the period you prefer. Learn about the well-known designers of the period — their design characteristics and their signature markings. Pieces made by well-known designers always hold their value better. Finally, gain a

basic understanding of the various cuts of gemstones, especially diamonds. Knowing what was popular or even possible in a period will help you to determine the authenticity of a piece.

all sides. Repair work or construction flaws are often only visible from the back. Check any clasps to see if the metal looks newer than the rest of the piece. Do you see a jeweler’s mark?

• Examine the Jewelry Carefully. Purchasing vintage fine jewelry is a big financial investment and every care should be taken to ensure the jewelry is authentic and in excellent condition. Examine the piece carefully with a jeweler’s loupe. Be sure to examine

Vintage jewelry has almost certainly been worn before, possibly even frequently. You should see evidence of normal wear and tear. However, more extensive damage, such as chips or cracks to the stones or metal, will lessen its value and be difficult and costly to repair. • Authentication. There are a number of things you can do to ascertain the authenticity of a piece of jewelry, beginning with educating yourself. Buy only from a reputable, experienced dealer. Ask for the original proof of purchase or packaging or mention of the piece in old letters or photos. Discover how the seller acquired the jewelry. Have the jewelry authenticated by an expert, such as a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certified gemologist. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to ask if the dealer offers any warranty for your purchase. Find out about their return policy, especially when purchasing an engagement ring or jewelry as a gift. Finally, get an insurance appraisal on any piece of vintage fine jewelry you buy. Happy hunting!

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Dress the Part

Christine Bratt Chris James 253 Ontario Street, Kingston 613.541.0707 info@chrisjameskingston.com www.chrisjameskingston.com

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ome of us get to wear jeans to work; others wear suits. It’s a personal, and sometimes robotic, choice we make every day. And yet what we choose to wear to work becomes the image we present to others of our professional identity. In truth, what you wear at work matters. It matters a lot. It signals your position and authority, your ambition and pride in your work and, above all, your credibility and confidence.

Everywhere you look, powerful, confident women are taking the spotlight. Whether it’s the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year in Canada, Taylor Swift taking on Apple, Angela Merkel’s public role in the Greek crisis, or the year of election campaigning ahead for Hillary Clinton, it’s clear women are taking a centre role in leadership. These women have not come by their rewards lightly. It’s taken years of dedicated hard work in front of and behind the scenes to secure the positions they are in, but the one thing they have in common is the attention paid to their public image, and part of the presentation package is what they wear. It matters. People are scrutinized for suitability and conformity, by not only the media but also their peers. There is no question that professional dressing is much harder for women than men. We have to ride the line between being too tight, too short, too sexy, and yet strive to retain an element of femininity and personality. In its core, your work wardrobe doesn’t have to be fancy. It must be clean, wrinkle and stain free, well fitted and suitable for your position and corporate environment. There are some basics every woman should have in her arsenal — a few great shirts, well fitting

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pants, knee length pencil skirts, some dresses, a cardigan, a blazer and maybe even a suit. Clean shoes, a nice haircut and a nice smile complete the package. Even if you wear a uniform to work, take the time to make sure it imparts that you like and take pride in what you do. We all seem to settle on our “work” attire in much the same way — comfort, work culture, corporate policies, or most importantly, what is clean and ready to go when we are. However, there should be more consideration given in the long run to what you are “saying” by what you are wearing. The effort and detail you put into what you wear to work is a signal of how you feel about yourself in relation to your job. These are the little things employers look at in an interview, and scrutinize once you’ve landed the position. If you can’t be bothered to show you are serious about the job, your boss probably thinks you’re not. Or worse yet, no matter how hard you work, you may be passed by for advancement because you don’t impart that you will embody the role. If you want the job, give it to yourself first — dress and act the part. Be positive, be confident and show them you have what it takes! You may soon truly find yourself sitting in that position.

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The Dress Code Debriefed

Jim Adams Chris James 253 Ontario Street, Kingston 613.541.0707 info@chrisjameskingston.com www.chrisjameskingston.com

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ith all the events going on around town this year, we thought we’d give you a little cheat sheet on exactly what a dress code really means. You’ll always see people pushing the limits and buffing the rules, but this ought to give you a good guideline for what’s expected. And remember, we’re not dressing for the day of the week; we’re dressing for the business at hand. White Tie Black tailcoat, pants with a stripe of satin or a braid down the leg, a white

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wing-collared shirt, a white waistcoat, matching studs and cufflinks, white or gray gloves, black shoes, black socks and, obviously, a white bow tie. Black Tie Black tuxedo, preferably one button, satin lapel, worn with a French cuff tuxedo shirt, black bowtie, black cummerbund or vest to match the tie, black socks and black patent leather shoes. Creative Black Tie Tuxedo, combined with trendy items such as a black shirt or a matching coloured or patterned bow tie and cummerbund. Black Tie Optional Another opportunity to wear your tux or a dark navy or black suit, a French cuff shirt and dark or subtle tie. Semiformal Navy or black suit, dress shirt and a tie. Business/Corporate Attire A business suit, dress shirt and tie. Business Casual There’s nothing casual about business so wear a sport coat or blazer, dress pants or

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pressed khakis, shirt and tie (optional) or a fine knit sweater or polo. No jeans. Meetings In office or out, wear a sport coat/blazer Freestyle/Smart Casual Always clean and pressed: T-shirts, polos, sweaters, shirts (no logos or graphics), cotton chinos, jeans, or Bermuda shorts (depending on the occasion and climate); be prepared and have a blazer on hand. And while we have your attention: These should always match: • Watch, cuff links, belt buckle • Watch strap, shoes, belt • Pocket square with one minor colour in your tie or shirt But never match these: • Shirt and tie • Tie and pocket square • Socks and shoes • Trousers and shoes (except with a tux) • Shirt and suit Still not sure? Bring it in. We’re here to help.


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If you are blonde when you begin the pastel process, you can just choose your tone and have it placed strategically, or do an all over wash. Brunettes need a touch of colour removed and then they can tone with their chosen shade so the pastels shine through.

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astels are the new gemstones with hair colour this year. Also popular are:

Deep side partings Tiaras Rich brunette tones Braids Ponytails that are ‘wrapped’

The easy, breezy look of watercolours meshes well with summer and fall styles.

Braids not only add interest and texture, but are also practical in warm weather. Braids keep loose ends off your face and control the frizzy bits. Side partings complement old Hollywood waves and antique jewels (See Rediscover Fine Vintage Jewelry story on page 6). Your stylist can help you choose which side to part on, depending on natural growth patterns and which side of your face needs the most light. Believe it or not, very few of us are symmetrical.

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Our line of new browns lifts, tones and covers up to 70 per cent of white hair. This is perfect for those wanting to wear rich, luxurious brunette tones. Tiaras can simply be fancy headbands or all out glam. Mostly for the daring fashionistas!

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La s e r Lowdown Eye Mapping, Monovision, and How LASIK Works By Courtney Tait

For those who rely on corrective lenses, the thought of waking each day and seeing their surroundings clearly without the aid of glasses or contacts feels like a dream. But with the increasing popularity of laser eye surgery, thousands of Canadians are making their dream of perfect vision a reality.

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With LASIK, the surgeon cuts a flap in the cornea before reshaping it with a laser. The flap is put back after, making the healing process faster. Healing time: typically a few days. LASEK is a combination of PRK and LASIK. The cornea’s outer layer is cut, loosened with alcohol and lifted. As with PRK, a laser beam then vaporizes tissue below the cornea’s surface. The outer layer is put back in place following the laser portion of the procedure. Healing time: about two weeks. Mapping your eye: CusToM WavefronT LasiK The most cutting-edge advance in LASIK surgery is the use of wavefront technology to create a map of the eye, showing how light waves travel through it. This three-dimensional measurement enables more precise vision correction than what is possible with traditional LASIK surgery. The map’s information guides the laser in reshaping the eye’s cornea, custom-correcting irregularities. Factors such as the thickness of the cornea can affect whether or not you are a candidate for Wavefront LASIK. As with all laser eye procedures, your surgeon can determine the best option for you. BenefiTs, risKs and Tips Many people feel their lives are greatly improved following laser eye surgery, minimizing or completely eliminating the need for contact lenses or prescription glasses.

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irst introduced in the early ’90s, laser eye surgery can correct vision problems caused by refractive errors. These include hyperopia (far-sightedness), myopia (near-sightedness) and astigmatism (when objects at any distance appear distorted). More recently it has also been used to aid presbyopia (when near vision becomes blurred while looking at objects close-up). Types of Laser eye surgery So what are the current options? Refractive errors are corrected by permanently altering the shape of the

cornea, which is most often done with an Excimer laser. Tissue is vaporized with a beam of ultraviolet light produced by the laser. There are two main types of Excimer laser surgery done in Canada: LASIK (Laser assisted in situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (PhotoRefractive Keractectomy). LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) is a more recent laser procedure.

So what are the risks? With the PRK procedure, pain can be present for the first few days, along with hazy vision. In some cases, regression occurs, causing the eye to revert to its former refractive error. While LASIK has less postoperative pain, there is a greater risk of complications. Halos and glare may occur with night vision, impacting the patient’s ability to drive at night. The procedure may temporarily result in dry eyes, which can also affect vision.

With PRK, the surgeon gently removes the cornea’s outer layer, then reshapes the cornea with a laser beam (guided by a computer) that vaporizes tissue beneath the cornea’s surface. Healing time: about one week.

With both PRK and LASIK a corneal infection is possible, resulting in some vision loss. As with any medical procedure, learning more about laser eye surgery will help you decide if it’s the best decision for you.

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New Glasses for a Younger You

Nathaniel Della Vedova, O.D. Kingston Optometry 2395 Princess Street, Unit 11 Kingston 613.767.5996 kingstonoptometry.ca | | |

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here’s so much in life that makes us feel old. None of it is any fun. So it’s important to capitalize on opportunities that invigorate us and add youthfulness to how we look and feel. As they say, “You’re only as old as you feel,” and often how you feel is the way you look. One of the easiest ways to shed a few years is by updating your look through new eyewear. Donate those old, dated frames and reenergize your appearance with a stylish new frame that’s fashionable, fun and youthful. The eyewear industry is undergoing a fashion shift. We’ve moved away from the wireless and small rectangular frames of the 90s-2000s and the chunky black frames of the last decade (finally!). Change was needed to break from conformity. Colour is back. Shape is back. Larger, thinner profile frames with mixed materials are in. New tech and fashion trends have merged to create an eyewear culture ripe with style and individuality. Bright bold colours will add youthfulness to your look. An elegant or even daring shape will add interest to your appearance and can “lift” your eyes and hide bags and wrinkles. Looking for something

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fun and professional, sophisticated yet flirty? Industry leader Lafont Paris excels in this regard, creating chic handmade eyewear that’s full of both shape and colour, perfect for you whether you’re 19 or 91. Want to keep it classic? Choose a neutral coloured frame with interesting textures or matte finishes. Vintage looks are returning with filigree detailing and keyhole bridges in mixed material, handcrafted frames. Instead of rimless, choose transparent styles to add youth and visual interest to your face. Hollywood outfitter Oliver Peoples is best at taking classic looks and creating modern masterpieces in both spectacle frames and sunglasses. So next time you’re due for an eye exam — and that time may be now — update your prescription and your look with fresh, fashion-forward new frames. Need help? We can navigate you into the right frames. There are so many great looks that can showcase your inner, younger you! Looking and seeing your best will give you a renewed confidence that’ll have people envious of how you keep so vibrant and young.


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B OY S & G I R L S C LU B O F K I N G S TO N & A R E A

‘A Real Gift to the Community’ By Tori Stafford Photos Stephen Wild

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Every day, all around our community, the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area (BGCKA) fosters that exact occurrence. Through after school programs, summer camps, community events and enriching weekly programs, BGCKA brings children of the same age groups together. From cooking classes with a focus on nutrition to introducing local youths to new sports, the programming BGCKA offers reaches out to children and youth of every background — and, with recent expansions and the establishment of their West End Hub, BGCKA is reaching more young Kingstonians than ever before.

Fast forward to almost a year later, and the West End Hub is close to complete at about 62,000 sq. ft. of space including a kitchen, multi-use gymnasium, dedicated office space and club rooms to use for programming, as well as a fully operational 25 meter pool. About 150 children and youth, ages four through 18, gather at the West End Hub five days a week after school, and the Hub serves as a space where club members from other BGCKA locations (the Main Hub on Bagot Street in downtown Kingston, as well as those from the north end of town who will soon be part of the new Wally Elmer Community Centre) come together for things such as Sports League — a recreational sports league that encourages club members to try new sports and encourages both team building and physical activity.

The West End Hub opened in September 2014 in Frontenac Mall. The club secured the former fitness facility, which had stood vacant for a few years, for a number of reasons — namely the location and the fact there was a pool that could be restored and made operational. And while the entire facility wasn’t ready when they opened their doors, one thing was for sure: they could offer their afterschool programs in a safe, friendly environment.

The West End Hub pool is operated thanks to a partnership with the Personnel Support Program (PSP), an independent organization that works closely with the Canadian Armed Forces to create and operate recreational facilities on the military bases. When BGCKA decided they needed to partner with someone to operate the pool, Peter Dawe, president of the BGCKA board of directors, immediately thought of PSP. Having

here is something inspiring about watching children interacting and making friends, and you don’t have to look very far in Kingston to witness it firsthand.

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served 33 years in the military, Dawe decided to speak with Base Commander Col. Chagnon. “Right away it was as though he was finishing my sentences,” says Dawe. “He said that more than 50 per cent of his military people live in the west end of Kingston, and that he’d been considering the need for a facility for them and their families in the area.” It was agreed that PSP would operate the pool and provide lifeguard services for BGCKA, and pool and gymnasium time would be offered to members of the Armed Forces and their families. The Kingston Military Family Resource Centre (KMFRC) has an office in the West End Hub, as well, continuing a longstanding partnership with BGCKA and providing a full-time youth development assistant. KMFRC West offers many of the same services the main centre does, such has welcoming, counselling and deployment services. For Colleen Fairholme, executive director of KMFRC, expanding their partnership with BGCKA and being able to offer their services in Kingston’s west end has been a wonderful opportunity and beneficial to everyone involved. “We are thrilled to be part of this partnership with the Boys and Girls Club,” Fairholme says. “Our staff member who works at the West End Hub offers programming that is specifically for military youth as well as programs that combine civilian and military children. There’s a lot of involvement, and lots of potential for growth as we move forward.” Further integrating the military families of Kingston, BGCKA has become a cross section for all the different families that make up this city. Children interact with children from other schools, neighbourhoods and backgrounds on a regular basis, and the youth programs offered through BGCKA are both engaging and enriching. For Jahmaal Branker, being a part of the club didn’t end as he became a teenager. The Ottawaborn 17-year-old joined BGCKA when he moved to Kingston, and it allowed him to meet friends and get involved in the

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community. Now, with future plans to either work with children or with police services in youth outreach, Branker is a summer camp counsellor with BGCKA. “I am really enjoying it. I just like the way the youth always seem so happy here, and I have heard so many good stories… shy children becoming more outgoing and things like that,” he says. “The fact that the club can have an influence on that is really amazing and I want to be a part of something like that.” For Martha Rudden, seeing the effects BGCKA can have on youth comes firsthand. When Rudden’s husband became ill in the summer of 2014, her son James, 13, joined BGCKA’s summer camp. It was an experience he enjoyed, and when Rudden’s husband passed away suddenly in August of last year, she was faced with needing after school care for James. Recalling the welcoming and engaging experience James had with BGCKA already, she reached out to the club. “The Boys and Girls Club was happy to have James as part of their after school program. It’s fantastic for me as a single parent because I know he is in a safe and enriching environment,” says Rudden. “When I pick him up, I know his homework is done, he has had a nutritious snack, he’s been active with some friends, and I can focus on spending time with him. It’s been a bright spot for us during what’s been a difficult time, but it’s also been a great experience for him, academically and socially. “I can’t imagine finding a better environment for him. It’s supportive, the programming is wonderful, the staff members are well trained, but they are also a lot of fun. You can tell they love their work and their kids,” she continues. “Where else can you find something like that? It’s a real gift to the community.” Boys & Girls Club of Kingston & Area Main Club House 559 Bagot St., Kingston 613.542.3306 West End Club House 1300 Bath Rd., Kingston 613.507.3306 www.bgckingston.ca

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A GREAT COSMETIC DENTIST CAN

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ccording to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD), 65 per cent of people say their smile impacts their self-confidence. If you’d like to give yourself a boost, check out some of the new technologies and advances in whitening, bonding and porcelain veneers, among others, that have made improving your smile quicker, more affordable and less invasive — all while protecting the integrity of your tooth structure. One of the quickest and most popular ways to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. From buying Crest White Strips in the drug store to home bleaching systems prepared by your dentist to the Kör Whitening Deep Bleaching system, all can brighten your smile. Working

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“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

-- Mother Teresa

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If you have chips, spaces or imperfections in your teeth, composite resin bonding might be the answer for you. Composite resins are tooth coloured materials that can be bonded onto teeth in a single visit. These resins are applied directly onto the tooth in one appointment whereby there is no need for a temporary restoration and no need to send any model work to a dental technician for fabrication. The material emulates the optical properties of natural teeth and anterior teeth can be repaired with minimal preparation. Bonding is typically more affordable than porcelain veneers. Prices may range anywhere from $200 to $700 as opposed to porcelain veneers which can run from $1,500 to $2,200. Bonding is less invasive as teeth don’t need to be cut down the way they are for traditional crowns and porcelain veneers. However, with new advances in technology, talented dentists and technicians can give some patients beautiful porcelain veneers without drilling to create a stunning smile. Before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry, you can actually see what kinds of results you’ll get by having Computer Smile Imaging done. A cosmetic dentist can take a digital photo of your smile and digitally simulate possibilities of what can be accomplished, whether with whitening and contouring or bigger things like orthodontics or porcelain veneers.

with an experienced cosmetic dentist is particularly important for those with sensitivity as they can be guided to alleviate it. Your cosmetic dentist can give you a customized home bleaching solution to use at home for an hour or overnight in a personalized mouth tray. The Kör Whitening Deep Bleaching system is especially effective for those with

“tetracycline teeth.” The antibiotic tetracycline was commonly used on children from 1950 until 1980 with the side effect of tooth discolouration. Kör Whitening Deep Bleaching works by restoring the teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen, which dissolves stain molecules. It’s more expensive than traditional bleaching because it requires additional time and effort, but Kör Whitening Deep Bleaching can provide beautiful results.

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If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, check the AACD website for a complete listing of members in all provinces and U.S. states. Although any dentist can do cosmetic work, those who’ve taken continuing education and gone through AACD’s demanding accreditation process have shown their desire to improve their dentistry practice. Ask to see photos of their work — and make sure they are the dentist’s patients. Request a pre-authorization through your insurance company so you will be aware of all costs of the work you are discussing.

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Time to Let Go

it is clear the time is now, but in other situations it may not be easy to decide when a life should be ended. We hope to time their passing wisely, to recognize the moment when prolonging their lives serves only to postpone the pain of losing them.

Dr. Tim Keller Veterinarian Cataraqui Pet Hospital 1183 Midland Ave., Kingston Located in Cataraqui Pet Centre 613.384.0986 www.cataraquipethospital.ca

Here are questions to discuss with your veterinarian that may help in the timing of your decision: What is the prognosis of your pet’s condition or illness? Will there be improvement with treatment? Will there be discomfort or pain during treatment? This needs to be balanced against the prognosis. Will the home-care required be something the family is able to do? How quickly will the condition progress? Can she come home for a time for us to say goodbye?

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t’s something we as pet owners all have to face eventually — the time to let go. When it comes, a decision can be made to end a pet’s life purposefully, humanely and with dignity. Euthanasia (from the Greek meaning “good death”) provides an opportunity to spare our pets pain. This decision may be among the most difficult you will ever make. Sometimes

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How much is he suffering? This can be hard to assess. More importantly, is the pain affecting quality and enjoyment of life? Things you and your family members can observe yourself include: Is your pet eating? Does he enjoy contact with the family and other pets in the home? Does she enjoy her favourite activities? Is she happy to greet you when you come home? Does he move about normally

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and comfortably? Does she have difficulty breathing? Does she cry or whine? If time allows, you can ask for an appointment when the clinic is not extremely busy. The staff may have some suggestions for you. You may wish to discuss financial arrangements beforehand so you do not have to deal with that aspect afterward. The decision as to whether to remain with your pet is very personal. For some, the thought of grieving in the presence of others is difficult, but rest assured the staff at your clinic will have personal experience with the loss of a pet and will have empathy for you. Your presence will comfort your pet. You will also be asked what you would like to do with your pet’s remains. The procedure itself is painless and quick. The drug used is a very strong barbiturate, which is administered intravenously. Respiration stops in seconds, followed almost immediately by cessation of the heart. Allow yourself to grieve; it is only natural to do so. Important friendships are very hard to let pass into memory. It may help to talk to others about your pet’s death. Do not feel guilt. It is ultimately the kindest decision we can make for one we love. With time, the pain and grief will lessen and you will be left with the memories of the companionship you and your pet shared.


Enhancing Patient Care with Dental Technology

I Dr. Nick Cosman Dentist Cataraqui Dental Centre 476 Cataraqui Woods Drive Kingston 613.384.4224 info@cataraquidental.com

n the field of dentistry, technology is rapidly changing the way our patients receive dental care. At Cataraqui Dental Centre, our protocols are constantly evolving to include the latest technology to make the delivery of patient care as efficient and comfortable as possible. Some of our recent advancements include digital scanning, CT scanning and the use of soft tissue lasers. Digital scanners allow real-time 3D scanning of a patient’s teeth. These scans are then sent electronically to our local dental labs to fabricate dental crowns, bridges and veneers. This streamlines the appointment and avoids the need for conventional dental impressions, therefore saving time and materials. The scanner also allows dentists to perform procedures on patients with significant gag reflexes who otherwise could not have these types of procedures done without the use of sedation. Dental implants to replace missing teeth have become routine in dentistry. In the past, the dental surgeon would have to rely on a clinical exam to determine if there was sufficient bone to support a dental implant. Often, the underlying bony contours are masked by the overlying soft

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tissue, resulting in the dental surgeon having to complete more extensive bone grafting, or even abandoning the procedure entirely, if insufficient bone was present. CT scanning technology allows the dental surgeon to visualize the 3D bony structures prior to surgery, therefore allowing very accurate placement of the implant and ensuring an optimal result for the patient. Soft tissue dental lasers allow minor soft tissue procedures to be completed with less discomfort and bleeding for the patient while enhancing tissue healing. These lasers can also be used to treat canker sores, cold sores and periodontal disease as well as many other uses. As part of our strong commitment to improving patient care, our entire team participated in both online and handson training to receive certification and accreditation to successfully implement these technologies into our practice. At Cataraqui Dental Centre, we are continually challenging ourselves to enhance the overall patient experience. Our front office staff, dental assistants and hygienists, dentists and treatment coordinators provide the special touch that allows us to implement technology in a seamless and caring fashion.

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The LaTesT MRI TeChnoLogy MeAnS THe BeST CARe FOR PeOPLe In THe KIngSTOn RegIOn Photos Bernard Clark

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elaxing in his office overlooking Johnson Street in downtown Kingston, A. Britton Smith asks how technology has advanced in diagnostic imaging. His company, Homestead Land Holdings Inc., and the Britton Smith Foundation have just made the largest-ever gift to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) to bring a second Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to Kingston General Hospital (KGH). The $3-million pledge will complete the $6-million project to purchase and install a new unit. Smith’s investment in the technology behind the project makes sense. It was his interest in the development of power tools and other construction technology that sparked his passion in building while he was a law student at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. It has also led to incredible success for a company he established in 1954, Homestead Land Holdings Inc. Today, Homestead is one of Canada’s largest and most respected landlords. The principles Smith founded the company upon are still in place today: to provide residents with affordable, secure housing with a standard of care in which he and his staff would treat their own family members. That standard of care means giving back in support of the community. “The hospitals are really important institutions in our community,” Smith says. Many of Homestead’s Kingston area tenants work in Kingston’s hospitals, and most will receive care there at one time or another. “We all rely on them,” adds Francine Moore, president of Homestead. The pledge shared equally between Homestead and the Foundation will help “bridge the gap” in order to bring the second MRI to KGH sooner.

“We are aware Kingston needs an additional MRI and the backlog is something like 1,000 people,” Smith says. “Hopefully this will help us see it operating sooner.” Hospital and UHKF officials are thrilled Homestead and the Britton Smith Foundation chose to make this important donation that, together with close to 500 other donors, will see the second MRI get installed. Nobody is more excited than Dr. Annette McCallum, medical director of Imaging Services for the Kingston hospitals and Queen’s University. “We are thrilled about moving forward with this initiative, which will dramatically shorten wait times for patients waiting for complex MRI studies required for diagnosis and treatment planning. We are profoundly grateful for Mr. Smith’s generosity which will benefit the community of Kingston and the larger catchment area serviced by the MRI suite at KGH for years to come.” “We have an exceptional quality of life in this community, and having timely access to specialized care is a big part of that,” says Susan Creasy, chair of UHKF’s soon-to-beannounced campaign. “It is because of the incredible support of people like Brit Smith and Homestead, and the many folks who are committed to supporting our hospitals, that we are able to receive that care, right here.” Today, Homestead employs more than 700 Canadians and manages more than 24,000 units across the country. Watch this fall for more information on the launch of the upcoming hospitals fundraising campaign. Find out more at www.uhkf.ca. University Hospitals Kingston Foundation 55 Rideau St., Suite 4 Kingston 613.549.5452 www.uhkf.ca

top l-r Owner A. Britton Smith and President Francine Moore of Homestead Land Holdings are committed to the health of our community; Bottom row left MRI Technologist Tudor Chibacu and Dr. Annette McCallum, Medical Director of Imaging Services for Kingston hospitals and Queen`s University; middle MRI Technologist Jennifer Frazer positions a patient in the existing MRI machine; right A. Britton Smith has a legacy of caring in our community.


Personal Trainer Secrets: Top 5 Fitness Tips STANDING TALL AND LOOKING GOOD: POSTURE AND CORE STABILITY People who have good posture look healthy and happy, that is a fact. Their bodies move more efficiently and they are less prone to injury. If you look in the mirror and feel your posture and postural strength need some work, get started on a postural powertraining program. A posture program is more important than increasing the size of your biceps and getting a six-pack (only a small part of your core stability).

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MOVE TO SWEAT AND BUILD MUSCLE MASS If you are moving and sweating, chances are you’re raising your heart rate into your target heart rate zone and training your cardiovascular system. ‘If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it’ is a true cliché. Cardiovascular fitness (CVF) is critical for reducing your risk of heart disease and other health conditions. CVF increases the core temperature and circulation to your muscles, increases joint mobility, releases ‘feel good’ hormones, burns body fat and maintains or increases cardiovascular capacity. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: NUTRITION If you eat garbage, you will feel and function like garbage. Use Canada’s Food Guide as a guide. Maximize fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy grains and dairy/dairy alternatives. Here is the link to the food guide www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guidealiment/order-commander/index-eng. php. The more processed a food is, the more harmful and useless it is. Avoid pop,

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chips, candy and the preserved and frozen processed food aisles. Treats are meant for occasional consumption, not daily use. SYMMETRICAL FLEXIBILITY Your body is a machine and it needs to be aligned to function properly. If your wheel alignment on your car is off then the car will ‘pull’ and it can cause long-term damage to your car. If your right hip is tighter than your left hip, your pelvis can rotate/shift and throw your moving mechanics off. The result is quite often lower back and knee discomfort. This can be easily avoided with a well-balanced, daily flexibility program and regular assessments. WELL RESTED AND SHARP: SLEEP AND RELAXATION How do you recharge your body? Food, hydration and sleep. Rest is the key to optimal brain function, muscle repair, muscular growth, injury rehab and physiological improvement. Six to eight hours of quality sleep is the general guideline for most adults. Children, adolescents and seniors require a little more. Log your sleep quality and quantity for two weeks. Use a scale of one to 10 (poor to great) and note barriers. After the two weeks, review the log and try to make changes that will improve your relaxation and sleep. These five areas are the place to start if you are starting a new fitness program, tweaking your current program or wanting to make changes that will have an impact on how you feel, move and look. What will your conquer today? Make a plan and be unstoppable!


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Drinks they Love By Tori Stafford

It’s no secret Kingston has its fair share of links to those who’ve become household names, from athletes and actors to musicians and authors. But what’s a little more surprising is the number of local celebrities who’ve forayed into the wine and spirits business, helping to create some of the most well known and sought after products on the market.

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It’s the latter element that is the “wild card” in the wine, which is from the 2012 vintage. “The Cab Franc is the one that gives it an intensity and a depth… it’s got those crazy notes like anise and tar and tobacco,” says Baker, noting the luscious fruit-forward Merlot helps to balance the blend. “I think it goes with everything. I’m a red meat kind of guy, but it pairs really well with a lot of things. It’s also a really great wine for when you just want to open up a bottle of red and kick back and watch a movie or enjoy a summer night.” For Dan Aykroyd, another favourite celebrity who calls himself a Kingstonian, getting into the alcoholic beverage industry was something that just made sense. “I’ve always been a collaborator throughout my creative life,” he says. “So when I turned my attention to the questions of leisure, I just wanted something better to serve my guests.” Aykroyd met J.P. Dejoria, the owner of Patron Tequila, in 2007 and brought the traditionally-manufactured premium tequila line to Canada. Not long after, Aykroyd invested in a Niagara winery, Diamond Estates, and began producing some signature wines. He also founded Crystal Head Vodka in 2007, which remains his main focus in the industry today. He says creating Crystal Head was all about making a better vodka, without an artificial sweetness. What makes Crystal Head so unique?

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eleased last year and finding a place on shelves at the LCBO, The Tragically Hip Grand Reserve Red – Fully Completely was launched in connection with the band’s re-release of the album of the same name. Guitarist Rob Baker explains the band had kicked around the idea of creating their own wine for a while, but it was connecting with the right wine, vineyard and winemaker

prior to the re-release that made the idea come to fruition. After tasting a number of different wines, the band found one from a vineyard in the Niagara Peninsula that was “pleasing to all of our palates,” says Baker. Working closely with Stoney Ridge Estate Winery, the band developed The Tragically Hip Grand Reserve Red – Fully Completely: a robust blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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“Crystal Head is distilled in Canada from peaches and cream corn and blended with pristine Newfoundland water,” Aykroyd says, noting the vodka is filtered seven times, including three filtrations through Herkimer diamonds. And when it comes to enjoying the premium quality vodka, Aykroyd says he’s “a simple guy.” “The ’54 Bar Car is a simple and delicious way to enjoy Crystal Head: Crystal Head with a splash of vermouth, olive brine and an olive and pearl onion for garnish,” he says.

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Fall in Love WITH LOCAL THEATRE By Tori Stafford

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all is the perfect time to take in some theatre.

From amateur dramatics in intimate settings to international showcases that fill the stages and seats of large auditoriums, there are many opportunities to take in the performing arts here in the Kingston. Likewise, a short drive through the autumn landscapes to Gananoque, Prince Edward County, Bellville or Brockville can lead you to some of the latest and greatest theatre productions in the province. “We have a show running from Aug. 14 to Sept. 13 called Bed and Breakfast, and I’m very excited about that play. It’s a world premiere of a brand new play that was developed here at The Playhouse,” says Ashlie Corcoran, artistic director at Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Here in the heart of the city, our very own Kingston Symphony is kicking off their 2015-2016 concert season this fall, which will also feature some characters and firsts — the Symphony will host a Halloween Spooktacular this year, which is sure to hauntingly delight. “The dress code for this show will be ‘costumes mandatory,’” says Evan Mitchell, music director for the Kingston Symphony. “The show will feature two pieces, the first of which is called Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, which is actually going to be the Canadian premiere of the piece.”

“The play involves two actors that play a total of 34 parts, and they don’t change costume or hats or anything like that — it’s all the actors.”

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This Fall with the Kingston Symphony TCHAIKOVSKY & RACHMANINOFF Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts MENDELSSOHN & BEETHOVEN Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts SYMPHONIC SPOOKTACULAR Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The Grand Theatre MAJOR MITCHELL SALUTES SCIENCE Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m. The Grand Theatre

This Fall with Thousand Islands Playhouse BED AND BREAKFAST August 14 – September 13 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE August 28 – September 19 DEAR JOHNNY DEERE September 25 – October 18

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 | 2:30 P.M. | THE ISABEL Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 with Vadim Serebryany Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

OCTOBER 25, 2015 | 2:30 P.M. | THE ISABEL Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto with Yosuke Kawasaki Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’

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OCTOBER 31, 2015 | 7:30 P.M. | GRAND THEATRE Join your Kingston Symphony this Hallowe’en for a concert featuring music inspired by demons, Godzilla, Edgar Allen Poe, and candy! Costumes are welcome!

NOVEMBER 22, 2015 | 2:30 P.M. | GRAND THEATRE Evan ‘Major’ Mitchell and the Kingston Symphony salute the science of music. Hear musical examples, see live science experiments, and have a whole lot of fun!

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Last issue I asked readers to send me their winerelated questions. Here are the most popular questions and their answers.

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What is the difference between a rosé and a blush wine? Technically, there is no difference; both terms are used to refer to a pink coloured wine. By tradition, the term rosé is often used for a dry pink wine (little to no residual sugar), while the term blush is used to refer to a semi-sweet or sweet pink wine. There are three common ways to make a rosé or blush wine: mix white and red wines together, use red grapes and only extract a small amount of colour during the fermentation or bleed off some of the liquid early in the fermentation process of a red wine so it has less colour. What is the difference between Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris? Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are different types of grapes used to make white wines. Just like how we have McIntosh, Granny Smith and Delicious apples that each taste differently, the different types of wine grapes have unique flavours and will result in unique tasting wines. Most grapes used to make wine belong to a family of grapes called Vitis Vinifera. This group of grapes includes wellknown grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are also members of this family of grapes.

Sauvignon Blanc grows best in slightly cooler conditions and often has a green or vegetal flavour. The New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc varieties are very popular with consumers who enjoy that flavour profile. Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio: Gris is the French name and Grigio is the Italian name. Pinot Gris changes its flavour depending on the conditions it is grown under, but it usually doesn’t have as intense of flavours as Sauvignon Blanc and tends to have more fruity flavours. What does it mean when people say a wine is corked? The term corked refers to a specific fault found in bottles of wine closed with a natural cork. The cork is contaminated with a chemical called TCA (2,4,6-trichloroanisole). When you open the bottle it will smell like wet newspapers or damp basement. It is caused by a fungus that attacks natural cork only. You will find this fault in approximately five per cent of bottles closed with natural cork. If this happens in a restaurant, send the bottle back. If it happens at home, you can either return the bottle to the store or pour the wine into a decanter or pitcher with a wad of plastic wrap and let it soak for at least 15 minutes, then pour the wine into a fresh decanter. The TCA chemical bonds to the plastic wrap and will be left behind. It looks like there is ground glass in my glass (or stuck to the cork), what is this? These crystals are not ground glass; they are crystals of the main acid found in wine called tartaric acid. When wine

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is chilled, some of the acid is not able to remain dissolved in the wine and will fall out of the solution as crystals. These are harmless and you do not need to send the bottle back. They are more commonly seen in white wines since we serve these chilled. What exactly is a Claret? A. Claret is an old British nickname for the red wines of Bordeaux. It refers to the particular style of blended red wines produced in that region of France. So then what is a Clairet? Clairet also comes from Bordeaux, but refers to a deeply coloured rosé wine that is usually full-bodied. What are people referring to when they talk about legs in wine? When you swirl your glass of wine you will see it run down the inside of the glass in streams. People refer to these streams as legs and you will often hear people say the wine has good legs so must be high quality. The legs are due to differential evaporation of water and alcohol. Wines with higher alcohol levels will have thicker legs, so unless you equate high alcohol to high quality the legs do not predict the quality of the wine. Keep sending me your questions at info@decantresswines.com Cheers!

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A Night – and an Experience – to Remember By Tori Stafford

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here’s something magical about The Crystal Ball: the coming together of community members, local students and an overall passion for education and inspiration.

Every two years, Roger’s K-Rock Centre is transformed into a spectacular gala venue where ticket holders support the Limestone Learning Foundation with a night of arts and entertainment. And every two years the entire event, which involves halfyear mentorship programs in the arts, becomes an even larger celebration of arts and education here in Kingston. The Crystal Ball mentorship program has expanded into visual arts, media and design, and this year has matched 54 students with 45 different mentors. Within the design category, added this year, interior design, architectural design, construction, clothing design and fashion design have all been incorporated into the program. As always, the event will feature performances by students and their mentors in the music category — the category that started the entire program, and still brings the house down at the bi-annual event.

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Although The Crystal Ball gala is sold out, the auction takes place online, so anyone is able to bid on the items designed and created through the mentorship program. As well, this year’s addition of an all-ages Crystal Ball the following day at Stages Nightclub means anyone who’s missed out on tickets can still take in all of the performances from the night before. Tickets will be $20, and become available in September. The more than $1.5 million raised through the event since 1999 has gone directly to funding educational programs through the Limestone Learning Foundation, but that’s only part of the mandate of The Crystal, says Joanne Langlois, event co-chair. “The main reason the Ball started was as a fundraiser, which is important, but you really can’t put a price on the opportunities these students are getting,” she says. “It’s a big job to put on The Crystal Ball, but what our committee does, really, is provide the backdrop for what our community members have actually given.” Visit www.limestone.on.ca/llf/The_Crystal_Ball to find out more about this year’s two-day event taking place Oct. 24-25.

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DAYS DOWN UNDER Top 5 Ways to Discover Australia

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Drive the Great Ocean Road From the limestone rock stacks known as The Twelve Apostles to legendary surf breaks and seaside villages, the Great Ocean Road features the kind of spectacular scenery designed for road-trip loving travellers. Stretching 300 km along Australia’s southeast coast, the road offers dramatic views of the southern ocean and an array of activities. Explore the dormant volcano of Tower Hill, a wildlife haven with freeroaming koalas, emus, black swans and other species. Surf, dive and sea kayak all along the coast, replenishing with some of the country’s finest dining. Prefer walking to driving? The Great Ocean Walk shadows the Great Ocean Road, passing through lush national parks and coastal landscape. Guided walking tours offer single or multiday hikes, complete with historic shipwreck sites, deserted beaches, and from June through September, the chance of spotting whales.

Watch the Sunset Over Uluru Rising 348 metres out of flat desert, this monolith sandstone formation is one of the most photographed sites in Australia, drawing people from around the world to capture its stunning beauty and shifting colours. Located close to the centre of the country, Uluru is a deeply sacred place to the local Anangu people, who consider it home of the Earth Mother. The best way to tour the site is with an Aboriginal guide, viewing caves at the base with petroglyphs taken over tens of thousands of years. At sunset, the rock transforms in colour as the light shifts, creating a dazzling natural display. Uluru is a World Heritage Site and the centrepiece of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also features spectacular dome-shaped rocks.

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Explore the World’s Largest Sand Island Massive dunes, towering rainforests and more than 100 freshwater lakes make World Heritage Site Fraser Island a must-see Australian destination. The world’s largest sand island, Fraser spans 120 kms along the coast of Queensland and is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, including dingoes, snakes, bats, wild horses, sugar gliders and more than 300 bird species. Named for its length, 75 Mile Beach features coloured sandstone cliffs, the famous Maheno shipwreck and Champagne pools, bubbling rock pools that, unlike the ocean, are safe for swimming. Rocky outcrop Indian Head is a popular viewing spot for seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and other sea life. Inland, explore freshwater lakes, creeks and rainforests that grow on sand dunes. With no sealed roads, island excursions must be done with a 4WD, either on your own or with a guided tour. ABOVE Uluru

Take a Wilderness Safari in Daintree National Park One of the most ancient ecosystems on the planet, Daintree National Park is in the far north of Queensland, and like Uluru, sacred to the local Aboriginal people. With more than 18,000 plant species and a variety of animal species — including the Bennett’s tree kangaroo, cassowary, crocodile, giant blue Ulysses butterfly and the eastern water dragon — Daintree draws nature lovers to its astounding biodiversity year round. The park features two main sections: Cape Tribulation, where rainforest meets white sandy beaches, and Mossman Gorge, where rock pools, granite boulders and the clear waters of the Mossman River are surrounded by lush forest. Guided safari tours are the best way to experience Daintree, as your guide can share details of the park’s significance, both biologically and culturally.

Tour the Wineries South Australia’s wineries produce more than half of the country’s wine, with a wide range of varieties made possible by the area’s diverse climate and geography. With 18 wine regions and a multitude of vineyards accessible from Adelaide, wine touring is an excellent way to discover what makes these wines world famous while experiencing the beauty of the south. Vineyards such as Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra are highlights of South Australia, as well as the Barossa Valley, which boasts some of the world’s best Shiraz, and the Clare Valley, where you can follow the ‘Riesling trail’ by bike.

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Plan Your Dream Holiday Down Under with

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ravelling to the other side of the world to visit Australia or New Zealand is a dream vacation for many Canadians. For Michelle Streicher, her job is making that dream come true. A travel advisor at Aussie Travel specializing in trips to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands, Streicher helps countless travellers plan and book their dream vacations to the land Down Under. Whether her clients are seeking adventure, culture, history, wildlife, food and wine or coastal experiences, Streicher uses her personal knowledge, experience and network of industry partners to deliver unique holiday experiences. Streicher holds dual citizenships in Canada and Australia, where she lived for 15 years. While living abroad, Streicher worked as a travel advisor helping Australians discover their own backyard. Upon returning to Canada in 2006, it was a natural progression for Streicher to offer her services as a destination specialist to those here in Kingston. With a first-hand working knowledge of these areas, as well as partner agencies on the ground in all destinations, Streicher is your ideal advisor, no matter what kind of trip you want to plan.

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The first step towards that trip is through the door of Streicher’s office — a little slice of Down Under here in Kingston. The journey begins with a conversation, not a brochure — an integral part of what makes her services so unique, Streicher explains. “When I meet with a client, we talk about what kind of trip they have in mind: where they want to go to, what season they want to travel in, and how much activity they want to do while they’re away,” she says, explaining it is all about the experiences and memories her clients want to create. “I like to get to know who they are and what kind of trip they want, offering ideas and advice along the way.” Streicher travels back to Australia and New Zealand annually, often to experience new tours and products she can offer to her clients. A Premier Aussie Specialist — one of 12 such destination specialists in Canada endorsed by Tourism Australia — and a Kiwi Specialist with Tourism New Zealand, Streicher shares her love for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands by offering custom vacations as unique as each of her clients. “People assume that because I offer customized trips it must be more

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“We spent more than seven weeks travelling Australia and New Zealand with all planning arranged and coordinated by Aussie Travel. The entire trip was extremely well organized and reflected our interests and needs from start to finish. It was clear in both countries that our travel agent was well known with a positive reputation. We have and will continue to highly recommend Michelle at Aussie Travel to anyone.” - Gilbert and Karen Tayles expensive than trips they can find online or elsewhere, but that’s simply not the case,” she says. “Anyone can book an airfare or hotel online, but clients come to me for a seamless ‘Wow!’ holiday experience, without the ‘Wow!’ price tag.” Aussie Travel 2263 Princess St., Kingston 613.507.2869 michelle@aussietravel.ca www.AussieTravelExpert.ca www.southpacificjourneys.com

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Chile is an amazing place offering a banquet for the senses and provender aplenty for stimulating conversation. How would I describe this country? A lengthy ribbon of mountains, abrupt shorelines, magnificent plants and cultures with roots deep in a mysterious past.

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s a North American, I admit my understanding of Chile and its history was not strong, and this fact was underscored upon visiting the country. Naturally, I knew of llamas from my zoo visits, great regional wines and what little I could glean from cultural displays and festivals in my home city. To my delight, from the Pacific coast vantage, Chile was unbelievably beautiful and became more outstanding each day. To put our voyage into perspective, it took more than a week to travel from Lima, Peru to Ushuaia on the Argentine border in Tierra del Fuego. Shall we say our North American maps are a little biased?

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publicized regions of southern France, and she once told me in a hushed whisper her best reds come from her vineyards in Chile! Chilean wines are not to be missed. Sailing further south, the weather suited our latitude in mid-February, cool with steady winds laden with salt mist. Al fresco dining is always an option aboard, but clearly not a popular choice, even with the hardy Canadian stock who braved the hot tubs, scuttling to and fro in abundant terry cloth. The fiord lands started for us in the tiny city of Puerto Montt, continued to Punta Arenas and then on to the spectacularly region of Patagonia. Just saying the name “Patagonia” brought excitement to my voice. Who would have thought this corner of the globe was so outstanding? Ushuaia is a city reminiscent of Jasper, Alberta. Straddling the Argentine border, it boasts the status of most southern city. Charles Darwin sailed these waters on the famous Beagle of which the channel bears the name. He and his crew actually charted most of our itinerary, journaling the diversity of flora and fauna of this great southern continent. This was another thrill to sense I was on a journey that one of my champions travelled almost two centuries ago.

Perhaps my most wondrous and thought provoking find was in a tiny museum in Iquique, Chile: several well preserved human mummies. Ten thousand year old mummified human remains are still unearthed with incredible regularity from the Atacama Desert regions. These remains pre-date the Inca Empire by 6,000 years. The most famous of these finds are the Chinchorro mummies first unearthed by workers near Arica, Chile on the harsh desert coastline. The overall look of northern Chile was stark and desert-like, including abrupt landscapes jutting out of the Pacific with very little evidence of plants — in particular, grapes. Chile is known for its wine industry and I was primed to sample; apparently, my sad little face told it all when we looked at this rather

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bleak northern scenery. When in doubt, check with the excursion desk, or in my case, the senior sommelier onboard. The bustling coastal city of Valparaiso offered great hope as we ventured ashore with directions and a shopping list from the sommelier. The landscape had changed dramatically, offering a “Vancouver-like” feel. Our map and directions took us to the very popular city region of Viña del Mar. As implied there was viña — or better yet, vino and a whole lot of mar. Robust reds abound with Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignons leading the pack, according to my taste buds. Oceania is known for its extensive wine list and as we travelled the wine country, the list expanded to adopt several unusual vintages. I have a female vintner who plies her skills in the much

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The great Southern Beech forests must have impressed Darwin, along with the bizarre Araucaria or Monkey Puzzle trees. Many of the plants in the furthest points south exhibit unusual floral structures and have unique adaptations to ensure pollination and survival under adverse climatic conditions. Fuchsia abound, as do Barberry and a vast array of mosses and ferns, many which bear the names of explorers such as Magellan and Darwin. Fascinating, breathtaking and awe inspiring are descriptors I use when asked to describe the area and my experience. Once again, Oceania offered top notch service and one of the most enticing itineraries I have ever taken. It was chock full to overflowing with excellent excursion choices, interesting ports that many ships can’t navigate and the hallmark “family” crew who spoil us time and time again. Gracias mi amigos! Ken Beattie is the Horticulture Education Manager for the prestigious Canadian Wildlife Federation. cwf-fcf.org/ken


Some Key Tips for Booking Disney

pieces involved, why wouldn’t you want an “expert” to help you? You are charged nothing extra to use a travel agent’s services and expertise. You might find all of the answers you need online, but it could take a while, and then you still can’t be certain you’ll get the most up-to-date information. 2. Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?

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Absolutely. I have visited Disney with and without and I always tell my guests I will never go without it again. It is a huge savings, and once you break down the costs per person and get your first receipt at a table service meal, you will see just how much it is paying for itself. 3. Do I need to make Disney reservations so far ahead?

1. Why should I use a travel agent when everything is so easy online?

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his is the No. 1 question I get asked. Everything is easy online. But remember, Disney destinations are not quick weekend getaways. There is so much to do and see. You want to maximize your family’s time in the parks and get the most for your money, but it can be exhausting to read all the information available. When you have a destination like Disney World or a Disney Cruise, there are so many moving

You should. You don’t need to, but I don’t advise doing it any other way. When people ask me when is the best time to book a Disney vacation, I always say as soon as you know you want to go, even if it’s a year away. Once you book with me, I send you all my dining suggestions and the list of character dining experiences. Disney lets you book your dining reservations six months prior to your trip. When you book with me, I call Disney at 6 a.m. on your 180-day mark and do my best to reserve all your first choices. Very popular restaurants, such as Be Our Guest and breakfast in the castle with all of the princesses, will fill up even four or five months before your trip. Along those

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same lines, if you want to vacation during a busy time or a “crowd favourite” time, locking in your room rates are another reason to book early. Now, with all of that being said, I have built wonderful vacations for people who have booked their trip a month before they wanted to go. 4. We only want to go to Disney World once. What is a good age to take my kids? In my opinion, every age is a great age to go to Disney. If you’re worried about your children remembering the vacation, then by all means you can wait until they are five, but most guests I have worked with who say they are only going once change their mind. They start going every year or every other year. I truly believe everyone feels like a child at Disney. It’s that magical. 5. What is the best time of year to travel? Are you concerned about crowds or weather? The No. 1 best time of year to go to Disney World is probably the end of October/first of November. If you plan it right and can vacation for 10 days, you could experience both Halloween and Christmas there. The weather is usually great and the crowds are minimal. If you’re thinking about a Disney Vacation, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to helping you plan your magical experience.

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

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Window Types Explained

Windows: Repair or Replace?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling

Tracie Tattrie Sales Representative Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty 640 Cataraqui Woods Drive Kingston 613.484.0225 tracie@tracietattrie.ca kingstonrealestateagentwhocares.com

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here is something very personal about listing your home and having it sit on the market for months without being able to find a buyer. Here is my insight into why a home isn’t selling.

PRIce FIRST and FoRemoST When homes are priced too high they don’t sell in a timely manner. You may find yourself having priced your home out of the market if you are not getting sufficient showings. One in three houses listed does actually sell! That goes to show that the market has no reservations rejecting your price if it does not like it. Your home is priced based on location, condition and current market circumstances, but the No. 1 reason a house doesn’t sell is because its asking price is too high. Not sure of your price? View a handful of houses in your price range to see how yours measures up. doeS YouR HouSe SHow well? Your home needs to be clean and organized before listing it. Most buyers shop online; if your home does not translate in the photos it will not attract buyers. Tip: Buyers expect to see at least 20 pictures online. lack oF maRkeTIng Marketing is a big deal. Mistakes or typos in the listing can prevent your home from being seen. Make sure you get a copy of the MLS listing to review. Are the best features highlighted? Are the pictures in order? Have a professional take the photos. A video tour can also add an extra dimension to your online listing and entice a buyer to pick up the phone. Home HaS an undeSIRable locaTIon oR FeaTuRe Is your property located at a busy intersection, across from a strip mall or fronting on a highway? The only cure for this is price. If the train runs through the back of your

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property but the price is low enough, buyers will be less inclined to find it deafeningly loud or offensive. Tip: Plant trees when you move in. I am amazed at how many people don’t plant trees for privacy, let alone for tranquility. It also makes a big difference for resale — directly affecting how long your home can potentially be on the market. lISTIng agenT wIll noT anSweR oR ReTuRn PHone callS, TexT meSSageS and/ oR emaIlS Communication is everything. If you are having difficulty getting in touch with your listing sales representative then it is likely they aren’t getting back to anyone. If you are not happy, or are lacking confidence, you need to speak with them and relay your concerns. Otherwise, it may be time to find another sales representative. Be honest and upfront with your agent and your agent should be doing the same with you. eFFecTIvelY SellIng YouR Home Taking these points into consideration and putting them into practice will help you sell your home. Price your home within the constructs of the market. Present your home with its best foot forward. Make sure to reach your buyer through an effective marketing strategy. And lastly, recognize the importance of communication. You and your agent should have the same goal: to sell your home at the best price and in the most efficient manner, allowing you to transition smoothly into your next life adventure!

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Streamline Your Life AND OPTIMIZE YOUR HOME WITH

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AUTOMATION By Henny Buffinga

With the flip of a few switches, Rock Hudson’s character Brad Allen in the 1959 film Pillow Talk could dim the lights, turn on the phonograph, open a sofa bed and lock the door, allowing him to seduce numerous ingénues until he finally meets his love interest, played by Doris Day. Although a comedy, films like this reveal the universal appeal of controlling one’s home environment, which for Rock Hudson added the element of sex appeal.

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hese days, home automation can take the bachelor pad trope a step further than 1950s Brad Allen could have ever imagined — allowing you to control all the basic functions of your home through computer programming, making your home accessible to you remotely using a smart phone or tablet. Your home automation system can be designed to include heat and air conditioning, lighting, locks and security systems, window coverings, electricity, and appliances. Entertainment systems can also be automated using Bluetooth to enhance the entertainment experience all over the house. Beyond the convenience factor, home automation can provide a boost to your home’s security. Automated door locks can be synced through a secure network and accessed from your devices. If you choose to install motion activated cameras you can keep an eye on the kids, or program the cameras to record short clips based on what time they are activated, which may indicate an attempted home intrusion. Home automation allows you to go green at home, all while saving you money. By programming your appliances, lights and heat to lower while you are away, you ensure that no electricity is wasted. Electronics draw electricity even while they are off, and most people don’t have the time or inclination to unplug everything for what is perceived to be little gain. With the ease of programming

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you can realize the full savings potential, which can add up to eight per cent of your monthly electric bill. To increase savings and promote sustainability, you can also sync appliances such as washers, dryers and other high-energy machines to real time energy information. This allows your program to calculate the most costeffective times to run the appliances, such as during off-peak times like on weekends or at night. By managing your home’s energy consumption you are ensuring you are only using the resources you need while you are home, which helps the environment and your wallet. Adding a level of sophistication to the programming, some home automation systems offer “scenes,” which are programmed according to the activity such as wake, home, away, watch, or goodnight. If you want to watch a movie, imagine pressing a button, like Rock Hudson, and the lights dim 30 per cent, the shades lower 80 per cent to minimize glare on the TV, the volume adjusts to the optimum level, and the movie starts automatically. Home automation lets the technology work for you. With integrated systems that simplify the technology that is already present in your home, it makes life easier. Home automation offers the opportunity to streamline your life and fully enjoy your optimized home with electronic panache.

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Designing the Perfect Nursery

Peggy Reid

owner Reid & Siemonsen Design Group 350 Bagot Street Kingston, ON 613.548.7891 www.rsdesigners.net

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esigning a nursery is one of the most enjoyable tasks for soon-to-be parents to check off their long to-do list before the baby arrives. We’ve pulled together some great tips to help you create the perfect room for your baby. Leave Room to Grow Let’s face it, once your baby arrives your concept of time drastically changes. Designing a room that you’ll be able to update as your baby grows up can make things easier down the line. Consider investing in furniture that can transition from baby through to the teenage years. A dresser with a changing pad atop is a convenient and stylish option for a changing table. Not only does it allow

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for flexible options to suit your personal space, it also can be used down the road as a dresser for storage. We love the Tranquility Isles Dresser in the Coastal Resort line by Stanley. Don’t be Afraid of Patterns and Prints If you have neutral walls and floors, you can still make your baby’s nursery shine by using fun colours and patterns with area rugs, accent pillows, curtains and art work. We really love Sanderson’s Abracazoo line, which features coordinated fabric and wallpaper in beautiful patterns, perfect for any nursery or playroom. Get Colour into the Room There are so many great ways to add colour to a nursery! If you have an old armoire or chest of drawers that is in need of a revival, consider painting it a bright colour that works with the rest of the nursery — it is a great way to recycle. Have fun with colour — Farrow & Ball’s Churlish Green or St. Giles Blue make a great impact for a baby boy, while the soft, playfulness of Dayroom Yellow and Calluna are perfect for baby girls.

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Experiment Nurseries are fun to design and are a great place to experiment with design ideas. Perhaps you have been curious to try barn board panels or bold wallpaper, an accent wall provides the perfect opportunity to experiment and have some fun. Don’t Feel Confined to the Baby Section There are lots of alternatives to the limited baby section. Reid & Siemonsen carries many fine furniture lines, accessories and lighting that can create the nursery of your dreams. Hire a Designer Our interior designers can be a great help to any soon to be parent. They can help you source exactly the pieces you are looking for, figure out the best layout and create the perfect space for you and your little one. Come into our showroom and we can help you make the most of your space, whether it is choosing a fun paint colour or finding the perfect chair to rock baby to sleep.


YOUR HOME YOUR WAY

Our Signature

The Signature Homes difference can be summed up in two words – meticulous details. And we apply this detail to create a home superior in four specific areas: Better Design, Value, Service and Process.

829 Roshan Drive, Kingston | 613.572.3615 | signaturehome.ca


Managing Properties For More Than 25 Years Photos Stephen Wild

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ocated in the historic downtown core of Kingston, Limestone Property Management offers peace of mind to their commercial and residential clients who have investment properties in Kingston, Gananoque, Amherstview as well as Belleville. Limestone has a unique perspective and valuable experience,

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with proven techniques and the open communication essential for assisting clients reach their goals.

demand from us and we take great pride in working extremely hard in providing the service they expect.”

Led by general manager Jason Ruffolo, LPM offers a proactive and team approach to the day-to-day operations of property management. “We understand the level of care and obligation our clients

“With the diverse portfolio of commercial and residential properties we represent — including commercial plazas, retail storefronts, multi-unit dwellings, singlefamily homes and condominiums —

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR LEASE 749-751 Gardiners Rd., Kingston Availability: Immediately Lease Term: Open Rentable Area: Up to 3,520 sq. ft. 1000 Gardiners Rd., Kingston Availability: Immediately Lease Term: Open Rentable Area: 7,117 sq. ft.

attractive locations for new and existing businesses include 749-751 Gardiners Rd. (Progress Square) and 1000 Gardiners Rd., both owned by Euromart, an asset management company in Toronto.

“A professional group who has the resources and links to get the job done. They listened to our needs and worked to help us achieve our goal. You will not be disappointed working with this company!” – Ian Irving

our aim is to ensure your asset is being maintained to the highest level, while working in conjunction with landlords, suppliers and tenants,” says Ruffolo. He goes on to add that “over the years, our company has gained a strong reputation in the community, which allows us to expand the depth and variety of resources made available to our clients through our comprehensive support network.” With such a diverse combination of historical buildings and new commercial and residential developments in the west end neighbourhoods, Kingston offers an array of options for investment clients; Limestone continues to partner with them to ensure continued growth for the city and investors alike. With new expansion in

the west end of town, Gardiners Road has become a popular destination for new and established businesses. “We are seeing the development of both office and retail space, along with proactive landlords who have spent the time and money updating their buildings,” says Ruffolo. The variety and options of smaller, local businesses as well as large chain retailers and restaurants on Gardiners and in the west end not only give consumers the flexibility and comfort of working and shopping in one area, it confirms the consistent growth and success it’s generating. Two commercial properties Ruffolo highlights as prime examples of

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749-751 Gardiners Rd. is a beautiful, professional looking building that would be perfect for office space and/or a retailer. Situated at an intersection leading into the plaza, this property has great visibility from the street, drawing in customers who are running errands in the area. With a recently updated storefront and ample parking, this property would stand out among the complementary businesses in the vicinity. The building can accommodate individuals looking for space from 500 sq. ft. up to 3,520 sq. ft., with customized layouts and some incentive programs available for new tenants. They would welcome any type of office, health care specialists, financial institutions, insurance and accounting companies, retail stores and many more. 1000 Gardiners Rd is a large and modern office building located at the corner intersection of Princess Street and Gardiners Rd. They have a suite for lease that can accommodate up to 7,117 sq. ft. of leasable area. Located on the second floor of an executive building, this office is in a prime west end location with abundant parking and access to the 401. This building is very secure and provides a great opportunity to get in a location among many reputable businesses. The current tenant mix includes Business Development Corporation, Ahn Nguyen Dentistry Professional Corporation, Business Development and others. For more information and additional properties, visit their website or contact their office. Limestone Property Management #5F 303 Bagot Street, Kingston 613.530.3340 limestonepropertymanagement.ca

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Growing to serve you better Haven Home ClimateCare has purchased Brunet Heat & Air Conditioning. As our valued customer, you will notice amazing changes in the way we do business. As a Haven/Brunet ClimateCare customer, you will now enjoy all of the benefits afforded by the merging of two locally owned, family run businesses that have provided Kingston and the surrounding area with home heating and cooling expertise for more than 20 years. Haven Home ClimateCare will now be operating a full retail centre at its Princess Street and Gardiner’s Road location in Kingston. The latest in fireplaces, stoves, inserts and barbeques, including Sabre and The Big Green Egg, will all be on display at the retail location, along with furnaces, air conditioners and other indoor air quality products. We invite you to visit us and we look forward serving all of your heating and air conditioning needs for many years to come. - Marci McMullen, Haven Home ClimateCare

2495 Princess Street, Kingston P: 613-634-7722 www.havenhomeclimatecare.ca


The Benefit of Being Organized

achievement for your home, office and life, and provides you with the solutions you need to have more order and control. Here are some values that can be obtained from living an organized life.

Karyn Beacock Owner Spiral Into Control 613.985.4674 karyn@spiralintocontrol.org www.spiralintocontrol.org

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ften when people think of being organized, their mind goes to what they see on TV or Pinterest. These images present a picture of perfection without giving us a window into what goes on behind the scenes — that is not real life. There might be some work involved, but that doesn’t mean the process of getting organized isn’t worth going through. Organization is more than just pretty boxes. It’s a process that, once you go through it, leads to a feeling of

1. You will have more time for the people you care about. When you live an organized life you spend less time looking for lost things and more time with the people you love. This extra time can be used toward time for you and your hobbies. Also, when your home is organized, you may not mind having last minute visitors come to your home. In fact, you may even be more likely to embrace that idea because your organized space is a source of pride and comfort. 2. Being organized is cost effective. It goes along with that saying: “waste not, want not.” When you take stock of the items you have, and know where to find them, you never end up buying duplicates. When you’re organized, you make the best use of your space as well as your resources. 3. Being organized is good for your physical and mental health. Disorganization can have a large impact on your spatial environment as well as your health and wellbeing. Also, besides the obvious hazard of creating a higher likelihood of household injuries, clutter can negatively impact the state of your mind and body. We struggle with not finding misplaced items, or feeling overwhelmed by clutter.

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When your life is clutter-free, not only do you feel more in control of your life, you also feel empowered to face the challenges that life throws your way on an ongoing basis. You will no longer feel overwhelmed by your surroundings so you’ll be able to work more efficiently, rest more easily and connect better with the people you care about. 4. Being organized boosts your motivation. When you remove clutter, suddenly you feel much lighter and eager to engage in meaningful activities and challenges in your professional or personal life. 5. Being organized boosts your ability to focus. Disorganization leads to a constant search through piles in order to find what you need, thereby leading to a loss of precious time, which then results in an unwarranted feeling of being bogged down and mentally confused. In addition, when you are better able to focus, you will have more productive energy. When you consider the values that come from being organized, the process is worth the end results. It may seem like a lot of work at first, but once you get in a routine of being organized, it may become second nature and even a priority to stay organized. And who knows, you may even work your way up to becoming one of those organized people you aspire to be in those media images. There’s always that motivation.

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Options for Seniors

Chris Lawson

owner

Seniors on the Move / Greentag 640 Cataraqui Woods Drive Kingston 613.583.5001 www.seniorsonthemove.ca

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ou’ve made the decision to leave the family home either due to necessity or choice. What are the options available to seniors as they transition from the family home and which choice is best for yourself or your loved one? PROFESSIONAL HOME CARE The home care worker is responsible for providing care to elders and others

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who require care and resources in their homes. They provide and co-ordinate individualized care and resources to elders, people with disabilities and others so they may continue to live in their homes and in the community. Home care may include transportation, house cleaning, personal hygiene, providing meals and other health and wellness related activities. The home care worker will liaise with other community services to ensure other resources are involved. SENIOR HOUSING Senior housing is usually an apartment or condominium building or complex that offers residences specifically designed with the needs of seniors in mind. Either single story dwellings or multilevel with elevators available, they may also offer communal gathering areas to encourage a sense of community. IND E P EN D E NT L I VI N G & RETIREMENT RESIDENCES This type of option is often compared to residing in a hotel. Meals, housekeeping and maintenance are included. Seniors can choose a single studio room or a full apartment depending on their needs. Light nursing is often made available as well as assistance with medications if required and extra care can be provided. LONG-TERM CARE Long-term care facilities are the best choice for

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seniors requiring ongoing daily care. They provide a safe, secure environment that focuses on ensuring a good quality of life in a positive and respectful way. Long-term care is also offered to those who require 24/7 care after surgery or illness, and many seniors transition back to independent living after recovery. ALZHEIMER’S/MEMORY CARE With the onset of Alzheimer’s, many individuals require specialized care. Confusion and memory loss can cause concern for family members. Often in the beginning stages, the individual can be otherwise healthy and may only require supervision and comfort. As the disease progresses, the care can be increased without the stress of moving to another facility. HOSPICE CARE Hospice care, or “end-of-life” care, is an option for those with terminal illnesses that may require both care and counselling. Hospice care may be offered in the home or residence. The patient is provided with medical care, pain management, individual and family counselling, and assistance and advice as they prepare for end-of-life. Seniors on the Move is a professional senior transitional service, we help families make an easy transition.


Dyeing & Painting Fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

Elizabeth Harvey

owner The Melon Patch 357 Main Street Highway 33 Bath, Ontario 613.881.0165 elizabeth@themelonpatch.com www.themelonpatch.com

The most exciting and interesting way to use Chalk Paint™ is on fabric.

or a raised pattern can be made to look interesting when painted.

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Begin by diluting the paint with water so it is liquid enough to be absorbed by the fibres. Adding the right amount of water to the paint is crucial, the paint needs to soak into the top of your upholstered piece, rather than all the way through. You are trying to avoid thick paint that clogs up the pile and feels hard and crusty upon drying. To make good consistency of the paint is a trial and error process. It is best to test a small patch before painting the whole thing.

If you can’t find the right shade of fabric, you can dye it. The intensity of the final colour depends on the ratio of paint to water, the shade of paint, the type of fabric and the amount being dyed. Any material that is coated or containing polyester will not take the colour as well. As a general ratio, mix one-part paint with 20-parts water, but you can adjust the ratio depending on how light or dark you want the dye to be. The amount of time the fabric is left soaking in the dye can range from about five minutes to 30 minutes — the longer the time, the more intense the colour. PAINTING FABRIC Any fabric, including leather, can be painted. Although, the more natural fibre there is in the fabric, the better it will absorb the paint. Fabric with a texture

After applying the paint, let it dry completely — this might take a day or two, depending on the fabric. Once it is dry, and depending on the weave, you might want to apply Clear Soft Wax by Annie Sloan. Use a brush or a cloth to apply a thin, even coat of wax, spreading and pushing it into the fabric. Blending the wash with a small amount of mineral spirits will make it easier. Use a dry, clean cloth to remove excess wax.

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Family Businesses By Melanie Furlong

When family and business go hand-in-hand, the usual problems associated with either can be amplified. Talking to people who are involved in their own family enterprise and professionals who understand the dynamic well can help save both family relationships and foster successful businesses. ABOVE Mandy Farmer, member of CAFE Canada, with her father.

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A PAG is made up of approximately eight to 12 family business operators who get together once a month for a half-day and work through CAFE Canada’s proprietary meeting format. “It’s like having your own advisory board to help you deal with personal, family and business issues in a highly confidential and safe environment,” says MacDonald. There are two main reasons members join CAFE. One is a need for help in managing family dynamics, communication and conflict that may stem from the business. The second is for help in transitioning the management and ownership of the business to the next generation. “When you’re dealing with a family, lines of communication may or may not be open,” says MacDonald. “One of the realities is that with each successive generation, people have different points of view, values, expectations and objectives. As a result, all kinds of issues can come to the surface that need to be managed.” Most CAFE Canada members are involved in multiple generation businesses — second generation or more. But 40 per cent are first generation family businesses that want to learn how to manage family dynamics and transition the business properly.

That’s where the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) Canada comes in. The national non-profit memberbased association was established in 1983 with the purpose of providing support, education and resources to those involved in family enterprise.

companies. This large mix of both family businesses and professionals provide a wide range of services and advice to family businesses, ranging from general business management consulting and family facilitation to help with retirement and succession planning.

Executive director, Paul MacDonald, says, “We want to help them succeed as a family by helping them manage the sometimes complicated interface between family and business.”

The organization offers comprehensive online resources, workshops and seminars. Its annual two-and-a-half day national symposium covers a number of topics relevant to those who own and operate family enterprise. Fundamentally, CAFE’s key value proposition is participation in a personal advisory group (PAG).

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CAFE Canada members often tell MacDonald the organization was transformational for them. “In many cases, CAFE helped save the family and led to the successful transition of the business to the next generation,” he says. “You can’t underestimate the power of a forum where you get to speak to other family business owners who have been down the same path as you and can speak to their own experience, as well as connecting you to experts in the field — tapping into that resource is invaluable.” Mandy Farmer, president and CEO of Accent Inns, says, “I’m passionate about CAFE. It supported me in taking over the family business from my dad and aided me in doing it in a way where both the business and my relationship with my father flourished. How? By connecting me with peers who had similar experiences and putting me in touch with professional advice and resources specific to family businesses. I couldn’t have done it without CAFE.”

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Exploring Opportunities, Creating Solutions By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Wild

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ombining the scope of a general financial practice with the personal touch of a boutique firm, Caldwell Wealth & Estate Advisory Ltd. offers a distinct client experience. From the moment you walk through the door, you are ushered into the comfortable surroundings offered by the exposed brick, open-beam ceilings and

original hardwood floors of their office, which is located in Kingston’s historic Woolen Mill. Out of these surroundings, Caldwell Advisory offers a full range of financial planning services that provide comprehensive solutions for their clients, including retirement and estate planning, risk management/insurance, investment management, group benefits and feebased planning.

However, the uniqueness of the experience comes from the values-based approach they take when working with their clients. Getting to know the beliefs and principles each client holds dear is one of the most important steps in preparing a financial plan. “Understanding what’s truly important to a person at their very core helps us tailor an individual plan that not only addresses their goals but reflects their values,” says Rick Tomalty,

ABOVE Michael Caldwell, Grace Robertson, Rick Tomalty, Toshena Anstey, Josef Riha, Marisa Sandlin, Dan Lambert

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senior partner at Caldwell Advisory. “If we don’t have that conversation, we’ll end up either leading them down a path that reflects popular values or inadvertently imposing our own values on them.” Using their proprietary planning process, the advisors at Caldwell Advisory determine their client’s goals, along with a comprehensive assessment of their current situation. This equips the advisors to tailor a financial roadmap linking the client’s current situation to their desired future. “There may be more than one way to achieve a client’s goals, and with each path comes its own set of advantages and drawbacks,” adds Dan Lambert, a financial advisor with the firm. “We’ll offer the solutions that best promote their values, explain what we recommend and why.” They see their role as providing information that leads to easy decisionmaking for clients. “There is never any pressure to act on a recommendation,” says Josef Riha, a Caldwell Advisory associate. “Our process is advice-driven, not sales-driven.” The Caldwell Wealth & Estate Advisory team of financial advisors includes Lambert, Riha and Tomalty as well as founder and managing partner Michael Caldwell. “The four of us, ranging in age from our mid-30s to mid-60s, work collaboratively for our clients,” says Caldwell. “And in the same way as we help clents with their succession of wealth, our firm also has a plan for succession that takes into account our own ages and stages of life. This assures clients and their families that they can have a longstanding relationship with us over many decades.” Caldwell Advisory fosters relationships with many multi-generational families. Client Kevin Titley, a teacher in Ottawa, has been working with Tomalty since 1985. “Rick has now served three generations of my family,” says Titley. “He has worked with us to consolidate our insurance and investment positions, identify our future needs and has suggested ways to create a lasting legacy for some of the charitable causes that are important to us as a family. Now, he’s starting to help us pass on sound financial principles to our daughters.”

Rick TomalTy, Senior Partner With a career in financial planning spanning more than 30 years, Rick has experienced multiple business cycles and serves as a calming voice for his clients during turbulent times. Having grown up in a business family, he and his wife, Carol, share an entrepreneurial spirit with business interests in a number of service-oriented companies. Rick’s volunteer involvement in the community is focused toward activities where he can have a direct, positive impact on others, and he carries this passion into his financial practice. “We’ve each been equipped with certain resources, abilities and experiences, and I’m convinced we are to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us.” Rick and Carol enjoy spending time with family, and — when the conditions are favourable — continuing to improve their sailing skills.

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Dan lambeRT, Partner Dan began his career as a financial advisor in 2010 and has grown his practice by building strong client relationships. He focuses on a holistic financial planning process and client education. Married to Melanie with two young sons and a baby girl on the way, family is understandably a top priority for Dan. “Although I do enjoy working with retirees, my practice is mostly focused on young to middle aged families. I understand the risks my clients worry about as I face those same risks myself. Nothing is more important in the world to me than protecting my family, so I have great satisfaction when I am able to do the same for my clients.” Outside of work, Dan volunteers at his church and serves on the board of an industry association. He also enjoys playing basketball and snowboarding.

the exclusive insurance and investment representatives for MD Preferred Physician Services for Kingston and area — a network of financial, legal, real estate and banking professionals who specialize in supporting the needs of local physicians. Another distinct service offered by Caldwell Advisory is fee-based, or fee-forservice, planning. The firm identified the emerging demand from clients for this option and it is now a significant part of their practice. “In the fee-based option, people tap into our planning expertise based on an established fee schedule,” Lambert explains. “The individual receives their tailored financial plan, we are fairly compensated for our time and expertise,

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and when, how and with whom the plan is implemented rests with the client.” While not for everyone, fee-based planning works well for several types of clients. Some people come in with burning questions: ‘Can I afford to retire when I want to?’, ‘How will my lifestyle change as I retire?’ or ‘How will my family or business be impacted if I were taken out of the picture without warning?’ These are questions that can’t be answered by looking at insurance contracts or investment statements alone. Others might have an existing relationship with an advisor who’s not certified to provide a financial plan, or may want more detail than they have previously been provided. Finally, a fee-

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based plan may well meet the needs of a financial “do-it-yourselfer” who’s looking for objective guidance to help them achieve their goals. “Our job is to give clients a heightened awareness of their current situation and what their future might look like,” says Tomalty. “If they stay on their current trajectory, we can be confident in our assessment of where this will lead and ask if that’s where they want to be. Too often people go on autopilot and follow decisions made 10 or 15 years earlier.” After several decades in the financial services industry, Michael Caldwell founded this firm five years ago out of a desire to create something different for his clients. He wanted to foster deeper


relationships in a less institutional environment with a new level of client comfort and engagement. “How do we measure success? When I see clients who I’ve been working with for years doing well and having all the money they need, I know they’re going to be okay,” says Caldwell. “It’s wonderful to know we can have such a positive and significant impact on a person’s future and protect their family, too. That’s what success looks like to us.”

Josef Riha, Financial Advisor Josef entered the financial industry 20 years ago. He believes in providing his clients with a high standard of integrity and professionalism. “We all have different dreams, but to make them happen, we all need a plan to get us there.” Outside of work, Josef is a board member for the local Breast Cancer Action Kingston organization and a long-time member of the Canada DanceSport Federation and Ballroom Dancers’ Federation International. With his wife Vlasta, they enjoy spending time with their two children and six grandchildren.

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michael calDwell, Managing Partner With more than 40 years of experience under his belt, Michael firmly believes understanding the needs of his clients and their families is one of the keys to the success of Caldwell Wealth & Estate Advisory. Michael champions many charitable causes; one is Hearts for Change, an organization that advocates for the welfare of orphans in Kenya. He has been able to cross two items off his bucket list, which he’s had since he was 12 years old: walking the Great Wall of China and living in a castle in Italy for two weeks. An admitted oenophile and foodie, this love is demonstrated in weekly Sunday dinners with his family. Michael is married to Judy and has three children and four grandchildren.

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Caldwell Wealth & Estate Advisory Ltd. The Woolen Mill 4 Cataraqui St., Suite 102 Kingston 613.777.0797 info@caldwelladvisory.ca www.caldwelladvisory.ca

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Group Insurance: Not Just for Large Businesses

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Bryce Parisotto (CFP) Shannon Bennett-Parisotto (CHS) Benefits Consulting Plus 1375 Gardiners Road, Suite 101 Kingston bryce@bcpbenefits.com shannon@bcpbenefits.com www.bcpbenefits.com

As an employee benefits consultant, I work with businesses of all sizes. When I meet with small business owners to discuss benefits there are three concerns I hear most often: “My business is not big enough to qualify for benefits” or “Benefits would be too costly with so few employees” or “I am (or would need to be) part of an association benefit plan as they are less expensive.” Let’s examine each of these concerns. “My business is not big enough to qualify for benefits.” Fortunately, this statement is not accurate. Today, some of the largest insurers will offer businesses with as few as two active employees their own benefits plan, and at three employees there are at least five insurers that offer coverage. In addition, there are minimal plan design restrictions for businesses with less than 10 employees. “Benefits would be too costly with so few employees.”

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ingston and the surrounding areas are home to some incredible businesses, many of which have less than 10 employees. These range from a husband and wife team who started their own business to an entrepreneur who began with a small employee base to keep costs under control.

Again, this is not necessarily accurate. There are a number of factors involved in the pricing of employee benefits plans, such as the demographics of your company (of which number of employees is just one part of), plan design, claims experience, etc. A consultant that specializes in the employee benefits field can help you

design an employee benefits solution that works within your budget. “I am (or would need to be) part of an association benefits plan as they are less expensive.” The only pricing factor the association type plan provides is economies of scale — nothing more. The real question is what do you sacrifice for the economies of scale? First, most association plans offer less product flexibility (Plan A, Plan B or Plan C approach) than a tailor made solution your consultant could design for you. Second, the claims experience or utilization of the association plan could be higher than that of your company, causing higher rates than you would get on your own. Finally, and most importantly, most association plans do not provide local representation, which reduces the service you receive when compared with working with a local consultant. The message here is simple — so long as your company has more than one employee, you can implement an employee benefits plan designed with your goals in mind, is competitively priced, provides you with coverage historically reserved for large business, and that will grow and evolve with you as your company grows. All of this with the added benefit of the service provided by your local, specialized employee benefits consultant.

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You Can, But Maybe You Shouldn’t… • •

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Tracey Greenwood, CFP® RRC® Investors Group Financial Services Inc. 100 – 1000 Gardiners Road Kingston 613.384.8973 tracey.greenwood@investorsgroup.com

Are you willing to give up control of the asset(s)? If your child separates or divorces, do you want the asset(s) potentially divided between your child and an ex-spouse? What happens if your child goes bankrupt? Are you OK with disinheriting the children of your child if your child dies shortly before you do? Do you intend for your joint owner to share the asset(s) with other beneficiaries (including your other children) in your will? Confusion over the intent could lead to expensive sibling disputes that could eat up the assets.

Why go to the expense of retaining a lawyer when all I need is a will kit?

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asy and simple decisions do not always add up to the right financial and estate planning solutions. Here are a few “because I can” decisions to consider: I will add an adult child as the joint owner of my investments or property because it will make the distribution of my estate easier. There are certain situations in which joint ownership of assets can be a sound strategy; however, you need to look at it from many angles:

For starters, you won’t have access to expert advice to determine whether the clauses you select are appropriate to your circumstance. A simple kit program won’t ask key questions about your family and estate structure, such as: •

Is yours a blended family? If so, you could inadvertently disinherit children from a previous relationship. Is a beneficiary disabled? If so, it’s usually advantageous to establish a discretionary trust in your will to protect that beneficiary’s ability to receive social assistance payments. If the beneficiary is mentally disabled, a trust will also allow you to choose someone to manage the beneficiary’s inheritance.

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Is the charitable organization you wish to have benefit from your estate properly registered with CRA as a charity? If it isn’t, you won’t get a tax credit.

A will kit program will not provide tax advice or assess the different tax liabilities each beneficiary could face, leading to an inequitable distribution of your estate. When a lawyer prepares your will, the lawyer has certain obligations under the law to make a basic assessment of your capacity, which could become important evidence later on, if some family members decide to challenge your will. I will give significant sums of money to family members during my lifetime. Whether the money is gifted or loaned to your children for whatever reason, without the proper advice and direction, there could be a minefield of problems down the road. For example, if the arrangement isn’t properly documented, it could be argued that it was, indeed, a loan or may result in one child receiving a significant gift during your lifetime that unfairly reduces another’s inheritance. What you should or should not do in situations like these is not always clear. Your legal and professional advisors will bring clarity to every aspect of your financial life. This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc., presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances.

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Eastern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret:

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f you’re a business owner, creating a safe and healthy work environment is essential. But while most Kingston business owners want their employees to work safely, many don’t know what practices to follow, or that their workplace must meet the Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Standards legislation.

Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions — a consulting firm founded by Occupational Health and Safety consultant Wiebke Wilkens — guides businesses through the process of fostering a workplace that’s safe and compliant with provincial and federal requirements. “A lot of businesses aren’t in compliance and don’t realize they need to be,” says Wilkens. “We provide business owners and their management teams with the guidance they need.” Wilkens and her team provide unique solutions customized to their clients’ needs, including health and safety system evaluations, health and safety program development, human resource manual development and customized training sessions. “We provide custom program development and hands-on training where clients can ask questions and learn how the legislation applies to their work environment,” says Wilkens. Wilkens has worked in the health and safety field for more than 25 years in both public and private sectors. She founded Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions in 2001 with a focus on helping small and medium sized businesses that don’t have access to the same resources large companies use, to ensure they are complying with safety legislation. “Owners of small and medium sized businesses wear a lot of hats — from human resources to marketing — with their primary focus being on delivering their services,” says Wilkens. “Health and safety

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is a piece of that, but a lot of businesses put it to the side. I saw that as a niche service in the Kingston community.” Wilkens serves a diverse clientele from educational institutions, construction firms, restaurants, retail businesses, the professional health community and almost everything in between. The firm’s team is made up of experts in the Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Standards fields. They also have access to a vast pool of industry resources they refer clients to when the in-house expertise is not available. Wilkens emphasizes it has become increasingly important to have health and safety documentation in place for the Ministry of Labour, which has the right to enter any workplace at any time, unannounced. They may check for compliance under the Health and Safety Act, as well as Employment Standards legislation. “They go into enforcement mode or can issue Stop Work orders,” says Wilkens. “We help businesses prevent that from occurring.” As the president of the not-for-profit organization Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community, Wiebke has been a leading force in getting Kingston designated as a safe community by Parachute, a national injury prevention organization. Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions is also the corporate sponsor of Kingston’s Safety Groups Program, a WSIB initiative to help eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses in Ontario. Wilkens says one of the most fulfilling parts of her work is seeing the look of understanding on her clients’ faces. “Businesses who may be reluctant at first embrace it and understand why it’s important,” says Wilkens. “We become a part of their team.” Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions 2225 Middle Road Kingston 613.546.9814 wwilkens@whss.ca www.whss.ca

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Keeping Yourself Financially Literate

Gisele Godfrey Limestone Credit Union 572 Princess St., Kingston 613.548.4094 501-4499 Bath Rd., Amherstview 613.634.3875 info@limestonecu.com www.limestonecu.com

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very person has a unique financial picture, and it is imperative you take a proactive approach to your own success. There are many ways individuals can manage money and debt wisely and plan for future expenses, including education, vehicles and home purchases, as well as retirement savings. Selecting the right kind of account can make a huge difference in your monthly fees. Download apps that can help you find local ATMs so you won’t have to pay additional fees. As you grow, your needs change and there is education available that can help you during the different stages of your life, from student to

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retirement. There are many websites including our own (www.limestonecu. com) that offer many financial tools and calculators to assist in your financial fitness. These calculators include mortgage and loan, education savings, retirement, TFSAs and more. What Can a PersonaL Loan do For Me? Personal loans are used for a variety of reasons including vehicle purchases, renovations, vacations, consolidations and more. Individuals and families can often reduce their interest rates and monthly payments. There are many lending and payment options to suit individual needs. Personal loans can also help you build your credit and improve your credit score. Another important aspect of borrowing is ensuring you are sufficiently protected with life, disability and critical illness insurance. These credit insurance options protect your loans so you and your family won’t have to worry during difficult times. Did you know one in three people, on average, will be disabled for 90 days or more at least once before they reach the age of 65? You want to ensure you are sufficiently protected to maintain your lifestyle. What are ConsoLidation Loans?

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Consolidation loans replace multiple loans, credit card debt and unpaid bills with a single loan and often lower monthly payments and interest rates. With fewer payments, your monthly budget will be easier to manage and balance and it allows you to take control in knowing exactly what you owe and exactly when it will be paid off. Preparing a detailed monthly budget will help keep you on track to meet your goals and priorities. FaLL season/hoLidaY season As fall and winter set in, the days get shorter and we all seem to run out of time. However, it is important to remember how lucky we are and consider helping others. At Limestone Credit Union Ltd., fall launches our annual food, toy and winter clothing drives. These items are donated in support of local organizations throughout our communities. Every year Christmas seems to sneak up on us all. Consider taking the initiative during the Christmas season and make your holidays more affordable and less stressful. Stop paying higher interest on credit cards. By preparing your holiday wish list and budget, our loan can help you stay on track and not overspend. Enjoy your family and the holidays this year!


DO THE ONLY RETIREMENT AND ESTATE PLANS YOU SEEM TO GET START AND END WITH FUND OR STOCK RECOMMENDATIONS? At My Team – Financial, we focus on the specific needs of retirees and business owners. We have spent the last two years developing our own proprietary retirement and estate planning tool that focuses on your financial goals for retirement — not a fund or stock. Our plan will help you answer questions like: • • • • •

If we sell the house, should we rent or buy a condo? In what order should I use my investments to minimize taxes? What probate, capital gains and taxes will need to be taken care of when I die? How does spending more in my early years of retirement and less later on affect my plan? How does the plan change (due to taxes and pension changes) if my spouse or I die first?

Though we would be honoured to assist you with your investments, if you’re happy with your current investment advisor but just need a plan, we provide our retirement and estateplanning service to non-clients for a flat fee. Call our office to find out more.

128 Ontario Street Kingston 613.549.8326 info@myteamfinancial.com www.myteamfinancial.com


THE HOME OFFICE is the Way of the Future By Henny Buffinga

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ith most jobs needing only a computer, phone and Internet connection, more people are working from home than ever before. Work/life balance is a hot topic when it comes to business trends, with millennials and Gen-Y workers stating it’s one of their main priorities when choosing a job. According to the WorkShift initiative, led by Calgary Economic Development, there are about 4.3 million Canadians with jobs that are compatible with working from home. Allowing these people to work out of office, the report states, would have a bottom-line economic benefit of $53 billion across the country, as well as community perks such as reduced traffic and the resulting lower carbon-emissions. As an example of the savings for individual businesses, the report estimates a company that has 250 telecommuting employees would save $3 million a year. Telecommuting saves employers more than just overhead and rent money; employees who work from home are happier, and thus more productive. According to Globalworkplaceanalytics. com, 36 per cent of workers would prefer working from home to a pay raise, and 80

per cent of employees consider working from home a job perk. With more than two thirds of employers reporting increased productivity among their telecommuters, it’s clear telecommuting is the way of the future. According to Smallbiztrends.com, 69 per cent of U.S. entrepreneurs start their businesses from home, and many have employees who work from their own homes as well. For entrepreneurs, starting a business costs an average of $15,000, and cutting the overhead by working from home allows more freedom for the business owner in those important first few years. For all the telecommuters, planning a specific workspace in the home is a must, not only for productivity, but also to maintain the boundaries of work and home life. When it comes to planning a home office, Chris Medeiros, co-owner of Response I.T. in Kingston, advocates doing your homework before you commit to the electronics in your home office, since they are the most important tools you will need. “Getting the proper foundation for the office is the most important thing,” Medeiros explains. “You need to make

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sure you cover the basics, such as the right computer for your needs, anti-virus software, surge protectors, that kind of thing. Pricing everything ahead of time is a good idea. You need to be careful that you don’t just buy the cheapest printer in the store, because the ink cartridges for that printer might cost $200. You think you’re saving, but you’re not.” Software such as Skype, Microsoft Word and Google Docs are invaluable to creating a cohesive virtual work environment for employees. And for people just starting up, Medeiros recommends getting your own domain name to give a professional first impression via email. He points out that if you are using a provider’s email account and you switch providers down the line, you may lose out on important communications. He also recommends a good signature, stating that it’s the little things that can add up to a more professional image. With a major hindrance to productivity being workplace distraction, working from home in an environment workers can control helps them raise productivity levels while giving them the work/life balance they crave.

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Response I.T. Where Modern Technology and Connectivity Meet Traditional Service with a Smile By Tori Stafford Photos Stephen Wild

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n a fast paced world with evergrowing interconnectivity, you need to be plugged in, whether for work, education, play or daily activities.

There is nothing like the frustration of going to do something on your computer and finding there’s an issue. It may be a minor annoyance if you just wanted to catch up with friends online, but when it comes to file saving and sharing, or matters of business or personal finance, the result can be far more aggravating — and costly. Often, the issue becomes compounded as clients find themselves at the bottom of a waiting list, both for the return of calls and scheduling for service.

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For Chris Medeiros, ensuring clients get a human connection right away is one of the pillars his business was built upon. The owner of Response I.T., Medeiros explains he and his team are dedicated to quick responses when clients encounter issues, and are keen on bringing old-fashioned business ethic to the modern field. “Whether it’s a residential customer who uses their computer to get online and connect with family, or a corporate client with a large network and a full website we manage, the customer comes first,” Medeiros says. “When you call Response I.T., Shayne, our administrative coordinator, answers the phone, and

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chances are he remembers your name if you’ve called before.” In their new office space in the historic Woolen Mill alongside the Cataraqui River, Shayne is the first member of the Response I.T. team to greet new and returning clients as they enter. Having recently rebranded under new ownership, Response I.T. moved in April to the larger, brighter space that allows them to better serve their customers. The team offers a number of different services to residential and corporate clients, all on an as-needed basis. From service calls for in-home assessments of networks and hardware to services that offer an on-call IT department for their corporate


clients, the Response I.T. team can handle any setup, issue or preventative security task. Additionally, the team offers network assessments, cloud storage management and VoIP phone systems to help businesses and residential clients get the most out of their IT systems in a cost effective manner. Response I.T. also offers website design, as well as website and email server support. Boasting in-house graphic designers and a professional photographer, the team can create the ideal site for you or your business, which they can train you to manage or manage for you. Committed to ensuring their customers receive personable, effective and efficient support, it’s the way Response I.T. delivers their services that truly sets them apart as leading information technology specialists in Kingston. “We like to make sure our customers are comfortable, and that their needs are not only heard, but understood and addressed,” Medeiros says. “It’s all about communication.” Response I.T. 6 Cataraqui Street, Unit #111 Kingston 613.549.5568 1.855.841.2005 responseit@responseit.ca www.responseit.ca

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Celebrating THE SUCCESSES OF LOCAL WOMEN By Tori Stafford

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n a city full of independent businesses and budding entrepreneurs, it’s a given you’ll find a number of women who’ve turned their talents and passions into successful careers. In Kingston, there are a variety of flourishing

Maria Angelis, Vaso Angelis & Joanne Angelis House of Angelis Clothing, lingerie, shoes and accessories for fashionistas with discerning tastes In business since: 2003 Best thing about living and working in the area: “Knowing your neighbours and feeling a sense of community in such a beautiful city.” Favourite place to relax: “We love gathering around Mumma’s kitchen table with a big cup of Greek coffee, catching up on the week’s events.”

Tania Ashe KingsTown Financial Services Inc. Sun Life Financial advisor dedicated to growing and protecting the income clients depend on In business since: 1997 Favourite place to relax: “In the backyard,

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businesses with women at the helm, covering everything from fashion to finances. Here, Fine Lifestyles Kingston takes a closer look at some of those top businesses in the area, and the fabulous females behind them.

around the pool.” Best thing about living and working in the area: “This is a very open, liberal community. And I know people will read that and say ‘Is she crazy?’ but… Kingston is just full of opportunities and people are open to ideas.”

Joanne Burke Touch of Wellness Aveda Spa offering facials, massage, manicures, pedicures and so much more In business since: 2013 Guilty pleasure: “Riding the Harley. I love to ride — the beautiful smells, the breeze in your face, the warm sunshine. It’s when I just think about nothing.” Favourite place to eat: “The Waterfront here in Napanee. The patio is wonderful, it’s right on the waterfront, and I love it there. It’s fantastic.”

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Paula Foster Diva Salon Full-service salon and day spa offering personal care, advanced wellness and relaxation services In business since: 1995 Favourite place to eat: “We are big fans of anywhere you can get a good steak!” Best thing about living and working in the area: “I live about two blocks from where I work. Downtown is great. The people and the scenery are ever changing. It’s nice to be able to walk to work, pick the kids up from school and get groceries all within a three-block radius.”

Laura Kittner Tangent Inc. Tangent helps businesses grow. They have a simple mantra, “MTW,” which stands for Marketing That Works. They’re


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focused on creating marketing plans and tactics that generate sales results for clients In business since: 2009 Favourite thing to do to relax: “Hit my mat and sweat it out during Bikram yoga. I walk in stressed and I walk out ready to hug everyone.” Favourite place to eat: “My kitchen on a Friday night with our kids, eating homemade pizzas.”

Samantha Nuttall Quarry Medical Chiropractic New age chiropractic care that focuses on using the latest technology to get patients better quickly In business since: 2013 Guilty pleasure: “It’s a toss up: Shopping in NYC, or eating the Fuzzy Peaches that a patient of mine brings when she comes to get treated.” Favourite thing to do to relax: “The most relaxing thing to do after a busy

day at the office would be to go golfing, or for my husband and I to bring our dog, Rosie, to my parents’ house, relax on the dock and go wakeboarding.”

Lou Petrie & Marie-Claude Tetrault ECHO: Extremely Conscientious Hair Organization Vibrant salon that caters to men and women, young and old, with a staff that has “mad skills” In business since: 2000 Guilty pleasure: Wine, for both! Favourite thing to do to relax: Lou: “Just being on the water at my cottage by Seeley’s Bay.” Marie-Claude: “Going for a run, or meeting up with my friends downtown.”

Elizabeth Turcke Leahurst College University preparatory school for curious and motivated children in Grades 7-12

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In business since: 2013 Favourite thing to do to relax: “Read on the shores of Lake Ontario.” Best thing about living and working in the area: “I have had the great pleasure of teaching many, many students and getting to know their families. I feel very connected to the people of Kingston and our wonderfully vibrant community.”

Wiebke Wilkens Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions Consulting practice specializing in providing business owners and managers with advice and guidance to manage health and safety employment standards In business since: 2001 Favourite place to eat: “Chez Piggy, Days on Front and Casa — in no particular order.” Favourite thing to do to relax: “Spending time with my partner at the ‘cottage’ in Bermuda, but I also really enjoy gardening and playing tennis to relax.”

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Lou Petrie and Marie-Claude Tetrault Dynamic Styling Duo Keeps Kingston Looking Great By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Wild

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orking together is a luxury hair stylists Lou Petrie and Marie-Claude Tetrault don’t often have these days. They’re too busy working opposite shifts at their flourishing business, Kingston’s ECHO Hair Studio. The friends and co-owners miss it too. “We had a lot of fun working together,” says Tetrault. The two have owned the modern, upbeat salon since 2000. Over the last 15 years, they’ve developed a strong friendship and working relationship based on understanding and support.

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“One of the greatest things about working together is knowing that we have each other’s backs,” says Petrie, who owned the first ECHO Hair Studio on Bagot Street from 1992 to 2000. When her children were very small, Petrie realized she needed a likeminded business partner. She’d known and worked with hair stylist Marie-Claude Tetrault for seven years and had always been impressed by the fact she came to Kingston from Quebec not speaking any English. “She took some lessons and completely immersed herself,” says

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Petrie. “Now she is perfectly fluent.” Besides their passion for hair styling, both women are married to entrepreneurs and each has two children. Tetrault had also started her own family by 2000 and casually mentioned she was interested in opening a salon. Petrie said, ‘Why don’t we do it together?’ Tetrault agreed and the rest is history. Now, ECHO Hair Studio is like a bistro of hair salons, featuring pretty chandeliers, high ceilings and lots of lively conversation. The clean white and green


been thrilled with the quality of MarieClaude’s work,” says Cleary. “She listens attentively and then adds a nice mix of creativity. As a businessman, consistency is critical for me and I have never experienced anything but her best. However, there is another reason why ECHO is the No. 1 hair salon in Kingston and that is the support staff. The entire group is knowledgeable, friendly and willing to chip in at all times. Plus, they always call me by name and it is fun to come here. These are the little things that make a big difference.” Making sure all stylists are well trained is an important part of their success. ECHO Hair Studio is one of just 20 Schwarzkopf salons in Canada who are designated “PH.” Every year Tetrault and Petrie go to Europe to train with the company. “It’s like a giant think tank,” says Petrie. “There are likeminded stylists and salon owners from all over the world and we learn from each other. It’s a wonderful way to expand on everything we do in our salon.” Both Petrie and Tetrault still work behind a chair. They credit being able to set an example to junior stylists as another big part of their success. They have an approximately two-year mentorship program for the newest apprentices on their team and also send staff to do training in Toronto. “Most of our staff members are women,” says Petrie. “Many are mothers, but being mothers ourselves we understand all that goes with the lifestyle and what works. We have a large staff that can share the hours and we have a great team that respects each other. We are thrilled with them!”

décor is the latest incarnation and the staff is always friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. From the beginning, Petrie and Tetrault decided to specialize in what they do best: hair. They wanted their stylists to focus on that too. They rely on their efficient front desk staff to make appointments and an accounting department to do the books. “We’re

excellent delegators,” says Petrie. The culture at ECHO Hair Studio is what really sets it apart. “The clients always come first and we make sure they are happy before they leave,” says Tetrault. Client Randy Cleary of MatRx Financial Group has been coming to ECHO Hair Studio for the last eight years. “I have

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The staff works with clients ranging from small children to seniors — but don’t expect any roller sets. Most of the clients are busy women, but they see men, students and all walks of life. With an experienced team of 14 stylists, helpful receptionists and eager assistants, ECHO Hair Studio welcomes the opportunity to continue doing what they are passionate about in an environment they love. Make an appointment with one of their fabulous stylists today! ECHO Hair Studio 344 Bagot St. Kingston 613.542.5069 echo@echohairstudio.com echohairstudio.com

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Joanne Angelis, Vaso Angelis & Maria Angelis The House that Love Built By Tori Stafford Photos Stephen Wild

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hen you meet the three women behind House of Angelis, it’s immediately apparent how they’ve become and remained successful in women’s retail. For one, the trio is impeccably well dressed, and their Brock Street boutique reflects both their taste and their attention to what their clients are looking for. But beyond that, Vaso, Maria and Joanne Angelis have a radiant passion for what they do, and serving the women here in Kingston with heartfelt attention. “We come from a family with a lot of women, a lot of very strong women,” says Vaso, the family matriarch that clients lovingly refer to as ‘Mama.’ “At the same time, we love women, we believe in women and we like to help them look their best. To be honest with you, I treat

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every customer that comes in here like they are my daughters, like they’re family.” Vaso and her daughters also attribute their success to an innate penchant for hard work. Maria and Joanne grew up daughters of restaurant and business owners — Vaso and husband, Gus, emigrated from Greece in 1971, and owned the Fontainbleu restaurant at the corner of Princess and Montreal Streets, along with Gus’ brother, Peter. The brothers opened a number of restaurants here in Kingston over the years, including Town and Country, Peter’s Place and Pegasus restaurant. Maria and Joanne were born into a family of hard workers, whom they began learning from very early on, Vaso explains. “We had restaurants all our lives, and the girls grew up in the business,” she says, noting that both Maria and Joanne

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went to university and after getting their degrees, it was only natural for them to move into business ownership. “Because they love people, and because they love the business, it was a perfect fit for them.” The girls’ story, which is also very much a part of recent retail history in Kingston, began with their shared passion for fashion, something both women attribute to their mother. Throughout her time at Queen’s University, Maria worked at Cybil Scott, already a local fashion institution at the time. After travelling and working as the vice president of a beauty and fashion public relations firm in London, England, Maria returned to Kingston and in 2003 she purchased Cybil Scott, the first of three boutiques the sisters would open within a single city block in the heart of the downtown core.


L-R Maria Angelis, Vaso Angelis, Joanne Angelis

Joanne received her bachelor of honours in economics at Queen’s, working in the corporate world during her studies. Following her graduation in 2004, she decided corporate business wasn’t for her and joined Maria as her business partner, immediately smitten with the international world of fashion and curating collections here in Kingston. Before long, Joanne opened Catwalk, a shoe and accessory boutique, in 2005. By 2007, the sisters had added Coquetta Lingerie to their collection of downtown boutiques. But some things just work better together. Like the two sisters and their mother, the three stores were all unique, beautiful and could stand on their own, but when all parts of a trio are under one roof, there is a harmony that cannot be denied. In 2011, Cybil Scott, Catwalk, and Coquetta all came together in the space now known as House of Angelis. There, the Angelis women help the women who come through their doors outfit themselves ‘from head to toe, inside and out,’ offering personalized shopping experiences for everything from casual daywear to luxe and elegant formalwear.

With shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry and undergarments, House of Angelis is a joy to browse around, allowing you to discover that pair of stilettos you just have to have. At the same time, it is the ideal place to go when a fashion emergency strikes – a common occurrence in a city full of events, businesses and people on the go. “Absolutely we have had tourists and clients who’ve forgotten a garment or left shopping to the last minute,” says Vaso with her signature warmth and smile. “So, they step into the store and we can find the undergarments, the shoes, the bag, the jewelry, the outfit… we have actually fit people in the store for a wedding, and sent them on their way to the church!” It’s an ideal concept, whether you’re out shopping with your friends or in need of a whole new wardrobe professionally put together by women who know what they’re doing and, most importantly, women who care. “Like I said, we treat our customers like family, and that means we’re not going to let them leave here unless they look their best,” Vaso says, noting it’s not

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uncommon for her or ‘The Girls’ to tell a customer a dress they’re trying on might look better tied a different way, or with a different pair of shoes. “The girls and I care about every customer that walks through the door. I’ve always said, they do us the honour of opening our door — whether it’s just to say hello, or to try on many outfits — the least we can do is return them that honour by treating them well and taking good care of them. And that’s something the girls do very, very well,” Vaso continues. While both Joanne and Maria credit all three of them working so well together, and providing unsurpassed support to one another, as the reason for their success, Vaso, as always, takes a more motherly approach to summing it up. “There aren’t enough words to say how proud I am of them,” she says. “They are talented, hardworking women, both with soft hearts.” House of Angelis 63 & 65 Brock St. Kingston 613.549.0511 houseofangelis.ca

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Joanne Burke Add a Touch of Wellness to Your Life By Tori Stafford

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chieving balance in life requires time for tranquility, relaxation and self-care — in other words, balance requires a ‘Touch of Wellness.’ This is something Joanne Burke knows all too well, both as the owner and operator of Touch of Wellness Aveda Spa, and from personal experience. It was the latter that led Burke to open the premier relaxation destination, nestled in the heart of downtown Napanee.

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After working for 37 years in customer service and administration, Burke became quite ill, and ended up on bed rest for four months. “During that time, I said to my husband ‘If I ever get well again, I’m going to create a place where people can come to be relaxed and restored and rejuvenated,’” Burke recalls. “Because I never made time for self-care, and I realized how important it was, and how much we need it, especially us women. Women are givers, we give, give, give, and we need that time just for ourselves.”

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Burke had always dreamed of owning a spa, and with her illness conquered, she decided it was the perfect time to take on another challenge. She retired from her job, and set out to create the relaxing, luxurious and inviting space that is Touch of Wellness. Having used Aveda products for most of her life, Burke knew there was no other product she’d like to associate with her spa. Burke says Aveda’s organic plant and flower-based formulas are natural


is the underpinning of the experience their guests return for time and again. The team now boasts 10 spa therapists, a registered massage therapist, a reflexologist and a Reiki specialist. “I wanted a strong team, and I wanted a team that could see my vision. Slowly, over time, that’s the team that we’ve developed and it’s the whole base of our success,” she says, adding the camaraderie amongst her team extends to the guests at Touch of Wellness. “My team is really amazing. They create relationships with our guests, and they really care about each and every one of them.” Indeed, combining the excellent Aveda products with a skilled, passionate and personable team and a space that envelopes guests with warmth may be the recipe for the ultimate spa experience. Add to that the fact that Touch of Wellness is the only Aveda Spa in the country that is licensed to serve the perfect glass of wine or cocktail to accompany a treatment, and the added complimentary perks of foot soaks, warm neck wraps and even ‘Lite Bites’ with each beverage, it’s no wonder more than 90 per cent of those men and women who have experienced the spa have opted to return.

and safe for the user, but also incredibly effective, and the aromatic sensations of the plant and flower essences instil tranquility for both guests and staff. From pampering and primping with pedicures to relaxing and rejuvenating with Reiki, Touch of Wellness offers Aveda Spa products and services in an inviting and luxurious atmosphere. The expansive spa menu includes manicures, pedicures, a variety of different massages and facials, reflexology, pain-free laser hair removal, eyelash extensions and more. Whether it’s brightening your smile with teeth whitening or joining their Facial Program, the Touch of Wellness team can help you put your best face forward. The Facial Program involves once-monthly facials to revitalize and restore skin on a regular basis, and every fourth facial is free. It’s a program more than 100 women subscribe to, and for good reason, Burke says.

“It’s their time once a month where they come in for 90 minutes and have a warm foot soak, a glass of wine with a girlfriend and a facial,” she says, pointing out many guests develop home care programs with their spa therapist to look after their face and keep their skin bright and youthful. “You only get one face, right? So you need to look after it, and we love to help people do that.” Now entering its third year of business, Touch of Wellness is the fastest growing Aveda Spa in all of Canada. It’s an accomplishment Burke attributes to the hard work she and her team put in, but also the overall experience her team creates that’s allowed the spa to flourish. Having hand-picked the first few spa therapists she hired from nearly 100 candidates — and exercising the same discernment in each hire she’s made since — Burke says her team

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Having recently been nominated for the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015, Burke finds herself humbled and honoured. The elite awards highlight more than 100 women across the country, recognizing and celebrating their local, national or global impacts, both economically and socially. It’s amazing company to be in, Burke expresses. But at the end of the day, she says the most rewarding aspect of what she does is the wonderful team she works with daily, and being able to bring a ‘Touch of Wellness’ into the lives of their guests. Touch of Wellness Aveda Spa 86 Centre Street Napanee 613.354.3131 touchofwellnessnapanee@gmail.com www.touchofwellnessnapanee.com

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Tania Ashe

KingsTown Financial Services: Invested in Your Future By Tori Stafford Photos Stephen Wild

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ania Ashe knows a good investment when she sees it, and says becoming a Sun Life Financial advisor was the perfect investment for her career. Working in the industry since 1993, Tania is the woman behind KingsTown Financial Services Inc., helping clients build strategies to grow and protect their assets. A mother of two and stepmother of four, Tania is a woman on the go, balancing family and career. While the balance can be difficult to strike, it is a

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challenge Tania doesn’t shy away from, and an experience she and many of her clients share. “There is never a dull moment here,” Tania says, gesturing around the house she shares with her fiancé Rob and five of their six children. Furthering her work/life balance, Tania has two offices within the home, as well as an off-site office for formal meetings or consultations. She also does house calls for her clients that prefer to meet in their homes to discuss their financial situations, and planning for their future.

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“The clients I serve all know what my life is like, and they also know they can reach me 24 hours a day if they need to. Many of them are family-focused people, so we all understand that family has to come first,” Tania says. That said, in many ways, Tania’s clients become a part of her extended family. Her passion and personable approach to financial planning and insurance aims to make her clients comfortable and confident, she says. As she helps clients grow and protect their assets, creating


she’s only found success in thanks to the support of those around her — a key to success for any woman in business, she says. Her family, partner, friends and network of colleagues have all played a role in helping her establish and grow KingsTown Financial Services, but for Tania, there’s another woman who helps keep everything running smoothly. “Aminah is supposed to be my work assistant, but she’s actually my life assistant,” Tania says of Aminah Ahmad, her administrative assistant, the two exchanging knowing smiles before laughing. “She keeps everything in order and our personalities work so well together. She’s basically part of the family.” And for Aminah, taking on either role — life assistant or administrative assistant — is a job she enjoys doing every day. “I like getting up in the morning and coming to work with Tania. We work really well together; it’s like working with a friend,” she says, noting she enjoys being on a first-name basis with the majority of their clients. “I think a lot of clients come to us because of Tania’s personality… She has a real appreciation for every one of the clients, and she genuinely cares.”

relationships with them is part of the job — and it’s a part of the job she truly enjoys. “The clients are like family to me. We have to know them on a personal level,” Tania says. “I’m now doing inter-generational work, where I’m helping the children and grandchildren of existing clients.” Tania began working in financial services in 1993 in Brandon, Man., where she primarily worked with farmers and members of the military. At first, she considered it a temporary job, but as time went on, she found no other profession appealed to her more. After moving to Kingston in 1997, Tania expanded the services she offers to include estate planning, health insurance and investment solutions. Clients appreciate her kind, friendly and outgoing personality. “I love my work,” Tania says with a sincere

smile. “Being able to help people reach their financial goals and needs is the most rewarding part of my job.” Specifically, Tania loves doing the work she does in Kingston. While she and the KingsTown Financial team offer financial planning services in Eastern Ontario and in her native Nova Scotia, Tania has learned that she prefers having her home base right here in the Limestone City. After moving to Nova Scotia to be closer to her family in 2010, it wasn’t long before Tania found herself longing for life in Kingston again, for both business and lifestyle. “I was back by 2011!” she says, laughing. “I missed Kingston a lot when I was away. I lasted 11 months and I came back… I’m not going anywhere.” Managing both her family life and her clients’ accounts is something Tania says

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For Tania, Aminah and everyone at KingsTown Financial, maintaining their small, intimate business is important — properly monitoring a client’s financial strategy requires a close connection and open communication. That said, Tania is looking to bring on new, young associates to enhance her team, and is always willing to take a call from a potential client. “We’re passionate about what we do, and we always welcome new clients in the hopes of developing long-lasting relationships,” Tania says. Tania Ashe* CFP®, CLU®, CHS™ Sun Life Financial advisor KingsTown Financial Services Inc. 1443 Cottsmere Court, Kingston Office: 613.539.3662 Cell: 613.539.9667 tania.ashe@sunlife.com www.sunlife.ca/tania.ashe

*Mutual Funds offered by Sun Life Financial Investment Services (Canada) Inc. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies. © Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2015.

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Wiebke Wilkens

An Award-Winning Career in Health and Safety By Courtney Tait Photos Stephen Wild

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or more than two decades, Wiebke Wilkens has been helping make Kingston a safer place to live and work.

As president of the not-for-profit organization Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community, which Wiebke co-founded in 1997, she has been a leading force in getting Kingston designated as a safe community by Parachute, a national injury prevention organization. As the founder and principal consultant of Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions (WHSS), she and her team provide businesses the guidance needed to foster a workplace that’s safe and compliant with provincial and federal requirements. “We provide custom program development and handson training, working with our clients to come up with solutions to address their concerns,” says Wiebke.

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Born in Germany, Wiebke relocated to Quebec with her parents and siblings in 1965 when she was four. Three years later, Wiebke’s older sister, who was 12 at the time, was injured in a motor vehicle accident. She was in a coma for the remainder of her life, cared for at home by Wiebke’s parents. “Looking back, I have often wondered if my sister’s accident led to my interest in the health and safety field,” says Wiebke, who credits her ambition and work ethic to her parents, who provided encouragement and support throughout her life. Wiebke moved to Kingston to attend Queen’s University where she completed her undergraduate degree in life sciences. She planned to become a physician, but when she wasn’t accepted into medical school she took a position in occupational health and safety on campus as a hazardous waste technician. This experience led to a position as inspector

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with the Ministry of Labour in Toronto, where she later moved into various management positions, eventually returning to Kingston as district manager. “The senior management team at the Ministry of Labour recognized my potential and supported me by giving me various opportunities to develop my leadership skills,” she says. Along with her undergraduate degree, Wiebke holds a postgraduate certificate in human resource management and completed postgraduate training in industrial hygiene at the University of Toronto. In 1996, she became the director of Environmental Health and Safety at Queen’s University, where she stayed for five years prior to founding WHSS. Wiebke says some of the most important skills she has carried with her throughout her career are the ability to articulate clearly to members of all levels within an


organization, identify critical needs quickly and work within a team. “I’m not afraid to say ‘let me get back to you’ and pull in the resources I need,” she says. “I’m also not afraid to point out shortcomings or needs to an organization to achieve the required results. I have been described as being very ‘results oriented.’” In 2001, Wiebke turned what she calls the “magic 40” and decided it was time to start her own consulting firm. WHSS was founded with a focus on small and medium sized businesses that don’t have access to the same resources large companies use to ensure they are complying with safety legislation. Wilkens serves a diverse clientele including educational institutions, construction firms, restaurants, retail businesses and the professional health community. The firm’s team is made up of experts in the Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Standards fields. WHSS is also the corporate sponsor of a Kingston-based Multi Sector Safety Group, a WSIB initiative to help eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses in Ontario.

In 1999, Wiebke was awarded the first place national Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) award for innovation for her work with Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community. In 2000, she received the Award of Merit from the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) for her volunteer work within the Heritage Division. And in 2006, she was inducted into the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in recognition of her work with St. John Ambulance, Loyalist Branch, Ontario Council and the Kingston community. Also an award-winning gardener, Wiebke has created an “English Country Garden” on her 2.2- acre property. “Gardening is relaxing,” she says. “I enjoy being creative working with different plants and colours.” Wiebke’s garden won awards in 2012 and 2014 for the Best Large Garden in the Kingston area. Along with her work and gardening, Wiebke enjoys spending time with family and exploring different parts of the world with her partner of 20 years, Ronald.

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“He has been by my side throughout my career, mentoring and encouraging me to take on the challenges associated with founding and running my own business,” she says. “Without Ronald’s support and encouragement, much of what I have achieved may not have happened.” Wilkens says she feels honoured to be part of a family that includes Ronald’s children and grandchildren, as well as her mother, remaining siblings, nieces, grand nieces and nephews. As part of her role at Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions, Wilkens mentors placement students in the health and safety field, a process she says is very rewarding. “I enjoy taking on placement students and mentoring individuals starting out in the occupational health and safety or human resources fields,” she says. “Mentorship is such an important part of developing the necessary skills to advance in today’s workplaces. Without the support of my various mentors, I would not be where I am today. I would like to make the same impact on other people’s lives, inspiring others to pursue this work.”

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Samantha Nuttall

A New Age of Chiropractic Care By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Wild

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rowing up in a medical family had a major impact on Dr. Samantha Nuttall. With a father and sister who are both physicians and a mother who was a registered dietician, healthcare was always a big part of their lives. Nuttall knew she wanted to help people, too. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she decided to pursue a post-graduate degree in chiropractic medicine. Her own experiences with

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sports’ injuries from playing high-level basketball and soccer had frequently led her to her own chiropractor over the years. Her research into chiropractic schools showed her that chiropractic care in the U.S. was considered a portal entry of care, similar to basic general practice. She ended up studying at New York Chiropractic College, where she met her husband, Michael Watson, with whom she now practices at Quarry Medical Chiropractic.

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The two set up Kingston’s Quarry Medical Chiropractic two years ago to work closely with Nuttall’s father, Dr. John Nuttall, who runs the Quarry Foot Care Clinic. Their chiropractic practice is growing quickly with many new patients each week. Nuttall attributes this to the excellent referrals they are getting from their patients and the new technology they have brought to Kingston. Being located next to the Quarry Foot Care Clinic, Nuttall has taken a particular


interest in peripheral neuropathy. The condition, which often gives sufferers a lack of sensation from the knee down, pain or a burning feeling, commonly leads to infections and amputation of the limbs. After extensive research, Dr. John Nuttall found an effective treatment in Florida. At the moment only one other practice, in Calgary, is using the same method as Quarry Medical. The unique treatment is rare because of the exclusive lasers used. ”I treated four patients for peripheral neuropathy today,” she says. “Using a combination of laser and light therapy with a mineral solution, we’ve been able to reduce symptoms in 95 per cent of our patients.” Another technology unique to the Kingston area is their Class IV laser. “The laser therapy works on a cellular level,” she explains. “It reduces healing time, inflammation and pain but increases blood flow to the area.” She recently used the laser on herself after rolling an ankle. “It was so painful, I couldn’t bear weight on it,” she says. After a three-minute treatment, she saw an immediate improvement. A patient that came to them with fractured ribs was told by his physician his injury would take six to eight weeks to heal. But with regular laser treatments, the healing time was cut to three weeks and the patient was thrilled.

Another technique commonly used in their practice is flexion and distraction (F&D), or decompression. F&D is a gentle technique that stretches the joints and small spinal muscles in the back. Nuttall will use the technique to treat patients who are in a lot of pain, or for those who simply prefer a gentle treatment. Patients with pain down the leg and low back arthritis respond very well to this type of treatment. One of the biggest challenges Nuttall faces with her new practice is making sure people understand the wide range of medical issues chiropractors can diagnose and treat. “Chiropractors do not just treat back or neck pain,” says Nuttall. “We use a lot of different modalities for everything from sprains and musculoskeletal injuries to peripheral neuropathy.” Today’s U.S. and Canadian-educated chiropractors have 4,200 to 4,700 hours of in class and clinical training before they are licensed. This depth of study allows American chiropractors to provide portal of entry care. Patients see chiropractors for a variety of health issues and for referrals to other health practitioners when necessary. It’s a new age of chiropractic care and growing in popularity across the U.S. and Canada.

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She considers one of her biggest professional successes to be helping people improve their mobility and reduce their pain. Educating her patients and making sure they know why they’re there and what they can do to improve their situation and restore their health brings them many referrals. While a large portion of their patients are athletes, Nuttall treats all ages; as her youngest patient is a baby and her oldest is 92. Building relationships with all of them is important to her. “We like spending time with everybody, but we love athletes because we understand how driven they are and that they need results as quickly as possible,” says Nuttall. “We live in a fast-paced society in general and what’s so cool about what we do in our clinic is that we can often heal them fast with short treatment plans.” Quarry Medical Chiropractic is accepting new patients.

Quarry Medical Chiropractic Suite 409 797 Princess St. Kingston 613.541.3922

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Laura Kittner

Making Marketing Work By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Wild

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fter enthusiastically studying advertising and public relations in a cutting edge program at St. Lawrence College, Laura Kittner went from a position as a marketing intern at a small manufacturing firm in Gananoque to vice president of marketing and global business development at PrintFleet, a Kingston based software development firm with a global presence. Kittner helped lead PrintFleet from small startup to a world leader in print management software. With a tenacious work ethic, Kittner’s career and personal life were falling into place. Then, early one morning in June 2007, Kittner received a call that would change everything. There was a fire at her home and her newlywed husband had died. She was devastated and went through a very dark period. But with the support

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of family and friends, Kittner realized she didn’t have to be defined by this horrible tragedy. She credits her career and her ability to immerse herself in her work for helping her to slowly emerge from this tragic time in her life. Deciding it was time for something new, Kittner transitioned out of PrintFleet and was retained by a Los Angeles based media firm to develop an office imaging technology brand and launch an industry publication, news website and events property. While she was leading this project, past clients and colleagues began calling her asking for consultation services based on her previous track record and marketing expertise. “I took on a few clients, in addition to what I was doing with the media firm, and essentially worked 24 hours a day,” says Kittner. When it got to the point where she was

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subcontracting work out to graphic designers and copy editors in order to keep pace, she realized there was a big enough demand for her services to create her own marketing agency. Fast forward to today: Kittner is the owner of Tangent MTW Incorporated, a Kingston based marketing and software development agency that works with clients across North America as well as local businesses. Tangent clients include household brands such as Canon USA, Lexmark and Office Depot in addition to smaller businesses with local roots. Kittner also found happiness again and re-married. Along with her husband, Norm McConkey, and a team of creative professionals, she has been running Tangent since 2009. “What differentiates Tangent from most other agencies is that our approach to marketing is a long-term


process instead of a project or one-time event,” says Kittner. Most companies approach Tangent when they need help with a sales presentation, a website or a new corporate brand. Kittner feels that while these activities are important, they are only parts of the overall process of growing a business. “Your brand and your identity need to fit into your business,” she says. “All companies need to have an overall strategy of how they are going to go to market and fulfill a need. The tactics you use to achieve your goals — often sales increases or new customer acquisition — need to be measured constantly and that’s what we do well at Tangent. All of our marketing efforts are transparent. We’re consistently tracking if what we’re doing is achieving sales results, in order to ensure we’re providing value.” Kittner says over the past five years the growth of social media and digital marketing platforms have presented new, more affordable marketing and promotional opportunities for small businesses. “E-commerce websites used to be prohibitively expensive for smaller

businesses, but just last year we built a beautifully functioning site for a client, in addition to rolling out an email and digital marketing campaign, for under $12,000,” says Kittner. “You don’t need to be Amazon to run a successful online business — in fact, a local presence actually gives a business an advantage over these companies. We understand costs need to be managed closely and marketing needs to fit within an overall budget. We work to maximize the marketing spend for our clients.” Tangent’s best clients continue to work with them month in and month out, using Tangent as the marketing arm of their company. “We want our clients to view us as part of their team,” says Kittner. “We take their success personally and we always want them to feel that working with us is a bright point in their day. When they stop to thank us for our work, when they retain us for months or years because we bring them sales results, that is the most fulfilling thing.” What’s next for Laura Kittner? As a female entrepreneur, she’s passionate about working to build

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nurturing environments for more women to pursue their career aspirations with confidence. And she says Kingston is a wonderful community, ripe with opportunity and resources for career development. Kittner feels fortunate to be a board member at Dress for Success Kingston and a member of 100+ Women Who Care Kingston, as well as a mentor to young entrepreneurs with the Futureprenuer Canada program. “These are all initiatives that bring more resources for professional development and employment to our community,” she says. “I’ve also recently accepted a position as a full-time faculty member at St. Lawrence College, teaching within the Advertising and Marketing Communications program; I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled about this next step in my journey. You know that saying ‘never, ever give up’? It’s true. Don’t.” Tangent MTW Inc. 11 Princess Street, Suite 204 Kingston 613.507.5151 info@tangentmtw.com tangentmtw.com

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Paula Foster

Growing a Business and a Family in Kingston By Melanie Furlong Photos Lauren Kaufmann

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aula Foster has always been interested in art and beauty. In high school, she won a number of art awards and dreamed of doing a fine arts program in Toronto. However, Foster’s mother was not comfortable having her young daughter leave their countryside community of Belmont, Ont., for the big city. She began to study at the University of Western Ontario and supplanted her passion for art with makeup artistry she learned from MAC Cosmetics in London, Ont. Soon after, she transferred to Queen’s University, but kept up with the makeup artistry. She eventually became a certified esthetician and, after working for a few years, decided to open her own business. Foster opened her first spa on Kingston’s Princess Street in 1995 at the age of 25. She started alone in a small, 750 sq. ft. space and did a lot of the renovations herself, learning how to lay tile and drywall to save money as a

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startup. The business grew quickly and near the end of the first year, she was able to hire a receptionist and three estheticians.

I wanted to know why I was treating the same conditions all the time and what was going on.”

In 2005, the business quadrupled in size with a new location for Diva Salon and Day Spa up the street.

In the last 20 years, Diva Salon and Day Spa has built a reputation for friendly staff, excellent service and a relaxing, beautiful space. Foster is proud of this as well as their ability to offer great promotions and value, with an excellent education program for staff.

By expanding the spa they had built their reputation on and adding a hair salon, they continued to grow. So did Foster’s family. She and her husband, Michael, now have five beautiful children aged 16, 14, 10, six and three. With Michael’s support as a stay-athome dad, Foster has been able to work fulltime and study. In 2006, she became an Ayurvedic practitioner. “Ayurvedic is based on constitutions and patterns and helps you look at what you’re treating more clearly,” says Foster. “If someone comes in with a red face, for example, you know it’s inflammation. If it’s presenting in the face, you know it’s in the digestion.

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In fact, Foster finds staff development one of the most fulfilling aspects of her business. “I like my staff members to have control over their career path and a lot of them have been with me for a long time,” she says. “Our industry is very labourious. What we do takes a lot of focus, finesse, efficiency and patience. Our success is dependent on the team and they work hard. Diva Salon and Day Spa 336 Princess St. 613.544.4067 info@divasalonanddayspa.com divasalonanddayspa.com


Elizabeth Turcke Inspiring Students in a Culture of Excellence

outstanding department head early in my career at KC. He had high expectations of me, his students and of himself. I also had the pleasure of working with and learning from a number of very talented teachers.”

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lizabeth Turcke’s grandfather was the teacher at a one-room schoolhouse in northern Alberta and her mother, a gifted student who entered university at age 15, also pursued a career in education. With Elizabeth’s family history and her passion for people and learning, this third generation teacher was destined for the classroom. “My mother is my greatest role model… very intelligent, extremely hard working, eternally optimistic and always able to see the positive characteristics in everyone,” she says. After completing an honours degree in chemistry at Queen’s University, Ms. Turcke, a highly regarded teacher in the Kingston community, taught for 22 years in the French immersion math and chemistry programs at KCVI. She says her mentors were excellent: “I was very fortunate to have an

Three years ago, Elizabeth left her job at KCVI to start Leahurst College, Kingston’s only independent secondary school. It was a leap of faith that required courage and a tremendous amount of work. Elizabeth says the idea for Leahurst was planted in her mind many years ago. After completing her elementary education at a francophone school, she was accepted into West Island College (WIC), a private school located on the west island of Montreal. “WIC was the seed for Leahurst. I learned a person could start a school of their own,” she says. WIC was in its fifth year of operation when she enrolled, putting Elizabeth in the fortunate position of witnessing the growth of a school first hand.  “I loved WIC. The teachers were inspiring and the outdoor education trips were unforgettable. The friendships in those smaller classrooms are so special. We have great school reunions.”

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Elizabeth is now observing the growth of a school for the second time. Leahurst College enrolled seven students in its first year (coincidentally, the same number WIC started with), 33 in its second and is anticipating between 50 and 60 students for the upcoming school year. Elizabeth is quick to deflect praise for the success of the school. She makes it clear that the creation and running of Leahurst College has been anything but a onewoman show. “I draw on the support and advice of so many — from former headmasters, to current heads of schools, business leaders and financial planners. I am very grateful for all of the time and resources these incredibly talented people have shared with me.” Elizabeth reserves her greatest praise for the teachers. “A successful school is one where students are motivated, happy and engaged,” she says. “The teachers make this happen. The teachers make Leahurst the success that it is.” Leahurst College 109-4 Cataraqui St., Kingston 613.767.9201 eturcke@leahurstcollege.ca www.leahurstcollege.ca

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The Lincoln MKX: R E D E F I N I N G L U X U RY

CROSSOVERS By Trina Annand Photos courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

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est known for an understated elegance and unsurpassed quality, Lincoln Motor Company is entering a new phase of development. They have recently redesigned four of their vehicles for a more modern audience. One such vehicle is the 2016 Lincoln MKX, which is being manufactured exclusively in Canada for drivers around the world. Since the creation of its first car in 1920, Lincoln has been known as the pinnacle of American luxury brands. Part of the Ford Motor Company, Lincoln embraces technology while striving for a unique experience. “Luxury at its best is about simplifying and quietly exceeding expectations, rather than being the loudest statement on the road,” says Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company. As part of the automotive company’s redevelopment, the MKX is the brand’s most luxurious crossover to date. It’s inspired by flight, with kinetic lines and a sense of continuous movement inside and out. The newly minted MKX offers drivers and passengers a sense of ‘personal luxury.’ The vehicle is a full sensory experience, with supple Bridge of Weir leather trimmed seats and a more spacious and quiet cabin that makes the ride more enjoyable for all. Active noise control cancels out unwanted noise while enhancing the Revel Sound System, which comes in 13 and 19 speaker options for a truly immersive surround sound musical experience. “We wanted to design a car that feels like it takes you away from your everyday life. We wanted to create a sense of harmony and dynamic tension; for it to be both stunning and serene,” says Jim Smithbauer, interior design manager. This intangible feeling drove Lincoln to create a MKX that features class leading dimensions inside and out, with a more intuitively designed cabin and a vehicle that embraces all the senses.

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With a 360-degree camera and ultrasonic sensors, the Enhanced Active Park Assist ensures hassle-free parallel parking. An added safety feature in the MKX is the inflatable rear seatbelt, which, in the event of a crash, will evenly distribute the force and minimize seat belt injuries. Outside, the MKX delivers an unrivalled experience with features such as coloured door handle lights and the signature Lincoln Welcome Mat that illuminates the ground in front of the door as the driver approaches. As always, the Lincoln MKX designers were dedicated to performance as well as luxury and safety with an available 2.7L

EcoBoost® V6 Engine, Adaptive Steering and of course Lincoln Drive Control for an exceptionally smooth ride. A dramatic modern silhouette and well-balanced proportions ensure the MKX is set to redefine the luxury crossover market. Of course, the MKX is available with personalization from the Lincoln Black Label brand, which exudes fine craftsmanship. “Craftsmanship sits between the worlds of engineering and design,” says Stacy Swank, Lincoln craftsmanship supervisor. “Our role is to bring those worlds together to enhance the experience for the customer. We like to think that if you don’t notice what’s been done, then we’ve done our job.”

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BCAK Tickled Pink by Dealership’s Fundraising Event By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Wild

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est drive any new GM vehicle at Taylor AutoMall this October and you’ll help support Breast Cancer Action Kingston (BCAK). For every drive, Taylor AutoMall will make a donation of $25 to BCAK that will help fund the volunteer-based organization’s many services, including education and fitness programs, a resource centre and library, as well as compression garments, prostheses and wigs that breast cancer patients may require. “Most of the money we receive comes from community support like Taylor’s,” says Sue Davies, vice president of BCAK. “We don’t receive any grants or government funding. Community support is very important for us to be able to continue offering our programs and services.”

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This will be the fourth annual Drive for a Cause event at Taylor AutoMall. The first year they raised about $7,000 for BCAK. The second, it was just under $10,000. Last year, the dealership raised more than $12,000 and hopes to improve on that number this year. Most of the money raised is actually from the huge silent auction that takes place during the Drive for a Cause kickoff event at the beautiful dealership on Saturday, Oct. 3. To make the event extra special, In Harmony Salon & Spa will be on location during the day to do nails, esthetics and give haircuts. They also expect a few people to shave their heads to raise more money for BCAK. For the silent auction, there will be concert

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tickets, restaurant gift certificates, artwork, jewelry, and many other extraordinary items that will fill the pink-decorated dealership. All of which are generously donated by businesses and individuals across Kingston and the surrounding area. Taylor AutoMall sales consultant Re Haslett was instrumental in bringing the event to the dealership. She was participating in a charity golf event for ladies and met a group from BCAK who shared their moving stories with her. When she approached her boss, Jason Taylor, he was quick to come onboard with the idea, eager to use his resources to help the community. Of course, the Drive for a Cause event is a fun way to get drivers behind the


wheels of their cars and to find out what’s new with all the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models. Taylor AutoMall has dozens of models, from the luxe Cadillac to the compact Chevy Cruze and everything in between. “GM can meet any niche anyone wants,” says Haslett. One of their most popular models at the moment is the Buick Encore crossover SUV. This attractive vehicle is both luxurious and great on fuel. And like all the other GM models introduced in 2015, it also has Wi-Fi as part of its OnStar service. “No matter where you are,” says Haslett, “you can always connect to your email from your vehicle.” Be sure to stop in to the dealership on Saturday, Oct. 3, and help launch Drive for a Cause where all proceeds go directly to Breast Cancer Action Kingston. Taylor AutoMall 2440 Princess St., Kingston 866.390.7053 taylorautomall.com RIGHT Jason Taylor and Re Haslett

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It’s Time to Celebrate! By Tonya Lambert Photos Stephen Wild

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etrie Ford is now even bigger and better than ever! For 65 years, Petrie Ford went by a different name – Edwards Ford. It was Jake Edwards who first opened the dealership in downtown Kingston in 1949, moving it 20 years later to its present location at 1388 Bath Rd. Upon his passing in 1978, the business was purchased by Howard Petrie, an experienced Ford dealer from Ottawa. His son Steve soon joined him as co-owner.

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When Howard retired in 1989, his other son Dave returned home from out west and partnered with his brother Steve. Sadly, Dave passed away from cancer in January 2010. It was at about this time that Steve’s daughter Lisa began working at the dealership. “When we began renovations to the building, we decided it was the perfect time to change the dealership’s name to reflect the ownership of the past 37 years,” explains Lisa.

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BELOW Steve Petrie, Owner

Petrie Ford in Kingston has completed its year-long renovation and owner Steve Petrie and his staff invite everyone to come down and see the fabulous new showroom and service centre. This spacious new facility was designed to enhance customer experience with a bigger showroom, new customer service lounge and one of the largest automotive service centres in Eastern Ontario. “We are all so proud of the new facility,” says Steve. “It’s been a lengthy process but well worth it — and now it’s time to celebrate!” Petrie Ford will be celebrating its new look and new name with its biggest sales event of the season from Sept. 19 to 30. Drop in and one of their friendly and experienced staff members will be happy to show you around and explain their new customer loyalty program, where clients gain points for every dollar spent in either the sales or service department. Tour the newly paved five-acre lot and discover jaw-dropping deals on both new and preowned vehicles. Check out the bright, spacious showroom filled with such

wonders as the sexy redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang and the new all-aluminum 2015 Ford F-150. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack in the enhanced customer service lounge, complete with free Wi-Fi and two large screen televisions. Or bring your vehicle in to one of the four drivethru bays and experience personalized service from the comfort of your car. There are so many new things to see and do at Petrie Ford. Petrie Ford is a family business in more ways than one. “Our 63 staff members are like an extended family,” explains Steve. “We have employees who have been with us for 45-50 years — a testament to both the business and the brand. Our employees are dedicated, experienced, hard working and highly valued. The dealership may have a new name but we still offer the same great people, service and location.” For the past five years, Ford has been the No. 1 brand in Canada. With its new state-of-the-art facility, a talented

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and dependable staff, and excellent customer service, Petrie Ford is well poised to help Ford remain on top. Stop by during their grand re-opening and see what makes Petrie Ford a dealership worth celebrating! Petrie Ford 1388 Bath Road Kingston 613.546.2211 www.petrieford.com

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EXPLORE DOWNTOWN KINGSTON By Tori Stafford Photos courtesy of Downtown Kingston! BIA

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o matter where you stand in the downtown core, you are within walking distance of a diverse variety of stores, businesses, restaurants and entertainment — in fact, in many places, you’re mere steps away from all four. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are visiting for the first time, downtown Kingston offers something new and exciting each visit. All you have to do is look around; from the historic architecture and the plethora of unique boutiques, to the festivals, dining experiences and overall friendly ambiance, it truly is a city centre that offers something for everyone. There are more than 700 businesses in the Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area (BIA) alone. According to the BIA, the commercial

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and entertainment district of downtown Kingston is home to more than 400 commercial businesses and upwards of 200 specialty stores. Known for the array of outstanding eateries, you’ll find more than 100 restaurants in the area, including pubs, casual and fine dining, and international cuisine to quench any craving or enhance any occasion. Somewhere between the unique local stores, the businesses and services you want and need, the fabulous food and drink options, and the events, festivals, live music and entertainment — the BIA alone hosts more than 250 days of special events annually — it’s easy to see why more than three million people visit the city each year… and why it’s always a good time to explore downtown Kingston.

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1000 Island Soap Company Jackie Marshall, owner of the 1000 Island Soap Company, would like Kingstonians to know there have been some exciting changes at the shop, but the warm atmosphere and unique décor still remain the same. In addition to a new look for their soaps, they have a new section for men called the Man Cave. Products include beard oil, moustache wax, shaving bowls, brushes, soaps and a variety of other products. The shop also provides soaps for weddings and special events, such as baby showers or anniversaries. “The key is for the bride to come in and make her own,” says Marshall. “I teach and guide them with the soap making.” Soap making classes will be available to everyone in the fall.

In business for four years, Marshall was nominated for women business of the year in 2014. Her store is a destination for muscle rubs, eczema soothers, prime blends for psoriasis, deodorants, baby products, soaps and much more. They also have special guest Debra Savoy as a spiritual reader in the shop. Marshall has created an inviting shopping experience with an eclectic mix of furnishings and scents, combining them with her infectious smile and friendly personality makes the 1000 Islands Soap Company a must-shop destination in downtown Kingston. 1000 Island Soap Company 339 King St. E Kingston 613.546.1700

Heather Haynes Gallery Upon opening its doors in June 2012, Heather Haynes Gallery instantly became a destination stop and meeting place in downtown Kingston. The uplifting atmosphere and friendly staff await your arrival and cater your experience to suit the order of the day.

and internationally acclaimed Jay Li, nostalgic impressionist Peter Montgomery and the brilliance of up and coming collectable artist Whit Montgomery. Patrons are also captivated by mainstay artisan Whitney Haynes Designs’ exquisite handcrafted jewelry.

The walls of the gallery are adorned with original works of art by namesake artist Heather Haynes, well known Canadian landscape artist David Lidbetter, Canadian

Heather Haynes Gallery 320A King Street East 613.767.9090 jeff@heatherhaynes.com heatherhaynes.com

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James Reid Furniture Ltd. In style since 1854, James Reid Furniture Ltd. is more than just a Kingston family business. It is the oldest family owned and operated furniture company in Canada. Founded more than 160 years ago, James Reid Furniture has earned its well respected place in Kingston’s heritage, with a reputation for excellence in quality and service. The staff is kind and knowledgeable and loves to help you make the right decision for your space.

providing comfort and durability as well as timelessness. Both of their stores carry a wide variety of furniture in a range of styles and prices — everything from modern and contemporary to rustic and cottage. James Reid Furniture is proud to carry a number of North America’s finest furniture lines including Lee, Simmons, Stickley, Sherrill, Durham, Hancock and Moore, Barrymore and West Bros, to name just a few.

James Reid has always offered topof-the-line furniture that makes a statement in your home, while

James Reid Furniture 252 Princess St., Kingston 613.548.3022 jamesreidfurniture.net

Antique Alley Next time you are downtown shopping or visiting Kingston, be sure to stop by Antique Alley and take a tour of this eclectic shop. Located at the end of a long alleyway, most believe they are in a tiny shop, but once inside you will find more than 4,000 sq. ft. of inventory with eight different vendors. Antique Alley offers you a taste of century old items, along with collectibles, retro and the unusual — including vintage clothing.

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Antique Alley is focused on buying highquality inventory and customer satisfaction — Gayle and Susan make it a point to do everything they can to make your visit one to remember. You must see for yourself; so a visit to the shop is a necessity. Antique Alley 207B Wellington St., Kingston 613.545.1120 | antiquealley.ca Open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Mortgage Professionals Elegance and comfort come together in our magnificent limestone building just steps away from Kingston’s waterfront and vibrant market square. Come and visit us at 261 Ontario St. where our unparalleled service is now a part of an historic Kingston experience. Many mortgage companies only care about getting you to sign on the dotted line. With the Welch & Co Team, The Mortgage Professionals, we believe in working with our clients to help them reach home ownership in a way that works best for them. We will change the way you look at a mortgage through clear and concise education. We will provide tools and strategies for our future and existing home owners, thereby ensuring a down-to-earth, smooth customer experience. Mortgages are more than just signing on the dotted line, and we truly believe that!

LEFT TO RIGHT Raquel Welch-Agent M10000573, Amanda Morgan YoungOffice Administrator, Nancy Nairn-Agent M08002086.

More than a dotted line... 261 Ontario St., Kingston 613.546.2989 welchco@mtgprof.com

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Contemporary Jewellery & Goldsmithing The jewellery on display in the storefront window of Metalworks Contemporary Jewellery and Goldsmithing offers customers a glimpse of an unparalleled selection of one-of-a-kind jewellery designs by Canadian metalsmiths and jewellers. Inside the store you’ll find a beautiful collection of Canadian made artisanal jewellery featuring unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Metalworks Contemporary Goldsmithing also gives customers the unique opportunity to commission custom work to celebrate special occasions, unions, or personal moments. Steve Luckwaldt, owner and resident goldsmith, has been creating custom designs for clients for more than 40 years. He specializes in working with precious metals and Canadian diamonds. With boundless expertise, unique designs and outstanding customer service, Metalworks is the perfect place to find that special piece to express your personal style. Metalworks Contemporary Goldsmithing 352 King Street East Kingston 613.544.5078 www.MetalworksKingston.com

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Atomica Pizza & Wine Bar A star of the local dining scene since 2003, Atomica will wow you with their incredibly fresh and delicious market-driven cuisine and stunning modern décor. Specialties include: a ‘build your own’ antipasto board, salads, pasta, paninis, entrées and house made desserts. Local products are showcased on a daily card and throughout the menu. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere in the dining room, or relax at the bar with a glass of wine or a cocktail from the city’s most creative drink list. Atomica is the perfect spot for a celebration with friends, a casual business lunch or for that special date. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Atomica Pizza & Wine Bar 71 Brock St., Kingston 613.530.2118 www.atomica.ca

Card’s Bakery There’s something new at 115 Princess Street. Card’s Bakery has moved to a stunning new location that you can’t miss. The blue and white striped awning and country screen doors welcome you to step inside to the sights and scents that are uniquely found at Card’s Bakery. As teased by the offerings in the window, Card’s has a huge selection of items for you or gifts for any occasion. From kitchen gadgets to décor, this truly is a one-of-akind spot. Start with a stunning new storefront and continue with the same amazing from

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scratch recipes Grandma used when she started selling bread from her home kitchen more than 40 years ago, and you have a winning combination for the next 40 years. New location, same great bakery!

Card’s Bakery 115 Princess St. | 613.544.4448 www.cardsbakery.ca

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House of Angelis Offering a curated collection to dress a woman from head to toe, House of Angelis truly delivers a boutique shopping experience. With three of Kingston’s favourite stores all coming together in one space, the Angelis women carry some of the most coveted brands from Canada and around the globe in clothing, lingerie, shoes and accessories. From luxe handbags and the perfect pair of pumps, to tailored daywear

and precise bra fittings, House of Angelis is the place to find it all. Underscored by personalized service and in-house tailoring, experience bespoke shopping you won’t find anywhere else. House of Angelis 63 & 65 Brock St., Kingston 613.544.9721 www.houseofangelis.ca

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Fish Shack & Smokehouse Recently featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here, and just steps from the waterfront, a classic East Coast kitchen meets the flavours of Mexico! Think lobster rolls, fish and chips, fresh oysters and fish chowder along with guacamole, tacos, nachos and ceviche. From the smokehouse, barbecue with a Mexican twist; smoked pulled pork ‘Carnitas,’ chicken ‘Tinga’ and beef brisket ‘Xocolatl.’ Plus, savoury grilled steaks, burgers, fried chicken strips, salads, sandwiches and more! From the bar: ice cold craft beer and local wines on tap! Premium whiskies and tequilas, refreshing cocktails and the city’s best fresh-squeezed lime margaritas, all served in a casual, fun and vibrant atmosphere. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse 195 Ontario St., Kingston | 613.507.3474 www.dianneskingston.com

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Harper’s Burger Bar Featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here — and they are right! Any trip to downtown Kingston would not be complete without a visit to the city’s favourite burger joint. The burgers are handcrafted using 100 per cent fresh ‘family farmed’ beef. Plus, there’s natural chicken, turkey, veggie and wild salmon patties. Also on the menu: hot and crispy hand cut fries, panko-crusted onion rings, poutine, Korean barbecue chicken wings, tacos

and fresh, cool and crunchy salads. Enjoy handspun premium shakes, desserts and much more. From the bar: spiked shakes, wine, craft beers, cocktails and beer floats! Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Harper’s Burger Bar 93 Princess St., Kingston 613.507.3663 harpersburgerbar.com

Marc F Raymond Opticians More than meets the eye! Marc F Raymond Opticians is a boutique optical store supplying the Kingston area with fashionable, trendy eyewear and sunglasses since 1972. Inside their heritage building on the Historic Market Square, you will find knowledgeable and friendly staff happy to assist you with your eyewear needs, as well as binoculars and telescopes. Family owned and operated, Marc F Raymond Opticians provides top of the line service and products such as Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, Coach and Tag Heuer to mention a few. New this year is their line of TOMS eyewear and sunglasses. TOMS is the ‘One for One’ company, for every purchase you make of TOMS, the company donates to a person in need. Don’t trust your eyes to any old shades, stop by Marc F Raymond and see the difference service and quality make. Marc F Raymond Opticians 324 King Street East Kingston 613.549.2020 info@raymondoptics.com

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Alchemy House Jewellery Alchemy House Jewellery offers artisan boutique shopping, with every item on our shelves made by our in-house goldsmiths, Talia Pennachetti and Miranda Scott. We offer custom designs handcrafted in gold and silver, and specialize in ethically sourced gemstones. We’ll work with you to create a signature piece of jewellery for you or your loved one, from engagement rings to family birthstone pendants. The creatively inclined can also learn to make their own jewellery in one of our workshops, including Kingston’s only Wedding Band Workshop. Develop your skills in the six-week introduction class, or sign up your bridal party, company or just a group of friends for a oneday workshop. Alchemy House Jewellery 219 Princess St (across from the Grand Theatre) 613.766.3207 www.alchemyhousejewellery.com

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Le Chien Noir Bistro One of Kingston’s most popular dining establishments, this critically acclaimed culinary gem has been winning over the hearts and stomachs of residents and visitors alike since opening its doors 15 years ago. The atmosphere is laid back yet stylish, perfect for a casual night out or a special celebration. This upbeat bistro serves French classics — steak frites, duck confit, mussels — and modern ‘farm to table’ features. The kitchen utilizes fresh, local marketdriven seasonal ingredients. Unwind at the spacious zinc bar or relax in the dining room, surrounded by exposed brick, vintage French posters and art deco lighting. Craft beers, seasonal cocktails and a carefully chosen wine list complete the experience. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Le Chien Noir Bistro 69 Brock St., Kingston 613.549.5635 www.lechiennoir.com

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AquaTerra Featured in the prestigious Where to Eat in Canada for more than a decade, the awardwinning AquaTerra offers spectacular waterfront views and a globally inspired menu focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Their extensive wine list offers many choices from Prince Edward County, Ontario and around the world. Try their Pour of the Week, Table d’hôte or daily fish feature. Reserve a private or semi-private room. Meet in The Vu or take a seat at

The Lobby Bar. Sample something sweet created by their pastry chef. Planning a special dinner or event? They cater — choose from pick-up, drop-off or full service. Make a reservation or buy a gift certificate on their website. Located in the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel. AquaTerra 1 Johnson St., Kingston 613.549.6243 www.aquaterrakingston.com

ABOVE Executive Chef Brent McAllister, Pastry Chef Michelle Kenny & Executive Sous Chef Greg Hogan

Fiancée Jewellers For more than 30 years, Fiancée Jewellers has been providing beautiful jewellery in their downtown Kingston boutique, and most recently from their new online store. Wedding jewellery, including custom designed rings and bridal gifts, is a specialty at Fianceé Jewellers, with an outstanding selection of designs and stones for customers to try on and get a feel for what suits their style. They offer impeccable attention to personal customer service and a warm and welcoming atmosphere to find your forever piece. A Pandora Gold Store for more than nine years, Fiancée is proud to be the exclusive retailer of the Queen’s University Pandora Charm, as well as the exciting new collection from the European sensation Endless Jewellery. Endless is about being fun, unique, creative and daring with your style. Discover timepieces from Movado and Seiko and fine jewellery, including beautifully crafted silver, classic pearls, brilliant pieces in gold and so much more. Stop by and discover Fiancée today! Fiancée Jewellers 216 Princess St., Kingston 613.542.8112 fianceejewellers@bellnet.ca fianceejewellers.ca

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Urban Paws Downtown Urban Paws is simply Kingston’s best spot for healthy foods, treats and supplements for your dog or cat, plus the most amazing selection of pet accessories on the market. They have unsurpassed knowledge about nutrition and the best gifts for pets, and those who love them. Urban paws... expect the unexpected. Urban Paws Downtown 27 Princess St., Suite 101 Kingston 613.547.2323 info@urbanpaws.ca

ZEALmetal Find us in the core of the Limestone City, downtown Kingston, on the unique side street between Princess and Queen, 190 Sydenham St. ZEALmetal is a goldsmithing studio/gallery. Finding the perfect gift is easy, with the many unique, hand crafted pieces displayed in the gallery, along with opportunities to commission a one-of-a-kind ZEALmetal design. Everyone can use a little ZEAL! Gift certificates are also available.

Photo below by Guillaume Nolet

In the gallery you will discover a spectacular selection of pieces by Janis Kerman, Christine Dwane, Douglas Frey, Bert Vantole, and Paul Smit. Complementing the jewellery is fabulous artwork adorning the walls by Evelyne Rapin and locally inspired prints and handcrafted cards by Gillian Little. Keeping it local, the arts alive and building our future. There’s nothing like shopping in downtown Kingston! Hours are: Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Look forward to seeing you!

ZEALmetal 190 Sydenham St., Kingston 613,536.5288 zealmetal.com

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A-One Clothing A-One brands. A-One prices. A-One service. That’s A-One Clothing and A-One kids. Since 1938, A-One clothing has been the go to place in downtown Kingston for residents and tourists alike to find quality brands of footwear, clothing and accessories. A-One Clothing is best described as Kingston’s only outdoor lifestyle clothing and footwear retailer in the heart of downtown. A-One Clothing, A-One Kids and the Big Men’s Shop (mezzanine level) carry unique outdoor products from around the world. Everything you need for the entire family — in every season from iconic manufacturers. With more than 200 years of retail experience on staff, each customer is treated professionally and educated properly to the quality and workmanship of the brand name products and companies A-One Clothing represents. A-One is the largest dealer between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa for the brands they carry, such as Canada Goose, Merrell, Timberland, Columbia, Keen, Sorel, Helly Hansen, Blundstone, Naot, SmartWool, Crocs, Sperry, Birkenstock and many more. Check out A-One Clothing and A-One Kids today, downtown at the corner of King and Princess or online at www.aoneclothing.com. A-One Clothing 358 King Street East , Kingston 613.548.8732 www.aoneclothing.com

Bagot Leather Goods Since 1950, Bagot Leather Goods has provided quality products, services, knowledge and selection. Brand names including Fossil, Briggs & Riley, Samsonite, Mancini, The TREND, Victorinox and many more are beautifully displayed in this spacious, conveniently located boutique. They offer exclusive imported Italian and European collections as well as luggage, leather goods, handbags, business cases, umbrellas and travel accessories. Conveniently located on the corner of Princess and Ontario Streets in beautiful downtown Kingston, it only takes one visit to Bagot Leather Goods to know they have the most knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you with your everyday and travel needs. If you can’t make it in to see them, Bagot Leather Goods has a convenient online shopping experience you can have from the comfort of your own home, although stopping by to visit them in person is a definite must. Plain and simple... “Our Products Are Made To See As Much Of The World As You Are™”

Bagot Leather Goods, Luggage Plus 34 Princess St., Kingston 613.544.4612 | BagotLeatherGoods.com bagotleathergoods@gmail.com

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cloth Welcome to cloth. Debuting on downtown Princess Street in November of 2013, cloth was designed to be a unique, enjoyable and affordable shopping experience that can be as personalized as their guests’ wish. They have proudly incorporated the heritage aspects of their limestone building into two floors of retail space. cloth aims to carry something for everyone — which means offering sizes from XS to 2XL. The key is knowing what styles look good on every body type! The store is pleased to carry unique pieces of clothing. With 30 years experience, Cheryl knows where to buy her merchandise. Their wide variety of fashion for women includes, but is not limited to: Point Zero, Tribal, Pretty Woman, Reneur, Columbia, Outdoor Survival Canada, Purna, M-Line, Robert Kitchen and Angela Mara. Among their quality outfits for leisure, work or semi-formal occasions, they also carry a large collection of accessories, distinctive gift ideas and jewellery. 131 Princess St., Kingston 613.542.2777 www.clothclothing.ca clothclothingstore

Sterling Nestled in the centre of downtown Kingston for more than 13 years, Sterling has become a favourite for those seeking something a little different. In this charming setting, Sterling prides themselves on their exceptional selection of fine, affordable jewellery. Inside their cases you’ll find gold and sterling silver designs from all over the world, each one hand selected for you. From the classic and timeless to the current

trends in jewellery, there is something for both men and women. Whether shopping for a wedding, looking for a gift for someone dear, or simply seeking something for yourself, you’ll find the perfect piece when exploring the shop. Come and see what they have to offer. Love your downtown.

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Sterling 77A Princess St., Kingston 613.548.8696 @sterlingjewellery

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Oderin Kitchen Supplies From the unique to the necessary Oderin Kitchen Supplies is a unique speciality and housewares emporium appealing to professionals and home cooks alike. Located in the heart of downtown Kingston, overlooking Market Square, Oderin is a favourite destination. This speciality store boasts an extensive collection of 20th and 21st century kitchen tools, cookware, pottery and gadgets. LeCreuset, J.A. Henckels, Emile Henry, Paderno, OXO/Good Grips, Cuisinart and Peugeot are just a few of the sought after brands you’ll find lining the shelves or available by order. You’ll find everything you need to outfit and enhance your kitchen and beyond! When you enter the store you will encounter friendly, knowledgeable staff who are always happy to help you find whatever you are looking for, diligently carrying forward the passion of spreading culinary knowledge and enthusiasm towards everyone who walks in the door. From gift ideas to product recommendations, Oderin is happy to assist. Oderin Kitchen Supplies 57 Brock St., Kingston 613.531.4544 www.oderin.ca Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Felicity&Fritz Carefully curated, Felicity&Fritz brings you the greatest fashion from the best brands. Showcasing emerging and well-known brands, Felicity&Fritz has become the downtown Kingston hub of an expertly crafted collection of footwear, handbags, accessories and apparel for any woman to build a wardrobe for every style and occasion. Established in 2006 by a born entrepreneur, Bessie Nikolopoulos set out to launch a fashion boutique that would

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offer the women of Kingston a unique shopping experience. In addition to a well-honed and exclusive collection of emerging and loved brands, Felicity&Fritz boasts elite customer service. Powered by a team of knowledgeable and fashion savvy women, their mission is to help clients not just find a new pair of shoes or a new dress, but to encourage them to wholly indulge in themselves. Felicity&Fritz 127 Princess St., Kingston 613.548.7463 felicityandfritz.com


Our goals are simple.

We deliver what our clients want most. Limestone Property Management’s success for over 25 years is a direct result of the proven track record that stems from our unique wealth of experience, effective techniques, unparalleled professional conduct, and transparent and ethical responsibility to our clients. With our expertise in the commercial, residential, and condominium fields, our objective is to ensure your property is being maximized to its full potential. “A professional group who has the resources and links to get the job done. Listened to our needs and worked to help us achieve our goal. You will not be disappointed working with this company!” Ian Irving

Residential - 10 Birch Ave

Commercial - Progress Square A list of services include operational reports and financial statements, budgeting and CAM reconciliation, rent collection and financial reporting, lease administration and negotiations, regular inspections, managing maintenance activities, and many more.

We have the right service package that’s tailored to fit your needs and budget. Including our all-inclusive package, leasing package, and home protection package.

Condominium - 250 King Street Our condominium department offers complete condo management services of the following: administrative services, physical management, and financial management.

Limestone Property Management 303 Bagot Street, Unit 5F, Kingston P: 613-530-3340 E: limeprop@vip.kos.net

www.limestonepropertymanagement.ca


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2440 Princess Street Kingston 613-549-1311 taylorautomall.com

Fine Lifestyles Kingston Volume 3 Issue 3 2015  
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