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ello, autumn! Magnificent colours are everywhere now, reminding us of the season ahead. This issue again profiles a number of businesses ready to serve you as you prepare for winter and throughout the year. That includes weddings, which are featured inside.

Our cover story profiles well-known actress and celebrity Shannon Tweed, her daughter, Sophie, and their new reality TV show. Tweed, who is married to KISS rock legend, Gene Simmons, has connections to Saskatchewan. You’ll enjoy getting to know Shannon and Sophie a little better. Some great stories await you inside. We profile three separate local fundraising events that demonstrate the compassion and generosity of Saskatchewan people, regardless of their location or position — “A Night to Remember” Alzheimer’s disease, the annual Mosaic Festival of Trees, and one of the many flood relief concerts held around the province this past summer. Regina is truly blessed. Two impressive young women from the Queen City have won the Miss World Canada crown —two years in a row! Famed local author, Gail Bowen, continues to weave her craft and entertain audiences worldwide. Our chefs — another four of whom you will meet inside — are among the best in the country and world. The Regina Folk Festival continues to provide top-notch entertainment all year long, and this summer’s festival was no exception. We introduce you to the new CEO of the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, tempt you with opulent accessories for your home, and share important information about sunglasses and eye health. World traveller, Ken Beattie, reveals another elegant cruising option. “Surprisingly unexpected” Moose Jaw and the thriving communities of White City and Emerald Park are also profiled. Why not visit, spend a little time and conduct some business in these growing and thriving communities? Enjoy this issue and the final days of this beautiful season!


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CONTENTS Eat, Drink, and Be Married: ASTYLE Guide to PlAnninG8 Your dreAm WeddinG ..................................................... By Henny HEALTH & WELLNESS ...................... 32 Buffinga

This is it. This is the happiest time of your life. You’ve finally found the person you ARTS, DINING want to spend&the rest of your life with and you want to celebrate it with everyone you ENTERTAINMENT ............................. love. Whether you’ve dreamed about it40 since you were young, or just started thinking

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fter a 50-year dry spell, Regina is receiving some incredible recognition: for two years in a row, the Miss World Canada crown has gone to young women from Regina. Camille Munro was crowned Miss World Canada 2013 and Annora Bourgeault received the Miss World Canada 2014. Both women take the responsibility of representing their city and province very seriously. “I see myself as an ambassador for Canada wherever I go,” states Bourgeault. “My role is to welcome everyone equally and represent Canada well.” “I’m proud to tell people I’m from Saskatchewan and about my experiences growing up here,” Munro smiles. Born and raised in Regina, she expresses a lot of civic pride describing her hometown as a diverse geographical area with people of multicultural backgrounds. Self-described as a humanitarian, Munro acknowledges the importance of giving back to the community through volunteerism, philanthropy and charitable acts. It was the humanitarian aspect of the Miss World program that sparked Munro’s interest in participating. “This was perfectly fitting,” she remarks. “I love




OPPOSITE Annora Bourgeault, photo courtesy Carol’s Photography RIGHT Camille Munro, photo by Jon Lavoie Photography BELOW Kaya Palmer, photo courtesy Kristin MacPherson

to dress up and wear sparkly things, but in doing that, I’m also able to spread my message and my hopes.” The mandate for the Miss World and Miss World Canada programs is “Beauty with a Purpose.” According to Munro, the program is not as much about appearance as many may think. “It’s not just that you are beautiful, but that you have a message and a purpose as well. What is it that you are giving back to others?” Bourgeault has a true heart for community involvement and multiculturalism, which fits the Miss World mandate well. “Being involved in your community is an important form of self development. It helps change our viewpoints as we learn something new from each other,” she says. Personally involved with a variety of children’s charities and local community events, Bourgeault says her roles in the community have helped her grow as a person. “I really give credit to Regina for making me the person I am today. I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a culture that is truly friendly.”

Munroe says her pageant experience helped her become more comfortable with herself and who she is as a person. “It’s an excellent experience that helps build your self confidence,” expresses Bourgeault. Both women were coached by Kaya Shereen Palmer, who moved to Regina from Oregon, U.S. Being a former pageant winner herself, Palmer shares her broad knowledge base. “My focus is building up their confidence,” she explains. “My coaching is very repetitive because it takes those patterns of training to break old habits,” she says. Part of the training is learning how to present yourself with elegance and grace, as well as how to exude a presence on stage, she adds. Much of the coaching involves communication skills, which include answering interview questions and being able to speak on the spot to media. Palmer is ecstatic about the two wins: “Two years in a row… two girls from Regina… it’s amazing!” The Miss World pageant will take place in London, England on December 14. Best of luck, Annora Bourgeault!




Bringing an

Artistic Flair to Hair

By Courtney Tait  Photos DeAnne Bell


hen Kelly Knowles was a young girl, she spent hours styling the hair of her Barbie dolls and two sisters, creating different looks and putting on fashion shows. “It was a part of me,” says the Redken artist. “I absolutely love doing hair.”




During a pivotal conversation years later, a woman Kelly knew pointed out her passion for hair and said to her, “Why aren’t you doing it for a living?” Within two weeks, Kelly enrolled in Richards Beauty College, turning her creative interest into a career. For more than a decade, Kelly has been cutting, colouring and styling

hair, and has continued educating herself through classes on product knowledge and hair trends, tips and tricks. Kelly’s friendly approach quickly sets clients at ease, and her in-depth consultations enable her to understand clearly the hair goals of each person she serves. “I always

to love their hair and feel more confident,” she adds. “People say they appreciate that I go the extra mile.” Kelly is colour-certified with Redken, and has undergone specific training to work with curly hair. One of her current passions is men’s barbering, from beard grooming and tapering to haircuts.

want to make sure the customer leaves with what they were looking for,” says Kelly. “I do that through being personable and taking the time to listen. I want to make the experience relaxed and fun.”

Drawn to helping other stylists in the industry, Kelly has been teaching new cuts and colour trends at hair events for the past two years. “I realized how much knowledge had helped me in my career,” she says, “and knowledge is nothing without being shared.” Along with hair techniques, Kelly offers career tips. “I educate stylists to learn better, earn better and live better,” she says. Kelly’s passion for both hair and helping others has also led her to volunteer

with an organization for women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Kelly’s hair services can help the women feel more confident and cared for. Kelly says she enjoys taking new clients and never turns anyone away. An artist in not only hair, but in painting, drawing and theatre, she loves to express her creativity. “I live and breathe art,” she says. “Looking at the way light cascades down a building can inspire the way colour melds within hair. I look at the art in the world and it inspires me, and I bring that into hair.” Kelly Knowles Redken Artist and Certified Hair Colourist Luxe Hair Studio 306.546.3901

A consultation with Kelly often covers not only what style or colour her clients desire, but how much time they spend on their hair, what their personal and professional style is, and what their expectations of a stylist are. “We need to make sure we’re both on the same page,” says Kelly. “The key to that is in the consultation.” Located at Luxe Hair Studio, the Redken artist offers services from cuts and colours to wedding styles and facial waxing — all at competitive prices. Her diverse clientele spans various ages and backgrounds, including Caucasian, African, Jamaican and Indian customers. Kelly says she always takes the time to style her clients’ hair following their cut and colour. “I want them

I can’t say enough good things about Kelly Knowles! She is the most wonderful, loving, amazing and jovial stylist I have known. I love the treatment I get when she cuts my hair. She is very talented. —Dammy




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Megan J. Hazel owner Megan J. Hazel Jewellery Regina 306.737.2202

his lovely comment was written after I posted one of the “Old Made New” rings on my Facebook business page: “A gorgeous way to honour the memories, but move forward to the next adventure in life.” Custom rings are something I have always done, but it has become what I am most passionate about. I look forward to coming into my studio to work on a new one-of-a-kind piece every day! With traditional goldsmithing techniques and my own two hands, I make custom engagement, wedding or anniversary bands. If you have your grandmother’s and great aunt’s rings or jewellery collected over the years and they are special to you, but aren’t your style and don’t fit, bring them to me — we will come up with a design unique to you. I melt down your jewellery and construct it into new pieces you can enjoy on an everyday basis. Your family gold and jewellery doesn’t have to be tucked away not being worn. In the last 10 years of business, I have been making fine jewellery and selling my work through galleries, markets and to collectors, both locally and internationally. I have also enjoyed teaching silversmithing classes in Regina for many years and most recently in Shanghai, China last year.




This past year, I have had the pleasure of sharing a studio/shop space with Janice Stefan of Sisters Stones & Glass on Winnipeg St. I thank her for the year together and feel the time spent in that space helped my business grow. She will be continuing her glass business there while I am moving into my own Studio/ Gallery space this fall. It will be located on Quance St., neighbouring the excellent Fortuna Italian Restaurant and the very stylish Studio S Fashion Inc. If you have been thinking of a new piece of jewellery to mark a special occasion or if you are interested in chatting about the “Old Made New” process, feel free to contact me at 306.737.2202 to set up an appointment. Look for Megan J. Hazel Jewellery on Facebook and keep up to date on my most recent designs.

“The ring Megan created is symbolic of a commitment to loving myself and was created from an accumulation of odds and ends of jewellery collected from both past and present relationships. I loved the creative process, especially howshe included my drawings as inspiration to create something uniquely beautiful to me!”

“I saw Megan’s jewellery on Facebook. When I stopped in her store and showed her my wedding and engagement ring, she was very open to any ideas I had about the design of the new ring. I didn’t have a strong vision of what I wanted. Happily, Megan was confident in her own skills as a designer and could come up with her own design. Megan suggested she use my paintings as inspiration for the new ring. As an artist this appealed to me. The design she came up with is beautiful and unique. The ring is not just a piece of jewellery — it is a piece of me! ” Customer Rockglen, Saskatchewan.


“I had some of my grandmother’s jewellery I never wore, but it held a special place in my heart as she has now passed on. The process was really simple; I gave some parameters and Megan worked her magic! I love that she was able to capture the look I was going for. The piece is now modern, my style, and it is still my grandmother’s gold and diamonds. I wear it proudly. It is a fashionable piece that has special meaning for me and my family. No longer does it sit hidden in my drawer. Thank you so much Megan!” Customer Regina, Saskatchewan







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Eat, Drink, and Be Married: A Guide to PlAnninG Your dreAm WeddinG By Henny Buffinga

This is it. This is the happiest time of your life. You’ve finally found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and you want to celebrate it with everyone you love. Whether you’ve dreamed about it since you were young, or just started thinking about it when you met that special someone, it’s a wonderful time to enjoy yourself and celebrate your own happiness — because how often do we actually get to do that? Don’t get too stressed out by the details; planning and organizing ahead of time will help you take care of everything so you can relax on the big day.





Hire a Wedding Planner hile you may think you will be able to plan your own wedding, the reality is that many of us are too busy to take care of all the wedding details on top of our other commitments. Before you start, carefully consider whether you will be able to see it through, because hiring a planner at

the last minute to fix everything won’t be as easy as working with one from the beginning. Because of their experience, a wedding planner can bring a wonderful catalogue of ideas to the table. Consider a destination Wedding If you and your partner are more interested in the honeymoon than the minute details of planning a wedding,

or want something more low-key and intimate, consider a destination wedding. Close friends and family will be willing to join you, and often the most reluctant attendees have the most fun. If sun and sand isn’t your preference, consider an Arctic cruise or travel to Iceland for a ceremony under the Northern Lights.





tips for the web savvy: • Use a hashtag — guests will snap selfies and other priceless pictures during the ceremony and reception; if you set a hashtag you can easily find them all later on Instagram or Twitter. You can set up a cute blackboard sign with instructions for your guests. • Use the Songza app at the reception or pre-ceremony cocktail hour — simply tap the “concierge” button and choose an activity (“cocktail party” or “pleasing a crowd” might work) — and go! • Use the Mint app to track spending — Mint is a free personal finance management system that will break down your wedding budget, and you can set alerts to let you know how much you have left in the budget at all times. • Get Inspired on Pinterest — Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration for DIY projects that give that rustic theme that’s in style right now — think burlap, mason jar tealights, and tree trunk cake stands.




Plan tHe Ceremony and reCePtion Communication is important when it comes to envisioning the wedding, so sit down with your partner and discuss what you each have in mind for venues, music, flowers, food, who will officiate, who will be invited, and who will stand for you. The guest list affects many of your decisions, so it is good to take care of that sooner rather than later. The bridal party is another tricky issue, but don’t feel the need to ask every single close friend to stand. Some friends will actually be relieved to not have to spend the time and money on the event, and will actually be more motivated to help out when they can. CHoose a PHotograPHer Weddings can be a whirlwind, and all the details you spent a year obsessing over are seemingly over in an instant. The photographer will help you remember the special day for years to come, and they are well worth the investment. This should be one of the first things you look into, because the good photographers

are booked months or even years in advance. Make sure to check out a few options, and ask for recommendations from people who share your aesthetic. Above all, choose someone you are comfortable with because you will be seeing them a lot that day. CHoose a dress Dress shopping is a very personal thing, but there are some good tips out there for how to start your search. Finding a good silhouette will help you narrow down the options before focusing on the details of the dress. Taking your camera with you is a great way to remember what you tried on and make sure the mirror isn’t lying to you, but call ahead to check if the boutique allows it first. Remember that wedding dress sizes run larger than your regular size so don’t get caught up on the number on the label. And don’t feel pressured to take a group of girlfriends with you; often that will just put more pressure on you, and dresses are almost always non-refundable so it’s better to make the decision on your own or with select trusted friends or family.





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CLASSIC L I M O U SI NE S at Your Service By Melanie Furlong Photos Calvin Fehr





aking a drive in a gorgeous limousine is a luxury that creates great impressions and lasting memories.

A professional driver and beautiful vehicle add class and style to any function. Glenn Miller, owner of Classic Limousine Service, has a fleet of sedans, SUVs, Lincoln stretches and mini-buses to suit a wide range of occasions. Do you need black car business service? Ask for one of their sedans or SUVs. Is a fantasy night on your calendar? Step out in their Ford Excursion stretch limo SUV featuring a large flat-screen television, two smaller televisions with DVD player, strobe lights, a fully licensed bar and a fireplace. Whatever your need, Classic Limousine Service has the vehicle for your event. “Most of our vehicles are newer,” says Miller. “I invest a great deal to make sure they’re well maintained at all times.” The vehicles are routinely inspected for damage, wear and cleanliness. “We believe a quality ride should also be a safe

one and I have no anxiety about sending them out to anybody at any time.” Classic Limousine Service now works with an impressive list of repeat and referral clients ranging from well-known entertainers to business people to teenagers attending their grad parties. “We have worked with some very interesting people, but we keep our client list strictly confidential,” says Miller. The company prides itself on impeccable presentation, scheduling, confirming addresses and follow-up with all its clients. “We’ve never missed a pick-up or a function yet,” says Miller. “Everything we do is by appointment. If you book us, we show up prepared because we always reconfirm the details of the addresses and beverage orders before we go out.” Classic Limousine Service also tries to match the best driver to suit the group they’re serving. The majority of drivers on staff are former professionals themselves. These have included a retired MP, lawyer,

teachers, brokers and business owners. “They are very professional and know how to give the VIP treatment to all of our clients.” Booking a limousine for your special event should be done as soon as you are firm on the date. Classic Limousine Service is particularly busy with wedding events in summer, but also does weddings all year round. “When it comes to weddings, I would recommend booking as soon as you’re sure of the date and the type of vehicle you want to have,” says Miller. “Get it as quickly as possible because as you get closer to the date, the choice of limousines gets slimmer.” Whether you require business, personal, hourly or daily service, Classic Limousine Service will tailor a package for you. Classic Limousine Service 1362 McIntyre Street Regina, SK 306.789.5400

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Get Your “Sparty” On

The Unique Bridal Treatments of En Vogue Day Spa



By Courtney Tait

hile her wedding is one of the most memorable events of a woman’s life, a key part of the excitement happens in the weeks and moments leading up to the big day. Whether she’s having a full-scale event or an intimate affair, the bride always wants to look and feel her best before saying “I do.” En Vogue, a popular Regina spa that is leading the industry in standards and services, offers several treatments ideal not only for the bride, but for her groom and bridal party.

off the gorgeous ring, and French pedicure. “Wedding Bliss” features a bridal makeup consultation and trial as well as application on the big day. The “Bliss” package also comes with a facial, French manicure, pedicure with Swarovski crystals, and a Shea butter body wrap. “Wedding Day Picture Perfect” options include makeup consultation, trial application and application day of the wedding, makeup application for the bridal party, and Gelish champagne manicure and pedicures for the bride and bridal party.

Best to receive a few days before the wedding, “Bridal Radiance” includes a facial, French manicure to show

Of course, the groom deserves some special treatment as well. En Vogue’s “Relax the Groom” package can be



given on or just before the wedding day, and includes a de-stressing golf ball massage and manicure, getting his hands photo-ready. For brides and grooms who want to spend some pre-wedding relaxation time together, En Vogue offers several couples’ treatments, including “Yin & Yang”, which features a candlelit bath followed by Aroma Zen massages. “Champagne for Two” includes a Bernard Callebaut champagne truffle, a champagne-infused candlelit tub, and champagne oil body and head massages in a softly lit cabana. One of the most exciting options for bridal parties at En Vogue is the use of their Sparty Room. The room can be booked for up to 10 guests, and serves as a place to mingle between treatments and enjoy sipping martinis, beer or wine

from the spa’s licensed bar. The Sparty Room is complimentary for bridal parties when used in conjunction with spa treatments, and is ideal for wedding-day pampering or as a bridal shower venue. Guests can bring food and gifts for their Sparty and have the option of decorating the room beforehand. The Sparty Room is located in a separate area from massage rooms, so guests can enjoy themselves without worrying about being too loud. “The Sparty Room is very popular,” says Patricia Cassell-Ogilvie, En Vogue co-owner. “Everyone’s always happy and enjoying their experience. It’s a new way to party with your bride.” Patricia recommends booking the Sparty Room a minimum of four weeks in advance. Looking for the perfect shower or wedding gift? En Vogue offers gift cards.

Whether you’re the bride, groom, or member of the bridal party, you can rest assured that at En Vogue, you will be in a spa that is Quality Assurance Approved, an accreditation of consistent safety and hygiene standards. En Vogue is designated one of the Leading Spas of Canada, a status given to members of the Spa Industry Association of Canada who demonstrate industry leadership. “En Vogue is taking a fresh approach to the spa experience.” says Patricia, “with a focus on helping clients reconnect with the special people in their lives.” En Vogue Day Spa 2340 Cornwall St. Regina 306.584.7272





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Still You... Only Better! By Tonya Lambert Photos DeAnne Bell





t Fresh Look Skin Care & Laser Therapy Clinic in Regina, a team of well-trained and experienced skin care technicians work together to provide clients with the most up-to-date products and treatments for skin rejuvenation. Bernice, Ashlee and Desiree are a mother-daughter trio of highly-skilled professionals who help clients restore their youthful appearance and reveal their radiant, natural beauty. As actress Mae West once said, “You are never too old to become younger.”







At Fresh Look, high-tech aesthetic services are delivered in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a spa. Fresh Look offers a comprehensive menu of non-invasive skin care and aesthetic products and treatments, including skin tightening, wrinkle and brown spot reduction, hair removal, teeth whitening, botox, lash extensions, spider vein treatments and chemical facial peels. Specializing in non-surgical procedures, their safe, non-invasive laser treatments give you clearly visible results fast. Equipped with two state-of-the-art lasers — the eMax® and the VelaShape® II, both by Syneron — the experts at Fresh Look can help you achieve the vibrant, healthy and youthful appearance you desire. With four different attachments, the eMax® can be used for pain-free hair removal, as well as for a variety of skin rejuvenation processes, such as the reduction of wrinkles, skin discoloration and spider veins. Its patented elos™ technology uses radio frequency/heat to stimulate collagen production and allows for the removal of fine, light-coloured hairs. Try the Triniti treatment which combines all three skin rejuvenation processes in one quick-and-easy session. The VelaShape® II is the only FDAapproved body contouring machine. Using elos™ technology, along with vacuum suction and mechanical massage, the VelaShape® II shapes and slims the body safely and efficiently by shrinking fat cells, stimulating collagen production and increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage. “I have had three Velashape® II treatments now, and I cannot express how happy I am,” shares Michelle Burns. “I highly recommend it to the ladies out there who are getting into shape and just have a few things to tweak





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because this machine will do it. I love the treatments and the way I feel after.” Combine your VelaShape® II treatments with Image Skincare Cell.u.lift Firming Body Lotion available from Fresh Look for maximum results.

radiant skin this school year, try Image Skincare Clear Cell Medicated Acne Facial Scrub. It will help to unclog skin pores, clear away dead skin and kill bacteria to reveal the beauty underneath. Fresh Look also offers a Teen Acne Facial.

Fresh Look carries the entire line of Image Skin Care Products: the Ormedic line of organic products, the Max line with the ultimate in anti-aging products, the Vital C line designed especially for those with dry, dehydrated and rosacea-prone skin, and the Clear Cell line for those with acneprone skin. There is literally a product for every skin type and concern. Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Eye Cream is great for reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes caused by a lack of sleep. For the gentlest facial cleanse, get the Image Skincare MAX Stem Cell Facial Cleanser. Using plant-derived stem cells and enzymes, this acid-free, sulfate-free and paraben-free product, nourishes your skin naturally. If you are looking for clear,

Fresh Look offers a wide range of chemical peels, from all-natural peels that use ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea and vitamin C to medical-grade TCA peels. They recently added a new chemical peel, the O2 Lift. Using papaya and pineapple enzymes to exfoliate the skin and an effervescent mask to oxygenate and rejuvenate the skin, the O2 Lift will have your skin looking flawless for weeks. It is also available in a hometreatment package. Chemical peels are great for exfoliating the skin, removing acne scars and reducing wrinkles and skin discolouration.




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Is it important to use skin care products from the same line or can you mix and match from different product lines? — Kim Kortje Hartsook The important thing is that you are indeed following a home care regimen for your skin! The strength and active ingredients in professional products can differ, therefore I would not suggest

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SUNGLASSES By Tonya Lambert





ost people are aware the ultraviolet (UV) rays are harmful to the skin and over-exposure to them can result in skin cancer. Few people, however, realize that eyes are also adversely affected by UV radiation. Like with the skin, UV damage to the eyes is cumulative, and it can take years before the harmful effects show. Exposure to too much UV radiation can potentially lead to a variety of eye ailments. Photokeratitis (also known as sunburn of the eye or snow blindness) is one of the few effects that can be felt in a short amount of time. Temporary blindness can result after only one hour of intense glare from sunlight off of the snow. Most of the effects of over-exposure to UV radiation on the eyes take longer to show. Long-term exposure to UV rays can result in certain type of cataracts, cancer around the eyelids and possibly even age-related macular degeneration later in life (the leading cause of vision loss in Canadians over the age of 50). The skin cancer melanoma which has been linked to UV radiation can also develop in the eyes. Pterygium, a usually non-cancerous growth in the corner of the eye, results from prolonged exposure to UV rays. The potential consequences of too much exposure to UV rays are many and serious. It is necessary to protect your eyes from these rays by wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. People who use tanning beds should wear protective glasses when tanning; the raccoon eyes that result can be easily covered up with a self tanner. Good quality sunglasses help to protect your eyes from damage due to UV rays and fatigue. When choosing a pair of sunglasses, be sure to buy a pair that provides 99 to 100 per cent protection from UV rays. The amount of protection provided should be stated on the tag. Choose sunglasses with bigger lenses to shield the eyes more fully. Wrap-around sunglasses are the best as they provide protection from peripheral rays, as well. The colour of the lenses is also important. Really dark lenses on sunglasses can actually increase the likelihood of UV damage to the eye by causing the pupil to expand in order to see better thereby allowing in more UV rays. Sunglasses that are tinted amber block out blue light, making it easier to see things in the distance, especially in hazy conditions while sunglasses that are tinted gray are best for driving as they do not distort the colours of traffic lights. Many people wear sunglasses only in the summer or on sunny days. However, sunglasses should be worn even on cloudy days as most clouds actually block out very little UV radiation. Sunglasses should also be worn at all times of the year as many of the UV rays to which the eyes are exposed are reflected off of bright objects, such as cars, buildings, snow, water, sand and pavement. Finally, be sure to have your children wear sunglasses, as well. The World Health Organization states 80 per cent of UV damage to eyes occurs before a person reaches the age of 18. Be sun smart. Protect your eyes from UV radiation. Wear sunglasses year round.




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inding the right diet to suit your lifestyle is probably one of the single greatest struggles in life. We all want the perfect diet that allows us to eat and drink what we want while losing weight, but it’s very hard to find a balanced diet that allows you to lose weight and maintain it once you’ve hit your goal. Adelle Dionne of Simply Ideal, Doris Harrison of Affirmations, Rachelle Randall of Ideal Journey, and Katherine Kushniruk of Advanced Solutions are combining their business and dieting expertise. They have all decided to adopt a new program in their respective clinics they believe will better serve their clients and help them maintain weight loss in the long term. Education on weight loss and weight maintenance is continuous at each location. These ladies are on their own weight loss journeys, and they realized they wanted to offer their clients (and themselves)




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July 18, 2014 was truly “a night to remember” Alzheimers Disease at a charitable auction fundraiser held at the home of Shaun Semple, president of Brandt Group of Companies. Stylish and celebratory, the evening held a sincere spirit of giving.


’d wanted to host a charitable event for awhile, so when Brad [Wall] approached me about an Alzheimer’s fundraiser, I

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Semple. Premier Brad Wall’s enthusiastic request to do something to help out such a worthy cause affected many people, Semple adds. The Premier’s request was the beginning of plans for an elegant,

tasteful and entertaining gala night. According to Semple, the gala event raised in excess of $1 million, with more than $962,000 going to the Alzheimer Society

Saskatchewan and $100,000 donated to Football Saskatchewan. As a major sponsor of the fundraiser, Brandt Group of Companies contributed almost $258,000. The event was emceed by Premier Brad Wall and featured a champagne reception catered by the Diplomat. Live entertainment included performances by Buffalo Narrows, Blake Berglund and headliners, George Canyon and Blue Rodeo.

Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers facilitated a live auction that included items such as jewellery, vacation packages and more. Among the more anticipated items on the auction block was the Saskatchewan Roughriders-themed 1968 Shelby GT500 Mustang convertible; it was restored and customized through the joint efforts of Pat Mengel of Advanced Collision in Regina and Premier Wall. It sold for about $200,000. Guests were also treated to a surprise

visit by Roughrider greats George Reed, Roger Aldag, Gene Makowsky and Chris Getzlaf, who dropped in via helicopter to sign autographs and socialize with guests. The evening was a true success thanks to the generosity of the guests and the hard work and dedication of all who contributed. “There was a great atmosphere of giving that night,” comments Semple. “It was a memorable evening filled with good people who wanted to give back.”

ABOVE MIDDLE L-R Daryl Mousseau, PhD (Sask. Research Chair for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias), Premier Brad Wall, Kathleen Defoe (Alzheimer Society of Sask., Finance & Admin, Manager), Joanne Bracken (Alzheimer Society of Sask., CEO), Shaun Semple (President, Brandt Group of Companies) FineLifestyles





Diamond Duo:

Shannon Tweed and Daughter Sophie Shine in New Reality TV Series

By Heather Fritz Photos Heather Fritz and Austin Young


hen the A&E reality show Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels premiered in 2006, fans began a voyeuristic love affair that lasted seven seasons. We laughed, cried, gasped, raised our eyebrows and shook our heads in disbelief as KISS rock legend Gene Simmons, actress and former Playboy model Shannon Tweed and their two children, Nick and Sophie, bared their all for our reality viewing pleasure. The show ended in 2012, but fans can now get their Tweed-Simmons reality kick as the ‘diamond duo’ of the famous family star in their own show, aptly called Shannon & Sophie.




Fans watched little Sophie grow up in the front of the camera; now that she is entering a more independent period of life, she and her mother thought bringing the old Family Jewels fans along for the ride might be fun.

attended college and stepped out of her parents’ shadow with a short run on the TV music competition series The X Factor. Her Surrey-based charity, Sophie’s Place, is part of an outreach centre treating nearly 4,000 abused children a year.

“It seemed like a natural continuation,” Shannon says at home in the TweedSimmons mansion. “We ended Family Jewels kind of abruptly so there are a lot of fans sort of wondering what we’re all doing now.”

When Sophie wondered out loud about a show that focused on the motherdaughter pair, Shannon pitched it to Force Four Entertainment. Eight episodes were produced and the show premiered in May on the W Network.

What are they doing now? To say they’ve been busy is an understatement. Gene tours with KISS and is heavily involved in production and charity work. He has also recently taken on the rapidly expanding network of ‘family-friendly rock ‘n roll experience’ restaurants called Rock and Brews — the first Canadian location is coming soon to Shannon’s hometown of Saskatoon. Shannon’s doing voice over and television work, has a hand in The Smartest Person in Canada game show and works with the Canadian Cancer Society. Nick finished college with a degree in English and World Literature, is a writer, voice over actor and musician. Sophie

“I think there is a lot of reality TV out there that focuses on the drama and fighting; I thought maybe people would just like to see a mom and daughter being happy and enjoying life,” says Sophie. “I honestly don’t know a lot of mothers and daughters who are as close as my mom and I.” Shannon & Sophie is billed as a reality show, and for the most part, that’s true. “Of course we know we’re being filmed,” she adds. “So we’re very conscious that whatever we’re doing is permanent. If something happens, we just deal with it, get over it and go on with life. It’s a reality show, but it’s our life,” she says.





“Eventually, your children grow up and become smarter than you. I don’t know how that happens! The beauty of getting older is that stuff doesn’t bother you. You just want your children to flourish and grow. I’m just glad to be a part of that.” For her part, Sophie is nonplussed about wading into another reality show with all the television cameras intruding in a good portion of her life. “I grew up in the entertainment industry, so having cameras around is normal for me,” she shrugs. “Yeah, it’s kind of annoying they film everything but it’s nice to have those home movies we can look back on.” It’s clear Shannon admires and respects the woman her daughter has become, perhaps with tougher skin than she had at that age. “For Sophie, maybe it was good to get that public humiliation out of the way early,” Shannon laughs. “I mean having parents like us, having your baby pictures and your awkward growth phase up there for everyone to see. She’s stronger than I thought she was and can handle more pressure than I probably could have at that age,” she says. “When I made mistakes when I was 24, they were private. Now you do anything and the world sees it and judges you.” Shannon interjects, “We might not chew with our mouths open, but what you see is really what you get!” Best friends mom and daughter have “always hung out a lot” but as Sophie is growing up and away, Shannon sees a bit of a role reversal. “Now without the boys in it, I’ve become the idiot and she’s the smart one,” Shannon laughs. “Before, Gene was the idiot and the rest of us were smart! The juxtaposition is completely reversed and now I’m getting a taste of what he went through.” She’s philosophical about parenting children who are adults themselves.




As the producers wait for the show to be picked up in the U.S. and Canadian markets, Shannon and Sophie are happy to be sharing authentic lives with new and old fans. “I’m not interested in mothers and daughters who don’t get along. I think we see enough of that on TV, and we see enough fake interactions,” Shannon says, and suddenly studies her daughter closely. “Hey, you’re wearing my pants!” she says. “Yeah? Well, you’re wearing my shoes,” Sophie replies without missing a beat.


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A Thrilling, Yet Chilling, Kind of Weekend


his year’s headliners included the Sam Roberts Band, who appeared Friday night at the Exchange; Serena Ryder on Saturday evening’s main stage in Victoria Park; and the legendary Los Lobos, who closed the event Sunday night. On Saturday and Sunday, the park bustled with free music and activities for the entire family. On all three stages were performers such as The Fretless, Indigo Girls, The Dead South, Geoff Berner, The Mexican Institute of Sound and more. The Children’s Stage featured many highly entertaining acts, including Nouns and Adjectives, Al Simmons, Fada Dance and Andino Suns. Parades on Saturday and Sunday afternoons delighted young and old spectators. For music lovers who wanted to escape the heat and crowds, the Chill Lounge was added this year. Patrons were able to socialize in a relaxed, environmentallycontrolled atmosphere while listening to their favourite performers.

The Value of Volunteers According to Sandra Butel, artistic director for Regina Folk Fest, planning for the event takes about eight months. It requires extensive commitment and hard work involving four full-time staff members and more than 600 volunteers. “Sixteen team leaders start working in April and are busy recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers,” she explains. Butel says the success of Regina Folk Fest depends upon those who step up and volunteer, and she encourages new recruits to come forward for an awesome experience. “We have an incredible group of highly dedicated volunteers and we really count on each one of them.”

Regina’s Own, Indigo Joseph

Among the long lineup of incredibly talented entertainers was the Regina band, Indigo Joseph. The four-member band consists of Sean McCannell, Etienne Fletcher, Eric Tessier and Byrun BoutinMalloney. “The last time we played at Folk Fest was three years ago,” states guitarist McCannell. “We were happy to come back this year and had a great time.”

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Indigo Joseph is proud of the recent release of their album Collage, featuring a mix of original French and English original songs written by members of the Francophone band. The diversity their music appeals to all ages. “We switch our instruments to fit the music and we have two very different lead singers to give us distinctive sounds,” McCannell says. Fletcher is more of a crooner and delivers a smooth melody, while Boutin-Malloney’s voice is a bit husky and demanding in a style similar to Bob Dylan. They look forward to a six-week tour this fall with stops in Edmonton, Vancouver and Halifax.

The Beat Goes On If you can’t get enough of the talented artists at Regina Folk Fest, you’ll be thrilled to know it doesn’t end at the festival. “Our concert series runs from the first part of October

to the end of May, which adds up to about 10 to 15 shows each year,” says Butel. This year’s lineup includes such artists as Royal Canoe, Fred Eaglesmith, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, Jill Barber and more. Regina Folk Fest is also pleased to partner with the Prairie Valley School Division to encourage students to pursue their musical interests. Regina Folk Fest works as a liaison between the school division and the artists to set up in-school concerts and some teaching sessions for the students. “Teachers often integrate the musical sessions into their lessons,” says Butel. “The students will learn about the culture, music and history of the artist that’s appearing at the school.” She uses the example of an artist of African descent appearing at the school during Black History Month. This is a chance to teach students about the history and social issues surrounding African- Canadian or

African-American people and how it affects our society. “The program is an amazing opportunity for students and artists,” she adds. Creating and maintaining partnerships within the community is important to Regina Folk Fest. “We’ve started working with Agribition to set up music programs for after-hours,” says Butel. Another successful partnership exists with the Mackenzie Art Gallery, particularly during Bazaart, where Regina Folk Fest stages artists to perform and add even more charm and ambiance to the day. After four-plus decades, Regina Folk Fest shows no signs of slowing down, and remains an amazing and much-loved element of our community. Photos:






AROUND THE CORNER: Regina’s Celebrated Canadian Crime Writer, Gail Bowen, and Her Craft By Tonya Lambert Photos Calvin Fehr




When Gail Bowen first contemplated writing a mystery series, she chose a rather unusual protagonist — a middle-aged woman from Saskatchewan who was a single mother with strong political views. It was a risky choice, but one which has since proven to be a very good one, says Bowen. Birth of a Writer


owen did not start writing until she was 43, and when she finally did write something, it was not entirely by choice. A family friend had called her for a favour; he was editing a series of articles on western Canada for a humourous guide book for eastern Canadians and needed someone to write a last-minute piece on Saskatchewan. At first, Bowen told him no; she was not a writer. However, at her husband’s insistence that you should always help a friend in need, she called him back and agreed to write the piece. The publisher, Western Producer Prairie Press, was so pleased with her article that they invited her to write something else. The result was the first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990). “I have had an extraordinarily lucky career,” states Bowen. From there, she followed her editor to Douglas & McIntyre in Vancouver. Today, the Joanne Kilbourn series is published by Random House Canada in Toronto.

The Writing Process As a professor, wife and mother of three, Bowen says writing time was whatever she could chisel out. Her family was good about helping her to find the time as they all benefited from the extra income. Bowen claims that she has never suffered from writer’s block, a fact which she attributes to her long, daily walks to the university during which she would work through ideas. Bowen recommends authors try taking long walks to overcome hurdles in their writing. Bowen also encourages up-and-coming writers to listen to what others — editors, friends, readers — have to say. Bowen is full of praise for the editors with whom she has worked. Bowen recalls that her first novel needed to be rigorously edited. She says that editors are really teachers, and she feels she has learned a great deal from hers. This is high praise, indeed, coming from a retired English professor. Bowen also listens carefully to suggestions she receives from readers. For example, one reader wanted to know more about Joanne’s past, so Bowen decided to work the revelation of this information into the plot of The Gifted (2013). Bowen says she has always been interested in understanding why people make the decisions they do. Describing herself as a keen, but nonjudgemental, observer of others, Bowen feels that while one’s personality





is in place from the moment of birth, the manner in which a person was treated as a child has a huge effect on a person. Bowen recognizes this in her own life. She says that her relationship with her own mother, a somewhat difficult woman, taught her at a young age how to read a situation and to pay close attention to detail — skills which have proven invaluable to her as a writer. The notion that “childhood never ends,” that a person’s childhood experiences affect their behaviour and decisions as an adult, is found throughout Bowen’s books, especially in The Last Good Day (2004).

Social Issues As a writer, Bowen does not shy away from tackling contentious social issues headon and with praiseworthy honesty and compassion. For example, in her Joanne Kilbourn mystery series, Bowen confronts the issue of racism in Canadian society. Alex Kequahtooway is an Aboriginal police detective whom Kilbourn dates for three years. The relationship is a rocky one that sees the two grappling, individually and as a couple, with issues related to the fact that Alex is Aboriginal. Bowen says that she had originally planned to take a colour-blind approach to their relationship, but decided against that, knowing that it would not ring true. As a long-time resident of Saskatchewan and professor at First Nations University, Bowen realized that such a relationship would be bound to elicit a reaction in the small city of Regina.

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The breaking point in Joanne and Alex’s relationship occurs in A Killing Spring. In an honest and thought-provoking piece of writing, Bowen has Joanne and Alex walking across the street when a vehicle goes by and the occupants shout racial slurs at them. Joanne breaks away from Alex and runs across the street. Joanne soon realizes that her reaction is the beginning of the end for her and Alex. Pondering the incident the next day, she apologizes to Alex for her behaviour, telling him she does not care what other people think of their relationship. Alex responds, “After it starts happening to you every day of your life, you will care.”

The Stories Continue Retired from her career at the university, Bowen continues to write the Joann Kilbourn series. Since retirement, she has also written a second series of mysteries, centering on the character of Charlie D., who hosts a late night radio show. These four books, which




are darker than the Joanne Kilbourn series, are part of Orca Books’ Rapid Reads, books written at an easy reading level for adults working on literacy. Despite her tremendous success as an author, Bowen remains a highly approachable, down-to-earth person. Her genuine, supportive personality is something she shares with her wellknown protagonist. Aspiring local authors will find her a valuable resource as the current writer-in-residence for the Regina Public Library. Readers will be happy to learn that the manuscript for the 15th book in the Joanne Kilbourn series is currently in the hands of Bowen’s editor. As with her earlier books, 12 Rose Street will no doubt continue to remind readers that life on the Canadian Prairies is anything but dull!

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Infusing Food with Passion… and Beer


pend a little time with Malcolm Craig, executive chef, and the topic of food is likely to arise. “It’s been my life for 30 years now,” says Craig, whose career began with a dishwashing job at a hotel in Bath, England. “I get passionate about food and talk about food. Once you’re passionate about it, it’s with you for life.” After completing cooking school, Craig opened a bistro in Bath and eventually brought his skills to Canada. Since becoming executive chef of Beer Bros. in 2008, his focus has been on creating innovative cuisine inspired by one essential ingredient: BEER! “I’ll research the region a beer was brewed in, and what kind of food items would be available to the brewers in that area, then try to recreate some aspect into the dinner pairing,” says Craig. “Our philosophy is we like to infuse as much food as possible with beer.” From beer brines and salad dressings to hard cider BBQ pulled pork and ‘Beer’ogies, the Beer Bros.’ menu offers distinctive dishes guaranteed to intrigue adventurous eaters. Along with preparing original cuisine for his clientele, Craig hosts “Brewers Dinners,” inviting beer makers from local areas and beyond to discuss the industry and taste his latest creations. “I love creating dishes, making food look nice,




and being able to present something at a table,” says Craig. “I like to promote the beer and have personal interaction with the brewers.” With food never far from his mind, Craig aims to continually introduce new dishes

to his repertoire. “There’s always room for evolution, for new ideas,” he says. “I could be walking down the street and I’ll think of an ingredient and how I could use it in a dish, and then… I’ll have a three-course meal planned.”

Fish & Chip pie 1 short crust pastry shell 4 inch diameter 1/4 cup minted pea puree 3 pickerel fingers (beer battered) 2 tbsp. tartar sauce 3 Pont Neuf potato (thick-cut fries) 2 fl. oz. baked bean gravy 1/2 fl. oz. Franks Red Hot Xtra Thick 1. Warm the pea puree and baked bean gravy. Fry the Pont Neuf potatoes and the beer battered pickerel fingers. Once all ingredients are hot, begin assembly. 2. On a large plate, ladle the baked bean gravy into a pool ready for a gentle smear. Use the back of a large spoon or the ladle in a gentle stroke motion, making a teardrop shape. 3. Place the pastry shell on the widest end of the sauce and gently press in to the sauce so the shell does not

slip around when placing the rest of ingredients in. 4. Spoon the minted pea puree into the bottom of the pastry shell. 5. Stack the battered pickerel fingers on top of the peas and spoon the tartar sauce over. 6. Top the pie with the 3 Pont Neuf potatoes and drizzle with the Franks Red Hot Xtra Thick. Serve immediately. TIP: For the baked bean gravy you can use any flavour of canned variety or make your own. Add beans to a food blender and blitz for a minute or two; add a little water, chicken stock or beer to stop any over-thickening. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed and any other desired spices (Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, etc.).

Martin Snow

Chef, The Creek in Cathedral Bistro Evoking Emotion with Comfort Cuisine

It’s hard to believe the chef of The Creek — who is a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation and has been slicing, dicing and grilling professionally for nearly 32 years — once swore he would never get into cooking. “It isn’t exactly a family-friendly profession, with the long hours,” says Martin Snow, who has been masterminding The Creek’s cuisine since 2000. Snow’s father was a chef, and though his son didn’t plan to follow in his footsteps, some of his knowledge was inevitably passed down. “I got a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant in Moose Jaw, and they found out I had some knife skills,” says Snow. Trained in culinary arts at Toronto’s George Brown College, Snow takes classical dishes from a variety of cultures and modernizes them. “The days of thick heavy sauces were a long time ago,” he says. “People are more health-conscious now. We look at things and say, how can we make this a lighter dish?” Snow is passionate about using local products when they’re in season, and supporting the community while creating fresh, original dishes. “It’s much easier to get great flavour when it’s closer to home,” he says. For Snow, one of the best uses of flavour is in meals that provide a sense of comfort.

“For a number of years, I’ve been tapping into comfort food, foods that evoke emotion,” he says. “On the menu now we have a port braised short rib with a truffle mac and cheese. I use a lot of braising techniques, pulling in lots of flavour.” Always seeking out new, inventive ways

to prepare food, Snow collaborates with his staff and shares ideas with other local chefs. “Part of what got me into cooking is that I knew there was no way I would ever know it all,” he says. “Collaborative efforts produce better results.”

Cioppino Makes six portions 1/4 cup olive oil 1 rib celery, chopped 1 large green pepper 1 onion, diced 1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz.) 2 cups clam juice 2 cups white wine 4 cloves crushed garlic Juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste Salt & pepper to taste 600g snap and eat crab legs 340g halibut fillet, cut into 1-inch slices 340g cod fillet, cut into 1-inch slices 30 prawns (21/25 count IQF P&D) 30 mussels 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, chopped

1. In a large pot, on medium-low heat, melt the butter with the olive oil and sweat the celery, green peppers and onions until soft, about 10 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the seafood and fresh parsley. Simmer on low, uncovered, for one hour. Add a splash of white wine if the sauce gets too thick. 2. Add the crab, shrimp, cod and halibut, and simmer covered another five minutes. Add the mussels, cover the pot and simmer for three minutes more, or until the mussels open. Turn off the heat, and stir in the Italian parsley




laurie wall

Chef, Wallnuts Expressive Catering Serving up Freshness and Excellence and Home Cooking

By Tobie Hainstock Photos DeAnne Bell

Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. For more than 11 years, Laurie Wall of Wallnuts Expressive Catering has been doing what she loves and enjoys every moment. “Food is my passion!” declares Chef Wall. “It’s all-consuming for me.” She believes success at a chosen path requires passion, and the love of what a person inspires excellence in his or her career. Wall’s catering business, Wallnuts, takes care of everything for her customers. Need a venue or live entertainment? Wallnuts will find and book it. “As a catering business in a small city, it’s pretty hard to limit yourself and say, ‘I’ll only do this or that,’ ” she says. “There’s really nothing we won’t do.” With a full menu of fabulous dishes to choose from, Wall is pleased to accommodate her customers’ preferences and dietary needs. A number of her clients opt for the “trust-me” menu and are never disappointed. Self described as a “small town farm girl,” Wall spent her childhood picking berries, planting gardens, helping preserve vegetables, making jams and jellies and much more. “I’ve come from a family of fantastic cooks and caterers,” she




comments, leading her to consistently use only the finest and freshest ingredients. Rural Saskatchewan roots have given Wall an appreciation for the many flavours of our land. A world traveller, she has experienced and studied cuisine from many parts of the globe and uses them in special dishes for every occasion.

“Travelling inspires me,” she notes. Wall uses her experiences as motivation when creating new dishes to delight even the most discriminating appetite. For a fabulous array of delicious foods to grace your next event or family gathering, trust Wallnuts Expressive Catering to help make every moment memorable. Remember to book ahead!

Lobster & Crab CheeseCake 2 lb. goat cheese (use SalayView Farms local)

don’t have a garden, make friends with a farmer who does)

4 eggs (preferably from Eddie & Lorna’s farm by Craven)

1. A couple grinds salt & pepper (I use Himalayan sea salt and cracked peppercorns).

Meat from medium-sized lobster; chop it up. (Pacific fresh Fish in Regina has some tasty ones) Meat from about 4 crab legs or 3 cans shredded. (Again, see the fish man at Pacific Fresh) Zest & juice from one lemon. (Get these from Lakeview Fine Foods on Hill Ave., a cool little grocery store with interesting things like Meyers lemons!) 1/4 cup chopped fresh garden dill (if you

2. Cream together the goat cheese, eggs, lemon with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the crustacean meat, dill and salt and pepper, folding all goodies in until incorporated. Don’t mess with it too much. Pour into a parchment-lined-and-greased nineinch spring form pan and bake at 350 F for one hour. Turn the oven off, open the door and let the cake sit until cool. Take the ring off the pan, place on a fancy plate and serve with your favourite crackers. Pretty impressive!

rod Schubert

CCC, Executive Chef, Wascana Country Club Classical Training Meets Contemporary Cuisine

Rod Schubert has been creating mouthwatering menus at Wascana Country Club since he became executive chef in 2002, but his passion goes back to childhood. “I first became interested in cooking through my mother, “says Schubert. “We didn’t have a lot of money in our family, so she had to find creative ways to stretch her dollar.” A Certified Chef de Cuisine, Schubert invokes the classical training he received at a culinary program in Dawson Creek, B.C. to devise recipes such as the Mushroom Crusted Bison Tenderloin he is sharing with Fine Lifestyles. “I trained under old school European chefs,” he says. “Working with them inspired me. They were like rock stars to me.” While the upscale casual dining at Wascana features plenty of light fare such as salads and sandwiches — made with local produce as often as possible — one of Schubert’s favourite ingredients to work with is wild rice. He has been featured on a segment of the TV program Farmgate, where he described and demonstrated how to cook with the grain. “It’s very versatile,” says Schubert. “It can be used as a side dish, stuffing or dessert.” Schubert says he continually revamps the cuisine at Wascana to keep it fresh, collaborating with his staff and drawing inspiration from outside the kitchen. “I keep updated on what’s happening with food,” he says. “I try to take advantage

of every opportunity to upgrade my knowledge and skills.” In peak season, Schubert manages up to 17 staff, including interns from culinary programs. “They have to have a passion for what

they’re doing and a strong work ethic,” says Schubert. “In this career, if you’re not passionate about it and don’t enjoy going to work every day, you’re not going to be around for very long.”

MushrooM Crusted bison tenderLoin with GorGonzoLa stuFFinG Four 5-6 oz. bison tenderloin steaks 1 cup finely chopped onion 3 cloves minced garlic 2 tbsp. Camolina oil 1 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary 1 tbsp. minced fresh thyme 4 oz. Gorgonzola cheese 1 oz. sundried cranberries 1 oz. dried mixed wild mushrooms, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard Salt and cracked pepper to taste 1. Combine onion, garlic and 1 tbsp. of the Camolina oil in a sauté pan. Cook on low heat until soft and lightly browned. Add rosemary and thyme, cook another minute. Cool completely, add cheese and cranberries. 2. With a sharp thin bladed knife, cut a pocket in each tenderloin. Press an equal amount of the cheese mixture into each pocket. 3. Season each portion with salt and pepper and brush with Dijon

mustard, top and bottom. Press each portion into the dried mushrooms, top and bottom. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 4. Sear the steaks in a medium-hot pan with the remaining oil. Remove, place in a roasting pan and finish in a 400 F oven. 10-12 minutes for medium rare. sauCe 1 tbsp. Camolina oil 1 small onion 4 cloves of garlic 1 cup dry red wine 1 cup rich beef stock 1 tbsp. cold butter 1. In the same pan used to sear the bison add the oil, onion and garlic. Sauté until slightly colored. Add the red wine and reduce by half. Add the beef stock and reduce again by half. Season to taste. Whisk in butter and serve.




“CPCRW is one of Regina Palliative Care Inc.’s longest and most cherished partnerships. Both organizations were founded in 1983 and for over 30 years have supported and partnered with each other to impact palliative care services offered in Regina. The Festival of Trees Gala was pivotal to the construction of the Regina Wascana Grace Hospice, the first and only palliative care hospice in Saskatchewan. The club’s influence is seen at the Hospice during the Christmas season with wreaths created by club members on patient doors in the hospice, bringing comfort to thousands of palliative patients and their families. We at RPCI are deeply appreciative for the support of CPCRW. We are proud of our partnership and the impact it has had in our community. We look forward to another 30 years of service, making a bigger and better palliative care program for Saskatchewan families.” Dennis Coutts, Executive Director, Regina Palliative Care Inc.

Mosaic Festival oF trees: A Sparkling Event to Start the Christmas Season


By Tobie Hainstock Photos courtesy Mosaic Festival of Trees

he Canadian Progress Club Regina Wascana (CPCRW) presents the Mosaic Festival of Trees Gala and Auction on Saturday, November 22 at the Conexus Arts Centre. This spectacular evening will feature a “Christmas in Manhattan”themed setting with glitter, designerdecorated Christmas trees, and a gourmet dinner in support of Regina Palliative Care Inc. The Rockefeller Centre Champagne Reception features a Rockettes’ inspired kick-line to welcome Gala patrons,




musical entertainment featuring iconic Big Apple and Broadway music, live auction packages and a silent auction. Victoria Jewellers, the Festival’s exclusive jewellery sponsor, has donated an exceptional item valued at $10,000 for the Gala raffle. Regina artist Jason Robins will create a one-of-a-kind painting during the Gala attendees can bid on. A highlight is the stunning Christmas trees on display. “The trees are the vehicle that helps us raise funds,” explains Allison Horton, sponsorship coordinator.

“The Christmas trees are sponsored by local business and decorated by local designers. At the end of Festival, the sponsors either display the trees at their businesses or donate the trees to charities or community organizations of their choice.” Festival proceeds support Regina Palliative Care Inc. RPCI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for palliative care patients and to support their families and loved ones. CPRCW has raised in excess of $1 million for RPCI through Festival of Trees. The Festival also offers a Family Day on November 23. Admission is free with a donation of food or money to the Regina Food Bank. Gala tickets and a limited number of Festival sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting, the Festival’s Facebook page or website at

OCTOBER 1-19 Much Ado About Nothing Globe Theatre OCTOBER 2 From the Americas to Spain Guitar Concert The Artesian on 13th



OCTOBER 4 Boz Scaggs – The Memphis Tour Casino Regina OCTOBER 16 Rachel Coleman Live! In Regina Thom Collegiate/Hawrylak Auditorium OCTOBER 23-26 Christmas in October Moose Jaw OCTOBER 25 Symphonie Fantastique Conexus Arts Centre OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 2 Innovation Place Art Show and Sale Innovation Place NOVEMBER 2 Sarah McLachlan Conexus Arts Centre NOVEMBER 7-8 Regina Wine and Spirits Gala Conexus Arts Centre NOVEMBER 18 Oh What A Night! A Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Casino Regina NOVEMBER 22 Prokofiev’s Fifth Conexus Arts Centre NOVEMBER 22 Festival of Trees Gala Conexus Arts Centre




Get Creative, Have Fun and

Rediscover the Joy of Games By Trina Annand Photos Aidan Morgan


obbies and interests break through the doldrums of everyday life and rekindle a childlike sense of fun. With several reboots of popular science fiction and comic empires on both the big and small screens, there is an ever-growing fan base for classic genres associated with “geek” and “nerd” culture. With a constant diet of reality TV, modern culture is embracing the lost art of storytelling created by fiction… rich layers of imaginative prose give way to showing what humanity could be and is.

Tramp’s is a creative and fun destination.

Tramp’s Comics & Games has been a part of the cultural fabric of Regina for nearly 20 years and the best is yet to come. With a vast array of games, comics, apparel, action figures and memorabilia,

What makes the business truly unique is the community they have fostered in their 9,000-square-foot space. “Moving forward, our goal is to place even more emphasis on community building.




New owner, Chris Roberts, has been a part of the Tramp’s family for more than a decade. Offering a friendly smile, great advice and the occasional lightsaber fight, it seemed only natural for Roberts to take over the business. Tramp’s has long been known for its wide selection; with 68,000 items in store, there is literally something for everyone, whether you are looking for a customized Ultra Sabre or the latest installment of your favourite comics or manga.

OPPOSITE TOP Wayne Gardner OPPOSITE BOTTOM Jaymen Janssens BELOW Chris Roberts, president and Mike Boyd

Tramp’s isn’t just a store; it is really a social gathering place where people can hang out, talk or debate their interests and play games,” notes Roberts. Games are making a strong comeback — whether card or board-based — as the perfect way for friends and family to gather. Beyond the basic Sorry or Monopoly, the modern gaming culture utilizes imagination and features collaborative play rather than head-tohead competition. Game culture is really about community activity. Games such as Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons focus on imaginative play allowing for limitless experiences, whereas board-based games such as Settlers of Catan or Flames of War are more accessible for individuals used to traditional board games. “At Tramp’s you can come in and test games, participate in any of our weekly events or see previews of exclusive games before they are released. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, we can order it in,” says Roberts. With a knowledgeable staff focused on enhancing a customer’s experience, education is key to making “geek” culture more accessible for everyone. By offering items from around the world, the business allows residents of Regina to experience various genres of storytelling that were often underdeveloped in North America; perhaps this content will spark the next generation of creativity. “We love being able to provide people with items they are excited about, whether they are old or new. There is nothing better than the look on someone’s face when they find something they must have,” remarks Roberts. At Tramp’s — a store dedicated to finding the fun in everyday and inspiring the imagination — fun is number 1 so visitors of all ages can discover their inner child or hero. Discover Tramp’s today!

Tramp’s Comics & Games 306.757.8616 1828 Scarth Street, Regina




S a S k at c h e wa n

Country MusiCians

Raise Funds for Flood Victims By Tobie Hainstock Photos DeAnne Bell





rom June 27 to 30, heavy rainfall overtook the southeast region of Saskatchewan. Reports indicated some areas received as much as 200 millimetres of rain, but this was only the beginning. The rain continued throughout the month of July, resulting in even more flooding damage. According to Tim Johnson, public affairs and development coordinator for the Canadian Red Cross, about 150 communities declared a state of emergency. Families, farms and businesses were devastated by the overwhelming effect of flooding in their communities. The personal and business losses have been shattering to many Saskatchewan residents. “About 540 people were forced to flee their homes,” comments Johnson. The Canadian Red Cross moves in during disasters, providing basic needs for the affected families such as accommodations, food, toiletries, clothing and toys for the children. “Assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis,” he adds. Seeing a need, many generous and dedicated Saskatchewan country music artists and the fine people of our province stepped up to offer support and assistance.

PREVIOUS PAGE Stephen Maguire ABOVE L–R Jay Semko, Jess Moskaluke, Eli Barsi

Through the leadership of Saskatchewan artist, Steve Maguire, four concerts were organized to raise funds for those victimized by the flooding. Taking place in Saskatoon, Yorkton and Regina between July 10 and 23, each concert included Jay Semko of Northern Pikes’ fame and three-time Canadian Country Music Association nominee, Codie Prevost. They were joined by several of this year’s Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) award winners, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Jess Moskaluke; Song of the Year award winner, Chris Henderson; Roots Artist of the Year, Eli Barsi; Country Music Person of the Year, Stephen Maguire; and Rising Star award winner, The Midnight Roses.

concerts dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000, the events raised $100,000 that went to the Red Cross for this worthy cause. Johnson is grateful to all the participants and attendees for their generous donations. “The response from the public has been absolutely amazing,” says Johnson. He recognizes Maguire’s motivation and his organizing efforts. “It’s so cool to have someone like him involved. Stephen is an incredible guy to put these events on at a moment’s notice.”

Along with 2013’s Next Big Thing winner, Alex Runions, past SCMA award winners, Blake Berglund, JJ Voss and Samara Yung rounded out the impressive lineup. “It was an honour to be involved in the concerts. I was happy to participate with all the other amazing artists,” states Yorkton’s Samara Yung.

“Everybody wants to help out, but don’t know how to do it,” says Maguire, “The concerts gave people the opportunity to be involved.” He adds this can be just the beginning; many people have great ideas for fundraising in their own communities to help out. “There are plenty of concert halls and theatres around the province. It’s not that hard to get your community involved by putting on dinner theatres, concerts, plays, steak nights or whatever you can think of. Everything helps and it never too late to do something.”

With the participation of PotashCorp, who matched the proceeds from the

For more information about how you can donate, visit





AMERICAS By Ken Beattie, NPD, Ph.D., Enrichment Speaker Photos courtesy Oceania Cruises





he weather encountered during a Canadian January is often less than balmy! Indeed, this may be why so many Canadians are found aboard cruise ships sailing exotic lands, enjoying the warm weather of the tropics. I for one will be soaking up the sun from January 16 to February 3, 2015 aboard yet another exotic adventure with Oceania Cruise Line’s beautiful Regatta.

As the enrichment lecturer aboard, my responsibility is to enhance the already spectacular 18-day itinerary with itineraryspecific regular presentations, related to plants and peoples of the regions we visit. This voyage originates in Miami and meanders along the coast of Central America to the famed Panama Canal

through which we have a daylight transit — spectacular! Roughly halfway through the itinerary, we will sail along the Pacific coast of Ecuador for several days until we reach neighbouring Peru. Docking in Lima for two days allows for an expedition to the famed site of Machu Picchu. Oceania regularly offers itineraries that include airfare as well as many of the “a la carte” options one would pay extra for on other lines. One example is dining options in the specialty restaurants, Toscana and the Polo Grill, requiring only a reservation and no additional fee. Actually, on a previous cruise we received a note from the concierge with reservations already made for us as we just hadn’t had time to make them ourselves. The Toscana experience was exemplary but not over-the-top fancy. We felt extremely welcome and very comfortable dressed in country club casual attire — no tie for me and most men weren’t wearing jackets.

LEFT Machu Pichu ABOVE Panoramic views of the Mayan Pyramids FineLifestyles



If you like to dress a bit more “uptown,” that is perfectly fine too, and you do see some passengers who indeed dress. I often slide a jacket on simply because it hides a multitude of sins (and my tummy) after several days of cruise food. On occasion, we are invited to a “Captain’s Reception” and we do dress appropriately, including a tie and jacket for me and a dressy outfit for my wife. This affair typically happens once on an itinerary — very impressive events indeed. Oceania is very much a family, and that attitude and respect comes across in everything a guest experiences, including special functions with senior officers. Recently, on an Amazon expedition, the cruise director made a point of chatting with every individual sitting on the pool deck and addressed most by first name. This level of dedication and incredible customer service is a hallmark of Oceania and not to be underestimated. Never




have I felt any crew member was just being courteous out of obligation; their approach was always genuine. This sincerity was not applied specifically to me because of my position as speaker; it was standard and consistently remarked on by others. As a matter of fact, on our Amazon expedition more than 60 per cent of the passengers were repeat guests - that speaks volumes. Ask anyone who has sailed Oceania, and I submit the response will be similar. This itinerary aboard the beautifully refurbished Regatta is very popular; actually many categories are waitlisted. Mid-sized vessels (680 guests), tremendous guest services, the best food at sea, and a very interesting lecture series makes Oceania’s Regatta and this journey an absolute delight. I invite you to review the cruise and come along for the time of your life — no regrets. In the event your specific category is sold

out, as they do rapidly, you might consider joining me in October 2015 on a grand journey from Istanbul to Dubai. This itinerary is 21 days and offers fantastic rates including airfare. Sailing aboard the sister ship Nautica, we sweep our way through the most eastern regions of the Mediterranean, visiting Israel, passing through the Suez Canal, the great land of Egypt, sail the Red Sea and arrive in Dubai October 25, 2015. A lecture series is in development for this fascinating part of the world as well as our extended voyage to India, the Seychelles, Madagascar and South Africa. Plan, dream, save and then come play with us as we traipse the world in search of new and wonderful experiences; disappointment is not an option! Ken Beattie is the Manager of Habitat Programs with the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


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Is Your Player Ready for

HOCKEY SEASON? By Melanie Furlong Photos courtesy of Peak Performance Hockey

I am more confident in my shot and I am shooting from places I never would have before. Shooting on the RapidShot machine at Peak Performance Hockey has made my release quicker and more accurate. —Jacob Cardiff of the Spokane Chiefs, WHL

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f your hockey player wants to up his or her game this season, you must visit Peak Performance Hockey. This facility has the top training equipment and coaching instruction your player needs to gain confidence and skills on ice.

improve or change to be a more powerful skater. After the session is over, he spends time with us and lets us know how he’s doing and things he needs to work on. After just a few sessions, we’ve already noticed a big improvement in his skating.”

Carmel Nicolson brought her six-year-old son to Peak Performance to train on their skating treadmill. “My husband and I are very impressed with the quality instruction our son has received at Peak Performance,” says Nicolson. “We decided to book five sessions on the skating treadmill to help improve his stride as he tends to ‘run’ on the ice. While he is on the treadmill, his instructor, Todd, assesses what he is doing and gives him strategies and works with him on what he needs to

Peak Performance offers a plyometric fitness training area; the latest RapidShot machine that records reaction time, speed and accuracy of shots; a custom-designed skating treadmill; a RapidHands machine for stickhandling and vision training; and five shooting lanes where players can shoot on nets. Their team room has video equipment and technology so teams can break down their games or bring in guest speakers to lecture.



Almost all areas of the facility have either synthetic ice or rubber matting so players can go anywhere in their skates. Co-owners, Todd Liskowich and Dale Derkatch, current director of player personnel for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL, scouted Bantam and Midget hockey players together for years throughout Western Canada and the U.S. “We realized these facilities existed in other areas,” says Liskowich, “but there wasn’t one in Regina. That’s how the idea to open Peak Performance this January came about. We spent three years researching and deciding what the best situation would be for our local kids and community.” Peak Performance works with players of all skill levels and ages. “We’ve had some very young children in learn-to-skate programs and we’ve had professional players,” says Derkatch. “Our biggest group are boys and girls, ages seven to 16.” Owners Liskowich, Derkatch and Tony Vogel have coached at various levels, but find coaching at Peak Performance very fulfilling. “We’re giving the players one-on-one time with direct feedback and kids are walking out happy,” says Liskowich. “It has a very positive effect on them and it’s a fun environment. Kids are coming here because they want to be here. They’re not under any pressure and it’s a great opportunity to work with an individual, small group or team, and see them gain some confidence and have some attention given to them as well.” Nicolson says, “We’ll definitely book more sessions for our son on the treadmill and look forward to using the other equipment Peak Performance offers. You can’t beat the one-on-one instruction from Peak.” Peak Performance Hockey Co-operators Centre, 2nd Floor Regina, SK 306.522.PEAK







Every Room an Experience, EVERY SERVICE A LUXURY Photos Aidan Morgan


he Saskatchewan Science Centre and the new Home Inn & Suites – Regina Airport West have partnered to create an “Experience Science” theme room within the hotel. The theme room features an underwater theme living room with a queen pullout sectional, fish tank coffee table and colourful wall displays. Parents can escape to their own room which features a king-size bed with a six-foot-tall glowing moon headboard, a telescope to star gaze and twinkling stars on the walls. Go deep underground to the children’s separate room which has twin bunk beds with a leafy ceiling and roots on the walls. The Saskatchewan Science Center, excited about the partnership, graciously supplied fun, interactive and educational wall panels for each theme to entertain children and occupy adults. Regina’s newest hotel, Home Inn & Suites – Regina Airport West, is located in the booming area of Harbour Landing. The 98-room hotel features limited service type rooms with large 15-foot granite desk units, mini-fridge, microwave and plush, pillow-top beds. There is an abundance of suites in the hotel that contain full-size kitchens complete with cooktops, full-size fridge, large sink and an assortment of pots and pans where you can be your own “master chef! For those romantic types, we have a beautiful Suite Retreat–Jacuzzi room tucked away in a private corner of the hotel. It features a large jetted Jacuzzi for two, fireplace — and if the romance wanes, feel free to watch TV while you’re in the tub, as well. The Home Hotels Signature Suite is the most expansive of all suites in the hotel and contains two of everything. At almost 900 sq. ft., this amazing suite contains two bathroom sinks, two closets in the bedroom and two pullout couches in the

living room. The full size kitchen, with its own floating island, also has a stove and oven. The large bathroom has both a glass shower and deep tub to complement the expansive room. The spa at Home Inn & Suites – Regina Airport West contains the most trendy, natural products with lines that include Kevin Murphy and Unite. The spa can host groups of up to eight people — perfect for bridal showers, girls’ night out or birthday parties. The spa has a full salon and esthetics area with amazing massage chairs and ergonomic manicure chairs. Treat yourself to a long massage or sugar scrub in our multiple treatment rooms, which are perfect for side-byside treatments. Another feature at Home Inn & Suites – Regina Airport West is a meeting room that can house up to 40 people with its own kitchenette, large whiteboard and ergonomic chairs. Home Inn & Suites – Regina Airport West is offering an introductory rate of $99 per night for our Dream Room until October 31, 2014. To book a room or to reserve the meeting area, please contact the hotel at 306.546.4663 or visit us at ABOUT D3H Based in Saskatoon, d3h Hotels is a hotel management company that owns and operates 12 hotels across Western Canada with its new and upcoming build of Home Inn & Suites Saskatoon South in 2015. Over the past 15 years, d3h Hotels has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the design and construction of hotels. The company recently celebrated its 12th build, pushing this young management company to retain the honour of being the largest franchisee of Days Inns in Canada. For more information about d3h, please visit its newly redesigned website at




Opulent Accessories Four Ways to add Luxury to your Home By Courtney Tait


hile the sprawling estates of celebrities featured on shows like Celebrity House Hunting may inspire thoughts of luxury, you don’t need a mansion to feel surrounded by opulence. American designer Larry Laslo, whose high-end spaces have been featured in Architectural Digest and Vanity Fair, said, “Exquisite details make interiors sing.”




2. area and Throw rugs Top the sleek finish of a polished floor with the right rug, and you strike a luxurious balance of cool and comfort. In larger rooms with hardwood or laminate, an area rug will create cohesion and warmth. Runners and throw rugs in smaller spaces add interest, and can function as accent pieces that highlight specific furniture and artwork. Choose patterned rugs to hide the wear of daily life, in shades that complement your home’s colour scheme. Handknotted rugs are typically of a higher quality than machine-made ones, and can read either classic or contemporary, depending on their pattern and other elements in the room. A popular style is the kilim, a flat-weave tapestry rug that features geometric designs. With Persian, Eastern European and Turkish origins, these rugs bring a worldly elegance to the home. If you prefer a more neutral look that your feet will love, consider a deeppile Moroccan rug. These double-knot designs are undyed, and usually cream or white with a large diamond pattern. In this spirit, we’ve chosen our four favourite accessories for adding opulence to your home. Blend these decadent details with your personal style to create an ambience fit for the stars. 1. Chandeliers Once a staple fixture that brought old-world elegance to dining rooms, chandeliers are now one of the most versatile ways to light your home. Functioning as a centrepiece, a chandelier can add instant opulence to living areas, master bedrooms and spastyle bathrooms. If you want a classic style, opt for a crystal chandelier. Cut glass pieces dangling from the arms reflect light, creating a sparkling, dramatic effect.

Remember that opulence isn’t about quantity, but quality.

Remember that rugs can be used as a focal point, creating a baseline for the other accessories you choose. Cherrypick ones you love to look at, and keep them in mind as you add new elements. 3. sTaTemenT arTwork Nothing suggests opulence like classy, tasteful artwork. While the impact of art depends largely on the viewer, a few guidelines can help you choose wisely.

Candle chandeliers create an ambience that’s warm and inviting. Pillar candles of varying heights look beautiful suspended on a metal platform that hangs from the ceiling. Try this over your dining table for an upgrade to the family meal. Prefer a more modern option? Chandeliers that mix glass with metals such as brass and wrought iron are contemporary examples of lighting artistry. Consider having one commissioned for an original statement piece that shows off your eclectic taste.




Consider hanging one bold, large-scale piece in your primary living area. A solitary abstract with bright colours, vivid landscape, or a black and white photographic image creates an instant conversation piece, while the oversized dimensions bring weight and depth the room. Conversely, a gallery wall is an excellent way to fill a space with art and photography collected over the years. Editing is key to making this look curated rather than chaotic, so choose with a discerning eye, using the room’s style as an anchor. Invest in professional framing and opt for “conservation glass”, which will help protect the work from ultraviolet rays.

architectural moulding will give it a dramatic upgrade. Baseboards, casing and moulding are essential to creating an atmosphere that exudes luxury.

From classic busts to exotic animals, sculptures elevate the tone and feel of a room. Seek out local artists and consider having a piece custom made. Display sculptures on console tables, shelves or on a bookcase for an eye-catching feature that exudes class.

Crown and cove moulding create an architectural transition between the wall and ceiling, drawing the eye upward. Styles vary from clean and simple to ornate. The more ornate they are, the more of a feature they become, so ensure they will complement (rather than conflict with) the rest of your accessories.

To ensure your artwork stands out, only display what you truly love. Remember that opulence isn’t about quantity, but quality. 4. arChiTeCTural mouldings No matter what style of home you live in, adding width, depth and height with

To add impact to your walls, replace small baseboards with ones that are at least eight to 10 inches. Accent the baseboard with quarter-round trim for added elegance. To define openings in walls between rooms, or to frame doors, incorporate casing at least three inches wide. (Your home’s scale and ceiling height will be a factor in choosing widths of mouldings.)

These four elements can be added to your home gradually, giving it opulent touches over time. Choose the one that inspires you most, and start from there. The sense of luxury will evolve with each new addition, creating an ongoing style statement.

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tudies show when parents are involved in their children’s education, the children perform better overall in school. However, it can be tough to know where to draw the line between supporting a child’s learning and actually doing the child’s work. Occasionally rolling up the sleeves is a great way to show children that education is important, and that as a family, you place a high value on academic effort and success. However, it’s also important to let children experience the highs and the lows of learning — and the effort that is often required — on their own. While most kids need a little support from Mom and Dad from time to time, it’s important to remember that, ultimately,




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WOMEN HELPING WOMEN By Tonya Lambert Photos courtesy Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan




PREVIOUS PAGE Prabha Vaidyanathan, CEO, Women Entrepreneurs of Sask. Photo courtesy Heather Fritz LEFT & ABOVE Kick-Off BBQ 2014


ince its inception in 1995, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (W.E.) has experienced incredible growth, going from six members to over 900. This phenomenal expansion speaks volumes about the great need for such an organization, as well as to its proven ability to help the women of this province to succeed in business. Combine the strong provincial economy — the second strongest in the world — with W.E.’s dynamic new CEO, Prabha Vaidyanathan, and these numbers are practically guaranteed to continue their meteoric rise. IntroducIng Prabha VaIdyanathan, cEo The organization and its members will benefit from Vaidyanathan’s years of leadership experience within the province’s business community. Most recently, Vaidyanathan served as CEO of Certified General Accountants Association of Saskatchewan (CGA SK) for seven years. In that role, she was responsible for the strategic and operations management of the organization, including business development and growth. In recognition of her vast contributions to the field of accounting in the province, Vaidyanathan was made an honorary CGA by CGA SK. Vaidyanathan is skilled at developing strategic alliances and partnerships for the businesses and organizations

with which she is involved and W.E. will certainly benefit from her talents in this area. Vaidyanathan contributes her expertise to many groups in the province: the Board of Directors of Family Service Saskatoon, the Immigration Discussion Group, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Government Affairs Committee, Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Vaidyanathan is the President of the Leaders’ Council at the Paul J. Hill School of Business and the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business. There can be no doubt that Vaidyanathan is well equipped to advance the mission and vision of W.E. bEIng your own boss W.E. is a non-profit membership organization supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada. W.E. was designed to help women at every stage of their journey as business owners, from dreaming to retiring. W.E. is there for women who are just starting out and need help to develop a business plan, learn the skills required to own and operate a business, and obtain the financial assistance required. W.E. is here for women who already own and operate a business and want to expand with advice, guidance and financial support. W.E. is also there for women business owners who are ready to retire and need help with succession planning.

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Tell us about your first real estate investment.


y husband and I had taken some real estate classes and were looking to make a real estate investment. We had made a few offers, but we were scared and worried and not sure how it would work. We backed out of a few of them. Eventually, a realtor wanted to show us apartments that had been converted to condos. We had a look, and it happened to be the condo my daughter was renting! She had only been there a few months, but had been talking to the next door neighbours. They’d been living there for 17 years. I asked if the apartment next door was for sale too. The realtor said, “yes,” and I responded, “We’ll take those two side-by-side.” We didn’t really know much about tenanting buildings, but we thought we’d have two perfect tenants. After we took possession, our daughter’s neighbours were kicking themselves for not buying their own unit years ago. They ended up buying in the same complex within six months and we lost them as




tenants, but we knew more by then and we weren’t so worried anymore. We had another renter within days and were able to increase the rent by a couple hundred dollars right away. How large have you grown your portfolio in the last seven years? We have 302 doors right now. If we have an 18-unit building, for example, that counts as 18 doors. Did you do it without spending any of your own money? For the first investments, we took equity out of our own home. But very quickly, within a year, we were able to start using other people’s money because we learned how. We bought one more property with our own money by taking equity from the first two properties and buying the third. Now, we put in our own money if we’re short, but we usually use other people’s money. And when I say we use other people’s money, it means we provide huge value for the use of their money, usually in the way of ownership

in the property. This investment provides them with cash flow, mortgage paydown and equity appreciation — what we call an armchair investment. We do all the work and the investor/partner provides the money — a joint venture partnership. What’s your secret? We do the management and don’t put any money in. I provide my expertise and time and I find the real estate. I build relationships with people who are selling. In our area, very seldom do you see apartment buildings listed through a realtor. We build relationships with each other and go back and forth as opposed to getting things on the market. Right now, the last four apartment buildings we bought and the one we’re working on now, are all from the same person. He is a bigger player who pays cash and gets really good deals. The last few buildings we bought needed some work. He didn’t have the team to do the work in our area. We bought an 18-unit property from him a year ago non-optimized and they are buying it back from us fully optimized. We made a great rate of return for our four investors who will each get approximately 20 per cent return on their investment in 14 months. I’m looking to invest. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for me? First of all, you need to be comfortable investing $100,000 for five to seven years. Sometimes it takes that long to get your principal back. You can take classes

outside the province, like we did or you can do it right here in your local market with us. You’ll meet like-minded people who are trying to do the same thing and you’ll find support and encouragement. It’s nicer working together as a group as opposed to trying to do everything yourself. Everybody has their own strengths they bring to the team, be it number-crunching, negotiating or bringing money to the deal. Do you have any properties for me? It depends. We’re going to finalize a 24unit building within a month or so. This one’s pretty much at top value now, but we have six investors waiting on a list to get into that one. The next one will be a 36-unit building in Saskatoon. We always have people who are waiting to invest, so it might take four to six months for people to be included in a project. The seller is the same person and comes to us first because he knows we can close on these properties. You’re a recently published author. Tell us about your book, Multiple Ways to Wealth. My book came out in December 2013. I wrote it because people kept asking me how they could do what I’ve done. When the book came out, they read it and said, “It makes sense, but I don’t think I could do that by myself.” They wanted to know how they could build multiple streams of income and that’s how I developed my coaching program.

Tell me more about coaching business.


In the spring, I started teaching people how to raise money for real estate investments from their own inner circle. Many people want to build multiple streams of income. They don’t want to depend on one thing. Rental real estate can offer cash flow from tenants who are also paying off your property. I also offer financial services to help people invest their RRSPs, tax-free savings, or lockedin retirement accounts, turning them into real assets such as real estate — a great alternative to mutual funds. Who could benefit from having a coach? There are several real estate investors out there who would like to grow their portfolio. They’ve come to the point where they don’t have any of their own money left. They don’t know how to put together a deal or prepare a presentation for a potential investor. We teach them how to do it. You need a certain amount of knowledge in the real estate market. To be you need to master your psychology and build sales and analytical skills. Those skills are all teachable through my program. For more information, check out and/ or call for a free 30-minute strategy session to see if working with Edna will benefit you.




The New Amphibious Vehicles:

L uxurio u s Fun a n d ExcitEmEnt By Rebecca Henderson Photos courtesy WaterCar




American inventor, Oliver Evans, developed the first known self-propelled amphibious vehicle called the Orukter Amphibolos in 1805 — although it’s since been disputed whether it successfully travelled over land and water under its own steam. Fast-forward more than 200 years and there’s not much to be disputed now. Amphibious bicycles, ATVs, cars, buses, trucks, military vehicles and hovercrafts can be seen cruising through deserts, gliding over lakes and sometimes even submerging under water.


hen you think of amphibious vehicles like, for example, hovercrafts, The Jetsons theme song may play in the back of your mind alongside a futuristic blinking sound. However, while George Jetson’s amphibious vehicle can fly through space, the ones currently being developed and used are a little more down to earth.

One of the most successful forays into the development of amphibious vehicles is California-based WaterCar, which established itself as a company to watch in 1999 for developing and marketing amphibious vehicles. “Growing up in southern California I was always involved in this kind of industry,” says WaterCar founder, Dave March. “We looked at the Second World War amphibious vehicles, which were real slow and realized we could do something better. We saw an opportunity.” For March, what started out as a personal challenge to build the world’s fastest amphibious vehicle, turned into a successful and exciting career. “We weren’t really sure whether people would be interested in what we were doing,” says March. “No one has been very successful in the past, but once we started, people were really receptive to it.”

March says when they began developing their first model, millionaires from around the world continuously approached WaterCar looking to purchase their own amphibious vehicle. March has even taken a deposit from the Prince of Dubai. “We became overwhelmed by the reception,” he says. “We were doing it more for fun than anything else.” However, March stresses that attaining a level of reliability and maintainability that was consistent with WaterCar’s standards and those of its prospective buyers was of the utmost priority. “Our team was adamant that we wouldn’t sell a product that we wouldn’t purchase ourselves,” says March. After 14 years filled with successes and failures, it was in 2013 that the amphibious model, Panther, achieved the quality, reliability and maintainability March was looking for. “Each Panther is a custom-built vehicle,” says March. In January 2010, March broke the Guinness amphibious speed record with WaterCar’s Python model. “I was driving,” recalls March, “and I was both excited and concerned because no one had ever gone that fast. We used a tremendous amount of caution.” March says the Python model reached speeds from 150 to 200 mph and looking back, he says, “I eventually became comfortable with the high speeds because once you get out there, it’s really cool. I can’t express what it’s like every time you drive one of these models.”




WaterCar broke new ground when it came to developing amphibious vehicles. It boasts a dozen different models that can go off-road, above water and even cruise down the highway. Models like the Turnkey Minus, which is a Panther package and includes everything you need to cover for land and water, is one of those vehicles. According to WaterCar’s website, all one has to supply is a new, rebuilt or a used Honda 3.5 or 3.7 V-TEC Engine and a 091 VW bus Transmission, along with your choice of custom paint and design. March says companies often reach out to WaterCar to market their brands in a unique way to pique consumers’ interest. “It’s definitely unusual, but it’s a great marketing piece of interest.” While the military has used amphibious vehicles for years, it’s become more of a fun and exciting luxury novelty for those closer to a large mass of water. “Our models can keep up with other boats in the water,” says March. “You can even go water-skiing.” WaterCar’s Python model (a price tag of $200,000) used to break the Guinness record, reaches speeds of up to 60 mph in the water with a Dominator Jet and Corvette engine. March says he was surprised by the various ways clients used their models. “It’s been used in many ways we hadn’t even envisioned,” he says. “It’s very convenient for people who have an island and use it to travel to and from, as well as on land.” Many clients also carry the models on their yachts when they encounter ports with restricted access. For those looking into purchasing an amphibious vehicle, the Panther is currently offered in three states of completion: Rolling Chassis, Turnkey Minus and Complete Custom. However, please note, the Complete Custom version may be a challenge or impossible to license and register for street use in some states or provinces. Visit watercar.fountainvalleybodyworks. com/ for more information.





White City and Emerald Park

Growing and Thriving


hat started out as a “homey bedroom community” in the late 1950s has grown into a thriving and flourishing centre with a population of more than 5,000 residents. With today’s economic growth, White City has proven the ability to stand on its own feet. Much of this is due to industrial developments such as the Vale Potash Mine, along with oilfield and pipeline activity. Where Country Living Meets City Life According to White City Mayor Bruce Evans, these communities offer the best of both worlds. White City is ideal for people looking for a quiet, safe environment close to the amenities Regina has to offer. “The location is so close to Regina residents can enjoy an easy commute, whether driving in for work or shopping.” He adds the town is

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great for people looking for larger lots in a quiet environment offering a bit of independence from the busy city life. “When the community started, there were almost no services for residents. Now we offer a hockey arena, golf course, skate park, splash park, expanded community centre, new shopping and more,” comments Evans. Growing Community with Growing Needs This growth has led to the building of new Emerald Ridge Elementary school. Evans says there are also plans to establish a new Town Centre around which the community can continue to grow. In addition to expanding water treatment and wastewater facilities, “a P3 highway project from Balgonie to just past Regina will provide safer travel with the assistance of overpasses,” explains Evans. Construction is expected to begin

in July 2015.The formation of the White Butte Regional Planning Committee has helped provide more services to residents and businesses in the surrounding area. A Great Place to Call Home The White City and Emerald Park area is attractive and upscale, offering a relaxed lifestyle. Families, young empty-nesters and retirees will find a healthy mix of small town friendliness with a growing business and industry core.

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tanding proudly in the heart of White City is the latest show home to be crafted by Richard Thiele of Carolyn Homes. Located at 93 Emerald Ridge East, “The Emerald” is a prime example of quality workmanship at hand.

This attractive home features three spacious bedrooms upstairs, two downstairs and four bathrooms. It also comes complete with many extras that transform it from a house to a stylish and comfortable home.

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Bright and spacious, this home offers custom cabinetry in the kitchen, laundry room and all bathrooms. The consistency in design and matching glass throughout





adds an attractive finishing touch. Granite countertops provide a lovely and functional accent that will last as long as you wish. Enjoy the luxurious look of rich hardwood throughout the living areas. You’ll love the warm beauty of these stunning, easy-tocare-for floors. Decorative top quality tile is both practical and stylish in the service areas of the home. The open-concept living, dining and kitchen area is ideal for entertaining or enjoying a quiet evening at home

with the family. The contemporary look is highlighted with the addition of an appealing gas fireplace. A bonus area at the top of the second floor overlooks the kitchen and living area and is ideal for a play area for the kids, a quiet reading retreat or anything you choose. The kitchen has plenty of extras any cook will appreciate. Soft-close custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and tasteful tile backsplash are just a few of the exciting included features. The master bedroom is a lovely retreat nestled within the home, featuring large windows and an extensive walk-in closet. The beautiful five-piece en suite offers the same attention to detail evident throughout the home. Start your day in the wonderful custom shower and end it in the relaxing jet tub. You will also truly enjoy the warm and soothing luxury of infloor heating. The downstairs area has been finished and includes two bedrooms, a bathroom

“In July, 2013, my wife and I bought the last show home Carolyn Homes built. Originally we weren’t looking to buy a new home, but as soon as we walked in we were immediately drawn to it. The impeccable quality and meticulous attention to detail still leave us feeling amazed. Richard is an outstanding individual; he has gone the extra mile to make sure we are more than satisfied with everything.” —Robin Blazeiko





and an open area which can be used as a family room. This roomy area features plenty of natural light and is tastefully decorated with carpet and neutral colours. “The Emerald” also includes a heated triple-car garage that is completely finished and insulated. At the back of the house, the deck looks out onto the adjacent park — a perfect place for children to play without the worry of traffic.

Built by a Craftsman At Carolyn Homes, you get the quality craftsmanship of a builder who takes the time to oversee every aspect of the construction. “I pay attention to all of the details,” says Thiele. Thiele’s wide scope of experience in the trades, such as stonework, electrical, woodworking and cabinetry, have allowed Thiele to attain the knowledge needed to build stunning homes of impeccable quality. With a strong team of design, staff and tradespeople who are carefully chosen

by Thiele himself, each Carolyn Home is built to be as structurally sound as it is beautiful. “I know the houses we build are going to be here long after we will be and that’s why it’s so important to me that all the details are taken care of,” he remarks. Every home built by Carolyn Homes is built with individual care and precision. There are no “cookie-cutter homes” when Thiele is on the job; each project is its own unique dwelling. “We are in the business of producing good quality homes rather than a lot of homes all at once,” Thiele notes. When you purchase a Carolyn Home, you know you are buying more than just another building project. You are buying a piece of craftsmanship you and your family will be able to enjoy for years to come. .

Carolyn Homes 306.541.5356 Richard Thiele of Carolyn Homes




The Place To Do Business White City/Emerald Park has long been an area filled with very strong entrepreneurial spirit. More entrepreneurs and business owners reside there than anywhere else in Saskatchewan. The Brownstone Professional Centre was recently opened to gather together and support businesses in the area. We are excited to announce we are now open and moving toward our goal to bring good businesses together.

Brownstone Professional Centre

The Brownstone Professional Centre offers 18 spacious and contemporary offices ideally located at the centre of the Emerald Mall in Emerald Park. •

320 Great Plains Road Emerald Park


Single offices, shared offices, virtual offices and a boardroom for rent/lease daily, weekly, monthly or longer

Free WIFI-dedicated line available

Access to a state-of-the-art video conferencing room and a large professional board room

A fully equipped kitchenette

24/7 access to the building to tenants

Includes all utilities and facility management, including cleaning of common areas

DTSS Drug Testing Safety Services 306-543-8378

The difference is in the detail!

Supporting Safety in the Workplace – Pre-employment, Pre-access and on the job.

Solutions to ease your pressure!

ABOVE Darcy Thiele and Mark Schaeffer

We’re on a Mission… …to help capital intensive facilities dramatically increase their ROI by assisting them, their capital construction providers and their operations and maintenance providers to assess risks and improve the value added within their construction, operations and maintenance activities.

Who We Are PSI — Pressure Solutions Inc. was founded in August 2010 when Darcy Thiele and Mark Schaffer left the provincial boiler and pressure vessel jurisdiction (TSASK) to respond to the growing design, construction, maintenance and operational needs of the Saskatchewan mining, manufacturing and process industries. Darcy Thiele has 21 years experience as a Professional Engineer, holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Executive), and is a Saskatchewan Class 1 Licensed Pressure Equipment Inspector. Mark Schaffer has 20 years experience, is a Saskatchewan Class 1 Licensed Pressure Equipment Inspector, Second Class Power Engineer and an API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector.



PSI Regina

Pressure Solutions Inc.

our Clients inClude: • Upstream Oil and Gas • Processing (Oil & Gas and Petro-chemical) companies • Power providers • Commodities processors • Manufacturing and mining companies • Engineering & construction providers • Operations & maintenance providers our serviCes inClude: • Registration & licensing of pressure equipment • Quality Control Program development, mentoring & support • Quality Management System development and implementation • Asset Integrity Inspections and Risk Based Inspections • Jurisdictional Liaising (TSASK, ABSA or ITSM) • Design & registration of pressure equipment • Project Management • Facilities Commissioning • Operational structuring, training & mentorship

SolutionS to eaSe your preSSure! 844-877-4944 |



urprisingly Unexpected” — a fitting motto for the thriving City of Moose Jaw. Widely known for its tourism, industry and friendly people, this active community of 35,000 located on the TransCanada Highway 70 kilometres west of Regina, contains a strong history, growing economy and distinct culture. “

Business is Booming… Including Christmas in October

Moose Jaw

Surprisingly Unexpected By Tobie Hainstock Photos courtesy Tourism Moose Jaw

Brian Martynook, Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce CEO, is excited about the city’s growth and development. Since 2012, more than 500 new business licenses have been issued within Moose Jaw and district. New hotels and restaurants, along with events such as the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, are attracting visitors and offering new employment opportunities. The results speak for themselves. Martynook says in the last two years, the population of Moose Jaw has increased by two per cent each year. “The demographic of the city is changing; we are drawing more young families,” he adds. With a wide range of amenities including schools, medical clinics, big-box stores, specialty niche stores, SIAST Palliser campus and more, Moose Jaw is a city for everyone. Every fall, shoppers converge from far and wide to kick off the season at Moose Jaw’s unique “Christmas in October” event. The entire city gets involved with decorations and lights, special displays and merchandise. This year’s event runs from October 23 to 26. A Healthy Vibrant Community A two-year citywide initiative was kicked off in January 2014 to make a difference in the health and well-being of Moose Jaw residents. Says Dr. Mark Lemstra of Alliance Wellness: “The Healthy Weights Initiative is designed to help residents shed pounds and keep them off.” So far, 81 per cent of initial participants have completed the program. As a continuously growing community, Moose Jaw offers the friendliness of a hometown environment with the exciting pace of a healthy vibrant city on the move. “We’re a city that’s on the radar now,” concludes Martynook.

ABOVE LEFT Carrie Underwood photo courtesy Mike Stobbs Photography




The 2014 Season begins in Moose Jaw with


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Friday, October 24th 10 AM - 8 PM Sunday, October 26th 12 PM - 4 PM

All the Trimmings Christmas Supper - Sunday, October 26th (Reservation Only) 92



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Our Open Thursday andand Friday 9:309:30 a.m.a.m. to 9 Our OpenHouse Househours hourswill willbebe Thursday Friday p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. Call5 us forCall additional informationinformation at 306.693.7779 or email usor at to p.m. us for additional at 306.693.7779 email us at

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Big City Style, Small Town Service Your one-stop shop for that perfect Christmas gift idea and holiday decorating needs. Let our team of personal shoppers help you find something for everyone on your gift list, including yourself. From jewellery and fashion to home décor and furniture, we have that one-of-a-kind, unique item that you are looking for. Looking to redecorate before the holiday season? Book a consult with Jillian or Karrin from our JDE Drafting and Design Team to create the room of your dreams just in time to awe all your party guests. Join us for “Christmas in October” festivities including extended store hours, refreshments and give-aways, Oct 23–26, 2014. Be the first to see this year’s “must-have” in holiday decorating and gift-giving ideas.

621 Main Street North, Moose Jaw 306.693.0673














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Unique Designer Shoes

Cho’s Jean and Top Designers 1005 Albert St, Regina 306.565.2243 |

Lusso Shoe Lounge 2585 Quance Street, Regina | 306.545.2924 | |

We Bring Out Your Natural Beauty

A North Regina Hidden Oasis

AC Salon and Spa 3-5602 Rochdale Blvd., Regina | 306.206.1772 |

Spa Cantik 1035 Devonshire Dr. N, Regina | 306.522.6845

Family-owned Chinese Dining

Frozen Yogurt Fun at Menchie’s

Lee’s Chop Suey East 200 Victoria Avenue Regina, SK 306.525.5247

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt — 4-1010 Pasqua Street North | 306.525.9866 | 200-3425 Quance Street | 306.359.9866 |

Top quality brand names: Mavi, Levi’s, Buffalo, Silver and more. Free alterations on all purchases. Same day alteration services, no extra cost. Competitive prices.

Regina’s best salon and spa. Full services in hair and esthetics. Let us treat you like a movie star!

Authentic buffet and menu items, with spacious dining room or private space for groups. Friendly service and unique Chinese décor. Open 7 days a week.

Looking for different and unique designer footwear? Styles from Fly London, Miz Mooz, Donald J Pliner, John Varvatos and Coach. Hand-made Euro designs from DKode and Gold Button.

Offering a full menu of male and female services. Specializing in couples’ hydrotherapy treatment. Using top-of-the-line products. Experienced nail technicians and hair stylists.

Over 100 rotating flavours of frozen yogurt made with top-quality ingredients and endless unique toppings. Create your own selfserve treat in a fun and lively atmosphere.









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Breakfast Area

Whirlpool Suites

• 36 kitchenettes, pool, water slide and hot tub • Deluxe complimentary breakfast includes hot and cold items • Whirlpool suites include whirlpool tub, king-size bed and pull-out sofa; two of the four also have a kitchenette. We are on the "high-end" side of other hotels in town. We offer superior customer service and a convenient location right off of Highway 1.

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Hours Monday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 1-5 p.m.

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