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Saskatchewan Fashion Week A Showcase of Unforgettable Design By Tobie HainsTock Photos Deanne bell


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t was three spectacular days of incredible designs by some of Saskatchewan’s most talented designers. Saskatchewan Fashion Week’s second annual celebration of the province’s fashion and creative design industries took place from May 9 to 11 in Regina’s new City Square Plaza. Located in the heart of the city, the entire area buzzed with excitement. Saskatchewan Fashion week was founded in 2012 by Candyce Fiessel, Chelsea O’Connell and Chris Pritchard. According to O’Connell, the team learned a lot about planning last year, and were able to use that experience as a knowledge base for 2013 Fashion Week. “It’s been a lot easier this year; we know more of what we are doing, but we still have a lot to learn,” O’Connell comments. One of the keys to success was the strong volunteer base. With a committee of 30, and hundreds of others working behind the scenes, it was a challenge to work with everyone’s schedules, but the entire event ran like clockwork. “Everybody brings different experiences to the table, and there are always lots of good ideas,” says O’Connell. With a total of 1,600 spectators, Saskatchewan Fashion Week was even bigger than the committee anticipated. “I didn’t expect it to get this big so soon,” remarks O’Connell, “but when you work with people with big dreams, you can expect big things to happen.” It was a thrilling week as Regina’s downtown was transformed into a runway exhibition of fashion, featuring 26 emerging and established designers from Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The majority of the designers displayed their fall/winter 2013 collections, while local retailers Pure, Uforia Muse, Coda Clothing and Shoes, Farm Fresh, Colin O’Brian Man’s Shoppe and Shopping Spree showcased spring/ summer 2013 style trends. A toal of 390 style combinations graced the runway, also showcasing Saskatchewan’s elite hair stylists and makeup artists. Saskatchewan-born Amy Matysio was the entertaining and colourful host throughout the three days. An award-winning actor, producer and creator, Matysio was recently named a Saskatchewan Future 40. The event kicked off Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. with the Swag Lounge and Trunk Show before each show. Ticket holders enjoyed appetizers, music, artistic instillations and

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mingled with the designers whose creations were being featured. Attendees were able to view and purchase custom-tailored garments displayed on the runway. Saturday afternoon featured a special free open program with three emerging designers. Moonstar Designs by Ester Knight of Weyburn showcased her fall and winter designs for adolescent girls. Knight’s collection used the fabrics that all girls love to wear: velvets, knits and denim embellished with appliqué, ribbon, beading, Swarovski crystals and handmade flowers. Knight says her goal with this collection was to create dresswear for this age group that empowers young girls’ confidence. Mehari Clothing, by Besrat Mehari of Regina, is described as dark and edgy; she likes to experiment with a broad selection of fabrics and textures in her collections. Jamilano, by Jamilano Shavron from Regina, presented a collection inspired by her Italian, Croatian, Austrian and Philippine roots. Her garments carry an urban sophistication with a vibrant colour range of blue, black, cream and orange. The Emerging Designers — working in the fashion industry for less than five years — showcased their collections at the start of each evening. They included Padraigin, Savoire-Faire Custom Bouquets, Beryl Wong Designs, Katherine Sthamann, Nadia Williamson, Kazz Clothing, Anwen Rose, Jaycee Wall, Tia Zelinski, The Unified Theory, Kanidis Ivy, ‘S’ by Sonja Clifton-Remple, Sara Armstrong and Riley Lawson. Closing each evening were the Established Designers, who have been in the industry for more than five years. These designs included Seed, Helen Anne Designs, Hillberg and Berk, Amaranth Designs, Chicks and Girlies, Laurie Brown, 22 Fresh and Sova.

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New this year was the introduction of the Fashion Forward Emerging Designer Award, presented by Dr. Roberta MacKay and Mr. Elmer Brenner immediately after the runway program Saturday evening. This $2,000 honorarium assists the recipient to develop a business plan and marketing strategy, professional development and portfolio enhancement. The Emerging Designers were judged by three local fashion industry professionals: Lisa McEachern, head designer and production manager, Hillberg and Berk; Dean Renwick, designer, Dean Renwick Design Studio; and Colter Wood, owner, Coda Clothing and Shoes.


Recipient of this new award was Riley Lawson from Regina. Lawson worked in film and TV costume for a few years, and seeking an artistic outlet, started handpainting shirts and selling her product in a Regina retail outlet. Lawson’s work in fashion retail provided the opportunity to showcase her work at various runway shows. A volunteer at last year’s Fashion Week, she was motivated to push herself further to pursue her dream. “The whole event was a challenge,” says Lawson, “I hadn’t really got out of my box until getting involved in Saskatchewan Fashion Week.” She was amazed to get the award. “I’m so grateful to have been chosen by the people I admire so much in the industry,” she comments. According to Dean Renwick, it was not easy judging for this category with the number of aspects to consider. “We looked at the description of the brand, target market, price point, fabrication and education of the designer,” states Renwick, “We also looked at the designer’s business goals, and how they will use the award money to further those goals.” Evaluation categories included business, quality and runway presentation. The week was memorable for designers. According to Emerging Designer, Briana Grimes of Saviore Faire Custom Bouquets, the week provided a great opportunity to showcase her unique wedding bouquets. “It’s been awesome; I’ve received a lot of feedback from many people,” expresses Grimes. As an Established Designer, Rea Harbus from Amaranth Designs had never done a show featuring this many designers, and she found the experience inspirational. “This experience has pushed me into a new direction of what I want my whole collection to look like, as opposed to just one or two pieces,” Harbus remarks. While the memories of Saskatchewan Fashion Week 2013 still linger, planning has already started for 2014. With hopes that Fashion Week will become a tourist destination in Saskatchewan, the team will work on making it even bigger and better. As for the designers, they have gone home saturated in support and inspiration. Whether it was jewellery, fall fashions, handbags, hats, wedding bouquets or evening gowns, the level of talent at Saskatchewan Fashion Week 2013 was something many people will be talking about for a long time. Visit www. saskfashionweek.com. FLR

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MYTHS AND FACTS and your age. Unless you have legs like Tina Turner, avoid the mini-skirt. Myth 5: Don’t wear sequins during the day. Wear your bling during the day, but keep it to a minimum. At night knock yourself out, and be a disco ball if you want.

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rowing up, we all took fashion advice from well-meaning family members and other “trendy tell-alls.” The fashion world is rapidly changing; what was once taboo is now considered chic. It can be confusing. How do you know what the fashion rules are? It’s time to separate the facts from the myths with these hot tips. Myth 1: No white after Labour Day. It’s now totally acceptable to wear white any time of the year. Stay away from wearing white bottoms in winter; you don’t want to look like you only have half a torso. Myth 2: Dark colours for fall and winter. Not at all! Bright colours are a must for those seasons. On cloudy days, they add a splash of sun, and always bring out more brightness.

Myth 6: Showing skin is sexy or sophisticated. Take the occasion into consideration and use discretion and taste. On the right dress, a well placed “peek-a-boo” can be both sexy and sophisticated. Myth 7: Don’t clash your colours. This is an old rule you can ignore. Make a statement in a hot pink dress with a bright orange jacket, if you’re so inclined. Just remember to make sure all your colours are in the same intensity range. Myth 8: Match, match, match. Your grandmother might have taught you to match the purse, shoes, lipstick, nail polish and hat, but it’s much more fun to mix it up a bit. Your accessories should go together nicely, but don’t have to match.

Myth 3: Black makes you look slimmer. Sorry ladies, this is simply not the case. Black is not slimming, it just makes you look older and frumpier.

Myth 9: Don’t mix your patterns. Patterns that you were once told not to mix can now be thrown together in a great way. For example, try a large floral blouse with a striped jacket. As long as some of the colours in the patterns go with each other, then go for it. The matching colours will pull everything together in a fantastic way

Myth 4: If you wore it once, you can wear it again. Don’t kid yourself: just because it’s become trendy again, it doesn’t mean you can still wear it. Unfortunately, time plays mean tricks on our bodies, so wear what’s appropriate for your body type

Myth 10. Long dresses on short women don’t always work. If you keep to an empire style, you will visually elongate the torso. Top it off with a comfortable height-adding shoe, and you will look like a tall drink of water.

NOW FOR SOME FACTS. Fact 1. Never wear denim with denim. Stay away from denim on denim, unless you’re wearing different colours of denim, and something else in-between to break it up. Fact 2. Not all sizes are the same. Each clothing manufacturer and each style within that manufacturer can be different. You must try everything on, and have a good alterationist on speed dial. Fact 3. Black tights don’t make your legs look thinner. In fact, unless you are a skinny 12-year old, they make your legs look like stovepipes. The same goes for white tights: stay away from them. Fact 4. The neutral colours are white, black, navy, taupe, beige and grey. Any colours will coordinate with these. If you need to wear your grey suit for that court date, dress it up with a yellow top, red heels and a turquoise bag. You’ll look great! Fact 5. Always invest in one or two good suits. They will become a staple in your wardrobe. You don’t have to wear the pieces together; tear the suits apart and wear as separates. Doing this will double your wardrobe and you will get more out of your investment. Just remember to dry clean all the pieces at the same time to keep them looking the same. Above all, remember to have fun. Fashion is not something to be taken too seriously. Take note of what others are wearing and how they are wearing it. It just might open your world and wardrobe to a whole new way of self expression. FLR

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Storage Wars, filming their recurring role as themselves. I spoke with Matt Harris recently to learn more about their glamorous lifestyle, versatile and eclectic careers, and something that has made them stand out: their impeccable style. Lisa Drader-Murphy

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Lisa Drader-Murphy: How would you describe your personal style? Matt Harris: We’ve really evolved into a Gatsby-Derby style. You can wear a nice suit, but if you don’t have a nice pocket square or socks or tie, it can look pretty boring. One of my signatures is spectator shoes. Whether it’s black and white, brown and white, cream and white, I wear them quite often. LD-M: You have been involved in a number of high profile events, and the anticipation around what you will be wearing has created a lot of buzz. How

much time goes into planning your outfits for your appearances during these events? MH: We focus on the details. For the Kentucky Derby, we brought back the walking stick, and Mark had a cigarette holder. We have a luxury event to attend today, and we’ve spent the last three days trying to figure out what to wear. I’m wearing pink pants, a blue blazer, a bright purple shirt and a fantastic colourful pocket square. Mark is wearing something comparable to that … It’s a look that is going to pop as we walk down the street together. LD-M: As busy as you are with your company, travels, radio show and more, you are clearly passionate about your style and clothing. MH: Between Mark and myself, we’re buying non-stop! It’s almost to the point that we’re addicted to shopping. My


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oldest daughter has been away at school for two years, and I have turned her room into my dressing room and moved my entire wardrobe in there. LD-M: You have a popular show on LA Talk Radio called the Taste Makers. What do you share with your listeners? MH: Fashion, style, luxury and the entertainment industry, and then we also talk about the events we’ve participated in. We sometimes have celebrity guests. Recently, we invited Oscar Nunez from the Office to join us. We were invited to this thing … the Beverly Hills Concours d’Elegance. It was … all about old cars and style and it takes place at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, built in the 1920s. It’s stuff like that that we love to attend and meet people, and then we can talk about those experiences on the show. LD-M: Your company, WOW! Creations, has provided and produced some of the

most exciting swag bags and gift lounges in Hollywood and beyond. You’ve provided gifting for the Kentucky Derby, ABC’s The Bachelor, the Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammys, Sundance Film Festival, Miss America, Miss Universe, Miss USA, TBS Comedy Festival, Soul Train Music Awards, TV Land Awards, William Shatner charities and more. They all sound so exciting! Is there one event that stands out as a favourite? MH: We do so many events throughout the year, but one we enjoy the most is the Kentucky Derby because of all the parties. What we love about the Kentucky Derby is the history—this was the 139th year—the pageantry, because it’s a week-long party with red carpet events, luncheons, cuisine, fashion and celebrity. You hear about the women and their hats, but the men’s hats are just as important and stylish! FLR

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Although I do believe true beauty comes from within, I love to educate and offer women simple, basic solutions to maintaining their femininity and creating easy, effortless summer looks. In addition to your normal skin and sun care routine, all it takes is 5 minutes and 3 products!

an eyeliner pencil, line the upper and lower watermarks. Next, apply one or more coats of mascara, paying attention to the outer top lashes. After applying mascara, use a clean mascara wand to comb and brush through the lashes to ensure a clean, clump-free application. Adding mascara makes your lashes look longer, thicker and darker. It further enhances your eye shape, makes your eyes look alive and creates a polished, finished look to your eyes.

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an instant freshness, glamour, and adds colour to the skin. In addition to creating instant femininity, choosing the right formula of lipstick can help to alleviate dry lips. If you are new to wearing lipstick, choose a more sheer formula in a soft tone that compliments your skin. As you begin experiencing the benefits of wearing a lipstick, graduate to a more full coverage formula and experiment with deeper tones. For product information and or to book a private consultation with Michelle, visit www.mjprocosmetics.com. FLR

The first “traditional” trait of defining your femininity is enhancing your eyes. Your eyes are your most distinctive feature on your face. Add definition, structure and shape by using an eyeliner or eye shadow in your choice of colour and lightly outline the shape. You can choose to line the upper, lower or both, depending on your eye shape. Or, by using

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Lastly, apply lipstick. These days I find far too many women do not wear lipstick. Lipstick, in my opinion, is the final touch in creating femininity: it defines a woman. It creates

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What Skin Care Products Do You Recommend For Anti-Aging And Why?

Using 100 per cent pure plant-based, unroasted Argan Oil as a daily antiaging skin treatment, and on a daily basis, using an oil-free, pure sunscreen lotion containing an SPF of 25 or greater with the natural ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

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s a certified advanced makeup artist, I am commonly asked this question. Makeup artistry is more than applying colour, creating and revealing one’s inner beauty. It’s my responsibility to look past, above and beyond the colour application, to care and treat the skin I am preparing for a makeup application. There are two basic products that I personally use and educate my clientele about.

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I strongly support limiting the use of harsh chemicals, and choosing natural, pure, organic and chemical-free and paraben-free personal care products. The only anti-aging skincare products I recommend and use on all of my clients are 100 per cent pure plant-based Argan Oil. This all-natural beauty serum contains just one ingredient with no fillers, preservatives, dyes or perfumes and is safe and beneficial for all skin types and conditions including oily skin types, sensitive skin, psoriasis, rosacea or acne. Over the years, Argan oil has become a beauty rave. You’ll find this ingredient in many personal care products such as facial moisturizers, shampoo, conditioner, hair serums, sprays and body moisturizers. There are several formulas of Argan oil, and especially for facial use. I recommend choosing an unrefined, non-roasted, 100 per cent pure formula. Many brands process Argan Oil through damaging heating and deodorization processes. These processes strip the oil not only of its smell, but some of its healing, restorative properties. Argan Oil is legendary in Morocco, and comes from the nuts of the Argan tree. If you are allergic to nuts, test your skin tolerance with caution. Pure, unroasted

Argan oil is lauded for being naturally rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, carotenoids, ferulic acid, sterols, polyphenols, vitamin E and squalene. Together, these elements help to heal skin, reduce inflammation and fend off free radicals. Argan oil is credited with helping to repair damaged hair, reducing wrinkles and acne, diminishing the appearance of age spots, making skin supple, soft and clear, and healing dry scalp and diaper rash. This oil has also medicinal uses against rheumatism and the healing of burns, and has a natural SPF of eight. When using Argan oil on your facial skin, treat it as a serum. Apply after cleansing and toning, and before your moisturizer, or use it alone. In the daytime, follow with a sunscreen lotion containing SPF 25 or greater. Choose a formula with the natural ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide alone. We’re all aware of the damaging effects of the sun on our skin; sun protection is an absolutely critical part of our daily anti-aging and skincare basics. Argan oil is classified as an essential oil; warm it in the palms of the hands before pressing in the skin to allow the molecules to open and rapidly absorb into the skin. Start your first press into the skin on the area of concern such as red, irritated, scarred or driest areas, plus areas with the most facial lines. Continue pressing with both hands throughout the face and don’t forget your neck and décolleté area. A little goes a long way: start with two to three drops. FLR

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he “best of the best” starts at INVU Medical Aesthetics. At INVU Medical Aesthetics, Karen Kohm (RN) has a proven track record. As the medical aesthetics nurse at INVU, Kohm is one of the most experienced and trusted medical aesthetics nurses in Saskatchewan. Kohm’s expert skill and technique set her apart from the competition. INVU offers treatments and products to address fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, acne, rocasea, melasma and scars. INVU has a wide variety of skin rejuvenation treatments and products available to clients including Botox, Juvederm, Latisse, Obagi, ZO Skin Health, Priori Perfecting Mineral Make Up and more. At INVU, Kohm and her staff take pride in the treatments and services they offer, and they truly want to see you happy. INVU Medical Aesthetics’ pressure-free environment provides honest and individualized assessments, which give Kohm’s clients the best results and highest satisfaction. It’s no secret that Kohm loves what she does! Her extensive knowledge and practical proficiency in the Medical Aesthetic’s field allows her to offer her clients the best possible results specific to her clients’ requests. FLR

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“I’ve been to a few different places for my Botox and filler and hands down: Karen is the best!” “Karen was absolutely great! Her passion for skin, looking young and rejuvenated, was a real treat. I left her clinic feeling good, and the results kept getting better for the next two weeks. I am a very satisfied and loyal customer. Karen’s products are great, but you will really fall in love with her and her passion for skin!”

Invu Medical Aesthetics Cityview Center 525, 2550-15th Ave., Regina 306.522.1078 info@invuskin.com www.invuskin.com Karen Kohm, BScN RN


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GoinG Gluten Free? Real Food Tastes Better by Megan Lust

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ith the growing trend of looking towards healthier food options it’s no wonder that the number of those on a gluten-free diet are on the rise. For those with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine which can only be managed by the strict avoidance of gluten in the diet, the road to enjoying food once again can be a very unfamiliar one. Many who have been diagnosed with celiac disease have felt the overwhelming sense of “What now?” when it comes to cutting out all of their favorite gluten-filled treats. Quite often the idea of cooking and baking gluten-free can be intimidating, leaving those newly diagnosed turning to packaged food and pantry items to satisfy cravings for those now off-limits homemade treats. Indeed, gluten-free items are becoming more readily available, even in small towns and cities. Manufacturers have improved the texture and consistency of their products to closely mimic the “real thing.” While those with celiac disease can rejoice in finding products and ingredients more readily, an important question does arise: Can we actually consider processed gluten-free foods healthy? After all, we are buying them at the “health food store” and in the “natural foods” aisles of our supermarket.

Always Read Ingredient Labels As with any special diet or healthful eating, a quick check of the ingredients label can tell you if what you’re about to eat is truly healthy or if it’s junk food in disguise. Sometimes, the longer the ingredients list is — and the more difficult to pronounce the ingredients — can be an indication that it is junk. Reading the ingredients each time you buy a product is especially important when looking for allergens like gluten because manufacturing practices can change and an item that was once suitable may no longer be.

From Diagnosis to Delicious Avoiding overly processed gluten-free or allergen-free foods does not mean you have to resign yourself to tasteless cardboard-like meals from here on in. In fact, learning of a food allergy or intolerance

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can motivate some to start exploring in the kitchen. Rather than thinking about the few foods that are restricted, consider the expansive list of those foods you can still enjoy. Using whole, healthful foods is the perfect way to be inspired to push the envelope and try new things. Explore the Farmers’ Market to see what is in season and experiment with trying exciting, new ingredients. Chances are the homemade versions of your favourite treat are going to taste much better — and be way healthier for you, too. FLS Megan Lust is a freelance writer and foodie, with a focus on gluten-free and vegan recipes. Visit her blog at www.theglutenfreevegan. com or her Facebook page for more healthy eating ideas and recipes. megan@ theglutenfreevegan.com.


SWEEt PotAto And BLACk BEAn BURgERS WIth ASIAn SLAW And SPICY MAYo by Megan Lust

These spiced burgers are sure to be a hit with vegetarians and omnivores alike. The Asian slaw and spicy mayo are the perfect condiments for this hearty burger.

SWEEt PotAto And BLACk BEAn BURgERS Ingredients 1 cup pecans, walnuts or almonds 4 stalks green onion 3-inch piece fresh ginger 1 carrot, peeled 1 stalk celery 4 cloves garlic 2 cups grated sweet potato 1 - 19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed well 1 ⁄2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In the work bowl of your food processor, pulse nuts until finely ground. 3. Add in green onions, ginger, carrot, celery and garlic. Pulse to finely chop. do not let it become a paste. Scrape mixture out into a large bowl and set aside. 4. Add black beans to the work bowl of the food processor. Add 1 cup of grated sweet potato. Pulse to combine into a chunky puree. Scrape out into the same bowl as the nut mixture. 5. to the large bowl, add the remaining 1 cup of grated sweet potato, five spice powder, salt, pepper and sesame oil. Stir to combine well.

1 tablespoon coconut aminos or low-sodium gluten-free tamari ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil 1 ⁄2 cup grapeseed oil 1 ⁄4 - 1⁄2 teaspoon sesame seeds 1

Preparation 1. Combine cabbage, cilantro, mint and green onions in a large bowl. 2. In a smaller bowl, whisk the lime zest, lime juice, coconut aminos (or tamari), salt, sugar, sesame oil and grapeseed oil until combined. 3. Pour dressing over cabbage and herb mixture and toss well. Cover and chill for at least two hours or overnight to allow flavours to meld and let the cabbage soften slightly. 4. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and toss once more before serving.

SPICY MAYo Ingredients ⁄2 cup vegan mayonnaise 1 or 2 cloves minced garlic 1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce

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6. Form into 8 large-sized or 12 medium-sized patties and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. 7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes until lightly browned. 8. top with Asian slaw and spicy mayo. Serve as is or on a gluten-free bun. note: You can cook these on the grill using a BBQ grill tray for about 15 to 20 minutes.

ASIAn SLAW Ingredients 1 lb red cabbage, shredded 1 ⁄2 cup cilantro leaves 1 ⁄2 cup mint leaves 1 bunch green onions, sliced 1 lime, zested and juiced

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Advice from your Optometrist Advantages of Retinal Imaging in an Eye Exam

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previously discussed, we perform dilated retinal examinations as part of all adult routine examinations. In addition, we have had high resolution central retinal photography since 2008. In November, 2012 we introduced the Optos Daytona wide-field retinal imaging system to our office. This instrument takes up to a 200 degree image of the retina, and in ideal conditions can image about 80 per cent of the retina — the same as previous Optomap imaging systems. This expands our ability to photo-document and assess the retina via this imaging on top of our dilated examinations.

Owner/Optometrist Advance Eye Care Center 500–4010 Pasqua Street, Regina 306.586.7036 www.advanceeyecarecenter.ca

The second feature of the Optos Daytona is its capability to perform wide-field fundus auto-fluorescence imaging. Fundus auto-fluorescence gives us the ability to assess the retina in a new perspective. Conventional retinal examination allows us to view the retina from the interior side and assess it as a single functional unit. And while the retina is a functional unit, 10 distinct cell layers make up the total structure of the retina.

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The deepest 2 layers of the retina (the furthest from where we view) are the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) and the photoreceptors. The RPE helps control nutrition and eliminate waste from the retina, while the photoreceptors are the specialized cells that capture light and turn it into our vision. A conventional retinal exam cannot directly assess any one individual layer of the the retina. However, fundus auto-fluorescence takes advantage of a unique pigment found in the RPE layer to give us a scan to assess the health of these two layers in more detail.

echnology in optometry is constantly advancing, both on the optical side and on the eye health side. Today, I want to discuss more on the new technology used to help optometrists perform eye examinations. Recent studies have shown that the most effective way to examine the retina during an eye exam is a thorough dilated retinal examination done by the optometrist, coupled with retinal imaging.1 At Advance Eye Care Center, we have recently expanded our imaging capabilities with this in mind. As

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Healthy RPE cells contain a pigment called lipofuscein and when scanned, give a flat grey appearance. Cells that are damaged or sick will begin to leak this pigment into surrounding areas, giving a very bright appearance to the image. Finally, dead cells do not have this pigment and appear dark on the scan. Fundus autofluorescence, in conjunction with conventional assessment, is valuable in helping detect and monitor progression of retinal diseases of these cells layers such as macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa, Best’s Disease, Stargardt’s Retinal dystrophy and many others. With many different therapeutic options being studied for these diseases, early detection and accurate monitoring will be more and more important in the future. Fundus autofluorescence is now a part of all adult routine examinations at Advance Eye Care Center. New patients are welcome. To arrange an appointment call 306.586.7036, or use our online appointment request form at www.advanceeyecarecenter.com. FLR 1. Brown K, Sewell JM, Trempe C, Peto T, Travison TG. Comparison of image-assisted versus traditional fundus examination. Eye and Brain Feb 2013


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It’s About CArIng not Just HeAltHCAre pHotos Courtesy of Nurse Next Door

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urse Next Door Home Care Services has been providing flexible, affordable and quality home care options to Regina seniors since 2009. With a rapidly aging demographic, this local business is addressing the healthcare needs of seniors while helping to alleviate the burden placed on existing care options. What makes them special, however, is their unique take on aging and healthcare. A full spectrum of one-on-one home care services are offered, ranging from a minimum of two hours-per-week of friendly companionship right through to around-the-clock care from a registered nurse. The owners, Rob VanNorman and his wife Heather, were drawn to Nurse

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Next Door because of the company’s industry-changing philosophy on senior care. Nurse Next Door believes that aging should be celebrated instead of merely coped with, and they aim to defy aging stereotypes. “Today’s seniors are lively and full of life, nothing like what the media portrays of them,” says Rob. “Our branding reflects seniors the way they see themselves, enjoying life doing the things they want to do — like gardening, for example — and we focus on the happiness of clients over and above the routine healthcare needs.” “What is important to Nurse Next Door is that it’s about caring, not just healthcare,” says Heather, an

accomplished RN with more than 30 years of nursing experience. “This means more than providing nutritious meals, safe baths and medical care. It means getting seniors back to doing the things they love and finding creative ways to restore a joy for living.” Realizing the profound effect that emotional support can have on one’s overall wellbeing, Nurse Next Door hopes to shift the healthcare paradigm from a task-based and clinical model to one of caring and human kindness. One way that Nurse Next Door focuses on emotional engagement is by asking clients a simple question: “What did you used to love doing that you no longer can?”


Care is then geared to getting seniors back to doing what they love instead of simply giving a bath or providing a meal. They even have a manager of happiness on staff who ensures caregivers are continually looking for special things to create happiness and enhance the home care experience. One such experience began when a caregiver encouraged her palliative Nurse Next Door client to make a “bucket list” of the most exciting things she has always wanted to do but never had a chance. The client responded that she had always wanted to ride a zebra, wear super-high platform Lady Gaga shoes and drive a convertible with her hair blowing in the wind. The caregiver first took the client to a discount shoe warehouse, where they tried on a pair of sky-high platform shoes before walking cautiously back to the car, giggling like schoolgirls. The next stop was a merry-go-round, where the client got to ride a ‘zebra.’ The caregiver also arranged a test drive of a convertible!

“Everyone deserves to age healthy, happy and with dignity,” explains Rob. “Getting people to dream again and rediscover an old passion is sometimes all it takes to restore someone’s lust for life; that’s what makes this business so rewarding.” Nurse Next Door’s Regina office provides a full spectrum of in-home care services ranging from a minimum of two hoursper-week friendly companionship, to dementia support, to delicious meals, to around-the-clock nursing care. “We promise to do whatever it takes to bring peace of mind to a senior and their family,” adds Heather. “It’s about celebrating aging and truly making lives better.” FLR

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Protect Your Skin thiS Summer: Looking Healthy From the Inside Out bY AmAndA OrO

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ummer is finally here, which means for many of us, spending time out in the sun. We all know that the sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays that damage our skin, causing premature wrinkling, discolouration and even burns. But living on the prairies means that sunny warm weather is short-lived and something that we look forward to with great anticipation. So what’s a health-conscious but summerloving person to do? Surprisingly, there are other ways to protect our skin besides sunscreen and hats (which are extremely important and effective, by the way). What we eat can play a major role in how our skin responds to sun damage and even how our skin looks year-round. From

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wrinkles to skin texture and hydration levels, food can really help our skin look and feel its best. To help us understand why certain foods can help prevent and/or repair sun damage, it is useful to know how the sun actually damages our skin. UV rays emitted by the sun cause oxidative damage, forming free radicals which contribute to premature aging and breakdown of vital skin structures. Also, sunlight breaks down the collagen in our skin, which normally provides structure, volume and elasticity. Loss of collagen contributes to sagging, wrinkling and thinning of the skin. In addition to the sun, there are other environmental factors that can damage our skin, like pollution and


extreme temperatures. It is imperative to realize that our skin is always facing some sort of stressor, and that we should do all we can to take care of it. Lucky for us, Mother Nature has blessed us with a wide array of antioxidant-rich foods to counteract the oxidative stress our skin endures. Think of any fruit or vegetable with bright, vibrant colours — spinach, kale, bell peppers, carrots, squash, berries — the list could go on and on. Brightly-coloured plant foods are rich sources of antioxidants and thousands of other phytonutrients that work to both prevent and repair skin damage from the inside out. Not to mention they also help to fight serious diseases like obesity, diabetes and cancer! The key to making this knowledge work for you is to apply it consistently in your daily life. Reach for fruits and vegetables as often as possible — every meal and snack would be optimal. The body requires continual replenishing of antioxidants due to our constant exposure to the many different types of stress that can wreak havoc with our skin and our overall health. FLR FLS

Stay Refreshed with Green Tea Green tea is also an excellent source of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, and is a great way to stay refreshed and hydrated during the hot summer months. Studies have shown that daily consumption of green tea provides antioxidant protection against UV damage and actually improves the hydration level of the skin. Here is a quick and easy recipe to help you incorporate more green tea into your diet (serves four): 4 cups fresh cool water 4 bags green tea or 4 teaspoons loose leaf green tea juice from 1⁄2 of a lemon frozen berries Combine the tea, water and lemon juice. Let steep at room temperature for at least 2 hours and then refrigerate. When ready to serve, throw some frozen berries in each glass to keep the tea cool and add a little natural sweetness. And it looks pretty too! Steeping the tea at room temperature significantly increases its antioxidant power and reduces the somewhat bitter taste of the tea. And it’s easy and convenient to make and keep a jug in the fridge to enjoy throughout the day. This can also be done with black and white tea, as cold steeping enhances their benefits as well. Whether it’s green tea with berries, a ripe and juicy mango or a killer summer salad, eat those foods that will make you look and feel your best this summer and all year round. Plant foods are the only foods with the power of antioxidants and should be eaten as much as possible — and they taste great too!

Sources: Brannon, H. Effects of Sun on the Skin. Retrieved June 19, 2013. http://dermatology.about.com/cs/beauty/a/ suneffect.htm Greger, M. Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep. Retrieved June 18, 2013. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/beauty-is-morethan-skin-deep/

Amanda Oro, RN, is a nutrition consultant for Fuel Fitness and Nutrition Inc. For more advice on mindbody wellness, please visit the Facebook page at Fuel Fitness & Nutrition Inc.

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ith Todd Elik Fitness, there are no excuses. There’s no cheating. And there’s certainly no “secret to success”. There are simply things you can do, or not do, to attain the physical condition you want. “Attitude is everything,” says Todd. “Come in and work hard, and you will get results.” Todd’s no stranger to hard work. He’s a veteran athlete whose quartercentury career saw him play for the NHL as well as European teams in Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland. “I played professional hockey for 24 years,” he says, but adds it was a chance meeting with a take-no-prisoners personal trainer in Arizona that altered his outlook on fitness. “It kind of changed my life.” It also changed his career: “[It] made me play longer… another, I bet you, nine years.”

In the spring of 2012, Todd started offering workouts for Midget hockey players at Regina’s S.E.T.S. Fitness Center, where his classes received such an enthusiastic response that he added workouts for Bantam players too. “I love developing players,” he says. “It’s inspiring to me.” He now also offers a special female fitness class, meant for adult women who see the gym less as a place to socialize than as a means to get visible results. Todd’s classes are challenging. He isn’t shy about that. “I’d rather be known as a hard class than soft,” he says. “I don’t want people standing around.” But his high standards don’t intimidate his clientele. On the contrary, Todd has developed a dedicated fan base. “They believe in the product. They see the results,” he says of regular clients. While Todd’s classes may be tough, he’s adamant about treating participants

with respect, and checking in on their physical condition at each session. “I try to stay positive... it’s very supportive,” says Todd. Classes are capped at 12 to 13 participants to ensure everyone receives adequate attention. The fitness schedule for all three groups — Bantams, Midgets and women — is rigorous. Three hour-long classes are offered each week for Bantams, four for women and Midgets. A typical session may include a range of strength and/or cardio exercises for the upper and lower body. In addition to classic exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, and dumbbell presses, clients may find themselves leaping over pylons and doing reps of exercises with names like “mountain climbers”, “frog leaps”, “duck walks” and “suicides.” Payments may be made on a monthly or drop-in basis, but, Todd warns, you likely won’t be able to keep up by attending one class weekly. His classes are designed

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to accommodate the progress of those who attend three to four weekly sessions, so “there’s no sense coming one time a week.” Young hockey players who are already in good shape may find that Todd’s classes give them the edge they need to shine against the competition for coveted professional positions. “The game is all about speed now, and strength,” Todd notes, adding “I think the biggest thing is cardio” — which can improve a player’s all-important recovery time. Strength-building, also integral, is a major component of Todd’s hockey player program: “I’ve got kids that have put on 10 pounds already, after a month and a half… these kids are getting results.” Many of the Midgets and Bantams starting Todd’s classes are already fairly fit. However, non-athletes shouldn’t feel

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as though they need to be in top shape before venturing into Todd Elik Fitness. “I’m looking for people who are out of shape,” Todd says. “I love the challenge of helping somebody.” In fact, clients looking improve their bodily condition through their eating habits — whether that means gaining or losing weight — can consult with Todd about the “3-2 eating plan” (eschewing refined carbohydrates for fruits, vegetables and lean protein) which brought him excellent results. “My theory is that you can always eat better, strength-wise,” Todd says. Over the second half of August, Todd will offer a special two-week hockey development program for Bantams at White City’s Communiskate rink. “[I] get them ready for tryouts,” he says. Then after August, into the winter — when the Bantams’ and Midgets’ training with Todd Elik Fitness is paying off on the

ice — Todd hopes to continue running fitness classes for adult women and, potentially, men. He’s also considering adding a pre-workday morning class to help accommodate clients’ busy schedules. Todd sums up Todd Elik Fitness simply: “You’re going to get a great workout,” he says. “My product speak[s] for itself.” And no matter your age or fitness level, says Todd, “I always think you can do more.” In the case of youths vying for careers as professional hockey players (in the NHL or elsewhere), you’ve got to do more — simply to stand out. No one said the path to excellence was easily travelled, but Todd Elik can help every step of the way. FLR

Todd Elik Fitness 306.501.5028 toddelik@hotmail.com


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tudies show that students typically lose 30 per cent of their learning momentum over the summer. This summer “brain drain” is easily prevented with summer academic activity. An activity that students should do this summer is reading. “Reading is the simplest and most accessible summer activity that all families can engage in together,” says Janet Klassen of Oxford Learning in Regina. This summer, Oxford Learning Centres across Canada are hosting a national Book Report Challenge. Students in Grades 1 to 12 are invited to read a preselected book and submit a brief book report online. Entries will be accepted Pre-K to Grade 12

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at oxfordlearning.com/summerreading. Visit the webpage for contest prizes, rules and regulations. Besides reading, there are other ways to stay mentally sharp this summer: • Write! Give children a journal and encourage them to write every day. They can keep lists of new words, start a short story, or just summarize their day. • Talk! Make discussing your day part of your family’s daily routine. This builds memory skills and keeps the mind active and engaged. • Play! Encourage board or card games that involve strategy, planning, and critical thinking to keep the cognitive wheels working. Try a family games night once a week. • Think! Engage the mind by asking Writing

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questions about anything and everything. An alert mind is always questioning and thinking. • Enroll! Catch up, keep up, or get ahead with a summer class at Oxford Learning. “Learning is a part of life, not just a part of the school year,” says Klassen. “By spending some time reading, writing, or in a learning program, students head back to school eager to learn.” For more information about summer programs, contact Janet Klassen at 306.790.2000 or regina@oxfordlearning. com. FLR

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PHOTOS AND INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE CANADIAN ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES (CARAS)/IPHOTO.

And the winners are… JUNO Fan Choice Award – Justin Bieber Single of the Year – Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” Album of the Year – Carly Rae Jepsen, “Kiss” Group of the Year – Marianas Trench Breakthrough Group of the Year – Monster Truck Songwriter of the Year – Leonard Cohen Adult Alternative Album of the Year – Serena Ryder, Harmony For a complete list of winners visit www.junoawards.ca Canadian Music Hall of Fame – k.d. lang Allan Waters Humanitarian Award – Tom Cochrane Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award – Larry Leblanc

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FIRST ROW L–R Corb Lund arriving on the TD Green Carpet; Metric. Alternative Album of the Year winner, Red Carpet arrivals; Breakthrough Group of the Year winner, Monster Truck; SECOND ROW L–R JUNO Awards host Michael Bublé; Adult Contemporary Album of the Year winner The Tenors; Anne Murray introduces Hall of Fame inductee k.d. lang; THIRD ROW L–R JUNO Songwriters’ Circle: L-R Tom Cochrane, Crystal Shawanda, Bahamas, Kathleen Edwards, Collin James and Danny Michel; Carly Rae Jepsen performs medley “Call me Maybe/Tonight I’m getting over you”; Marianas Trench on the Red Carpet; The Cornwall Centre comes alive with Fan Fare at the Cornwall Centre; FOURTH ROW L–R Serena Ryder performs at Juno Awards Night; CARAS President Melanie Berry presents JUNO Cup trophy to Mark Napier as Jim Cuddy looks on ; Classified, David Myles, DJ and Hype Man perform

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ow do you describe a week at the Junos? Exciting, inspiring, breathtaking … there just aren’t enough words. From the moment the Canadian music industry and CARAS (Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences) personnel descended on Regina and Moose Jaw in mid-April, it was clear this would be a “class act” from beginning to end.

For media able to be behind — and in front of — the scenes, it was a “Disneyland” whirlwind paradise of entertainment and experiences. Each day ended with the question: “Does it get any better than this?” And it did … right up until the final evening, where Chad Brownlee closed out the PotashCorp “It’s Gonna Get Loud” tent.

On Tuesday, April 16th, accredited media representatives were given access to the Brandt Centre — site of the awards show — to get a glimpse of how Canada’s biggest music night is put together. An “anthill” of staff scurried about building the massive set, while media learned more in scrums with Melanie Berry, president/ CEO of CARAS/The Juno Awards & MusiCounts; Mike MacNaughton, local organizing chairperson; and other show producers. 42

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By Thursday, Juno Week was in full gear. The Tenors performed that day at a MusicCounts’ BandAid grant celebration at Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic School in Regina. Ten schools in Saskatchewan received BandAid awards in 2012/13 from Canada’s music education charity, and Allan Reid, director of MusiCounts, emphasized, “We help keep music alive in your schools … music will take you places you never thought you would go.” That afternoon, at the Juno Cup practice, media staked interview and photo opportunities with musicians and former NHL-ers, who were already egging each other on for the Friday night game. Jian Ghomeshi hosted his show, Q, from the Conexus Arts Centre on Thursday evening; the wildly admiring crowd was treated to performances and interviews with entertainers in town for Juno Week, followed by Jian’s book signing. At the Juno Awards Set Reveal and Open Rehearsal on Friday morning, media gazed in awe at the transformed Brandt Centre, watched musician Hannah Georgas rehearse, and again scrummed with the show producers and designers. That evening brought both the Juno Cup in Moose Jaw and the Welcome Reception in Regina, followed by the first of two nights of JunoFest: an array of Canadian talent performing in local venues in both cities.

Michael B u b l é met the media in a memorable press conference Saturday on the Juno stage; and fans crowded into the Cornwall Centre for Juno FanFare that afternoon for autograph sessions and performances with their favourite musicians. In the backstage media centre, the press prepared for the Green Carpet and Gala Awards Dinner, where winning artists emerged for photos and some engaging question and answer sessions.

Sunday at noon, Tom Cochrane hosted the Juno Songwriters’ Circle with the purity of voice, guitar and stories behind the songs. By mid-afternoon, the backstage media centre was abuzz with the anticipation of interviewing and photographing musicians on the Red Carpet, as well as winners throughout the Awards Show. Among the after-parties was entertainment in the PotashCorp “It’s Gonna Get Loud Tent” in downtown Regina. Despite the chilly weather, elated fans, media and organizers danced, celebrated and basked in a highly successful and phenomenal week of Canadian music in Saskatchewan. A final descriptor for Juno Week? Life-changing. FLR

Page 1 clockwise from toP left JunoFest performances during the week included Five Alarm Funk, Chad Brownlee, Ammoye, Elaine Lil’Bit Shepherd and Shawn Hook; Stage setup. Page 2 clockwise from toP left FineLifestyles editor, Sherry Lee, with a few of The Tenors at MusiCounts’ presentation; CBC Q host, Jian Ghomeshi; Friday’s set reveal; Sheepdogs perform at Juno FanFare in Cornwall Centre; CTV eTalk hosts, Tanya Kim and Ben Mulroney, on the Red Carpet; Michael Bublé talks to the press.

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REGINA ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

JULY–SEPTEMBER 2013

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July 16-21 Conexus Arts Centre Les Misérables

July 31-August 4 Evraz Place Queen City Ex

September 8 TC Douglas Building Credit Union Queen City Marathon

July 17-August 2 Shumiatcher Theatre Trial of Louis Riel

August 9-11 Regina downtown & Victoria Park Regina Folk Festival

September 12 Conexus Arts Don Williams

July 20 Brandt Centre Reba McEntire

August 14 Mosaic Stadium Paul McCartney

September 18October 6 Globe Theatre The Last Resort

July 24 The Artful Dodger Elliott Brood

August 18 Wascana Centre Symphony Under the Sky

September 21 Conexus Arts Centre The Mosaic Opera Gala

July 27 Albert Street 26th Annual Cruise ‘N Shine

August 23-25 Wascana Park Off Axis presents SaskTel Summer Invasion

September 27-29 Culture Days

July 27-August 29 Regina downtown Regina Downtown Concert Series

August 30-31 Wascana Lake Dragon Boat Festival

September 28 Conexus Arts Centre Broadway Today

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he Regina and southern Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) is spreading its wings. This past spring, the local CCFCC started including the public in seminars for their association members: to learn more about preparing and enjoying different types of food. Starting in September 2013, they plan to carry on with these monthly seminars to expose the public to the amazing array of chefs in the southern half of the province, and to allow local chefs to get up close and personal with the public. To connect into this local branch of the CCFCC and start enjoying these mouth-watering events, simply visit their website for more information and join their email list to get updates from the Association president. Anyone can join the CCFCC as an associate member and enjoy these events at a very reasonable price. one such seminar occurred on May 27, 2013, hosted and led by Jonathan Thauberger, executive chef at Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar. Twelve people,

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including some CCFCC members and interested members of the public and media, gathered in a meeting room at Crave to learn how to prepare and enjoy Classic duck Confit (cooked in its own fat) with crispy skin and braised Saskatchewan lentils. Those attending watched Chef Thauberger prepare and explain what he termed “a labour of love,” making good use of the duck fat in preparing the accompanying duck Risotto and duck Yorkshire Pudding. The meal was paired with an exquisite wine: Paso Robles Zinfandel, Paso Creek USA. The CCFCC’s “End of Spring” meeting took place June 10, 2013 at the Conexus Arts Centre, with Leo Pantel, executive chef, preparing an amazing meal with Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Sage as the main dish. Trent Brears, CCFCC president, provided a recap on the year, including the successful duck Confit and cheese seminars, the association’s new Facebook page, new pending certificates for CCFCC members, growing interest from companies wanting to advertise on the association’s website, planning for

the Agribition reception in November, uniforms for branch members, SIAST Moose Jaw plans for apprenticeship and short-order cooking programs in the fall, and the success of the recent CCFCC national convention held in Edmonton. “I take my hat off to the Juniors,” says Brears, of the branch’s junior members’ efforts in a competition at the national convention. “They took everything there, set it up themselves… they are a great group of students.” Brears went on to say that it was his first CCFCC national convention in about 12 years, and “it was nice to get reconnected… I rekindled some friendships.” Next year’s national convention will be held in Hull, Quebec. The association will kick-off their 201314 year on September 4th at 7 p.m. at Le Macaron in Regina. The public is encouraged to check out their calendar of events at www.ccfccregina.ca, join as associate members, and venture out to seminars with these very talented local chefs. FLR

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Chef GILLeS GobIn Le Macaron: Demonstrating Diversity in the Culinary World

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illes Gobin, owner of Le Macaron in Regina, grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he was around food all his life. “I am a second-generation chef, so it is in my blood. My dad also cooked and was a restaurateur,” says Gilles.

to open Le Macaron in 2010. “We saw the possibility to succeed and saw the resurgence of macarons in Europe, so we decided to bring it here to Regina,” says Gilles.

Gilles trained as a chef and restaurateur prior to enrolling in a pastry arts program at Red River College. He then apprenticed under a German pastry chef for about three years and began his career working in different hotels. “I practiced at the Fort Garry Hotel for a number of years and worked as the executive pastry chef at the Hotel Saskatchewan for 10 years,” explains Gilles.

Among his many skills as an expert German and French pastry chef, Gilles is also a chocolatier, which serves him well at the shop. Although owning his own business means he must divide his time between cooking and managing, Gilles still works closely with the executive pastry chef on staff. “The most rewarding part of the job is seeing the look on people’s faces when they taste something they’ve never tasted before,” says Gilles.

With Regina’s good economic climate, Gilles and his wife Jacqueline decided

If that wasn’t enough, Gilles has also opened a coffee shop and restaurant

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down the street from Le Macaron called Caffè Caffeina. “We will be serving up specialty coffees and hot Italian sandwiches,” says Gilles.

Chocolate Tart 450 g good quality couverture chocolate 350 ml heavy cream 200 g butter 50 g honey 1. 6 prepared pate de sucre pastry shells baked 2. Heat butter and cream to near boil, pour over chocolate and honey, and stir until melted and shiny. Pour into prepared shell and set at room temperature. Garnish with fresh fruit.

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Chef MILton RebeLLo

Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan: Cooking Clean, with True International Flair

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ailing from Mangalore, India, Milton Rebello always wanted to be a professional soccer player. His father, in his wisdom, advised Milton he had to work at something that would ensure he would never go broke or hungry. He gave Milton three choices: be a cook, barber or tailor. For as long as people are around, there will always be jobs in these areas. Having helped his mother out in the kitchen since he was 10 years old and always curious about spices, Milton fell in love with the science behind cooking and pastry arts after attending hotel school in Mumbai — the first of many certifications. Milton then gained his practical experience which spanned across eight countries, and travelled the world working on cruise ships. “While I was in the U.S. with Johnson and Wales University, I was absorbed by some highly-rated New York restaurants,” says Milton. For Milton, moving to Canada was the best choice he ever made. “I loved the pace of life here. People actually take the time to appreciate how good we have it here, as compared to other places I have lived,” explains Milton. Milton is now the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan’s executive chef. “I love it here. I’ve had the privilege to cook for Prince Charles, the Governor General and countless celebrities, but my team

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is what makes it all worthwhile. The 36 cooks and stewards I work with are passionate and they do bring the best out of me,” says Milton. With his wealth of experience, Milton’s cooking style is clean and simple, yet elegant and he loves to use local and seasonal ingredients. Milton has won several awards for his cooking both nationally and internationally, but his cooking still needs to impress his wife, who is also a chef, and his children. “My family are both my biggest inspiration and also my biggest critics,” he says.

Honeydew Melon and Cucumber Gazpacho with B.C. Spot Prawns and Chili Yield: 4 portions INGREdIENTS 1 Honeydew melon peeled, deseeded and cut in cubes 1 cucumber peeled, deseeded and diced 1 shallot thinly sliced 1 sprig fresh basil leaf Juice of 1 lime 3 Tbsp. Champagne vinegar 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil 2 slices of bread cut in cubes (sides trimmed) Salt and pepper to taste For Garnish Red chili (cut into thin roundels)

Save 12 cubes of honey dew melon 1 Tbsp. olive oil B.C. Spot Prawns 1⁄4 lb. (lightly poached water with salt/pepper and 1 clove of crushed garlic) Mint leaves/pea sprouts Edible flowers (optional) METHod 1. Marinate the shallots, bread cubes, melon, cucumber, mint and basil leaf in Champagne vinegar, olive oil and lime juice; salt and pepper overnight in refrigerator. Put weight over the ingredients so that they marinate evenly. 2. The following day remove the mint leaves and basil, as it has already imparted the flavour in the ingredients for the soup. Blend the marinated ingredients in a high-speed blender till smooth and creamy. To ASSEMBLE 1. Toss the melon cubes saved for garnish, chili and the poached prawns in juice of half lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange the melon, chili and prawns in a soup bowl, and pour the chilled soup around the melon and prawns. Finish with a dash of olive oil drizzle and edible flowers, mint and pea sprouts. 2. The bread helps to give the soup get a velvety texture and binds the ingredients together to make a smooth blend.


Chef Rob haRRISon Rushton’s Catering: Creations for All Occasions

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don’t know if I can even remember that far back,” laughs Rob Harrison, when discussing his beginnings in cooking. The executive chef at Rushton’s Catering started cooking when he was about 15 years old, when he worked in a number of restaurants in Regina including Geno’s and the Red ox.

Rob enjoys all cooking. “I love anything I can play with. I never really grew up. I really like appetizers because they are smaller and people are able to taste something different each time. If they are happy, you can move onto the next creation. You are only as good as your next meal,” says Rob.

Rob stepped away from cooking for short period of time, but returned about 13 years ago with revived passion. After completing his Professional Cooking Certificate at SIAST in Moose Jaw in 2002, he apprenticed under Charles Rushton, the original owner of Rushton’s Catering and he stayed.

Chef Harrison has received several awards for his cooking, including the Canadian Hospitality Associations Culinary Excellence Award, the gold medal in the Provincial Skills Culinary Arts Competition and twice runner-up in the Knorr Culinary Competitions. Rob is also a member of the Gold Medal Iron Chef Team and is chair of CCFCC Regina.

Rob became owner of Rushton’s in 2005. “Sometimes the company owns me,” jokes Rob. Rob and his team have had the opportunity to serve a wide variety of customers over the years such as Prince Charles and Camilla, Lieutenant Governors, and two Governor Generals. They are regular caterers at many Government House events, and are opening night sponsors for the catering at the Globe Theatre. Their regular corporate clients also include The Wingate Hotel, Holiday Inn Express South, FCC, CGI, the Royal Bank, Westjet and many others.

Smoked Duck Breast on Roasted Beet and Arugula 1 smoked duck breast 4 small beets 1 tsp. olive oil Salt and pepper 2 oz. Arugula, washed and dried 2 tsp. olive oil 2 tsp. cranberry pear balsamic 2 Tbsp. chevre 1 oz. spicy radish sprouts 1 Tbsp. blueberry jam 2 Tbsp. blueberry balsamic vinegar

4 Tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. dijon 1 ⁄2 tsp. fresh thyme Salt and pepper to taste Bannock Crisp or bread for garnish 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Wash and dry the beets. Rub with olive oil and salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and roast for 45 minutes until tender. Peel and cool. 2. Score the skin on the duck breast, and heat in a sauté pan over medium heat to crisp the skin and render the fat out. 3. To make the dressing, combine the jam, blueberry balsamic, olive oil, dijon, thyme salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk until it comes together. 4. Combine the 2 tsp. olive oil and 2 tsp. cranberry bear balsamic, and use to lightly dress the arugula and radish sprouts separately. 5. To assemble the salad, thinly slice the beets and lay out on a plate; place arugula on beets. Thin slice the duck breast and divide between the plates, laying on top of the arugula or fanning it beside. drizzle the blueberry dressing over the salad and plate. Pinch small bits of the chevre over and around the salad. Sprinkle the radish sprout over the plate. Serves four. FLR

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SunShine in a GlaSS J

By The Wine Guy

ust as there are wines for every food, they are wines for every season. The season now, thank goodness, is undoubtedly summer. For me, sunny days are best spent sipping a glass of crisp cold white, and thanks to some fortuitous searching through the shelves of the various wine stores, I have found a few “beauties” to share with you. First up, an old favourite of mine: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Now, when I talk about the “crispness” of a white wine, I am referring to the acidity, and I tend to use the comparison of the bite of a citrus fruit (as in whether it is closer to a lemon or a lime). In this case, The Oyster Bay definitely leans more towards the lime side of the scale. In fact, you’ll often find this wine described as “zesty.” It’s a great example of a New Zealand sauvignon, with the classic characteristics of exotic aromas associated with the region. My second recommendation, Zestos, is a wine made from Malvar, a grape variety rarely seen outside of its home region of Madrid, Spain. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of it before, because even the winemakers themselves are fully aware of the mystery surrounding this wine, and have kindly provided a short glossary of Malvar on the back label. The most important thing to know, in my opinion, is that this wine screams of summer, and will be close companion of mine at every barbecue this year! If you can find it, you must try it. My third wine is another cheeky surprise, this time from the old world. The wine is a Riesling from Mosel, Germany, made by Selbach-Osler. Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese translates as “class in a glass.” This is an extraordinary wine, with everything from honey to pineapple, and a fantastic balance between acidity and sugar sweetness. It has a richness to it that perhaps isn’t always associated with Rieslings available here. Save this one for when you are watching the beautiful summer sunsets in the Saskatchewan skies! Thank goodness for the shining sun: without it the wine would not taste quite the same. The Wine Guy is a recent immigrant to the province (he fell in love with a Saskatchewan gal) and is constantly delighted at the range of wines available here. He observations have been featured in publications such as Wine Spectator, Food & Wine Magazine, a variety of Sunday supplements and various blogs. The Wine Guy is fully committed to the grape cause.

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Serrano Ham with Melon Perfect with the Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc — a little corny, but a lot of fun! 1 fresh, ripe melon 12 thin slices of good quality Serrano ham 1 carrot, grated 1 lemon, juiced 1 scallion, finely chopped 8 tablespoons olive oil 6 tablespoons sherry vinegar salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Cut the melon in half and scoop into balls with a melon baller. 2. Mix melon, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and salt and pepper. Add the carrot and scallion and chill for two hours. 3. Roll the ham slices into cones and serve filled with melon mixture.

Chorizo Stuffed Squid For the Zestos, anything with a bit of spice will work wonderfully, particularly white fish or seafood. 2 medium-sized squid, cleaned For the stuffing: 3/4 cup cooked rice 1 cup chopped chorizo 1 small onion large handful of finely chopped parsley 1. Combine the ingredients for the stuffing and season with salt and pepper. 2. Gently push the stuffing into the squid bodies – don’t overfill them, because the squid will shrink as it’s cooked. Pin the open ends of the squid with a toothpick. Make three to four deep slashes in the flesh of the squid (this will help the heat to get all the way through). 3. Oil the squid thoroughly on the outside then season with salt and pepper. Grill them on the BBQ for about four to five minutes, careful not to overcook.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Hazlenut Gremolata This tasty delight pairs well with the Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese. The hazelnuts, citrus and mushroom combined with the wine with send your palate crazy! 4 medium portobello mushrooms, stems removed virgin olive oil For the gremolata: 2 cups hazelnuts, coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped 2 tablespoons finely chopped lemon zest 1. Combine all hazelnuts, garlic, parsley and lemon zest in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. 2. Brush the mushrooms on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for five to six minutes on each side until just cooked through. 3. Serve each person a mushroom cap and sprinkled liberally with the gremolata. FLR FineLifestyles

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I, Claudia Mentoring and Showing the Best:

TakeS The STage aT gloBe TheaTre

By Tobie HainsTock and sHerry Lee Photos sHarpsHooTer pHoTograpHy

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he 2012/2013 season proved to be another stellar year for Regina’s Globe Theatre. With the efforts of cast and crew, outstanding performances were given in productions such as Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Wizard of Oz, Henry and Alice: Into the Wild, Pride and Prejudice, I, Claudia, and the Drowsy Chaperone.

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Kristen Thomson started writing I, Claudia while she was still a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal, and went on to receive the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play in 2001. Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr, this is a heartwarming tale about a 123⁄4-year-old girl who finds solace in her school boiler room when dealing with the daily trials of traumatic family changes. Ruth Smillie, the Globe’s artistic director and CEO, describes this rendition as a “hilariously funny and a truly amazing performance.” Lucy Hill, a graduate of the Globe’s 2008 Actor Conservatory Training Program, performed the solo three-week run of I, Claudia entirely in mask after three weeks of rehearsals. But Hill was ready, having studied masks through the National Theatre School, as well as in Italy. “I had to be very conscious of my voice because the show was so demanding both vocally and physically… often, I wouldn’t speak all day. I always did a long physical and vocal warm-up before the show… mentally, I always had to make sure I was in a place where I was ready every night to have fun and to play and to be really focused.” Hill adeptly and seamlessly donned different masks and costumes throughout the performance to portray four characters: Claudia, who struggles with her parents’ divorce; Drachman, the school janitor and previous theatre artist who empathizes with Claudia’s struggles; Douglas, Claudia’s classic grandfather; and brash but vulnerable Leslie, her father’s fiancée. Hill found the role both challenging and empowering. “I think every actor should experience doing a one-person show… I hadn’t considered how hard it was going

to be every night… there’s nobody out there but me. But there’s also this feeling of power when you’re an artist onstage by yourself, and you’re pacing the show… you really have to be there with the audience… you’re so exposed and vulnerable. It was a great experience just for challenging me and pushing me to be really disciplined and focused… it feels now that I’ve taken this huge leap forward.” As a shy young girl, Hill never saw herself as an actress, but she fell in love with improvisational theatre (improv) in high school. “I felt like I had finally found my people… people that understood me and that I understood.” Hill identifies herself as a “Saskatchewan artist” whose dream is “to have a national career as a theatre artist. There are some amazing companies in Canada that I’d love to work for… to keep learning and meeting interesting people.” The Globe Theatre continues to grow and develop as an integral part of the community. It’s important to the theatre and its artistic director to support and mentor young artists in our province. Under the guidance of Ruth Smillie, the theatre offers programs such as the Enbridge Educational Outreach Program, Globe Theatre School and Globe Theatre Conservatory, which are designed to educate and enrich budding artists. “We strive to support those in Saskatchewan who are working in theatre,” comments Smillie, who points out that there are presently 1,000 students at the theatre school, half of whom have come through the outreach programs. The future looks bright for the Globe as it mentors and showcases the best. For more information or to purchase performance tickets, visit www.globetheatrelive.com. FLR

ABOVE L–R Lucy Hill, photo by Sage Herriot. Ruth Smillie, Globe Theatre artistic director, photo courtesy of Globe Theatre OPPOSITE PAGE Lucy Hill as Drachman THIS PAGE Lucy Hill as Grampa Douglas, Lucy Hill as Leslie, Lucy Hill as Claudia

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Pink Lemonade

MARGARITA

A pitcher of chilled margarita is perfect for beating the heat. Find a spot under the umbrella, put your feet up and enjoy. Ingredients 1 12-ounce can of frozen concentrated pink lemonade, thawed cold water 12 ounces tequila 6 ounces Grand Marnier crushed ice salt to rim the glasses 1 lime, cut into wedges 1. Pour the thawed frozen lemonade concentrate into a pitcher. Add three cans of cold water. 2. Add the tequila and Grand Marnier. Stir well. 3. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving, or blend the mixture with ice to make a frozen version. 4. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses with a lime wedge.

Please drink responsibly


Sparkling White

Peach Sangria There is perhaps no better match for a warm summer’s day than this cool sipper. Raise a glass and toast the season!

Ingredients 2 to 3 white peaches, sliced 3/4 cup peach brandy 1 bottle Moscato, chilled 1 litre white peach seltzer water 1. In a pitcher, place three-quarters of the sliced peaches (saving some for garnish). Add the brandy and muddle gently. 2. Add the Moscato and seltzer water. Stir well. 3. Pour into ice-filled glasses and top with a couple of fresh peach slices.

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MOSAIC: The World in Your Backyard BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK PHOTOS COURTESY OF REGINA MULTICULTURAL COUNCIL


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t’s your chance to see the world without leaving home. For 46 years, Mosaic: A Festival of Cultures, has thrilled thousands of visitors. With cultural pavilions located throughout Regina, residents and tourists alike have the opportunity to visit far-off exotic lands without ever leaving the city limits.

or at the pavilion prior to entry. Each pavilion is a mini-version of the country they are representing with traditional food, costumes, music, dancing, history and other entertainment. “When you walk through the door of that pavilion, it’s just like you are in that country,” explains Schafer, “when you leave, you are back in Canada.”

This year, Mosaic took place from May 30 to June 1. According to Julian Somerfield, co-chairperson for Mosaic, 21 pavilions participated, with the return of Brazil and Poland. “In total, Mosaic welcomed 192,847 visitors to our event,” comments Somerfield. The response was extremely positive. “The people visiting the pavilions were very pleased with the opportunity to stay and enjoy the food and music,” she states. Corey Schafer, fellow cochairperson, agrees with his colleague, adding that everything was fantastic this year. The crowds were excellent, the entertainment and food was outstanding, and the entire event ran very smoothly.

A new Mosaic mascot was also introduced for the first time. Mo, the official gnome of Mosaic 2013, quickly became very popular. This adorable little fellow loves to travel; throughout Mosaic, he could be spotted at the different pavilions enjoying the food and entertainment. To add to the fun, the Regina Multicultural Council (RMC) also introduced a contest, Where in the World is Mo? Travellers were encouraged to locate Mo at the various pavilions and send in their entries; prizes included cash awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 towards a travel vacation package.

Every year, the pavilions are placed in various areas throughout Regina to give visitors a sense of travelling to another country. Passports are needed to enter the pavilions; they can be purchased ahead

Schafer says that although Mosaic is designed as a fun, family-friendly event, the primary focus is to educate people about different cultures. “Mosaic is an important festival for Regina and area. It creates awareness and tolerance about

how other cultures work,” states Schafer. He points out that with the growth going on in Saskatchewan — immigration in Regina has greatly increased over the past few years — Mosaic is an event that assists Regina residents to understand all cultures, including those that are new to us. The RMC also educates Regina residents during the year through other events and programs. Somerfield explains that one such program is called Bringing a Little Mosaic to You, a 45 to 60 minute program that goes out to senior citizen homes. This program is very well received, and offers entertainment and awareness of the different cultures within our city. Schafer says the RMC looks forward to bringing a similar program into Regina schools. As with any successful event, the committee has already started planning for next year and there is plenty of excitement in the air. Mosaic 2014 will see additional pavilions representing Scandinavia, the Middle East, Somalia, Bangladesh and more. For more information about Mosaic and other RMC events, check out www.reginamulticulturalcouncil.ca. FLR

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CounTry MusiC Saskatchewan AwArds CelebrATe in sTyle By Sherry Lee

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he Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards (SCMAs) and Country Music Festival, held in and around Saskatoon on the last weekend of April, was packed full of music, networking, entertainment and fun. Following the SCMA Songwriters Spotlight and Kickoff Party on Friday evening, the SCMA Industry Awards and Brunch on Saturday celebrated a variety of industry awards mixed with performances. Seasoned performer and champion fiddler, Donny Parenteau from Prince Albert, acted as MC. The Roots Café, held over the lunch hour, featured five wellknown entertainers: host Jay Semko (Saskatoon), Eli Barsi (Kennedy), Larry Krause (Paddockwood), Jody Johnson (Prince Albert) and Blake Berglund (Kennedy), who shared the stories behind songs they then performed. Three “power seminars” in the afternoon offered information on achieving a great sound mix, crowd-funding and grant programs, and working with a booking agent to find a larger audience. In the few short hours between seminars and the SCMA Gala Awards, entertainers rehearsed as the showroom was transformed for the big evening. And, what would you expect after the awards on Saturday night? A New Artist Cabaret, of course. Wrapping up the weekend on Multiple SCMA award winner, Donny Parenteau (Left) with Rod Kitter. Photo by Wendy Peters of Artistic Expressions Photography.

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Sunday were the SCMA General Meeting, the Country Gospel Show and Brunch and the Country Gospel Show. After spending a wonderful Saturday at this event, it became apparent that Saskatchewan has great country music talent hailing from every corner of the province. No entertainer has had an easy road getting to this level; like any other path in life, it takes determination, perseverance and a lot of hard work. Finally, this genre of music is ever-evolving and changing, and so are our artists, as evidenced by Jay Semko’s successful transition from Northern Pikes’ rock band member to roots solo artist. Regina musician, JJ Voss, says winning the Roots Album of the Year on his first-ever SCMA nomination, “means a lot to me because I put a lot into it… it was a very in-depth, personal experience recording it.” Aptly titled Show ‘Em Who’s Voss, he adds his second album “is just me coming to terms and owning that I’m a singer/songwriter... this is what I do, this is who I am.” Coming from the Cupar area where formal music training was not readily available, Voss was captivated early by instruments and campfire singing. “My first instrument, Santa Claus brought me a fiddle… I learned early that I had a good ear: I could hear something and mimic it,” says Voss, who also played the church organ and took lessons from the minister’s wife, along with regular ridicule from his hockey-playing peers. When Voss was


11, his parents helped him buy his first electric guitar: “a Sears’ special from a pawn shop.” After years on the road playing in bands and production, Voss did some soulsearching. “I realized right from the time I was a kid, I always wanted to be a songwriter… I wanted to be my hero, Steve Earl.” Voss cut his first album by 2005. “My songs are a product of what I grew up listening to. I was a big fan of the early 90s country,” says Voss. “When a song I write touches somebody… and it impacts them… that’s the payoff.” With music now as his career, Voss showcased at both the 2012 Breakout West event in Regina and the 2013 Junos. “If things are able to move along, establish a network in U.S., then get to Europe… if I could tour for seven or eight months a year, that would be fantastic.” A seasoned music veteran and native of Saskatoon, where he currently resides, Jay Semko hosted and performed in this year’s Roots Café. Well-known for his time with the Northern Pikes, and nominated for five awards, Semko says moving to “roots” has been a natural progression. “First and foremost, I consider myself a songwriter, and I usually write my songs on the acoustic guitar.” Roots music, Semko adds, “brings it all back to basic instrumentation… it lets songs shine through.” Semko released the solo record, Mouse, in 1995 — about the time he started working on music for the TV show, Due South. The title track for Semko’s pending album, Flora Vista “is purely a love song… with southwestern sound,” he says. Along with voiceovers for radio and TV, Semko still works as a music composer for film and television. He also plans to publish his autobiography in 2014. Clearly, Semko is in his element. “I realized a few years ago, this is what I do… periods that I’ve stopped doing it, I haven’t felt right… everything that I’ve done in music, all came down to being a songwriter.” Prince-Albert based performer, Donny Parenteau, received 10 nominations and four awards this year: Album of the Year, All Star Band–Fiddle, All Star Band– Specialty, and Aboriginal Artist of the Year. On the road at 19 with Grant Carson playing “American-style fiddle playing, western swing, jazz, hard-core country,”

Parenteau went on learn more about music and showmanship from Freddy Pelletier and Brian Sklar, before playing 12 years internationally with Neil McCoy. “I got my Masters’ degree in entertaining from him. He was my teacher.” Parenteau’s passion for music started at a young age, when he fixed up an old fiddle he found at home. “I figured if I could hear it in my head, I could figure out where to put my fingers to play.” Multiple award nominee and winner (including three Juno nominations), Parenteau was proud that one of his CDs was placed in Saskatchewan’s 100th birthday time capsule. Now doing

motivational speaking to high school students across Canada, and running a music school in Prince Albert, Parenteau says. “You’re only going to get out of life what you put into it… just keep pushing, keep going after it.” The SCMA will hold their 25th Anniversary awards weekend in Nipawin in 2014. Mark it on your calendar and plan to attend: it will be music to your ears! Visit www.scma.sk.ca. FLR FrOM TOP Jay Semko performs at the Roots Café. Photo by Wendy Peters of Artistic Expressions Photography; JJ Voss, photo courtesy of JJ Voss. FineLifestyles

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The Mediterranean: CULTURE, ADVENTURE, R OMANCE


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t contains some of the most beautiful landscapes and is home to some of the richest history in the world. It’s exciting and romantic. It’s the Mediterranean and it’s waiting for you. Visit such thrilling and exotic countries as France, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Albania, Spain and more. With such cultural diversity at your fingertips, it’s easy to find something for everyone. Love to sightsee? You won’t want to miss out on the Coliseum and ruins of ancient days or take in the many remarkable museums and art galleries of Rome. If shopping is your thing, the marketplaces of Spain are lined with wonderful one-of-a-kind shops. Looking for some adventure? Why not book a balloon ride over Turkey? Film festivals, fashion shows, plays, operas, ballets, concerts and more—the Mediterranean has deep roots in the arts and is home to the most famous historical and modern artists in the world. If it’s nightlife you are looking for, you’ve come to the right place. The Mediterranean is packed full of restaurants, night clubs, lounges and casinos for your enjoyment. According to Rebecca Funk, leisure manager for Thomas Cook Travel in Saskatoon, if you are looking to take in as many countries as possible in a short amount of time, a cruise may be the best holiday for you. These all-inclusive holidays are economical and have planned activities such as tours and other excursions that will allow you to have a rich experience.

If you prefer to do your own thing, talk to your travel agent about booking private tours to get the most bang for your buck. “There are some excellent escorted tour companies out there that are perfect for the independent traveller,” says Funk. When travelling to the Mediterranean, Funk advises that you be sure to pack excellent walking shoes for sightseeing and shopping. Because the weather in that part of the world is varied, you will want to pack an umbrella and jacket. Depending on the time of year that you go, you may also wish to take a hat and gloves. Some toiletries can be very expensive or more difficult to access, so be sure to take as much as you think you will need for your entire trip. Sunscreen is very expensive, especially on cruise ships. “It’s also a good idea for women to have a wrap with them to cover their shoulders when visiting certain cultural regions,” Funk suggests. You don’t want to miss out visiting a great church or other religious architecture because your shoulders are bare. Funk also advises that gratuities are often included in your bill. Watch that you are not double tipping your hosts, cab drivers and so on. “Be street smart,” says Funk. “Watch for pick-pockets and scam artists. Have your belongings close to you at all times.” Above all, enjoy your stay. Take in the sights and absorb the culture. The Mediterranean is an ideal vacation for anniversaries, adventure seekers, history buffs, shop-a-holics, families or anyone looking for an experience of a lifetime. FLR

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Water Sports an Excellent Way to

Make the Most Out of Short SUMMERS BY MATTHEW STONE

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must confess that my usual routine on a boat involves me lazily dangling a fishing rod with one hand and clutching a cold drink in the other. Once in a while though, ambition gets the best of me and I feel the need for speed. Water-skiing is my go-to, and its popularity over the years is likely due to its status as the natural successor to several of our favourite Canadian winter sports. If you have some experience downhill skiing or skating, then you probably have the basic mechanics of water-skiing down pat. However, where it differs from downhill is that the difficulty lies not in preventing yourself from falling down; the hard part in waterskiing is actually getting up. You’ll need a boat with a motor of at least 100 horsepower, and you will likely need a few tries to realize just how hard you need to grip the handle

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bar to hang on. Keep your skis pointed up and try to hold steady when you’re up on the water. I recently spoke to Kevin Pickett, manager of Saskatoon Watersports, inquiring about his recent sales. I expected to hear him say wakeboarding had overtaken water-skiing as Saskatchewan’s most popular water sport. He informed me that surfing, in fact, accounted for roughly 70% of his sales. I had to ask him to repeat himself a couple of times, as I thought I’d heard him use the word “surfing” together with “Saskatchewan.” “Wake surfing,” Kevin explains. “It’s by far the most popular water sport today. It’s low impact, fun, safe ― and anyone can do it.” Wake surfing, as the name suggests, is literally surfing on a board in


the wake of the boat’s motor. About 50 YouTube videos later, I think I get the gist of it. No rope, no dangerous speeds, you just have to get up on the board and follow the waves created by boat. You do, however, need to make sure you are using a boat with an inboard motor (motor is underneath the boat) to ensure the best quality waves and safety precautions. If you’re feeling braver, or perhaps comfortable enough with the stance to bind your feet in, then wakeboarding might be up your alley. Like snowboarding on the mountain, wakeboarding has been overtaking skiing on the lakes for the past several years. No question, wakeboarding is one the hottest water sports around today. The riding style allows much more freedom for crafty tricks, but you don’t have to be a daredevil to enjoy riding. Like water-skiing, wakeboarding is done best with someone who is intuitive to your skill level and abilities. For this activity in particular, it might be a good idea to seek out some lessons first. Adam Burell

runs the Grassroots Wakeboard School at Ketepwa Lake, Saskatchewan, and he highly recommends first timers try out at least one lesson with a professional. “Like any sport, it’s important to get the fundamentals down,” Adam says. “I’m always willing to give free advice to anyone who wants to call, but I really recommend you try out a lesson. We want to create a fun, safe community of water sports enthusiasts, and a little guidance from a dedicated professional will go a long way.” If you don’t exactly feel the need for speed, there are plenty of other great activities for you to do out on the water. Kayaking isn’t just for coastlines and mountain rapids; there are a ton of great rivers and lakes out there to enjoy a relaxing ride. Rentals aren’t usually too hard to find, but it’s not a bad investment to get your own. Once you have your own vessel, it’s also easy to control the tempo of your ride and you have the freedom

to pick where you want to go. A little research will go a long way to choosing the speed and difficulty of a river or lake near you. Personally, I like the thought of floating lazily down the river, a bagged lunch in the back compartment and my favourite cold drinks stored neatly in the front (easiest to reach, of course). But kayaks aren’t the only way you can float. Stand-up paddle boarding is also something I’m seeing a lot of these days. Joe Dunfield at Fresh Air Experience in Regina says that it too is a rapidly growing summer activity. He cites the ease of stand-up paddle boarding for its quick rise in popularity, as well as its accessibility ― it can be done on almost any body of water. Fresh Air Experience hosts demonstrations and try-outs on Wednesday nights at Wascana Park. Joe assured me balancing is not difficult at all, but I might just stick to kayaking. As Winston Churchill famously said: why stand when you can sit? FLR

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Brain TrusT wiTh Bling:

RideRs’ CoaChing staff deep in title talent By Paul Sinkewicz Photos Paul Sinkewicz and courteSy of SaSkatchewan roughriderS

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f the Saskatchewan Roughriders drink from the Grey Cup for only the fourth time in team history in November, it will likely have been veteran talent that put them over the top. But not the kind of veteran talent you are thinking about. Most of the preseason spotlight has been on the big free-agent player signings by Brendan Taman, general manager. But key additions to the coaching staff will probably play just as big a role in the team’s success in 2013. The Riders coaching staff is peppered with experience at the NCAA, CIS, NFL Europe, Arena Football and the NFL levels. The coaches have amassed at least 15 championship rings between them during their playing and coaching careers. But it is in CFL bonafides that the brain trust really shines. There are 12 Grey Cup rings represented when they get together over lunch. Corey Chamblin became the Roughriders’ head coach when Ken Miller retired after the 2011 season. He quickly began assembling a staff familiar with the taste of champagne. Chamblin had inherited Defensive Coordinator, Richie Hall, who owns Grey Cup rings as both a Rider player and coach. Former Eskimos receiver, Jason Tucker, came on board to tutor the likes of Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaff. Alouettes great, Barron Miles, came on board to teach the defensive backfield. Both had won a pair of Grey Cups as players. Miles says his own experience as a player brings credibility to everything he does and says as a secondary coach. “I’ve lived on both sides, so I think I can relate to the players, and I can relate to the rest of the coaches,” says Miles. “In certain situations you understand that a player is tired, he’s scared or this is a bad situation for him to be in. You know it going in, so you say: OK, let’s do something a little bit different so it doesn’t seem so dangerous to the player.” Chamblin supercharged the experience of the coaching staff in 2013 with the addition of Todd Howard as defensive line coach.

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2013 RoUghRideRs CoaChing staff Corey Chamblin, head coach: Bling: 1 Grey Cup as assistant coach with Calgary, 1 World Bowl in 1995 with Rhein Fire Influences: Mike Tomlin, Tom Coughlin, Mike Smith, Doug Berry, John Hufnagel George Cortez, offensive coordinator: Bling: 4 Grey Cups as assistant coach with Stampeders (1992, 1998, 2001, 2008), two of those as the offensive coordinator Richie Hall, defensive coordinator Bling: 2 Grey Cups (1989, player, 2007, coach) Khari Jones, quarterbacks coach: Bling: CFL Most Outstanding Player in 2001 Barron Miles, defensive backs coach: Bling: 1994 NCAA college football national champion with the University of Nebraska, 2 Grey Cups with Alouettes (2002, 2006) OPPOSITE Corey Chamblin, head coach CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Khari Jones, quarterbacks coach; Todd Howard, defensive line; Richie Hall, defensive coordinator; George Cortez, offensive coordinator

Howard played two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and played in the first World Bowl when he was with the Barcelona Dragons. He then spent 21 years coaching in the NFL and NCAA, including stints with the Oakland Raiders and some of the most prestigious college teams. In 1999 he was a defensive coach on the staff of Dick Vermeil when the St. Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in the Super Bowl. “I’ve experienced being a champion, and that’s our goal here, to bring Saskatchewan a championship,” says Howard. “I bring that experience, to say the least. When you’ve done it before, you know what it took, and how you built that particular team to be successful. You know all the work that had to go into it, and so you have a recipe for what it takes to get there again.” Howard is impressed with the calibre of the staff Chamblin has assembled and the absence of egos in the room. “You can tell by hearing some of the things the coaches say, and you

see them interact with their guys, that we have a group of winners. And I think he did a great job of putting together a great group of coaches.” This year, Chamblin also scooped up George Cortez after he was fired as head coach of the Tiger-Cats. Cortez has earned four rings with the Calgary Stampeders, two as offensive coordinator: the role he fills on Chamblin’s staff. That offseason addition displaced Bob Dyce, who accepted a move to special teams coach to make room for Cortez, widely regarded as one of the top offensive minds in Canadian football. Dyce proved egos have been left at the door in a bid to make 2013 special. He compared the change in responsibilities to asking a player like Scott McHenry to be a role player as a fullback or receiver as the situation dictates. “Whatever role you’re in, you embrace it,” said Dyce. “I don’t want to be a hostage to my ego. I look at this as an opportunity to grow as a coach.” FLR

Jason Tucker: Bling: 2 Grey Cups (2003, 2005). MVP of 91st GC Cory McDiarmid, special teams assistant Bling: Vanier Cup (1997 – UBC), 1 Grey Cup with Lions (2000) Todd Howard, defensive line: Bling: 1 Super Bowl (1999) Doug Malone, offensive line: Experience: 30 years experience including head coach in NCAA Bob Dyce, special teams: Experience: CJFL, CIS, CFL (1 GC appearance) Richard Kent, defensive backs coach: Experience: assistant coach in the UFL, NFL Europe, collegiate level, NFL player development Chad Hudson, quality control: Experience: CIS, CFL

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S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

LIFE WITH PETS

The Bells and Brady:

A Boxer in the Family By Paul Sinkewicz

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s a Canadian fullback, it’s Graeme Bell’s job to pick up the blitz. His blocking skills have turned away many a hard-charging defensive end in his eight-year CFL career. But there’s one tenacious adversary who wouldn’t be turned away: Brady, a spunky Boxer with taste for soft beds, got past Bell’s defenses. “When we first got a dog, we were adamant he would be sleeping in a kennel and wouldn’t be allowed on the bed. That lasted two weeks; now it’s just typical spoiled treatment. If he picks something off the shelf at pet stores, we buy it. We generally can’t turn down treats or toys for him.” Brady is the second Boxer to come into the lives of Bell and Angela Zawada, who married in May of 2013. The couple had researched the breed and were attracted to their outgoing personality, their energy and body type. They found a very caring and professional breeder near their Edmonton home and fell in love with Duke. But at two years of age, Duke developed what turned out to be a fatal lung infection, and died on the way to the veterinarian.

Bell met Zawada while playing for the Edmonton Eskimos and attending hot yoga classes with his teammates in her studio, Moksha Yoga Edmonton. Zawada had originally moved west from Ontario to play for the University of Alberta Pandas volleyball team. “She was a delight to get to know, which kept us all coming back to hot yoga, even though we didn’t want to,” he says. Now the couple is planning their future together after Graeme’s professional football career ends. At 32, he knows the 2013 season with the Roughriders may be his best chance to win a Grey Cup. When he does move on, he will decide between continuing his work as a financial advisor or fulfilling a longtime goal of becoming a firefighter. The couple plans to reside in Edmonton because of Zawada’s business, and continue enjoying walks along the river with their “fur baby,” Brady. FLR RIGHT Saskatchewan Roughrider, Graeme Bell and wife, Angela Zawada. Photo Bruce Zinger.

“It was a real shock because he was so healthy,” says Bell. “I really didn’t notice how much he influenced my life until he had passed away. Gotta be home for six to feed him — not anymore; have to let him out — not anymore; wake up at six to let him pee — not anymore. Those are just some of the routines that make you notice, but coming home and not seeing him at the door, or sitting on couch without him beside me were where I really missed him.” Zawada adds: “They really do become part of your family. It was really sad.” The couple went back to the same breeder and met Brady, a wriggling ball of energy who found his family in their loving arms. “I’m sure all dogs are the same in the healing effect they have on humans, but we didn’t really notice this until we lost Duke and came home to an empty house,” says Bell. “They are very remedial in how they greet you every time you arrive home to see them, as well as candid with you no matter what emotion you show.” “Brady has a very soft personality and is always trying to please. He loves to think he is a lap dog. We both love that Brady is very gentle with everyone — after his initial excitement where he basically jumps up to kiss people in the mouth!” Bell says Brady, now 11 months, is in probably 95 per cent of the pictures the couple snaps. He travels with them everywhere, including Zawada’s many trips to Toronto, Kelowna and Regina. “Fly or drive, he’s always with us. Usually he has more room than both of us in the car and bed.”

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Busey EDI1 of 2 Choosing your LandsCape By Shell BuSey

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rees can serve numerous landscape functions including beautification, adding privacy, reducing traffic noise, providing shade and energy conservation. Choosing the right tree should be a well thought out decision. An inappropriate tree can be a constant maintenance problem or even a hazard.

What to consider when choosing trees 1. What purpose will this tree serve? Shade, privacy or design. 2. How big will it get? When planting a small tree, it’s often difficult to picture

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that in 20 years it could be shading your entire yard. Unfortunately, many trees are planted and later removed when the tree gets too big for its site.

species should not necessarily be ruled out when considering planting, since they can complement your existing landscape.

3. No serious insect or disease problems. Does it have any particular insect, disease, or other problem that may reduce its usefulness? Certain insects and diseases can be serious problems on some desirable species in some regions.

5. Leaf colour or flowers and fruits? Some species bloom for short periods in the spring or fall. Other may have foliage that is reddish, adding colour to your landscaping year-round.

4. What is the average life expectancy of the tree? Some trees can live for hundreds of years. Others may live for only 20 or 30 years. Many short-lived trees tend to be smaller ornamental species. Short-lived

6. Attractiveness and appropriateness in your neighbourhood. Some species are over-planted; increasing the natural diversity provides habitat for wildlife and limits the opportunity for a single pest to destroy all plants.


7. Evergreen or deciduous? Evergreen trees will provide year-round cover and shade. They may also be more effective as a barrier for wind and noise. Deciduous trees will give you summer shade, but allow the winter sun to shine in. This may be a consideration for where to place the tree in your yard.

Placement of Trees Proper placement of trees is critical for their long-term survival, preventing any potential maintenance issues. Invasive roots can lead to cracked driveways, and planting large trees too close to your home can shorten your roof’s longevity, clog gutters with debris and damage the perimeter drains of your home. Check with local authorities about restrictions or bylaws pertaining to placement of trees. In many cases, they may be able to provide you with a list of recommended tree species. Before planting your tree, consider the tree’s full maturity height. When the tree nears maturity, will it be too close to your house, driveway or other large trees or structures? Consider your neighbours. Where an evergreen tree is planted may block the winter sun from your next door neighbour. Will it provide too much shade or overhang? Most plants require considerable amounts of sun; consider how the placement of trees will affect other plants. Will it obstruct driveways or sidewalks? Call before you dig. Regardless of your landscaping project, always identify utility lines. To have your utilities marked, call your local utility company. Once you have made the proper selection you can now begin the task of planting a tree that can provide you with years of enjoyment. It’s just that easy! For more home improvement information, to send Shell an email, or to watch Shell’s Ask Shell Coffee Break go to www.AskShell. com. FLR

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Circle of Friends Award recipients, Sharon Fink and Candace Isbister

EmpowEring Community LEadErs By Tobie HainsTock photos deanne bell

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or more than 30 years, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards has been honouring women who have made outstanding achievements that have contributed to the health, growth and future of their community. Over the decades, these amazing and inspirational women have participated in a number of areas including science, education, the arts, business, innovation, rural development and more. Every year, the Women of Distinction Committee work together to create a memorable gala event that pays respect to dozens of deserving women from southern Saskatchewan. The heart of this event recognizes the empowerment of women in leadership roles in their communities, professions and fields of study.

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On Thursday, May 2, 2013 members of the community attended the Awards Gala at the Conexus Arts Centre to honour this year’s nominees and recipients. Host for the evening was radio morning personality, Lorie Morgan. The evening included video presentations, a silent auction and dinner catered by the Conexus Arts Centre staff. Recipients are chosen by the Selections Committee, and nominations are adjudicated on the information provided in the nomination package. The committee members base their decisions on how well each of the nominees reflects the spirit of their particular category. During the vetting process, the committee pays particular attention to a number of factors regarding each candidate, including contributions

toward the advancement of women, dedication and commitment beyond the call of duty, innovation, mentorship provided to others, contributions to the community and more. The overall reaction from the recipients was that of humility and respect for the fellow nominees. “It’s such an honour and very humbling. I’m in the presence of some pretty amazing people,” comments Danah Hysuick. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Anna Mann, who was recognized for years of volunteer service working with young people. Her son, James Mann, accepted on the 92 year-old’s behalf. He describes his mother as a patient woman who always had time for young people. Whether it was working in the library,


leading a 4-H group or knitting sweaters and afghans for the underprivileged, she has been a strong and compassionate leader. “She mentored many young girls for many years,” James says. As well as an avenue for recognizing outstanding community leaders, the Women of Distinction Awards Gala serves as a fundraising event for YWCA programs. “Many programs don’t get funded sufficiently,” states Deanna EliasHenry, YWCA executive director. She explains that proceeds from the gala go towards programs such as Urban Adventure Camp, Go Girls/GirlSpace, Braided Journeys and more. The Women of Distinction Awards Gala is a strong example of what women can accomplish as community leaders. “We feel that recognizing and honouring the leadership of women works with the core values of what the YWCA stands for,” comments Elias-Henry. For more information about the YWCA programs visit www.ywcaregina.com. FLR

The 2013 Women of Distinction Award categories and recipients Leadership and Management: Kathy Hillman-Weir Circle of Friends: Sharon Finnik and Candace Isbister Wellness, Recreation and Healthy Living: Sarah Liskowich Young Women of Promise: Anna Davis The Arts – the Jacqui Schumiatcher Arts Award: Joanne Skidmore Community Leadership and Enhancement: Danah Hysuick Contribution to a Rural Community: Jeannie DesRochers Cultural Heritage: Jaqueline Anaquod Education and Mentorship: Carol Fulton Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Valerie Sluth and Jacqueline Tisher Lifetime Achievement: Anna Mann

clockwise from top left Silent auction tables; Valerie Sluth, one of the recipients of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award; James Mann, Anna Mann’s son accepting the Lifeime Achievement Award on her behalf; Carol Fulton accepting her award for Education and Mentorship; Jaqueline Anaquod’s acceptance speech as the recipient of the Cultural Heritage award

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Help For Business Owners

Business Advising

Laura Small, CEO Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. 108-502 Cope Way, Saskatoon 306.477.7173 100-1919 Rose Street, Regina 306.359.9732 info@womenentrepreneurs.sk.ca www.womenentrepreneurs.sk.ca

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re you a female entrepreneur who is passionate about your business idea or existing business? Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. (W.E.) can help you start, expand and succeed in business. W.E. is a not-for-profit organization supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada that exists to support Saskatchewan women in all stages of business development from idea to maturity and beyond. Our priority is to help women throughout Saskatchewan achieve their entrepreneurial goals and provide them with the means to grow their business dream into a successful reality. W.E. makes a difference in female-owned businesses throughout the province by offering business advising, lending, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

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Business advisors are available to help you find the information you need to make good business decisions. It’s our role to make sure members have the tools needed to start and operate successfully. From advice on how to start a business to managing your current business, our services are designed to assist you with all your business concerns. Business advisors at W.E. work with you on a one-on-one basis from our offices in Saskatoon and Regina and are available to all women in Saskatchewan.

Lending Financing is a huge hurdle in the development of any business. W.E. can guide you on the best options. W.E. also provides financing and assists women in developing credit relationships with other financial institutions. Since its inception in 1995, W.E. has lent over $27 million to Saskatchewan women in business.

Training Entrepreneurs usually start their business because they are passionate about their product or service, but they usually don’t have the same passion for business management. Whether you have a new business or one in operation for several years, many business owners struggle with understanding and applying essential business skills like

forward planning, financial management, marketing and operational control. Business skills training is a must for small business owners. W.E. offers a variety of business development seminars designed to teach women about different components of business and provide them with the tools to apply this information.

Mentoring W.E.’s mentorship programs expose new entrepreneurs to successful business owners who can guide and support them during the establishment of their business venture. Mentorship relationships provide several positive benefits including acquiring the skills and knowledge to tackle various business challenges. Mentors also feel a sense of renewal, become rejuvenated and are willing to try new ideas in their own businesses.

Networking W.E. understands the importance of business networking and provides opportunities every month for entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals to meet and get connected. In order to access the services and programs offered by W.E., you need to become a member. To learn more about membership and how W.E. can help you with your business, call today. FLR


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Home Base on Campus: Luther College Combines Learning with Community By Courtney tait pHotos Calvin Fehr

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he start of university is an exciting time: new surroundings, new people, and the opportunity to learn. But the experience can also feel overwhelming, especially for those who are from out of town or transitioning from high school to a large university campus. What if students could immediately connect with a friendly on-campus community? What if that community offered professional guidance, optional residence, access to small classes, and additional scholarships?

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Luther College is a 500-student liberal arts college open to students of any faith and background. Integrated with the University of Regina, the college’s offices are on campus, and its facilities include a library, residence, chaplaincy and cafeteria. Students have the option of enrolling in both regular U of R curriculum as well as Luther courses — many of which have only 30 students or less per class. As a small community within U of R’s 13,000-student population, Luther provides what Amy Hunter, manager of recruitment, calls a “home base” on campus.

“Luther students get a guiding hand,” says Hunter. “They like the close connections, small classes and open door policy.” One of the main draws for students is Luther’s faculty members, who are invested in the students and their education, and promote academic excellence. Small-size classes enable professors to provide more personal teaching assistance than what’s possible in large-format lectures. “Students make great connections with faculty members,” says Hunter. The emphasis on high standards of


learning is supported by Luther’s $55,000 per year in scholarships, awards and bursaries. Luther students are eligible for these in addition to the other scholarships available at U of R. For students planning to attend a professional school in fields such as medicine, pharmacy, law, nutrition, optometry and occupational therapy, Luther offers pre-professional programming. High-level courses necessary for professional school enrollment are grouped together, preparing students for their eventual school of choice. Some of the courses are tailored to include content specific to a professional field, such as English classes that include scientific themes. “It’s a learning community for pre-professional students,” says Hunter. Luther alumni, Barron Nimegeers, and his wife, Pam, attended the college and lived in its residence in the late 1980s. They enjoyed the experience so much they wanted their daughter Kate to have the same opportunity. “Living on campus, a student has convenient access to the library, guest lectures, clubs, societies, associations, athletic events and sports facilities, as well as to informal gatherings of engaged students,” says Nimegeers. “Pam and I have fond memories of the time we spent there. Twenty five years later, we are very happy with the experience Kate has achieved while a resident at Luther.” Students who enroll in Luther can get a jumpstart on navigating their first year with the August Preview, a two-day livein orientation with workshops on making the most of lectures, living in residence and exploring U of R’s campus. By providing a supportive, welcoming academic environment, Luther helps its students achieve all three parts of the college’s motto: Think deeply. Act passionately. Live faithfully. FLR

Luther College at the University of Regina 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina 306.585.5333 lutheru@luthercollege.edu www.luthercollege.edu

Amy Hunter, Manager of Recruitment 306.585.5020 amy.hunter@uregina.ca Student Services Office 306.585.5333 or 1.800.588.4378 (1.800.LUTHERU)

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TREAT YOUR VEHICLE TO A SPA BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK

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ay in and day out, your vehicle transports you and your family to work, school, soccer practice, music lessons, shopping trips, family vacations and more. With all that dedication and diligence, don’t you think it’s time to give a little something back? Taking your vehicle to an auto spa for regular detailing will not only improve the look, but will also enhance the performance and resale value of your vehicle. “Like your house, your car should be tidy and organized,” states P.J. Morris, manager of a Saskatchewan-based auto spa and detailing service.

How often should you detail your car? Morris recommends having your vehicle detailed one or two times per month, as part of your regular maintenance routine. It’s a good practice to have a deeper cleaning done every spring and fall. This should include having the engine degreased and detailed. “A deeper cleaning a couple of times a year is important; it washes away the dust from summer vacation travelling, or the salt from driving in the winter,” explains Morris. Detailing under the hood will wash away dirt, grime and any corrosives that might build up. “If your car should need a boost, it’s a lot easier if your battery terminals are clean,” he comments. According to Morris, driving a regularly detailed vehicle is safer. Your windows are clear to see out of, and there are no distracting bits of trash or other items obstructing your vision. He also

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suggests that keeping extra, unnecessary items out of the car ensures better driving safety.

What should you look for in a good auto spa? When going to an auto spa for the first time to book your appointment, Morris advises that you educate yourself beforehand. Check them out online first; most auto spas feature a variety of packages on their menu. Once you arrive, don’t be shy about asking lots of questions and be sure to get a tour. Be cautious of any spa that is hesitant or refuses to give you a tour of their facility; there should be nothing to hide. When touring, be on the lookout for dirty mops and cleaning cloths. “If the spa is not clean, then your vehicle won’t be clean,” states Morris. “Also, dirty mops and cloths could scratch the surface of your car.” Like a day spa, an auto spa should be a clean and comfortable place to leave your big investment. “Watch for an auto spa that offers warranty on their work,” says Morris. “It shows that they have pride in their workmanship.” He also points out that any reputable spa will be SGI-certified. If they do happen to scratch your paint or do some other kind of damage, a certified spa will have insurance and will have the issue corrected. A vehicle can be many things: your most prized possession, a diligent workhorse or your run-around vehicle. So do your car (and yourself) a favour: schedule regular detailing to keep it looking great and performing well. FLR


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By Julie Mushynsky pHotos deanne bell

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he Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides helicopter air ambulance services in western Canada. STARS began in Calgary in 1985, with founder Dr. Greg Powell asking a simple question: “How do we save more lives?” Accessed by calling 9-1-1, the STARS red medical helicopters are flying intensive care units for patients who require rapid, specialized care and transportation. Each flight crew includes two pilots, a critical care nurse and an advanced life support paramedic. STARS has expanded since then and now has bases in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. STARS relies on sponsors and fundraising events, such as the first-annual Jewels ’n Jeans gala held at the Delta Regina hotel on April 11, 2012.

Jillian Desautel, development officer for the Saskatchewan STARS Foundation, says the goal of events like the Jewels ’n Jeans gala is to give people a unique experience while raising proceeds for STARS in Saskatchewan. “All the money raised will help us with the cost of operating the service in Saskatchewan. The live auction proceeds at the gala went directly towards fuel costs — one of the most expensive costs of our service,” says Jillian. The Jewels ’n Jeans gala raised nearly $168,000, but it really is just a drop in the bucket. According to Kelly, it costs approximately $20 million to operate the two bases in Saskatchewan, annually. The single largest fundraiser for STARS is their annual Home Lottery. Last year it raised $1.6 million. This year the

lottery will once again be giving away over 2,200 prizes including two milliondollar show homes and a ride in the STARS helicopter. Fundraising events like these allows STARS to give people living or travelling through Saskatchewan access to critical care in a medical emergency, decreasing the time it takes to get patients to a larger center for treatment and increasing chances of survival. “We do it all for our VIPs. They make us proud and inspire us every day,” says Rod Gantefoer, vice president of the Saskatchewan STARS Foundation. “It is more like giving them life and hope than simply a job.” For more information visit www. starslotterysaskatchewan.ca. FLR

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“LUCKY TO HAVE STARS” Carrie Derin

STARS Very Important Patient (VIP) Carrie Derin was looking forward to getting out of the city and celebrating the last weekend of summer vacation with her family in Moose Mountain Provincial Park, but the day didn’t go quite as planned. During a family quad outing on Aug. 31, 2012 Carrie was pierced in her abdomen and impaled against her seat by a poplar tree that had fallen on the trail. She sustained a lacerated liver, damage to her diaphragm, shattered ribs and significant blood loss. While her husband raced to find an area with cell service and call for help, Carrie knew she needed to stay strong for her 10 and 15-year-old daughters. “The only thing going through my head was I couldn’t pass out and needed to stay awake,” recalls Carrie. When the STARS air medical crew picked up Carrie, she was in critical condition and they knew every second would matter. The flight crew took to the air, quickly landing at nearby Arcola Hospital where they made a two-minute stop to pick up blood. Carrie received that life-saving blood transfusion during the 40-minute flight to Regina. Carrie spent the next couple weeks recovering in hospital before returning to her home in Regina. In November, she and her family visited the Regina STARS base to meet her flight crew. “We’re so lucky to have STARS here in Saskatchewan. When you see that helicopter in the sky, know that it’s holding angels and carrying the best gift of all … life!”

page 1 STARS flies over rural Alberta. Hundreds of rural communities benefit from the service of STARS every year; photo courtesy of Mark Mennie/STARS page 3 middle right l–r Ron Gantefoer, vice president of the Saskatchewan STARS foundation; Jolene Kemery, flight paramedic; Clark Jule, pilot; Raegan Gardner, flight nurse; Matthew Markesteyn, pilot Bottom left Carrie Derin a STARS VIP (very important patient) tells the audience at the Jewels ’n Jeans Gala her story about how the STARS staff saved her life Bottom right Carrie’s story courtesy of STARS

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COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

Solid Construction and Designs that Shine

Best of the Best Design and construction aren’t so much Heith Travis Martin’s profession as his passion. Jobs that might challenge or dismay others — jobs off the beaten path — are Heith’s specialty. His enthusiasm shows in his work. The Regina properties he’s finished are already streetscape gems, inside and out — and Heith’s just getting started. “I love to go outside the box and push the boundaries. New stuff excites me. At the end of the day, it’s my name on the product. Every job is very important to me. Every job I do has great significance.” —Heath Travis Martin, owner, HTM Home Designs and Construction

HTM Home Designs and Construction 5500 - 2nd Ave, Regina 306-552-7717 www.htmhomedesigns.ca heith@htmhomedesigns.ca


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n the following pages, we’re profiling some of the best local businesses in Regina and area, based on product quality and selection, level of service, staff, accessibility and community involvement. Arguably, the economy in Regina has never been better, earning the moniker “Saska-BOOM!” A great place to do business, Regina’s economy has been associated

Automotive Repair........................................... 86 Bakery................................................................... 88 Breakfast Restaurant........................................90 Boxing and Training Centre............................ 92 Bistro Restaurant..............................................94 Commercial Construction.............................. 97 Cleaners.............................................................100 Café..................................................................... 102 Closet Organizers........................................... 104 Catering............................................................. 106 Collision Centre and Auto Spa................... 108 Chinese Restaurant......................................... 110 Cosmetic Artistry and Healthy Cosmetics . ........................................................112 Condos................................................................ 114 Custom Jewellery............................................ 116 Desserts............................................................. 118 Electrolysis........................................................ 120 Fitness Studio...................................................122 Frozen Yogurt....................................................124 Furniture Store..................................................126 Garage Doors................................................... 130 Garage Floorings..............................................132 Garden and Fashion Centre......................... 134 Hair and Nail Salon.........................................136 Hearing Centre.................................................138 Home Builder................................................... 140

with the ever-expanding mining, oil and gas, agriculture and telecommunication sectors — and the respective spin-off industries that fuel the economy. At a high growth rate, the city’s population is projected to reach 300,000 by the year 2035 (Regina Official Community Plan Working Paper: Population, Employment and Economic Analysis of Regina, June 2010).

Home Inspections.......................................... 142 Home Renovations......................................... 144 Home and Outdoor Recreation.................. 146 Hotel................................................................... 148 Investments...................................................... 150 Home and Commercial Security.................153 Indian Food Restaurant..................................156 Insurance............................................................158 Italian Restaurant............................................ 160 Kitchen Cabinets.............................................162 Kitchen and Bath Store................................. 164 Landscaping..................................................... 166 Live Entertainment, Training and Speaking.................................................... 168 Medical Clinic.................................................. 170 Monumental.....................................................172 Museum.............................................................174 Men’s Clothing.................................................176 Optical Dispensary..........................................179 Oil Change.........................................................182 Painter................................................................ 184 Pet Grooming................................................... 186 Pharmacy.......................................................... 188 Real Estate Team............................................. 190 Retirement Home........................................... 194 Roofing Company........................................... 196 Sewing and Quilting ..................................... 198

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Spray Foam Insulation.................................. 200 Subway Shop ..................................................202 Summer Entertainment............................... 204 Sunrooms . ...................................................... 206 Sushi Japanese Restaurant......................... 208 Spa...................................................................... 210 Trophies..............................................................213 Tanning...............................................................216 Tea Room...........................................................218 Toy Store............................................................220 Truck Liners......................................................222 Weight Loss Program....................................224 Printers...............................................................229 Weight Loss Method.....................................232 Moose Jaw Businesses Art Gallery and Café......................................234 Children’s Clothing and Giftware...............236 Dance and Theatrical Fashion.....................238 Design and Home Décor............................. 240 Ford Lincoln Dealership................................242 Ladies’ Fashions and Accessories ........... 244

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KEEPING HIGH STANDARDS FOR YOUR VEHICLE By Anne GrAy PHOTOS Dustin Crosby

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tep in through the door, and you can be forgiven for thinking you have mistakenly entered a dentist’s waiting room. The reception area is bright, clean, well appointed, offers refreshments, recent copies of several magazines, and WiFi for those who need to stay connected. When a service advisor greets you, you will be assured that this is Driven Automotive Repair Centre. The Driven team takes their business seriously, and good customer service is part of that business. Driven is in its eighth year as one of Regina’s most popular and highly rated automotive businesses. Daryl Kulcsar and Jason Mancinelli worked together for several years prior; realizing they made a good team, they started to

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dream about striking out on their own. In 2006, they took the leap and opened Driven, and they haven’t looked back. Driven’s team of three service advisors, six journeymen and one apprentice offers more than 120 years of combined experience and knowledge to fix your vehicles. It’s rare for any business to have that many fully accredited technicians on staff, and just one apprentice. Quality tradesmen are hard to find, and Driven maintains that staff to meet the high service standards Kulcsar and Mancinelli have set for their customers. Driven also ensures their staff receive regular and continuous training. Getting to see what’s under the hood on freshfrom-the-factory vehicles helps to keep their technicians up to the minute in

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what’s coming down the pipe from manufacturers. Their standards are reflected in their customer loyalty. Comments from Driven customers include “Very helpful and knowledgeable…” and “…the best in Regina — plain and simple.” Eighty percent of their work is for repeat customers. Of the other 20 per cent, 60 to 70 per cent of them come in as referrals. Driven can do everything for your vehicle: fuel, suspension, electrical, brakes, tires, diagnostics — everything short of cosmetics. They are considered the best shop in town for their diagnostic capabilities. In fact, Driven has current diagnostic equipment for all domestic and a majority of Asian import vehicles.


Much like the dealer, Driven is ready to service vehicles for the current year, but what sets them apart is that they are ready to service vehicles not specific to one brand. Most work at Driven is completed the same day. Kulcsar and Mancinelli say their goal with customers is to have their vehicles on a maintenance schedule. That schedule allows the team the opportunity to find potential problems before there is a breakdown. Another unique thing about Driven is that they are the only business in southern Saskatchewan to offer vehicle conversions from gasoline to natural gas. Driven’s high standards go beyond the services provided in the shop; they recycle everything from paper, plastic, and cardboard, to batteries and valuable metals. They buy in bulk whenever possible to reduce packaging, and approach a historically “dirty” industry with a strong environmental conscience. FLR

Driven Automotive 555 Broad Street, Regina 306.569.2886 driven@sasktel.net Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m L–R Blair Wagner, technician; Curtis Avery, service advisor ;  Scott Molnar, technician; Wayne Isted, technician; Steve Zasitko, technician; Daryl Kulcsar, manager; Nick Zieger, technician; Jason Mancinelli, manager

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arah Clemens was brought up on wheat flour homemade bread, cinnamon buns, cakes and cookies. Needless to say, when she discovered she was a celiac, she was devastated. Gluten-free baked goods were not satisfying: nothing tasted the same; there were not many options; the taste was lacklustre; the texture was terrible;

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and each gluten free treat was chalk-full of processed ingredients. “I opened the shop because I was an unsatisfied celiac. I wasn’t happy with the options that were available,” explains Sarah, owner and founder of Kneaded Gluten Free Bake Shop. Ten years ago, scarcely anyone knew what gluten was or how it affected our


bodies, but now, everyone knows a celiac or has a friend cutting gluten out of their diet. In Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis makes a compelling case for cutting wheat out of our diets. A theory shared by many celebrities, Dr. Davis suggests that eliminating gluten can ensure rapid weight loss, improved digestion, markedly increased energy and many other benefits. Whether you eat wheat or not, the baked goods at Kneaded are pleasing for any palate. The doors at Kneaded have been open for just over a year, and Sarah is thrilled with the reception her business has received. “Regina has been a great community for the bakery,” says Sarah. “Our customers have been very accepting and very encouraging; the community has really welcomed us,” says Sarah. “I like the surprise on people’s face when they taste it. Our customers really make it easy for me to get up in the morning and bake.” But what’s not to love? With a menu that changes daily, an exceptional espresso bar and a breadth of baked goods that will make anyone’s mouth water, Kneaded was absolutely needed. “I strive to do as natural baking as I can, using fresh whole

foods and recognizable ingredients,” explains Sarah. “I get as close in texture, taste, look and smell as though it was wheat flour. “ Sarah knows what it is like to go without the foods she loves, and didn’t want anyone to have to feel that way. “We want everyone to know that they can still have a delicious, home-baked item. There’s a wide variety, so there’s something for everyone. I’m very happy that someone following a gluten-free diet can now have a cupcake or slice of cake on their birthday, rather than a processed cookie out of a box,” smiles Sarah. Kneaded has every kind of customer: some are celiac-or-gluten-intolerant, many are following gluten-free diets for health reasons, others shop there because Sarah doesn’t use preservatives or mixes, and more still come in because of the inviting smell. Frequently, people come in because a friend has passed on a rave review. Aside from the array of treats in the shop — breads, buns, cinnamon buns, tarts, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, scones, quiche, waffles, pizza crusts, ice cream sandwiches, homemade lemonade,

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iced coffees, delicious espresso/lattes/ cappuccinos and soon, paninis — Sarah offers a cup-for-cup replacement flour that uses GMO-free ingredients. Kneaded’s flour takes the guesswork out of baking gluten-free goods in your own home, so even if you’ve cut gluten from your diet, you can still enjoy Grandma’s classic cookie recipe. If you want something that tastes homemade and delicious, Kneaded will not disappoint. Whether you want to stop in for a treat, pick up a gift certificate for a friend or place a catering order for any special event, Kneaded will have you asking, “Is this all really gluten-free?” FLR Kneaded Gluten Free Bake Shop 100 - 3725 Pasqua Street, Regina 306.585.0593 Tues.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun., Mon., Holidays glutenfree@kneadedbakeshop.com www.kneadedbakeshop.com |

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f breakfast is your “thing,” you have to eat at Fresh and Sweet. Fresh & Sweet offers an array of savory and sweet breakfast options, sure to please your palette: Smoked Salmon Buffalo Benny, Red Velvet pancakes, White Chocolate Banana Bread, French Toast, Chicken Waffle, and Squarito — just to name a few. They also offer freshly squeezed juices, organic coffee and freshly brewed iced tea. Your friends

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and family will be amazed. Serving breakfast all day ensures that late risers can still enjoy all the deliciousness that breakfast has to offer! Even though they are stuck in their giant blue cage for awhile, Fresh & Sweet serves an abundance of amazing food without skipping a beat. “You may have to walk an extra half block to get here, but you’ll feel much less guilty for

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eating some seriously yummy food!” says Beata Thompson, one of the four women who own Fresh & Sweet. Once you navigate through the construction, you will find fresh baking, gourmet candy apples, memorable cupcakes and some incredibly friendly faces. Check them out, and bring along your “BFF.” Fresh is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Fresh & sweet Menu Omelete—Loaded? Ham, green & red pepper, mushrooms, green onion, tomatoes and cheese. Smoked Salmon Panini—Fresh dill cream cheese, red onions and pea shoots on marble rye. Buffalo Benny Wrap—Scrambled eggs, ham, green onion, tomatoes (spiked with red hot) and hash wrapped with some creamy hollandaise. Smoked Salmon Benny—Thin bagels topped with smoked salmon, over easy eggs and hollandaise sauce. Drizzled with Franks Red Hot. Served with hash. Buffalo Benny Bowl—Scrambled eggs, ham, green onions, and tomatoes spiked with Franks red hot. Served over hash and topped with hollandaise. Mexican Breakfast Squarito—Scrambled eggs, peppers, green onions, mushrooms and cheese, wrapped up in a cheese tortilla. Served with salsa on the side. Chicken Waffle—Honey Dijon chicken, mozza, drizzled honey and panini grilled. Strawberry Goat Cheese Waffle—Fresh waffle topped with sugared almonds, strawberries, goat cheese, raspberry balsamic vinaigrette and whipped cream. Maple Glazed Bacon Waffle—Hot, fresh waffle topped with bacon smothered in maple syrup. Bacon/Ham & Eggs—Bacon or ham, 2 eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. Bacon & Egg-er—Fried egg, bacon and melted cheese on a bun. Served with hashbrowns

Breakfast Plus—3 slices bacon, 2 eggs, hashbrowns, toast and choice of 1⁄2 order white chocolate banana bread French toast or a pancake. The “I won’t need lunch” Breakfast—2 egg omelette (fully loaded), hashbrowns, toast and choice of 1⁄2 order of white chocolate banana bread French toast or a red velvet pancake. French Toast—Topped with Nutella,or warm apples with cinnamon butter or sautéed banana, peanut butter and honey. White Chocolate Banana Bread French Toast—Topped with whipped cream. Grilled Cinnamon Bun—Served with your choice of our homemade gelato on the side. Bacon & Peach Pancake—Bacon pancake topped with grilled peaches. Cinnaffle—Cinnamon waffle with cream cheese icing and whipped cream. Bananas Foster—Butter Rum waffle with bananas sautéed in cinnamon, butter and brown sugar.

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Lemon Meringue Waffle—Topped with lemon curd, meringue and whipped cream. Caramel Apple Pie Waffle—Topped with apples sautéed in brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and caramel. Red Velvet Pancakes—2 plate-sized pancakes topped with cream cheese icing. Amazing!

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& Fresh and Sweet 2500 Victoria Avenue Regina 306.751.2233 www.valleygirlscatering.ca

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hether you’re interested in getting in shape, learning to box or even fine-tuning the boxing skills you already have, Black and Blue Boxing Club has fitness opportunities to suit your every need. Owned and run by Rolande Moses, Black and Blue Boxing offers a wide variety of boxing classes, all run by Regina’s only Olympic level boxer.

impossible, and soon attained it when he qualified for the 2008 Olympics with only nine fights under his belt and merely four years of boxing experience. He fought at the Beijing Olympics representing his home country, Grenada, as Canada was afraid to send an athlete who had only boxed for four years when there were athletes waiting to go who had boxed for much longer.

Raised in Toronto and Niagara Falls, Moses learned to strive for the

When Rolande came to Regina some years ago, he found that the boxing

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scene in Regina was not as competitive as it could be, so he decided to start his own boxing club where budding athletes could train with Regina’s own Olympic boxer, in a fast-paced, highlymotivated environment. Rolande is still a professional boxer, competing often, and training with some of the top boxing names around the world. Rolande’s amazing motivation and energy benefit all his athletes at Black and Blue Boxing Club. In addition to their wide


selection of group boxing classes, Black and Blue Boxing Club offers women’s self defense boxing classes which aim to empower women and teach them critical self defense skills while helping them get in shape. Rolande teaches this class himself, and the workouts are different every day, so every session is full of new, exciting challenges. Rolande is also an exclusive personal trainer. He offers customized workouts for competitive athletes, athletic groups, and people who simply want to get into shape and lose some weight. For personal training services, Rolande also supplies an optional nutrition plan to further help his clients keep in shape and live healthier. The club also offers entry-level classes which teach beginners how to punch, find a rhythm, and the art of placing a punch. Black and Blue Boxing offers a warm, welcoming environment for kids and teens to spend their after-school hours. “In 2005, I said that one day I would have my own gym. It would be a place where I could teach kids and keep them out of trouble. Growing up on the streets of Toronto, sports were my personal escape from gang violence during my teenage years,” reflects Moses. Black and Blue Boxing Club runs classes from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, every week, excluding public holidays. Their classes include boxercise, strength training, one-on-one personal training, group classes for boxing of all levels, group classes for women, and boxing boot camps. The first class is free, so feel free to come for a class, and blow off some steam. You will probably find yourself returning every week. Come try a class today. FLR Black and Blue Boxing Club 1825 7th Avenue Regina 306.550.9091 info@blackandblueboxing.com www.blackandblueboxingclub.com right Rolande Moses, owner


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Relaxed Upscale dining in a FamiliaR atmospheRe By Trina annand PHOTOS Henry GodniTz

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here was a time when Regina’s east end had a fantastic restaurant. The food was upscale, but affordable and foodies would flock from 100 kilometers away. Mediterranean Bistro was one of these perfect places for a great dinner, a romantic outing or a place to impress out-of-town guests. The restaurant was sold and went through some difficulties, but now — three years later — it’s back in the hands of previous owner, Steven Kosabek. Steve is excited to return, along with several of the original staff. The Monterey Bay Bistro on Quance is everything customers

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loved about the old restaurant with some new twists. After a good scrubbing and a total overhaul of the interior, Monterey Bay is winning back customers one plate at a time with a return to its former glory. The relaxed upscale dining is a result of Kosabek’s restaurant training. After working in several white-glove-service restaurants in New York, he decided that there is always room for excellent service in Regina. All of the wines offered at Monterey Bay are decanted at the table, and servers are trained in the ways

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of white-glove-service to enrich every moment of a customer’s experience without staunch formality. The menu at Monterey Bay features fresh fish that is specially flown in for the restaurant. “The prairies are known as a meat and potatoes place, but Regina is growing and evolving. People are looking for fresh ingredients and are willing to try new things,” remarks Kosabek. Customers at the restaurant can enjoy the freshest Halibut, Ahi Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sword Fish, Steelhead Trout and enormous prawns. Returning to


the menu is classics like the Calamari Crown, a specialty of the old restaurant and a customer favourite. One of the most unique features of the menu at Monterey Bay is the monthly world tour menu. Each month the restaurant provides customers with unique flavours from around the world including, Moroccan, Mexican, German and Cajun. For the Cajun menu, Kosabek specially ordered alligator to make the meal more authentic and unique. July’s menu will feature fine Italian cuisine, and August will delight customers with Hawaiian-inspired dishes. Contributing to the authenticity of Monterey Bay is a pair of executive chefs, Nolan Coller and Kyle Perry. The duo is part of the original Mediterranean Bistro’s staff that has returned to the restaurant. Both chefs are highly trained and have many years’ experience as head chefs.

For Kosabek, what sets Monterey Bay apart is their knowledge of service, food and creating the perfect experience. “Part of our customer service includes giving customers what they want, but also educating them on selections. Pairing the right wine with your meal is the difference between a good meal and a fantastic meal,” remarks Kosabek. Monterey Bay has a wide selection of wines, most of which are from the restaurant’s namesake, a place where Kosabek once lived. The driving force behind Monterey Bay is the idea of relaxed fine dining and the laid-back atmosphere that the name creates. To add to customers’ experience, Kosabek offers live music on Saturdays. Guests can enjoy some of the finest food in the city, accompanied by the acoustic guitar stylings of Howard Exner. “We have created a relaxed atmosphere. Customers can spend two or three hours enjoying themselves. We are not the type of restaurant that rushes people

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and shoves food down their throats. People should get the whole experience at Monterey Bay, not simply be fed,” notes Kosabek. Kosabek was not formally culinary trained, but he has a special talent and has created something beautiful, first

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with his original restaurant and now with Monterey Bay Bistro. “I always loved the restaurant industry. It is the people that make it fun and rewarding. When you create a product you can stand behind it makes it that much easier,” remarks Kosabek. One thing is for certain, Reginans can take comfort in the fact that their favourite restaurant has returned to what it once was: a great place with amazing food and wine that feels like home. FLR

Monterey Bay Bistro on Quance 2589 East Quance Street Regina 306.347.3230 www.mbaybistro.ca Like us on Facebook

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L–R Kyle Perry, Sarah Lembke, Nolan Coller, Kim Schindler, Steve Kosabek, owner

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eith founded HTM Home Designs and Construction in 2008, while living in Kelowna, BC: his subsequent move to Regina allowed the company to relocate as well. Since putting down roots in Saskatchewan, Heith and HTM have largely focused on commercial construction, building a reputation on their versatility, reliability, and commitment to quality in every arena, from the small details to the big picture. “I’m a custom builder… I basically take a custom house mentality and put it into a commercial setting,” Heith says, but there’s more to it than that. “I aim for perfection… I’m very, very accountable for everything I do.”

Although Heith is comfortable managing several clients at once, HTM Construction still doesn’t take on every single job that comes in the door. Instead, they accept jobs Heith knows they will excel at. “I have to see… what I want to do, what the project is,” says Heith, who prefers “design jobs, unique jobs… especially restaurant and bar owners. They have this vision, and I try to make it come true.” Heith is quick to point out that a job doesn’t need to be outlandish or over-the-top in order to be unique. Something as simple as an unusual accent in the décor, or an uncommon paint colour or texture, can help a property stand out.

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Regina’s Lancaster Taphouse was HTM Construction’s first Saskatchewan job after Heith returned to the province in 2011 (“that’s the one that brought me back,” he jokes). In the Lancaster, Heith integrated natural rocks and wood — some of his favourite accents — to create a property guaranteed to catch the eye. Some alterations were made to the original designs over the course of construction, but that’s par for the course when you’re shooting for perfection. “There’s always a predetermined floor plan, but nothing is ever in stone. We always change stuff,” Heith says, and the end results were well worth it. ”They were really impressed with the product… just happy with it, over the moon.”

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Birmingham’s Vodka & Ale House, on Starlite Street, was another of HTM Construction’s recent Regina clients. “It was a renovation to take the business somewhere else. Take it to a new level,” says Heith, who stuck close to a tight timeline as he created the new, improved Birmingham’s. When the job was complete, “he [the business owner] was very impressed,” says Heith. “The business is doing very well for him… I think they really hit the mark with the design and the atmosphere — and the food!” The Rock Creek Tap & Grill’s McCarthy Boulevard location has also benefited from HTM Construction’s expert touch. “We really put a different product inside of Regina in that one… a much-needed venue for the north end. Very modern,” Heith says with satisfaction, noting that Rock Creek’s new interior features warehouse-style exposed timbers and laser-cut wine bottles as an accent piece. “You don’t see it a lot… it’s just something different. It’s cool.” Other Saskatchewan projects HTM Construction has taken on include Trifon’s Pizza’s Northgate Mall location, Thai Basil, The Artful Dodger (Regina’s ultra-hip 11th Avenue restaurant and performance space), and the 5,000 square foot Flying J in Moose Jaw; in addition, the company has worked on numerous homes and custom exteriors in Kelowna. Each job, of course, comes with its own unique challenges. But while some might assume budget to be the main concern, often “the biggest factor… is the time,” Heith says, estimating that a typical restaurant job probably takes HTM Construction about four months to complete. Heith credits the skilled tradespeople HTM Construction contracts with helping to keep each project running on schedule. “I always say I have a great team,” he says. “[The] guys really come together, and put all they’ve got into it.” In addition to his industry experience, it may partly be Heith’s background as a former basketball coach that has given him the skills to recruit and manage a large and high-calibre team of contractors. “I was fortunate enough to have good teachers,” he says. “I’d like to think that I’m a good teacher, and a good leader.” After all, Heith says, managing contractors really “is a leadership role… you want to get everybody on the same page and working together.” By maintaining close ties with his contractors, Heith finds that HTM Construction has the freedom to ask them to make unexpected changes during the design process, if necessary for a client’s satisfaction: contractors “are [sometimes] called on in the 11th hour,” he says. “You’ve got to call in some favours, and you’ve got to know some people… It’s about the relationship.” As a construction company owner with a sophisticated design sensibility, Heith Martin finds inspirations for his work everywhere — in international architecture, in home style magazines, in what he sees driving down the street each day. “The construction industry is changing,” he notes, and constant observance is required to stay on the cutting edge of that change. But Heith enjoys the challenge. “If you don’t love what you do, then you’re obviously in the wrong industry, whatever it might be,” he says. But Heith loves what HTM Home Designs and Construction does — and so will you. FLR HTM Home Designs and Construction 5500 - 2nd Ave, Regina www.htmhomedesigns.ca 306.552.7717 heith@htmhomedesigns.ca

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EXPERTAdvice Where is the dirt really hiding in your home? CLEANERS

Underneath and behind appliances Move your appliances away from the wall and you may get an unpleasant surprise. Refrigerators can be especially dirty; expect to see plenty of dust covering the coils, errant spills and leaks. Mop the area and let everything dry completely before moving the appliances back.

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out the tops of your cabinets. It may not be pretty, but a simple dusting should do the trick.

The kitchen sink and stove knobs Kitchen sinks often harbour more bacteria than the floor or toilet in a public washroom. Rinse down the sink and disinfect it.

You hold it up to your face everyday, but how often do you clean your phone? Your phone has more germs on it that the toilet seat or the bottom of your shoe! Give it a few swipes with an antibacterial wipe every now and then.

You may not think to remove the knobs on your stove very often, and you may wish you hadn’t. The knobs are designed to be removed easily so than you can clean all the grime behind them. Use a gentle cleanser such as vinegar.

The ceiling fan

Remotes and keyboards

Rule of thumb: if you can’t see it in your daily life, it’s probably dirty. Use microfiber cloths instead of a feather duster to capture the dust instead of spreading it around.

The coffee maker

Many remote controls contain the virus that causes the common cold. Use antibacterial wipes or a napkin moistened with rubbing alcohol to clean them weekly. Use cotton swabs to get into those little crevices. All of this applies to your computer keyboard, too.

If the reservoir is a yellow colour it is time to clean; the discoloration is likely caused by mineral residue. The best way to clean is to fill the reservoir with equal parts of water and white vinegar, and run the machine without any coffee grounds.

How are you ever going to get these areas clean if you find normal cleaning to be a chore? Let Tidy Time Saver Professional Cleaners take care of your cleaning needs. It will free up your time toTime do the things ABOVE Tidy Saver Staff you really enjoy!

It’s amazing how much debris can accumulate under a rug in a short period of time. Pull yours up the next time you’re vacuuming and see how many allergens are living under there.

Sharla Shaw founded Tidy Time Saver in the year 2000. They clean more than 200 houses a week. Each homeowner saves more than four hours per week by not having to clean. To learn how you can free up 200 hours a year, call 306-546-1505 or visit www.tidytimesaver.com. FLR

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mployees are truly the backbone of any company, and this could not be truer of the staff at The Tidy Time Saver Professional Cleaning Service. Many may think of cleaning as a mindless job, but our employees think just the opposite: they love what they do and they are proud to help make our clients lives much less stressful. We believe we have the best staff, and we Staff at Tidy Time Saver are very grateful to have such wonderful ladies who are part of our team. Claudette W., one of our clients, recently said “I can’t wait for Thursdays because

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They as little ledges for dirthave andbeen hair into serve the house once the ladies tothere. settle They on. If are you so don’t feel like getting wonderful I could onadopt yourthem.” hands and knees to scrub them, use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner Melissainstead. D., who has worked for The Tidy Time Saver for the past six years, says “This Tops ofme kitchen job gives a sense ofcabinets pride because I Get up on a stool and check know that when Ior amstepladder leaving a clean house, I have just made someone’s day. I truly cherish the personal relationships I have made with many of my clients.” If you would like to have two of our fantastic ladies come and clean your home, give us a call today! FHR

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BLIND CLEANERS

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o you dread the thought of taking down your blinds, trying to wash them in your bathtub and then trying to find a place to hang them? We have found the solution for you. Regina Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning Service will come to your house, remove your blinds, clean them and reinstall your blinds, usually all in one day. With the Ultrasonic machine, we can clean all types of blinds including mini blinds, micro blinds, venetian blinds, faux wood blinds, pleated shades, honeycomb shades, silhouettes, luminettes, vignettes, vertical vinyl, vertical free hang and vertical cloth. Ultrasonic cleaning is safe, convenient and economical. Only ultrasonic blind cleaning

“I recently had my household blinds cleaned using a new service, ‘Regina Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning.’ I was both pleased and impressed with the results. The crew removed the blinds in the morning, and reinstalled them later that afternoon. The blinds, both standard Venetian, and fabric, looked like new. The price is reasonable, and the results excellent. I heartily endorse this service.” —Brian M. can ensure that your blind does not get scratched or damaged while being cleaned. Ultrasonic blind cleaning is also the only way to safely clean the entire blind including the slats, cords, ladders, tapes and head rail. Ultrasonic blind cleaning also ensures that there is no static electricity to attract dust following the cleaning.

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Save yourself the time and hassle, and call us today! FLR

Regina Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning Service 202–2206 Dewdney Avenue, Regina 306.525.2655 www.reginablindcleaning.com

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Café

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t’s fresh. It’s new. It’s an ideal Italian coffee shop. Although Caffè Caffeina has only been open a short while, this quaint establishment has quickly become a favourite to the neighbourhood. “We wanted to create something with a real Italian feel to it,” comments Gilles Gobin, co-owner of Caffè Caffeina. Gilles and his wife, Jacqueline, purchased the business on April 1st of this year with a vision in mind: they wanted to bring a small piece of Italy to Regina. Through a whirlwind of planning, hard work and renovations, Caffè Caffeina was open a short three weeks later. The ambience of Caffè Caffeina is welcoming, and the friendly staff greet you when you walk in. This is a place to sit and relax. You can walk in with your favourite book, your laptop or with a friend, and spend some time enjoying coffee and the atmosphere. According to Jacqueline, that friendly, casual, social environment is exactly what they were trying to achieve. The staff plays a big part of creating that setting, and the Gobins were fortunate to hire skilled people with a strong sense of

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customer service. “We are so pleased to have Rhonda Williams as one of our staff members,” says Jacqueline, “she is a true veteran to the coffee shop business. It’s so nice that everybody knows her as soon as they walk in.” The coffees served at Caffè Caffeina are all organic fair trade blends and authentic Italian esspresso. “We are the only one in the city to carry this brand of coffee,” states Gilles. Along with the rich and flavourful coffees and other beverages, Caffè Caffeina offers a delightful menu to satisfy your cravings. There’s a variety of delicious Italian comfort foods that are made fresh every day. Treat yourself to hearty savoury soups, fresh crisp salads, and hot Italian sandwiches served on fresh Italian bread; your taste buds will thank you with every bite you take. The baking is homey and delicious. Enjoy your coffee and treat indoors at one of the tables or a comfy stuffed chair. Take in the music and enjoy the

lovely artwork by local artists. These pieces are available for sale and feature different artists throughout the season. In the mood for some fresh air? Relax on the nicely shaded patio and enjoy the freshness of the outdoors. Giving back to the community is something that’s very important to Gilles and Jacqueline, and they are passing on their passion to their staff. “We provide a lot of gifting for a number of causes,” states Gilles. Jacqueline expands on this, “You have to give back to where your heart is.” The Gobins particular area of giving is to organizations supporting children in crisis and women’s causes. For a fresh taste of Italy, drop by Caffè Caffeina at 3283 Quance Street, open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. FLR

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closet organizers

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o you feel like your things are not fitting into your closet anymore, or that you always waste time looking for that mitten which is under all the others at the bottom of the tub? Bill and Maria Nagel at Simply Stowed would love to help you prevent such annoyances with customized home storage organizers that ensure everything you own has its own special place and is easy to find.

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The Nagels began imagining their company when they were looking to buy a new house some years ago for their growing family. “We were going to all these show homes which were well over half a million dollars. I would go through the houses opening the closets, to see how much space was in them and what was in them, and there was very little. There was just a wire rack. I realized people just weren’t putting enough

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thought into organizing their closets and storage areas,” says Maria. “Our mission is to make people aware that you don’t need to move out of your house if you feel like you’re growing out of it, and need more space. Unless it’s a big thing, like you actually need another bedroom, all you probably need is some reorganization. We’ve gone into clients’ homes, redone their closets, and they


feel like their home has grown to twice the size,” Maria remarks. It’s amazing how much can be done with proper home organizers to open up a space. Simply Stowed offers a wide range of products and services to help their customers organize their spaces in the most intuitive, attractive ways possible. Primarily, they fit customized storage units into closets for home builders and home owners. However, they fit other areas of houses as well, including pantries, laundry rooms and garages, to help people make the best use of all their available storage space. They also offer islands for walk-in closets, and are beginning to offer a range of Murphy wall beds and desk beds to help people further refresh their space. They offer free in-home consultations, 3D design,

are budget friendly, and bend over backward for their clients. All the home storage systems at Simply Stowed are environmentally friendly; the core materials used in the custom designs are all fabricated from 100 per cent recycled and recovered wood fibers with durable and safe melamine coatings. They offer 11 finishes, including grain and hardware varieties. The many styles and upgrades they offer help people find the perfect combinations to enhance any home’s décor. Simply Stowed is contracted to fit closets in new builds and show homes by many of Regina’s top homebuilding companies, including Usonia Homes, Daytona Homes and Harmony Builders, so you can rest assured your storage spaces will be in good hands.

“Simply Stowed provides a sophisticated and flawless experience. From the planning phase to the final designs — the staff are dedicated to meeting their customer needs for closet organization. Installation is arranged immediately once the product arrives, and the closets take very little time to install,” reflects Janine Taylor. “We would definitely recommend Simply Stowed for anyone wishing to design closets for a new home or make old closet spaces new again.” Call for your free in-home consultation today. FLR Simply Stowed Custom Closets Regina 306.737.0192 or 306.737.1592 simplystowed@gmail.com simplystowed.com

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Catering

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here’s a real passion for food within the company and within our staff,” says Beata Thompson, one of the four women entrepreneurs behind Valley Girls Catering. “When people really care about what they are doing, it is reflected in the quality and taste of the food they prepare,” she adds. Judging by the company’s success, their enthusiasm for food has certainly paid off. Thompson started Valley Girls Catering in 2002, when she began operating the food service at a local golf course. In 2005, they opened The Brickhouse Bistro in Lumsden. Tania Fraser came on board as a partner in 2007, and was with the company when they again expanded in 2008 to take over operation of the food service at Regina’s Currie Field, home turf of the Regina Red Sox ball team and the Tartan curling club.

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The following year was another big one for the company as they added Allison Sweet and Gerda Klyne to their partnership and opened another restaurant, called Fresh & Sweet, in Regina. “Essentially, the company is owned by the people who have been operating it for years,” says Thompson, noting that each of the partners spent time on the company payroll before joining the business’s ownership. In 2012, Valley Girls continued on their path of growth and opened Fresh on Hamilton, in Regina. Operating all of these venues successfully requires them to have a very strong working relationship built on mutual trust and collaboration, with each partner taking on the responsibility for the operation of a different venue.

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This mutual cooperation has given the catering side of Valley Girls’ business a unique edge, enabling them to take on multiple functions on the same day, says Thompson. Potential customers can browse through Valley Girls’ detailed online menu, found at www.valleygirlscatering.ca, complete with suggestions on menu combinations and choices. Whether supplying lunch for an office of five or feeding a wedding party of 400, Valley Girls is able to deliver on the dependable and professional reputation they have developed. Valley Girls Catering currently employs 50 staff, many whom are long term employees able to fill numerous roles. Thompson says the staff’s solid work ethic and versatility has contributed greatly to the company’s smooth


operation and consistent, high-quality service. “It’s a really great team environment,” she says. “Everybody works really hard and genuinely enjoys each other.” To Thompson, one of the greatest benefits of Valley Girls is their ability to regularly experiment with new food combinations and flavours. “We have the freedom to do whatever we want,” she says. “We’re free to create in any manner we want to. It’s awesome.” Not only does Valley Girls offer a wide variety of entirely unique, yet unbelievably delicious menu choices, the company takes great pride in making all of the food in-house that they serve. “We’re in a world where everything comes from a box and everything is pre-made,” says Thompson. “We make everything from scratch.” Check out their online menu, complete with pictures and suggestions at www.valleygirlscatering.ca. FLR

Valley Girls Catering 2500 Victoria Avenue Regina 306.751.2233 www.valleygirlscatering.ca

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Collision Centre and auto spa

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obody likes to think about it, but accidents do happen. When they do, it’s nice to know that you can take your car to Universal Collision Centre (UCC). This highly organized and SGI- accredited shop offers clients the security of knowing their vehicle is being repaired by highly skilled and qualified staff. “We are a team with the common goal of customer satisfaction,” says P.J. Morris, general manager. According to Morris, the keys to achieving that goal are to be organized, detailoriented and good communicators. “We

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have four quick meetings per day to determine where things are at, and which areas need help to reach their goals,” he comments. The team works together in the areas that need assistance, which is instrumental in avoiding any bottlenecks in the production process. “We are very process-oriented because we have a deep respect for our customers’ time and their vehicle,” states Morris. To keep that process running smoothly, the team at UCC has a seven-step process which is followed:

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Repair Plan: The vehicle is fully dismantled as the team carefully goes through everything that needs to be repaired. The car doesn’t go into production until they have 100 per cent of the parts needed.

Metal Repair: This is where the deep repairs of the vehicle occur. UCC has great craftsmen with years of experience who will make sure the repair is done to spec.

Filler Department: Before your car is painted, the staff at Universal


will make sure that the surface of the vehicle is nice and smooth. It’s extremely important that all the filling is done to perfection. •

Prep and Prime: It’s very important that all prep work is done to the letter before the vehicle is painted.

Refinishing Department: Before it’s painted, a lot of care goes into taping and masking your vehicle to ensure that no overspray occurs. At Universal, you can count on the best service with top quality paint and supplies used on every vehicle.

Reassembly Department: The Universal team puts the car back together according to factory specifications, making sure that the body aligns and the paint colour matches.

Quality Control Check Point: The team goes over every inch of the vehicle making sure that everything is done according to factory specs. “We make sure that the vehicle is in pre-accident condition,” explains Morris.

UCC is also home to a top-notch auto spa that provides professional detailing services. With trained staff and environmentally-friendly cleaning products, you can be assured that your vehicle will get professional care and attention. Universal Auto Spa offers a wide selection of detailing packages to best suit your needs. UCC is proud to have the best team, the best facility and the best customers in the province. Thank you for the continued support. Log onto www.uccregina.com or call 306.525.6000 and like them on Facebook. FLR

Universal Collision Centre 3910 Rochdale Boulevard Regina 306.525.6000 pj@uccregina.com www.uccregina.com

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chinese restaurant

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egina may be no stranger to Chinese cuisine, but what the Queen City lacks is a good Chinese buffet restaurant like you find in some of Canada’s bigger cities. Sensing this void, the Liang family recently relocated from Toronto, so they could join with family members already in Regina and open the China Liang Buffet. China Liang’s Buffet offers quality food at very reasonable prices. Boasting more

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than 60 buffet items, the options are endless, and it’s impossible to walk away from the restaurant hungry. The best part, however, is the ease of the location and the prices. Located at 3217 Eastgate Drive, just off Highway 1, China Liang’s Buffet is easily accessible with ample parking — no need to go downtown and fight for space if you are hungry and in the mood for excellent food. The restaurant is clean and inviting, with large windows that let in a lot of natural sunlight. The

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interior has a lot of space, so you won’t have to worry about rubbing elbows as you go for that third or fourth helping. What really sets China Liang’s Buffet apart is the great prices for excellenttasting food. Lunch buffets go for only $11.95, Mondays to Fridays ($12.95 on weekends), and $14.95 for the dinner buffet ($16.95 on weekends). Children’s prices are considerably cheaper. For those prices, you would be hard pressed


these days to find a salad elsewhere, not to mention your choice of more than 60 items with unlimited access. All the popular dishes await you: ginger beef, sesame chicken, salt and pepper shrimp to name a few. Whatever your preference may be — noodles, vegetables, rice, or any type of meat —the only difficulty you’ll have is deciding what you can fit in.

establishing this location, we are close to hotels, and it is perfect for people travelling through who want to stop off for dinner or lunch. And of course, we can easily service Regina residents.” Rita believes her restaurant works well in Regina. “We spent years building our business in Toronto,” she says. “We are bringing the same successful model to Regina now, and we just know people here will love it to.”

China Liang’s Buffet is also available for pick-up and delivery. Individually priced items are also reasonable and served up in good-sized portions, but the buffet is really the jewel of this restaurant. Rita Liang is pleased that her family chose to come to Regina and open the restaurant.

China Liang’s Buffet is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to closing. Stop in for one of the best meals you’ll find anywhere — you won’t leave hungry! FLR

“We saw the need for a high quality, low priced buffet in Regina. We also didn’t want to be downtown where it’s often difficult for our customers to access. By

China Liang’s Buffet 3217 Eastgate Drive 306.545.8899 www.chinaliangsbuffet.com

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Breathtaking artistry:

CosmetiC Artistry & HeAltHy CosmetiCs

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osmetics can and should be good for the skin,” advises Michelle Loustel, founder and certified makeup artist for MJ Studio Pro Cosmetics. She explains that the philosophy the studio has about makeup is why they created the M2 Virtuous Minerals cosmetic line. This beautiful allnatural line of cosmetics offers a flawless finish, while still maintaining your skin’s health. Because the ingredients are all-natural, mineral cosmetics are the purest and most hypoallergenic form of makeup available today. The minerals in this cosmetic line are pure natural pigments which blend very easily and look fantastic. They are also healthy for your skin. According to Loustel, these cosmetics are very versatile and will work with all skin types and complexions. She says there is a high content of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in the products, which are naturally-occurring sunscreens to protect your skin from the elements. When choosing the ingredients for the M2 Virtuous Minerals line, Loustel made sure they were all of the highest quality and safe for all skin types, while not compromising colour and product performance. The high-grade zinc oxide used in the formula assists in making for ideal photo shoots. “The minerals are manufactured using Z-cote,” comments Loustel. “This eliminates ghastly, green or ashy skin tones being cast under the photographer’s lights or flash cameras.”

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With mineral cosmetics being very popular, there are several companies carrying their own product lines. Loustel advises her clients to check the ingredients and avoid any products


featuring plastics, talcum, oils, fillers or any other chemicals commonly found in many high-end or drug store brands. MJ Studio offers the highest quality products that give you the flawless finish you’re looking for without sacrificing your skin’s health. Want to know what goes into M2 Virtuous Minerals? The ingredients are listed on the label and Loustel is happy to answer any questions you might have.

Makeup Application “In artistry school we are taught how to create the look,” says Loustel. “I work past the look, and work with what is good for skin. I can create a look to reflect personality.” Other cosmetic brands will show you how to apply makeup based on their idea of the perfect face and shape. “When I do an application, it’s specific for my client,” comments Loustel, “I help create a look that’s achievable and is the best look based on her features.” Not only does Loustel apply makeup that will look great on you, she will also teach you how to apply it properly and create a sensational look of your own. “For example, I will instruct a client on how to define her cheekbones or how to use eye shadow to create another eyeliner look,” she remarks. “It’s my goal to produce products that are user-friendly and completely multi-purpose. I want my clients to use every product in their cosmetic bag with confidence, and have the knowledge and ability to make those products perform.” Using top quality natural products and knowing how to use them wisely will not only make you look and feel great, it will keep your skin looking healthy. For more information or to book an appointment, call MJ Studios Pro Cosmetics at 306.570.4119. You can also find them online at www.mjprocosmetics.com. FLR MJ Studios Pro Cosmetics Regina 306.570.4119 mloustel@msn.com www.mjprocosmetics.com

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CONDOS

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magine coming home to a neighbourhood that looks more like a park than a suburb. Imagine walking through your front door into a spacious, open-plan home that flawlessly balances beauty and function. Imagine enjoying a cup of coffee on the balcony, or a glass of wine on the patio, as you drink in a good conversation or a thrilling book. That’s everyday life at Green Stone Condominiums: the perfect spot for anyone to call home.

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Green Stone Condominiums are located in Southeast Regina’s new, environmentallyfriendly Greens on Gardiner community. Each of these modern, townhouse-style condos includes two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, as well as a kitchen equipped with a stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and range. Furthermore, each has an air conditioner and Magic Pack furnace, a stacking washer and dryer combo, as well as a tankless water heater. Upper-level units are 1,089

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square feet and feature vaulted ceilings and two balconies; lower level units are 986 square feet and offer a private patio. Each unit also comes with electrified parking and/or a single-car garage. Residents of Green Stone Condominiums enjoy all the benefits of owning their own home, while upkeep responsibilities such as cutting grass and snow removal are taken care of by the condo association. Each six-unit complex shares


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a common green space, and the entire neighbourhood can take advantage of Greens on Gardiners’ various walking paths; a pond area and a playground are only a few minutes’ stroll away. Sun West Construction Ltd., owned by Bruno Geschwandter, was chosen to build Green Stone Condominiums. They’re veteran Regina builders who have been in the trade for more than 30 years. Furthermore, each unit is accompanied by a Saskatchewan New Home Warranty. The show suite at 4205 Green Apple Drive can give you a glimpse of the high standard of living you’ll enjoy at Green Stone Condominiums. And if you already have a vision for your perfect home, take heart: the majority of Green Stone properties are still in development or currently being finished, so few

decorative features are “set in stone.” Green Stone owners can personalize their condo with their choice of paint colours, Kekuli Bay cabinetry, laminate or granite countertops, and flooring by Do-All Floors. With advance notice, units can also be customized for wheelchair accessibility. Jason Rumpel and Jennica George of Royal LePage Regina Realty make up Green Stone Condo Developments’ sales team. Just give Jason and Jennica a call, or drop in to 4205 Green Apple Drive’s show suite between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends, to find out more about Green Stone Condominiums. FLR Green Stone Condominiums 4205 Green Apple Drive, Regina 306.535.1478

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CUSTOM JEWELLERY

YOUR FUTURE JEWELLERY, CREATED WITH FIRE & ICE BY COURTNEY TAIT

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ewellery designers Christopher Neil and Ryan Eberts think a piece of jewellery should last at least 100 years. The founders of Fire & Ice — a custom jewellery and repair shop opened in 2005 — have spent the last eight years creating high quality, one-of-a-kind pieces using stones from around the world. Their tension-setting techniques ensure strength and durability, and they mix their own alloys to ensure a true brilliant white colour in their white gold. Unlike

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manufactured jewellery, which often has a lifespan of only 15 to 20 years, Fire & Ice’s work is built to last. “What we do is the opposite of the industry,” says Christopher. “Our pieces are heavier instead of light and thin, and we use top-of-the line stones, with more reliable methods of setting. Every item we make is unique.” With backgrounds in art and machinery, and nine years of experience as goldsmiths prior to opening Fire & Ice,

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Christopher and Ryan approach each custom piece with a blend of creativity and expertise. Sit down with them in their bright, modern 3D design studio (think orange walls, stainless steel and chandeliers), and they will work with you to create a piece that fits your vision and budget. Drawings or sample photos are provided to help clarify your ideas, and the Fire & Ice team ensures you’re fully informed on what you’re getting — from the stone quality, cut and clarity, to the metal, setting and design.


“We never run out of ideas,” says Christopher, “and we can accommodate any budget. We create pieces that no one else on earth has.” Along with engagement rings and wedding bands, Fire & Ice crafts pendants, necklaces, earrings, corporate jewellery and specialized body jewellery. All of the diamonds they use are GIA-certified with the highest rating, and their pure white gold is guaranteed to never fade in colour. Clients’ old jewellery can be redesigned to create a new piece using the same stones or metal, and hand engraving is available for incorporating words or images such as celtic or floral designs. They feature a selection of pre-made rings, and can order in manufactured pieces as well. Need a piece of jewellery repaired? Fire & Ice offers a full repair and restoration service as well as sizing, and provides a lifetime guarantee and maintenance on every custom piece they create. Blending technique with materials, the ‘Fire’ in the business name represents the torches and ovens the designers use to work with gold, while the ‘Ice’ is inspired by the diamonds and other gems used in the jewellery. To view a sample of Fire & Ice’s work, check out their website portfolio: a collection of 2,000 custom pieces guaranteed to put this studio on your “must visit” list. Fire & Ice is busy year round, with many clients referred by others who appreciate the style, quality and competitive pricing of their work. The Fire & Ice team takes pride in remembering the names and faces of those who visit their business, and strives to offer a personalized service, making every client’s vision a reality. “We try to make sure that everyone leaves happy,” says Christopher. “That’s how we’ve stayed successful, by making the absolute best product that we can.” FLR Fire and Ice Custom Jewellery & Repair 3125 Quance Street Regina S4V 3B7 306.585.3473 www.firenice.ca

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DecaDent Desserts & cafe

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t all started about 20 years ago with a dream. Gilles and Jacqueline Gobin dreamed of one day owning their coffee and pastry shop. Before moving to Regina, Gilles studied Pastry Arts in Winnipeg at Red River College, and later apprenticed under a German pastry chef. Once he arrived to the Queen City, he was the executive pastry chef at the Hotel Saskatchewan for about 10 years, where he built up a very well deserved reputation for excellence in his craft. After years of hard work and keeping their eyes on the market in Regina, the Gobin’s finally saw their dream become a reality.

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“It was about five years ago when the resurgence of the macaron craze began to spread to places like New York,” recalls Gilles, “that’s when we saw an opportunity open up here.” About two-and-a-half years ago, Gilles and Jacqueline’s dream finally became a reality. Le Macaron Decadent Desserts and Café has become more than a coffee shop: it is an experience. As an awardwinning pastry chef, with Red Seal designation, Gilles’ pastries are a main draw to Le Macaron. Featuring melt-in-your-mouth French pastries and rich and flavourful coffees, many

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customers remark that Le Macaron has the ambience and charm of a genuine French pastry shop. “We’ve had customers tell us that Le Macaron brings back memories of when they visited Paris,” expresses Jacqueline. With their slogan, Bringing the Sweet Taste of Paris to the Prairies, the Gobins are pleased to hear that fond memories are brought back to their customers. The staff at Le Macaron take a great deal of pride in everything they create. You will only find the finest ingredients being prepared by the best in the city. “We do everything ourselves,” says Gilles,


“The moment I saw Le Macaron’s display case, warm memories of Paris delicacies were rekindled. Combine any delight with the atmosphere that Jacqueline and Gilles have created, and you’ll be transported to Paris too.” — Carol and Gord T. May 27, 2013 “Everything is made fresh every day.” He is pleased to point out that Mostafa Kermiss, a highly trained second generation pastry chef from Casablanca, works with him and his team. Gilles says that the macaron business in Regina is doing very well. These sweet pastries have become a very popular gift, wedding saver or treat to enjoy with a coffee. “The macaron has become quite an entity,” he remarks, “we sell about 7,500 per month.” Apart from the macaron, there is an extensive menu of superb sweet and savory pastries, including a variety of tortes, truffles,

croissants, éclairs, tarts, quiche, biscotti and more. And let’s not forget the coffee. Le Macaron carries seven of their very own syrups to enhance the flavour of your favourite beverage. “We also make our own chai,” states Gilles.

Located at 2705 Quance Street, Le Macaron is open Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit the website www.lemacaronregina.com and like them on Facebook. FLR

For special events, Le Macaron offers a diverse menu selection featuring mouth watering hors d’ouvres and platters, not to mention the palette-pleasing desserts. Looking for a specialty cake? Le Macaron will create a masterpiece for any occasion. If a novelty cake is what you are looking for, just call talented cake designer, Jacqueline.

Le Macaron 2705 Quance Street 306.779.2253 service@lemacaronregina.com www.lemacarondesserts.com

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electrolysis

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air: when it’s on your head, all you want to do is keep it healthy, shiny and beautiful. And when it’s somewhere else, you can’t wait to get rid of it. Sandra Chupa, owner of Regina’s Silk Electrolysis Clinic, knows all too well the struggles her clients can have with unwanted hair in inconvenient places. She’s dedicated more than 25 years to electrolysis, and to helping her clients look and feel their very best. “Unwanted hair can make you feel selfconscious,” says Sandra, a certified

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professional electrologist and a member in good standing with the Saskatchewan and Canadian Associations of Electrolysis. “Permanent hair removal is possible. With electrolysis, you can finally get rid of the hair you don’t want.” Electrolysis is designed to permanently disable hair follicles from producing hair, which eliminates the endless cycle of shaving and waxing for good. Sandra’s clinic, located in her home in east Regina, provides a comfortable, yet private and professional, environment

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for both men and women to receive electrolysis treatments. “I want my clients to be at ease throughout their course of treatment,” says Sandra. “When you’re finished with my service, I want you to be hair-free and happy.” And when treatments come to an end, the results are bittersweet for Sandra. “I love helping my clients, and when they are happy with their results, so am I,” says Sandra. “However, I get to know everyone so well, it’s sad sometimes to know that I won’t see them anymore. But that’s the goal: when I do my job


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right, our relationship — at least the professional one — comes to an end.” Sandra’s commitment to her profession extends beyond just her own clinic and her customers. She’s also a longstanding member of the Saskatchewan Electrologists’ Association Inc., and sees the importance of continuing education in her trade. “It’s important to stay current with the industry. It benefits the client, and the business,” says Sandra. “And the networking really helps, too. This is a referral-based business so it’s great to stay connected with everyone.” This year, Sandra is a director for the Canadian Electrolysis Association’s annual convention, being held in Regina. “It’s an honour to be involved in planning the convention, and it’s the place that electrologists come to get all the up-todate information about our field. To get

the best electrolysis, no matter where you are, make sure you see a member of the Saskatchewan Electrologists’ Association Inc.,” advises Sandra. “Membership is the hallmark of training and professionalism.” If you’re ready to get rid of your unwanted hair, Sandra is ready to help you. With appointments available days and evenings at Sandra’s in-home clinic, Silk Electrolysis is just a phone call away. To learn more about Sandra and her services, visit her website at silkelectrolysis.com, or call her directly at 306.533.8024. FLR

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FITNESS STUDIO

A UNIQUE FITNESS CONCEPT in Downtown Regina BY MATTHEW STONE PHOTOS SCOTT GOODWILL

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istrict Fitness Studio is not just another gym. There are no membership fees and it has no employees. Ashley Shumate started the business in the warehouse district of Regina in 2008, and then moved downtown in 2010. Her approach has been to provide other professionals a quality space to work: a space that is upscale, modern and original. Since there are no membership fees, clients choose when to book their appointments, allowing for flexible scheduling and personalized care. At District Fitness Studio, there is a wide range of personal trainers and massage therapists who all have their own style, education and experience. Ashley knows how important it is to offer clients options; she’s an athlete herself who is currently training to represent Canada in bobsledding at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Ashley is always open to inviting both new clients and new trainers to enjoy the space at District Fitness Studio. Paul Bernakevitch, Dainel Ince and Leah Pantel are three current trainers who run their programs out of District Fitness Studio. Following his passion for athletics, Daniel Ince has spent the last seven years helping people achieve their goals. He is a certified personal trainer, a certified national level coach, and nutrition and wellness specialist. As owner and head trainer of StudioFITT (www.hisnhersfitstyle.wordpress.com), Ince’s expertise and dedication to his clients delivers results. Comprehensive fitness

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and nutrition planning is just the start to delivering positive lifestyle changes to every single one of his clients. He also works with various Regina healthcare centres to meet the needs of clients that require special attention. Paul Bernakevitch is the owner and trainer of ETS Fitness: Elite Training and Strength (www.etsfitnessregina.com). A sports lover, Paul also learned the importance of being in great physical condition throughout his time in the Canadian Armed Forces. Following his service, he completed his firefighting and EMT training. Paul has a good knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, movement, biomechanics, nutrition, and how to deal with many different types of injuries and medical emergencies. According to Paul, only five per cent of people can push themselves past the plateau to the next level of personal fitness without the help of a fitness professional. At ETS Fitness, they create programs specifically designed to meet every individual’s needs and goals. Connected Massage & Yoga (www.connectedmassageandyoga. com) is owned and operated by Leah Pantel, and offers treatments tailored to your individual needs. Leah’s goal is to help you reach and maintain your optimal health and physical wellbeing. The majority of clients first begin treatments because of ailments or acute injuries. After treating the initial problem, Leah works with the client to maintain an overall balance for the body.

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This approach prevents future injury, achieves increased range of motion and flexibility, decreases recovery time and maximizes energy. Yoga classes are offered in a group session or on an individual basis out of your own home. Massage therapy appointments can be booked on a flexible schedule. District Fitness Studio is not just another gym — it’s your gym. Check out your options today. FLR District Fitness 1751 S Broad Street 306.527.6169 www.districtfinessstudio.com ABOVE L–R Dainel Ince, Paul Bernakevitch, Leah Pantel

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FROZEN YOGURT

Healthy Frozen Yogurt

JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT BY TRINA ANNAND PHOTOS SCOTT GOODWILL

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ver the last year, a unique dessert experience has been introduced to Saskatchewan. Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt is so much more than simply a frozen yogurt shop; it is a memorable experience for all ages.

After growing up in an entrepreneurial family, co-owner Brett Demaer jumped at the opportunity to be part of the unique brand. Tutti Frutti is the world’s largest specialty frozen yogurt chain with more than 600 stores worldwide. The store allows customers to assemble their

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own unique frozen creations with more than 70 flavours and a vast selection of toppings from fresh fruit to gummy worms. The build-your-own treat bar has something for everyone in the family, including gluten-free, lactose-free and low sugar options. The company is dedicated to healthier lifestyles, and always has several fresh fruits, along with toppings like toasted coconut, granola, and nuts available for health-conscious customers to complement their choice of low-fat

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frozen yogurt or non-dairy frozen soy. Probiotics present in the frozen yogurt improve digestive and immune system functions, strengthening the body. Something unique that makes Tutti Frutti a healthier option is the ability to self-serve, getting as much or as little as you want. Customers are charged by the weight of their treat. “A healthy lifestyle is about all the small choices you make in the run of a day. When you’re going out for a frozen treat, frozen yogurt is the way to go,” says Demaer.


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Tutti Frutti is the perfect spot for family fun, offering more than 30 toppings ranging from strawberries and chocolate to candy sprinkles and boba balls. Unique to Tutti Frutti, boba balls are pearl-size balls filled with fruit juice that pop in your mouth. “People bring their friends here just to have them try boba balls and see their reaction. They’re not for everyone, but lots of people go crazy for them,” remarks Demaer. With all the fresh toppings at Tutti Frutti, a chilled toppings table was created that keeps everything at the perfect temperature. “People like to have a good time here. They like to tease each other about what they’re putting on their yogurt and create little works of art,” says Demaer. At Tutti Frutti, 10 flavours are available daily and they rotate through the range of 70 flavours. There is always low sugar and dairy-free options available, whether

soy-based or sorbet. Those wanting to stay in the know about their favourite flavours can keep informed through the company’s Facebook page. New to Tutti Frutti this summer will be a rewards program where fans can redeem points for free yogurt and merchandise. The brand is always developing new and unique flavours like Chai Tea, Blueberry Muffin, Carrot Cake, Banana Split and Strawberry Shortcake. Demaer will also soon be opening a new location before the summer is out on Quance Street to join the Moose Jaw and the Albert Street, Regina locations. If you’re looking for something to cool you down, a new experience to share with friends or something fun for everyone in the family, Tutti Frutti is the place to go. “People have a lot of misconceptions about the taste of frozen yogurt. It’s pretty comparable to ice cream in flavour

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now. There is a lot of variation in flavour even between brands; just come in and try it for yourself,” remarks Demaer. FLR Tutti Frutti 353B Albert Street, Regina 306.757.7007 albert@tfyogurt.ca www.tfyogurt.ca |

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Furniture Store

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CASTLE FURNITURE Come Discover the Difference By Trina annand

For nearly 30 years, Castle Furniture has been a staple in Regina, providing quality furniture and friendly service. First started by Cliff and Vera Fontaine, Castle Furniture prides themselves on providing products that customers can’t find anywhere else in the city, or even this part of the province. Now, with a newly renovated showroom and a new exclusive line of furniture, Castle has more to offer their customers than ever before. “Customers come here because we provide a better experience. We have extremely knowledgeable sales consultants. We’re not a huge store, we are far from an impersonal big box store,” remarks Marlowe Fontaine, manager at Castle Furniture. The company’s dedication to service and being one of the

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best in the business has secured them several exclusive products and lines. New to Castle Furniture this year is a completely unique furniture gallery: the company is now the exclusive providers of EKORNES’ Stressless® furniture line in southern Saskatchewan. EKORNES — a Norwegian company — has been creating furniture and beds since the 1930s.The Stressless® line itself has been helping clients relax in comfort for more than 40 years. Comfort is the guiding principle of Stressless® furniture: it is so thoughtfully and perfectly designed that it is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. Stressless® furniture is completely unique with its

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posturized design, built specifically with various areas of support, and easing the pressure put on the body by sitting and reclining. The line is designed with a posturized internal spring support structure that is encased in a high tech cold-molded foam process that ensures comfort and durability. Sales consultant, Michelle Mack, has been educating customers on Stressless® products for six years, and knows the high quality brand inside and out. For Mack, the most important thing about Stressless® is the ability to fit customers with the perfect furniture. “Stressless® chairs come in sizes small, medium and large. We can perfectly fit


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any client, no matter what their size or shape. When customers buy this furniture and experience the comfort first hand, they want to put it in every room of their home,” remarks Mack.

With more than 40 pieces of Stressless® furniture on display and endless choices available to custom-order direct from Norway, castle furniture can fulfill all their clients’ needs with recliners, sofas, sectionals, tables and even office chairs. Stressless® furniture is available in a wide variety of different colour leathers and fabrics to suit any décor. Customers unsure of what they want can speak with the expert consultants at Castle Furniture. “I really form a strong relationship with my customers. One woman said I was magic because within five minutes I had got inside her head and knew exactly what she was looking for,” remarks Mack. For Fontaine, who grew up in the store, what sets Castle Furniture apart is the personal, family feel of the business, always providing their customers with the best possible product and service. “I really enjoy helping people find the perfect solution for their homes. I like being able to provide products that customers are

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genuinely excited to own. We educate the customer on our products’ features and how they will benefit their lifestyle. We want our customers to be happy about their buying decision,” notes Fontaine.

traditional Murphy bed. What looks like a buffet folds open into a regular Queen bed with a very comfortable memory foam mattress — the perfect piece for small spaces or when extra guests arrive. Castle Furniture also carries quality Canadian brands like Palliser, Bermex and Ferretti providing solid wood dining room and bedroom furniture. The company is a certified Simmons Mattress Gallery

Another exclusive product only available at castle furniture is the CredenZzz Sleep Chest. This unique freestanding piece of furniture is an alternative to the

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as well. Whether you are looking for a mattress, a dining set or the most comfortable furniture in the world, Castle Furniture is the place to go; they have the selection and staff to make any purchase Stressless®. “Our customers don’t have to settle for what we have in the warehouse. We special order things so that they get the size, style and finishes they want. People tend to hold on to furniture for a long time, it’s worth the investment to buy something you love,” remarks Fontaine. FLR


Marlowe Fontaine, manager. Photo by Scott Goodwill

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Castle Furniture 306.525.5428 1601, 6th Avenue, Regina www.castlefurniture.ca To find out more about Stressless® visit: www.ekornes.ca The InnovaTors of comforT™

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GARAGE DOORS

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HIGH QUALITY GARAGE DOORS: ONLY THE BEST BY APOLLINE LUCYK

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ith our many years of business experience and the ever-increasing growth in the province, we felt that joining The Garage Door Depot was an opportunity with infinite possibilities,” comments Debbie Dirven, co-owner of the Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton franchises of the Garage Door Depot. The Garage Door Depot is a Canadian company which provides an essential service within a niche market: the sale, service and installation of high quality garage doors. Mike and Debbie began their lives together on Mike’s family’s dairy farm in British Columbia. In 1998, ready for a change, they relocated to Saskatchewan,

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where they purchased and expanded two successful poultry farms while raising their two children, Justin and Michael. After leaving the farming industry, and surveying the many business opportunities available in our expanding province, they decided to join one of Saskatchewan’s strongest sectors, the province’s ever growing construction industry. Now, for more than a year, the Dirvens have been providing high quality custom garage door sales and services to customers all over the province with specialized services that are hard to beat. The Garage Door Depot has a fleet of three trucks, and highly trained

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technicians in Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton to ensure that all of their Saskatchewan customers receive the highest quality of garage door installation and service available. In Regina, the Garage Door Depot’s technician is Mike and Debbie’s son, Justin Dirven, who has been with the business from its beginnings in 2012. Saskatoon’s technician is Michael Harrison, an expert who has worked in the garage door business for 15 years, and started working with the Dirvens in April of 2013. Mike Dirven handles all Yorkton and surrounding area services himself. All Garage Door Depot technicians are trained at the company’s head office in


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Port Coquitlam, B.C. before they begin providing services through the company, which ensures top quality service across all company locations.

Home Depot locations, and garage door opener installations for local Sears and Canadian Tire stores on behalf of Quick Contractors.

The Garage Door Depot offers a wide range of services to its customers, including free in-home garage door replacement estimates, garage door repairs and maintenance, and access to a wide variety of custom garage doors and parts. Additionally, the Garage Door Depot performs the sale and installation of Amarr garage doors for Costco Wholesale, the installation of Amarr garage doors for Lowes, the installation of Clopay garage doors for Regina’s

The Garage Door Depot is committed to providing consumers, builders, and other garage door dealers with the best customer service available. Being the warm family-oriented business owners they are, Mike and Debbie treat all their customers as family, helping them find the perfect doors for their residential or commercial garages through their wide selection of doors and parts, and offering personalized installation services by experts in the field for a reasonable price.

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As Mike Dirven reflects, “Our customers are very important to us because without them we would not succeed,” and consequently, at the Garage Door Depot, every customer is ensured high quality service and expertise in garage door sales, service and installation. Contact them for garage door sales, repairs, installations, and more. FLR The Garage Door Depot 1.855.896.9001 ddirven@garagedoordepot.ca www.garagedoordepot.ca TOP L–R Justin, Debbie and Mike Dirven; Patrick Rutten, VP of franchising for The Garage Door Depot. Official awarding of franchises.

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GARAGE FLOORS

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here are plenty of average options for people who want to change the colour of their garage floors. But if you want to protect your floor with a coating that lasts, there’s only one choice: a polyaspartic coating from Superior FD Coatings. They offer service and products that are truly the “Best of the Best.”

they’ve protected and beautified more floors than anybody else in Regina. The coating that they apply is incredibly strong — stronger than paint, stronger than epoxy, stronger than anything else on the market. It’s beautiful and available in your choice of six standard colours, or in an almost unlimited number of custom colours.

Brandon and Chris from Superior FD Coatings know garage floors because

They begin each garage floor by repairing the surface of any imperfections, pits or

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scaling. Then, the floor is thoroughly prepped and the multiple coat system is applied. The floor coating cures — not dries — so it can be applied at any temperature, from the bitter cold of winter to the dog days of summer; the entire job is completed in one day. Back off your old garage floor in the morning, and drive onto a beautiful new surface in the evening. It’s a lot of work for them, but it couldn’t be any easier for you.

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Other floor coatings are weak: they flake, hot tires attack them and lift the finish, and they wear out when you drive across them. But Superior FD Coatings makes your floor tough. How tough is the floor? Unless you’re trying to damage it, you probably never will. That’s the reason that the coating is used all over North America, not just in garages, but in commercial buildings, retail locations, professional sports stadiums (even the Riders have it at Mosaic), and anywhere else a tough, skid-resistant floor surface is needed. It’s so tough, that they offer a five year warranty. No two people use their garages in exactly the same way, and every different use requires something different from their floor coating. Woodworkers need a surface that is non-slip and easy to clean, welders need something that won’t be damaged by sparks, and still other people want a surface that simply looks great now and for years to come. Superior FD Coatings offers all of these things with their floor coating. A subtle texture means that you won’t slip, but still allows you to easily clean the floor with a push broom. If you get it really dirty, you can simply spray it off with a hose and push the excess water right out of your garage. The simple truth is that if you are in the market for a way to protect your garage floor, improve the looks of your garage, or a way to set your home apart from the others in your neighbourhood, you can’t do any better than Superior FD Coatings. When you’re ready to protect and beautify your garage floor, give the pros at Superior FD Coatings a call at 306.205.7900. Point your web browser to www.sfdcoatings.com and browse their extensive collection of material. FLR Superior FD Coatings Regina 306.205.7900 info@sfdcoatings.com www.sfdcoatings.com ABOVE Chris Deis and Brandon Fuchs

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GarDen & Fashion CenTre

Growers for Your Garden — and Your wardrobe By Rebecca SchneideReit Photos henRy Godnitz The management and staff at Dutch Growers

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he shopping environment here at Dutch Growers is like no other. It’s constantly changing to reflect the season, the desires of our customers and the current trends,” says co-owner Karen Van Duyvendyk. “The garden centre itself is a living, breathing thing… it stretches and groans, it smiles and it cries… it’s an organic experience.” As far as family businesses go, Dutch Growers is a perennial. Its history dates to 1953, when the Van Duyvendyks (Arie and Adrie) opened the first Dutch Growers, located in Saskatoon. After half a century serving gardeners from that location, a new Dutch Growers was founded in Regina in 2005 by a second generation of Van Duyvendyks, Tim and Karen. Nowadays, both spots operate

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year-round, offering garden supplies such as annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, pots and décor, and seasonal Christmas goodies, as well as a women’s clothing boutique. A garden centre and clothing boutique are an unusual pairing, but an apt one. “We’re in the business of selling colour… our fashion boutique is an extension of that,” Karen explains. The fashion centre, Betula Boutique (named for the Latin word for willow) focuses on quality comfort-wear in sizes zero to 20, emphasizing European brands like Vero Moda and Soya Concepts, staples such as French Dressing Jeans, and one-size-fits-all items such as bamboo or cotton leggings, tunics and dresses. The boutique also stocks accessories

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including sunglasses, shoes, jewellery and shapewear. “The objective of the boutique is the same as the garden centre — to provide exceptional quality and excellent service,” says Karen. “Our customers know that they’ll get the same level of customer care when shopping for a dress as when they’re selecting plants for their yard.” Betula Boutique is a great addition for shoppers, but “first and foremost, we’re a garden centre,” says Karen — the largest in Southern Saskatchewan. And “the key to any successful garden centre is quality and product selection.” To ensure quality, Dutch Growers’ annual department focuses on “vegetative annuals” — sturdier plants produced from cuttings, not seeds. Dutch Growers


is also the only garden centre in the area offering a five-year warranty on evergreens, shrubs and trees. To get an idea of their product selection, look at Dutch Growers’ assortment of hanging baskets. They create thousands every year, in dozens of styles. “That’s sort of our marquee item,” laughs Karen. By naming each style and replacing slow sellers with new designs, Dutch Growers has assembled an array of baskets for anyone’s tastes and growing conditions. “We’ve really been able to cater the products to what the consumer wants.” Dutch Growers’ expert staff are happy to answer gardening queries in person or via phone, email, Facebook or Twitter. “We’re known as the place to go for that advice.” In addition, continual training means employees stay abreast of new plant varieties, new growing techniques, and trends such as fairy gardening (“miniature” gardening) and glow gardening. “We know that ‘to learn is to grow’,” says Karen. “Training happens every single shift.” Dutch Growers’ excellence has been recognized repeatedly within its community: they were the Paragon Awards’ Business of the Year in 2008, and have been nominated for multiple Abex Awards. The secret to Dutch Growers’ continual success? “We… treat every customer like they paid an admission to come into the store. Shopping should be an experience, not a chore,” Karen says. Accomplished and aspiring green thumbs alike are welcome at Dutch Growers. They’ve got the tools you need to beautify your garden and yourself. FLR Dutch Growers 3320 Pasqua Street, Regina 306.721.GROW (4769) info@dutchgrowers.net www.dutchgrowers.net

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hair and nail salon

Back L–R Curtis Medernach, Kirsten Dehmke, Lee Seal, Jacqui Hrycak, owner; Joe Duarte FRONT L–R Kirsten Swedburg, Brooke Lundgren, Lenette Clark, Carmen Affleck, Krystle Ruzicka, Azahel Castaneda MISSING Melissa Zaran-Mayer, Jenny Kleefeld

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t’s not just your hairstyle; it’s a reflection of who you are. It says something about your personality and your lifestyle, and you look great in it. At Rumors Hair Studio, they offer personalized service to help you get the look you’ve always been wanting. The staff at Rumors take a great deal of pride in what they do, and are continually upgrading their education and staying current with the fashion

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trends. According to owner, Jacqui Hrycak, not only are classes taken locally in Regina, but the staff have studied all over Canada and around the world. They have also flown educators from other provinces in to Regina for training sessions. “Throughout our careers we have taken a countless number of classes from different companies such as Schwartzkopf, AG, Redkin, Nioxin, Mekka advanced cutting system in Toronto, CHI, American Crew, and Aveda,” states

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Hrycak. She also lists Hollywood Lace non-surgical hair restoration systems, short to long hair extensions, and LCN for nails. Hrycak is very proud of her staff, and explains the amazing level of experience they have. “We have stylists that have travelled the world, cutting hair in New Zealand, Thailand, Australia and Central America, then came back and taught the rest of us what they learned,” she


expresses. Many of the Rumors stylists have taught hair schools and worked as educators for Sexy Concepts Hair, AG and LCN. Rumours Hair Studio has done extremely well in competitions, winning local, provincial and national awards in men’s and women’s cuts, colours, up dos, fantasy and nails. To add to their list of awards, one of Rumors’ nail technicians was named as finalist in the Contessa competition for three years in a row; this is an elite award in the industry. Hrycak adds that the some of the stylists have had experience doing hair and makeup on movie sets, as well as for plays and runways. “We also have stylists who specialize in doing ethnic hair,” she adds.

As well as having a star-rated talent pool locally, Rumors also features stylists from as far away as Mexico and Calgary. Although all of the Rumors stylists graduated at the top of their classes, Hrycak states that she doesn’t hire solely on a stylist’s ability. “I also hire for who they are on the inside,” she comments, “I have to get a very strong sense of kindness, compassion, passion and heart.” Their credentials are outstanding and the service is second to none. “When you walk into the salon, all the staff will know your name,” says Hrycak. If looking for a new look, your stylist will take the time to really listen to what you want. The entire staff works together as a team and it’s important to everyone at Rumors that you walk away happy with your style.

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Located at 5938 Rochdale Boulevard, Rumors Hair Studio is open Mondays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. 4 p.m. For more information or an appointment, call 306.924.3114. Check them out online at www.rumorshair.net. FLR Rumors Hair Studio 5938 Rochdale Boulevard 306.924.3114 www.rumorshair.net. aBOVE Jacqui Hrycak, owner

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hearing Centre

L–R Mitch Davis, business manager; Lindsay Romain, administrative assistant; Candace Leake, M.S. Aud (C), clinical audiologist; Dr. Debbie Davis, Au.D, doctor of audiology

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has been providing hearing diagnostics, rehabilitation and new technologies to Regina and all its surrounding areas. The clinic welcomes patients of all ages from infants to seniors, with the most comprehensive testing in the audiology field. “I chose the audiology profession because I wanted to help people. It’s the tears and hugs that make our job rewarding. I like knowing we have made a difference in a patient’s life,” remarks Dr. Debbie Davis, audiologist.

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ur senses are something we take for granted until we can’t rely on them. Hearing is a fundamental part of communication; not being able to communicate due to hearing loss or difficulties affects all areas of a person’s life. Eastside Audiology & Rehabilitation is far more than a hearing aid store. For seven years, the centre

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The small clinic has a staff of four, which means patients will always see a familiar friendly face; it is rare to not hear laughter at Eastside Audiology. The centre is so unique that they receive referrals from other hearing professionals, and are a teaching clinic for the University of British Columbia. Eastside Audiology specializes in auditory processing disorders, balance issues and Tinnitus. As an independent clinic, the focus at Eastside Audiology is the client, not the

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sale or brand of a product. The familyrun business thrives on the challenges provided by clients, often fixing or altering hearing devices sold by other hearing professionals. “At the end of the day if you have a bad mechanic your car isn’t going to run properly. The same is true in this industry as well. The proper fit, cleaning and programming can make a world of difference,” remarks Mitch Davis, manager and co-owner. With a combined 40 years’ experience in audiology, there are no challenges too big or small for the clinic. Dr. Davis is the only doctor of audiology in Regina, “There isn’t a problem to do with the ear that I am not going to be able to answer the patient’s questions about.” At Eastside Audiology, the focus is on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation — not selling. The professionals at the clinic will try everything in their power to fix a client’s problem without spending thousands on hearing aids. “I take it as a challenge to utilize the technology a


patient has already invested in and make it better. For our team, education is the most powerful tool: both the education that we provide and the education that we gain from our client’s experiences,” remarks Dr. Davis. At Eastside Audiology patients can receive top-of-the-line care for all of their hearing issues. Whether a patient’s desire is simply for a test or discussion about their issue or something unique to Eastside Audiology such as Auditory Processing Disorder Testing or Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, the choice is clear. If you want the best care and service, you need to go to the best trained professionals in the business. “There’s no quick fix for hearing issues, but our goal here at Eastside is to bring the sounds that you are missing back into your hearing range,” remarks Mitch. FLR Eastside Audiology & Rehabilitation 2190 Victoria Ave East Regina 306.359.3277 www.lifewithsound.com

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our home is your most important investment. When you make the decision to build, you want to feel confident that your home is a quality home that will serve you well into the years to come.

Impeccable Service For 35 years, Crawford Homes has been offering the people of Regina impeccable service and beautifully built homes. They

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are 100 per cent committed to providing the best service experience from start to the day you move in. Looking for something unique? Crawford Homes provides custom-designed blueprints to ensure your new home is exactly as you always dreamed it would be. Prior to moving into your new Crawford Home, you will walk through it with your representative to do a pre-occupancy inspection to make

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certain that everything is finished to your satisfaction. You don’t have to worry about added expenses — legal fees for title transfer, permits and many surveyors’ certificates are included in the price of your home.

Solid Worry-Free Warranty At Crawford Home, each home is built to give you years of worry-free living with full warranty coverage backed


ShowcaSed: 5221 Tutor Way in Harbour Landing

Progressive Home Warranty Solutions Incorporated. The Crawford Homes Exclusive Gold Warranty offers peace of mind to home owners. A two-year warranty is offered on workmanship, material protection and parts and labour on windows. Five years of warranty is extended for furnace parts, windows, cabinets, as well as foundation water and leak protection.

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The 10-year warranty offers protection for your water heater, sealed units and any major structural problems that may arise; while the heat exchanger is warranted for 20 years. Cabinet and window hardware, Wieser doorknobs, Wirsbo waterlines, silent floor system and fireplaces are all covered with a lifetime warranty. With great coverage like this, it’s no wonder that the Exclusive Gold Warranty is considered the best in the industry.

Built to give you years of worry-free enjoyment and energy savings, your new Crawford home will be energyefficient, being more environmentally friendly and easier on your wallet. Compared with an older home, your annual savings can be substantial in energy efficiency, as well as repair and replacement costs. An older, resale home can’t offer the technology that comes standard in our homes.

Crawford Homes offers the best locations for you and your family in Harbour Landing, Sundale and Spruce Creek Estates. Enjoy spacious living on lots that are up to 80 feet wide, and back onto a fantastic green space which is perfect for quality family living.

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From windows to HVAC systems, every Crawford home is designed and built to exact standard to help you live healthier and save each year on your energy bills. Repair and replacement of major components in an older home can also add up, creating additional costs beyond the purchase price. Save yourself time and expense with a new, energy-efficient Crawford home. Crawford Homes is the leader in Energuide, Energy Star® and R-2000 Homes. Crawford Homes continues to serve their home owners and the community with excellence and integrity. Call Crawford Homes today, and begin your dream home. FLR Crawford Homes 100-533 Victoria Ave 306.596-2678 info@crawfordhomes.ca

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uying or selling a home can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. To reduce this stress, it is important to work with professionals from mortgage broker and real estate agent, to home inspector. With the summer real estate rush in Regina, it is more important than ever to be educated on the process; waiving the home inspection condition just to get a home is not the best idea. Buyers need to be properly informed before rushing into a purchase. Curtis Beaudry has worked in the disaster repair industry for more than 20 years. After seeing it all — from sewer, water and fire damage to mold — it seemed like a natural progression to become a home inspector. With a comprehensive

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180-point inspection, Capital Home Inspections is one of the most thorough inspection services in the business. For Curtis, his job is to inspect and educate. He wants all of his clients to make informed decisions whether they are buying, selling or assessing mold damage. “Now more than ever, home inspections are a necessity. We live in an age of do-it-yourself repairs; few people know the building and safety codes for their area,” remarks Curtis. Having a thorough home inspection is a wise investment in understanding what you wish to purchase. Not everything is as it seems at first glance; a good home inspection reveals what clients don’t see, as well as what they do.

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What Capital Home Inspections is really providing is peace of mind, and Curtis genuinely wants his clients to feel secure in their decision. In Saskatchewan, like many other provinces, there is no licensing for home inspectors. “Anyone can take an online course and can do a quick property inspection; it’s like having your relatives come and check the house out. That is why it is important to find a properly insured inspector with relevant experience that is certified by an association,” remarks Curtis. After working in Regina and its surrounding areas for more than two decades, Curtis understands the unique concerns that arise with the local climate. Capital Home Inspections has the experience, insurance and


comprehensive reports that clients need to make their decision. He is also certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and is an associate member of CAHPI; he even provides his clients with a printed and digital copy of his report. During his many years of experience in the industry, Beaudry has worked in and inspected more than 5,000 properties, and it is safe to say that he has seen it all. “It’s always exciting to go back to a place I have worked before because I know that I did a good job and that my clients were happy. What I have found in the industry is people don’t call a specific company to do the work; they refer inspectors by name. For me, it is about building trust with my clients,” notes Curtis. When asking for a referral for a home inspector, you will likely hear the name Curtis Beaudry. With clarity as his ultimate goal, Curtis and Capital Home Inspections are educating the people of Regina one inspection at a time. FLR “Curtis went above and beyond; he will earn your trust fast. His answers to our questions were straight to the point with an excellent knowledge of everything we needed to know. After using and observing other inspectors we will never use or recommend anyone else.” —Stacy Corley

Capital Home Inspections Serving Regina and southern areas 387 Habkirk Drive 306.520.3946 capitalinspect@sasktel.net capitalinspections.ca

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home Renovations

A ConstruCtion CompAny That’s With You From “Start to Finish” By Matthew Stone Photos Parry JohnSon

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ome renovations and construction projects can be a tricky thing. Often, we set out with something in mind, but get caught up by the process. Costs change, and usually not in a good way. We also find out the hard way that a lot of contractors aren’t exactly reliable. But that’s certainly not the case for one Regina company: Start to Finish Construction isn’t just a name — it’s the whole philosophy of owner Stephen Lucyk. “When we take a job, we are there for our clients through the whole process,” Stephen says. “We really care about customer satisfaction. I get returning clients all the time that call me up and say, ‘Hey Stephen, I have a job for you, do whatever you need to make it happen.’ I’m really proud that I’ve gained that level of trust in so many people.” Start to Finish Construction mainly specializes in residential and commercial property. They have a highly knowledgeable

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group of builders with decades of experience between them. They also have great relationships with other trades, and call on them from time to time to get a job done right. By building these relationships, Start to Finish Construction can ensure that the work goes to someone who has the same high level of expectations as Stephen does. Shelly Thiel, a recent client of Start to Finish Construction, agrees with this assessment of the company. “We are absolutely thrilled with the work done by Start to Finish Construction led by Stephen Lucyk. They did a complete renovation of our main floor. The quality of the work is exceptional — it is like we have a brand new house. Stephen was 100 per cent committed to ensuring the work was done exactly as we wanted it and to his high standard of quality. Stephen and his team also provided many excellent suggestions; he and his team were very friendly, helpful and enjoyable to work with. If we were to do more

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work in our house, we would definitely call Stephen!” The people at Start to Finish Construction are known for their big hearts and positive attitudes. They are fully committed to quality work. The renovations and building they do isn’t just what’s good for the short term — its work that is meant to last. With Start to Finish Construction, you can be sure that if you are calling them back, it’s to ask them to do another job. Start to Finish Construction’s success has recently landed them in a partnership with Decora Homes, a company named Home Builder of the Year in 2012 for Saskatoon. Work has already started in this partnership, so if you are looking for renovations — or better yet, looking for a reliable company to help you build your new home — why not go with someone who will be with you from start to finish? FLR Start to Finish Construction Box 37059 306.531.4438 www.stfconstruction.com BELOW Stephen Lucyk, owner

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HOME & OUTDOOR RECREATION

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or more than 50 years, Gould Home Recreation has been Regina’s first choice for billiard tables and game room supplies. But when the summer sun finally hits, and we abandon the basement for the back deck, Gould has you covered then, too. “We’re all about making your space beautiful—both indoor and outdoor,” says owner James Magouliotis. The perfect patio experience starts with a spot to relax, and Gould’s exclusive Homecrest outdoor furniture fits the bill nicely. Homecrest models are fully customizable, allowing customers to choose the cushions, frames and tabletops they find most appealing. It’s not a complicated process; you can customize a piece on your own time on Gould’s website, or if you’re not

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artistically minded, Gould’s staff can give you a hand—at their place or yours. “A lot of times we’ll go to the customer’s home and help them out,” says James. “It really comes naturally.” Whatever look you choose for your Homecrest furniture, it’s certain to last… and last. “The durability and longevity of the product is probably the biggest thing,” James notes of Gould’s offerings. “Everything we carry lasts a very long time.” In fact, he says, people sometimes return to the store 10, 15 or 20 years later, just to put fresh colours on their old pieces: that way, “it’s like it’s brand-new again.” If you’re looking for a back deck showstopper, Gould’s hottest options (figuratively and literally) are their Oriflamme fire tables, each featuring

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a burner set in the centre of an up-to48-inch tabletop. “They’re the hottestburning fire pit on the market,” James says, noting that the tables burn at above 60,000 BTU. The Oriflamme tabletops come in various colours, and burners likewise feature a range of designs: Flower, Star, Maple Leaf and more. If you prefer your fire a little more functional, Gould’s most recent additions to their lineup might still ignite your interest. “The newest thing we’ve added, of course, is the grills,” says James. Gould now carries two: the cult-favorite Big Green Egg (100 per cent natural) and the top-tier Broilmaster barbeque. Both feature lifetime warranties. Gould also offers Lava Heat fire towers, so you can enjoy the fresh air on chillier nights.


When the heat becomes too much, and when autumn rolls around again, don’t forget that Gould continues to carry its exclusive lineup of Brunswick and Olhausen billiard tables. Like their patio furniture, Gould’s pool tables may be fully customized according to your preferred style and size, cloth, detailing and wood. The store’s leisure products also include dart sets, foosball, ping pong and more. “It’s a little bit of everything,” says James. The Gould touch is visible all over the city. “We’ve done golf courses, we’ve done seniors’ homes, pool halls,” James lists. But which of Gould’s products made the cut in his own home? “I’ve got it all,” James admits, laughing. “I’ve got the pool table, I’ve got the furniture, I’ve got the fire table.” It’s for a good cause, of course. “I try everything out. If I haven’t tried it out, I wouldn’t be comfortable selling it.” And at Gould, it’s all about being comfortable. Gould Home Recreation 1146 Broad Street Regina 306.522.1442 www.gouldhomerec.com Below l–r James Magouliotis and Dean Lusok, owners

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INVESTMENTS

MULTIPLE WAYS TO WEALTH: Offering the Best in Fine Lifestyles Advice BY TIM POLK

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he first thing you notice about Edna Keep is her smile. Broad, warm, and particularly genuine, most people say that they immediately feel at ease when meeting her. “I just love what I do, and I think that that carries over into my personality,” she says. “When you’re happy, it shows.” The “what I do” part for Edna is simple: she makes herself and her clients money — a lot of money. Edna primarily focuses on real estate investments. She and her husband, Warren, have grown their real estate portfolio to 255 rental units, with an estimated value of $20 million in a little more than five years. And she’s not done yet. In addition to real estate investing, Edna works hard at developing what she calls multiple income streams: different businesses or investments that, when built up correctly, provide residual monthly income. “Warren and I don’t rely on only one source for our money,” Edna explains. “Having only one income source, particularly if it’s a job working for someone else, not only limits your possibilities, it significantly increases your risk. If you only have one income source and that income source dries up, you are

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in trouble. We have four, five or even six income sources at any one time; if one dries up or slows down for us, we can move to the others to produce significant cash flow coming into our bank account on a monthly or even daily basis.” Edna practices what she preaches. Despite the huge success of her real estate investments, she continues to develop additional income streams. She particularly likes businesses that provide a residual income — where you do the work once and get paid on it over and over again. Her latest is with the networking marketing business NuCerity, which produces a one-of-a-kind barrier technology, a breathable night masque that creates an amazingly healthy climate for the skin to rehydrate and rejuvenate itself. In a short period of time, Edna’s down line (business associates in her commission stream) has grown to almost 200 folks. “And it’s growing rapidly!” she says. “I call this one the ‘Four Year Retirement Plan.’ Most folks have a 40year retirement plan: work for someone else for forty-odd years, and then — hopefully — retire. For me, I plan to have considerable monthly income coming in within four years.”


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To Edna, network marketing companies like NuCerity are hidden gems to building financial wealth. “Many of the world’s leading business people such as Rich Dad Poor Dad author, Robert Kiyosaki, are recommending network marketing as a way to create a substantial residual income stream,” Edna says. “And Warren Buffett — the world’s richest investor — owns shares in three network marketing companies. He calls these an investor’s dream, with steady annual growth, healthy cash flows, high return on invested capital, and long-term prospects for global expansion.” Network marketing offers low start-up costs, and can be done on evenings and weekends. “It’s a viable opportunity for almost anyone,” she says. Edna certainly hasn’t led a “silver spoon” life. At the age of sixteen, she had a child and dropped out of high school. She later completed school, then began a series of waitress and secretarial jobs, all as a single mother. What carried her from “there” to “here”? She sums it up in two words: personal development.

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“I love studying about personal development and business,” Edna says. “I have bought and read thousands of books on attitude, goal setting, living with passion, and so one. I have attended numerous seminars and listened to countless audio programs. Warren and I have traveled throughout Canada, the United States and other parts of the world to attend seminars put on by some of the best speakers and entrepreneurs. I have done all this with one simple goal in mind: to get better.” Edna says that once a person finds their true passion and commits to building multiple income streams, having that solid knowledge foundation regarding money, wealth and business are vitally important to success. “I want folks to study wealth and living a wealth lifestyle the same as if they were still in school studying math or science or spelling,” she says. And now it’s her turn. Edna’s first book, Multiple Ways to Wealth, will be published this fall. In it, she will discuss personal development, building income streams, and creating a wealth lifestyle.

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Talking about the book makes her smile even wider! “I’m so excited for this,” she says. “I see myself more as a financial educator rather than a financial advisor, and Multiple Ways to Wealth will be an ideal way to help my clients, associates and friends build their wealthy lifestyle.”

About Edna Keep Edna Keep is a successful entrepreneur, real estate investor, and soon-tobe author. To contact Edna, visit her website at www.EdnaKeep.com, call 306.536.6266 or email 3drealestate@ sasktel.net.

About Tim Polk Tim Polk is a San Francisco, Californiabased author, writer, and marketing consultant. FLR 3D Real Estate Investments 306.536.6266 3drealestate@sasktel.net www.ednakeep.com |


SECURITY

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o you feel concern for the health and wellbeing of an aging parent? How about for the safety of your child, home from school while you’re still at work? Have you ever gone away on vacation and wondered if your valuables and home or business would be safe? Thanks to the Guardian Program of Haztech — an award-winning company that provides integrated medical, safety, security and training services throughout Western Canada — you can

feel confident that your loved ones and valuables are secure, 24 hours a day. Started in 2012, the Guardian Program provides quick response by medicallytrained professionals in the event a security system is sounded at your home or business. The Haztech team will arrive and immediately contact the appropriate law enforcement or safety agency, ensuring your security issue is dealt with efficiently and professionally. Along with response, the Guardian Program offers

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24-hour security patrols, during which Haztech employees drive by your home or business throughout the day and night, providing assistance in the event a security or medical issue is raised. “Haztech has entered into a new field, taking the model we do really well in the energy and mining industry, and bringing those safety and security standards to a residential and commercial environment,” says Curtis Kemp, Haztech vice president of corporate and operational security.

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“Often, the only time people think of security is when it’s too late. That’s why Haztech is bringing it to the market.” The quality of Haztech’s staff sets the Guardian Program apart from other security programs. The team is made up of paramedics, nurses and firefighters who are bonded, and possess clean drug tests, criminal-records and driverabstracts. Prospective employees undergo a rigorous physical and psychological screening process. “Our threshold for hiring is on par with hiring of law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire services,” says Kemp, who is a decorated retired Regina Police Service police officer with 26 years of operational policing experience. “We make sure these are the sorts of people you would want to come into your home to assist you.” Haztech has partnered with LS Security, a locally-owned company offering stateof-the-art business and residential security systems. Clients of the Guardian Program who have a security system with another company can have LS convert their system to LS, or can choose to stay with their current security provider. The Guardian Program’s base rate, including LS monitoring and daily patrols, is $29.95 per month for residential, and $89.95 for commercial. ”With the Guardian program, you can deal with the same people on all sides, whether it’s for your alarm or the guard response,” says Jeff Olson, manager at LS Security. “Other companies won’t offer that as one package.” One of the purposes of the program is to keep security affordable. “People of various economic backgrounds who are concerned for safety can get far superior service with the Guardian Program than other options out there, which usually only includes one phone call when an alarm goes off,” says Kemp. Additional opt-ins of the program include vacation relief, in which Haztech staff provide home checks during client vacations, video preservation of valuables for insurance purposes (stored off-site, in the case of a break-in or fire), and weekly in-home medical checks by a Haztech paramedic (with physician oversight) — ideal for citizens who are aging or have

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health issues. The Guardian program can be fully tailored, enabling you to choose the services that are right for you. “We customize our service to fit people’s needs,” says Kemp. “We want the program to fit clients, not for clients to fit the program.” An example of this customization is the service offered to people who live in independent living. They can take advantage of Haztech’s in-home medical checks without subscribing to an alarm security system already provided at their residence. The frequent checks help set their mind and the minds of their family members at ease. Promoting crime prevention, health and safety, Haztech also offers a complimentary environmental analysis for clients of the Guardian Program. Their staff will visit your home or business to determine ways in which its design could be optimized to increase your health, safety and crime prevention. Haztech then provides a list of recommendations based on their findings. These safety assessments include CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) assessment, fire safety assessments and home and/or commercial health assessments. Wondering if the Guardian Program is the security you’re looking for? Haztech offers in-home consultations at no cost or obligation, so you can meet with a professional, learn your options, and create a customized security package. “Our clients experience freedom and peace of mind,” says Kemp. “Investing in your family and business’s safety and security is the best reward of all.” FLR

Haztech Guardian 1139 Weaver Street East, Regina 306.352.9114 www.haztech.com

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IndIan food restaurant

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iryani, Dal,Naan, Pakora, Vindaloo, and of course, Butter Chicken. Just thinking about those dishes can make you hungry for the savoury cuisine of India. For anyone in the Regina area, any Indian food craving can quickly be satisfied at Spices of Punjab on Victoria Avenue. Owner Dharam Singh is well known among the city’s Indian food fans, as his family owned the popular India House restaurant until

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2007. In 2008, Dharam struck out his own with Spices of Punjab. “When we first opened, we were on 4th Avenue and Albert Street,” says Dharam. “We quickly outgrew that location, and found a larger home at 320 Victoria Avenue.” Located just a few blocks west of Park Street, Spices of Punjab has plenty of parking and space for its now legendary Indian buffet.

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Indian food is both flavourful and rich, accented with curries made from spices like turmeric, garlic, ginger and saffron. Dishes can be spicy, but are not always what people think of as “hot”. Spicy can mean “lots of flavour,” which the fare at Spices of Punjab certainly has. And Spices of Punjab has another ingredient that adds something special to its dishes: charcoal. Two authentic Tandoori ovens are used in the kitchen—clay drums


heated by real wood charcoal, slowly cooking flavour into food. These ancient ovens have been used for thousands of years and are one of the reasons that Indian food has such a distinct flavour. When you’ve got a desire for curry, Spices of Punjab offers a buffet with the most variety in Regina; it’s an ever-rotating assortment of authentic Indian dishes. You’ll always find naan, samosas, butter chicken and tandoori chicken, and a selection of meat and vegetarian Indian delights such as vindaloo, biryani, and tikka masala. To finish the meal, there are always delectable Indian desserts like kheer and gulan jaman. The evening buffet is available every day from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and there’s always an a la carte option, too. The full menu features a fabulous medley

of northern Indian food, featuring ingredients such as lamb, beef and pork, plus many vegetarian dishes. Spices of Punjab’s servers are well-trained on the intricacies of Indian cuisine, and can help you select a variety of delicious dishes to enjoy. Spices of Punjab is also licensed, and features Kingfisher beer imported from India. The restaurant offers a room that seats 25 for private functions, and can also cater events of all sizes. The team at Spices of Punjab can serve groups from 10 people to 500, and can bring their buffet to your office for lunch meetings. They can even send a chef and a fullsized Tandoori oven to your event for the freshest food imaginable. Open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.,

Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Spices of Punjab offers dine in, takeout and delivery options. You can enjoy Indian food no matter where you are. For more information call 306.543.1000 or visit www.spicesofpunjab.com. FLR

Spices of Punjab 320 Victoria Avenue East Regina 306.543.1000 spicesofpunjab.com Top righT Employee Kailee Eger, serving customers photo by Henry Godnitz

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L–R FRONT ROW John Grant, Brian Gibson, Debbie Burkart, Barb Barber, Randa Speer. MIDDLE ROW Ken Domm, Lydine Denzin, Mel Sebastian, Kristy Callfas. BACK ROW Daryl Arendt, Dean Bonyai

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or more than 50 years, CampbellHaliburton Insurance and Investments has been serving Regina, providing their clients with expert advice. For John Grant, president, and Ken Domm, manager, the most important part of the business is that they are able to protect the things their clients value and cherish. Offering a full range of policies from auto and home, to life and commercial insurance, Campbell & Haliburton always has the best interests of their clients in mind. The brokers ensure that customers are

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well educated on the choices of policies in order to pick the right policy for them. The duo also believes strongly in their community and seizes every opportunity to invest in its future. What makes Campbell & Haliburton an excellent company is the community they have created inside the walls of the business. As part of their community building efforts, Campbell & Haliburton Insurance is the title sponsor and organizer of the Brent Gibson Memorial Icebreaker. The Triathlon is a memorial for Grant’s

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brother-in-law, who started the event and was a broker at Campbell & Haliburton Insurance for more than 20 years. The company believes that an investment in the community for sport is an investment in good health. Campbell & Haliburton also sponsor the Queen City Marathon and the Cathedral Arts Festival. “We are a small company and there are sometimes not enough hours in the day, but we try to get involved in the neighbourhood and larger community of Regina as much as we can,” remarks Grant.


At Campbell & Haliburton Insurance, the brokers understand the importance of their customers’ knowledge of insurance products when choosing a policy. This is why it is fundamental to work with a welltrained insurance broker. The brokers at Campbell & Haliburton are continuously trained, ensuring expert service for their clients. “The role of the insurance broker is to explain the product so clients can make informed decisions. Through this education, we can make sure our clients have a safe and secure future. People trust in our name and service, and they know that we always have them covered,” says Domm. The other component of the great team of brokers is dedicated customer service. When a customer has a claim, the brokers are able to easily help their customers complete their claim as fast and effectively as possible. “We want to make the process as easy as possible for our clients,” comments Domm.

“We want to make the process as easy as possible for our clients.”

At their convenient downtown location just off 13th Avenue, Campbell & Haliburton Insurance, an SGI Canada broker, provides their clients with expert insurance and investment advice, while also offering SGI motor vehicle and driver’s licensing. This dual role allows clients to achieve two tasks in one stop, saving customers time and effort. All of these services are part of the Campbell & Haliburton difference. “What sets us apart is that we are family owned. Our clients aren’t just numbers; when they walk into the office, we know them each personally. Our clients are our number 1 priority because without them, we would have nothing,” remarks Grant. FLR

Campbell & Haliburton Insurance and Investments 2101 Retallack Street, Regina 306.757.0621 www.insurance-store.com

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t all began as the vision of five childhood friends: Vince Fiorante, Joe Fiorante, Carlo Giambattista, Enio Ricci and Pasquale (Pat) Fiacco. “All our families immigrated [from Italy] to Regina in the 1950s,”states Pat Fiacco, co-owner of Fortuna Ristorante Italiano. “We all grew up together and were looking for an authentic Italian dining experience.” Fiacco tells of how the five friends decided that an Italian restaurant would not only be out of the ordinary, it would also be great celebration of the Italian culture.

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Since its opening in October, 2012, Fortuna Ristorante Italiano has quickly become the freshest and most exciting new dining experience in the city. Locally owned and operated, the Fortuna offers a unique menu of genuine Italian dishes prepared by an authentic Italian chef from Italy. The son of a famous Roman confectioner and gourmet chef, Chef Gianni Pioggio got his start as a boy helping his father. He went on to become a Certified Master Chef of Italian Cuisine. His exceptional skill and commitment to his craft earned Chef Gianni the Collegium Cocorum Award.

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Chef Gianni’s risotto is a true masterpiece of its own, for which he received a Silver Spoon Award in 2004. Although his achievements have been many, he is very humble as he talks about the importance of the entire staff working together as a team to give the customers the ultimate dining experience. Whether it’s making fresh sauces and pastas from his own recipes, preparing a mouth-watering main dish or creating a delectable dessert, everything on the menu reflects Chef Gianni’s zeal for Italian cuisine. “This is my passion,” he says, “I love everything about it.”


Savoury and sensational, you will find only the freshest and finest ingredients in every dish as it specially made for your culinary enjoyment. There are no heavy ingredients overpowering the flavour of the meal; there is subtleness and consistency that enriches the flavours as it melts in your mouth. This is true heritage and tradition on a plate. This is something new for the people of Regina and very unique to the Italian culture. “It’s not meant to be eaten in an hour and go on your way,” says Fiacco, “this is a traditional Italian dining experience.” Relax, enjoy the authentic ambience indoors or sit out on the deck overlooking the river. Enjoy the food, wine and hospitality of Italy. When planning an event, the Fortuna offers the Casa Nostra room, which seats up to 24 guests. Perfect for meetings, birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion, the Fortuna provides the ideal setting to make your event a memorable one. Fortuna Ristorante Italiano is located in the Riverview Mall at 3215 East Quance Street and is open for lunch Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for dinner Monday to Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to close. At the Fortuna, reservations are always appreciated, but never required; to book yours call 306.543.4411. For more information check out the website www.fortunaregina.ca and be sure to follow them on Twitter. FLR

Fortuna Ristorante Italiano Riverview Mall 3215 East Quance Street 306.543.4411 www.fortunaregina.ca Left L–R Gianni Pioggio, executive chef and Anna Carteri, general manager

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opposite Back L-R Chris O., Darrell, John, M.J., Don, Matt, Andy, Gene, Brian, Mike, Shay FRont L-R Leo, Konstantinos, Tim, Chris F., Parmjeet, Ed, Oleg, Mykola, Chad Missing Arthur, Johanne

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ake a husband-and-wife duo who love working together, a passion for cabinetry, and a team of more than 20 expert designers, builders and installers, and a blueprint for success is created. Two years ago, owner Mike was looking for a business to buy: one that could keep him and his family in Regina. With a background in construction and the knowledge that a home’s millwork is one of its most important features, he bought Cobb Cabinets, confident he could build on its 30-year reputation.

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Mike’s wife, Shay, and her brother, Chris, took on key roles in the business, with Shay managing the accounts and Chris managing projects for Cobb’s clientele. Mike plans to keep the business family oriented, with the hope that at least one of his young sons will one day join the team. Aside from cabinets, Cobb designs and creates countertops, vanities, mantles, entertainment units, doors and trim work. Finishing is done in-house, with an extreme attention to detail. “The selection is endless,” says Mike. “Clients can come here and get whatever they want. We find a way to do it.”

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Mike extensively researches the experience and credentials of everyone he hires. The result is a highly skilled staff that approaches each project as if it were going in their own home. “They don’t cut corners, and they take their work very seriously,” says Mike. Understanding the stress that a renovation can entail, the team always pushes to meet deadlines for their clients. “Everyone goes the extra mile to make sure each job is done properly, and we keep the time as minimal as we can.” With craftsmen from Europe and Saskatchewan, projects created at Cobb benefit from diverse influences.


A mutual understanding among staff of each other’s roles, a jovial work atmosphere, and monthly team potlucks all contribute to the success of a business that keeps referred and previous clients coming in the door. “Clients who buy and sell homes say the service and quality we provide is excellent, and continue to come back for kitchen cabinets,” says Mike. Cobb uses only the best materials available on the market, with almost all of them bought in Saskatchewan. “I can’t see us being the best if we’re not using the best,” says Mike. Products are competitively priced, and

the staff’s expertise enables clients to make informed buying decisions on everything from types of wood to self-closing drawer hinges. “When a customer comes in, we educate them on what they’re getting.” Newly available at Cobb is an electric revolving shoe, clothing and pantry carousel. With automatic moveable shelves, the carousel makes hard-toreach items easily accessible. Cobb also offers handmade handles, pulls and knobs which can be customized to include a family crest, logo or other personal memento.

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Mike says the sight of a finished project is what he enjoys most about the business. “Seeing something completely done, and how beautiful it ends up being, gives you the best feeling ever.” Cobb Cabinets would like to extend a very big thank you to their customers for their business and for choosing Cobb.. FLR

Cobb Cabinets 121 Dewdney Avenue East 306.347.2266 www.cobbcabinets.com

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KITCHEN AND BATH SHOWROOM

EVERYTHING TO SUIT YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS AND THE KITCHEN SINK BY TRINA ANNAND PHOTOS CALVIN FEHR

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ecently, The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom, a division of EMCO Corporation, opened its doors in Regina. EMCO itself is a century-old company that has been serving Regina for 60 years. The company decided to expand their unique services, creating a brand-new, state-of-the-art showroom in Regina. As a premiere Kohler showroom, clients can find the widest selection of

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the brand’s products on display. When visiting the showroom, clients can find all types of kitchen and bathroom plumbing products in a wide variety of brands to suit any budget. When coupled with the expert, friendly service at The Ensuite Showroom, it is a combination that is hard to beat. What sets the showroom apart from other plumbing fixture suppliers and big

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box stores is their ability to demonstrate the products and educate the client. On display are a multitude of functioning sinks, faucets and tubs. Clients can come in and truly see and feel how a product will work for them. The showroom even features a high-tech bathtub called the Vibracoustic, which can link to a smart phone to play music that synchronizes to the vibration of the tub, to help clients relax after a long hard day.


Clients come into the showroom with a wide variety of concerns and needs; due to these needs the showroom carries a variety of accessible products. Graceful Living is a suite on display that is designed with mobility issues in mind. The Elevance tub by Kohler is different than any other tub: the side of the tub slides down, and the client can simply lift the wall into place with very little effort, forming a water-tight seal. “We have so many different items that we can show a client. We can inspire them and help create what they want. People often think they are limited, but when they see the wide selection, it expands their vision,” remarks Scott Forsyth, showroom consultant. The consultants at the showroom know their products inside out and can help clients with projects big and small — from a single residential toilet to a massive contractor build. Clients can set up a consultation with one of the bath and kitchen experts at the showroom, or simply browse on their own through the five complete bathrooms suites and variety of fixtures on display. One of the newer trends clients will see is the use of cast iron as a material. Unlike standard stainless steel kitchen sinks, cast iron can be created in a variety of colours to complement any countertop or style. Another exciting state-of-the-art item at The Ensuite Showroom is Kohler’s Numi toilet. This high-tech fixture has a bidet function, the ability to connect with a radio or smart phone, a nightlight, a heated seat and foot warmer, a deodorizing vent and a motion-activated seat; all of these features can be controlled by a handy remote. Forsyth is quick to remind clients that highend items like the Numi and specialtycoloured fixtures must be ordered, but isn’t it worth the wait to get the perfect product for your dream space? Whether clients are looking for a kitchen sink, an entire bathroom suite, a space age toilet or towel bars, The Ensuite Showroom has something for everyone and even some things you didn’t know you wanted. FLR The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom 678 Cornwall Street, Regina 306.352.3626 www.emcomw.ca L–R Mattea Felske, showroom consultant; Marilyn Day, showroom manager; Scott Forsyth, showroom consultant; Tracy Lewgood, showroom consultant

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LANDSCAPING

TURN YOUR YARD INTO A WORK OF ART WITH YARD SMART BY MATTHEW STONE PHOTOS CALVIN FEHR

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hen you only have few precious months of summer weather, choosing the right landscaping company is a decision that doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for error. In the spirit of getting things right, go with Yard Smart for all your landscaping needs. Yard Smart was started in 2006 by Brian Nestman. A long time SaskTel employee, Brian had been dabbling in landscaping for years, and decided it was finally time to turn his passion into a business. “I love the creative aspect of landscaping,” Brian

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says. “When I look at a yard, I see more than a patch of grass and a few trees: I see a canvas.” Yard Smart is known especially for its high-quality water features. Whether they are flowing water designs or still ponds, the work produced by Yard Smart is unique, creative — and best of all — maintenance free. Yard Smart is able to follow a pre-set plan, but taking full advantage of this company’s outstanding ability to think outside the box will often produce the best results. “No plan is sacred,” Brian says. “We will always do

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whatever is needed to fulfill the project for our clients.” That basic philosophy extends to any type of project that Yard Smart undertakes. They are also highly regarded for their work with paving stones and retaining walls. These beautifully crafted designs can really make a yard sizzle, and the best part is that the team at Yard Smart believes so highly in their work, they guarantee it for three years. It’s a nice touch but hardly necessary; Yard Smart is only interested in doing quality work that is meant to last.


So what can you, the customer, expect from Yard Smart? “Communication is the key,” Brian says. “We’re going to be a consultant while we’re doing the job. Our service model is to make sure the customer is always completely satisfied. One of the best parts of my job is that clients often become friends of ours.” This is a critical attitude to have in a landscaping company, and Yard Smart stresses that they always try to be fair and accurate. They aren’t going to do a job with an inferior product, so clients will always know exactly what they are getting. With no major surprises, you can sit back and let the experience unfold before you. Watching a dedicated group of professionals transform your yard into something beautiful will leave you wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. So, if you are in need of landscaping this summer, visit www.yardsmart.ca and view some of Yard Smart’s past creations. They are primarily based in Regina and Emerald Park, but according to Brian Nestman, “Yard Smart will go just about anywhere for our clients.” FLR Yard Smart 8 Nelson Place, Emerald Park, SK 306.781.4700 www.yardsmart.ca BELOW Brian Nestman, owner

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND POSITIVE THINKING FOR AUDIENCES OF ANY AGE PHOTOS CALVIN FEHR

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“ want to have a positive impact on everyone I encounter.” That’s one of the first things Dawn Alexis Suchoboki says. And frankly, it’s hard to imagine anyone not perking up around Dawn, the founder and primary performer at FunTAZM Entertainment. Her grabbag of talents includes something for everyone. Dawn’s an actress, a singer and dancer; she’s a writer, comedian

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and composer. With kids, she’s a Silly Scientist, a balloon-twister, a facepainting artist; with their parents, she’s a mediator and a motivational speaker, and she delivers singing telegrams for special occasions. But, most of all, Dawn is fun, with an infectious laugh and sunny attitude to crack the toughest crowd. Dawn founded FunTAZM on St. Patrick’s Day 12 years ago. It was the natural next step in a 24-year career that’s taken her

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from theatre stages to recording studios, comedy troupes to provincial music festivals and beyond. FunTAZM offer such a wide range of entertainment services that it’s impossible to list them all here: visit the website, funtazm.com, to get a fuller picture of what’s offered. FunTAZM also holds professional memberships with ACTRA, SOCAN, SAC and CAFABA (the Canadian Association of Face and Body Artists): all in all, when it comes to fun, FunTAZM brings it.


“I want to have a positive impact on everyone I encounter.”

“One person can make a huge difference in another person’s life.” “One person can make a huge difference in another person’s life.” Anyone who can fund, release and market her own debut album (“Such-ABouquet”), perform for audiences from office workers to truckers to toddlers, and twist balloons for a couple hundred kids in a row while keeping a smile on her face, has a rare gift. But that’s business as usual for Dawn, who shared some unique experiences with FineLifestyles. Fine Lifestyles: “Your schedule’s jampacked. Have you ever had to cancel a show?” Dawn: “No. In 12 years of business, FunTAZM has never cancelled a confirmed booking. I had to postpone once due to weather, but I went the

following week to their next Scout meeting. It’s important to me that people have reliable entertainment. I firmly believe that ‘the show must go on’ and live by it. An event is so different if there isn’t entertainment.” Fine Lifestyles: “Tell us about a challenge you faced offstage.” Dawn: “When I applied for my first trademark, it started a very intense learning curve, especially when Warner Bros. opposed my application. I knew they’d rely on their deep pockets, so I decided to learn as much as I could about trademark law and represent myself. I consulted twice with a local copyright lawyer to make sure I was on the right track, and he assured me I was. After three years of correspondence, I

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got Warner Bros. to drop their opposition and have since registered two other trademarks, with two more on the way. It’s definitely a David and Goliath-type story. I talk about it a lot more in my motivational talks as an entrepreneur.” FunTAZM has delivered programs in all corners of our province, and is always on the look-out for new talent. It’s a constantly growing enterprise, founded on professionalism, skilled performers, and most of all, fun. Dawn and her team are dedicated to sowing smiles and laughter everywhere FunTAZM takes them: if you want your next event to be “FunTAZTIC”, you know who to call. FLR Funtazm 1.866.FUN.TAZM (1.866.386.8296) www.funtazm.com

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MEDICAL CLINIC

ABOVE Dr. Kathy Berriman & Dr. M. Shareef

STATE-OF-THE-ART CLINIC Blends Caring Service with Modern Ambience BY COURTNEY TAIT PHOTOS CALVIN FEHR

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L–R BACK ROW Care & Cure Medical Staff: Dr. M. Shareef, Tammy Bagchi, Michael Litschko, Candace Nagy, Courtney Cameron FRONT ROW Dr. Kathy Berriman and Sangeeta Gupta

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ave you ever sat in the cramped waiting room of a medical clinic, wondering how much longer the wait could possibly be? How about tried in vain to find a doctor who is accepting new patients? Caring for your health in a busy medical industry can be challenging. Fortunately, for Reginaarea residents, a modern, spacious family practice and walk-in clinic with a team of highly experienced doctors and staff welcomes you. And you’ll almost always be seen within 30 minutes. Care & Cure Medical Clinic, opened in 2011 by Dr. M Shareef, is a state-of-the

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art downtown facility providing a family practice and ambulatory care, emergency treatment, pre-natal, preventive medicine and injury-related care. The clinic features a lab for urine analysis, pregnancy tests and blood sugar testing, ECG, and large treatment room for services such as stitches, wound dressing, wart freezing and asthma management. Access to digital x-ray technology — open to patients from other physicians and facilities as well — provides quick radiology reports which can expedite a patient’s process at the hospital or with their specialist. A CD with images is sent with the patient when required.


CLOCKWISE Dr. K. Berriman in treatment room; Sangeeta Gupta, manager and head X-ray technologist positioning patient for an x-ray; Dr. M. Shareef in examination room

Dr. Shareef opened Care & Cure with the intention of creating a friendly and welcoming medical environment. For more than 25 years, he has worked in a variety of areas including general surgery, othopedics, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology in Canada and South Africa. Also serving Care & Cure patients is Dr. Kathy Berriman, who has practiced medicine for 25 years in Canada and the U.S. Her range of experience includes emergency, community medicine and long-term illness. Both physicians are accepting new patients. “The doctors’ experience working in different parts of the world helps them to get rid of barriers,” says Sangeeta Gupta, clinic manager and head X-ray technologist . Dr. Shareef’s and Gupta’s ability to speak Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu assists in providing care to some of the immigrant population who visits Care

& Cure. The clinic has the space to accommodate 10 doctors, and plans to expand its team in the future. “We serve patients from all walks of life,” says Gupta. “Sometimes people are apprehensive when they visit the doctor, so we try to make the experience easier and more comfortable so they want to come back.” Newly available at Care & Cure are services of Michael Litschko, registered massage therapist. He has more than 10 years of experience in therapeutic/ remedial, sports and relaxation massage techniques. Litschko is actively involved in the Saskatchewan Roughriders training camps and is SGI-accredited for accident-related injuries. Anyone interested in receiving a treatment by Litschko can contact the clinic to book an appointment.

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Care & Cure’s open and bright atmosphere, ample free parking, and central location on a major bus route make the clinic a pleasant, accessible environment. Extended hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday, enable care to people with varying schedules. The Care & Cure team looks forward to introducing more of the public to the medical services at their fingertips. “The staff here is exceptional,” says Gupta. “They get to know patients on a first-name basis, and are very warm and inviting. Many people give positive comments on the quality of service we provide.” FLR Care & Cure Medical Clinic 2024 C Albert Street Regina 306.522.3824 careandcuremedical@yahoo.ca www.careandcuremedicalclinic.com

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family quietly enters the showroom and looks around at the selection of memorials. “This one over here is nice,” says an older gentleman. Brian Pawliw is working on a marker in the production area of the retail outlet. He puts down his tools and walks into the showroom with a smile and a warm handshake. Thirty minutes later he returns to the backroom. “We’ve done several monuments for that family over the years,” he says. “Sadly, it’s time for them to purchase another one.” This is a common story at W.P. Monumental Co. Ltd. W.P. Monumental is a provider of granite memorials, as well as granite landscaping products such as benches, stepping stones, birdbaths and sculptures. If it is made of stone, W.P. Monumental can probably help you find what you are looking for. Owned and operated by

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Brian and Linda Pawliw, the business has been in operation since 1988, when it was founded by Walter Pawliw, Brian’s father. “It’s all about compassion, honesty and respect,” Brian says. “A lot of the time, people come into the store without knowing what they want, what is available, or what is possible. Buying a memorial for a loved one is very difficult. It brings closure to the whole process, and many people find it very upsetting. Because of this, it is really important to understand and grasp their emotional state. Everyone is different; some purchase a monument the following week, some wait a month, a year or several years.” Word of the exceptional service and caring attitude provided by the Pawliws has spread far and wide. They provide

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service not only in the City of Regina, but also across the large majority of rural Saskatchewan. And because they deal direct with the quarry, they eliminate the middle man, providing you with high quality granite at affordable prices. Recently, Pawliw has seen an increase in the number of pre-need sales. This occurs when a person or couple makes their funeral arrangements ahead of time, including the selection of a monument. This removes the stress of making these decisions from your family during a time of grief. It also alleviates the concern of burdening your family members with an additional expense. FLR

W.P. Monumental 1270 McDonald Street 306.352.5253 www.wpmonumental.com


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MUSEUM

HISTORY OF THE RCMP COMES ALIVE BY PAUL SINKEWICZ PHOTOS CALVIN FEHR

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he history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins on a dusty trail almost 140 years ago. It wends its way through the rugged Canadian West, a fevered rush for gold, and leads right up to today, when hightech forensic science is as important as brawn and bravery in keeping the public safe. The RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina is the steward of that history,

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offering a glimpse into the traditions, tragedies and triumphs of one of the best-known police forces in the world. This summer the Heritage Centre is hoping to attract as many visitors as possible to share the story. “Some people might not have ever been here, or were here a couple years ago and haven’t come back because they figure if you’ve gone

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through the exhibits once, you’ve seen it all,” says Bianca Currie-Poirier, marketing director for the centre. “But we want people to come out and be re-engaged. The RCMP training academy has been here since 1885, and it’s an integral part of the history and development of this province and western and northern Canada. There are so many aspects to the RCMP story that there’s no shortage


August 4th, 1874: “Reveille at 3 a.m. on the march at 5 a.m. Marched all day over a barren prairie. Many of the horses used up. No wood. Had to cook our supper with buffalo chips. Col. McLeod left us today with ten men for Wood Mountain for a supply of pemmican.” From the diary of James Finlayson, North-West Mounted Police Library and Archives Canada

regular admission. All summer when you come here, there are no added costs for any additional programming. It’s just about arriving on the right day.”

properties circa 1905, when the NorthWest Mounted Police became the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, and when Saskatchewan became a province. Regular programming includes five daily walking tours all of July and August. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:45 p.m., the Sergeant Major’s Parade is held on the Parade Square, but moves to the Drill Hall in case of inclement weather. Visitors can also visit the historical exhibits and the Trading Post gift shop.

“He was Mountie No. 3, so he was on the March West coming over,” says CurriePoirier. “He had quite an amazing career and did a lot in this part of the country and indeed for the country.”

The traditional Sunset Ceremony performed by Cadets at RCMP “Depot” Division also includes a pre-show featuring aspects of policing, like the emergency response team and K-9 Teams that is held every Tuesday from July 9 until August 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Sunset Ceremony is a colourful, 45-minute display that includes the firing of a cannon, ceremonial troop drill, march past and the lowering of the flag at the close of the day, with troops decked out in their traditional red serge uniform.

Also new this year is the addition of the “Spirits of the Trail” by Burning Son Productions, which performs three Sunday shows on July 14, 21 and 28. “They do a re-enactment of the first meeting between Sitting Bull and Superintendent James Walsh, and it’s all done on horseback. Thanks to generous support from SaskTel, it comes with the

Bilingual vignettes will be presented on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 1 and 4 p.m. throughout the summer. Actors, presented by the Saskatchewan French Historical Society, will be on site both at the Heritage Centre and nearby Government House doing five- to sixminute vignettes on what life was like for people working and living on both

of material from which to build new programs and exhibits.” This summer, patrons of the Heritage Centre will see an exciting new exhibit, Sam Steele: The Journey of a Canadian Hero, which runs until Sept. 2, 2013. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the personal photographs, letters, and diaries of this iconic figure, experiencing his unique perspective as he helped build Canada.

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The Heritage Centre is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the Tuesdays when a Sunset Ceremony is being held, the centre is open until 9 p.m. Sunset Ceremonies are July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6 and 13. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children six to 17, and free for children five and under. FLR RCMP Heritage Centre 5907 Dewdney Avenue 306.522.7333 www.rcmpheritagecentre.com

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rothers Behzad and Farzad Jahanpour established Oliver’s Mens Wear in 1989. “We always were interested in fashion, and we always wanted to have our own business,” says Behzad. “We wanted to bring very trendy… North American and European brands to Regina.” Nearly 25 years later, Oliver’s is going strong; so strong that the brothers recently added a second Hamilton Street boutique to their existing Southland Mall location. Both boutiques will showcase the Oliver’s “look”, while carrying different individual stock, in order to provide customers with as many options as possible. While Oliver’s may have expanded — and while fashions may have evolved — the Jahanpour brothers’ fashion philosophy has remained unchanged over the years. “We always want to bring the higher-quality, hard-to-find clothing… to bring the best names in high-end quality,” Behzad says. Some of those “best names” include London’s Ted Baker (perfect for “anybody who likes a goodfitting suit with… nice details,” Behzad notes), John Smedley (whose knits are ideal for men who “want to finish off the look of their outfit without wearing a suit jacket”) and L.B.M. 1911 (offering cotton sports jackets “handmade in Italy”). The Oliver’s lineup also includes offerings from Green Coast, Jack Victor, Robert Graham, Stone, Tommy Bahama, and other top-tier providers of men’s work and leisure clothes. Although the clothes at Oliver’s range from very casual to work-and event-appropriate, the pieces and lines do have one thing in common: the Jahanpour brothers have selected them for quality, style and, as much as possible, exclusivity. “We try to go to different tradeshows… find lines that are unique with us,” Behzad notes. Oliver’s also carries shoes by labels including Bugatchi, Base London, and Lloyd, as well as accessories such as belts, cufflinks, Digel tuxedo

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socks, and ties — everything needed to complete a menswear ensemble. In the years since opening Oliver’s, Behzad and Farzad have seen men’s fashion (and its buyers) grow increasingly sophisticated. Now, in 2013, men of all ages and walks of life are dressing to look their best. Behzad suspects it’s partly due to the current technological and economic climate: more men are taking inspiration from their travels, or from looks they see online, and then reproducing those fashions at home. Furthermore, the modern menswear “look” is now more playful, more stylish, than it has been for decades. “Men’s fashion is more interesting over the last 10 years than previous years,” says Behzad. “Before, everything was basic… (but over the) last 10 years, you see a lot more colours… more interesting fabrics.” Even the silhouette of the classic men’s suit has evolved. A suit made in 2013 is smaller through the shoulders and

trimmer through the waist, with a shorter jacket, than one made 20 or even 10 years ago. Trousers have changed, too: they’re narrower, with flat front panels. The differences are subtle, but in combination, they create a striking effect. And thanks to the expertise of tailors, there’s no need for men of any shape to hide in an outdated, boxier cut. “The way the manufacturers tailor them, it can fit anybody,” Behzad says. If fashion’s not your forté, Behzad suggests kick-starting your wardrobe by investing in a quality suit. “One good suit always comes in handy,” he says, recommending a classic-cut, pure wool suit in a dark colour for maximum durability and versatility. “You can wear it to any type of occasion, and you can wear it year-round.” He also encourages those stuck in a navy and black rut to branch out. “[Colour] lifts you up.” Oliver’s experienced staff can steer customers towards the right cuts and

colours for their look and lifestyle, as well as prevent common menswear mistakes, such as clothes that are too large or improperly tailored. The store offers tailoring services: both alterations to offthe-rack purchases, and made-to-order jackets, pants and suits. Custom suits, Behzad says, are ideal for “somebody that wants something especially made for a special occasion, or… something different” such as unusual buttons, lining or stitching. Thanks to their excellent rapport with customers and breadth of products and services, Oliver’s has amassed a loyal following in Regina. “Most of our customers, they become our friends,” says Behzad. Even those who move away frequently stop in during visits. “Anytime they’re back in town, they shop with us.” Both first-time visitors and return customers should be sure to drop by this autumn: Behzad anticipates some “great outerwear”, plus “a lot more high-gauge

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“Very unique stock, very good quality, wellmerchandised”

sweaters, heavy knit sweaters, and lots of… sports jackets.” Since its establishment, Oliver’s has “changed with the look and the fashion,” Behzad says: but, generally, “we just keep doing what we do.” And what, exactly, do they do? “Very unique stock, very good quality, well-merchandised,” and peerless customer service. What’s on the rack may change with the seasons, but for Regina shoppers, Oliver’s Mens Wear never goes out of style. FLR Oliver’s Mens Wear 1920 Hamilton Street 306.565.0005 Southland Mall, 2725 Gordon Road, Regina 306.790.7759 olivers@sasktel.net L–R Behzad Jahanpour, Farzad Jahanpour and Wayne Barber

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OPTical DiSPenSary

Wayne Ortman and Dianne DeLaet, owners

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e’ve all heard the saying “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” At Doc Optical, local owners Wayne Ortman and Dianne DeLaet, along with their staff, make an excellent first impression by greeting each customer with a warm smile and a handshake. This personal touch is what sets Doc Optical apart from other optical dispensaries. “We take the time to select the frames that suit their needs and fashion,” says Dianne. Located at 4620 Albert St. in the South end of Regina, Doc Optical not only

provides a convenient location with ample parking, but offers more than 1200 fashionable frames, including designers like Ray-Ban, Alfred Sung and Versace. Their eyewear is priced for every budget, with frames starting at $89. When you purchase one pair of frames and lenses, you will receive the second pair of frames and lenses free. With more than 40 years’ experience, Wayne helps determine what kind of lenses will work best for you. People who spend hours each day on a computer can benefit from computer lenses,

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while prescription sunglasses for those who work outside prevent difficulties created by UV radiation. “We take pride in working one-on-one with everybody,” he says. Providing optimum vision care, Wayne discusses clients’ lifestyle, work environment and hobbies, then designs the lenses that are going to work best for them. The team also offers free maintenance for the life of your eyewear, including adjustments, minor repairs and nosepad replacements. To provide additional personal service, Doc Optical is equipped with an on-site lab where Wayne makes all of the eyeglasses himself.

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Doc Optical’s on-site optometrist enables clients to have their eyes examined, along with frames selected and prescriptions filled, providing convenient one-stop-shopping. Another beneficial service Doc Optical offers is direct billing to insurance providers so patients no longer need to submit their receipts. The business is continually adding more insurance companies to their directbilling register. With a client base ranging from children to seniors, Doc Optical is experiencing the kind of success that most businesses take five to 10 years to build. Wayne and Dianne work in the dispensary every day, so clients deal directly with the owners. Wayne says that Doc Optical provides vision care not only for Regina residents, but most of southern Saskatchewan as well.

“It’s absolutely wonderful how everyone is hearing about us and referring us for their eyewear needs,” says Dianne. Wayne is actively involved with the Optician’s Association of Canada, and Doc Optical is a member of the Vision Network for the University of Regina and the First Nations University. Doc Optical offers discounts for seniors and students, and is an authorized

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distributor for 3M safety eyewear. The ability to serve such a diverse clientele has contributed to their strong following. At the end of a client’s visit, Dianne will ask how their experience was. “They say it was awesome,” she says.

“They get a different experience here than anywhere else.” Wayne and Dianne continue to enjoy working with their existing customers and welcome any and all new customers to satisfy their eyewear needs. ”When someone puts on their first pair of glasses and they see the world in a different light, it is very rewarding, for both them and us,” they say. “That is why we are in this business!” For all of your vision needs, shop at Doc Optical: Fashion For Your Eyes! FLR Doc Optical 4620 Albert St. Regina p 306. 584.1881 f. 306.584.2050 www.docoptical.ca

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at 681 University Park Drive E, and the brand new location in Harbour Landings at 4865 Harbour Landing Drive South. All three Mr. Lube Regina locations are 100 per cent Canadian owned by a local family team (Tim, Chris & Sandra Myers).

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f you are in need of fast, warrantyapproved maintenance to help extend the life of your vehicle, then Mr. Lube has you covered as Canada’s No. 1 quick lube. The quality of care and turnaround time is excellent, and the best part is that you don’t even have to make an appointment. Mr. Lube has three convenient locations in Regina that are open seven days a week and are always ready to serve you: Mr. Lube at 190 Albert Street North, Mr. Lube

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You probably know that Mr. Lube delivers fast, warranty-approved maintenance that prolongs the life of your vehicle. What you might not have known is that when you come into Mr. Lube for an oil change, you will receive a courtesy check on your vehicle which includes checking air filters, cabin filters, emissions valve, fluid top up, tire pressure and more. While they’re caring for your car by topping up fluids and performing other complimentary services, they’re also taking care of you by offering a complimentary coffee, hot chocolate or water and a newspaper. When it comes to quality service, the people at Mr. Lube believe the customer

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should always come first. It’s just the kind of company they are. That’s why they’ve introduced the Mr. Lube Club as a way of making your experience with them even better. As part of your Mr. Lube Club membership, you’ll receive personalized service reminders prior to your next recommended visit, great tips to help care for your car, special members-only offers on Mr. Lube services and products, and information on community events that Mr. Lube is involved with. You’ll also have access to your vehicle maintenance history online for your convenience. Mr. Lube performs a wide range of other maintenance services in addition to the standard oil changes. Your vehicle will receive the same quality care and maintenance for fluid changes, filter replacements, batteries, serpentine belts, wiper blades, windshield chip repair, fuel system cleaning, engine flush, and a variety of preventative care and performance additives. Additionally, two


of the Regina Mr. Lube locations now offer tire rotation services. With Mr. Lube, your warranty is safe. You can just sit back and relax while they take good care of everything. They precisely follow service intervals and product specifications that your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends for the exact make, model and year of your car. So now you know — you don’t have to worry about maintaining your warranty. You can just swing by any one of Mr. Lube’s convenient locations to get the warranty-approved maintenance you need, whenever you need it. They’re known as Canada’s No. 1 quick lube for a reason. Try Mr. Lube for a “change.” No appointment necessary. Open seven days a week. Visit mrlube.com for more information. FLR

3 Locations: 681 University Park Drive 306.791.7862 4865 Harbour Landing Drive 306.791.7863 190 Albert Street N. 306.791.7861 tcsmyers@sasktel.net www.mrlube.com

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An Experienced Journeyman Painter

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ou may have seen Chad Herzberg in the movies. That is, you may have seen his handiwork. When 2005’s Just Friends filmed in Regina, Chad was a scenic painter — but the job wasn’t all Hollywood glamour. Just Friends was shot “in the middle of the wintertime… 55 below, with the wind chill,” says Chad, who did plenty of painting in sub-zero temperatures, while an assistant with a tiger torch kept his paint warm. Yet, you can tell Chad means it when he says “I really did appreciate

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the opportunity to do that.” He focuses on getting a job done fast and right — not on the gritty details. Chad’s a journeyman painter with 20plus years’ experience. He got his start when, as a teenager, he was hired to scrape and prep a four-level split, fence and garage by himself. “I did all that by hand,” Chad laughs. “After I was finished… he said that I had a natural skill and talent.” Not long after, Chad founded Chad Herzberg Painting.

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These days, showbiz clients such as Just Friends and Minds Eye Entertainment rely on Chad Herzberg Painting, as do local enterprises such as Balfour Apartments and the Regina Inn. Some jobs, such as Regina’s Cornwall Centre, turn into longterm engagements. “I was responsible for that for four years. Painting, stippling, repairs,” says Chad. But he doesn’t limit himself to commercial, corporate and industrial work: Chad Herzberg Painting takes on plenty of locals looking to improve private homes.


Despite a recent phone number change (from 306.525.4184 to 306.541.1500), Chad notes, “we’re starting to get extremely busy” now that summer’s arrived. Fortunately, after two decades in business, Chad’s a sure hand at staying on schedule. “I turn around my jobs fairly quickly,” he says, estimating that he can cut and roll a room and closet in 10 to 15 minutes. “I’ve gotten to the point where it takes up to five people to keep up with me.” Chad and his team work with Sherwin-Williams paint. “I’ve used every product that’s out there… they’re actually the best quality for the dollar.” Despite its name, Chad Herzberg Painting’s services don’t stop at painting. For all intents and purposes, they’re also a renovation company handling boarding, drywall taping and repair, framing and mudding. They can repair cracks, mould and water damage, or bring in subcontractors for plumbing and electrical wiring. “I can go all the way from cement up to roofing,” Chad says. As a journeyman painter, Chad’s approach to his work is unswervingly professional. Before putting brush to wall, he puts pen to paper, providing customers with a written contract. “There’s no hidden things. Everything’s right there in front of [the customer],” Chad explains. Once a job’s started, Chad’s expert at unique touches such as sponge painting, stencilling, wallpaper and specialty or sprayed wall or ceiling textures. “I do a lot of the work myself,” Chad says. “I’ve learned that the customer wants me to be there.” Chad’s polished approach earns him plenty of repeat business. “Once people get me, they tend to want to keep me.” But he’s always taking new customers, too, and a phone call or email is all it takes to set up a consultation. With Chad Herzberg Painting, autumn could find you snug in a living room or kitchen that looks like new — or better. FLR

Chad Herzberg Painting 306.541.1500 herzbergpainting@live.com

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pet groomers

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tep into the world of Zoom Zoom Groom, and prepare for the best grooming experience in your cat or dog’s life. The award-winning salon, academy, and mobile grooming service is the brainchild of owner Connie Buchanan, a former teacher who turned her passion for people and pets into a thriving upscale business. Using all-natural products, Zoom Zoom Groom’s certified groomers give pets treatments such as massage baths, EZ shed applications, stylized trims, paw treatments, manicures/ pedicures and more. Focused on the

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health and happiness of every pet they serve, the state-of-the art facility provides an experience that’s positive, calm and productive. Healthy gourmet food and nutritional supplements are also available. “We use the most advanced tools and up-to-date equipment the industry provides,” says Buchanan, “so we can produce the best groom for our clients.” The business originally opened in 2006 as the first mobile dog grooming service in Saskatchewan, offering clients a salon-on-wheels that delivers grooming to your door. The pet care offered by

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the ‘zoommobiles’ was in such demand that the business expanded to its salon location in 2009, while continuing its mobile service. The team of 12 certified groomers are very busy. “The staff are passionate about what they do and love their job,” says Buchanan. “Clients always say how wonderful their groomer is. We’re like a family. I am so incredibly proud of them!” Buchanan recently received her master’s in cat grooming from the National Cat Groomer’s Institute of America. One of only 148 people worldwide to be


a Certified Feline Master Groomer from NCGIA, Buchanan has the knowledge and tools to create safe, high-quality cat grooms and to teach these techniques to other groomers and students. “We promote a professional, standardized way to groom cats,” says Buchanan. “Cats that aren’t groomed are prone to matting, skin conditions and a variety of other problems. The benefit to professional grooming is having a happier, healthier cat.” Along with the “IN” and mobile salons, 15-week grooming courses are offered at Zoom Zoom Groom’s Academy of Pet Grooming. Registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education, the school prepares its students for careers in professional pet grooming. With courses tailored to promote a complete understanding of the grooming industry, the school’s sessions fill quickly, attracting students from across the country. “It is our hope to facilitate a high standard for grooming,” says Buchanan. “I hope we encourage those who graduate to do the same thing.” Their academy enables Zoom Zoom Groom to offer half price for pet grooming given by a student. Regular canine clients can become part of their VIP (Very Important Pet) program, enabling them to receive a free bath and brush by the academy’s students between scheduled groomings. The academy also provides free grooming for therapy and service dogs as well as dogs at the humane society. Buchanan says the grooming service often assists dogs in the success of their adoption. Whether you’re a pet owner or interested in learning how to groom professionally, Zoom Zoom Groom welcomes you to experience the care that pets deserve. FLR Zoom Zoom Groom 1180 Winnipeg Street Regina 306.533.9155 www.zoomzoomgroom.com zzgroom@sasktel.net

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PHarmacY

L–R Jarron Yee, Allana Reaume, Tony Chow, Nick Doulias, Lindsay Karst, Spiro Kangles

Personal small Town service: You’re In Good Hands By Karen Cowan

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he Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is providing big city business with a focus on small town customer service. “We are trying to bring back that ‘hometown feel’ through one-on-one consultations and truly getting to know you and your health care goals,” says Jarron Yee, pharmacist and owner of The Medicine Shoppe located at 9th Avenue North in Regina. It’s no surprise that The Medicine Shoppe concept is award-winning. With more than 180 locations coast-to-coast, it continues to be a leader in professional format pharmacy. Six locations throughout Regina provide consumers an opportunity to visit and learn more about the patient-focused and customer-first philosophy at The Medicine Shoppe. Jarron Yee previously worked at a big-box competitor, and says his transition to The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy was a no-brainer. “Our focus is on building relationships with patients and creating strong community ties,” he says, “it is all about the customer experience.” At The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, medications can be made for people with an allergy to a specific dye or preservative, or to provide a different dosage, such as a rapid-dissolve tablet. This service has been popular with parents of young

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patients with specific needs. Yee’s pharmacy also focuses on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and pain management. Medicine Shoppe pharmacies offer ongoing blood-pressure monitoring, diabetic products and services, medication reviews, free delivery and Accu-Pak bubble packaging. Each Medicine Shoppe pharmacy is independently owned and operated. Yee’s store specializes in compounding medicine, which customizes medications for individual needs and is home to Regina’s most advanced sterile compounding lab. The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy specializes in many niche areas including weight management. The Quance Street location, owned and operated by Allana Reaume, offers the Ideal Protein weight-loss program and specializes in compression-stocking fitting to help patients with varicose veins and venous disease. Since 2011, pharmacists can prescribe for minor ailments such as cold sores, seasonal allergies, insect bites, minor acne, diaper rash, oral thrush and can extend a refill. Prescriptions can be filled online or on the telephone, and clinics are offered on topics including bone density, heart health, weight management and diabetes.

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The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is a unique patient-focused setting, mainly concentrating on healthcare rather than confectionary or non-health related merchandise, such as photofinishing or cosmetics. From the moment you walk in, the customer experience is truly unique — from the soft-lighting and comfortable chairs, to the TV and complimentary coffee service at most locations. “Our goal is to act as a resource in the community and enhance the patient experience,” says Allana Reaume, pharmacist and owner at the Quance Street location. Medicine Shoppe pharmacists are there to answer important questions about medications and give advice about improving overall health. “Providing exceptional service to my clients is a priority,” says Spiro Kangles, pharmacist and owner of the Rochdale Boulevard location. “My patients value one-on-one consultation and appreciate receiving the high level of customer service,” says Tony Chow, pharmacist and owner of the 12th Avenue and Albert Street location. For more information on store hours and locations visit: www.medicineshoppe. ca. The company website provides a store locator to find a Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy near you. FLR


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#104, 2550 – 12th Avenue 306.777.8099

Tony Chow pharmacist/owner

#104, 2125 – 11th Avenue 306.546.4462

930 Victoria Avenue 306.352.4624

Lindsay Karst pharmacist/manager

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Jarron Yee compounding pharmacist/owner www.medicineshopperegina.ca

5928 Rochdale Blvd. 306.775.1343

Spiro Kangles pharmacist/owner

2553 Quance Street 306.546.2556

Allana Reaume pharmacist/owner

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Real Passion. Real exPeRience. Real estate.

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fter years in a medical career, Joyce Tourney decided she needed a new challenge. “We had relocated several times early in our marriage, and Joyce thought real estate was a career she would enjoy and excel at,” elaborates her husband, accountant and business partner Don Tourney.

She was right. Many years later, Joyce’s real estate team is one of the most successful RE/MAX® teams in the world. In 2012, the Joyce Tourney Team ranked first in Canada and second in the world for RE/MAX®, and has been recognized as one of the top three teams in the world for each of the past five years. This

dedication to clients and the industry has made Joyce Tourney one of the most trusted names in Regina real estate. Listening carefully to what her clients want is one of the keys to Joyce’s success. “Rather than telling them what I think they should buy, I work hard to find out what

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my clients need,” explains Joyce. For some of us, it’s an exceptionally large closet, for others, a gourmet kitchen space, but no matter what you’re looking for, Joyce will find you a home that speaks to you. “Joyce is dedicated, and commits no less than 100 per cent to each client, and oversees every small detail for her clients, no matter what size of home they are buying or selling,” says Don. “It is that dedication to client satisfaction that gets her many referrals. Joyce believes in giving her clients the service that she would expect herself, and nothing less. That’s why she is so successful. She still puts in long hours, works around her clients’ schedules and provides full service, seven days a week,” remarks Don. Backed by years of experience, a persevering work ethic and a friendly demeanour, Joyce has made her mark on realty in Regina and across the country. Whether you’re looking to pick up keys for your first home, relocating to another city, or preparing to buy your dream retirement home, Joyce and her highly skilled team of 20 realtors and five very proficient administrative personnel can help you. Along with numerous awards and designations, Joyce is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Team Leader, as well as a teacher and mentor for her team. Members of this team are well educated, with degrees spanning from B.A., B.Comm., B.Ed., BScN. to C.M.A. Joyce and her agents also hold various and eclectic real estate designations — ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist), CRES (Certified Real Estate Specialist), CERC (Member of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council), CCI ( Member of the Canadian Condominium Institute), CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), ACP (Accredited Commercial Professional), CCC (Canadian Commercial Council), and GCAB (Global Commercial Advisory Board) — meaning that whatever kind of property you want to buy or sell, someone on the team specializes in your niche market area. This exceptional team is comprised of men and women of varying ages and backgrounds with expertise in all areas of residential and commercial real estate: homes, condos, lake properties, investment properties, acreages, farm land, commercial, sales and leasing,

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and land development. Personable and sincere, this team is passionate about looking after their clients’ best interests, and is always adding to their repertoire with ongoing training. Joyce and Don, along with several team members, attend national and international real estate conventions and training seminars annually to stay abreast of the quickly evolving real estate industry, including new technological advances. Joyce’s daughter, Leanne, is also part of this accomplished team. With the advantages of having grown up in a household where real estate business was often a topic of conversation and having Joyce as a lifelong mentor, Leanne has also become a very successful realtor. Actually, the team has five groups that are mother and daughter, father and daughter or husband and wife. “Our team is like a family, with each member contributing to the success of the other,” notes Joyce. The five families with double representation within the team are Mack and Cindy MacDonald, Natasha and Chantal Blaisdell, Rob Lang and Karla Piel, Sophia Li and Michael Wang, and Joyce and Leanne Tourney. The team also includes well recognized realtors, Dianna Malhiot, Meriel Gordon, Scott Predenchuk, Corrine Boivin-Englund, Michelle Laube, Gail Harreman, Elyse Gusway, Martin Blonski, Laurel Getz, and Leslie Degelman; and five highly valued administrative team members, Nancy Polvi, Kim Mitchell, Carver Holinaty, Danielle DesmaraisClace and Tiffany Palmer. “The team has good synergy,” says Scott Predenchuk, team member and commercial leader on the RE/MAX® Joyce Tourney team. “That comes with the leadership Joyce provides; every member on the team is handpicked by Joyce. They follow her ethics in real estate and the honesty that comes with it, integrity, hard work, and taking care of the client.”

Testimonials “We were very pleased with our decision to choose Joyce as our realtor, and the process went much better than we ever expected. We took her advice regarding preparing our home for sale, and it definitely paid off. We had multiple offers only a day after the house went on the market, and we had a signed offer in less than two days. Joyce had clearly priced the house correctly, and we got more than expected. Having watched other houses on the street stay on the market for weeks and months, we couldn’t have expected any better. We moved to Bakersfield, California, and Joyce even provided contact information for friends she had in the area. Thank you, Joyce, for a great house selling experience.” —Philip and Karen 192 FineLifestyles REGINA

The team also includes an in-house mortgage broker, so clients have quick and easy access to mortgage information on site. RE/MAX® Joyce Tourney Realty is a one-stop-shop for buyers and sellers in and around Regina.

ShOwcASEd PROPERty Wascana View Walk-Out, $749,900, MLS #456666


“Regina is a very friendly community, and I have a lot of wonderful clients who have become friends,” says Joyce. “It’s become multi-generational too.” Clients have passed Joyce’s information onto their children when they prepare to buy their first home. “Recently, a young lady called me and said ‘my mom recommended I call you because I want to buy my first home and you are our family realtor.’ I am pleased to know that in some families, I am referred to as the family realtor,” remarks Joyce. “I feel very flattered when my clients have the confidence in me to refer their children, friends and relatives.” That, perhaps, is the greatest compliment a professional can receive. With her community-centred approach, Joyce is also a designated realtor for several relocation companies. Having had to relocate herself a number of times, Joyce recognizes the difficulties of moving. She works with clients to help make their transition easier. Sometimes that means finding a home near a school, decreasing the commute to work, healthcare needs or anything else that is a priority for her clients. Her proficiency and competence have won her many awards and the respect of all her clients. Aside from Joyce Tourney’s team’s dedication to professionalism and client commitment, they have a community spirit as well. “We like to help people, that’s one of our mandates,” says Joyce. Through time, finances and fundraising, the team donates to the Children’s Miracle Network, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Hospitals of Regina Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Regina Humane Society, People for Animals, World Vision, Young Focus and Dress for Success, to mention a few. All of these charities echo the compassion and values of the Joyce Tourney Team. If you’d like the keys to a condo, to turn the lights on in a beautiful luxury home or anything in-between, call Joyce and her team. They work hard to make real estate easy. FLR RE/MAX® Joyce Tourney Realty 2350–2nd Avenue, Regina 306.789.1700 joyce@joycetourney.com www.joycetourney.com

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Testimonials “Joyce, it was a pleasure to work with you as we went through the process of selling our home. We want to recognize your professionalism and commitment. You were always available to answer each and every question along the way. Your negotiating skills were excellent, and we appreciated all the assistance you provided when our home sold while we were out of the country. Your warm and caring personality allowed us to feel comfortable in making requests, and your positive approach allowed everything to move along efficiently to completion. We will not hesitate to recommend you to our friends and acquaintances when they are deciding to select a real estate agent.” —Ted and Carol FineLifestyles REGINA 193


retirement home

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intergreene Estates is Regina’s Premier retirement community, with innovative service choices in a warm, comfortable and safe environment. Here, you will discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities and friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement. “Wintergreene Estates is designed to accommodate a variety of lifestyles,” says Tony Giambattista, community engagement manager. “Whether you’re independent and on the go, or someone who needs a bit more care, we can meet your needs.” Wintergreene Estates offers three different lifestyle choices, each with its own unique offerings. The Residences at Wintergreene Estates are designed for the active, independent

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retiree. With a range of floor plans available, these apartments offer freedom without the hassles of home maintenance, utility bills and property taxes. The apartments are available to both individuals and couples, and include housekeeping services, a meal package in the Dining room, and use of all common amenities. We believe that the Residences at Wintergreene Estates truly allow you to build your lifestyle — your way. If you’re looking for a mix of independence with a few more creative comforts, the Suites at Wintergreene Estates are for you. The Suites offer a variety of different floor plans, ranging from Manhattan, one, and two bedroom suites. Access to the Suites is controlled, and staff are available 24 hours a day. As a resident

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of the Suites, you enjoy chef-prepared meals in the dining room, use of all common amenities, and all your light housekeeping needs are met. Everything is neatly included in your monthly fees, from meals to utilities — no more home ownership hassles. The Suites is designed to give you more choices and opportunities to achieve the lifestyle you planned for and deserve. Finally, for those needing some extra care and attention, the Personal Care Households at Wintergreene Estates have the assistance you need. These three self-contained residences offer 12 bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom — and there are suites available for couples. Specially selected and trained personal care attendants called Resident Assistants staff each


household, and provide a wide range of assistance including personal care, leisure activities, meal preparation and service, light housekeeping and laundry. The Personal Care Households take pride in creating an atmosphere that truly feels like home. No matter what lifestyle you choose, Wintergreene Estates has an extensive selection of services, activities and amenities that all residents can enjoy. The elegant Checkerberry Dining Room offers dining, with an adjacent private dining room to entertain family and friends. There’s a wellness centre and holistic spa, with a host of services including massage and foot care. The Boxberry Bistro is a wonderful social hotspot, and the Prairie Schooner offers a theatre-style screen and plenty of activities like bingo, card tournaments and happy hour. There’s something for everyone, including Tai Chi, Wii Bowing, exercise and educational presentations in Wascana Way. Wintergreene Estates is also home to a general store, library complete with computers and internet access, billiard room, hair salon… the list goes on and on. No matter what your lifestyle, interests and hobbies, Wintergreene Estates has something for you. It’s all about your lifestyle! We provide the facilities and services to ensure that you have the most enjoyable, healthy and secure retirement lifestyle possible. Call us for a tour, and come and see for yourself. FLR

Wintergreene Estates 4950 Pasqua Street 306.585.7100 wintergreene.ca info.wge@diversicare.ca

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ROOFING COMPANY

REVEALING YOUR PROPERTY’S HIDDEN POSSIBILITIES BY REBECCA SCHNEIDEREIT PHOTOS SCOTT GOODWILL

You’d need two hands to count the number of houses which married couple, Tyler Lerat and Blair Sterling, renovated — and the number of years they spent doing so — before going into business as Prairie Life Roofing & Renovations. In fact, when Tyler and Blair founded Prairie Life in September 2012, they’d worked on so many properties for so many years that they already had an unofficial team of workers, not to mention personal experience with the industry’s ins and outs.

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Now, less than a year after hanging out its shingle (no pun intended), Prairie Life Roofing & Renovations is already building a reputation throughout Regina and beyond. As the business comes up to its first birthday, it continues to attract repeat customers and new clients. “We’re starting to get busy,” says Blair. “It’s been nice to get the referrals, because then you know people are happy with their work.” Prairie Life’s quick success can partly be credited to its roster. This might be

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the first you’ve heard of the business, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen the handiwork of one of its veteran tradesmen. “We have very experienced workers,” says Blair, noting that some employees have around 20 — or even 30 — years’ experience. By any business’s standards, Prairie Life brings a lot to the table. Serving both residential and commercial clients, the team offers painting services in addition to roofing and renovations. Furthermore,


Blair adds, “We… have a good plumber and electrician.” The wide array of services is meant to help meet customers’ needs as efficiently and completely as possible. “We like to be kind of a one stop shop… top to bottom,” says Blair.

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Whatever job a customer brings Prairie Life, the team prides itself on doing it in less time, and at less expense, than many better-established alternatives. “Our timelines are incredible,” says Blair, who estimates that a typical roofing job can be completed in one day, while renovations may run from several months’ work to just a few hours. “Everyone’s really happy with our timelines.” They’re also a financially prudent choice. “Our pricing is very competitive,” says Blair, and (although a deposit is required for renovations) full payment isn’t requested until a job is finished. Customers who aren’t quite sure what they’re looking for can rely on Blair

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for design advice. Although she’s not officially accredited, she’s had more than enough practical experience to guide clients towards their best choices. “I have colour wheels and pictures from work we’ve done,” Blair says. Often, that’s enough to spark clients’ own ideas. Every aspect of the Prairie Life approach — the gorgeous interior photography splashed across its Facebook page, the willingness to provide free quotes, the fact that Blair and Tyler are currently renovating their own home — speaks to the company’s confidence in its services and the pride it takes in offering those services to the public. Prairie Life will happily reveal your property’s hidden possibilities — in less time than you might expect. FLR Prairie Life Roofing & Renovations 306.551.9310 plrr306@gmail.com

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Sewing and Quilting

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indy Radford opened Cindy-rella’s Sewing and Quilting in April 2012 to make your Cinderella dreams come true. Aside from the fabulous fabrics in a 3,600-square-foot shop, Cindy-rella’s offers you the best variety in sewing, quilting and long-arm machines. Cindy-rella’s sells the perfect combination of machines from Brother, Bernina and Handi-Quilter. These stateof-the-art machines will inspire you to start sewing all over again and push your creativity to its limits. “The Brother brand is big on being high-tech and it promotes ease of use,” explains Cindy. For example, the Brother DreamWeaver™ XE VM6200D was showcased as having the hottest sewing technology at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This cutting-edge machine is a combination

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quilting, sewing and embroidering machine. Equipped with a Sew Straight™ Laser Vision Guide, all you need to do is follow the customizable laser light line for a perfect even seam. This machine also features the V-Sonic™ Pen Pal. Only want to sew up to a certain spot on the fabric? Just touch the pen to that spot, and the needle will stop there. Cindy-rella’s also offers the Brother Quattro®2, a sewing and embroidering machine with scanning InnovEye® technology, which uses a built-in camera to view and position your embroidery design in real time. You can even draw or trace your own designs onto a 10-inch tablet. Included is a range of exclusive ©Disney patterns that you can’t even find in Disneyland. “We also have Bernina. Bernina is big on durability and multi-functionality,” says

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Cindy. The Bernina brand sewing and embroidering machines feature heavyduty feet, hooks and components to last a lifetime. Bernina machines have several add-ons. A Bernina Stitch Regulator is available for long-arm capability. You can also add on embroidery units. Purchasing the DesignWorks Software and specialized needle replacements for your Bernina allows you to cut-out custom shapes, draw custom designs and stamp different sized crystals onto fabric. The creativity is limitless and you will never be bored. If this isn’t enough, Cindy offers HandiQuilter machines like the sit-down compact Handi-Quilter Sweet Sixteen machine. This long-arm, free-motion industrial machine comes with a table that’s small enough for an apartment, yet


spacious enough to quilt even king-sized quilts with ease. Cindy also sells and supports the Avanti 18.8 and the Fusion 24-Inch. You can add on the Pro-Stitcher detachable computer to both. Not sure if this is the one for you? You can rent Cindy’s demo Avanti 18.8. When renting, you have access to an entire room with a 20-inch monitor, so you can follow along with internet videos and DVDs. Cindy has people from as far as British Columbia coming to rent this unique space. Best of all, all the machines purchased at Cindy-rella’s are also serviced and under warranty at Cindy-rella’s. Cindy is a machine technician and offers free servicing for the first year after purchase. Visit Cindy-rella’s for machine demonstrations and more. You can also purchase KOALA cabinets from Cindyrella’s to complete your dream studio. FLR Cindy-rella’s Sewing and Quilting 3847 Sherwood Drive Regina 306.585.2227 www.sewcindy-rella.com cindy@sew-cindyrella.com

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Spray Foam InSulatIon

HigH TecH and environmenTallyFriendly insulaTion By Trina annand Photos dusTin Crosby

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ason Moreside and Mike Thome want to make sure that everyone has an efficient, properly insulated home. Through their company, It’s Spray Foam — a division of the It’s Done group of companies — they have been spreading the word about the fantastic green choice. For Moreside, education is the most important part of the business: helping people understand why spray foam is the best choice and why they should spend the money on it.

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What sets It’s Spray Foam apart from their competition and makes them the best in the business is their dedication to customer service. With 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the service industry, Moreside knows the importance of great customer service. The locallyowned-and-operated company wants to help homeowners make their homes the best they can be. “People need to understand that the insulation they put in their homes is not

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nearly as good as it should be. At times in the winter, it’s been proven that batting insulation can have an R-value of zero,” remarks Moreside. Due to the lack of density in traditional batting insulation, wind can penetrate it and draw the heat out of a home, costing the homeowner money and making their home less efficient. Spray foam expands filling gaps and cracks, creating a wind-proof, bugproof and moisture-proof barrier that reduces noise. By choosing a four-inch spray foam, clients can make their home


98 per cent efficient at retaining heat in winter or keeping cool in the summer. During the process of insulating with spray foam, a team of two needs an entire 24 hours to work; and It’s Spray Foam pays for their clients to spend that time in a hotel. After the 24-hour curing period, the spray foam insulation is completely inert, and the site is ready for the next stage of the building process. Moreside encourages people to consider spray foam insulation during the building process. After all, it is much easier to do it during the building process than tear a home apart later. “Do it once, do it right,” remarks Moreside. The technique can also be used on commercial applications, basements, roofs and during renovations. When building or buying a home, what is most important is what is behind the walls. Unlike upgrades people see, such as hardwood, granite countertops and a big screen TV, spray foam insulation actually increases the value of a home and saves money on heat and energy costs. With a larger investment on spray foam, homeowners can make an investment in their future with a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty. “In the old days, people used to insulate with newspaper, sawdust and dirt. Batting was the new better product then, and now that better product is spray foam. This is the one improvement you can make to your home that will make the most environmental difference. Our customers are amazed by the difference proper insulation can make to their home,” says Moreside. When it comes to making the smart choices for a home, It’s Spray Foam is the easy choice. FLR

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It’s Spray Foam 515 McDonald St, Regina 306.584.3663 www.itssprayfoamregina.com

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subway shop

ABOVE Scott Love, franchisee phOtO by Dustin Crosby

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ou might say Regina has a great Subway system. Wherever you are, you’re never far from one of the sandwich shops with the endlessly customizable menu. From mainstays like the Meatball Marinara and the iconic Italian B. M. T., to new offerings such as optional spinach and avocado add-ons, Subway can craft a sandwich to suit anyone’s tastes. For Scott Love — president of Proven Foods and franchisee of nine local Subway locations — Subway is

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something of a family business. “It’s definitely generational for me,” says Scott, whose parents owned a Subway in Campbell River, BC. “I love what I do, and I will continue to love it.” As of June 26, Scott and Proven Foods will be serving hungry customers at two new Subway locations: 4211 Albert Street, and Southland Mall’s food court. Southland Mall’s recent redevelopment included food court renovations; before long, you’ll bite into your sub in a newand-improved setting. “We really love

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the mall location,” says Scott. Similarly, the combined Subway and TCBY on Albert Street is about to receive a major makeover. “We’re looking forward to doing a full renovation,” says Scott, who notes that plans to turn the Subway/ TCBY into a 24-hour location are underway. The location will also cater both sandwiches and frozen yogurt throughout Regina and Southern Saskatchewan (yes, it is possible to cater frozen yogurt). “We deeply freeze it… [so] we have time for it to get to distribution,” Scott explains.


The Subway/TCBY is only the latest innovation from Proven Foods, who are also responsible for the Glencairn Subway’s new 24-hour service schedule, as well as Regina Centre Crossing’s Subway Café (the first in Canada). Of the Glencairn spot, Scott says, “[Shift workers] need to get their breakfast and lunch somewhere… our breakfast, value-wise, is unbelievable. Quality, healthy, and there is great value there as well.” The Subway Café, meanwhile, features “modern décor, very warm and inviting,” and its Seattle’s Best coffee and espresso-based drinks are especially popular with the business crowd. Proven Foods also maintains the threein-one Subway(s) at Evraz Place (with locations inside the Credit Union Eventplex, the Brandt Centre, and the

Co-Operators Centre). At one time, says Scott, “there was no real healthy options in there” — now athletes can grab a salad or sub between games. Proven Foods’ local excellence hasn’t gone unrecognized. Scott was recently named Subway’s provincial “multi-unit franchisee of the year”, while Proven Foods’ 24-hour Glencairn location won “highest increase of sales in the last 52 weeks.” Scott credits the increasing traffic at Subway locations like Glencairn not only to the food, but also to the service skills of his carefully chosen staff. “They’ve got to have that sparkle,” he says of potential employees. Scott recently helmed this summer’s Jon Ryan Charity Golf Classic, profiting the Bob Ryan Scholarship Fund. It’s the

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first charity endeavour of this scale that Proven Foods has taken on: “this is something that’s really big for us,” Scott enthuses. Seven NFL players participated in the sold-out tournament, and plans are underway to turn the Charity Golf Classic into an annual event. Breakfast, lunch or dinner; sandwich, soup or salad; cappuccinos, frozen yogurt, and more — Subway and Proven Foods are working around the clock to satisfy Saskatchewan’s cravings. FLR

Subway/TCBY www.subway49901.com 306.779.1001 (Catering)

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The Suncoast Louvered Roof

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Attention Homeowners: Imagine a durable, versatile and attractive patio cover. One that delivers shade on hot days, protects your family from harmful UV rays and keeps your deck and outdoor furniture dry during a rainstorm. Suncoast Screen Enclosures will custom build your louvered roof as an addition to your home/business or as its own free-standing patio cover. Our built-in guttering system effectively channels away rain runoff to prevent flooding and structural damage. The louvers are operated by a hand-held remote which is charged by an efficient solar panel. Open the louvers slightly to increase ventilation, or a full 180 degrees allowing maximum sunlight into your home. Suncoast Screen Enclosures offers a screened-in, outdoor area that allows you to enjoy your deck, pool, spa or patio without the sense of being enclosed in an indoor space.

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The Suncoast 3-Season Room

These esthetically pleasing and durable sunrooms protect you from the wind, hot sun, rain and the nuisance of annoying and dangerous insects. A Suncoast 3 season room works in the winter by keeping your deck area free of snow for the enjoyment of your spa and barbecue. The roof can be made of screening to allow an uninhibited view of the sky with other roof options available. Let Suncoast Enclosures help your patio have a stylish look and feel with the benefits of a fully adjustable louvered system, screen enclosure or three-season room. Give us a call today for your free estimate.

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Japanese sushi RestauRant

Hanabi Delivers on Quality susHi anD Dining by Matthew Stone PHotos Calvin Fehr

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egina is quickly becoming very diverse, and that certainly extends to the cuisine landscape as well. Sushi has been around for awhile in the Queen City, and its popularity has been steadily rising in recent years. However, some Regina residents may still be tentative to try it because of the misconception that quality sushi is expensive and hard to come by. Hanabi Japanese Sushi Restaurant has been around for some time, but in 2011 it changed ownership to Tony Yang, who set out to revamp and revitalize this already well-established Regina

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restaurant.“At Hanabi, you pay for what you get, and what you get is reasonably priced food, imported weekly from Vancouver and freshly made to the order,” Tony says modestly. The quality of food at Hanabi is excellent and the prices are very reasonable. A particularly good deal is the Bento Box set offered in both Lunch and Dinner forms. The Lunch Bento starts at $10.50 and is a full meal complete with miso soup, salad, shrimp and yam tempura, and several different roll and sushi options. The dinner Bento Box is similar in content, but offers triple the amount of food for less than

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double the price. These excellent deals provide a quick, healthy and delicious option for the always-on-the-go diner. If you are looking to settle in and enjoy a great meal with family or friends, Hanabi also offers “sushi boats” that come packed with an assortment of Japanese specialities. These large wooden dishes (literally shaped like a boat) are perfect for groups and come with more food than you could likely handle. Ranging from $36 to $56, depending on the number of people, the sushi boat gives customers the chance to fill up on good food without going to a low-quality buffet.


Sushi boats, Bento boxes, and everything in between can best be enjoyed in one of Hanabi’s quaint private booths with a bottle of warm sake. Couples especially will enjoy the privacy of this intimate dinning option. The ambience of the restaurant is sublime, mixing traditional Japanese décor with our Saskatchewan heritage. The sushi train is a model of the old CP liners, and the tracks pass under red paper lanterns that hang from the finished wooden walls. Hanabi has big, glossy menus with pictures of all their items so you know exactly what you are ordering. An eyecatching item is the Regina Roll- salmon, crab meat, cucumber and avocado topped with crispy yam, honey mustard and teriyaki. But it wasn’t just that one item; Hanabi’s menus are full of tantalizing food options. When asked where he sees himself and his business in five years, Tony Yang thinks deeply before answering. “You know, I don’t usually think like that,” he says. “I’m so focused on how to make this restaurant better today. I know how fresh the food is here and how good it tastes; I just hope that everyone else in Regina can find that out too.” FLR Hanabi Japanese Sushi Retaurant 1950 Broad Street, Regina 306.585.8880 www.hanabi.ca top right L-r Lu Yang and John Hak

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SPA

ABOVE Owners Patricia Cassell-Ogilvie and Kim Cassell

PASSIONATE ABOUT SPA SERVICE — AND YOUR SAFETY BY REBECCA SCHNEIDEREIT PHOTOS DUSTIN CROSBY

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hen Patricia Cassell-Ogilvie and her daughter Traci cofounded En Vogue Day Spa in 1998, Patricia wasn’t nervous about taking the plunge. “There weren’t many spas in the city,” she notes. “The industry was just beginning to boom… it was the perfect time.” Patricia’s confidence was well-placed. In its 15th year, En Vogue Day Spa (now run by Patricia and her daughter Kim) remains Regina’s choice for spa treatments of every kind; the spa trade, likewise, remains “the fastestgrowing industry in North America.”

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Even in the 2010s — when spa spots promising pampering, rest, and relaxation are everywhere — En Vogue Day Spa sets itself apart and above. The full-service day spa may have “started out very small,” as Patricia says, but it now employs a total of 21 full-time staff members, while still maintaining a personal touch. “We’ve built up a relationship with our clients,” says Patricia. “Everyone that comes in the door… is like family.” En Vogue has also built a relationship with their community, hosting fashion shows for SOFIA House and for health care causes, and volunteering for the

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Salvation Army. (In 2012, Patricia received the United Way Regina President’s Award for her community involvement.) En Vogue’s extensive menu of spa treatments includes manicures, pedicures, hair removal, facials and skincare, water therapy and more. At the nail bar, you can treat yourself to a “Champagne Manicure” or a “Coconut Lime Spa Manicure”, while compulsive typers can recuperate with a “Text Message Delete Massage”. If you’re more interested in getting your feet ready for summer sandals, you can wake


them up with a “Green Tea Pedicure”. Or, to support a good cause while you relax, try a “Pink Ribbon SpaRitual® Pedicure”’: a portion of proceeds are donated to the Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Society. Other treats on the spa’s tempting list of services include the “Sothys Hydravance Bliss Facial,” “Bamboo-Fusion® Massage,” and the “Milk & Honey Sugar Body Polish.” En Vogue Day Spa is a one-stop shop for TLC, rejuvenating whatever part of you needs it the most. Some En Vogue services can’t be found anywhere else in the area — for instance, “I believe we’re the only spa in Regina that has a Vichy spa table,” Patricia says. And since En Vogue’s management has deliberately chosen not to expand the spa to multiple locations — instead focusing on excellence in a single site — visiting En Vogue is a Regina highlight for both first-time tourists and those returning home after an absence.

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However, En Vogue’s appeal to savvy spa-goers isn’t just thanks to its wide range of services, nor its staff’s friendliness and community participation. En Vogue has been designated “Quality Assurance Approved” by the Leading Spas of Canada. The designation serves as an official recognition of the hygienic and safety standards the spa rigorously enforces, and of their commitment to keeping customers healthy, as well as relaxed and beautiful. The designation “is not an easy thing to attain,” says Patricia. In fact, En Vogue is the sole “Quality Assurance Approved” spa in Regina, and one of two in all Saskatchewan. Before opening En Vogue Day Spa, Patricia worked in a hospital: in a medical environment, she notes, “You learn very quickly that you have to keep things clean, or there are lots of consequences.” Now that she owns one of the bestestablished spas in Regina, Patricia — who has sat on the board of the Leading

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Spas of Canada for two years — is an outspoken proponent of spa safety. “There are no [federal] spa standards in Canada,” says Patricia: anybody can open a “spa.” “As spa owners, you have to worry about that.” Infections and diseases transmittable in a spa setting through inadequate hygienic practices — or simple carelessness — include hepatitis C and staph infections. “Just a simple manicure can do it,” Patricia says; improperly cleaned pedicure chairs are another potential offender. And since some types of spas are only visited by health officials on a complaint basis, Patricia explains, unsafe practices may wind up overlooked until it’s too late. Furthermore, Patricia is concerned that even when health inspectors examine a spa, they won’t necessarily have the knowledge to adequately evaluate specialized spa equipment. That’s why consumers need to take it upon themselves to make sure the spa

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they’ve chosen is observing appropriate health and safety practices. Tools which are to be re-used, for instance, need to be cleaned either with a professional disinfectant like Accel CS 20, or an autoclave. Patricia also urges spa patrons to ensure that their spa has insurance, as well as properly licensed staff members. “This has to be consumer-driven,” she says. “It’s up to the consumer to check where they’re going.” Patrons choosing En Vogue Day Spa know that its staff and owners are looking out for their well-being. Whatever service you enjoy at En Vogue Day Spa, you can relax in the knowledge that it will do your body only good. FLR En Vogue Day Spa & Gift Studio Regina’s ONLY Leading Spas of Canada Quality Assurance Spa 2340 Cornwall Street, Regina 306.584.7272 envoguedayspa.com


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COMMEMORATE LIFE WITH BARKER’S TROPHIES BY MATTHEW STONE PHOTOS SCOTT GOODWILL

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t Barker’s Trophies, the name doesn’t exactly say it all. Sure, they’ve been doing trophies since 1975, but the company does so much more. Currently, Barker’s Trophies has twelve full time staff including two graphic artists, two laser operators, two engraving operators, a silk screening expert and excellent sales and support staff. Using the latest and greatest technology, they can engrave pretty much anything. Though trophies have been their most popular product in the past, these days Barker’s Trophies does a lot of work for corporate awards and gifts, staff nametags, serial nametags for industrial companies, valve tags for oil companies, plastic signs, plaques, silk screening for clothing, drinking glass engravings (popular for weddings), medallions, ribbons, rosettes, sandblasting, and so much more. Innovation has been the key

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to Barker’s success; over the years they’ve kept up with the times, constantly retooling their operation to include the best equipment and latest methods. Owner, Bob Hischebett, and the rest of his team have years of experience in the industry. “I think a lot of people don’t realize the range we have here,” Bob Says. “It says right in the Yellow Pages ‘We can engrave anything’ and we mean it. I get calls from companies and individuals alike who ask me about a project, not sure if we can do it. I love being able to tell these people ‘Yes!’ ” So, what sets Barker’s Trophies apart from other engraving companies? Aside from their unmatched versatility, they can often provide a much better price than the competition, especially the shopping mall engraving sites. At Barker’s Trophies, you will get dedicated professionals who are 100 per cent committed to ensuring the quality of their work at

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very competitive prices. Their highly skilled and experienced engravers can do diamond cuts, laser engraving, routering and sandcarving, and their other experts are adept at sublimated stamping, hot stamping and silk screening. Whichever method you require, they will provide you with a quality artistic touch to your item. “Everything we do is in-house and onlocation,” Bob says. “Doing everything ourselves ensures that the product we’re putting out to the customer is done with the utmost care. We can also ensure that the material we use is built to last. One example is our signs: they are incredible sturdy and built to hold up to the prairie elements.” The possibilities are endless with Barker’s Trophies, and taking sometime to browse through their website will reveal a myriad of potential ideas for gifts, awards, and mementos that could satisfy virtually


any commemoration. Whether you are a large company, or an individual looking for something special, you’ll have no shortage of options, including the eye-catching glass carvings that are particularly good for awards. The optical crystal offers beautiful, transparent shapes that are elegant in design and provide a very classy appeal. With these beautiful creations, it’s easy to imagine any company name etched into the glass. They also have classics such as crystal plates and fractured obelisks, and Barker’s can accommodate the customer in any way, even crafting a shape or design that is specifically related to a company logo. As well, nice features such as base stands and clocks can be added right into the trophy, giving it functionality beyond decoration. Speaking of clocks, the timepiece section on Barker’s website has a wide range of beautifully crafted designs of high quality finished wood. The prices on these clocks are excellent and they would look wonderful on any mantel, desk, shelf or end table. But don’t just limit yourself to what you see on the website. Visit Barker’s trophies at 433 Broad Street in Regina, and take a look at some of the products that are not advertised online. Among the many items are personalized license plates, light switch covers, flip flops and pet urns — Barker’s can engrave or stamp anything. If you are in the need for any of these products, or beyond, consider Barker’s trophies. Special events and accomplishments will never be forgotten if they are commemorated in the right way. With a plaque, medallion, or a trophy from Barker’s, you will ensure the special moments in your life — and those around you — live on forever. FLR Barker’s Trophies Ltd. 433 Broad Street Regina 306.949.0111 www.barkerstrophies.com RIGHT Bob Hischebett, owner

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t doesn’t matter what the calendar says: for some of us, summer doesn’t start until we’re sun-kissed and bronze. But today’s world is so fastpaced that for most people, endless days spent on on the beach, perfecting a golden hue, are wishful thinking, not a weekly ritual. Fortunately, those of us with schedules too jam-packed to laze around for hours can visit Brown Sugar Tanning & Day Spa, where toptier equipment and courteous, trained staff provide a tanning experience that’s

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faster and more convenient than the oldfashioned outdoors route. Patrons of Brown Sugar Tanning & Day Spa enjoy tanning that goes far beyond hopping on and off a bed of bulbs. The interior of this stylish and spacious Warehouse District salon is chic and instantly relaxing, featuring warm earth tones, warehouse-style brick walls and raised ceilings. The salon’s Smart Tan®certified tanning technicians consult with each client, helping them select the right

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UV tanning experience for them: options include 100-watt filtered-ray lie-down beds and 200-watt high-power standup booths, as well as a “high pressure” Acclaim bed. All three choices produce smooth, even tans (and plenty of vitamin D). The tanning technicians can also help customers choose an appropriate exposure length for their skin type, as well as a lotion that’s perfect for them. Pricing at Brown Sugar is very competitive: contracts and hidden fees


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are eschewed for a simple, user-friendly “points” system. The salon also offers monthly unlimited tanning packages — called “passports” — that can be used for both the lie-down beds and stand-up booths. Of course, there are many reasons why customers might seek out an alternative to UV tanning. Perhaps their skin burns easily, or they want faster, more immediately noticeable results. For these customers, Brown Sugar’s customized airbrushed spray tans are the ticket to a perfect bronze. Brown Sugar’s airbrush tan technicians use high-end Norvell products to achieve an even, natural tan in mere minutes. Once applied, airbrush tans can last more than one week, and longer, with proper aftercare products. And although there’s zero sun involved, airbrush

tans carry no hint of the telltale orange hue or streakiness of off-the shelf self-tanners. Since they’re glutenfree, paraben-free, and entirely vegan, airbrush tans are suitable for everyone — and their raspberry-almond scent is a definite bonus! Brown Sugar also offers various other spa and salon services, including gorgeous, detailed body art designs by resident tattoo artist, Elly Allen (“Elly Allen Artistry”, on Facebook), various types of massage (including hot stone and pregnancy massages), facials, hair removal (both waxing and threading, which is perfect for sensitive skin), and Reiki. Brown Sugar’s manicures and pedicures are a particular highlight; both shellac and sculpted gel nails are available, and the latter can be customized with designs, foil, and

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rhinestones, in addition to a range of colours. Spa treatments and spray tans at Brown Sugar Tanning & Day Spa can be booked by phone or online, and there’s no time like the present to make an appointment — especially since showing this article at the counter entitles you to 10 per cent off a retail product or tanning package. Don’t let the mercury drop before you’ve had a chance to show off a prime pedicure, striking new tattoo, or (of course) a gleaming golden tan, courtesy of Brown Sugar. FLR Brown Sugar Tanning & Day Spa 2100 D Dewdney Ave Regina 306.347.TANN (8266) www.brownsugartanninganddayspa.com

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e like all things British, including the whole tea experience,” says Karen Howden, owner of the Vintage Tea Room and Purveyor of British Goods. Karen and her husband, Doug, decided to open a business that focuses on bringing Britain’s most beloved tradition to Saskatchewan tables.

“We have homemade bread and cook all our own meats,” explains Karen. Offering a menu of delicious sandwiches, Prince Philip coleslaw and English meat pies, the Tea Room has grown to feature many hot food items, such as shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, British stews and ploughman’s lunches. They are always trying to introduce something new for the palate.

and mushroom chowder and, of course, mulligatawny, which comes from the days of British colonialism in India. The Vintage Tea Room is full of scrumptious British treats, and we haven’t even touched on dessert! From their signature English toffee pudding to homemade pies and triple layer chocolate cake, there is a delectable dessert for every taste bud.

“We decided to take a leap of faith in April 2009,” recalls Karen, and they’re glad they did. The Vintage Tea Room has three components to its success: restaurant, British grocery items and giftware.

In the mornings you can sink your teeth into a Sarnie, which is a British-style bacon and egg sandwich; there is no better way to start a busy day. “British food is comfort food,” remarks Karen. Some of their soups include leek and potato, ham

While the food is absolutely remarkable, the taking of tea is the true art. You can always come into the cozy Tea Room to share a soothing cup of tea with a good friend. “The whole idea of taking tea is a ritual that the British people have perfected.

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When you prepare and drink tea properly, it calms your nerves and soothes your spirit,” says Karen. “No matter what the British were doing, they always took time for tea.” On special occasions, Karen and Doug host teas which offer a completely different menu. “The idea of having afternoon tea started early in the 19th century,” explains Karen, “when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, used to complain of having that sinking feeling during the late afternoon.” There were only two main meals served, breakfast and then dinner around eight at night. “She asked her staff to bring her tea and a light snack in the afternoon, and soon it became very popular with the upper class. That’s how the afternoon tea developed,” explains Karen. At the Vintage Tea Room, you can have this same experience with either a Victorian Tea or a Royal Tea. Both “teas” are served using the three-tier tray along with your tea, finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and jam, and tasty goodies. Your tea is served to you in a beautiful china teapot or in the case of the Royal Tea, the silver tea service and vintage napkins — making it an authentic teatime experience. Teas must be booked in advance because of all the extra baking and preparation needed to make your tea a truly delightful experience. “We’ve had guests from England who are here visiting family, say ‘oh my gosh, this is just like tea at home used to be.’ ” Whether you’re stopping in to see the homey décor, reminiscing with a friend, or just dropping in for some tea and crumpets, the ambiance and mouthwatering food will ensure your return. FLR Vintage Tea Room and Purveyor of British Goods 405 Broad Street, Regina 306.205.5832 riGht Doug and Karen Howden, owners

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olleen Harron asks, “Did you know kids lose a third of what they’ve worked so hard on over the summer?” As the owner of Home & School Connection — and a former teacher — Colleen knows better than anyone how diligently kids learn over the school year, and how quickly that knowledge can slip during vacations. But, she says, children also need the break. “They want some time to run around and play in the sunshine.” The solution is to blend work and play. “That’s where games come in… look for fun ways to keep the brain sharp,” says Colleen. “That way, they’re still learning, but they’re not being bombarded.” Colleen founded Home & School Connection in 2005. Since then, she and her team have challenged the distinctions between work and play, children’s and adults’ products. “I think

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play is important at any age,” says Colleen. “Adults need toys as much as kids.” It’s an approach partly inspired by customer demand. “Seniors’ centres started coming in and looking for things that we had in stock,” Colleen explains. Toys called “Tangles” were especially popular: the twisty loops meant to help fidgety schoolchildren concentrate, strengthened seniors’ arthritic hands and calmed late-stage Alzheimer’s patients. Now, Home & School Connection brings in as many multi-market products as possible. “We try to keep it as general as we can… things that could be used by pretty much anyone,” Colleen says. Toys such as wooden blocks bearing sign language and Braille, for example, can be utilized as learning tools or simply as stacking toys. “It’s something that reaches… different markets.” Likewise, Perplexus — a three-dimensional maze

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housed in a clear sphere — is a crossgenerational hit, an addictive challenge to whoever picks it up: “kids of all ages enjoy them.” “Learning is a serious thing… but at the same time, you can put an element of fun in there,” says Colleen. For many kids, fun transforms theoretical ideas into “real life”, instantly applicable knowledge, for instance, when math or reading become a necessary part of play. “Play will show that there’s a value to what they’re learning.” Colleen is also careful to ensure that Home & School Connection spotlights Canadian products, stocking hits such as uKloo, Easy Daysies kids’ day planners, and a special selection of First Nations items. “That is one thing that I really pride myself on,” she says. “It’s important to support Canadian inventors.”


Customers at Home & School Connection run the gamut from local homeschoolers, to teachers stocking their classrooms (some making the trip from outside the province), to special orders from as far away as Halifax. The shop also has some unorthodox strategies for bringing their wares to the public: for example, sending demo games to schools and local children’s groups to test drive, free of charge. “People say we’re unusual about a lot of things,” muses Colleen. But unusual can be good, and learning can be fun. Visit Home & School Connection, and they’ll show you. FLR Home & School Connection 911 Albert Street Regina 306.585.3276 home-schoolconnection.com

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Weight Loss Program

A Physician’s Journey of Hope

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” — O p r a h W i n f r e y

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am a family physician and, like many of my patients, I have struggled with obesity for many years. As a physician I know the complications of obesity and I deal with it on a daily basis. Sadly, those complications often lead to morbidity and premature (and preventable) death.

I have tried every diet known to mankind, exercise, fasting and yet nothing worked to keep the weight off. Then I finally met Melanie Wildman, founder and CEO of Weight Loss Forever, about three years ago. That is when my journey to the VSG surgery began. I heard Melanie’s story and saw her remarkable transformation. I read voraciously about WLF, obesity, the pre- and post-op program, the surgery, about Dr. Pompa (and her impressive credentials and experience) and the hospital itself. In my practice, I started seeing and counseling patients going for this surgery through WLF and I have since seen over a 100 patients who have had this surgery. I have met Dr. Pompa and her sister, Lili, in person in Saskatoon about eight months after my initial visit with Melanie. I talked to Dr. Pompa about the program and was impressed by her and Lili’s honesty and integrity. They corroborated what I have researched before. I could see that WLF has done a tremendous amount of work to help patients make informed decisions about surgery, why it is done, who does the surgery, the facility, with thorough preop guidelines (including causes of obesity, healthy eating, emotional eating, hunger versus craving, etc.), surgery guidelines and excellent post-op guidelines and support. I have seen many times how patients lives were transformed with this surgery: how their type II diabetes went away, their

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hypertension went away L–R Dr or improved significantly, Le Rou x lost 5 arthritis improved, to name 3lbs so far; Dr just a few. Not to mention Pompa , MD, P hD, AF the joy it brought to their lives. A As a physician, I had great difficulty imagining myself as a patient. It wasn’t until I attended an evening with Oprah with Melanie and Dr. Pompa, that I was finally convinced the power to change is within me. Dr. Pompa gave me a quote of Oprah’s, which I put on my office wall. It reads: “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” That is also when I realized that Melanie and Dr. Pompa are my “Oprah.” Their dedication, their commitment, their love for what they do and their deep caring for us as patients, convinced me they are following their path and it was time for me to do the same. I lost 43 lbs before surgery by eating healthy, doing exercise, being mindful of my thoughts (hunger versus craving), being kind to myself and loving the goal I had in my focus.

The hospital was more than I could dream of. It wasn’t hard to see why they have the “Center of Excellence” designation. Dr. Pompa was so kind and so was her staff. They were all attentive, gentle and so caring. It is hard to explain the level of care I received there compared to care we receive in Canada. Dr. Vasquez (Internal Medicine) and Dr. Torres (Anaesthetist) were both thorough in their assessments and answering my questions honestly. Connie, my facilitator, was there through the whole process and explained every step in detail. I just knew I was in the best hands.

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I even got to meet Lili again — so kind and loving. She decorated the hospital with paintings by Alejandro Martinez-Pena, one of which hung in my hospital room. It is incredibly beautiful. It gave me so much peace to stare at that painting and sometimes even made me forget about being in a hospital! One thing I never doubted was that I was in the hands of the best bariatric surgeon in North America. Needless to say my surgery went well and Dr. Pompa even repaired a hiatus hernia — which I did not even know I had! I am happy to report my blood pressure and lipids are normal now (without medication) I am at much lower risk for developing diabetes and heart disease, I have no heartburn, no headaches and my uric acid is normal (no gout). I am happier than I have ever been, I sleep well, I am motivated and I am excited to see friends and meet new people. Most of all, I feel I am in a much better position now to counsel patients about obesity, the journey to a healthy weight and the tool VSG surgery plays in this. I have been there! I am forever indebted and grateful to Melanie and Dr. Pompa, whose love touched me in such a profound way and for helping me to transform into the person I thought I would never be. I thank the universe every day for allowing our paths to cross. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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developed a weight problem in my preteens. I was a size 13 in grade eight and a size 18 by the time I graduated. My family is all very thin, and then there was me. My weight caused a huge strain on my relationships. They never said anything negative to me but I was constantly in inner turmoil. I tried everything to lose weight. I joined a gym, I restricted my calories, I tried diet pills and sometimes I literally starved myself. I was so upset with myself; I didn’t want to get out of bed every morning. When I confided in a friend about my struggles, she mentioned gastric sleeve surgery. I researched the company and the surgery for months and I knew the gastric sleeve was the light at the end of my tunnel. My surgery was an amazing experience. Now, my life is completely changed. Once I lost some weight, I became less and less depressed. I could see I had other issues in my life that I did not have the strength or confidence to deal with when I was obese. I made a lot of changes in my life—sold my house, moved to a different town, switched careers and built better relationships with my family. I appreciate the little changes just as much: being proud of myself, having my picture taken, being more social, shopping in non-plus size clothing stores, sitting in chairs not worrying they may break and of course the overall confidence I gained. Now, I work for Weight Loss Forever. I love seeing all the patients go through the transformation and being part of such a great company that changes lives every day.

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Sharon

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Saskatoon Entrepreneur Overcomes Weight Struggle to Compete in Mrs. World Melanie Wildman, owner and founder of Weight Loss Forever, will be making her mark on the world this September. She’s flying to China to represent Canada at Mrs. World “For me, struggling with my weight, I didn’t think this was something I could ever do. It’s a great message to send out about overcoming obstacles you never thought you could,” effuses Melanie. “I think we’re changing the perception of what obesity is and what solutions are possible.” Years after her own bariatric surgery, Melanie has already been crowned Mrs. Saskatchewan, Mrs. Canada and first runner up for Mrs. Globe. “I wanted to compete in the Mrs. Canada pageant to show that this is possible – that you can transform your life, you can do this.” Her motivation, work ethic and compassion have been an inspiration for all that pass through the doors at WLF. “Pageantry is a peculiar mix of ideals, beauty and business. It encourages confidence, public speaking, poise and above all, facing your own fears and exploring your limitations. The life experience a young woman gains through the pageant system is invaluable,” says Melanie. “My grandmother, Ida Peppin, was a pageant director in PEI. She was an astonishing woman with grace, steely willpower and a sparkle that everyone who knew her instantly became a part of,” explains Melanie. Melanie spent many years believing she couldn’t follow in the footsteps of this exceptional woman, but now, with lots of help, support and hard work, she is. “It’s not about the title or about winning, but about expanding who you are and how you present yourself to the world,” remarks Melanie. It is this confidence and determination that she gives to others through WLF. Mela n she l ie befo re ost 1 00 lb s

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Julie Changes Lives, Starting with Her Own I had lost hope. I decided everyone would be better off without me. I couldn’t stand the thought of them having to bury me at 480 pounds, but I knew that’s where I was headed. I wasn’t the kind of mom I should have been. Not only did I suffer, but for many years my kids suffered too. I hadn’t even considered weight loss surgery because I didn’t think it was for regular people. One day I saw an article for WLF in this magazine, and I decided to go for it. I had done every diet, every program out there, and I was on a short path to death. I jumped in with both feet. I had seen other peoples’ results and I knew I wanted that for myself.

Since I had my surgery, I have lost 267 pounds. I feel phenomenal! I wake up every day happy. I used to wish I wouldn’t wake up, and now I’m excited every morning. I can do things today that I never thought I could do again — I recently went on a swing for the first time in 25 years! I’m three years out and I still find things I can do now that I couldn’t do then. I used to have a different job but I knew that I wanted to do something that made a difference. I wanted to help change lives. That’s why I work for WLF now. I want others to know there’s hope and not to give up. RIGHT L–R Melanie Wildman, CEO of Weight Loss Forever; Julie Creelman, Chief Operations Officer of Weight Loss Forever

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opposite L–R Dale Schaeffer, owner; Jay Goudy, pressman; and Coleman Ursu, pressman, working on the 10-colour printing press

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very poster you see on a bulletin board, every book you pull off the shelf, every magazine you thumb through — they all began as an idea in someone’s head. Then, a printer took that idea and turned it into reality, into a tangible object that could be pinned up or sent out. Take a closer look at the poster, the book, the magazine. If the words and images are clear and unblemished, if the graphic design is clean and modern, there’s a good chance that what’s in your hands came from Western Litho Printers Ltd.: the family print shop that’s served Saskatchewan for almost 50 years.

Dale Schaeffer’s father founded Western Litho in 1964. Now Dale runs the company; his siblings, Darren Schaeffer and Debbie Kreklewich, along Terry Leigh, general manager, are among Western Litho’s 30 employees. But despite the business’ family history, there’s nothing old-fashioned about Western Litho’s cutting-edge printing technology. “We have a new 10-colour press… that’s pretty unique,” Dale says. The press — a “Heidelberg Perfector” — can print 15,000 full-colour, doublesided pages every hour. The Perfector’s ability to print both sides of one page

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in a single pass is especially unusual, preventing the time wastage and potential print imperfections caused by turning the page by hand. “It’s a faster turnaround, and it’s better quality.” Alternately, when time is of the essence, Western Litho can put their Heidelberg Speedmaster to work: the press is capable of producing 60,000 pages every hour (16 copies a second). The company can also print custom colours and colour envelopes, and their plotter can service customers bringing in largeformat jobs.

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The right technology is imperative, of course, but there are a few aspects of running a successful print shop even more important than the machinery. One is customer service, which is a constant focus at Western Litho. Dale and his staff strive to make the printing process as simple and straightforward as possible for clients. Customers can submit jobs in a variety of digital formats, and Western Litho’s staff will walk them through the process of creating printable files such as PDFs. Furthermore, although Western Litho’s complete list of services encompasses dozens of types of print and binding jobs, they’re happy to take on requests that fall outside the usual call of duty. They’ve even been called upon to create totally new products to meet customers’ needs: for one job, Dale notes, “I invented an outdoor tag that is waterproof.” Clients who know what they want to say, but aren’t sure how they want it to look, can take advantage of Western Litho’s graphics department, where the design staff offer one-on-one customer consultations. “We have four people that can take anybody’s concept and turn it into a print job,” Dale says. The graphics team can handle typesetting, layout, and various other visual design aspects: “The only thing they don’t do is write!” At a family business like Western Litho, it’s not unusual that many staff members have been with the company for decades. In fact, Dale notes, numerous employees started at the company as young people in entry-level positions and gradually worked their way upwards. That’s what he did: “I’ve been here since I was seven,” he laughs. Dale and the Western Litho team take pride in their consistently high level of community involvement. When asked, Dale can easily name many charities and organizations the company has offered its time or services to: Brighter Futures for Children, the Saskatchewan SPCA, Kids Help Phone, the Regina Red Sox, and more. And their contributions to local causes aren’t limited to providing

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donations and printing services: Western Litho sent a team to Family Service Regina’s Juke Box Mania music trivia event, the company’s just participated in a charity car race. Western Litho is committed to their environment as well as their community, utilizing chlorine-free, acid-free paper whenever possible and allowing customers to proof documents in a zero-waste PDF format. Furthermore, their Heidelberg presses aren’t just topof-the-line in terms of their speed and quality; they’re also ecologically-friendly machines which use vegetable-based inks. When even a “typical job” might mean printing hundreds of thousands of pages, such environmentally-friendly choices make real impact. Western Litho’s exceptional employees and exceptional machinery have earned

the business an exceptional clientele. But while repeat business is common — Western Litho is the dedicated printer for several magazines — new customers keep coming through the door. “It’s busier,” confirms Dale. Even after almost five decades, “we are growing.” Their customer service is exemplary; their turnaround times can’t be beaten, and in terms of quality, their print jobs speak for themselves. For printing that looks even better on paper than it looked in your imagination, Western Litho is the way to go. FLRw Western Litho Printers 300 Dewdney Avenue Regina 306.525.8796 sales@westernlitho.ca www.westernlitho.ca beLow Jeffrey Tardecilla operating cutting machine

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A Weight-Loss Program That Works

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hether your weight loss goal is 10 pounds or 100 pounds, reaching it can be a daunting task. But what if you had a personal coach who provided a comprehensive method, with guaranteed support to help you shed your excess inches? Meet Adelle Dionne and her team at Simply Ideal Weight Loss & Wellness Centre. A former teacher, Dionne was introduced to the Ideal Protein program through a friend three years

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ago. Her weight-loss success compelled her to open Simply Ideal’s north location in the spring of 2011. “It changed my life so fast, I decided to take a leap of faith and share it with others,” she says.

compelling it into consuming its fat reserves to burn calories. Ideal Protein’s food products are made in accordance with Health Canada’s pharmaceutical and food standards and U.S. F.D.A. regulations.

Developed 20 years ago by Dr.Tran Tien Chanh, Ideal Protein advocates that insulin dysfunction is the cause of many weight issues in modern society. A diet heavy in saturated fats and sugars causes an overabundance of insulin, which induces sugar cravings and weight gain.

“The food products are just a tool to get you where you need to go,” says Dionne. “Even clients not on the program supplement their diet with our Ideal Protein foods. For

Clients who follow the program supplement their diet with foods that are low in fat, calories and carbs, and contain 18 to 20 grams of protein. This approach depletes the body’s glycogen reserves,

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health-conscious living and excellent protein products, Simply Ideal is the place.” Once a client reaches their goal, they’re phased off the program, their pancreas re-trained with the correct amount of insulin in response to carbohydrates. Simply Ideal then provides ongoing support for maintaining a healthy weight. The centre has expanded this year to a second location in the Pasqua South Medical Centre with Dr. Egware. Clients who take medication can consult with Dr. Egware along with their Ideal Protein coach. “Three quarters of Saskatchewan residents are overweight,” says Dr. Egware. “It affects their blood pressure, moods, relationships and self-confidence. All my patients that have gone on the program have lost tremendous amounts of weight and are keeping it off.” Together, the Simply Ideal staff have lost 340 pounds, and helped over 1,000 clients lose more than 10,000 combined pounds. “The staff are real people with real weight loss stories,” says Dionne. “That’s key for us to be able to deliver quality customer service.” The centre has been nominated for business of excellence awards this year. Simply Ideal provides coaching to both men and women. Clients meet weekly for one-on-one sessions, and can access their coach on a daily basis through texts and emails. The centre’s Facebook page, Pinterest recipes and chat forums provide extra support. “People love the simplicity,” says Dionne. “You follow the plan, you lose the weight. Clients tell us that Ideal Protein is a wonderful program.” The Simply Ideal team believes your success is their success, so give them a call today at one of their two locations to get started. You deserve it! FLR

Simply Ideal Weight Loss & Wellness Centre North 2709A Avonhurst Drive South 3515 Pasqua South Medical Centre Regina 306.737.4435 ad.idealprotein@sasktel.net www.reginaweightloss.com

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hop, dine and indulge in the beauty of the Canadian Prairies at the Yvette Moore Gallery. When locally renowned artist, Yvette Moore, purchased the historic Land Titles Building in Moose Jaw, her vision was to create one of the most sought-after shopping destinations for the arts in Saskatchewan. After 14 years, not only has the Yvette Moore Gallery of Fine Arts become a landmark for both tourists and locals, it has become one of Western Canada’s most acclaimed art galleries and unique café destinations. Within the walls of Yvette Moore Gallery — a historic gem whose grandeur boasts original elegance of a century past — guests are swept away by the breathtaking beauty of the prairies captured through the magical realism of the art of Yvette Moore. Moore’s unparalleled style has been compared by

New York Publisher’s Weekly as “a cross between Andrew Wyett and Norman Rockwell,” and has engaged audiences for decades from all parts of the world. Time and time again, Yvette’s unique ability to capture a moment or evoke a memory with her precise detail continues to amaze guests. Inspired by the land, the rolling hills, Saskatchewan’s limitless skies, and most importantly, the Prairie people, Yvette creates artistic documents that can be cherished for what the prairies truly offer. Yvette’s newest release, “Dog River” immortalizes a scene reminiscent to most Canadians and made popular by the hit television show, Corner Gas. Naturally complementing Yvette’s fine art, the Yvette Moore Gallery hosts some of the province’s finest and most acclaimed artisans. For example, the Gallery showcases the exquisite pottery yvette Moore

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of Zach Dietrich, Wendy Parsons, Claude Morin, Marlene Dyck, Shaun Dyck and Ken Guenter; along with the beautifully created glass works of Sue Hunchuk, Joyce Delesoy and Brenda McLaughlin. Find that elegant piece of jewellery by Judy Kosloski, Honica and Shereen de Rousseau. Captivating sculptures by Larry Trask, Don Uteck and Carole McLean can be admired throughout the Gallery. The Yvette Moore Gallery is a shopping haven for anyone seeking authentically Canadian-handcrafted quality gifts. The Gallery also boasts one of Saskatchewan’s most extensive collections of Sid Dickens original art tiles. These classically created tiles have provoked collectors of all kinds to create their own collection as individual as they are. The possibilities are limitless for remarkable gifts for all occasions with a touch of decorative class and art to match anyone’s distinctive style. The creativity and style extends beyond the art works themselves into The Gallery Café. Having become well known for its artistically crafted menu, The Gallery Café serves up some of Moose Jaw’s finest local cuisine. Handcrafted salads, signature sandwiches, homemade soups and classically-created desserts keep locals and tourists coming back for more. Staying true to the simplicity of great food and traditional favourites with a modern twist, The Gallery Café offers seasonally-crafted creations made fresh, with a unique taste of Saskatchewan. FLR Yvette Moore Gallery of Fine Arts 76 Fairford St W Moose Jaw 306.693.7600 www.yvettemoore.com

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A Childhood Celebration Boutique:

Children`s Clothing & giftware

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hen you hear the word playhouse, do you feel the excitement and nostalgia of youthful and fun carefree days? Moose Jaw’s fascinating downtown has a new exquisite boutique with adorable collections: The Playhouse Boutique, a children’s luxury lifestyle, clothing, toys, games and gifting destination store.   Owner-operator, Chantelle Flanagan-Moore, is certainly not new to the retail scene.  Daughter of Yvette Moore, Chantelle has worked alongside her mom for the past 15 years in the Yvette Moore Gallery, with the dream of opening her own children’s boutique. “I always knew in my heart — especially when I had my own children — that I just had to do this. I knew from the success of the Gallery, that we could create another shopping destination based on the same principles that celebrate different times and joys of one’s life. I’ve always had a passion for retail, and I love researching the products, selecting the perfect product mix, merchandising and, best of all, packaging,” says Chantelle. At the Playhouse Boutique, no detail goes unnoticed. Located at 117 Ominica St. W., the Playhouse Boutique is just two blocks west of the Yvette Moore Gallery. “I found the location and knew the time was right to begin my dream. I always loved this white little house, and saw its potential for a fabulous children’s boutique.”   The front facade of the store looks like a gingerbread house; the inside is quaint and filled with charm. Moore redecorated the interior: the ceiling resembles a floating and dreamy blue sky, and the creamy interior and exquisite cabinetry makes the perfect canvas for the delightful mix and pop of colour of all the adorable gifting and clothing collections.   A unique destination that focuses on childhood celebrations — arrivals, birthdays, milestone moments and accomplishments, from losing that first tooth to baptisms and all the other glorious everyday moments — the Playhouse Boutique has it all. They carry a selection of special occasion dresses and little suits for boys, everyday casual clothing from Desigual, Tea Collection, Fore Axel & Hudson, Mini Shiatsu,

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Hatley pajama collections, Isobella & Chloe and more. They also carry a beautiful collection from a Vancouver-based designer, called Pure Shimmer, handcrafted to the highest quality and standard. These unique and custom-designed shirts, embellished with exquisite Swarovski crystal designs full of colour and style, are every little girl’s dream. Especially popular are the custom shirts made with your child’s initials or birthday year to wear on special occasions. The collection is perfectly paired with their designed-and-made-in-Vancouver petti skirts, again embellished with their signature crystals. From the highest quality kids’ toys, ride-along cars, books, games and even some favourite old nostalgia toys from the past, the Playhouse Boutique has something for every girl and boy from newborn to 10. But moms and dads aren’t left out, either. Two beautiful collections of jewellery make perfect gifts to celebrate families with custom names, initials or heartfelt quotes for mothers. Many moms have chosen their kid’s name to be made into keepsake necklace to later pass down to their children. Both collections have been seen and featured on celebrities to wear their dearest close to their heart. Even Oprah selected one of the collections as among her favourite things. The Playhouse Boutique is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for special occasions and private shopping events. With the slogan “Made You Look,” the Playhouse will get you looking! FLR The Playhouse Boutique 117 Ominica St. W.  Moose Jaw 306.693.7711   www.playhouseboutique.com  

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rom ballet to Broadway... it’s every dancer’s dream. Although completely new and revamped under the new ownership of Carmela Park, this standalone store has been providing dance and costume wear to Moose Jaw for more than 40 years. Under the new ownership and management of Carmela, Ballet to Broadway has taken Moose Jaw and southern Saskatchewan by storm. It’s enough to make anyone just want to dance!

Dancing moms will instantly connect with Carmela the first time entering the store. If your young daughter is just breaking into the dancing stream, Carmela’s compassionate and genuine personality makes purchasing your dance gear all the more enjoyable and encouraging. In many ways, a dancer starts here. Their first impression of this beautiful art is made on their initial

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visit to purchase proper shoes, outfits, tights, or whatever may be on the list to hit the classroom, and eventually, the stage. Carmela exceeds in her customer service skills, and definitely eases anyone’s apprehensions about venturing into a new class, new style, or just dancing, entertaining or getting dressed up for the fun of it. From ballet slippers to jazz shoes, lyrical, hip hop, tap, classical and street wear, Ballet to Broadway has it all to get dancers feet and bodies moving. Customers will also be impressed with her extensive selection of dancewear, including a full selection of Royal Academy Suits, gymnastics and skating apparel from Danca, Bloch, Bodywrappers, Avril, Mondor, Lime Apple and Capezio. They also specialize in custom-order performance wear for


competition and recital season. And when it comes to accessories, you definitely don’t have to worry about that: they have that, too — not to mention the “Dream Duffle” rolling suitcase, a performer’s (and parent’s) dream bag. But wait, there still is more. The rest of the 2,000 sq. ft. of space in this entertaining heaven is filled with one of the province’s most extensive selections of Halloween costumes available all year round. So, whenever inspiration hits on what to step out and entertain in for this very popular and ever-growing holiday season, you can either purchase from her many in-store models, or have something custom-ordered in. They also carry every accessory you could possibly want to get “all decked out” headto-toe with your costume, including wigs, theatrical makeup, face painting

supplies, clownswear and noses, masks and much more. Carmela and her staff at Ballet to Broadway proudly stand behind their commitment to service and the individual specific needs of their dancers and customers. When asked why she loves what she does, Carmela proudly says that she “loves how dance, performing and getting dressed up creates the opportunity for people to play, create and dream.”   She also is proud to educate her clients that if “she doesn’t have something, she will do everything she can to get it for you.” FLR Ballet to Broadway 232 High Street W.  Moose Jaw 306.692.1195   RIGHT carmela Park, owner

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Best Design anD Home Decor

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eing born and raised in Moose Jaw is not necessarily the first place a teenager dreams of as a place for a successful interior design career. However, after being away for four years at university in Edmonton, Jillian Bilawchuk was surprised at how much she enjoyed being back home; she decided to plant roots in her original soil. Jillian started her career as an independent interior decorator and certified Benjamin

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Moore colour consultant before she realized that her life-long goal of owning a boutique could certainly be accomplished in a city so rich with entrepreneurial spirit. “I always wanted to own a boutique, but figured that it would be something I would take on many years into the future.” However, with a niche market yet to be tapped into, and a growing Saskatchewan economy, she knew that she was in the right place at the right time.

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Therefore, in October 2007, Jillian’s Design Elements Inc. was launched. At the age of 23, Jillian had pursued her lifelong goal and opened the doors to her design boutique. Within Jillian’s first year of opening, the store was nominated for three MJBEX awards, as well as an ABEX award for the province of Saskatchewan; she was also awarded the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the 2008 Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards.


After four years in their original location at 14 High Street East, the business was growing and the product lines were expanding. It was obvious that they had outgrown their space. With the future development of the building unknown and the continued increase in rent, Jillian made a wise business decision to seek property of her own. After eight long months of extensive renovations completed entirely by her family, the new Main street location was finally ready to open. Jillian’s consulting business for interior decorating has flourished, and the demand for her services has created the need to hire an additional consultant. Karrin Saliger, an architectural technologist, will join Jillian’s team this summer to keep up with market demand and grow the company to offer drafting services, adding a new element to the success of the business. Jillian’s Design Elements, like any design trend, is constantly evolving and transforming with the seasons and keeping up with the latest in fashion and décor. The overall look of the store is modern and contemporary, but there is a little bit of everything for everybody. Jillian’s offers everything from fashion to gifts, accessories to furniture and much more. It is the go-to place for wedding, baby or birthday gifts. You can get the latest in accessories for yourself and your home: from purses to pots and everything in between. Jillian’s Design Elements offers an array of customer-ordered furniture options, with a strong preference for Canadianmade furniture. “We may have a small showroom floor, but we have an extensive selection of custom furniture to order from. Let our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and design-savvy staff assist you to find that perfect piece that you are looking for.” FLR

Jillian’s Design Elements 621 Main Street North Moose Jaw 306-693-0673 jill@jilliansdesignelements.com www.jilliansdesignelements.com top right Jillian Bilawchuk

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FORD & LINCOLN DEALERSHIP

SMALL TOWN APPROACH, BIG ON SERVICE a staff of four to a well-respected Ford and Lincoln dealership with more than 40 employees. Though the growth has been fantastic, it is the daily mission for Village to remain small town at heart. “It’s all about the customers and providing them with personal service and a feeling of comfort. That’s how it was when my father built the business, and that’s something we won’t change. You don’t get that in larger centers,” says Jordan Zimmerman, owner and general manager of Village.

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illage Ford Lincoln is a familyowned-and-operated business that vows to stay true to its roots. Established 35 years ago by a man with a dream, the business has grown from

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Village Ford Lincoln is a full service Ford and Lincoln dealership. With highly skilled and trained service technicians and staff, a knowledgeable parts team and fully-stocked department, a Quicklane Service Centre for all makes and models, a down-to-earth sales staff, and a fantastic group of support staff, it’s no wonder Village has a great customer retention record. When

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customers walk in, they experience a feeling of contentment and no pressure. At Village, the sales staff isn’t your stereotypical group; they truly have the customers’ best interests at heart. “Our team is really focused on determining our customers’ needs, and being able to exceed their expectations. People are able to get to know our sales staff. That really sets us apart,” says Jordan. Village Ford Lincoln has big plans for a bright future. Their brand new stateof-the-art 34,000 sq. ft. facility will be opening its doors in early 2014. Some of the building’s key features include a 5,000 sq. ft. service drive-thru, a new vehicle delivery area inside and out of the elements, a separate Lincoln showroom and business center, and so much more. “We are more than doubling in size,” says Zimmerman, “It’s an exciting time, and we look forward to continuing to provide the best of the best!” FLR


Village Ford Lincoln

Village Ford Lincoln 1708 MAIN ST N MOOSE JAW, SK S6J 1L4 306-693-3673 villagefordlincoln@sasktel.net BEST OF THE BEST

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LADIES’ FASHIONS AND ACCESSORIES

PERFECT ITEMS FOR YOUR STYLE

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ranberry Rose is a ladies boutique that provides a unique style of clothing for every day, or that special occasion such as wedding or graduation. It is our goal to find the perfect items to suit our customer’s style and price point, so they leave feeling good about their purchases. Owner Liz Craigen opened Cranberry Rose in 1995 in a restored heritage home. In January 2008, the opportunity came to move Cranberry Rose to the historic Hammond Building, nestled in the heart of downtown Moose Jaw. Set in an atmosphere of old-world charm, you will find clothing, giftware or home décor to suit your style and budget. Liz aspires to create a unique experience for customers by choosing well-made product lines that aren’t available elsewhere in the area.

• Versatile dresses for all occasions, day or evening • Strictly eveningwear for all formal occasions • Separates and related sportswear line that offers customers the trendy items not found elsewhere Frank Lyman designs continue to be favourite items, as well as those from Joseph Ribkoff, Dolcezza, Renuar, Alison Sheri, Elena Wang Kut from the Kloth , Jag jeans, Chalet and Nueva. Liz and her experienced staff are adept at helping customers find clothing and

accessories that suit their personality, shape and style. The boutique also offers a selection of home décor items, including items such as accent chairs, lamps, chandeliers and framed art work. Gift cards are available in store or by phone. They look forward to serving you! FLR Cranberry Rose 316 Main Street North Moose Jaw 306.693.7779 www.cranberryrose.com BELOW Darlene, Liz and Niki

She is proud to carry clothing lines from some of Canada’s top designers, including Joseph Ribkoff. His designs reflect an indepth understanding of fashion trends, creating clothing to respond to the multidimensional needs of today’s woman:

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Sewing and Quilting Specialists

Open Your Eyes to a Whole New Look

Cindy-rella’s Sewing and Quilting 3847 Sherwood Drive, Regina | 306.585.2227 cindy@sewcindy-rella.com | www.sewcindy-rella.com |

Audrey’s Bridal and Fashion 301 Victoria Ave Regina, SK | 306.789.8899 audbridal@gmail.ca | www.audreysbridal.ca

Book Your Look With Confidence

Enhancing the Already Beautiful You

MJ Studios Pro Cosmetics Regina | 306.570.4119 | mloustel@msn.com www.mjprocosmetics.com |

Rumors Hair Studio 5938 Rochdale Boulevard Regina | 306.924.3114 www.Rumorshair.net |

Moose Jaw’s Boutique of Unique

World Class Style and Comfort

The Hibiscus Boutique 321 Main Street North, Moose Jaw 306.693.9322 |

Soleman Footwear River View Plaza 3239 E Quance St. | 306.924.2010 www.soleman.ca | |

3,600 sq. ft. includes: sewing and quilting fabric, scrapbooking, stitchery, yarn, classroom and fabric arts. Brother, Bernina and Handi Quilter machines and service centre. Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where breathtaking artistry and quality, healthy cosmetics meet.

Visit the friendly city for surprisingly unexpected high fashion finds at The Hibiscus Boutique in historic downtown. Discover everything a girl could want . . . and more!

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Come and see our unique selection of bridal gowns and accessories. Bridesmaid, flower girl, graduation and special occasion dresses. Beautiful, elegant, personalized fashion!

You come into Rumors beautiful already, we just work on your hair. See our award-winning team of stylists for your hair, makeup and esthetics needs.

Our world class selection of functional yet fashionable footwear is comparable to no one. Style and comfort combined together in one store, your store.


See Your Style

Assuring You a Quality Spa Experience

Viva Optical 2717 East Quance Street, Regina | 306.569.1540 www.vivaoptical.com

En Vogue Day Spa & Gift Studio 2340 Cornwall Street, Regina | 306.584.7272 www.envoguedayspa.com | |

Experience Organic and Let Your Skin Decide

Regina’s Premiere Downtown Fitness Studio

Fleur’t Esthetics Studio 2120 College Avenue, Regina | 306.545.7373 Fleurt@me.com | www.fleurt.ca

District Fitness 1751 S Broad Street | 306.527.6169 districtfitnessstudio.com | ashley.shumate@gmail.com |

Exclusive Boxing and Training

We Keep You Smiling

Black and Blue Boxing Club 1825 7th Ave., Regina | 306.550.9091 info@blackandblueboxing.com | www.blackandblueboxingclub.com

Rochdale and Victoria Avenue Denture Clinics 5500 Rochdale Boulevard, Regina | 306.205.5500 1860 Victoria Avenue East, Regina | 306.569.2900

Define your facial features with unique handcrafted eyewear from around the world, ensuring optimum visual comfort with the best of Essilor lens technology.

ilike from Hungary: the original organic skin care line, offering the bounty of nature with fresh, concentrated and organically-grown ingredients.

Want to get in shape, learn to box or even fine-tune your current boxing skills? We love visitors. Come join us at the gym.

Promising excellent client service and knowledgeable staff in our relaxed atmosphere. Sanitization is our highest priority. Regina’s only Leading Spas of Canada Quality Assurance Spa.

Our excellent kinesiologists/personal trainers customize programs to meet every client’s individual health and training needs, with options to give you flexible scheduling and personalized care.

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Complete and partial dentures, implant retained and supported dentures, immediate dentures repairs and relines. Free consultations; evening and weekend appointments available. Service at two locations.

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Experience What Beauty Feels Like

See Permanent Results with Silk Electrolysis

Tasha’s Day Spa 925 11th Avenue, Regina | 306.352.0252 www.tashasdayspa.com

Silk Electrolysis Clinic 306.533.8024 silkelectrolysis.com

Regina’s Best FroYo

Live Entertainment for All Ages

Tutti Frutti 353B Albert Street, Regina | 306.757.7007 albert@tfyogurt.ca | www.tfyogurt.ca | |

FunTAZM Toll Free 1.866.FUN.TAZM (1.866.386.8296) info@funtazm.com | www.funtazm.com

Enjoy Homemade in Historical Warmth

Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Much More

Sweet Bakery & Coffee House 2445 Broad Street, Regina 306.352.9338 |

Redline Hobby 308 McDonald Street, Regina | 306.721.4322 www.redlinehobby.ca

At Tasha’s Day Spa, enjoy professional laser hair removal, manicures, pedicures, facials, chemical peels, waxing, artificial nails and makeup services.

With over 70 flavours and endless toppings, the taste and quality of our frozen yogurt is simply unmatched. Our recipes and flavours will excite any taste buds.

100% homemade: high quality coffee, sweets and food in charming historical setting. Special room for children’s birthday parties and meetings. Catering services and free Wifi.

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Certified professional electrologist with over 25 years’ experience. A professional, yet intimate, setting located in east Regina. Consultation and sample treatment provided at no charge.

Live entertainment for children and adults. Full range of services including singing telegrams, face painting, balloon twisting, comedy, live music, workshops, motivational speaking and more!

Something for everyone interested in models and radio-controlled toys. Check our brands: Traxxas, HPI, Parkzone, Hobby Zone, E-Flite, Revell, Bachmann, Trainline, Athern, Aquacraft and AMT.


Come Dive the Planet With Us

Go Ahead, Get Wet

Planet Scuba 1172 Albert Street, Regina | 306.585.4757 www.planet-scuba.ca | planetscuba@accesscomm.ca |

Ellis Pools 1362 Scarth Street | 306.525.POOL (7665) ellispools@sasktel.net |

We have what you need, whether it is swimwear and gear, apparel, exposure protection, snorkelling gear, spear fishing gear and/or scuba gear.

We Sell Fun

More than 30 years’ experience in custom build, service and repairs. Newly expanded retail store.

Everything You Need for AV

Serving Southern Saskatchewan for over 16 years, Performance Marine is Saskatchewan’s only full-service marine sales and service centre with a record of service excellence!

Our experts design and install custom audio-visual equipment and automation systems for your home or office. Visit their show room today to see for yourself.

Performance Marine 3310 Pasqua Street, Regina | 306.586.2628 sales@performanceregina.com | www.performanceregina.com

ON AV C-2301 7th Avenue, Regina | 306.522.6628 www.OnAv.ca | |

Simple Elegance

Capital Home Inspections Give Peace of Mind

casa decor 2176 7th Avenue, Regina | 306.565.1833 www.casadecor.ca

Capital Home Inspections 387 Habkirk Drive | 306.520.3946 capitalinspections.ca | capitalinspect@sasktel.net |

Furniture Ÿ Home Décor Ÿ Wall Art Ÿ  Bedding Fabric Ÿ Wallpaper Ÿ Decorating Service Ÿ Garden

We give you the information and confidence to make an informed decision about one of your largest lifetime financial investments — your home. Call today.

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�esigns Of �isti Experienced Journeyman Painter

Garden Centre with Huge Fashion Boutique

Chad Herzberg Painting 306.541.1500 herzbergpainting@live.com

Dutch Growers 3320 Pasqua Street, Regina | 306.721.GROW (4769) info@dutchgrowers.net | www.dutchgrowers.net |

Save the Environment and Some Money

Offering Great Home Storage Solutions

It’s Spray Foam 515 McDonald Street, Regina | 306.584.3663 www.itssprayfoamregina.com

Simply Stowed Custom Closets Regina | 306.737.0192 | simplystowed@gmail.com simplystowed.com |

Better Outdoor Better OutdoorLiving Living

Designs of Distinction

Over 20 years’ experience, specializing in residential, commercial and industrial work for all your painting needs, including textured and speciality finishes.

Make your home energy-efficient and invest in the future. Highly trained and knowledgeable staff give great customer service. It’s Spray Foam is the right choice.

Our approach is to treat every customer like they paid admission — to offer an experience through our selection, service and attention to detail.

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Organize your home with our beautiful systems for closets, pantries, laundry rooms, garages and other living spaces. We offer competitive pricing and excellent service for products made from the finest materials.

3 sunrooms protect protect you you These aesthetically pleasing and durable sunrooms annoying and and from the wind, hot sun, rain and the nuisance of annoying dangerous insects.

We are one of the premier manufacturers of custom cabinetry in Saskatchewan. We’re proud to say that our custom cabinets are manufactured with Saskatchewan products.

Suncoast Screen Enclosures 306.761.1801 | don@suncoastenclosures.com dgl.inc@sasktel.net www.suncoastenclosures.com

Rick’s Custom Cabinets and Renovations 3121 Saskatchewan Drive Regina | 306.352.6044 www.rickscustomcabinets.com

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Roofing and Renovations Experts

Your One-Stop for Home Décor

Prairie Life Roofing & Renovations 306.551.9310 plrr306@gmail.com |

Corrie Krzysik, Ck One Design & Consulting Inc. 315-12th Ave East, Regina | 306.924.4663 corriek123@yahoo.ca |

The One Store for Your Perfect Floor

Enjoy the Outdoors in Comfort

Parkland Carpet One 1600 8th Ave, Regina | 306.525.9125 www.parklandcarpetoneregina.com

Gould Home Recreation 1146 Broad Street, Regina | 306.522.1442 www.gouldhomerec.com

Behind Every Happy Marriage is a Great Cleaning Service

The Bevelled Edge Countertops Countertops

Tidy Time Saver 202–2206 Dewdney Avenue | 306.546.1505 www.tidytimesaver.com | sharlashaw@tidytimesaver.com

The Bevelled Edge EdgeCountertops Countertops The Bevelled 1145 306.790.8488 1145 Rose Rose Street, Street Regina Regina || 306.790.8488 www.thebevellededge.com sales@thebevellededge.com www.thebevellededge.com || sales@thebevellededge.com

Specializing in all of your roofing needs. Complete renovations from start to finish. Locally owned and operated.

Carpet One Floor & Home offers the largest selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic and porcelain tile, resilient vinyl flooring, window coverings and more. Visit us today.

Time to start enjoying your weekends and let the Tidy Time Saver do the the cleaning for you.

Interior design consulting; interior decorating. Home décor, gift boutique, wall coverings, unique hardwoods, tile, laminates, commercial flooring, Sico paint, modular art, accent lighting. Commercial and residential.

Regina’s first choice for billiard tables and game room supplies. Offering exclusive brands: Homecrest furniture, Brunswick pool tables, Olhausen pool tables, Lava Heat fire towers.

Ranked No. No. 11for forcountertops countertopsininRegina Reginaand and area. area. Open Monday to Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday,Monday 8 a.m. toto5Friday, p.m., and Saturday, 10and a.m.Saturday, to 3 p.m.10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Fine Quality Granite Memorials

For the Health of Your Pet “IN”side and “OUT”

Available in various granite colors, shapes and styles. Serving Regina and rural cemeteries in Saskatchewan. Visit our showroom or call for a consultation.

Offering professional, modern dog and cat grooming services, both “IN” Salon and Mobile “OUT.” Now educating new groomers at our Academy of Pet Grooming.

WP Monumental Co. Ltd. 1270 McDonald Street, Regina | 306.352.5253 www.wpmonumental.com

Zoom Zoom Groom 1180 Winnipeg Street, Regina | 306.533.9155 www.zoomzoomgroom.com | zzgroom@sasktel.net |

Better Start HereHere BetterGrades Grades Start

Keeping High Standards for Your Vehicle

Oxford Learning ’s proven approach generates results by getting Oxford Learning’s proven approach generates results by getting kids of all ages excited about learning. Includes Pre­K to Grade kidsFrench, of all ages excited about learning. Includes Pre-K to Grade 12 12, Reading, Study Skills, Writing and Math.

French, Reading, Study Skills, Writing and Math.

Oxford Learning Oxford Learning 203-2595 Quance Quance Street East, Regina | 306.790.2000 203­2595 Street East, Regina | 306.790.2000 www.oxfordlearning.com oxfordlearning.com

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One of Regina’s most popular and highly rated automotive businesses. Our team offers more many years of combined experience and knowledge to fix your vehicles. Driven Automotive 555 Broad Street | 306.569.2886 driven@sasktel.net

Interested in having your photography in Fine Lifestyles magazine? Contact the editor at info@finelifestyles.ca

Printing Perfection, Page after Page

Exceptional technology and exceptional employees mean exceptional printing. We offer high-quality, high-speed printing and binding services of every kind. Consultations available with graphic designers. Western Litho Printers 300 Dewdney Avenue, Regina | 306.525.8796 sales@westernlitho.ca | www.westernlitho.ca

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Everything I Want is Here At Renaissance Retirement Residence, you will enjoy a lifestyle that is tailored to your personal interests and needs. We promote an active lifestyle that includes everything you will need for your comfort and safety, close at hand. You will enjoy our well-appointed amenities, and you will find that our services and activities offer you the opportunity to select the retirement lifestyle that best suits your personal needs. • Studios, one bedrooms, one bedrooms and den, two bedrooms, two bedrooms with full kitchen • Fire alarm systems/smoke detectors/sprinkler system/emergency lighting • Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower • Kitchenettes • Attractive garden patio • Covered resident parking available • 24 hour emergency response staff • Weekly housekeeping • Air conditioning in common areas and suites • Complimentary resident laundry facilities • Scheduled transportation to and from doctor/lab appointments and shopping • Environmentally efficient geothermal and solar heating • Regular entertainment events

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Full service dining room Private dining room Multi-purpose and games room Daily exercise program Hair salon Library and computer room Country kitchen Theatre/ chapel Private spa rooms Storage lockers available

Call Corrie at 306.546.0366 for information on our brand new one-bedroom suites.

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New Show home Now opeN! Located in Harbour Landing

Showcased: 5221 Tutor Way in Harbour Landing

Show homeSt locatioNS & hourS 3637 Green Cedar Court (Greens on Gardiner) Mon to Thurs 7–9 p.m. Sat, Sun & holidays 1–5 p.m.

5305 Mitchinson Way (Harbour Landing) Mon to Thurs 7–9 p.m. Sat, Sun & holidays 1–5 p.m.

4753 James Hill Road (West Landings) Mon to Fri 2:30–5:30 p.m. Mon to Thurs, 7–9 p.m. Sat, Sun & holidays, 1–5 p.m.

5221 Tutor Way (Harbour Landing) Mon to Thurs 7–9 p.m. Sat, Sun & holidays 1–5 p.m.

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