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With Fine Lifestyles editor ERIN LEGG

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ummer in Saskatoon is energetic, vibrant and plays host to a diverse menu of activities for everyone. From food festivals and theatre productions to music performances and sporting events, there is no room for boredom! The question is: what activities are you going to take in this summer? Settle into your lounger and enjoy our stories on the 2015 Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s new conductor Eric Paetkau, and explore Machu Picchu with your guide Ken Beattie. It’s always a pleasure to spotlight different business and organizations from around the city, and this issue’s cover story is no different. The reputable law firm Scharfstein | Gibbings | Walen | Fisher LLP sat down with Fine Lifestyles to capture a profile of this dynamic legal team. Find out what makes this client-centred firm capable of managing all of your legal matters, big or small. Fine Lifestyles honours local businesses that exhibit high quality products, service, staff, accessibility and community involvement in our annual Best of the Best feature. Discover something new to check out or catch up on your old favourites. Wishing summer fun to all,

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www.finelifestyles.ca Summer 2015 Volume 6 Issue 2 Editor Erin Legg erinl@finelifestyles.ca Art Direction Lisa Redden, Senior Design Candace Haiko, Ghislaine Moffitt, DeAnne Bell, Shanna Joudrey Staff Writers Courtney Tait, Henny Buffinga, Melanie Furlong, Tobie Hainstock, Tori Stafford, Tonya Lambert, Trina Annand Cover Photography Courtesy of Chris Hendrickson Photography Lisa Landrie, Heather Fritz, Aimee Lauren Leslie, Alicia Le clercq, Aubrie Pick, Bethany Nauert, Candace Epp Photography, Chris Hendrickson, DeAnne Bell, Electric Umbrella Images Inc., Erin Crooks, Finelite Photography, Homepolish, Lush Studios, Megan Antoniuk Photography, Neek Photography, Oceania Cruises, Paul Sinkewicz, Vanessa Barrett Photography, Ziqi Zhang Photography Contributing Writers Apolline Lucyck, Brook Thalgott, Emmaly Wiederholt, Karen Cowan, Ken Beattie, Mike Tory, Paul Sinkewicz Distribution & Subscriptions kellym@finelifestyles.ca finemags

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE ............................................8 HEALTH & WELLNESS..............20 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT......................29

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SPORTS, RECREATION & TRAVEL ...................................39 HOUSE & HOME.........................46 BUSINESS....................................55 WHEELS......................................64

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2015 Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival Presented by ESYXE Real Estate Group By Tonya Lambert Photos Lisa Landrie

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udiences enjoyed the latest sophisticated styles, flattering fashions, creative couture and everyday elegance at the 2015 Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival (SFDF) June 5-7. The popular weekend event also included an avant-garde evening at Bottega Trattoria, a Midtown Plaza runway show and an outdoor fashion show at River Landing. SFDF is the brainchild of Jacqueline Conway and Mandy Pravda, who combined forces four years ago to bring together a group of fashion lovers interested in promoting the work of local designers. “Every year, SFDF experiences growth and change, and this year was no exception. I believe that’s a result of the teamwork in all areas,” states Conway. A first for this year’s festival was the use of a single team of stylists to both create and carry out the many hairstyling and makeup looks necessary to complement the diverse designs. Tammy McLean with her talented team from Angles SalonSpa partnered with La Biosthetique, welcoming Marc and Anna Riese, hair, skin care and cosmetics experts from Germany. “We began planning our looks six weeks in advance, amassing concept photos and ideas,” explains McLean. “I looked for inspiration from fashion, nature and architecture, coming up with images in my mind and then, through a process of trial and error, working to create them. With so many designers, we needed overarching themes to make things more manageable.”

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This year’s festival began with a bang at Bottega Trattoria on the evening of June 5, where daring designs were sported by models from Masala Model & Talent, Edge Agency as well as freelance models on a deconstructed runway. Combining art and artifice, avant-garde creations of Laurie Brown, Melissa Squire, Amaranth Designs, Eleganzia Couture, Whiskey Teacup and Opinion Atelier pushed boundaries, proving that innovative ideas can spring from the streets of Saskatoon just as readily as the catwalks of an international fashion week. McLean chose a dominance and submission theme to highlight designer Laurie Brown’s three selected designs. Brown’s outfits featured see-through

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materials and cut-out sections revealing flashes of flesh. McLean said it was both challenging and fun to come up with hairstyles and makeup to complement Brown’s creations. The stylist received shocked looks from men in the automotive aisle at the local hardware store when seeing if various metal rings and ropes would fit around her hands and wrists! The stunning end results included fishnet stockings covering the face, metal rings decorating the hair and a mask constructed entirely from hair.

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“The Saturday show, in collaboration with Midtown Plaza, was designed around the themes of Around Town, Uptown and Downtown, resulting in looks that were very wearable and applicable to everyday life and events,” explains Conway. Models sported trendy looks that combined clothing from various mall retailers. To harmonize with the many outfits, McLean’s crew used soft, sexy styling resulting in an empowering look that works for any time or place. “I can see myself taking inspiration from this show’s looks and applying them to my everyday life,” says Conway.

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Attendees received exclusive swag bags as well as many hairstyling, makeup and fashion tips and tricks in a presentation by McLean and wardrobe stylists Nicole Romanoff and Kate Matthews. For those unable to attend, Romanoff and Matthews have put together the IN FASHION Shopping Guide, full of photos and information on the looks from the fashion show. All this creativity was captured by Erin Crooks Photography.

Sunday: Sensational Styles Under the Summer Sun

On Sunday, the stunning Saskatoon scenery formed the backdrop for Pose at River Landing. Guests enjoyed the innovative imaginings of designers Hillberg & Berk, Melissa Squire, Eleganzia Couture, Whiskey Teacup, Opinion Atelier, Prahsik and T. Akins as well as Academy of Fashion design students Jacqueline Gordon and Joanne Stewart, along with displays by more than 15 local vendors. The day’s looks celebrated the feminine — from fiery and feisty fashions to smart and sporty styling. Bold outfits were balanced by loose curls, while softer colours and flowing lines were paired

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with strong centre parts. “I loved how the style was soft and complementary to my feminine designs but not overwhelming and didn’t steal the show away from my dresses,” says designer Tara Akins. The day was unseasonably hot at 30o C. “We can’t predict the weather so we planned three hair and makeup combinations to be used depending on the amount of heat and humidity,” states McLean. “We began preparing the models at 7 a.m. and were very happy with the hairstyling and makeup products from La Biothestique that held all day.” “Saskatoon is definitely on trend with larger cities such as Paris, New York or Milan in terms of fashion,” says McLean. “I was really impressed with the designers and the pieces they showed this weekend.”


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We asked Brittany to come to The Sandbox in loose, casual clothing. This is her, before the experiment.

#1: Black Dress + skinny Jeans, By Juanita

Four of our staff stylists (Juanita, Colleen, Sam and Megan) asked Brittany five questions each, ranging from “What

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re there aspects of your figure you struggle to embrace? Every day at The Sandbox in the City we help women learn to dress in ways that flatter their shape. A big part of the process is working with rather than against the parts of your body you may feel self-conscious about. To show our customers how we help women dress their best, we asked Brittany to take part in an experiment. We knew Brittany as a medical aesthetician service coordinator at a local business, but didn’t know what her style or shape was (she wears a lab coat at work), only that she has a beautiful smile that would make her a great model.

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We learned Brittany loves getting dressed up and going out, although she struggles with dressing for a curvy figure. Each stylist had 45 minutes to put an outfit together that would flatter Brittany and help her embrace her shape. Brittany was not allowed to comment on what she liked or didn’t like. We then did a photo shoot with Brittany wearing each look and asked her to choose her favourite. Here are the results.

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parts of your body do you struggle with?” to “What is your idea of the perfect date?”

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“The black lace Kensie mini dress is girly yet glamorous. Its low scoop neck is high enough to conceal her bust, but low enough to flatter. It nips in at the waist, accenting her small rib cage, yet flares slightly over her hips. The skinny crop jean from Fidelity showcases her tiny ankles. The nude and black ankle strap pump from Steve Madden is


trends.” — Sam #4: tie-Dye maxi + Denim Vest, By megan “The black and sand tie-dye of this Kensie maxi dress brings out Brittany’s gorgeous blonde hair. The shape shows her small waist and curvy hips yet drapes over her larger chest, creating a womanly yet modest silhouette. The light-knit fabric feels amazing and comfortable, perfect for a young woman on the go. The Mavi denim vest adds a funky, youthful look to the outfit, and the long pendant necklace creates a deep v-shape, perfect for narrowing her bust line. Brittany loves to wear heels, so I choose our highest heeled shoes from Vince Camuto that feature a four-inch cone heel. The Desigual purse goes with the outfit but doesn’t “match,” adding contrast.” — Megan

sexy, yet not a stiletto.The light pink jacket from Soyaconcept is perfect for her skin tone and softens the black underneath.The necklace has a touch of pink and black and is delicate, like Brittany. She looks approachable, polished and sophisticated, yet down to earth.” — Juanita #2: triBal Dress + Denim Jacket, By colleen “Brittany is drop-dead gorgeous yet struggles with how to dress for her body type. It’s time for Brittany to embrace her curves. The colour combination in the Tribal dress is perfect for her skin and hair colour. The soft pink and warm brown complement her overall soft look. Because Brittany didn’t want to wear clothes that were too revealing and feels self conscious about her arms, I choose this tank style dress to hug her curves rather than cling. The highlow hemline shows off her beautiful legs and the Silver jean jacket gives Brittany the comfort of having her arms covered. The Volatile shoes are young and funky and will also work with jeans.” — Colleen #3: kimono Duster + Jeans, By sam

So wHicH look waS BriTTanY’S favouriTE? # 1 Black Dress + Skinny Jeans! “I wanted to try something a bit more edgy and casual on Brittany, but that would still make her feel feminine. This Lolly tiedye kimono accentuates her bright blue eyes. The duster length is current, trendy and flattering for most figures. The top is feminine which stays true to her usual style, and flows away from the body just enough to give shape but not cling. The jeans have a slightly relaxed skinny leg that works with this look. The Volatile fringe cut-out booties have the right amount of heel to make the duster length work, and are extremely comfortable. Brittany looks young and fresh, staying true to current

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Brittany says, “I loved all the outfits. They were all so different and unique. It was hard to pick a favourite. The reason I chose #1 is because I can see myself wearing it when I go out with friends in the evening as well as during the day. It has versatility, which  is  great  and  easy  to  incorporate into my wardrobe. This experience was so much fun! I learned a lot about different styles that compliment me. All the ladies at The Sandbox are so nice. They each have their own taste in clothing styles which made me step out of my comfort zone and try new things. I cannot wait to go back and do some shopping!”

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Young Lashes at Any Age By Melanie Furlong Photos

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reaming of beautiful lashes? In just a wink and a blink, Dreamlash lash artist and esthetician Christin Young can transform your short, sparse lashes into lush, natural-looking lashes in the privacy of her relaxing spa, Young Lash Boutique & Spa.

“Super gentle. Incredibly sweet and welcoming. Christin definitely paid attention to what I wanted as well as advised me which shape would suit my eyes best. She kept me informed of what she was doing and if anything changed. She graciously offered snacks and beverages as well as a break if I needed one. I’ll be back, if not for the beautiful lashes, then just for the sweet, relaxing time.”

Dreamlash Epic Volumes lashes are multiple, super-fine extensions applied to a single eyelash that make wearers look naturally younger and more confident. While shedding is minimal, Volumes should be filled in every four to six weeks to keep them lush and full.

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for a heated lash curler and no worrying about them straightening out in a couple of weeks. They stay curled! On top of that, Dreamlashes are tapered perfectly so they adhere to the natural lash in a way that ensures they stay put for the longest time possible.

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Young, who celebrated the fifth anniversary of Young Lash Boutique & Spa this August, specializes in advanced lash artistry. She can give her clients guidance on many styles and patterns to create a more openeyed, youthful look.


F O O R P Women of all ages come to Young Lash Boutique & Spa to get the sparkle back in their eyes, including many bridal parties. Young can do bridal parties on Sundays with her Dreamlash artist partner. “We can lash up to eight people in four hours,” says Young. “Champagne, appetizers and entertainment are included.” Look for Young Lash Boutique & Spa on Facebook and follow to qualify for the most current offers and discounts. Young Lash Boutique & Spa 306.270.7900 younglashboutique@gmail.com www.younglashboutique.com

“Always an excellent job done by Christin. Gentle enough that I fall asleep every time. And she’s super fast too!” — Jenel Michel

“I am amazed by how light my volumes are compared to my old set of sugar lash volumes. They don’t look fake at all and yet nice, long and full!” — K.E.

Young Lash Boutique & Spa offers a wide range of choices for lash extensions: Full Set oF SilkS: $99 With one extension per lash, the classic look of Silks adds length that can be natural or dramatic. Full Set oF MinkS: $124 Softer and lighter than Silks, these popular lashes add subtle beauty for those seeking a natural and light look. VoluMe 2-3D: $149 Add two to three super fine extensions per individual lash for length, thickness and a natural, noticeable look. VoluMe 4-6D: $199 Add four to six super fine extensions per individual lash for the most dramatic look. These weightless and comfortable lashes make a statement with maximum thickness. BottoM laSh DippeD: $20 Have your bottom lashes dipped with semipermanent mascara and your look will last two weeks.

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DIANE VON FÜRSTENBERG & THE WRAP DRESS

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By Tonya Lambert

iane von Fürstenberg — her name will always be thought of in conjunction with her iconic wrap dress, her astonishing life, and her efforts to empower and improve the lives of women. Born to an Auschwitz survivor, she married and then divorced a German prince. As a young woman, she developed a dress that was not only remarkably successful, but has also stood the test of time. She was a subject of painter Andy Warhol and graced the cover of Newsweek before the age of 30. The mother of two and grandmother of four is the owner of a multi-million dollar fashion firm for which her lips are the wellknown logo. In 2014, she was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In short, Diane von Fürstenberg has lived a life of such gigantic proportions, it staggers the imagination. In her recently released memoir, The Woman I Wanted To Be,, von Fürstenberg credits her parents with giving her the tools that led to her later success. Since she was young, she has had a fierce desire to be independent and not financially reliant on any man. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be,” says von Fürstenberg. Having apprenticed with Italian textile manufacturer Angelo Feretti, she decided to try her hand at designing women’s clothing. She had some of her designs sewn up and presented them to American Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, who was impressed. When the young designer unveiled her take on the wrap dress, it was her use of the curve-clinging jersey knit fabric that was largely responsible for its tremendous success. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Diane von Fürstenberg (DVF) wrap dress. As popular as ever before, it is the subject of a new coffee table book, The Journey of a Dress,, and a major exhibition. All encompassing, the DVF wrap dress is sexy yet presentable, practical yet pretty, equally appropriate in the boardroom or at a nightclub. ABOVE Designer Diane Von Fürstenberg walks the runway during the Diane Von Fürstenberg fashion show at Lincoln Center. © Antonoparin | Dreamstime. com - NEW YORK, NY. STYLE

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evon Fiddler , of the Waterhen Lake First Nation, has been making waves in the Saskatoon fashion market and small business world. This year Devon’s company, SheNative Goods, was nominated for the 2015 SABEX award for New Product/Service. This prestige comes from the detail and quality given into each and every handbag. The materials used are from ethical Canadian suppliers, offering only the highest quality leathers. Ten per cent of every bag is donated back into social programs that align with the SheNative mission statement: to empower Indigenous females. Rest assured when you purchase SheNative Goods you are doing good. Products that do good and look great: Devon is proud to showcase their debut Spring & Summer 2015 Collection. This fashionable and functional Collection is made with a variation between genuine cow skin and buffalo skin leathers, and lined with bridal satin. Canadian-made, Indigenous-designed, the bags made in two styles are available in a variety of colours — find your favourite at SheNative’s online boutique.

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

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

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

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Surgery and Myofascial Release

Jeff Brousseau B.Sc (P.T.), Dip, Manip. P.T., F.C.A.M.T. BROUSSEAU Physical Therapy Prof. Corp. 207 – 3502 Taylor Street East Saskatoon 306.477.4881 brousseauphysicaltherapy@hotmail.com

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ith a growing number of people embracing cosmetic surgery, it is important that there be a discussion on the relevance of fascia and myofascial release following surgery. Many people have surgery and within six weeks are virtually pain-free and on their way to full recovery. However, a portion of people experience significant difficulties following surgeries of any kind, be it joint replacement, abdominal surgeries or surgical incision. One of the potential pain generators for these types of difficulties is the fascia. Fascia is a continuous web of tissue that surrounds virtually every structure of

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the body: muscles, organs, bone, blood vessels and nerves. The most superficial layer of fascia is just under the surface of the skin and is a continuous sheath of tissue starting at the top of the head, connecting uninterrupted to the bottom of the feet encasing the entire body. It is attached and continuous with deeper and deeper fascial layers until finally reaching the deepest layer, which encases the brain and the spinal cord — the dura. Any time there is disruption to the fascia, as occurs in the presence of a surgical cut, the development of an inflammatory process and potential myofascial restrictions occurs. Recent research now shows that unlike the centuries old paradigm that suggested nerves were solely responsible for pain signals, fascia and its associated restrictions can be its own pain generator, causing local or sometimes body wide pain. The unfortunate problem is that

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there is no medical test that can detect these restrictions. A myofascial release therapist has the training to find myofascial restrictions and release them, thus relieving pain. Jeff Brousseau was the first therapist in Saskatchewan to achieve his spinal manipulation credentials. A past recipient of the Award of Merit for Clinical Excellence presented by the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association in 2008, this international lecturer is the only therapist in Saskatchewan listed as a myofascial release expert on the mfrtherapists.com website. Jeff and his associate, Katie Wanner, practice the healthful benefits of myofascial release and experience tremendous results for people dealing with post surgical pain, strain from trauma, and chronic issues that are otherwise left unattended.


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Only the Best for You & Your Loved Ones

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By Apolline Lucyk

e all know that when we go to a funeral of someone we know and loved, we get ideas and it makes us think about what we would want when we die,” says John Schachtel, owner of Mourning Glory Funeral Services. “Many of us walk away from the memorial saying, ‘I liked that,’ or ‘That is not for me when I go.’”

loved ones may not understand that you are telling them what you really want. John and his team at Mourning Glory have the skills to get your decisions down on paper. A no-cost preplanning meeting with Mourning Glory takes only 45 minutes, and your file is then locked away until it is needed. You have the option to prepay for your final wishes, but it is not mandatory.

Although you might say this to your spouse or children in the moment, it is easy to forget these details, and your

“We are finding that many families want a celebration or a more casual gathering rather than a traditional ceremonial

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service,” says John. For this reason, John and his team purchased Windsor Chapel, outfitted to host the perfect send-off. Windsor Chapel is located in the North Park area off Warman Road, across from Woodlawn Cemetery. It was purchased with the intention to serve families that want a celebration or send-off party. The chapel is warm and inviting, and its style can set the perfect mood. Windsor Chapel’s excellent sound system can “play everything from crooner ballads to heavy metal favourites.”


The chapel is also outfitted with all the latest technology. “Video slideshows are a great way to commemorate one’s life,” John reflects. “We also have webcasting that allows family to watch the celebration from wherever they are in the world through an internet livestreaming feed.” Finally, at the gathering afterwards, the family can choose to serve any type of food, such as pop and pizza or Chinese — rather than just traditional sandwiches and dainties. “Celebrations can be a public event or a private function,” John says. Some people choose to prepay their wishes, and set askide funds for incidentals such as food, flowers, travel and accommodation costs for family. “We tabulate the costs as of today and recommend a single payment into an account with Canada Purple Shield, gaining an interest rate around the two per cent interest compounded to keep up with inflationary costs each year,” John explains. “If funds are limited or tied up with other investments, you can also do a monthly prepay plan over a number of years to help alleviate costs in the end.” Mourning Glory has many families prepaying their plans for their final

wishes to help them afford the best send-offs for themselves and their loved ones. “Our goal is to make the process simple and to please everyone one way or another,” says John. “We are focused on service and on meeting the needs of each family — whether at the time of death or in advance.”

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An Intimate Relationship with Yourself: The Practice of Mindfulness

Barbara Morrison (L) MSW RSW Jennifer Schenn-Visentini (R) BSW RSW Morrison + Schenn-Visentini Broadway Counselling & Therapy Suite 201, 626 Broadway Avenue (Five Corners at Broadway & 12th) 306.653.3232 www.broadwaytherapy.ca

This is the third article in a fourpart series on Healthy Relationships.

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hile we think of relationships as between two or more people, this article will focus on the intimate relationship you have with yourself. How well do you know yourself? Do you think of yourself as always staying the

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same or as growing and changing? Do you give thought during the moments of the day as to what you are experiencing in the here and now? Are you aware of your feelings at various times during the day? Do you recognize when you feel happy one moment and then perhaps scared or confused another moment? Do you recognize when your body feels tight, relaxed, light or tense? Having an intimate relationship with yourself means paying attention in the moment, without judgment, to whatever you are experiencing. Why is this important? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, the MIT-trained molecular biologist and founder of the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Clinic in Boston, “Just stopping to think is a radical act of sanity and love.� Kabat-Zinn was instrumental in introducing mindfulness practice to the Western world. When you become more intimate with what you are experiencing, both emotionally and physiologically, you allow for two important things to happen. First, when you notice feelings of joy, delight, wonder, happiness and fun, you can slow down and feel the Natural Presence of these emotions inside you. You can either increase awareness of these feelings for your own recognition or you may also want to share these feelings with others.

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Second, you can create a sacred pause before you respond to someone. For example, when you become aware of your feelings of anger, you can stop to take a breath and think about what and how you want to communicate. If you are not aware, you may have a kneejerk reaction without slowing yourself down. When you are angry or anxious, your primal instinct is to take flight or fight. When you take care of your anger or anxious feelings, you become more aware of your body tightening, fists and jaws clenching, and stomach churning. A pause to inhale and exhale several times helps you to slow down, thereby having a better opportunity to engage your brain in order to think before you speak. When you have a desire to create peaceful relationships, it is necessary to become intimately aware of your own emotions and to what is happening in your body. When you get scared, fearful or anxious, the two almond-shaped parts of your brain called the amygdalae essentially hijack the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The PFC is responsible for executive functions such as reasoning, problem-solving, concentration, memory and differentiating conflicting thoughts, to name a few. Again, by slowing yourself down to pay attention to your internal experience, you can perform a radical act of sanity and love by stopping to think before you speak. Slowing down also allows for positive emotions to be felt and shared.


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About Ultrasound

tissues and fluid filled spaces. Ultrasound is an excellent modality for non-invasive, radiation-free imaging.

Arlene Wheeler Andersen Manager/Sonographer The Ultrasound Gallery 110 – 227 Primrose Drive Saskatoon 306.979.6939 www.ultrasoundgallery.ca

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HOW CAN I GET AN ULTRASOUND? A referral is made by a physician. The physician will fill out a requisition indicating the type of exam and reason for exam. An appointment is then needed. Call The Ultrasound Gallery at 306.979.6939 to reserve yours. Most people don’t know the requisition can be used to book an appointment at any ultrasound clinic, even if there is a specific ultrasound clinic name at the top of the requisition. PROCEDURE Before the scan, a sonographer will ask pertinent questions regarding the reason for the exam. Warm gel is applied to the skin and a transducer that sends and receives sound waves is moved on the body. This produces a live image that can be frozen and an image stored. Most procedures take about 30 minutes to complete. A radiologist reads the images and makes a report. The results are sent to the ordering physician in approximately two working days. WHAT IS THE WAIT TIME? Presently, The Ultrasound Gallery is booking appointments within a few days, depending on the type of exam. HEALTH & WELLNESS

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? In Saskatchewan ultrasound exams are covered by Saskatchewan Health Services. All valid health cards from Canadian provinces (except Quebec) cover the cost of an ultrasound. EXAMS • abdomen • pelvic • renal (bladder) • obstetrics • musculoskeletal (shoulder, elbow, wrist, knees, ankles, Achilles tendon) • scrotal • glands (thyroid, submandibular, parotid) • groin • muscle injury • venous leg doppler • soft tissue (any specific lumps felt on the body) TIPS There are different preparations depending on the type of exam. Call our office or consult the website if unsure about how to prepare for your visit. Please remember to bring your requisition and health card to the appointment. If an ultrasound is needed, we hope to see you soon!


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AUGUST 5 - 10 Baseball Canada Cup Cairns Field and Leakos Field AUGUST 11 - 30 Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash Persephone Theatre AUGUST 13 - 15 Folkfest Various venues AUGUST 20 Canadian Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner TCU Place SEPTEMBER 4 - 5 PotashCorp Fireworks Festival River Landing and Rotary Park

SEPTEMBER 12 Broadway Street Fair Broadway Avenue SEPTEMBER 16 - OCTOBER 4 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Persephone Theatre SEPTEMBER 19 2015 PotashCorp Mayor’s Cultural Gala TCU Place SEPTEMBER 19 The Tenors SaskTel Centre SEPTEMBER 19 YXE Street Food Festival River Landing

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Because Good Beer is Worth It! Cameron Ewen and Heather Williams know craft beer. As the founders of Prairie Sun Brewery, the duo are committed to integrating local, high-quality ingredients into their brews to ensure customers taste authentic prairie flavours. Their unique approach to the industry has paid off. Recent awards recognizing the duo’s quality products and customer service include the North Saskatoon Business Association’s 2015 Small Business Award and Best Saskatchewan Craft Brewery. Prairie Sun Brewery’s vast selection, including its season brews, can be sampled right at the brewery itself, or purchased in a variety of stores and restaurants around Saskatoon. Pair your beer with a selection from its delicious menu, designed to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

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Party Experts Hosting a party? Let Prairie Sun brewery hand-craft your private event in true prairie fashion. For a birthday or bachelor/ bachelorette soiree, let your guests enjoy the brewery’s delicious craft beer selection with a full menu, BBQ feast or a spread of tasty appetizers provided by Prairie Sun’s talented chefs. Tastings and tours are also available. Experience true craft beer! Please call Heather at 306.343.7000 for more information or to book yours today.


Brighten Your Summer Days with Quilting & Crafts

Tammy Guliker Owner Prairie Chicks Quilting & Scrapbooking 110 Central St. East Warman 306.934.1972 prairiechicks@sasktel.net prairiechicksquiltingandscrapbooking.com

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here are a lot of exciting events and activities going on at Prairie Chicks Quilting, Scrapbooking & Gifts this summer. If you haven’t been in yet, Prairie Chicks is a wonderful crafting store specializing in quilting and scrapbooking. Since opening in 2006, Prairie Chicks has become known as one of the best and friendliest crafting stores in the Saskatoon area, and is always attracting visitors from the surrounding area with our extensive selection of materials and excellent staff. We were even included in Better Homes and Gardens “Quilt Sampler” magazine — the issue that highlights the top 10 shops in North America.

During the summer months, Prairie Chicks is bustling with activities, and we open up the space in many ways for customers to come craft right on site. We currently have a card buffet, and welcome visitors to come and make cards at the shop. The buffet is open every day, but my team and I are encouraging people to come on Thursdays especially. With an entire wall spread out with supplies, you can just stop in and make a card or two — as many as you like! The card buffet is not a class, but rather an opportunity to create some personalized cards and enjoy the company of fellow crafters. Each card is $1.50, so it is a perfect opportunity to create cards for upcoming celebrations and birthdays. Just bring your paper trimmer and adhesive and you’re ready to go.” August is an exciting month at Prairie Chicks, as well, because the shop is hosting a Kids Quilting Summer Camp. The camp is for boys and girls ages 10 to 15, and runs from August 10 to 14. The project the kids will be working on is a 60 inch by 60 inch rag quilt. The camp runs Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shop, and all the materials are provided. All you have to

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send is a lunch and their machine! With room for eight spots in the camp, it’s best to book early! For anyone looking for a friendly space to work on their projects, Prairie Chicks also rents out space in their workshop daily for customers to come quilt and scrapbook above the shop. The workshop is a popular gathering place (it’s good to call and book ahead to make sure you can get in). We offer a vast array of equipment to use, including irons and a cutting mat, and the coffee is always on. Renting the workshop is $5 per person. The space can also be used by groups for birthdays and events, depending on availability. It is the warm, inviting atmosphere that makes Prairie Chicks such a great place to come and craft, but the shop has an exceptional array of supplies and gifts for sale as well. With new products arriving all the time, each trip will be different! Whether you are looking to come work on a quilt, make some cards, or just pick up some supplies, Prairie Chicks has something for everyone.

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SASKATOON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S NEW CONDUCTOR

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The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is getting a new music director. Eric Paetkau is no stranger to fans of the SSO, having worked with the symphony on several occasions in the past. In March, he was guest conductor for the Saskatchewan Celebration, and last October he conducted the symphony’s fundraising event, The Red & Black Affair, an opera starring Grammy Award winner Gino Quilico.

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had the pleasure of speaking with both Paetkau and Derek Mortensen of Electric Umbrella Marketing about the conductor’s training, experience and style as well as his plans for the SSO. Paetkau says his experience playing the viola in several orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Les Violons des Roy, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, aroused his interest in conducting. “Playing the viola in a large orchestra or in chamber music, one most often gets the middle voice and not the melody,” he explains. It’s wonderful to be in the innerworkings of the entire sound and that made me very conscious of everything else that was going on. Because of that, I became fascinated with every line of every instrument and wanted to shape it all, which led to the podium.” Paetkau studied conducting in the US and the Netherlands before returning to Canada to direct. He is the founder and director of Toronto-based Group of 27, a chamber music ensemble, known for its experimental approaches. I asked Mortensen what he sees as Paetkau’s greatest strengths as a conductor. “I think Eric’s greatest strength is his commitment to artistic excellence,” Mortensen says. “He holds himself and his work to a very high standard and that is very inspiring. He is very collaborative and wants everyone to help each other do their very best — not just in the music, though that is certainly his core passion, but also in the orchestra as an organization.”

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On what Paetkau liked best about working with the SSO in the past and what changes he would be making, he notes, “Aside from the excellent players in the orchestra, I’ve very much enjoyed the musicians’ desire to put in the effort it takes to create something truly special. There’s also a great administrative team and board that share our vision of making the SSO a leader in the community and beyond. I want the SSO to realize its full potential. They are a group of excellent musicians and together there’s an opportunity to build something very special and be a leader in artistic excellence and innovation that not only attracts attention and admiration in Saskatoon, but in the province and across the country.” What can fans expect from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in the upcoming season? “Exciting things!” Paetkau exclaims. “We have a wonderful line-up of concerts planned with some phenomenal soloists and guest artists. There’s an incredible amount of variety that will appeal to a large audience. And expect every concert and every piece, whether it’s a well-known symphony, a pop number, or a new Canadian work, to be performed at a very high level of musical excellence.” Adds Mortensen, “I can see as Mark [Turner, SSO’s Executive Director] and Eric have gone through the process of choosing music and guests for next season how much they genuinely care about creating great music experiences. I’m excited to see the outcome.”

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SCRUMPTIOUS SUMMER WINES By Mike Tory, The Wine Guy

Here are some summer wines sure to knock you into your deck chair and help you relax fully. I’ve paired them with my favourite summer sauces you can work into your next barbecue feast!

The Wine Guy’s observations have been featured in Wine Spectator, Food & Wine Magazine, a variety of Sunday supplements and various blogs. He is fully committed to the grape cause.

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SWEET SIPPER There is no better place to begin than with Saskatchewan’s own Living Sky Winery’s rhubarb wine. Beginning at the nose with subtle hints of exotic fruit, each sip is sealed with a delightfully light, lemony sheen on the palate, while simultaneously taunted by a mellow touch of earthy rhubarb sweetness.

WILD WHITE Next up, elevate your evening, if you dare, with a glass of white from the Southern Hemisphere with a bottle of New Zealand’s Giesen Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This dry white pairs well with a variety of dishes, especially seafood and chicken — a true evocation of a super summer wine!

SUMMER SPRITZ Complete your summer night with an Italian wine cocktail; personally I think this is one of the best summer drinks you’ll have! You will need one bottle each of the following: prosecco, Aperol and soda. Mix the spritz according to the directions on the Aperol label. Enjoy!

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While reeling from your rhubarb wine, why not make some chimichurri sauce? Similar to pesto, this Argentinian sauce is used both as a marinade and a sauce for grilled steak, but you can also try it with fish, chicken or even pasta. Ingredients: 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley 3 - 4 garlic cloves 2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar 1 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes Method: Finely chop the parsley, fresh oregano and garlic. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add more seasoning to taste. Chimichurri is best fresh, so serve immediately or refrigerate. If chilled, return to room temperature before serving.

You may not know this, but New Zealand is also famous for its ketchup, especially served with fish and chips. Try this fun recipe! Ingredients: 18 lbs tomatoes, chopped 10 lbs green apples, peeled and chopped 4 onions, sliced 1 cup cold water 6 1/2 lbs sugar 1/3 cup salt 1 litre malt vinegar 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 1/2 tsp black peppercorns 2 1/2 tsp whole allspice 2 1/2 tsp whole cloves Method: Place tomatoes, apples, onions and water in a large pan and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to cook for one hour. Add sugar, salt, vinegar and cayenne. Tie other spices in a muslin bag and add to the mixture. Boil for an additional three hours. Remove spice bag and let cool.of cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F. Season with ground pepper and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

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In Italy, this is how to eat bagna cauda: vegetable pieces are dipped into the sauce and eaten with a slice of bread held underneath to catch the drippings. Once the bread is soaked with sauce, it’s eaten, too. Ingredients: 3/4 cup olive oil 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature 12 anchovy fillets 6 large garlic cloves, chopped Assorted fresh vegetables, cut into bitesize pieces Crusty Italian or French bread, cut into two-inch sections Method: Blend oil, butter, anchovies and garlic in processor until smooth. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so the sauce does not separate. Season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce into a fondue pot and start dipping the vegetables!

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SOCIAL life SASKATOON SPCA 2015 FASHION FAUX PAWS SPRING GALA Photos Neek Photography

Saskatoon SPCA’s third annual spring fundraising gala, Fashion Faux Paws, was once again a success. Guests of honour Shannon Tweed and Sophie Tweed-Simmons attended the ’60s-inspired bash, which included a fashion show, auction and burlesque performance. Prior to the show, the VIP lounge provided guests the opportunity to mingle with featured dogs. Funds raised by the gala are put toward the SPCA’s care for animals, including shelter, nutritional and medicinal needs of the thousands of homeless, abandoned and neglected animals taken in by the charitable organization each year.

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MACHU PICCHU

Close Your Eyes and Step Back By K.A. Beattie Photos courtesy Oceania Cruises

Majestic, mysterious and totally awe inspiring, this ancient site still beguiles our sense of reality. Floating high in the Peruvian Andes, this centre of energy has been reported to revive tired souls and foster dreams for those who make the journey.

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impressive five acre site. Expect to spend a great deal of time walking and gawking. You will certainly not be alone, like so many photographs depict. Hundreds of thousand of visitors make the journey annually to the detriment of the nearby town of Cusco as well as the site itself. Machu Picchu was built at the height of the Inca Empire during the 15th and 16th centuries, but was inhabited, scholars suggest, for only about 100 years. Diseases brought to the New World by conquistadors is often blamed as the culprit for the demise of the inhabitants. Getting to Machu Picchu can be accomplished in a number of ways, some easier than others. My personal

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preference is to choose the cruise line’s pre- or post-cruise add on. Planning the excursion on your own or with a private tour company are other options, however confirmations, schedule adjustments and the accommodations are all very much “flexible.” Selecting a pre-tour is the most popular choice made by cruisers with Oceania, which once again proved true on our voyage last January. Consider the fact your excursion will take you high into the Andes, involve overnight stays, local food, water and (of course) visiting the site before having to return to the cruise port. The ship sails when the ship sails, so if your self-planned tour has a problem, or the train is not on time,


excursions as we sailed from Miami to Lima. The reverse of this schedule allows for a post-cruise excursion.

or heaven forbid there is nasty weather, you’re stuck. When travelling with a ship’s excursion all of these issues are taken into consideration and mitigated by the cruise line. Additionally, you will be on a mountain trek; there’s nothing nicer than coming “home” to the ship, indulging in a hot shower, clean clothes and service to rival the very best hotels. To my way of thinking, an excellent way to start a cruise. Machu Picchu appears on South American itineraries as well those coming from the South Pacific via Easter Island. Our last itinerary with Oceania, aboard Regatta, the delightful “R” class medium sized, luxury ship, offered pre-cruise

Regatta once again shone with its typical elegance, but since a refurbishment in the summer of 2014 she has even more sparkle. Smiling faces are the norm for crew and even hugs from attendants and staff whom we have come to be very fond of over the years. There was very much a “coming home” feeling as we settled into our stateroom before setting out to explore, visit and take in the beautiful scenery. “The kids” — as we affectionately call many of our favourite crew — go to no end to ensure that our special menu is prepared or our five o’clock cocktail, just the way we like, it is promptly shaken or stirred. The first few days are usually spent with other passengers sharing stories, photos and experiences of being high in the Andes. Regatta has quiet little nooks and near-private enclaves around the ship so we can sit and recount our tales. We particularly like the library with its

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“English club-like” atmosphere and a super collection of reading material. Passengers often leave personal books for others, forming a somewhat trading system. Let’s face it, if you have read the books, why carry them all the way back home? Canyon Ranch Spa is heaven! This last itinerary was over 40 days so hair required cutting, nails needed attention and so on. Do not miss an opportunity to be pampered in the spa. After all, you are on vacation. Oftentimes the spa will post specials, typically on port days, so if you aren’t going ashore or on an excursion, treat yourself … perhaps after your excursion to Machu Picchu. As always I am looking forward to seeing you aboard one of Oceania’s cruises. I’ll be the one with a grin from ear to ear. Ken Beattie is the Horticulture Education Manager with the prestigious Canadian Wildlife Federation and a much sought after Enrichment Lecturer with Oceania Cruise Lines.

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Saskatoon’s Newly Expanded Airport Terminal Building

Smooth, Sleek & SpaciouS By Tonya Lambert Photos Lisa Landrie

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n April, the Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA) celebrated the opening of the new expansion at the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport at its annual general meeting. What a cause for celebration! The expanded facility is a spacious, sleek and smooth-flowing success. As the icing on the cake, this — the largest project ever undertaken at the airport — was completed on time and with no debt financing. The Saskatoon Airport’s newly expanded Airport Terminal Building (ATB) is a truly impressive accomplishment whether viewed through the lens of fashion, function or finance. Ben Robb, chairman of the SAA board, describes the newly expanded ATB as a “true reflection of the region’s momentum and optimism.” As the SAA notes, “Saskatoon serves as a gateway to Northern Saskatchewan and other northern regions in Canada; as such, it supports the transport needs of manufacturing and the supply services of the uranium, potash and oil industries.” Saskatoon is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. In 2014, the city had the highest GDP growth and lowest unemployment rate in the country. This economic growth and prosperity is reflected in passenger rates at the airport. 2014 was the airport’s 11th year of record growth with 1.48 million passengers, 6.8 per cent more than in 2013. With a thriving economy and growing population, it was clear that the increasingly busy airport needed to expand. The airport needed the capacity to handle the growing number of passengers flying out of and into the city. This included the need for an expanded baggage claim area, quicker security screening and a larger post-screening area complete with services to make wait times more enjoyable. The expansion also needed to be able to accommodate and attract more airlines and an increased number of flights. Finally, it needed to be flexible so that it could be easily expanded in the future as demand dictates. Planning got underway in 2010 with the local firm of Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture commissioned to design the expanded facility and PCL Construction Management Inc. hired to build it. “When designing the expansion, we needed to keep three things is mind:

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security, service and experience,” says Derek Kindrachuk, lead architect. “Flying can be a stressful experience for many people. We wanted to make it as stress-free as possible. We traveled with the Saskatoon Airport Authority to several other airports to examine their buildings and speak with their administrations about what did and didn’t work. From this, we learned the importance of keeping things simple.” Kindrachuk continues, “When working on the designs, the team played with space, simplicity and scale to find the best combinations for providing comfort and security. The curving, flowing lines allow for intuitive way-finding and flow of traffic. The abundance of natural light makes the space fresh and inviting.” In designing the newly expanded ATB, Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture certainly lived up to its mandate to create modern, functional and responsive spaces. Making the concept a reality took an exceptional amount of communication, coordination and cooperation between architects, builders, airport management and staff. “Living in a house while building is a challenge; running an airport while expanding is nothing short of a grand adventure,” explains Robb. Many levels of integration were needed. The plans were broken down into manageable phases so PCL could proceed with construction without inconveniencing passengers or airlines. Disruptions were kept to a bare minimum and the airport continued to operate efficiently and effectively while work was underway. The entire expansion took 300,000 person hours to build. The result, as described by Stephen Maybury, CEO of the SAA, is a “modern, contemporary ATB facility that will stand the test of time.” The $53 million ATB expansion has increased the terminal space from 139,000 to 266,670 sq. ft., resulting in a 90 per cent increase in capacity to pre-board screening, floor, bridge and loading areas. “Passengers will benefit from the comfortable seating, enhanced food, beverage and retail offerings, and improved security processing in the new ATB,” says Lory Sproxton, manager of airport development. Improvements to the ATB include an expanded baggage claim area, relocation of security screening and renovation of pre-security areas, including the food

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court, new airport liaison services as well as airfield maintenance services and airport duty manager coverage 24/7. The enlarged PBS area combined with the introduction of NEXUS, a pre-approval system for low-risk travellers crossing the Canada-US border, has significantly reduced screening wait times. Whereas previously there were no services offered past pre-board screening, the expanded facility now contains several options for passengers to spend their time shopping, eating or playing before boarding their flight. There are three children’s play areas, each with a different theme: active, educational and creative. There’s now a Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Relay Convenience Store, Prairie North, On The Go and Metalsmiths. The incredibly unique Refuel Restaurant & Lounge designed by Rebecca Genik of Kindrachuk Agrey incorporates refurbished airplane parts, supplied by Tom Coates of Coates Aviation, along with runway strips and floor patterning emulating a tarmac so diners feel like they are sitting in an airplane. The curving, horn-shaped expansion has lots of exterior surface area to maximize airplane parking positions and features terrazzo flooring and a long fabric ceiling adding to the feeling of continuous flow while emulating a jet stream. The area has a warm palette with walnut paneling and lots of windows. These maximize the view while lowering utility costs; daylight sensors automatically shut off artificial lighting. A fireplace, comfortable seating and a generous number of plug-ins complete this world-class space. Expansions are now moving to the exterior of the airport to the curbside and parking, as the Saskatoon Airport pursues its goal “to be Canada’s most valued airport experience.” With the new ATB, it is well underway to meeting that goal. “This building is an ambassador for Saskatoon and the surrounding area,” Kindrachuk reminds us. “It is your first impression of the city as well as your last memory.” RIGHT LEFT Benn Robb, chairman of Saskatoon Airport Authority board RIGHT Derek Kindrachuk, principal architect for Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture.

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Styling Art in Your Home

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PREVIOUS & TOP Design by Vanessa De Vargas for Homepolish, photo by Bethany Nauert LEFT Design by Vanessa De Vargas for Homepolish, photo by Bethany Nauert RIGHT Design by Benni Amadi for Homepolish, photo by Aubrie Pick

Peggy Reid, owner of Reid & Siemonsen Design Group, says the main thing is to never eyeball and nail. “It’s worth measuring the piece and doing the math to get it right,” she says. “Once you hang it, it will be there for a period of time and it’s worth it to take your time and do it right.” Tracing the frames you plan to use on plain paper and then taping them to the wall is a great way to get a good visual of your layout before you make any holes. Statement PieceS From five-bynine-foot black-and-white photos to full wall murals, rooms sporting large-scale art prove that bigger is often better. If you’re attracted to a large art piece, but are worried about it taking over your room, consider the following. One of the most ideal places for a large work of fine art photography is an open, airy room packed with architectural interest. A single piece of art can strike the perfect balance between the architectural assets and personal contents of a space. If you really want to make a statement with non-representational art, go gigantic. Not only will it be much easier to take notice of the piece but it will also help you define an area or draw people from one space into another.

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rt can be playful, relaxing or inspiring for its viewers. It can add warmth, make you laugh, whet your appetite or bring tranquility to a room. Deciding on the feeling you want to evoke in your home, and in each particular room, will help you choose the right artwork for your space. Whatever you do, make sure you surround yourself with pieces you love. Salon Style Gallery WallS Gallery walls are a popular option and there are as many ways to do them as there are pieces of art. Galleries of family photos, dog portraits, works by the Masters, album covers, maps, abstracts, botanical prints and collections of just

about anything can be hung this way. You can also mix all these items and more in one gallery wall. It will depend completely on the aesthetic you are working towards. Something to remember about salon style galleries is that the real focus is on the overall composition of the wall, not on the individual images themselves. This usually means starting with the largest piece in the centre and placing other pieces around it. Keeping the composition visually balanced is key. Some designers prefer using frames of the same size, frames of one colour or mats that are the same colour and width to unify the gallery. Others insist the distance between the frames be equal on all sides.

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For those who really don’t like a lot of busyness in a room, oversized graphic art may be perfect. By pairing it with just a few key items, the art truly gets to be the star and the overall space will not be overwhelming. Reid says mural or oversized pieces can have quite an impact and create a lot of interest, but they have to be treated individually. “They’re site specific,” she says. “But they have to have enough space around them so they don’t look like they’re crowded in.” There’s a lot of talent out there, and some of it may be yours. Check out DIY tutorials on Pinterest and consider making some of your own art. Inspiration for shadow boxes, collages, paintings and turning vintage paint-by-number kits into statement pieces are just a few ideas to get you started.

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More than Just a Floor By Emmaly Wiederholt Photos Lisa Landrie

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he floor of your home is more than what is under your feet. It’s the surface on which your daily life plays out. As such, having beautiful flooring in your home is more than a simple stylistic choice; it’s a reflection of your lifestyle, and nobody knows this better than Sandra Holmstrom and Dave Dazzan of Saskatoon Ceramic Tiles Floor Covering Division. Although the company dates back to the 1970s, Sandra started her tenure in 2007, learning the industry from the company’s founder. She eventually bought the business and has watched it grow ever since. Two years ago, Dave and Rhonda Johannson became co-owners with

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Sandra. Dave brings with him 30 years of experience in the flooring industry. Sandra and Dave offer the gamut. “We carry a full line of flooring from vinyl tiles and planks, carpets, hardwoods, laminates and, of course, ceramics.” Because of the wide array of products, a major boon to the customer is the onestop-shop service. You don’t have to go to one place to get your hardwood and another place to get your carpet; Saskatoon Ceramic Tiles Floor Covering Division has it all.

sense of your style, taste and what you like. We encourage you to look through our showroom. Then we go into your home, or if it’s a new build, we look at the blueprints and talk about what would flow well in your home. We find potential problem areas transitioning between types of flooring and identify what could work, since not everything is ideal for every surface. When it comes to renovations, we make sure what’s underneath that renovation will support the flooring. But most importantly, we’re invested in making you happy with your end product.”

On their process of working with customers, Sandra and Dave relate, “We like for you to come in so we can get a

Saskatoon Ceramic Tiles Floor Covering Division has solutions for almost every application, project and budget, but

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they particularly specialize in custom options for those who want something high-end and unique. It’s of incredible value to the consumer; as well as having access to so many different products on the market, Sandra and Dave have an efficient, skilled and reliable team of installers, some of whom have been working in the industry for 25 years. “A lot of former customers tell us how much they love their floors and how much we helped them out,” describes Sandra. “People are very satisfied with our service and feel we are invested in them. We are a word-of-mouth store. People who are happy with our service tell their friends. They are happy with what we offer. It’s a reputation that’s been built since the 1970s and has grown ever since.” Visit Saskatoon Ceramic Tiles Floor Covering Division today and let Sandra and Dave help ensure your home’s floors are a beautiful extension of you.

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Dawn Foord, REALTOR®

UNIQUELY QUALIFIED, WHOLE HOME INSIGHT Dawn Foord is a well-rounded REALTOR®. With years of experience in business ownership, sales, design, renovations, investment and staging properties, her background has provided invaluable experience to be one of Saskatoon’s leading realtors.

DAWN FOORD RE/MAX Saskatoon 306.612.0982 df.kz@shaw.ca dawnfoordrealestate.com

Foord provides sellers an exceptional listing experience offering unique marketing, exposure, staging and evaluation to present to the real estate market the best possible product with proven results. Homeowners are treated to Foord’s enthusiastic

approach and guidance throughout the selling process. For buyers purchasing their dream home or investment property, Foord’s keen eye expertly assesses properties for value, investment, design, improvements and potential for future equity. Paying careful attention to her clients’ needs and wants ensures the home purchase is a sound investment. Foord’s professionalism, work ethic and passion benefits both buyers and sellers in the Saskatoon and area market.

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Specializing In Complete Yard Construction At City Gardens we provide our customers with quality workmanship in a prompt, professional manner. Beautiful landscapes involve many decisions regarding design, plant selection, use of space, and quality of construction. At City Gardens we have the knowledge and experience to do the job right, from the planning stages through to the final product. • Rough grading to ensure proper surface drainage • Finish grading • Sub-surface drainage • Paving stone • Retaining wall • Architectural grade landscape lighting

• Outdoor rooms • Outdoor fireplaces • Pergolas, privacy louvers, screened-in rooms • Irrigation system installation • Natural stone patios and pathways

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Because Every Life Matters... Give a rescue dog, their forever home. Visit our FB page to view all our adoptable dogs. If you are unable to open your home to a rescue, open your heart through donations (of food, supplies, cash for vet bills or simply your time). Anything you can share at this difficult time is needed more than ever. On October 2nd WANAR will be having their first ever dinner and dance fundraiser at the Saskatoon Inn. The fundraiser is an inspired 80’s theme full of music and dance. Silent auction, 50/50, photo booth and much more. All proceeds go straight to the rescues. Tickets available July 31. Call 306.651.3647. You can also follow us and event details on Facebook at We All Need A Rescue K9 Rescue.

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This past spring Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WE) celebrated 20 years with its annual business conference, Honouring the Past & Celebrating the Future. The two-day event provided networking opportunities, educational seminars and inspiring panel discussions. One such panel, Gems of Saskatchewan, was moderated by Trish Cheveldayoff and engaged four members of WE, each possessing a strong work ethic, drive and a sense of humour.

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Kim Weimer, president of Fastener Warehouse Ltd. (WE member since 1996)

Roxanne Woodley, owner of Tonic and Farminista (WE member since 2000)

Aimee Schulhauser, owner of Evolution Catering & Fine Foods, Tangerine: The Food Bar and Schoolhaus Culinary Arts (WE member since 2007)

Cecile Brass, owner of First Systems Filing (WE member since 2014)

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What were some of the challenges you had to overcome [when starting your business]? Weimer: “I didn’t have any money in the beginning. Women Entrepreneurs saved us. We’d built up a lot of debt, so we met with Women Entrepreneurs and got our first loan. We’ve been going strong ever since.” What attributes did you bring to the table to help navigate some of the challenges [you encountered in the beginning]? Schulhauser: “Feverish work ethic. Just work harder. I always see things through. I’m trained as a scientist so that helps me solve problems.”

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Cecile Brass, Aimee Schulhauser, Roxanne Woodley

How do you overcome fears? Woodley: “Fear is part of the entrepreneurial experience. But you get over it. Fear makes you passionate and makes you grow.”

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How do you make sure you give your customers what they want?

Kim Weimer, Trish Cheveldayoff

Brass: “I was given the advice to go above and beyond. I do a lot of relationship building with my clients.”

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A FIRM That Puts Its Clients First By Brook Thalgott Photos Lisa Landrie

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or more than four decades, the law firm of Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher LLP has been providing people and businesses with valuable advice in all kinds of legal matters. The Saskatoon based firm prides itself on the level of commitment and quality of work it provides to each client it serves. “We’re proud that our name has become synonymous with excellent legal advice,” says Grant Scharfstein, Q.C., a partner in the firm. “We take the reputation of our firm and the work we do very seriously. No matter what the legal matter, we ensure the work we do is not only top quality, but also what is best for our client.” Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher is a full service law firm with a team of lawyers, articling students and support staff working with many different clients on a wide range of legal issues. Offering a full suite of legal services, the firm handles matters in civil litigation, family law, corporate and commercial law, corporate governance, administrative law, real estate, and wills and estates. Whether you’re an individual seeking advice on family law or an estate, a small business seeking guidance in commercial law, or a small or large organization needing advice, Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher can provide the support and knowledge you need. Family law is a large part of the legal work the firm handles on a daily basis. “We are the largest family law firm in Saskatchewan,” says partner Greg Walen, Q.C.. “We have more family law lawyers than any other firm in the province.” Family law issues, like separation, divorce and child custody, are often fraught with emotion and the firm recognizes this as they guide every client through the family law process. The lawyers walk each client through the various decisions that need to be made, ensuring the client’s best interests are always taken into consideration. And, the firm has experience and expertise in The partners of Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher LLP. Photo courtesy of Chris Hendrickson. BACK L-R: Robert Gibbings, Q.C.; Gregory Walen, Q.C.; Brent Barilla, Q.C. FRONT L-R: Cara Haaf; Dennis Fisher; Grant Scharfstein, Q.C.; James Scharfstein, Q.C.; Tammi Hackl; Brendan Tumback

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guiding people through the settlement process, be it a collaborative process or something that requires the court system. “We take a team-oriented approach to family law cases,” says partner Tammi Hackl. “Because family law can be so specialized, we ensure our clients receive the best advice from the lawyer with the most experience and knowledge in the their area of need.” And, this team-based approach is provided to the client at no additional cost. Also, because of their extensive work in family law, the firm is home to lawyers recognized by their peers as the best in their field. Both Greg Walen, Q.C. and Brent Barilla Q.C. have been recognized as leading practitioners in family law by both LEXPERT® and Best Lawyers Canada®. Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher also practices in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including estate, personal injury, class actions, corporate, construction, professional liability, employment and insurance. Because of its experience in these areas, as well as family law, Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher is recognized as a recommended firm in the publication Benchmark Canada®, a designation selected by its peers and clients. Benchmark Canada® has also recognized Grant Scharfstein, Q.C. and Greg Walen, Q.C. as “Provincial Litigation Stars.” Wills and estates make up another important part of the firm’s work. Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher focuses on educating clients about estate planning, from will preparation through to probate and administering the estate after someone’s passing. Like family law issues, wills and estates can also be an emotional and contentious legal matter. “We’re seeing more and more estate matters in court,” says partner Rob Gibbings, Q.C.. “Over the years, the number of estate issues regarding the contents of the will, the capacity of the will signer and the actions of executors has increased substantially. Proper will and estate planning can help mitigate many of these issues.” The firm assists with estate planning from an economic and tax perspective, preparing a will outlining last wishes, and assisting executors during the probate and administration process. Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher also handles real estate matters, from the

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buying and selling of your home to more complex matters involving the sale or purchase of commercial properties, new construction and real estate development. If you’re a small business owner needing legal advice, they can provide that, too. The firm handles small and large corporate clients with all kinds of commercial, corporate and governance issues. “We’re corporate counsel for many Saskatchewan companies needing legal work in a multitude of areas,” says partner Jim Scharfstein, Q.C.. The firm’s commitment to its clients and the law can be seen in Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher’s growth over the years. The firm has recently relocated to new office space, doubling in size and taking over the whole second floor of Princeton Tower at Saskatoon’s Scotia Centre. The support staff is second to none. In addition to 20 lawyers — including five appointed Queen’s Counsel — and articling law students, Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher is assisted by 14 paralegals and assistants with significant experience in all legal matters. The firm prides itself on being a committed corporate citizen in Saskatoon. Over the years, the lawyers and staff have given time and contributions to many local charities and organizations. Many of the firm’s lawyers also teach at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law as sessional lecturers and adjunct professors, ensuring the next generation of Saskatchewan legal minds learn from those living the legal profession every day. “We’re proud of the work we do, the team we have, and to be part of the community we serve,” says Grant. “Our work is more than just about the law. We’re honoured we have created longlasting relationships with people and now they trust us with all their legal needs, whatever they may be.” Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher is a firm ready to handle your legal matters, no matter the issue — big or small. Scharfstein GIbbing Walen Fisher is a client-centered firm. Visit them online at Scharfsteinlaw.com or call 306.653.2838 for a consultation. Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher 200 Princeton Tower 123 2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon 306.653.2838 www.scharfsteinlaw.com

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Saskatoon Celebrates Success

2015 SABEX AWARDS Photo by Heather Fritz

2015 Celebrate Success! Award Winners

Oslo Business for Peace Award Sponsored by Cameco

Mr. John Cross

As one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the country, Saskatoon has a diverse business community. According to the City of Saskatoon, over the past five years approximately 40,000 new residents have settled in, bringing new ideas, new businesses and new opportunities. Saskatoon’s economy remains one of the strongest in the country, and is expected to continue prospering in the upcoming years.

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he Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce works with businesses building relationships with government and community organizations. The Chamber organizes several educational, social, networking and celebratory events throughout the year to keep members connected and for the public to explore the business climate. Part of its event schedule is Celebrate Success!, the annual presentation of Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence (SABEX) awards. Celebrate Success! shines the light on local individuals and businesses that have elevated the bar with industry standards and provided outstanding products and services. Presented by PotashCorp, the awards presentation is a way for businesses to share their achievements with the community. This year marked the 20th celebration of the awards, and as such an extravagant “white party” was organized by Molly Lux of Lux Events to celebrate our innovative business culture. Throughout the evening, attendees clearly appreciated the supportive business environment found within the city as guests mingled, created new connections and discussed new ideas. The 2015 Celebrate Success! gala proved Saskatoon’s momentum with growing businesses and providing opportunity for the community. Fine Lifestyles congratulates each of this year’s nominees and winners.

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RBC SABEX Business Hall of Fame Ms. Ellen Gaunt

SABEX Community Involvement North Ridge Developments

SABEX Customer Service Award Sponsored by CGI

CRAVINGS maternity-baby-kids

Innovation Place ILO Award of Innovation

Vladimir Vujanovic and James Germida

SABEX Growth and Expansion Sponsored by Miller Thomson

West Wind Aviation

Saskatoon Community Foundation Strategic Alliance Award Affinity Credit Union

(Nominated by READ Saskatoon)

Cherry Insurance Leadership Saskatoon Community Leadership Award Mr. Tom Kischuk

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Sponsored by Handy Group

LB Distillers

SABEX New Business Venture Sponsored by Conventions Saskatoon

Cliptomania

SABEX New Product/Service Sponsored by BDC

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SABEX Small Business of the Year Sponsored by MNP

Check ‘n’ Balances Business Services

SABEX Business of the Year Sponsored by Edwards School of Business Executive Education

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CONSUMER CHOICE AWARDS Recognizing Businesses to Do Business With By Brook Thalgott

These days, it can be hard for a consumer to figure out where they want to do business. There are so many choices for every product and service, and everyone wants to make sure they get the best their money can buy. The Consumer Choice Awards are working to fill that need — they’re your indication that a local business is worth your time and money.

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he Consumer Choice Awards have been around since 1987,” says Jeremy Basset, the Consumer Choice Awards business development manager. Small and medium sized businesses earn a Consumer Choice Award based on demonstrated business excellence. The reputation that comes with being an exclusive winner is invaluable.


Every year, a third-party marketing firm surveys citizens about the businesses in the area. Customers give their opinions about 170 different categories in six industries, and the company ensures a cross-section of the city is polled. “The surveyors ensure they get a good representation of our community, so the awards are meaningful,” says Jeremy. “The survey takes into account demographics like gender, age, education and income.” Once the results are in, the winning businesses are approached and the awards are given out. Once awarded, the winning businesses can promote themselves as the choice among consumers, which lets everyone

know they’ve been recognized as outstanding in their field. “The Consumer Choice Awards are an excellent way to discern which local enterprises and organizations you want to do business with,” says Jeremy. “Instead of relying on just referrals and online reviews, you can trust the opinions of the many, many people that live right in your community. And, you can find all the winners easily, right online. Our website has a searchable directory, so if you’re looking for a particular product or service, you can find out which business is the best in the field. For nearly 30 years, the Consumer Choice Awards have been giving a voice

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to consumers about the companies they like to do business with and giving those businesses the recognition they deserve. The awards help the consumer navigate an increasingly time-crunched and crowded marketplace. No matter if you’re a business or a consumer, the Consumer Choice Award is a recognition you can trust, based on real votes from real people in your community. Fine Lifestyles features several Saskatoon businesses that are Consumer Choice Award winners. As you flip through the pages keep an eye out for the Consumer Choice Award badge, indicating a winning business.

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hile driving is often an expression of freedom, it is also commonly associated with the drudgery of the commute. Not wanting driving to be relegated to a chore, Mercedes-Benz has sought new ways to infuse drivers with passion. Since the creation of their first automobile — a three wheeled “motorwagen” in 1886 — Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of innovation. Breaking barriers in technology and culture is second nature to the company; Bertha Benz is heralded as the first female driver to complete a 120 mile solo tour as publicity for her husband’s automotive creations. Over the last century, Mercedes-Benz has become a household name signifying high quality luxury. Though Mercedes-Benz didn’t develop its trademark three pointed star until the early 1900s, the shape has become a mark of distinction. “We are a brand that is synonymous with

leadership. We have lead the way through 125 years of development and evolution of the automobile. Innovation is the engine that will keep us at the forefront of redefining the automobile for the next 125 years,” says Stephen Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its most recent glimpse into the future of the automobile: the F 015 Luxury in Motion. “Quality time and private space are the true luxury goods of the future and this car offers you both,” describes Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Google and Apple are not the only companies developing autonomous vehicles; it is a concept that has been around since the 1950s. The Luxury in Motion is Mercedes-Benz’s automotive opus, a self-driving machine that considers not just its passengers, but the people outside its doors as well. Safety is top of mind. Not merely a self-contained capsule, the car interacts with the world around it. Those crossing in front of the vehicle will notice the LED grill, which acknowledges their presence and follows their path across the road. The Luxury in Motion also projects a lit crosswalk for pedestrians to signal to them when it is safe to walk after appraising other vehicles’ movements. “The car of the future is good looking, smart, polite and helpful,” says Zetsche. At present, Mercedes-Benz also continues to create more down-to-earth leaps in technology, such as PRE-SAFE®, which senses impending accidents, alerts the driver, closes the sunroof, and adjusts seat belts and headrests before impact. Attention Assist measures a driver’s reactions through a series of over 70 indicators, sensing whether they are becoming drowsy and audibly alerting them to take a break, thus reducing accidents caused by fatigue. Through integrated safety technology, MercedesBenz has created one of the safest cars on the road today. Driving is often seen as necessity, but it is also a luxury and a privilege, something the design team at Mercedes-Benz is fully conscious of by designing safe, fun and luxurious cars for whatever the future may bring.

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Our grandfather and father both believed, “Everyone deserves a great second or new-to-you vehicle.”

Auto sales is in our blood and the thing we always hoped we would do most. Now, as third generation owners, and open since 2009, our values remain the same. Be passionate about what you drive. At MacNeil motors, we try our best to be different and carry great quality pre-owned and speciality vehicles of all makes and models that our customers demand most. Now into our sixth year, and quickly becoming one of Canada's largest growing preowned dealerships, we recognize our success has come from one thing: providing our customers the automobiles they want to drive most with the best value for their dollar. Unlike other dealerships where you may just be a transaction, we realize that when you make a purchase at MacNeil Motors, it’s our family name that gets attached to every single one of you, our valued customers. And we take that very seriously. If you are in the market for a great pre-owned vehicle, we would like to personally invite you to our family dealership and have the opportunity to earn your business. We look forward to meeting you!

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

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A World of Difference

For the latest in beautiful furniture and decor trends, Furniture World has the perfect fit for your home and how you live. Locally owned and operated, since 1990. Let our trusted noncommissioned staff take you through our 36,000 sq ft showroom. Custom order designs, colors, size, fabric available. Let Us Make your Decision Easy.

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eeking out the city’s ‘Best of the Best’ is a task we take seriously at Fine Lifestyles. With so much competition in the marketplace — and consumers researching their options more than ever — businesses must continually innovate to stay at the top of their game. Here are three key practices that make a company stand out from the pack. 1. THEY PRIORITIZE THE C U STO M E R EXPERIENCE In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.” The best businesses listen to clients’ needs, exceed their expectations, address their concerns, and do their best to ensure their experience is positive from beginning to end. 2. THEY ENGAGE THROUGH EFFECTIVE ADVERTISING From sharing services and products on social media to advertising online and in print, successful businesses know how to reach their customers. These days, people are just one click away from a competitor. Businesses who effectively use modern forms of marketing — and adapt as the tools evolve — position themselves well ahead of companies who rely strictly on word of mouth. The more marketing engages directly with customers, the stronger it is. 3. THEY KEEP STRIVING TO BE BETTER No matter how successful they become, the best companies continually strive to be better. They stay ahead of changes in their industry, pay attention to consumer behaviour and adapt to meet demands. And if a service or product they offer isn’t working, they change it. This passion and drive is reflected in every aspect of a successful business. We’re proud to showcase the best of our city in these pages.

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BAKERY

A Feast for Your Senses at COBS Bread By Brook Thalgott Photos Lisa Landrie

Walk into COBS Bread in Lawson Heights and it’s a feast for the senses. The aroma of freshly baked breads, buns and scones — both sweet and savoury — greets you at the door. You’ll marvel at the selection of baked goods on display and ready for you to take home. Owner Mike Jackson opened the first Saskatchewan location in May 2014. “We first tried COBS Bread over eight years ago in Kamloops and always enjoyed our visits to their stores,” says Jackson. “After two years of work with COBS Bread, we launched the first-ever store in Saskatchewan.” 70

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What COBS does best is right in their name: bread. The locally made breads are not only delicious but also a wonderful choice for a healthy lifestyle. You’ll find chia bread (a powerful source of omega3s) and whole wheat range baked bread with 100 per cent whole grain whole wheat flour. The COBS’s signature higher fibre white bread looks and tastes just like regular white bread but contains three times the fibre.

Like our Facebook page and enter for the chance to win Saskatoon’s best bread for an entire year for you and your family! “My favourite bread is the Turkish,” says Jackson. “It works wonderfully dipped in balsamic vinegar and is fabulous as a panini.” All the traditional breads are baked from scratch and contain no added sugar, dairy, colour or preservatives. “Everything we make is made daily instore,” says Jackson. “Every morning

we’re here baking the finest breads for your family with quality ingredients, including 100 per cent Canadian wheat.” COBS Bread has a commitment to the community, and it’s a strong one. At the end of the day, all of the leftover bread is donated to local charities. Since opening its first store in Canada in 2003, COBS has donated more than $15 million in bread to charities. In Saskatoon, Jackson and his team work with CHEP, The Lighthouse, The Salvation Army, The Bridge, Westside Community Centre, St Mary’s, Rock Church, Teen Challenge, plus many others throughout the year. COBS also works with various charities nationally. This past fall, COBS Bread worked with the Breakfast Club of Canada on the Higher Fibre for Higher Learning campaign. One dollar from the sale of each high fibre white loaf was donated to The Breakfast Club, and franchise wide more than $42,000 was raised for the worthy cause. Katrina Sawchuk, principal at St. Mary Wellness and Education Centre, can attest to the COBS Bread dedication to giving back to the community. “We are a school that

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thrives on partnerships and we emphasize the strengths of students and their families. One of the ways we do this is by delivering a quality nutrition program,” says Sawchuk. “Last August, we started a partnership with COBS, and every Thursday I pick up the fresh bread when the store closes. The bread is so delicious and the students have started calling Friday ‘sandwich day.’” The school has noticed the impact on its community, and they appreciate the COBS staff endlessly. COBS Bread is worth a visit — and you’ll be back again and again for the delicious, fresh baked loaves and buns. Plus, you can take pride knowing that by supporting COBS Bread, you’re supporting the local community. COBS Bread Lawson Heights Mall Unit 100, 136 Primrose Drive Saskatoon 306.242.2262 cobsbread.com /Cobs Bread - Lawson Heights

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BIKES

ENJOY THE RIDE

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s the summer season settles in on Saskatoon, cyclists all over the city are taking to the streets, paths and trails. With more and more options for cycling in the city, people of all ages are showing heightened enthusiasm for biking. Whether you’re a first-time rider or an avid cyclist, Bruce’s Cycle Works is Saskatoon’s go-to place for all your biking needs. The City of Saskatoon recently announced its new Active Transportation Plan, and has been busy adding bike lanes to new and existing communities, explains Susan Clarke of Bruce’s Cycle Works. “It’s wonderful. Saskatoon is becoming a really bike-able city,” she says. “A lot of people who live in the suburbs are finding that they can now commute to work or school safely, either on protected bike pathways or marked bike lanes.”

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Bruce’s Cycle Works is co-owned by avid cyclists Neil Clarke and Cory Zetterstorm. For more than 15 years, Bruce’s has helped riders find bikes, with a wide range of styles and sizes for everyone in the family. The store carries Specialized, Trek, Rocky Mountain, Haro, BMX and Miele. Their knowledgeable staff members are happy to help find the right bike to suit your needs and the needs of your family, as well as the right accessories and apparel to outfit you and your bike for a safe and enjoyable ride. Bruce’s Cycle Works is best known for the wealth of information and advice their employees are eager to share with those who come through their doors. “Not only do our customers get information about equipment when they come to us, but we’re able to let them know what opportunities there are in the bike community,” says Susan. “Saskatoon has six Saskatchewan Cycling Clubs, each with a different focus, including mountain biking, road, cyclocross, kids programs, touring, group riding and fatbiking.” The shop is centrally located in the heart of Sutherland. With a full service department, Bruce’s Cycle Works can also handle all the servicing your bike needs along the way, from replacing a flat tire to a full tune-up. Servicing many of the surrounding suburbs, Bruce’s has become a hub in the area, where kids come to put air in their tires and customers are always bumping into friends they know, Susan expresses. “We’re the closest bike shop to many of the suburbs that are in existence or being created. It really is a community shop,” she says. “We value our customers. We want to take care of them, and help them to enjoy the ride.” Bruce’s Cycle Works – where the bike is just the beginning. Bruce’s Cycle Works A – 1104 Central Ave. Saskatoon 306.934.2552 brucescycleworks@sasktel.net www.brucescycleworks.com Bottom Left: Cory Zetterstorm (left), Neil Clarke (right)

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BODY ART

Where Tattoos and Gardening Meet:

The Evolution of Pic-Man By Courtney Tait

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ith a fireplace in the corner, family photos on the walls and a drawer full of toys for kids, Pic-Man Tattoo isn’t your typical tattoo studio. “We’re a family studio, and we bring customer service to the table,” says Tracey Grand’Maison, who owns and runs Pic-Man Tattoo with her husband Marc. Opened in 1997, Pic-Man is one of the city’s longest running tattoo studios, offering custom designs and permanent cosmetic tattooing. Tracey and Marc pride themselves on their welcoming and frank approach, shown in the business’s catch phrase: “Of course it hurts!” A self-taught artist, Marc has been tattooing since 1985. While some artists in the industry do only niche tattooing, Marc’s experience has given him the fundamentals of all kinds of tattooing, enabling him to offer a wide array of styles. Tracey helps clients through the design process. “My biggest job is to get people’s ideas from head to paper,” she says. Tracey and Marc encourage clients to ask any questions they may have about tattooing, from the design process to safety procedures. Tracey offers an open, honest perspective on tattoos, which she considers to be a big life decision. Pic-Man Tattoo has worked with the Saskatoon Health Region since opening in 1997, ensuring its equipment and procedures are 100 per cent safe. “Tracey pushes safety, knowledge and research,” says Geoff Litwin, a client of Pic-Man. “A shop that is willing to slow people down and educate them on what they are doing to their body makes all the difference in the world.” Ashley Schumack, who has been getting tattoos done by Marc for 15 years, says, “Marc has always captured what I envisioned in my tattoos. His creativity is unsurpassed and his work shows it. This shop makes you feel like you’re at your home away from home.” Pic-Man, which has both SABEX and ABEX awards for community involvement, recently launched a new side to its business: Herb-Man. Specializing in education of medicinal cannabis and small space gardening, HerbMan features a wide array of products from seeds to fertilizer, vaporizers and cooking equipment. If you have a question, they can help. This fall, Herb-Man will also carry a range of indoor gardening systems (soil and hydroponic) for both vegetables and herbs. “There is a need for education on medicinal cannabis, the strains and options for consumption,” says Tracey. “It’s an important factor to look at if you’re in chronic pain, have fatigue, stress or anxiety. We help people with learning about the herb and assistance with products for use. People who want advice and discretion can come to us.” Herb-Man offers delivery service through mail or bus, as over 50 per cent of clientele are from small town Saskatchewan. Tracey says the most fulfilling part of their work is interacting with people every day. “My dad always said there are no strangers in life, just people you haven’t met yet,” she says. “Saskatchewan people prove that to us each and every day.” Pic-Man Tattoo & Herb-Man 226 3rd Avenue South, Saskatoon 306.384.7887 picman.tattoo@sasktel.net

OPPOSITE Tracey Grand’Maison and husband Marc

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BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

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ince its opening in 1984, Brides ‘N Belles has become an essential store for the women of Saskatoon. “It’s amazing to look back at how many people we’ve looked after in the last thirty-some odd years, and how many weddings we’ve had a part in,” reflects owner Debbie Simpson. “I have families where I’ve sold the mother her wedding gown, the daughter her grad dress, and now I’m selling the daughter her wedding gown. It’s really special.” Brides ‘N Belles has interesting roots. “It was never supposed to be a bridal shop,” Simpson recollects. “My younger brother had wanted to open a card and gift shop, but he made the mistake of getting his three sisters involved, and we never had a card or gift in the store, ever — it went right to dresses. And before it opened, we had to buy him out, because he couldn’t work here.” The store has now been open more than 30 years and is still as busy as ever. Brides ‘N Belles carries a wide array of stunning dresses for brides, bridesmaids

and mother of the brides, as well as a beautiful selection of graduation gowns. “We also carry all the accessories to go with the gowns — shoes and veils, headpieces and jewelry,” Simpson adds. The shop also offers on-site alterations for all gowns sold at the store and provides a wide range of sizes, from size two to 30. Simpson advises it is best to do one’s wedding dress shopping far in advance of the wedding, as it takes usually three to six months for wedding gowns to be shipped in, and 10 weeks to four months for bridesmaid dresses, depending on the company chosen. There are no appointments necessary for a fitting at Brides ‘N Belles. “Girls can just stop in whenever so it’s convenient.” The store also does special orders so girls can choose exactly what they want, even if it is not in at the store. Fashion shows are also a great way for brides and bridesmaids to find which styles they like and see some

dresses before their shopping. “We do two fashion shows a year with Bridal Spectacular,” she comments. “Over the years, we’ve done more than 60 shows.” Brides ‘N Belles has been an important part of the Saskatoon wedding scene for more than 30 years, and even won the 2015 Consumer Choice Award, all thanks to the passion and dedication of Simpson and her excellent staff. Working in the Bridal business is especially rewarding for Simpson because she gets to work with people at such important times in their lives: “it’s not like any other retail business, it’s so much more personal,” she says. “We’ve persevered for many years, and it’s something I still enjoy doing. It’s so rewarding to find what the girls like and make them look awesome.” Brides ‘N Belles 714 2nd Avenue North, Saskatoon 306.652.2923 www.bridesnbelles.ca

Models Caitlyn and Sheena courtesy of SHE Modelling Agency & School. CENTER Debbie Simpson, owner.

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CONCIERGE SERVICES

TIME IS NOT

Measured by Clocks but by Moments By Brook Thalgott Photos Lisa Landrie

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shton Prescott knows all about the value of time; and so it is the very basis of her business. Ashton launched Saskatoon’s At Your Service Concierge because she recognizes that time is precious and she wants to help you spend your free time doing what you want, not dealing with the mundane details of life. “The need for my services was reaffirmed after a loss — my uncle passing far too

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early in a life that wasn’t ready to be finished. No one knows what will happen tomorrow, so we need to make the most of today,” she says. As a society, we’re more pressed for time than ever. These days, more and more of us are working beyond the typical 40-hour, Monday-to-Friday work week. Because of this trend, our leisure time is becoming even more sacred. No one

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wants to spend their time off managing life’s minutia when they could be doing the things they actually want to be doing. And that’s where Ashton and At Your Service Concierge come in. “My job is to ensure your free time is just that: free. Go golfing, take a trip, do whatever makes you happy! What-ever you do, just get out there and enjoy life because we only get one,” says Ashton. “I take care of all the little things so you can


get out with your friends, your family and your hobbies.” At Your Service can handle everything from shopping to dog walking to making appointments, as well as event and travel planning. “Whether you need your calendar managed, groceries bought or dry cleaning picked up, that’s where I come in,” says Ashton. “I take care of the details and simplify your busy life.” At Your Service Concierge can also be of great help around the office. If your employees need assistance get-ting things done, Ashton is there. She can be a personal assistant to the whole office, doing the things your employees need to get out of the way so they can focus on work. “Having a personal concierge come into the workplace is a great way to decrease stress and boost morale,” says Ashton. “Even just once a week can get a whole team’s mind off the little stuff and onto the big stuff.” However, At Your Service Concierge isn’t just for high-flying executive types. Sometimes we all need to make an investment in our greatest gift and asset: our time. Ashton is there for everyone — whether you need some one-off help or regular assistance. “It is possi-ble to have someone pick up some of the load and not break the bank,” she says. Let Ashton and At Your Service Concierge help you take back control of your day, your week and your life. Take the time to do the things you truly enjoy and let Ashton can take care of the rest. Call for a free consul-tation today at 306.291.4566 or visit atyourserviceconcierge.ca for more information.

At Your Service Concierge 306.291.4566 Atyourserviceconcierge.ca info@atyourserviceconcierge.ca AtYourServiceConciergeSaskatoon aysconcierge

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CUSTOM FRAMING

Not sure what to buy the special couple this wedding season? A gift card from J&S is unique, thoughtful and easy! Visit us today.

Express Your Style & Creativity:

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estled in one of Saskatoon’s oldest neighbourhoods, this locally-owned company creates conversation pieces that stand the test of time. It only takes one trip to understand the care and respect J&S Picture Frame Warehouse puts into their product. Whether you are a homeowner, artist or interior designer, they can help you express your style and creativity. Owner Sherry Morris and her team deliver workmanship and customer service you can count on. From framing pictures, art, needlework and mirrors to photo restoration, the customer has always been Morris’ first priority. J&S Picture Frame Warehouse is a turn-key operation where every piece of the puzzle is created in-shop. “We simply offer the best selection of materials to preserve your treasures, keepsakes and works of art,” Morris says.

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Surrounded by an impeccably crafted showroom, Morris exudes knowledge as she explains the vast options available for quality custom picture framing and design. Fifteen years ago, the company expanded to include photo restoration and large format printing. Old photographs and documents are scanned in-house and restored with precision using a computer program. The dramatic enhancement in colour and quality allows customers to exhibit their piece with pride. GALLERY WRAP Traditional techniques are gaining popularity in modern design. Canvas printing can include reproductions of an artist’s acrylic or oil painting or a cherished wedding photograph. A gallery wrap canvas gives clean lines to hang beautifully on your wall. Treated with a matte finish UV laminate and stretched onto a frame, canvases can also float in a frame for added detail.

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Owner Sherry Morris and her family. Original family photo by Milton Taylor of Imagery Photography

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Photos courtesy of J&S Picture Frame Warehouse.

SPORTS MEMORABILIA You didn’t spend a lot of money on your collectable sports items to have them hang in the closet or be stuck in a drawer. J&S Picture Frame Warehouse creates impressive sports memorabilia displays. With a keen instinct for the craft, employees turn your beloved hockey or Rider gear into an intriguing collection you won’t want to hide. Charming shadow boxes frame-up anything from a treasured jersey to a prized signed hockey stick.

J&S Picture Frame Warehouse has a special knack for family photos. Offering the largest selection of frame and matting in the city, corners are never cut when creating a masterpiece to hang in your home. Vivid colours displayed on a stunning backdrop can be perfectly suited to your personal style. This black and white canvas photograph was recreated from a colour picture and updated with a red frame for a more modern look. Let your family photos come to life for everyone to see.

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GICLEE PRINTING Gloria Parker’s fabulous landscape pastels express Saskatchewan’s beauty in breathtaking fashion. The talented Saskatoon artist captures her passion with incredible detail. Inspired by Mother Nature, her tranquil but vibrant pieces of art illustrate our exquisite surroundings. J&S Picture Frame Warehouse offers framed original work or prints by various artists, who can take advantage of giclee printing which is available on archival paper and canvas. It’s the perfect opportunity for creative minds to create a series of limited editions from their original artwork.

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Don’t let your family heirlooms or special travel keepsakes go unnoticed. Create a conversation piece — such as this incredible Aztec mask — with tasteful LED lighting. From showcasing important jewellery to accentuating a special gift, LED lighting transforms any item from lifeless to animate. The soft lights flatter intricate details and give spirit to your feature piece. J&S Picture Frame Warehouse 121 Jessop Avenue Saskatoon 306.373.1171 jandspicture@shaw.ca

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atina Floor & Décor has just celebrated its one year anniversary, and to say it’s found its niche in that time would be an understatement. In one short year Patina has become a destination shopping point. “We are thrilled with how welcoming the community of Warman has been and how much support we’ve received,” say owners, Davide Dazzan and Rhonda Johannson. “We love our community. It’s a beautiful city with a small town feel, and a really nice place to be in business.”

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Rhonda and Davide started Patina Floor & Décor along with business partner, Sandra Holmstrom from Saskatoon Ceramic Tiles Floor Covering Division, a local company built over decades of providing quality flooring. Wanting to provide a complementary business in their home community of Warman, Rhonda and Davide launched Patina Floor & Décor, building upon Saskatoon Ceramic Tiles’ solid reputation. Patina Floor & Décor offers Warman and surrounding areas custom blinds and drapery, flooring, interior design, wallpaper and home décor. When working with a customer, “We help our clients define their style and colour palette,” Rhonda relates. “People are often looking for custom décor pieces. We work through the selection process and assist our clients to discover what they need from a functional perspective. It’s important to find what product will best suit a customer’s lifestyle.” On staff at Patina Floor & Décor is interior design consultant, Carmen Stander, who helps customers work through technical aspects like cabinetry, countertops and lighting. From start to finish, a new build or renovation project

is as easy as possible for the client: Patina Floor & Décor also provides interior design advice on unique décor accents to customize every space, product and flooring selection, and expert installation teams to bring the space into reality. Feedback from happy clients abound. “Very friendly and helpful staff! So glad to have a great store like this in Warman!” says Christa. “Amazing pieces with so much class and simplicity it makes any place look gorgeous!” says Jodi. “What a beautiful store! The owners are super friendly and talented, so full of ideas,” says Nicole. For Rhonda and Davide, their favourite part of the job is when they know their customers are satisfied. “When we receive positive feedback with how pleased they are with our product, quality and customer service, it motivates us to keep doing what we’re doing,” she says. “We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, superior products and installations, selection and value. People know they can trust us to take care of their homes.” For one year in business, Patina Floor & Décor has certainly gained its fair share of

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traction in the community. Then again, who wouldn’t be drawn to the beautiful flooring, drapery and interior décor Rhonda and Davide’s team bring to life?. L-R Rhonda Johannson and Davide Dazzan. Photo courtesy Finelite Photography.

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FINANCE MANAGEMENT

FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS That Work For You By Trina Annand Photos Heather Fritz

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rowing up on the family farm, brothers Shannon and Byron Briske learned the importance of planting seeds and planning for a harvest, values they bring to work every day. The duo strives for excellence in everything they do; their hockey skills propelled Shannon into the Western Hockey League and Byron to the Canadiens and the Ducks. “We are very goal oriented. We learned a strong work ethic, structure and discipline from playing hockey. We’re not satisfied with being number two,” says Byron. At The Briske Financial Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd., clients can find the expert advice they need combined with family values, and the support of the Assante brand. The “Chairman’s Council Elite” status with Assante Wealth Management attests to the brothers’ dedication to their clients and their financial well being. They are ranked amongst the top 25 best advisors, a coveted position that over 750 advisors vie for. “Our work really starts with a blank piece of paper. A lot of people in the industry try to push clients into cookie-cutter solutions,” says Shannon. “We truly get to know our clients and customize our offerings to suit their unique needs and goals.” “Shannon and Byron were instrumental in guiding us through the process of setting up our buy/sells and putting insurance in place that would fund our shareholder agreement obligations well into the future. We were also very pleased with the scope of their

offering,” says client Jim Clunie of Kelsey Trail Trucking. The Briske Financial Group has access to a variety of tools and experts their clients need to make a decision. “It seemed that for every one of our needs they had an expert on hand that made sure we had the best option available for our unique situation,” says client Richard Clunie of Kelsey Pipelines. For entrepreneurs, agricultural and small business owners, it’s challenging to unlock their assets in the most efficient way, but for them financial planning is critical to their success, longevity and even expansion capability. “I have been very impressed with Shannon and Byron’s ability to manage my excess corporate dollars in a safe, tax efficient and liquid manner. I would highly recommend any business owner to sit down with them and see what they can offer you and your business,” says client Mark Loepkky of FFUN Group. For Byron and Shannon the most rewarding part of their job is building stronger businesses and therefore a stronger community. “A lot of people focus on retirement planning, but there has to be a balance. You need to enjoy your life too,” says Shannon. “Finding the perfect solution for our clients is what gets us up in the morning.” The Briske Financial Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd. 301 500 Spadina Crescent East Saskatoon 306.665.3244 sbriske@assante.com bbriske@assante.com www.thebriskefinancialgroup.com

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FITTING SHOP

Pink Tree:

A Fitting Shop Recommended by Experts By Courtney Tait Photos Lisa Landrie

Pink is the colour of love and healing. At Pink Tree, a fitting shop specializing in wigs, mastectomy supplies and garments, bras, compression therapy and sun protective clothing, men and women are treated with care and compassion — essential elements in the healing process.

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compression therapy, Pink Tree’s team of six certified fitters offer what owner Anita Kerr calls “a culture of care.” She explains,

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“We provide a client with as much as they need to help them get back to their normal lifestyle and wellbeing.” As one of Saskatoon’s premier fitting shops, Pink Tree offers quality products from all the major manufacturers. Due to its long-standing service and excellent

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reputation, Pink Tree works closely with its clients’ healthcare providers, including physicians, physiotherapists and surgeons. Vascular surgeon Dr. J. Spelay, who refers patients to Pink Tree for mastectomy supplies, hernia belts, back supports


L TO R: Michelle, Karen, Anita (owner), Jane and Penny MISSING: Carol MODEL Terry Hein courtesy of Masala Model & Talent and School of Personal Development

and compression garments, says, “The knowledgeable and friendly staff always put their clients at the forefront of every visit. I look forward to a continued collaboration for many years to come.” Pink Tree encourages clients to visit the shop prior to an upcoming surgery as well as after, as understanding their prosthesis and hairpiece options prepares them for healing. Pink Tree client Sheryll Horachek says the staff member who assisted her was “like an angel that came down to cross my path. She was kind, understanding, interested, encouraging, patient, informative and an absolute pleasure to deal with. I felt like I made a new friend and left the store so happy with my purchase.” Featuring a range of compression products and exclusive sports braces, Pink Tree is recommended by physical therapists and other professionals

that treat injuries. Physical Therapist Shelly Prosko says whether you are post surgical needing protection and support, or are an active individual suffering from an overuse injury, proper fitting and selection is of utmost importance. “The knowledgeable, caring and experienced certified fitters at Pink Tree will assist you and your health professional with the correct product for your health and recovery needs,” she says. Karen Craven of Craven SPORT Services, who treats people with a variety of injuries and other needs, says, “We refer our clients to Pink Tree because they carry top-of-theline products that have medical grade compression and the support and comfort that the patient needs. The staff is very qualified in measuring the client so they get the size of brace that

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is right for them. Their quality of service and communication is excellent.” Pink Tree continually expands their selection, and features an annual September sale that draws new and regular clientele. Anita says the personal assistance and amount of time Pink Tree’s staff members spend with clients makes them feel valued. “Our goal is to provide the best service we can,” she says. “The service starts from the time you walk in the door until long after you leave.”

At Pink Tree We Care Your Health – Your Shop Pink Tree The Fitting Shop #1-701 2nd Ave N Saskatoon 306.665.6544 pinktree@sasktel.net www.pinktree.ca

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FLOORING

Your Floor, Your Way at Saskatoon’s End of the Roll

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rand name flooring. Competitive prices on in-store stock. Flooring advisors eager to assist you. Welcome to End of the Roll, where for the past two decades Rodney Mellquist and his team have been helping homeowners across the province with their flooring needs for a price that just cannot be achieved elsewhere. “In fact,” smiles Mellquist, “if someone sees [a product] cheaper elsewhere, I’ll beat the price, just to have that business. It’s better to build that relationship than not.” Working with some of the industry’s biggest names — Mohawk, Shaw,

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Armstrong, Mannington and Beaulieu to name just a few — End of the Roll is able to offer competitive prices on its massive inventory of hardwood, laminate, tile, luxury vinyl tile/plank, carpeting and area rugs because of the company’s purchasing power. And as a bonus, having its own warehouse means “Everything is in-store, so there is no waiting time once a customer figures out what they’re going to get.” When a customer arrives, the flooring advisors take the time to find out exactly what it is the customer is after. Is it a renovation project? Is it a new home? Seventy per cent of End of the Roll’s

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business are homeowners, with the other 30 per cent made up of commercial contracts or homebuilders. “We’ll take a look at your wants, your budget and what products you’re after,” says Mellquist. “After that, we’ll organize a measure, and produce a quote that is 100 per cent.” Mellquist attributes the success of his business to a few factors: his staff, the customer service the team provides to every customer, the quality of installation and the follow up afterwards to ensure the clients are pleased with the process. “That has got us where we are, and will continue to take us forward,” he says.


“People have phoned and said, ‘Wow, the installer was amazing.’ People have come in and said, ‘I’m back because of the service.’” With almost 30 staff total (including eight installation crews working exclusively for the store), Mellquist takes pride in the team he’s worked diligently to build. For instance, of store controller Mike Gordon Mellquist raves about his professionalism. “He’s one of the best workers I’ve ever seen.” The warehouse is managed by Gary Inserto, while flooring advisors Hannah Sumners, Doug McCabe and Sarah Jane Carter work oneon-one with customers. “My staff does a fantastic job,” Mellquist beams. “They understand their roles and my goals with the business.”

The service Saskatoon’s End of the Roll provides hasn’t gone unnoticed. Trusted Saskatoon has given them the “thumbs up,” and for the past six years Mellquist and his team have been a Consumer Choice Award winner as Saskatoon’s top flooring store. “When people hear that, it gives them a peace of mind,” Mellquist explains. “It makes them feel comfortable coming in the door.” End of the Roll is a leader in the flooring industry. Whether it’s tile, hardwood, laminate, LVT/LVP, carpet or even blinds, Mellquist invites you in to experience the difference his team provides.

L-R Rodney Mellquist, Sarah Jane Carter, Doug McCabe, Hannah Sumners, Gary Inserto, Mike Gordon. Top right photo and staff photo courtesy Lisa Landrie.

End of the Roll 74 33rd Street East Saskatoon 306.683.3600 endoftheroll.com saskatoon@endoftheroll.com

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FOOTWEAR

A FLAIR FOR

FOOTWEAR By Tonya Lambert Photos Heather Fritz Models Steph Ardel, Charmaine Bristow, Ellen Tyminski and Debbie Rempel courtesy of Masala Model & Talent and School of Personal Development.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” —Marilyn Monroe

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isit Traxx Footwear to experience Saskatchewan’s largest and most luxurious collection of footwear. The selection of shoes ranges from sexy sling-backs and sparkly stilettos to fashionable flats and sturdy sneakers. Traxx has an unparalleled selection that you must see to believe! Located in the Grosvenor Park Shopping Centre on 8th Street in Saskatoon, Traxx, the largest shoe store in Western Canada, encompasses 9,000 sq. ft. of style, sophistication and shoe shopping satisfaction. Leisurely browse, then settle into a comfortable seat while slipping on fabulous selections from the more than 120 brands featured in store.

Ladies, no matter your preferences you will find comfortable shoes available in numerous contemporary colours. Guys, check out the display of dashingly debonair dress shoes by Lloyd crafted from amazing German leather. Watch for new fall fashions appearing in store soon; you are in for an overload of the senses due to a tantalizing selection of coloured leathers in a wide variety of styles (including many athletic calf boot options). In addition to a fantastic array of footwear, Traxx also provides fabulous finds in handbags, belts, socks, Oakley sunglasses and other fun accessories. This unique selection of funky and

fashion-forward accessories is just what you need to transform an outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. Need help finding the ideal pair of shoes? The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Traxx Footwear is just as passionate about finding you the right shoes as you are. Their energy, excitement and enthusiasm are evident the moment you walk through the doors. Unable to make it in to the store? Don’t worry, shop online at www.traxxfootwear. ca and your favourite styles will arrive on your doorstep promptly. Follow Traxx Footwear on Facebook to learn about new arrivals, super savings and upcoming events. Traxx hosts special events such as VIP shopping experiences. A shopping experience can be arranged for an individual or group to have extra special one-on-one attention — this is a perfect gift for your mom, wife or a special bride-to-be. Traxx… where they have a flair for footwear! Traxx Footwear #23 2105 8th Street E Grosvenor Park Shopping Centre Saskatoon 306.956.2272 1.866.956.2272 www.traxxfootwear.ca /traxxfootwear |

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FUNERAL SERVICES

Saskatoon Funeral Home By Paul Sinkewicz Photos Megan Antoniuk Photography

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he day you say goodbye to a loved one forever is never an easy day.

The Edwards family has walked sons, daughters, wives and husbands through that difficult day innumerable times over the past 105 years. Through a mixture of empathy for their client’s grief and a pride in the service being provided, four generations of the family have earned the trust of their community. The Edwards family and Saskatoon Funeral Home were recently honoured with a sixth consecutive Consumer Choice Award for Funeral Service in Saskatoon. The recognition is extremely meaningful to CEO Bill Edwards and General Manager Morgan Edwards, who took time to answer some questions about their family business. Fine Lifestyles: What does the Consumer Choice Award mean to you? Bill Edwards: We are humbled to be recognized as the best in our field as a funeral service provider. At the same time, we are proud we have stayed true to the values established by our founder, W.A. Edwards. These values are fairness, honesty, integrity, trust and compassion. They have been our compass by defining our relationship with our clients and the community. FL: What is it that those voters have recognized in Saskatoon Funeral Home? Morgan Edwards: There is a relationship between those dealing with a loss and our family business. We make real and meaningful connections with people because we are genuine neighbours in the community. When we are trusted with the care of a family’s loved one, we treat that responsibility with respect and reverence. They’re giving us the privilege of helping their family and that’s a big decision. We strive to meet their every need and exceed expectations. FL: Have you found that relationships are a large part of the business because it involves four generations of one family?

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the generations we tend to have with families because they know they can trust us and things will be taken care of. The worry goes away because they know they are in good hands. FL: What advice can you give people about funeral planning? BE: The pre-planning process is probably the best way to ensure peace of mind and ease stress on the surviving family when a death occurs. The family can feel assured they are doing what their loved one wanted. Nothing is being forgotten and decisions are not made contrary to their wishes. It takes a lot of the doubt and uncertainty away. FL: Does Saskatoon Funeral Home help with pre-planning? ME: Absolutely. Our pre-planning specialist Lauren Perryman will meet with families here at the office or wherever they wish. She does a great job of educating people and making sure they make the right decisions. It’s a free service without obligation. It’s about finding out what best fits them. We don’t try to make our

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“They made pre-planning so simple, explaining all my options and the costs, without pressure. Having everything arranged and paid for with a trusted local company gave me great peace of mind.” — Dr. Isabelle Mills

through the toughest time they have ever had to deal with. Over and over we get comments and remarks about the care and attention our staff members give to family members going through a loss. They recognize we are there for them and we feel more like family members to a lot of them. When someone comes into this building, they are treated just like guests in our home. FL: Since 1910, Saskatoon Funeral Home’s development seems to be intertwined with that of the city. BE: Striving to meet and exceed the needs of our clients has seen us bring a lot of “firsts” to the community — the first motorized funeral equipment, the provinces first crematorium, the first family centre and the first pet cremation service. This past May we were proud to be part of the opening of the only permanent funeral home exhibit in the country. The Western Development Museum has added a new building on its 1910 Boomtown Street: the Edwards Funeral Home. We encourage everyone to go out and tour it. The exhibit not only tells our history but also that of the funeral profession in Saskatchewan in the early 1900s. FL: And yet you are on the cutting edge of technology too, are you not?

families fit into a certain funeral model. We make the funeral or memorial service fit what best suits them and their family. We have a great resource on our website (www.saskatoonfuneralhome.com) about why pre-planning is important and an inquiry form that can be filled out for more information. FL: We hear a lot about the Edwards Family Centre across the street on Fourth Avenue. Can you explain a bit about it? BE: The Edwards Family Centre is really a community service. We host funeral receptions and lunches there, but also, any group that is serving a community need is welcome to use the space. It is home for numerous groups and organizations that

are too small to have their own facility. The Edwards Family Centre is one of the ways we meet our family and business commitment to the betterment of our community and its people on a social, economic and spiritual level. There are upwards of 30 bereavement groups and events at the centre, as well as our continuing care program for client families, and a wonderful bereavement resource lending library open to the public. It is a real resource at one of the most difficult times of your life. FL: I imagine having the right type of people working with you is important. BE: Without a doubt, our company is our people. Our job is helping a family navigate

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ME: We recently revamped our website to better serve our clients, and we also connect with the community on Facebook. Because we live in a more global community, we also offer full audio visual and recording services as well as live streaming of services for those who cannot make it back to Saskatoon for the service. We are always looking for ways to make this journey a little easier for our clients while bringing real meaning and memories to all attending. It’s what this business has always been about.

Saskatoon Funeral Home 338 Fourth Avenue North Saskatoon 306.244.5577 mail@saskatoonfuneralhome.com www.saskatoonfuneralhome.com |

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FURNITURE

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Bringing The World To Your Door… for 15 years By Tonya Lambert Photos Lisa Landrie

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urniture is more than just functionality; your furniture is about who you are as an individual and as a family. You choose your furniture according to how you live your life, what your values are and your sense of style. Your furniture needs and choices are as unique as you. At International Furniture Wholesalers (IFW) in Saskatoon, they understand that individuality is important and they work with you to help you obtain the pieces that reflect you. IFW has a wide selection of furniture, artwork and accessories which you won’t find anywhere else. Their showroom is filled with an incredible number of carefully chosen product options from a variety of manufacturers, most of which are exclusive to IFW. Tastefully displayed in an array of creative combinations, their residential and commercial furnishings cover the full spectrum of styles from classic to contemporary. When IFW was founded in 1999 by Dale and Donna Adolf, the company focused primarily on mattresses and bedroom furniture. Today, IFW carries furniture and décor for every room of your home, including the patio, and they are proud to still be at the forefront when it comes to furnishing your sleep sanctuary. Not only does IFW carry an assortment of mattresses in every size — including custom sizing for RVs and campers — they also offer several styles of alternative sleep solutions to help make the most

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“The customer service we received at IFW was second to none. The team really takes the time to understand your style, taste, budget and lifestyle in order to help you pick the best furniture for you and your family.” Kari S. – Satisfied Customer

“The entire IFW team are fantastic. The selection and prices are unbeatable and the service is terrific. Whether I am staging properties to sell, furnishing my own home, or assisting clients with interior design I always recommend IFW and my clients have

F O O R P of your space, such as wall beds, bunk beds, davenports and sleep chests. IFW also offers several lines of youth bedroom suites that will grow with your child. IFW recently introduced their custom dining program that allows you to choose the dimensions, shapes, materials, finishes and colours for all your important family gatherings. Crafted from Canadian solid wood, every table comes complete with customizable leg, edge and apron options. As well, there are a plethora of fabric choices for the chairs. Manufactured by one of North America’s largest manufacturers, your custom table and chair set is backed by a 10-year warranty. Increasingly, people are seeing their yard as an extension of their home and are furnishing it as such. Outdoor kitchens are

extremely popular and IFW has the tables, chairs and barbeques needed to create your perfect outdoor oasis. They also carry several models of hot tubs by Artesian Spas, a top manufacturer whose hot tubs are specifically made to handle the extremes of Saskatchewan’s weather. Sit back and relax after a long day while controlling the sound system, jets, waterfalls and chromatherapy options with your smartphone.

always had a great experience there. IFW is my ‘go to’ furniture store!”

Heather Kehoe, Realtor, C21 Fusion

Whether you are doing a complete makeover or simply looking to add a few new pieces, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at IFW will be happy to help you find the ideal furniture to create your new individual look. For all your furniture needs, shop International Furniture Wholesalers.

International Furniture Wholesalers 3402 Faithful Avenue Saskatoon 306.955.1031 InternationalFurnitureWholesalers.ca

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HAIR SALON

Angles SalonSpa: On the Cutting Edge By Tonya Lambert Photos Courtesy of Angles SalonSpa

Angles SalonSpa in Midtown Plaza is an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Saskatoon. At Angles, award-winning cosmetologist Tammy McLean has established an elegant environment where clients are polished, primped and pampered using an alluring combination of ancient spa therapies and state-of-the-art techniques and products. “It’s LA with a European, classy twist,” says client Toni L. ABOVE SFDF Team Angles SalonSpa and La Biosthetique. RIGHT Tammy McLean, owner

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cLean has been in the beauty business her entire life. “At four years old, I was already fixing my friends’ hair! There is something about making people feel good inside and out that has always appealed to me,” she recalls, laughing. Dedicated to helping others uncover their inner and outer beauty, McLean sought out like-minded professionals to work alongside her at Angles SalonSpa. “I hire people who are passionate about what they do, people who find inspiration outside of work that helps keep them motivated,” explains McLean. “Personally, I love what I do so I can honestly say that I don’t feel like I have worked a day in the last 20 years.” The stylists and aestheticians at Angles SalonSpa are masters of their craft, regularly attending classes and seminars to keep up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. Fourteen are European-trained stylists and four are recognized as Top Canadian La Biosthetique® Master Colourists. Four Angles stylists are International Beauty winners and five more have been finalists. McLean herself has won several awards and even represented Canada at Top Hair 2014, a major international trend and fashion show in Germany. Still, she says she is most proud of the achievements of her staff.

so extensively, bringing ideas back to Saskatoon,” explains McLean. “As a result, Angles is known for setting the standard for salons and spas in Saskatoon. We are the first to market with new products, services and education. For example, we were the city’s first licensed salon and day spa. Men love to come in and enjoy a beer while getting their hair cut. Bridal parties can add to the festive atmosphere with a glass of wine. When other salons in the area follow a trend we’ve started, it’s flattering. I like to say we are ‘often imitated, never duplicated’.” A visit to Angles SalonSpa is a truly restorative experience. Come by Angles any day of the week and prepare to be pampered!

Angles Salon Spa Midtown Plaza 201 1st Avenue S, Saskatoon 306.653.4247 www.anglessalonspa.com

Angles SalonSpa provides a personalized approach to health and beauty for both women and men. An all-inclusive beauty experience, Angles offers cuts, colours and styling as well as manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup application and eyelash extensions, waxing and threading, tanning, massages and spa packages. (Gift cards are available.) For nine years, Angles has partnered with La Biosthetique® Paris, creators of a complete range of luxury hair, skin and body products and cosmetics. Angles’ stylists and aestheticians work with you to achieve the look you desire, while the dedicated spa staff offers unparalleled services that blend refinement and relaxation. Notes singer Selena Gomez, “I came to Angles to relax and have girltime before the show.” Over the years, Angles has garnered a reputation as a trendsetting establishment. “I love to travel and do

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SPACIOUS. STYLISH. SOPHISTICATED. By Tonya Lambert Photos Courtesy Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre

Relax in style at the newly renovated Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre. A cultural icon of Canada’s Hub City, the Saskatoon Inn is the site of many treasured memories for area residents. For over three decades, the Saskatoon Inn has been the No. 1 choice for conferences, wedding receptions and romantic weekend retreats and now, after extensive renovations, the hotel is better than ever with a fresh new look, state-of-the-art technology and more unique services to ensure that your time at the hotel is unforgettable.

The Saskatoon Inn’s new Executive Chef Amedeo Vallati hails from Italy and brings a cosmopolitan attitude and flavour to the restaurant. Using fresh, local produce, Chef Vallati presents a tantalizing array of international and Canadian cuisine. Indulge your sweet tooth at Friday night’s Chocolate Buffet, brought back by popular demand. There is also an impressive selection of craft beers, fine wines and cocktails available in the Lounge. Catering and room service are also available.

Ideally located on the north end of the city only minutes from Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, the hotel offers air travellers express personalized checkin service at the airport, allowing them to proceed directly to their room upon arrival. For guests traveling by vehicle, the hotel provides plenty of free, on-site parking.

The Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre has the largest meeting facilities in a local hotel at 26,000 sq. ft. of event space. Every executive boardroom features a plug ‘n’ play conference table hardwired to connect with the internet, as well as a large flatscreen television and incredibly comfortable ergonomic chairs.

The hotel’s spacious front lobby and impeccably-trained staff provide guests with a warm welcome. The cozy fireplace, convenient Starbucks and pod-style front desk system reflect the freedom and flexibility to be found throughout the hotel. The new mid-century modern décor promotes a sense of ease and empowerment with its flowing lines, warm colours and open spaces. The lush indoor garden in the central courtyard remains a hallmark of the hotel. Enjoy a stroll through this semi-tropical paradise topped by a large skylight, followed by a soak in the pool or jacuzzi and you will feel the stress just slip away. The Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre features 257 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 33 suites, all redone to provide the ultimate luxury experience. From plush duvets to contemporary showers, there is everything you need to enjoy a funfilled family vacation or a romantic weekend getaway. Each room has its own fridge and microwave, and there is a 24-hour market in the lobby where you can grab a snack whenever you need it.

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The hotel’s ballrooms and conference rooms have been tastefully redecorated and feature unique chandeliers and geometric carpeting. Each has been re-wired to accommodate the latest technology through iPod control panels. Able to accommodate groups of up to 1,200, these rooms are the ideal place to host conferences, trade shows, social events and wedding receptions. “The Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre is about creating relationships and making connections,” explains Rodolphe Bonnemie, Director of Sales and Marketing. “From the communal break area outside the meeting rooms, which offers a space to exchange ideas and expand your business network, to the most extensive free WiFi system in a Saskatchewan hotel, the Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre facilitates interactions.” Celebrate life … Connect at the Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre today! Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre 2002 Airport Drive 306.242.1440 www.saskatooninn.com

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Time to Sparkle

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our generations of jewelers back the Yueng family’s expertise. Canny Yueng grew up in Hong Kong where he learned about diamonds and gemstones along with the

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art of goldsmithing. He moved to Canada in 1985 and established his brand LJCY (Lanigan Jewelry Canny Yeung), quickly earning himself a reputation for using only the highest quality of stones and precious

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metals to create beautiful works of art. Today, Canny shares his expertise and precision as owner of Saskatoon’s South China Jewelry, where the finest jewelry in western Canada can be discovered.


Canny recognizes that everyone is deserving of beautiful jewelry; the value of adorning one’s self or one’s loved one has immeasurable value. As an international importer, wholesaler and manufacturer of fine jewelry, South China provides customers with a vast assortment of top grade diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies. In fact, South China’s selection of loose gemstones is the largest in the province. Canny recognizes the purchase of fine jewelry as a wise investment, so uses his selective eye to ensure only the best jewels are available to his customers. Throughout Canny’s 45 years in the fine jewelry industry, he has refined his skills impeccably, meaning any client can create a custom piece to his or her own specifications. Canny strongly believes every client should get exactly what they want, even if it is to simply improve on an existing piece by increasing the stone size, changing a setting or adding another feature. The reputation South China has earned is well deserved. Canny and his staff are experts on guiding clients through the decision process. They also believe only natural — not synthetic — stones should be what their clients invest in. With up to 1,000 stones in stock of every size, colour, clarity and cut, South China dedicates time to each client by examining each stone and pointing out what it is that makes it unique. Even though the economy may be taking a downturn, a fine jewelry purchase at South China gives you incredible value. Canny has adjusted his pricing structure accordingly, giving the consumer incredible value and buying power compared to other jewelry retailers. There is no reason to wait for a special occasion: now is the time to treat yourself or your loved one to an outstanding piece of fine jewelry. Speak to Canny at South China and discover how good it feels to sparkle. South China Jewelry Lower Level Midtown Plaza Saskatoon 306.931.3328 southchina@sasktel.net www.southchinajewelry.com

Canny Yueng, owner

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LASH EXTENSIONS

Tailored Eyelashes at

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f you’re a bride-to-be, are going on a vacation or have another special event coming up, putting your best face forward is likely a priority. Having beautiful eyelashes has long been viewed as a key part of a woman’s beauty routine, but mascara can be fussy and time consuming, and doesn’t give long-lasting results. The modern alternative? Eyelash extensions. “People from all walks of life are getting eyelash extensions,” says Jillian Miller, certified lash technician and owner of Primp Lash Lounge. “One thing we hear a lot from our clients is, ‘I don’t know how I lived without these’.” Primp offers a wide range of lengths, weights and types of eyelashes, including synthetic and mink. The lounge uses semi-permanent individual lashes with synthetic lashes being applied to natural ones. Primp lash technicians consult with clients to clarify the kind of lifestyle they lead, if the lashes are for daily wear or a special occasion, and if they want a dramatic or more natural look. Their aim is to create a lash look ideal for the individual, right down to how much curl they want their lashes to have. Eyelash extensions are popular for brides and bridal parties who enjoy the photoready look. “We can do everything from the most subtle look to high drama,” Jillian says. “You get the fullness without fear of them coming off throughout the day.” Primp Lash Lounge features two beds, so bridal parties can book the lounge and enjoy spending time together (and watching girly movies that play in the background) as they take turns getting their lash extensions. Jillian says lash extensions are great for vacations or the lake, as you can start your day without having to bother with much makeup. The lashes are safe for swimming, so you can roll out of bed and head straight for the water. “They are low maintenance,” says Jillian. “It’s an easy enhancement that doesn’t require a lot of thought or care.” Courtney B., a client of Primp Lash Lounge, says she has a great experience getting her lash extensions done. “From the beginning to end of the appointment, the ladies at Primp make you feel pampered,” she says. “Not to mention how perfect the lashes are. My appointment is tailored to what I want

and I leave with exactly that — beautiful, convenient and natural looking lashes.” Along with lash extensions, Primp features after-care products including makeup remover, longer life coating sealer and Volume Up coating mascara. All of the products are oil-free and formulated for lash extensions. For women who are not able to get lash extensions due to an allergy or other reason, Primp now offers Wynk Luxury Lashes, a premium mink strip lash reusable up to 25 times.

Along with personalized service and top-quality lashes, clients appreciate the relaxing atmosphere and stylish decor at Primp Lash Lounge. “It’s meant to be a girly retreat,” says Jillian. “We’ve created a place that ladies like to come to.”

Primp Lash Lounge 57-158 2nd Ave N Saskatoon 306.850.1224 primplashlounge@gmail.com www.primplashlounge.com

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Massage Therapy Membership

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for a one-hour massage or acupuncture session costs just $49.99. Clients who commit to one treatment per month can enjoy member pricing for themselves and their entire household.

What sets Massage Addict apart from spas and other massage therapy clinics is that it offers membership-based massage therapy. The first visit to Massage Addict

“Members can come in as many times a month as they like,” says owner Sartaj Kang, “but the minimum number of visits is once per month for 12 months. You can also buy a series of six or 12 massages at discounted prices.” The amount of money that most clients save over the course of the year allows them to have many more massages than they can get at typical massage clinics.

his July marks the one year anniversary of Massage Addict Saskatoon. The business, which was a successful candidate on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, has experienced registered massage therapists on staff who offer therapeutic, medicinal, hot stone, myofascial, Swedish, sports and relaxation massage as well as one certified acupuncturist.

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Massage therapy helps heal and prevent injuries by improving blood and lymph circulation and general relaxation. These, in turn, lead to removal of waste products and better cell nutrition, normalization and greater elasticity of tissues, deactivation of trigger points and faster healing of injuries. Massage clients experience relief from soreness and stiffness, better flexibility and less potential for injury. The American Massage Therapy Association’s 2010 nationwide survey revealed that in addition to providing stress


relief, massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems and recovery from a sports injury. If you want to enjoy regular massages— or relaxation for therapeutic reasons— Massage Addict is the place to go! Registered massage therapists at Massage Addict find the facility just as fantastic as the customers do. “Overall, they usually see a higher volume of clients and do very well for themselves,” says Kang. Since first being seen on Dragon’s Den, Massage Addict has grown across the country and become one of the most recognized names in the industry. In fact, the Saskatoon location of Massage Addict has been so successful, Kang is opening another one in Regina this fall. Massage Addict has openings for registered massage therapists in both Saskatoon and, very soon, Regina. Massage Addict is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Come and meet the team at Massage Addict and make time for you and your health. Massage Addict 250-2600 8th Street East Saskatoon 306.373.6161 massageaddict.ca

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MATTRESSES

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

Doesn’t Have to be Hard By Melanie Furlong Photos Lisa Landrie

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hoosing the best mattress for your bed is as easy as can be when you shop at Wiseguys Mattresses. Staff will start the process by having you try three different mattresses. From there, you’ll be directed to variations of your favourite to find the one that works the best for you. “We want to make it as easy as possible,” says owner Mark Stevens. “No one should tell you what the best mattress is because you’re the one that has to sleep on it. It’s completely subjective. All

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our mattresses offer excellent comfort and durability.” Wiseguys Mattresses has one of the best mattress selections in Saskatoon. They offer everything from entry-level to highend products with some unique to the city. Stevens is the only Serta Perfect Day dealer in Saskatoon and the largest dealer for Restwell products. A few of his newest floor models from Serta’s Perfect Day and Icomfort lines, exclusive to Wiseguys Mattresses in Saskatoon, are proving popular. Both have been voted best of the

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best by consumer reports. And you’ll find the complete Serta Icomfort line of gel memory foam beds on the floor. He also sells electric beds, RV queens and twin extra longs. Since Wiseguys Mattresses moved into its new location last year, Stevens has been able to bring in more furniture, namely bedroom suites. The all-wood furniture is mostly traditional in style and has been popular with customers. The store also has access to hundreds of sets online that can be ordered.


“They had a fantastic selection of mattresses including brands made here in Canada and Saskatchewan! Delivery happened to be the same day and they even took away our old mattress.” After nine years in business, one of the things Stevens enjoys most are the friendships he’s developed with so many of his customers. “A lot of my customers pop in for coffee,” he says. “They bring people to see me for mattresses and they come back to fit their cabins and kids’ houses with our mattresses. They know we’ll bend over backwards to help them.” He’s also proud the business is locally owned and operated and has a very knowledgeable staff of four that has been with him for years. “We aren’t pushy and don’t try to sell you want you don’t need or want,” says Stevens. “And if my staff can’t answer a question right away, they will research it and find out everything you need to know.” Customer Laura Mercer had an excellent experience at Wiseguys Mattresses during her recent purchase. “Our salesperson really knew her mattresses and there was no pressure to buy or purchase something out of our price range,” writes Mercer in an online Google review. “They had a fantastic selection of mattresses including brands made here in Canada and Saskatchewan! Delivery happened to be the same day and they even took away our old mattress. We were able to have a great night’s sleep and would definitely purchase a mattress here again.” Come into Wiseguys Mattresses and see what mattress suits you! Wiseguys Mattresses 6-805 Circle Dr. Saskatoon 306.652.1212 wiseguysmattresses.com

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Cultivating Your Sense of Style

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NEW WOMEN’S RETAIL

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ashion has evolved over the centuries and, as a result, clothing has become a statement about who you are, while expressing your personal style. As one of the trendiest new women’s retailers in 2015, Ahava nourishes clients’ love of fashion with the best selection of unique items in the city. Formerly Spa Ahava, the location became a full retail store after the spa and its sister spa Edgewater merged to form an all encompassing spa destination. Ahava was always known for its unique retail offerings and owner Melissa Hampson saw women’s fashion as the perfect complement to her brand. “I’m a big fashionista. I love going to fashion shows and finding those perfect items for my clients,” says Hampson. “Ahava is Hebrew for love, so the location has transitioned from love of the spa to love of fashion.” Bringing in the latest styles and trends from across the country and across the globe, Ahava encourages everyone’s love of fashion.

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From stylish clothing and accessories to luxurious spa products and trendy nail polishes, Ahava offers everything needed for a perfectly pulled together look. “I only bring in things that are unique and different. We try to stay on or ahead of trends for a look that’s uniquely you,” says Hampson. At the boutique, visitors can find the latest styles from Vancouver brands Jackson Rowe and Objects of Desire, as well as Lovely Girl and Red Coral. As a nod to the shop’s roots, guests can still find their favourite indulgent all natural specialty spa brands like hemp soaps from Big River, Saskatchewan and Barefoot Venus from Kelowna as well as gift cards for Edgewater Spa, the perfect treat after a great day of shopping. The shop is not limited to only new items. Ahava has an active consignment business featuring vintage, high end designer and gently used pieces that fit the store’s unique style sensibilities. “Consignment is the perfect way to clean out your closet and get

some money for new pieces. It also allows people to find designer pieces at more affordable prices,” says Hampson. “Everyone has those pieces they simply don’t wear, or bought on sale and are still hanging in the closet with the tags on. With consignment, you can find a piece that’s more you.” Whether breathing new life into a wardrobe or a wallet, consignment brings the best of both worlds to Ahava clients who value style just as much as their budget. Creating a style that’s uniquely you is just a short trip away with Ahava’s style savvy and friendly staff. “When opening Ahava as a retail location, my goal was to create the ultimate fashion destination. I’m truly proud to be offering the community such a unique shopping experience,” says Hampson. With a relaxing atmosphere that beckons visitors to stay and find that perfect staple piece or look for a special event, Ahava is the must visit destination for Saskatoon’s fashion forward shoppers.

Models Leanne Paul and Charmaine Bristow courtesy of Masala Model & Talent and School of Personal Development.

Ahava 720 Broadway Avenue Saskatoon 306.653.8835 ahava@shaw.ca |

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ONLINE MARKETING

Trustedsaskatoon.com

Protecting Consumers & Promoting Business in the Community Photos Lisa Landrie ABOVE Sara Wheelwright, Solange Bosse and Leanna Keyes

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re you a consumer looking for reputable businesses? Are you a business owner who prioritizes customer satisfaction, but is not sure where or how to advertise? Consumers and local companies alike can TRUST S&E Trusted Online Directories. This Saskatchewan company was founded in 2010 by Sara Wheelwright. The initial idea surfaced as she struggled as an immigrant; later, she noticed a widening gap between business and consumers. Enter Trustedsaskatoon.com, which lists a limited number of local professionals, retailers, contractors and service providers in 40 categories. Of all 200,000 visitors, 65 per cent come from Saskatoon, confirming its appeal to local savvy buyers! The talented allwoman team works diligently to protect consumers from bad experiences, while simultaneously promoting and educating the TRUSTED partners. In 2015, the Saskatoon directory celebrated four years, and is now the most visited Saskatoon online directory. Companies that apply must pass a unique verification process followed by signing an annual contract to uphold five Trusted Guarantees. The partners are held accountable. Trusted even randomly mystery shops partners to ensure standards are maintained. The few who have not lived up to their obligations had their membership revoked. When Trusted gives the “THUMBS UP” to a business, it means something!

and supports local organizations. Child Find, Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity and Saskatchewan Jazz Festival are a few of the organizations that have benefitted from Trusted’s time, donations and sponsorships. Trusted also helps out individuals, most recently Janet Braden, a Saskatoon mother who was ripped off by a disreputable contractor. Sara heard about her plight at the hockey rink, and 22 Trusted partners across Saskatchewan (project managed by JABA Construction) have stepped up to literally put her home back together for FREE! You can put your Trustedsaskatoon.com.

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S & E Trusted Online Directories TrustedSaskatoon.com 434 20th Street West Saskatoon 306.244.4150 sara@trustedcanada.com

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“I don’t know where I would be without the Trusted community. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and kindness” — Janice Braden

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“All our business comes from client referrals and Trustedsaskatoon.com. I like that we are a community standing together to do business the right way!”

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Trustedregina.com was launched in 2012 and the Trusted Canada App is available for Apple and Android. The plan is to franchise across Canada. In October 2014, Trusted Marketing Services launched a full service marketing agency with clients as far away as Europe. Recognized for its marketing excellence, in 2014 Trusted won both the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce SABEX and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX marketing awards, and travelled to New York to accept two international Stevie marketing awards. Sara was also the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Entrepreneur Award. Trusted also cares about community

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SKIN CARE

Natural Products

That Give You Beautiful, Healthy Skin By Melanie Furlong Photos Heather Fritz

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ll types of skin from oily and problematic to dry and mature can be made healthy and beautiful with the right products. Lia Reese Botanical Skin Care, developed and founded by Jessica Tetu, the 2014 Saskatchewan Young

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Entrepreneur of the Year, is a Canadianmade line designed to offer outstanding results for all skin types. In 2012, after 10 years of working closely with a Canadian laboratory and training in skin therapy, Tetu launched her own

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line of professional skin care products and named the line after her daughter, Ellia Reese. She says, “I created Lia Reese Botanical Skin Care to offer a high quality, professional line that uses essential oils and botanicals instead of fragrances and astringents.�


C FACTOR CREAM: Fight time by delivering the anti-oxidant benefits of Vitamin C to your skin in this smooth cream suitable for normal to dry skin, or those looking to help combat first signs of aging. Stable Vitamin C polypeptide protects skin cells from free radical damage. Soothing botanical extracts calm skin irritated by sun and environmental pollutants. Infused with pure citrus essential oils, featuring the refreshing scent of sweet mandarin.

VITAMIN A PUMPKIN CLEANSER: Great for oily/combination skin, with focus on anti-aging and hyperpigmentation (dark/sun spots). This refreshing daily cleanser removes surface residue and protects against free radical damage. Pumpkin contains Vitamin A and beta-carotene, two potent antioxidant ingredients that help to fortify the cellular matrix of the skin. This deliciously aromatic Pumpkin Cleanse provides important nutrition for the skin with surface reducing lipids and essential oils.

BHA/ENZYME MICRO POLISH: Can’t afford a micro-dermabrasion facial treatment? Try this incredible micro-polish for similar results. This fine-grained (potato derived) powder activates with water to form a creamy, low-foam paste designed to smooth, refine and brighten skin. The active enzyme digests dry, dead skin cells, while salicylic acid encourages healthy cellular renewal and aids in keeping pores clean. Licorice extract is an anti-irritant and helps diminish the appearance of dark sun/age spots. Burdock root helps normalize oil production.

The Lia Reese skin care collection has a range of products for normal, dry, oily and mature skin. Lia Reese also offers innovative anti-aging and corrective skincare solutions that focus on extenuating treatments typically conducted in a medical aesthetic practice. Several of the Lia Reese products employ the use of cutting-edge scientific ingredients offering results that clients have come to demand from clinical skincare.

Learn more about Tetu’s success story in the exclusive “Women of Achievement” feature in the fall issue of Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon.

Some of Tetu’s favourites, and the company’s bestsellers, are the Vitamin A Pumpkin Cleanse, the C Factor Cream and the BHA/Enzyme Micro Polish. Lia Reese Botanicals is only sold in professional spas, skin care clinics and med-spas led by trained skin care professionals. To find a Lia Reese Botanical Skin Care retailer near you, visit www.liareese.com. Lia Reese Botanicals Skin Care info@liareese.com

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THE GUSTUS GROUP: The Real Estate Experience and Innovation You Need By Tori Stafford Photos Lisa Landrie

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here’s something uniquely passionate about the way Mike Gustus describes working in real estate here in Saskatoon, but that’s not the only particular quality found in dealing with Gustus and his colleagues at The Gustus Group Real Estate Associates. With over 20 years of experience working in the local real estate market, Gustus is a consummate broker and devoted representative for those buying and selling in Saskatoon. But don’t let his years in the industry fool you into thinking Gustus takes an old-fashioned approach to real estate – conversely, The Gustus Group works diligently to remain on the cutting edge of the latest marketing concepts and trends, and the technologies to enhance them. “I travel two or three times a year to the US for industry conferences to learn the newest things coming on the market. That’s where I find a lot of the things we do: ideas from different people in different marketplaces,” Gustus explains, noting how quickly marketing methods and industry standards change in today’s interconnected world and its technological advancements. “You can’t do things today thinking ‘Well, I’m going to be doing this for the next few years,’ because two months from now things are changing already. So if I don’t travel every four or five months, I’m going to get behind.”

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The travel is an investment of both time and money that Gustus is more than willing to make; the marketing concepts he gathers to help better-serve his clients are invaluable, Gustus expresses. One such concept The Gustus Group is currently rolling out for those clients looking to sell property is the use of 3D cameras. “It’s the newest technology… using a 3D camera means you can actually see the rooms in 3D and get a better understanding and feeling of a property,” says Gustus, who runs the company with his wife, Marika, as part of the RE/MAX organization. “So when we sell someone’s house, all of that is available to them. By the time the potential buyer comes into the house, they already know what they’re going to see.” Like many of the programs and initiatives offered through The Gustus Group, the 3D imaging is beneficial for both sellers and buyers. From the Guaranteed Sales

Program, which takes risk and uncertainty off the table, to the Buyers in Waiting Program (The Gustus Group facilitates a buyer registration program online with literally thousands of prospective buyers in Saskatoon), The Gustus Group is committed to providing unsurpassed service to buyers and sellers alike, all backed by a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee. In fact, the company assures that if you are unsatisfied with a home you’ve purchased in the first two years, The Gustus Group will buy it back from you. It’s all part of continually working and evolving to better serve the real estate needs of those in or relocating to Saskatoon, Gustus expresses.

“No matter what happens, we want happy customers,” he says. “I have so much fun in this work, and I love discovering all the new things we can do for our customers. We want to make sure every customer experience with us is an outstanding one.”

RE/MAX Mike Gustus The Gustus Group Real Estate Associates #1100 – 3530 Millar Ave., Saskatoon 306.668.1800 www.gustusgroup.com

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Saving You TIME to Give You MORE TIME

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RESIDENTIAL CLEANING

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ifteen years ago, Sharla Shaw decided that she wanted a break from her career in the legal profession. She thought about what she loved to do, and one answer came to mind: she loved to clean. Tidy Time Saver came into being in 2000 and is still going strong. Sharla wanted her cleaning company to focus on people. She hired employees who care about customer service, are passionate about cleaning, and are all bonded and insured. Only reliable and trustworthy people make the cut because they represent the company and what it stands for: valuing the customer and delivering a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee on all services. Sharla values her employees, and they all go through an intensive training program. The low employee turnover rate, which contributes to the company’s overall reliability, displays how her employees also value their employer.

People are busy, working more hours, and have more recreational commitments than the previous generation. Tidy Time Saver understands this dilemma, and they want to assist with the chores that families are struggling to complete.

“I engaged the services of Tidy Time Saver several years ago, and I’ve never looked back. Sharla and her team are professional, courteous, kind and caring, and I trust them implicitly with our home. They descend on your house as a team, leaving it in a condition that will have your friends wondering if you’ve morphed into Martha Stewart. With all the guests we entertain throughout the year, it’s comforting to know that our home is always presentable, giving us more time to focus on important things, like spending time with our children and hanging out with friends.” — Janita M.

“We are called marriage savers,” laughs Sharla. “People are frustrated with their lack of free time, but also want to have a home they can be proud to show visitors. We offer excellent service for families on the go.” Tidy Time Saver will provide a free estimate for your home. Visit www.tidytimesaver. com for more information. To book an estimate, call 306.664.0072. Tidy Time Saver 306.664.0072 www.tidytimesaver.com info@tidytimesaver.com

Tidy Time Saver is committed to the community and is a proud partner of Cleaning for a Reason. The company donates cleaning services to people undergoing cancer treatments to help those who are experiencing a difficult time. Tidy Time Saver also cares about the environment, and demonstrates this by using environmentally friendly products. Tidy Time Saver offers a wide range of services and competitive pricing. Customers save hundreds of hours a year in cleaning because Tidy Time Saver does it for them. Families who use the company’s services have more free time. TOP: Sharla Shaw, owner BELOW:Tidy Time Saver Saskatoon BEST OF THE BEST

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ROOFING

Partnering for the

Best Roofing Experience By Melanie Furlong Photos Lisa Landrie

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hen Ken Eade makes a major purchase, he wants it to be an educated one in order to be sure he’s getting good value for his dollar. Eade, owner of 3 ‘N 1 Construction, expects his customers to approach him the same way when they’re looking for a new roof or solar tubes. Thoroughly explaining what he does and what materials he uses is important to Eade and crucial in building a good working relationship with the

homeowner. “We’ll explain what we’re going to do on their roof so it stimulates questions,” he says. “And we’ll educate homeowners on the products we use.” 3 ‘N 1 Construction prides itself on working closely with both the homeowner and the best companies and manufacturers of roofing materials as well as with excellent local suppliers, who play a large part in being able to offer and deliver exceptional services to their clients.

More than three years ago, 3 ‘N 1 Construction became certified BP shingle installers. To some, it may have looked like an unusual choice for partnership, but not for Eade. He had researched them thoroughly and realized how determined BP was to improve their product after having trouble several years earlier. They have made significant changes and they are now gaining a huge part of the market share. ABOVE L–R: Micah, Leon, Ken, Frances, Dan

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“We partnered with BP because we saw they were taking continual steps to improve residential roofing,” says Eade. “They take a pro-active approach and are never satisfied with having an adequate product. They’ve done some phenomenal stuff with their shingles and a lot of roofers have flipped over to them.” Last year, Eade travelled to the BP manufacturing plant in Edmonton to learn more about the product. Pulled into a meeting with R&D professionals, Eade cringed, expecting a product lecture. Instead, he was interviewed about what he liked and didn’t like about the BP shingles. “They wanted to know how they could get even better,” says Eade. “I was impressed with their approach. This is how they’ve come so far, dollar for dollar.” Another 3 ‘N 1 Construction partner is Velux, who also continually strives to improve their products for roofs in Canada by testing in extreme climates. “When you’re installing a sun tube or solar powered vent, or creating any breach in your roof, you can’t look for the cheapest option,” he says. “You need to look for the best value because a roof is far too important.” Working with local suppliers like Kenroc Building Products and Consolidated Roofing for the last six years is a major part of the successful equation. “If we have issues, our local suppliers step up,” says Eade. “We’ve had fantastic relationships for the last three years and they’ve been a boon to our business. Having great partners that work with me to offer competitive pricing and quality service is very important.” If you’re looking for a great partner to work on your home, call 3 ‘N 1 Construction about your roofing needs. 3 ‘N 1 Construction 306.229.8280 kpeade@shaw.ca 3n1construction.ca

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SCREEN ENCLOSURES

Large Screen Enclosures Offer Better Outdoor Living By MELANIE FURLONG Photos DEANNE BELL

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magine spending time on your deck or patio this summer without worrying about UV rays, high winds or mosquitos. You can do just that when you install a custom-built enclosure from Suncoast Enclosures. The Edmonton-based company, which has been serving Saskatchewan since 1999, offers a variety of large screen enclosures. This spring, the company opened a new showroom and retail space at

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3401 Pasqua St. Regional manager Don Larwood says, “It’s a great location for people to come in to see samples, photos and get information on a beautiful and functional enclosure that would work for their home.” Everything built by Suncoast Enclosures is designed and engineered to withstand the powerful wind, snow and hail experienced in Saskatchewan. This includes their popular 3-Season

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Sunrooms, Super Wind Screens and stylish Louvered Roofs. The 3-Season Sunroom, custom-built to any size, shape or colour, offers a bright, ventilated space with sliding windows and high-quality screens that provide shade and waterproofing. Many 3-Season rooms are pre-wired for electricity and can be used for about nine months a year with a small heat source.


Another grade of screen can be used to create a Super Wind Screen. Black and opaque on the outside, Super Wind Screens block 90 per cent of wind and are popular with homeowners who also want the privacy they provide. From the inside, they allow for a bright, clear and unobstructed view as well as shade protection for south and west facing decks. Another incredible solution for protection from sun and rain are their Louvered Roofs. They look like pergolas and have the benefits of a fully adjustable louvered system. Their eight-inch blades are controlled by a self-sustaining, solarpowered remote to provide full to partial sun and rain protection. While the company installs many of their products on new home builds,

Suncoast Enclosures also works on older homes and cottages in rural communities. They’ve even done entire condominiums. Says Larwood: “Some of the comments we hear from clients are: ‘Why did we wait so long?’ and ‘Why did we make it so small?’ A lot of people say investing in an enclosure is the best money they’ve ever spent.” Come into Suncoast Enclosures new storefront and find out how you can extend your outdoor living.

The Suncoast Enclosures Team

Suncoast Enclosures 3401 Pasqua St. Regina: 306.761.1801 Saskatoon: 306.713.9676 suncoastenclosures.com

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By Tori Stafford

When it comes to seafood, the two most important aspects of ensuring the best experience are quality and freshness – paramount at Charlie’s Seafood Market.


Brett Richards, owner

“We only carry top-quality product,” says Brett Richards, owner of Charlie’s Seafood Market, noting customers can always be certain they’re getting the best quality and superior freshness in the items on offer in his store.

well as for the lengths he’ll go to in order to bring in items at customers’ requests. Charlie’s Seafood Market’s website even has a variety of recipes for customers to try at home for everything from oysters to poached sole.

“Our staff deal exclusively with seafood, so they are trained properly and they really know the products.”

For the seafood lover who doesn’t feel like cooking, Charlie’s offers wide assortment of fresh sushi for an ideal take-away lunch or dinner. Like all items available at Charlie’s, only the highest calibre ingredients are used; sushi is made fresh on a daily basis. Since being one of the first to offer sushi in Saskatchewan, the sushi bar at Charlie’s has grown in popularity and proves a favourite lunch option for many regulars.

With the widest variety of fish and seafood available in Saskatchewan, Charlie’s Seafood is not your average grocery shopping experience. Richards and his knowledgeable staff offer service second to none and are able to help their customers find what they’re looking for while offering helpful advice on storage, preparation and cooking methods. Richards, who worked at Charlie’s prior to purchasing the business in 2011, is known for his insightful advice and recipes he happily shares with his customers, as

“There’s a large variety of it, and customers can come in, pick it up and leave,” Richards says of the fast, healthy and incredibly delicious sushi selection. “They can be in and out of the store in under five minutes with their meal.”

A staple in Saskatoon since 1985, Charlie’s brings in fresh seafood four times weekly and also specializes in local seasonal options. With the summer upon us, Richards points to sockeye salmon as the hot commodity of the season. Ideal for the summer grilling season, sockeye salmon will be in season from now until late August or early September. And with a beautiful selection of fresh party platters available, Charlie’s is your go-to store in Saskatoon for your next barbecue, party or corporate event. Whether fresh, frozen, local or imported, Charlie’s has the highest offerings of fish and shellfish favourites and delicacies. With a grocery section boasting an array of spices and marinades, and their friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand, home cooks and five-star chefs alike can find everything they need to prepare and enjoy the very best seafood has to offer. Charlie’s Seafood Market 3929 8th St. E. (8th Street & McKercher Drive) College Park Mall Saskatoon 306.955.7127 www.charliesseafood.ca

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SPA

Enjoy Your Escape FROM THE EVERYDAY By Trina Annand Photos Lisa Landrie

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ith the chaos of daily life, it is important to remember to take time for yourself. The modern spa mixes relaxation techniques from around the world, creating a soothing oasis in which to recharge. At multiaward-winning Edgewater Spa, owner Melissa Hampson and her team have created the perfect place to indulge in a decadent mini vacation. Edgewater Spa is dedicated to reenergizing the body, mind and soul with an extensive menu of services tailored for any guest’s needs. The key to the spa’s success is its hands-on approach. “We don’t offer a lot of services that use

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machines. We try to use our hands for as much as possible,” says Hampson. “One-on-one contact is an important part of relaxation. It allows you to disconnect from the modern world and just focus on yourself.” Located in the heart of the city, Edgewater Spa is a true urban oasis. Close to the water, it brings the element’s rejuvenating power indoors. The 5,000 sq. ft. space features a hydrotherapy tub which massages away guests’ troubles. Spa treatments are designed to stimulate all the senses: soothing music relaxes the mind, decadent scents transport visitors to another place, and heat and touch release sore muscles. From wraps

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and facials to massage and manicures, Edgewater Spa offers relaxation for everyone. Some of the spa’s more popular services are directed at groups. With the special group room, Edgewater Spa is the ultimate destination for a girls’ day in and pre-wedding or prom prep. The spa also features unique couples packages, ranging from a one-hour break to a threehour escape filled with pampering and relaxation. “We lead really hectic, busy lives and it is important to take time not only for ourselves, but for our significant others. Couples packages are the perfect way to treat each other and reconnect,” says Hampson.


Offering teen and tween services was a natural step for Edgewater Spa. Hampson notes it’s never too early to introduce children to spa services. “A lot of girls come in with their mothers as a day out. It’s not just about pampering. By coming to the spa with their parents children are also learning how to take care of themselves — properly caring for their feet, hands and skin. On the other hand, little girls love to have the spa experience because it seems like such a grown up thing to do,” says Hampson. In its retail section the spa offers the unique, high quality products used in its spa treatments. With brands like Ahava — whose ingredients are derived from the Dead Sea — and Foot Logix, as well as polishes and accessories, Edgewater Spa offers the perfect post relaxation indulgences. “We try to keep our prices reasonable because we want our guests to be able to treat themselves more often. It’s vital to a person’s longevity to take care of themselves and we offer total relaxation under one roof,” says Hampson. Models Leanne Paul and Charmaine Bristow courtesy of Masala Model & Talent and School of Personal Development.

Edgewater Spa 306.978.4111 101-611 University Drive (at 5 corners on Broadway) www.edgewaterspa.ca Follow us on

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TIRES

MAXIMIZING The Potential of Your Ride By Trina Annand Photos Lisa Landrie

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est k n ow n fo r their customization and unique wheel packages, Kelvin’s Wheel has been the ultimate destination for automotive enthusiasts for nearly 30 years. Co-owner Chad Armbruster and his expert team add the finishing touches to cars every day. Finding the right tire and wheels not only improves a vehicle’s performance, but creates a custom look, making it anything but ordinary. The Kelvin’s staff is dedicated to making their clients’ automotive dreams a reality, and always strives to surpass them. “We want to provide people with the joy of driving; for them to take pride in their vehicle,” says Armbruster. “We do everything inhouse to ensure clients get exactly what they are looking for.” Understanding the need for speed and the thrill of driving, Armbruster ensures Kelvin’s stays on time to get clients’ vehicles back as soon as possible and back on the road. “Whether you have a vintage car, a new car or a supercar, we make sure you get the best service and products. At Kelvin’s, every client is a priority,” says Armbruster. With options like lifts, performance parts, nitrogen enhancement and so much more, Kelvin’s is the onestop-shop for any dream machine. The business also offers more down to earth services such as collision, tire and wheel repair to ensure a vehicle is not just looking good, but also running its best.

strive to find the best solutions for our drivers and we can handle any wheel or tire related problems. At Kelvin’s, we can fix that,” says Armbruster. Whether clients are looking for the ultimate additions to their dream machine, some personalization to enhance their everyday ride or repair work with an expert touch, Kelvin’s is the place to get the best service and products. “My time to relax is getting up to drive to work in my 1972 Oldsmobile down an empty road. This isn’t my job it’s my passion and I love sharing it with others. We don’t just work on cars — we live them,” says Armbruster. “Come in and become a part of the Kelvin’s family.” Kelvin’s Wheel 2535 Dudley Street Saskatoon 306.955.5552 www.kelvinswheel.com

A true car lover and collector, Armbruster knows how important cars are to his clients, going above and beyond for them, an approach that has guaranteed him a loyal customer base and trust in the automotive community. Unlike big box performance stores, customized service is the guiding principle at Kelvin’s. “We ABOVE L-R Chad Armbruster and Barry Welsh PHOTO BY Neek Photography BEST OF THE BEST

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TOYS

For The Toys You’ve Always Wanted! Serving Saskatoon for 12 years The Giggle Factory is the only specialized toy store in Saskatoon for kids of all ages. Carrying only top quality toys not typically found in the big box stores, their product knowledge is unmatched. Ask them a question about any age group or activity and they will point you in the right direction. The Giggle Factory will meet all of your child’s play and party needs. 130

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birthday suPPlies: Every kid loves a great birthday party and as parents it’s our mission to delight children with a theme that matches their latest obsession. The Giggle Factory makes it easy for a tiny tot fascinated with Curious George, or your big kid who looks up to the Avengers Team and everything in between! Frozen, Despicable Me, Disney Princess and NHL to name just a few.

melissa and doug: This American brand is acclaimed for its high end wooden educational toys available for all age groups. In a plastic world children and adults love these wooden toys! For your little ones who love to play pretend take the imagination play to the next level with dress-up wear. Play classic princess or waitress or innovative engineer or veterinarian.

haPe: Hape toys are both creatively designed and eco-friendly. Neither culture, nor language, nor gender inhibits the intuitive process of play. Babies love learning from the Hape rhythm set, and adore the push toys! Parents love the strict standards of quality, safety and ecology.

CaliCo Critter: You may be envious your childhood dollhouse wasn’t this amazing! The dollhouse is a classic toy that delights children and promotes wholesome family values. Calico Critter takes this classic toy and gives it an imaginative twist these award-winning miniature animals and their life-like environments have inspired the imagination and creativity of countless children all over the world.

balloons: The Giggle Factory makes it easy for you with three options. Choose from their extensive balloon designs to match your party theme, custom build your own balloon bouquet, or have a personal balloon consultation to get it just right! Pre-order and simply pick-up your balloons on your way to the party.

Playmobil: This iconic German manufactured brand that we enjoyed as children still lights up the imaginations of children today! With a wide variety of play sets from princesses to pirates, Playmobil will delight both princes and princesses alike. This is a store favourite as moms and dads love the nostalgia of the brand. Suitable for ages 4-12.

The Giggle Factory Customer Appreciation Program (CAP) is finally here! Earn two points for every dollar spent, and 10 just for joining! For every 400 points earned receive $5 off your next purchase. The Giggle Factory also does frequent in-store give aways! They are proud to announce that you can shop from the convenience of home from their website. You may ship directly to your home or for free to the store and pick-up at your convenience.

Visit The Giggle Factory’s online store at www.gigglefactory.ca!

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The Giggle Factory 150-1824 McOrmond Drive Saskatoon 306.975.9630 www.gigglefactory.ca gigglefactory@sasktel.net

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TREATMENT CENTRE

HEALING, LEARNING AND FREEDOM

from the Deadly Grip of Addiction By Melanie Furlong Photos Alicia Leclercq

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ddicts and their families should never give up on the struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Ardyth Wilson, an alcoholic in recovery, knows this from personal experience. She got sober 30 years ago, but lost her brother, Dwight, to his addictions at a young age. This was one of the catalysts that drove Wilson to open the Leipzig Serenity Retreat seven years ago in Wilkie, SK., making it the only privately run addictions centre in the province. The beautiful retreat, located in an 88-year-old former convent, provides a warm, welcoming environment for addicts in a non-institutional setting. All the staff at Leipzig Serenity Retreat are

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either in recovery themselves or have family members who are. Their fiveweek program is based on the 12 step philosophical ideas used by more than 350 organizations. Ms. Wilson states, “Many centres only do steps one to three or one to five, but we do all 12 of the steps here.” Working on her own, it took Wilson almost one year to do the 12 Steps and it was a very painful process. At Leipzig Serenity Retreat, they explore all the steps in five weeks. “Years ago, you could find someone in AA who would help you go through the steps,” she says. “It appears to be harder for people to give the kind of time you need to get clean and sober nowadays. When they come here

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and learn the steps, they’re more apt to continue with their recovery and build a healthy support network.” Also offered is one-on-one counselling, small group counselling, meditation sessions and an emotional wellness program designed at Leipzig Serenity Retreat. The emotional wellness classes explore self-esteem issues, negative core beliefs and biased expectations. This exploration helps clients redefine and examine their own morals, values and beliefs. Ms. Wilson attributes their high rate of success to the intimate relaxed setting and high counsellor-client ratio. The retreat can accommodate up to a


maximum of 18 clients at one time and has three full-time counsellors on staff as well as peer support workers. Last year, 127 clients 18 years old and up took part in their programs. A client named Sam says, “I could not have asked for a better serenity retreat. The grounds are beautiful and huge and the staff is amazing and very helpful. My five weeks went by so fast and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions helped me through it. I appreciate all that you have done for me!” While it’s heartbreaking to see the damage already done to young addicts, Wilson is adamant they are not without

hope. “Watching people change is the most fulfilling part of our jobs,” she says. Anyone who requests a tour of the facility is welcome and staff members are happy to answer questions from addicts or their families about the program. If you or anyone you know could benefit from the services at Leipzig Serenity Retreat, give them a call. This special place is changing lives for the better. Leipzig Serenity Retreat Wilkie, SK 888.519.4445 306.658.4767 leipziginfo@sasktel.net leipzigserenityretreat.com

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photo above right Singer Tom Jackson, 2013 Music Festival, bottom right Ardyth Wilson, owner

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TROPHIES

Listowel : Your First Stop For Trophies, Engraving, And More! By Apolline Lucyk Photos Paul Sinkewicz

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ocated in the heart of Saskatoon, just minutes from the city centre, Listowel Trophies has been providing quality trophies, engraving, and signage services to Saskatoon and surrounding areas, for more than 50 years. Co-owner, Glen Wyatt, recalls that the business was established decades ago, when the founding owner retired from the Air Force. He and a friend decided to start up a trophy store. “Years later, my mother Carol, joined the staff then later, my father Doug became involved, and

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together, they purchased the business in 1983. I began working here when I completed school and now it’s owned and operated by my father and I. Listowel is family owned and operated, and many customers have done business with us consistently over the years.” Listowel Trophies offers a wide range of products, both customized and from stock: “We print ribbons, both custom and stock; trophies, traditional column style, as well as, wood, glass, crystal and acrylic models. Listowel provides wall

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plaques and custom awards made from wood, acrylic, and glass. Pins, name tags and medallions are also available. Our graphic designer works diligently with customers, designing their custom pieces to satisfaction.” Lamacoid custom signage and labels, interior signage for offices and buildings, as well as, cast bronze and aluminium signage for exterior use, are available. “We also provide promotional items like pens, key chains, frisbees, mugs, just to name a few,” says Glen. The store’s wide range


of offerings allows them to provide state of the art results that are guaranteed to satisfy their customers. The Wyatts and their team are supporters of local and community events from minor hockey to the SaskTel Jazz Festival and Prairieland Park, just to name a few. “We do orders for our local partners, Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Clubs in the city, as well as schools in and around Saskatoon who utilize the services of Listowel year after year, providing plaques and trophies for graduation and athletic events, etc. Many customers purchase or bring in items to be engraved for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and items honouring family members and pets who have passed away. “Customers are the heart of Listowel Trophies, and the efficient service provided by the team at the store is integral in ensuring customer satisfaction is first and foremost. We do our best to ensure they leave with this outcome, and there is no order that’s too large or small; every customer is important to us.” Listowel Trophies 610 1st Avenue North Saskatoon 306.652.1330 www.listoweltrophies.com

“We are very impressed with the superior customer service Listowel Trophies continues to provide. They offer unique solutions to helping our customers memorialize a loved one. The final products and services are consistently of high quality and on time. It is always a pleasure to work with the team at Listowel.” — Morgan Edwards, Saskatoon Funeral Home

Glen Wyatt, co-owner

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WINDOW COVERINGS

Budget Blinds: Personal Service, Practical Advice

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t Budget Blinds in Saskatoon, they do things differently. “We focus on people, not products,” explains Kim Lang, owner of this Trusted Saskatoon-approved business.

At Budget Blinds, you enjoy a personalized shopping experience beginning with a free, on-site consultation. “We bring the store to you,” says Lang, “with sample products and colour swatches for a service which is both comfortable and convenient. It also enables us to get a better understanding of your sense of style and your space.” When your Budget Blinds window treatment specialist visits your home or office, they discuss your needs, offering practical advice and expert solutions. “Everyone’s tastes, budget and circumstances are different,” explains Lang. “We listen to what our clients want, help them to determine their priorities in relation to their budget and make recommendations based on their needs and situation.” When choosing window coverings, there are many considerations. Window coverings affect a room’s temperature, glare from the sun, privacy, appearance, even safety. The direction your windows face determines the amount of direct

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RIGHT Kim Lang, owner Photo by Heather Fritz.

sunlight you receive. The room’s function dictates the degree of privacy desired. If you have small children or pets, there are additional safety issues to consider. Appearance, of course, is also important; your window treatment literally frames your view of the world. Your Budget Blinds window treatment specialist guides you through the process of selecting the window coverings which are right for your home or office. As part of the largest window covering company in North America, Budget Blinds is able to acquire an enviable selection of top quality products at fantastic savings which they then pass along to their clients. “We offer a wide array of window treatments, from the most basic Venetians to shades, shutters and draperies. We fulfill your needs for function and decor — motorization, specialty shapes, skylights… the list goes on. With a repertoire of nearly 60 vendors, we truly satisfy any need you may have.” Once you have made your selection from their many great products, your Budget Blinds window treatment specialist takes a quick and accurate measurements to

ensure a custom fit. When your window coverings are ready to be installed, Budget Blinds contacts you to arrange a time that fits your busy schedule. Their team of professionally-trained installers deliver your purchase to your home or office where they install it expertly and efficiently, careful to keep the area clean. If you decide to install motorized blinds — a popular choice for businesses and offices — Budget Blinds works with your electrician. “Budget Blinds was the best installation experience,” says Juanita B., a satisfied client. “Quick, efficient, tidy and looks great!” “In my opinion, Budget Blinds is the only option for blinds and curtains,” says Natalie Carpentier Gray, another happy client. “You get a free consultation in your own home with gorgeous products and amazing service, from start to finish!” Budget Blinds in Saskatoon...personal, practical, professional!

Budget Blinds in Saskatoon #102 – 2834 Millar Avenue Saskatoon 306.242.5706 saskatoon@budgetblinds.com budgetblinds.com/SaskatoonSouth

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Growing & Providing The Best To Meet Your Optical Needs

he Factory Optical group has done anything but slow down. With four new stores and three more in various stages of construction, Stephen McIntosh’s previous prediction that the company may stop to “catch its breath” appears to be unfounded. “Growth is intoxicating,” McIntosh affirms, “particularly when the alternative is doing nothing.” There is a method to this madness. “It is not so much about looking for new markets for our stores at this point,” McIntosh, president of the Factory Optical and Optiks International group says. “It’s more about completing the markets we are already in.” The company, which calls itself Optiks International outside of Saskatchewan, has, for example, four stores in Vancouver — “too few to really leverage synergies and economies of scale in a market of that magnitude,” adds McIntosh. They face a similar situation in Calgary and Edmonton, markets where they presently have two “super-opticals” in each, but need one or two more to position themselves as market-wide. The Factory Optical group of companies began in Regina in August 1999 with a single store on Victoria Avenue and four employees. They have since grown to become the sixth or seventh largest optical retailer in the country based on dollar volume, with 24 doors this fall and 200-plus employees. “There are companies out there with more stores, but we build big stores, some as large as 10,000 square feet. You could argue these larger stores are really more representative of three or four or even five stores on a revenue basis,” McIntosh claims. The company remains very bullish on its Rx safety eyewear initiative, with more than 150 corporate clients and a new sales office in Fort McMurray, AB. Another area where followers of the Regina company’s history will note a deviation from plan is the April 1,

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2015 opening of a massive boutique in Saskatoon. Says McIntosh: “The staffing opportunity, the location we were offered and the fact we have already some element of brand equity built up there by virtue of having operated stores in Regina, Moose Jaw, Estevan and Prince Albert for so long, rendered the opportunity too compelling to pass up.” As a result, Factory Optical has built on its mantra of being the largest optical retailer in the province with the addition of its Saskatoon Stonebridge location — a 6,500 square foot boutique with full time, onsite optometry and 3,000 luxury brand frames in inventory such as Prada, Gucci, Dior, Tiffany, Boss, Armani, RayBan and Oakley. As always, they have merchandised on their everyday “2 for 1” platform and done so without regret. “We started out of the blocks fast and have never looked back,” adds McIntosh. So where do they go from here? “Much of the heavy lifting in our company has been done. We have strong systems in place for product delivery. Our accounting and finance group now provide insight and direction, as opposed to simply serving a compliance purpose. We have materially ramped up our marketing efforts and staffed this area with people who do this for a living. It’s funny, but the larger we get, the more attention and focus we employ on new store decisions. We spend more time arguing about location, size, layout and staffing than we ever have before.” As an example, the decision to set up their first store in Saskatoon a few months ago was “agonizing.” The company feels it may have a half dozen more stores left in it after making good on their existing commitments this fall. Beyond new store locations, they have numerous initiatives underway: remodeling stores, increasing training, partnering with iconic brands such as Oakley and Ray-Ban to create the largest collections in the country, developing a proprietary E-tail strategy

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and communicating directly with their customers via social media. One has to wonder if they will ever slow down. Stephen McIntosh is excited about what they are doing, as evidenced by his smile that never seems to fade when talking about all things optical. In spite of all the rhetoric, business analytics and any measure of success achieved to date, they are simply having too much fun to stop now. Through its four stores in the city, including the province’s largest optical store on University Park Drive and its sister store, Eyecandy Optiks in Southland Mall, Factory Optical maintains an unwavering effort to continuous selfimprovement. Fine Lifestyles is pleased to identify Factory Optical as “the Best of the Best” in Regina. Admits McIntosh: “We are extremely grateful and humbled by this consideration.” Factory Optical 926 Victoria Ave 306.522.6411 518 University Park Dr. 306.790.7682 5556 Rochdale Blvd 306.585.1035 Eyecandy Optiks 156-2965 Gordon Rd. Southland Mall 306.949.5878

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