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he City of Prince Albert has a lot to offer both its residents and its visitors. With an expanding marketplace and lower cost of living, the city is getting more and more attention from across the country. We have a section dedicated to the City of Prince Albert, highlighting the area’s best restaurants, businesses and organizations. Doug Patrick of Adanac Pointe recognizes the beauty in this northern city and as such has created its first architecturallycontrolled development: Adanac Pointe. In this issue’s cover story, discover a luxurious lifestyle that can be had in Prince Albert’s premiere dream-home neighbourhood. Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon is excited to introduce to our readers Matt Smidt, U of S hockey player and our first makeover participant. Read about his experience and the different procedures and products supplied by some of Saskatoon’s most skilled professionals and retailers. Saskatoon recently played host to the Gold Medal Plates chef competition. Discover the award-winning dishes while enjoying a glass of wine (perhaps suggested by the Wine Guy in this issue’s winter wine column?). Also in the following pages are Ken Beattie discussing cruise ship travels, Shell Busey on geothermal heating and an overview of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Whether you are cooking a family feast this holiday season, are searching for the perfect gift for your special someone, or need some ideas for winter romance, this issue of Fine Lifestyles has something for everyone. Merry Christmas and best wishes to all of you in the New Year. Advertising Consultants

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Meet Matt: A MODERN MAKEOVER

PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

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or as long he remembers, Matt Smidt has been playing hockey. Currently a first year Arts and Science student at the University of Saskatchewan and a goaltender for the men’s Huskies hockey team, Matt is always on the go and enjoys a casual style. “I’m a jeans and teeshirt kinda guy!” he laughs. “Except for games, then I’ll dress up.” We thought Matt deserved a modern makeover, so we set him up with a day of pampering. Let’s take a closer look at what happened. First stop of the day was at Off Side Hair Zone where Matt met with owner Arlene Wicinski. “As soon as I saw him, I knew what image to give him. His hair was perfect,” notes Arlene. With his new “Mad Men” hairstyle, Arlene showed Matt different ways to style it. “After all,” she smiles, “I’m here to give a guy a style rather than a haircut.”

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Matt was also treated to Arlene’s specialty straight razor shave — just like old time barbers used to do. “It’s selfpampering for guys,” Arlene explains, “like a manicure or pedicure is for us women.”

preparation, then Matt popped in a preloaded mouth tray. “We maneuvered the LED light right in front of his teeth so the light could cause scrubbing bubbles that remove stains from in between, behind and in front of his teeth.”

Matt’s thoughts? “It was a pretty cool shave!” he laughs. “[Arlene] gave me some good tips.”

Matt grins, “I noticed a big difference right away!”

Next stop was at Boutique BeYouTeFul where Matt met with Karen Turner from WhiteHot Smile. “Shiny white teeth is the number one cosmetic procedure in North America,” Karen explains. “Whether you are looking for a life mate or going for a job interview, this will put you ahead of the competition.” The 20-minute, non-invasive procedure — using LED lighting in conjunction with the purest carbamide hydrogen peroxide — started with basic cleaning

“Normally I wear metal-framed glasses,” Matt explains. But he ventured for something different as his makeover continued at Vogue Optical. “When I first saw Matt, I knew I wanted to fit him with a modern, plastic frame,” says Daphne Boechler. “The Dolce & Gabbana [frames] fit him perfectly, and the style could be worn for casual wear and also dressed up for business.” Daphne advises others who are shopping for new eyewear to step out of their

comfort zone. “There are bold colors with unique designs … a sophisticated pair for the office, a blingy pair for a night on the town, contact lenses for sports, even prescription sunglasses.” Case in point: Daphne fitted Matt with pair of Guess prescription sunglasses. Matt says, “They looked really good!” At David’s Apparel, Matt was delighted with the selection. “[David] has some really nice business casual and going-out clothes.” David Grambo, owner, wanted to suit Matt up in what he calls “smart casual” — a sharp sports shirt with an Italian sports coat. David stresses the importance of knowing your proper size before shopping and trying clothing on. “Make sure the garment fits. You wouldn’t buy shoes that don’t fit, so why would you buy pants or a shirt that don’t?” To make sure all clients,

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Matt included, get the proper fit they deserve, David offers alterations as part of his service. His pet peeve? “Too long jeans! It ruins the cuff!” he laughs. The last stop of Matt’s makeover was at Outter Limits. Keeping warm during Saskatchewan winters is made easy when wearing a cold-weather-quality jacket. Matthew tried on the Arc’Teryx Beta AR jacket with an Arc’Teryx Atom LT jacket layered underneath. “It was warm!” says Matt. “And it wasn’t bulky at all.”

Outter Limit’s Brent Fagnau explains, “The top brands [we carry] have focused on new uber warm synthetic insulations and dialing in the fit and functions. This combination allows adventure seekers unparalleled freedom of movement while being protected from the nasty elements outside.” After also trying on some gloves and checking out the snowshoes — being an active guy, and all — it appears Matthew is on his way to an active and warm winter adventure.

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STYLE FOR THE DISTINCTIVE MAN BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

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ou are a man of distinction and everything about you says so. From the car you drive to the types of wine you enjoy, your taste has flare and sophistication that is noticed. The same goes for how you dress. Your discerning style is present whether attending a business luncheon or out on the town. That’s why you shop at David’s Distinctive Men’s Apparel. You know that you’re going to get the best in service and top quality brand names like Ango Mode, Polifroni, Bertigo shirts, 34 Heritage and Hudson jeans, Jack Victor and S.Cohen suits and more. “We are all about service,” states owner David Grambo. “We try to set ourselves apart.” By offering impeccable service in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, you can feel free to shop for the best in high quality men’s apparel. “If I don’t have an item in my inventory I will try my best to find and order it for you.” Casual, business or formal: you know you can find it at David’s. Looking for stylish accessories? David’s has a wide selection of ties, bow ties, belts, wallets and more.

So, you’re a big guy. You’ll turn plenty of heads by shopping in David’s Big and Tall section. “We have a complete line of tailored shirts for tall and suits that surpass size 56T,” Grambo notes. If bespoke or custom attire is your desire, David’s provides made to measure services from shirt makers and suit tailors. Check out the great assortment of sweaters, including Blue Willi’s from Denmark and Serica from Italy for those cold days ahead. Tuxedo rentals are also available for that special occasion. Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday until 8:30 p.m. David’s Distinctive Men’s Apparel 167B 2nd Avenue South Saskatoon 306.665.5500 davidsdistinctivemensapparel.com davidsapparel@sasktel.net | PICTURED David Grambo


EXPERTAdvice Why Should You Hire a Professional Photographer?

Consideration

Understanding of Lighting

A professional photographer will spend time getting to know their subject(s). They bring the wisdom, skill and ability to capture images in a style you will love. Whether photojournalistic or traditional, a professional photographer works with your needs and will help you achieve your dream of having amazing pictures to look at.

A professional photographer understands and knows how to capture natural looking images in any kind of light. Whether in the studio, outdoors or low light situations, a professional photographer knows how to add the right amount of direct, bounce or supplemental lighting to fill the scene, compliment the subject and maintain a natural looking image.

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ypically when we make a purchase of any kind we always consider the “value” we receive and the “importance” of the product. It’s not really any different when hiring a professional photographer. Here is a little bit of insight into the value and importance of hiring a professional photographer to capture your precious memories and milestones.

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A professional photographer brings many creative ideas forth. Not only do we focus on the subject but also make sure the background, the composition, the lighting and the depth of field is in proper form. A professional photographer will have an artistic visualization and the ability to see images that you might not be able to comprehend. They really are genuine artists.

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A professional photographer focuses (no pun intended) on capturing high quality images and the goal thereafter is to preserve these images with high quality print material, products & framing. Professional photographers will not only present a beautiful product but will make sure you are happy with the end results.

A professional photographer uses the latest digital SLR equipment and, most importantly, knows how to use it. Today’s professional equipment has multiple and complex functions that allow a photographer to manipulate focal length, shutter speed, aperture and depth of field to compliment almost any subject. A professional photographer will utilize high end post processing software such as Photoshop that allows him or her to effectively correct color, adjust exposure, manipulate hue, saturation, lens distortion and edit images for a professional look.

These are just a few ways professional photographers bring value to the table. We can make funny faces like nobody’s business, but while it does cost more to hire a professional photographer versus Uncle Larry with a digital camera, a professional photographer brings far greater value and quality to the end product. A professional photographer with years of experience will bring you one-of-a-kind images you’ll be proud to display and share in your home for years to come.


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or a century, Saskatoon residents have been relying on

Arthur Rose as the premiere dry cleaning business in town. Arthur Rose offers its clientele superb customer service and pays extra attention to the fine details, garnering the historic company a loyal customer base. For all your garment, drapery and bedding cleaning, wedding gown preservation, alterations and repairs, stop in to Arthur Rose and discover how the company has serviced Saskatoon residents for the past 100 years.

Arthur Rose Fabricare & Fine Dry Cleaning 321 4th Avenue North Saskatoon 306.652.3344


LASHES TO LOVE, IN A BOUTIQUE LOUNGE BY COURTNEY TAIT PHOTOS LEXIE SARENCO OF BLINC PHOTOGRAPHIC

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magine laying back on a crisp bed with plump pillows, in a white and lilac room, with your favourite girly movie playing softly in the background. Close your eyes, drift off, and wake up with perfect, natural-looking lashes that enhance the ones you were born with. The best part? They were applied by a certified technician, who specializes in high-quality, affordable lashes, personalized to make you look and feel amazing.

Primp Lash Lounge is a new eyelash extension studio in downtown Saskatoon, opened by owner and lash technician Jillian Miller in October of 2013. Her vision? To create a place where women of all ages and lifestyles could experience the benefits of lash extensions in a comfortable, professional environment. “It’s a really relaxing service,” says Jillian. “Our clients range from high school students to women in their sixties, so we are able to provide almost any look

imaginable. We are not afraid to take our time, and I want everyone who leaves here to have lashes I would want to have.” Originally from Saskatchewan, Jillian completed a Marketing degree at McGill University in Montreal. While living there, she was inspired by the city’s boutiquestyle salons, which often focus on one specialized service. After moving back to Saskatchewan, Jillian discovered eyelash extensions, and became a certified lash PICTURED Jillian Miller

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technician through Can-West Agencies. Primp Lash Lounge is dedicated entirely to this unique service. “This is what we do all day, every day,” says Jillian. Before applying lashes, a Primp lash technician consults with the client 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. “Everyone’s lashes are different, so we provide a unique service for every client we have the pleasure of meeting,” says Jillian. Primp offers a wide range of lengths, weights, and types of eyelashes, including both synthetic and mink. The lounge uses only semi-permanent individual lashes, with individual synthetic lashes being applied to individual natural ones. “When done correctly, there should be no damage to your natural lashes, so it’s not a huge commitment should you decide extensions aren’t for you,” says Jillian. Deciding they’re not for you is not common practice, however, as once women experience the look and convenience lashes provide, it is tough to go back. “I’m a lash addict two years and counting,” Jillian says with a laugh. Choosing a certified provider is essential to ensuring your experience with lash extensions is positive and safe. The training taken by Primp lash technicians ensures a comprehensive understanding of the eyelash cycle, the different products used, safe and proper application, and dealing with rare reactions. Primp Lash Lounge uses only Health Canada certified, pharmaceuticalgrade adhesive, and offers a variety of after-care products, including extensionsafe mascara and a coating sealer to help maintain your look. Primp Lash Lounge offers full eyelash extension services, as well as fills for both their own and other studio’s work. Jillian has priced the lounge’s services to be mid-range, making it more affordable than many spas, and offers students a 20 per cent discount on full lash sets. In addition to creating a fuller look, lash extensions save the time of applying mascara and removing mascara, and prevent the issues that come with it, such as clumping and running. Jillian says lash extensions are great for hot vacations, 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 to the pool. “They are low maintenance,” says Jillian. “It’s an easy enhancement that doesn’t require a lot of thought or care.”

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The winter season is an excellent time to try eyelash extensions, for a pick-meup in the cold months or for some party glam. If you don’t normally wear makeup and want a very natural lash look, Primp Lash Lounge can create that. Looking to turn heads at an event? Lash extensions can certainly add drama. The lounge offers gift certificates, so you can treat a special lady in your life to a service she’ll enjoy and appreciate. Be sure to call ahead, as the studio is open by appointment only.

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Primp Lash Lounge’s clientele is quickly growing, and ladies are loving both the studio’s atmosphere and their new lashes. “Whether you are as addicted to this amazing service as we are, or are curious to give it a go for the first time, we would love to meet you,” says Jillian. Primp Lash Lounge #57-158 2nd Ave North Saskatoon 306.850.1224 primplashlounge@gmail.com www.primplashlounge.com |


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EXPERTAdvice The Perfect Spa Gift this Holiday Season Where do I begin? There are so many services to choose from. Start at anglessalonspa.com. This should give you a good idea of what services you are interested in; then come on in and take a tour of the spa. Ask questions regarding that special someone and the services you are thinking about, and a knowledgeable salon/spa attendant will be able to find the perfect service to meet your budget.

What are the most popular spa services for gift giving?

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There’s something to be said about being lucky enough to have that special someone at home to rub your feet after a long day at work. But for those who want to spare loved ones this task, choose the gift of amazing feet from the ultimate pedicure menu at Angles SalonSpa. Included with each pedicure is a polish to take home, a much-needed back massage, heated neck wrap, soothing foot and calf massage with colour therapy and heated jets to soothe tired toes. You can come alone or with a group of up to four. Choose from the Essential, French, Paraffin or Elite SilkStone Pedicure.

Why is a trip to the spa the perfect gift this holiday season? In these busy times with so much on our plates, it can be hard to find the time or money to properly look after yourself. Everyone needs a little stress relief, and a trip to the spa is the perfect solution to relax, feel beautiful and get your energy back.

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*New* to Angles SalonSpa, we are pleased to offer a licensed beverage service to our expanded pedicure menu, including a Lime Mojito, Strawberry Margarita, Fine Wine or Girls’ Best Friend: the Champagne and Diamond Pedicure! Also popular is the romantic “Journey for Two.” If together time is what you crave, getting away from work and family

distractions is the key to creating magical memories. Choose Angles SalonSpa’s couples’ or double treatment room. This romantic ambience will soothe your senses and re-spark your connection. Choose from one of our many luxurious couples’ massages paired with a candle light soak or steam and a glass of wine. You won’t want to leave!

How do I know they will like what I have chosen? You don’t! But don’t fret: if you purchase the spa services on an Angles SalonSpa gift card, they can use it for any service they wish.

My shopping’s done. Now how about getting myself ready for the holiday season? After shopping in the crazy hustle and bustle, and carrying around bags galore, treat yourself to a massage, a facial or a whole new hairdo. Enjoy a total beauty makeover with one of our awardwinning stylists. Relax watching TV with a licensed beverage at your fingertips while our beauty experts create a whole new you for the holiday season. On behalf of myself and the staff at Angles SalonSpa, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! We are launching a new website as of November 1. You can also find us on Facebook for ongoing holiday specials. With the purchase of a gift card this season you are entered to win Everything Under the Tree - with a grand prize of two tickets to Las Vegas!


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n November 8 and 9, S3 Style|Shopping|Spirits at TCU Place was the place to be in Saskatoon. Those attending the event were treated to a fantastic boutique shopping experience along with an exciting array of entertainment and a fabulous selection of foods and spirits to sample. The air in the building pulsated with the high energy and laughter that emanated from the many people enjoying the experience that is S3. 2013 is the first year that the event has been held in Saskatoon. S3 Style|Shopping|Spirits is the brainchild of Michelle Strawford, a show producer and entrepreneur from Regina. For the past five years, Strawford has produced the What Women Want show in that city. Last year she decided it was time for a new event, one that would showcase the province’s many new and


diverse independent businesses. “In the past few years, Saskatchewan’s fashion scene has exploded and now boasts a diverse collection of boutiques and shops delivering unique and trendy products that traditionally were not available locally. Today’s style-conscious local businesses search and travel the globe to obtain today’s must-have items,” says Strawford. Businesses strive to bring their products and services to the show at specially reduced prices with the goal to introduce their business to a new clientele. S3 Style|Shopping|Spirits was designed to show people that the fine lifestyles of the big city are available right here in Saskatchewan. Last year, the first S3 event was held in Regina. This year it expanded to Saskatoon. Strawford stated that the city and people of Saskatoon have been very welcoming, and the support of local businesses has been phenomenal. S3 worked with several local sponsors to make the event the success it was, including presenting sponsor Wheatland Fireplace, platinum sponsors Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio, Argyle Boutique and First Avenue Furnishings, and gold sponsors TrustedSaskatoon.com and Change Lingerie. For discerning Saskatoon shoppers, S3 offered a wide selection of unique, top-quality merchandise to purchase. There was everything from luxury cars, furniture and hot tubs to clothing, jewelry and fine wines. Attendees could pamper themselves with a mini spa treatment, such as a facial, manicure or teeth whitening session. The Runway, a fashion show, featured the fashions of Argyle Boutique, Bella Chic, Era Style Loft, Frakas Boutique, Guys & Dawls and Tonic. Change Lingerie and Era Style Loft joined forces to educate women on choosing the correct style of bra to complement an outfit while Dean Renwick Design Studio provided expert fashion advice. Shoppers relaxed and enjoyed the fun and energetic moves of the dancers from Saskatoon Salsa Dance Co. and del SOL Productions. On Friday evening following the event, guests made their way to Beily’s Ultralounge to an after party sponsored by Argyle Boutique and included spirit sampling courtesy of LB Distillers. Strawford is a big believer in giving back to the community. In Saskatoon, S3 Style|Shopping|Spirits along with participating merchants chose to support The StarPhoenix Raise-a-Reader Program this year. Participating businesses donated items for a draw. The funds from this draw and a portion of the show proceeds went to support literacy programs in the province, thereby strengthening the economic well-being of the province and its residents. The smiling faces and arms filled with shopping bags testified to the phenomenal success of S3 Style|Shopping|Spirits in Saskatoon. The event even made Brit’s Picks: Top Things to Do in Saskatchewan This Weekend on MSN. “It’s exciting to see so many retailers come together,” says Strawford. “It benefits us all to try new things and learn from one another.” Strawford noted that the community response to the event was so positive that S3 will definitely be returning to the city in November 2014.

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THIS CHRISTMAS COUNT ON CHANGE BY REBECCA SCHNEIDEREIT PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

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here’s no gift more intimate, more personal, than lingerie. Yet it’s infamously challenging to shop for – particularly if shopping for another person. Fabric, fit, style: there are so many variables to get right. Score a home run by shopping where staff know their product inside-out, taking no shortcuts in pursuit of perfection: Change Lingerie. Proprietors Michelle Naidu and Bev Parker (Michelle’s mom) have served Saskatoon for two years at Change, where their motus operendi is to leave no body behind. “Our bands go from 28 to 44. Cups go from A to K,” says Michelle. Meanwhile, Change’s house lines — Chic, Change and Charade — offer exceptional variety for all ages, budgets and looks. “Change is our main line,” Michelle explains. “Chic is younger, more fashion-oriented; Charade is our luxury line.” If your gift recipient is an existing Change client, staff can clue you in to their buying habits. “We can look up, not only their size, but the styles they’ve bought,” says Michelle – thus providing gift buyers with a snapshot of their target’s taste. However, if your gift-ee hasn’t shopped at Change before, Michelle recommends purchasing “a gift card and a pair of underwear to wrap it with.” That way, the recipient can personally enjoy Change’s devotion to discovering a perfect fit. “Getting into the right lingerie size is life-changing for many women,” says Michelle. “Every time a customer comes in, we fit them. Even if they’re on file, we want to be sure that they’re comfortable.” You’ll definitely require “me time” to recharge while shopping for others. So if you’re scoping


out the racks on your own behalf, be sure to peruse Change’s hosiery and shapewear — “very practical for Christmas dress season!” laughs Michelle — and their limited-run holiday chemises. Thrifty shopper? No sweat: deal-savvy customers can join Club Change for a 10 per cent discount. If you’re planning an upcoming bachelorette or bridal event, remember that at Change’s catered-and-licensed shopping parties, the guest list — and its length — are up to you. “They’re always a ton of fun,” says Michelle. “It’s a nice environment to shop with your girlfriends — everybody’s relaxed.” Value, variety and a shopper-friendly holiday exchange policy make Change your source for the perfect little something to place beneath the tree. Lawson Heights Mall 134 Pinehouse Drive, Saskatoon 306.664.4164 change.com

Celebrate! Celebrate our 2nd Year Anniversary! Receive 10% off with our Loyalty Program. Gift Cards available for Christmas,

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Valentines or any special day. Ask about our Private Shopping Parties for Stagettes, Birthdays, and other events.

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WARMING UP WITH SALON ICON BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK PHOTOS MEGAN ANTONIUK PHOTOGRAPHY

As a blast of cold wind stings your face you recall the warm sunny days of summer. Yes, it’s definitely time for this snowbird to fly away! It’s a good thing that Salon Icon has getaway packages available to help you get ready for that thrilling vacation in the sun. “Come in to Salon Icon and we’ll get you looking great for that winter holiday,” says owner Giselle Thomas. Offering a variety of services, Salon Icon will help you shake the winter blues and have you looking

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and feeling great in no time. Come in for some facial and body waxing. Hair and eyelash extensions will give you that full look that will turn heads everywhere you go. Ask about manicures and gel nails featuring Artistic Colour Gloss which is a long-wearing, soak-off gel polish. After a long day some relaxing massage therapy will make you feel like a new person. For some “together time,” why not book a couple’s pedicure?

Keep your hair looking its best even through the harsh prairie winter with Redken products from Salon Icon. As a Redken concept salon, you know that your hair will be spoiled by the best of Redken’s hair care and styling products. Being a certified Redken specialist, Thomas knows the true value of working with such a prestigious line of products. “Redken is now the number one hair product line in Canada,” she says. “We love working with this high-quality leader in the industry.”


Redken’s quality standards are built on three major points: fashion, science and inspiration. The entire team at Salon Icon work hard to maintain the high standards that Redken products stand for. According to Thomas the training and tools received from Redken prove invaluable when it comes to keeping their guests’ hair healthy, shiny and beautiful. Redken products are perfect for any hair type, whether colour treated, curly, fine, aging or anything in between. Thomas and her hair care team specialize in colour and colour correction. The Redken colour line is also a top quality product featuring a new colour line that not only colours but it also fortifies and strengthens your hair as well. This colour line has no ammonia and no odour and still has great gray coverage. The rich brilliant reds and coppers last longer and look stunning. Whether booking to prepare for that tropical getaway, a special night out or just to shake Old Man Winter; Salon Icon can make you look and feel like a new person. Located in University Heights at 421 Ludlow Street, Salon Icon is open Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 306.975.0019 for an appointment. You can also check out their website at www.salonicon.ca. For the perfect gift ask about Salon Icon gift certificates. Remember to like them on Facebook and watch for exciting contests.

Salon Icon 421 Ludlow Street Saskatoon 306.975.0019 salonicon.ca

LEFT Giselle Thomas, journeyperson stylist/ owner; Samantha Fornwald, junior stylist; Chantelle Taksas, journeyman stylist and senior stylist; Britany Zielke, esthetician; Ashley Knash, junior stylist/nail technician; Shannon Bray, RMT


A CLOTHING STORE THAT MAKES BEING A KID A BLAST! BY TONYA LAMBERT PHOTOS MEGAN ANTONIUK PHOTOGRAPHY

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last Kids Klothing is Saskatoon’s newest kids’ clothing boutique. Located in University Heights Square, Blast Kids Klothing carries top-of-the-line clothing, footwear and accessories for the young people in your family. Owner Stacey Sereda opened the doors of her new store on September 16 and already the interest is so strong, from not just in the city but out of town as well,

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that Blast Kids Klothing will mail orders to those who cannot make it into Saskatoon. Blast Kids Klothing carries several exclusive brands, including Minnetonka Moccasin boots for children. Comfortable and stylish, Minnetonka footwear is designed to last, being made from topquality deerskin and moosehide. Deux par Deux is a Quebec clothing line exclusive to Blast Kids Klothing. Deux

par Deux clothes are fun and creative with a unique European flare. Another brand exclusive to Blast Kids Klothing is Twirly Girl. No two Twirly Girl dresses are exactly alike: each dress is as original as the girl who wears it. And, of course, every woman and girl knows the importance of a skirt that twirls well! In addition, Blast Kids Klothing also carries clothes for girls by such brand names as


Bench, Tea Collection, Blu, Buffalo and LimeApple. For boys, the store carries such lifestyle brands as Fox, Ripcurl and Bench. Blast Kids Klothing also carries a variety of accessories, such as hats and mitts (DeLux), lunch bags (ecoKIDS) and hair accessories (Ginger & Pickles).

The Blast Fund: Blasting Away Children’s Diseases

Blast Kids Klothing is a supporter of children’s causes through their charity, The Blast Fund. The store will be offering several opportunities throughout the year for customers to contribute to this worthwhile endeavour. This unique new store carries children’s clothing in sizes two to 14 so as your children grow and develop, they can continue to come into the store and have a blast!

In 2002, Stacey Sereda lost her precious four-year-old son Jonathon to cancer after a lengthy two-year battle. During those two years, the Sereda family received support from a variety of individuals and charities, including the Wish Foundation, which helped them all immensely during this difficult time.

Blast Kids Klothing 146-1824 McOrmand Drive Saskatoon 306.244.5437 blastkidsklothing@gmail.com

If you would like to donate to The Blast Fund and support this great cause, go online to www.facebook.com/blastkidsklothing or stop by Blast Kids Klothing.

Now, the Sereda family wants to “pay it forward” and help other families with sick children. They have just launched The Blast Fund to raise money for all children’s causes, including the Wish Foundation, The Children’s Hospital and The Saskatoon Cancer Centre. Stacey hopes to be able to donate money to help build playrooms for sick children and to help support families whose children are undergoing long-term care.

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EXPERTAdvice Getting the Full Value from Your Fine Jewelry Purchase this Holiday Season

Terrence Yeung

GIA Graduate Gemologist South China Jewelry Lower Level Midtown Plaza Saskatoon 306.931.3328 southchina@sasktel.net www.southchinajewelry.com

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onsumers today have more purchasing options than ever before. There are countless stores, home shopping parties and, of course, the internet. In the past 15 years, internet marketing has exploded. You can buy literally anything online. Most people do at least some of their holiday shopping on the internet, which allows them to shop from the comfort of their homes and to get their purchases sent directly to them.

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Internet shopping works well for purchasing less expensive items, such as fashion jewelry. Big-ticket items like fine jewelry, however, should still be bought in a store. When spending a large sum of money, you need to be able to inspect what you are buying; this is not possible when shopping online. You also want to ensure that the product you are receiving is the one which you intended to purchase. When you buy fine jewelry online there is always the risk that the stone you receive is not the one that was pictured. If this occurs, it is difficult for the buyer to prove the discrepancy. It is also difficult to prove that the stone received was the one sent by the seller. When purchasing fine jewelry online, the seller has all the power. With fine jewelry, the precious stones to be set into the piece need to be examined carefully and from a variety of angles. Every stone is different. Stones vary in colour and clarity. The more transparent the stone, the more valuable it is. Many stones contain small flaws called inclusions. This could be a small crack. Another stone could be embedded in the larger one. A portion of the stone could be more opaque than the rest of it. A well-cut stone has been designed to reduce the appearance of the inclusion. By examining the stone from all angles, the buyer is able to see whether there is an inclusion and how prominent it is. All emeralds have some type of inclusion.

When you purchase your fine jewelry from a local store, you receive a variety of benefits not possible with online shopping. For example, engagement rings are a popular purchase around the holidays; an engagement ring bought in a store can always be brought back in if the size needs to be adjusted. Other benefits include such after-sales servicing as regular maintenance and cleaning. If your ring gets scratched, the jeweler can polish it. A jeweler can do most small repairs on-site in just one day. Finally, stores offer warranties on jewelry purchased from them, something which few online retailers of fine jewelry do. One final benefit to buying your fine jewelry from a local retailer is the possibility of getting a piece custommade. Many jewelers are able to reproduce an item from a picture or drawing. Jewelers can also reproduce a piece of your favourite fashion jewelry with fine stones and precious metals, turning it into a piece of fine jewelry. Remember that when making an expensive purchase, whether it is a diamond necklace or a sports car, it is always better in the long run to fully examine your options in person. This ensures that you will get exactly what you want. In-store shopping gets you the best value for your money and will save you many headaches in the future.


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South China Jewelry offers one of the finest selections around of coloured gem stones. Radiant stones from around the world will captivate her heart on any special occasion. Stop in today to discuss your options with the experts at South China Jewelry.

South China Jewelry Custom jewelry at factory prices. Lower Level Midtown Plaza | 306.931.3328 | www.southchinajewelry.com


A BIG CITY SALON WITH A SMALL TOWN FEEL BY KATRINA GEENEVASEN PHOTOS HEATHER FRITZ


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aving a long and storied history in the beauty industry, it was only a matter of time before Mitch Morgans decided to open his very own salon. Now, Phoenix Rayne Hair Company — one of Saskatoon’s newest salons — is giving its clients the chance to feel stunning, inside and out. Offering a wide variety of hair and makeup services, Phoenix Raynes’ ultimate goal, says Morgans, is to create happiness internally and externally, and to enhance what lies beneath, pulling each clients’ personality into focus. ‘’If someone is looking for a new, fresh vision, or if they want someone to dig deeper within them and pull their personality out, or they are wanting something that looks absolutely amazing to help them feel great, they should definitely book their next appointment with us,’’ says Morgans, adding that Phoenix Rayne offers complimentary in-between services such as bang and neck trims, as well as texturizing, to keep your hair upto-date, shaped and fresh. ‘’We want your style to look its absolute best until it’s time for your next visit,’’ says Morgans. Morgans has over 16 years experience in the industry as a makeup artist, including movie sets, runway shows in Vegas and working with photographers from New York and Chicago. ‘’We strive to give the completed feeling of balance, not only feeling good about how you look on the outside but also feeling wonderful on the inside. That balance is so important.’’ With an industrial chic interior brightly punctuated with red accents and softly scented candles, it’s a big city salon with a small town feel, says Morgans. ‘’This is brought to life through our service and the relationships we have with our clients,’’ he points out. ‘’When people come in, it’s more of a friendship; they feel comfortable. It is all about building those relationships.” ‘’They like that it’s a new, unique and comfortable space,’’ he continues, gesturing towards the curtains billowing delicately in the tinted front windows of the salon. ‘’People like that they can pop in and have a visit, it’s not just about having a service. They enjoy that when they come in, they feel like a part of the space. It’s not like walking into a business, it feels like walking into a friend’s place where you would want to hang out.’’

For this talented business owner, life couldn’t be any sweeter. He is right where he is meant to be, helping each and every person he meets discover their dimensional beauty. It’s something he has wanted to do since he was a little boy. ‘’By giving them a fantastic hairstyle, not just a haircut, we have succeeded in creating a look that is easy for them to continue to style suiting to their personality and lifestyle. We give them something that is customized. We are here to unleash their internal charm.’’ It’s absolutely inspiring when things fall into place as you want them to, he says, and you see the perfect end result. ‘’I get extremely excited, like a kid at Christmas, because I have achieved and given something to someone that they were not able to do themselves,’’ he says. Phoenix Rayne Hair Company #3-2606 Broadway Ave. South 306.954.1255 phoenixraynehair.com


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For every special occasion or “just because,” stop in to see Gallery 17’s large inventory of unique, antiquated and worldly home décor and gifts.  Custom-ordered, timeless pieces: select your style, colour and finish on a variety of furnishings  Oil paintings to add that special finishing touch  Hand-finished and industrial home furniture, including solid wood pieces  Vintage and artistic home accent items  Stunning array of Italian leather purses and wallets  Exquisitely-woven Indian scarves

Sophistication and style for your home and your life.

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Outer wear, business wear, dress wear and casual wear.

Exclusive lines include: Tuzzi, St. James, Eric Alexander, Periphery, 360 (Cashmere) and Elisa Cavaletti. Holiday Gift Cards Available in Store 7-123 2nd Avenue South in ScotiA centre | SASkAtoon | 306.652.3929

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We feature vintage jewellery and accessories from all eras — from the detailed silver of the ’40s, to the multi-layered necklaces of the ’50s, to the vibrant and colourful pieces of the ‘60s — and everything in between. Some of our remarkable pieces date back to as early as the 1800s. Egyptian jewellery to costume jewellery, cameos to precious stones, Back Then & Again has the shopping experience you’ve been waiting for. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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BEAUTIFUL FURNITURE WITH RELAXED SOPHISTICATION BY APOLLINE LUCYK PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

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ooking for unique, Canadian-made furniture? Owned and operated by Dave and Heidi Shockey, Modern Country Interiors is a family company with three locations across Western Canada: Saskatoon, Calgary and Duncan, British Columbia. Duncan is the home of the wood factory that produces a line of fine furniture that the company sells at all the locations: Modern Country Furniture. Modern Country Furniture builds-toorder. “We have our standard pieces, but we will also do complete customized pieces as well,” Dave remarks.

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The store also carries a number of stylish Canadian brands including Live Edge Design, Jaymar Furniture and Silva Furniture, as well as a selection of local artwork and Pandora jewellery. Live Edge Design is a west coast company that builds unique custom-made furniture pieces. “They salvage trees brought down by storms, or left behind by forest companies and construction companies,” says Dave. The furniture’s unique beauty comes from the natural contours of the wood that they use. “The main tree

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growth takes place just beneath the bark and under that, the rich contours of the live edge give the sculptural quality to the furniture,” he adds. Live Edge pieces are built to custom order, and Modern Country Interiors is the only store in Saskatchewan that sells their one-of-akind pieces. Customization is available on all items sold through the store. For example, with Jaymar and Silva furniture, “You have options of customizing with different leathers and different fabrics,” Dave notes.


The shop also has an excellent team of designers who do in-home consultations: Amy Barrett, Genevieve Turcotte, Brooklynn Chovin. “Most of the time, we focus on furniture layout and placement,” says Amy. “We also discuss any customizations that will be needed.” The team assists with colours and fabrics as well, depending on how much help the customer wants. At Modern Country Interiors, you receive the best in service and selection. From customized furniture pieces made from high-quality Canadian materials to inhome design consultations, let Modern Country Interiors take care of you. Modern Country Interiors 808 Broadway Avenue Saskatoon 306.382.2373 modcount@sasktel.net www.moderncountryinteriors.com

RIGHT L-R: Owner Dave Shockey with Genevieve Turcotte and Amy Barrett

Winter has a style ALL ITS OWN.

Sterling silver charms from $25

INTRODUCING PANDORA’S WINTER 2013 COLLECTION.

Experience at: 810 Broadway Ave. Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B6 306.382.2373 www.moderncountryinteriors.com Find us on

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A Wardrobe for All Seasons If you like vibrant colours, intricate details and comfortable, stylish layers, you will love “Sandwich”—a European clothing line available at Tryst Boutique. Currently exclusive in Saskatoon to Tryst, Sandwich clothing transitions from day to evening and across the seasons, with quality dyes, yarns and fabrics used to create unique and beautiful pieces. With a wide range of business and casual separates, Sandwich provides everyday wear for women of all ages. A mix of fabrics is used in most pieces, creating enhanced comfort and movement. Each collection features colours that blend with those in previous seasons, providing versatility and exceptional value. Looking for the perfect outfit for a holiday event? Party dresses and sequined tops are favourites from the Sandwich line, offering glamour and elegance with ease.

Photos by Lisa Landrie

The top priority at Tryst Boutique is outstanding customer service. With a warm, friendly atmosphere and wonderful selection, Tryst welcomes you to visit. Discover clothing that feels as good as it looks.

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J&S PICTURE FRAME WAREHOUSE Bringing art to life: The Craft of Framing Experienced staff, skilled craftsmanship and creativity . . . What you’ll find inside J&S Picture Frame Warehouse is a friendly team of artists who have been honing the craft of framing images for the past 35 years. Turn your memories into works of art. In addition to framing, J&S Picture Frame Warehouse also does amazing photo restorations, correcting rips and stains as though they were never there. We make works of art out of beloved memorabilia, creating framed collages, and print high quality reproductions of photos, fixing imperfections as needed.

121 JESSOP AVENUE, SASKATOON | 306.373.1171 | WWW.JANDSPICTURE.COM


PUT YOUR MUSIC FIRST EXPERIENCE THE WORLD’S FINEST HIGH-FIDELITY AUDIO PRODUCTS FROM NAIM AND FOCAL NAIT: integrated amplifiers • DAC-V1: USB DAC UnitiQute 2: all-in-one audio players • CD555: CD players UnitiServe: hard disk server • NDS: network players SuperUniti: all-in-on audio players

It takes an audio expert to provide consumers with Naim products. Pulsworks Audio Arts is your exclusive local retailer. Stop in today for your personal demonstration and the best advice on the right Naim/Focal system for you.

Pulsworks Audio Arts | 2009 Alberta Avenue | Sasaktoon | 306.244.7857 | www.pulsworks.com


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Prince Albert

Prince Albert has a lot to offer from our history, arts, culture or shopping. Our mid-size city offers many opportunities, from very competitive housing costs to great opportunities for entrepreneurs, as Prince Albert has been named one of Canada’s top ten entrepreneurial cites by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business [in 2012]. - Merle Lacert, CEO of Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce SPECIAL FEATURE PRINCE ALBERT


To the north of Saskatoon lies a city that serves as the gateway into lake land. Prince Albert (P.A.), the province’s third largest city, is a community in transition. O ppOrtunity There is a commercial and industry boom taking place in P.A. Taking into account the city’s population (approximately 45,000) and the outlying bustling communities, Prince Albert’s total market share is over 150,000 people. To what does this translate? Opportunity. Opportunity is where success lives. With the overall climate of Prince Albert, it is proving itself as a lucrative location for business owners to open a second or third location. In 2013 thus far, approximately 300 business licenses have been issued. Lacert notes: “You are sure to find everything you are looking for right here in Prince Albert.” The city’s historic downtown district has been undergoing quite a transformation the past few years, steer-headed by the Prince Albert Downtown Improvement District Association (PADIDA). Aesthetic revitalizations, such as re-facing and resurfacing of historic buildings has allowed businesses to represent themselves anew to the community. This is also attracting to the area more and more locally-owned boutiques, retail outlets, specialty shops and restaurants. Larger opportunity in the area includes the re-opening of the pulp mill by Paper Excellence. The company is executing a sustainable business plan, and will be operating a world-class facility employing approximately 250 people. Another larger scale opportunity is Shore Gold Inc.’s Star Diamond project. Once in full operation, this diamond mining site is expected to employ about 700 people.

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experience. P.A. residents no longer have to leave the city — everything they want is nearby. When the business economy flourishes, so does the arts and culture scene. One of the province’s newest entertainment venues is the E.A. Rawlinson Centre, Prince Albert’s arts and culture “hub.” Playing host to several international and national acts, the venue also serves as place where corporate events, trade shows and weddings are held.

l ivinG Professional, modern families are realizing the advantage of purchasing a home in Prince Albert. A higher median income and a lower cost of living means people are getting a bigger bang for the dollar. To add more value to the quality of living, the average daily commute for most people is between five and 10 minutes. The sense of community is strong in Prince Albert. Children enjoy strong schooling in facilities that are not overcrowded. Recreational sports facilities get a lot of use by residents. Says Lacert, “Prince Albert offers many types of recreational pursuits. Take advantage of our 35 parks, expanded Rotary Trail, first-class golf courses, various museums and a field house that offers soccer, a walking track and many other fitness activities.” And for the outdoor enthusiasts? “Our close proximity to many lakes within a 40 minute drive offers many opportunities from world class fishing and hunting, to great snowmobile and ATV trails,” Lacert adds. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to expand your business, a place to start a new enterprise, an affordable new home for the family, or an active community to be part of, check out what Prince Albert has to offer. “Come experience Prince Albert and find your opportunity,” says Lacert.

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P.A. POSSIBILITIES – Prince Albert’s enviable small city feel, big city benefits BY KARIN MELBERG SCHWIER PHOTOS JANNA GOBEIL PHOTOGRAPHY

The secret is out. Prince Albert is one of western Canada’s most attractive destinations for quality of life and business opportunities. Known affectionately as P.A., this vibrant and growing community of over 43,000 has been at the forefront of Saskatchewan’s economic boom in recent years. Investments are at record highs and despite steady growth, P.A. remains a city ripe for investment. With an enviable quality of life, P.A. offers all the amenities of a large urban centre but

with a family-friendly lifestyle that makes it a prime destination for anyone looking to raise a family. Unprecedented access to lake country and a northern wilderness playground means those who call this city home enjoy the best of all worlds.

The P.A. Potential Athabasca Basin Development is an investment company committed to investing in and growing successful businesses. It was established in 2002 and the company has grown to include

complete or partial ownership in ten companies providing a wide range of services, with recent consolidated revenues over $100 million annually. Geoff Gay is the CEO. “As a company that has business interests ranging from the far north in Saskatchewan to Saskatoon and beyond, Prince Albert is an ideal location for us to effectively and efficiently do business,” says Gay. “We feel there is a lot of potential to increase our business interests here over time.”

ABOVE: Prince Albert City Hall (Photo Courtesy of the City of Prince Albert)

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Strong Economy “P.A. has had steady investment in the last five years,” says Mayor Greg Dionne. “In 2012 there was just under $100 million in development. That’s our highest on record.” Prince Albert is the province’s third largest city, and because of its location, serves a north central population of 150,000. As a significant commercial and industry hub with railway and an airport that recently underwent a $6 million upgrade, its retail development has never been stronger. Not only that, P.A.’s economy will soon be bolstered by the opening of Paper Excellence, heralding the revival of the Prince Albert pulp mill. The P.A. division of this multinational company is adding 250 local jobs in 2014. Shore Gold’s Fort à la Corne Star Diamond project east of P.A. is considered to be one of the most extensive kimberlite fields in the world. These developments and Prince Albert’s proximity to northern mines continue to pump value into the local economy.

It’s Easy to do Business Here Western First Nations Hospitality, a partnership that has acquired five Super 8 motel properties, has its head office in PA. Jamie McGuin, Director of Operations, has lived in Prince Albert since the late 1980s and says it’s never been more vibrant. “I’ve watched it grow over the last 20 years, and recently the focus on being open and welcoming to business has really sharpened,” says McGuin. “The city is very friendly to new retail business and is actively trying to attract more to the area. We have everything you need to be successful in the retail end and we’re looking forward to seeing a new era in manufacturing coming on, too.” Lucy James, a musician and teacher, opened her dream business after coming back to P.A. in 2010. After living abroad, she returned from Switzerland with her husband and an idea for a unique venture. Jam Street Music is a downtown-based studio and rehearsal space where she teaches anyone who dreams of being a rock musician. “P.A. is a great place to start a business. I have been so pleased with my experience, and its possible to take a risk here because prices for business spaces are so much cheaper than in other areas of the world,” says James. “It’s also great because it is not saturated yet. There’s lots of room for new ideas and new people.” RIGHT: Cornerstone Shopping District — an 80 acre shopping district with 550,000-square-feet of commercial retail space (Photo Courtesy of the City of Prince Albert) SPECIAL FEATURE PRINCE ALBERT


Luxury Life at Attainable Prices Homebuilders and homeowners are taking advantage of the strong local economy and the beauty of Prince Albert’s natural countryside. Real estate sales have been steadily growing in Prince Albert with record values hitting $186 million in sales in 2012. P.A. is attracting innovative builders who offer single and multi-family dwellings, spec homes and custom builds. A range of choices in well planned projects make P.A. the place to buy a home or lot in developments like Lake Estates, the newest development in the city’s West Hill neighbourhood. Prestigious developments like Adanac Point, located within the city limits but on the outskirts of town, offer residents sunny river views. “At $217,000, Prince Albert’s average home price remains affordable compared to markets like Saskatoon and

Regina,” says Mayor Dionne. “You can enjoy a remarkable standard of living in Prince Albert. Luxury homes are more attainable here.”

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“It’s such an easy city to live in,” she says. “It takes ten minutes to get almost anywhere. There’s a slower pace to life here, but there are still opportunities for those who are eager to get involved or open a business.”

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“We don’t want to spend all our time driving and commuting,” says Lucy James. “We wanted the calmness of not living in a busy or overcrowded place. House prices are more affordable. And we wanted quick access to the lakes like Emma and Waskesiu, and Little Red Park is awesome for outdoor outings, skiing, walking, picnics etc. We love the smaller community and outdoor advantage.” Kiley Bear is the Manager of Communications with the City of Prince Albert. After university, she came back to P.A. to be near family. But it’s the lifestyle she talks about to people when she describes the best about her hometown.

“Prince Albert is definitely open for business,” says Jamie McGuin. “The City is willing to help business in any way they can. You really have the sense that they are ready to talk about making the move here easy and as successful as possible. There’s room for retailers and when you pair that with an excellent quality of life, it’s a great place to call home.” Rick Stuckenberg Director, Planning and Development City Hall, 1084 Central Avenue Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, S6V 7P3 306.953.4370 rstuckenberg@citypa.com www.citypa.ca

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We love living downtown because you have access to everything you need within minutes on foot. Markus works downtown as a strategic analyst for the city. We walk to do our children’s activities like story time at the library and gymnastics. We walk to pay the bills, to go to the doctor and the dentist. The best cafés and restaurants are downtown, too; the Bison, the Funky Fresh Bistro, Dean’s Diner, Saigon River and Saigon Village. There are great unique boutiques for clothing and sports that we frequent. It’s the European lifestyle we love without the expense of living in Europe! — Lucy James

P.A.’s newly serviced Green Industrial Park offers 28 acres of fully serviced lots next to the newly enhanced airport. This park is designed to group buildings and businesses together to share resources that include logistic systems, warehousing, storage to energy and water. There are currently incentives available for businesses interested in relocating to these fully serviced lots.

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veryone has a dream home built in their mind’s eye. Or at the very least, everyone has an idea of what they’d like in their perfect home. At Prince Albert’s Adanac Pointe, those dreams can become reality. Developer Doug Patrick, of Grand Trunk Developments, has created the city’s first and finest architecturally planned community ― and his vision has kept dream homes in mind. “A dream home is something we all think about,” says Doug. “At Adanac Pointe, we provide the space to build it, with

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all the amenities that should surround a dream home.” Taking shape on 30 acres of land with views of the North Saskatchewan River and a backdrop of boreal forest, Adanac Pointe is a truly beautiful place to call home and be neighbours with nature. Generously sized lots up to a quarter of an acre give the community a feeling of country life, all within the Prince Albert city limits. Residents in Adanac Pointe enjoy all the benefits of city living —

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utilities and services — and the space to stretch out in a comfortable yard. “We call the experience of living at Adanac Pointe as the ‘country side of city living’,” says Doug. “And, you can enjoy the space of the country without a country-like commute.” Located just east of the city’s Cooke Golf Course, Adanac Pointe is only minutes to downtown Prince Albert and conveniently located near the new Cornerstone shopping district. Not only can you have your dream home and room to enjoy it, you’re also near everything


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you need: shopping, schools, churches and recreational facilities. Adanac Pointe is also a place that anyone can call home. “The community is designed for people of every walk of life,” says Doug. “Whether you’re a young family looking for space to grow, empty-nesters wanting room to enjoy your hobbies, or professionals wanting a place to relax and entertain, there’s a spot for you here.” Anyone can enjoy Adanac Pointe’s Central playground, park and Rotary trail-ways — more than five acres of green space and 50 kilometres of trails in total. There’s plenty of nature to enjoy year-round, and breathtaking views in every direction. Not only does Adanac Pointe keep in mind its residents quality of life, it also protects the investment that your dream

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home is. “We realize that a dream house is a home, and an investment,” says Doug. “We have been the first in Prince Albert to put in place architectural controls that ensure that your home’s value is protected.” Adanac Pointe has a minimum home size of 1,500-squarefeet for bungalows, and 2,200-squarefeet for two-storey homes. And, lots have been planned to maximize their features, including positioning and views. Whether you want a front row seat to sunrise, sunset, the river or the community, options abound. In addition, the entire community enjoys exquisite fine details such as ornamental fencing, five different styles of curb and sidewalk, Washington Post-style street and park lighting — and extensive professionally designed green spaces and landscaping. No matter what

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you build and where, Adanac Pointe is keeping your home’s value in mind. While Adanac Pointe does have guidelines about the homes built within the community, there are no restrictions on the builders you can contract to get your dream home off the ground. “Once you’re ready to find the spot for your dream home, just give us a call,” says Doug. “We’ll find the lot that will suit your vision.” After your lot is purchased, it’s time to get your vision on paper. “A good home designer or architect can take your ideas and put them to paper, creating the blueprints for your dream,” says Doug. “They will also ensure your home meets the Adanac Pointe requirements.” Once the drawings are complete, selecting the builder comes next, followed by construction of your


dream home. “This process can be as short as four months or long as you may need within reason and scope,” says Doug. “And once your home is built, all you need is the keys to get living the life you have always wanted in the home of your dreams. And Adanac Pointe is the community that brings it all together.” Ian and Chris Harnett moved into Adanac Pointe nearly two years ago, and haven’t looked back. “We wanted to downsize from our acrerage, but we didn’t want to build on a small city lot,” says Ian. “The size of the lots is what first attracted us to Adanac Pointe.” The Harnetts chose Adanac Pointe because of its proximity to all the city’s amenities while maintaining the feeling of country life. “We were able to build a home with the space and

openness we wanted,” says Ian. The careful community planning was also a factor in the Harnetts’ decision to build in Adanac Pointe. “The architectural controls were a selling point for us. We know that our investment will be protected until we’re ready to sell,” says Ian. The Harnetts are more than happy with their decision to make Adanac Pointe their home. “We absolutely recommend this community as a place to live. We know that a community such as this doesn’t come along often, and we’re so glad we made the decision to build here. It will be a long time before there’s another development like this in the area,” says Ian. Ready to see if Adanac Pointe is right for you? With 22 residences built and seven

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sets of additional blueprints available, sold properties on the go range from $400,000 to over $1 million. There are very few lots left in Phases 1 and 2, and with the limited release of Adanac Villas and Towne Holmes starting in the low $400,000, now is the time to find out. To learn more about Adanac Pointe, visit adanacpointe.ca, or call Doug directly at 306.961.2785. Prince Albert’s premier home community awaits. Doug Patrick Grand Trunk Developments Ltd. 85 15th Street West Prince Albert dpatrick.gtdl@sasktel.net 306.961.2785 Adanacpointe.ca

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lamorous, relaxing, and beautiful: these are the words that Erin McAuley, owner of Prince Albert’s brand-new lash lounge Fringe, uses to describe the luxurious salon. “It’s an escape for women,” says Erin. “My clients love their lashes, and are always very happy with their experience.” Fringe Lash Lounge, the premiere and only lash lounge in the city, is the evolution of Erin’s already flourishing home-based business. As a certified lash stylist, Erin enjoys creating individual beauty for her clients, giving them the best service possible. “I’ve always been very interested in the beauty industry,” says Erin. “I fell in love with having my

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lashes done and knew other women would love it as well.” Fringe specializes in individual lash extensions, with each extension individually attached to a natural lash. Both synthetic and synthetic mink lashes are available, with over 200 styles in varying colours, lengths, thicknesses and curls. “We can create natural or glamorous looks,” says Erin. “The lashes are easy to care for, and versatile for all lifestyles.” Along with eyelash extensions, Fringe offers Beaming White teeth whitening. Enjoy your favourite show on TV while relaxing on a heated bed during the

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45 to 60 minute procedure, which can whiten teeth up to eight to 10 shades in one sitting, with results lasting up to two years. For women who want the benefits of both lashes and whitening services in one session, Fringe offers packages. “Our clients can get an all around new look, with a beautiful whiter smile and longer luscious lashes, making their eyes really pop,” says Erin. Step into Fringe for an appointment, and you’ll be greeted by a salon coordinator and offered a beverage before settling into a comfortable heated bed allowing you to drift away from reality with Fringe’s soothing relaxation playlists. Your indulgent lash service will be


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finished off with a complimentary relaxation facial massage using pure aromatherapy oils. The salon’s calming cream and grey palette, cream damask wallpaper and chandeliers ensure women are pampered in style. Interested in becoming a lash technician? Erin is a certified JB cosmetic lash extension instructor teaching the art of lash extensions. Courses are offered at Fringe Lash Lounge and throughout the province. She has also completed airbrush makeup training in Hollywood, California, a technique in the highest demand among celebrity makeup artists and their clients. This technique gives the client a flawless, airbrushed look without photo shop. The airbrush makeup feels light weight, breathable and barely there (this service is soon to be launched at Fringe Lash Lounge).

If you are looking to treat someone in your life to a little luxury, a Fringe Lash Lounge gift certificate is a great option for a holiday gift. “There is a real difference in how women feel about how they look after the service, compared to when they came in,” says Erin. “Lash extensions along with all Fringe services enhance their natural beauty and give them confidence.”

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Passionate about giving back to the Prince Albert community, Erin has been involved in various events and charities. In 2012/13 she was involved in The Extreme Makeover hosted by Salon 6. The two beautiful winners were pampered by Erin with complimentary lash extension services for three months and also a complimentary full teeth whitening treatment. Erin plans to continue participating in and hosting community and charity events in the future.

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The transformation has been amazing as I had very limited natural eye lashes. The quality of product and workmanship by Erin is very high. [She] is a dedicated and professional artist who puts her clients at ease with special touches and her lovely manner.


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ucked away in a residential neighbourhood, some say Shananigan’s Bistro, Coffee and Dessert Bar is Prince Albert’s bestkept secret. Owned and operated by Jeannette Kindzerski (more commonly known simply as “Jenny”), Shananigan’s has become infamous for its tasty treats that are all homemade from scratch. From moist cakes and cookies to delicious squares and pies, this sweet little bistro-style café has it

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all, including the main attraction, Kindzerski’s famous cheesecakes. It also serves up renowned lunches and dinners, also entirely homemade, as well as gluten-free desserts and meals. “My food is legendary because it’s good food and it’s made from scratch. There are not too many places I can think of that are as crazy as I am,” says Kindzerski with a hearty laugh. “A lot of the food at chain restaurants is frozen, boxed food. I think a lot of people have forgotten what good eating is all about. There are not too

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many places like mine that try to put out a really good product that’s fresh with good service.” While the café is bustling all hours of the day, it’s especially busy during Thursday’s wing night, Prime Rib Fridays and during Sunday brunches. “Customers come in from the rural areas just to get a taste of my home cooking,” says Kindzerski, who passes on her outof-this-world cooking skills to children in youth groups as well as aspiring chefs at the local correctional facility.


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ucked away in a residential neighbourhood, some say Shananigan’s Bistro, Coffee and Dessert Bar is Prince Albert’s bestkept secret. Owned and operated by Jeannette Kindzerski (more commonly known simply as “Jenny”), Shananigan’s has become infamous for its tasty treats that are all homemade from scratch. From moist cakes and cookies to delicious squares and pies, this sweet little bistro-style café has it

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all, including the main attraction, Kindzerski’s famous cheesecakes. It also serves up renowned lunches and dinners, also entirely homemade, as well as gluten-free desserts and meals. “My food is legendary because it’s good food and it’s made from scratch. There are not too many places I can think of that are as crazy as I am,” says Kindzerski with a hearty laugh. “A lot of the food at chain restaurants is frozen, boxed food. I think a lot of people have forgotten what good eating is all about. There are not too

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many places like mine that try to put out a really good product that’s fresh with good service.” While the café is bustling all hours of the day, it’s especially busy during Thursday’s wing night, Prime Rib Fridays and during Sunday brunches. “Customers come in from the rural areas just to get a taste of my home cooking,” says Kindzerski, who passes on her outof-this-world cooking skills to children in youth groups as well as aspiring chefs at the local correctional facility.


With its richly coloured walls, soft leather couches and corner fireplace, the intimate café and restaurant has become a favourite hangout for residents and students alike. Paintings by local artists adorn the walls, and the smells of freshly baked goods and simmering soups constantly fill the air. “It’s really cozy in here,” says Kindzerski, gesturing around her at the laughing customers and children’s play area. “People feel like they’re at home.” Aside from the full-service café and restaurant, Kindzerski also offers fullservice catering for weddings and other special events — each and every item again made lovingly by hand. “I’m able to customize everything for the client,” she says, “to make sure they get exactly what suits them.” Gift certificates are also available, making Christmas shopping this holiday season a breeze. Working long hours seven days a week is exhausting, says Kindzerski, who has more than 35 years of kitchen experience. She’s quick, however, to point out that she loves each and every minute of it. “It’s just something I really enjoy,” she says. “I have enjoyed it for so many years. I want to offer the community a great place to come in and feel at home, with good quality food and service.”

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“I like to please people when it comes to my food,” she continued. “I love it when customers say, ‘That was amazing Jenny, that’s the best I’ve ever had.’ That pumps me up and keeps me going. I love being in the back cooking and creating, that’s who I am. I just love it.” Shananigan’s Coffee and Dessert Bar 2144 6th Ave. W. Prince Albert 306.764.2647

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n 1979, Ron Horn moved to Prince Albert to open an outdoor experience store, and now 34 years later, Fresh Air Experience has become known as the first choice for outdoor gear in the province, for both its selection and quality. Fresh Air Experience is a family business owned and operated by the Horns — Ron and his son Mike — and they have stores in both Prince Albert and Regina. The Horn family’s passion for what they sell is what really makes the store special. “We’re not just a store that

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brings in the stuff, sells it, and that’s it,” says Mike, general manager. “We ride bikes, we downhill ski, we snowshoe, we cross-country ski, we paddle, we do everything that we sell. It’s a part of our lifestyle.” So, when you ask about one of their products, you know that you are actually speaking with someone who uses the product and can give you information based on experience. The Fresh Air Experience team pride themselves on the quality of products they sell, and wide selection of products they offer. They sell an extensive range

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of outdoor gear and equipment including bikes, camping gear, summer and winter clothing and footwear, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, skateboards and wakeboards, travel equipment, snowshoes, cross country ski gear, alpine ski gear, snowboards and much more. The team at Fresh Air Experience is also very involved in the communities, not only in Prince Albert and Regina, but throughout the province as well. “We do alpine ski demos at Wapiti and at Asessippi,” says Mike. In the summer, they do kayak and stand up paddle board


demos at Christopher Lake, Candle Lake, Waskesiu and Wascana Lake. “We try and give our customers and people an opportunity to come out and try things before they buy them,” says Mike. Fresh Air Experience also organizes and sponsors the Pine Needle Mountain Bike Festival in June at Little Red River Park in Prince Albert. Fresh Air Experience offers rental options for many of their products, such as snowshoes and paddle sports equipment. “If people are going to the lake or if they’re going up to Elkridge for a winter weekend snowshoeing and cross country skiing, they can rent our product for the weekend,” adds Mike. “For people traveling through Prince Albert on their way to the Lakelands and recreation, we’re just two blocks off of the main drag. It’s not out of the way to stop on the way to your destination up north,” he remarks. “It all comes down to the personal experience,” says Mike. “Fresh Air Experience is a family owned and operated business supported by a number of long term employees with a wealth of expertise to help you choose the right products for your next outdoor adventure.” Fresh Air Experience has locations in both Prince Albert and Regina, Saskatchewan. Come to the store, or check out their website to prepare for your next outdoor adventure. Fresh Air Experience Locations: 938 Central Avenue, Prince Albert 306.922.1500 fae@sasktel.net 532 Victoria Avenue, Regina 306.522.6665 faeregina@accesscomm.ca TF: 1.800.653.5200 www.freshairexperience.com | OppOsite and tOp images Courtesy of Fresh Air Experience abOve L–R Josh Tkatchak, Murray Peterson, Jon Horn, Skylar Ursu, Ron Horn, owner; Mike Horn, general manager; Adrian Orynik, Bill Turner, Kelsey Olson, Michelle Horn, Natalie Matheson

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en years ago, Chantal Kreviazuk took to the stage at The E.A. Rawlinson Centre For the Arts. She was the first artist to perform at the newly-built and highly anticipated venue, kicking off what has been a decade of world-class entertainment. The E.A. draws residents from Prince Albert and across the province, and has become a venue of choice for artists from across North America. The E.A.’s 10th anniversary year, 2013, has been especially exciting, with artists such as Blue Rodeo, The Beach Boys, Clint Black, Ian Tyson and Jason Alexander performing in the upscale, boutique-style, 606-seat theatre. “The hallmark of our season is that it’s all about high-quality entertainment,” says Linda Jensen, the E.A. Rawlinson

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Centre’s marketing director. “We have a beautiful state-of-the-art facility and a varied program so there is something for everyone.” Along with music, the Centre has showcased comedy, dance, theatre and variety acts like the Shanghai Circus and Cirque Le Masque. The E.A. features both a fall and winter/ spring season, typically with 12 shows in each, as well as a concert series sponsored by Canadian Tire. Attending a show at the E.A. is an opportunity not only to see top-notch talent, but to hear it in a venue that’s far more personal than a stadium-sized space. The theatre was built in such a way that the farthest seat from the stage is only 60 feet away. “It’s very intimate, and was built with the acoustics as a feature,” says Jensen. The E.A.’s modern atmosphere and river-

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view location also make it popular for events such as weddings, fundraisers and corporate functions. One of the E.A.’s priorities is showcasing local talent. Each December it features Festive Magic, produced in-house with local artists. Jensen says the E.A. also has a mandate to nurture young performers. A competition called “Search for the Stars” takes place in the spring, with judge facilitators assisting young performers in developing their skills and leading up to a gala performance. The Broadway North Theatre Program offers youth training through the Centre in dance, singing and acting. So what can you look forward to in the 2014 spring season? ABBA tribute band ABsalute Gold will perform, as well as Saskatchewan’s own Chilean rockers


Andino Suns, Canadian jazz vocalist Dianna Panton, Jimmy Rankin and Lighthouse. A highlight is sure to be the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning American tap troupe Rhythmic Circus. Patrons can purchase a full-season pass, a six-show pass or individual performance tickets for the Centre, each offered at an excellent value. Jensen says both season tickets and gift certificates are becoming increasingly popular gifts. “It’s giving people an experience, and it’s something they may not purchase on their own,” says Jensen. The Centre’s website shows upcoming events and gives the opportunity to purchase tickets online. “Since April 2, 2003, the E.A. Rawlinson Centre has established itself as an entertainment destination,” says Jensen. “It has provided over 960,000 people with positive entertainment experiences.” The E.A. Rawlinson Centre For the Arts 306.765.1270 142-12th Street West, Prince Albert www.earawlinsoncentre.ca TOP: Blue Rodeo (Photo Courtesy PerryBergson - PA Daily Herald) CENTRE RIGHT: Kenny Rogers (Photo Courtesy PerryBergson PA Daily Herald) BELOW: Auditorium at E.A. Rawlinson Centre (Photo Courtesy Janna Gobeil Photography)

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alking through the west doors of South Hill Mall in Prince Albert, one is immediately transported on an aromatic journey away from the icy, cold winter of Canada to the hot, dry desserts of Iran. Follow the trail of pungent garlic, sweet paprika and rich, earthy saffron to the entrance of Persia Bistro where the eyes are greeted by the welcoming smiles of owner Jaklin MacGregor and her sister Jasmin Zareh along with an invitingly modern and chic décor.

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Have a seat at one of the tables and choose from a menu comprised of both traditional and original recipes. Jaklin and Jasmin use only fresh ingredients to prepare their dishes. The menu changes daily, according to the availability of ingredients and the weather conditions as Persians believe that the state of the weather affects a person’s nutritional needs. The sisters are careful to serve only healthy meals that meet Canada’s nutritional guidelines. Each day, a new white meat dish, red meat

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dish, vegetarian option and rice plate are prepared. Persia Bistro serves both Iranian and East Indian food, both of which are known for their mouth-watering aromas, tonguetingling flavours and eye-catching presentation. Signature dishes include pomegranate chicken from Iran and butter chicken from India. Persia Bistro is the only restaurant in the province that serves the fruit-filled, spicy dishes of Iran. Persian foods use a combination


of meats, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and flowers. Rice dishes are popular, and dairy products are a staple. Jasmin’s homemade yogurt is a favourite with customers. Every dish at Persia Bistro is designed to captivate the senses. “Persia Bistro’s meals are perfect for a cold day,” notes Kristian Haberstock. “The spices and flavours are wonderful.” The staff of Persia Bistro is excited to be adding Filipino dishes to its menu in 2014. Persia Bistro opened in June 2010, the long overdue baby of Jaklin. Jaklin moved to Canada from Iran in 1989 to pursue her education. After studying and working as an information technician and dance instructor, Jaklin finally found herself in a position to pursue what she truly loved: creating and preparing the delicious, nutritious meals of her homeland. With the support of her family, Jaklin and sister Jasmin begin each day at 4 a.m., planning the day’s menu. The bistro is open for lunch, closing at 4 p.m. unless asked by a customer to stay open for dinner. They receive such requests along with ones for specific dishes regularly and are always happy to accommodate. “We are not a big place but we are authentic. We are good. And we love giving our patrons a fantastic dining experience with great service,” says Jaklin. Persia Bistro can be booked to host a special event. The bistro itself can accommodate 35 people inside. However, larger events can be held in the evenings when the mall is closed (they will cordon off a portion of the mall outside the cafe for use, giving room for up to 90 people). Persia Bistro also caters events of all sizes throughout the province. Both the daily menu and a catering menu can be found on the restaurant’s website. If you are in Prince Albert and are looking to treat your taste buds to something intriguingly different, nutritious and affordable, make your way to Persia Bistro. As Ed Carnegie notes, “It is always nice to experience different foods from around the world and you will find this selection a winner.”

Persia Bistro #10 – 2995 2nd Ave W South Hill Mall Prince Albert 306.922.3367 jaklin@persiabistro.com www.persiabistro.com

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e all enjoy a relaxing day being pampered. At the Healing Garden Spa you will receive a variety of wonderfully calming and refreshing services that will make you feel like a new person. As Prince Albert’s only 100 per cent eco-friendly spa, you can enjoy natural organic products in a soothing holistic environment. “I wanted to run the spa in the same manner as I live my life,” says owner Celina Epp-Neufeld. Having lived her entire life on the principles of being green, Celina has always been very passionate about the importance of us taking care of ourselves and the environment. “Being green is not just

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the latest marketing thing for me,” she states, “it’s my whole lifestyle.” When you walk into the Healing Garden Spa you will get the sense of a very calming atmosphere that offers plenty of eco-friendly alternatives for beauty and spa treatments. “Our new facility was reconstructed using recycled materials and we’ve even decorated using antique furniture,” comments Celina.

Celina is excited to also offer Eminence Skin Care product line. Originating from Hungary, this beautiful line of products is completely organic with no additives. Using only natural ingredients such as soy, blueberries and lychee, Eminence Skin products are safe and nourishing for your skin. According to Celina, in order to become an authorized Eminence dealer a spa must meet certain ecofriendly criteria. “We met all of their requirements,” she expresses.

The Healing Garden Spa offers ecofriendly retail products such as Proof Eyewear, a high end brand of sunglasses made with recycled wood, skateboard and sustainable products.

The Healing Garden Spa offers a wide variety of treatments and services that will relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Enjoy manicures, pedicures, esthetics, raindrop therapy, hot and cold stone massages,

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body sugaring, facials, reflexology massages and more. “The massage we offer is a unique blend of energy and massage techniques that are custom to our spa and has been extremely sought after by many people,” explains Celina. Maxine Strand, body energy therapist, has brought this unique style of massage to the spa and it has been in high demand for the past few years. She points out that men’s spa services are also available at Healing Garden Spa. Celina also instructs yoga and hot yoga sessions. These sessions take place Monday evenings and Wednesday during the day and are open to people of all ages and abilities. Leaving for a warm get away? Healing Garden Spa offers Organic Tan services. This natural air brush tan hydrates your skin and gives it a healthy glow. “Our Secret Garden Spa Treatments make an excellent gift,” suggests Celina. For $495, the client will receive six months of treatments of 90 minute pampering sessions. Each month is a different special treatment. It’s the perfect way for the person on your list to sample a new spa service. Gift certificates are also available in any denomination and make an ideal gift for that special someone. Looking to book a special event? Ask about booking a girls’ night, birthday party, romantic couple’s massage sessions or any other occasion you can think of. For a truly unique spa experience, pamper yourself and visit the Healing Garden (open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for appointments on evenings and weekends).

The Healing Garden Spa 1114 Central Avenue Prince Albert 306.922.8397 www.thehealinggardenspa.com

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owntown Prince Albert is undergoing a major transformation — just ask Bob Gill, acting manager of the non-profit Prince Albert Downtown Improvement District Association (PADIDA). “In the last two years, we have had 15 new businesses open. So that’s a really good success story,” says Gill, who is also the coordinator of Prince Albert’s Main Street Program. “It’s a really good sign of people wanting to invest in the downtown. It’s becoming more vibrant than it was.” It’s clear, says Gill, that opportunity knocks — and it knocks loudly. “Our

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population is around 42,000, but we’re the most northern major city in the province, and we serve around 150,000 people,” he says. “We have such a huge area that we serve, besides just our city. We attract a lot of people to come here as their first shopping stop.” PADIDA encourages Saskatoon businesses that are looking to grow to consider downtown Prince Albert as their first option. “We’d love to get more corporations setting up in the downtown core,” says Gill. “Some of them have head offices in Saskatoon, but we feel it would be better to be closer to the place that you work for, and if you’re set up here as

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a corporation, you’re supporting the area you’re serving.” Melanie Quintal, owner of Funky Fresh Bistro, says the downtown core has a lot of potential and is becoming a better place for small businesses to set up shop. “People are looking for trendy, unique places to shop and not have to leave the city to find,” she says, adding that in the future, she sees downtown Prince Albert becoming the next Broadway of Saskatoon or White Ave. of Edmonton. For a small business, says Gill, downtown Prince Albert is indeed the perfect place — not only because of the ample parking


for active consumers looking for finer brands, products and services, but also because of the rent, which is much more affordable when compared to larger developments. There’s also exciting, chic and inexpensive housing projects for young entrepreneurs. The relationships that develop between storeowners are yet another added benefit, says Gill. “The other businesses involved with PADIDA are here for support to help new businesses out,” he says. “We have a great group of people here.” “I love being part of the downtown business community,” says Shauna Eveleigh Harris, owner of Inspired Books. “There is a cohesive sense of partnership and support for one another — much like one would feel as individual employees working for a big company, but better!” She says she loves the hopefulness that downtown business owners have; the hope that the core will once again be vibrant with shopping and cultural activity; and the belief they all have in the possibilities of a great and refreshed downtown experience. “We are loyal to the downtown,” she says, “to its history and to its future.” Gill says he’s proud to be part of PADIDA, which exists to create a vibrant downtown. All the hard work is paying off. “There’s not a single person in the whole city that does not want the downtown to be vibrant again,” he says. “The years of neglect are a thing of the past, and it’s going to be the place that everyone wants to be.” Prince Albert Downtown Improvement District Association 1105 Central Avenue Prince Albert 306.763.1802 padidadmin@sasktel.net princealbertdowntown.ca RIGHT Lori Bourne and Bob Gill

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S.H.A.R.E.: EMBRACING MENTAL HEALTH BY ALYSSA RUDYCK PHOTOS WAYWARD SOUL PHOTOGRAPHY

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here are more benefits to holding down a job than simply collecting a pay cheque, something that many of us may take for granted. We are also rewarded with a sense of purpose and the satisfaction of a job well done. For some, the path to self-fulfillment is a little trickier to navigate. This is where S.H.A.R.E. comes in. S.H.A.R.E., an acronym for Self Help And Recreation Education, is an organization that provides individuals struggling with mental illnesses with a place to work, socialize, relax, do recreational activities, further their education and maintain a normal lifestyle. Its members provide homeowners and businesses within their community, as well as local government, with cost-effective labour, such as

yard clean up, snow shoveling, hauling garbage, delivering flyers or completing bulk mailing. “We’re kind of the odd job squad,” jokes vocational program manager, Grant Gustafson. S.H.A.R.E members also do a variety of volunteer work in the community, such as getting involved with Habitat for Humanity. “Our folks have been on the receiving end for most of their lives, and they want to give something back,” Gustafson explains. Gustafson, who began his position with S.H.A.R.E. in 1991, describes his role as being to help build self-esteem within their membership. He has received several awards for his service, but says

that the greatest reward for him is the knowledge that he is making a difference in his member’s lives. “[Awards] are the things that sit on the desk to kind of remind us of what we do and that we’ve achieved something as a group, but the [real] achievement is the dignity that we have helped achieve for people dealing with mental health issues,” he comments. According to Gustafson, S.H.A.R.E. members are typically referred by community mental health nurses, and run the gamut in terms of age, background, culture and education, each bringing a unique skill set to the mix. What is special about S.H.A.R.E. is that it allows its members to help others while TOP IMAGE : Grant Gustafson

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helping themselves. “They are allowed to do normal work in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. They have a job to go to without the fear of getting fired or laid off . . . It’s a place to heal and get on with life,” said Gustafson. Gustafson emphasized that they are all about focusing on the mental health, not the mental illness of their members. “We just allow everyone the opportunity to experience that work and that satisfaction of a job well done,” he explained. “We want to give them a touch of everything that life has to offer.” S.H.A.R.E. receives its core funding from the PA Parkland Health Region, with the rest of their funds being generated from the work they do within the community, including work done by Gustafson himself. To save on costs, they also do a lot of in-house jobs themselves, having just renovated their facilities almost entirely independently. They welcome any and all donations, and are currently raising funds for a new roof. If you would like to make a contribution or learn more about the extensive ins and outs of the S.H.A.R.E. operation, please contact them directly, or call ahead to stop by and see their new facilities, and meet their dedicated staff yourself.

S.H.A.R.E. 1750 6th Avenue West Prince Albert 306.922.0255 s.h.a.r.e@sasktel.net

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n 1988, Doug Patrick began to build a business that would become Prince Albert’s destination for all things electronic. “I ended up in Prince Albert after working all over the place even West Africa in mining and construction,” says Doug, owner of Marquis Audio Video & Appliances Unlimited. “I met the woman that would become Mrs. Patrick, and Prince Albert became home.” After a stint in the car detailing business with Detail Plus Car Care Centres, Doug came upon an opportunity to get into car audio and cellular telephones in the late 1980s. “Early on in the business, I discovered that I liked being on the bleeding edge of technology,” says Doug. “And it’s stayed that way.”

Bleeding edge, indeed. This commitment to bringing the newest and best to Prince Albert has made Marquis Audio Video & Appliances Unlimited the city’s premiere, locally-owned specialty consumer electronics store. Doug noticed that cellular telephones were the next big thing in the late 80s, and expanded Marquis Sound and Vision to include the new technology. “We were one of the first cell phone dealers in the city,” says Doug. Staying on the bleeding edge meant adding satellite television to the mix, beta-testing Star Choice (now Shaw Direct) satellite services, offering the city’s first plasma television, and adding advanced internet systems (similar to what is used by US Navy Seals for

home communications with family from abroad) at a mine site north east of Prince Albert. Today, it’s custom home theatre, automation and gourmet kitchens that Marquis Audio Video & Appliances Unlimited bleeds for. “Customizing homes with theatres, security and controls is the newest big thing,” says Doug. “And we can make pretty much anything happen. It’s amazing what you can do in a home these days.” One of Doug’s most recent and elaborate projects involves a 250inch (22 foot-wide) screen on a wall inside an indoor pool, plus a custom fog machine and disco lights. “It’s a sight to behold,” says Doug. “You can float in

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the pool watching a movie and it feels like a floating movie theatre. Or, you can dive into fog-covered water and enjoy a beautiful light display, all up at the lake.” But, don’t think home theatre and automation needs to be done on a grand scale only. “We can customize homes on any scale you need, for any budget,” says Doug. Marquis Audio Video can give you remote access to your home’s security system or heating, or create a home theatre system that serves your specific needs. Serving Prince Albert and the Lakeland areas for almost 25 years, the local owners and team at Marquis Audio Video & Appliance’s Unlimited can set you up with the latest mobile technologies, flat or curved television, custom home system integration with your smart phones and iPads complete with music anywhere or gourmet kitchens and appliances. To learn more about what they can do for you with their “Same Price Expert Advice,” visit them at 85 15th Street West, from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with late shopping on Thursday until 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And, they are always available online 24/7 at marquisaudiovideo.com. Marquis Audio Video & Appliances 85-15 Street West Prince Albert 306.764.6663 marquisaudiovideo.com MIDDLE LEFT Owner, Doug Patrick

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USE YOUR HEAD TO GET TO THE HEART OF WHAT YOU WANT PHOTOS CALVIN FEHR


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racy is an executive who recently moved from the private sector to a senior government position. Juggling increasing work demands while raising a young family threatened to overwhelm her. “I had always thought of myself as a patient person,” Tracy explains, “But I was becoming resentful while trying to adapt to a bureaucratic environment and had trouble maintaining my calm with staff. The stress was impacting my family life, too. I felt like I was losing my old self, the person I liked when I looked in the mirror. I felt like I was in a never-ending tug-of-war.” Tracy contacted Davis-Ward, a company that specializes in helping people to greatly improve their lives by coping with transition, dealing with stress, and improving relationships through better communication. “I knew the people at Davis-Ward through leadership and customer service training at my former job. I thought they had the knowledge and experience I needed to work through the challenges, so I picked up the phone and called. It was the best decision I could have made.” Tracy hired Barry Davis, president of Davis-Ward Centre for People Excellence, as her coach. She knew she was in good hands as Davis-Ward has helped LEFT Barry Davis, Wendy Ward TOP Barry Davis coaches Jim Beale, Sun Life financial advisor (L) and Douglas Stroud, manager

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more than 15,000 people throughout North America, many who have had the same challenges as Tracy. She found Davis-Ward’s technique balanced structure with empathy. “Barry was kind and understanding while keeping me accountable and on track,” says Tracy. “He coached me over the phone so scheduling was easy and flexible. “I learned how to take the pressure off myself and move smoothly through the constant changes in my life. I have lower stress, manage my time better, and can focus on what matters most. I’m calm and healthy, my family is happy, and I actually look forward to going to work every day. “I got my old self back and I’m stronger than ever.”

Life-Changing Transitions Over the past decade, partners Barry Davis and Wendy Ward researched and developed a world-first, revolutionary new format for coaching called Transitions. Founded on brain research, the process guides people like Tracy in making shifts. Virtually all of DavisWard’s coaching clients are facing a lifechanging transition, whether from school to work, a career change, relationship challenges, or preparing for retirement. “Retirement is a big issue today for the ‘baby boom’ generation,” says Wendy

Ward. “People want to stay active and healthy and set new career or life goals, but need to adjust to a whole new way of thinking. That can be challenging because your brain wants to be comfortable. Change is not comfortable, so the brain naturally resists it. Highly competent people may get frustrated when their best efforts aren’t getting results, and that’s when they come to us.” Davis-Ward’s program teaches how the brain works in everyday, practical terms, empowering people to make smoother adjustments and create lasting, positive results. At its core, Transitions is all about habits. Repeated patterns of mental activity build neural structures in the brain, which result in automatic responses or habits. Those can be as mundane as which shoe you first put on, or as complex as how you respond to people in stressful situations.

Minding Your Brain Your brain is not the same as your mind. Think of your brain as a computer, taking whatever data you put into it without judgment. Now think of your mind as the programmer: the part of you that thinks about what you’re thinking about. Habits of thought that serve you well are like healthy programs. They support achievement of your goals, help you to

Since 1993, Davis-Ward has successfully trained and coached more than 15,000 people with satisfaction ratings consistently exceeding 90%. Clients include:

be healthy, and guide you in becoming the person you aspire to be. Those behaviours then strengthen the healthy thought habits, and your brain will want to use them more often. Thought habits that work against you are like viruses in a computer that sabotage results. Davis-Ward’s Transitions coaching technique identifies seven common thought viruses and a variety of methods to deal with each. Clients then work on developing new habits in four areas including maintaining focus, dealing with people, strengthening character and managing stress. More than a quick fix, the methods can be sustained for a lifetime. “One of the tools our clients really like is called Calm and Reset,” says Barry. “Much like hitting the reset button on a computer game, it’s a method for cooling down and thinking rationally in stressful situations. It works in seconds and can make a huge difference in handling a crisis calmly. “That’s really the key to sustainable change: understand what is needed, learn how to do it, and make the process simple to use. Dealing with complex issues needs straight-forward strategies. That’s how we help and why our coaching clients are so successful in creating the lives they want.”

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How to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions with Ease BY MEGAN LUST

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

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

Know What You’re Serving

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

Be Inclusive

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

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

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

Make It Fun!

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


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

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

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


Creating Clarity out of Chaos and Clutter by Tonya LamberT Photos Terri FeLTham PhoTograPhy

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ave you hit that moment when you wondered what you were doing with your life and if you should be searching for something more? Jennifer Sparks hit her WTF moment a few years back. She was overweight, constantly on the go, rushing here and there — to work, to her children’s school and activities, on errands, doing housework. She was on auto-pilot. Her life had become about simply getting through the day, so she could wake up the following morning only to do it all

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again, never feeling like she was making any progress.

the chaotic clutter that comprises most people’s lives these days.

Wanting more from life, Jennifer set about making changes. She began exercising and within a few years became an Ironman tri-athlete. She became a personal fitness trainer and life coach. She altered the way she looked at things, becoming more positive and more focused. Jennifer took her life from WTF to OMG and loves it. As a life coach, she helps other people create clarity from

Being able to help others create the life that they want through her work as a life coach provides Jennifer with a great deal of satisfaction and happiness. However, she wanted to find a way to reach more people. The result of this desire to help others is her new book WTF to OMG: The Frazzled Female’s Guide to Creating a Life You Love. The book, which is available at McNally Robinson’s, d’Lish by Tish Café, Brainsport,


If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you

Just for You Day Spa (both the Saskatoon and Regina locations) and online at amazon.com, comes with a downloadable journal, allowing the reader to work through their own issues and gain clarity. Jennifer will be launching a book club coaching program in the New Year that will include two group meetings per month (at d’Lish), supportive community, accountability, as well as the possibility to partake in a closed Facebook group throughout the monthlong book club session. This design allows readers support to implement changes as they move forward. For those desiring further guidance and support, Jennifer has composed the 12-week Life M.A.P. (Mindset Alignment Program) consisting of journal and planner, companion workbook, audio/videos, lessons and activities all delivered from a secure online platform. WTF to OMG is an action-based book with suggested activities at the end of every chapter. The book is designed to help you assess the state of your life, help you focus in on what is important to you, assist you to clear away the clutter and aid you in making better-informed and healthier decisions. Says Jennifer, “WTF to OMG is designed to get you personally connected to understanding why mindsets can make or break a person’s spirit and overhaul their entire life.”

TOP LEFT Ironman 2010 TOP RIGHT Jenny and Jason take part in the Dirty Donkey with the Swiftkick Mud Horror Team (July 2013) BOTTOM Ironman 2010 at the half way point of the marathon Jennifer Sparks and children Alex and Chiara.

Shannon D. Caldwell, transition coach and author, states, “When you hit your WTF moment, Jennifer’s combination of storytelling, voice of reason and tangible action plans will have you swiftly working toward your own OMG life. Sprinkled with her personal experiences, Jennifer is easy to relate to and makes taking care of yourself as simple as 1-2-3.” “This book teaches you how to walk through life fully awake,” notes Jennifer. “You can’t just be in survival mode. You have to set your life up so you can thrive.”

McNally will be hosting a book signing January 4th and Jennifer would love to meet anyone interested in the books’ concepts or her programs. Jennifer Sparks Life Coach, Personal Trainer and Author Saskatoon 306.227.1107 jennysparks@hotmail.ca www.wtfomgbook.com www.swiftkickfitness.com |

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MEDICAL GRADE SKINCARE PRODUCTS & PROCEDURES: Patients benefit from local doctor’s personal research PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

Dr. Coby Demkiw-Bartel is a Saskatoon physician with a special interest in dermatology. Her background as a laboratory technologist and pharmacist has allowed her extra knowledge to further investigate skin-related issues, including the most effective products and procedures. “My personal hobby since around 1990 has been trying out different lines of products,” Dr. Demkiw-Bartel says.

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“I investigate the ingredient list and ensure it is efficacious and is free of common allergens, irritants and fillers. I have done this with roughly 35 lines of products. My goal is to find medical grade skincare products that help patients attain healthy skin in an affordable, safe manner.”

Medical Grade Skincare Products Through her extensive research she has found four lines of medical grade products that she is confident in recommending.

The targets include acne, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin, aging skin, rosacea and hyperpigmentation or brown spots and melasma. They are safe for men, women and children. Most importantly these products can be for those who don’t have specific problems but who want healthy skin. ALYRIA® is for everyone. With the ALYRIA® line, patients can buy nine products and receive the tenth one free.


For those patients ready to take their skin to the next level, ZO MEDICAL® is excellent for a wide range of concerns including pigmentation problems, acne, and is an aggressive anti-aging program. Dr. Demkiw-Bartel recently added PRODERM®. “PRODERM® has provided me with excellent complementary products to both the AYRIA® and ZO MEDICAL® lines, and offers a satisfaction guaranteed policy.” The CONSONANT® line is an organic body-care line consisting of a body/ hand wash, lotion and body detox kit. The product is free from added chemicals seen in most common similar products on the market. “Overall, the medical grade products I carry must surpass my stringent guidelines, be efficacious and represent something I am comfortable putting my name behind,” says Dr. DemkiwBartel. In fact, she is the only person in Saskatchewan who carries ZO MEDICAL® and CONSONANT®. Dr. Demkiw-Bartel has a large following of teens and adults suffering from acne. “Initially, I had a personal desire to find something that worked for me, someone with sensitive, allergic skin complete with brown spots, acne and signs of aging,” she relates. “Now, I follow my passion by helping everyone achieve healthy, beautiful skin.”

Other Products and Procedures Dr. Demkiw-Bartel performs all consultations and procedures herself. This unique approach is something many have come to appreciate and rely on. She also carries LATISSE®. This popular prescription product is safe and effective and allows eyelashes to lengthen, darken and increase in number. The doctor offers glycolic acid peels, as well as a new combination peel composed of glycolic and salicylic acid. She has found success with the combination peel for deeper concerns such as large pores, photodamage, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scarring. These services are safe, effective, non-invasive ways to improve your skin’s appearance. She also treats warts, skin tags, molluscum and actinic and seborrheic keratosis. With the use of a specialized liquid nitrogen gun many of these unwanted lesions are now easily and effectively dealt with. Dr. Coby Demkiw-Bartel Medical Clinic on 115th 205-A 115th Street East 306.384.7773 facebook/MedicalClinicon115th TheSheDoc.com PICTURED Dr. Coby Demkiw-Bartel

Medical Grade Skin Care Products Exclusively sold through physicians, these advanced skincare lines are formulated with proven ingredients for healthy skin.

Chemical Peels Soften fine lines, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, treats and minimizes acne and acne scars, minimizes pores and lightens hyperpigmentation.

WINTER SKINCARE EVENT, December 2 to 6 OPEN HOUSE December 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Buy four peels or dermabrasions, get one free LATISSE® special: 3 mL for $99 Buy five ALYRIA® products, get ALYRIA® Hydrating Milk Cleanser & Hydrating Mask & Bag free Buy two ZO MEDICAL® products, get $20 off the third Buy two PRODERM® products, get a free travel size Buy two CONSONANT BODYCARE® products, get $5 off


For those patients ready to take their skin to the next level, ZO MEDICAL® is excellent for a wide range of concerns including pigmentation problems, acne, and is an aggressive anti-aging program. Dr. Demkiw-Bartel recently added PRODERM®. “PRODERM® has provided me with excellent complementary products to both the AYRIA® and ZO MEDICAL® lines, and offers a satisfaction guaranteed policy.” The CONSONANT® line is an organic body-care line consisting of a body/ hand wash, lotion and body detox kit. The product is free from added chemicals seen in most common similar products on the market. “Overall, the medical grade products I carry must surpass my stringent guidelines, be efficacious and represent something I am comfortable putting my name behind,” says Dr. DemkiwBartel. In fact, she is the only person in Saskatchewan who carries ZO MEDICAL® and CONSONANT®. Dr. Demkiw-Bartel has a large following of teens and adults suffering from acne. “Initially, I had a personal desire to find something that worked for me, someone with sensitive, allergic skin complete with brown spots, acne and signs of aging,” she relates. “Now, I follow my passion by helping everyone achieve healthy, beautiful skin.”

Other Products and Procedures Dr. Demkiw-Bartel performs all consultations and procedures herself. This unique approach is something many have come to appreciate and rely on. She also carries LATISSE®. This popular prescription product is safe and effective and allows eyelashes to lengthen, darken and increase in number. The doctor offers glycolic acid peels, as well as a new combination peel composed of glycolic and salicylic acid. She has found success with the combination peel for deeper concerns such as large pores, photodamage, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scarring. These services are safe, effective, non-invasive ways to improve your skin’s appearance. She also treats warts, skin tags, molluscum and actinic and seborrheic keratosis. With the use of a specialized liquid nitrogen gun many of these unwanted lesions are now easily and effectively dealt with. Dr. Coby Demkiw-Bartel Medical Clinic on 115th 205-A 115th Street East 306.384.7773 facebook/MedicalClinicon115th TheSheDoc.com PICTURED Dr. Coby Demkiw-Bartel

Medical Grade Skin Care Products Exclusively sold through physicians, these advanced skincare lines are formulated with proven ingredients for healthy skin.

Chemical Peels Soften fine lines, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, treats and minimizes acne and acne scars, minimizes pores and lightens hyperpigmentation.

WINTER SKINCARE EVENT, December 2 to 6 OPEN HOUSE December 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Buy four peels or dermabrasions, get one free LATISSE® special: 3 mL for $99 Buy five ALYRIA® products, get ALYRIA® Hydrating Milk Cleanser & Hydrating Mask & Bag free Buy two ZO MEDICAL® products, get $20 off the third Buy two PRODERM® products, get a free travel size Buy two CONSONANT BODYCARE® products, get $5 off


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EXPERTAdvice Facial Rejuvenation: Putting Your Best Face Forward

BOTOX® works by relaxing the facial muscles, thereby softening and smoothing overlying skin wrinkles. Facial fillers are used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and/or restore volume to areas of the face that have become hollowed or saggy. With the exception of fat, the effects of these injections are temporary, generally lasting a few months.

Dr. Ian R. Sunderland Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon 602-750 Spadina Crescent East Saskatoon 306.653.7766 www.drsunderland.ca

What is facial rejuvenation? Facial rejuvenation refers to procedures, surgical or non-surgical, that aim to reverse the effects of facial aging and restore a more youthful appearance. The progression of facial aging over time is highly variable, with genetics, sun exposure, stress, and lifestyle playing important roles.

What are some examples of non-surgical facial rejuvenation? Injection of botulinum toxin (BOTOX® cosmetic) and facial fillers (such as Juvéderm ®, Restylane®, or a patient’s own fat) are the most common nonsurgical procedures.

Brow lift restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the region above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear sad, angry, or tired.

Am I a good candidate for facial rejuvenation surgery? You are a good candidate if you:

What are common surgical procedures to reverse facial aging?

are in good health

are a non-smoker

Facelift, necklift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), and brow lift are common surgical procedures. They produce more dramatic results and are longer lasting when compared to non-surgical alternatives. Facelift surgery improves sagging facial skin and deep creases, and corrects “jowls” by resuspending the ptotic (droopy) soft tissues of the face, tightening muscles, and redraping the skin.

have a positive outlook and have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your facial appearance

What can I expect at my consultation?

A necklift is an essential component of many facelifts, and addresses the changes associated with the aging neck. This procedure is often combined with fat grafting, a technique which restores volume loss in the aging face.

During your initial consultation your plastic surgeon will take a medical history and perform a physical examination with a specific focus on your area of concern. He or she will then discuss with you if they feel you are a good candidate for facial rejuvenation and make an individualized, tailored plan to best fit your needs and expectations.

Eyelid lifts can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. In the upper eyelids it is usually performed to correct excess, droopy upper eyelid skin. In the lower eyelids it is often done to correct puffy bags under the eyes which create a tired appearance.

It is important to only seek consultation from a surgeon who is certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the only national accrediting body (searchable database at www.royalcollege.ca/portal/ page/portal/rc/directory).

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Charmon

“Laughter comes so easily now” When I went on a plane for the first time with friends, I worried whether the seatbelt was going to fit. On the trip down, it was snug but not uncomfortable. On the way back, it was so tight that my friend asked me if I needed help doing it up. I took a deep breath, heard a click and never moved the rest of the painful trip, with a smile on my face I said, “Nope, I’m fine.” I wasn’t fine. When I first heard about WLF, I thought it sounded drastic but then I heard the stories from people doing it through this company. I wanted to do the surgery but put the thought aside. I kept looking at the WLF website and there I found a statistic that changed my mind. On average, people who are morbidly obese for many years (that was me) live to be 57. I turned 40 this year and my two boys are 17 and 15. I was not going to have them bury me in their 30s. I was never worried about the surgery or the hospital at all. You feel like a little family with a larger family waiting for you back home. The support is amazing through meetings, texts and Facebook. The facilitators are there to answer any questions and give you that boost you need. It’s an amazing sense of support and community. Laughter comes so easily now. My youngest son is only 12 pounds heavier than the total weight I’ve lost. We were talking the other day, and all of a sudden my 15-year-old son scoops me up and carries me around the kitchen. It was a bittersweet moment. I couldn’t get over the fact that my baby could carry me. I feel not just physically light but “emotionally light” because all the troubles with being overweight are gone. I am often in tears knowing that I took a chance on myself. I love my new life and the new and improved me. Hair & Make-up Angles Salon Spa, Midtown Plaza

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Cris

Happier and healthier When my husband and I were first dating we went to our local fair for a romantic ride on the ferris wheel. I fit in the seat, barely. The operator tried several times, but finally apologized. We were too heavy for the ride. You can’t imagine the embarrassment. I thought I would never consider weight loss surgery. I was skeptical, but when I heard of other people’s success with Weight Loss Forever and the vertical sleeve, I decided it was time to change my life. I had been able to lose 100 pounds but was never able to maintain it on my own. I just turned 40. I didn’t want to be stared at anymore. I wanted to feel better and be a better wife and mom. The support from WLF was fantastic. The facilitator on-site at the hospital in Mexico was amazing and put me at ease and answered all my questions. All arrangements were made so the whole experience before, during and after has been phenomenal!

Criste

Now I have more energy and greater self-confidence. I am active and can keep up with my family and friends. I am not self-conscious walking into a crowded room. And I can cross my legs! It sounds silly to be so happy about that, but there was no way I could ever do that before. I feel more feminine.

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Life is just simply more fun. I laugh more. I feel great about myself and what I have accomplished. My husband lost 70 pounds on his own since my surgery. He’s changed his eating habits too. He’s been by my side throughout this journey. Both of us are so much happier and healthier. Cris

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Jackie

“I can play with my kids” After I went to a school function for my oldest son, the boys in his grade started saying mean things about how fat I was. My son got into a fight got suspended from school. I had been waiting for approval to have the surgery in Regina. I had lost a little weight before I heard, and then was told at 265 pounds, I was “not fat enough” to qualify. I was on the waiting list in Winnipeg, and called once a month to check. I was always told no and to call back. I did, for two and a half years. Finally one day they told me that they couldn’t understand why I kept calling since they never take out-of-province clients. I was so discouraged. One night, I was sitting with my daughter on her bed and I caught sight of myself in the mirror. The absolute embarrassment and shame I felt was devastating. I never realized how big I was until that moment. When I started to cry, my 12-year-old daughter Maddy told me I was beautiful even though I was overweight. That is when I decided I needed to do something. When I heard about WLF, I hoped it wasn’t too good to be true. All I can say about WLF is “Wow!” The support from everyone has been phenomenal. Not once did I get the feeling they were too busy to help or listen. Not only is Bonnie my facilitator, she is my friend. I am thankful for her every single day. My surgery was awesome. I was expecting it to be painful afterwards, but other than a little soreness, I had no pain. Now I can go for walks with my kids. I can play volleyball with my daughter, and paintball with my boys. People don’t look at me with disgust. I love walking into a store and finding clothes that fit. I have more confidence, and am so happy to see the reaction that people have when they see me now. I love my life.

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Jen

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

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Dr. le Roux

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

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HILLCREST TAKES THE STRESS OUT OF DEALING WITH LOSS BY FLS STAFF PHOTOS BRITTANY BELLAMY

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or many of us who know a family who has recently lost a loved one, we empathize with their burden, whether it is emotional, financial or the added stress placed upon them at an already difficult time. This is when dying hits home for many of us, and we begin thinking about pre-planning to make it easier for our loved ones.

gone,” comments Sean Peters, manager at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. “We insure so many things in our lives in the event that we may have loss. Sometimes that insurance is used, but many times it is not. Yet we still feel that it is important to protect the ones we love most. Pre-planning our final wishes is no different and, inevitably, will be used by us all.”

“Pre-planning is the final way that we will be able to tell our families just how much we loved them, even after we are

In an ever growing trend, more families agree it lends loved ones peace of

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mind to use the Hillcrest pre-planning service. “The burden to families is far less,” Peters explains. “The costs are never unexpected, and you pay today’s investment, yet hopefully will not use it for many years. There is no trying to guess what our loved ones would have wanted most; it is decided ahead of time. The family can focus on grieving and celebrating the life of the deceased, and ensure it is the way they wanted it exactly.”


We plan for our mortgages and our ability to own our home. We plan for our ongoing education and the education of our children. We plan for our retirement and protect ourselves by investing in insurance along the way. And we plan for everything that may be in our future. We like to plan because it gives us the power of control over our lives. Final planning is no different. The power to plan one’s funeral and cemetery arrangements is a satisfying, valuable and loving act that gives us the control over the things that may seem uncontrollable. Purchasing final arrangements in advance is an equally important part of a comprehensive plan for your family’s security and wellbeing. Simply for this reason, you can experience the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve completely taken care of one of the most difficult life events for the ones you loved most. If you wish to receive your complimentary, no obligation information package about personalized pre-planning services, please contact Hillcrest Memorial Gardens and ask to speak to one of their pre-planning specialists. At the end of it all, where we end up or how we went may not mean anything to us, but for those who loved us most it will mean everything. How do you want to be remembered?

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ESSENTIALLY FITNESS: A BETTER BODY AND A BETTER LIFE BY KATRINA GEENEVASEN PHOTOS DENNICA WAILING/NEEK PHOTOGRAPHY

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alerie Kirk believes that with the right training and lifestyle changes, anything is possible. “There is an athlete in all of us,” says Kirk, a certified personal trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. “You just have to know where to find it. And I know where to find it.” As teen, Kirk struggled with her weight; battling bulimia and dealing with selfesteem issues. She turned her life around, though, and uses that experience to educate her clients. “That’s why I’m passionate about fitness,” says Kirk, who now has more than 30 years of fitness experience. “I know that being fit, you can

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handle life as it comes. And there’s a lot of issues out there in this lifetime that we have to deal with.”

quick, and you still get fit. You don’t need to buy a treadmill, or buy this or that. You don’t need all that to get fit.”

She does not believe in trendy cleanses or in fitness gadgets. For her, it’s about going back to the basics. She meets with each client to complete a fitness assessment and sets up a program designed specifically for each individual.

There are different things you can do just with your body and weight that can be fun and challenging, she says. “That, to me, is basic,” she says. “And I think that’s what people are looking for. Something that’s easy and that you don’t have to go spend whack load of money just to go get fit.”

Her gym, which is located within the privacy of her own home for the comfort of her clients, contains nothing more than the simple necessities: a bosu ball, free weights, tubing and an exercise ball. “I’m just the girl next door,” she says. “I look for basic activities for people that are easy and

While she does train professional athletes, the majority of her customers are everyday people just wanting to be physically fit. People of ages and fitness levels come to Kirk for her unmatched support, encouragement and education. She’s


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constantly attending seminars and courses to increase her ever-growing knowledge and to obtain more certifications. “I’m always learning,” says Kirk, who is not only a certified personal trainer, but a group aerobics instructor, yoga and kickboxing teacher as well. “I go to as many workshops and get as many certifications as I can get my hands on,” she says. “I think that a personal trainer that is well-versed in all aspects of training can pass that on to their client’s health.” Clients praise this charismatic trainer for many things, and constantly refer her services to friends and family. “I’m passionate about what I do, and people see that in me.”

Essentially Fitness 306.227.3169 fitness432@gmail.com www.essentiallyfitness.com Harrison Grosco has been working with Val at Essentially Fitness four or five days a week for over a year. He has lost more than 65 pounds so far.

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

LIFE WITH PETS

SAVING MAN’S B BEST FRIEND ONE DOG AT A TIME BY TRINA ANNAND PHOTOS COURTESY OF WE ALL NEED A RESCUE K9 RESCUE

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dog is a man’s best friend, but too often man is not a dog’s best friend. Every year in Saskatchewan thousands of dogs are abused and/or inhumanely put down. At We All Need a Rescue K9 Rescue volunteers Brent Arstall and Christine McGowan share their passion for dogs and have found hundreds of dogs loving homes. “I have always loved dogs and dogs are always there to love you. If you give a dog just 10 per cent of your love they give 110 per cent back to you. Rescuing dogs isn’t a job for us: it is a passion,” remarks co-founder Arstall. With a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abused dogs the group is making a difference in the lives of many.

Limiting their rescue services to Saskatchewan dogs only, the rescue is working to make the province a better place for canines. “Dogs are the best thing for people. They don’t judge or bully, and love unconditionally,” says Arstall. This unique rescue is a kill-free home for dogs. At the rescue, the dogs are socialized and also live with their rescuers during and after the required quarantine period. During rehabilitation, each dog’s particular needs and personality are discovered. Arstall and McGowan pairs each animal with the perfect family and new home.

“If we all adopted a Saskatchewan rescue dog, it would mean an end to abuse and neglect in puppy mills and backyard breeders,” notes Arstall. “I have been actively rescuing dogs for 22 years, and I have learned a lot about what makes a great adoptive family. We are looking for people who are passionate about dogs and who want a dog for the right reasons. It is important to follow your instincts and don’t simply rely on questionnaires. We think outside of the box.” When a dog is unable to be adopted Arstall and McGowan make them a part of their permanent pack. Arstall’s permanent pack includes a three-legged dog and a dog with no bottom jaw due to TOP Ali (before & after), survivor of animal abuse

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LIFE WITH PETS

SAVING MAN’S B BEST FRIEND ONE DOG AT A TIME BY TRINA ANNAND PHOTOS COURTESY OF WE ALL NEED A RESCUE K9 RESCUE

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dog is a man’s best friend, but too often man is not a dog’s best friend. Every year in Saskatchewan thousands of dogs are abused and/or inhumanely put down. At We All Need a Rescue K9 Rescue volunteers Brent Arstall and Christine McGowan share their passion for dogs and have found hundreds of dogs loving homes. “I have always loved dogs and dogs are always there to love you. If you give a dog just 10 per cent of your love they give 110 per cent back to you. Rescuing dogs isn’t a job for us: it is a passion,” remarks co-founder Arstall. With a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abused dogs the group is making a difference in the lives of many.

Limiting their rescue services to Saskatchewan dogs only, the rescue is working to make the province a better place for canines. “Dogs are the best thing for people. They don’t judge or bully, and love unconditionally,” says Arstall. This unique rescue is a kill-free home for dogs. At the rescue, the dogs are socialized and also live with their rescuers during and after the required quarantine period. During rehabilitation, each dog’s particular needs and personality are discovered. Arstall and McGowan pairs each animal with the perfect family and new home.

“If we all adopted a Saskatchewan rescue dog, it would mean an end to abuse and neglect in puppy mills and backyard breeders,” notes Arstall. “I have been actively rescuing dogs for 22 years, and I have learned a lot about what makes a great adoptive family. We are looking for people who are passionate about dogs and who want a dog for the right reasons. It is important to follow your instincts and don’t simply rely on questionnaires. We think outside of the box.” When a dog is unable to be adopted Arstall and McGowan make them a part of their permanent pack. Arstall’s permanent pack includes a three-legged dog and a dog with no bottom jaw due to TOP Ali (before & after), survivor of animal abuse

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a gunshot wound. By providing a safe and healthy environment the rescue allows dogs to experience love and learn to trust humans. Dogs arrive at the rescue in a variety of conditions: ill, maimed by abuse and emotionally scarred. Currently, We All Need a Rescue K9 Rescue has 90 dogs in its care. The group does everything they can to keep their canine friends healthy and in comfort until they find their new home.

Dogs are the best thing for people. They don’t judge or bully, and love unconditionally.

We All Need a Rescue is funded by Ta Ta Fur Now K9 Country Lodge and donations. “We go through a lot of pet items, from food and blankets, to leashes and collars. Taking care of this many dogs involves time, and many expenses are incurred especially when they come to us in horrific conditions. It doesn’t take much for the public to help save a dog and it is very rewarding,” says Arstall. Helping a rescue dog can be as simple as boarding your dogs at Ta Ta Fur Now K9 Country Lodge, volunteering with the group or opening your home by adopting a new best friend. For more information on We All Need a Rescue K9 Rescue or Ta Ta Fur Now K9 Country Lodge, follow them on Facebook.

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EXPERTAdvice Support for the Loss of a Pet

Dr. Kristen Roberts Martensville Veterinary Hospital 2–4th Street South Martensville 306.933.2677 www.myvethosp.ca

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ets and their people can form incredibly strong and powerful bonds that can last a lifetime. Our pets are a part of our daily lives, from when we wake up in the morning until we go to bed. When this bond is broken by the loss of a pet, whether anticipated or unexpected, immense grief and sadness can follow. It is normal to experience grief. In some instances, grief can manifest as a physical response, where a person may cry, have feelings of nausea and sickness, restlessness and interrupted sleep patterns. For other individuals, it can be more intellectual where they may feel denial, difficulty concentrating or thoughts and desires to reminisce

memories. There can be vast emotions from sadness, anger, guilt, loneliness, lowered self-esteem or even feeling overwhelmed. It can influence social relationships where people can become withdrawn, or perhaps they will try to over-commit to different activities to keep busy. Lastly, spiritual or religious beliefs may be affected as one tries to find meaning into their beloved pets’ death.

Local pet loss support groups: Groups of people who can share their stories of loss. This allows one help with their grief as well as providing support for others in similar situations.

Professional, one-on-one therapy: Professional therapists can be useful to provide guidance during difficult times.

Everyone is unique and responds to grief in different ways. All members of the family, including children may show feelings of grief, although this may be expressed in different ways. This grieving process can take as long as is necessary which could be days, weeks, months or years. Different people will have different ways to cope with a loss and it is important to remember it is a natural reaction to a meaningful loss.

Pet loss hotlines: Support available by phone, often by trained volunteers.

Delta society: International nonprofit organization centred on human-animal bonds

Grief cannot be fixed; unfortunately it is something that is real and unavoidable. Finding support can be useful to help cope with the emotions associated with a loss. There is a range of support available which can encompass any combination of the following: •

Your veterinarian: A consultation can be arranged as a phone call or office visit. A veterinarian is often in a position to be sensitive to your feelings and can offer reassurance or advice for support resources.

Supportive friend or acquaintance: A person who will listen and be able to support you in this difficult time.

Support is always available, and can sometimes make the pain easier to bear. This holiday season, we invite you to participate in a memorial for the special pets in your life that have passed. We will be hanging six wreaths in our reception area where you can choose and hang an ornament provided by us, displaying your pet’s name. For more information, please feel free to call us at 306.933.2677.


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Winter 2013

ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

DECEMBER 2013 /MARCH 2014 December 3 TCU Place Vinyl CafĂŠ Christmas with Stuart McLean

January 18 TCU Place SSO presents The Music of Pink Floyd

March 6 Credit Union Centre Lady Antebellum

December 7 TCU Place SSO presents Holiday Gospel Spectacular

January 26 Prairieland Park Saskatoon Bridal Showcase

March 12 to 30 Persephone Theatre Equivocation

December 29 TCU Place Gerry Dee

January 31 to February 2 TCU Place West Side Story

March 15 TCU Place SSO presents At the Movies

November 27 to December 15 Persephone Theatre The Black Bonspeil...

February 7 to 9 Prairieland Park Saskatoon Wellness Expo

March 20 to 23 Credit Union Centre 2014 PotashCorp University Cup

January 14 and 15 TCU Place Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Romeo & Juliet

February 24 to March 2

March 20 to 23 Prairieland Park HomeStyles

January 15 Credit Union Centre Pink

March 3 TCU Place Brent Butt

Prairieland Park

Annual Saskatoon Blues Festival

March 28 to 30 Prairieland Park Gardenscape


MEN WHO

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hrough a combination of bold use of colour, sweeping brushstrokes, superb composition and arresting subject matter, the work of Men Who Paint artists delights the eyes and engages the imagination. Painting outdoors has presented the men with unique challenges, from mosquitoes to wind, rain and snow. This raw vitality and drama of nature have been encapsulated in the framed moments produced by this special group of artists.

Men Who Paint is a group of five Saskatoon men who share a love of painting outdoors and a desire to capture the beauty and stories of the Canadian landscape on canvas. Cam Forrester, Greg Hargarten, Paul Trottier, Ken Van Rees and Roger Trottier met while participating in art classes at the University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake. Discovering their common artistic interests, they formed the group Men Who Paint in 2007.

Two or three times each year, the five men embark on a painting expedition to one of the country’s many parks. Thus far, their focus has been primarily on Saskatchewan, but they have also painted at Ontario’s Algonquin Park, Yukon’s Ellesmere Island and Banff National Park. Last year, the group was chosen by Parks Canada to document the landscape of Ivvavik National Park in the Yukon Territory. Sixty of the group’s most engaging works from this trip can be found in the recently published book,

MAIN IMAGE L-R The Men Who Paint at La Ronge (Paul Trottier, Roger Trottier, Ken Van Rees, Greg Hargarten and Cam Forrester)

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Halfway to Heaven. This is the second collection of the group’s work: the first is Under a Painted Sky. On October 25 and 26, Men Who Paint hosted an exhibition of some of their artwork from this year’s travels to Prince Albert National Park, Echo Lake and La Ronge. Entitled Northern Landscape, the exhibition, which was held at Fédération des francophone’s Venu in Saskatoon, was a smashing success with more than 300 people attending the artists’ reception on Friday night alone. The exhibit combined a selection of the men’s paintings with a slideshow depicting the men on location painting.

I hope my paintings present a different perspective of our landscapes... Included in the exhibit was a selection of adventuresome, exploratory art by Ken Van Rees. Van Rees, a soil scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, wanted to find a way to introduce more people to the province’s soils which he finds so fascinating. Enlisting the aid of fellow Men Who Paint artist Paul Trottier, the pair went to Montreal Lake where they dug some pits, painted several canvases and then pressed these to the sides of the pits so the soils clung to the still-wet canvases. Van Rees also displayed two paintings done entirely from charcoal. While conducting research one day at Davin Lake, he noticed that his pant legs had been marked while walking through the burnt forests. Captivated, Van Rees wrapped a canvas around each pant leg and went for another walk. The result was the poignant pieces, Left Leg-Davin Lake and Right Leg-Davin Lake. “I hope my paintings present a different perspective of our landscapes, one where the natural sciences and art might intersect, reflecting the colours, shapes and textures of our northern landscapes,” he notes. TOP Paul Trottier at Emma Lake MIDDLE Autumn Medley by Greg Hargarten RIGHT (L-R) The Men Who Paint (Roger Trottier, Cam Forrester, Greg Hargarten, Paul Trottier and Ken Van Rees) at the group’s recent Northern Landscape exhibition. Photo by Connie Cronin.


The work produced by Men Who Paint is reminiscent of the famous group of early Canadian artists, The Group of Seven, and associated painters. Indeed, several of the men have found inspiration in these early 20th-century painters. Cam Forrester is most inspired by A.J. Casson (18981992) and his use of shapes and simple forms, while Greg Hargarten has always felt a strong connection to Tom Thomson (1877-1917) with his strong use of colour. To commemorate the centennial of Thomson’s first visit to Algonquin Park to paint, Hargarten and Van Rees travelled to the park in 2012 to record the area’s landscape as it is 100 years later.

We are...constantly looking for new places to go ... All the members of Men Who Paint enjoy the positive, supportive atmosphere they find in the group. The quiet companionship of their painting trips provides a peace and calm that can be therapeutic. Hargarten notes that group members offer each other constructive criticism and helpful ideas. Paul Trottier says that the members inspire each other, and he feels that it is the growth that occurs in each individual’s art when they are together that matters the most. Paul’s father, Roger, finds being a part of Men Who Paint to be very energizing. “We are interested in promoting the culture of Saskatchewan in specific and Canada more generally, and are constantly looking for new places to go,” says Roger. “The group is quite informal. It’s pretty stimulating when a group member strikes off and tries new things and you get to be a part of it.” TOP Artwork at the Northern Landscape exhibition. Photo by Connie Cronin. MIDDLE Tranquility, Ellesmere Island by Ken Van Rees LEFT (L-R) Men Who Paint in the Yukon (Cam Forrester, Paul Trottier, Greg Hargarten, Roger Trottier and Ken Van Rees)


S P OT L I G H T

LOCAL LOUNGE

FABULOUS, FRESH FLAVOURS AT THE ROOK & RAVEN BY TONYA LAMBERT PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

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alking in the door of The Rook & Raven, you are enveloped in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Combining that classic English pub feel with funky, modern décor, The Rook & Raven features a large bar running along one wall as well as two fireplaces interspersed with copper paneling and several distinct seating areas. The Rook & Raven welcomes their new front-end manager Lindsay Adams, a red seal cook and one of Saskatoon’s most skilled servers. The Rook & Raven combines a menu of tasty original items and classic pub fare with the city’s largest selection of bourbon, scotch and vodka. Saskatchewan-born chef Greg Doucette describes the restaurant’s

cuisine as “comfort food redefined” and is proud of the fact that everything is freshly made from scratch. For example, their new Slow-Roasted Pork Belly is cured in house for four days, then roasted low and slow for five hours and finished with a Saskatoon berry and maple jam, making it the perfect balance between savoury tender meat, unctuous crispy fat and sticky sweet sauce. Doucette has created several other new mouth-watering dishes for The Rook & Raven’s menu. For seafood lovers, there is the Norway Lobster & Calamari, with banana peppers, lightly dusted in chipotle and fried, served with ancho mayo and lime. This sizzling dish is great to share over a pint of beer with friends. The “Cop Out” is The Rook & Raven’s answer to

the traditional BLT: three different kinds of pork (peameal, prosciutto and bacon) with arugula, tomato and three onion mayo, all on a crispy, chewy ciabatta bun. In addition there is the Prime Rib Poutine. This “cadillac of poutines” features roasted prime rib, fresh cheddar curds and red wine rosemary jus. The Rook & Raven has something for everyone, with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Their tastefullypresented, upscale food at pub prices keeps customers coming back. The Rook and Raven 154 2nd Avenue South Saskatoon 306.665.2220

TOP LEFT CLOCKWISE Cop Out Sandwich: peameal, prosciutto, bacon, arugula, tomato and three-onion mayo on ciabatta; Chef Greg Doucette and manager Lindsay Adams; and Norway Lobster and Calamari: chipotle-dusted and fried with banana peppers, ancho mayo and lime (shown with Back Porch Bourbon Tea).

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MAKING THE BLOOD PULSE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC BY TONYA LAMBERT PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

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avid Puls, owner of Pulsworks Audio Arts, has a rather unusual approach to sound. He believes that music should be embracing and holistic, touching a person deep in the soul, helping it to expand and develop. Calling himself “an artist with the craft of sound,” David puts together customized sound systems that are designed for how

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an individual listens to and experiences music, keeping in mind that person’s potential listening ability. “In essence, I am not a salesman,” says David. “I am a healthcare provider. Music is part of living a balanced life.” Music has always been an important part of life for David. He began recording

music professionally 34 years ago in Winnipeg. He went on to study music at the university, eventually earning his doctorate. Seven years ago, he opened Pulsworks Audio Arts in Saskatoon, a unique audio store where he constructs music systems and home theatre packages for people who truly value a high-quality audio experience. In addition,


he continues to operate a recording studio, where musicians from around the world come to record. David takes the time to discover what is important to a client. Then, he carefully puts together a system that delivers a level of performance that is shockingly beyond what you might expect. David builds his systems using only the best brands available, such as Focal, NAIM, Pathos, and Bryston. “Music should envelop a person,” says David, “not assault their senses. I work to make music connect with people.” David has recently added Naim products to his selection. Naim is a UK company which builds products that produce a very musically-engaging and fantastic quality of sound. The producers of Naim

share a common musical goal with David: both aim to convey the nuances of a musician’s emotions and energy in their music systems and not just simply the notes. Naim products are not only built to last, but are also easy to upgrade, offering a remarkably simple upgrade path without needing to eliminate existing components so you never lose any of your original investment. In 2011, Naim was bought by Focal, a French manufacturer of high-end speakers. Since then, Focal has been using Naim equipment in the development and testing of its new line of speakers: Aria 900. This series consists of speaker drivers made from a natural flax-fibre core, new TNF aluminum/ magnesium inverted dome tweeters with Poron suspension and injected zamak

baskets. The resultant sound quality is simply incredible. “Music is a powerful thing,” states David. “Musicians want to engage people on an emotional level. Sound systems can assist with that. When there is a synergy in the sound system as well as in the performance that is when magic occurs. A sound system is not about specifications; it is about how well it makes music. Whether it is for a small living room or a large concert hall, I will make music worth listening to.” Pulsworks Audio Arts 2009 Alberta Ave. Saskatoon 306.244.7857 david@pulsworks.com pulsworks.com


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A Culinary Frenzy at the Park Town Hotel

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lad smartly in his crisp executive chef’s jacket, it’s clear that Julian Bray is doing what he was born to do. With his easy smile and impressive talent, Bray has been running the renowned Four Season’s Restaurant and Finn’s Irish Pub at the Park Town Hotel since 1989. Newly appointed executive sous chef Monoarul Aziz recently joined Bray, bringing his creative culinary skills from the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel where he oversaw the line cooking at Carver’s Steak House, Windows and 6twelve. His passion for cooking stems from working at an Italian restaurant in Toronto. “My goal is to make sure the dish I create is appreciated by the people,

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and most importantly, have a 100 per cent satisfaction of accomplishment,” says Aziz. Since joining the team, Aziz has brought his own special touch to the Four Season’s fine dining restaurant menu.

Oriental Tempura Shrimp with Mango Chutney and Orange Cream Reduction Mango Chutney • • • • •

1 fresh mango, peeled and pitted 2 oz chopped red onion 1 stalk of finely chopped green onion 2 oz apple cider vinegar 2 oz brown sugar

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• .5 tsp. chili flakes • salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients

Orange Cream Reduction • • • • • •

2 oz finely chopped shallot 1 cup orange juice 2 oz of 35 per cent cream 1 tsp orange zest 1 oz apple cider vinegar 2 oz butter

1. Saute shallot in a pot until translucent. Add apple cider vinegar, orange juice and zest. Reduce by half. 2. Add cream and simmer until it coats a spoon. Remove pot from heat. Add butter. Serves four.


Creative Dishes from Around the World With a focus on fresh, locally-sourced food, Julian Bray, executive chef and Monoarul Aziz, executive sous chef, wanted to create an innovative menu that would not only have broad appeal, but would leave a lasting impression on guests. There is no doubt they have succeeded. With everything from 12 varieties of steak with homemade sauces such as Jack Daniels Sauce, Madagascar and a delightful herb-butter demi glaze with fresh sautéed mushrooms, to the wide variety of seafood, chicken and pasta, the Four Season’s Restaurant offers it all. They also serve up a seasonal four-course meal that will make you want to savour every bite. During the day, the Four Seasons serves as the ideal location for casual, corporate lunches and meetings. But at night, says Bray, soft, flickering candles and beige linen tablecloths transform the Four Seasons into a fine dishing establishment perfectly suited for a romantic dinner for two or for a family gathering. Chef Bray and executive sous chef Aziz invite you to experience prairie hospitality at its finest at The Four Season’s Restaurant.

Four Seasons Restaurant, Park Town Hotel 924 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon | 306.667.6064 | www.parktownhotel.com


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ll around the Northern hemisphere, wine and food lovers are finally letting go of the last few straws of warm sunshine, crisp, clean whites and BBQ marinades, and instead looking towards a future filled with red wine and roasts. For those of us living north of the 49th parallel, the phrase “winter warmers” certainly means more than most others places where snow is just for Christmas! So, what is a winter warmer? Think deep luscious wines, the equivalent of a hearty bowl of soup, with the comforting ability to both warm and nourish the soul on particularly blustery days. Winter wines are those that will help take the nip out of the air, giving you a toasty warm feeling all over. You might go for an elegant, full-bodied and deeptannined Cabernet Sauvignon from California. French Cabernets are always good, but recent vintages coming out of Napa, in particular, have an awesome amount of fruit. Some prefer an earthy Argentinian Malbec, with a hint of dusty saddle. My personal winter favourite is the dark, sumptuous fruit of an Aussie Shiraz . . . mostly to remind me of the heat of the summer sun! Reisling, particularly German, is another fine choice when it comes to winter wines. While still crisp and fruity as you would expect from a summer choice, it is intense with a typically rounded finish ― perfect for those late winter lunches on the weekend when you’ve slept in and decided to spend all day inside. While still served slightly chilled, it’s a perfect match for seafood or shellfish, or for when you want to just nibble some cheese in front of the fire. Of course, being stuck inside all day is not just an excuse for drinking more wine. It is also a great opportunity to hone your culinary skills. Most winter dishes require some intense work at the beginning, followed by a long, relaxed period of cooking which, of course, is when you get to drink the wine!

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Roast of Lamb This is possibly my favourite roast dinner, not only because of the wonderful meal at the end of it, but also because of the wonderful aromas that fill the house while it is cooking, and the perfect excuse to open a bottle of winter–warming wine.

INGREDIENTS

PREPARATION

 1 leg

Set the oven at 425°F. While it is warming up, take a small knife and make inch deep insertions into the fatty side of the lamb in a grid pattern, leaving gaps between of a couple inches or so. The idea is to cover as much of the surface as you can. Into each slit, tuck a sprig of rosemary and a sliver of garlic. I like to then rub the whole leg with a decent extra virgin olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

of lamb, bone in, weighing 4 or 5 lbs., room temperature

 1 bag of potatoes, preferably from the garden,

peeled and cubed into half inch pieces  fresh

rosemary, some chopped and some left on the sprigs

 dried sage, about a handful  1 head of garlic, half of the cloves peeled and

sliced, half of the cloves left full  salt and pepper

Place the prepared leg into a roasting dish, along with the full cloves of garlic and any remaining rosemary, then into the oven for 30 minutes to sear. Drop the cubed potato into a pot of simmering water along with the dried sage. Reduce the oven to 300°F, and cook for 20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 20 minutes until the core temperature reaches 250°F. Meanwhile, drain the potatoes and place them onto a roasting pan, spreading the sage amongst them. Let them dry for the next hour, and once dry, drizzle generously with oil. Throw into the oven for the last hour, or until the outsides have nicely browned. Take the lamb out of the oven and let rest for another 20 minutes. This should cook the lamb to a very English medium-rare. The pan should also be full of juicy bits for making au jus; just add red wine, stir and reduce by half. As a final indulgence, a little bit of mint sauce on the side is never a bad thing. The Wine Guy is a recent immigrant to Saskatoon (he fell in love with a Saskatchewan gal) and is delighted at the range of wines available here. His observations have been featured in publications such as wine Spectator, Food & Wine Magazine, a variety of Sunday supplements and various blogs. The Wine Guy is fully committed to the grape cause. FineLifestyles

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

2 slices of Primo Taglio Havarti

1. On each slice of bread, spread mayonnaise and mustard then layer with arugula, onion, Primo Taglio Honey and Maple Flavoured Turkey, and apple slices.

2 slices of country-style bread

2. Top each sandwich half with Primo Taglio Havarti.

4 slices of Primo Taglio Honey and Maple Flavoured Turkey

2 teaspoons of mayonnaise or whipped dressing 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard 1 cored and thinly sliced apple

3. Place in the middle rack of the oven on broil at 400ยบF until cheese begins to bubble.

1 cup of spinach or arugula, trimmed

4. Remove from the oven and serve open-faced with your choice of side.

2 slices of red onion

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8 slices of Primo Taglio sundried Tomato Turkey 4-6 slices of Primo Taglio Havarti cheese

Preparation: 1. in a medium bowl, combine the tomato, oil, vinegar and corn. 2. layer the Primo Taglio Havarti cheese and sundried Tomato Turkey evenly on each tortilla. 3. add the tomato mixture onto the turkey and top with lettuce. 4. Roll up tightly and cut in half diagonally.

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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET,

COOK! BY CANDACE M. FOX PHOTOS HALEY SHARP/SHARP PHO.TOG.RA.PHY

On November 8th, Saskatoon was host to 10 competing chefs, nine competing wineries, eight culinary judges, three wine judges, a bevy of our nation’s best athletes and two amazing Canadian entertainers. With the city’s crème de le crème of locals all gathering to enjoy Gold Medal Plates Saskatoon, an evening of food, wine and competition, organizers and chefs did not disappoint. The celebration and fundraiser was in honour of our Olympians, as chefs and wineries competed for culinary gold and best of show awards.


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he evening’s spotlight was on the 10 competing chefs, all talented and well-versed in the art of taste and presentation — surely the judges had a tough task at hand. The competing chefs included: Anthony McCarthy, The Saskatoon Club; Kevin Tetz, Executive Chef; Mike Link, Western Concessions; Trevor Robertson, Radisson Hotel; Robin Andreas, Sheraton Cavalier Hotel; Kevin Dahlsjo, Two by Dahlsjo; Simon Reynolds, Simon’s Fine Foods; Rusty Penno, Dakota Dunes Casino; Moe Mathieu, White Birch Catering; and Mike McKeown,Prarie Harvest Café. Each chef paired beverages to accompany their plate and included wineries from east to west coasts with some notable presence from Saskatchewan. Participating wineries: Road 13 Vineyards, British Columbia; Peller Estates, Ontario; Chateau Des Charmes, Ontario; Angels Gate Winery, Ontario; Nk’Mip Winery, British Columbia; Cedar Creek Estate Winery, British Columbia; Orofino Winery, British Columbia; Summerhill Pyramid Winery, British Columbia and two wine pairings from Living Sky Winery in Saskatchewan.

Olympic Excellence Emcee of the night was Olympic silver medalist, Helen Upperton of the Canadian bobsled team. Keeping the crowd on their toes with some quick wit, Upperton had the task of keeping the Saskatoonians in check. “Wow, your reputation really does precede you. I have a feeling you are all enjoying yourselves tonight,” stated a laughing Upperton. Canadian Olympic Committee member Marie Eve Marleau was the Olympic host of the evening and a crowd favourite on stage with her humour and a few tongue-in-cheek remarks. Marleau recounted the evening the following day: “It was an amazing night and for a great cause. I know the Olympians and I had a lot of fun. I myself am a foodie, so pairing the excellence of both sports and food is an ingenious idea. It was a great success.”

And the Award Goes To . . . With musical entertainment by wellknown Canucks, Ed Robertson of Bare Naked Ladies — who also indulged in some plate sampling earlier in the evening — and Jim Cuddy, lead singer of Blue Rodeo and Gold Medal Plates’ national entertainment advisor, the high-energy crowd was on sensory overload. But alas . . .

Gold Medal Trevor Robertson of the Radisson Hotel Menu inspiration: Local foods — matching the colour and flavours of corn with homegrown Muscovy duck. On the plate: “Duck Press” from local corn-fed Muscovy ducks bred specifically for the chef, was the plate’s main delicious attraction, with sides of foie gras, pickled shiitake, duck breast prosciutto, some lovely crumbled blueberries over a small ball of smoked corn sorbet, crispy thin “corn paper” and corn-turnedcavier look-alike.

Silver Medal Mike Link of Western Concessions (Credit Union Centre) Menu inspiration: The Eagles Concert in Saskatoon. On the plate: Another presentation of duck, this time paired with a slender round apple crisp, fried to perfection. The duck was presented three different ways on the plate, and matched with two different sauces: sour cherry compote and a flavourful jus made from both vegetable and duck stock with a unique inclusion of chokecherry in the mix.

Bronze Medal Mike McKeown of Prairie Harvest Café Menu Inspiration: A spin on the traditional hearty perogy and flavours typical to Saskatchewan. On the menu: You guessed it, duck. This time it was a duck and pumpkin filled perogy on one side of the plate with another set of poultry that lay

aBove Chef Anthony McCarthy of The Saskatoon Club


opposite: chicken and turkey meat matched perfectly and wrapped in a thin layer of pickled cabbage. The evening’s top three chefs were chosen carefully by an impressive culinary judiciary team, beginning with senior judge CJ Katz, followed by Amy Jo Ehman, dee HobsbawnSmith, Janis Hutton, Renée Kohlman, Dale Mackay and — a name familiar in Saskatoon — Chef Darren Craddock, last year’s gold medalist.

Winning Paired Wines: Gold Thirty Bench 2012 Riesling from the Niagara Region (Ontario)

Silver Road 13 2011 74K, from the Okanagan Valley (British Columbia)

Bronze (two winnerS) Orofino’s 2011 Red Bridge (British Columbia) and Summerhill Pyramic Winery’s 2008 Zweigelt (British Columbia) The evening was a successful stop on the Gold Medal Plates’ national tour. With Saskatoon being one of the more boisterous crowds on the roster, it was clear to see the city’s love and support of local culinary talent. With an impressive showcasing of cuisine, there is no shortage of passion in these chefs’ kitchens. Next stop for Gold Medal Plates Saskatoon winner Trevor Robertson is the Canadian Culinary Championship in February, 2014. Good luck! FLS

Gold Medal winner Trevor Robertson and his “Duck Press” with foie gras, pickled shiitake, duck breast prosciutto, and blueberies over smoked corn sorbet

Gold Medal Plates National Head Office 802 Logan Avenue, Toronto, ON – M4K 3E1 P: 416.778.6533 www.goldmedalplates.com

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DISTINGUISHED & ELEGANT, LIKE A FINE WINE BY TONYA LAMBERT PHOTOS LISA LANDRIE

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ike the fine wines served there, an evening out at John’s Victorian Steak and Seafood House in Saskatoon is an experience to be savoured. Enveloped in the warm atmosphere and elegant décor, guests experience a feeling of calm and relaxation. The glow from the two fireplaces combines with the candlelight on the tables to transport guests to the simple, comfort of an earlier era. Carefully spaced tables allow for an intimate dining experience while

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the soft background music adds to the sense of peacefulness and privacy. Guests of John’s can expect an evening of pampering by the restaurant’s excellent staff. With a combined serving experience of more than 150 years, the servers are professional and very knowledgeable. Overseen by owner and operations manager Jeri-Lynn Walton and general manager Nick Makohon, the servers can help you to choose the perfect wine

to accompany your meal and will do everything possible to make your time at John’s memorable. Executive chef Behroz Rahmani has worked in fine restaurants around the world, from Tehran to Vancouver, from Istanbul to Calgary. Before coming to John’s, Behroz worked as a chef at John’s Prime Rib in Saskatoon for 12 years. Behroz’s internationally-acquired skills are reflected in the appetizing culinary


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creations to be found on the pages of John’s menu. In addition to a wide selection of savoury dishes, such as prime rib, pecan chicken and Victorian seafood, Behroz devises mouth-watering monthly specials to tempt the palate. Everything is prepared in the restaurant’s brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen. John’s stocks an extensive range of wines and liquors to compliment every meal choice. Wine lovers will be excited to hear about the restaurant’s new wine-pairing evenings. The management of John’s will be scheduling these events on select evenings, though you may call to arrange a special event of your own. For larger groups, a presentation and talk by a local wine representative will be included. John’s is the perfect setting for a romantic evening out. Gourmet food, fine wine, inviting ambiance, great service and opulent décor: everything needed for a

perfect evening with your special someone is found at John’s. As well, the restaurant is designed to be able to accommodate group functions of up to 60 people in its four separate wood-panelled and draperyensconced rooms. Unique and chic, John’s restaurant is ideal for an enjoyable dining experience no matter how large or small your group is. Jeri-Lynn, Nick and all the management and staff at John’s Victorian Steak and Seafood House would like to thank their customers for making this past year such as success. They would also like to welcome everyone to come and help them celebrate their first anniversary. John’s Victorian Steak and Seafood House 2033 Avenue B North Saskatoon 306.644.2313 www.johnsvictorian.com PICTURED Nick Makohon, Jeri-Lynn Walton

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A Night to Remember: Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan Gala 2013 BY SHERRY LEE

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sellout crowd gathered October 17th in the Casino Regina Show Lounge for the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan annual Fall Gala. Attendees bid on silent auction items and other live auction prize packages, enjoyed a champagne reception and delectable prime rib dinner and, later, the big band sounds of Stephen Macguire and Memory Lane. But it was young Danica Liske who made the biggest impact of the evening, relaying the story of her father’s diagnosis and decline at an early age. Danica’s words clearly hit home: Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have a severe and long-lasting

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personal, financial and social impact. More resources and help are needed. Joanne Bracken, CEO of Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, reinforces the importance of understanding the growing impacts of this disease. “It does affect younger people, but one of the risk factors is age… and once you turn 65, every five years your chance of developing dementia doubles. In people over the age of 85, one in three will develop a dementia of some type,” says Bracken. “In Saskatchewan that’s particularly alarming, because one of the fastest growing segments of our population is people over the age of 65. In 2011, ‘baby boomers’ started turning 65, and that’s why we’re starting to see

this disease become more and more prevalent… our largest demographic has moved into the age of highest risk.” At the same time, Bracken says the “The ‘baby boom’ generation wants answers… they are more determined to seek out a diagnosis.” Bracken says it is important, but often difficult, to get a correct diagnosis. Fortunately, the Alzheimer Society offers many support programs and services to assist those in need. “One of the key things that we do is to support people who are living with the disease and their family caregivers… we often get contacted by the ‘worried well’: people contact us because they

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feel they are experiencing some of the warning signs.” Examples of support include the First Link program, First Step learning series and linking people to home care and support groups. Using Telehealth technology in partnership with the Rural and Remote Memory Clinic expands their reach. “This builds additional support networks for people… a link to other agencies and organizations that can also provide support.” The Society also hosts the annual Heads Up for Healthier Brains Forum, community presentations and helps fund collaborative research efforts across Canada that focus on the cause and cure, as well as quality of life for those living with the disease. Four new resource centres have recently opened in Swift Current, Weyburn, North Battleford and Prince Albert to serve those health regions, and Telehealth provides access to services across the province. Alzheimer Society staff members are available during the day at 1.800.263.3367, and many resources can be found at www.alzheimer.ca/sk. It takes money to carry out these efforts, and this year’s gala was one of their most successful ever. Other fundraising events through the year include Coffee Break during the fall (to align with World Alzheimer Day on September 21) and Walk for Memories, set for January 19, 2014. An annual giving campaign, major gifts campaign and planned giving program also run during the year. “In addition to events like the gala, the Society relies on donations from individuals and corporations to support the important work that we do across Saskatchewan, to provide support for people and families living with all types of dementia,” says Bracken. Bracken wants the Society’s message to get out there. “There are still a lot of people who don’t understand who we are as an organization, and what we can do to help families,” she emphasizes. “Once the diagnosis is there, they can learn about the disease. There are many things that we can do to help you live life better with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.” CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Danica Liske (Photo by Victoria Dillen), Gala Grand Prize (Photo by Deanne Bell); Memory Lane (Photo by Victoria Dillen); Joanne Bracken, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan (Photo by Victoria Dillen); Silent Auction Participant (Photo by Deanne Bell) FineLifestyles

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Through a Daughter’s Eyes - By Danica Liske

In high school, I noticed he seemed to be showing I have always been daddy’s little girl and he has always been by my side. about my dance practices... he asked fewer less interest in things I was involved with. He would miss games or forget with early onset Alzheimer’s in the fall of 2006. questions… it seemed like he didn’t care anymore. Dad was diagnosed much support. t He was 53 and I was 17, in grade 12. I was confused and left withou the time we were sitting around the dinner Grade 12 continued and the tension in our house rose. I will never forget ed so often; he was no longer slow to anger, table and dad asked for “that” as he pointed to the butter. Dad was confusand I over the smallest details (like naming but would explode at a moment’s notice. He fought with my mom, brother g for himself... fighting against what the objects and remembering days and times). Now I can see that he was fightin l day: my prom. I knew this was the first of disease was making him forget. That spring he forgot all about my specia many moments my dad would miss out on. ent disability. In 2008, I chose to give up In fall 2007, dad left work at the age of 54 and was placed on perman when I wasn’t working, dad was by my side. I and university and stay home with him. I worked a split shift as a nanny took him everywhere with me, and at home we were always together. the disease we were dealing with and why he My life was opposite of any typical 19-year-old girl. No one understoodwas committed to my family, to making sure my had to come everywhere with me. Unlike a lot of teens, my life and time was dealing with. dad was okay, and trying to help relieve some of the stress that my mom how to drive; then he forgot how to make My dad was going backwards. First he forgot how to work; then he forgot backwards until it was like being with a moved food for himself; then he couldn’t spend any amount of time alone. He his food. make and 180-pound toddler. I had to buckle him up and zip his jacket was changed from early onset Alzheimer’s to Time passed and dad’s personality continually worsened: his diagnosis ssionate man I knew him to be, but was frontal lobe dementia. He was no longer acting as the loving, caring, compa angry, suspicious and confused all the time. home in January 2010. He was 56 and I was Dad spent Christmas 2009 at home and was placed into a nursing loss of the man I knew so well and learning 20. I was so heartbroken and so relieved all at once; I was grieving thehome slowly became the norm for our family. g to accept the shell of who he had become . Visiting Dad in the nursin ment and my parents’ 25th wedding engage my ys, holida We celebrated birthdays, Father’s Days, Christmas anniversary in the nursing home. 2010; he needs help eating, dressing and Dad is now confined to a wheelchair; he hasn’t spoken my name since d will never truly know him, and he will bathing. He didn’t get to walk me down the aisle at my wedding, my husban not know our children. and encourage them to reach out for help. If I want to reach the younger generations of families who are caregivers families like mine out there who can’t quit more are frontal lobe dementia happens to a younger generation, then there their jobs to care for their spouses. There needs to be more help sooner. ia can happen to anyone at a younger age. Be I reach out to bosses, co-workers and employees. Alzheimer’s and dement e might be opposite of what is happening on the sensitive, be flexible and ask questions. What comes across on the outsidfor it to be the last of its kind. We can all be inside. I want to make it impossible for my story to duplicate itself and a part of finding help for today and hope for tomorrow.

ABOVE: Danica Liske and her father, Mike Clark

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How do I love thee Ideas for a Winter Romance


A Night Away Sometimes the sweetest gesture you can make is to rescue your sweetheart from the seemingly never-ending list of daily chores and spend a night away from “real life.” Use this time to relax, catch up with each other over a glass of champagne and order breakfast in.

Jewellery: A Fine Surprise Giving jewellery is a traditional, and always appreciated, gesture that leaves recipients with a smile. Earrings? A new watch? A diamond ring? Cufflinks? The ideas are endless. Whatever your loved one’s style, be it glamourous or low-key, a surprise in a tiny box will surely warm the cold winter evening.

Flowers: Always a Classic

A Special Event Is your loved one’s favourite artist coming to town? Does the idea of a concert performance give you something to look forward to? Has it been forever since the two of you went out and enjoyed a movie together? Whatever your entertainment preferences are, be sure to treat yourselves to a special night out on the town.

Do not hesitate to surprise your loved one with a fresh bouquet of flowers. The cheerful colours and sweet aromas brighten any long winter’s day. Who says you need a special occasion for flowers?

Wining and Dining An intimate candle-lit dinner could be just what the two of you need this winter. Enjoy a succulent meal paired with a luscious wine and bask in each other’s company.

A Surprise Vacation Ahh yes. Perhaps the best way to enjoy romance this winter is to surprise your loved one with the much-desired getaway you’ve both been dreaming of! A sandy beach or a shopper’s paradise, an entertainment hot spot or cruise ship adventure, whatever getaway you take this winter will be well worth it.

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FUN OR ROMANCE: Relax and Rejuvenate with Your Favourite Friends or Plus One BY CANDACE M. FOX PHOTOS MEGAN ANTONIUK PHOTOGRAPHY

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aking time out for a relaxing pedicure or rejuvenating massage is sometimes best enjoyed with a bit of company. Koi Esthetics certainly agrees. With the holidays right around the corner, treat yourself and your friends or companion with a party package or couples treatment. Enjoy the atmosphere of Koi’s Eastern Asia infused salon and spa while delighting in the time with the people you love the most. The team at Koi Esthetics will ensure, regardless of the occasion, guests will leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed.

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A romantic getaway minutes away from home? Yes, it is possible. Leave the dishes, pets and children behind and steal a romantic and refreshing moment with your partner. No need for a travel agent, Koi Esthetics can literally erase the worries and stresses of everyday life with their couples’ services. Choose from a variety of massage packages including relaxation massages and hot stone treatments with aromatherapy scents for you and your partner to enjoy - side by side. Feel the daily chaos melt into a calm sense of well being as you and your

plus one take a mini “time out” to enjoy each other’s company. Couples can also enjoy facial treatments and pedicures together. Treat yourself and that special someone to a full spa day and choose from a variety of couples services – you both deserve it! Having a birthday party, bachelorette party or just want an excuse to get your favourite friends together? Koi Esthetics and their pedicure room with four luxurious shiatsu massage chairs is the perfect place to unwind, pamper yourself and enjoy a few giggles while


you are there. With large beautiful cherry wood shoji doors to allow for privacy, clients can enjoy their own space while soaking their feet in therapeutic waters and relax with to the smell or aromatic lotions and custom sugar scrubs. It is the perfect escape for you and your private entourage. Also, do not forget about kid’s parties – make it a perfect pampering session for your pint sized mini-me, and his/her best friends! Some amazing new products and services are now offered at Koi Esthetics. With a new Registered Massage Therapist on staff, Koi is happy to offer deep tissue, prenatal and therapeutic massages. Clients can utilize many services offered by the RMT for qualifying benefits plans through work or other. Gel polish is now available as an addon for spa services, clients can enjoy lasting colour long after their manicure or pedicure. Clients can also rejoice in new scents and mini polishes offered from beloved brand SpaRitual! Aromatherapy scrubs for pedicures are now offered with one of these four scents: Chinese Jasmine, Indian Frankincense, Egyptian Geranium and/or Indonesian Ginger. As Koi Esthetics takes great care in ensuring most products used at their salon and spa are all organic, all natural and animal cruelty free, SpaRitual is a vegan, organic product line containing only natural ingredients and is a favourite of many clients and staff members. Owners, Jeremy Constant and Janna Wong want to thank all of their amazing clients for a wonderful first year. The team at Koi Esthetics invites new and returning customers to experience the exceptional services and treatments at the salon and spa. For information on specials, new products/services or information on their new Registered Massage Therapy treatments find them online at koiesthetics.com. Koi Esthetics 214-B Stonebridge Blvd. Saskatoon 306.249.4633 koiesthetics.ca


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


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


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

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

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


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Orchestrated: The SSO Delivers Cultural Entertainment to all Music Lovers


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ounded in 1931, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra provides what many can arguably deem a life necessity: music. “People are always interested in good, quality entertainment,” says marketing director Michael McCoy. “We are a strong organization that performs classical music in the best way. We [strive] to be relevant to everyone, everywhere and across all musical interests. And Saskatoon truly has a great group of musicians.” Led by renowned music director Victor Sawa, the SSO aims at “recreating the concert experience and audience expectations,” notes McCoy. By getting rid of the barriers or the intimidations people may have for attending a symphony performance, the SSO engages the audience and makes music more accessible to everyone. “We cater to the connoisseurs of classical music in addition to people who are new to the symphony,” he says. “Live music is quite an experience.” Experience indeed. Take for example the Conexus Pop Series, themed concerts presented throughout the season, based in classical and orchestral music and merged with other popular genres. For instance, this January the SSO presents The Music of Pink Floyd: The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon, in which the British rock music gets the symphony’s interpretation. McCoy also points out that the SSO’s Gyro Productions Master Series are exciting performances for the audience. Sawa makes everyone feel comfortable, and even brings in national and international guest artists to animate the classical scores. The Player’s Choice Series is another top-quality concert option for those with discerning classical music preferences. Even family night is not forgotten with the SSO and its Family Concert Series. Upcoming in this series is An Orchestral Toy Story (March 22) — where performing with the orchestra will be a young winner from the Music Festival — and The Comic Orchestra (May 31) — of which McCoy says the orchestral performance will be turned “on its ear” with a guest comedian/conductor. Even the youngsters are not overlooked. Time for Toddlers is a shared exploration of music and sound between child (babies up to age of five) and parent or caregiver. “Kids don’t have to sit; they get to participate, really experience the music,” explains McCoy. One of the most popular series the SSO presents is the Silence is Golden Silent Movie Events held throughout the season. Presented at the Roxy FACING PAGE: the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Photo Courtesy: Trudy Janssens, Photography One 2 One TOP: Maestro Victor Sawa Photo Courtesy: Trudy Janssens, Photography One 2 One RIGHT: SSO Family Series “Musical Petting Zoo”


Theatre, a silent movie is played while the orchestra performs the score, live. “We really try to bring music to life,” explains McCoy. This is further evidenced with the organization’s Paved Arts Series, whereby Canadian music is paired with a mixed media artist, and an art/video/performance piece is created. Throughout the year, the SSO hosts various special concerts. McCoy encourages people to attend the upcoming Holiday Gospel Spectacular, where gospel singers from around the city will be performing, and the inspirational choral presentation of Handel’s Messiah. “The SSO presents well-rounded music, and ticket prices are set to make it accessible to everyone.” “Our numbers have been going up each year,” notes McCoy. “The engagement is good. We know we’re doing the right things.” To keep the strong performances currently offered, the public can support the SSO with financial donations. For more information on the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, to view the upcoming calendar of events or to make a financial contribution, please visit www.saskatoonsymphony.org, call the office at 306.665.6414, or email office@ saskatoonsymphony.org. The SSO also has strong social media presence on its Facebook and Twitter pages, and even has its own YouTube channel where viewers can watch trailers of past and upcoming performances. TOP / MIDDLE: Time For Toddlers Series BOTTOM: Conexus Pops Series concert One Vision - The Music of Queen


EXPERTAdvice Selling in the Winter Months staging can not only set a better tone for a home but can entice a buyer into viewing the home with a different set of eyes. Additionally, buyers that are viewing at these times are serious buyers with a desire to find the right home quickly.

Jacquie and Derrick Chilliak CENTURY 21 Fusion Jacquie Chilliak 306.222.7211 Derrick Chilliak 306.230.6919 saskatoonrealtor@aol.com www.chilliakhomes.com

Aside from staging the home, it is important to hire a REALTOR® that offers full service options and plenty of knowledge. With over 45 years of award winning real estate experience, my husband and I can get you through the process comfortably, knowledgeably and securely. Here is how we can help!

If You Are Selling: Know your area market: Having us represent you provides a seller with indepth market knowledge allowing for realistic pricing, a quicker sale time and a higher percentage in the “list to sell price.” Know your target market: By knowing who to attract as buyers, we can stylize our marketing efforts to them.

As we head into the winter months, many people thinking of selling their homes often put it off until spring because they feel they will do better at that time. As seasoned REALTORS®, we are here to tell you that waiting can actually cost you money. You will typically be competing with a lot more inventory which affects price; interest rates may have adjusted, so someone’s personal buying power may have decreased; and the number of buyers looking for a home really doesn’t change, although who is looking for a home may vary. The argument that the home will be cluttered because of Christmas decorations is a myth. Often the right

Know your options: What we mean by this is, know what you need out of the home and what your plans are should you get a sale with a quick possession. Prepare your home to set it apart: With our years of experience we are able to offer assistance in how to make some simple changes that may result in higher selling prices.

What Should Your REALTOR® Do? Because we are REALTORS® with a full service company, we believe that you should receive full service for your fee. Services can vary from realtor to realtor and company to company, so make sure you ask what services are

being provided. We offer a wide range of services including: • extensive Web coverage • weekly caravan tours • colour advertising, and high quality colour feature sheets • regular public open houses, if you desire • the most recognized real estate “For Sale” sign • MLS® service • regular communication with you (it is important to us that you have regular feedback on your listing and on changing market conditions) • full negotiation of the offer to purchase and monitoring of the conditions from acceptance to removal to the implementation of the closing • handling of all the details • ensuring that you receive the quickest sale possible, with the highest price and with the least inconvenience to you

Are There Ways To Entice Buyers To Purchase Your Home Over Others? Simply put yes there is. However, there may be some rules around how those incentives may be implemented. One simple way that we can entice buyers or referrals from the public is to offer AIRMILES®. Every buyer and/or seller that we represent and any referrals you send receives complimentary AIRMILES® upon the closing of the transaction. It’s how we say thank you for placing your trust in us. For more information on selling your home or for a complimentary home evaluation, please call us.

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What is Geothermal heatinG and air ConditioninG? By Shell BuSey

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ompared with conventional heating systems, geothermal heating systems substantially reduce your heating costs and also save on cooling and hot water heating costs. Compared with an electric heat pump system, geothermal heat pumps cut space heating costs by up to twothirds for a typical home. The reduced energy cost to operate geothermal systems can help offset the additional cost to install it.

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In terms of economics, the ideal time to install a geothermal heating system is when building a new home or replacing an aging heating system. When building a new home, a general rule of thumb for the feasibility of a geothermal heating system is that it may be suitable for any home 3,000 square feet or larger. In a retrofit situation, it is preferable to have an attic that can be used for the required ducting. The heating and cooling system will be much more

efficient if you’re able to move the air through an insulated attic space in a rancher or bungalow. You probably have noticed that the back of your refrigerator is warm. A geothermal heat pump works much like a refrigerator. A refrigerator extracts heat from inside the unit and passes it into the kitchen through coils on the back of the refrigerator, keeping the refrigerator cool on the inside. A geothermal heating


system works in a similar manner, however it extracts heat from the earth through a system of underground pipes containing a heat transfer fluid that brings heat from the ground into the system to heat or cool the home. A geothermal ground-source heat pump moves or “pumps” heat out of the earth using a system of vertical or horizontal high-density polyethylene pipes. This is different than a traditional heating system that creates heat by burning a fossil fuel (such as natural gas) or circulating current through an electric element (such as baseboard heaters). How you decide to bury your pipes depends on how much property you have. If you live on acreage, you

may want to consider laying the pipes horizontally. If you are limited on available space, you may have to have the pipes installed vertically. After circulating through the vertical or horizontal piping in the ground, the heat transfer fluid is piped into your home, where it is connected to the heat exchanger in your system to be converted into heat or cooling for the home.

installed under a lawn, landscaped area, driveway or the house itself. For more home-improvement information, to send Shell an email, or to watch Shell’s Ask Shell Coffee Break go to www. AskShell.com.

In winter, the mixture in the pipes absorbs heat from the earth and distributes it to your home. In summer, the system works in reverse, with the mixture absorbing heat from your home and sending it back to the earth. The piping is virtually invisible and can be

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Light Up YoUr Life with eco innovative iLLUmination By Matthew Stone Photos IMageS by gIllIeS

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co Innovative Illumination Ltd. Is a Saskatchewan corporation that was established to research and develop a unique new line of LED lighting. These products were developed in Canada and are designed to withstand harsh Canadian weather conditions. Today, Eco Innovative Illumination Ltd. is owned and operated by four shareholders: Bob and Joan Martodam, Elise Selby and Mark Girardin. Together, they continue to find more and more uses for their excellent products, and the company shows no sign of slowing down.

“If you are tired of putting up and taking down your traditional stringed Christmas lights, then our House-Brite LEDs offer a permanent solution to your problem. They look great, they work great, and best of all, they will save you in energy costs,” says Mark Girardin. That last point cannot be overlooked. Eco Innovative Illumination LED modules are a 12-volt system that consumes only 1.4 watts/foot, as compared to traditional Christmas lights that can use up to 25 watts/bulb. This will translate to at least

80 per cent savings off your energy bill. After one easy installation, they are up there permanently, tucked neatly under your eavestroughs. The product is durable, water-resistant, and it is UVstable, so it will not fade or yellow with the sun. However, you might be asking yourself, “What happens when the light burns out?” “The easy answer is they won’t,” says Elise Selby. “The LED modules are designed to withstand the harshest temperature and conditions. Our LED modules are tested

Elise Selby and Mark Girardin, owners of Eco Innovative Illumination

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RIGHT Eco Innovative Illumination LED modules translate to approximately 50 to 60 thousand hours of use, or about seven years without flipping the ‘off switch.’

and quality controlled, which translates to approximately 50 to 60 thousand hours of use, or about seven years without flipping the ‘off switch.’ ” If that doesn’t reassure, this will: the housing systems manufactured by Eco Innovative Illumination Ltd. come with a 10-year warranty, though they have very rarely been needed. The LED modules are also very easy to pop off and put back in should you need to. However, if you want to switch to a Christmas theme, you can keep that shaky ladder in the corner of the garage. Eco Innovative Illumination’s lighting system comes with more than 25 pre-set colour-changing modes, including Christmas themes, with several flashing and fading options. The LEDs offers endless colour-changing capabilities with the simple operation of a remote control. You should know that house lighting is certainly not all you can do. A trip to Eco Innovative Illumination’s website reveals a whole lot of other uses for these amazing lights. LED lights on RVs are popular, as is lighting for decking, signage and commercial properties such as hotels and bars, and industrial applications. The great thing about this product is its endless amount of applications.

Recently, Eco Innovative Illumination has been doing under-counter lighting for kitchens, as well. These lights are not only cost-effective, but they will save your sanity! Christmas season is just around the corner, so call now for a free quote. Your shopping might be left to the last minute, but your lighting doesn’t have to be. Connect Sign Service - Dale Wasko 831 B 60th St E, Saskatoon 306.934.4440 306.262.0456 cell dale@connectsignservice.com www.ecoinnovativeillumination.com

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There’s No Place

LikeHome... W alking into Creekside Country Home Décor & Antiques on Saskatoon’s west side is much like walking into a good friend’s home. The soft scent of a lit candle and the gentle harp music create a peaceful and welcoming setting for customers. We try to create an atmosphere where our customers can come and linger or unwind after a stressful day and leave with a refreshed spirit. Creekside offers a wide variety of home décor products as well as beautiful fashion accessories, including scarves, watches and jewellery. Whether it’s a vintage lamp, an antique hutch or a perfect piece of inspirational artwork, Creekside has a tasteful selection. Our shops are a combination of homespun country, vintage shabby chic and urban country.

Doris and her husband Richard Peters own both the Saskatoon store as well as the newer Delisle location — which recently added on a 1,500-square-foot antique warehouse. Richard also designs and builds many of the store’s unique “one-of-a-kind” furniture pieces, and often uses reclaimed wood, windows and doors. The Saskatoon location of Creekside Country Home Décor & Antiques is located at the corner of Avenue P and 29th Street West. Shop hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Delisle location of Creekside Country Home Décor & Antiques is just a short 20 minute drive down Highway 7 on the way to Rosetown. Shop hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both stores are fully decorated for the Christmas season.

Creekside Country Home Décor & Antiques Saskatoon 306.934.2580 | Delisle 306.493.3299 |


My focus is on satisfied clients and ensuring they have bought or sold a HOME, not just a house. -Wayne Grier

Wayne Grier believes that true success is finding your lifework in the work that you do. With 21 years of experience in real estate, he is known as a top producer, specializing in helping people clarify their focus to find the home that truly fulfills their needs. Serving Saskatoon and its surrounding areas, Wayne blends expertise with a genuine, no-pressure approach. His extensive education includes courses in real estate brokerage, management, law, appraisal, economics, design, construction, relocation expertise and commercial real estate.

“Wayne Grier has proven himself time and again to be an invaluable asset to us as our REALTOR®. He has always been genuine, forthright and exceptionally conscientious, treating us more like family than clients. If Wayne Grier is not your REALTOR®, sadly you have chosen second best.” ~Kara and Michael Shebib

Whether your focus is to buy or sell, call Wayne anytime or visit his website for free info and reports.

www.waynegrier.ca

Wayne Grier 306.380.SOLD (7653) 200-227 Primrose Drive Saskatoon waynecgrier@gmail.com SELLSASKATOON


BEAUTIFY YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND ADD VALUE TO YOUR PROPERTY

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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EXPERTAdvice Understanding Your Credit Bureau

What is credit bureau and credit score?

Deb Murdoch amp Mortgage Broker TMG The Mortgage Group 1-511 First Avenue North Saskatoon P: 306.933.0053 C: 306.222.7900 mortgages@debmurdoch.com debmurdoch.com Broker 315800 Brokerage 315872

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art of a mortgage broker’s role is to review the credit reports of their applicants. Credit reports and scores form a part of qualifying for a mortgage. Having a good credit score makes it easier to obtain a mortgage. There are many factors that contribute to your credit score. It always a good idea to know what is reporting to your credit bureau.

A credit report is a snapshop of your credit history. And a credit score is a judgement about your financial health at a specific point in time. It indicates the risk you represent for lenders, compared to others. Credit scores can go as high as 900. Anyone who has credit score over 680 is usually in great shape as far as lenders are concerned. Anyone with a score below 600 usually will have trouble getting a mortgage. There are exceptions and there are lenders that will look at these applications. Prior to the mortgage melt down, we had more lenders that would look at deals where the applicant had credit scores below 600.

How can you see your credit bureau? Who can see your credit bureau? There are two major credit-reporting agencies, Equifax and Transunion. You can request them to send you a copy through the mail (free) or you can go online (and pay a fee) to get instant access to your report. You have the right to see your credit report. No one else does without your permission.

What factors influence your credit score? 1. Your payment history: Have you ever missed a payment? 2. Your outstanding debts: Do you carry a balance that is close to your limit on your credit card from month to month? 3. Collections, judgements, bankruptcies:

Is there any collection or bankruptcy against you? 4. Your account history: How long have you had credit? 5. The number of inquiries made on your credit bureau: How many times have you had your credit bureau checked in the last six months? 6. The type of credit you are using: Do you only have credit cards or do you have a mix of credit cards and loans? In summary, always pay your bills on time. Try to pay your bills in full by the due date. If you are unable to do this, pay at least the required minimum amount. Don’t go over the credit card limit. The higher you balance, the more impact it has on your credit score. Reduce the number of credit applications you make. If too many potential lenders ask about your credit in a short period of time, this may effect your score. Please note that your score does not change when you ask for information about your own credit report. It sounds like a lot of rules to get to a great score but in actual fact if you have two tradelines (for example, a credit card and an auto loan) and you make your payments on time, you most likely have a great credit score. Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions about credit bureaus or if you would like to discuss mortgages. I am an expert in my field and I am always your best option for mortgages. Please note that I have moved location to 1-511 First Avenue North.

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TriniTy Manor The Ultimate in Style and Support TexT and PhoTos CourTesy of TriniTy Manor

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o snow to shovel. No meals to prepare. Just freedom and flexibility in a community that cares about you.

hobby studios, delicious chef-prepared meals and an array of programs, events and group outings to enjoy with family and new friends.

“When we open our doors next year, we will be Saskatoon’s newest retirement care community, offering the ultimate in style and support,” says Suzanne Turmel, CEO of Trinity Manor located in Stonebridge. “It will be a complete community under one roof, combining the best in independent and assisted living.”

If assisted living is preferred, Trinity’s around-the-clock care and onsite services will provide safety, comfort and support.

For those looking for an active retirement lifestyle, Trinity will offer amenities like a health and wellness spa, salt-water pool,

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“Trinity is unique because it will offer a continuum of care. As your needs evolve, we will revolve around you,” explains Turmel. “You will be able to transition from independent living to assisted living in the same community of friends you have come to know.”

This idea of “aging in place” — where you don’t have to move to another location or residence when care needs change — is new to Saskatoon and gaining popularity. For many people, the decision to explore assisted living often comes too late, once they have lost independence and have nowhere to turn. “We want to offer people the chance to age in place in a vibrant and caring community, guided by a mission that puts the happiness and quality of life of residents first.” “If you have pets, keep them. If you have food preferences, no problem. Socialize


or spend time alone, it is entirely up to you. You have complete freedom and independence to live your best life. Our job is to help make it happen.” Over 65 percent of Trinity’s 110 independent living sites are sold or rented and interest is high in its assisted living suites. A showroom and five floor plans have been developed to give buyers a look into Trinity’s style and lay out. Each one is well-appointed and designed with the needs of active retirees and assisted living residents in mind. Independent suites are available on a life lease basis, giving lease holders the assurance of a buyer when they choose to leave or transition to a different level of care.

According to Turmel, one of the best features of the life lease option is the priority given to lease holders for an assisted living suite, giving them and their loved ones peace of mind when different care is required. Life lease agreements are made with the owner and operator of Trinity Manor, the Catholic Health Ministry of Saskatchewan. “The Ministry has been a leader in healthcare delivery for over 100 years,” said Turmel, pointing to the organization’s leadership behind St. Paul’s Hospital and Samaritan Place in Saskatoon. “Although we will be owned and operated by the Ministry, Trinity will be a non-denominational community, welcoming and open to all.”

Trinity Manor 331 Cornish Road Saskatoon 306.373.3135 www.trinitymanor.ca


RECRUITMENT AND RETAINING Some of the Best Employer Practices BY MICHELLE HATZEL

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n 2013, Randstad, a global human resource staffing and recruitment service, identified the top five most attractive components of employment for job-hunting Canadians as: salary, work atmosphere, job security, work-life balance and convenient location. There are several ways in which a business can offer incentives for recruiting and retaining personnel. According to Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Employers series, bonus payments and profit sharing help employers increase base salary offers and keep quality staff. Progressive compensation packages include additional health care benefits, phased-in retirement

plans, compassionate leave, employerpaid maternity and parental leave and wellness plans.

such as; job sharing, telecommuting, shortened and compressed work week options and paid days off.

Some of the best employers promote community involvement and volunteerism — even paid volunteered days off from work. They make environmental initiatives that can extend to paper-free processes and pay their staff’s city transit passes. Actively promoting employment equity also helps foster well-being and inclusion of personnel — an important factor for creating a healthy workplace atmosphere.

Attending to the on-going support, mentoring, training and education of personnel offers mutual benefit to employees and employers alike. Creating a skilled team of professionals leads to better representation of themselves and the business for which they work.

In helping employees achieve work-life balance, progressive employers may offer flexible work options when possible,

Some of the best employers in Saskatchewan today are those that invest in the development and well-being of their staff, ensuring that they have the right people and the human resources to meet the demands of their business.

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CONSTRUCTING RELATIONSHIPS AND BUILDING TRUST BY TONYA LAMBERT PHOTOS HEATHER FRITZ

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family can be defined as a group of people who share common interests, values and goals and who work together to achieve these goals. “VCM Construction is like a family. You feel like you belong; you are part of the team, part of the family. With a larger company, you feel like a number. At VCM, there is a family atmosphere. It is playful, fun. There is a sense of camaraderie,” says Kirk Byers, preconstruction manager. It is a sentiment which is heard again and again from the management, staff and crew of this Saskatoon-based company.

Like all families, VCM Construction started out small with just five people in 1996 and has slowly grown to include upwards of 150 people in the busy season. The pictures of every employee are proudly displayed along a hall in the company’s office building, much like the photos of family members are hung on the walls of many homes. While VCM does hire some workers on a short-term basis as do all construction companies, company president Raymond Van De Woestyne is proud of the large number of long-term employees that form the core of his corporate family: “At VCM, there is an atmosphere of mutual support

and respect between management and employees.” Office manager Shannon Hosegood agrees, saying, “I feel valued and taken care of as an employee and as a person.” Van De Woestyne values family very highly, whether it is his corporate family or his personal family. Photos of his wife, three children and six grandchildren can be seen throughout his office. His daughter, Stefanie Swan, is a civil engineer like her father and works with him every day at VCM. His son, Andrew is in his third year of engineering and will be joining the company when he finishes his studies.

MAIN IMAGE: The employees of VCM Construction RIGHT-HAND CORNER (OPPOSITE): Raymond Van De Woestyne

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It is this love for and commitment to his own family that led Van De Woestyne to make some rather unusual decisions as an employer which enable his employees to strike a healthier work-family life balance than is the norm. “Working at VCM has allowed me to maintain a great work-life balance,” notes Colby Munshaw, a Superintendent. When VCM Construction undertakes a project that will require workers to be away from home overnight, employees are given the option of joining this team: no one is forced to work far away from their families. VCM Construction work hours are fairly flexible to accommodate the needs of employees and their families. And, of course, VCM Construction provides its employees with an excellent health benefits package and pension plan. “I went to work for another company briefly, but now my girlfriend is so happy that I am back with VCM!” says carpenter Nick Furlong. An excellent example of VCM Construction’s commitment to its employees occurred this past winter. Business was slower than usual in the construction industry and like other

companies VCM faced the problem of having not enough work for all its employees. Rather than layoff its longterm employees, VCM management, spearheaded by Stefanie Swan, made the decision to pay these employees to work for several weeks for Habitat for Humanity, an organization that enables low-income families to own their own home by providing interestfree mortgages and constructing houses largely through volunteers, like VCM

Working at VCM has allowed me to maintain a great work-life

BALANCE Construction. By helping Habitat for Humanity build homes for Saskatoon families, VCM was honouring its commitment to both the community and its own corporate family members.

VCM Construction has worked hard over the years to establish strong ties with its extended family of clients, subcontractors and consultants. The company’s success can be measured by the fact that it has completed over 500 projects, ranging from $50,000 to $150,000,000, for only 50 clients over the past 17 years. Like its employees, VCM’s clients from across western Canada and northwestern United States trust the company’s loyalty, integrity and commitment to finding a win-win solution to challenges. One of the methods VCM uses to find innovative solutions is to encourage and value input and creative ideas from all its employees no matter what their position is within the company’s hierarchy. “It is not a common thing in the construction industry to be able to speak with the owner. At VCM, I am able have input and voice my ideas, and know they will be taken seriously,” comments Rich Lang, a site Superintendent . VCM Construction specializes in industrial, institutional and commercial TOP IMAGE: Colby Munshaw

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construction. The company is a fullservice provider of project planning, conceptual design and construction services. In addition, they do designbuild, EPCM, plant maintenance, and special projects, such as renovations and retrofits. VCM Construction strives to assist clients from start to finish, from the idea stage to the operational and occupancy stage. Existing projects are in various stages of completion and new projects are always being added to the roster. As a result, VCM Construction is looking to grow its corporate family by adding bright, hard-working members to its team.

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If you are a skilled labour or tradesperson looking to join a company that will allow you to grow professionally and personally, VCM Construction would like to hear from you. You can email your resume to vcminfo@vcm.ca or drop it off at the office. “It is a great place to be,” says Rick Steer, senior construction manager. “Every day there is hearty laughter in the office.” In February 2014, VCM Construction will be moving into its new office and shop in the Marquis industrial area. Come and check out the new 15,000-squarefoot office and shop at 4003 Arthur Rose Avenue when it opens. It is a proud testament to a bright and long future for VCM Construction in Saskatoon. VCM wishes to thank all its faithful clients for their ongoing support in 2013, and their construction family wishes your family a healthy and prosperous start to 2014. VCM Construction 3038 Faithful Avenue Saskatoon 306.664.0007 vcminfo@vcm.ca www.vcm.ca TOP L-R: Shannon Hosegood, Kirk Byers MIDDLE: Rick Steer BOTTOM L-R: Stefanie Swan, Andrew Van De Woestyne FineLifestyles

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ENHANCE YOUR LIFE WITH BUSINESS CLARITY BY TONYA LAMBERT PHOTOS MEGAN ANTONIUK PHOTOGRAPHY

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larity is the first step to ‘having a life’,” says Donald Cooper, world-renowned business speaker, “because when everyone on our team is clear about our commitments, they don’t have to be micro-managed . . . and we don’t have to be there every minute.”

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Cooper, former director of Cooper Canada and former president of Alive & Well, a ladies clothing store, speaks from years of experience. He was in Saskatoon on October 25 at a business seminar put on by Kevin Hegedus and Kevin Haakensen of Prairie Wealth Management, Scotia Capital Inc. to

speak about better managing your business to increase profitability and improve your quality of life. Cooper stated that many businesses lack a clarity of purpose altogether. Other business owners and managers are clear on their company’s purpose, commitments and the means to


achieving them; however, they have failed to pass this knowledge on to their staff members, who are left operating blind and possibly at odds with management and other staff members as a result. In still other cases, management thinks only in parts, lacking a clear over-arching purpose and commitment. This means that each section of the company is operating with different ideas and goals that are not always in sync. It is of primary importance that everyone involved in a business, staff and management alike, know the purpose, commitments and plans of the business; otherwise, they will never be met. A business that has a clear vision and commitments can successfully convey these messages to its customers, creating more business and greater profits. Every company should have a business statement that clearly sets out its commitments and plans for the next three to five years and no further — plans that look further into the future do not work because they lose the sense of urgency. This business statement should be focused, informative, challenging and inspiring, and its success should be easy to measure. When forming your company’s vision statement and commitments, always


remember your other commitments: to your family and to yourself. Always include adequate time to fulfil these commitments, as well. “You have customers at home, too,” says Cooper. “Commit to building an extraordinary life for yourself and those you love.” Cooper advises business owners and managers to make time to participate in activities they enjoy as well as time to try new things, time to give back to the community through doing volunteer work, time to create family traditions and to treat yourself and your loved ones with little luxuries. He suggests buying a copy of 1000 Things to Do before You Die and then to do some of these things. Finally, be sure to think in terms of commitments and not goals or targets in regards to both your business statement and your life in general. “Goals and commitments are fundamentally different things,” notes Cooper. “Commitments are for life and for one’s soul.” “Remember,” says Cooper. “Don’t set things aside for a special occasion. Life itself is a special occasion.”

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EXPERTAdvice Business Training and Development

very common to have a committed entrepreneur with a passion for what they do, however with little or no business training or business ownership experience. All too often great businesses fall by the wayside because the business owner struggled to manage their business effectively.

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

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ver the past 18 years, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. (W.E.) has been making a difference in the results of women owned businesses throughout the province. Since inception in 1995, W.E. has lent over $27 million which has contributed to the economy. The organization continues to help shape and create the economic climate and business community for women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. Whether you are just starting your business or have been in business for years, training and development is a key factor to continued success. It’s

For businesses to be truly successful, it’s important for owners to work on their business and be constantly aware of the status of all aspects of their operations, including financial management, human resources, marketing and strategic planning. Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan offers a variety of training seminars particularly valuable for those entrepreneurs looking to increase their knowledge and skills. With ongoing training such as monthly lunch sessions and webinars, business owners can take in information on current topics. Mentoring Circles and Business to Business Linking are also available to members as additional support. Adding formal training to the learning journey can be beneficial for a business owner. Women Entrepreneurs offers a variety of courses on financial management, marketing, human resources, and business planning. Life is a constant learning experience and managing a business is no different.

As a business grows there are three key elements that an owner must be in tune with: financial, marketing and technical (the product or service). Being aware of these elements within your business will provide a good picture of your business strengths and weaknesses. Look at your strengths and examine how you can continue to develop them. Study your weaknesses and ask yourself how you can improve them. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be an expert at everything. This is why it’s important to surround yourself with people who will help your business grow: people who complement your strengths and weaknesses. Your business environment is constantly changing. Knowing how your environment is changing will keep up to date with trends in your product or changes in marketing strategies. Continued business training and education will help you be aware of vital aspects of your business, which in turn will assist you in keeping your business successful for the long term. For more information about training sessions and seminars, visit www.womenentrepreneurs.sk.ca. Women Entrepreneurs is supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada.

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lbert Einstein said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” This declaration is fitting for two of Saskatoon’s most dedicated entrepreneurs. Tamara and Cary Bowman sat down with me recently and our conversation ranged from what it takes to build a thriving business to how important family is for keeping one’s self grounded. It is evident to me that although both of their newly-opened businesses have achieved traditional success by winning numerous

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awards and receiving recognitions, this couple strives for adding value into the Saskatoon community and by giving back in every way they can. Tamara is the owner and founder of Metric Design Centre, Saskatoon’s premiere interior design service offering a one-stop-shop for consumers. Her career started as a solo venture out of her home. Today, her ambition has paid off: Metric employs ten people, won the 2012 SABEX award for New Business

Venture, has been a finalist for the ABEX awards, a nominee for the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Planet S’s Best Interior Designer 2012 and 2013, and Tamara named “the one to watch” by Western Living. Tamara says, “I hire very like-minded people. We believe in community and growth together. Innovation is extremely important, and I like to give my staff the power to be involved in those decisions. The loyalty and the strength of a group growing together is invaluable.”


Cary agrees. Partnered with Michael Goldney and Lacey Crocker, the trio own and operate LB Distillers, Saskatoon’s first micro distillery. “You know, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We make sure our products are serious, but we have fun with everything we do.” LB won both the 2013 SABEX and ABEX awards for New Business Venture and the SABEX New Product Award. Cary was also recently named one of Western Living’s Top Foodies Under 40.

and show unique products and interesting interior design options, all in one place. We have the ability to stand out here.”

Is there a secret to success? “A business needs passion,” explains Cary. “And if you’re going to be a business owner, [Saskatoon] is the place to do it. Everyone here is very supportive. This province is built by entrepreneurs.”

The Bowmans are adamant about community involvement, be it charity fundraising or volunteering time with various groups. “It comes back to the people you surround yourself with,” Tamara smiles. “Now we actively involve ourselves in the community by volunteering, sitting on boards, and being active in organizations. It’s not just about giving giving money, but giving time and giving yourself whenever you can.” Cary adds: “Last year, I don’t even know how much of our time we both donated. It’s a lot harder to give your time than it is to give your money.”

Tamara agrees. “People say to me, ‘Why did you do this in Saskatoon? You’d be so much more successful in a larger centre.’ But I wanted to be the first one to step forward

No matter the time invested in their businesses and the community, one thing always remains priority and that is family. Tamara explains, “We’re both

always excited to brainstorm and talk about things and be innovative all the time, but when we’re at home, our focus is our family. We love to travel a lot as that’s when we get our real time as a family. We’re dedicated to our schedules and what’s going on in our kids’ lives. Their lives balance us out!” Cary laughs and says, “The kids grow up with [our passion] and, honestly, it makes them better! We drag our kids everywhere, even events. If we are going to work, we’ll see who wants to come. They know how hard Mom and Dad work and will never take that for granted.” Cary ends our conversation with this statement: “For us as business owners, it’s not so much a question of, ‘How do we pay the bills?’ It’s, ‘How do we offer something different? How do we make our lives a little less ordinary?’ We both have lots of fun, and we’re both very ambitious and passionate with what we do.”

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EXPERTAdvice Not Getting Any Younger – What is Your Long Term Care Plan? Rita’s Care Plan

Janea Dieno JBD Financial Planning 217-3501 8th Street Saskatoon 306.979.5000 c: 306.281.3891 janea@jbdfinancialplanning.com www.jbdfinancialplanning.com

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ita, age 88, lives with her husband, age 93, in a two-bedroom condo. Rita’s doctor has recommended she move to a nursing home. Her daughter has promised she will not send her parents to a nursing home. Rita had a recent stroke and is diabetic. She can only walk short distances and is at risk for falls. She has ulcers on her heel making walking difficult; she uses a wheelchair. Rita’s husband is alert and aware but he is physically frail.

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$421 = costs covered by government

$1,364 = in-home meal preparation, at two hours daily at $22 per hour

control later so you can continue to live your life your way. 1. Create a power of attorney that allows a trusted person to make decisions about your care when you cannot. 2. Write down your vital information in a “Planning for the Care Years” booklet and let your family know where you keep it. 3. Meet with your financial advisor on how you are going to address these issues in your retirement plans. 4. Plan how you will pay for these services. 5. Discuss your plans with your family.

$5,456 = private caregiver to assist with bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring and provide caregiver relief, 56 hours per week at $22 per hour

$290 = private RN to check medicines, monitor and change dressing on heel ulcer, two hours per week at $35 per hour

$100 = laundry, two hours every other week at $20 per hour

$150 = house cleaning, one and a half hours weekly at $20 per hour

How will I pay for long term care?

$6,939 per month = *TOTAL COST PAID BY RITA

Long term care insurance is a benefit that pays for your home care or nursing home costs when you can no longer take care of yourself. Don’t depend on your retirement funds to pay for it — it might not be enough. Ensure your financial advisor has discussed your future long term care needs with you and made it part of your retirement plan.

What is long term care? Long term care is the help you need when you can no longer care for yourself and become functionally dependent. This means that you require substantial assistance to perform two of six activities of daily living. The six activities of daily living are bathing, eating, dressing, toileting, transferring and maintaining continence.

How can I plan for long term care? As you can imagine, not being able to care for yourself can have a significant impact on the quality of your retirement years. Planning now can put you in

Contact Janea Dieno to collect your free copy of “Planning for the Care Years.” * TAKINGCARE INC. is a comprehensive, impartial service that promotes and supports caregiver wellness and wellness for seniors, enabling families to give the best possible care to aging family members, while also taking best care of themselves.


EXPERTAdvice Not Getting Any Younger – What is Your Long Term Care Plan? Rita’s Care Plan

Janea Dieno JBD Financial Planning 217-3501 8th Street Saskatoon 306.979.5000 c: 306.281.3891 janea@jbdfinancialplanning.com www.jbdfinancialplanning.com

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ita, age 88, lives with her husband, age 93, in a two-bedroom condo. Rita’s doctor has recommended she move to a nursing home. Her daughter has promised she will not send her parents to a nursing home. Rita had a recent stroke and is diabetic. She can only walk short distances and is at risk for falls. She has ulcers on her heel making walking difficult; she uses a wheelchair. Rita’s husband is alert and aware but he is physically frail.

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$421 = costs covered by government

$1,364 = in-home meal preparation, at two hours daily at $22 per hour

control later so you can continue to live your life your way. 1. Create a power of attorney that allows a trusted person to make decisions about your care when you cannot. 2. Write down your vital information in a “Planning for the Care Years” booklet and let your family know where you keep it. 3. Meet with your financial advisor on how you are going to address these issues in your retirement plans. 4. Plan how you will pay for these services. 5. Discuss your plans with your family.

$5,456 = private caregiver to assist with bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring and provide caregiver relief, 56 hours per week at $22 per hour

$290 = private RN to check medicines, monitor and change dressing on heel ulcer, two hours per week at $35 per hour

$100 = laundry, two hours every other week at $20 per hour

$150 = house cleaning, one and a half hours weekly at $20 per hour

How will I pay for long term care?

$6,939 per month = *TOTAL COST PAID BY RITA

Long term care insurance is a benefit that pays for your home care or nursing home costs when you can no longer take care of yourself. Don’t depend on your retirement funds to pay for it — it might not be enough. Ensure your financial advisor has discussed your future long term care needs with you and made it part of your retirement plan.

What is long term care? Long term care is the help you need when you can no longer care for yourself and become functionally dependent. This means that you require substantial assistance to perform two of six activities of daily living. The six activities of daily living are bathing, eating, dressing, toileting, transferring and maintaining continence.

How can I plan for long term care? As you can imagine, not being able to care for yourself can have a significant impact on the quality of your retirement years. Planning now can put you in

Contact Janea Dieno to collect your free copy of “Planning for the Care Years.” * TAKINGCARE INC. is a comprehensive, impartial service that promotes and supports caregiver wellness and wellness for seniors, enabling families to give the best possible care to aging family members, while also taking best care of themselves.


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TROY AND TAWNYA ANDERSON DON’T WANT YOU TO WASTE ANY MORE TIME IN TIRE SHOPS BY KAREN COWAN PHOTOS ASF PHOTOGRAPHY

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rom cooking supper to rushing off to hockey, this Saskatoon pair knows what it is like to be busy parents with two children of their own at home. They offer a service that’s simple and convenient for people on the go. It all started with a pitch on CBC’s Dragons’ Den for the franchisees of GoTire, a mobile tire shop. The dragons in the den and the Andersons at home heard a pitch from Heather Murphy and Craig Howes, GoTire owners, and were sold. Murphy and Howes described the stress and financial burden of getting their nine-vehicle fleet serviced. Their personal problem led to a practical solution: a mobile business, fitting entirely into a Mercedes van.

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“It’s been going very well. I have been busy every day,” Troy said, adding their customers love the convenience of the business. One recent customer needed her winter tires changed. Her husband was on a hunting trip and she was working. Being the mom of three busy kids, she didn’t have time to take her vehicle in to get a tire change so Troy serviced it right at her house. From tire servicing, SGI-accredited windshield repair and replacement, interior detailing, headlight restoration, emergency-unlock kit and boosting, GoTire has you covered. GoTire ensures that their people are certified to the

highest standards in the tire industry and windshield industry. With the exit of warm weather and chilly days ahead, the Andersons are outfitted to prepare you for winter. GoTire will swap out your summer tires for winter wheels at a time and place that is convenient for you. When the mercury drops and your vehicle won’t start, they provide a boosting service. “If people have their tires on existing rims, we’ll come swap them over. If they are not on rims, we will change them over and balance them right in their driveway or at work,” Troy said. Starting at his father’s 30-year business in La Ronge, Anderson Tire and Muffler,


Troy has worked in shops all his life. The journeyman automotive mechanic said this has been the most gratifying job, admitting it doesn’t feel like work. “People are very happy when you are done. They are pretty blown away that they don’t have to leave. Usually going to a shop isn’t a very pleasant experience,” he said, adding customers can carry on with their day, uninterrupted. The Andersons say you don’t have to pay for convenience, with prices competitive with big tire shops in the city. “It’s a personal service,” Tawnya said, pointing out that the owner is coming to your doorstep or wherever you are. “During the day, if you are at home and your kids are sleeping, for instance, we can come to you.” GoTire is perfect for businesses as well. The Andersons have serviced companies with small fleets of vehicles in one day. “[One] service manager told me that because of all the service lines we offer, they would be very interested in getting us to service all their trucks,” Troy said. Book your appointment today before the winter rush starts. For more information call Troy and Tawnya Anderson at 306.343.8473 or visit www.gotire.com.

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Luxury. Serenity. Beauty.

Saskatchewan’s Leading Music Service

Visit the full-service salon & spa for all your relaxation desires and beauty needs. Products available include Paul Mitchell, Unite, Bernard Cassiere, Mudd and more.

Professional DJs providing the music you love for your wedding, anniversary, reunion, birthday party, retirement, corporate event and more. Great entertainment & lasting memories.

Expressions Salon and Spa 107-33rd Street West, Saskatoon 306.384.0800

Celebrated Sound Music Services Inc. 306.242.2211 | 800.461.2221 info@celebratedsound.com | www.celebratedsound.com |

A Perfect Fit

Gluten-Free Goodies, Vegetarian Victuals

Caroline Fay O’Sullivan Design 306.203.3559 carolinefayosullivan@gmail.com

The Griffin Takeaway 10 3311 8th Street East, Saskatoon | 306.933.3385 www.thegriffintakeaway.com

A Creative Way to Share Your Memories

It’s Your Style and All About You

J & S Picture Frame Warehouse 121 Jessop Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.373.1171 www.jandspicture.com | jandspicture@shaw.ca

Pic-Man Tattoo & SOMA Studio 226 3rd Avenue South, Saskatoon | 306.384.7887 picman.tattoo@sasktel.net | www.picmantattoo.ca |

The finishing touches make all the difference. For custom alterations of your gown — for a graduation, evening wear or your wedding — Caroline Fay O’Sullivan is the answer.

Experienced staff, skilled craftsmanship, and creativity. Visit J & S Picture Frame Warehouse to turn your memories into works of art.

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The Griffin Takeaway offers lunch options, catering, and a vast assortment of baked goods. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan friendly; for other dietary needs, just inquire.

Express yourself with a statement that will last a lifetime. Tattoos and piercings are the most personal ways to make a statement.


Saskatoon’s Car Wash Experts

Providing the latest technologies and impeccable customer service, Golf’s Car Wash is where smart drivers take their vehicles.

More Than Just Oak

Furniture made from a variety of new woods, innovative reclaimed materials and non-wood recycled pieces for that unique look you’re going for.

Golf’s Car Wash 1205 Arlington Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.373.3933 golfscarwash@sasktel.net

Oaksmith Interiors 819 2nd Avenue N, Saskatoon | 306.934.1733 oaksmith.sask@sasktel.net | www.saskatoonfurniture.ca

We’ve Got You Covered

Experience the Craft of Sound

GoTire 306.343.8473 saskatoon@gotire.com | www.gotire.com |

Pulsworks Audio Arts 2009 Alberta Avenue | 306.244.7857 david@pulsworks.com | pulsworks.com

The highest standards in the tire & windsheild industry, let GoTire service your tire needs, repair your windsheild, detail your vehicle, give you a boost and more.

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A unique audio store where music systems and home theatre packages are constructed for people who truly value a high-quality audio experience.

Great Rental Service with a New Name

Dress for Who You Deserve to Be

First Auto Rentals 335 Brand Road, Saskatoon | 306.343.1011 www.f1rst.ca

Argyle Boutique 122-1820 McOrmond Drive, Saskatoon | 306.380.5390 argyleboutique@gmail.com |

Specializing in luxury car rentals, and providing personalized oneon-one service to meet your rental needs. Our impressive fleet will get you on the road sooner.

Argyle Boutique provides career wear and fashion-forward pieces that focus on taking women through their busy day.

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Treasured Oasis Awaits

A Little Help Along The Way

The Berry Barn 830 Valley Road, Saskatoon | 306.978.9797 www.berrybarn.ca |

A-List Event Design 306.717.5308 | amy@alisteventdesign.com alisteventdesign.com |

Saskatoon’s Hidden Gem

A Bike for Everyone

Charter House Interiors 331–1st Avenue North, Saskatoon | 306.653.4634 www.charterhouseinteriors.com

Bruce’s Cycle Works 1104 Central Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.934.2552 brucescycleworks@sasktel.net | brucescycleworks.com

Know What to Expect

For a Healthier, More Productive Lifestyle

Family-run retreat offers picturesque views, homemade meals and gardens aplenty. Shop authentic Saskatchewan specialties in our gift shop or our kiosk in The Centre Mall.

11,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor furniture, lighting, rugs, art and more housed in the Tees and Persse building, one of the few heritage buildings open to the public.

For home cooked breakfast and lunch, come to Jake’s. Fresh food with a wide menu. Catering available for your corporate functions and business luncheons. Jake’s on 21st 307 21st East, Saskatoon | 306.373.8383 www.jakeson21st.ca |

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Whether you need start to finish planning, or just a little help along the way, call on A-List for your wedding, corporate function or any event that deserves a great party!

Mountain, road, hybrid, city, BMX, family and kids — the staff at Bruce’s Cycle Works will get you equipped. Gear & accessories for the beginners and the pros.

Fitness programs to build lifelong health. Proven success rates with cutting edge approaches. Earn accomplish rewards, such as apparel and photo shoots to showcase the new you. MPowered Training 227A 2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon | 306.741.7286 www.mpowersystem.com | mitchgauvin@gmail.com |


8th Street Comics and Books

Not Just Any Old Food Company

Find a New Favourite

FG Food Group Inc. 680 Service Road, Osler | 306.384.5440 www.FGfoodgroup.com

8th Street Books & Comics 1006 8th Street East, Saskatoon | 306.343.6624 www.8thcomics.com |

Tempt Your Taste Buds

Vintage Jewellery Boutique

Mystic Java 209-3929 8th Street East | 306.374.5282 115-128 4th Avenue South | 306.954.2404 |

Back Then & Again Jewellery Boutique 115 - 3rd Avenue S, The Drinkle Mall , Saskatoon 306.665.7568 | hsneufeld@sasktel.net |

For quality, home-style foods, beverages and health supplements, FG Food Group Inc. offers selection and convenient delivery for retail and wholesale customers. We’re local. We’re family. We’re good.

Specialty coffees and teas, and as always fresh-brewed java all day long. Desserts and snacks, sandwiches and more. Now open in two locations.

Transform Yourself

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Redken Concept salon and Saskatoon’s preferred destination for innovative styling in hair, nails and more. Come relax in our warm and modern surroundings in University Heights. Salon Icon 2-421 Ludlow Street, Saskatoon | 306.975.0019 www.salonicon.ca

We carry comics and graphic novels, used books, action figures/ statues, Magic: The Gathering cards, Kit-Cat Clocks, costumes, board games, magic tricks, and more.

Stunning vintage pieces from every era, including costume jewellery, unique quality gold and precious stone items. Appraisals and special closed parties available by appointment.

The Best Breakfast, Ever

For fun, nutritious food options for breakfast or lunch, check out the menu at Cora. Generous portions served fresh and with a smile, every time. Cora Breakfast and Lunch 160–1718 Preston Avenue North, Saskatoon | 306. 249.2672 corasaskatoon@gmail.com | www.chezcora.com |

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For The Trendy You

Natural Glow, Natural You

The Four Hundred Clothing & Shoe Lounge The Centre Mall, 8th Street East, Saskatoon 306.373.7653 | | |

Organic Tan 306.260.4977 www.organictan.ca |

Fun for the Whole Family

When Your Glass Breaks, Don’t Panic

The Fun Factory 306.955.3778 | 1633C Quebec Avenue North, Saskatoon www.thefunfactory.ca |

Glass Doctor 101 - 2834 Millar Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.477.4527 www.glassdoctor.com | |

Save Time & Have a Spotless Home

The Dress. The Invitations. The Décor.

Shana’s Cleaning Service 306.262.3262 www.saskhomeservice.com | shana@saskhomeservice.com |

Wedding & Party Boutique 107-3521 8th Street East, Saskatoon | 306.477.2022 theweddingandparty.com | |

Catering to men and women who covet top apparel and footwear, The Four Hundred carries brands such as G-Star, Scotch & Soda, Penguin, BCBGeneration, Delacy and more.

Whether you are looking to celebrate a child’s special day or a place to have an afternoon of family entertainment, The Fun Factory has it all.

Our friendly, efficient staff handle everything: we even create a cleaning “checklist” to ensure each job gets done. Just call or email.

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Organic Tan embodies radiance and luxury. By using the highest quality of organic solution on the market, we will give you the most natural tropical airbrush tan.

Wide range of home, auto and commercial glass services, including: replacements, security glass, energy saving windows, glass doors, shower and tub enclosures, tabletops, mirrors and customized glasswork.

From designer wedding gowns to dresses for any occasion, we have what you need to make your special day perfect. Find your dream wedding décor here. We can’t wait to create your vision.


Be Strong, Be Active, Be You

Salon for the Modern Day Man

Essentially Fitness 306.227.3169 fitness432@gmail.com | www.essentiallyfitness.com

Off Side Hair Zone 104B-3929 8th Street, Saskatoon | 306.974.8170 offsidehairzone@shaw.ca | www.offsidehairzone.ca

Revival Starts Here

Reliable, Honest Service

Budget Blinds 102-2834 Millar Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.242.5706 www.budgetblinds.com | kqlang@budgetblinds.com

Mark’s AutoBody 2962 Millar Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.934.2666 marksautobody09@gmail.com

Your Exotic Sanctuary

Healthy, Delicious Meal Options

Koi Esthetics 214–B Stonebridge Blvd., Saskatoon 306.249.4633 | www.koiesthetics.ca

Clancy’s Meat Co. 130-1844 McOrmond Drive | 306.974.6328 saskatoon@clancys.ca | www.clancysmeatco.com

Certified personal training to help you live the healthy life you deserve. There is an athlete in all of us; you just have to find it.

For your new build or renovation project, in-home consultations and installations are available by a dedicated staff. Visit the fully stocked showroom today for ideas.

Men and women, revitalize your body, mind and soul. Full service salon and spa for relaxation and pampering. Personalized services using natural and organic quality products.

Treat yourself like a member of the Rat Pack. Find your style at Saskatoon’s sports-themed salon for the modern day man.

Family-owned business committed to keeping your car running reliably, excelling at customer service, community involvement and sustainable business practices. Saskatoon’s state-of-the-art autobody shop.

Inspired menu offers convenient meal choices for today’s busy families. Marinated meats, casseroles and more. Single or multiple serving sizes available.

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Sleep Expert

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

A good night’s sleep is just a mattress away. Ask Mark how you can sleep easy with a wise choice. Wiseguys Mattresses is a proud member proud member of TrustedSaskatoon.com. of TrustedSaskatoon.com.

At the end of it all, where we end up may not mean anything to us, but to our loved ones it means everything.

Wiseguys Mattresses Mattresses 6-805 Circle Drive East 6-405 East, Saskatoon | 306.652.1212 306.652.1212 | wiseguysmattresses

Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 1st right one block east of Briargate Road, Saskatoon | 306.477.2236 www.hillcrestmemorial.ca

Your Entertainment Destination

Golf Pass Packages Available

Prince Albert’s entertainment facility, the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, hosts top-notch talent. Check out the website for upcoming shows and to purchase tickets.

Save up to 25% off regular green fees with golf pass packages. Passes are transferrable, and suitable for corporate or personal bookings. Great for businesses, as gifts, or a group of friends.

E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts 142 - 12th Street West, Prince Albert | 306.764.9569 www.earawlinsoncentre.ca

Dakota Dunes Golf Links 202 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap | 306.664.4653 1.877.414.4653 | www.dakotadunes.ca | gm@dakotadunes.ca

Improve the Quality of your Life

Luxurious Lash Service

Satisfaction Hearing 16-1945 McKercher Drive, Saskatoon | 306.979.4543 gmarcoux@msn.com | www.satisfactionhearing.com

Fringe Lash Lounge Bay 2 465 South Industrial Drive, Prince Albert | 306.763.0418 fringelash@hotmail.ca | www.fringelashlounge.com |

Don’t let hearing loss affect your life. Come for your comprehensive hearing testing and needs assessment.

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Prince Albert’s premiere lash lounge specializes in natural or glamourous looks with over 200 styles in varying colours, lengths, thicknesses and curls. Complete with complimentary aromatherapy facial massage.


For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Capturing the Moment

Fresh Air Experience 938 Central Ave, Prince Albert | 306.922.1500 | tf: 1.800.653.5200 532 Victoria Av, Regina | 306.522.6665 | freshairexperience.com

Megan Antoniuk Photography 306.880.7088 www.meganantoniuk.com

Your Vision is a Piece of Cake

Lavish Blowout Bar

Any occasion . . . or even for no occasion. Made from scratch using only the freshest of ingredients. Saskatoon’s largest source of cake decorating supplies.

Saskatoon’s Premiere Blowout Bar — keeping you looking great every day and for all your special events. Lather — Rinse — Lavish.

Cakes by Jen 332 20th Street West, Saskatoon | 306.978.CAKE (2253) www.cakesbyjensaskatoon.com | cakesbyjensaskatoon@yahoo.ca

Lavish Hair Boutique & Blowout Bar 608 Duchess Street, Saskatoon 306.979.2277

Sweet Treats & Tasty Eats

Freelance Makeup Artist

Shananigan’s Coffee and Dessert Bar 2144 6th Avenue West, Prince Albert 306.764.2647

Holly Decker Makeup Artistry info@hollydecker.com | 306.716.8287 www.hollydecker.com | |

Extensive range of bikes, camping gear, clothing/footwear, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, skateboards, wakeboards, snowshoes, cross country and alpine ski gear, snowboards & more.

Prince Albert’s bistro-style café, serving homemade cheesecakes, cakes, cookies, squares and pies. Famous for lunches and dinners, too. Fresh, delicious meals for the family.

Preserve the memories you hold dear to your heart. Specializing in baby, children and family photos.

Makeup artistry for weddings, grads, photo shoots, boudior and more. Holly is recognized for her fashion, beauty and editorial work for print. Makeup training available.

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Let the Pampering Begin

Discover Your Dress

Full service salon and spa the perfect escape for relaxation and beauty. Hair design, body treatments, and a variety of spa services for the deserving you.

Gorgeous gowns for brides and graduates—everything from chic and simple to lacy and luxurious. Designer dressess for every body type, every style.

Changes Salon & Spa 110-3501 8th Street East, Saskatoon | 306.477.6245 changeshair@sasktel.net | www.changeshair.com

Exquisite Fashions and Bridal 1202B 33rd Street and Quebec Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.979.5447 exquisitefashions.ca | info@exquisitefashions.ca

Beneath it All, There’s You

Restyle Your Jewelry at Factory Prices

Lingerie boutique features European designs, specialty lingerie and shape-wear, nursing and sports bras to flatter your body type. Personalized fittings by knowledgeable staff.

Thousands of designs and hundreds of ring settings in stock ready for restyling seven days a week.

Beneath It All Lingerie 100-234 1st Avenue South, Saskatoon 306.934.0833

South China Jewelry Lower Level Midtown Plaza | 306.931.3328 southchina@sasktel.net | www.southchinajewelry.com

Kristy Kleen Handles It All

Pack Away Your Snowshoes

Kristy Kleen Automotive Detailing #18, 243 Wheeler Street, Saskatoon | 306.229.2432 www.kristykleen.ca | kristykleen@gmail.com |

Traxx Footwear 23-2105 8th Street East, Grosvenor Park Mall 306.956.2272 | www.traxxfootwear.com

Cars, industrial vehicles, RVs and more. Now offering exterior home/garage cleaning services. Visit our shop — or have our mobile services visit you instead.

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Treat yourself to the latest styles & brands for 2013. New fashions arriving daily. Ask about booking your personalized VIP shoe event for your group or bridal party.


Head to Toe Full Service Salon & Spa

Authentic Iranian and East Indian Food

Come see our tropical oasis and leave feeling renewed. Drop Dead Gorgeous Day Spa: Bailey Kreuger — 306.244.2534 Essentials Hair and Esthetics: Crystal Hill — 306.955.0003

Traditional and original recipes with mouth-watering aromas, tongue-tingling flavours and eye-catching presentation. Special event catering available. Check out the online menu.

Drop Dead Gorgeous Day Spa & Essentials Hair Bay E, 2410 Richardson Road, Saskatoon www.dropdeadgorgeousdayspa.com

Persia Bistro #10 - 2995 2nd Avenue West, Prince Albert (South Hill Mall) 306.922.3367 | www.persiabistro.com |

Marquis de Sound

inTRYSTing Fashion for You

Marquis Audio Video & Appliances 85-15 Street West, Prince Albert | 306.764.6663 marquisaudiovideo.com |

Tryst Boutique 126 - 1844 McOrmond Drive, Saskatoon | 306.242.3343 Trystboutique.ca | | |

Customize your home with a theatre, security systems and automated controls. See the expert staff at Prince Albert’s Marquis Audio Video & Appliances for the latest technology.

For trend-setters and the modern woman, find headliner brands at Saskatoon’s Tryst Boutique. Discover accessories, clothing, denim and shoes to make your personal style shine.

Eastside Paint and Wallpaper

Downtown Transformation

Signature Benjamin Moore Dealer

Prince Albert Downtown Improvement District Association 1105 Central Avenue, Prince Albert | 306.763.1802 padidadmin@sasktel.net | princealbertdowntown.ca

Eastside Paint and Wallpaper 1201A Walpole Ave | 306.477.5555 | 1-406 Ludlow Street | 306.374.8888 www.eastsidepaintandwallpaper.com

PADIDA is creating a vibrant downtown for Prince Albert. By cultivating relationships with business owners, PADIDA is setting great possibilities for the future of the downtown community.

Locally owned and operated Eastside Paint & Wallpaper carries all the Benjamin Moore products you need for your decorating & renovation projects.

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For Your Fine Dining

From Stressed to Streamlined

Perfect for that special occasion, date night or just to get away, enjoy our full menu of mouth-watering dishes in a relaxed and intimate setting.

Time/paper/task/clutter management for residential spaces, seniors who are moving or downsizing, corporate/office paper management, warehousing streamlining and room makeovers and staging.

John’s Victorian Steak and Seafood House 2033 Avenue B North, Saskatoon 306.664.2313

Marshall Organizing 306.717.7727 cmarsh12@sasktel.net | www.marshallorganizing.com

Create Colour for Your Car

Stunning Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry

CandyCoated Designs 1113 Northumberland Drive, Saskatoon | 306.220.3461 306.979.2764 |

Options by Trish 207-3521 8th Street East | 306.933.2030 www.optionsbytrishjewelry.com

Shoes for All Walks of Life

Lashes to Love

Foster’s Shoes 818 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon | 306.653.1155 www.fosters-shoes.com

Primp Lash Lounge #57-158 2nd Avenue North, Saskatoon | 306.850.1224 primplashlounge@gmail.com | primplashlounge.com |

Get a flexible, rubberized and protective coating for your vehicle. Call Saskatoon’s exclusive plasti-dip experts and bring colour to your car!

Let our trained and caring staff help you find the right pair of shoes for your feet.

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A marvellous selection of jewelry for all occasions. From gorgeous, simple bridal jewelry, to vintage Hollywood glam, to brilliant gemstones, Trish has something for everyone.

Feel amazing, look amazing. High-quality, natural looking lashes to enhance your personal style. Experienced lash technicians provide a comfortable, relaxing environment for your customized service.

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You Deserve to Shine

Where Comfort Meets Style

Exquisite earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches and rings, including the exclusive E! Live from the Red Carpet collection, a bridal collection and men’s line. Unconditional lifetime guarantee.

Jockey Person to Person can help you grow personally, professionally and financially ... and it all happens by providing women with a better way to shop, dress and live. Call for more information.

Park Lane Jewelry with Micheal-Anne Angus 306.933.4330 | mike@parklanecanada.com www.parklanecanada.com |

Karen MacDonald 112 11th Street, Saskatoon karenmac2004@hotmail.com

Saskatoon’s Best Selection of Fresh Seafood

Saskatoon’s Catering Specialists

Charlie’s Seafood Market 210-B 3929 8th Street East, Saskatoon | 306.955.7127 seafoodbrett@gmail.com | www.charliesseafood.ca

Smiley’s Buffet 702 Circle Drive East | 306.955.1926 www.smileysbuffet.com

Feel Like a New Person

You . . . Only Better

The Healing Garden Spa 1114 Central Avenue, Prince Albert 306.922.8397 | www.thehealinggardenspa.com

Change Lingerie Lawson Heights Mall - 134 Pinehouse Drive 306.664.4164 Drive, |Saskatoon www.change.com/en-ca 306.664.4164 | www.change.com/en-ca

Whether you are looking for fresh seasonal favourites, fresh sushi made in-house daily, group party trays or all your traditional seafood favourites, we ensure a great catch every time.

A wide variety of treatments & services that will relax, refresh and rejuvenate: manicures, pedicures, esthetics, raindrop therapy, hot and cold stone massages, body sugaring, facials, reflexology massages and more.

For your next corporate event or board meeting, or for lunch delivered to the office, let Smiley’s cater your favourite foods to you. Online ordering available.

Beautifully designed lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear in a wide range of styles and sizes to fit your unique curves. Embrace change and discover you, only better.

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EXPERTAdvice Through The Eyes of a Decorator

Chantelle Butterfield Funktional Space 306.227.3008 chantelle@funktionalspace.com www.funktionalspace.com

“A decorator gives you a unique or superior look, one you may not have achieved yourself,” says Carol Gall. Chantelle agrees. Sometimes when you are so familiar with your own space it can be challenging to see different possibilities. You may have ideas but are unable to fit the imagined space into the flow of the home as a whole. As an experienced decorator, Chantelle is able to see the big picture, take into account each client’s own stye and transform an idea into a finished space easily and quickly.

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Chantelle recently worked with Carol and her husband Dennis on a bathroom renovation. Carol and Dennis had a beautiful antique vanity that was kept, but updated with a new countertop. Also selected was a beautiful new copper sink, of which Carol admits: “We would have never picked the sink without Chantelle’s assistance! It’s stunning . . . my favourite part.” New tiles all around — glass tiles for the shower feature wall and coordinating smaller tiles on the shower floor — ensure the space flows nicely. To help with the organization (an essential part of any bathroom space) shelves were cut into the wall. By utilizing space this way, Carol and Dennis can neatly store and display items — all within an arm’s reach of the shower. Chantelle was able to see Carol and Dennis’ vision through their eyes, and the couple let Chantelle be creative with the vision she saw through her own eyes. This sort of collaboration lends to

a successful final product. As the happy owner of this beautiful bathroom, Carol notes, “Chantelle was great for putting a look together. She just knows, and we breezed through the shopping — all while saving us money!” A decorator helps homeowners achieve a new look without sacrificing the personal style and tastes that really make a house a home. “Chantelle pointed out what’s great about our place, and came up with suggestions we never would have thought of,” notes Carol of the recent project. “She took the components we love, and we went from there.” If you’re planning a new look for any space of your home, it’s worthwhile to see it through the eyes of a decorator. “It’s absolutely worth it to have Chantelle come in,” smiles Carol. “Even just a consultation is beneficial.” Time to take your space to a whole new level!


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