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FineLifestyles VOLUME 2 ISSUE 3 2015

THE DISTINCTIVE INTERIORS DIFFERENCE

ST. JOHN’S /AVALON

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FineLifestyles ST. JOHN’S/AVALON

With Fine Lifestyles editor AnnA DelAney

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ummertime, and the living is fine!

With the weather heating up, many of us will want to spend time working on our homes. Gracing our cover is Sarah Lynn Russell, the owner of Distinctive Interiors. Located in Blaketown, this locally owned and operated business is in a league of its own. Read all about them in our cover story.

www.finelifestyles.ca Volume 2, Issue 3 2015 Editor Anna Delaney annad@finelifestyles.ca Art Direction Lisa Redden Design Candace Haiko, Ghislaine Moffitt, Shanna Joudrey, Deanne Bell, Amber Moon

We are pleased to bring you our annual Publisher’s Choice Best of the Best special section. There are a million reasons why St. John’s/Avalon is unique, and our local businesses is certainly one of them. Here you will uncover some new gems while rediscovering old favourites.

Staff Writers Trina Annand, Henny Buffinga, Melanie Furlong, Tobie Hainstock, Tonya Lambert, Tori Stafford, Courtney Tait

Also in this issue, HGTV star Scott McGillivray is back with a column on home appliances. We also get grilling with TV chef Michael Smith.

Photography Kyle Callahan, Aamie Gillam, Donna McMullin, Elsie Reid, Richard Sibbald, Mandee Sugimoto, Colin Peddle, Jill Hammond

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE ..................................................... 8 HEALTH & WELLNESS .......................18 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ...20 SPORTS, RECREATION & TRAVEL....26

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FEATURES Grilling with Chef Michael Smith .......20 Scott McGillivray on Home Appliances..................................................30 COVER STORY: The Distinctive Interiors Difference .................................34 Annual Best of the Best Special Feature.........................................................49

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first met Blodwell while presenting my clothing collections in Hollywood during the Golden Globes in 2011. He greeted me with a broad smile and in his dulcet British accent said, “Show me how your upside-down dress works.” I was instantly taken by his gentle nature and down-to-earth personality. We’ve since crossed paths many times at Hollywood events, including at a VIP party on the rooftop of The Beverly Hilton during this year’s Oscars week. I enjoyed catching up with Blodwell over the phone recently. LDM: When did you decide this was the career for you? GB: I grew up in Scotland. When I was 16 my father encouraged me to go to work, so I left school early. My first job was at a men’s tailor shop where I spent all my money getting suits made for myself. Then I was a hippy and went on the road and did all these wonderful things. I lived in an Ashram for seven years. I lived a very beautiful life, but I wanted to get back into the world so I moved to London. I had a pair of corduroy pleated pants by a company called Browns. They were stylish pants. I don’t know how I acquired them because I was basically a monk. I was walking down the street and I saw the store called Browns and I thought, “This must be where my pants are from!” I walked in and discovered it was the finest store in London, selling Armani, Cerruti, Miyaki… It was the premier store in England. I was blown away trying on all of the clothes and the next thing I know, the owner of the store approached me. He took me upstairs to a kitchen where they made meals for the staff, prepared me a vegetarian meal and offered me a job!

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It was at this job where I started learning about quality and fit. I was not very sophisticated, but I had a great eye. And that was my entry into the world of high fashion.

Hollywood’s Stylist to the Stars

LDM: How did you transition into styling celebrities?

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GB: I knew George Harrison’s wife and I phoned her up and told her she must have him try this stuff on, that he would go crazy. So I packed up a trunk and took it to George Harrison’s house, Crackerbox Palace. I brought him mostly Giorgio Armani and he bought almost everything. He became my personal client.


By Lisa Drader-Murphy National Fashion Columnist Photo Sue Siri Photography

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LDM: You have styled shoots for numerous magazines, including Detour, Ebony, Movieline, Estylo, Entertainment and many more. How did this element of your career evolve? GB: It was after I began working on Rodeo Drive. I met the Italian designers who would bring me their work and the next thing I know I’m in Milan as the editor-atlarge for Italian Harper’s Bazaar. All of these Italians were staring at me wondering, “Who is this man?” I was dressed pretty outrageously on that particular day and I guess it caught their interest. They invited me to my first ever high-end fashion show on the Spanish Steps in Rome, which was Valentino. They asked me to tell them what I liked and my selections were published in the magazine. LDM: In every success story there is an element of timing and luck, however, you seem to exude an energy that draws people to want to embrace you and present you with opportunities. A short time later, Bob Dylan came to town and Rod Stewart as well. He walked into the shop and I blurted out, “Hi Bob!” as though we were pals. I ended up spending the entire day with him and he bought everything I showed him. He later sent a limo for me and offered me front row seats to his concert. I thought, “I like this!” Before long, I decided to move to L.A. I was able to secure a job at the premier store on the west coast, which was called Maxfield. It was a tiny store and all the stars would come in. Working with these incredibly well designed clothes with great fabrics and trying them on different people, I honed my

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skill. Being a stylist is about having taste — that’s important — but it’s also very artistic. You develop your own unique approach. LDM: You’ve styled many stars, including Helen Mirren, Drew Barrymore, Sophia Milos, Eva LaRue and Elton John. Are you able to name a favourite client? GB: One day I returned to the store and Leonard Cohen was standing right there. I told my workmates, “You can have all of my other clients, but this one is mine!” And so he became my client. He would arrive early in the morning and sing songs to me while I made his selections.

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GB: It seems to happen like that. I am very lucky that I have a lot of love in my heart. I mean no harm to anyone. I truly have love and empathy for every human being. I am happy when others are happy. Lisa Drader-Murphy is a Canadian fashion designer. She has been the creative and driving force behind the Turbine label for 20 years, as well as the exclusive Lisa Drader-Murphy collection. Drader-Murphy is the founder of philanthropic efforts The Turbine Fund and Turbine India Project and has been invited to present her collections during numerous international events such as the Oscars, Golden Globes and Cannes Film Festival.


Opal + Onyx: FEMININITY WITH EDGE By Henny Buffinga Photos Mandee Sugimoto

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previous page: Alison Halleran

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inding unique styles can often be a challenge on this small island, where we all shop at the same stores and order from the same websites. Opal + Onyx offers something that’s new and fresh, and won’t leave you with the same outfit as everyone else at the office. Carefully stocked with the latest styles and fits, Opal + Onyx is a locally owned and operated boutique that offers fashion forward clothing without being too trendy. The clothing exemplifies a classic style that will stay relevant in your closet for years to come. “We try to make fashion approachable,” says owner Alison Halleran. “We try to have a range of accessible clothing as well as higher-end pieces.” Located in the growing shopping district of Stavanger Drive, Opal + Onyx is a fabulous find. Carrying a lot of basics,

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this is the place to go for those signature pieces that will build your closet. “I really like the idea of having clothes that transition well from work to street wear,” Halleran explains. “Something so that when you take your blazer off, you’re ready for a night on the town. We also have some special statement pieces that are ideal for special events, weddings or convocations. Just very versatile pieces.” Halleran carefully curates her selection to include brands that suit her style. “I work really hard to get diverse brands that work well together, and things that are exclusive to us,” she adds. Among the brands of clothing Opal + Onyx carries are Free People, Mink Pink, French Connection, Paige Denim and more. They also carry a selection of footwear, accessories, candles and jewelry, including Jenny Bird and Naeve, made by Newfoundlander Anna Tobin who now resides in Montreal. They are also one of the only locations on

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the island that sells the extremely popular Rebecca Minkoff handbags. Halleran started Opal + Onyx four years ago. After finishing a fashion management program at George Brown in Toronto, the Clarenville native decided to return to the island and set down permanent roots. The shop is named for her birthstone, the opal, and its soft, feminine look. Onyx represents the darker, edgier pieces she stocks in the boutique. Along with the continued success of her store, Halleran started her own line of clothing that launched last month. Because the costs of U.S. made clothing has been on the rise, she was spurred by the desire to provide her customers with exclusive and versatile pieces that would be in their closets for years to come. Named for her two grandmothers, the Freda Marie line features beautiful, classic pieces and is made in L.A. as


well as overseas. “This is something I’ve been working toward for a long time, and dreaming about since I first opened our doors in 2011,” she says. “Owning your own business gives you this unlimited possibility to create what you want to create, and seeing people who love the clothing is incredibly fulfilling.” Opal + Onyx reflects Halleran’s laid back demeanour, providing a relaxed atmosphere to shop. “Boutiques have a bad reputation for being unapproachable, and I don’t want to be part of that,” she explains. “We try to do the opposite and make it a really fun experience.” Because the staff members know the clothing inside and out, when a customer comes in looking for a specific item, they do whatever it takes to help them find it. “You really get to know the customers and their families as they grow, which is a nice part about having a small boutique,” says Halleran. The shop is also very active on social media, staying connected with their customers by showing daily outfit inspiration, what’s new in the store and keeping them abreast of ongoing projects. This boutique location has a friendly, approachable staff and some truly unique clothing, which can be hard to find in this city. Visit today to check out the new styles and to support local business.

Opal + Onyx 140 Stavanger Drive 709.754.3100 www.opalonyx.com opalonyxclothing @opal_onyx

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Local Dancewear Destination By Trina Annand Photos Becki Peckham

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hether at work or play, there is apparel and equipment required to perform at your peak. The same is true for both sport and dance. At The Dance Spectrum Inc. Specialty Dance and Activewear, visitors can find the latest dance and activewear for a variety of interests and activities. With an unparalleled selection, The Dance Spectrum prides itself on having the best product and service. As a dancer for more than 35 years, owner Connie Parsons understands the importance of true freedom of movement and quality apparel. “When I first started dancing, there was very little available

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in the province and it was certainly not comfortable,” says Parsons. “I wanted to create a store that was owned and operated by dancers for dancers, a place where the staff understands what customers need to perform at their best. Our job is really about education.” Parsons is so dedicated to finding the perfect fit for customers, the store offers pointe shoe fittings with onsite specialist Karen Thorne, who has trained under the guidance of Carol Beevers of The Shoe Room at The National Ballet School in Toronto. Thorne is a former X-ray technician who truly understands the structure of the foot. This high level of personal service ensures a healthy fit and a positive dance experience.

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Offering much more than dance gear, The Dance Spectrum carries apparel and equipment for figure skating, gymnastics and cheerleading, as well as yoga and Pilates. “My experiences with The Dance Spectrum have always been top notch. Karen and all the staff members are very courteous and conscientious. From the extra time they have spent with my daughter fitting her for various shoes, to the huge selection of dance attire, The Dance Spectrum is always our first stop when looking for new items,” says customer Denise Roche. The store is open to everyone in the city; regardless of where they dance or what school they attend. The Dance Spectrum is proud to


support all dancers and active people in our province. Finding the best items from around the world, often testing them before stocking them, The Dance Spectrum ensures customers have the top selection and quality in the province, with brands including Bloch, Mondor, MotionWear, Mirella and Infinity. “I don’t bring in items I wouldn’t use myself or let my students use. We take care in having very knowledgeable staff that truly listens to our customers,” says Parsons. Finding the right fit and budget level for each client has proven a successful strategy for The Dance Spectrum, with a loyal customer base that continues to grow. “The staff’s willingness to help everyone find their right shoe, enthusiasm and professionalism are why we keep coming back. They go above and beyond and it’s very much appreciated,” says local dance teacher Beth Pardy. From footwear and apparel to stage makeup and giftware, The Dance Spectrum is the perfect destination for active children and adults alike. For the latest styles and back to school promotions, be sure to visit the store and experience The Dance Spectrum difference. LEFT Connie Parsons, owner

The Dance Spectrum Inc. Specialty Dance and Activewear 77 Portugal Cove Road, St. John’s 709.576.4900 www.dancespectrum.ca

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Today’s Answer to Hair Care is

Hair Solutions By Catherine Roberts Photos Donna McMullin

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et’s face it — changes in lifestyle, technology and demographics have had dramatic effects on the service sector. Valerie Wicks knows firsthand customers today are savvy individuals from all walks of life who appreciate respect and getting their money’s worth.

A Wella Master Colourist, Val owns Hair Solutions, a popular walk-in and appointments salon in the Howley Estates Sobey’s Complex. She’s been embracing new technologies that benefit her clientele for 15 years. From the beginning, her focus has been on convenience for the customer. An accessible location that

offered free parking was chosen for the start-up. Extended hours, availability and short wait times were also on the ‘musthave’ list. The Hair Solutions team grew and evolved into a team of skilled specialists, but perhaps more importantly, they care

Photo Above Styled by Anna Vey Photo courtesy of Wella Canada

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about the people sitting before them. Stylists often build trusting relationships with clientele. Customers appreciate the patient and thorough approach taken by the stylists, ensuring the individual needs of each client are met. There’s a quality of camaraderie at Hair Solutions that’s just not found in the typical business sector. “Early in my business career, I worked in a more corporate environment that didn’t suit me as well,” says Val. “Now, I’m proud to go to work at the salon every day where our whole team gets to be creative and make a difference in people’s lives. I love that.” Team spirit and caring aside, each stylist, like Anna Vey — a semifinalist in the International Trend Vision Awards sponsored by Wella — is a trade professional. All stylists are skilled at studying the trends and tweaking them into custom looks suitable for street wear. At Hair Solutions, getting what you want, at a price you can afford, is also

paramount. Products are sourced in creative ways to find promotional pricing that can be passed on to customers. Val will often beat the streets to source discounted items that aren’t so easy to find. Then she stocks up so the savings last longer. And while the product line is extensive, with popular brands like Wella, Redken and Deva Curl, Val will source hard to find items upon request. Another Hair Solutions staple is the customer profile database which tracks colour, products and services. They also provide an itemized breakdown of a client’s bill. Through emails, customers receive a friendly reminder of upcoming appointments. You can also book with a stylist online. A pleasant associate will call to hash out the details before your arrival. Maureen Wilkins became a satisfied customer of Hair Solutions more than three years ago. She was passing by to get groceries when a Hair Solutions receptionist gave her a cheery greeting.

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toP right Some of the Hair Solutions staff bottom right Valerie Wicks

“My first impression was that they were very professional and welcoming,” says Wilkins. “I think they really do work well together and with their customers. They listen to what you want and then deliver. They’ve become like family to me.” Diversity is celebrated at Hair Solutions. Stylists work with people of all ages and ethnicities. Subsequently, whatever life has in store for you, a visit to Hair Solutions can help you face the days ahead — while putting your best look forward! Hair Solutions 10 Elizabeth Ave. St. John’s 709.739.1111 hairsolutions@bellaliant.com www.hairsolutionsstjohns.com

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Looking & Feeling

CONFIDENT The Latest Advances in Hair Restoration By Henny Buffinga

While bald can be beautiful, hair loss continues to be a point of stress for men and women alike. These days there are many methods to stop hair loss and even reverse the effects, but early prevention is easier in the long run.

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he treatment of hair loss has changed a lot for both men and women. “Innovations have occurred in all areas, not only in the diagnosis and evaluation of the hair loss, but our tools and microscopes, as well as the treatments — from laser therapy, topical or oral treatments, to stem-cell and injectable treatments,” says Dr. Alan J. Bauman, an expert in the field. There are a number of different factors that can contribute to hair loss, and the causes may not be simple, especially for women. Heredity is a large factor, but other factors can determine the rate of hair loss as well, such as medication, diet, surgery, stress and even sleep/wake cycles. A great option for women noticing hair loss is low-level laser therapy (LLLT), a non-chemical, non-invasive, side-effect-free treatment that can improve hair growth. The consistent application of enough laser energy makes the hair follicles perform better, growing thicker and stronger hair. For men, the most successful non-invasive medical treatment is finasteride, and approximately 90 per cent of patients experience good results.

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Hair transplants come into play when the hair loss is more severe, but the procedure has changed quite a bit in the last few decades. “Years ago, they were moving much bigger groups, or ‘plugs,’ of hair around,” explains Dr. Bauman. “Today we transplant grafts that contain as little as a single hair follicle, so the hair follicles can be angled and positioned in a way to make the new hair look completely natural.” Early detection is key with most hair loss treatments. The best advice is to seek out a professional and take action. With new technology and pioneers of hair restoration, there are many effective options for people experiencing hair loss. BELOW Photos Courtesy Bauman Medical Group

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Wearing a hat can cause baldness: Traction alopecia is a condition caused by damage to the hair follicles and dermal papilla as a result of pulling or tension. Although wearing a hat can’t cause enough stress on the follicles to cause the condition, wearing your hair in tight buns or braids can. Hair loss is passed down from the mother’s side: There are a number of “hair loss genes” which are located on both the X and Y-chromosomes. Only men experience hair loss: While typically considered a man’s problem, around 40 per cent of women experience significant thinning in their lifetime. Stress causes hair loss: The consensus among scientists seems to be that any hair lost during times of stress is hair that would have been lost anyway. Stress can, however, speed up the rate of hair loss, but only in times of extreme stress such as the death of a loved one.

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ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

Summer GrillinG With Chef

Michael Smith By Trina Annand Photo Heckbert Studio

With warmer weather the delicious smell of barbecue wafts through the air of many backyards, tempting even the culinary novice to try their hand as a grill master. Who better to learn tips from than avid griller and celebrity chef michael Smith?

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purist at heart, Smith told Fine Lifestyles in a recent interview that he prefers to grill over coals from a hardwood fire built himself. His second choice is oldfashioned charcoal, never briquettes. “It’s really all about flavour. There’s an incomparable flavour to building a real fire,” says Smith. “I love the art and craft of cooking. You have the ability to be creative, but there are also a series of steps that ensure success.” According to Smith, there are two major mistakes that people make grilling. First, using sugary sauces as soon as the meat hits the grill. It quickly caramelizes and then burns. This problem can be easily fixed by first grilling the meat and then near the end use the sauce as a glaze rather than a marinade. Another common mistake is trying to cook directly over flame. It’s extremely important to let the fire die down to coals before cooking. Smith’s must-have grilling tool can’t be found in any culinary store. “I love my welding gloves, I have picked up logs that are glowing cherry red and moved them by hand. They are an amazingly useful tool.” Perhaps Smith’s most interesting advice is on eating local food. “When you buy local you meet people who actually produce it. To me that’s what is missing from our food today. Too many people don’t understand that food is made by people; it’s become very impersonal.

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When we put that sort of humanity back into our food, it changes us, it makes us better cooks and makes us engage with food in a more meaningful way.” Smith is currently building a monument to his favourite type of cooking in his home province of P.E.I. He recently purchased the Inn at Bay Fortune, returning to the kitchen that launched his career. The centrepiece of the restaurant will be an altar fire, an open fire kitchen that will provide him with seven different methods of cooking with fire. “We are building a 25 foot long wood burning, fire breathing beast. It’s something we haven’t found anywhere else in the world.”

grIlled PIneaPPle red onIon salad © Chef michael Smith – BeST OF CHeF AT HOme 2009 This is my all-time favourite summer salad. it’s amazing how much savoury flavour your grill can add to a simple pineapple and some red onion. SerVeS 4

IngredIents 1 whole pineapple, skinned (uncored), cut into thick rings 2 red onions, sliced into a few very thick rings a few generous splashes olive oil a sprinkle or two sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lemon, zest and juice few handfuls fresh whole basil leaves

Procedure Preheat your barbecue or grill. evenly brush or drizzle the pineapple and onion rings with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Try to keep the onion rings intact as you do. Grill the pineapple until golden grill marks appear and the fruit softens, about five minutes per side. meanwhile, grill the onion until soft and lightly charred. Quarter the grilled pineapple slices into wedges and roughly chop the onion rings. Toss everything with the lemon zest and juice and as many whole basil leaves as you can get your hands on.

VarIatIon This salad is very good tossed with a grilled chicken breast or two. Try tossing in some shredded coconut or sliced green onions as well. Photo Tiffany Tong ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

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JULY – AUGUST Shakespeare By the Sea Festival Various Venues

JULY 3 – AUGUST 29 Ghosts of Signal Hill Signal Hill

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SUMMER 2015

JULY 30 – AUGUST 4 George Street Festival George Street

JULY 30 Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind LSPU Hall AUGUST 2 – 3 Journey Mile One Centre

AUGUST 5 Royal St. John’s Regetta Quidi Vidi Lake

AUGUST 7 – 9 Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival Bannerman Park AUGUST 7 – 9 Downtown Busker Festival Downtown St. John’s

AUGUST 8 The Damian Follett Band Live In Concert LSPU Hall AUGUST 8 – 23 Tuckamore Festival: Chamber Music Various Venues AUGUST 25 Big Ticket Summer Concert Mile One Centre

AUGUST 29 ZoSo – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience Holy Heart Theatre

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SOCIAL life OPERA ON THE AVALON’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA

On May 29, Opera on the Avalon’s annual fundraising gala took place at Raymonds restaurant in the heart of downtown St. John’s. The evening consisted of performances, live and silent auctions, a champagne reception and five course tasting menu. The proceeds from the gala directly benefit Opera on the Avalon’s 2015 season.

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1. Raymon Geis, Alexander Indelicato and Arnold Livingston Geis 2. Josie Naterer 3. Robin Whiffen, Mark MacLeod and Roberta DiDonato 4. Gerald Martin Moore and Cheryl Hickman 5. Eliza Bonet and Allan Armstrong 6. Conductor Judith Yan and Dr. Linda Hensman

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Luxury

Las Vegas By Melanie Furlong

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hen it comes to luxury and decadence, no city does it like Las Vegas. It’s a glittering global tourism mecca with hotel suites, spas and shopping to meet the needs of the worldliest traveller.

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The city is teeming with luxury highroller suites that celebrities frequent on a regular basis. The Palms features the Real World Suite, which was home to the cast of MTV’s Real World: Las Vegas. In the hotel’s new Fantasy Tower, The Palms has introduced the Hardwood Suite for the basketball enthusiast, complete with an indoor basketball court. A


LEFT Nobu Hotel, courtesy Caesars Palace ABOVE Qua Baths and Spa, courtesy Caesars Palace

by cultures from around the world. Indulge in special holiday remedies or enjoy couple or social spa-ing in themed rooms. Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars Palace offers the Laconium Room (providing ultra-heat therapy), the Arctic Ice Room (complete with snow falling from above) and a Tea Room staffed by a sommelier skilled at pairing herbal beverages with your chosen treatment. Spa treatments are no longer just for daytime, either. For example, AMP Afterhours at The Palms is designed to serve just one privileged couple or person at a time. Guests can have the entire spa to themselves. Lingerie-clad nail technicians treat guests to the platinum pedicure in a candle-lit spa while they sip Cristal champagne and enjoy appetizers.

Decadent Shopping penthouse equipped with a bowling alley is available at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Chairman Suite at the Spa Tower at Bellagio features a waterfall, three fireplaces and remote controls for everything from the drapes to the lights to the music. MGM Grand’s Skylofts include pool tables, plasma screens, private chefs, infinity bathtubs, spa butlers, music butlers and much more. Just months ago, some of the finest and most lavish Las Vegas suites from Caesars Entertainment were accessed only by celebrities and the casino’s high rollers. But with the launch of its new Anthology collection, the pinnacle of luxury and exclusivity is brought directly

to paying guests. Each of the suites, in hotels like The Cromwell or Nobu Hotel, narrates its own unique story. From lavish amenities and stylish furnishings to private pool parties and glamorous movie star history, there’s nary an unrealized possibility.

Unique Spa Treatments

If you want to be pampered in style, there is no better destination than Las Vegas, where you can find a variety of relaxing spas and unique spa treatments at nearly every resort. Experience the sweet life with an aphrodisiac chocolate or sugar-laden treatment, or channel your inner tribal goddess with a themed ritual inspired

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Enter any casino resort and you’ll discover amazing shopping opportunities around every corner. Of notable interest are The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The 701,000-square-foot shopping area features approximately 160 boutiques and shops such as Harry Winston, Ted Baker, Thomas Pink, Nanette Lepore and Vosges Haut Chocolats. Other popular stores include Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Escada, Gucci, Guess, Christian Dior, NikeTown, Fendi, Polo/Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. In April 2005, the much-anticipated opening of Wynn Las Vegas brought one of the more high-end shopping experiences to the Las Vegas Strip. Wynn Esplanade features the first Oscar de la

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Renta boutique fashion store and the first Jean Paul Gaultier designer store in the country. Among the big-name shops in the Wynn Esplanade are Manolo Blahnik, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Also amid the top brands is the PenskeWynn showroom, home to the hotel’s Ferrari-Maserati dealership. Crystals, the 500,000-square-foot retail and dining district at CityCenter, showcases an array of exclusive retailers and dining establishments. Luxury retailers include Prada, Christian Dior, Bulgari, Carolina Herrera, Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arples and Versace. Unique-to-market retailers opening their first locations in Las Vegas include Tom Ford, Assouline, Kiton, Miu Miu, Paul Smith and Porsche Design. Anchored by a flagship, 85,000-squarefoot Barneys New York, The Shoppes at The Palazzo offers more than 60 luxury boutiques. They include Chloe, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels, Catherine Malandrino, Anya Hindmarch, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Piaget, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Montblanc to present one of the most upscale retail destinations under one roof in the United States. Paris Las Vegas features upscale French retail shopping, located within the resort’s quaint Le Boulevard District. The interior buildings are covered with façades representative of real Parisian districts. Picturesque cobblestone streets and winding alleyways take guests on a European shopping spree. Le Boulevard features a wide array of authentic French boutiques, such as Le Cave, where you can sample premier French wines and private labels; Les Enfants, a purveyor of French children’s toys and games; Lunettes designer eyewear; Le Paradis fine jewellery and crystal; and La Boutique by Yokohama de Paris.

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open wide enough to even pull out the drawers properly because there’s a wall in the way. Double door (or french door) fridges require even more space, so keep that in mind. Other things like counter height and depth need to be considered (especially for dishwashers), as well as counter allowance for slide-in ranges.

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ppliances can make or break the look of a room. Replacing ’70s appliances with shiny, stainless steel models can bring a kitchen into the 21st century more effectively than any other upgrade. Go Pro Just because you’re not a professional chef doesn’t mean your kitchen shouldn’t be professional grade. Lines like the new Frigidaire professional suite come in standard sizes (minimizing or even eliminating the amount of renovations needed to install them) and are priced so the average homeowner can afford them. The great part about the aesthetic of professional style appliances? They have a truly classic look that can seamlessly fit into any kitchen style. Last But Not Least Jumping the gun on appliance purchases can cost you in the long run if you haven’t properly planned the space. Make sure you extensively plan the layout of your kitchen. If an 18-inch dishwasher just won’t cut it, make sure you delegate space for a full 24-inch model. Don’t get stuck with appliances you don’t like just because you didn’t plan properly. Do sweat the smaLL stuff There are many small details that can slip your mind, or you don’t even think of in the first place. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen fridge doors that can’t

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It’s easy BeING GreeN Old appliances have a financial and environmental cost. A new, energy efficient fridge can save you up to $200 a year, meaning you recoup the purchase price in a couple years. ENERGY STAR compliant dishwashers not only use 50 to 75 per cent less energy than older models, but also much less water – as little as three gallons for a full cycle. If three gallons sounds like a lot, keep in mind you can use almost 10 times that by washing dishes by hand. Front load washers can cost as little as $20/year to operate, and since 90 per cent of the energy used to wash clothes is spent heating the water, switching to cold water can make a noticeable difference. DoN’t Let the eLectrIc sLIDe Appliances eat up a lot of the electrical bandwidth in your home. Laundry and kitchen appliances alone can take up a big portion of your panel, and when you add in things like air conditioning, it can get tight. This is especially true if you have an income suite in your home, which means two kitchens and often two washers and dryers. We recently shot an episode of Income Property where the homeowners ended up having to upgrade their electrical panel to accommodate the addition of a dishwasher and upstairs laundry. This was above and beyond what they had planned to spend because it never occurred to them that their current electrical panel wasn’t sufficient. If you have a newer home, chances are this won’t be an issue. However if you’re buying an older home (like many in the core areas of most major cities), it’s something you may need to consider. Check out the new season of Income Property Thursdays at 9 p.m. & 9:30p.m. ET/PT on HGTV CANADA. /EverythingScottMcgillivray @smcgillivray @scottmcg @scott_mcgillivray www.scottmcgillivray.com

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ew things define us better than the spaces in which we live. And few companies have helped define these spaces better than Distinctive Interiors. You don’t have to look far to figure out why. Taking a walk through their showroom and warehouse in Blaketown (approximately 45 minutes from St. John’s), you get a real taste of potential. The first thing that strikes you is the utter luxury of choice: more than 300 options in flooring, cabinetry, stairs, doors and mouldings allow you limitless selection to craft the home of your dreams. Now you truly can dare to be different. And with Distinctive Interiors’ expert design guidance to help you explore the possibilities, the results have clients singing their praises. “The staff members were fantastic,” enthuses client Carolyn Blackmore. “They really listened to me and provided lots of great ideas. Their choice of high quality products allowed me to get exactly what I wanted. I tell all my friends about them.” Quality — in the vast portfolio of products offered and in the level of service provided, both in store and throughout the installation process — has been the benchmark of the Distinctive Interiors experience for more than 20 years. “For us, the most important part of our business is our customers,” says owner Sarah Lynn Russell. “We want them to feel like they are walking into their own personal tailor shop, only this shop is for your home. It’s a place where you can browse through all the choices available to you in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, where approachable staff members are ready to answer any questions you might have. Then, when your choices are made, just about everything is manufactured right on the premises by skilled tradesmen. We take great pride in the personable experience we create for our clients – where you can discover your own distinct sense of

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style and translate that vision into a truly remarkable living space.” “There are simply endless possibilities for what you can do with your home’s interior spaces,” Russell adds. “More than anything, we work to make our clients’ dreams come true in every style of home, from traditional to modern.” Nothing proves that sentiment more than the introduction of Distinctive Interiors’ exclusive Signature Line, created to add a whole new dimension to tailoring your home décor. Born from customer demand, the Signature Line allows

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Distinctive Interiors’ clients complete customization options in every aspect of the company’s product suite. A thorough knowledge of its products, its quality, and the workmanship involved and the universe of potential that combination provides underscores the Signature Line. Though the Signature Line is a natural evolution for the company, customer demand certainly played its part. “We saw an increasing demand in custom requests,” notes owner Tyler Snow. “Our customers wanted their homes to be different, a true reflection of who they are

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and the way they live their lives. Our new Signature Line delivers that.” Snow continues, “We know our products inside and out and stand behind them. That allows us to give people the choices they deserve in how they tailor their homes. Our clients expect high quality products from Distinctive Interiors. Now it’s available for any vision, in any home, at any time.” And therein lies the magic. Dare to be different. Realize your dreams. Because Distinctive Interiors is in the business of making it happen.


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reating a recruitment pipeline gives employers a much better chance of hiring the right people for their organizations when needed. Hiring quickly, in desperation, and trying to make that person fit in is sure to lead to failure.

The motto “hire for fit, fire for gain” is important for employers to remember. “We advise employers to take a step back, take their time and be proactive on employee selection,” says McKee. “You can’t make a knee-jerk reaction and think it’s not going to impact your business.”

Chris McKee, of Beyond Connections Consulting, says there are many different ways to build a pipeline strategy. Social media is one asset that allows you to make multiple connections in a short time. But old-fashioned networking and getting to know people in your community through volunteer work or sports is often the best way to find the right person for your position. Let those people know what you’re looking for, says McKee, and candidates will come to you. After all, who you know is still more important than what you know, for both employers and job seekers.

McKee has worked with some organizations that now have a wait-list of pre-selected and pre-screened candidates. “They’ll be a great fit and that pipeline is huge. We spend too much time looking at credentials rather than experience and fit for an organization,” he says. “I think if you really dive into it and find out the stage the candidate is at in his or her life and career and analyze those things, you can definitely find the fit for you that’s above and beyond what that résumé looks like.”

Finding the right fit means considering a multitude of factors, such as what the integration with the current team will be like, how often this person changes jobs, and how long the candidate will want to stay in the position. Is it a career for that person or a stepping stone?

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There are lots of statistics to prove the cost of a bad hire. But often, those statistics aren’t able to put a real number on the organization’s loss. There are a lot of factors that go beyond the cost of the salary. The amount of time spent training that employee, the amount spent on recruiting, and the badmouthing a dissatisfied employee might spread on the street can all affect the bottom line.

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McKee worked with one company that had 180 people on staff and a 92 per cent turnover rate on their production floor. The high rate of turnover was costing them $3.4 million per year in recruitment and training. This is why big companies such as Google pay out full year salaries if employees resign. “It costs so much if they’re not engaged,” says McKee. “It could mean they are mislabelling the brand you’re trying to create or actually wasting time on social media. In the grand scheme of things, those employees will be happier somewhere else and you’ll be doing both parties a favour by terminating quickly.” Organizations that have frequent turnover can even be affected by having

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their clients go elsewhere, preferring to deal with a company that has more stability. “That right there can cost you your whole business depending on the market,” says McKee. “Our biggest resource is the people we hire. It can also be the biggest cost-driver to our budget.” If an organization can’t retain employees, they need to ask themselves what they can do differently. As cliché as it sounds, employees should love what they do and not take a job just because it’s a job; it’s not only for their own sanity, but for the well-being of the organization they’re working for. There are many personality profiling tools, such as Myers-Briggs, available for employers and employees to determine the right fit for a position.

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Buying and Selling Property

is using a bank or private lender to finance a transaction. Lenders do not want to finance transactions where there might be a potential lawsuit affecting the property being purchased. As such, they will require the purchaser to obtain a survey of the property and a real property report. SURVEYS:

Katrina R. M. Hanlon Associate Gittens & Associates The Storehouse 8 Kenna’s Hill, St. John’s khanlon@gittenslaw.com 709.579.8424 www.gittenslaw.com

PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT: It is important for people involved in purchasing or selling real property to realize that if they sign a purchase and sale agreement before their real estate lawyer has had a chance to review it with them — they are in fact handing the lawyer a fait accompli. Their real estate lawyer is, in effect, restricted to only assisting them in complying with the terms and conditions already stated in the purchase and sale agreement. An example of the kind of ambiguity that can create problems for a purchaser or a vendor often occurs when the purchaser

A survey is a description of the dimensions and directions of the boundaries of the property. It illustrates whether or not there is any encroachment by the property onto neighbouring properties or by nearby properties onto the subject property. REAL PROPERTY REPORTS: A real property report illustrates where the structures are located on the property and would show outlines of any houses, decks, sheds, garages, fences, driveways and easements, etc. If any of these structures are extending onto neighbouring properties, are located in an easement or are blocking a right of way, there is a potential for problems with neighbours, public utility companies or municipalities. AVOIDING CONFLICT: Ensuring that none of these potential problems are affecting the property you are purchasing is an important aspect of any purchase and sale transaction. Resolving these problems can become an issue where the vendor’s and purchaser’s interests differ, especially when attempting to close the transaction.

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When making an offer to purchase, it is in the purchaser’s interest that the vendor provide a current survey and real property report. A vendor would be more inclined to provide the survey and real property report in their possession. Such a survey and real property report may be out of date and not offer a true reflection of the current state of the property. To avoid any unpleasant surprises (cost of obtaining a new survey and real property report could be anywhere from $800 to $1,500) this issue should be negotiated and dealt with to the satisfaction of both parties before the purchase and sale agreement is completed. OUR RECOMMENDATION: The above is just one example of a problem that can be avoided by careful negotiations. It is important to understand your contractual rights and obligations resulting from the execution of the purchase and sale agreement. We encourage you to have in depth conversations with your real estate agent. We also encourage early engagement of a real estate lawyer to aid in your comprehension and the drafting of the purchase and sale agreement. When you have a real estate professional and a competent real estate lawyer working together it will save you money and prevent unnecessary delays. ABOVE Katrina R.M. Hanlon, Stephen P. Orr, Joleen Mitchell, Ernest Gittens, Billie Taylor

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A Radical Addition to the Lexus Lineup By Henny Buffinga

One of the top brands in terms of both reliability and quality, the luxury division of the Toyota Motor Corporation is bringing some excitement to this year’s coupe category. With inspiration taken from the IS C convertible as well as the latest GS and IS sedans, the RC is a whole new design.

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exus’ first pure coupe in over 15 years, the RC stands for Radical Coupe. As a latecomer to luxury coupes, Lexus made a bold statement with their first entry in the field. The RC 350 comes standard with a 306 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 and an eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission for rear wheel drive models, plus a six-speed automatic on all weather drive models. This allows for greater fuel economy, smoother acceleration and near instant gear changes at your fingertips. But all this power means nothing if it can’t meet the road, so the RC 350 sits on equally impressive 18-inch split five-spoke alloy wheels or optional 19-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels for that added swagger. The exceptionally responsive handling is due to the RC’s new ultra-stiff platform, drawing inspiration from the chassis of the highly acclaimed GS series and the rear of the new-generation IS sports sedan. The RC 350 also offers drive mode

select, which includes eco, normal and sport modes. With the simple turn of the dial, the car can become more responsive or more efficient. Upgrading to the RC 350 F Sport edition gives a sporty interior, including an LFA supercar inspired gauge pod with a sliding bezel like the one in the IS. The package also includes four-wheel steering, adaptive dampers, 19-inch wheels and high-friction brake pads. The RC F is a step up from the 350 in terms of looks as well as speed. Increased performance is the result of standard Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the Lexus Handling System, including rearwheel steering. The RC F is named for the Fuji Speedway, a motorsport racetrack in the foothills of Mount Fuji acquired by Toyota in 2000. To live up to its namesake, the RC F is equipped with a powerful 5.0 liter V8 engine that delivers an impressive 467 horsepower, and blasts from zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds. On the track, this combination

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allows the RC F to hit a top speed of 269 kilometres per hour (167 mph). With so much horsepower rumbling beneath your feet, you need to be confident you can safely rein it in. For high-performance braking, Lexus employs race-proven Brembo six-piston monoblock calipers mounted on 14.9-inch slotted and ventilated discs up front, and 13.5-inch slotted and ventilated discs in the rear. The RC F’s infotainment system is almost as impressive as what is under the hood. Controlled by the Lexus’ Enform system, it puts navigation, climate control, weather and traffic data at your fingertips using the Remote Touchpad. The touchpad uses swipe and flick features similar to a smartphone, with ample touch area and pulsation feedback. Wrapping a racetrack-worthy car in Lexuslevel refinement is proof that in the coming year this company is more than ready to meet any competition head on.

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The Centsible Place

to Buy, Lease and Rent Cars, Trucks and Vans!

At Centsible Car & Truck Rentals, value and service are important to us. Our polite and friendly staff members offer personalized care and will familiarize you with all vehicle features to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip.


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Locally owned and operated, we have three convenient locations in St. John’s/Mount Pearl, Bay Roberts and Fortune. 909 Topsail Rd. St. John’s 709.753.2277 1.800.239.7990 www.centsible.ca


Fascinating Show StopperS at th e D e t roi t auto S h ow By Tobie Hainstock

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he Ford GT was the talk of the town all week. This thrilling two-seater sports car was inspired by Ford’s GT40 race car of the 1960s. First introduced in 2005, this newest model sets a standard all its own. Some of the highlighting features of this iconic car include a 600 horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost six-cylinder engine, sculptural flying buttresses off the b-pillars, as well as other highly inventive aerodynamic solutions. The GT offers an estimated zero to 60 acceleration time of about three seconds and a top speed greater than 200 mph. Because of its lightweight carbon fibre construction, the GT is expected by Ford to exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

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Winners of this year’s show included the ever-popular Ford F-150 for North American Truck of the Year and the Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI for North American Car of the Year. This marks the eighth time that Ford has walked away with the coveted award. The prestegious awards have many attributes that are taken into account during judging by an esteemed group of American and Canadian journalists. Noted by many who attended, this year’s show is said to be one of the most fascinating and creative in the show’s 22 year history. It has truly caused many attendees to look forward to what will be on the show floor next year. www.forbes.com www.autonet.ca www.ca.autoblog.com


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Welcome to the 2015 Publisher’s Choice Best of the Best Feature — showcasing the best St. John’s/ Avalon has to offer in products and services! Boutique Auto Dealer

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Flooring

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Luxury Transport

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Car Dealership

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Golf Course

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Marketing Agency

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Car Rental

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Handcrafted Jewelry

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Salon

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Casual Dining

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Health

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Skin Care Clinic

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Coffee House

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Home Staging

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Stained Glass

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Custom Staircase

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HVAC

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Travel Agency

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Dance Studio

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Law Firm

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Window Treatments

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Financial Services

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Luxury Car Dealership

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Hotel/Spa

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2015

BOUTIQUE AUTO DEALER

FINDING THE BEST

Takes No Time By Rebecca Henderson Photos Courtesy of Marble Auto Gallery

There’s no need to bring anything but your ideas to Marble Auto Gallery’s purchasing concierge in Corner Brook. “We can find anything,” explains Paul Dyer, owner. “And not only that, but we can find it at an aggressive price.”

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yer has worked in the car industry for years, washing and servicing and eventually specializing in higher-end vehicles. Marble Auto Gallery is a new concept in Corner Brook. Not only is it the first and sole boutique auto dealership found in Newfoundland, but it also carries some of the most prestigious and coveted brands from around the world. Marble Auto Gallery’s purchasing concierge is a new service added by Dyer who wants to make sure his clients are finding the vehicle of their dreams. “People come in and we can find them an Audi TG, or a convertible or an automatic or standard vehicle. It’s not just the dealer-only options here.”

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Dyer will scour the vehicles and provide all the grunt work to order the car. Not to mention, Marble Auto Gallery will offer fair pricing and add only a small percentage more beyond that. “We just want to provide our clients with a ton of options across Canada and the U.S.,” says Dyer. “It’s nice when a client gets to pick out exactly what they want. It’s quick.” Marble Auto Gallery’s purchasing concierge can track down a vehicle faster than a dealer can build it, Dyer says. Even 2014 models are available. “There’s no limit,” he says. “We can find anything for anybody.” Dyer’s favourite finds were early muscle cars and a Ferrari. “We specialize in this

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service and we find what our client is looking for at a number of different price options.” Marble Auto Gallery has a fiveperson team, and they are every bit as experienced as Dyer when it comes to purchasing concierge and high-end vehicles. “We have a national awardwinning staff,” beams Dyer. “We’ve chosen the best from other manufacturers and the results are proven.” Marble Auto Gallery always looks for the best in the auto industry for its clients. They carry antique vehicles too, which are remodeled for the classic auto enthusiast. “We carry a lot of luxury brands,” says Dyer. “But we like to be all-inclusive as


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well.” Marble Auto Gallery also sells classic muscle cars and high-end lift pick-up trucks. “There is a world of vehicle manufacturers out there, and we aim to sell the best from every brand.” And the best is what they sell. “We carry BMWs, Ferraris and new Italian scooters,” says Dyer. “We make sure to always ask customers what they like, what they want and then we find a vehicle that is tailored to them.” To learn more about Marble Auto Gallery’s array of VIP services, including purchasing concierge, please visit www.marbleauto.ca or Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We want to offer a true purchasing experience that’s equal to that of any high-end dealer.” Marble Auto Gallery 23 Forest Hills Rd Corner Brook www.marbleauto.ca

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2015

CAR DEALERSHIP

CITY HONDA:

Making Customers Happy is the Priority By Courtney TaitPhotos Mandee Sugimoto and Megan Denty

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ith valet service, a spacious showroom, and an entire staff dedicated to enhancing your experience, City Honda prides itself on customer satisfaction. “People are genuinely and pleasantly surprised when they walk in and immediately feel comfortable,” says Dean Jacobs, general sales manager of City Honda. “The atmosphere is positive and energetic, and our team is friendly and

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welcoming. People regularly comment that we are great to deal with and we love to hear that!” “I am very proud of the staff and management team at City Honda,” says Ches Penney, dealer principal. “They have worked hard to grow the business over the years. Their dedication to the Honda brand and our customers is absolutely sincere and we are pleased to now be the second largest Honda dealership in Canada.”

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City Honda’s general manager, Bob Gullage, attributes the dealership’s success to having engaged employees who love coming to work every day. “When I started to work for City Honda in 1993 there were 21 employees. We now employ 104. What I find amazing is the staff members’ longevity and the relationships they have built with our customers over the years.” City Honda customers are greeted as soon as they walk in the door, making


them feel welcome and at ease. A popcorn machine, complimentary beverages and a customer lounge add to the friendly atmosphere, which Jacobs says is a key part of the experience. “Buying a car is supposed to be fun,” he says. “We aim to take the stress out of it.” Customers receive personal, one-onone service from the company’s highly qualified sales team. “They figure out what your needs are and what kind of vehicle will fit your lifestyle and budget,” says Jacobs. Shirlene E., who recently purchased a vehicle at City Honda, said in her review of the company, “It was a fast and easy process with an awesome car to drive away in. The City Honda team is the best and I look forward to seeing them again in the future. I will be recommending

them to all my family and friends that are looking to purchase.” City Honda features a state of the art Service Centre staffed with factory trained Honda technicians. The company’s Service Drive-Thru makes it easy for customers to bring their car in for service, no matter the season. Customers simply drive their car indoors and valets take care of the rest. The Service Centre is known for both quality and efficiency. “Our goal is to take care of any customer concerns as quickly as possible,” says Gullage.

With thousands of repeat customers, City Honda is proud to call its clientele part of the City Honda family. “City Honda is about cars you can count on from people you can depend on,” says Penney. “Once people get into the City Honda family, they tend to stay and that means we are doing things right.”

City Honda customer Darren D. wrote in a recent review, “Great quick service this morning from the Service Department. In and out in less than an hour! Friendly and a great way to start the day. Very efficient, City Honda!”

City Honda 547 Kenmount Rd 709.579.1999 www.cityhonda.com cityhondastjohns city_honda OPPOSITE City Honda Sales Team TOP LEFT L-R Gary Connolly (service manager), Brendan Murphy, Owen Brown, Carla Tilley TOP RIGHT HondaLink™ Technology BOTTOM LEFT Service Drive-Thru BOTTOM RIGHT Kent Hannam, technician

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CAR RENTAL

RIDE IN Style WITH AVIS CAR RENTAL By Henny Buffinga Photos Mandee Sugimoto

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hether you’re on a business trip to Newfoundland or e n j oy i n g a little staycation at home, renting a luxury vehicle can elevate your experience from ordinary to exceptional. And when you rent a nice car, it’s always a good idea to take a tour around Cape Spear and bask in the envy of those around you. With one of the largest fleets in the province, AVIS Car Rental has a large

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selection of vehicles — from the standard options to high-end, luxury vehicles — perfect for your staycation at home or to use while you’re visiting. Catering to largely business clientele, they have everything from compact cars to sports cars. Their signature collection is a new feature that started last year. The collection includes luxury vehicles like Jeep Wranglers, Mustang conver tibles, Dodge Challengers, Chrysler 300s, and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

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With a recognized name known for quality and reliability, you know you’re going to get a certain standard of vehicle when you call AVIS. Owner and operator Darrell Kennedy and his team work to provide a personalized service for each and every customer. “I think it makes a difference to know that when you call us, you’re not getting a call centre,” says Kennedy. “Although our customers do have the services of a call centre for roadside assistance, when you call our number you get one of us, and we always try to


go above and beyond for our clients.” His team even goes as far as venturing out to find clients who can’t find their way to their office, or calling security at the airport to find clients who have left their wallets in the car. “Our customer service representatives do an amazing job,” says Kennedy. “We have people calling and asking for someone by name all the time, as well as customers who keep regular appointments. The people who work here are second to none.”

Their small business program offers guaranteed rates, and they also have preferred renters who just show their driver’s licence and away they go! Their fleet is large and always new; in fact, they replace their cars every six months so you can be sure to get a new car with low mileage. With their Signature Collection, they are catering to a different clientele than others in the business. “We just want people to know we have more than just the standard compact and mid-size options,” explains

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Kennedy. “We have a lot more to offer, and we hope they will come check us out.” AVIS is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Make a reservation by booking online or calling Darrell Kennedy and his team. AVIS 136 Airport Road 100 World Parkway 709.722.6620 www.avis.ca ABOVE: Darrell Kennedy

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CASUAL DINING

GREAT FOOD AT MILESTONES By Henny Buffinga Photos Elsie Reid

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ucked away from the bustle of Stavanger Drive, Milestones Grill + Bar is a great place to enjoy a few drinks and a thoughtfully prepared meal. With a large selection of signature drinks, craft beers on tap and fresh food made in-house, Milestones has all the ingredients for a great experience. “We want to be the destination where people can come to enjoy great company and delicious food,” says Ron Burke, who owns the restaurant along with his wife, Marsha Burke, and sister-in-law, Myra King. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the brand, Milestones is Bringing Tasty Back with the addition of some old favourites showcased in their feature summertime

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“Throwback Menu.” Although the restaurant is new to town, some throwbacks, like meatloaf, are universal. For the occasion they are bringing back mainstays like their Classic Meatloaf served with buttermilk mashed potato and chipotle au jus, Cajun Shrimp Diane, Grilled Mediterranean Chicken, Thai Noodle Salad, and their Four Cheese Burger. Other additions include delicious appetizers such as Spicy Thai Drumettes and Wings and Classic Meatloaf Sliders, served with mozzarella, garlic au jus and a drizzle of garlic butter on the bun. Their drinks menu is also getting eight new additions for the celebration, including the Jubellini, a fresh take on their trademark Bellini that includes aperol, sparkling wine, fruit salad

slices, fruit syrup and Milestones’ signature slush. In addition to the 14 beers they have on tap, Milestones is celebrating great beer by connecting with local brewery Quidi Vidi Brewery as well as the lead brewery portfolios of Labatt and Molson’s to feature a different brand each month. This month they are showcasing Iceberg from Quidi Vidi Brewery. With a focus on quality and freshness, Milestones sources local cod for its Crispy Cod and Frites and Pan Seared Cod, two dishes unique to the St. John’s location, while also incorporating an “always fresh” steak program complemented by its new steak spice, Blend 29, which is assured to set them apart from other steakhouses.

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With a majority of their dishes made in-house, from their dressings right to their succulent Portobello Mushroom Chicken, “it’s a real team environment here, and that homemade aspect of food preparation comes with that,” says Burke. Milestones’ philosophy is food brings people together, and their casual fine dining atmosphere encourages the enjoyment of great food without the pretension of high-end restaurants. Whether you’re coming for brunch with the family or enjoying a business meal, Milestones is a great place to connect over a refreshing drink and a delicious meal. Milestones Grill + Bar St. John’s 14 Hebron Way, St. John’s www.milestonesrestaurants.com |

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COFFEE HOUSE

THE PERFECT ESCAPE from the Daily Grind

By Henny Buffinga Photos Mandee Sugimoto and Courtesy of Coffee Matters

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here are good things in this world, and one of them is coffee. Beginning with their flagship location on Military Road, Coffee Matters is a locally owned and operated café that has grown to include three cafés and three satellite locations on the island. Their most recent addition, in Mount Pearl, opened this summer and it’s a little different than the rest.

in the Manuels River Interpretation Centre has the capability for large catered events, such as corporate events and weddings. There is also a Coffee Matters Express in the Ches Penney YMCA on Ridge Road, and they just opened Canteen Matters in the Paradise Double Ice Complex that serves fries and other “rink food,” as owner Scott Hillyer affectionately calls it, as well as their regular baked goods and coffee.

The full cafés are located in St. John’s, Paradise and Mount Pearl. Their location

The newest Coffee Matters is located in ‘downtown’ Mount Pearl on

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Commonwealth Avenue. “As someone who grew up in Mount Pearl, opening this location was something that was very dear to me,” explains Hillyer, who owns the group of companies with Cyril Peach. “Mount Pearl was lacking in the coffee house atmosphere that we are known for, and this was something that was very important to me to do for my hometown.” The Mount Pearl location differs from their other cafés — offering not only the premium coffees, baked goods, soups


and sandwiches they are known for throughout the day, but also a high-end meal experience in the evenings. This Coffee Matters is the first location to employ a full-time chef and host tableservice in the dining room from 5-9 p.m., seven days a week. The Mount Pearl location is also a different style than the ornate downtown café, featuring a more modern aesthetic. Everything in the new location was chosen with franchising in mind, from the décor to the layout, for employees as well as the guests. “As someone who worked with a franchised company for more than 15 years, I knew what I needed to do to make it ready for the next step,” says Hillyer. “I’m a very hands-on owner and I wanted everything to be just right before we do this, to ensure the Coffee Matters brand will be wellrepresented with each new location.”

Coffee Matters always provides fresh food made from scratch, and to do so on a large scale they have partnered with Chapman’s Bakery, who provides some of their baked goods, and Coleman’s Grocery Stores, who makes their sandwich bread. They have also opened a soup facility that will be able to meet the increased demand. With each company making the food to the exact specifications Coffee Matters requires, the taste of your favourite café won’t change. Finally, to accommodate this growing business, they have also just opened their official head office. “From the warm environment we try to foster, the service my staff provides, the taste of the food – we provide an experience,” says Hillyer.

Coffee Matters 38 Commonwealth Ave, Mount Pearl 709.221.6700 1 Military Road, St. John’s 709.753.6980 1429 Topsail Road, Paradise 709.782.0251 Ches Penney YMCA 35 Ridge Road, St. John’s 709.726.9622 Manuals River Hibernia Interpretation Centre 7 CBS Highway, Manuals 709.834.2099 Paradise Double Ice Complex 68 McNamara Drive, Paradise 709.782.6220 |

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CUSTOM STAIRCASE

The Final Steps to Complete Your Perfect Home By Henny BuffingaPhotos Elsie Reid

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tlantic Woodworking is truly an expert in their field. Taking what they are good at and perfecting their techniques, facilities and team over the years has taken this award-winning company to the next level in terms of quality and service. Recently awarded with their fourth Consumer Choice Award in a row, they are unique in the city offering beautiful, custom-built staircases that will be a showcase in your home.

people in the industry today. But, as he says “the teacher never lets all the secrets out of the bag at one time.” Now, Ron is updating staircases he built in his early days on the job and finding that his work has endured.

Ron Clarke started Atlantic Woodworking in 2003, but he has been building staircases for several decades. Since there is no official specialization in staircases beyond general carpenter programs, he has trained many of the

Each staircase at Atlantic Woodworking is built in a controlled environment. Unlike many staircases which are built outside or in a garage, at Atlantic Woodworking they have the facilities to do it right. The building is temperature controlled,

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“When it comes to your house as an investment, and as a big part of your life, isn’t it better to go to someone who has built 10,000 staircases in his lifetime?” Ron points out.

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meaning the wood doesn’t expand and contract as it’s being built. They also have different spaces for each step in the process, so the dust from cutting the wood doesn’t get in the stain. Everything made in their facility goes through rigorous quality controls. “If something is substandard, it doesn’t leave the building,” Ron notes. “We stand by our product.” With the only staircase showroom in the city, customers are welcome to come in to see the options available to them. Atlantic Woodworking makes a range of styles, including straight, curved, split-entry, L-shaped, quarter turn and see-through. They also use a variety of materials, including oak, maple, birch,


glass, iron, stainless steel and brushed copper and nickel spindles. “Every job is custom designed and fitted to the space,” explains Ron. Every customer is walked through the process by their contact at Atlantic Woodworking, who stays in touch with them throughout the process. Once clients have made their selections, Ron himself does the final measurements for the staircase to ensure it will be perfect. This part of the process is always personally taken care of by Ron, who takes an interest in each and every staircase they produce. Atlantic Woodworking also works with general contractors to prepare staircases for them to assemble in the home, providing them with all the pieces cut, stained and finished and ready to assemble. “When you see the staircase completely built it’s very fulfilling, because you know it will be there for a long time,” says Ron. Atlantic Woodworking Inc. 40 O’Leary Avenue St. John’s 709.753.9663 atlanticwoodworking.com

OPPOSITE Ron and Brenda-Lee Clarke

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DANCE STUDIO

Inspiring Dancers of All Ages By Trina Annand Photos Jill Hammond

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he human body is defined by movement and dance is often seen as one of the truest forms of self-expression. At Connie Parsons School of Dance (CPSOD), children and adults alike can discover the joy of physical expression and a love of dance. As one of the most well established dance schools in St. John’s, CPSOD has been a proud part of the city’s arts community for more than 40 years. Under the guidance of owner Connie Parsons, the school has flourished with more than 300 students each year enjoying more than 10 different genres of dance. Offering unique classes — including parent and tot, boys break dance and street funk, as well as

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Acrojazz and Broadway musical theatre — there is much more than traditional dance classes at CPSOD. The school also offers summer camps for those truly passionate about the art. “Dance teaches kids so much more than just being active; it encourages dedication, teamwork, perseverance, organization and gives them the confidence to perform. These skills will be with them all their lives,” says Parsons. “It’s really about motivating people to be the best they can be. It is truly amazing to watch children develop through dance.” At the school, many of the instructors were students of Parsons’, sharing their passion for dance with the next

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generation. “I try to teach a love of dance first and foremost. I really put my heart and soul into the school; it is very rewarding to inspire people,” says Parsons. Recently, CPSOD created an Intensive Dance Division for enthusiasts looking for a more rigorous education in dance, with five or more classes a week in a variety of dance styles. The intensive program is the perfect addition to the already popular recreational and examination programs. “The different levels are designed to maximize each student’s potential, allowing them to get the most out of the experience,” says Parsons. With the mandate of broadening her students’ exposure to dance, Parsons


welcomes national and international governing bodies like Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and The Cecchetti Society of Canada through the examination program. In the intensive program, students gain exposure through workshops with choreographers and dance stars as well as travel opportunities. “We offer a wide variety of dance genres to create balanced, well-rounded dancers. We want them to have exposure to other forms of dance and to be aware of the diversity of dance around the world,” says Parsons. With a dynamic team of professionally certified teachers, bright and airy studios complete with sprung floors,

CPSOD has created a safe and positive space that encourages the love of dance while celebrating each person’s unique abilities. “I have been dancing since I was a child and teaching since I was a teen. I love that every day I get to share my passion with people and be a special part of children’s lives,” Parsons says.

Connie Parsons School of Dance 77 Portugal Cove Road 709.754.2290 www.cpsod.com Follow us on

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

Celebrating 150 Years of Financial Guidance and Security Photos Donna McMullin

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his year marks the 150th anniversary of Sun Life Financial, and it’s time to celebrate.

The leading international financial services company offers a holistic suite of products and a commitment to help their clients with life’s complicated financial decisions. Offering Canadians financial security is the top priority at Sun Life; in fact, it’s at the centre of all they do.

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While the company’s rich history, longevity and stability are admirable, it’s the people behind the success that truly set Sun Life apart. Their dedicated and knowledgeable advisors offer a diverse range of insurance and investment products to meet the needs of their clients, no matter their age or stage of life. Whether beginning a new career, getting married, starting a family or planning for retirement, a Sun Life advisor is there to help every step of the way.

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“Our Money For Life approach is customized to meet the unique goals and needs of each individual client,” says Keith Vincent, financial centre manager. “In using our Money For Life approach, we believe it’s never too early or too late to start. We also do a great job in making the most of what you have already been able to accomplish and building on that.” While 2015 marks 150 years of business, it also marks six years in a row of


Canadians voting Sun Life Financial the Most Trusted Life Insurance Company, according to the 2015 Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand™ survey. That accolade highlights the advisors’ ability to connect with clients while understanding their needs and offering appropriate solutions and advice. Whether it’s RRSPs, RESPs, TFSAs, Annuities, Life Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Personal Health Insurance, Disability Insurance or Long Term Care Insurance, the advisors at Sun Life Financial can help. “Sun Life, and specifically the St. John’s office, is in growth mode,” Vincent says.

“Our advisors are focused on building lifelong relationships with our clients, and we are accepting new clients every day. A cool and easy way to find an advisor near you is to check out our website, sunlife.ca. You can customize your search using Sun Life’s Advisor Match search tool.” In a highly competitive and complex market, the team at Sun Life Financial is there and ready to offer advice through every stage of your life, and that is truly appreciated by their clients. “The message we hear from our clients after their meetings with our advisors is so

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consistent. For the first time they know how their employer benefits plan works, they know how their employer pension plan works and how both are incorporated into their overall plan so they are ready for any road blocks they encounter along the way. And for folks that don’t have those types of plans at work, we help them get similar benefits through a personal plan,” Vincent says. “We’re proud of the work that we do in our office.” Sun Life Financial 145 Kelsey Dr.,Suite 100 709.576.6243 www.sunlife.ca

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FLOORING

The Carpet Factory

Leading the Way By Henny Buffinga Photos Elsie Reid

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amont Whalen and Rod Abbott started The Carpet Factory in 1993 with a 10-carpet showroom. Over the years, they have grown their company into the award-winning business they are today. Recently honoured with the best sales team award at the 2015 Home Show and the Consumer Choice Award for Flooring for a third consecutive year, the Carpet Factory is leading the way in St. John’s with great customer service and quality products. The Carpet Factory is the top destination for purchase and installation of hardwood, ceramic, laminate, carpet and other flooring products in St. John’s and surrounding areas. They have one of the largest modern flooring showrooms in

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the province, and they also warehouse a large inventory of carpet, solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl products (LVPs), rugs, runners and more.

professional attitude extends to the installation team, who work evenings, nights and weekends to suit their customers’ busy schedules.

To have the competitive advantage, they are manufacturer supplied whenever possible. Their extensive access to suppliers has been built up over many years, and includes some of the best names in the industry, such as Armstrong, Mannington, Torlys, Lauzon, Eterna and Quickstyle. Their main supplier is Shaw, who makes many of the products used in HGTV (Home and Garden) programming.

With more informed customers keeping them on their toes, the conscientious duo works hard to excel in their field — and they love it. “We’re normal Joes; we come here to work and we put our heart and soul into it,” adds Whalen.

“Our strength is in our staff,” says Abbott. “We are not a company of individuals; we’re a real team.” This work ethic and

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Growing from just an idea to one of the major players in the St. John’s flooring market, The Carpet Factory provides quality work from the experts. The Carpet Factory 1 Logy Bay Road, St. John’s 709.726.8232 www.carpetfactorysuperstore.com


Got water?

The Next Generation of Floor Covering Newfoundland and Labrador weather means we sometimes need to have practical flooring or suffer water damaged floors. For you, The Carpet Factory has Floorte, a lineup of luxury vinyl flooring products that are practical and waterproof, meaning you don’t always have to sacrifice for style. As flooring experts, The Carpet Factory installs what they sell, and they carry a range of flooring options to suit any lifestyle. Celebrating their 22nd year in business, The Carpet Factory is proud to provide the best quality products and service to their loyal customers.

1 Logy Bay Road, St. John’s www.carpetfactorysuperstore.com

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GOLF COURSE

Untamed Beauty Awaits at Terra Nova Resort

& Golf Community

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ish jump, moose lumber, fox trot — all par for the course at Terra Nova Resort & Golf Community. And, while an eagle may not show up on your score card, you’re likely to see at least one or two soar by while you’re out on the fairways. This bona fide wilderness preserve sprawling along the scenic shores of Clode Sound, Bonavista Bay is a pleasant two-hour drive from St. John’s in Port Blandford. While the fully equipped

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resort skirts the border of Terra Nova National Park, the championship 18-hole Twin Rivers course lies within federal parklands. Owner Chris Anthony and his team are diligent about conservation and environmental integrity, adhering to strict guidelines concerning course management and maintenance. “We have to rely on Mother Nature,” says Chris. “These rustic and rural courses are strictly bound by Parks Canada

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legislation. We cannot cut down a tree or even take out deadfall without permission. We are constantly striving to integrate these values into everything we do at Terra Nova.” Ranked Platinum by Score Golf magazine as one of the top 30 courses in Canada, and one of the top six in Atlantic Canada, Twin Rivers is simply spectacular. Take advantage of popular incentives like reduced Stay-and-Play rates, as well as free green fees on the nine-hole


Eagle Creek course for children under 16 (when accompanied by a paying adult). Wednesday nights are devoted to the ladies and culminate with an end-of-season reception and cheque presentation to a local charity. Wildlife sightings are common at Terra Nova, and with two rivers running through the property, visitors are often treated to the spectacle of salmon leaping up waterfalls. Golfers can also delight in sumptuous homemade tea buns and turkey soup at The Tee House, located between the front and back nine holes. Renowned for its hospitality, stunning scenery and fly-fishing, Terra Nova’s guests return again and again to this idyllic setting. Janine Fraser discovered Terra Nova almost 30 years ago and has owned one

of the chalets provided by the resort for three years. She and her family are avid golfers and have always been impressed by the rugged beauty and great service. “One of the biggest assets is the people who work there,” says Janine. “When I walk in the door, I feel very much at home.” Special events, such as tournaments, weddings, corporate retreats and conferences, abound at Terra Nova. This year’s list includes their annual Newfoundland Autism Society Tournament, the Sandra Sheppard Memorial Classic with proceeds going to the K-Rock Children’s Trust, as well as the Glenn Chatman Memorial in aid of the Newfoundland Diabetes Association. Terra Nova also plays host to the Newfoundland Oil Industry Association (Noia) tournament and Progress

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magazine’s Face-to-Face leadership and entrepreneurial conference, which will be held this summer and fall, in addition to many other corporate, government and not-for-profit events. With the historical sites of Trinity and Bonavista nearby, whale watching, sea kayaking and hiking are also popular activities. Make Terra Nova Resort & Golf Community your next destination retreat and you’ll go home with something to crow about — it may even be your scorecard! Terra Nova Resort & Golf Community Port Blandford 877.546.2525 709.543.2525 info@terranovagolf.com terranovagolf.com

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HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY

INDULGE in Luxurious Sealskin Creations By Trina Annand Photos Donna McMullin

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or artist Tracy Hayley, a chance discovery of a vintage sealskin necklace owned by her mother was a life-changing experience.

Enchanted by the piece’s beauty and history, Hayley was propelled into a unique new career path and Sealed With a Kiss was born.

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“My goal is to create work that is a combination of modern and traditional, reflecting our unique history in a modern way for future generations to discover and enjoy,” says Hayley. Born and raised in Newfoundland, the artist’s heritage is deeply rooted in sea faring lifestyles, including fishing and

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sealing. “My earliest memories of my grandfather were of him coming off the boat in the mornings before breakfast had even begun. The sea is not only a very important part of my heritage, but the province’s culture,” says Hayley. “Finding that necklace really inspired me to work with sealskin and find ways to make it affordable and accessible for everyone.”


Sealed With a Kiss is ever evolving with Hayley’s unbounded creativity. Partnering with Saltwater Pewter, the company has created 100 per cent Newfoundland made jewelry, such as the popular Saltwater Selkie jewelry line. Hayley’s signature Republic jewelry line features a tri-band Saltwater pewter piece with multi-coloured sealskin in hues of green, white and pink, but clients can customize pieces of their own design with dyes of any colour. The luxurious and luminous quality of sealskin can be found in both its natural and dyed states in Sealed With a Kiss’ vast selection including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, headbands, cufflinks, flasks, journals and a variety of home items such as wine sets. Amongst Hayley’s newest pieces are a packable cowboy hat and custom designed guitar straps. Each and every piece created by Hayley is as unique as the wearer, as no two pieces of sealskin are the same. For items like the newly designed guitar strap, the artist spends hours selecting sealskins and colours, and hand piecing and stitching it together. “Every piece I make is a labour of love and carries with it a little piece of my heart,” says Hayley. Working with the fur industry, Hayley ensures sustainable practices, using even the smallest pieces of fur for her craft, making the pieces affordable for any budget. “No matter how big or small, everyone can have their own piece of Newfoundland. Whether you are a local or a tourist, you can enjoy the beauty and luxury of sealskin,” says Hayley. Sealed With a Kiss products are currently available from Toronto to St. John’s and the business is making appearances at a variety of festivals across the province. Harnessing the natural beauty of her homeland and sharing it with the world is just another day at work for Hayley, who finds inspiration for her craft every day. “I truly love my job, it allows me such amazing freedom of creativity. I feel so lucky to be able to touch people with my work.” Sealed With a Kiss 709.682.7478 www.sealedwithakiss.ca sealskinjewelry@gmail.com Find us on Facebook

ABOVE Shanneyganock’s Chris Andrews using a Sealed with a Kiss guitar strap BELOW Tracy Hayley

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HEALTH

Get to the Root of Your Pain with STABILITY OSTEOPATHY By Henny Buffinga Photos Mandee Sugimoto

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effective treatment. Among the list of conditions osteopathic treatment can help with are lower back, neck, wrist, shoulder and rotator cuff pain, whiplash, neural conditions, sports injuries, headaches, migraines and other chronic pain conditions. “Osteopathy is kind of a mix of alternative and standard medicine,” explains Gibbons. “I use only cutting-edge medical treatment and the most proven methods when helping clients.” Gibbons is the first full-time osteopathic manual practitioner (D.O.M.P) in the province, and is currently completing his doctorate in osteopathy. Gibbons also has a strong background as a personal trainer, power lifter and nutritional educator. After developing a reputation for helping people in that way, he was inspired to move on to other therapies. He chose osteopathy because it seemed like the ideal combination of the best therapies. Osteopathy focuses on getting to the root of the problem rather than treating the symptoms. When a client comes to Gibbons, he completes a full medical history to try to find the cause of the pain the client is experiencing. He does a verbal and physical assessment to find the connection between the nervous system and movement pattern to find what factors are working together to prevent the patient from getting better.

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f you’re living with pain and haven’t been able to find relief, there may be another option available. “I see many patients with acute, chronic problems that don’t go away,” says Matt Gibbons, owner of Stability Osteopathy located in Mount Pearl. “They had been to see numerous different therapists, who all told them the same thing: they had to live with the pain. I want people to know that’s not necessarily true.” Osteopathy is a manual therapy that focuses on the treatment of neuromusculo-skeletal injuries and conditions. Osteopathy overlaps with massage therapy and physiotherapy, but has been recognized by the World Health Organization as being a distinct and

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While osteopathy is a well-established therapy, it is still relatively unknown by the general population. Gibbons hopes to change that. “This treatment offers potential relief for people suffering chronic conditions they may not be able to find elsewhere,” he notes. Osteopathic treatment is covered under most major insurance companies under its own category. For more information about billing and fees, check out Stability Osteopathy’s website.

Stability Osteopathy 48 Bannister St. Mount Pearl 709.747.7463 www.stabilityosteopathy.com |

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HOME STAGING

HOME STAGING A ‘Moving’ Experience

By Trina Annand Photos Donna McMullin and courtesy of Cathy Tarrant

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elling a home is a challenging time in everyone’s life. There are so many things to consider and it is hard to do it all. One of the fastest ways to sell a home is with professional staging, a process that allows a home to look its best while maximizing the sale price.

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As a certified staging professional, Cathy Tarrant knows how to maximize a home’s potential and appeal to the target market. “A lot of my clients are overwhelmed by the idea of selling a home and buying another. They just don’t know where to start,” says Tarrant. That’s where a stager

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comes in. Stagers know how to prioritize and how to make the best use of their clients’ budget. “You only get one chance to make a good first impression when selling your home, so it’s better to stage before the house is


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listed. It will help take advantage of the momentum that is created when a home first hits the market.” Whether in a buyer’s or seller’s market, it is important to make a home stand out from the competition. Dated décor, paint colours, clutter and even furniture arrangement can have a serious impact on how long a seller’s home is on the market and the final sale price. “It’s also important to understand interior decorating and home staging are two very different things. Decorating is about personalization, making a home truly yours; while staging is about depersonalization and making your house appeal to as many buyers as possible,” says Tarrant. “In Canada, 94 per cent of home searches start online,” she continues. “That is why it’s so important to have your home professionally staged and photographed

for the online advertisements. Curb appeal is also vital. More often than not people do a drive by before they view a home. It doesn’t matter how beautiful a home is on the inside, if it’s not appealing on the outside, the buyers are not going in.” For new homes and condos, Homestyling By Cathy provides much needed warmth to an empty box, allowing buyers to imagine themselves living in the space. For those living in their homes while selling, the company provides an array of services from consultations to full staging with rented furniture. To help with the budget, Tarrant uses as much of the homeowner’s items as possible. “Cathy did an amazing job with my home in a very short time frame and I would absolutely use her services if I ever sell again,” says client Suzanne Power. “Cathy sped up the process of selling, getting me in my new home sooner.”

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Homestyling By Cathy isn’t just about de-cluttering, depersonalizing and neutralizing. It’s very much about relieving some of the stress that sellers experience during the whole process of selling their home. “I love helping people reduce the stress they are feeling by lightening their load. And it is so gratifying to see the results and the look on my clients’ faces when the staging is complete! It’s unbelievable sometimes how much staging can change a space in just a day or two,” says Tarrant. Making the most of your home is just a quick call away with Homestyling By Cathy. Homestyling By Cathy 709.341.7115 www.homestylingbycathy.com info@homestylingbycathy.com Follow us on

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HVAC

Cole Air Contracting is One Hot Ticket By Catherine Roberts Photos Mandee Sugimoto

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t’s no wonder Newfoundland leads the country in sales when it comes to heat pumps. Winters here see some pretty harsh conditions. You could say Glen Upshall knows a lot about that, as he’s been in the heating business for more than 20 years.

His main supplier of heat pumps is Trane, which carries a no-hassle 10-year warranty. Glen ups the ante by giving an additional full year warranty for installation services. “We have one of the best names in town for servicing what we sell,” says Glen. “We pride ourselves on that.”

For the past seven years, Glen has run his own business: Cole Air Contracting, specializing in forced air heating and cooling systems. He’s confident about the level of service his team provides and the reliable, quality products customers have come to trust throughout the year.

If you’re wondering what makes heat pumps such a hot ticket item in Newfoundland, the answer will have you kicking your oil tank to the curb. Running a heat pump can be up to 50 per cent cheaper than oil. Environmentally friendly as well, there’s no delivery vehicle to

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contend with nor worries about corrosion, spills and leaky oil tanks. Heat pumps also come out ahead of other electric heating options. You’ll generally save 40 per cent of your heating dollars using an efficient heat pump with the added bonus of having the unit work as an air conditioner when the weather warms up. Another reason heat pumps are gaining popularity is health related. Throughout the year, electronic air cleaners filter the air you breathe. Having no charcoal


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filters to replace gives you one less thing to worry about when checking off your annual or semi-annual home or business maintenance list. One might consider Rob Collingwood of St. John’s a pioneer when it comes to understanding the value and convenience offered by heat pumps. He had his first units installed two decades ago to both home and business and never looked back. His description of Cole Air Contracting as, “a breath of fresh air, really” is a testament to the great service Glen provides to his customers. “He’s a pleasure to do business with,” says Rob. “The work has always been excellent.” Cole Air Contracting is your source for new installations, repairs and maintenance in St. John’s and throughout the Avalon Peninsula. Certified with The Heating, Refrigeration

and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), Cole Air Contracting is bonded and insured with experienced technicians who are pleased to provide turnkey services on new construction projects and renovations. You can avoid costly repairs and save money over standard hourly rates by signing up for a Cole Air Contracting maintenance package. Through a comprehensive check of your HVAC system components, Glen’s team will ensure your system is ready for Newfoundland’s weather extremes. Free estimates are provided. The only thing you’ll be left wondering is why you hadn’t called Cole Air Contracting sooner. Cole Air Contracting offers the following: •

Commercial and residential HVAC installations

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Heat pumps Ductless mini-split systems Forced air heating and cooling systems Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems Electronic air cleaners Maintenance service on all installations New home construction (turnkey service available) Renovations (turnkey service available)

Cole Air Contracting 709.727.2680 info@coleaircontracting.ca www.coleaircontracting.ca

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GITTENS & ASSOCIATES: A Unique Personal Injury Firm Photos Aamie Gillam and Elsie Reid

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ersonal Injury is a competitive, albeit lucrative, area of practice. While many firms focus on increasing the number of claims they process, the team at Gittens & Associates has a distinctive approach. “Different firms take different approaches,” says Ernest Gittens, senior and named partner. “Some go for a volume type of practice where the emphasis is on processing the claim as opposed to litigating it. This can be very efficient for minor routine injuries, much like an assembly line in a factory, and with sufficient volume it can be quite lucrative.” At Gittens & Associates, they tend to get involved in more serious claims where clients have sustained more severe injuries. “We necessarily have to assist our clients through a whole range of different therapies and treatments,” Gittens says. As a result, they tend to work with a wide variety of medical and therapeutic professionals. This includes everyone from family physicians, medical specialists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chronic pain clinics, personal fitness instructors and vocational or rehabilitation professionals. As their clients attempt to get back to work, they may engage functional capacity evaluators to help assess the client’s limits so he or she can ease safely back into the workforce. “A functional capacity evaluator will do tests which can help in assessing what a client needs to do to overcome the injury, but it’s also a vital part of trying to assess the amount of loss they’ve sustained,” Gittens says. “A person might get injured and go back to work, but because they’ve lost time from work and have physical or psychological restrictions, it’s going to affect their ultimate employability. You might not see an actual loss in their income, but they might not get that promotion. Or, they might not put in that extra time because

they have to leave work for physiotherapy; it impacts their long-term employability and ultimately their earning capacity.” The team at Gittens & Associates is largely focused on litigation and courtroom advocacy, so a significant amount of their time is spent in court. However, industry wide statistics indicate 98 per cent of cases are settled without the need for a trial. “That preparation for trial and that willingness to go to court is an essential part of the settlement process. Until insurance companies realize you will take them to court, you’re not going to get their best offer,” Gittens says. Though settlements can often take years, the most critical period is shortly after the incident or injury. Clients may be unable to work at that time, dealing with pain or mobility issues and the unknown of how their lives have changed. “There are a lot of things that can stress a client out just after the injury,” he says. “And your lawyer shouldn’t be one of them.” This time can also be difficult financially, as fixed expenses remain constant while a client’s income might be reduced. Even with access to sick pay or disability insurance, income is often not what it used to be. And of course, not everyone has the option of going on sick leave or using disability insurance. “It’s a time when we have to be creative to find ways to assist our clients,” Gittens says. With a willingness to take matters to court, the knowledge and creativity to help clients during difficult financial times, and their unique approach to personal injury claims, Gittens & Associates is truly a unique law firm in Newfoundland and Labrador. Gittens & Associates St. John’s and Labrador City 1.888.592.7171 www.gittenslaw.ca

TOP L-R Ernest Gittens, Kellie Cullihall, Leah Mazerolle, Renée Murphy-Turner, Katrina R.M. Hanlon, Stephen P. Orr

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LUXURY CAR DEALERSHIP

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Own the Road By Henny Buffinga Photos Elsie Reid

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oming out of a recordbreaking month for sales, Mercedes-Benz St. John’s is firing on all cylinders. With a new management team in place this year and an improved parts and service department, their dealership is second to none. “Word is starting to get around that our service department has improved and our sales reflect that,” says Jill Penney, general manager of Mercedes-Benz St. John’s. Jill’s father, Dan, is a fixture in the St. John’s automotive community with Mazda, Kia, Toyota, MercedesBenz and the Grand Winds Hyundai dealership to his name. The family business continues to grow this year with his youngest daughter, Cecilia, joining the team as financial services manager after graduating from St. Francis Xavier with a bachelor of business administration. This new position marks a great opportunity for her to learn all aspects of the business and follow her sisters into the family business. As part of their continued improvements, Mercedes-Benz St. John’s has placed Donna Wallace in charge of the parts and service departments. Her 25 years experience in automotive service, and efforts to foster relationships with clients, have landed her the job as fixed operations manager. The team at Mercedes-Benz St. John’s is hardworking and professional, and their customer service is what has people coming back. This has been a great year for MercedesBenz, with the 2015 C-Class named World Car of the Year. They were also honoured with awards for World Performance Car of the Year, the Mercedes AMG-GT, and the World Luxury Car of the Year, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

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New models coming out next year include the new and improved 2016 C-Class. This year, Mercedes-Benz is consolidating their nomenclature and the current GLK will now be called the Concept GLC Coupe. This sports utility vehicle features a sporty roofline that underscores its coupe-like character, while offering the same power and off-road performance as a traditional SUV. The 367-hp direct-injection bi-turbo V6 engine, paired with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, sets this vehicle apart. The 2016 GLE SUV, formerly the ML, offers comfort, agility and continues the history of passive and active safety that Mercedes-Benz strives for with every generation of vehicles. This SUV comes with the latest technologies, such as Intelligent Drive, which helps you avoid trouble on the road, and the Dynamic Select handling control system, which allows the driver to choose a sporty or comfortable feel. In addition to their new vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned program sells a variety of high-line and luxury vehicles that are more affordable for potential buyers. “People don’t realize that it can be affordable,” Jill says. “If you compare us with the competition, you’ll see the prices are often much lower than expected. For less than you anticipate, you can get a high-end, luxury vehicle.” Continuing their legacy of staying ahead of the curve when it comes to performance and quality, Mercedes-Benz offers luxury within reach. Bottom center: Jill and Cecilia Penney

Mercedes-Benz St. John’s 211 Kenmount Road www.stjohns.mercedes-benz.ca | |

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LUXURY

LUXURY TRANSPORT

to Your Special Occasion

with a Limo By Melanie Furlong Photos Kyle Callahan

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hen you’re planning a special occasion, Memories Fo r e v e r Limo 2015 Inc. can add excitement and luxury to your logistics. The event might be a wedding or prom, or it might be a fun night out on the town in one of their well-appointed limousines.

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Memories Forever Limo 2015 Inc. has driven for teen parties, adult birthdays, children’s birthdays, stags and stagettes, anniversaries and many other occasions. In fact, it’s one of the best ways for a group of friends to go out for a safe and comfortable night on the town.

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The company, purchased by Larry Daley in March, offers transportation in two large limo buses that accommodate up to 42 passengers; two mid-size limo buses for 26 or 20 passengers respectively; three stretch limos as well as a black Ford Excursion stretch limo.


Their professionally trained and uniformed drivers are experienced in proper driving procedures and etiquette. They meticulously care for and maintain their vehicles, grooming them after every run. Daley comes to Memories Forever Limo 2015 Inc. with more than 25 years experience in the industry. He is also the owner of Corporate Concierge, which specializes in executive transportation, and he’s also a logistics expert for Titanic expeditions, which he did himself while working with his friend, filmmaker James Cameron, 12 years ago. “I got into the executive transportation field by working on a number of films and documentaries about the Titanic,” says Daley. “I saw a need in the province that wasn’t being filled.” He says the demand for limos he saw then is even greater now with more people interested in using luxury limousines for special occasions. “Memories Forever Limo 2015 Inc. is another avenue that allows us to offer hospitality,” says Daley. Their limos are now being booked as far as two years in advance. When you call to book with Memories Forever Limo 2015 Inc., one of their friendly customer service agents will take your information and work with you to plan your special day or event. They’ll give you several options of vehicles, work out the logistics and timing and provide you a quote for the best price available. It is recommended to call as far in advance as possible to secure a vehicle. All of their beautiful limousines are designed for a great time and no one enjoys them more than children. “When they see the big bus coming down the street for them with lights flashing, they are so excited and have the biggest grins on their faces,” he says. “Giving the kids or any group a great night on the town is always rewarding for us. It gives everyone a nice, fun and safe experience and makes them feel special.” Memories Forever Limo 2015 10 Beclin Rd. Mount Pearl 709.690.7433 info@memoriesforeverlimo.com

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MARKETING AGENCY

GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH

CUSTOM WEBSITES AND APPS By Courtney Tait Photos Courtesy of JAC

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onsidered one of the best digital marketing agencies in Atlantic Canada, it’s no surprise the award-winning JAC Digital Marketing Agency is developing cutting-edge technology. Specializing in web design and development, social media, marketing and mobile applications, JAC is currently developing several niche apps for a range of industries including real estate and fitness. Its team offers services that not only drastically improve clients’ digital presences, but also convert their leads into sales. “Clients are becoming more educated and refined on their goals,” says JAC founder and CEO John Atkins.

“They’re saying, ‘Not only do we need a website, but we need an app that zones in on a component of the business.’” Atkins says while websites typically give a broad view of a company’s services, apps focus on one or two key products or messages. They also enhance communication. “Reaching out to clients is a lot easier with apps, as more people are on their phone than laptop,” says Atkins. Payments for products and services are also streamlined with apps, as most people have their phones connected with payment options. Also, app integration with platforms such as Facebook and Google+ reduces barriers to signing up for a product, making users more likely to take that next step.

JAC has recently transformed the website of one of its clients – a prominent Newfoundland realtor – into a sales tool complete with integrated social media. The company is also creating an “augmented reality” app, which will allow users to see 3D specs of houses on their phone. The app will enable the company to track and profile individuals to learn what areas they are looking for houses in. “Companies can make better decisions through profiling, sending out only information people are interested in,” says Atkins. “The conversion rate is unbelievable.” Another app created by JAC is geared toward professional fitness instructors. “Communication tools are lacking in the ABOVE PHOTO John Atkins

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“People who work with JAC know they are working with a company that is very experienced, passionate and trustworthy,” says Atkins. “We help our clients change and grow.” fitness industry,” says Atkins. “Many professionals have no tool to answer client questions other than a private Facebook group. We’ve developed a custom social media app that enables them to engage with clients, push notifications and take part in live chats.” The JAC team gives their clients a highly personalized service, ensuring they understand the purpose and function of digital platforms and other aspects of branding in a rapidly evolving industry. “A lot of what we do is very technical, so we take a conversational approach to break down barriers,” says Atkins. “People say the way we talk about our services is different than other agencies. They can understand what we’re doing.” Since launching in 2008, JAC has won more than 40 awards, including several Interactive Media Awards, three Top 50 CEO Awards by Atlantic Business Magazine, and a range of Davey Awards, which honours the best Web, Design, Video, Advertising and Mobile from small agencies worldwide. In 2016, the company will expand its team and headquarters, opening satellite offices in Toronto and New York. “People who work with JAC know they are working with a company that is very experienced, passionate and trustworthy,” says Atkins. “We help our clients change and grow.” JAC 673 Topsail Rd. St. John’s 709.754.0555 www.jac.co

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SALON

Chatters: A Cutting Edge Salon Experience By Henny Buffinga Photos Elsie Reid

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hatters is a successful chain of hair salons with 98 locations across Canada that was first brought to our province by franchisee Rosemary Buckingham. Offering full hair and spa services for men and women, Chatters is also a retail location carrying high-end hair and beauty products. “I think one of the things that people don’t realize about us is we have such a large retail space,” Buckingham says. After opening the first location on Aberdeen Avenue to great success, the chain quickly grew on the island to

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include three locations in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, as well as a location in Corner Brook. Each salon has between eight and 10 chairs for hair services, a large retail area and spa services including eyelash extensions, facials, waxing, makeup and even laser hair removal at the Mount Pearl location. They are also certified to apply Great Lengths Hair Extensions. While most salons focus on one or two brands to showcase in-store, this 4,000 sq. ft. space allows them to offer a full range of products for their clients. They carry Redken, Joico, Sexy, Ag, American

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Crew, Paul Mitchell, Deva Curls and many more. Chatters also has their own line of professional hair tools and products called Kenneth Bernard. “We carry professional products that have a higher quality than your typical drug store hair products,” adds Buckingham. Chatters employs highly trained individuals and encourages continued education through internal training programs as well as opportunities through Redken. They also host national competitions every year, and St. John’s employee Vicki Hedley won the Canadian makeover challenge last


year. “We try to ensure that there are many opportunities for our stylists and consultants,” says Buckingham. With conferences and training opportunities, they foster an exciting work environment for their employees. Chatters offers a lowest price guarantee, and has many offers including a free gift with their colour services, as well as a gift with purchases over $60. They also have a points system in-store. Buckingham has even more ideas for the industry, with plans to bring a new barbershop to St. John’s. Tommy Guns

will be a 1930s themed old-fashioned barbershop, featuring pinballs machines, mirrors that are flat screen TVs at every station, and iPads and air hockey tables in the waiting room. Buckingham is excited to open the first Tommy Guns location in Newfoundland, which will be located across from Chatters on Stavanger Drive. The large retail space and vast range of products set Chatters salon and spa apart in Newfoundland. “At the end of the day, it’s about making our customers happy,” says Buckingham. “We just want everyone to have a good hair day!”

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Chatters 98 Aberdeen Avenue, St. John’s 709.722.2525 1A Kiwanis Street, St. John’s 709.576.0660 160 Old Placentia Road, Mount Pearl 709.747.4848 14 Murphy Square, Corner Brook 709.634.5600 www.chatters.ca

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SKIN CARE CLINIC

Trust the Skin Care Specialists By Henny Buffinga Photos Donna McMullin

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he Landells Clinic and its staff have established themselves as experts in the field of cosmetic d e r m a t o l o g y. Known as one of the top five cosmetic clinics for Botox and fillers in Atlantic Canada, The Landells Clinic also offers skin tightening treatments, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, laser hair removal, IPL and BBL photorejuvenation, microdermabrasion and facials. The latter can be a great introduction to the staff members and their services for someone who may be interested in finding out more about the clinic. “We always tell our patients our goal is to make them look better, not different,” says Katherine Higgins, managing director of The Landells Clinic. “Everything we do is non-invasive; but unfortunately,

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we find that many clients are nervous when they first come to us. The images and stories they get from Hollywood have intimidated them when it comes to certain procedures, but at our clinic we know where the line is and we are very careful not to cross it.” For a client hoping to get Botox or fillers, Higgins says they shouldn’t worry. “When injectable treatments are done by a professional with years of experience, it should just look like you had a good night’s sleep or came back from a restful vacation,” she explains. The Landells Clinic prides itself on using a very conservative and natural approach when treating clients. Their expert nurse injector, Jackie Connors, has more than 13 years experience treating clients with Botox and fillers. “There is nothing more rewarding

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than having a client come back and say they are getting so many compliments on their skin, but no one knows what they had done,” Connors adds. Medical director and renowned dermatologist Dr. Ian Landells, managing director Katherine Higgins and nursing director Jackie Connors run The Landells Clinic. Their shared goals include continued education for their staff. Dr. Landells hosts regular educational seminars for the staff dealing with a variety of medical and cosmetic dermatology issues, ranging from rosacea, acne and skin cancers to how to deal with different types of sun spots, blood vessels and wrinkles. The clinic also routinely works with expert trainers from across Canada and the U.S. to regularly educate and train their staff


on the newest techniques and advances in laser, skin resurfacing, skin tightening, Botox, fillers and cosmeceuticals. The Landells team also advocates for preventative skin care, and their main goal is to educate their clients on how to prevent and protect against sun damage and the signs of aging. “We sometimes joke that we may put ourselves out of business,” says Higgins. Dr. Landells is more likely to spend time talking people out of procedures than trying to convince them they have problems that need correcting. “We don’t tell you what you need, we help you decide what you want,” he says.

On the horizon for The Landells Clinic is an exciting partnership with plastic surgeon Dr. Shane Seal. “He’s a perfect fit for the clinic, and shares our ‘patients first’ philosophy,” says Higgins. This, combined with their rapidly growing anti-aging skin care boutique, allows the expert team at The Landells Clinic to offer the best products, treatments and customer service to their clients. Why not give them a call today. The Landells Clinic 120 Stavanger Drive, St. John’s 709.739.7546 www.landellsclinic.ca

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Colour Your World

STAINED GLASS

By Catherine Roberts  Photos Mandee Sugimoto and courtesy of Sunhound Glassworks

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hen you want to add an artistic touch of elegance to your home, think of authentic stained glass. For many, it’s the perfect way to take an ordinary room and turn it into something extraordinary. Brendan Blackmore developed a passion for stained glass artwork almost 40 years ago while under the tutelage of the late Robert Wise, a distinguished artist in Victoria, B.C. He returned to Newfoundland in 1978 and founded Sunhound Glassworks in St. John’s, working alongside other Newfoundland artists. Presently, Brendan works out of his studio overlooking the Broad Cove River in St. Philip’s. Using original designs, Sunhound Glassworks produces figurative and contemporary stained glass leaded windows, both ecclesiastical and secular. The studio has also worked on numerous church restorations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. B re n d a n ’s most m e m o ra b l e accomplishment to date is the full restoration of the eight altar and pallium windows in the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s. “It was really satisfying,” says, Brendan. “A once in a lifetime opportunity.” Other studio achievements include the Confederation Building Annex and the House of Assembly Coat of Arms of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; the Peace Window in the Caribou Memorial Veterans’ Pavilion; The Spa at the Monastery, St. John’s; and, in collaboration with artist Gerald Squires, Mary, Queen of the World Church, St. John’s. “It has been my great pleasure over many years to work with Brendan Blackmore,”

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says Gerald Squires. “We have worked on numerous projects, including the 15 windows at Mary Queen of the World Church. Brendan is a past-master of the art of stained glass and has worked tirelessly in this province since the mid-70s.” Sunhound Glassworks is a fully-equipped stained glass studio with traditional skills and tools. Brendan responds creatively to the special demands of individual commissions. He is passionate about stained glass and the countless possibilities of design. In recent years, the design and installation of windows in residential settings have become a major focal point. Proponents agree the quality of light that projects through real leaded stained glass cannot be compared with modern day computergenerated plastics. Sandy Gibbons of Gibbons Snow Architects Inc. is certainly an aficionado of design having used Brendan’s services in a number of successful building and interpretation projects, including his own home. He knows firsthand the impact stained glass can have. “We’ve worked with Sunhound Glassworks both as a client for their services and they for our services,” says Gibbons. “Brendan is a great craftsman and an imaginative designer – a true artisan.” Given the many possibilities for artistic expression within the medium of stained glass, it is the studio’s policy to give full consideration to the client’s interests while maintaining the integrity of the design within its setting. Customers who are looking for one-of-a kind artwork and the authentic experience of real leaded stained glass can approach Sunhound Glassworks for custom designed stained glass, secular or religious, in all architectural settings. Sunhound Glassworks 709.895.5097 www.sunhoundglassworks.ca sunhoundglassworks@gmail.com

Previous Page “Nasturtiums,” 25 sq. ft., Gibbons residence, St. John’s; inset:  detail “Nasturtiums.” This Page, ToP lefT Stairwell/entrance window, 4 ft. wide x 7 ft. high, St. John’s residence; ToP righT Front entrance, Circular Road residence, St. John’s; middle Family room, 6ft. x 6ft., Doyle-LeFort residence, St. John’s; boTTom, lefT Brendan Blackmore, owner; boTTom righT kitchen window seat, 4 ft. x 5ft., Stroud residence, St. John’s.

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TRAVEL AGENCY

Travel Time - TPI Creates a Time to Remember By Catherine Roberts

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hat old maxim, ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey’ couldn’t be more fitting when it comes to travel planning. A destination wedding is one life event that begs perfection, from travel itinerary to event. But why beg? Lois Barbour and her team at Travel Time - TPI can make all the arrangements, so the nuptial party can relax and enjoy the celebration. Travel Professionals International (TPI) is the only agency in Newfoundland to be part of the Virtuoso network of travel advisors, one of the top travel agency organizations in the world. Travellers who use Virtuoso advisors get access to more than 1,300 of the world’s premier travel providers, as well as exclusive services, experiences and products. Although approximately 50 per cent of Travel Time – TPI’s clients are looking for

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exclusive Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club. This accolade demonstrates her exemplary level of customer service, knowledge and commitment in helping couples find their dream wedding and honeymoon destination. Stephanie Pretty was so amazed by her experience with Lois that she and her husband are returning to Montego Bay for their first anniversary. They’re trusting Travel Time – TPI to make all the arrangements again. “All we had to do was get dressed and show up,” says Stephanie. “Our wedding was beyond our wildest dreams. Our guests were blown away!” destination wedding and honeymoon help and advice, the other 50 per cent are interested in their expertise with the Virtuoso travel experiences, such as river cruises, small ship cruising and European land destination immersion experiences that include hotels and tours that qualify for the Virtuoso trademark. Lois is a certified travel counsellor (CTC), an elite cruise counsellor (ECC), and the only agent in Newfoundland with certified professional destination wedding and honeymoon specialist (DWHSA) credentials. During 10 years in business, she built a team of skilled agents and aligned with Sandals resorts to provide clients with a superior vacation experience.

The agency coordinated the arrival of 26 guests, including those from out of province, to Jamaica for Stephanie’s wedding. From wedding planners and photographer to cake and cocktails, Lois and Sandals took care of everything. Testimonials from newlyweds are an affirmation of professionalism. “When a bride writes us an email to say it was the best day of her life, that’s music to our ears!” says Lois. “We are honoured to play a role in helping so many couples create this memorable event. This is what makes it all worthwhile!” Lois really does go the extra mile by visiting the resorts she recommends to make sure they meet the standards

acceptable to her clients’ needs. For travellers under any circumstance, be it a wedding, honeymoon or even a family vacation, that personal touch means nothing is left to chance. And, if there is a hiccup, someone you can trust will remedy the problem quickly and efficiently. Herein lies the difference between having a professional service provider and self-booking through the Internet. On such important occasions, you want assurance that everything is going to go according to plan. Join Travel Time - TPI next January for its premiere destination wedding how-to event. Learn from start-tofinish the considerations in planning a destination wedding. This promises to be an informative and fun occasion with representatives from Sandals Resorts as well as the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. A recipient of the Saint Lucia Piton Award for top travel agents for 2014, Lois Barbour knows that this destination is on many people’s bucket list, and can help you to get there to see for yourself! Contact Travel Time - TPI for more details and for your next travel plans. Then enjoy the journey firsthand! Travel Time - TPI Inc. www.traveltimetpi.ca lbarbour@tpi.ca 709.753.9950

Lois currently holds the honour of being the only Newfoundland travel advisor who has achieved membership in the

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WINDOW TREATMENTS

The Finishing Touch By Henny Buffinga Photos Kyle Callahan

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hen building and renovating homes, people often overlook the last thing in finishing the look and function of their home: the windows. Some put in irregular windows without realizing how hard it will be to treat them. “We get so many people who come into our store and say ‘Please help! I don’t even know where to begin,’” says Robyn Thistle, manager of operations for Blinds & Drapes Etc., who specialize in treating windows of all shapes and sizes. Blinds & Drapes Etc. provides custom window treatments, bedding, drapery hardware, wallpaper, professional measurements and installation, and interior design services. April Stead, an interior designer, started the business in 2001 when she saw a niche in the window treatment market and realized a custom window treatment centre would perfectly complement her interior design services. Her son, Adam Stead, joined her company and her daughter, Robyn, joined in 2010. Along with Yvonne Breen and Cynthia Whelan, their team offers design-consulting services that help people select the finishing touches for their home. “With such a focus on home improvement in the media with shows on channels like HGTV, people understand the significance getting the right fit can have on the overall look and feel of their homes, as well as how it functions,” explains Thistle. “I think it was The Oprah Winfrey Show’s interior designer, Nate Berkus, who said ‘Let your home rise up to greet you.’ I think a lot of people want that.”

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That’s where Blinds & Drapes comes in. Not only can they provide the professional help in putting a room together with their interior design team, but their retail location also offers a showroom where people can test drive the blinds and drapes that are hung in-store. Representing some of the best fabric and blind retailers in North America, they carry brands such as Hunter Douglas, Shade-O-Matic, Kravet, Robert Allen and more. They offer warranties on their blinds, many of which are lifetime warranties, something that can never be found when you buy off the shelf. Blinds & Drapes Etc. also has the industry experience to dress irregular shaped windows, such as arched or extra-wide windows.

Although their work is all custom, they can find options to suit any budget. “We establish relationships with our clients. We get to know what they need based on the way they live, and show them what works best for them,” explains Thistle. “That isn’t always the most expensive option, and I think they appreciate the honesty.”

For help designing the finishing touches on your home, visit with the design consultants at Blinds & Drapes Etc. today.

While we have been seeing a lot of ‘blind-only’ houses in Canada in past years, drapery is making a comeback. “People have missed the look and feel that drapery provides,” Thistle says. “From the sound absorption to the light blocking to the possibilities with colours and patterns. We love drapery at Blinds & Drapes; it was our original specialty.”

Blinds & Drapes Etc. 35 Stavanger Drive St. John’s 709.738.2024

BOTTOM LEFT L-R , Adam Stead, Yvonne Breen, and Robyn Thistle, manager. BOTTOM RIGHT L-R Cynthia Whelan and Yvonne Breen

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ocated in the historic monastery built for the Irish Christian Brothers in 1931, Monastery Spa & Suites offers pure relaxation in the heart of the city. Under new management since November 2014, this five-star rated spa is now working under the Leaside Group, operators of Leaside Manor, Compton House and Arnold’s Cove Inn, to update their facilities and revamp their services to reflect the Leaside standard. Monastery is an Aveda Concept Spa, using pure flower and plant essences in every product. Their services include Aveda facial treatments, body treatments, hand and foot services, massage therapy and salon services for both men and women. Alongside the spa, they also offer a boutique hotel that features 31 fivestar luxury suites, air-massage tubs and fireplaces. One can also take advantage of their large conference facility, perfect for cocktail receptions, boardroom meetings or corporate retreats. Bringing the Monastery up to speed in the industry are Nicole Bailote, vice president of operations for the Leaside Group, Mandie Stokes, the spa manager, and Kelly Finlay, the general manager of accommodations for the Leaside Group. “Kelly makes customer standards in hospitality her priority by making sure each customer has a memorable experience, and business travellers can host a hasslefree retreat and a worry-free stay,” says Bailote. Between these three women and their carefully selected team members, the Monastery Spa & Suites is able to provide the Leaside Group promise. “We aren’t new to the accommodation industry, but this is another venture we’ve

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taken on with the spa,” explains Bailote. “Mandie is leading the way here; she is a real spa guru who joined the Leaside Group in October. She took the lead with the spa to develop a new culture and built a solid team to take it to a new level within the industry, starting with reenergizing each treatment to perfection and nurturing each Aveda team member to achieve his or her full potential.”

I cannot even begin to describe what an amazing day you gave us! Our very first ever facials were the most relaxing thing I have EVER done in my life! The staff members who worked with us were amazing!! It was so nice that the same ladies stuck with us through every service we had. We got to know them a little and they got to know us. Very warm and friendly and overall great to be around! Thank you, Nicole Norman, Cassandra Coady and Debbie Strickland

Their facilities include the Vichy Water Room, one of the exclusive water treatment rooms in the city. Stokes is expanding the water room’s services to include several Aveda body treatments, such as a smoothing body polish and an Indian Scalp Massage, a brand new service beginning this summer.

Jacuzzi soak with Aveda products. They have also recently added Reiki and Reflexology to their menu. The facilities also include a group pedicure room, which can accommodate bridal parties or small groups.

The spectacular Jacuzzi Suite offers a duet massage, allowing couples or friends to get side-by-side massages. Afterward they have the luxury of relaxing in a

“Aveda treatments are, in reality, experiences – each treatment includes opening and closing rituals which help transition the guest into the treatment

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and then closing the treatment with a final touch,” Stokes explains. “Aveda is our point of difference.” Transitioning into a treatment includes a sensory journey with aromatherapy, breathing techniques and visualization to bring the client into a state of relaxation to get full benefits from each session. “Second to family, my career in this beautiful industry is of utmost importance to me,”

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explains Stokes. “My mission, with the support of an incomparable, amazing team, is to turn the spa industry into everything it deserves and more – from the experiences we create to the products that make us who we are. Guest care to the fullest, pure passion and high standards is what we, the Leaside group as a whole, pride ourselves on every single day. We’ve got this.” The Café at the Monastery is also being revamped. With a serene and relaxing atmosphere, this charming café will serve breakfast and late lunches. The menu will include items such as roasted red pepper soup, blueberry spinach goat cheese salad and plenty of baked goods. The Leaside umbrella has undertaken the key points of customer service, hospitality and caring to bring the spa to the next level. “This endeavour has been challenging, yet very exciting,” concludes Bailote. “What makes it all work is

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building a solid team of leaders, setting goals together, and setting our eyes and our hearts on new horizons. The sky is the limit with Leaside Group.” TOP Mandie Stokes, Nicole Bailote, Kelly Finlay LEFT Sonja (front desk), Keri (Peer Mentor/Aesthetician), Kim (RMT), Ashley (Nail Technician), Caroline (Spa Coordinator), Krystal (RMT), Rebecca (RMT), Jennifer (Café Manager)

Monastery Spa & Suites 63 Patrick Street, St. John’s 709.754.5800 www.monasteryspa.ca |

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25 YEARS By bringing back Your Favourites Our guests are the reason for our 25-year success, so we asked which of your favourite Milestones dishes you wanted to see back on the menu. We brought back the most popular in our ‘Bringing Tasty Back’ menu. All of these famous dishes have been perfectly paired with a Kim Crawford wine. From bright and crisp, to fruity with a hint of spice, a menu this good deserves the ultimate complement.

any bottle of Kim Crawford wines until September 7th

14 Hebron Way • St. John’s • 709.737.0615 Must be of legal drinking age. Please drink responsibly. *Minimum $5 food purchase required. Discount applies to food only. $5 off offer is valid June 29 to September 7, 2015 in participating locations, excluding Niagara Falls, ON and Airport locations. Dine in only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Selection may vary by location. All applicable taxes extra.


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Newfoundland & Labrador FOR OVER 100 YEARS

Members of St. John’s Financial Centre

Sun Life Financial has been a part of the Canadian landscape for 150 years. We have earned the trust of millions of Canadians who look to us to help them achieve lifetime financial security. We stake our reputation on this trust. It defines everything we do in our business, both locally and globally. This trust has been recognized locally by the Reader’s Digest 2015 Trusted Brand Award for the sixth year in a row. It has also been recognized internationally as we are one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

For the ninth time, one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World!

St. John’s Financial Centre 145 Kelsey Drive, Suite 100, St. John’s, NL Tel: 709-576-6243 Toll-Free: 1-866-539-4087 ™TRUSTED BRAND is a trademark of Reader’s Digest Association Canada ULC. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies. © Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2015.

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We are delighted to share our third issue of the year with you! Gracing our cover is Sarah Lynn Russell of Distinctive Interiors. Inside you...

Fine Lifestyles St. John's Volume 2 Issue 3 2015  

We are delighted to share our third issue of the year with you! Gracing our cover is Sarah Lynn Russell of Distinctive Interiors. Inside you...

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