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elcome to the first issue of ReFINEd Kingston Magazine. You may recognize our team from Fine Lifestyles and Fine Homes magazines. In late September, I was given the amazing opportunity to acquire the publication, which has resulted in a new name and fresh look. When I’m chatting with people from our community, one of the questions I’m most frequently asked is, “Why did you start your magazine in Kingston?” The truth is, Kingston chose us — and we’ve never looked back. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since my husband Gerry and I moved to the city with our three children Eric, Breanna and Ashlynn after Gerry was posted to CFB Kingston. It wasn’t only a chance for Gerry to further his now 23-year military career, but an opportunity for me to put a plan in motion to bring a new magazine to this amazing city. I truly love Kingston, and I am thrilled I have this platform to share all that I love about it with you. Our city is second to none in countless ways. On many levels, we operate a little differently than your typical magazine. In fact, one of the most exciting facets of our publication is that it truly belongs to the community; our magazine is filled with local content. When you flip through the pages, you’ll enjoy reading stories about your friends and neighbours in business.

Kingstonians are passionate about the unique lifestyle our city offers. Known for its philanthropic efforts, waterways and limestone, it’s the people and places that give Kingston its flavour and we will celebrate that in each and every issue. Kingston, this is your magazine. Enjoy. Cathie Watson Publisher and Owner



can’t begin to express how excited I am to be launching this inaugural issue of ReFINEd Kingston Magazine. What you’re holding in your hands is the end result of months of hard work on behalf of an amazing team; a team that has become more like a family since we began working together for Fine Lifestyles Magazine in 2013. When I took some time off earlier this year for maternity leave after the birth of my daughter Chloe, I couldn’t have dreamed I’d have the chance to work on a new-andimproved version of what we once were. We’ve happily re-branded, and are excited to share with you all the changes we’ve made. This magazine truly belongs to you, Kingston. It’s all about our city’s amazing people, businesses and events that make the Limestone City the true delight that it is to live in. We’re so lucky to call this place home. While you may be welcoming old man winter somewhat begrudgingly, I hope you welcome the first issue of ReFINEd Kingston Magazine with open arms. We’re so excited to start anew and share our passion for the city of Kingston with you. Happy reading!

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80 COVER FEATURE T he w o o le n mil L

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STYLE & BEAUTY Party Perfect Holiday Looks

Nestled along the serene banks of the Cataraqui River, The Woolen Mill is an integral feature of Kingston’s historical identity. Cover Feature - The Woolen Mill

40 YOUR HEALTH Create a Home Gym 


FOCUS ON FAMILY The Happy Soul Project

54 CITY LIFE A Night in New York

62 FOOD & DRINK For Grape's Sake

71 BUSINESS TO BUSINESS Designing Your Home Office

91 MOTORING Five Top Winter Car Tips

98 AT HOME Take Your Stairs to the Next Level








Tara McCallan is thankful fate decided to paint their lives a little outside the lines — and wants to encourage others to see the beauty in living a life that may not be seen as ordinary. - The Happy Soul Project




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Karyn Beacock Spiral Into Control

Stress-Free Holiday Shopping


here’s always excitement at the thought of seeing loved ones during the Christmas season (and if you’re lucky, a few days off of work), but the holidays can also bring with them a sense of anxiety and pressure. The selfless act of gift giving can become a huge source of holiday angst, but there is a way to approach holiday shopping in an organized fashion. Plan ahead Take control of the season and own it. Do you want to finish your shopping early, or slide into the finish line just before the big guy arrives? Everything is within your control — you just have to create a plan. It’s best to make a list of whom you’re shopping for, along with an idea of what you’d like to give them. Your plan may change during your venture, but your list will serve as a handy guide. In addition to planning your shopping list, it’s best to set a budget ahead of time. Be realistic about what is feasible and avoid relying on your credit card to pay for items. Remember shopping is just one part of the puzzle Although we are focusing on an organized approach to holiday shopping, it is important to note the other tasks you must accomplish for the big day. You would not want to get your shopping list written, but forget to clean the house for company. Make a list of important tasks you must complete leading up to the holidays and try to get your family involved.

Buy in bulk You can give the same thing to a group of people. For example, the teachers at your children’s school can get a gift card from a local coffee shop, while the members of your book club could receive a pretty bookmark. Wrap gifts ahead of time Check out local gift-wrapping centres, which often support a local charity through your donation. Although there is a cost involved, consider the time you’ve saved and the charity you supported. If you love wrapping gifts, wrap them immediately after purchasing them. Be ready for next Christmas Don’t wait until the last minute. Don’t even wait until the start of the holiday season; begin your shopping trips in January when everything is on sale. It means less stress for you, and you can save some serious cash. It is so easy to feel pressured by all of the commercials advertising the latest and greatest toys and gadgets, but it is important to remember the true meaning of the season. As Calvin Coolidge once said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

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By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough

ith all the parties and get-togethers that take place during the holidays, it can be difficult to pull together a cocktail-worthy look every time. But with a few style staples, you’ll be lighting up the room and making a style statement all your own during the festive season.

Style With Sequins

Nothing screams “fabulous” quite like sequins. Lending a sparkling allure to any outfit, the style staple seems to make a triumphant return during the holidays year after year. Avoid looking like a disco ball by keeping your accessories subtle; you don’t want to overwhelm other party guests.

Luxurious Lace

Pretty and utterly feminine, lace remains a style staple in many women’s wardrobes — and for good reason. Want to shake it up? While it’s timeless 10 10


and pretty, forego the typical little black dress and opt for something colourful. If there’s ever a time to rock a little red number, it’s now.

Fabulous Fur

Whether real or faux, there’s a timeless and elegant quality about fur. Wrap yourself up in a luxurious shawl to fend off the cold or button up in an anklelength coat; either way, you’re sure to turn some heads this holiday season.

Astonishing Accessories

Be ready for holiday parties for years to come by investing in well-made and timeless accessories. Diamonds, as we all know, are a girl’s best friend, so deck the halls by investing in something seriously sparkly. Are you traditional? Opt for something clear and colourless with simple, clean lines. Are you more of a trendsetter? Coloured diamonds will lend an exquisite, unique look to any holiday outfit. RK


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Luxury Lingerie D esi g n ed t o F it a n d F latter


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ingerie may not be visible to the naked eye, but when a woman has on something that’s both comfortable and sexy beneath her clothing, she carries herself confidently, says Joanne Angelis, co-owner of House of Angelis. “It’s not just about the fashion,” she says, rearranging a display of beautiful, lacy bras from Belgium. “It’s about you feeling good about yourself — even though nobody else sees it.” One of Brock Street’s signature stores, House of Angelis has become more than a fashion emporium for women seeking



high-end style. After all, Maria and Joanne Angelis agree with Christian Dior’s belief that real elegance is everywhere — especially in the things that don’t show. Having recently undergone an expansion, the lingerie department at House of Angelis offers women a spectacular selection of luxurious lingerie designed to hug women’s curves in all the right ways. “It’s so important,” stresses Angelis. “You shouldn’t be struggling with a bra every day. It should not be the first thing you whip off your body at the end of the day. Shops

Dita Von Teese once said, “Lingerie is not about seducing men, it’s about embracing womanhood.” Joanne Angelis, style maven at House of Angelis, couldn’t agree more.

Simone Pérèle’s designs feature intricate lace that is first hand drawn by designers, and then manually sewn to perfection. Not only are the finished products beautiful – they are well constructed. “They do what they’re supposed to do,” says Angelis. “They give women the support and the shape they need.” Many women who require hard-to-buy-for sizes are always surprised at how they can find something that is beautiful also does the job, she adds. “That’s the most important thing I’ve been trying to offer,” she says.” Prima Donna carries sizes many women have trouble finding; they carry up to an “I” cup size. “What’s amazing is how these women are able to put something on and feel good about themselves. That’s really the best part about it for me,” says Angelis. This December, House of Angelis will amaze customers with a selection of stunning sleep and loungewear. “It’s just incredible,” says Angelis. Perfect for lazing by the fire on a cold winter’s day, “It’s the softest, most luxurious fabric you have ever felt,” says Angelis. “It’s beautiful but comfortable. It’s crossing over from the sexy stuff, which we all like to wear from time to time, but this is nice and soft, and it still looks really, really good.” Bamboo, she says, is one of the most popular fabrics. There will also be a selection of sleepwear items for men, making it easy to both give and get during the holiday season. RK

size differently, it’s not an exact science, but I can see when a women feels good in something. If you can put your clothing back on and feel and look good, we’ve done the job.” With a varied selection of lingerie from well-established and respected companies like Belgium’s Prima Donna and Paris’ Simone Pérèle, the girls at House of Angelis understand a woman’s love of beautiful things and fine fabrics. “The right lingerie makes a woman feel good, sexy and beautiful,” says Angelis.

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BurBer ComBining SenSe and Style

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urberry of London has been combining commonsense, durable materials and design with exceptional style for discerning clients for more than 160 years. This British luxury fashion house has long been a leader in the industry, introducing innovative materials and original designs to meet the changing needs of consumers. Founded by 21-year-old dressmaker Thomas Burberry in Basingstoke in 1856, the company expanded as more and more people were introduced to the exceptionally tailored, fashionable couture. By 1891, the firm’s first London location had opened, and in 1909 a Paris branch was opened as well. Today, Burberry has more than 500 stores in 50 countries and their products can also be found on the shelves of exclusive boutiques worldwide. The company’s philosophy is proudly displayed on their Equestrian Knight logo: Prorsum. The Latin word for ‘forward,’ prorsum neatly encapsulates the company’s successful approach to fashion and business. Over the years, Burberry has garnered a reputation for pushing boundaries and has been the outerwear of choice for pioneering aviators, explorers and adventurers of all sorts. Burberry Prorsum is the name applied to the company’s most fashion-forward collection. The luxury firm also has two other collections. Burberry London is a more professional, tailored look, perfect for the office, while Burberry Brit is their casual clothing line, ideal for relaxing on the weekends. All three current collections are full of contrasting textures and beautiful, rich jewel tones. The warmth



rry of the blackcurrant, antique green and black colours is the consummate choice for chilly winter weather. These same luscious tones can be found in the Burberry bag collection. Like the clothing collections, the latest Burberry bags play with contrasting textures of leather, inspired by heritage rug designs and techniques. Ladies will love the velvet tufted patterns of The Bloomsbury as well as the grainy leather and shearling of The Orchard. The sharp-looking embellished metal detailing adds to each bag’s appeal. Since 2006, the company has cut back sharply on the use of their signature check patterns. Nevertheless, the coveted Horseferry, Haymarket, House, Nova, Supernova, Exploded, Smoked, and The Beat checks can still be found on select products. In Canada, Burberry has stores in seven cities — Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. In addition, the prestigious Burberry lines of clothing, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses and cosmetics are found in leading luxury stores across the country. ReFINEdKINGSTON


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Shine This Holiday

Christine Bratt Chris James


t’s that time of year again. Parties, get-togethers, work functions, luncheons and familial obligations creep up to compete with the small amount of time not dedicated to a seemingly endless list of seasonal chores. Amidst all this, you also need to figure out what to wear to all these events without appearing to be wearing the same ‘tried and true’ outfit to them all. Now is the time to pull your outfits out of the closet and make sure they are clean and ready to wear as needed. Work and other professional events can be hard to navigate. Go for a look that is business appropriate, but dressed up. Depending on your workplace culture, you may be mingling at an upscale restaurant or going bowling. However, there are some simple rules to bear in mind when it comes to dressing for workplace gatherings.  

Watch the alcohol intake, and don’t wear anything more risqué than you would feel comfortable wearing at the office. It may be a denim-friendly get-together, but it’s not the place for seduction and it certainly isn’t the place to ruin your well-

If the party calls for nothing more specific than festive attire, don’t dig out grandmother's Christmas sweater just yet.



crafted professional image. Rock those tights and high boots, or add some bling with a statement necklace. Just remember to keep the cleavage moderate and hemlines appropriate. If your hemline is shorter than your fingertips with your arms by your side, it’s too short for this type of get-together. If the party calls for nothing more specific than festive attire, don’t dig out grandma’s Christmas sweater just yet.  Think ‘razzle dazzle’— not Christmas tree earrings. Spiff it up by adding a little colour and stepping away from uniform black. If you don’t have a dazzling holiday dress, add a colourful or glitzy scarf. Brighten up that LBD with a vibrant cardigan or novelty jacket. Accessorize with interesting shoes or a fun fascinator for your hair. Pair a great staple item from your closet with a piece that may be too much for everyday wear. If after all this you’re still not sure, ask around. Call the host, ask others who are going, find out where the party is and what the dress code dictates. My easy go-to is a sparkly skirt, black cashmere sweater and a novelty jacket. It’s appropriate for work events, and for the party afterwards.  


A Suave Season Ahead


ersonalizing menswear has finally become popular. Whether it’s a pocket square; a set of cuff links; a tie; a lapel pin; belt; fedora or a pair of shoes, there are endless options for guys who want to express their own sense of style. It’s hard to go wrong, but here are some simple steps to navigate the task of accessorizing for upcoming festivities: Pocket Squares - Once a functional and practical item, pocket squares are now a fashionable mainstay of the jacket pocket. Whether your jacket has a built-in one or not, there are now an array of fabrics, colours and patterns to choose from. The key thing to remember is that it should never be the crucial statement that defines the look. If in doubt, match it to your shirt. Think of it more as an afterthought that completes — like sauce on a steak.  It should add to the overall look, not detract or become the focus. Cuff Links – An indispensable item in any gentlemen’s wardrobe, cuff links are often reserved for special occasions or formal events. And yet, more shirts are being designed these days with a convertible cuff — allowing cufflinks to get more playtime.

Pocket squares are now a fashionable mainstay of the jacket pocket.

Although they aren’t necessarily the star of the show, when you reach to shake a hand or adjust your sleeve, they offer a flash that says to those in-the-know that you’re a guy who gets it, and is cool down to the details. From cuff links with classic, sophisticated lines to cuff links reading the breed of your canine BFF, they should reflect your individuality. Ties - Ties are the best supporting actor in an outfit. These days, shapes are narrower than before, and there are more fabrics in play with the return of the knit tie. It’s one of the first things that catches someone’s eye, and can be the smallest detail that takes your well-executed outfit from 2015 back to 1999. When in doubt, go for something classic like a solid, a timeless stripe or a small, sophisticated pattern. Some knit ties tend to be better for a more casual look. Just make sure it doesn’t have reindeers or a hula girl on it — unless it’s that kind of party.   Lapel Pins - Not sure what a lapel pin is? Originally designed to replace boutonnieres, lapel pins are worn on the left lapel of your suit, blazer, sport coat or overcoat. The design varies depending on the wearer. Just remember it isn’t meant to distract — keep it simple and cool.

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canadian love stories For More Than 40 Years By Melanie Furlong

From the moment you say, “Yes” your engagement ring becomes a beautiful symbol of the one you promise to love forever. It’s a token of the memories you have and the memories you’ll make together. For more than 40 years, Charm Diamond Centres has helped Canadians through this process to help celebrate and commemorate all of life’s biggest moments. 20



tep into the largest Canadianowned jewellery store and you’ll quickly see that bridal rings are their specialty. Charm Diamond Centres carries many lines of top quality bridal rings to suit every taste and style. They also make it easy for customers to confidently shop within their budget by visibly pricing everything and by creating a welcoming environment where getting good value and service are of paramount importance. Charm Diamond Centres, founded by Richard Calder, offers several stunning lines of diamond rings including Glacier Fire Canadian Diamonds, Victor Diamonds of Ontario, LeVian and now his Signature Collection, Charmed by Richard Calder. Launched last November, Charmed by Richard Calder is a unique designer bridal line. It’s the first designer line for Canadians by a Canadian. “Although I’ve been designing rings for years, I’ve never put my name to a collection,” says Calder. “These designs are influenced by styles from all around the world, though I prefer to keep the collection close to Canadian trends and stay true to the use of Canadian materials.” Calder designed rings for years before introducing Canadians to the Charmed Collection. Each ring is born from

Calder’s vision and personal sketch, and then transferred to wax, and finally the completed ring is created where every detail is considered. Calder designed all the rings in Charmed with precision and strict attention to detail. Each centre stone is a hand selected, high quality Canadian diamond, which is then set in 100 per cent Canadian gold. There is also a small Canadian diamond embedded on the inside of the band to caress the skin. The collection itself is truly one of a kind. From the beginning, Calder’s mission has been to, “Win the Customer for Life.” He believes providing excellent customer service and the best price is key to making that happen. “Our buying power gives us the ability to have an unbeatable pricing policy and we’re very competitively priced for value. We like to think of ourselves as an affordable luxury jeweller.” The Company has grown from its humble beginnings. The first store opened in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and the Company grew quickly and expanded throughout Atlantic Canada, later moving into Ontario and the Western provinces. Charm Diamond Centres is now in every Canadian province except British Columbia and Quebec. Most recently, Charm Diamond Centres opened its 74th



store in Oshawa, Ont., and the company now employs more than 700 people across the country. Charm Diamond Centres has invested heavily in continuous learning, leading and coaching. Their sales associates have been well trained to manage all your jewellery needs. In fact, each store has designated ‘diamontologists’ who



are certified diamond experts. “We have always really cared about how our people were treated,” says Calder. “We are proud to have many long term, experienced employees, in fact, a few have been with us well over 30 years!” Calder’s commitment to both his employees and customers led to Charm Diamond Centres being bestowed with

the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation in 2008, and now have been named a platinum member of the distinctive program. Calder was also awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 and is an inductee into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. After many years in the jewellery business, Calder’s passion for beautiful jewellery

has not diminished. “It’s very fulfilling to see customers appreciate the designs and styles we’ve chosen,” he says, “and it’s exciting to see customers wearing our products and loving them.” Whether you’re looking for something from their Glacier Fire Canadian Diamond line, which is a premium brand of Canadian diamonds, or LeVian, featuring the rich chocolate diamonds that are so often seen on the Red Carpet at high profile events, or perhaps Chamilia charm bracelets, men’s wedding bands, or watches by Michael Kors, Guess, Citizen and Bulova, the staff at Charm Diamond Centres will be prepared to help you. They can even assist customers looking for custom design rings.

our staff the importance of focusing on the customer,” he says. You can start your journey toward being a customer for life by visiting any one of Charm Diamond Centres’ multiple locations throughout Canada. Be sure

to ask about the new bridal collection, Charmed by Richard Calder, during your visit or learn more by going to their website at Charm Diamond Centres

According to Calder, it’s always about creating those special relationships. Now the chairman for Charm Diamond Centres, Calder will always have a special place in his heart for his spot behind the counter. “It is always special to be a part of something as momentous as picking out an engagement ring or celebrating an anniversary. I’ve always tried to instil in ABOVE Richard Calder



While you may want your big day to be timelessly elegant, you might also wish to incorporate some of the year’s hottest trends to give it an of-the-moment feel. We spoke to some of Kingston’s in-the-know wedding experts who were able to give us some insight into what 2016 will hold for brides and grooms as they head down the aisle, and how to plan the perfect honeymoon for afterwards.



Plan Your Happily Ever After In Style:

Bridal Trends For 2016 To Inspire Your Big Day Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough

Wedding Gowns


“Satin is making a comeback,” says Michelle Pilon, owner of Lovebird Bridal Boutique. “Satin will adorn simple and timeless gowns with clean, sleek lines this season,” she explains. Meanwhile, overskirts offer versatility with the ability to have two gowns in one. Such separates allow you to mix and match your favourite top and bottom to create a look that is truly you. For added interest and dimension, consider layered skirts. For an overall softness, flowing fabrics are the way to go.

Sleek and slim cuts are in, says Stephen Murano, owner of Murano’s Formalwear. “The lapels on the jackets are more of a slimmer width, which extenuates a more slim-fit,” he explains, adding that now more than ever, suits are becoming customized to their wearer, with the sides of the jackets brought in for an added customized look. A one-button jacket is also in fashion now, because the style always hits the wearer at his more flattering areas. As for the length, consider a shorter jacket. The style shows more leg and makes you look taller. What about colour? The grey suit is still trendy, says Murano, however, various shades of blue are growing more popular. Consider a shade of navy or midnight blue for stunning visual impact.

Hair “Soft, effortless styles and updos became popular in 2015 and they aren’t going anywhere,” says Ceilidh Mcleod, senior stylist at Diva Salon and Day Spa. “By stepping away from super sleek and structured updos, it enables the bride to have that special look they want while still feeling like themselves. Braids mixed into buns, and curls pulled away from the face are a great look for texture and an individual look.”   

Flowers A trend that has been around for a couple of years is the use of burlap and babies’ breath in bouquets, as well as the use of mason jars for table arrangements, says Helene Tohill, owner of Plants and Pots - Flowers and Fine Gifts. “People are embracing the simple country look,” she explains. Very soft colours of blush that include hydrangeas, roses and Queen Anne’s lace hand-tied with delicate greens are extremely popular and will continue to be in 2016.

Destination Weddings and Honeymoons “Beach escapes will always be popular,” says Pam Franklin, wedding specialist for Marlin Travel. Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Grenada have emerged at the top of the list this year. More adventurous couples, though, are seeking out venues off the beaten path, and scenic countries such as South Africa, Iceland and the South of France are claiming their rightful place among the world’s hot spots. RK



Beautiful Inspirations


By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough

s you begin to plan what is sure to be one of the biggest days of your life, there’s lots to consider: the dress; cake; venue; hair; transportation…the list of nuptial “to-dos” can seem endless. How can you narrow it down and make this daunting task somewhat manageable? It’s simple! Choose a wedding theme. According to many wedding experts, a theme is



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Rustic Charm

arn weddings have never been more popular. One might even go so far as to call it a rustic revolution. The charming country setting appeals to many brides and grooms because it allows wedding guests to enjoy a casual vibe from the walk down the aisle to the first delicious sip of champagne. Bare wooden tables topped with Mason jars, flickering candles and burlap are always in keeping with such a theme, but there’s nothing wrong with taking it one step further. Perhaps add a touch of vintage lace to that ever-popular burlap for a classier, elegant feel while still maintaining your overall vision. You may even wish to replace the somewhat overdone Mason jars with antique crystal-cut vases. What about the dress? Lace, lace and more lace. Eternally



elegant, this timeless fabric has the captivating ability to be demure and stunningly sexy at the same time. Opt for layers of ivory lace for an even more down-home feel. Whatever your choice, simple and classic is the way to go for an elegant wedding with a rustic twist. Keep your hair loose and simple to complement the theme — consider soft waves cascading over your shoulders and a flower tucked behind your ear. When it comes to the bouquet, freshly cut flowers from your grandmother’s garden are always lovely, but you may wish to take your bouquet to the next level by having a professional design a ravenously rustic bouquet you’ll never forget. A combination of cream roses, Echeveria succulents, Brunia, Dusty Miller and Eucalyptus promises to be stunningly spectacular. RK

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lacy & lovely Lace can be a sultry feature for your wedding day. This lovely piece from Celeste is perfect for a strapless gown and the boning gives you beautiful support that’s both naughty and nice. Create a sexier look with garter belts and stockings. Some brides can get away with this during the wedding if they have a full skirt, but otherwise, you can easily slip into this for the wedding night. Garters and garter belts are available in a number of racy, lacy varieties. House of Angelis 63 Brock St, Kingston 613.549.0511

handcrafted by you Exchange your vows with rings made by you and your partner. Material options are: sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold. Rings can be traditional in style, with a choice of different band shapes (half round, comfort fit, flat, etc.) and finishes (polished, hammer patterns and matte textures). The workshop is flexible to meet your schedule. All we ask is you contact us at least one month in advance. Sign-up is available in the store or online. Alchemy House Jewellery 219 Princess Street, Kingston 613.766.3207

unforgettable Exquisite roses, lilies, gardenias and vibrant greens are hand-tied with a satin ribbon - the perfect accent for the rustic, country bride. For the groom; two small rose buds set against greenery makes for a statement. Plants & Pots - Flowers & Fine Gifts 500 Gardiners Road, Kingston 613.547.4882 800.461.2981

Inspired by nature Inspired by nature, rustically beautiful fallen birch jewelry sets can be customized for your wedding party. Shown here: Sterling and leather wrap bracelets personalized with the initials of the members of your bridal party, and adorned with a sterling leaf and freshwater pearl. For the groomsmen: Fallen birch sterling silver cuff links. Affordable custom designs available for your bridal party; choose from pendants, earrings, silver bracelets and leather wrap bracelets. To discuss your ideas, please contact Whitney Haynes at whitney@ To view other pieces, visit Whitney Haynes Designs on Facebook.



Winter Wonderland


on’t let Jack Frost get the best of you; winter weddings can be beautiful. The softly falling snow covering trees provides a stunning backdrop, and the nip of cool air gives cheeks a naturally pretty blush.

Consider hosting your ceremony in front of a roaring fireplace, while guests sit in chairs decorated with ornaments and colourful red berries. The ceremony program provides a



chance for some sparkle, while a horse-drawn sleigh delivers a cuddly, romantic mode of transportation. Snuggle up with your sweetie with a real or faux fur blanket for warmth. When it comes to your dress, you may wish to choose one that will be complemented by a pretty cape or shawl resting on your shoulders. Want to keep those hands warm? Opt for a simple white or cream fur muff. For your bridesmaids, consider elbow-length gloves paired with classy fur stoles. RK

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curvy chic Add volume to your bust with a corset, bustier, or merry widow. These garments push up your bosom while nipping in at your waist, creating a remarkably curvy figure. If you want to wear one during your ceremony, stick with a seamless bustier. For the wedding night, however, you can expand your options to moulded corsets, complete with boning that shapes the torso and garters to attach stockings to. House of Angelis 63 Brock St, Kingston 613.549.0511

winter white Pearl tear-drop earrings set in sterling silver are the perfect accessory for the winter bride. Handcrafted, each piece is unique and is sure to become a beloved heirloom for the new bride. Wear them with this beautiful string of pearls. As a special gift to the bridesmaids, choose a delicate sterling silver bracelet.

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winter beauty Elegant roses in red, pink and creamy white surrounded by greens and baby’s breath add a touch of colour to your winter wedding. Bunches of hand-tied baby’s breath for the bridesmaids create a stunning look. Plants & Pots - Flowers & Fine Gifts 500 Gardiners Road, Kingston 613.547.4882 800.461.2981

cosy faux fur Wrap yourself in luxury for your winter wedding. Choose the length and style that works best with your gown and the weather on the big day. Faux fur is an affordable and beautiful option and comes in many colours and textures. Finish with white leather gloves and boots for the perfect winter wedding style.



Roaring 20s

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f Old Hollywood is more your vibe, consider a Roaring 20s-themed wedding. An era known for its glitz and glamour, a 1920s theme gives you endless options for a unique day tailored to your sophisticated taste. Think creamy strands of pearls, glittering gold accouterments and sparking chandeliers. The drama and opulence of this era gives you the opportunity to go all-out on glamour — even the chairs the guests sit in during the ceremony and reception may be adorned with dripping pearls. The 20s were all about flamboyancy. Embrace this for your big day.



You want to avoid your dress looking like a costume, so opt for a gown that simply captures the spirit of the era with elegant beading and art deco embellishments. You may even wish to consider feathers for your updo. And red lips go without saying! Even your transportation can be a part of the action: consider a vintage car to cuddle in with your sweetheart en route to the reception — it makes a great backdrop for stunning photos, as well. RK

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subtle & sexy The right lingerie can make the bride feel beautiful on her wedding day. Choose a well-fitting bra and for this special occasion, add matching panties and the garter. Have a professional fitting before choosing your bridal lingerie to ensure you feel comfortable and confident.

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vintage bling Something old? These accessories are inspired by the 1920s art deco period. Rhinestones, sequins and pearls go perfectly with both satin or lace wedding gowns. Explore local vintage clothing stores for the real McCoy or borrow from an older family member - that takes care of something borrowed as well.

facinating accessories Top off your wedding attire with a facinator instead of the traditional veil. Facinators come in a variety of options from simple and elegant to those embellished with feathers, pearls or other rhinestones.

floral elegance A bouquet of creamy yellow or white roses top off these wedding cakes, while the pearl accents add a vintage touch. Whether you choose real floral accents or the edible variety, it’s the sweetest finishing touch to your important day.



Destination w e ddin g s


By Pam Franklin

round the world, destination weddings are continuing to make their mark, with new offerings and unique ideas consistently emerging in order to satisfy a growing and ever more diverse market.

Beach escapes will always be popular. Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Grenada have emerged at the top of the list this year. More adventurous couples, though, are seeking out venues off the beaten path, and scenic countries such as South Africa, Iceland and the



South of France are claiming their rightful place among the world’s hot wedding spots. Working with the bride and groom is as exciting for us travel professionals as it is for the bride and groom. We connect the couple with the local wedding coordinator to make sure they can get married on the date they want and then the journey begins. We also have a bridal registry.

Personalized Packages Each couple has a story to tell of their journey into love

and down the aisle. This journey is an important part of their narrative, and is the motivation behind personalization. Couples love to include traditions and customs from their heritage on their special day, and there’s no reason to think this can’t be done at a destination wedding. With an understanding of this need, select destination wedding resorts offer cultural wedding packages. From kosher cuisine for Jewish weddings and long-celebrated experiences for Hindu weddings to seaside Catholic wedding chapels, an increasing number of venues seek to tailor their packages to meet every couple’s needs.

Same Sex Marriages With growing recognition of marriage equality, same-sex weddings are more prevalent across the U.S. and around the world. As wedding professionals, we research local laws, religious standards, and the general atmosphere of a destination to ensure the safety and comfort of our clientele. This year, Curacao is the place to be when seeking social acceptance, with other spots such as Capetown, Barcelona, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta on the rise as well.

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ARRIVE in Style By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough

As the saying goes, “Getting there is half the fun.” Refined Kingston is here to help you arrive in style to your wedding and ensure bridal bliss en route. Consider Your Options

“The right transportation should give your day a relaxed flow, helping you keep to your itinerary and adding elegance to the overall wedding experience,” says Tammy Turcotte, coowner of ExecuTrans Corporate Transportation. A specialty vehicle, like a vintage car, horse and carriage or a trolley, is a statement piece, adds her partner, co-owner Trevor Turcotte. “It’s a reflection of the bride and groom’s personalities [and highlights their] theme,” he explains.

Vintage Vibes

With the ever-increasing popularity of vintage-themed weddings, there’s no shortage of choices for brides and grooms. Feel the wind in your veil as you zoom to the church in a vintage convertible. If you’re concerned about a meticulously coiffed updo, opt for a hardtop ride instead. A Rolls-Royce is a timeless choice, while an Aston Martin promises to be equally elegant.



Luxury Limos

Forget the staid limos of days-gone-by. Today’s limos cater to wedding parties in endlessly wonderful ways. Super-stretch limos feature flatscreen televisions, surround-sound audio systems and even fibre optic lighting — they’re the ultimate in comfort. Pop the cork on a bottle of wine from the mini-bar, and relish in the unbeatable luxury.

Party Bus

These most certainly are not the yellow busses you might remember from your childhood. Today’s party busses not only accommodate large groups of people, they cater to wedding parties with one thing on their minds: fun. From ‘disco-esque’ lighting to surround sound speakers, the party can go on long after the reception ends when you’re aboard one of these tricked out rides.

A Few Things to Consider

Your wedding day should be all about romance, so consider hiring a car for just you and your sweetie. “Your wedding is a day of being in the spotlight and hosting a large group of people,” says Trevor. “When [couples have their own] vehicle to take them from the ceremony to photos and then to dinner, it gives the newlyweds a few minutes of private time to reflect on their first minutes as husband and wife or just breathe,” says Trevor. And don’t forget about a vehicle to get home in after you’ve danced the night away with a glass of champagne in your hand. “Often, the end of the evening is forgotten about,” says Tammy. “Couples have had drivers all day but don’t have a vehicle at the reception. You don’t want to be left having to catch a ride or call a cab. An ‘end of the evening’ service will ensure you, along with your gifts, flowers and decorations arrive home safely.

And don’t forget about your guests. “Having a shuttle for out of town guests staying at hotels is an easy and convenient way for them to enjoy your wedding to the fullest,” says Trevor. “This gives the bride and groom piece of mind that everyone is taken home safely.” Before you reserve a vehicle, keep in mind that it’s important to book with a reputable and insured transportation company. “They have the experience to make your day relaxed, allowing you to enjoy all the amazing moments,” says Tammy. Before you call, she adds, consider how many people you are looking to move, and how much time you might need the vehicle for. A single venue wedding will require less time of the driver, while a traditional church wedding will require more. RK




Build a BeTTer Home Gym and a Better Body Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough


hen the temperatures plummet during Canadian winters, it’s easy to let fitness habits go into hibernation. Don’t let the chill-inducing weather get the best of your fitness goals — build a better body with a home gym and be summer-ready in just a few short months.

Start With the Basics Whether you’re a gym novice or an experienced pro, start with the basics. All you need is a Swiss ball, a resistance band, a set of dumbbells and a medicine ball to kick start your workout regime.



Swiss balls, also known as stability balls, are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment for a home gym. Portable, lightweight and easy to store, stability balls have proven to be a highly effective tool in helping users develop a solid core — and who doesn’t want that? Tackle basic moves like pushups, squats and planks on this uneven surface and you’ll be well on your way to a better body in no time at all. Resistance bands — which are great for all fitness levels — are not only inexpensive; they’re a fantastic way to build muscle and blast fat. Try a lunge with a bicep curl. You’ll quickly notice how the band forces you to use muscles you might miss with weights alone. Dumbbells, which are equally versatile and easy to use, have proven to be a staple in many home gyms because

If running in the great outdoors during the chilly winter months isn’t your thing, a treadmill might be a good place to start. This stationary machine — which gives you no excuse to avoid a run or a brisk walk — puts you in control by allowing you to control both the effort you want to output and the speed. Incline for more of a challenge, or try a decline to whip those legs into shape. Many treadmills are shockabsorbent to some degree, reducing stress on joints that may prove too tender for hitting the pavement. Another benefit? They allow users to easily track steps, the amount of calories burned and heart rate, making workouts both safer and more effective. If you’re a multitasker, catch up on your favourite television show or read a book while blasting fat at the same time. Are you more of a pedal-pusher? Easy on the hips and knees, stationary bikes have been a go-to for many home gym owners — and for good reason. Available in a wide variety of sizes, price ranges and styles, they’re a great way to get a super cardio workout without stressing joints. Like any other piece of equipment, start small and work your way up to a more intense workout by adding tension. Like stationary bikes, rowing machines are also easy on joints, and are a great way to safely build and tone muscles. In fact, rowing machines work nearly every major muscle in your body. If weight loss is your goal, rowing is a highly effective way to do it — rowing rapidly torches calories. If you want to climb your way to a skinnier self, try a stair climber. Great for all fitness levels, climbers are easy to use, and like the machines mentioned above, allow users to easily control speed and resistance. A non-impact workout, stair climbing is great for both cardiovascular health and weight loss because it increases heart rate. they promise an inexpensive way to strengthen and shape muscles. If you want to take your routine to the next level, consider purchasing a Bosu balance trainer. It’s a multi-use piece of equipment that allows you to make your workout regime a little more challenging. If you’re really feeling motivated, try standing on it for a lower body workout while you do upper body exercises such as bicep curls.

Stationary Cardio machines Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of your get-fit routine, you might wish to make more of an investment in your health and home gym. So where do you start?

Time to Get Started


With dedication and hard work, time spent in your home gym promises stellar results once summer arrives — don’t let Old Man Winter get the best of your health. To avoid injury, start small. Consult a professional before beginning to ensure proper technique. Skipping this important step can result in ripped, strained or pulled muscles.


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1. Core Strength A strong core distributes the stresses of weightbearing and protects the back. Core conditioning exercise programs need to target all these muscle groups to be effective.

2. Walk Uphill! A treadmill or elliptical can help you live longer and healthier. Time to enjoy more energy!

3. Same Benefits, Less Stress! Studies have shown that the elliptical trainer basically provides the same type of workout as jogging but without the wear and tear on your joints.


4. True Strength: Inspire’s FT1 functional trainer allows you to have complete freedom of movement in any direction or plane while performing weight resistance exercises. These unrestricted exercises are designed to move the way your body naturally moves.

5. Save Your Knees! Riding a bike is usually a safe knee rehab exercise, helping restore and improve knee joint mobility, stability, flexibility and strength.

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DENTISTRY FOR SENIORS At Cataraqui Dental Centre

Dr. Karen Nesbitt B.Sc(Hon), M.Sc., D.D.S. Cataraqui Dental Centre Photo by Suzy Lamont


or the first time, Canada has more seniors than children making up our population. Our seniors are not just living longer, they are maintaining healthy and independent lifestyles. Good oral health is an integral part of overall well-being and regular visits to the dentist can help maintain this. Our seniors long ago figured out that while a great smile will take you many places, it’s important to be able to eat when you get there! Keeping your mouth healthy for a lifetime is not only possible, it’s an essential part of maintaining your quality of life. Individuals with healthy teeth and gums are able to enjoy a much better diet, which in turn provides the nutrients for better overall health. Regular examinations can help detect problems like cancer, osteoporosis, adverse medication reactions and malnutrition. Early detection and treatment are the keys to minimizing the impact of these diseases. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common infection affecting many seniors. Your dental professional can help you control or even eliminate this infection. Controlling gum disease has a positive effect on many other health problems, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease. While none of these problems are unique to seniors, the impact on overall health is perhaps greater. Many older people believe that tooth loss is inevitable as we age. In fact, with proper care, both at home and from your dental professional, your teeth should last a lifetime.

Sometimes though, a tooth is lost in spite of our best efforts. Nowadays, we have several great options for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants have become one of the most common and predictable ways to replace missing teeth. People who have worn dentures for many years are often able to have implants placed to stabilize their dentures, so they’re not loose anymore. More and more seniors are choosing implants over dentures or conventional bridgework. Implants are often possible even if you have one or more medical conditions and are taking multiple medications. Not everyone is a good candidate for implants, but most are, so have a frank discussion with your dentist about this type of treatment if you are missing any teeth. Many seniors worry about the cost of dentistry on a fixed or limited income. Your dentist will understand that you may not be able to invest in a really big treatment plan to replace teeth that may have been missing for many years. However, you can still benefit from regular visits to maintain the teeth you have. Seniors should be seen by a dentist at least once a year for a check-up, oral cancer screening, teeth cleaning and any necessary fillings. Some dental offices, like Cataraqui Dental Centre, have dentists who focus their practice on seniors. Dentists are all individuals, just like their patients, and some prefer working with older clients and understand their unique concerns.

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Nathaniel Della Vedova O.D. Kingston Optometry


oesn’t it seem like every year there’s the announcement of a new iPhone, or an incredible new television that hits the market? It’s amazing how quickly new technological advancements drive industry and increase the quality of our lives. The future does seem upon us. The eye care industry is no different. New research and development are continually leading to new technologies that improve the standard of how we, as optometrists, practice and improve both the health and vision of you, the patient.

How we gather, store and analyze data has changed dramatically. For example, electronic medical records are the new standard in maintaining and protecting your patient record. Cutting-edge diagnostic imaging and analysis software allow for earlier diagnosis and detection of ocular disease. This leads to earlier ocular treatment and protection from potential vision loss. A third example is the advent of new computerized refractive techniques that provide you with accurate vision testing and a more precise determination of your glasses prescription.

Even after the exam, there are a host of new products to help you to look and see your best. New ophthalmic lens designs such as anti-fatigue lenses can relieve ocular strain and stress for those with increased visual demands, such as computer users and students. Aspheric lenses and new progressive lens designs reduce peripheral distortion and provide a wider range of clearer vision. Computer-specific anti-reflective coatings protect the eyes from damaging light emitted from digital screens. UV coatings can protect from accumulative damage from the sun that can contribute to the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration. Advancements in contact lenses, particularly in dailies, have improved health and comfort of wear — even for those with mild dry eye. There are more options than ever before – including multifocal lenses, which allow for multiple prescriptions all in one lens, and toric lenses, which are shaped for astigmatism. An increased emphasis on ocular health combined with these new technologies has transformed the eye exam. More than just a visual assessment, regular eye examinations have become an integral part of maintaining your overall health — both for now and with an eye toward the future. Kingston Optometry 2395 Princess St Unit 11, Kingston 613.767.5996

New Path Spa by Magda-Sosin Relax, Renew & Revive Photos by Stephen Wild

“Women often have this misconception of treating themselves only on certain occasions. Esthetics defines relaxation, rejuvenation and reviving one’s senses.”

In European history as well as modern day Europe, it is common practice for women to maintain their well-being through treatments such as manicures, facials and body treatments. While some may consider this concept of beauty as a mere luxury or a frivolous expense, Magda Sosin-Tran of New Path Spa feels differently. “I am eastern European and for us, it’s not a luxury to see an esthetician, but it is a part of grooming yourself. Women often have this misconception of treating themselves only on certain occasions. Esthetics defines relaxation, rejuvenation and reviving one’s senses,” she says.

Magda Sosin-Tran With a passion and drive to carve her own niche amongst Kingstonians, Magda was determined to bring her dedication and hard work of the past two decades to another level by opening a spa with a great vision of beauty, high quality services and a dedicated and professional staff. “I found that the love and passion grew with the graph of my career, and I believe estheticians are gifted with the art of beauty,” she says. “At New Path Spa, our approach is Ayurveda,” continues Magda. “We believe that one must feel the tranquility inside to see it reflect on the outside.” With an array of eco-friendly and organic services, New Path Spa



believes in natural treatments, and strongly believes in giving back to society by using bio-degradable and economic products. Different from its contemporaries, Magda brings Organic skincare lines, oxygenated Luzern facials, threading, and eco-fin treatments (which provide an eco-friendly paraffin alternative) to the table with a variety of personalized services. “I believe that I bring diversity at New Path spa through my multicultured staff, and this enhances and redefines your experience as a client,” says Magda. “I assure you that your experience will be world class.” Educated as an esthetician in Poland, Magda continues to advance her career with further training and courses. “My aim is to deliver the best in a service, it should be an experience for my clients,” she says. “I am certified in Ayurveda, Reflexology, Reiki, eyelash extensions, and micro-pigmentation to name a few.” In January, Magda intends to travel to Poland to train in microblading, which is the art of creating three-dimensional, semipermanent hair strokes to give the appearance of perfectly defined brows. New Path Spa uses natural and organic products for most of its services. Specializing in all waxing services, they use Rica, one of the highest regarded products in the waxing industry.

Also taking the experience to another level, Magda is supported by a team of highly qualified professionals, which includes Nida Butt, Chelsea Weatherdon and Brooke MacDonald. Each woman brings their own specialty to the table, says Magda. Nida is well-known for her art of eyebrow threading, oxygen facials and her love for makeup application. She also brings in a house specialty known as Nida’s Organic Tea, which is famous amongst clients for its calming and detoxification benefits. Brooke, a certified registered massage therapist, is amongst the best RMTs in town, and continues to advance her remarkable skills over the years with extensive training to treat acute and chronic conditions through massage therapy. For Magda Sosin-Tran, the emphasis has always been ‘clients first.’ Located at 729 Gardiners Rd., New Path Spa by MagdaSosin looks forward to welcoming each one of you with the same dedication, high-quality services, professionalism and a unique experience, “because you deserve it,” says Magda. RK

New Path Spa by Magda-Sosin 729 Gardiners Road, Kingston 613.634.9611




Living a Life Painted Outside the Lines Kingston Blogger Inspires Millions Worldwide By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough Photographs courtesy of Happy Soul Project


wo-year-old Reid McCallan (affectionately known as ‘Pip’) loves music. According to her adoring mom Tara, if there’s a beat happening anywhere, she’s dancing. A middle child, she also adores her two brothers, a good, old-fashioned slice of peanut butter toast and her puppy, Deacon. She’s also an avid cuddler, and has a laugh that starts in her toes and bubbles up and out of her body. What doesn’t define this wondrous little girl who rocks pink eyeglasses like no one else can? She has Down syndrome. Born with congenital heart defects, congenital cataracts, hypotonia, hypothyroidism and Down syndrome, Pip — whose smile has the ability to light up a room — has had eight



operations throughout her short life, including heart surgery. “When you have a baby, it’s supposed to be this joyous time when people are telling you ‘congratulations, and ‘she’s beautiful’ and all this kind of stuff. And for us, it was kind of bogged down in Pip’s diagnosis,” says her mom. People were saying, ‘I’m sorry’, or ‘You’ve been chosen,’ or all these things that have negative aspects to it, and it really shook me how some doctors and others handled it.” For this spirited mother of three, it just wasn’t the tone she wanted set for her daughter, and her blog, Happy Soul Project, was born. It was her own way of sharing Pip’s diagnosis — and her ever-present optimism, hope and happiness with others. “Pip has rocked my world, changed my perspectives and

shown me how to live each day as it comes,” says McCallan. “She’s changed lives and accomplished more in her little life than most do during their entire one.” As she writes on her blog, Happy Soul Project is about “striving to be grateful no matter what happens in life. It’s about accepting the life fate gave you, seeing the beauty in the challenges and the hope in the hardships. It’s about finding joy unexpectedly, becoming a kinder person and continuing to always have an open mind.” She couldn’t have dreamed of the success the blog would experience, and so while Pip is certainly changing lives in her own special way, so is her mother. Since its inception, the blog has touched millions worldwide, and continues to draw new readers in every day with its honest and touching posts. McCallan finds her fame rather amusing. “We’re just sharing our lives,” she says with a laugh. Despite her humble musings on notoriety, McCallan— who has a background in journalism — recognizes the impact the blog has on its readers. “Some of the most important messages I get are from families that got a pre-diagnosis of Down syndrome and it was very negative and they were on their way to terminate…and then they Google Down syndrome and find Pip and they change their mind because of her,” she says, her emotions getting the best of her. “So when I get messages like that, or messages from families that want to adopt children with Down syndrome because of Pip…that really resonates with me, and gives the whole thing purpose.” FACING PAGE and TOP RIGHT : Pip McCallan ABOVE: Tara and Pip

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She says she’s thankful fate decided to paint their lives a little outside the lines — and wants to encourage others to see the beauty in living a life that may not be seen as ordinary. “I live my life that way, and I lived my life that way before, but then having this kind of situation where you’re forced to see outside of expectations of what it means to have a child…I think it has changed me….it really makes me live day-by-day, and I hope to inspire others to really see their lives outside of the lines — to see the beauty in something a little out of the ordinary, and try to be grateful with all the ups and downs.” True to its word, the blog has successfully broken down stigmas, changed perspectives and celebrated differences — not only with McCallan’s beautiful musings on her family, but with various initiatives, as well. Kick-It-Capes, sewn by anyone willing to donate time and fabric to the initiative, have been sent to more than 3,000 kids around the world fighting cancer or other serious illnesses. Happy Soul Project’s #differentisbeautiful Campaign celebrates the beauty in difference by featuring children in their annual calendar. The 2016 calendar has already been launched. “This year, it features 48 children with exceptionalities, rare disorders, cancer and vast syndromes, all proud to celebrate who they are,” says McCallan. Thirdly, the Awesome Eh Act encourages readers to complete a random act of kindness once a month, leaving people with nothing left to say but “Awesome Eh?”.

Upcoming Events January 15: Superhero Night with the Kingston Frontenacs for Happy Soul Project’s Kick-ItCapes initiative February 24, February 26 and February 27: Vogue Charity Fashion Show with Queen’s University March 18: World Down Syndrome Day/Happy Soul Project Frontenacs Game For more information on Happy Soul Project, or any of the amazing initiatives or events behind it, please visit

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Personal Trainer Secrets: Prenatal Fitness Tracie Smith-Beyak Master Personal Trainer, International Presenter & Entrepreneur


am often asked, “Can I do more than yoga for fitness during pregnancy?” Yes, most definitely! However, knowing what is safe, what can be done and how it should be done matters. General cookie cutter training programs are not applicable to this special demographic and each pregnancy should be assessed individually. The optimal scenario is to work on your fitness before becoming pregnant, but you can certainly start a training program safely during pregnancy. The PARQ Med X for Pregnancy form can be found under ‘training forms’ at Created by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, this physical readiness questionnaire is a great tool to use as a launching pad. This form includes prenatal exercise guidelines, signs and symptoms to watch for, risk factors, a self-assessment and an authorization form to be completed by your doctor or caregiver eight to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. The key fitness priorities for pregnancy are: • Postural strength and endurance • Core stability • Flexibility and symmetry • Main mover muscular strength • Cardiovascular stamina • Relaxation As a pregnancy progresses, the increased forward load at the abdomen and chest can result in poor posture and cause a multitude of problems such as back pain, headaches, sciatica, calf cramps and knee discomfort. Training for postural strength and endurance is critical to minimizing these discomforts. Core stability and core awareness will help to maintain neutral pelvic position as the pregnancy progresses. Strong core stability can usually reduce or eliminate prenatal and postpartum back

discomfort, so it is well worth the effort. When fitness training, everyone should evaluate their body symmetry. Poor symmetry equals poor mechanics. Strength and flexibility symmetry differences are exaggerated during pregnancy, often significantly affecting moving mechanics. Functionality is important. Can daily tasks and activities be performed pain free with good technique, strength and stamina? That is the goal of functional training. Most women work during their pregnancy and if they already have a young child at home they are still working when they get home at the end of the day. Muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance training can be a game changer in eliminating exhaustion, decreasing discomforts and preventing injuries. Sleeping can be difficult for many people and pregnancy only further complicates sleep. Practicing breathing, visualization and progressive relaxation techniques early in your first pregnancy is incredibly helpful and very useful during birthing and the postpartum period. It is also a good idea to consider sleep ergonomics as the pregnancy progresses. See a trainer, physiotherapist or occupational therapist for tips and solutions for sleep positioning. If you are pregnant, thinking about pregnancy or know someone who is pregnant, seek information and guidance to make the most of the pregnancy. It is very tricky to start fitness training after the baby arrives, so don’t delay. Pregnancy is no time for excuses. The key is to make the most of that time and be powerful! What will your conquer today? Make a plan and be unstoppable!

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Holiday Miracles


nder normal circumstances, giving birth to twin girls on Dec. 24 would be the perfect early Christmas gift for first-time parents. But Callie and Cayden Reid were born prematurely at 27 weeks. They spent their first four months fighting for their precious little lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Kingston General Hospital (KGH).

On Dec. 24, 2014, Stephanie Montroy was preparing for the holidays and shopping for some last-minute Christmas baking supplies. She was 27 weeks pregnant, and had seen her doctor the day before. “I was experiencing a lot of cramping,” she said, but her doctor reassured her it was “just pregnancy.” But Stephanie knew that something wasn’t right. She followed her intuition and some advice from her mother and called KGH, and was advised to make her way to the hospital for an exam.



“They checked me out, and then I felt this huge burst,” explained Stephanie. “The doctor just said, ‘You better get your family in here. Something’s happened.’” That burst was Stephanie’s water breaking, 17 weeks ahead of schedule. “I don’t even think it dawned on me that I was going to be in NICU,” said Stephanie, “I was just thinking about being a mom.” Stephanie was immediately given medication to try to postpone the delivery as long as possible, but her baby girls, Cayden and Callie, were born on Christmas Eve, Cayden weighing 1lb. 8oz. and Callie at 2lb. 1oz.

ventilators to help them breathe. They are particularly noisy pieces of equipment but provide the specialized breathing assistance that these babies need while their lungs develop. “One parent told me how soothing they felt the sound of the ventilator was,” said Dr. Robert Connelly, medical director of Pediatrics at KGH. “When they walked into the nursery and heard the ventilator, they knew their baby was always better.” “After you’ve been there for so long you hear things like ‘Callie is intubated again’ and you realize it’s probably for the best so she can be more relaxed,” explained Stephanie, “but at first, I was in tears thinking about how she was struggling.” Stephanie and Joe grew accustomed to life in the NICU. After a few weeks, their daughters had stabilized to a point where the new parents could participate in their care. Kingston is home to one of only eight NICU departments in the province of Ontario that is outfitted with the equipment that Cayden and Callie needed to survive. Stephanie and Joe, who live in Napanee, were able to visit their children at the hospital every day for four months— something that might not have been possible had they needed to travel far from home.

“Their hands looked just like adult hands, scaled down,” said Stephanie’s partner, Joe Reid. “They had wrinkles on their knuckles and everything, but the whole thing was the size of a thumbnail.” After a few precious moments with their mother in the delivery room, Cayden and Callie were whisked to the NICU where they were hooked up to special life-giving technology to help them breathe and to measure their vital signs. For new parents, the sights and sounds of the NICU were stressful. “When you’ve got a pound and a half baby that looks like it’s living off a computer, and then that computer starts to siren, you immediately think your baby is dying,” explained Joe. “It’s scary at first, but what we learned after a week or two is that it’s normal.” Lungs are the last organ to develop in newborns, which means that Callie and Cayden needed the assistance of

“Imagine the trauma of having not only an unanticipated unwell infant but then to be told that they are going to Ottawa or Toronto to be cared for,” said Dr. Connelly. “Because we have this ability with some very important pieces of equipment, we can keep those families in our community.” Government funding alone cannot supply all the equipment needed, so the NICU also depends on the generosity of community donors to fund lifesaving equipment. “[Donations] buy lifesaving equipment that keeps up with growing technology improvements,” said Stephanie. “And without that equipment, our babies may not have survived.” For more information on how you can help babies like Callie and Cayden, visit RK

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There is an energy in New York that is unlike any other city in the world. The sights, the smells, the people…it’s a veritable feast for the senses. On Dec. 19, Kingston will pay homage to this amazing city with the first ever ‘A Night In New York’ charity event.

By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough


omplete with bubbly champagne, delicious hors-d’oeuvres and a DJ to keep the party going all evening, A Night in New York — inspired by glamorous Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor — promises to be unforgettable, says Amanda M.D., CEO of Gold Club Events. “We are excited because it’s big, bold and over the top and a different type of event Kingston has probably never had before,” she says. “[Attendees] will enjoy the atmosphere, as it will be different and fun, feature great music, great food, and fantastic flow of energy throughout the venue. Who doesn’t want to dress up and have fun, especially at this type of event?” Hosted at BLU Martini, A Night in New York is being hosted by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. It’s a fantastic opportunity for businesspeople in the Limestone City to connect with one another in a fashionable and eloquent social setting, says M.D. “With a New York-inspired setting, we really wanted to hone in on the style and impeccable [way that] New York presents its events, showcases fashion trends and its love for music — ultimately creating a zenith in adult entertainment. We wanted to bring a touch of class, liveliness and sophistication [to an event] for people in Kingston to enjoy around the Christmas Holidays.”



A Night In New York — which organizers hope will become an annual affair — will raise funds for the Partners In Mission Food Bank, which nourishes local families by providing groceries through their food hamper program, and by donating surplus provisions to more than 20 local hot meal and shelter programs in the Kingston area. The event promises to be unlike any other the city has seen, says M.D. “It’s big, bold and over the top. We strongly encourage Kingstonians to attend this event, because they will meet lots of new and different people.” It’s no accident the event was planned so close to the holidays. “This is the perfect time for this event,” says M.D. “There’s staff Christmas parties, groups of friends and family usually love to get out and let loose before the holiday starts. Everyone is coming home to spend time with family and there’s no real good place or event of this calibre in Kingston, it just makes sense.” Tickets for A Night in New York, which are available online, are $100. They are sure to sell out quickly, so get yours before they’re gone. Pending availability, tickets will also be available at the door. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit

It’s Christmas Time In the City Holiday Performances To Get You Into The Spirit of the Season By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough


hen the weather outside is frightful, time spent indoors at a theatre is one of the best ways to chase away the winter blues. With a stellar lineup of holiday performances, the Christmas season in Kingston and its surrounding areas can’t be beat. 56


Beginning Dec. 3, Domino Theatre presents a Christmas classic to audiences when Miracle on 34th Street takes the stage. This comedy-drama has been a favourite since the film’s release in 1947. Dec. 5, the Rogers K-Rock Centre will play host to an impressive cast of Olympic champions and world competitors — including Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, four-time world champion Kurt Browning, as well as Olympic medalists Joannie Rochette and Jeffrey Buttle — for the Holiday Festival On Ice.

Photo Courtesy of Moscow Classical Ballet

The following evening, Canada’s multi-platinum, JUNO Awardwinning vocal group The Tenors will return to the Limestone City as part of their Under One Sky North American Tour. “It was an awesome experience,” says Port McNeill’s Clifton Murray of the group’s last performance in Kingston two years ago. “We are looking forward to coming back. We already have the fans in Kingston sending us notes about how they are looking forward to the show.”

dancers with distinguished careers, will bring the classic tale of The Nutcracker to life on Dec. 12 with two breathtakingly beautiful performances. “The Nutcracker is a wonderful family tradition because it provides an opportunity for the whole family to experience a magical holiday performance where the story, the music and the dancing is accessible and loved by all ages,” says Jayson Duggan, performing arts manager for the City of Kingston cultural services.

The Moscow Classical Ballet, which is known as “The Ballet Star Factory” for having produced numerous world-class

Duggan says since its conception in 1966, The Moscow Classical Ballet has performed in over 30 countries across



Kingston Symphony (Photo: Stephen Wild)

five continents. “The costumes, the sets and the quality of dance will be a spectacle that both dance aficionados and Nutcracker fans will not want to miss,” he points out. “In addition to the high quality of the world class performance, what is truly exciting for myself and the theatre staff is the chance to witness the children in the theatre reacting to real life ballerinas dancing across the Grand Theatre stage and the Nutcrackers coming to life before their very eyes.” An annual sellout (and for good reason!) Candlelight Christmas takes place Dec. 15 and 16 at The Isabel Bader Centre. A yuletide tradition for many families, this holiday performance — presented by the Kingston Symphony and Kingston Choral Society — never fails to disappoint with its rousing renditions of Christmas classics. If you’re in need of some holiday cheer, the Isabel Bader Centre is the place to be for this pleasing performance.



From Dec. 17-19, Bottle Tree Productions presents Charles Dickens’ Christmas cult classic, A Christmas Carol. Featuring the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come, this tale never fails to warm the heart. If seeing a fantastically fun performance is on your list of must-dos this Christmas, consider taking a drive to the village of Stirling for The Stirling Festival Theatre’s annual naughty Christmas pantomime. (There’s also a family version for wee ones.) This year’s production, Treasure Island, promises to be an “uncomplicated comedy with lots of local and relatable jokes,” says David Vanderlip, managing director of the Stirling Festival Theatre. The small but mighty theatre, which has 419 seats, is often filled, speaking to the immense popularity of the shows. RK

December 10 Boys and Girls Club Charity Concert Mansion Kingston December 12 Moscow Classical Ballet Presents The Nutcracker The Grand Theatre December 12 & 13 Holiday Train Show Pump House Steam Museum


December 13 Need a Little Christmas - Cook’s Portsmouth United Church December 13 Outdoor Christmas Party for the Animals Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area December 15 & 16 Candlelight Christmas Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts December 19 The Kingston Gala Blu Martini December 20 Winter Wonderland LEGO My Library Super Build Calvin Park Branch January 14 Winter 2016 Season Launch Agnes Etherington Arts Centre at Queens January 16 Hero’s and Superhero’s The Grand Theatre January 20 54-40 Unplugged Songs and Stories The Grand Theatre January 23 Sing - A - Long Grease The Grand Theatre January 30 Harlem Globetrotters Rogers K-Rock Centre January 31 Tchaikovsky & Trew Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts



The Tenors: Soulful Voices Join Together Under One Sky

Equal parts talented and charming, The Tenors — Canada’s very own sweet-singing quartet — are making waves once again with their new album, Under One Sky. Rich and poignant, the new album is every bit as powerful as previous albums released by this dapper-looking foursome. By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough Photos Supplied by The Tenors




n Dec. 6, the multi-platinum, Juno Award-winning group, which includes Clifton Murray, Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters, will once again grace the stage at the Rogers K-Rock Centre with their jawdropping, soulful voices and amiable onstage presence. “We are looking forward to coming back to Kingston,” said Port McNeill’s Clifton Murray during his interview with ReFINEd Kingston Magazine. “We already have the fans in Kingston sending us notes about how they are looking forward to the show.” The Tenors’ Under One Sky Tour – which kicked off in September to a sold-out crowd – is proving to be a hit with audiences so far. It’s no surprise the affable Canadian group loves every minute of it. “For me, I love being onstage and seeing the response from the audience,” said Murray, on his way with the group to wow fans in Austin, Texas. “You never know what the response is going to be like until you get on stage and put all the money into the big production… but at the end of the day, it’s about the songs and the music and the response so far has been great.” Under One Sky – which includes covers of beloved songs like “Lean On Me,” “Who Wants to Live Forever” and “You Are So Beautiful” is decidedly bolder than previous albums. And yet, by combining classical music with pop, each and every song on the album leaves listeners in awe of the group’s remarkable voices. Some of the music is not what one would expect from a tenor group – which is precisely why The Tenors have seen the success they have with this album. “It’s just more of us trying

to reinvent what a tenor group is and can be,” says Murray. “We see ourselves more of a band and allowing the music to come from us individually and as a group to make sure it stands on its own. These decisions on these songs really come from the four of us. We really listen to our audience and follow our hearts and it seems to be working for us so far.” Doing covers of some of the world’s most beloved songs was at times intimidating, says Murray, but the group did it with passion, and they did it well. “These are songs that stand the test of time and are loved the world over,” says Murray. “When you take a song on like that, you make sure that you do the song justice but also make it different on your own. We’re trying to make it significant for this day and age that we’re in now.” Having such a magical combination of voices doesn’t hurt, either. “All four boys are committed to their craft and devoted to their fans, and desperately wanting to create something that will last, that will leave a legacy,” says Murray. “We’re all very different singers all coming together to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. We are pop, we are classical, we are rock, we are folk, we are old world and new world. We are all different stylistically, but we come together to create something unique. And I think that really is the crux of what has kept us going is being able to make something so different work so well and be unique at the same time.” RK




For Grape’s Sake Raise Your Glass to the Perfect Wine

Article courtesy of Huff Estates Winery, Prince Edward County




efore you raise your glass and that first sip of delicious wine tickles your tongue, a lot goes into making the perfect bottle. It all begins with finding a favourable site to grow those juicy grapes that will one day make their way into your glass. The perfect site has warm, dry summers and poor, stony, well-drained soils. If irrigation is needed, it has to be done with care and caution, rationing the water source. If a vine has rich soil in which to grow and plenty of moisture, it will put all of its efforts into developing bountiful layers of leaves. Pruning is also essential to keep the vine from producing too much fruit.

as soon as possible. Red wines, by contrast, will spend the next two to three weeks fully dressed, soaked in the colourless juice with the grapes. Red wine is made from fermented grapes while whites are made from fermented grape juice. The trick with white wine production is pressing the grapes gently, keeping the juice cool and protected from oxygen. The alcohol, in a sense, is excrement. The yeasts eat the sugar from the grapes and excrete alcohol and carbon dioxide from one sluice, figuratively speaking. When there’s no more sugar, or when the alcohol level reaches 16 or 17 per cent, the yeasts give up and fall to the bottom of the vat.

At harvest time, the onus is on the vineyard manager and his crew to pick the grapes gently by hand into small baskets or trays and deliver them immaculately and promptly to the winery still attached to their bunches.

All red wines and fuller-bodied whites will then pass through a final stage, known as malolactic fermentation. This is a process in winemaking in which tarttasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softertasting lactic acid.

It’s important to note that however brilliant the technical skills the winemaker possesses, barely adequate wines will result from bashed-about, hot, throbbing grape bunches sitting in an open-trailer in the midday sun for four hours.

Lactic acid tastes ‘milkier’ than malic acid, which is what you get in apples. For crisp, tangy whites with a gush of acidity, the MLF gets blocked. You might choose to blend barrels that have gone through MLF with those that haven’t to craft a particular style.

Once the grapes have made it safely to the winery, production begins. White wines need to have the skins removed

After that, it’s on to cool cellars and restful dark places.






saycheese! Create the Perfect Cheese Plate


delicious assortment of cheeses, paired with the right foods, is a feast for the eyes and the palate. You don’t have to be a professional chef to create a cheese plate that looks and tastes like a culinary masterpiece.

Purchase multiple cheese styles For visual appeal, select an odd number of cheeses, such as three or five, depending on the number of people. Try a variety of cheeses in flavours that complement one another, such as:

“For entertaining or just a quiet night at home, you can’t go wrong with a gourmet cheese plate,” says Chef Michael Symon, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, author of three best-selling cookbooks and owner of several restaurants. “It’s a fast-and-easy appetizer that can make even a novice cook look like a culinary mastermind.”

Aged Havarti: Mild and buttery, this specialty cheese from Castello has a delicate, crystalline structure that forms during its long maturation period, creating a flavourful, crunchy surprise.

Consider the following as you prepare your next cheese plate:

Blue: A full-flavour variety, such as Castello Traditional Danish Blue, has a wonderful “bite,” with characteristically tangy notes of blue balanced by sweet and salty undertones.

Keep your presentation simple Arrange your cheeses from mildest to strongest, in a clockwise pattern on the plate. Be sure to leave space for pairings. Precut half of each cheese on the board, to make it easy for guests to dive in. Set out the cheeses 30 minutes before serving so the flavours fully come to life.

Select gourmet pairings The perfect cheese plate includes foods that complement and enhance the taste of the cheeses. The best plates have four

Before serving, place pairings on the plate in small groups. Lastly, set out one knife per cheese to keep the flavours from mixing together. (BPT)

Determine the right quantity of cheese If you’re serving it as an hors d’oeuvre, plan for one to two ounces of each cheese type per person. If it’s for a light meal, plan for two to three ounces per person.

Brie: Extremely spreadable and creamy, Brie is easy on the palate and pairs with a wide variety of foods.

pairings: A bread item, charcuterie, something sweet and something savoury or salty. Breads to consider are flatbread, grilled crostini or baguettes, while great charcuterie options include prosciutto or a pork pâté. For sweets, figs, honey or berry preserves are delicious additions. And for savoury and salty pairings, include Marcona almonds, cornichon pickles or Kalamata olives.




spinachartichokedip 2 (10 ounce)bags fresh spinach 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk (2% or whole) 1/4 cup dry white wine (optional) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 grated white cheddar cheese Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

In a large stockpot of boiling water, add spinach and cook until bright green, approximately one minute. Drain and squeeze out excess water. Coarsely chop and set aside. In a straight-sided saute pan or sauce pot, melt butter over medium heat. SautĂŠ onions until soft and tender, then add garlic and cook for another minute. Add flour and cook for another minute, until no flour is visible. Pour in cream, milk, wine and, stirring constantly, cook until

thickened. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, mix together spinach, artichokes, and sour cream. Pour warm cream mixture over spinach, add white cheddar, and combine thoroughly. Season again, to taste. Serve warm with tortilla chips, pitas, or cruditĂŠ and sides of salsa and sour cream. To reheat, warm in a saucepan over medium low heat. Yields 2 cups

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Oderin Kitchen Supplies:

Quality Products and Premium Service

By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough Photos by Stephen Wild


the kitchen is the heart of the home, it needs to be outfitted with the right tools in order to ensure the heart keeps beating. Luckily, Oderin Kitchen Supplies — centrally located in downtown Kingston — has everything you need whether you’re a seasoned chef or a blossoming beginner.

From mango slicers and butter dishes, to quality pans and kettles, Oderin Kitchen Supplies manages to pack a big punch into such a small space. Every honey-coloured shelf is filled almost to bursting with 20th and 21st century kitchen tools, cookware, pottery and gadgets. Named after an island off the coast of Newfoundland, this quaint, family-run store is co-owned by a father-daughter duo that takes cooking to a whole new level. Kearney and Amber McGrath opened the downtown gem a little more than 14 years ago; so they must be doing something right. Kearney — affable and talkative to his very core — says it has a lot to do with the one-on-one, personalized service the store has to offer. It may also be due to the range and



quality of the available products. “We do have something for everybody…it just might not be what they came for,” he says with a friendly smile. Boasting a wide and varied selection, Oderin Kitchen Supplies carries the products of a number of respected and well-known companies. If it’s not in stock, it can be ordered, or Kearney will send you somewhere you can find it. “People want things that are the best, things that are reliable,” he says. Le Creuset, says Kearney, is one of the store’s most popular brands. Highlighted in the feature film Julie and Julia, Le Creuset manufactures high-quality enameled cast iron pots, pans and steel kettles. Oderin also boasts a wide selection of Paderno, stainless steel and Lodge cast iron cookware, Zwilling J.A. Henckel knives and Trudeau kitchen accessories. It’s a selection Kearney is proud of — and he can tell you everything about it from how it’s made to how it works. It may be part of the reason Oderin has become a destination for so many shoppers. “I love it when people come to Oderin and tell me it’s an incomplete visit to

Kingston without coming to our store,” he says, reminiscing about one experience a few years ago that still resonates today. “A husband and wife visiting Kingston from Cabbagetown in Toronto told me they loved kitchen stores and always sought them out… they said our store had depth. It was one of the nicest things anyone ever said because it recognized the degree of thought that we put into what we do.” It’s apparent, from the moment you enter the heritage building, how much love and care goes into the selection of each and every product that lines the walls of this store. Cooking, it seems, can be fun. And it all starts at Oderin Kitchen Supplies. RK

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Why You Want A Financial Plan – And How To Get One Yana Glozman Associate Consultant Investors Group Financial Services



anadians agree that financial planning pays off by delivering real value. In two recent studies – The Value of Financial Planning1 and The Value of Advice: Report2 - a majority of Canadians agreed that by choosing financial advice, they accumulated more assets and were better prepared, financially, for retirement. Over 50 per cent reported they were on track to reach their desired lifestyle in retirement, compared to just 18 per cent of those who don’t receive any financial advice. Most also felt integrated financial planning improved their ability to save, made them less concerned about their financial situation and feel better about having the discretionary income to lead the life they want – and very importantly, it gave them greater peace of mind. Do you need a financial plan? Yes – if you have an income, a family or hopes of one in the future, retirement lifestyle dreams, and for many other financially-rooted reasons that are unique to you. In general, your financial plan should include investment planning, cash flow planning, education planning, estate planning, insurance planning, retirement planning and income tax planning. But the key to a successful financial plan is tailoring each of those elements to you and your needs. To achieve that, a competent professional advisor will take you through this six-step planning process:

1. Goal setting – to define and prioritize your goals and concerns.

2. Data gathering – bringing together pertinent financial

to cover your retirement expenses and ways to ensure you will; what you can do to better meet your income needs; and strategies for protecting your family and income should you become disabled or die unexpectedly.

4. Plan formulation and recommendations – reviewing and agreeing on solutions for achieving your financial goals and improving your overall financial life. 5. Plan implementation – a written report that summarizes the steps you need to take to make your plan work. 6. Monitoring and plan review – staying on track by reviewing your plan at least annually and when major life events occur. Comprehensive financial planning is necessary. It’s also complex. It should be precisely tailored to your life as it is today and easily adaptable to the constant changes life brings your way. When you add a professional advisor to your financial team with the qualifications, tools and track record you can count on, you can rest assured your personalized plan will do the job for your life. 1 Study conducted by The Strategic Council for the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), August 2009 to January 2010, 7,300 Canadians surveyed. 2 2010 Value of Advice: Report, Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), July 2010 including third party data from Statistics Canada, Ipso Reid and others.

information to understand your current financial situation.

3. Financial analysis – using your current and projected financial situation to establish how much tax you will pay and how to reduce your taxes; whether you’ll have enough income

This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

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Designing a Home Office That Works For You

By Henny Buffinga


n a world where many careers require only a phone and a computer, more and more people telecommute from a home office. Whether you are an entrepreneur working from your home full time or an executive who works from home a couple of days of the week, having a proper

Photos Reid & Siemenson Design Group space to work is a must. Creating the perfect home office space can be a delicate balance between a functional, organized space that will inspire productivity and something that reflects your personal style.



“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to pick out anything you like, unlike in a corporate office,” says Peggy Reid of Reid & Siemenson Design Group. “While it’s fun to pour through magazines and websites for ideas, you also need to think carefully about how you will be using the space. For example, an upholstered dining room chair in a fabulous print may look great but may not support your back properly for 40 hours a week. The same is true for desks; while a clean modern glass and lacquered finish may look amazing, it may not be the most practical when you have to lay out all your project files.” Reid says that too much visual stimulation in an office can actually create distraction, and suggests a colour consultation by an interior designer to find something that will work well in the space. “The most important thing when choosing a colour is to find something that inspires and energizes you,” explains Reid. “To determine the best colour it is important to find which colour works best in your situation. Blue tends to influence the most productivity, while yellows



promote creativity.” Using more vibrant colours in artwork, rugs and accessories can be a great way to bring more colours into the room that isn’t distracting while you are working. Your home office will reflect the work that you do; for example, it may be different for someone who sees clients in their office compared to someone who works alone. Reid points out that a psychologist may want subdued colours, a more formal desk and comfortable seating, while a graphic artist may showcase an edgier style to demonstrate their creative side to potential clients. “In both cases, it is important to evoke a professional setting,” says Reid. “If you are sharing the space with family members, everything needs to be properly put away.” When sharing an office with family, it’s important to set up a separate space for your work and another area for homework and crafts. At the end of the day, it makes all the difference to spend 15-20 minutes cleaning up your workstation, putting away loose papers and closing the

computer, just like you would if you weren’t at home. Having proper storage is vital for productivity. If you have a bookcase, don’t overstuff it with messy binders and papers. Reid suggests mixing in books and great accessories, so when you are holding a Skype meeting you have a nice backdrop. If you’re lucky enough to have an extra bedroom for your office, utilize the closet to maximize shelving and ensure everything has a home. “It’s important to have everything you need in your office, so you aren’t running out every time you need a stapler or an envelope,” Reid points out. “You may consider putting in a mini fridge to keep cold water and snacks on hand.” Practical concerns, such as lighting, should be foremost in your mind. There should be sufficient task lighting over your desk, and placing your desk next to a window will provide natural light. “A good quality blind such as a roller shade with at least three per cent opacity is important so that you can

view your screen during the sun’s peak times,” Reid says. “To soften the look, consider adding soft drapery panels in a fun colour or print.” Working from home provides more flexible hours, but that often translates into longer workdays. Health and wellness can be designed into your space, and a treadmill desk or standing desk is worth considering. Using an exercise ball to sit on is also a great idea to help with core strength and posture, and can be put away when you need to buckle down on a deadline. Having a yoga mat on hand is also a great idea, so you can stretch out and relax while taking a break to breathe. “With today’s technology and work share programs, more and more people are working from home and creating an optimal work/life balance,” Reid concludes. “If you are one of the lucky ones to do this, it’s worth it to spend the time to create the best environment for your office space.” RK



Opprox: Connecting and Rewarding Local Businesses and Consumers by Tori Stafford Photos: Stephen Wild


reating a connection between local businesses and the consumers that love them should be two things: Simple and rewarding.

This is the concept behind Opprox – ‘Opportunities in Proximity.’ This new social marketing platform allows customers to collect points for frequenting their favourite businesses, as well as allowing merchants the opportunity to reward loyal clientele while attracting new business. Born and developed here in Kingston, the concept arose from a gripe founder Ahsen Basit had with customer rewards programs – a pet peeve for many consumers in today’s world. “It all started with a problem that I would face myself, as a student,” says Basit, who is currently in his final year of commerce at Queen’s University. “I would go to a lot of restaurants and stores in Kingston, but I hated carrying around all of these one-off coupons and points cards from businesses. My wallet already has a lot of cards in it, and I wouldn’t have space for them.” Additionally, Basit identified a number of problems with other social advertising platforms. Social media advertising is increasingly difficult, he says, noting that the organic reach of Facebook posts has dropped significantly. “Say, for example, you have 1,000 likes on your business Facebook page,” he explains. “If you do an organic post, it will only reach 10 per cent or less of those followers. That’s why businesses have to buy posts or continually boost their posts.” As well, many online email-based deals and coupons are valid only for first-time customers. While this may increase traffic through business doors initially, the concept doesn’t help businesses to



foster long-lasting relationships with their customers, nor offer any incentives for repeat business. “Retention is the most important part,” Basit says. “This was a problem for the merchant side of things that we were trying to solve, and that’s where this marketplace concept was born.” Opprox solves all of these problems in one simple program. For consumers, it is as simple as downloading the app and signing up – no cards to carry or constant email updates. From there, the app offers a variety of discounts, sales and rewards programs. At the same time, Opprox users earn points for spending money in a business that’s partnered with Opprox, and the points can be exchanged for goods and services. There are an array of businesses partnered with Opprox, including restaurants, clothing stores, spas, and health and well-being services, all offering special discounts and sales, and each with their own unique rewards programs. A number of iconic Kingston businesses have already joined Opprox, including Pan Chanco and Chez Piggy, K-Town Kups, Ali Baba Kabab, House of Angelis, and The Toucan Pub. The best thing about Opprox is how the program benefits everyone, Basit explains. “It’s easy to use for businesses and for consumers,” he says, noting that feedback since Opprox launched in September has been incredibly positive. “The businesses tell me that their customers love the rewards and are coming in more often, so it’s win-win for everybody.” An app and a network that connects consumers and local businesses, allowing them to both benefit mutually: Simple and rewarding.

Opprox 343.363.1016 Available on the Apple Apps Store and Google Play

Discover the Confidence of Putting Your Best Face Forward


by Tori Stafford

or Debbie Goulding, beauty is a quality only amplified by confidence and strength.

“Makeup is not about covering up who you are – it’s about enhancing your natural beauty and bringing forward your best features,” she says.

A former model, Debbie works with Mode-Elle Model and Talent Agency as a makeup application instructor and also offers services as an independent makeup artist. Working with clients of all ages, Debbie strives to highlight the inner and outer beauty of each person that sits in front of her. Featuring premium brands in dermatology and cosmetics, Debbie can help you put your best face forward, and offers services in makeup application, esthetics, and private makeup lessons. A business member with Opprox, Debbie Goulding Makeup Artist is currently offering Opprox users 10 per cent off services, as well as a Christmas Pamper Package offered at 30 per cent off, which includes a skin consultation, holiday makeover with brow shaping, and a manicure and pedicure.

“Wishing you strength, confidence and beauty.”

Design by Terry/ Cobico Jewellers Custom Jewellery as Unique as You Are By Tori Stafford Photos: Stephen Wild

Debbie Goulding Makeup Artist 637 Norris Court – Unit 7 613.329.2950


or over 30 years, Terry Merlo has continually grown and developed as a goldsmith and jeweller, creating unique, personal and meaningful pieces for countless clients. Specializing in engagement, wedding and special occasion jewelry, Terry is known for her meticulous skill and versatility. From signet rings immortalizing a veteran’s journey, to one-of-a-kind personalized pendants designed to keep loved ones close to your heart, Design by Terry offers custom jewellery designs that are both striking and significant. Terry also creates new designs to utilize old, unworn pieces, and offers jewellery repairs, cleaning and certified appraisals. For Terry, the art of jewellery-making is a lifelong passion, and whether working with the latest technology in mirco-carving or creating custom hand-carved moulds, it’s a passion she delights in. A business member with Opprox, Design by Terry and Cobico Jewellers are currently offering Opprox users 50 per cent off all silver necklaces available in store. Design by Terry Ltd. & Cobico Jewellers Ltd. 637 Norris Court – Unit 7 613.634.1541 DesignbyTerryandCobicoJewellers



Make The Right Move

Limestone Property Management Providing Premium Locations and Management for Business Photos Stephen Wild


ocated in historic downtown Kingston and established over 25 years ago, Limestone Property Management offers peace of mind to commercial and residential clients that have investment properties in Kingston, Amherstview, Gananoque and Belleville. It can sometimes be a challenge for business owners to find the ideal location for their everyday office needs, but Limestone Property Management has the perfect solution: 635 Arlington Park Place. Centrally located in the city’s west end, this prime business area of Arlington Park Place and Gardiners Road, 635 Arlington Park Place is the newest proposed development by Euromart International Bancorp, an Asset Management company out of Toronto. This new development building will boast close proximity to the INVISTA Centre, Cataraqui



Town Centre, RIOCAN Power Centre and many other area retailers, restaurants and amenities. I will also be a stone’s throw away from Highway 401 to easily accommodate commuters. This proposed commercial development will have identical features to its sister building located at 759 Gardiners Road (Sleep Country Plaza), as shown in the image above. “It’s going to be a clean, modern and esthetically appealing building,” says Jason Ruffolo, general manager of Limestone Property Management. “With attractive main entrances, large and bright windows, handicap access and ample parking, it will be an ideal building and location for potential tenants looking to find space in a brand new structure.” The proposed building will have 12,668 sq. ft. of rentable space available. It’s ideally set up for a large retailer,

Commercial Properties Available for Lease 635 Arlington Park Place, Kingston Available: To Be Built Lease Term: Open Rentable Area: 12,668 square feet 725-745 Gardiners Road, Kingston Available: Immediately Lease Term: Open Rentable Area: 1,200 square feet and 800 square feet

business corporation and other types of larger enterprises. With options to customize the layout, as well as incentive programs available to further entice a potential occupant, there are a number of reasons to occupy the new building space. Another commercial building under the management of Limestone Property Management is located at 725-745 Gardiners Road – Progress Square. This plaza has a diverse tenant mix with great street exposure on Gardiners Road. With new renovations just completed to the façade, the building shows very well and is ideally set up for smaller businesses looking to occupy space of up to 1,200 square feet.

Proposed Building Approx. 12,668 sq ft

Limestone Property Management 303 Bagot Street, Unit 5F, Kingston P: 613-530-3340 E: For additonal information about available properties contact Limestone Property Management.



Gerald R. Connor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cumberland Private Wealth Management Inc.

In the first phase of a bull market, anyone can make money. In the next phase, skill separates winners from losers. In the final phase, inexperience can lead to disaster. Fortunately over the past 15 years, clients of Cumberland have benefited from both our skill and our experience. And that’s one reason why their portfolios have seen an average annual return of 4% more than the market since 1999, with significantly less volatility.*

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Discovering the TFSA Advantage and Their Potential

Thomas (Tom) J. Splinter BA (Econ), CIM, CFP, FMA, FCSI Investment Advisor


arlier this year, the Conservative government increased the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) annual contribution limit to $10,000 — making the cumulative limit for TFSAs now $41,000. This means that as long as an individual has not contributed before, they could open a TFSA and deposit up to $41,000 into the plan and enjoy tax-free income. Mainly because of higher contribution limits and cumulative amounts, TFSAs are now competing with other savings plans like a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), and other nonregistered plans. TFSAs can hold nearly all the same investments as RRSPs. This includes stocks; bonds; mutual funds; preferred shares; exchange traded funds; guaranteed investment certificates and cash. When faced with these possibilities, the individual is offered more variety, and therefore more investment choices. Along with proper prudence and due diligence, better planning strategies could be created. So for example, an individual with high interest income, or an individual that has high-growth assets could shelter the income tax from these assets by simply placing these assets into a TFSA. (High growth assets could still be transferred to a TFSA provided the capital gain is low when transferring). When withdrawing from a TFSA, the income is not taxed, as opposed to an RRSP, in which the full amount of the withdrawal is taxable and claimed on the individual’s tax return. This would prove to be advantageous for high income retirees who are facing the Old Age Security (OAS) clawback if the individual’s net income is over $72,809 for 2015. The government imposes

a clawback on OAS payments if the individual’s net income is over the above amount, and the amount of the clawback is equal to the individual’s OAS payments or 15 per cent of the amount by which the net income exceeds the threshold — whichever is less. For 2015, the full amount of the OAS benefit will be eliminated when net income (including OAS benefit) is over $117,000. When withdrawing from an RRSP or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), it may be advantageous to withdraw more and then deposit excess funds into a TFSA — providing the individual is using proper tax planning and the individual is within his or her limits for the TFSA. If the individual is in the lowest tax bracket and lowest marginal tax rate, this procedure would result in paying the lowest amount of tax on the RRSP withdrawal, and gives the individual the opportunity to deposit the maximum amount to their TFSA. Future withdrawals would eventually be withdrawn from the TFSA, which would result in no tax being paid. Withdrawing more from the RRSP would result in drawing down the balance faster which may result in less of a future tax burden for the individual’s estate. Individuals should also take advantage of the TFSA’s current rules in case the new Liberal government chooses to make changes. As always, when individuals must make decisions that involve tax, estate and retirement planning, they should seek professional help to guide them along.

Limestone Credit Union 572 Princess Street, Kingston 613-384-8973




The Woolen Mill

Maintaining History While Pursuing the Future By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough Photos Stephen Wild




estled along the serene banks of the Cataraqui River, The Woolen Mill is an integral feature of Kingston’s historical identity.

A 19th-century building, the four-storey, red brick structure was constructed in 1882, once serving as a cotton mill for the Kingston Cotton Manufacturing Company. The City of Kingston purchased the property 50 years later, intending for it to run as a woolen mill instead, under lease of the Hield Bros. of England. The mill thrived during and beyond the Great Depression and the war. It wasn’t until 1966, when synthetic fabrics gained momentum, that the mill closed. Three years later, St. Francis Developments took over and the building began undergoing renovations to section the open-concept building into office space for multiple businesses. During its first century, the building was maintained through a continual refurbishing program, allowing the ancient structure to survive and become the historic building it is today. The major additions and renovations began in 1993, all the while keeping the building’s natural character in mind. The wooden floors have been well-preserved with many coats of oil. During restoration, the brick was only sandblasted and pointed, and no treatment was needed whatsoever on the

impressive 12 and 16-inch pine beams supporting the roof. Today, it is home to a conglomeration of more than 30 businesses that serve Kingstonians in wide and varied ways. Tenants of this beautiful waterfront heritage property share a real pride in the building and in Kingston as a whole. It is, after all, a wonderful place to work. Boasting stunning views of the river and close to nature and wildlife, The Woolen Mill is conveniently close to historical landmarks and downtown amenities.

Statistics About the Woolen Mill The Woolen Mill was originally built in 1882 The longest-staying business was Dominion Textile Co., the original occupants, who operated for upwards of 50 years. Second in line and a very successful business, was Hield Bros. of England, operating for 35 years The longest-staying tenant is the River Mill Restaurant, built in 1985 The Kingston Whig-Standard used to take up the entire West Wing ground level, residing there since 1997 The highest number of tenants at one time was 40 in the 1980s under Wilf and Mary Eagle



“At Full Circle Health Network, all paths lead to you.”

Live Your Best Life With Full Circle Health Network Photos: Steph Hogeboom of Taylor Clark Photography


avigating the world of complementary health services can be daunting. That is why the Full Circle Health Network has assembled a team of specialists who will meet you where you are – and take you where you want to go. Co-owners of the clinic since 2014, Sarah Hutchinson (Registered Homeopath and Hypnotic Childbirth Instructor) and Geneviève Zizzo (Manual Osteopathic Practitioner) — both with active practices of their own — are proud of the expertise that flows through their network and the sincere compassion that underpins their team. “We do our best to make feeling great simple and easy,” says Hutchinson. “No matter what brings you here, you can rest assured that you’ll be well taken care of,” adds Zizzo. “Our services are designed to attend to every aspect of your well-being for truly holistic, completely individualized, care.”



The Practitioners

▲Genevieve Zizzo & Sarah Hutchinson Owners - Full Circle Health Network

Gina Newcomb, Classical Homeopath Newcomb’s interest in homeopathy began when she decided to see a homeopath for an illness that had plagued her for many years. Finally experiencing full health again sparked a curiosity about the practice that would eventually lead to a strong drive to study homeopathic medicine. A recent graduate of the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, Newcomb is thrilled to be starting her career with the stellar team at Full Circle. “I look forward to helping others in their journeys back to health, just as I was once helped in my own journey back to health,” she says. Rebecca Vinkle, Registered Massage Therapist “I am passionate about the multitude of benefits massage offers, and am proud to be a contributing factor in my clients’ ongoing health and wellness,” says Vinkle.

Lyndsay Foster

Kim Lawrence

Whether clients are looking for treatment of back and neck pain from desk work, relief during pregnancy, or simply want to feel better, she is confident her massage techniques can help. Vinkle’s focus includes prenatal and postpartum care, relief from acute or chronic pain and headaches, with treatments concentrating on postural alignment and stress, and tension reduction.

Joey Su, Registered Massage Therapist Well versed in treating many types of injury, Su draws on his background in sports and rehabilitation in his massage practice. He specializes in athletic and work-related injuries and draws from a variety of skill sets including physio-taping techniques, which allows for enhanced recovery and positional alignment between treatments. ““I believe everyone should be able to enjoy the things they love doing,” says Su. “This is why I am dedicated to helping others find freedom in health.”

Jill McCubbin-Clare, Facial Acupuncture, Cancer Prevention and Treatment and Fertility A registered acupuncturist who guides individuals to achieve new levels of health and well-being, McCubbin-Clare has more than 27 years of experience supporting patients; Her specialty is in fertility, cancer (prevention and treatment) and facial (cosmetic) acupuncture. McCubbin-Clare’s practice combines traditional Chinese medicine and Japanese acupuncture resulting in gentle yet profound treatments. “ I love the connection that I build with my patients and the health that results on a holistic level of body mind and spirit,

when their needs are being met.” says McCubbin-Clare. Lyndsay Foster, Clinical Counsellor and Registered Social Worker Foster believes everyone needs someone to confide in, and, in her practice, seeks to form positive relationships that enable clients to free themselves of the burdens they carry.

Rebecca Vinkle

Her work is focused on family and youth, using approaches as guided by Family System’s Theory and Attachment Theory. She employs a variety of modalities, to help establish compassionate and affectionate communication in family relationships to help clients find their path to optimal individual and family mental health.

Kim Lawrence, Clinical Counsellor & Registered Social Worker Kim Lawrence says the best part of her job is seeing firsthand how counselling can help clients shift their perspective and change their behaviour. She specializes in working with couples to enhance emotional intimacy and effective communication. Lawrence also specializes in helping individuals with anxiety and depression to understand how their family of origin, thoughts and behaviours impact their emotional health and what they can do to change it. “I am re-energized every time I see someone who has the strength to reach out for help, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with clients as they begin or continue their journey of self-discovery and self-awareness,” says Lawrence. Full Circle Health Network not only houses the health services discussed above, but also offers Osteopathy, Natural Nutrition, Thai Yoga Massage, Fitness Training, Prenatal Education and Educational Workshops on health and wellness.

Gina Newcomb

Joey Su

Jill McCubbin-Clare

Full Circle Health Network 4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 110, Kingston 613.766.3503



The Beauty of Self Confidence - Prestige Cosmetic Surgery

The Beauty of Self Confidence Prestige Cosmetic Surgery By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough


ith 23 years of experience in the cosmetic surgery industry, Dr. David L. J. Wardle, M.D., B.Sc., F.R.C.S.(C), has perfectly mastered the art of blending science, nature and art. “The most important thing with plastic surgery — especially cosmetics — is that you have to make it look as natural as possible,” he says. “The best plastic surgery goes unnoticed.” Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Wardle completed his formal residency in plastic surgery in Canada, and then moved to Southern California after accepting an exclusive postgraduate fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery with world-renowned facelift surgeon, Dr. Bruce Connell. Following his training, Dr. Wardle joined Dr. Connell at his practice, where he remained until moving to Newport Beach in 2000.

“It’s transformative for some people, it brings them completely out of their shell, and improves their quality of life.” Dr. David L J. Wardle



As a Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Dr. Wardle is among a select group of boardcertified plastic surgeons that have attained the highest level of achievement in cosmetic surgical training, continuing education and clinical experience. Membership in The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is by invitation only and is reserved for those plastic surgeons able to meet the highest educational, professional and ethical standards. “ Recently, Dr. Wardle returned to Canada and now offers his elite services to clients in the Limestone City. His practice, located in the historic Woolen Mill, gives patients the chance to enhance their appearance – and as a result, their life.

PRESTIGE Cosmetic Surgery 6 Cataraqui Street, Suite 112, Kingston P: 613.417.1969 F: 613.767.6638

Tasteful Creations Begin at Shine Eatery & Catering By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough Photos Stephen Wild


s a child, Shawn Denard spent countless days learning how to cook at the hip of his talented grandmother. It’s how his love affair with food began, and that passion still burns strong to this day.

As the owner of Shine Eatery & Catering, Denard’s passion is evident in every dish; he marries cooking styles from the past to the present with undeniable expertise. Whether it’s a juicy steak dinner, a melt-in-your-mouth fish-fry feast or a tender rack of lamb with all the fixings, Denard takes pride in all of his delicious creations. His attention to detail, composition of food and beautiful presentation will satisfy the most discerning client. “Food is to be a celebration of the five senses,” says Denard. Whether you are planning a large event for weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays or just a small gathering for family and friends, Shine Eatery & Catering won’t disappoint – it dedicates both style and flair to every event with a tent, tables, music and chairs, and can even accommodate various dietary restrictions. “I make food from my heart and soul,” says Denard. Looking for a lunch locale? Try out some items off of Shine’s delicious menu. Kick off your meal with Thai coconut carrot and

roasted fennel soup, or have their roasted butternut squash soup, which features a hint of curry and coconut milk. If you’re looking to get some greens into your diet, opt for their salad that features warmed goat cheese nestled inside a roasted red pepper on top of organic greens, julienned vegetables and roasted pecans. Dressed with aged balsamic vinaigrette and fresh raspberries, the salad is a pure delight. For the main event, there’s an oven roasted turkey breast, deboned thigh and leg stuffed with the chef’s homemade dressing and topped with a natural reduction of cognac. Honey-glazed, pan-fried carrots and parsnips, creamy potatoes and warm dinner rolls top it off. If you have a sweet tooth, try the chocolate Amaretto cheesecake with a warm caramel swirl. Contact Shine Eatery & Catering for your next special occasion – whether it’s for a gathering of five or 500. Bon Appétit!

Shine Eatery & Catering The Woolen Mill 4 Cataraqui Street, Kingston 613.329.9904



Response I.T.

Making Your Technology Work For You By Tori Stafford Photos Stephen Wild


a fast-paced world with ever-growing interconnectivity, it’s important to be plugged in at all times. There is nothing like the frustration of finding there’s an issue with your computer. When it comes to file saving and sharing, or matters of business or personal finance, the result can be far more aggravating — and costly. Often, the issue becomes compounded as clients find themselves at the bottom of a waiting list. For Chris Medeiros, ensuring clients get a human connection right away is one of the pillars his business was built upon. The owner of Response I.T., Medeiros explains he and his team are dedicated to a quick response time when clients encounter issues. “Whether it’s a residential customer who uses their computer to get online and connect with family, or a corporate client with a large network and a full website we manage, the customer comes first,” Medeiros says. The team offers a number of different services to residential and corporate clients, all on an as-needed basis. They can handle any setup, issue or preventative security task. Boasting in-house graphic designers and a professional photographer, Response I.T. also offers website design, as well as website and email server support. Recently, Response I.T. was awarded as the 2015 Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. It exemplifies the company’s commitment to integrity and their promise to ensure customers



receive personable and efficient support. “This is not an individual award, but a team award,” says Medeiros. “All members of Response I.T. should be complimented for their continuing effort that enabled our company to receive this prestigious recognition.”

“Whether it’s a residential customer who uses their computer to get online and connect with family, or a corporate client with a large network and a full website we manage, the customer comes first." Chris Medeiros


techincal support

GeTTInG On ‘The Google’ Take It Back To Basics

Wil Cleland Web Department Response I.T.


etting on ‘The Google’ is something of a mystery for many, but the reason to be on the first page of Google typically isn’t. As most of us know, when someone is looking for a product or service, whether from their phone, or their home or office computer, they are using the Google Search Engine. Google currently holds 67 per cent of the market share on PC searches, and a whopping 83 per cen on Mobile. Most of the time searchers never navigate away from the first results page so it is ultimately important that we show up somewhere on the first page for the keywords of our businesses. How to get “ranked” Breaking it down to the essentials, getting on the first page takes good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and that is the process of setting up your website and offsite marketing to accurately show search engines what you are all about. It all starts with keywords Google is essentially looking at the content of your page from the top down for who you are and what you do. They look in the Title, the Headings, the ALT descriptions of images, URLS and so much more. The content is the most important aspect of your website and by using your keywords everywhere you can

tell search engines what they need to know. Utilize headings, titles, bolds, and emphases to support your keywords in your content. Use the free tools Google provides I always say submit to Google and I don’t mean in a 50 Shades of Grey kind of way, I mean use the Google Webmaster Tools to submit your sitemap and tell them who you are, where they can find you and what you have to offer. Use the Google Webmaster Tools to submit your sitemap and tell them who you are, where they can find you and what you have to offer. Using the Webmaster tools they provide go a long way to getting you indexed and showing Google that you are working to get noticed. Put yourself on ‘The Google’ The last point I’ll stress is taking control of your Google for Business and Google+ pages. These pages are directly linked to Google and the information is top notch when it comes to getting noticed and placed on maps, Google business listings and more. Be as descriptive and explanatory as you can as it’s all in the details. Following these steps will help get you noticed; tweaking them will take you to the top. Response I.T. 6 Cataraqui Street, Suite 111, Kingston 613.549.5568





A Kingston Classic For 30 Years

By Tori Stafford Photos Stephen Wild


a city like Kingston, with such a rich and diverse selection of eateries and restaurants, few have stood the test of time as long as The River Mill.

What opened in 1985 in the historic Woolen Mill building along the banks of the Great Cataraqui River remains as one of the city’s favoured fine dining establishments. While the restaurant maintains the heritage of the building, the dining experience itself is far from obsolete thanks to the continually updated menu of locally-sourced ingredients, and executive chef Gurkan Soyic, says owner Colin Altimas. “With a flair for bringing together bright, fresh flavours using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, Soyic has maintained The River Mill’s classic French and Mediterranean inspired menu and enhanced it with new items certain to excite and tempt diners with even the most discerning palates. “There are a lot of things on our menu that aren’t on other menus in Kingston,” says Altimas. Combining the beautiful setting, stunning interior and the skillfully crafted menus the kitchen will custom-design with clients makes The River Mill an easy choice for many events and celebrations; their main dining room is able to seat up to 100 guests, and their private room up to 36.



The River Mill Restaurant 2 Cataraqui Street, Kingston 613.549.5759 r i v e r mill. ca

findhealth embracelife “My ultimate goal is to support the individual in their quest for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being enabling them to embrace life fully.”

Katrin Schubert R. Ac.

Body Talk Acupuncture Natural Medicine

Katrin Schubert offers acupuncture, BodyTalk and nutritional support in her Natural Health Practice at the Woolen Mill in Kingston and in Gananoque. Katrin trained as a medical doctor in Germany and holds a Ph.D in Genetics. She works as a registered acupuncturist in Ontario.

 Integrating her wide background in natural health care modalities with her medical training, Katrin focuses on the individual and diverse needs of her clients. As an instructor with the International BodyTalk association and a PaRama practitioner, she strives to address the individuals' physical concerns as well as mental, emotional and spiritual consciousness levels.

Katrin taught with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada for many years and 
she is the author of two books on self-help techniques titled 5 Minute First Aid for the Mind. Each book offers 20 quick techniques that enable the reader to relieve stress or reduce cravings. The books will be released at the beginning of March, 2016. Supporting the individual in their quest for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and thus enabling them to embrace life fully is the goal of her work. “People will be able to live with a greater sense of harmony and creativity when their pain, dysfunction and health concerns are alleviated,” she says

Katrin Schubert R.Ac. 4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 204, Kingston, 613.541.1144

Healing Arts Therapies by Barbra Rose Perry, RMT Barbra Rose Perry has worked as a Registered Massage Therapist in the Kingston area since 1985. She offers a range of treatments at her Healing Arts Therapies practice in the Woolen Mill. She attended the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and became an RMT in Ontario in 1985. Prior to that, Barbra Rose received a diploma in Child and Youth Work from Mohawk College and also completed several years of a degree in Cultural Anthropology as well as two years of pre-nursing. Since then, Barbra Rose has continued her passion for learning about natural healing modalities and has studied Trager, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Cranial Therapy, Osteopathy (four years at the Sutherland Academy of Osteopathy) and Matrix Repatterning. Currently in her practice, Barbra Rose blends many of these modalities to assist her clients in releasing tension and blockages in order to achieve less pain and a more balanced, peaceful state. General Osteopathic Techinque (GOT) /Trager massage form the basis of many of her sessions. More specific treatment is offered using Osteopathic Techniques and Matrix Repatterning. Cranial Sacral Therapy can help achieve deep relaxation as well as assisting in recovery from headaches, trauma, dental work and sinus issues. Barbra Rose attempts to be present to the whole person in her sessions. She respects the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the people who seek her out. Addressing the whole person can lead to deeper levels of healing. Gentle, knowing hands offer relief from a wide range of conditions such as injuries, post-surgical recovery, strains and sprains, headaches, head trauma, neck and back pain, pelvic pain and many others.

Healing Arts Therapies The Woolen Mill - Suite 204 4 Cataraqui Street Kingston 613.539.9984




business financial

Business Owner Life Insurance After Age 55

Bryce Parisotto (CFP) Shannon Bennett-Parisotto (CHS) Benefits Consulting Plus Inc. 1375 Gardiners Road, Suite 101



elcome to your mid-50s, a time when you notice your world has begun to shift. Children are often grown and your mortgage and other debts have shrunk or are all together gone. By age 55, many business owners have a strong, successful business that affords them a lifestyle they worked hard to achieve. With few of the traditional needs for life insurance, why do so many people in this situation continue their coverage? The answer is simple. They own life insurance because it helps them protect against the concerns that exist at this stage of life including tax, estate and succession planning. Let’s look at an example of how life insurance can play an important role in achieving succession and estate planning objectives.

Stella is a healthy and vibrant 65-year-old widow. Since her husband died, she has owned 100 per cent of the shares of her family’s successful small business corporation. Her other assets include her home, the family cottage and a significant sum of registered and non-registered investments. Stella is now retired and her son Jack works in the business. Since his father’s passing, Jack is leading the business. He is talented and hard-working and Stella wants to ensure he assumes full ownership of the business upon her death. Stella’s daughter Jillian has moved to Toronto to pursue a different path. Stella plans to leave Jillian the remaining value of her investments, her primary residence and the family cottage Jillian loves dearly. Stella has recently begun estate planning with a goal of reducing taxes due at death, helping ensure her estate is distributed fairly between her two adult children, and safeguarding cash to cover her final tax bill. Stella has worked with her trusted accountant and lawyers to achieve these goals. She also wants to work with a financial security advisor

to investigate what role life insurance can play in her planning. As part of her tax-reduction planning, Stella will complete an estate freeze and move forward with strategies to purify her corporation. Let’s assume that after implementing these measures Stella’s final tax bill (at death) on the deemed disposition of her shares, her cottage and her remaining registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) is approximately $570,000 today and $500,000 at age 89. Stella considers the options her children will have to pay her final tax bill. The options include: • Setting aside some of her investments today to provide funds to cover her final tax bill • Hope her house sells quickly after her death (although the investments and the proceeds of the sale of the house are intended for Jillian not Canada Revenue Agency) • Take the required funds out of the company (although this is not a tax-friendly option and this option could negatively impact business operations) • Borrow the money (but her children will need to pay it back plus interest) • Purchase a level cost permanent life insurance policy that pays out a tax free death benefit After considering these options Stella decides to purchase a permanent life insurance policy. Ultimately, Stella moved ahead with the life insurance option because it made sense for her situation and her budget. She also appreciates knowing that upon her passing, the final pieces of her estate plan will move into action — including her children receiving a tax-free life insurance death benefit to pay her final tax bill. The information provided is based on current laws, regulations and other rules applicable to Canadian residents. It is accurate to the best of the writer’s knowledge as of the date submitted for publication.

Photo of Bryce and Shannon by: Taylor Studios




Top Five Tips to Maintain Your Car This Winter Ice, rain, snow and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your car. To keep your family safe on the slippery roads this winter, it’s important to take a few simple winterization steps.


roper maintenance can go a long way in helping preserve the investment in your vehicle. Follow these five tips to keep your vehicle in top shape throughout the winter weather:

1. Switch engine oil: Oil lubricates the engine so it can function properly, but not all automobile oil is the same. We live in a cold climate, consider switching to a thinner, less viscous oil. For example, a 10W-30 might be ideal for hot summer weather, but a thicker 5W-30 is better for when temperatures dip below freezing. Ask your auto mechanic what is recommended and refer to the manufacturer’s manual for more insight. 2. Maintain a car wash routine: Due to the presence of ice, salt and sand on the roads, washing your vehicle in the winter is even more important than the summer. Getting a car wash and a fresh coat of wax before the temperature begins to drop can be your first line of defense against winter elements. Vehicular corrosion occurs most quickly when the temperature rises and falls below freezing. The International Carwash Association recommends finding a car wash that is part of the WaterSavers program. There are more than 1,500 environmentally friendly car washes worldwide enrolled in the program that meet water quality and usage standards. These car washes use 151.5 litres (40 gallons) or less of fresh water per car. Find a participating car wash near you by visiting

complimentary car battery assessment if you’d prefer an expert analysis. 4. Update engine coolant: Just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean your engine can’t overheat. To protect your engine against corrosion and to help ensure it doesn’t overheat, ask your car technician to change to a coolant with ethylene glycol, which has antifreeze properties. While replacing coolants, ask the technician to make sure all fluids are topped off, including window washer solution. 5. Get a grip on tire safety: It’s critical to check your tires to keep you and your passengers safe. Each tire should have an adequate amount of tread to properly grip the road, aso be sure to your tires are properly inflated to ensure optimum handling, safety, and fuel efficiency. (BPT)

Taking the time to properly winterize your car not only ensures the comfort and safety of you and your family but also helps you maintain the value of your car for many winters to come.

3. Check the battery: Cold weather can take a toll on your car’s battery. Before you get stranded, give your battery a once-over to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Check the cables, terminals and fluid and look for anything abnormal. Some battery retailers will conduct a




With The Soul of a Sports Car

By Trina Annand

With an ever growing automotive market, discerning drivers are looking for new ways to embrace their need for speed while still addressing the practicality of modern life. Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) combine speed, safety, luxury and space into the ultimate driving machine whether you’re a weekend road warrior or a busy mom.



Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 570 horsepower V8, starting at $178,000 With a top speed of 283 km/h this luxury speed machine can go from 0 to 96 km in 3.8 seconds — the perfect choice for those who crave performance. The SUV offers connoisseurs seven different engine variations for a truly unique experience. Standard ceramic brakes ensure the Cayenne provides faster and more precise response, especially at high speeds. Luxuriously appointed with carbon-fibre interior trim, supple leather and a Burmester sound system, the SUV is a pleasure to drive at any speed with intuitive features like Porsche Dynamic Light System which detects oncoming traffic and dims headlights.

Mercedes GL450 4MATIC 362 horsepower twin turbo V6, starting at $79,700 Replacing the M class, the GL450 offers a top speed of 209 km/h and provides drivers with the opportunity to upgrade to a handcrafted 577 horsepower AMG V8 engine for truly raced-inspired enjoyment. The standard SUV is a pulse racing ride with an acceleration of 0 to 96 km in 5.9 seconds. Powerful inside and out, the GL450 provides all the little luxuries that enhance the driving experience, such as climate controlled cup holders and massaging front seats. PRE-Safe predictive occupant protection ensures that drivers and passengers are ready in case of a crash by tightening seat belts and closing windows.

BMW X5 445 horsepower Twin Turbo V8, starting at $65,500 Available in BMW’s coveted hybrid options the X5 can go from 0 to 100 km in 5.3 seconds, and with a top speed of 210 km/h the vehicle is anything but ordinary. With Bang & Olufsen surround sound, customizable coloured LED interior lighting, a 360-degree view of the vehicle via camera and night vision with dynamic light spot technology (which highlights objects emitting body heat on or near the road), the X5 is an exceptional driving experience.

Audi Q7 333 horsepower V6, starting at $59,200 Audi began work on this model in 2009 when the original was just four years old, carefully honing the driving experience. With a 202 km top speed, this SUV reaches 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds. A streamlined exterior reveals a more spacious interior, and heated massaging and air conditioned seats create a luxurious and immersive experience for both drivers and passengers. Featuring the widest range of assistant systems in the world, Audi has won over drivers with options like predictive efficiency, which saves fuel, and cross traffic assist, which uses radar to alert drivers to incoming traffic while backing up.

Lexus NX t500 235 horsepower V4, starting at $41,500 The true fashion model of the SUV segment, the NX 200t features angular and aggressive styling and new interior colours like caviar, autumn shimmer and ultra white. With a top speed of nearly 200 km/h, this SUV is more than a pretty face dominating the luxury compact SUV segment of the market. With three drive modes drivers can customize their experience from eco to sport for turbocharged highway driving.




The Town of Greater Napanee Even Greater During the Holiday Season By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough Photo by Jen Fitzpatrick With an assortment of unique, locallyowned shops, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Napanee, which is situated right in the heart of Lennox and Addington County. Whether you’re looking to check some items off your Christmas list, or perhaps to buy yourself a sparkling necklace, or a pair of cosy winter boots, you can find it here. And if you need a latte or a bite to eat to keep you going, you’ll discover a delightful selection of coffee shops and restaurants, as well. “Napanee has an amazing, smalltown charm about it,” says Kathy Medd, manager of the Business Improvement Area. “There are just so many wonderful shops, and great dining opportunities —

whether you’re looking for something highend, or just a fun pub atmosphere. There are some great opportunities and you can find it all close to home.” Greater Napanee hosts a variety of events throughout the holiday season, including the annual Parade of Lights on Dec. 5, and the eighth annual Shopping Party on Dec. 18. Now heading into its eighth year, the ever-popular event “is just a fun, festive evening,” says Medd. Be sure to bring along a donation for the food bank. Located on the Napanee River, the town also boasts an excellent opportunity for sightseers to enjoy nature at its finest. “Our

downtown ties in nicely with our waterfront,” explains Medd. “Folks can walk down the main street and if they proceed east past the Gibbard building and over the bridge, they can follow the trail along the river’s waterfront.” Christmas lights will also be placed along the waterfront, giving visitors and locals alike more chances to enjoy the town dressed in its Christmastime finest. “It’s a really nice way to enjoy the riverfront,” says Medd, who has called Napanee home for nearly 25 years. Known as one of Ontario’s prettiest towns throughout the year, there’s something extra special about Napanee during the holiday season — come see for yourself.

Nothing warms the heart quite small towns do at Christmastime — and the Town of Greater Napanee is no exception. Historic buildings festooned with twinkling lights make this historic small town postcard-perfect during the holiday season.

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A Touch of Wellness Relaxation At Its Best


ouch of Wellness helps you escape from the ordinary and experience true self-indulgence while enjoying a glass of wine by the spa’s fireplace. Their rejuvenating treatments are designed to whisk away the worries of life, bringing balance to mind, body and spirit. “The stresses we all face on a day-today basis accumulate over time,” says Joanne Burke, owner. “The results can be minor or devastating. It truly pays to take the time for self-care.” Utilizing products from the prestigious Aveda body care brand, A Touch of Wellness will offer treatments that create a total sensory experience, designed to enhance overall wellbeing. Pure plant and flower essences are part of the complete pampering experience. Planning a Christmas party or special meeting? Touch of Wellness can make the event memorable for everyone in attendance. If a wedding is in your future, allow the Touch of Wellness team to enhance your memories with a wide array of services. You can even reserve the spa for a bridal luncheon or a bachelorette party. A Touch of Wellness also offers pain-free laser hair removal with the Soprano SX Laser system. Twenty per cent more effective than IPL laser treatment, this system works on all hair types while still allowing you to tan and continue treatments. Until Dec. 31, receive their holiday special of 20 per cent off all laser hair removal packages. Complete the look with a whiter smile; until Dec. 31, receive three teeth whitening sessions for only $120.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Joanne Burke, Owner

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Where can you go for Big City Fashion? Touch of Class Fashions


here can you go for timeless casuals and special occasion cocktail dresses and gowns all in one place? Touch of Class attracts the fashionista aged 25 to 85 with a wide variety of fashion needs. We focus on dressing the career woman, but we also have a great selection for special events like weddings, mother-of-thebride outfits, proms and more. We have everything from a great pair of skinny jeans to dresses that can go from the office to a cocktail party. Our store is a one-stop shop where you can purchase it all, including sunglasses, jewelry, handbags, boots and shoes to complete your wardrobe. We create big city excitement with top Canadian and International designers like Michael Kors, Marc Aurel, Tommy Bahama, Stuart Weitzman, Sandwich, Adrianna Papell, JS Boutique, Iris, Mac Jeans, Geox, Rudsak and more. Touch of Class Fashions 2 Dundas Street East, Napanee 613.354.2799

Your Vacation Wardrobe Starts at Sand’n’Sea Fall brings warmer dresses, soft layers and deeper colours. Neutrals in greys balance deeper shades of marsala red or mustard. Instead of classic black, try a deep navy for a modern look. This season, look for fashions that embrace new trends, and always find a fit and style to flatter your shape. You will feel more festive in clothing that is comfortable and reflects your inner beauty. How can you enjoy your life if you are uncomfortable in the first piece of clothing you put on in the morning? Visit a bra boutique like Sand’n Sea for a free professional fitting to rejuvenate you every day. Beyond improving how your clothing looks on you, it will ease back fatigue, aching shoulders and neck pain. Take care of your breast health from an early age and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime. Vacation styles change every year, too. Colour stories are beginning to feel the influence of the bohemian 60s, mixed with an effortless sophistication. Embrace flowing styles and bold prints, mix them with solids already in your wardrobe, and have fun with your vacation wardrobe. Sand’n’Sea Boutique ensures swimsuit shopping is just as simple; mix and match tops and bottoms. We also fit sizes two to 24 and A to G cups (including postmastectomy), to help you feel confident when you arrive at the pool or beach. And you will love the coverups! Your vacation wardrobe truly does start at Sand’n’Sea Boutique in downtown Napanee. If you aren’t traveling to Bora Bora, treat yourself to something unique to take you from yoga class to piano lessons every day.

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Take Your STairS to the Next Level Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough


one are the days when staircases served only a utilitarian function in the home — functional, yes, but certainly not pretty. Today, that’s all changed; stairs have become freestanding sculptural structures that no longer blend into the background of today’s open-concept homes. An industrial-style combination of metal, glass and wood is immensely popular these days, with many homeowners opting for staircases that seem to float within a space. Steel, which is the most durable of all materials, provides non-imposing strength and can handle plenty of wear and tear. Because it’s so malleable, this material also allows designers and homeowners to achieve a look that is unique to their own home. Meanwhile, glass allows the home’s design to remain open and airy. For a more organic appearance, some homeowners opt to add some wood to the design of their stairs. Cherry, mahogany, maple and oak are homeowners’ top picks for stair treads. Bearing safety in mind, many homeowners feel more comfortable with carpeted stairs — especially if they have young children. Start with a high-quality under-pad, says Mark Rodrigues, sales manager at Kingston Carpetworld.

“This is what gives the carpet the resiliency to stand up to the type of wear the carpet goes through on stairs.” When it comes to the type of carpet, a low-loop construction is best in a multi-tone cut pile, assures Rodrigues. “This multicolour style is great for hiding stains and simply not showing wear as quickly as a solid colour.” While stairs serve an obviously primary function, there’s no reason they can’t be multipurpose. If the design you’ve chosen allows it, consider installing a custom-built storage unit beneath the stairs. The often-neglected space provides the perfect opportunity for built-in drawers and cabinets that make for some stealthy storage solutions. If you want to really maximize the space, consider the installation of a half-bath. The perfectly-proportioned space provides just enough room for the basics. Just make sure there’s enough headroom; check local building codes. If you’re more of a wine connoisseur, the space under your stairs can double its ‘wow factor’ when it also serves as a wine cellar. With the ability to fit hundreds of bottles in this tiny space, there’s no need to go thirsty again. An added bonus? It’ll look like a work of art when it’s complete, and serve as a great conversation starter, too. RK



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Jacob Nathan

Jacob Nathan, we love the soft palette of greys and neutral colours that create such elegance in our homes - but we also understand that adding a pop of colour creates a personal statement that takes decorating to the next level. Many homeowners are not ready to ‘paint-the-town red’ with bold wall colour and large pieces of furniture. There is an easy way to introduce colour to your space without making a long-term commitment. So, how can you colour your world without remorse? It’s in the details! Think about creating focal points in your space - a single piece of bold artwork, a beautiful area rug or a chair or ottoman that pops in the room. We’ve chosen two colours that are both on-trend and simple to work with - cranberry and teal - but, you can use any tone or colour that you love. Cranberry or your favourite red tone is the easiest choice for creating a vibrant space. Introduce it in artwork, a bold area rug, accessories or a simple throw pillow. Throw caution to the


wind when decorating - remember, it’s not permanent - have fun and be a little daring. Shades of green have always been a popular choice for decorators because they bring soothing calm to your space. Teal comes in a variety of shades from subtle to vibrant, so it’s a personal choice for each homeowner. Teal is a wonderful, soft, earthy tone that works well in any neutral space. Choose large artwork on a focal wall or an area rug that defines a conversation area, bring this calming colour into your space with accent pillows and accessories. Jacob Nathan offers a wide variety of options in furniture and home décor accessories and we are confident that we can offer expert advice about your decorating needs. Looking for inspiration? Come into the showroom - we’d love to help you make your house your home.

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is always right 1. Make a Statement Choose a bold piece of artwork to introduce red into your décor.

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2. Cranberry Comfort A cranberry side chair is the perfect addition to neutral décor for that pop of colour. 3. Toss in Some Accents If you’re not ready to commit - a few throw pillows on your sofa or chairs is an easy fix.


4. Create a Focal Point Area rugs are a fabulous option when trying to create a focal point in a neutral space.


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TEAL a natural choice 1. Functional Décor Multi-use - extra seating or a casual footrest, elegant and beautiful. 2. Soothing Artwork A hint of colour that stands out. Choose artwork that works perfectly in any space.

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3. Bring Nature In The soft colours in this area rug bring natural tones to your space relaxing and beautiful. 4. Fun Accents Have fun with accessories. This trio of vases can be grouped together for impact or placed throughout your room.

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Countrywide Kitchens Your Ideal Kitchen, By Design


By Tori Stafford

Photo by Judi Goldie Photography

hile they may be known for their outstanding quality, selection and value, when it comes to creating the ideal kitchen for each and every client, it is the design team at Countrywide Kitchens that ensures everything comes together. Family owned and operated since 1982, Countrywide Kitchens always underscores the importance of a strong and knowledgeable design team. The designers are the ones who consult with clients, explain the process and work with individuals and families to plan their perfect kitchen. Behind every amazing kitchen is an amazing designer, and here you’ll find out more about those people – the friendly faces behind the company you trust.

John Zakos President of Countrywide Kitchens, John graduated from Queen’s University and spent the last 31 years at the helm of the company. Specializing in contract and renovation designs, John’s passion for helping clients create unique designs for their specific needs and space has awarded him a strong reputation and loyal repeat clientele. When he’s not on the showroom floor, John enjoys golf, boating, and spending time with his family and friends.

Nancy Howey A member of the Countrywide Kitchens design teams for 32 years, Nancy holds a degree in interior design and is a Certified Kitchen Designer through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). With meticulous attention to detail, Nancy approaches each design with efficiency and space planning in mind, and illustrates deigns using 20-20 software. Nancy also enjoys gardening and boating.

Steve Blakely A civil engineer technologist with 28 years of experience at Countrywide Kitchens, Steve offers a technical and

analytical approach and designs spaces with angles and curves that create energy and movement. Steve uses 20/20 software to create detailed renderings, while focusing on his clients’ wants and needs. Outside of work, Steve can be found fishing, hunting, boating, or enjoying time with friends and family.

Ron Hounsell Countrywide Kitchens’ tech-savvy designer, Ron brings 13 years of kitchen design experience to the team, which he joined 10 years ago. An artist who enjoys watercolour painting and drawing, Ron’s artistic talents with colour and detail are reflected in his design work. Ron uses an innate ability to visualize a complete project, and 20/20 software to illustrate his designs to clients’ specifications.

Victoria Kirton She has only been with the Countrywide team for six years, but Victoria brings over 20 years of design experience to each project. With a natural eye for colour and texture, Victoria designs highly functional spaces that capture a client’s style and personality. When she’s not designing for clients, Victoria enjoys time in her home studio, painting large abstracts or portraits.

Stephen Laing Stephen may be the newest designer at Countrywide Kitchens with two years on the team, but his 19 years of design experience are easily apparent. Organized and detail-oriented, Stephen takes pride in listening to clients, and translating their wants and needs into his designs that are also aesthetically pleasing. A medieval history enthusiast, Stephen is also a drummer and a teacher, who enjoys spending time with his family. RK Countrywide Kitchens 1407 John Counter Blvd. Kingston 613.549.8650

◄L-R: Steve Blakley, Stephen Laing, John Zakos, Ron Hounsell, Victoria Kirton, Nancy Howey (Photo By: Judi Goldie Photography - Location: The Isabel)





Choosing the Perfect Area Rug By Mark Rodgriues, Kingston Carpet World


ith the popularity of hard surface flooring in modern décor area rugs have also become a decorating must. Choosing the right area rug can be intimidating; too small and the room will look unfinished, the wrong colour, style or pattern can make your décor seem awkward. So what should you consider when shopping for the perfect area rug? Colour is usually the first thing we think about when choosing a rug. If you already have a lot of colour and pattern in your room you may want to choose a rug in a single colour that compliments your existing décor or a neutral shade. If your décor is predominantly neutral this is an opportunity to add some ‘flair’ - choose a bold rug or one with pattern. Texture is often overlooked when making a decision; love your neutral décor? It can be enhanced with an area rug that has lots of texture, the options are endless, and area rugs are available in everything from rough sisal to something with a fluffy, soft pile. When choosing texture consider how

much wear and tear the rug will need to endure, or the level of comfort you are looking to achieve. A hard sisal rug may not be comfortable on bare feet in a family room yet a fluffypile or shag rug might be more difficult to keep clean. Size is often the most difficult choice. For seating areas the rug should be large enough to define the space with the front feet of your furniture on the rug. In a bedroom the rug can be positioned either at the end of the bed with the foot of the bed on the rug or place two smaller area rugs on each side to warm your toes in the morning. If you are placing a rug in your dining room be sure the table and all the chairs are on the surface. Cost is a factor as well; a hand-knotted silk rug may be as beautiful as it is expensive but is it suitable for a high traffic room? Area rugs are available in every price range – for every style and every need; the options are as endless as your imagination. Area rugs are the perfect finishing touch or the first inspiration for any room in your home. Kingston Carpet World 2452 Princess Street, Kingston, 613.549.7847


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by Mike and Heather Frappier AMJ Campbell


he weather is starting to cool off more and more each day, but this time of year can be considered the best time to move.

The Cooler Temperatures The air is crisp, clear and is much easier to move in compared to the hot and sticky weather summer brings. You or the movers will no longer be sweating while moving. Moving Prices We all know that the summer is the busiest time of the year to move. The prices won’t be as high as they are in the summer and you will be able to choose the exact time and date of your move. We usually will have plenty of moving supplies such as recycled moving boxes and paper ready for you to use. Also, moving companies are not in high demand as they are in summer season.

While you get yourself prepared to move we came up with a few tips to keep in mind. Have a Clean Walkway As the weather grows crisp, leaves or snow may gather on walkways, driveways and stairs. Before moving day, make sure your driveway is free of ice and snow and all pathways to your home are clear and free of any debris. Ice and snow can create a hazard and will increase the chance of falls or injuries. You don’t want this to happen to the crew or yourself while moving heavy furniture or boxes. Keep a broom at the front of the house so either you or the movers can clear the paths before walking through them. Make sure to bring or buy a shovel when you have reached the destination of your new home.

Transferring Schools It may be difficult for children to move during the school year. Prepare your child before moving, view the new school and talk to their new teacher and ask them to send you new schoolwork. Check the weather The mornings can be cold and the afternoons can be mild. Dress in layers and have rain gear handy, as the weather can be unpredictable. If it does rain or snow, make sure your furniture and boxes are protected. You may use tarps and blankets to cover the furniture and make sure to protect your floors. If you have a garage, use it to place furniture in before you move it inside. Wipe everything before you move it inside.

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Manage Your Mortgage to Save

Crystal MacKenzie, BBA, AMP Mortgage Planning Specialist Mortgage agent for I.G, Investment Management, Ltd. (Brokerage Licence #10809)


ow interest rates may have you thinking about taking on more debt: the cost of a new home, ‘moving up’ to a larger home or refinancing your existing home. If so, knowing what’s what with mortgages can save you money now and in the future. To get you going, here are some of the mortgage basics you should know.

Collateral vs. Conventional Mortgages:

• Collateral mortgages usually have the ability to diversify a traditional mortgage into several terms, as well as a line of credit. In certain circumstances, that can be quite advantageous, and “inflation- proof” your mortgage. In other circumstances it can cost you large penalties to terminate the plan. • Conventional mortgages are the most commonly used loan registered on a property for no more than 80% of the appraised value or purchase price of the property. Government regulations require mortgage default insurance added if less than 20% down payment is being made on a purchase.


The interest rate for a variable rate mortgage is usually lower than that for a fixed rate mortgage but: • A fixed-rate mortgage locks in your interest rate for the full term so you have the security of knowing your monthly payment will remain the same. • The interest rate of a variable rate mortgage is tied to various fluid market conditions that can increase your interest rate and mortgage payments at any time.


A flexible mortgage usually includes the ability to change your payment frequency, increase the amount of your regular payments, or apply an additional lump-sum payment each year without a fee – meaning you can pay off your mortgage faster and save on interest costs.


Mortgages usually have an amortization period of 25 years and a locked-in term of five years - however life is not always that “typical”. A new job, new family member or any of life’s other unexpected events can lead to the need to move to a new home. A portable mortgage gives you the option of moving your current mortgage from one property to another (generally subject to a property appraisal).


Another mortgage feature to consider if you intend to ‘move on’. In the event that you need to sell your property before your mortgage maturity date, an assumable mortgage allows you to transfer your mortgage term to the new property owner (subject to standard credit approval) – thus saving on prepayment charges.


A re-advancable mortgage allows you to re-borrow, or ‘readvance’, the paid-down portion of your mortgage, up to the original registered mortgage amount. This cost saving feature can save you money on the legal fees that are normally associated with a traditional mortgage refinance. There is never a bad time to look closely at your mortgage options – especially when you work through them with your professional advisor to ensure you’re getting the best mortgage for your unique situation.

This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), and Investors Group Securities Inc. (in Québec, a firm in Financial Planning) presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

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Blue Hue

Reid & Siemonsen warms up to a cosy, rich blue. Here are our top picks in our favourite blue hue.






1. Get Comfy Soft toss pillows in a linen and cotton blend by Surya are a perfect accent to your sofa or arm chair.

2. Mid-Century Modern Relax with a book by the fire in this stylish swivel chair available in a wide range of custom fabric options by Rowe.

3. Add a Pop of Colour Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball is a deep, rich blue named after the colour of the mud at the north Norfolk beach. Perfect for an accent wall or to add a touch of drama to a dining room.


4. Delicate Decor A cluster of varying heights of Juggler Vases from Global Views create a big impact for a niche or credenza.

5. Scented Ambiance Soy based candles with a 90-hour burn time by LAFCO New York comes in beautiful hand blown vessels and signature scents for every room of the house.

6. Store In Style Store your extra linens or your favourite dishes in style with Hooker Furniture’s side cabinet. An eclectic blend of texture and colours create a beautiful accent piece.

7. Versatile Pouf Blue and white pouf from Surya available in fun colours and designs that is perfect for any family room. Use as extra seating or a foot rest.

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BUILD IT B et ter Mike Holmes Offers Advice On How to Build Smart by Refined Kingston Staff “I’m tired of fixing brand new houses,” says Mike Holmes, star of the hit show, Holmes Makes it Right. So what’s his advice for homeowners? “Spend your money right, understand what you’re buying, and do it right the first time. Simple.”

Holmes, who has been a contractor for more than 30 years, was in Kingston this fall during a meet-andgreet for CaraCo Homes, and gave attendees sound advice when it comes to choosing a builder. Homeowners’ biggest mistake? Not doing their homework on the builder before breaking ground. “I’ve got some advice: check out your builder,” says Holmes, noting that people who buy based solely on what they see can run into problems. “If your builder’s not working right, you’re going to buy that home and it’s yours forever... if there are problems with it, it’s your problem.” Holmes suggests asking your potential builder a number of things, such as: How long have you been in the business? Do you have any complaints? Where are the areas you’ve built? He also suggests visiting the homes of a builders past clients, and asking them if they’ve encountered any problems – a good builder will have satisfied clients. For this contractor, “It isn’t done until it’s done right,” – which is why it’s so important to do things right the first time, he says, and doing your homework on your builder is the best way to ensure that happens.



The Limestone City A Tradition of Fine Homebuilding By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough


hether you’ve decided to build your dream home, or that it’s time to tackle a renovation you’ve been talking about for years, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing a builder.

Kingston area, says Nicholas Harrington, executive officer of Kingston Home Builders’ Association. “With almost 40 builder/ developer members in the KHBA, you’ll almost certainly find the builder that best suits your needs,” he says.

According to The Canadian Home Builders’ Association, “When you buy a new home, you want to get full value for your investment. This means choosing an established and reputable builder — someone you can trust, someone who has the technical skills, a proven track record and a professional business approach.”

ReFINEd Kingston spoke with some of Kingston’s best builders who can help you pull your entire project together — from initial conception, to construction and finally, completion. RK

It’s important to choose a qualified, professional builder to protect yourself against the dangers of an unfinished or improperly completed job. Professional builders also carry workers’ compensation, liability insurance and any licenses required by the province. Luckily, the Limestone City has a plethora of hardworking and qualified builders dedicated to making your experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. The Kingston Home Builders’ Association is an excellent place to start as you begin your search for reputable builders in the


Editor’s Tip: The Canadian Home Builders’ Association is an excellent resource as you begin your renovation or building project. With a wide range of ideas and practical advice, it’s a first step to getting your project off on the right foot. Visit

Peace of Mind and Comfortable Living with Llynlea Fine Homes


By Tori Stafford

ehind every successful development and every quality home, you’ll find one thing: a great plan. Behind every great plan are the great minds who conceived it.

Here in Kingston, Llynlea Fine Homes is the company of great minds behind some of the city’s premier developments, including Trailhead Place and Westgate Village. The company’s current development, Lakeside Village, continues the Llynlea Fine Homes legacy of building homes and communities that suit their clients needs and lifestyles. Llynlea’s owners and staff are committed to upholding the standard of excellence in designing and building both neighbourhoods and homes that’s awarded them an esteemed reputation. From their dedication to customer care, to their allegiance to the very best in sub-tradespeople, Llynlea Fine Homes consistently ensures every aspect of their work is done to discerning standards. President of the company, John Armitage, is often found on-site, inspecting and overseeing the construction process. “I’m on the job site almost every single day. I may be the owner of the company, but I enjoy interacting with our various subtrades and clients on site,” Armitage expresses. “That’s part of our attention to detail – being on the site and communicating with our sub-trades effectively so that the job


gets completed properly. When the owner is on site, you can expect more.” Currently selling the first two phases of the four-stage development, Lakeside Village is an Adult Lifestyle Community within the Lakeside Subdivision in Amherstview. The community, built for the 55+ demographic, offers a private and peaceful setting which is only minutes away from adjacent big city amenities. Attractive and lowmaintenance homes range in size from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet, and offer contemporary, open concept designs. Designed with seniors in mind, the multiple floor plans available can be modestly customized to suit individual needs. Phase 1 and Phase 2 consist of 26 bungalow townhomes and a number of detached homes, situated on 40-foot and 60-foot lots. Single and two-car garage options are available, and some units also include a second-floor loft. All homes have nine-foot ceilings on the ground floor, full basements and a range of ENERGY STAR® features. Optional upgrades include granite countertops in kitchen and bathrooms, walk-in glass shower enclosures, hardwood flooring, and finished basements. All clients with Llynlea Fine Homes experience the company’s renowned after sales service, which includes a 24-hour customer care ‘hotline.’ Offering their clients peace of mind is part of the Llynlea package, explains Vice-President Eric Davies.

“With every home we deliver, the purchaser receives a wellorganized… ‘Home Owners’ Manual,’ containing necessary subtrade contact numbers, various manuals… and a welcome letter from John and myself urging them to contact us if they’re not satisfied,” Davies says.

WHy CHooSe LLynLea Fine HomeS

“We’re always available to our clients if needed.”

• Builder of the Prestigious Trailhead Place & Westgate Village Subdivisions

For each and every homeowner in Lakeside Village, the goal is to deliver the ideal home to suit their wants and needs.

• Greater Kingston’s Newest Adult Lifestyle Community

“When buying their last home, people know what they want,” Armitage says. “When you think of all of the homes you’ve owned over your life, you know what works for you, as well as what doesn’t. We will work with our buyers to create their individual version of comfort, practicality and functionality.”

• Worry-Free, Low Maintenance Building Materials • Contempory, Open Concept Interior Designs • Close Proximity to Recreational & Commercial Amenities Llynlea Fine Homes 817 Blackburn Mews 613-542-9393 For more information on Lakeside Village, contact Llynlea Fine Homes’ Exclusive Sales Agent: Jeff McCord 613-449-3044 ReFINEdKINGSTON


Brookland Fine Homes – Beyond Your Expectations By Tori Stafford

Photos by Emilio Ciccarelli


hen co-owners John Armitage and Eric Davies established Brookland Fine Homes, their mission was clear, to build affordable homes without sacrificing high standards in quality. The owners, whose partnership is behind some of the city’s most prestigious developments like Trailhead Place and Westgate Village, recognized a need and demand for affordable new homes in Amherstview 10 years ago. Since then, the company has carried on a tradition of delivering quality homes built to discerning standards, using only the very best in trades people and materials. Whether a client is a first-time homeowner, a couple looking to downsize from a larger home, or a family looking to build their dream home, Brookland Fine Homes can meet the needs of an array of homebuyers, and offers over 30 different home designs on a wide variety of building lot sizes. Brookland Fine Homes has a few choice lots remaining in its Lakeside Subdivision and is excited to now be offering the first phase of its Lakeside Ponds Subdivision to the market featuring their brand new home style, “Three level Coach Homes” starting at $309,900. Both Amherstview Subdivisions are rich in green space and conveniently located near a wide variety of recreational and commercial amenities. The Lakeside Subdivision offers ideal options for homebuyers


at any stage in their lives. Single-family homes range from 1,100 to 1,600 square feet, and include both two-storey and bungalow designs. With easy access to the three parks within the community, and close proximity to commercial and recreational conveniences, including an ice rink, pool, workout facility, library, the Lakeside Subdivision is well serviced with amenities. In its new Lakeside Ponds Subdivision, Brookland Fine Homes is continuing to offer town homes to the budget conscious buyer but this time with a twist. Their newly launched Coach Homes offer three floors of living space with spectacular views of Lake Ontario from the top floor, all for a starting price of $309,900. Consisting of 26 townhome units, Phase 1 of Lakeside Ponds is currently fully serviced and selling. The entire subdivision will be built out over the next 8 – 10 years with a combination of townhomes, semis and single family homes. Lakeside Ponds mirrors the amenities that make Lakeside Subdivision and Amherstview in general so attractive to buyers, Davies explains. “It has all of the amenities that make it a community,” he says. “On top of the proximity to the WJ Henderson Recreation Centre, a library, a public school and a commercial hub, it’s about a five minute drive to the Amherstview Golf Course, Parrott’s Bay Conservation lands are just to the west it’s only about a 10 minute drive to two nearby marinas on the shores of Lake Ontario.”

WHY CHoosE Brookland FinE HomEs • Move West and Pay Less- 3 Storey Coach Houses Starting at: $309,900 • Quality Finishes at a Fair Price = Great Value • Wide Selection of Bungalows, 2 Storey & Townhouses • Family Friendly Neighbourhood • Adjacent to Recreational & Commercial Amenities

Adding to the desirability of the Lakeside Ponds townhomes is the peace of mind homebuyers are assured of when they purchase a Brookland home. Brookland Fine Homes’ full time customer care supervisor ensures any issues are remedied to the customer’s satisfaction, and every home is backed by a one-year builder warranty and a seven-year Tarion provincial home insurance warranty. From the designing and planning, to the elite team of sub-trades they employ and their exemplary after-sales service, everyone at Brookland Fine Homes prides themselves on offering outstanding quality and value to each and every client. “We truly believe that we’re delivering high-quality construction, exemplary service at affordable prices which constitutes great value,” say Armitage. “We will work with the buyer to accommodate their individual needs and tastes so they are truly satisfied with the end product.”

Brookland Fine Homes 817 Blackburn Mews 613-542-9393 For more information on our Lakeside and Lakeside Ponds Subdivisions contact Brookland Fine Homes’ Sales Representatives:

Tyler McCord 613-770-5611 Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty

Ashley McCord 613-463-2528 ReFINEdKINGSTON


Opportunity Awaits for Limestone City Investors By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough Photos supplied by IN8 Developments Inc.


he Limestone City has long been touted as a great place to work and live. Now, thanks to the Capitol Condo project, it’s also a great place to invest your hard-earned money. Slated to break ground next summer, the Capitol Condo project will be downtown Kingston’s first and only luxury condominium. Located at 223 Princess St., the site of the former Capitol Theatre, the condo boasts an unbeatable Walkscore of 98; it’s an exciting opportunity for investors seeking brand new luxury properties situated conveniently within downtown Kingston’s vibrant core. “Everyone is looking for real estate investment properties, and this one has got it all,” says Darryl Firsten, president of IN8 Developments Inc. “There is value for future owners or occupiers, there is value in it going up in [worth] over time, and there is value in the deep rental market. There is also value in the services that we offer for the investor; there is nowhere else you can get this.” It’s also important to note that The Capitol Condos are filling a void in a niche market; “There’s a lack of this kind of product in the market,” he says. “There are no new luxury condos in downtown Kingston and there is an incredible demand for [this type of living.] The Capitol Condo project offers investors a one-of-a-kind package designed to make peace of mind a top priority. It’s aptly named The Worry-Free Investor Package. “If you don’t plan on living in the unit, we will lease it out for you at a prescribed rental rate for the first year,” explains Firsten. “We will also offer free property management services for the first year so you don’t have to do anything.” Additionally, investors are offered a completely free furniture package. “The unit is furnished entirely, from head to toe,” says Philip Kuperhause, sales and marketing Manager for IN8 Developments. “And on top of that, you get a finishing package that includes all stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, an ensuite washer and dryer, and 9 ft. ceilings. Most units also have balconies with really beautiful views.”


It’s an unbeatable opportunity for those seeking investment opportunities within the city, explains Firsten – and not only because of the investor incentives. The location is also an important factor for potential investors to consider. “Downtown is a fun place to live in Kingston,” says Mark Cohen, managing partner of The Condo Store Marketing Systems. “It’s a good

“Kingston is a great place to live. Therefore, it’s a great place to invest your money right now.” - Darryl Firsten, president of IN8 Developments Inc.

place to live, a safe place to live. It brings people out of homes, and allows them to walk more and integrate more into the city.” The Capitol Condo project is also close to Queen’s University – which means it has great investment quality, says Cohen. “… there is always the potential to rent it to someone; a university student, a graduate, a member of the faculty. It’s close enough to the school that its easy access, but it’s far enough from the school that it’s not right on campus.” This means the condo has a built-in safety factor from an investment standpoint, he explains, because there’s always the possibility to rent the condo to someone. “This project is multidimensional,” he says, “and will attract a lot of different people.” The first release of the project — which was strictly marketed locally — was wildly successful, and sold out quickly. In midNovember, a new release is being offered locally. Investors are encouraged to take advantage of the entry-level pricing. “Pricing will be much higher when the building is actually done, so get in now before prices go up,” warns Firsten. Situated in the heart of downtown Kingston, The Capitol Condos are poised to change the landscape of downtown Kingston forever. For IN8 Developments, it’s exciting to be leading such positive change. “We have been looking for over two years for a location in Kingston,” says Kuperhause. “We are really excited to have this property. It’s really unique…and we’re excited to rejuvenate the space and make it a centrepiece of Kingston.”

IN8 Developments Inc.

The Capitol Condos 233 Princess Street, Kingston 613.900.2232



Passion Meets Experience With Legacy Fine Homes By Katrina Geenevasen-Garlough

Photos by Stephen Wild


or Ruslan Yakoviychuk, quality is not a compromise — it’s a promise.

Born in Ukraine — the third in a successful line of carpenters — Yakoviychuk began prosperous businesses in both Ukraine and Portugal, but harboured dreams of bringing a European flair to construction in Canada. In 2009, those dreams became reality, and Legacy Fine Homes was born. The company’s mission is simple: to provide quality products and services at competitive rates. “I’ll work with any budget,” says Yakoviychuk. “I don’t care if you’re a lawyer or a doctor, or this or that. I treat everybody the same. You get the same quality no matter who you are.”


Ruslan Yakoviychuk, Owner Legacy Homes

While some companies favour business models that force upgrades on their clients, Yakoviychuk is proud to do things differently. “What other builders consider to be upgrades, those things come standard in the homes I build,” he says, noting that features like granite countertops, hardwood flooring and ceramic tile can be featured in the homes he builds. “We’re going to put in 100 per cent,” says Yakoviychuk. “You get the full package. With us, everything is included. If there are any small changes, I will take care of them. I want customers to be happy.” Yakoviychuk devotes the same time and attention to each and every home he builds as though he is constructing it for himself. After all, he takes pride in the relationships he builds with his customers, and wants to ensure those connections endure in the future. “I want to build these homes in a way that I would be happy to live in them myself,” he says. Legacy Fine Homes guarantees your home will not disappoint — and that it will be done right the first time. Customer satisfaction certainly speaks for itself. “This is not our first new home, but it is the best quality,” say former clients Judy and Jim. “We moved into our new home January, 2015. When we took possession of our home, there were zero deficiencies. We think that says a lot about Legacy Fine Homes’ quality and their trades and how they take the time to get it right.” Mike G, who built his home in Glenburnie, says Yakoviychuk’s reputation and years of experience sold him. “I was happy with the progress of the construction,” he says. “[Yakoviychuk] made me feel confident that the project was well in hand and that the quality of work was meeting, and in many cases, surpassing expectations. He was flexible in working with me and my wife, understood our intent, and took a personal interest in the project.” Mike says not only was the project completed ahead of schedule and on budget, it was exactly what he was looking for. “The result was a beautiful 2600 sq. ft. bungalow that has since captured the attention of many others. I highly recommend this company to anyone seeking a custom home in the Kingston area.” Yakoviychuk is dedicated not only to building quality homes, but a solid reputation as well. He promises not only to work within any client’s budget, but also to build them a dream home they can be proud of. “I like to give my clients all I can,” he says. “I want to know they will be happy.”


Legacy Fine Homes 670 Fortune Crescent, Kingston




CaraCo Development Corporation Kingston’s Most Trusted Builder Since 1986 By Tori Stafford Photos Stephen Wild


company cannot remain one of the leading homebuilders in the area for nearly 30 years by resting on its laurels. In order to maintain this reputation, a builder must keep abreast of the latest trends, demands and needs of the market. This is precisely why CaraCo Development Corporation is constantly updating the materials, building specifications and designs they employ. Maintaining the trust they’ve earned from their loyal clients who return to them time and again while attracting and satisfying new homebuyers and those arriving in the area demands constant evolution. That evolution means listening to the wants and needs of current clients and keeping a finger on the pulse of the latest developments and trends in the industry. “We’re starting to blend a little bit of a contemporary design with more of a heritage design. We like to think of it as ‘one


foot in the past, one foot in the future,’” explains Andrew Snelling, residential designer with CaraCo Development Corporation. “We’re taking the clean lines, simplified floorplans and the idea that form should follow function, and we’re really trying to blend that in with more of the traditionally-styled homes. This gives homebuyers a fresh look, a fresh floorplan — something new.” The open-concept designs with updated finishes and upgrade packages are attracting attention from many different types of homebuyers. They can meet the needs and dreams of many clients, from first time homeowners, to those looking to downsize in their retirement, he says. By offering these innovative designs in all four of their current developments, CaraCo Development Corporation is trying to offer something for every potential buyer, in areas all around the city.

Greenwood Park West in Kingston’s east end offers lush green space and a peaceful neighbourhood setting, just minutes away from CFB Kingston and the downtown core. In the city’s west end, Woodhaven and Woodhaven West are part of CaraCo’s master-planned community that features walking trails, parks, close proximity to schools and the local commercial district. In the popular Lyndenwood area, CaraCo’s Trails Edge subdivision offers a central location that is close to major commercial outlets and the Cataraqui Centre, all while feeling removed from the buzz and traffic of the city. In all four developments, CaraCo offers a wide variety of home styles. What’s more, says Snelling, is that no matter what the style or location, homebuyers becoming homeowners with CaraCo Development Corporation all share the benefits of the company’s dedication to high standards in building quality homes. “We like the idea of building the best home possible no matter what the budget is,” he says, noting that CaraCo is Kingston’s only homebuilder partnered with the Holmes Approved Homes Program, which means CaraCo was chosen for the program by Mike Holmes and his company based on their dedication to sustainability and quality construction. “The amount of attention that we pay to the way we build a house may not speak to every homebuyer, but every homebuyer will reap the benefits,” Snelling continues. “We’re building our houses beyond the building code minimums. Customers don’t always see that, but they’re going to feel the difference when they’re living in the home.” CaraCo Development Corporation Suite 101, 234 Concession St. 613-542-8400

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Quality is Not An Upgrade With Greene Homes


By Melanie Furlong Photos Stephen Wild

hen you’re building a new home, you want to entrust its design and construction to a company with a proven track record of building durable, comfortable family homes.

Greene Homes of Kingston is such a company. For more than 60 years, the Greenes of Kingston’s Greene Homes have been in the construction business. Current owner David Greene is following the footsteps of his grandfather, Howard, and father, George, the founder of Greene Homes. David’s uncle, Ken Greene, set the bar high as the first president of the Kingston Home Builders’ Association in 1954. Now the tradition of building attractive, quality homes for many years to come is being followed by David’s son, Dustin Greene, the fourth generation to join the team. Throughout its history, Greene Homes has fostered several longlasting relationships within the local sub-trades community. These partnerships have stood the test of time because of a mutual commitment to producing the best products possible, in a timely and cost-effective manner. When you trust Greene Homes to


build your dream home, you are getting a proven, loyal team of sub-trades as well. As a family-run company built on family values, Greene Homes will help you build a home uniquely suited to fit the needs of your family. Greene Homes has more than 100 floor plans from which to choose — each of which can be modified as desired. If none of these suit your taste, the team at Greene Homes would be happy to help design one that does. Indeed, Greene Homes is truly a ‘builder of choice.’

Midland Park by Greene Homes Greene Homes is the developer and builder of phase four of the prestigious Midland Park community of single family dwellings. Located within easy driving distance of Cataraqui Centre, the city’s premier mall, and the INVISTA Centre, Midland Park is a great place to raise a family. There are 42 lots available in the current stage of Midland Park. (32’, 40’ wide and premium walkout lots) from which to choose, all in close proximity to Highway 401 for easy commuting.

Prices for single-family homes start at $299,900 and include features such as heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems and triple-pane casement windows. The homes are also ENERGY STAR® qualified. The company is offering a limited time bonus of up to $10,000 to use on upgrades with the purchase of a new Greene Home. “Greene Homes secures your investment with a wealth of topquality standard features and luxurious extras to please even the most discriminating buyers,” says owner David Greene. In 2010, the company’s dedication to producing beautiful yet functional, sturdy homes was recognized by the province’s Tarion Warranty Board. Greene Homes was named a Tarion Award of Excellence Finalist - Medium Volume Builder, further proof that with Greene Homes, your family’s future residence is in good hands. With so many years of experience and more than 700 homes to their credit, Greene Homes is a company you know you can rely on.

Why Choose Greene Homes • More than 100 floor plans to choose from • Complete custom plans available • More than 700 homes built • Greene family has been building quality homes in Kingston for more than 60 years • Limited number of premium walk-out lots are available

Greene Homes 738A Fortune Cresent, Kingston 613.389.6545



Concord Homes

Refining the Building Process from Inception to Completion By Tori Stafford Photos by Concord Homes


o one knows what you want better than you do – and this is particularly true when it comes to your home. It’s this sentiment that is at the very core of the designto-build services offered by Concord Homes. With owner Martin Mack at the helm, Concord Homes works closely with clients to ensure each project runs smoothly and results in a home that is everything the client wants – while hopefully exceeding those expectations in more ways than one. Working with Concord Homes through the design-to-build process can start as early as the moment a client begins to look at properties. With the client’s needs and complete vision in mind, Mack will view properties alongside his clients, offering insight and experience – this allows both the client and the Concord team the foresight to ensure a property will work for what the client has in mind, and to avoid any issues or frustrations later on. Additionally, Mack takes into account what his clients have planned for the future, adding another layer of foresight to the designing and building process, and avoiding the need for any invasive or costly projects down the road.

“What’s more important is being able to communicate with clients in order to bring their dreams to fruition.” - Martin Mack, Concord Homes


With Concord Homes managing both the design and construction phases of a project, clients aren’t faced with piecing the process together and only need to deal with one point of contact the entire time. In the end, the client experience isn’t so much a time-consuming burden, but rather an enjoyable experience with as much or as little involvement as they desire, Mack explains. In short, the client saves time, aggravation and money by avoiding any miscommunications or unforeseen issues, and is left with a home they love which is built to discerning standards.

▲ Martin Mack and Janice Wierserna (Photo: Lauren Kaufmann)

“The process for a truly custom home is one where the builder and the homeowner work together,” he says, noting that building a relationship with his clients is as important as building the actual house itself. “We find out how they are going to live in their house, how long they are going to live there… they have design input and flexibility – we work with them to choose materials, concepts and all the finishing touches – so the more information we have from the homeowner, the better we can build for them.” Founded in 1999, Concord Homes is a qualified R-2000 ENERGY STAR and GREEN HOUSE builder, and Mack brings his extensive experience in carpentry, construction and contractor management to each project from start to finish. Concord Homes constantly strives to incorporate innovative technologies and materials that benefit their clients, all while keeping the homeowner’s experience as smooth and seamless as possible. Whether you come to Concord Homes with preexisting designs, an idea to transform a property, or simply the vision of the home you’ve always dreamed of, Mack and his team offer one company dedicated to just that: delivering what you want. “We always tell people that the building part is the easy part,” Mack says. “What’s more important is being able to communicate with clients in order to bring their dreams to fruition.” RK

Concord Homes 613.384.0033




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