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Delightful decor Homegrown talent

Take it outside Luxurious landscapes

Million dollar view Renewed life for luxe residence

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Dining delights Eating al fresco in London

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“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you.” ANTHONY BOURDAIN

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ext time you’re halted at a stoplight, look to your left – I’m that woman with the sunroof pushed back, windows rolled down, playing loud (really loud) music – and probably seat-dancing to Despacito or Walkin’ On Sunshine – just enjoying the sun and the wind in the freedom of my car. North Americans are intrinsically linked to their cars and summer is our opportunity to take advantage of that when there’s no snow or ice to keep us off the roads. Summer is often the best time to travel as we take a collective breath and decide that deadlines can wait, that P&L reports can sit in the desk drawer and unfinished projects won’t actually end the world. We love to travel, with the rare exception of those who are true homebodies, and the recent death of Anthony Bourdain reminded many of us how intrinsic travel is to our betterment as individuals and communities, as he espouses in the above quote. I recently enjoyed a girls’ night with my friends, and we were talking about travel. Two of them, Julie and Deb, are particularly brave souls. They’ve taken several bus trips to wonderful destinations, traveling from London to Vancouver and down the coast of California, to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, around northern Europe to England, Ireland and Scotland. This summer they are heading out to the Maritimes. So clearly, they are fans of bus trips. But

here’s the brave part – they just got back from a mystery tour bus trip. They signed up without knowing the destination; they crossed the border to the U.S. without knowing where they were going; they travelled through several states without a clue as to the final stop. Once they arrived at the mystery destination – Louisville, Kentucky – instead of being given a full itinerary, they were told what sites they’d be visiting each morning before setting off for the day. All a mystery – every day. Wow! That’s a leap of faith but they had a great time and would do it again. Deb cautions that if you’re not a person who likes hanging out in groups or sticking to itineraries then bus travel isn’t for you. But if you’re like her husband and content to let someone else do the driving and luggage schlepping then maybe it is. I invite you to read my story on page 46 about a road trip I researched last summer and check out the advice of Michelle Whalen of Uniglobe Enterprise Travel for her insight into bus trips. The Lifestyle Magazine team wishes you the best as you grow and go this summer!

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IN THE MAY/JUNE ISSUE, TWO ERRORS WERE MADE: Dr. Marilena Marignani’s office moved to 1055 Fanshawe Road West, Suite 206 on July 1, 2018. Paul Zubot, of Brouwer Plumbing, was misidentified. LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE REGRETS THE ERRORS.

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LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier EDITOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRITERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Kathy Mueller Kathy Rumleski Heather Toskan ACCOUNT MANAGERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 annettegent537@gmail.com Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 lorrainelukings@hotmail.com Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 jm@lambtonshores.com Elaine Norris 519-702-5583 lifestyleelaine@hotmail.com Wilma Van Vaerenbergh 519-476-5571 lifestylewilma@gmail.com EDITORIAL & AD DESIGN Wendy Reid AD DESIGN Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath Wendy Reid PRODUCTION Nancy Greenfield PHOTOGRAPHY Richard Bain PRINTING Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHITECTURE Redding Design Inc. www.reddingdesigns.com

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taying and playing, wining and dining, shopping or pampering - whatever the reason for visiting Bayfield this summer, there are several new businesses in this Lake Huron village aspiring to make the trip memorable. These new faces, many on Bayfield’s heritage-designated Main Street, offer boutique accommodations, distinctive dining experiences and there's even a craft brewery. “It’s going to revitalize the downtown, breathe a whole new air of life into the community,” says Graham Wallace. He and partner Cody McWhirter have refurbished and reopened The Red Pump as The Lake 8 Lifestyle July/August 2018

LAKE HURON’S FAVOURITE VILLAGE HAS NEW FACES By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

House. They launched the reinvented seven-suite bed and breakfast and restaurant this spring. Their initial focus has been on food. Three dining rooms were renovated, with the addition of a 17-foot bar fashioned from antique pieces that came with the building. The facility also has a conference room that can accommodate a variety of events, from concerts to wedding receptions. Wallace describes their new menu as “casual dining,” including vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. Bayfield Massage Therapy and Esthetics has opened as a separate new business sharing space with The Lake House. This enterprise brings together three local practitioners:

registered massage therapist Karen Searle and estheticians Brooke Armstrong and Liz Allen. The three women were working independently in the village and decided to pool their resources in a single location. “I’ve always worked on my own,” Searle says. “But I’ve known these women for quite a while and have the utmost respect for them. So this is an exciting new venture to be working in a shared space.” Armstrong adds, “We were all looking to set up a business in Bayfield and Karen felt the three of us would work well together. We look forward to serving regular clients, as well as visitors. We hope this (business) will play a small part in adding to Bayfield’s


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT OPPOSITE PAGE The Lake House co-owners Graham Wallace and Cody McWhirter • Ryan and Sarah Keys, Brian and Lyndsay Clarke co-owners of Bayfield Brewing Company and the Bayfield Public House • Cindy Larivee owner of Dublin Mercantile • New Albion Hotel owners Jeff and Leigh Graham and daughter Calla • Albion Hotels new dining room • Family-owned home décor store Dublin Mercantile • The Bayfield Public House dining room • Bayfield Massage Therapy and Esthetics owners Brooke Armstrong, Karen Searle and Liz Allen • The Lake House, formerly the Red Pump.

economy and tourism.” Allen agrees, “I love the atmosphere in Bayfield and am excited about opening our business here.” In addition to hand, foot and skincare esthetic services, Armstrong is a certified eyelash technician and Allen is certified in eyebrow microblading, a semi-permanent tattooing technique. The latter also does hot stone massage, aromatherapy and head and scalp massage. Another village landmark reopened this year with a new ambiance. The Albion Hotel, a Main Street feature since the mid-19th century, has been taken over by Jeff and Leigh Graham. Jeff worked in the Albion’s kitchen as a teenager and honed his culinary

skills there. The couple has remodeled the dining room and revamped the food and drink menus as well as the tap selection. “It’s casual dining with a good pub feel to it,” Jeff says. “Our focal point is pub food. We’re getting into more barbecued and smoked meats, gourmet burgers and the biggest chicken wings around.” There are also a half dozen new craft beers on tap. The hotel has four guest rooms with common patios at the front and rear of the building, where guests can enjoy drinks or a meal, while watching the Bayfield world go by. Craft beers have come to Main Street. Bayfield Brewing Company is spearheaded by two couples: Ryan  July/August 2018

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BAYFIELD ~ Continued from page 9 and Sarah Keys and Brian and Lyndsay Clarke. They’ve developed a specialty brew, The Canadian Pale Ale, and opened a brewpub in the former DaVinci Ristorante. As the brewery grows, they plan to do small batches of one-off brews, changing them up weekly, says Sarah Keys. To complement those fine brews with good food, one of the co-owners Brian Clarke, has taken over as resident chef at the adjacent Public House. He likes to think outside the culinary box, Keys says. For instance, she cites his nachos that eschew the traditional ground beef and cheese in favour of avocado and tuna topped with mango salsa. All breads and pastries are made onsite by an in-house pastry chef, and the cocktail menu includes such specialties as two-person punch bowls and smoked drinks that give a unique flavour to whiskeys and bourbons. Another feature that customers are appreciating is the open kitchen behind the bar. Patrons seated there can watch Chef Brian work his meal magic.

Celebrating its first year in Bayfield this summer is Dublin Mercantile, a family-owned home décor store. It’s operated by Art and Cindy Larivee, who opened their first Mercantile in Dublin on Hwy 8 between Goderich and Stratford, 18 years ago. Their eclectic selection of décor items and giftware includes candles, reed diffusers, jewellery, sunglasses, new and vintage furniture, prints, nostalgic tin signs and a variety of dips, jams and jellies. While both stores carry their anchor items, the Bayfield location, with its Lake Huron shoreline, has more “beachy” items, Cindy says. “We specialize in seasonal décor.” Saying that, “At Christmas, the whole store is Christmas.” And, in Bayfield, “summers are amazing as it’s a real summer destination.” The stores are open every day except Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. “It’s going to take time to build the off-season in Bayfield, but we’ve been very encouraged and it certainly has been a success,” Cindy says. n

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ummer sun means it is super fun to dine at the city’s best patios. Londoners value our short warm weather season and choose to use that time to the max with celebrations outdoors, so here are some ideas to consider when you’re ready to dine al fresco this summer.

Keep it casual

● LONDON WINE BAR Wine not? That’s the question at both locations of the London Wine Bar. The newest one, in Wortley Village, not surprisingly has an extensive wine list. Summer sangria is served on the front patio while you sip and watch the foot and auto traffic negotiate the streets of this vibrant corner of the city. With pops of bright green in the umbrellas and lanterns, it’s a cheerful atmosphere and the servers are just as

upbeat as the colour scheme. Having taken over the space early this year, this is the first summer for this location of the London Wine Bar. If wine isn’t your thing, you can also explore the season cocktail offerings or one of the beers on tap to quench your summer thirst. Food is front and centre at this location, with the menu populated by fun favourites. Lighter appetites will appreciate the snack size offerings, like chili garlic olives or sweet and savoury nuts. The arancini balls are a lovely way to whet your appetites on date night. At lunch time, try one of the offerings on the Value in the Village menu. Food and drinks are offered at special prices.

Personal recommendation: ribeye bulgogi frites. Tender beef served in a delicious savoury sauce topped with the freshness of cilantro all topping crispy fresh cut fries. Three years ago the Talbot Street location became a downtown fixture and also features an extensive wine menu. Tapas and shareable plates are the stars of the food show there. Both are available on a petite patio, which is the perfect location to relax before attending an event at Budweiser Gardens. Personal recommendation: summer sangria with chorizo stuffed mushrooms. www.londonwinebar.ca 

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● CROSSINGS PUB AND EATERY

When the weather is fine, getting a seat on a patio can be challenging but the one at Crossings on Hyde Park Road has ample seating. The bar is located outside so drinks come quickly. The menu includes both pub classics, like meatloaf and fish and chips, as well as more exotic choices, like falafel pita. Personal recommendation: crab cakes. www.crossingseatery.com

● JACK ASTOR’S DOWNTOWN

How much fun is it to sit and survey your kingdom? On this rooftop patio, you can see downtown London while enjoying a glass of suds and some pub grub. The standard Jack’s menus are served. Personal recommendation: beer and cheddar soup. www.jackastors.com/location-map/10

● LONDON ALE HOUSE

This vine-covered, secluded patio has been a long-time downtown favourite no matter what the restaurant was called. Now the London Ale House, quaff from a large selection of beers from 16 international regions and countries or choose from 35 craft brews. For $5 each, pick from the extensive appetizer menu. Personal recommendation: vidaloo dip. www.facebook.com/londonalehouse

● EARLS

Located on Wellington Road, this is a three-season patio because there are heaters and blankets to warm you up if the evening is chilly or you want to eat outside during the shoulder seasons. The chairs are comfy and the servers friendly so you’ll want to stay awhile. Personal recommendation: brie, chicken and fig sandwich. www.earls.ca/locations/london

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The city’s newest location for this meat lover’s paradise is in the Masonville Mall. A spacious patio serves the same favourites as you’ve always enjoyed but in an outdoor ambiance. Their unequaled twice-baked potato is definitely worth the extra time you’ll have to put in at the gym. Personal recommendation: blue cheese filet. www.kegsteakhouse.com/locations/ masonville-keg

● BLACK TRUMPET

Perhaps the most Zen patio in the city, this peaceful nook of downtown is as luxe as it is quiet. Wines are available by the glass, half bottle or bottle for a romantic date night. The eclectic menu reflects ingredients sourced locally. Personal recommendation: wild mushroom and truffle sacchetti. www.blacktrumpet.ca

● IDLEWYLD INN

A pool of serenity in Old South, the Idlewyld Inn is a trip back in time. Dating from 1878, this historic building has had many lives. Dine on two gracious outdoor spaces. The large front porch is a shaded welcoming environment, while the porticoed back patio is a secluded space to sit in complete privacy from the road. Personal recommendation: daily quiche special. www.idlewyldinn.com/pages/restaurant.php

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● BERTOLDI’S TRATTORIA

Italian wines complementing Italian food is a recipe for deliciousness at this lofted downtown eatery. Start with bread directly from the wood-fired oven dipped in the tasty olive oil and balsamic mixture that your server delivers with the drink order. Try one of the four red wine flights (or the white wine flight) to flex your oenophile muscle and explore several old world wines. Rise above the noise of downtown while perched above Richmond Row and enjoy the cool of an evening while sipping away. The patio is spacious and graciously proportioned with tables that allow diners to enjoy sun or shade as they wish. The bountiful baskets of blooms add colour but it’s all about the food. The daily risotto features are always good, as are the hand-crafted pizzas. For a heartier appetite there are many fresh pasta dishes available. Personal recommendation: veal marsala. Tender beef served in a delicious savoury sauce. Special recommendation: order the polenta as your side. Four options are offered to accompany main courses but this one is a star. Second personal recommendation: chicken limon – a delectable tangy sauce. www.bertoldis.ca

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front porch or the rear patio. Relax in the shade with a Sazerac, a N'awlins favourite, or a Bourbon Buzz (a personal recommendation). The menu represents many well-loved dishes from the Crescent City, like etoufee and jambalaya. Personal recommendation: pecan-crusted shrimp. www.bourbonstreetlondon.ca

● CHURCH KEY BISTRO PUB

British favourites, like the ploughman’s plate and curried chips, are featured on the menu of this relaxing patio but a wide variety of dishes from France, Italy and Canadian faves are also highlighted. One of the sweetest patios in the core and situated next to St. Paul’s Cathedral’s serene grounds, it’s a quiet respite from the kinetic vibe of downtown. Just as locally-sourced ingredients are used in the menu choices, the beer menu also features local craft beers from the London Brewing Co-op and Cowbell Brewing in Blyth. The rotating tap always offers surprising, delicious choices. Suds from across North America, as well as international choices will whet your whistle on a warm day. New and old world wines populate the curated list of offerings and most are available by the glass, half litre or bottle in case you want to try more than one on a warm summer evening spent patio-side listening to gentle sounds of the water feature. Those who are lunching at the Church Key or have less hearty appetites will appreciate the extensive list of yummy appetizers that serve as a delicious meal. Adventurous appetites will love the game-of-the-week selections and the daily specials always dazzle at both lunch and dinner. Personal recommendations: cheese and onion torte, salmon-wrapped scallops and curry fries. www.thechurchkey.ca n


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Long associated with the cottage or the campground, outdoor living today is coming home. “An outdoor kitchen or lounging space is common. Some people are putting a roof on their pergola. They add a ceiling fan and some heat and they can stay out there until November.” Alex Osborne, owner of Springbank Landscapes is also seeing the trend. “Instead of buying a cottage, with all that travelling, or spending on an expensive vacation, people are creating that vacation in their backyard,” he says.  July/August 2018

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John Bright, Springbank’s lead designer, says some homeowners are taking it to the next level, introducing a studio, a full structure with heat and hydro and separate from the main house. “It’s like a cottage in the backyard,” he says. “Typically, it will have a bathroom, maybe a bar area and a lounge space with big French doors, all fully lit up.” Fire and water are major features for outdoor living spaces. Ponds are still popular but homeowners are more often choosing low-maintenance features that offer the soothing sounds of the water, says McKinnon. “Ponds are a lot of work and most people don’t have the time but they want the sound.” Not only is it soothing but it’s a great way to drown out urban noise, he adds. “Bubbling rocks are a huge thing right now,” says Bright. McKinnon says for homes with swimming pools, there’s the option of having water spilling into the pool, often a sheerdescent stream with integrated lighting.  24 Lifestyle July/August 2018


OPPOSITE PAGE TOP AND INSET Dividing your outdoor living spaces into ‘rooms’ just as indoor living spaces are is key to maximizing use of an ample yard. Jay McKinnon Company Landscape Design-Build has created a conversation area, a cooking/dining area and an area for rest and reflection in this serene backyard. TOP Providing areas to enjoy sun or shade is important when planning outdoor living spaces. A striking design element doubles as a shade area in this Jay McKinnon project. MIDDLE In addition to using larger plantings to divide outdoor spaces, wooden and steel structures are being added by John Bright and his crew at Springbank Landscapes for a cleaner, more modern way to create ‘rooms’ devoted to specific activities in yards. BOTTOM Subtle lighting adds to a soothing environment for enjoying time in a private outdoor space at the end of a long day in this backyard makeover by Springbank Landscapes.

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Night lighting, he adds, is gaining a following. “It acts as security and highlights accent plants, water features and pathways which gives a greater sense of depth when looking out from inside.” It’s definitely a growing trend, Osborne agrees, noting that a large percentage of his company’s projects involves landscape lighting. “Ten years ago it was not as common but now it’s very common, extending that outdoor use into the evening.” And who doesn’t love sitting around the fire at night? Whether it’s a fire table or pit or a full fireplace the big trend, say the experts, is moving from wood to gas or propane. “It’s cleaner. And you can put it right on the property line so there are no bylaws to follow,” McKinnon says, adding, “The tradeoff is you just can’t roast marshmallows.” Again, it’s the low-maintenance option, Osborne says. “There’s no preparation, no smoke. When you want it on, you flick a switch and when you’re done, instead of dousing the fire, you flick the switch off.” The low-maintenance trend is extending to other outdoor areas such as gardens, he adds. “People are using more perennials and shrubs and stone mulch, which they don’t have to replace as often.” McKinnon says this is also creating a more contemporary style, utilizing a variety of ornamental grasses and mass planting seven or eight plants rather than a mix of 20 or 30. “It's very simple, it’s very linear.” In the same vein, wood and steel are replacing plants to create screening, often because it takes up less space in today’s smaller lots, Osborne says. Wood is most common, but Bright notes that metal or steel inserts with an imprinted design, while a bit pricier, create more depth and, with lighting, cast a distinctive shadow. “It adds another element, another texture.” n ● FOR MORE INFORMATION JAY MCKINNON COMPANY LANDSCAPE DESIGN-BUILD 215 Deruiter Drive, Strathroy 519-854-3368 • www.mckinnongardens.com. SPRINGBANK LANDSCAPES 519-319-8288• www.springbanklandscapes.ca


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hen Springbank Landscapes takes on a project, the goal is to create something that exceeds the client’s expectations. “We try to create a full experience,” says owner Alex Osborne. When they’re walking through the yard and garden, he says he wants clients to experience it in a variety of ways, enjoying different sights, sounds and textures. Customer service is paramount, he maintains. “We don’t walk away from a job until we’re happy with it and the client is happy with it. That’s how we go about all our jobs, from start to finish.” He credits that philosophy with the growth of Springbank Landscapes since he launched it in 2012 as a one-man, one-truck operation. Today a team of nine employees is servicing an expanding region across Southwest-

ern Ontario. Happy clients have been spreading the word and business has grown largely on referrals. A productive working relationship with trades throughout the area allows the company to take care of all aspects of a job, Osborne says. “From electrical and plumbing to stonework, fences, decks, pergolas and structures, the client only deals with one company. We give them the whole package from concept sketch all the way through to the end.” Another major key to Springbank’s success is the quality of its designs and computerized three-demensional renderings, says lead designer and product manager John Bright. “The level of our designs definitely puts us ahead,” he says. “They’re quite detailed in every aspect of construction. The quality of the design and the quality of the three-D visuals and hand sketches that we produce from the

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hen a property has a nice view of the river, capitalizing on it only makes sense. The stunning home at 1-10 Mackellar Avenue in London had half-a-million dollars in renovations completed three years ago, including installing a large picture window and removing terrace doors to ensure that the southern view of the Thames River unimpeded. “The original house had a set of terrace doors going from the great room to the deck,” says Owen Price, of the Price Real Estate Team, who recently sold the home to its current TOP This Paul Skinner-designed home shows off its architectural pedigree in its interesting lines, creative use of windows and innovative layout.

LEFT The dramatic two-storey foyer allows views to the river immediately upon entering the home.

owners. “(The former owners) actually felt the deck, as well as those doors, really did impede the view toward the river. The room being a two-storey space, it’s very dramatic when you walk in. Your eye is drawn right from the entry way, through the great room and to the river.” The renovations also included building a new hardwood deck from tropical wood that has an extremely tight grain and is almost indestructible, Price says. Located next to the Thames Valley Golf Club, the extensive windows of different shapes and sizes in the home bring  MIDDLE The old deck was demolished, during renovation, and a new one was built to take advantage of the sweeping views of the Thames River.

RIGHT Priced at $1.3 million this eye-popping property – built in the 1980s – quickly found new owners, who were pleased to find their dream home without having to build it.

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TOP During renovation three years ago, the kitchen was moved from a smaller contained space to its present position where it allows views to the river, making it the perfect entertaining space adjacent to the newly added deck. LEFT The steeply angled roof line allows for creative use of space in this MacKellar Avenue domicile. MIDDLE The home features five bathrooms, three of which are on the main floor including the master en suite (shown here). RIGHT This residence has plenty of room to entertain, both inside and outside. 

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nature to the residents. Designed by renowned London architect Paul Skinner, there are eye-popping vistas of the splendour in nearly every room in the 100-foot long house that offers a unique privacy. “What you’re never going to find again…is a house on a private road that’s not a condo. I don’t know of any other development in the city like this. You have your own private road,” Price says. Among other renovations undertaken was opening the main living areas of the house. A couple of walls came down to obtain a 60-foot span across the back of the home that’s completely open. “The kitchen was compartmentalized. The house also had a formal livingroom and family room. They put the kitchen into the space that was the family room and removed the kitchen completely from where it was,” Price says. The former kitchen is now a spacious laundry room with the lacquer-finish white kitchen cabinets intact. The updated handles on the cabinets give them a brand-new look. “At the time the house was built, high-gloss lacquered cabinets were not available in Canada. The only place you could buy them was Italy,” Price says. “They really made it their own.” The 30-year-old home has five bathrooms, including three on the main floor. The master suite is also on the main floor and contains a five-piece bathroom designed by Price’s wife. “She gave them 12 options on how to lay out the master bathroom,” Price says. The owners chose a chic modern layout that includes a standalone tub lit by chandelier, a large walk-in glass shower, and double vanity with double mirrors. The list price on the home was $1.3 million and it didn’t take long to find new owners. “When I showed it to the current owners, they were just about to sign a contract on a new build. They were ecstatic when I encouraged them to buy this.” n

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“The 1980s nailed the swimwear silhouette with high-waisted bikini lines, cheeky cuts, scoop backed maillots and va-va-voom shapes that flatter the female form,” notes Jackie Storonianski, owner of Seychelles Swimwear. Bold 80s-inspired swimsuit styles and colours make their mark with bandeau, halter and V-neck lines, cut-outs, scoop backs and curvaceous sleek lines. Stripes, colour blocks and prints splash out on swimwear and related

apparel as do all-time favourite hues of blue and white along with red, yellow, green, pink and orange. “Black and navy are extremely important hues this season,” says Lisa Engelhardt Robinson, owner of My Top Drawer. Other important options include figure-flattering draping, high-low hemlines and swimwear with fuller coverage and support. “Choose a bra-sized swimsuit for excellent support, many of which are made by some of the

best bra manufacturers,” recommends David Robinson, president of My Top Drawer. Along with maillots and bikinis, tankinis combine the ease and comfort of two-piece swimwear with the greater coverage of one-piecers. When it comes to cover ups, light and breezy flowing beach dresses, embellished caftans and other easy-to-wear styles, including boyfriend-style shirtwaists, do double duty on and off the beach.


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MIDDLE LEFT A cowl neck line adds to this body-skimming, draped tankini top paired with a black bikini bottom. The top features a high-low hem and underwire cups for fuller support and figure flattery. These Magicsuit swim coordinates are from My Top Drawer. BOTTOM LEFT Whether worn as a swim cover-up or out on the town, keep cool in this white, side-slit caftan, highlighted with stylish beige and black embroidery. The Koy Resort caftan is from Seychelles Swimwear.

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hen Kim Ariesen had lunch with her sister in Port Stanley one day in June 2008 she didn’t dream she would be starting a whole new chapter in her life. But a decade later she’s celebrating the tenth anniversary of Studio Style, her ladies’ clothing store in the Lake Erie village. With a strong background in the fashion industry, from retail to buying, Ariesen had always thought she’d love to have a store of her own but hadn’t pursued it. On that June day she saw a new available space and decided to take the plunge. She opened July 16, 2008. “It was really just happenstance that was meant to be,” she says. Today Studio Style operates out of a former livery stable on the Kettle Creek Inn property on Main Street. “I love the charm of the building,” Ariesen says. “There’s so much history in Port Stanley.” She carries a number of women’s clothing and accessory lines that she describes as “sophisticated classic casual. I’m not conservative but I’m not too out there. I’m not too casual but I’m not really dressy. Just a nice ladies’ cut store.” Ariesen is also a dedicated community supporter. As a lover of art in all its forms, she’s been sponsoring a Port Stanley Festival Theatre production annually for eight years. And, for the past four years, she’s hosted a charity fashion show. This year’s sold-out event raised $5,200 for Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County. “It’s wonderful to be able to give back to the community,” she says. n

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ith winter little more than a memory, people are heading for the beach, the boat, the cottage. But as welcome as the summer sun may be, it’s important to remember that it also poses risks, says London dermatologist Dr. Wei Jing Loo. At her DermEffects clinic in Hyde Park, she sees a range of skin problems caused by sun exposure, from lines and wrinkles to pre-cancerous lesions and skin cancer. She also has an arsenal of treatments for those issues. 

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It’s followed by Kristen da Silva’s Book Club, a quirky comedy where six boys and girls get more than they bargain for while ostensibly getting together to explore a favourite book. Rounding out the summer season is Sunshine Express by Sarah Quick where a married couple, celebrating a 40th birthday, inadvertently find themselves booked on a senior’s bus tour to Florida. With four actors playing 30 characters, this production is bound to have audiences laughing. “All of our plays are comical in nature,” said Joynes. “I try to find different kinds of humour to appeal to a wide range of audiences.” It’s not just theatre staff members who get into the act. Hundreds of volunteers donate their time to ensure a successful season, while residents of the town billet the actors and technicians needed to stage a performance. Needing approximately 15,000

patrons attending to break even each season, one of the main challenges is to keep programming fresh and appealing. Plans are also underway to diversify the theatre’s revenue stream. A recent multi-million dollar renovation now features an expanded theatre, a rooftop patio with a view of the harbour, and a gallery space for art exhibitions. “We are a destination theatre. People come here not just to experience theatre, but to also explore all that Port Stanley has to offer,” said Joynes, who estimates that for every dollar spent on theatre tickets, patrons spend another four dollars in the lakeside town. “Give us a shot. I’m pretty sure you’ll come back.” n

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rand Bend has always been associated with cool cars cruising the strip. And for the last two decades during the summer, just a short drive out of town will take you to a hotbed of rad cars and bikes and a drag strip that showcases some of the fastest vehicles in the world. Thousands each year experience the roar of engines, the plumes of smoke and the competition between top dragsters in numerous categories at the Grand Bend Motorplex. The biggest weekend of the summer at the Motorplex is the Mopar Canadian Nationals - Canada’s single-longest running major race that draws global competitors. The 19th annual event runs from August 3 to 5. “There will be close to 100 cars that will run 200 miles per hour or better in a quarter-mile and about 350 cars in total,” says Paul Spriet, owner of the Grand Bend Motorplex. Competitors coming to the Bend include: Larry Dixon, a three-time National Hot Rod Association world champion; Bruce Litton, an International Hot Rod Association champion; and Smax Smith, driver of the Leverich top fuel car and a European champion. “We’ve pretty well got it covered between IHRA, NHRA and Europe as far as past champions are concerned,” Spriet says. As well, the two fastest A-fuel dragsters in eastern Canada will be at

the event along with Nitro Harleys, Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, Pro Mods and other classes of vehicles. “The neat part about the sport is it’s all based on reaction time and driving abilities,” says Spriet. Also, coming up on August 31 to September 2 is the Thunder By The Beach event, which includes Jet Trucks, Jet Funny cars and Pro Mods and fireworks. Besides the dragway, the Motorplex also has one of the top motocross tracks around. “I would say it’s the safest track in North America for motorcycle racing,” says Ken McAdam, owner/director of the Southern Ontario Associates of Racing (SOAR). In its tenth season, SOAR is one of Ontario’s fastest growing motorcycle road racing organizations. It runs a six-race series at the Motorplex with remaining dates there of August 24 to 26, September 7 to 9 and September 28 to 30. McAdam says the series offers competition for beginners up to pros and includes racers from teens to 60s. McAdam, who was a pro racer for many years, encourages spectators at SOAR events. “It’s pretty impressive when you see 30 to 35 bikes blast into turn one all in a pack and going as hard as they can go. You hold your breath and go, ‘Wow.’” n

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● FOR MORE INFORMATION Grand Bend Motorplex 519-238-RACE (7223) www.grandbendmotorplex.ca Southern Ontario Associates of Racing www.soaracing.ca

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Life is a highway Story and photos by Jill Ellis-Worthington

HIT THE ROAD TO SUMMER FUN When school is out and July’s vacation season rolls around it is time to load up the car and take off to see some of this lush continent we live on. Whether it is a trip to Ottawa to see the Parliament buildings or a longer trek to the west coast to see California’s giant redwoods or to Alberta to see the Rocky Mountains, the summer road trip is a proud North American tradition. We reflect on fond childhood memories of going to the library and checking out a stack of books to occupy the back seat occupants, of stuffing the cooler with lunch meat and cheese and tossing in usually forbidden sugary cake treats and chips, of strapping suitcases to the top of the family station wagon and trying to outmaneuver siblings for dibs on the favoured third seat at the back of the wagon. We want to share these memories with children and grandchildren and build new ones with them. But it will involve making sure we have all the correct charging cords for their electronic devices and ensuring that we have ample room on the credit cards for stops at roadside eateries. Road trips let us explore the world but also let us explore ourselves. Admit it; we learn so much about our family members when captive in a car for hours at a time and about our own tolerances. How do we make this a journey of discovery that 46 Lifestyle July/August 2018

pays off in good lessons all around? Choose great destinations that will be of interest to all participants that are drivable without feeling like a drudge and are as entertaining as they are educational. Memphis, Tennessee is a good example. A long one-day drive (13 hours), it may be better to break this up with a stop in Chicago, which is a memorable destination on its own. Take a couple of days in the Windy City to explore The Museum of Science and Industry and its replica of a coal mine or a genuine German U-boat. Architecture nuts in the group will love exploring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, which is near the neighbourhood that the Obamas’ home is in. Or take a floating architecture tour on the Chicago River. Get back on the road and head south to Memphis where the music lovers in the family can ‘walk with their feet 10 feet off of Beale’ and pay homage to the king of rock and roll. VIP tickets get you front-of-the line access to Graceland and all the accompanying exhibits: costumes, cars and memorabilia. Don’t miss seeing Elvis’ jungle room, his pink Cadillac or his white signature Vegas costume. Walk along the Missisippi River and watch the paddle boats go by and then stroll up the hill to see the Orpheum Theatre and its walk of fame, featuring musical stars such as Duke Ellington, Gladys Knight and Lena Horne. Listen to live blues and watch the goats play while sitting on Silky Sullivan’s patio when it’s time for a break. Handy Park also features live 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Elvis’ pink Cadillac displayed in the Presley Motors Automobile Museum, which is in the complex of buildings directly across the road from Graceland. Other museums in the complex feature displays of dozens of his costumes, album covers, gold records, awards, trophies and memorabilia. • Sun Studio tours start in the main area, reminiscent of an old school soda fountain and end in the studio where the Million Dollar Quartet and other famous acts, like U2, recorded. • A walk along the mighty Mississippi River should be part of every trip to Memphis. • Sun Studios launched hundreds of music legends’ careers, as well as those of lesser luminaries.


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music in the band shell and space for picnicking if you brought the cooler. Feel like one of the Million Dollar Quartet when you tour Sun Studios and get the story behind the story of that famous night that saw Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins record together. But what if all that driving daunts you and a road trip seems overwhelming. Michelle Whalen, of Uniglobe Travel, recommends signing on for a bus trip to explore Boston, New York, Montreal or popular destinations like Canada’s east coast or the Rocky Mountains. There are bus trips that suit any interest, even mystery tours for adventurous souls who want to leave the destination up to someone else. Whalen says that two of the four companies that offer bus trips from this area depart from London and/or smaller surrounding cities, making this a more convenient option than driving to and parking in Toronto. Experienced bus driver’s help with stowing luggage and knowledgeable guides provide information while on the tour and have great local knowledge when it’s time to strike out on your own. “It’s usually a combination of guided tours and free time. Having all the luggage handling taken care of is a big boost,” she adds. Other advantages: paying ahead of time in Canadian dollars; getting tickets to attractions, plays or concerts ahead of time as part of some packages; no surprises or difficulties to deal with; access to washrooms that travel with you on the road; being able to watch the scenery while on the roads instead of driving on busy roads or navigating unfamiliar territory; having hotels vetted by the bus companies. Whalen adds that bus trips are traditionally popular with older travelers but many younger ones are booking to take their teenage children and grandchildren with them. She adds that it usually costs the same to reserve it yourself or to go through a travel agent. Doing the latter gives you access to a professional insight to book just the right tour to make your summer road trip truly special. n

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Living Lighting London owner Tom Arenburg.

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Illuminating London for three decades

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ome lighting is functional but it’s also fashionable. “It’s like jewelry for the home – the bling,” says Tom Arenburg. “People take pride in their homes and a big part of that is the lighting.” Living Lighting London, which Arenburg owns and operates with his wife, Elizabeth, has been providing fashionable illumination for homes throughout the region for more than three decades. The chain, which includes 18 stores across Ontario plus one in Nova Scotia is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, having opened its first store in Burlington in 1968. The first London franchise store was launched in 1985. Over the years, locations have changed and, today, Living Lighting London is thriving in a 2,700-square-

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foot space on Richmond Street North in the Masonville neighbourhood. The business continues to grow annually with more customers and larger inventories, Arenburg says. “I don’t think we’ve had a down year, ever.” He attributes that success to the expertise of his employees. “The main thing that sets us apart from the competition is the staff and their knowledge,” he says. “They have over a hundred years of experience among them. Some have been with us for 20 and 30 years. In this business, you want knowledgeable people.” That’s essential for helping customers choose a product that’s not only visually appealing but also one that does the job for the space it lights, he says. That assurance is backed up with a 10-day return policy and, also, a three-day approval plan. “The customer

can actually take the product home for the three days to see if they like it and, if not, just bring it back.” The store also has suppliers that it’s worked with for much of its 30 years in the area, including a number of Canadian companies that Arenburg is proud to showcase. Further evidence of Living Lighting London’s success, he says, is that “quite a few local builders send their customers to us. They have confidence that we take care of their clients and get the job done on time, so the electricians can come in and do their job and the people can move in on time.” The bottom line, he maintains, is service. “Keeping our customers satisfied with what we supply and making sure they get what they want is what this business is all about.” n

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Co-owners D’Arcy Quinn, vice president, and Nancy Powell Quinn, president.

Building on experience

Contractors trust Moffat and Powell RONA for smart advice

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he retail lumber and hardware business is a dynamic and evolving industry. “Changing building codes, customer experience expectations and demographics of our employees and customers lead to our need to adapt and change,” says Nancy Powell Quinn, president and co-owner, with her husband D’Arcy Quinn, of Moffatt and Powell RONA. Being able to do just that has ensured the success of this company for more than six decades. Moffatt and Powell Limited was a partnership formed in 1956 by J. Keith Moffatt and Melvin Powell in Watford, Ontario, where they sold lumber, cement and coal. It followed J.H. Moffatt, an enterprise which had been operated by Keith’s father, Hiram, since 1939. Over the next half century, business flourished and additional showrooms were opened. Today five locations serve Southwestern Ontario: Strathroy, Mitchell, Exeter, Tillsonburg and London, which is

also home to the corporate head office. In 2010, the company aligned with the national retailer RONA. Powell Quinn says this has provided enhanced marketing, merchandising and product distribution support. However, she adds, the core of the business remains supplying building materials for new home construction and renovation customers. “Our professional customer base relies on us to stay ahead of fast-changing code requirements, products and techniques to ensure they remain informed in today’s building environment,” she says. Moffatt and Powell also remains a family-operated business. Powell Quinn says she and her husband are active in day-to-day operations and formulating strategy for growth and direction. They are committed to investing in people – their employees, customers and communities, she says. “Our service is provided daily by an incredible team of dedicated employees,

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who serve clients’ needs with tailored solutions for their projects.” As well, she says, they forge close relationships with those clients who are often their neighbours or relatives. They are supported, in turn, with ongoing opportunities for training, development and advancement as well as occasions to engage with each other and their communities. Services offered include in-home consultations for kitchen and bathroom renovations, deck and fence design, delivery to home and job sites and installation. Online sales will be available this fall. Community support is an important element of the company philosophy. It has always endeavoured to “give back” by supporting local activities and organizations, Powell Quinn says. These include sponsoring minor sports teams, donating to hospitals and participating in community festivals and events such as Santa Claus parades. n

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