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LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier EDITOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRITERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Margarita Ibbott Mary Jansenberger Kathy Mueller Wayne Newton Kathy Rumleski Janis Wallace ACCOUNT MANAGERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 annettegent537@gmail.com Candace Hamilton 519.383.3447 candace2821@gmail.com Mary Jansenberger 519.619.1485 mjansenberger@outlook.com Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 lorrainelukings@hotmail.com Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 jm@lambtonshores.com EDITORIAL & AD DESIGN Wendy Reid AD DESIGN Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath PRODUCTION Nancy Greenfield PHOTOGRAPHY Richard Bain PRINTING Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHITECTURE Redding Design Inc. www.reddingdesigns.com

Lifestyle is published six times a year by 2251632 Ontario Inc. c.o.b. Lifestyle Magazine 108 Tuyll Street, Bayfield N0M 1G0 519-873-0989 lifestylemagazinepublishing@gmail.com

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EDITOR’S note

“Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.”

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ifestyle Magazine turns 20 this year. In ‘people’ years, at 20 one is young and just starting out. But after two decades in the publishing business, a local magazine is a venerable member of the last-standing club, and we have great readers, advertisers and community support to thank for that. Serving our readers well has been key to our success formula. For instance, our fashion on page 22 shows models of various body types and ages. We’re not all the same, and we’re not all model thin or air-brushed young. Many of our readers fall into the 40-plus category. By that age some of our body image issues are firmly entrenched but thankfully the movement to change long-held negative beliefs has grown legs over the past few years. It’s a new decade and time for some new thinking to get onboard with this movement. Instead of making the same old resolutions to lose weight why not join me in my resolutions: eat the way our bodies deserve to be fed; work out

in ways that bring joy; start to accept and cherish the skin we’re in. Preventing future generations of women from having to go through this mental struggle is the mission of Hope’s Eating Disorders Support (formerly Hope’s Garden). This organization has piloted a series of workshops – called Strong Like a Girl – for girls 11 to 13. The program’s intent is to give young woman a forum to listen and talk about how diet culture affects them and about dealing with their own negative self-talk. The program is slated to expand to boys and older girls. Cynthia O’Neill, interim executive director, says, “We’re targeting prevention and promoting self-kindness and self-body compassion with workshops that are interactive, giving the girls a place to talk in a nonjudgmental environment.” If you are concerned about a child or grandchild and need information about helping her with body image concerns the website is www.hopeseds. org or you can email info@hopeseds.org. One of Lifestyle Magazine’s resolutions for 2020 is to continue producing enjoyable and informative reading about décor, renos and new builds, travel, food and fashion. As always, we are your go-to source for ideas for good living and are honoured that you have chosen to be part of our readership community. Let’s all make 2020 a wonderful year!

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Homebuyers seeking a tranquil natural environment with urban amenities at the doorstep may find what they’re looking for in Kilworth Heights West, a new community being developed by Tridon Group.

KILWORTH DEVELOPMENT OFFERS VARIETY By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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Nestled in the lower Thames River Valley, west of London and bordering Komoka Provincial Park, the community combines country living with big-city convenience. “The location is excellent for so many people,” says Don de Jong, principal at Tridon Group. “You have outdoor amenities to the south and along the river. There are a lot of paths and hiking trails to enjoy. You also have a community and sports connection with the municipal centre. And for ease of getting around or through London, we’re well positioned.” 


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MAGNUS HOMES Suitable for first-time buyers and empty nesters one-floor, vacant-land condos will be available at Kilworth Heights.  January/February 2020

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WHERE CITY AND COUNTRY MEET ~ Continued from page 11 The development – which will be comprised of single-family homes, freehold townhomes and vacant land condos, as well as high density residential – is also designed to encompass luxury homes in a more affordable price range (from low $400s to circa $700,000). “We have some of the best value in the Greater London Area,” de Jong says. “Our builders are competitive and we are very attractive for our value. I don’t think our price point can be beat.” Builders are onboard with those goals. “Our vision is to provide younger families homes with unique design and luxury living features at an economical cost,” says Phil Alves, construction manager with Millstone Homes, building detached homes in the community. “We have options ranging from pre-determined plans at economical prices and standard packages up to fully custom design homes with our in-house designer.” Jason Froude, sales representative for Eldorado Homes, says the goal is to “make entry homes more affordable while maintaining the high living standards already established in Kilworth.” Eldorado, he says, will be building primarily two-storey detached homes but with options to build custom one-storey houses. Representing both Forever Homes and Jefferson Homes, project manager Jeff Fung says his builders recognize the value of the location. “Our vision for the community is to be an oasis away from the city, where residents can kick back and relax, where families are able to enjoy the conveniences of London with the warmth of a small town.” Forever Homes, Fung says, is providing homes suitable for first-time buyers or growing families, with “luxurious finishes and a warm touch.” In the same line, Jefferson is offering “affordable luxury homes with spacious floor plans and featuring exquisite custom finishes, great for family gatherings.” Margaret Carville, owner of Rockmount Homes, agrees, “It’s ideal for families to be able to get into the countryside and in an affordable community with a high-end ambiance.” This builder is constructing one- and two-storey attached homes. She notes 

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Comfort and style complement each other in clothes that will look great in the Caribbean, as well as filling out your summer wardrobe right here in Ontario as winter turns to spring and summer.

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This comfortable  combo is available at My Top Drawer: white palazzo pants and a long shear cover from Rapz.

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RENOVATION MAKES AGING-INPLACE POSSIBLE AND PLEASURABLE By Jill Ellis-Worthington

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any would shudder at the thought of the mental angst and physical inconveniences caused by overhauling a nearly-century-old home but doing it twice surely means one is a glutton for punishment. Not so for Mary Carol Watters. Now retired from her position as Dean of Students at Kings College, Watters loves her Old North home – its character, location and yard - so much that she decided to forgo downsizing in favour of adapting the house she purchased in 1981 to be the right setting for her and her two dogs - Yawshu and Darcia – to age-in-place. The character of the one-floor bungalow, built in the 1930s, still charms her. After seeking several quotes, Watters decided to work with Craig and Bonnie Hardy of Covenant Construction, with the whole process from start to finish taking three months.

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“We can make the process pretty straight forward,” explains Bonnie Hardy. “Craig meets with the client and takes the measurements. He talks to them about the changes they want to make and their needs. He sees if there are any structural issues or infrastructure issues to deal with. We’ve been doing this for so long that he can bring those notes back and our designers can put together the drawings and elevations. Then I can cost it out in their budget range. A lot of the process is simplified.” The kitchen area had been renovated in 1986 and Watters loved the hand-crafted glass panes used in the hanging cabinets that previously divided kitchen from dining area. Some have been repurposed and now face the new cupboards that line one entire wall of the kitchen and others are featured in a porch 


OPPOSITE PAGE A bright, open space was created in Mary Carol Watters’ previously dark and divided kitchen/dining room (inset) by removing the peninsula and hanging

cupboards that had been added in a previous renovation of the 1930s bungalow.

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room’s previous life, a wooden range hood detail and floating shelves were created from the door that divided the kitchen from the rest of the home.

• Reconfiguring the stairs leading to the basement opened up the landing and added square footage to the kitchen. • Converting the tiny, tired bathroom to a larger, brighter

space necessitated removing the hallway linen closet. • Watters’ Old North home’s character is preserved by maintaining details like the dining room’s windows and

original woodwork. • A cramped closet gave way to two large cupboards that provide space for clothes and shoes, as well as a cozy reading nook. 

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privacy divider. Other repurposed items include the swinging, wooden kitchen door. It was used to construct floating shelves that add colour to the white walls and to add character to the range hood over the stove. The kitchen/dining area is now open and bright with white cabinetry and flooring that Watters favours. Pot lights line the ceiling of the previous dark space and a transom light over the back door also adds openness. To work together more easily making choices on finishes, colours and flooring, Hardy and Watters shared ideas on the website called Houzz. Hardy says this shortcuts the back and forth process. Other areas that were renovated to make it more user-friendly include the steps and landing to the basement, as well as a laundry room on the lower level. Since Watters wants to live in the home as she ages, the team added features to the bathroom that she doesn’t need now but could in the future – grab bars and a curbless, walkin shower. These also make the home “sale-ready in case anything happens to me,” explains Watters. Guests often appreciate the grab bar next to the toilet but making it fit in with the character was important to Watters. She didn’t want an institutional feel. Hardy explains, “Moen and Delta have attractive options.“ Eliminating a small hallway linen closet allowed the cramped bathroom space to be reworked to include the large shower. Now a commodious vanity provides storage for towels, eliminating the need for the linen closet. It makes the space more appealing while maintaining a look that works with the age of the home. A tiny bedroom closet was turned into two ample cupboard units tied together with a window seat in the master bedroom. Space was gained by reconfiguring the basement stairs. Though the building’s footprint is the same, the home feels much larger and more open post-renovation and Watters is pleased that she’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come. “I get up every day and think just how much I enjoy the space,” says Watters. n

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A PERMANENT SOLUTION By Jill Ellis-Worthington

The Johnathan Swift quote: ‘I’m as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth’ highlights mankind’s long-time fascination with dental health. Enjoying new teeth that look and function like natural ones is making dental implants an increasingly popular choice for baby boomers.


Dentures and bridges have long served as substitutes when one’s teeth were missing-in-action for chewing and filling out a smile but dental implants have been surging in popularity, according to Dr. George Aiello, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Interface Centre for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He thinks that aging boomers are feeling more positive about the process than generations previous. More manageable costs for the procedure are also helping foster the surge. According to News Medical, archeologists found a dental implant in a thousand-year-old mummy of an Egyptian king so they aren’t a new invention but they didn’t come into common use until the 1960s. Dr. Hesham Sherghin, a general dentist at Villagewalk Family Dental, has noticed that implants have become more popular over the last five years. “It’s becoming a more routine procedure with a very high success rate,” he explains. “As more people are having it done and then talking to their friends and family members about the experience – and the fact that the procedure is less painful than they anticipated – causes others to also want to have it done.” Dr. Aiello says that many of his patients are concerned with the aesthetics of loose bridges and dentures as well as missing teeth, but many more are looking to improve their ability to chew properly. “Loose dentures can hamper overall health if they have to eat softer foods and happiness if they are concerned that their dentures or bridge is going to fall out while talking,” he says. While the bulk of patients are over 50 years old, many are younger people who have lost teeth due to a sporting injury or motor vehicle accident. Some dentists, like Dr. Sherghin, do the entire multi-step procedure in their own offices, while others refer patients to surgeons, like Dr. Aiello, for the surgical portion of the procedure and then do the final work in their own offices. In either scenario the process is similar. Patients visit the office for an initial consultation to see if she/he is a candidate. X-rays, CT scans and examinations determine if the bone is sufficient or whether a bone graft is necessary. 

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Factors that may rule out someone as a candidate include uncontrolled diabetes, heavy smoking, taking some medications (usually for cancer). During the consultation process desired outcomes are discussed; the procedure is outlined; a surgical plan is confirmed, and finances are discussed. Costs range from $3,500 and up, depending on the number of teeth being replaced and whether the implants will be crowned or used to snap in a denture. Some benefit packages are beginning to cover a portion of the procedure. When the patient returns for the procedure, a general or local anesthetic will be used. Dr. Sherghin says that many are surprised that the procedure is less painful than others they may have had in the past, like tooth removal or root canal. “We’re placing the implant in bone, which doesn’t have many nerves so it’s less dramatic,” he says. The surgery may take as little as 30 minutes for a single implant, according to Dr. Aiello. He says that after the site is prepared, a series of increasingly larger drills are used to make a hole for the implant. Then a self-tapping screw is placed in the hole and is tapped into place. A temporary crown may be placed on the implant while the healing process of two to six months takes place and the implant and bone are integrated together. Then a permanent crown is fabricated and placed on the implant. Implants are cared for like natural teeth by daily brushing and flossing at home and by receiving regular cleaning and checkups at the dentist’s office. n

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we’ve hit 2020 and a new decade, the London Home Builders’ Association wants home owners to know they’re ready to help make resolutions happen. If you’ve resolved to make changes to your property, the Lifestyle Home Show is the place to start with its theme: Your vision is our focus. “So 2020 is perfect vision and we can bring whatever visions that people have, their dreams – we can make that a reality at the show,” says Cathie Stark, LHBA’s director of administration. “Ours isn’t just an average home show. It’s an experience that we provide to our show visitors, so they actually can talk to professionals. They can touch and feel the products rather than the online click

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to purchase. The home show is a onestop destination.” Now in its 27th year, the show’s longevity can be attributed to the knowledge and experience of the LHBA, Stark says. “We work within the building and renovation industry all year round. I think it does give us a definite advantage when we put together our show.” This year’s event – running January 31 to February 2 at the Western Fair District Agriplex – includes some new features and old favourites and has 600 booths and more than 250 exhibitors.Habitat for Humanity’s She Shed, He Shed is a new and unique event added to this year’s show and involves two interior design teams in a friendly competition.

The two completed sheds will be on display and visitors can purchase tickets to win one of them. A popular feature will be expanding this year. The Home Green Home display provides attendees with lots of information on all of the new and innovative costeffective green products when they’re updating their home, Stark says. “We’re expanding it because the information was so helpful to consumers and right now consumers are wanting green products. They want cost effective. They want to know what’s new in the industry,” she says. “When people are renovating, they really should be looking at their house as a whole system. That booth will take them through the steps when they’re thinking about doing the upgrades.”


“It’s a great time to start planning what you want to complete this coming year at your home.” TROY MILLER, TLC LANDSCAPING DESIGN AND POOLS

The City of London display returns and is always popular with visitors, Stark says. The city’s booth educates people about how to make their homes energy efficient and reduce their environmental impact, while saving money. Also back by popular demand is the Marketplace. Stark says the Marketplace features select artisans and craftspeople who source and produce their wares locally. The mobile art gallery of six professional artists called Art Gypsies is participating in the Marketplace for the first time. “We go to you,” says Art Gypsies founder Annette Dutton. “It alleviates the potential intimidation of visiting a gallery.” Dutton says her group is delighted to be part of this year’s show. “This is a significant opportunity to promote the artists while simultaneously exhibiting professional artworks for placement of local, original

art in new buildings and model homes, and also to enhance and complement renovations and updates.” Stark says along with new exhibitors, many come back time and again as the show is well organized and attended and show visitors arrive with a vision. Troy Miller, of TLC Landscaping Design and Pools, has been an exhibitor for more than a decade. He says the home show is a good place to demonstrate what TLC offers and to catch up with past clients. The timing is also good for Miller. With the show in the heart of winter, attendees often think about warm weather. “It’s a great time to start planning what you want to complete this coming year at your home,” he says. “If that’s a complete staycation, including a custom pool, pool house, landscape…or something as simple as just a new, cozy place to sit and enjoy

your time with family and friends.” The show, with Rembrandt Homes as the major sponsor, also includes speakers, opportunities for charities to raise their profile and giveaways. As was the case 27 years ago, the show is about educating the public, Stark says. “Because the residential construction industry, within the LHBA, has a reputation across Canada for being forward thinking, early adopters of technology and green building science, this is the perfect place to showcase this. Bring your measurements; bring your questions. Bring colours and bring your plans.”

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An ever-growing awareness of savings from energy-efficient windows and doors keeps Homecastle Windows and Doors busy with year-round installations. The company has been serving the London area for 32 years and its showroom is located at 535 First Street. But there’s an equally valuable asset that attracts referrals and repeat customers to Homecastle, says owner Jim Versteegh. That’s a strong commitment to customer service. “Our in-house installers definitely offer a personal touch to our clients,” Versteegh says. “They’ll move furniture, take down blinds and put them back up and they’ll even make sure your cat doesn’t escape on their watch.” That, along with pride in quality workmanship and use of long-established suppliers of Canadian-made products, are the earmarks of the company’s success. Homecastle provides a wide range of window and door products, including vinyl and wood windows and entrance, garden and patio doors, as well as vinyl siding in a variety of textures and profiles. n


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Sloan Stone Design A combination of choice and expertise is the hallmark of success for London’s Sloan Stone Design, a company that’s been designing, manufacturing and installing granite and quartz throughout the region since 2010. A broad choice of high-quality materials is available. As well, the expert staff provide valued insight on marketplace trends and innovations. The company offers a variety of services, including custom countertops for kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, wet bars or tabletops. Two years ago, its continued success and growth led to expansion to a new showroom in southeast London, at 75 Midpark Crescent, off of Wilton Grove Road, west of Highbury Avenue. In this more spacious venue, Sloan Stone Design is able to display more of its granite inventory as well as larger quartz samples. It’s also able to better showcase its wide variety of colour choices. The design team keeps abreast of what’s new in the industry. Each kitchen features something unique, something that stands out, says sales representative Christie Taylor. It may be flooring, a backsplash or countertop material. She notes that a detail, being seen more and more often in contemporary kitchens counters, is the ‘waterfall’ island edge, where the counter continues down along the short edge. n

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t’s bright and open and, at the same time, exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance. Coni Marble Manufacturing’s new Thorndale showroom is drawing accolades from customers and colleagues alike. “It’s taken our display capability to a whole new level,” says Derrick Huizenga, who with his brother Craig, comprise the second generation operating the family business that celebrated 50 years in 2019. The anniversary marked a return to the company’s roots by amalgamating production and sales at its original facility site in Thorndale, which meant closing a London showroom that opened in the late 1990s. At 2,500 square feet, the new showroom is just slightly larger than the

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former one but is an open and expansive space with more flexibility to exhibit the products. “There’s certainly more to see here than our previous space allowed,” Huizenga notes. That’s an advantage recognized by clients like Rick Martin, owner of Rick Martin Carpentry and Cabinets in St. Marys, who regularly sources product from Coni-Marble. “It’s great for me to send customers there,” Martin says. “They can see bigger samples and a whole range of product. If I have a customer doing a kitchen and they want a quartz countertop, which is what most of my customers are looking for, I have them go there, look at the options, pick what they like and we go from there.”

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And he likes the spacious lay-out. “Even for myself, I am seeing new products that I didn’t know were available.” Customers can view sample slabs of quartz, lined up just inside the entry, to choose a countertop colour and pattern. Throughout the space, they can peruse various styles of showers, bathtubs and basins, many showcasing the marble that the company started with. A central kitchen island features a Neolith counter, a solid porcelain material which Huizenga says is a higher-end product than the more popular quartz, but is much more durable, resistant to both heat and scratching. There are also kitchen sinks and myriad accessory items. “It all looks very smart, especially having the slabs of different


“It’s taken our display capability to a whole new level.” DERRICK HUIZENGA

LEFT Nick Huizenga says the glass and metal chandeliers and wood accents create an appealing ambiance. A central island features Coni-Marble’s solid porcelain Neolith countertop. INSET The new showroom welcomes contractors and customers. TOP The expansive space allows for larger displays that show off Coni’s range of products, such as bathroom vanities and myriad accessories. ABOVE RIGHT Exhibiting quartz slabs allows customers to easily choose colours and patterns. ABOVE LEFT Bathroom fixtures, like this tub, showcase the marble company’s original material.

stone as you come in, offering a good view of the patterns,” says customer John Baas, who with his wife Carole, recently contracted Coni-Marble to install new quartz kitchen counters in their Dorchester home. “I thought everything was welldisplayed,” Baas adds. “When you walk in and look around, it provides a good indication of all the different aspects of what they offer, such as the shower units, the molded sinks, the quartz counters.” Huizenga describes the new space as “trendy,” with metal and glass

chandeliers and post-and-beam accents that mirror the wood frame surrounding the exterior entrance. “It’s modern but cozy and inviting with the warmth from the colours and the wood trim,” he says, “It’s also a very user-friendly space with bright LED lighting that can be dimmed to create different moods.” That inviting ambiance is enhanced by artwork created by his father, company founder Nick Huizenga, peppering the walls. “He’s quite an accomplished artist,” his son says proudly. A particular touch of nostalgia is a stained glass window from the original

showroom, set in an interior wall, with its central panel depicting Coni-Marble’s first logo. Rear wall windows reveal a comfortable and spacious office area behind the showroom. Huizenga says the move to the Thorndale location has definitely been beneficial. “It’s a big advantage having everything under one roof.” Ten minutes from the former showroom location, it’s still an easy drive for customers, he adds. In fact, there has been no decrease in client traffic and business is booming. n

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nce a sleepy fishing village, Naples, Florida is all grown up. Since it was voted best destination for luxury travellers by USA TODAY 10Best readers a few years ago and named by WalletHub as the best beach town to live in, it is no wonder many Canadian snowbirds call this home. Located on the Paradise Coast, Naples usually enjoys warm weather due to the temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Closer to Miami Beach than Orlando, it is more of a playground of the rich and famous than a theme park destination. Travellers will find an abundance of art galleries, award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and monster mansions. Despite the upscale, populated urban areas of Naples and Marco Island, over 70 per cent of the area is park and preserve lands that serve as important habitats for endangered and threatened wildlife, water recharge areas and wilderness recreation areas. Active options include paddling a kayak through the Everglades National Park, watching for manatees on a sightseeing tour or hiking the many boardwalks and trails to watch for wildlife and hundreds of species of birds. The Canadian Snowbird Association estimates that at least 350,000 Canadians spend three to six months of each year in Florida, while another 100,000 spend between one to three months in the state annually. There are a large number of home rental properties for families. If you prefer a resort feel, you can find many luxury hotels. The time is now to treat yourself to champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

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• Golf

With 91 golf courses in the greater Naples area you may want to hit the links for a round of golf. Greater Naples is ranked by the National Golf Foundation as having the most golf holes per capita in the U.S. If watching world-class golf is more your style, the 2020 Champions Tour stops in Naples in mid-February.

• Pamper

You will need to pamper yourself after a long day on the golf course. What better way than to enjoy a full day of hedonism than at the Spa at Naples Grande. Consider indulging in Whole Body Cryotherapy: step inside a pod – one of the coldest machines in the country, reaching -275° F – to invigorate your body, balance your nervous system, improve immunity and stimulate your metabolism.

• Shop

Shop like you’re on Rodeo Drive by heading over to 5th Avenue South for high-end boutiques and galleries. With some of the best luxury-brand consignment stores in Florida, these specialty shops sell everything from designer hand bags to full china sets. How fun would it be to spend a rainy


afternoon checking out the wares/wears at stores like Carolyn’s and Wear in the World? For a more local vibe, wander over to Olde Town on 3rd Street.

• Events

From vintage cars to jazz festivals, you will find an event to suit your tastes. But on a luxury vacation you’ll want to check out the Naples Winter Wine Festival, which is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. The 2020 Honoured Vintner, Saskia de Rothschild of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), is headlining this year’s Vintage Cellar Wine Tasting & Luncheon to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary. The ticket will set you back $3,250 USD per person above the $12,000/couple price for the festival.

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oving from fabricating structural support beams to making yard art may seem like a stretch but not for Pete Broeders. The Iron Barn began as an offshoot of Broeders Steel, a metal fabricating company based in Dashwood that manufactures industrial and residential structural steel products. Since the construction industry fluctuates with the seasons, Broeders decided to keep his welders busy using their skills to make decorative metal pieces, and the concept has really taken off. The Iron Barn has had a full-time workshop and dedicated craftsman in Dashwood since 2012. At that time, Broeders was retailing The Iron Barn products at flea markets, with his daughters as his assistants, but opened the Grand Bend retail store in 2018 as the business continued to “blow up,” says Samantha Lavery. Working in mild steels (sheet metal), the welders develop Lavery’s designs, into fire pit rings, yard art items, signs, 3D wall décor and other items. Lavery was brought to assist with designing items, brand development and marketing. Five retail employees have been added to the Grand Bend store, as well.

With the store located in a popular cottaging/camping/boating area, Lavery says that fire rings are one of their most popular items. They have designs that appeal to sports enthusiasts (bearing team logos), as well as various outdoor themes. Round fire rings are 12-inches high and are available in larger and smaller versions (32 inches and 21 inches in diameter respectively). Octagonal and square fire pits are also available. Complementary items include lids, grills and roasting stick holders. Cattails, agave plants and spheres are some of the in-demand large yard art pieces, while birds, bugs and bees mounted on metal rods are smaller pieces that appeal to many homeowners. More emphasis on 3D indoor art has recently been added in the form of moose heads, easels and dragon flies. Customers are able to have stock items customized or can work with Broeders or Lavery to design a custom piece to suit their needs and tastes. The Iron Barn staff is working on a musical metal installation for the beach in Grand Bend, so look for that this summer while on a road trip to Grand Bend. n

ABOVE Indoor and outdoor décor pieces are helping to drive the growth at the Iron Barn. BELOW Three-dimensional pieces are growing in popularity as customers want innovative options to decorate their homes and cottages.

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By Jill Ellis-Worthington

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hat’s a fashionista to do when the weather outside is frightful and your closet reflects the black, white and grey winter landscape? Set out on a hunt for a fantastic top, a stylish scarf or a glittery piece of bling to add some pep to your winter-weary step. The place to go is Frankly Scarlett on Richmond Street. Owner Susan Elgie has been in the local retail fashion business for more than three decades and revels in bringing in pieces to add the right tone to a special outfit. “I have an innate sense of what women want to wear and how they want to experience life in clothes that reflect who they are. I knew from an early age that I would have a store and do my

own thing in business,” explains Elgie. As the owner of the six Ashton’s of London stores from 1985, to opening the first Frankly Scarlett location in Port Stanley in 2007, to joining the merchants of Richmond Row three years ago, Elgie’s refined sense of style serves her well when visiting the fashion meccas of Canada, the U.S. and Europe to select from suppliers with whom she has exclusive contracts. Concentrating her curated fashion choices on her strong demographic of 35 plus, Elgie is pleased that the store’s prime downtown location also encourages walk-in traffic from the university crowd. “We have a lot of younger customers who love our jewellery and accessory items,” she says pointing to

the sparkling clutches, glittering chokers and rows of earrings that line tables along each wall. Her one-of-a-kind fashions – tops, skirts, dresses and pants – range from sizes four to 18. Both Frankly Scarlett locations have primarily featured jewellery and accessories until recently. “I’m increasing my offerings in clothing by including lines that others don’t carry and pieces you can’t get elsewhere. I’ve seen a strong growth in women wanting to express themselves more fully through really creative clothing items,” says Elgie. Both of the London and Port Stanley stores reflect this, and Elgie is pleased with the excitement that this is generating for her customers. n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • FRANKLY SCARLETT • 519-672-9414 • 551 Richmond Street • 197 Main Street, Port Stanley • 519-782-3601 • www.franklyscarlett.ca 50 Lifestyle January/February 2020


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The edge on technology

ABOVE Owner Kevin Fellner with Shelley James (left) Willi Van Deven (centre) and Peggy Biglow (right).

Window coverings that marry art and technology

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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rt and technology do not always make the best bedfellows. When it comes to window coverings, homeowners want them to fit attractively into the design and character of the home. And increasingly, as smart home automation impacts more systems, they want their blinds and draperies to be smarter as well. But often integrating the design and technological elements of motorized window treatments is a challenge the industry isn’t meeting, says Kevin Fellner, owner of Designer’s Edge by Covers. It’s an area where he says his company is making inroads. “Marrying the design with the technical know-how is what we bring to the table,” he says. “We didn’t do this by

design. We recognized that we needed to get technically competent because the demand was there. So we started getting training and doing research to understand the technology and bring it together with our designers.” Lead designer Willi Van Deven has developed considerable knowledge to be able to consult on wiring, how and where to run wires. “Having the ability to do drapery and motorization is really good for us because not everyone is geared to having all those options in one company,” Van Deven agrees. Fellner and Van Deven stress that people building new homes should plan their window treatments at the outset, so the wiring can be installed along with all the other electrical systems. Much of today’s motorization technology is battery operated. But if

a large home has a couple dozen windows that are automated that means a lot of changing or recharging batteries, Fellner notes. Designer’s Edge By Covers designed and installed the window coverings for the Reis Design and Build dream home this fall, although automation was not involved in that project. Van Deven says the draperies conform with the current trend to simpler, cleaner textures. “We did a two-pleat tack top (drapery) in most areas, in neutral greige tones,” she says, describing the colour as a combination of grey and beige. “The home is basically soft tones, a minimal palette and warmer tones. But in the den we did a pattern (drape) for a ‘wow’ factor.” n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • DESIGNER’S EDGE BY COVERS • 297 Exeter Road • 519-652-0222 • www.coverscanada.ca January/February 2020

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Owners Lisa Ferguson (left) and Marg McAlister.

Designing women of downtown London Trouvelle attracts attention to the core

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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hoppers looking for the perfect gift for any occasion are checking out Trouvelle, the Richmond Row store that Lisa Ferguson and Marg McAlister launched in the spring of 2018. “We have a gift for everything,” Ferguson says. “And if we don’t have exactly what a customer is looking for, we have the resources to search it out for them.” The business partners opened Trouvelle as a destination store with luxury items for home and travel, focusing on distinctive décor pieces. “We’re all about adding value to the shopping experience,” McAlister explains. As the demand for gifts has taken off, they have identified a market for corporate gifts and expanded that line. These are not branded with logos but unique

items that can be purchased as large orders, making them also ideal for wedding and other special occasion favours. In-store products range from ceramics, candles, and stylish dinnerware to fragrances, Steiff teddy bears and whimsical items hand-knit by women in the Andes. The duo has recently added a line of linens and bedding, with Designers Guild brand bed linens, cushions and towels. Ferguson says these are proving popular and filling a gap left with the closing of Kingsmills, London’s iconic department store that was a downtown landmark for more than a century. They’ll be sourcing out special gift ideas for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mothers’ Day and occasions like graduations and weddings.

Ferguson and McAlister have also added online shopping to their website and are offering free shipping to promote that launch. Their efforts are drawing customers in increasing numbers, including out-of-towners from as far afield as Windsor, St. Catharines and Toronto who have made a trip back to London, looking for a particular item. “They say ‘I wish there was a store like this in my city’,” McAlister says, adding that promoting the store to a hometown crowd is sometimes more of a challenge. Attracting Londoners downtown is a goal for Trouvelle’s owners, as well as their fellow Richmond Street merchants, who have begun to offer fun activities plus sales or draws on the third Thursday evening each month. n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • TROUVELLE • 620 Richmond Street • 519-601-7763 • www.trouvelle.ca 52 Lifestyle January/February 2020


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Dentistry reimagined

ABOVE Dr. Hesham Sherghin, owner.

Village Walk Family Dental offers all options

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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or many people, the thought of a visit to the dentist as an enjoyable experience is something of an oxymoron. But Village Walk Family Dental, one of London’s newest dental clinics, is out to change that. “Our mission is to make our clients’ dental treatments seamless and enjoyable,” says marketing director Paige McCann. “From the moment they walk into our office until they leave, we want to make sure that they’re comfortable and that they trust in our services.” The clinic offers a comprehensive range of treatments, with everything available from regular check-ups and cleanings, to root canals, orthodontics and periodontics, oral surgery, implants, crowns and dentures plus other specialities. “We understand that life is busy

and convenience is important. Having treatments all under one roof means that we eliminate the need for referrals to specialty offices,” McCann says. The dental team - including dentists, hygienists and assistants - have access to regular continuing education to ensure they are up-to-date in all areas, she adds. Services include extended hours, with evening and weekend appointments, free patient consultations, direct insurance billing and assistance with budgeting, including no-cost payment plan options. There’s even a dedicated workspace for time-challenged business people. Also on offer is a menu of “comfort services” such as hot or cold towels, pillows and blankets, noise-cancelling headphones, and diversions like

music or television. “Some people have anxiety. They can get cold or hot, or may be bothered by the noise of the equipment. So we have these options to make them more comfortable,” McCann says. A focus on dental care for youngsters is proving popular with families. “We think it’s so important for children to have the opportunity to have optimal oral health and it’s important for us to be able to offer that,” she says, noting there’s an ongoing promotion for free new patient exams for children under five years. Efforts are made to ensure that a visit to the dentist is appealing for these little patients, she adds, describing “an awesome area just for them,” with activities like colouring books and crayons, puzzles, kid-friendly tablets and TV with Neflix. n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • VILLAGE WALK FAMILY DENTAL • 200 Villagewalk Boulevard, Suite 100 • 226-636-2222 • www.villagewalkdental.ca January/February 2020

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Smell of success

ABOVE Philip, Peter and Alf Crunican.

Walking into Crunican Orchards’ store is a treat for the senses

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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or more than a century, four generations of the Crunican family have been growing and selling apples on their Richmond Street North farm near Elginfield. “We would certainly be one of the oldest orchards in this region,” says Philip Crunican, who now operates the business with his brothers Peter and Alf. “To continuously have apples for 100 years or more on the same farm is something.” The first trees were planted in 1910 by Philip’s grandfather and a store was added onsite in 1950 by his father and uncle. Both orchard and shop are thriving and still very much a family affair with mom Bernice, and sisters Barb and Anne helping out. A strong factor in their longevity is

an ability to evolve with the times. The world of apples in the 21st century is much different than it was in the early 20th century when the first Crunican trees were planted. When the brothers took over the business a decade ago it was a time for tough decisions, Philip says. The wholesale market, which had been their focus, accounting for 70 to 80 per cent of sales, was faltering. So they transitioned to selling their produce through the storefront. Over the years, they’ve also increased efficiency by reducing the size of the orchard and increasing its density from 40 trees per acre to 400. And, a couple of other circumstances have also helped tremendously, he says. “The Honeycrisp variety came along

and the ‘buy local’ movement came along, two big factors that saved the apple industry in Ontario as a whole.” Honeycrisp is still the most popular variety among consumers, Philip says. And buying local is strong with customers coming primarily from London and regions to the north, as far afield as Kincardine and Owen Sound. Crunican Orchards grows more than 15 apple varieties, available yearround. The store also carries a wide variety of food-related products from businesses across the region, such as jams, honey, maple products, pasta, cheese and beans. “We’ve always supported local businesses, some we’ve been selling for 40-plus years,” Philip says. “And we’re always looking to expand.” n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • CRUNICAN ORCHARDS • 23778 Richmond Street North • 519-666-0286 • www.crunicanorchards.com 54 Lifestyle January/February 2020


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