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Country estate for sale Own a piece of peace in Elgin County

Warehouse 74 Find perfect items to highlight your décor

Retirement living on the lake Dover Coast offers homes an active lifestyle

Home is where the heart is CCR’s renovation boosts this house’s accessibility

Casual Industries Find everything for outdoor living in Grand Bend



Art made easy Museum London’s new shop is ready to serve



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Power or Sail?

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Eat like our ancestors

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Take our quiz to find which best suits you

Summertime is patio time London offers many choices in alfresco dining

Yourstyle Following the Paleo path proves beneficial

Accessorize to dazzle Handcrafted jewelry creations add dimension

Fashion forward at Befriend Where Eastern design meets Western style

Say goodbye to forehead furrows Injectable treatments offer options

Travellife Great golf getaways Go where the golfing is prime

Hit the waves at Harbourfest Port Stanley hosts tall ships to close out summer

Staged to delight At Victoria Playhouse Petrolia

Woodstock throws a street party Find music and magic downtown in August

Gastro passion in Perth County Savour Stratford moves to July

Bizlife WoodOnSteel Fine wood furnishings from sustainable sources

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Blooming With Nature Ballymote Woods on Sunningdale hits the mark for prospective homebuyers drawn to the coveted north end. Located on Sunningdale Road East between Adelaide and Highbury, Ballymote rests amongst protected woodlands, open spaces and natural walking trails.

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editorial EDITORIAL


ummer is about DEEp bREAThs

It seems we live for special summer moments – at the beach, cottage, campground, boat or trailer – that take us out of our reality. Those crystalline moments when we are with our loved ones or special friends and all is right with the world are the times we would like to freeze to appreciate again and again. Time to just breathe and be. Boating is what usually brings me these slivers of salubrious happiness. When the winds are blowing from the south or east and our part of Lake Huron is calm, we cruise out to a nice quiet place, turn off the engine and just bob along. We slide like slippery seals into the water, lie in the sun like happy cats and generally just breathe and be. It’s absolutely one of the best moments in life. Time stands still and a feeling of peace envelops me. For those who haven’t discovered the wonders of boating as yet, some of your questions may be answered by experienced boaters in the story on page 20. In order to enjoy the best of what life has to offer, we have to be healthy. The Paleo diet craze is sweeping North America and may be an answer for those who want to eat like our ancestors. The story on page 35 outlines the experiences of a couple of people along the Paleo path. For some, enjoying a quieter existence outside the hubbub of our busy city and being immersed in the pastoral beauty of a rural lifestyle is their solution to breathing and being. See our story on page 10 for a peek inside a country estate that beckons those seeking a more peaceful existence. There’s nothing like dining outside in the warmer months! London offers a plethora of patios pleasing to both taste buds and your sense of relaxed wellbeing. See page 32 for some suggestion on where to ‘Take it Outside’ this summer. Where’s your place to breathe and be? Is it the cottage, campground, boat, beach or trailer? Your own backyard or a city park? We’d love to hear about how and where you spend time enjoying family, friends and loved ones during the coveted summer months. Share your thoughts and comments; my email address is below. A toast to summer! Jill ellis-Worthington

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Nantucket Style on fifty acres By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

Peace and privacy in the countryside

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outstanding property for sale

Top lefT: The carriage house includes a three-bay garage and an airy loft apartment. Top righT: The carriage house loft has been completely finished with beamed ceilings, a kitchenette, and four-piece bathroom. CenTre: The gourmet kitchen is anchored by a two-tier cherry wood island with a granite counter. BoTTom lefT: A traditional dining room, with wall wainscoting and crown moulding, is ideal for relaxed entertaining. BoTTom righT: The master retreat’s ensuite features a double-sided gas fireplace above the jetted tub.


he ideal opportunity to escape the urban grind, and discover peace and serenity in the rural countryside, exists on a 50-acre property. Now on the market, this property is located near the village of Eden, in southeastern Elgin County.

Stone Gate Farm, bordering the Otter Valley on a quiet road off Eden Line, is secluded and private, yet close to amenities in nearby Tillsonburg and Aylmer, says John Crosby, sales representative with Royal LePage Triland Realty, who has it listed at $874,900. In fact, it’s also just a halfhour drive into larger centres, such as

London or Woodstock. The property includes 35 workable acres, that would appeal to the hobby farmer or could be rented out for extra income, he notes. There is also a horse paddock, where a quarter horse and retired Standardbred can often be seen grazing beside a two-stall, carriage-style barn.  July/August 2014

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Above: The focal point of the twostorey great room is a floor-to-ceiling Ledgerock fireplace, flanked by built-in cabinets. Right: A spacious foyer, featuring stone flooring, opens to the great room and stairway to an upper master retreat and guest bedroom.

A new coach house — a triplebay garage and an airy secondstorey loft, finished with a beamed cathedral ceiling, kitchenette and four-piece bathroom — provides an ideal space for a home office, artist’s studio, in-law apartment or the ultimate teenager suite, Crosby says. Sitting 800 feet from the road, accessed by a circular interlocking brick drive, the 2,500-squarefoot, white frame Nantucket-style house is surrounded by lush lawns backing onto a wooded area, crisscrossed with walking trails. On the west lawn, the owners have built a pergola-covered patio with stone fireplace, fashioned from rocks collected on the property. It’s a lovely place to sit out in the evenings, they say. The home has an expansive wrap-around verandah, with a screened sitting area, overlooking the horse pasture. The front door, with wood framed textured glass, leads to a spacious foyer and an office overlooking the front lawns. 



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Great Golf Getaways 10 great choices for a stay-and-play vacation in Ontario this season.

By Brian Kendall

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1 Glen House Resort, Gananoque One of Eastern Ontario’s most demanding and picturesque courses is found at this historic 75-room inn on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the Thousand Islands. From the nerve-rattling opening tee shot over a deep gorge, Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course treats golfers to spectacular river views and a roller-coaster thrill ride through a Canadian Shield landscape of high granite cliffs and rolling pine-covered hills and valleys.

2 The Briars Resort and Spa, Jacksons Point

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Robbie Robinson, the Briars Golf Course boasts one of the most enviable pedigrees in Canadian golf. The subtle 6,285-yard layout near the banks of Lake Simcoe rolls gracefully through mature stands of birch and evergreens, while offering vistas of the Black River. The resort itself is built around an antiques-filled Regency manor house dating from the 1840s.

3 Cobble Beach Golf Resort, Owen Sound

Doug Carrick’s acclaimed Cobble Beach Golf Links is the centerpiece of a master-planned golf community on the southern shore of Georgian Bay near Owen Sound. From the Nantucket-style clubhouse, which includes a 10-room inn (there are also five new guest cottages), golfers set forth to play a links-style course

that offers gorgeous views of the bay with almost every shot. And like all great courses, this one ends with a wallop on the 18th hole, a par five that rolls along dramatic cliff-top bluffs.

4 Pinestone Resort, Haliburton

A sky-high slope rating of 141 has earned Pinestone’s golf course a reputation as one of the most challenging in cottage country. Though just 6,024 yards long, architect Jack Davison’s layout deep in the Haliburton Highlands features tight fairways, treacherous multi-level greens and numerous water hazards. After golf, explore kilometres of marked wilderness trails at a country-style resort that offers accommodations in 103 guest rooms, villas and chalets.


g ol f 5 Whitewater Golf Club, Thunder Bay

Architect Tom McBroom’s 7,293-yard course perfectly captures the wild beauty of a Northern Ontario river valley with its rough-and-tumble routing through and around dramatic plateaus, steep cliffs, ravines and wetlands. Moose, bear, deer and lynx are frequent visitors to a superb layout that attracts golfers from across Canada. Just 10 minutes away is 89-room Best Western Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre, the accommodation of choice for many out-of-towners or the Mink Mountain Resort in a scenic pastoral landscape unlike any other.

6 Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville

This intimate and popular family-run resort, which offers 14 downhill ski runs in winter, is home to a gorgeous links-style course by Tom McBroom routed through the dramatic and heavily wooded Hockley Hills. Following the natural contours of the land, McBroom’s layout climbs about 90 metres and then plunges as much within a span of several holes. On a clear day, eagle-eyed golfers can see as far north as Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.

7 Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood

Ontario’s busiest ski resort features restaurants, pubs, boutiques and a choice of more than 1,000 accommodation units. Come spring the focus is on Monterra Golf Course, a links-style Tom McBroom design that offers a beguiling mix of parkland and links styles as it rolls through 150 acres of

hills and forest in the shadow of Blue Mountain. Fair but constantly demanding, McBroom’s 6,581-yard layout is boobytrapped with creeks, seven ponds and 86 bunkers.

8 Rocky Crest Golf Resort, MacTier

A popular cottage country getaway offering spacious suites and a variety of sporting activities on Lake Joseph, Rocky Crest caught the attention of the golf world with the 2000 opening of a Tom McBroom-designed course that surely numbers among the most scenic in Canada. McBroom carved his fairways through a thrilling mix of forest and wetlands, brilliantly using the granite outcroppings of the Canadian Shield to shape and accent golf holes the same way that Arizona’s desert courses are framed by cacti and sand.

9 Horseshoe Resort, Barrie

Adrenaline junkies flock to this popular ski resort during the summer to mountain bike, take a Hummer tour, and zip-trek through the treetops. A more sedate -though no less satisfying challenge is offered by Horseshoe’s two excellent Rene Muylaert-designed golf courses. The Valley course starts at the base of the ski hill and ends with a panoramic view of the valley from the 18th tee, while the wider fairways of the Highlands course are slightly more forgiving.

Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville


Muskoka’s golf boom began with the 1990 opening of Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course, an outstanding Tom McBroom-Robert Cupp co-design on the grounds of a sprawling lakeside resort capable of accommodating more than 1,000 guests. Starting with the awe-inspiring view of the surrounding countryside from the elevated first tee, Deerhurst Highlands leads golfers on a thrilling ramble through forest and wetlands, and past immense walls of Canadian Shield granite. Also offered is Deerhurst Lakeside, an executive course renowned for its lovely views of Peninsula Lake. Brian Kendall is one of Canada’s most respected golf journalists, and author of six books.

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hether it’s a holiday road trip, a romantic weekend getaway or a golf excursion with friends, riding in Airstream’s Interstate motorhome delivers untold comfort and convenience. “We’re talking uber-luxurious,” says Kirk Thomson, of London’s Can-Am RV Centre, one of the top 10 Airstream dealers in North America. When it comes to Airstream products, Can-Am representatives know what they’re talking about. This is the brand that launched the 44-year-old family business. Today Can-Am, operated by the second generation owners Andy and Kirk Thomson, carries many brands of travel trailers, fifth wheels and Class B motorhomes, as

well as parts and service. Can-Am’s proficiency in hitches and towing draws customers from as far away as Alaska, California, Florida and Newfoundland. The Interstate is Airstream’s only motorhome. The top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz chassis is paired with Airstream’s expertise in recreational styling and craftsmanship for what Thomson describes as “a marriage of quality, performance, drivability and safety. One drive and you can tell it’s simply the best in its class.” The touring coach features all the amenities and comforts of home, including a full kitchen, bathroom and advanced entertainment options including two HDTVs TVs. UltraLeather seats, Corian countertops and high-gloss laminate cabinetry add to the interior comfort. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the Interstate EXT with enough room to store everyone’s gear while touring and a luxurious lounge to entertain the team post-game.

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artwatch By Beth Stewart

Muse: What’s in a name?

M Top lefT: Tim Cosens, Dark Tree Ridge, oil on paper, 10 by 9 inches. above: Jeff Willmore, Red Ground, acrylic on panel, 36 by 36 inches. above righT: Donna Andreychuk, Illusion, oil on canvas, 40 by 60 inches. lefT: Val Sloggett, Signed, Sealed and Delivered, acrylic on canvas, 12 by 12 inches.

use, Museum London Gallery Shop and Art Rental, is a museum, gift and art rental shop all rolled up into one. To say, “in the beginning there was nothing,” sounds biblical, but when Deborah Worsfold accepted the job to create and manage Museum London’s new venture last July, she faced a blank canvas. Starting from scratch, Worsfold has built something wondrous and worldly that more than lives up to its association with the museum. “My vision was to create something that would stimulate, engage and delight Londoners,” Worsfold recalls. In other words, she sought to construct a muse. She knew she’d done just that when, on opening day, she overheard one customer say to another: “Oh! It feels like New York in here.” Worsfold had plenty of experience to draw from. She is an artist in her own right and between 1995 and 2000 owned a thriving West Coast gallery. She began by researching what is already successful. She looked at models such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “Those are our sisters, our peers,” says Worsfold. 

“My vision was to create something that would stimulate, engage and delight Londoners,” Deborah Worsfold

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Muse: What’s in a naMe? Continued from page 17

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The result is that Muse has what Worsfold calls its “MoMA quotient,” as well as a generous slice of Canadiana, and a whole lot of local and regional offerings. For example, paintings by Donna Andreychuk, Tim Cosens, Val Sloggett, and Jeff Willmore are complemented with ceramics by Susan Day, glass by Kurt Fisher, and turned wood by Frederick Rodgers. A jewelry boutique presents glittering opportunities for personal adornment, and bibliophiles will delight in Muse’s “curated” selection of books and museum publications. In addition, Muse features museum artist collections, artist cards and free gift wrapping. When buying for the shop, Worsfold sources things that are artful, tasteful and well designed. Pieces are purchased with display in mind. Art is juxtaposed with objects, creating a home-like context. On the art rental and sales side of the business, Worsfold says, “At Muse, it’s stressless to buy art.” Customers take artwork on approval or for rent, and see how it fits into their home or office. Although such arrangements are without obligation to purchase, they often end in a sale. So, what is in a name? Is Muse simply a diminutive version of Museum, a nod to the nine Greek and Roman goddesses who preside over the arts and sciences, or a reference to what one does while thoughtfully mulling over what to buy? Perhaps Muse describes the woman who inspired it all, although Worsfold would likely laugh at that. n


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power or


iding the waves, laughing with friends, lying in the sun and watching the sunset – all of these and more are part of the boating lifestyle. According to Rob Steidl, a lifelong sailor, those are all valuable commodities that boating brings to his life.

Purchasing his first boat at 18, Steidl now owns two sailboats and a powerboat. He and wife Laurie are both educators, so the couple spends “as much time as possible” aboard their Catalina 34, while Steidl enjoys racing a second sailboat, owned cooperatively with friends. He has restored a 15-foot 1961 wooden Lakefield powerboat that he “rescued from the burn pile.” He calls it Wood ‘n’ Time because the restoration process took plenty of both. 

Life Lessons boating has taught me By Jill Ellis-Worthington Less is more: For a woman who likes shoes this is a hard one, but boats – even big ones – are tight for space, so take less stuff with you and you’ll have less to keep organized. Be prepared: It’s no fun to run out of ice when the gang swings by your dock for a drink, or when the engine fails offshore and you need to phone a friend to get a tow and discover your cell battery is dead. 20 Lifestyle July/August 2014

Getting there really is half the fun:

Save for a rainy day: Some folks say

Unlike air travel, boating is about the journey and not so much the destination.

that ‘boat’ isn’t a word as much as it is an acronym for Break Out Another Thousand. Being able to afford the purchase price is just the beginning because there’s always something to add or fix on a boat.

The “Stay Calm” T-shirts are right: As long as you’ve checked the weather and planned ahead, enjoy the trip and don’t stress about what could go wrong. Boating is about living more and worrying less.

Friends are forever: You meet the nicest people and have the best times at the marina or when you’re cruising waterways.

“We have enjoyed many evenings with our boating friends, around a meal or late-night fire, sharing stories and tales of our lives.”

Which way will the waves push you this summer? By Jill Ellis-Worthington

So the answer to the question of power or sail is “yes” for Steidl, but most boaters prefer one or the other. Choosing the right type of boat begins with asking yourself questions about how and where you’ll use it, according to Paul Van Bilsen, marine sales manager for Hully Gully Marine in London. “Who’s going to be using the boat – just one person, a couple or the whole family? Do you want to use it to fish? Will you be pulling a wakeboarder or a tube? Do you want to use it as a cottage or go for longer cruises? These are all questions that

Power or Sail? 1) When something around the house breaks, you a. can’t wait to get out the tools and tackle the problem. b. take a shot at repairing the pesky thing c. have various mechanics, repairmen and service persons on speed dial d. shake your head and get out the credit card

2) Your preferred drink is a. gin and tonic b. wine c. beer d. rum and coke

3) People describe you as a. laid-back b. meticulous c. affable d. goal-oriented

determine the size and type of boat you need,” he advises. Dave Gill, owner of Southwest Marine in Grand Bend, adds that budget is also important. “Do you have $20,000 or $200,000 to spend?” He adds that predetermining a budget, and not exceeding it, is a smart move when considering purchasing a boat. “You also have to consider the upkeep, which can run between $4,000 and $8,000 a year, and includes gas, insurance, maintenance, dockage, winter storage and servicing.” 

Take the quiz to find out which type of boat fits you best before you invest.

4) Your perfect vacation getaway entails a. months of planning b. could include both camping and hiking c. involves strenuous activities like lying on the beach d. rounding up as many friends as possible

5) Your pet is a a. large dog b. cat c. lizard d. small dog

6) Your favourite sport is a. hiking trails b. golf c. hockey d. football

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Will you use your boat for fishing, tubing, or cruising? The answers will help determine the type of craft to buy, according to Paul Van Bilsen, of Hully Gully.

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Boating can bring value to one’s life that far exceeds the cost, according to Richard Bain, who started sailing on Lake Fanshawe at the age of 13. He and wife Joan are avid sailors who keep their Catalina 36 in Bayfield and are planning on cruising to the St. Lawrence Seaway this summer. “There’s nothing like the feeling when you turn off the engine and hoist the rags (sails) and go at six or seven knots,” he says. Not only does boating add value to the lives of those who choose to ride the waves, it also adds big money to the economy. Al Donaldson, executive director for Boating Ontario, says that the sale, maintenance and fees associated with boating add $8.9 billion nationally and $3.5 billion provincially to the economy each year. Boating enriches lives as a means of dream fulfillment. In 2012, John Mencel and his son James cruised the Great Loop in his 36-foot Hatteras, a trip that took them from Ontario down the Mississippi River to Florida, up the Eastern Seaboard to New York and back to Ontario, travelling only on waterways. They were away for 10 months and Mencel describes it as “a trip of a lifetime.” Mencel started boating life as a sailor, but has owned both power and sailboats over the years. From “dragging the kids around on a wakeboard with a 17-foot bow rider” to cruising the North Channel for several consecutive summers in a 31-foot sailboat, Mencel says that it’s the chance to share nature with his loved ones that really makes boating experiences special for him. “I just love the peacefulness in quiet anchorages; the scenery is spectacular,” he explains. For John Kennedy, who has been boating since he was a child, some 

of his fondest memories are of cruising with his children on the Trent-Severn Waterway and day boating around Pelee Island in Lake Erie. “We just really enjoyed camping with the boat,” he explains. “Powerboating is just fun family entertainment because you can put more people on a powerboat.” Boaters agree that one of the highlights of any boating experience is meeting new, like-minded people. “Whether powerboaters or sailors, we share a common interest of being on the water. We have met and become friends with people from all over, and from all walks of life. We have enjoyed many evenings with our boating friends, around a meal or late-night fire, sharing stories and tales of our lives,” says Steidl.

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10) Your favourite song is a. “Changes in Latitudes” – Jimmy Buffett b. Theme to Gilligan’s Island c. “Toes in the Water” – Zac Brown Band d. “Redneck Yacht Club” – Craig Morgan If you answered A or B to most of the questions, you should sail away into the sunset. If C or D were your preferred answers, you feel the ‘need for speed’ and a power boat will probably work best for you. n

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t worked well in Arva, and now it’s working even better in Lucan.

Warehouse 74, specializing in custom handcrafted furnishings with a vintage industrial style, has a new location on Lucan’s Main Street, 10 minutes north of its original home at the intersection of Richmond and Medway in Arva. It’s up in size, with triple the showroom space and, best of all, it’s up in clientele. Owner Ryan LeClair reports that customer traffic has tripled since the store opened its doors the first of June. 

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Top & above: The rustic, vintage-inspired furnishings from bistro tables to Mennonite-crafted office furniture, along with a line of accessories, including unique wall art pieces - have gained a local and international following since Ryan LeClair launched Warehouse 74.

Encompassing 4,000 square feet compared to 1,200 at the previous location, the store features two floors of showroom space, plus ample storage. Right: The new location offers space to showcase themed areas for bedroom suites and accessories, like pillows (bottom left and right), along with antiqueinspired decor pieces, such as a tin model typewriter and hand-made stone coasters (right) and a selection of vintage clocks (top).

“It’s going really well; I’m very happy,” he says, noting that he’s seeing many new faces as well as regulars coming to check out the new digs. He’s gearing up for a grand opening on Saturday, July 12. LeClair launched Warehouse 74 two years ago in the basement of the Mennonite Furniture Company. He saw the rustic, vintage-inspired style, mixing wood with steel and glass, as an emerging trend that could complement the solid wood furnishings his shop has become known for. His launch proved bang on. The style of furnishings, as well as a line of accessories – including artwork, mirrors, tin signs, metal art, games, toys and model cars – took off. They first gained a local following and then spread further through online marketing. “We get people from all over,” LeClair says. “We’ve supplied furniture to hotels and restaurants. We’ve also had quite a few sales in the U.S., and we’re starting to ship much more product now.” Clearly the business was outgrowing its basement setting. LeClair searched London and the surrounding area for just the right spot, and even toyed with the idea of building. But, when he came across the Lucan locale, he says it “just made perfect sense.” The board-andbatten building, the former Mr. Haney’s Antique Market, had potential inside and out. Encompassing 4,000 square feet, compared to 1,200 at the previous location, the store features two floors of showroom space, plus ample storage. “I’m excited to have all the extra space,” says LeClair. He adds that “there’s also 10 times more parking space than we had before.” The central location offers promise for drawing customers from Exeter and Huron County as well as the London area.  July/August 2014

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Movin’ on Up

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LeClair completely renovated the interior, creating character to complement his product. Brick, wood walls, barn doors and steel piping for the stairway bannisters all add to the ambiance. Areas have been created to showcase bedroom suites, dining sets, living and entertainment pieces. Lighting is also showcased in each bedroom suite, as well as various styles of bedding from Quebec. Keeping the Canadian-made promise, Warehouse 74 now features a complete line of custom sofas and chairs from the West Coast, customizable through fabric, leg style and sizing. The new store is running with the Warehouse 74 name and industrial style branding, but LeClair stresses that he will have a full range of products to appeal to a broad customer base. He’s also working with many of the same craftsman who will custom build pieces to suit customers’ needs. This also offers the advantage of being able to follow new trends and evolve with the times, he says. “We will always offer unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else, and they’ll be Canadian made with custom pieces built within an hour of our store.”


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Dover does it right By Jill Ellis-Worthington

Retirement resort living on the shores of Lake Erie


eaturing retirement living in a resort setting, Dover Coast is a community of

vacant-land condominiums just outside of Port Dover, Ontario. It sits on 500 acres of land just across the road from Lake Erie and offers 11 different styles of detached bungalows. Developed by John Lennox and Bob Carey, who purchased the acreage of former farmland adjacent to the lake five years ago, the development promises to have 1,500 units at build-out. The designs range in size from 1,250 square feet to 2,500 square feet and start at $263,900. These are freehold or vacant-land condos with 50-foot lots. Monthly fees of $218 cover all lawn maintenance,

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common and private yards, as well as “up-to-thedoor snow removal,” pest spraying, window washing and lawn irrigation. Dover Coast appeals to empty nesters who want to downsize, who want a single family dwelling but a turnkey lifestyle. And they’re coming in droves to Dover Coast, according to Trish Ehrlick, who is the manager of sales and marketing for the development, as 60 percent of the 94 homes in phase one have been sold. Exclusively for those 50-plus, the 11 designs on offer are one- and two-bedroom units, some with lofts, featuring one- and two-car garages. These Cape Cod-style homes offer maximum customization, says Ehrlick. “You could walk into two of the same

design and not know that they are the same because of the level of customization we offer. Some buyers have opted to move walls for more open-concept (space), and that totally changes the look of the home.” Fits, finishes, colours and fixtures are all up to the individual buyers. Dover Coast offers an active lifestyle, and that is what is attracting buyers from all over Ontario who are selling their larger family homes and moving to the coast. A short walk across the road offers spectacular views of Lake Erie, and a golf course is now being built that will wind itself through the development. Many homes will back on to the course 

Above: Encompassing views of Lake Erie are visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows of David’s Restaurant, the Double Olive Lounge and Elements Day Spa across the road from Dover Coast.

Photo Kevin Sandifer

FAr leFt: Relax on the lawn of David’s Restaurant or play a round of golf as part of the active retirement lifestyle offered at Dover Coast. leFt: Open concept living and highend finishes have made the 11 designs available popular with homebuyers flocking to Dover Coast from all parts of Ontario. below leFt: Featuring Cape Cod-style detached condominiums on a 500-acre property along the coastline of Lake Erie, Dover Coast offers active retirement living to empty nesters.

Dover Coast appeals to empty nesters who want to downsize, while enjoying an active lifestyle in a beautiful setting, according to Trish Ehrlick. ~ Continued on page 31 July/August 2014

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that is being designed by Darrell Huxham, Huxham Golf Design, who also designed LochNess Links in Niagara. Across the road is David’s Restaurant, a fine dining establishment with Double Olive Lounge upstairs and Elements Day Spa downstairs. These offer spectacular views of the lake through the floor-to-ceiling windows and a 15 per cent discount to residents. David’s Restaurant is the unofficial clubhouse, where social groups meet before or after outings. “The theatre group has dinner here before they head over to the Lighthouse Festival Theatre,” says Ehrlick. It’s also where the golf group will often enjoy drinks after a round. She adds that the community enjoys an active social life with a book club, a golf league, community barbecues and parties. A community centre is planned and will feature indoor and outdoor pools, as well as common areas for parties and social events. This summer, a large lakefront patio is being built and will feature an outdoor kitchen area, as well as tables and chairs for the use of the residents. Four pickleball courts are presently being built. Two model homes are now available for viewing: a Coaster with loft, and the one-car garage Clipper.



Dover Coast Homes Trish L. Ehrlick 519-583-2049 July/August 2014

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Take it


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Dining alfresco is one of summer’s great joys – take a tour of London’s patios By Jill Ellis-Worthington Outdoor dining holds a special place in the Canadian psyche, as the time to do so is short. Whether you’re gathering with friends for a few libations after work or joining your spouse for a special lunch, patio dining allows us to enjoy the fleeting days and evenings of the year’s warmest months. 32 Lifestyle July/August 2014

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sandwich.” The description ends with the words ‘then good night, Irene,’ “because you’ll just be done at the end of it,” laughs the chef. This upscale bistro is strong on using locally sourced ingredients, and Ontario wines and local craft beers dominate the drinks list.

Crossings Pub and Eatery

In the city’s west end, Crossings offers a largecapacity patio that holds 100 diners. A full menu and bar is available at this eatery, which underwent extensive renovation four years ago. It’s now an Irish pub, and its impressive menu emphasizes fresh and local dishes that are all produced in-house. According to bar manager Adam McGowan, Chef Dan Garlough has developed intriguing dishes like eggplant bruschetta, sweet potato perogies and jalapeno popper dip. With 35 beers on tap, there’s a world of exploration available. “We specialize in intriguing beers and whiskeys,” says McGowan. During summer months, live acoustic music is available on the patio, Saturdays from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, with various local single acts and duos performing.

London is a patio paradise, so try one of these outdoor eateries:

Mykonos Restaurant

This quaint east-end eatery more than triples its seating capacity with a year-round patio. Try Bill’s tzatziki on some of the best calamari in town, with a glass of Retsina wine or Mythos beer for a taste of the Greek Islands. The Mykonos Platter is a scrumptious way to try a bit of everything.

The Sprin

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The Springs Restaurant

Located in the former Kensal Park Baptist Church, on Springbank Drive, The Springs’ patio is small and sleek, featuring linear black furniture and glass-paneled railings, so diners can watch the world go by. It holds 28 diners. Chef Andrew Wolwowicz (also known as Chef Wally)’s menu demonstrates a sense of humour. For example, the Carnivore sandwich has a lengthy list of locally sourced ingredients that Chef Wally describes as “just a mess of a

The Church Key

Curled around this Richmond Row gem, the patio of the Church Key offers a relaxing ambiance, many tasty treats and a good wine menu. The Ploughman’s Plate makes an excellent summer lunch choice.


Byron Freehouse

One of the city’s newer pubs offers a large, airy patio, serving local, house-made favourites like Little Tommy’s Meatloaf. Those seeking lighter fare will appreciate digging into the Beef Thai salad. A good selection of craft beers is offered.

Dolcetto Risto Itala

One of the city’s newer patios is in Byron, this restaurant offers a taste of Italy. Relax on this large, open and airy patio and try some antipasti and a draft. Try the Paulaner Salvator on tap; it’s a delicious ambercoloured German beer.

Marienbad Restaurant/ Chaucer’s Pub The patio of this dynamic duo fronts the original location of the London Free Press. Featuring European cuisine, the schnitzel and goulash are excellent with a glass of Belgian beer pulled fresh from the tap.

A small island of tranquility on busy Richmond Street, the Black Trumpet’s 50-seat patio, with its Indonesian design esthetic, has multiple levels and offers a quiet atmosphere to unwind. Let the tiered waterfall pond’s trickling waters wash away the stress of a busy day. Described as Mediterranean with an Asian flare, the menu has been updated for summer months, displaying an array of cool seasonal salads, including one featuring watermelon and feta cheese, and everyone’s favourite – Caprese salad. Formerly offered as an evening special, the crowd-pleasing rib eye is now a regular menu item. Because what’s better on a summer patio than a steak with a nice glass of red wine?

Gusto Food and Wine Bar Sit on this charming patio and watch the world go by in Wortley Village, Canada’s Best Neighbourhood (named by the Canadian Institute of Planners). Try the daily special thin-crust gourmet pizza, or the parmesan-stuffed meatballs, with a glass of wine or craft beer. Gusto offers weekly specials on food and drinks.

Fellini Koolini’s/ Runt Club Downtown favourites, these twin patios offer a quirky take on Italian dishes. Relax in the shade and nibble on a breadstick taken directly from

the pot on your table, and enjoy a cool beverage.

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Set in Old South, the Idlewyld’s porch and patio offer serene settings to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Chef Trevor Stephens’ specialty burger hides cheesy deliciousness, and the house-made Caesar salad is a cool choice on a warm day. The sweet tanginess of the Summer Berry Pudding is a cool and delicious end to the perfect patio lunch.

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Living in a

paleo paradise Health it up by eating caveman-style

By Jill Ellis-Worthington

Lose the dairy, gluten and sugar from your daily diet and you’ll feel better, says Jennifer Morris, a strength and conditioning coach. She’s been following the paleo path since 2008 and says that her ulcerative colitis has benefitted. “It has completely eliminated the need for medication for my digestive issues.” Morris also lost body fat and gained lean muscle mass through a combination of eating a paleo diet and working out. Her business is Crossfit Altitude, in which she provides strength and conditioning coaching, as well as nutritional consulting. “I had 20 percent body fat and now it’s 15 percent,” she says, adding that her skin is clearer, she has more energy and she sleeps better, as well. The paleo diet came into common consciousness earlier this decade and has captured the imaginations of those who feel that eating like our ancient forbearers is a more natural approach to healthy living. The name is drawn from the Paleolithic period of prehistory

and entails eating meat and vegetables almost exclusively and eliminating all

“I had 20 percent body fat and now it’s 15 percent,” says Jennifer Morris, adding that her skin is clearer, she has more energy and sleeps better.

processed food from one’s diet, as well as all dairy products, grains and sugar. Eating grain-fed or grass-fed livestock is most desirable. Though they are hard to find, dairy products from grain-fed cows are allowable on the diet. High school teacher Michelle McCutcheon has been eating paleo for two months and finds that her feeling of “being bloated and not really knowing why” has been solved. She previously followed a Mediterranean diet that included beans, legumes, whole grains, seeds and olive oil. She feels better and has lost body fat on the paleo plan but thinks that doing it 24/7 is unrealistic. “I’m not a fan of sticking to any diet 100 percent. If we go out to eat or to a family event we don’t do paleo during those times, but we eat paleo 95 percent of the time.” When co-workers bring sugarladen goodies, especially licorice, McCutcheon sometimes wavers. “I have trouble saying no if they are there,” she chuckles. Being on the same diet as her live-in partner is important to McCutcheon. “Because we are doing it (the paleo diet) together, I can cook for both of us and we aren’t constantly having to say no to something.”  Continued on page 37 July/August 2014

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Like any prescribed eating plan, following the paleo path takes planning, but McCutcheon has worked it into her daily life with ease. She buys meat and vegetables, but not any processed foods, and packs daily lunches and snacks to consume while at work. McCutcheon’s typical day’s consumption looks like this: Breakfast starts with a double espresso with cream from coconut milk. She makes pancakes by mashing a banana, mixing in cinnamon and two eggs. These are cooked in coconut oil and topped with almond butter and fresh berries. Lunch is a salad of spring mix (mixed baby greens) topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, three chicken thighs that were roasted the night before, half an avocado, an apple and water to drink. Her afternoon snack is usually a small can of tuna and vegetables. Dinner allows for more creativity. McCutcheon often bakes salmon in the oven and serves it with baked sweet potato French fries and a side salad. Another favourite is chicken curry and spaghetti squash served on a bed of baby spinach, with diced avocado on top. To follow the diet strictly means no alcohol, but McCutcheon allows herself the occasional glass of red wine and admits to a weakness for chocolate, which she satisfies with a “square or two of 85 percent cocoa dark chocolate with no sugar added.” The 34-year-old thinks that the paleo plan will be a lifelong lifestyle choice for her. She and her partner don’t yet have children, but she feels that future offspring won’t be expected to follow the paleo diet. “Kids need different things in a diet. I want them to be exposed to all sorts of ways of eating and then they can pick their own. I just want them to be healthy.” Morris disagrees. “You need to get the whole family on board with it. You’ll see changes in their (children’s) behavior and an improvement in grades.” Neither Morris nor McCutcheon feel that there are any negatives to 

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• 519.438.2534 red and whiTe necklace by Montreal designer Anne-Marie Chagnon. Multiple black leather strands embrace pewter findings and colourful beads that straddle the line between roundness and sharpness. The pewter is etched for added texture. Chagnon is a graduate of fine arts at the Université du Québec.

kroc n dial waTches by western Canadian sisters Karlee and Kristi. This line of fun, yet functional, watches features no-nonsense faces mounted on eclectic bands, constructed with super-soft leather bases and accents. Kroc N Dial watches come in a variety of colours, including mustard yellow, orange, teal, blue and black. Bands vary in width and length and are securely fastened with snaps.

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Set sail for Port Stanley Summer’s swan song celebrated with colourful display By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


ummer will go out with an explosion of fire and music, against a backdrop of sails in the sunset, as Port Stanley celebrates Harbourfest on Labour Day weekend. “It’s the busiest weekend of the summer,” says coordinator Michelle Fournier. Last year she estimates there were 10,000 people roaming the streets despite less-than-ideal weather conditions. They came from the local area and as far away as Sarnia, Windsor and KitchenerWaterloo. “It’s really the signature summer event, and we’re trying to expand it to include different attractions each year,” she says. A highlight of the festival, now in its third year, is the arrival of tall ships in Port Stanley harbour. This year Pathfinder and Playfair, twomasted vessels crewed by young trainees from the Toronto Brigantine who are learning the ropes and riggings of sailing ships, will dock in the harbour for tours and cruises. Port Stanley Legion will be entertainment INFO


central for the weekend, Fournier says. Friday is blues night, featuring well-known British Columbian bluesman Sam Hurrie and East-Coast-based roots/rock singer-songwriter Joe Fournier. Saturday is fish and fun night, featuring a perch-fry and entertainment by a Toronto comedy troupe. Throughout the weekend, Fournier says entertainment will take to the sidewalks and harbourfront with street performers and buskers. Fireguy, a.k.a. Torontonian Brant Matthews, will demonstrate his expertise in fire-eating and fire-breathing outside the Port Stanley Theatre, post-performance. Visitors will also be able to browse and shop from a variety of vendors with art, crafts and more, harbourside and in the DOC (Dominion of Canada warehouse) building. In addition to festival events, Fournier says local restaurants and pubs will be turning on the tunes and hosting their own celebrations. b Port Stanley Harbourfest




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Befriend A NEW LOOK

By Heather Toskan

Far left: This striking necklace designed by Stella Yang features a black metal chain adorned with dangling gold metal triangles. Left: What appears to be two rings with light brown, golden and neutral-coloured stones in a gold-toned setting is actually one ring joined at the back, forming a two-tiered ring.

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Tone-on-tone rolling rings highlight this dark metal necklace by Stella Yang. Like much of the jewellery at Befriend, this necklace is also available in other tones.

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f you seek standout style with international flare, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for at Befriend in London. “I travel to Korea three times yearly to select unique fashions that are available exclusively at our boutique in London,” says Befriend’s owner, Stella Yang. Yang is also a jewellery designer and stays in Korea for about a month on each buying trip to create necklaces that can be mixed and matched with the clothes that are later shipped to Befriend. The clothing is designed by her sister, designer Heasook Yang, and a design team in Seoul for boutiques in Korea, as well as for Befriend. “I choose feminine, elegant clothing that can easily be dressed up and down, in body-skimming styles that our customers tell us they find both comfortable and figure flattering,” says Stella. “I really enjoy helping my customers create their own unique style.” According to Heasook, her fashions are inspired by nature and Hanbok, a traditional style of Korean clothing. Heasook’s modern take on Hanbok style translates into contemporary, flowing dresses, tops, skirts and distinctively cut billowing trousers that taper inward at the ankles, so as not to overwhelm even the most petite figures. Natural fabrics and sophisticated blends of materials, such as fine cotton and linen with polyester, create garments that are lightweight, soft and less likely to wrinkle. “The Korean method of weaving clothes is advanced and combines many mixed materials,” notes Heasook. Tops and tunics – made of softly flowing, airy and tightly woven materials – pair well with leggings and jeans. Contrary to the customary fashion philosophy of pairing oversized tops with skinny bottoms, full tops are cut in such a way that they also pair well with Befriend’s billowing pants to create uniquely sophisticated silhouettes.

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Noteworthy colours include soft pastels of pink, peach and mint, along with fashionably bright hues, which in­ clude royal blue, fuchsia, green and red. Classic neutrals like black, white, navy, brown, dark beige and gray also carry the day. Solid colours showcase both intricate and simple linear silhou­ ettes and prints, while stripes, botanical, water and animal prints stand alone and work together in merry pattern plays. Lace and ruffles are a stylish option on dressy frocks, tops and sundresses. “Whether casual or dressy, no outfit is complete without jewellery,” says Stella. Her dramatic short and long neck­ lace designs can embolden the simplest of necklines and are often best balanced by a bold cuff bracelet or stack of bangles. “Long and layer­ ed necklaces are on­trend, and go with the flow of loose and flow­ ing tunics, tops and dresses,” adds Stella. b



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Stage Set for summer fun

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Music and comedy define Victoria Playhouse Petrolia season


he ladies who make lunch – or supper – in church kitchens had audiences rolling in the aisles this spring as Victoria Playhouse Petrolia launched its summer season with the Canadian premiere of Church Basement Ladies. The musical comedy set a box-office record for preseason ticket sales and sold out its 16-show run, setting the stage for what artistic directors David Hogan and David Rogers and musical director Mark Payne predict will be the theatre’s best season yet. That is an ambitious commitment for a theatre with a history dating back to 1889. But ambition has defined its journey. Destroyed by fire on the eve of its centennial, the hall was restored and re-opened in 1992 and has been evolving its summer productions, and growing its patron base, ever since. “There’s a buzz around Victoria Playhouse this year,” says Hogan, promising a lineup “bursting with laughter and song.” Music is front and centre with June’s toe-tapping Fiddler On The Loose 2 followed by a Glee-like national celebration, Canada Sings, in July. Canada Sings is an original production featuring more than 100 favourite Canadian songs. In August, the laugh track returns with Larry Shue’s The Nerd, a comedy about a young architect who’s coping

with vagaries of career and friendship until he’s blindsided by a surprise visit from a klutzy guy who once saved his life. Music and nostalgia take centre stage in September as Everything Elvis celebrates the legacy of The King. The cast doesn’t impersonate Presley but instead offers a tribute to the music and memories with original arrangements and style. The season closes with some music of the night. Co-artistic director Rogers’s show, Broadway Heroes, pays tribute to the leading men in beloved Great White Way musicals – The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Camelot, Man of La Mancha and more. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia serves as a focal point for visitors to this eastern Ontario town that grew out of the turn-of-the-century oil boom. With its Victorian ambiance, quaint boutiques, scenic natural surroundings and Petrolia Discovery Museum, which chronicles the establishment of the North American oil industry, the area is an ideal destination for daytrips or weekend getaways. b



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All in the family A home renovation creates spaces for two generations By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


n a warm, sunny Mother’s Day this spring, a London family gathered on their back porch for the first alfresco meal of the year. That might not seem unusual, but for this family it was a first, thanks to a home makeover by CCR Building and Remodeling. The renovation created separate living spaces, with common gathering areas, for two generations of the family,

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who are dealing with some degree of physical disability. For the past decade, the raised ranch dwelling in west London has been home to two sisters. Karen lived primarily on the main level, while Martha, who has paraplegia, occupied an apartment on the lower level, which was previously renovated for wheelchair accessibility. “In 10 years, Martha had only been upstairs one time,” Karen says. Parents Barb and Mahlon had their

own home nearby, but were reaching an age when downsizing made sense. Rather than see them move to a retirement home, the family decided on the renovation alternative. “The primary concern was to ensure that everyone could function within the home,” says CCR owner Arne Madsen. That’s exactly what’s been achieved and it’s made all the difference in the world for the family, Karen says. “We couldn’t be happier with the results 

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and with our choice of CCR as the contractor.” The key element of the project was installing an elevator to access both levels, as well as the garage. On the family’s wish list was a large, barrier-free main-level area for socializing. A 14-foot addition was built onto the back of the house, creating an open-concept kitchen and great room. Beyond that, a 16-by-40-foot covered

porch with a tabletop fire pit and barbecue was constructed. “We love that porch. We’ll spend a lot of time there in the nice weather,” Karen says. Floor-to-ceiling windows across the rear wall, with glass doors to the porch, afford panoramic views of the backyard and adjacent ravine and add to the airy ambiance of the interior, Madsen notes. A new kitchen was constructed by Cardinal Fine Cabinetry, anchored 

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by a two-tier island of stained cherry and topped with Alaskan white granite. Perimeter cabinets, with engineered quartz counters, offer ample storage and additional workspace. Disability-friendly features include a pot-filler above the gas stove, so Karen doesn’t have to carry heavy pots of water from the island sink. As well, the lower table at the end of the island that can seat six provides a space where Barb can sit and help Karen with meal preparation. The kitchen/great room opens to a large dining room at the front of the

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Disability-friendly additions to the kitchen and bathroom provide a level of accessibility and comfort that this multi-generational family needs. An expanded dining room capable of hosting their large extended family was another must-have element of the renovations.

house, which was another renovation requisite. “We have a large extended family and we had 20 people here for dinner at Christmas,” Karen says. It also features built-in cabinetry along one wall for Barb’s prized china collection. The main-level hardwood flooring is bamboo, which Madsen says is the hardest wood available and easily able to accommodate the weight of the wheelchair. The main level renovation also included converting a spare bedroom into an office for Mom and Dad. 

On the lower level, a suite was created for Barb and Mahlon. Their main living space is directly below the upper level kitchen and great room. It has a bar and breakfast nook, with a full refrigerator, wine fridge and a granite-topped island, with a lower table at one end. “The room was designed so that future owners can use it as a recreation room and bar,” Mahlon notes. The great room opens to an outer courtyard, enclosed by a wall of stone imported from the Wiarton area. A concern here was buildup of winter snow, Mahlon says. However, that problem was solved by installing heated vents along the house wall to melt and drain away the snow. They proved their viability this past winter, with its excessive snowfalls, he says. As in the upper level, the patio wall is floor-to-ceiling glass, but broken by a central dividing wall with a flatscreen television mounted above an indoor-outdoor gas fireplace. The room also doubles as an inhome theatre, with blackout blinds and an extra-large home theatre screen that can be lowered to cover the outer wall. The former recreation room at the front of the house was converted to the parents’ bedroom, with an electric fireplace and walk-in closet, where the home’s mechanicals – natural gas furnace, water boiler, air conditioner and air handler – are tucked away between the closet and the bathroom. The bathroom, with access from the bedroom and the great room, includes a large glassed-in shower and a walk-in bathtub for Barb, who suffers from arthritis. It features a vanity, with below-basin doors that open out and slide in to allow wheelchair access. Additional comfort in the lower level is provided by in-floor heating throughout. High-density carpet in the great room accommodates the wheelchair. Madsen notes that this level, dug out to provide additional ceiling height and ambient light, “doesn’t feel like a basement apartment. It’s regular, residential living space.” And it suits this multi-generational family just fine. n INFO


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rom the first warmth of spring to the cool breezes of late autumn, Ontarians embrace easy living outdoors, and when it comes to furnishing their alfresco spaces, many look to Grand Bend’s Casual Industries. In 1979, Doug Courtney began manufacturing PVC tubular patio furniture. In the three-plus decades since, he’s grown that business to a 35,000-square-foot manufacturing and showroom facility that offers a comprehensive selection of outdoor furnishings and accessories. “It’s a family operation I started from scratch,” he says. Sons Dean and Darin grew up with the business and have been involved full-time since finishing college. The company manufactures outdoor cushions and umbrellas on-site and stocks more than 15,000 items from over 15 suppliers. Products are assembled and delivered to customers across southwestern Ontario. Courtney says he draws clientele from Sarnia and Windsor to Waterloo Region and Toronto, and as far north as Kincardine CONTACT: INFO and Owen Sound. Product lines incorporate aluminum and steel sling Casual Industries furniture, including patented 36525 Dashwood Rd., Grand Bend swivel and glider rockers, loveseat 519-238-2110 gliders and chaise lounges, as well as wicker and rattan furniture, popular for sunrooms and covered outdoor areas. Courtney says these are also used in commercial establishments, such as poolside in hotels and even in nursing and retirement homes. Cushions and chair fabrics are available in myriad colours, patterns and designs. Here, Courtney says, customers can customize their furnishings, choosing the fabric and colours to suit their tastes and outdoor décor. The company also offers bar and bistro counters and stools, popular for poolside use, as well as hammocks, benches and sun shelters. Accessories encompass everything from planters and fire pits to candles, placemats and acrylic drinkware. Casual Industries is located on Hwy 83 (Dashwood Road), midway between Grand Bend and Dashwood, and is open Monday to Saturday from April through Christmas. b July/August 2014

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A Little Street Magic


celebrates summer with Streetfest By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


he event’s timing – August 7 to 10 – enabled organizers to take advantage of performers touring in conjunction with appearances at Toronto’s BuskerFest, which takes place later in the month, says Kelly Morrison, Woodstock Downtown Business Improvement Area manager. Buskers and street performers have been featured at previous Streetfests, but these acts will make their presence more prominent this year, she continued. Among the internationally renowned acts is Australia’s Dream State Circus, starring award-winning husband-andwife duo Sophie and Jacob McGrath. They will demonstrate their busking talents – pairing comedy and danger in feats of hand balancing, juggling, equilibrium and acrobatics – throughout the weekend, leading up to their main show, Circus Fire Spectacular, August 8 at 8:30 p.m. 54 Lifestyle July/August 2014

Also on tap is Pyromancer, a performer from The Netherlands who is one of the world’s leading fire breathers, will be displaying his flaming talents. From closer to home comes Peterborough’s Tim Holland the Puppet Tamer, a master ventriloquist who has performed his fast-action comedy show – which includes juggling, unicycling and improvisation – for audiences worldwide. The festival includes a variety of local and Ontarian entertainers. “We have more than 30 acts booked,” Morrison says. “We have variety acts, buskers and musical entertainment covering a variety of genres.” Much of that takes place on three stages, the main one in Museum Square and two on Dundas Street, near the Charles Dickens Pub and Crabby Joe’s Tap and Grill respectively. The city’s main street will be closed to traffic for six blocks, from Bay/Beale in the east to Vansittart Avenue in the west end. Over the past 40 years, Streetfest has grown from sidewalk sales to the current four-day event.


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Woodstock’s annual Summer Streetfest will more than live up to its name this year as buskers and street performers from around the globe converge on this southwestern Ontario city.

Local vendors bring their merchandise to the curbside and many people still use the “sidewalk sales” moniker, “but we’ve evolved quite a bit from that,” Morrison says. “We’ve grown from three to four days and have added many different events, making it a true festival. And, we have something special in that we have permission to close down Dundas Street, transforming it into the ultimate street festival.” There are activities for all ages, and Morrison notes that this year organizers are bringing in Grand River Inflatables from Cambridge. They will set up a variety of kid-friendly interactive play structures, including an obstacle course, miniature rock-climbing wall and minigolf course. Two special events have become integral elements of the Streetfest. Saturday’s Bikes and Blues, “an evening of hot bikes and cool blues,” features a parade of motorcycles riding onto Dundas Street from The Power Garage dealership.

“There’s a fantastic lineup of blues bands including many varieties within the genre – country blues, southern rock blues, rhythm and blues,” Morrison says. Bands this year include The Blue Room, Tim Tyler Band, Larry Myles Band, Tutwiler Blues Train, James Anthony, Chris Murphy Band, Douglas Watson and, topping it all off, two-time Juno and seven-time Maple Blues Award winner Jack de Keyzer. On Sunday, the Streetfest Cruise will see dozens of cars, trucks and motorcycles “cruise in” to downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as the owners showcase their vehicles while enjoying DJ music. There will also be a charity barbecue with a 50-50 draw, supporting the South Gate Centre for adults 50-plus. “We welcome all models and every year we get more participants,” Morrison says. “We have to keep opening up side streets to accommodate them!” Following on the heels of Bothwell’s Old Auto’s Car Show, one of the province’s largest, Woodstock’s cruise-in often draws classic models from across the province and the U.S. b

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oodOnSteel doesn’t get a lot of walk-in traffic. Its office-cum-showroomcum-workshop is tucked away in an industrial area south of downtown London. But once customers do visit, they’re likely to walk out with a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, expertly crafted using eco-friendly methods. Owner Greg Kahnert prefers to meet one-on-one with clients. “They come in to learn what we do. We focus on what they need and educate them about the process,” he says. That starts with reclaimed lumber salvaged from old barns or buildings and wood from trees being cut for various reasons. “We don’t cut down trees,” Kahnert says. “Our product is from sustainable sources only.”

He focuses on domestic hardwoods from southwestern Ontario’s Carolinian forests – black walnut, black cherry, hard and soft maple, oak, hickory, elm, ash or pine. The wood is allowed to dry out, then slabbed and kiln-dried – a process that can take several months – before it is ready to become a tabletop, bench,

mantel, shelf or other wood surface. While Kahnert’s team does make items to showcase their product line, most of their work is custom orders, ranging from coffee or end tables for a home to bar tops for a restaurant. A segment of the clientele is DIYers who purchase the wood à la carte for their own projects. While wood is a big part of the business, it actually started with the steel. The company fabricates steel table bases, with its specialty being hairpin table legs; the vintage style that was popular mid-20th century. “They’re all the rage with the 28-to-45 age crowd,” Kahnert says. The legs can be ordered online ( for DIY projects or to repair original pieces. INFO

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rom Pacific salmon to Saskatchewan walleye, Newfoundland cod or Perth County pork, all complemented by fresh regional produce, the seventh Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival is offering up a true taste of Canada. The festival, with the theme “Coast to Coast to Coast,” takes place July 19 to 20 along the banks of the Avon River. Guest chefs will represent six provinces as well as Northern Canada, “our third coast,” says Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager with Stratford Tourism Alliance. Chef Rich Francis, a member of the Tetlit Gwich’in and Tuscarora Nations who hails from Fort McPherson, NT, will feature some signature Canadian aboriginal creations that “remain true to his heritage, while pleasing the modern palate.” This is the first year the event has moved from its traditional September time frame, and the summertime dates allow additional scheduling flexibility, Rehberg says. She cites the closing Sunday Sunset Party, featuring the music of Trent Severn, whose lyrics pay tribute to Canadian legends. “We’re now able to include an event like that, with music playing later into the evening.” The performance is the culmination of two days of free music, including the Saturday night Perth County Hoot where the “Celt-abilly” sounds of the Steel City Rovers will blend with the country rhythms of the River Junction Band. This year, the festival is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Stratford Chef School, with many graduates returning. Other events include Tutored Talks and Tastings, workshops where experts weigh in on food trends; the Taste of Ontario Artisan Alley, featuring wines, craft beers and Ontario cheese; and the signature Grand Tasting garden party, pairing local chefs and producers to create seasonal delicacies complemented by VQA wines and craft brews. INFO CONTACT:

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