Lifestyle Magazine: July - August 2016

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Homestyle Intelligent irrigation


Save green and keep your lawn green at the same time

Summer living From grills to place-settings, everything you’ll need

Living on the edge Parks Edge Development in Old South

Travelstyle Muskoka bound The J. W. Marriott Rosseau

Golfing in grand style Indian Hills goes first class

Culturelife Entertainment at the Port Port Stanley Theatre completes renovations

Yourstyle Clear it up Dermatological issues can be resolved

Cool factor Everything you’ll need when temps rise

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Bestlife Summer stuff While away the day with a good read

Clean up your act Less thrilling than grilling, but it’s got to be done

Crawling the coast Tour great gastropubs

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LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier ASSIStAnt PUBLISHER/ SALES MAnAgER Wilma Van Vaerenbergh 519-476-5571 EDItOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRItERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Jason Menard John Milner Kathy Rumleski Heather Toskan ACCOUnt MAnAgERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 Elaine Norris 519-702-5583 EDItORIAL & AD DESIgn Wendy Reid Nancy Greenfield AD DESIgn Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath Wendy Reid PRODUCtIOn Nancy Greenfield PHOtOgRAPHY Richard Bain Kamini Le Capelain John Morse PRIntIng Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHItECtURE Redding Design Inc.

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editor’s note Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. – JOhn LuBBOCk

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know it could be considered a bit hokey, but one of my all-time favourite songs is Summertime from the musical Porgy and Bess; it’s a lovely song on its own but the line “It’s summer time and the living is easy” stuck in my mind when my mother used to sing it to me as a child and it’s never left. I was and am enchanted by the concept of having an entire season of ‘living easy,’ of being breezy, and a bit lazy. Work and real life don’t cease during the hot months, but they take on a different vibe. It seems that folks are a little nicer and a little softer spoken, a little happier and a little less stressed, a little bit more thoughtful and ready to enjoy time more fully. We’re not rushing inside to get away from the hurly, burly wind and chill. Snow doesn’t trap us indoors, making us grouchy and giving us cabin fever. Oh, I know a lot of people who love the cold weather, the snow and all the activities it brings but I don’t think they can argue that when summer comes, it’s more pleasant to be outside and celebrate this short season we call Canadian summer. Even though summer is a more relaxed time, we’ve not been sitting idle. The Lifestyle Magazine website has

been redesigned and has more content you’ll want to check out at And don’t forget to like our Facebook page and share our posts at www.facebook. com/lifestylemagazineonline to keep up with us when you’re away from home on summer travels. This issue of Lifestyle is dedicated to living life easy and enjoying warm weather by inviting friends for a backyard barbecue, by donning cool fashions that look hot, by traveling to explore new places, by spending time reading at the beach, by meditating in the garden and by enjoying quality time with family. Enjoy summer, when the living is easy!

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Cottage Country resort relaxing for Couples and families


f you’ve always wanted a Muskoka cottage but it wasn’t in the cards, JW Marriott - The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa (commonly referred to as the Rosseau) may be the perfect setting for your next vacation. A great choice for both couples and families, this property boasts 221 rooms in two buildings on 22 acres of forested land. Many rooms overlook the sparkling waters of Lake Rosseau and feature kitchenettes, complete with mini fridge and microwave. These will come in handy because the onsite restaurants serve delicious meals of generous portions, so leftovers will provide a great middle-of-the-night snack. Families love the Rosseau. In addition to accommodating them in large rooms, the real highlight – for kids of all ages – are the four pools

top LEFt Nothing says cottage country getaway like a crackling fire; just one of the many outdoor activities to enjoy at the JW Marriott Rosseau Resort and Spa.

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Families love and five hot tubs. In for you, there’s a the main building, the Rosseau. In addition beach area for sand the indoor/outplay and splashing to accommodating them in among the waves of door pool comes through on clear, cold lake. large rooms, the real highlight thisMuskoka’s natural cooler or rainy beauty can be days. The second – for kids of all ages – appreciated from building, Paignton are the four pools and every angle, including House, has its own the men’s and women’s pool and hot tub. five hot tubs. hot tubs in the spa. Little ones will delight Two of the restaurants also in the splash pad. offer lakeview dining, inside Couples will enjoy their or on the patio: The Gathering Place time at this northern getaway by (bar adjacent to the lobby) and the relaxing in the adults-only pool Muskoka Chophouse. Rooms just outside the spa. The spa has overlooking the lake have balconies men’s and women’s facilities, along or patios that afford visitors an with a couple’s hot tub and lounge encompassing view of the area. area. There are also couple’s treatThere are casual, family friendly ment rooms, so you can enjoy a restaurants at the resort, as well as much-needed massage together as casual fine dining options, perfect for part of your romantic weekend away. foodies. If steak is a food group unto If that’s not enough swim time top right The beach offers both relaxation and an opportunity to get onto the lake without getting wet.

BottoM right Canoeing or kayaking on the many lakes in the Muskoka area is a great way to get closer to nature.

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ABOVE Surrounded by water, your family will enjoy time in the lake and the various pools during a summer stay at this comfortable resort. BELOW Kids will enjoy the beach and the pools, while adults can take in the scenery from the spa.

Muskoka’s natural beauty can be appreciated from every angle, including the men’s and women’s hot tubs in the spa.

itself in your book, Muskoka Chophouse is sure to please. Starters and sides are large enough to share, so you’ll have plenty of room for a nice piece of meat. (Be sure to try the parmesan truffle fries as your side – divine.) The service at this eatery is superlative. Teca offers a cosy, refined atmosphere and serves delicious Italian food. The wood-oven pizzas are delicious and perfect if you have a smaller appetite but if rich and abundant describe what you’re looking for in pasta, try the lobster ravioli – amazing. There’s plenty to keep you busy on-site, with classes such as moccasin making or geocaching, but if you want to explore, the area offers great options for both families and couples. Just down the road, visit Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and learn how cranberries are grown and made into wonderful wines 12 Lifestyle July/August 2016

during the Bog to Bottle Tour. Or take a trip to Gravenhurst and cruise on the RMS Segwun and tour the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre. No need for a cottage to enjoy cottage country when you can stay at the JW Marriott - Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa. n

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City of London’s Water Conservation website estimates most lawns and gardens are over watered by 50 per cent. Conserving water also

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The City of London’s Water Conservation website offers many useful tips to reduce water usage for irrigation systems: residents/Water/WaterConservation/Pages/ Irrigation-System-.aspx. London recently introduced a “Growing Naturally” program, says Tara Clayton, the City’s water demand manager, that focuses on “the right plant for the right place…really planting as per your conditions, being soil and light exposure,” as well as picking native or droughtresistant plants, which don’t require a lot of watering. For more information, visit residents/Property-Matters/ Lawns-Gardens/Pages/EcoYard-Evaluation-Program.aspx Christopher and Lively agree that making adjustments to watering times and frequency on a seasonal basis is key. Christopher explains in a spring when there is a lot of rain, the system doesn’t have to come on very long but that could change as spring becomes summer. Even standard irrigation controllers should be adjusted on the basis of weather forecasting and history on at least a bi-weekly basis. Lively says the biggest waste of water happens when homeowners put a sprinkler out and forget they’ve left it running. “Even something as simple as a hose timer can lead to a huge savings.” n


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ABOVE LEFT Dalmar Motor’s new facilities are designed to meet Audi’s global image. ABOVE RIGHT the new showroom features room for 13 vehicles and reflects Audi’s racing heritage. RIGHT This configuration room allows clients to use virtual reality tools to customize their new car.

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hen you’re the top brand in the luxury car segment, you can’t afford to be complacent. “We want to stay number one in luxury brands,” says Dennis Long, general manager of London’s Dalmar Motors as he surveys the company’s sparkling new Audi dealership – a move intended to keep Audi competitive with other luxury brand dealerships such as Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. The $11-million project, erected on the former site of the Patton’s Place/ Tepperman’s furniture outlets, has been built according to the German automaker’s new global corporate specifications and design. The results

are truly impressive. The clean lines of the bright, open showroom, which can display up to 13 vehicles, are dominated by a sweeping wall, which spans the entire width of the structure. Its design conveys the look of a racetrack, which is a key part of Audi’s heritage. The finished ceiling is dotted with efficient LED fixtures, which are used throughout the 30,000-square-foot (2,800 square metres) building. Audi customers will appreciate an innovative feature in the new showroom – a configuration room. There, they can evaluate paint colours and interior trim combinations on an iPad, with the image of “their” Audi projected on a large

flat-screen TV. Once satisfied with their choices, the order is finalized. The overall pristine look of the dealership carries into the drive-in service area and the air-conditioned shop, where nine bays are available. Custom work counters and built-in drawers replace the typical array of tool chests. The place is immaculate. As a finishing touch, a car wash bay has been included. b

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istoric ambiance combined with sophisticated charm and luxurious touches are key features that set Parks Edge, a boutique condominium building in the heart of WortleyVillage, apart on London’s residential scene.

Developers Brian Baillargeon and Peter Jones, longtime Old South residents, wanted to maintain the neighbourhood character. With brick and stone cladding, custom cast metal railings and a crown moulding feature at the roofline, the threestorey building resembles “two New York brownstones put together,” Baillargeon says. Parks Edge is slated for occupancy in spring 2017. Inside, seven two-bedroom suites, some with a den and all on the 24 Lifestyle July/August 2016

second and third floors, will be overflowing with modern amenities. In-floor radiant heating, central air, gas fireplaces, quartz countertops, five stainless steel appliances, no-maintenance engineered wide-plank white oak flooring, and expansive windows with remote-controlled blinds all speak to luxury living. Each unit will have a laundry room and two bathrooms, including a generous master ensuite with walk-in closet/dressing room. The building boasts 10-foot ceilings on the main and second levels, extending to 11 feet on the upper level. Covered terraces, complete with gas, water and electricity, will offer scenic views of the Village, an adjacent ravine and conservation lands with Thames Park beyond. Baillargeon notes that the design and engineering far exceeds minimum code and standards,

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Thought-provoking, diverting, entrancing – you’ll enjoy these recommendations for your summer reading enjoyment


here are few annual retreats more pleasurable than grabbing a good book and plopping down by the water, under a tree or on a deck chair for an afternoon. We want our summer reading to be breezy and refreshing – like the weather itself – with an aim of giving us a break from the daily grind and renewing us in some way. We have six books to recommend for this delightful time of year.

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4. raise Your Vibration

This book is a fictional rendering of a historical group that included Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. It centres on Sara and Gerald Murphy and their entourage in France in the 1920s. “It catches your attention because of all these interesting historical figures,” says Hilary Thomas of Oxford Book Shop.

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2. Diana Herself by Martha Beck




5. a spool of blue tHreaD by Anne Tyler

In this allegory, the protagonist is living an uneventful life when destiny calls. Diana has multiple psychological diagnoses as she embarks on a journey that leads to disaster, yet ultimately transforms. Beck is a best-selling author who writes with humour, wisdom and a knowledge of life’s fluctuations.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this book deals with a family saga across generations. The extended/blended family is easily relatable. “(Tyler) treats her characters with great care, but she always tells the truth about them,” Thomas says.

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With a lighter spirit in the summer, some may want to explore their inner talents. The author helps his readers learn to develop and trust their instincts. “He’s straightforward with a fresh energy,” says Mystic Bookshop’s Jody Trevail.

An elderly woman takes in a young soldier, who is broken from the war. She helps him to heal through storytelling and sloe gin.

6. butterflY oracle carDs for life cHanges This selection could involve friends. The book deals with navigating life changes. “It’s a good choice for the picnic table, and it’s something you can share - a fun-in-sun group activity,” says Trevail. n

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LEFT Nature’s destructive forces dealt Indian Hills Golf Club a blow. ABOVE But, it has been renovated to become an Ontario jewel for those who love the links.


ll 18 holes are open for play at Lambton Shores’ Indian Hills Golf Club, showcasing multiple enhancements to its fairways and greens. When the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation purchased the long-established course in 2006, the dream was to turn it into the best in the region, says general manager Ken Hoare. He believes they’ve succeeded. “We’ve been working to steadily improve the quality of the course, everything from rebuilding tee blocks to new bridges, retaining walls, overall conditioning. It’s just night and day compared to what it used to be.” With everything completed, last year


was set to be the breakout season. But Mother Nature had other ideas. In June 2015, just days before peak season’s start, natural gas, built up in an underground cavern, erupted onto the course, breaking retaining walls, irrigation pipes and sprinkler heads, shattering concrete and creating a crater that a small car could fit into halfway up the tenth fairway. The back nine remained closed for the remainder of the year as environmental experts and staff worked to fix the course and put safety protocols in place. The signature eleventh hole, described by Hoare as “a visually amazing par 3, with a peninsula green and

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beautiful wooden retaining wall,” took the brunt of the damage and has been fully rebuilt. Players, this spring, have been thrilled with that and the refurbished course, he says. “People who grew up in the area but hadn’t played here in 10 years are just in awe. They are saying ‘It’s always been a nice layout but it was never cared for like a high-end golf course. And now it is.’” b


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Port Stanley FeStival theatre glowS and growS

By Jay Menard


t has come a long way from being home to the boardrooms of Port Stanley’s Town Hall – and after a couple of years of renovations - the Port Stanley Festival Theatre has opened its doors on a new season and a newly refurbished venue. “Because this was the Town Hall, we had just grown out of the space and much of it had been retrofitted to meet our needs,” explains Melissa Kempf, theatre manager. “We put on five to six performances each year, with 20 to 30 production crew, and over 100 volunteers, so we just ran out of room.” The renovation to the theatre started in 2013 and was supported by its Expand the Experience fundraising campaign. The theatre

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added 51 new seats, bringing it to a total of 202. There are also new patron washrooms on the second level and improvements to the administration, volunteer, and performers’ areas. This year’s season, the thirtyeighth in the theatre’s history, features five productions, two of which are world premieres. Kempf said that this year’s lineup is in keeping with the theatre’s history and mandate, and that the new renovations, specifically the additional capacity, will help the venue better support playwrights and actors in the future. “What is near and dear to our hearts is focusing on new theatre and supporting Canadian writers,” Kempf says. “We are part of the Canadian Actors

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Equity Association’ and because of the increase in the number of seats, it puts us into the next classification level. That means we can offer higher wages and with further funding and support through ticket revenue, we can increase workshops for Canadian playwright development.” And there’s still more to be done. Kempf explains that the theatre is planning a renovation of its patron lounge and opening of a rooftop patio in 2017. It is continuing its fundraising efforts to that effect, including the sale of seat licenses (only a few remaining) and establishing a legacy donation program. n FOR MORE INFORMATION Port Stanley Festival Theatre 302 Bridge Street, Number 6, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 • To doNaTe •

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Summer iS barbecue SeaSon, evoking images of sizzling steaks and succulent burgers. But before putting grilled fare to the taste test, there’s a more distasteful job at hand. A thorough annual barbecue cleaning is essential for health and safety, says Tilda King, who operates London-based Ovenclean with her husband David, offering professional cleaning for cooking appliances. “You can never be too careful,” King says. “Dirty barbecues could lead to food poisoning.” And there can be other safety hazards, she adds. For those who prefer DIY to a professional cleaner, she offers the following tips.


● Grill clean Brush grills thoroughly after each use and season cast iron racks with cooking oil to prevent rusting. Food stuck to the grill can result in bacteria growth. ● Don’t Stop at the top Digging deep to clean the cavity is essential. Carbon build-up causes rust that can shorten the life of the appliance. Burners also need attention; they can get dangerously clogged, creating a fire hazard.

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Drive to dine

Luscious Lunches on Lakeside patios By Jill Ellis-Worthington


Weekends in July and August, spectacular sunsets will have a musical accompaniment provided by live performers at Beach Street Station in Goderich.

indows open, radio cranked, sun pouring into the car – some of summer’s best memories are made on road trips. Taking a drive along Lake Huron to enjoy dining alfresco should definitely be on your mustdo list this summer. First stop, Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse in Grand Bend, seats 170 patrons on two patios which both offer spectacular views of Lake Huron sunsets. This lush ambiance is complemented by a menu featuring entrees comprised of locally-sourced meats (Metzger Meats, Hayter’s Turkeys and Purdy’s Fish Market) and produce (area growers). Proprietor Brad Oke jokes, “We have more of a 25 kilometre diet here, instead of the usual 100 mile diet.”

According to Oke, 100 beers are available, “from Trappist to domestic.” A range of craft beers is offered, with 16 taps spouting Ontario-produced suds and in a newer twist, locally crafted spirits are available.“We want to be as local as possible,” explains Oke, “so we’ve added spirits to the line-up from the new distillery, Junction 56. We’re offering their gin and vodka.” On seven evenings during the summer, mostly long weekends, you can enjoy live music on the patios at Smackwater Jack’s, as well. No worry about drinking and driving, as this eatery offers pick up and drop off for patrons in and around Grand Bend. Continue up the coast to Bayfield and drop into the Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro. When the term gastropub was 

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coined, the originator might have been referring to the Black Dog. Kathleen and Ted McIntosh are showing their Celtic roots in the menu, as well as the impressive array of single malts and Irish whiskeys. The UK-oriented fare’s ingredients are largely sourced locally and 20 beers are on offer to accompany such favourites as fish and chips. Festooned with planters full of colourful flowers, the patio seats 60 and gives diners an opportunity to people watch, as visitors to this lakeside village wander Main Street searching through the many boutiques that line both sides of the road. Heading north, Goderich’s newest dining delight is Beach Street Station. The century-old CPR station was literally picked up and moved closer to the water’s edge to allow diners a spectacular view of Lake Huron while sitting on one of two patios that seat 150 guests. The patio menu is made up of slightly more casual fare, with sharing plates and finger foods. Sherry Marshall, who owns the restaurant with husband Herb, terms it “casual fine dining.” On Friday and Saturday evenings in July and August, those spectacular sunsets will have a musical accompaniment provided by live performers. n


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By Jill Ellis-Worthington

ConneCt with the earth to improve mind, body and soul Nearly everyone loves a beautiful yard, a lovely green space, a little patch of heaven. Sometimes groundskeeping one’s outdoor spaces can seem onerous but you can achieve a lot to improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing by working in the garden.

Physical imProvement Cheryl Pattyn, a certified personal trainer with Positive Image Fitness, says that a complete workout can be achieved just from working in the yard. “You can improve endurance, flexibility and strength when gardening properly,” she says. “It can be good exercise working all major muscle groups: legs, glutes, abs and arms.” Some activities, like vigorous raking, digging or hoeing, are both aerobic and strengthen the upper body. She advises that switching hands and placing the


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opposite foot forward will cause you to strengthen both sides equally and gives a better mental workout. Lifting bags of mulch, stones or dirt by keeping your core tight as you lift the bag off the ground improves core strength. Pattyn adds that switching from a high-intensity activity to a lower one will give a better workout and allow your gardening experience to last longer as your body will have recovery time. She cautions that drinking water and stretching afterwards are as important as doing these during any type of workout.

mental/emotional imProvement Dr. Lisa Bogue, a psychotherapist, psychiatrist and peak performance coach, says there are many layers to improving one’s emotional health through gardening. “Anytime you’re moving your body and being physically active will improve your

mood; exercise is as beneficial as anti-depressants on improving mood,” she says. Bogue adds that “gardening lowers cortisol (stress hormone), helps the function of the immune system and affects your subjective perception of stress. In addition, when you’re outside you get increased vitamin D, which has been correlated with mood improvement.” Gardening can be a form of moving meditation. “When people are gardening they are focused on that so they can let go of everything else about their day; just focus on the plants.” To enhance your ability to focus, take a few deep breaths, saying ‘breathing in stillness; breathing out the busy day.’ Bogue adds that you can also practice a sound meditation in the garden by “listening to the sounds of the birds and bees, focusing on all the layers of sound you hear around you. Being focused on that, not the busyness of the day.” n


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Self-conscious in the sun? By Heather Toskan

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ummer fun usually includes showing some skin in shorts, skirts and swimsuits and wearing less makeup, but those suffering from spider veins and related vascular issues including rosacea may be apprehensive about exposing flushed areas of skin that exhibits dilated threads, webs, and clusters of purplish-red, spider veins. “Those with spider veins or telangiectasias, as they’re technically called, are usually delighted by the effects of medical treatments such as sclerotherapy injections and non-invasive, non-ablative, KTP and Nd: YAG laser treatments to remove and improve the appearance of spider veins as well as slightly larger, underlying reticular veins to create a clearer, more even, skin tone,” says Dr. Wei Jing Loo, a dermatologist at Derm Effects in London. Loo notes that rosacea, which is also treatable, is a common contributing factor to facial telangiectasias. Spider veins and related venous issues are caused by genetics and other factors including lengthy periods of standing, sun exposure, or extreme heat and may also result from hormonal and post-pregnancy factors. “Spider and related vein issues affect women and men of all ages but are especially prevalent and apparent in

BEFORE SHOT: A patient’s leg veins prior to laser treatment.

women aged 30 to 65 with thinner, lighter, more translucent skin,” says Chassidy Pazitny, a laser technician and medical esthetician at Derm Effects. According to Pazitny, spider veins don’t disappear without treatment, but are successfully eliminated by non-invasive laser treatments and in some cases, with sclerotherapy injections that specifically target non-functional, unsightly blood vessels. Depending upon the number of spider veins being treated, four to six, 15- to 45-minute treatment sessions scheduled about a month apart are recommended. “Most patients report feeling some slight heat and a pinging, prickly sensation during treatment and spider vein removal. Most find that they can return to most daily activities almost immediately, experiencing only slight swelling, bruising and discolouration at the treatment sites,” notes Pazitny. It usually takes two to four weeks for the treated veins to completely disappear. The usual post leg vein treatment protocol is to keep one’s legs elevated at rest and to avoid intense physical activity, sun exposure, hot baths and to wear support stockings to help prevent recurring leg vein issues. n

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Juniper Dress Boutique answers the call


raduation can be one of the best experiences a young girl can have. An important part of the grad tradition is finding that perfect dress. The excitement builds as the teen heads to different shops in the quest for the dress. The shopping, as well as the final choice, should be memorable. When Jen and Jeff Bibbings’ daughter Abbey was getting set for her Grade 8 graduation, the experience wasn’t what they had hoped. “We were absolutely appalled in a few stores, how we were treated,” Jen says. Wanting to get back into retail after

a time away, the Bibbings decided to open their own shop four years ago called Juniper Dress Boutique, with an aim to give each customer the time and care they deserve. At this time of year, the business on Fanshawe Park Road West is seeing a lot of mothers of the bride and groom and wedding guests. “The moms coming through these days are (purchasing) fantastic dresses. In some cases, Jen has had to register dresses for weddings so that the same piece doesn’t show up on another attendee. It is recommended to book ahead if possible. During that booking process,


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