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new season, a new chapter With warmer weather comes new beginnings and that’s what we’ve been experiencing here at Lifestyle Magazine. We have a new look that will continue to develop and some new staff members who are facilitating this – all resulting in a renewed energy. This is an evolution, not a revolution, and you’ll see the work of many of London’s most respected writers continue to be reflected on the pages of Lifestyle Magazine. Ellen AshtonHaiste, Heather Toskan, Kym Wolfe and Beth Stewart all have articles in this issue. Clare Dear, the city’s foremost auto journalist, remains a regular contributor. Richard Bain and John Morse continue to bring our readers great visuals with their excellent photography. Former editor Judy Liebner and departing graphic designer Mary Johnston has each left her mark on the publication, aiding publisher Lana Breier with shepherding it through the past 13 years and earning our sincere appreciation. Publications that are successfully weathering a dodgy economy and changing tastes of readership are becoming rarer, so sustaining and growing one for over a decade is something to celebrate. Lana’s vision for Lifestyle – to connect local readers with information about the trendy and topical, while providing a topnotch venue for advertisers – remains constant. Having started my career in publishing over 25 years ago, I look forward to helping shape an evolving Lifestyle Magazine and welcome reader feedback. Offer your opinions by contacting my email address below. It’s wonderful to be working with talented graphic designer Wendy Reid again. She and fellow graphic designer Nancy Greenfield are reshaping the look of Lifestyle. Our collective quest is to make the stories as visually pleasing as they are enjoyable and informative to read. The often unsung heroes of any publication are its advertising sales people. The dedicated crew of marketing professionals that we have at Lifestyle has more than a little to do with its success. Leadership provided by sales manager Wilma Van Vaerenbergh ensures that clients are well served by the team of enthusiastic account managers: Beth Moyer, Val Morgan, Jan McGrath, Barb Houston-LeClair and Lorraine Lukings. Because it is the beginning of a new season, we’re reflecting that feeling of fun in this issue, with our fashion feature, stories about great getaways and ideas for home improvements to your abode. Please join us in a toast to summer’s feeling of gracious living and until next issue – Be well, Jill ellis-worthington email@example.com
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Londoners Marty and Lorna Askes made their cottage dreams come true in the autumn of 2008. Like many folks, the couple had been thinking about buying a getaway place for a couple of years. Neither had grown up in a ‘cottaging family’ but felt that it would be a great way to spend time with their three outdoor-loving sons. “We all love it,” enthuses Marty. “But the boys are really into fishing, wakeboarding and water skiing in the summer and snowboarding and crosscountry skiing in the winter.” The Askes family had enough experience to know they liked this style of vacationing, but were wisely cautious about their approach. “We saw the purchase of cottage as alternative to RRSP. Instead of locking money away, we want to enjoy it. It’s a financial nest egg because we know (the cottage) won’t depreciate.” In fact, according to the Askes’ municipal property impact statement, the cottage has appreciated 20 per cent since it was purchased six years ago. Like most people on a quest for home – or second home – ownership, the couple started with a wish list. Those thinking about purchasing a vacation home should consider a similar approach.
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“Buyer beware” is the advice offered by Marty Askes cottage owner and construction expert.
In Ontario, the price of vacation properties is often dictated by their location in relationship to Toronto. Land-accessible, waterfront properties are the most expensive in all regions, but those in Muskoka go for the highest dollar ($525,000 to $625,000), with those in southwestern Ontario selling for a much lower price point ($300,000 to $400,000), according to the 2013 Royal LePage Recreational Property Report.
Special consideration: Being within a few minutes’ drive to a main road that would easily take them to a hospital or medical facility topped the list of location demands, because of Lorna’s severe allergies to many foods.
Wanting to be within the Muskoka catchment area, but within reasonable driving distance of London, the Askes picked a property near Parry Sound. They wanted waterfront but not an island, as the latter provides extra transportation considerations.
A professor in the Construction Technology program at Fanshawe College, Marty knows what to look for in terms of structural integrity and viability. But for someone without this knowledge, the task of discerning
serious issues from cosmetic concerns could be a challenge. “Without some construction experience, looking at cottages could be daunting, as there is a greater amount of non-permit compliance in cottage country,” Marty says, “at least when looking at entry-level cottages.” During the hunt, they saw problems with foundations and suspiciouslooking piers, issues with electrical wiring, signs of water entry and rot, as well as concerns about septic systems. “Buyer beware” is the advice offered by this construction professional.
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The Askes family uses their cottage throughout the year, as it’s insulated and is on a road that’s maintained year-round. Not only are these points important considerations for personal preference, but they also affect financing – see below.
Tips from The pros Keep it real with a realtor • Cottages are often a DIYer’s dream, but they can sometimes become a nightmare. Make sure that any changes have been done with permits and are to code. • Inspections by professionals of your choice can – and should – be written into the offer. • Testing of water, adequacy of the septic system and zoning (what the property can be used for) are all key considerations when making an offer. • While famous cottaging areas, like Muskoka, are attractive, some much more reasonably priced vacation properties are located close to London on Lake Erie. ~ Ann De Bono, Remax Advantage Realty Ltd.
Mind the money with a mortgage broker • A property that is accessible year-round, has a filtration system for potable water and a foundation that extends below the average frost line qualifies it as a second home, making it eligible for a lower down payment. • Many people pay cash for a cottage, or remortgage their primary residence, making the above less important. • If you live in your cottage or vacation home part of the time, but also rent it out, those rental expenses may not be eligible to be claimed at tax time. • Though purchasing a property seems attractive, it can actually make more sense to rent one, if you’re only using it a week or two each year. ~ Bruce Smith, Senior Consultant, Casb Management Group Inc.
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Spa-like equalS beautiful and restful. Aging-inplace requires looking to the future. Functional means making it all work in a small space. With good planning and some professional help it is possible to have a bathroom that is completely updated with the amenities of a spa, keep an eye on the bottom line, and have future needs in mind. From initial wish list to narrowing down a concept to drawing up plans to modifying the space (if necessary) to picking fixtures and finishes to installation, enlisting the help of professionals will make your life much easier during a bathroom renovation. Sit together and write up a wish list for your dream spa bathroom. Do you see an oversized walk-in shower with big rain heads? Does it 16 Lifestyle May/June 2014
have a double basin vanity? What about heated flooring because it would be nice to wake up to warm floors on winter mornings. Heated towel racks are gaining rapidly in popularity; wouldn’t one of those be nice? All of these amenities are possible, some are practical and most are requested daily, according to Paul Zubot, of Brouwer Plumbing. ROOM ENOUGH – Now it’s time to assess the space. According to Zubot, it’s possible to fit a two-person, walk-in, glass-wall corner shower in a 4' x 3' space, so you may not have to take down walls. Renovation television has glamourized the concept of huge bathrooms, but the adage that good things come in small packages is still true.
Cleaning up – Though oversized rain-style showerheads are in demand now, bigger isn’t always better. Larger shower heads give the impression of delivering more water, but “manufacturers have to abide by water consumption guidelines of 2.3 gallons per minute. We can’t sell one that (delivers) six gallons per minute; that’s just not CSA (Canadian Standards Act) approved,” says Zubot. Having rain tiles that make it seem like the sky has opened up from the ceiling of you shower and installing several body sprays are also popular options. With an eye to ageing in place, most showers that Brouwer Plumbing has installed of late feature some sort of bench. If your space is small, this could be a flipdown type of seat. Freestanding tubs are popular with those who still enjoy a good soak, but more usually installed for the sake of resale, says Zubot, so working one of those into the plan could be a good idea. Waste not Want not – Demand is growing for toilets with dual flush mechanisms and soon they will be the norm due to concerns about water conservation and pressure on manufacturers from environmentalists. The ageing demographic has caused toilets to be manufactured at 15.5 inches, rather than the 14.5 previously, according to Zubot, and are available up to 17.5 for those who are taking joint issues into consideration. simple lines – Moving away from vessel basins, Zubot finds that many customers are going with solid surface counter tops on the bathroom vanity. These are being complemented with under mount sinks, keeping a home’s look consistent from kitchen to bath. Canadian made – The shop local movement is also having an effect and increasingly buyers are demanding products from Canadian manufacturers. Brouwer Plumbing is happy to support this, by carrying products that are manufactured as close as St. Thomas (Delta Faucet), Waterloo (Caml Tomlin), Etobicoke (Mirolin) and Midland (Kindred). Besides supporting manufacturers who provide jobs in Canada, carrying products that are “serviceable and represented” is key. Buying fixtures produced locally can also help homeowners when it comes to budget, as well as piece of mind, as many home-grown products are competitive with those available in big box stores and usually made off-shore. b
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“Sur la Lac,” oil on canvas, 30 by 40 in. Self-taught Quebec artist Christian Bergeron uses a brilliant palette to render his luminous sectioned landscapes. Inspired by images gathered from around the world, Bergeron’s pieces are timeless in their appeal.
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oil on board, 24 by 36 in. Ontario College of Art and Design graduate Mark Berens travels across Canada in search of the picturesque scenes that inspire his lively landscapes. His rich palette and thick application of paint create a surface quality that teeters beautifully between realism and abstraction.
normand Boisvert, “Une visite à l’église des Éboulements, Charlevoix,” oil on board, 48 by 24 in. Normand Boisvert uses vivid colours and bold brush strokes to capture the beauty of his beloved Quebec landscape. His paintings elicit an immediate emotional response from viewers that is joyful and celebratory. availaBle at artisan’s alley
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david grieve, “Plowed Field,” oil on canvas, 36 by 60 in. David Grieve is inspired by long walks through the tranquil beauty of natural areas. The Brantford, Ontario artist compares his literal and figurative wanderings to life itself, saying both are journeys with “ups and downs and twists long the way.”
Joseph CapiCotto, “Untitled Abstract,” acrylic on canvas, 40 by 40 in. Joseph Capicotto is a passionate painter from Woodbridge, Ontario who is driven by the beauty he encounters in life, music and people. His acrylic and mixed media pieces incorporate textures that enhance the depth of his canvases and elevate a viewer’s enjoyment. availaBle at rivertown galleries
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2014 Summer Fashions TAKE A HINT FROM ‘70S STYLE By Heather Toskan An updated nod to the styles of the 1970s appears to be a common thread running through casual and dressy summer fashions. Among the many '70s-inspired trends on call are jersey knit tops, wrap, and midi- and maxi-length dresses. You'll also see bleached denim, crochet knit and lacey tops paired with floppy wide-brimmed hats and a preference for gold over silver accessories. In addition, geometric and abstract prints are back. “Many summer fashions borrow from the styles of the '70s,” says Darlene Sharpe, manager of Susan J in London, “but today's styles are designed to look modern, sleek and figure-flattering, rather than overtly retro.” A dress remains the focal point of most summer wardrobes. Along with floral and mixed abstract prints, geometric patterns decorate many new styles.
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Above: The classic sleeveless top is updated with delicate pin stripes, broderie anglaise panel detailing and front placket. It is from the Noa Noa Spring 2014 Collection and available at Grace Fashions in Stratford. Left: A timeless classic, this simple linen shift features a paneled hem and fitted bust. It is from the Noa Noa Spring 2014 Collection and available at Grace Fashions in Stratford. Right: Multi-patterned dress is from the Luisa Cerano Spring/ Summer 2014 Collection and is available at Susan J in London.
“Circle prints, along with dots and stripes of all types, are coming on strong in patterned dresses, tops and accessories,” says Margaret Steltz, owner of LaTiKa Fashions in London's Westmount Shopping Centre. Sundresses and separates made of stretchy, lightweight, eco- and wearer-friendly fabrics can be rolled up and packed into a beach bag for a day away, and then tossed on later for a night out. “For dressy occasions like weddings and fancy parties, I recommend patterned dresses and tops made of flowing chiffon,” says Mark Choi, who co-owns Befriend Boutique in Hyde Park with his wife, jewellery designer Stella Yang. “Be sure to add layered necklaces, earrings and stacks of bracelets, which my wife can design and coordinate to match your outfit,” adds Choi. Dresses and tops with sleeves have been difficult to find in recent seasons, but are making a welcome comeback. “Many women are happy to find dresses and tops with cap, short, Dolman and three-quarter length sleeves. Short-sleeved boleros make popular toppers over sleeveless dresses,” notes Stelz. While some may associate bell-bottomed pants with the '70s, these skeletons are best left in the closet in favour of summer's more streamlined bottoms.
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Above: Soft flowing tie-front blouse, slim cropped trousers and black cardigan are from the Luisa Cerano Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. They are available at Susan J in London. Centre: Black and white handbag is from the Spring/Summer 2014 Miss Caprice Collection and measures 11” x 7” x 5”. It is available at LaTiKa Fashions in London. Left: Chic black blouse and figurehugging black and white striped skirt are from the Luisa Cerano Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. They are available at Susan J in London.
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According to Vandenberg, white and pale bleached denim jeans and shirts, along with patterned drawstring waist “pajama pants,” are also trendy. While silver remains stylish, gold is having a metallic moment in fancy trim and threading on tops that can be dressed up and down. “Gold is huge and looks great paired with white and many other colours,” notes Sharpe. “Gold and white looks so fresh and new. We've got a huge selection of gold-based jewellery and recommend wearing a stack of gold and white bracelets as a quick way to update and dress up just about anything you care to wear,” says Vandenberg. Along with the classic neutrals of white, black, navy and beige, the pastel and sherbet hues of orange, lime, peach, blush and mint also make the scene. Bright fashion colours of coral, turquoise, red, royal and fuchsia are also finding new life in summer 2014. 22 Lifestyle May/June 2014
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During the growing season, thousands of visitors flock to John C. Young Design in this southwestern Ontario community to wander through the garden paradise John and Roberta Young and family have created on their 23acre farm. “Once you come, you’ll come back,” John promises. “People tell us it’s the most beautiful place they’ve ever seen.” “We have tour buses that come and they leave loaded up with plants,” says Roberta, partner with John in the business. The Secret Garden was so-named by clients because it’s nestled in the centre of the property, not visible from adjacent roadways. It covers two to three acres, with winding pathways meandering among colourful flowerbeds, potted perennials, stands of ornamental grasses, water gardens and ponds, shrubbery and evergreens. There are several water features – waterfalls, fountains, bubbling rocks – and even a stream flowing through that John created. “People can’t believe it’s manmade,” Roberta says.
In the landscaping business for more than three decades, John uses his innate artistic talent and creativity to craft custom, one-of-a-kind gardens. He works closely with clients to understand their vision and fulfill it. Often those clients want to see what John proposes to use in their landscape or prefer to pick out their own plants. So, when the Youngs purchased the large Delaware property in 1999, using some of that space as a display garden was a logical step. Today’s Secret Garden evolved from that early effort. “We also got big into the process of growing our own plants because people couldn’t find what they wanted elsewhere,” Roberta says.
She stresses that they are not a “garden centre,” offering a bit of everything. “We buy what we need for landscaping and we sell that. It’s hardy and it’s tested and all grown here. We won’t sell something we wouldn’t be using.” They specialize in perennial plants, particularly grasses and hostas. “We have 5,000 grasses and 3,500 hostas in 750 varieties,” Roberta says. “We try to add new perennials and water features every year,” she adds. “We’re always keeping up with trends and what’s new and current.” The design and landscape centre is truly a family business. The Youngs’ four children – Shawn, Joseph, Kate
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and Sam – have all been involved with aspects of it as they grew up. “They all played a part in the development of the business,” their mother says. Kate has offered her artistic sense to help develop some of the water features and she is on hand to work with clients and help with retail during the growing and selling season. Over the years, John has developed a specialty in water gardens and ponds. He’s a Master Pond Builder and a certified contractor for Aquascape, an Illinois-based leader in water gardening, ecosystem ponds and backyard pond designs. Ponds and water features are becoming increasingly popular for urban gardens. “The sound of water has been proven to be therapeutic. It’s very peaceful,” Roberta says. And today, it’s easier than ever to incorporate into a landscape design. It used to be you had to have an actual pond, but today a pondless waterfall can be built, with the water running through rocks or gravel. Ponds can be high-maintenance, but John says that the right materials and proper oxygenation can create an ecosystem that works and cuts down on the upkeep. Fish are a traditional element of ponds and, with the help of son Shawn, who has a degree in aquaculture, the Youngs have ventured into breeding their own koi. One of the six greenhouses on the site is devoted to the fish farming. “We know they are safe and healthy and not bringing in anything foreign,” John says. Swimming ponds are a feature that is rapidly gaining in popularity, Roberta says. Using natural filtration and no chemicals, they appeal to today’s environmentally conscious population. John’s work with ponds and water features has also evolved into building swimming pools. He’s become a dealer and installer of Dolphin
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Fiberglass Pools, a Trenton, Ont. company. The lack of the traditional vinyl liner and the company’s signature gel coating make the pools easy to maintain. As well, the high tensile strength that allows the pool to flex without cracking is ideal for the climate. John C. Young Design and the Secret Garden will be open seven days a week until mid-October, weather permitting.
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At Ferket Tomatoes and Vegetable Farm, Joe and Johanna Ferket grow and market beans, beets, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, okra, zucchini and squash. Their beans, pepper and tomatoes are available for pick-your-own. Location: 21427 Muncey Rd., Mt. Brydges. Open daily late July to mid-October. Old Mill Greenhouses boasts 40,000 square feet of greenhouses, growing thousands of varieties of spring bedding plants. Location: 22112 Gibson Rd., R.R. 1, Mt Brydges. Call 519-264-1638 for opening hours. BJ’s Country Market, on the main street in Delaware, features fresh local produce, locally grown meats and a variety of baked goods made on-site. Buy take-out or takehome goods or enjoy a homemade meal from the hot or cold buffet and salad bar in Oma’s Kitchen deli. Location: 4 York St., Delaware, 519-652-3330. May/June 2014
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the dining room in this aleck harasym homes’ model is refined yet relaxed, as renee Carpenter, of Jennings Furniture and Design, has decorated the entire house to be a comfortable family residence.
If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything, as the old adage goes. londoners have a chance to ensure that our community has a healthy hospital system, while purchasing a piece of the dream of owning a dream home. four residential construction firms are lending their support to this effort by working with the london health Sciences foundation, Children’s health foundation and St. Joseph’s health Care foundations as part of the 18th year of the dream lottery to raise the funds necessary for enhancing care in london’s hospitals. according to John Macfarlane, president of the london health Sciences foundation, “these funds are important because they are unrestricted,” meaning that they aren’t tied to specific projects, like grants often are, and can be used “to fund specific programs with the highest needs.” Since 1996, dream lottery draws have netted more than $23.9 million.
Past projects include: b to prevent injuries to children in the home, families of children born in or treated at the Children’s hospital receive a kit of nine home safety devices and a home safety video b the purchase of cutting-edge diagnostic imaging equipment for the Breast Care Program at St. Joseph’s hospital and rehabilitative therapy programs at Parkwood hospital b Concussion diagnosis and research at Children’s health research Institute In the past, dream lottery winners have often chosen to take the $1 million in cash, but Macfarlane notes that the tie to the homebuilders is integral as “it allows (ticket buyers) to dream and think about the opportunities if they could win.”
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Sleek and stylish – this is downtown living in Canada’s largest city at its best. The Garrison’s floor-to-ceiling windows capture vistas of the city skyline and peek into Old Fort York’s green space. The oversized balcony gives homeowners another way to enjoy the views and have some outdoor space in this busy metropolis.
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For the first time in the lottery’s history, a Toronto condominium is being offered as one of the Dream Homes. Onni Group is offering a two-bedroom, two-bathroom corner unit, with 965 square feet of living space, in a contemporarily designed building across from Fort York. The Dream Home is a north-facing unit that looks over the historic fort and lush green space. Sue Young, sales manager with Onni Group, describes them as “forever views.” There are 248 units in this 12-storey building that Young called “boutique.” She adds, “There’s a height restriction because of the historical site, but we have larger units than surrounding buildings.” The future owner of this home will have unrestricted views of not only Fort York but a good portion of the city skyline, thanks to oversized walls of windows and a generously proportioned balcony. Onni Group is a new builder to the area, having originated in Vancouver 50 years ago. Garrison is their seventh building in Toronto. Nearly all of the 2,000 suites offered have already been sold.
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Cottage living in luxury is the hallmark of this offering from Medway Homes in Grand Bend. It has been decorated to create an elegant but casual living space in a wooded setting. Overlooking the river, this home provides its owners with the best of retirement living.
For this beach-town home in Grand Bend, Renee Carpenter, owner of Jennings Furniture and Design, has kept the colour scheme light and bright, with a “relaxed cottage, down-home feeling.” She’s used pastel colours to make the home feel formal but comfortable, as if a retired couple is waiting for a visit from the grandkids in their wooded retreat.
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Jennings Furniture and Design is doing the interior decorating and staging for the three Dream Homes on offer in Grand Bend and London. “It’s the first time one company has done the decorating for all the local homes, so that’s an exciting opportunity,” says Carpenter. This represents a large investment of time and stock, but Carpenter sees it as an opportunity to let Londoners know about her St. Thomas business, as well as a way to play an important role in supporting the larger healthcare community. Exhibiting craftsman features of a stone façade and wood-beamed ceilings, the treed corner lot of this Medway Homes offering overlooks the river and Grand Bend Yacht Club. The lot has a 69-foot frontage is and is 124 feet deep. A loft overlooks the great room and through the oversized windows to the lovely natural vista outside. This two-bedroom, threebathroom home is part of the Harbourside Village subdivision. Surrounded by conifers and deciduous trees, the home offers retirement living for its future owner. This is a 2,078-square-foot loft-style home in the third phase of a 49-house subdivision and one of the few that are still available for purchase.
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Capturing the spirit of a busy, modern family, this home offers space complemented by luxurious décor. Art and music lovers will feel right at home. A spacious kitchen is the heart of the home, with its signature pantry door. A two-sided fireplace sets the tone for holding elegant dinner parties.
Walk into the Cranbrook model home that Royal Premier Homes is offering for the Dream Lottery and you immediately know that this is the home of a family who values music and art as part of their lifestyle. And that’s exactly Carpenter’s intent with décor. Just off the entrance is a music room featuring a baby grand piano and a violin, seemingly waiting for the tune to be picked up where the players left off. This is an elegant but comfortable family home. Spaciousness is inherent in its design, with wide hallways and open spaces. Natural accents, such as the stacked stone doublesided fireplace and the textured hardwood flooring, lend it a casual air, while sparkling chandeliers, deep mouldings and polished woodwork bespeak its elegance. The master suite features a double walk-in closet and a large ensuite – complete with double vanity, oversized glass shower and oval soaker tub – all contained in a large, open and bright space for the couple to relax together.
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Steve Tracy’s enviable personal history spans New York and San Francisco during the artistically turbulent ’60s and ’70s. He moved to London in 2009 when his Canadian-born wife decided to return to her roots and has since become entrenched in the local art scene. A man of vision, Tracy blends what is commercially viable with his need to experiment. The result is a unique mix of representational art and improvisational panache. Landscapes, cityscapes, abstracts, and the occasional still life jostle for attention in his studio. What ties it all together is Tracy’s interesting and measured artistic approach. “Everything is about shape – medium versus large, lighter versus darker,” says Tracy. “If you articulate your shapes, you will fill your canvas with design.” He is the featured artist at this year’s London Health Sciences Foundation Dream Lottery’s three homes. A man who loves a challenge, Tracy describes working with the dream homes’ professional designers as nothing less than exciting. b
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Refined European comfort is the tone that Renee Carpenter, of Jennings Furniture and Design, sets in this offering from Aleck Harasym Homes. Common rooms and private areas are equally understated in their elegance. The master suite’s ensuite area has a double vanity, large walk-in shower and a deep soaker tub. His and hers walk-in closets complete this space.
Carpenter says her theme for this Sunningdale-area home is “French twist.” She adds, “French touches complement the sophistication of this home and its entertaining possibilities. We’ve used a ‘refurbished French’ look to give a warm feeling.” That sense of tradition is style intentionally imbued in the home, according to Aleck Harasym, of Aleck Harasym Homes. “This home has contemporary spaces with heritage finishes,” he says, “giving it a sense of workmanship.” Some of the residence’s features that will appeal to families include: a large, glass-door, corner pantry in the kitchen; a low, linear fireplace in the living room, with enough space above to hang a television for a cozy family movie night; a two-basin vanity in the children’s bathroom, with a door closing off the shower for multiple users during morning rush hour; and the back entryway mud room, with built-in benches and cubbies for storing outerwear.
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The Dream Lottery isn’t just about homes, though – ticket buyers can win exotic trips, cars and outdoor toys, as well as cash and gift cards. Winning is wonderful, but MacFarlane says that the community spirit shown is also important. “This community is very generous. They like to play the game and have a chance to win by supporting the hospitals, so we are very fortunate to live in this community and surrounding area.” Insulated Concrete Forming
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hat does it feel like to have Division of the Multiple Sclerosis multiple sclerosis? Society of Canada. It’s wrested the On a bad day: exhausted with title two years running from its closest muscles aching; maybe it feels like competitor, Alberta’s Leduc-to-Camrose you’ve just bicycled 150 kilometres? tour. That idea is the genesis of an annual In 2013, 1,895 cyclists made the cycling event that for the past 25 years two-day, 150-km ride from the Grand has generated millions Bend Motorplex of dollars for MS to the University research and patient of Western Canada has the support. Ontario and back, world’s highest rate MS Bike is a pledgeof Ms, more than 100,000 raising $1.35 based fundraiser with million. Travnicek patients living with the more than 10,000 anticipates more condition. cyclists participating than 2,000 will in one or two-day participate in this tours across Canada between June and summer’s July 26-27 event. September. Last year $8 million was Cyclists must raise at least $300 in raised, with just under $3 million of pledges to participate but Travnicek that in Ontario alone. notes, “many go far above and beyond The Grand Bend-tothat.” Prizes are awarded at various London ride, now in fundraising levels. “For example, its twenty-fourth year, if you see someone with an MS holds the current title cycling jersey, it means they’ve for the largest number raised $1,000.” of participants in the On day one, riders cycle along country, says Amanda county roads from Grand Bend to Travnicek, fund UWO’s Perth Hall, where they’re development treated to dinner, a massage and specialist, evening ceremonies, then billeted for the in surrounding residences. The next Ontario day, they follow a similar route back for a finish line barbecue and more massage therapy. Canada has the world’s highest rate of MS, more than 100,000 patients living with the condition, and the numbers are still increasing. “That makes us even more motivated,” Travnicek says. “It’s exciting when you see more money going into research and you actually see things, like new medications, come out of it.” n May/June 2014
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By Mark Schiffner While the majority of travellers envision an ocean-going cruise ship at the mention of a cruise, the concept of river cruising has been gaining popularity in recent years. Take a trip down the Danube with this traveller's story. I had the daunting task of finding the perfect birthday surprise for my wife. Although she loves to cruise, finding something special was a challenge. After much deliberation, I decided on Viking River Cruises' 15-day Grand European Tour aboard the Viking Europe. This was easily one of the best cruises we've ever been on! Soaking in all the history and culture of the area was spectacular, but it was the people on board who turned my wife's birthday into something special. The staff on all Viking ships is from the local areas and were well-informed about each town we visited, and the camaraderie that developed between the guests was more than I've ever experienced. We met interesting people from all over the world. We enjoyed the entertaining and interesting local tour guides that Viking employed at each of our 14 stops along the Danube and Rhine. These were some of the most knowledgeable guides we have ever encountered. We experienced so many amazing things on our trip, but for us the true standouts were the naturally formed ancient caves and tunnels under the city of Budapest, and the cultural hub of Vienna, where a performance of the Viennese Orchestra at the Concert Hall is a must-see. If you haven't had a chance to experience a river cruise or to visit this part of Europe, I urge you to add it to your bucket list. BeautySupply_12_JF12.pdf
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Protect Prevent Prevail STAY SUN SAFE THIS SUMMER By Heather Toskan Thoughts of basking in the warm sun seem especially welcome after a frigid winter and a slow start to spring, but you must protect yourself from the sun's ultraviolet radiation, which causes many types of skin cancer. “Skin cancer can occur any time of year, but it's during the warm weather months that many face a heightened exposure to the sun's UV rays and the accompanying risks of skin damage and related skin cancers,” says Dr. Marilena Marignani, a London-based plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon. Statistics published by the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation state that 80 to 90 per cent of skin cancer cases are caused by UV radiation and that more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed yearly worldwide than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.
“I've treated a growing number of patients with skin cancer and precancerous symptoms,” notes Marignani. Skin cancer is often treatable and preventable when proper precautions are taken. As many don't wish to give up the sun altogether, Marignani stresses the importance of seeking shade and avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun's UV rays are strongest. “Apply a liberal quantity of full spectrum sunblock with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30+ to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours – or sooner if you perspire or it wears off,” recommends Marignani. If you have sensitive skin or have experienced skin cancer in the past, your doctor will likely recommend sun avoidance and using a full spectrum sunblock with an SPF of at least 50. Full, broad spectrum sunblocks contain a combination of physical and chemical ingredients that help to block, deflect or absorb the various types of UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun. Sunblocks that aren't clearly labeled as full or broad spectrum generally protect against UVB rays, and while they may prevent sunburns, they don't guard against the UVA rays that are acknowledged to be the primary cause of many skin cancers. It's helpful to know which ingredients to look for when searching for sun protection products. “Superior sun protection products contain multiple ingredients,” says Claudia Labelle, a brand leader for Ombrelle, a Canadian line of sun protection products that are recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association. According to Labelle, highly advanced sun-blocking ingredients that are frequently recommended by Canadian dermatologists include Mexoryl and Avobenzone. For optimum protection, look for formulas that combine these, or other
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Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, in beautiful Elgin County, St. Thomas boasts 35 parks spread across 457 acres. By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
A distinctive blend of history, nature and urban convenience creates an attractive environment for St. Thomas residents. One of the region’s earliest settlements, the city’s history is evident in numerous heritage homes and buildings, including the Elgin County Courthouse, City Hall and the Old St. Thomas Church and cemetery, where many early residents are buried. Known as the Railway Capital of Canada – a major hub in the 19th and early 20th centuries for 26 railways – this heritage is preserved in the Elgin County Railway Museum and the North America Railway Hall of Fame in the restored historic Canada Southern Railway Station in the downtown core. St. Thomas is also famous for a railway tragedy – the 1885 death of Jumbo, the star elephant in the Barnum and Bailey Circus who was struck down by a train. His life-size statue, erected on the tragedy’s centennial, is a major tourist draw. Parks and natural areas, including a system of ravines running through the community, offer boundless opportunity ©iStock.com/omersukrugoksu
for walking and cycling. Pinafore Park covers 90 acres bordering Pinafore Pond, with a woodlot, playground and memory garden. Its band shell is the site of concerts and events most weekends throughout the summer. Waterworks Park, at the northern city limits, is 100 acres of rustic charm, with picturesque lily ponds and 35 acres of manicured gardens. Surrounded by rich agricultural lands, St. Thomas is home to the thriving Saturday Horton Farmer’s Market, offering fresh local produce since 1878. Recreational facilities include the Timken Community Centre, with two ice rinks, opened in 2005; the Memorial Arena and Auditorium, a landmark for half a century; and the Douglas J. Tarry Sports Complex, three-time host to the Senior Men’s Fast Pitch Canadian Championships. St. Thomas is also just a short drive to big-city amenities in London and a host of Lake Erie beachside villages. May/June 2014
Donwest Custom Homes DALEWOOD The Langford, Donwest Custom Homesâ€™ 1,482square-foot bungalow, is designed for the empty nester and offers a dramatic style. Design consultant Cathy Ooms says the use of sensory touches in textures and colour contrast help achieve this ambiance. The distinctive great room fireplace is an example. It combines stacked engineered quartz stone with a custom hearth and mantle of textured melamine, echoed in floating shelves on either side, and topped with an overmantle of polished marble. Throughout, black trim on the windows and doors provide a striking contrast to light walls and white woodwork. This is mirrored on the exterior, featuring black trim and creamy stone and brick. Durable oak hardwood flooring, hand-scraped for a weathered appearance, adds warmth. This home received the St. Thomas and Elgin Home Buildersâ€™ Association award for best kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen island has a base of textured melamine, topped with a granite counter. A walk-in pantry is also included. The bathrooms have laminate counters and upgraded above-counter basins. The master ensuite bathroom includes a customtiled shower and double basins with a storage tower of textured melamine. The basement is finished with a recreation room, bedroom and three-piece bathroom, and has space for an additional bedroom.
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Donwest Custom Homes MEADOWS The Hampton, a two-storey, four-bedroom home by Donwest Custom Homes, named Best Production Home ($250,000-$350,000) by the St. Thomas and Elgin Home Builders’ Association, is ideal for family living. It’s spacious, at 1,958 square feet, and designed with a contemporary flair, says design consultant Cathy Ooms. The main floor living area is open concept. A gas fireplace built into a framed wall in the great room, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, provides a focal feature for the entire area. The kitchen features an island with a quartz waterfall countertop. The chimney-style range hood and glass backsplash add to a modern ambiance. A full glass kitchen pantry plus a second pantry off an adjacent hallway offer an abundance of storage space. Wide-board laminate flooring in a weathered grey adds warmth throughout this space. The main floor also includes a laundry and two-piece bathroom. On the upper level, the bedrooms surround an open space overlooking the two-storey foyer, a potential home office or a children’s study area. The master bedroom has an expansive walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with a deep soaker tub. The home’s exterior is a combination of brick and siding, with vinyl shake accents on a central front gable.
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transom and sidelights. The main level features an open-concept kitchen and dining area with painted hardwood cabinetry and central engineered quartz-topped island. The focal point of the great room is its cozy, stone-faced fireplace. The master bedroom ensuite four-piece bathroom features a large, custom-tiled shower. The upper loft, featuring cathedral ceilings and overlooking the two-storey great room, has two bedrooms separated by an open sitting or study area. This level also includes a three-piece bathroom. This house is for sale and move-in ready, as MP Custom Homes is currently finishing a new model home in the same neighbourhood, De Boer says.
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Longtime St. Thomas builder Doug Tarry Homes has recently branched out, building in Ingersoll’s new Harrisview neighbourhood. It’s a location that appeals to growing families and empty nesters. Surrounded by natural areas, with a creek to the north and two elementary schools within a five-minute walk, it’s ideal for growing families. And it’s close to Hwy 401 – a twoto-three-minute drive away – making it attractive to commuters. One model home showcased in this community is the Ivystone, a 2,195-square-foot two-storey house, ideal for a busy family. It offers a main-floor office, open-concept kitchen, dining room and great room. The kitchen features granite counters
and the company’s signature walk-in pantry. The upper floor boasts an expansive master bedroom, with private ensuite bathroom and large walk-in closet. An optional sitting area offers added space on the second floor, which also features a convenient laundry room. The Thornwood, a 1,498-square-foot, two-bedroom bungalow that is perfect for empty nesters, features a decorative gas fireplace and 10-foot ceilings in the great room. The kitchen also includes quartz counters and a large walkin pantry. A main-floor laundry offers additional convenience. Both feature hardwood and ceramic flooring and include two-car garages. Doug Tarry homes are built to Energy Star standards.
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Forty years ago, Londoners Peter and Joanne Ivey discovered a heritage woollen mill and grist mill nestled on the banks of the Maitland River east of Goderich. They saw potential in the site. Their vision became the Benmiller Inn and Spa, recipient of the CAA four diamond accommodation award for the past 18 years and the four diamond dining award for a decade. Set in a natural environment bordering conservation lands, with 55 rooms, a two-bedroom guesthouse, and indoor pool and the spa, the inn is popular for corporate retreats or small weddings as well as weekend getaways and vacations, says sales manager Lori Carter. To mark its 40th anniversary, the Ivey Dining Room will be offering $40 four-course prix fixe menus. As well, the inn is partnering with neighbouring Blyth Festival Theatre, also celebrating its 40th season, to offer guests two show tickets for $40 every Friday in July.
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It's party time in Blyth this summer. The Festival Theatre is celebrating its 40th season of exclusively showcasing local and Canadian productions. “We're really excited,” says marketing and development director John McHenry. The hightlight of the celebrations is Homecoming Weekend, Aug. 15 to 17, featuring three shows on the main stage plus a special 40th anniversary production. “We're hoping a lot of alumni will come back,” McHenry says. “It's going to be a fun weekend.” Royal Flush Improv 2, an evening of unscripted comedy, is presented May 9 with special guests Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath. The 2014 season includes four main stage shows – the classic Billy Bishop Goes To War and three Canadian premieres – plus a special presentation of the Dora Award-winning Radio: 30 in the Phillips Studio. A celebratory exhibit, opening at the Blyth Festival Art Gallery in August, “Celebrating 40 Years With the Blyth Festival,” will highlight its past artists.
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From just one acre of garlic, grown on Jackie and Jim Rowe's Hensall-area farm in 1997, has grown an entire industry promoting cold-climate garlic. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Jackie Rowe, describing how the lack of a market for Ontario garlic – which she maintains is much more nutritious and tastes better than imported varieties – led to the launch of The Garlic Box. A few garlic-based products to attract interest have grown to 45 items, including condiments, sauces, preserves and garlic itself, available at the Hensall store and through the website. While fresh Ontario garlic has a limited season, the newest item on the shelf will extend that availability yearround. Rowe is now offering frozen garlic cloves, which she says thaw in seconds and can be used exactly like fresh cloves. A selection of recipes featuring the products, which Rowe says is updated w e e k l y, c a n b e f o u n d a t www.GarlicRecipes.ca.
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When Jim and wife Linda moved to Bayfield several years ago, they decided to try to bring the clientele to them. They opened Main Street Gallery five years ago and say the response has been “amazing and fantastic.” “The gallery has grown every year,” Jim says. “We're really fortunate and happy with the way things have gone.” In addition to Jim's work, the gallery represents 35 artists and artisans from across Ontario in genres including wood, ceramics, photography, jewellery, glass, sculpture and more. “We like that we're promoting talented local artists,” he says.
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Each year, thousands of people from across the province make a point of being in Goderich in early July for the Festival of Arts and Crafts, this year slated for July 4 to 6. Between 75 and 100 artists and crafters will set up in the Courthouse Square, offering a wide range of handmade items, says co-ordinator Brenda McEwin. “There are a lot of unique items,” she says. “There's everything from jewellery and glasswork to painting, silk screening, rock sculptures, hand-painted T-shirts, designer clothing and more.” Many tourists plan their holidays to coincide with the festival dates, McEwin says. It's the largest fundraiser for the Huron Women's Shelter, which has sponsored the event for the past 16 years of its 28year history. May/June 2014
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Cambria Great Floors Gallery Where countertops and flooring meet Cambria®/Great Floors Gallery, showcasing the colours and designs of the Cambria® premium quartz countertops and Scherba’s flooring, opened last May at 300 Ridout St. N. near York Street. The gallery, which caters to the design/build industry, is open five days a week but can be accessed by professionals 24/7.
By Kym Wolfe Photos By Richard Bain
ambria® quartz countertops are a premium product and only available through select distributors. In the London region you’ll find them at Progressive Countertop Systems in Strathroy. Brothers Howard and Chuck Wilton established Progressive Countertop Systems 2005. As a kitchen and bath specialist, the company offers a range of granite, quartz and soapstone countertops as well as design and installation services. A year ago, Scherba’s Great Floors, another Strathroy-based family business, joined forces with Progressive Countertop and Cambria® to open a showroom in downtown London – the Cambria®/Great Floors Gallery. The gallery is located in a beautiful heritage building on Ridout Street North near York Street. The high ceilings, open space and exposed brick provide a perfect setting to showcase full slabs of Cambria® quartz and ample display room for a variety of flooring and tile backsplash options. The gallery is open and staffed five days a week, but designers and builders can also access the building 24/7 through a key code access system, enabling them to meet with clients at their convenience. It’s the perfect solution for busy consumers and trade professionals who want to source unique, high-end samples locally and consult at their leisure in a comfortable, private space.
For all three partners, having a showroom space in London has added an important element of service to their clients. Amanda Injic of Scherba Great Floors says that before the gallery opened last year, she was constantly running samples into London. Now designers and builders can drop by to pick up what they need whenever they need it. For Cambria® and Progressive Countertop, the showroom has provided the only place this side of Toronto where clients can see and feel large slabs of high-quality quartz, and can fully experience the colours, profiles and edging options that Cambria® is known for. The Cambria®/Great Floors Gallery is also a perfect space to hold private industry functions as it can accommodate large groups for seminars, meetings and new product launches. It’s turned out to be a busy place for trade education and networking events, from an evening with designer Glen Peloso (Restaurant Makeover and Take This House and Sell It) to a Ladies’ Night featuring a Channer’s fashion show that was a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House. The concept is to support the industry and like-minded companies, enabling them to utilize the space almost as an extension of their business, says Injic. There are multiple TVs, a sophisticated sound system, and a functioning bar – topped with Cambria® quartz, of course! n May/June 2014
Fun, fresh and friendly at the Market
As the heart of the core, Covent Garden Market is thriving in its 15th year. By Kym Wolfe Photography Richard Bain
ovent Garden Market has been a presence in downtown London for more than 150 years, and while it has remained true to its agricultural and artisan roots, it also continues to evolve. Each season seems to herald a fresh crop of foods and ideas, and this year is no exception. As of April, you will be able to experience a virtual visit to the market through Google Street View. This summer, vendors at the outdoor farmers’ market will be able to sell wines along with their produce. And in August, beer aficionados will be able to enjoy a range of craft brews when the Market hosts the Forest City Beer Fest for the first time. Since reopening in its new
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building in 1999, the Market has been home to a mix of local entrepreneurs, developed its identity as an events and festivals venue, and, says market manager Bob Usher, with a growing residential presence in the downtown, “we’ve become a living room for people who live nearby.” You won’t find any chains or franchisees in the market – these are family-run businesses that cater to their customers’ desire for a fresh, friendly and local shopping experience. If you are unable to browse in person, you can now visit online to check out produce, meats and cheese vendors, artists, handcrafted and
baked goods, services and specialities shops, and a variety of restaurants. Turnover is low, and when a rare vacancy does occur, Usher fills it in a way that will maintain the right mix of goods and services, based on the client surveys that are conducted on a regular basis. Ultimately consumers vote with their pocketbooks, says Usher. “I decide who comes in. You the consumer decides who stays.” The market square is a hive of activity year-round, with visitors enjoying the skating rink in the winter and lunch at the outdoor tables in the warmer weather. In May, fan fest tents will be set up across from Budweiser Gardens as London hosts the Memorial Cup hockey tournament. Summer festivals this year will include the Forest City Beer Fest and Festa Italiana, an annual favourite that typically draws more than 30,000 to enjoy “A Taste of Italy in Downtown London.”
The outdoor farmers’ market runs in the square May to December on Thursdays and Saturdays, and features 100 per cent locally grown foods. As the only London farmers’ market recognized by Farmers’ Market Ontario, Usher says regular audits are conducted to ensure that outdoor vendors “grow it, raise it, bake it, or make it” locally. This summer, expect some of the outdoor vendors to carry a
selection of local wines, following an announcement by the Ontario government in December 2013 that will allow the sale of VQA Ontario wines at farmers’ markets across the province. All of these changes add to the Covent Garden Market’s appeal, boosted by consumer demand for healthy foods, fresh flowers and other goods, unique products, and the personal service that the market vendors provide. n
Libations at the Market this suMMer Vendors will be able to sell wine, along with produce.
Craft brews abound at the Forest City Beer Fest in August.
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bizlife The Keith Hunt Construction team, from left, Abe Klassen, Keith Hunt (kneeling), Cole Gardiner, Zack Giroux, Rosemary Goble, Josh Tucsok, Doug Schweyer, Adam Wilson and Mike Garrod (kneeling).
Keith Hunt says teamwork is key to success By Ellen Ashton-Haiste Keith hunt Knows it taKes a team to raise a house, or renovate one. His general contracting company, Keith Hunt Construction, has built and renovated numerous homes and commercial properties throughout Elgin County and the surrounding region over the past 22 years. A graduate of Fanshawe College’s construction engineering technology management program, Hunt launched his business in his hometown of Aylmer in 1992. His first major project was renovating the century home he still lives in, operating his business in the former coach house. Built in 1875, the single-family home had been divided into apartments and was “really a disaster,” Hunt says. His attempts to restore it got a major boost when he discovered his great-grandparents once lived there and his dad remembered quite a bit about it. Hunt used that renovation as a marketing tool, inviting the public to witness the progress. Calls started coming in and he developed a specialty in renovating century homes. “We research the property, examine what it looked like and do an authentic restoration,” he says. However, he’s not stereotyped in heritage restoration. He keeps busy with commercial and residential renovations and new custom homes. “People want something different, not cookie cutter. We take a lot of time to work with the client on the design.” 76 Lifestyle May/June 2014
Hunt started building his dream team early. His chief carpenter, Mike Garrod, has been with him since the beginning. “He commands respect not only from the guys who work under him but from architects and engineers, who will solicit his opinions and advice.” Carpenters Abe Klassen and Doug Schweyer are also long-time associates. About two years ago, Hunt realized he needed help with administration and brought in Adam Wilson as project manager. Wilson had worked with the company on a part-time and seasonal basis since high school. Another essential team member, he says, is bookkeeper Rosemary Goble, who’s been with him for more than a decade. About 10 years ago, he started to recruit a contingent of younger workers. The company has always employed co-op students from secondary schools and colleges. The younger members of Hunt’s team – Zack Giroux, Cole Gardiner and Josh Tucsok – come from those placements. Graduates of Fanshawe’s carpentry program, their skills encompass everything needed for a build or renovation, such as, framing, concrete, drywall, trim, cabinetry and finishes, and Hunt has encouraged them to utilize all those skills. “What makes them unique is being able to do a project from start to finish. It leads to better quality control and pride of ownership in the completed project.” b
The showroom for Under fooT Inc. Flooring Consultants, located on Meadowbrook Drive, carries samples of thoughtfully selected solid and engineered hardwood, tile, natural stone, vinyl plank, laminate and carpet.
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Flooring is a funny thing,” says Larry Kivell. “We walk on it constantly but often don’t think that much about it.” Since 1993, Kivell has made it his business to think a lot about the materials that are under our feet, and to help people make decisions about what kind of flooring to purchase. For the first 20 years, Kivell operated his business, Under Foot Inc. Flooring Consultants, out of a converted barn on his property in Appin, just 25 minutes west of London. Last year the company relocated to Meadowbrook Drive, and Kivell says the move has been a good one. With handy access from Highway 401, the location remains convenient for long-term customers from across southwestern Ontario. And since moving into London, Kivell has attracted new customers from all parts of the city. Under Foot Inc. sells and installs a range of high quality flooring products, including solid and engineered hardwood, tile, natural stone, vinyl plank, laminate and carpet. People seem to be most concerned about appearance, durability and ease of maintenance when choosing flooring, says Kivell. After all,
they will have to look at – and live
with – it for 20 years or more.
Meeting with clients in Under Foot’s unique showroom, Kivell will spend time guiding them through various options and will often send them home with samples so they can see how the flooring looks in their rooms, where lighting, colours, and other personal factors will affect their decisions. “We are not a store, and we don’t stock anything,” says Kivell, noting
that the 3,300 square-foot warehouse does not carry inventory but simply receives delivery of flooring before it is installed. “We deal with product that can be readily available, and our installers have a high level of skill and years of experience.” As a flooring consultant, Kivell is focused simply on helping clients make the right flooring decisions, so that they are happy when it is underfoot. n
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