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34 ON THE COVER Brian and Georgina Finch worked with a host of professionals to make their dream home on Lake Huron a reality. Shown here, Woody’s Premium Cabinetry designed kitchen cabinetry that keep everything accessible but out of sight in this open-concept kitchen.

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ABOVE Myra Truer, of Detailing and Design by Myra, worked with Georgina Finch to purchase all furnishings for the lakeside luxury home. Because she had worked with the Finches to design and decorate several previous homes, the family-friendly yet sleek and stylish ambiance was achieved during a three-day shopping trip.

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t took three years and hundreds of hours of planning, designing, building and finishing, but Brian and Georgina Finch achieved their goal: a familyfriendly retreat on Lake Huron that serves as the ultimate getaway. With their former cottage a longer drive away in Muskoka, the Finches decided to make their summer home on Lake Huron and purchased a double lot near Grand Bend. “It’s not that far away so the kids can come up and spend the night and go back to London for work the next day,” explains Brian. But most visitors don’t want to leave the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom beachfront home so quickly. “We love to entertain and we’ve had my wine club up for a tasting and most of them stayed overnight,” he says.

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“My book club has been up too,” adds Georgina, and while having these adult visitors is high on their list, one main reason for building closer to London was being able to host their growing brood of eight grandchildren and their parents for extended stays.

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Myra Truer, of Detailing and Design by Myra, had helped the Finches design eight previous homes, so their “soft, contemporary style” was easy for her to capture, she says. Using modern construction methods, the home was built to be open concept and oversized windows throughout it offer people inside the dramatic views of Lake Huron. Truer says Steve Sims, of The Barnswalllow Company turned her drawings into

architectural plans and he “grew it out of the ground“ “The home is built more like a commercial building with structural steel,” explains Sims, “which allowed us to make it open concept.” He designed it to have a 42-foot steel ridge beam in the ceiling, allowing the rooms to be open and not obstructed with pillars. State-of-the-art technology runs all the home’s systems – including automatic blinds – through an iPad or smart phone, but the cottage feel isn’t lost. One example is the elevator, which will allow the Finches to age-in-place and aids in the transportation of guest luggage to the home’s three levels: Its shaft is in the middle of the house but disguised with tongue-in-groove cladding painted beachy white. The covered outdoor patio that can become a sunroom with a drop-down screen wall is a smart feature that maximizes indoor/outdoor living. Continued on page 12

INSET LEFT Wide expanses of white wall space provide the perfect backdrop for the Finch’s collection of original art, says Myra Truer. “The collection is extensive and there are pieces that are very important to them (the Finches) so transitioning them to the new home was very important.”

TOP The Finches love to entertain family and friends at their lake home, so they had a table custom-made in New York that would accommodate up to 20 people. The dining room’s large windows provide expansive views of Lake Huron as the perfect accompaniment to dinner, while some of Brian’s extensive wine collection is housed in the tempered glass storage unit.

ABOVE The bulk of the wine collection is stored in a vault in the lower level. Woody’s Premium Cabinetry constructed it of solid maple, burnished with beeswax to seal the wood. The climate-controlled room features an electronic inventory control feature as part of the home’s smart technology.

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Three kitchen spaces allow the Finches to easily entertain larger groups in this home. TOP lefT The main kitchen, central to the home’s open-concept layout, allows several cooks to help with prep. Just around the corner is “breakfast central,” christened by Myra Truer; it is a fully-equipped work area for guests

to access pastries or cereal in the morning, keeping the kitchen clutter free. BOTTOM lefT The butler’s pantry is an extra prep area, complete with a second washer and dryer, an additional refrigerator and dishwasher. The couple’s two pet Chihuahuas’ kennels are also housed in this room.

ABOVe With a lounge area, wet bar (complete with refrigerator and dishwasher), laundry facilities, craft room, large ensuite and closet, the master level can function as an independent living area when the grandparents need some quiet time. The best views of Lake Huron are seen from its balcony.

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wine storage units are as beautiful as they are practical. The same can be said about the white, bright kitchen, butler’s pantry – all designed, built and installed by Woody’s. According to Alison Dudek, of Woody’s Premium Cabinetry, the Finches wanted to carry the beach theme into the home’s décor as much as possible, so a manufactured wood product that resembles driftwood was used to construct many of the bathroom vanities, while others are specially stained walnut to match the flooring.

The bars in the basement exercise room and the master level lounge area continue this theme. But sand gives over to glam in the master bathroom and closet. Two special features of the latter – measuring 22’ x 14’ - are what Truer has termed “the purse gallery and the shoe library.” A much-loved chandelier from their previous home hangs above the closet’s oversized island with drawer organizers for accessories, as well as four locking drawers for jewelry. 

Brian has been an oenophile for 25 years and has collected thousands of bottles of fine vintages —including 3,500 he keeps at the Grand Bend home. Woody’s Premium Cabinetry built a temperature-controlled wine storage closet in the basement, which is the main storage area. A tempered glass-fronted display case provides one wall of the dining room as the other. Made of solid walnut burnished with beeswax, these

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ABOVE The master closet — measuring 22’ x 14’ — is a sumptuous storage and dressing area. A much-loved chandelier hangs over the oversized island, providing soft lighting for this well-organized space. Velvet-lined drawers house precious items, while divided drawers keep smaller items in place. Practicality isn’t overlooked with locking drawers and a safe taking care of the valuables. TOP RIGHT “I’m more likely to change my handbag when going out in the evening if I can see them,” says the pragmatic Georgina. Truer terms this storage unit ‘the purse gallery,” as it allows handbags to be stored as well as enjoyed. MIDDLE RIGHT The home’s seven bathrooms feature custom-made cabinetry, constructed from faux driftwood or solid walnut or painted high-gloss white to reflect the home’s modern flair, according to Alison Dudek, of Woody’s Premium Cabinetry. BOTTOM RIGHT This portion of the master closet has been termed “the shoe library.” Like the rest of the master suite, it features separate his and her spaces, allowing both of the Finches to easily access their accessories.

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The build Matt Relouw, of Platinum Builders Inc., says doing construction lakeside during two of southern Ontario’s most vicious winters proved challenging at times. Besides working around the topography of the beachfront lot, Relouw made the home as energy efficient as possible by using materials that would stand up to harsh winds and temperature changes associated with lakeside living.

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Of course, a major attraction of lakeside living is being outdoors, so developing the lot was a big part of the project. Landscape architect Richard L. Crossman, of Parterre Landscape Design Associates, developed a plan that took advantage of the lot’s natural beauty. He used extra-large pieces of flagstone to form the terrace and incorporated kid-friendly features into the design, like a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and an outdoor shower. A covered observation deck for enjoying famous Lake Huron sunsets was also included. Crossman included beach grasses in his design so the “home looks like it fits into the landscape, not the other way around.” After the time, money and effort to achieve their dream home, are the Finches happy with the result? “We had the whole family there at Christmas (gathered around the dining table that can sit up to 20, specially made for them in New York),” says Georgina. “And it was just perfect, just the way I’d imagined it.” n


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alk by Quantum Verdi’s new showroom, located next to Quantum Interiors at 487 Richmond Street, and you’ll see a shining example of the impressive work stemming from the long, successful partnership between Quantum Interiors’ Joseph Branco and Verdi Design’s Adam Mackowiak. Walk in and browse the many different styles of the cabinets, cupboards and other features of a loft-sized kitchen, and you’ll still merely scratch the surface of what Quantum Verdi can offer their customers. Currently, a display of home furnishings run by smart technology is in the works, while a wine cellar and a smoking room will soon be completed. The decision was made to design a kitchen one might find in a loft or apartment in downtown London within blocks of the showroom, but Quantum Verdi can offer full line of design services to suit any size, budget or style. “We like to show people they have options,” Mackowiak says, adding that he enjoys the challenge of taking a $20,000 budget and making it look like it was $30,000. The Quantum Verdi team prides themselves on providing the type of style and service associated with large showroom stores in Toronto. They also use local suppliers including the London Bath Centre, Geovin Furniture, Bolt Signs and Since 1963 Graphics, MultiMedia Systems, Bernardo Granite Marble and Natural Stones and others. “They’re all at the top of their game and very professional,” Branco says. Client trumps ego, Branco and Mackowiak agree. “It’s all about the client. We figure out who needs what for where and we accommodate them,” Branco says. “With us, it’s all very individual.” b

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ABOVE The three lottery dream homes include (from left) a container home in Bayfied; a loft in the North Point development in London’s Masonville district; and a large family home in London’s Upper Richmond Village.


ith a large family-style house, an upscale home built from shipping containers and a loft in North London, this spring’s Dream Home Lottery offers three distinctly different styles. “We have three really exciting packages,” says Rita Fieder, spokesperson for the Lottery which raises money for health care in the London region. In Bayfield, Brent Hillier of Hillier Contracting Inc., has built a unique, upscale home, constructed from eight steel shipping containers. The home, at 28 Cameron Street, is attracting considerable attention from passers-by, Fieder says. “It’s certainly something different for us,” she adds, of the style. The three-level home, at just under 4,000 square feet, has bedrooms on the main level while the living room and kitchen on the upper level – with expansive windows overlooking a forested area. It’s decorated by Jillian Summers of Upstaging, with furnishings from Ryan LeClair at Warehouse 74. For those with lofty dreams, the second Lottery home is a two-bedroom suite in North Point by Domus Developments, London’s first modern 

TOP The living room on the upper level of the Bayfield home exudes a modern but rustic ambiance with its floor-to-ceiling fireplace, comfy couches and expansive windows overlooking the forested backdrop. BOTTOM The home’s kitchen is a bright, modern space, anchored by a central island with eating bar.

LEFT The open-concept loft in North Point features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a generous outdoor living space. RIGHT The foyer of the Bridlewood home opens to an elegant dining room featuring classic wood trim along with mixed metals and a bronzed mirror that expands the space and adds architectural interest.

loft project located at 1705 Fiddlehead Place in the Masonville district. The open-concept lofts feature high ceilings, full-height windows and generous outdoor living spaces. The dream loft has been decorated by Myra Tuer of Detailing and Design by Myra, with furnishings from Austin and Taylor Home Furnishings.

Bridlewood Homes is presenting a comfortable family abode at 90 Pebblecreek Walk in North London’s Upper Richmond Village. The twostorey, four-bedroom home, with 2,862 square feet, has been furnished by Modern Living London. Fieder says this Dream Home showcases Bridlewood’s reputation

for “integrity and excellence and providing custom homes of quality and distinction.” The semi-annual Lottery supports patient care, research, education and medical equipment for London Health Sciences Centre, the Children’s Hospital Continued on page 24

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TOP The North Point loft kitchen is a bright space designed for casual elegance with a working island and breakfast bar and adjacent formal dining area. CENTRE The lower-level family room in the Bayfield home exudes rustic charm with its leather couch and chair and foundry cart coffee table as a focal point. BOTTOM In the great room of the Bridlewood home, dark wood contrasted with white furnishings creates a masculine vibe that carries through the rest of the house.

at London Health Sciences Centre, and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. These institutions receive more than 1.5 million patient visits annually from across Southwestern Ontario and provide specialized services to support the region’s community hospitals, Fieder says. Last year’s fall Lottery raised more than $700,000 and in excess of $25.6 million has been contributed to the cause since the Lottery’s beginnings in 1996. b

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By Kathy Rumleski “Today’s seniors, they are much more active and engaged . . . doing what they love.” The 160-suite facility opened in 2009 on Fanshawe Park Road and offers an array of activities, including computer classes and a knitting club. Entertainment and educational speakers fill the calendar and there are many excursions. For fitness buffs, there is a gym, a pool and a walking area, referred to as the life trail, with wildlife nearby. A nurse is available around the clock, there are personal support workers, a concierge and a doctor who comes in to see patients. “It’s really a

one-stop place, for sure,” Taggart says. Residents have the choice of two tiers of care – independent or assisted living. But no matter which area residents choose, participation is key. “We still promote independence,” Taggart says. At the Manor Village on Victoria Street, which will celebrate a grand opening this summer, residents can choose from a blend of lifestyles, says Brad Lohman, vice president of operations for Manor Village Life Centers. A unique feature is called Our Hearts Memory Care, which is specialized care for residents with memory impairment, under

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travelstyle The Kineto Kiwanis Theatre in Forest will play host to the Lambton Film and Food Festival (LaFFF) for the third straight year.


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or the third straight year, the Lambton Film and Food Festival (LaFFF) is bringing a bit of Hollywood to Forest, ON. LaFFF kicks off Thursday, May 26, with the Youth Short Film Competition. Films, created by area high school students during workshops with instructors from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), will be screened at Kimball Hall. “It is a great experience for the students,” says LaFFF steering committee member Scott Ferguson. Each subsequent evening, three TIFFrecommended films will be shown at Kiwanis Kineto Theatre. “We’ve picked

films we think people of the area will enjoy,” festival chair Glen Starkey says. “We’ve got a great lineup this year.” “Lambton has such a rich heritage of food production,” Starkey says. Local restaurants will feature special dinners during LaFFF, he says. The festival will also feature a pancake breakfast, pig roast and barbecue, art demonstrations, live theatre and DJ services. Starkey says community volunteers are “critical to our success,” adding LaFFF receives a lot of help from local Kiwanis and Optimists clubs. In turn, LaFFF aims to support the local economy, by bringing people to Forest and

providing shops with additional exposure and foot traffic. The event began in 2014 when Starkey was looking to “utilize the Kiwanis Kineto Theatre and bring some better quality films to the area,” he says. “Each year, it seems more and more people are coming out and they say ‘we’re going to come back and bring our friends.” b

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Picking the

perfect pairing By Jill Ellis-Worthington

Follow the rules or let personal preFerences rule the day?


ith the explosion of craft beers on the Canadian suds-scape, it’s easier than ever to find new and exciting combinations of food and drink. But all this variety can be a bit overwhelming, so here are some words of advice from a few local experts. According to Rick Doyle, co-owner of Toboggan Brewing Company, many suggestions for pairing food and wine can be applied to beer. “With grilled or smoked meats, serve a fullerflavoured beer, like an amber or a stout but with something lighter, like salad or fish, try a blonde or a wheat beer,” he advises.

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Milos Kral, owner of Milos Craft Beer Emporium, says when picking food pairings, wheat or blonde beers can be substituted for white wines, while darker beers can be enjoyed in place of reds. Try a glass of stout or porter with a heavier meat dish, like lobster or steak, he suggests – and wheat or blonde beer with your favourite fish or chicken dish. Wayne Newton, who describes himself as an “omnivore of the beer world” and often writes about craft beer for national newspapers, says choosing the right pairings is a personal pursuit. “Go with what tastes good to you,” he adds, noting many crafters websites offer tasting notes.

He’s excited about the emergence of dark beers being offered by many Ontario craft beer makers. “Ontario crafters reinvented the IPAs and now they are doing the same with dark beers.” He recommends enjoying a nice stout with a plate of raw oysters. “Railway City and Forked River both have excellent dark beers.” Because grilling is one of summer’s great pleasures, Newton also recommends Dead Elephant from Railway City Brewery in St. Thomas as the perfect match to barbecued burgers. Railway City co-founder Paul Corriveau echoes this sentiment

All four experts agree that the perfect finish to any meal is a stout matched with your favourite dessert. and adds that he likes to pair a hoppy beer with spicy Thai or Indian dishes. He matches Iron Spike Copper Ale with chicken dishes and The Witty Traveler with stuffed pork tenderloin. “Wheat beers are so refreshing and often have a lower alcohol content, so they are perfect for summer socializing on the patio,” says Corriveau. All four experts agree that the perfect finish to any meal is a stout matched with your favourite dessert. “The roasted coffee flavours of stout are delicious with chocolate or berries,” says Doyle. Newton agrees. “A rich chocolate dessert pairs perfectly with a craft porter or stout,” he says. “Drink a lager or wine with dinner but go with stout with dessert.” n

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in Port Stanley

OF PLATES, PIRATES AND A PIER By Jill Ellis-Worthington

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or those who grew up in southwestern Ontario, a day trip to the beach at Port Stanley is a fond childhood memory. This seaside village hasn’t lost its original allure of surf and sand but continues to grow in ways to keep bringing us back.

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Reportedly the Great Lakes’ longest breakwater, the extended pier welcomes strollers night and day to venture 1,475 feet over Lake Erie. With lighting, benches and glass look outs, visitors can take in the beauty of the water, the sunset and gaze back at the beach. The adjoining greenspace, Hofhuis Park, is due to be completed by the summer of 2018, according to Lloyd Perrin, director of physical services with the municipality of Central Elgin.

Two new eateries join the village’s gastronomic offerings. At Solo on Main, Lauren Van Dixhoorn returns to her roots at what was Mickey’s Boathouse. “It was my first job in a restaurant. I was a dishwasher there in high school.” Since then the owner/chef has refined her training at Niagara College’s culinary school and high-end restaurants in Toronto, Niagara and Bermuda. The sleek, spare décor will enhance seafood and lakefood offerings that are highlighted by citrus, oils and herbs. Van Dixhoorn describes the fare as fresh and light and the menu as offering small and large portions. “There will be many options to share plates.” Slated to open in mid-May, Solo on Main will serve brunch on weekends, lunch and dinner nightly, and service will continue until midnight. The New New Age, on Bridge Street, is the love child of Stephen and Katie Hotchkiss. The duo moved from Los Angeles to take over Stephen’s family’s Port Burwell area farm in 2014 and opened The New New Age last fall. Serving dinner Thursday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the season, Hotchkiss says that 90 per cent of all food and drink offerings are locally-sourced and organic, many coming from their own farm. “We sell vegetables, honey and tea made from herbs we grow,” he explains. Local organic beers and wines are also available for sale, and the Hotchkisses make their own craft beers in the onsite microbrewery.

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Kickin’ it

Country music events are shining the spotlight on London, with stars like Randy Houser (left) and Chris Young (below) performing at the Trackside Music Festival this summer.

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London loves country music


ith two marquee country music events on the calendar – July’s Trackside Music Festival and September’s Canadian Country Music Week (CCMW) – it’s safe to say London is firmly affixed to the Canadian country map. But for Tourism London’s director of culture and entertainment tourism, this is just part of a long and steady process – one he hopes will continue to grow and flourish. “You also have to add Rock the Park Gone Country, the emerging artists’ initiative, and the Country Music Association of Ontario,” Chris Campbell says. “It points to a few things. London is being viewed as a vibrant music destination – that’s the focus from a tourist perspective. “(London) is a hotbed for country music – having two country music 38 Lifestyle May/June 2016

stations in the area is an anomaly,” he says, adding the fact the city is surrounded by predominantly rural areas may help. London’s ability to attract two of Canada’s hottest country music events due in part to the Forest City’s proven on-ice performance. “We started working on CCMW in 2012 and it’s been a very educational process,” Campbell says. “One of the factors that helped us was the success in major sporting events. There is a community of volunteers that help ensure these events are successful. There are also a number of sponsors and media who have been supportive of events.” Whether it’s from hosting two Memorial Cups, the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, or legendary acts like Cher and Elton John, London is building up a reputation as a place where events can thrive.

“London has these attributes, along with the success of country music concerts at Budweiser Gardens and the London Music Hall – the stars have started to align,” Campbell says. So, with a summer of country music ahead, Campbell’s team and his partners at the local venues and the London Music Office have a chance to pause, right? “We’re not taking a breath – we’re already working on things beyond this. In fact, we’d already like to host (CCMW) again before we’ve even hosted it this time,” he says. “We look at it as part of a movement. We want to establish ourselves as hosting a larger music event.” “It’s an opportunity to showcase a lot of our venues to management groups and agents. We can show what kind of vibrant music scene London has.”

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Trackside Music Festival

A two-day country music concert series from July 1-2, 2016, which takes place at the Western Fair District. A partnership between the Budweiser Gardens, Live Nation, the London Music Hall, and Western Fair District. Performers include: Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Randy Houser, Cole Swindell, Brett Kissel, Jes Moskaluke, and Chris Lane.

Country Music Week

A celebration of Canadian country music which takes place from September 8-11, 2016, at various venues in the city, including the Budweiser Gardens and the London Music Hall. It is comprised of three components: a music festival, an industry conference, and the highlight of the week – the Canadian Country Music Association awards show. And is Campbell willing to drop any surprise names for CCMW? “There’s really not going to be any surprises as far as acts are concerned,” he says, adding that the performers are determined by the awards process. “We’ll find out in June/July – that’s when the nomination and balloting process takes place.” But he did say CCMW will bring new twists to the London music scene. “Look for larger outdoor types of events,” he says. “We want to bring the music to the people.” n

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rom the towering hotels that border North Shoreline Boulevard, the Gulf of Mexico sparkles like a three-carat diamond, and blue skies stretch forever. Everything’s bigger in Texas and that’s true of Corpus Christi, the jewel of America’s third coast. If you stroll along the seawall dotted with picturesque gazebos, the waters of Corpus Christi Bay sparkle in the sun, and boats – shrimpers alongside sail boats and power yachts – give visitors the diverse flavour of this Texas town. Your jaunt will take you by the Selena memorial, an interactive homage to the popular Hispanic singer who died in Corpus Christi and still has a strong following there. Among the dozens of fans who gather there daily, watch for the gentleman with a pet miniature horse sometimes perched nearby. The Lex – U.S.S. Lexington, a Second World War aircraft carrier, dominates the harbourscape, glowing purple after dark and offering tours during the day. TOP LEFT The Gulf of Mexico’s sparkling waters stretch before visitors when they lodge at one of the many hotels along North Shoreline Boulevard. The well-equipped marina hosts all types and sizes of marine vessels, from shrimpers – surrounded by pelicans looking for lunch – to sleek sail boats and gleaming power yachts.

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Fun in the sun in Corpus Christi Story and photos by Jill Ellis-Worthington

You can also catch the RTA harbour ferry and get a closer look at the Lex from the water, which provides a panoramic view of the city’s skyline and is a cheap way ($3 US per person) to get to the municipal beach. Across from the marina, Segcity Segway tours loop visitors through the seawall and museum districts, providing a really fun way to see some of the city and learn about its history and culture from guide Tim Heuston. Watch for the model of the solar system, near the People’s T-head, that shows the planets relative positions to each other. Very cool and free.

TOP RIGHT White gazebos line the harbour front and provide shade to escape the hot Texas sun for a few minutes. The popular Selena memorial is housed in one of these where North Shoreline Boulevard meets the People’s Street T-Head.

Staying at one of the many seaside hotels – like the Holiday Inn – puts you within walking distance of all these and more of the city’s enjoyable sites and eateries. The Water Street Oyster Bar serves the freshest seafood and, of course, oysters, prepared six different ways. To enjoy delicious seafood while actually on the sea, visit Landry’s Seafood House. Or take a drive over to Mustang Island for some beach time and stop for lunch at a casual open air eatery called Doc’s Seafood and Steaks. The Whataburger chain of restaurants was founded in Corpus Christi and the only two-storey one resides along North Shoreline Boulevard, where you get a view of the harbour while chowing down on their famous burgers and onion rings. Adding colour to your trip is easy with stops at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Centre or Texas State Aquarium. Interesting and active flora and fauna will greet you at both stops. 

BOTTOM LEFT Glowing with blue lighting in the night and hosting visitors eager to learn about its history, The Lex (U.S.S. Lexington) sits in the Corpus Christi Harbour. Known as the Blue Ghost, this World War II aircraft carrier has shared its history with thousands of visitors since arriving in Corpus Christi in 1992.

BOTTOM RIGHT Seeing Corpus Christi from the water need not be expensive. Take a ride from the People’s Street T-Head to the Corpus Christi Beach to see the U.S.S. Lexington from the water, feel the sea breeze of the Gulf of Mexico on your face or get to the Texas State Aquarium for only $3 round trip.

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SAND AND SURF With miles of wide, sandy beaches, you’ll agree with glen Campbell when he sings: ‘galveston, oh galveston, i still hear your sea waves crashing,’ about missing this island town. Located on the harbour side of the island, the historic district features tours of turn-of-the-century mansions and boutique shopping in the Strand District. The gulf side’s Pleasure Pier could be described as Coney-island-meets-DisneyLand over the water. No trip to galveston is complete without a stop at gaido’s Seafood Restaurant. You’ll know you’re there when you see the car-sized crab on the roof. This belies the quality of the food and the white table cloth services. Check out gaido’s collection of crystal pieces and the wall of fame showing presidents and other celebrities who have visited to dine there. n




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In the wintertime, feet love in-floor heating. But this innovation can do more than keep your feet warm. It can keep your whole house warm, completely replacing other heating systems. “We have many large, high-end homes that are completely heated with in-floor heating,” says Paul McRoberts, owner of iFH Designs and Installations in St. Marys. He pioneered the technique in Southwestern Ontario. He’s also installed in-floor heating in a seniors’ complex and an

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In-floor heatIng warms the whole home eight-unit residence as well as commercial buildings. He admits that when he introduced the concept in 1992, it was met with skepticism. “When I first started promoting it, everyone said, ‘That’s not going to fly.’” But McRoberts, who is trained in hydronics and hot-water heating, disagreed and pushed ahead. “Now we’re one of the leaders,” he says. The system works by circulating warm water through a network of cross-linked pipes placed beneath the floor. The surface


Paul McRoberts, owner of iFH Designs and Installations in St. Marys, pioneered the technique of in-floor heating in 1992. area radiates heat throughout the room. It works with various floor coverings, including hardwood, ceramic tile, cork, stone and carpet. Its popularity is growing for a couple of reasons, McRoberts says. One is long-term energy savings. Although the initial cost is higher than traditional methods, he says homeowners will quickly reap savings. He cites the example of his own 4,000-square-foot home. “It’s the only heating we have and I think my highest energy bill last year was $125.” Another attraction is the clean and healthy nature of this heating. Because there are no fans, pollens are not being circulated through the

air, and there’s less dust. It’s ideal for people with allergies. And, because there are no heaters, radiators or vents, furniture can be arranged anywhere without worry, he adds. While other companies offer in-floor heating, iFH has the advantage of longevity, experience and solid contacts made over the years. It services clients from Port Stanley to Goderich and Sarnia to Kitchener, about 60 per cent of them residential. The company began in 1984 as Paul McRoberts Plumbing. Since day one it has offered a complete range of plumbing services, as well as power flushing to clean out existing waterheating systems systems. n

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awle Blackman has been in the furniture business for more than 35 years, so he knows what sets a store apart from the competition and for the owner of Modern Living London, it’s all about service. And sometimes a location can give you an edge in the market as well. After moving into a former car dealership on Wharncliffe Road South in 2014, Blackman feels his customers are even better served with more choice. “This location has certainly given us a step up,” he says, with 13 lines of furniture available. “We carry all the leading Canadian

and Italian manufacturers,” Blackman says, noting Jaymar, Gus Modern and Natuzzi Italia as examples. But it doesn’t stop there. One of the plusses of working with Modern Living London is free in-home consultations. “We come to your home and bring our fabric samples. We sit with you and listen to what your lifestyle is and come up with solutions.” Blackman also provides his cell number to customers and says he can be reached 24 hours a day. “We’re here to solve design problems. I’m now friends with most of my customers because of repeat business.”

One of his biggest challenges today is online shopping: “With the advent of the Internet, the market is available to everyone. The difference is the level of service that we offer - before and after we deliver the product,” he says. Blackman says what he’d like the public to know about Modern Living London is its affordability. “We’re not as expensive as we look.” b

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f you’re bothered by a fleshy or double chin, you may be interested in two recently launched, nonsurgical medical treatments that eliminate fat cells. “Many patients ask what they can do to reduce fatty tissue under their chin, which is called submental fat. This is an area of concern for women and men – both young and old,” says Dr. Penny Cumberland, of London’s Cumberland Laser Clinic.

LEFT Female before CoolSculpting session. ABOVE Female 12 weeks following second CoolSculpting session.

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RIGHT Male before CoolSculpting session. FAR RIGHT Male 12 weeks following CoolSculpting session. Photographs courtesy of A. Jay Burns, MD.

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UniqUe to each of Us, grieving is a cyclical experience By Jill Ellis-Worthington


n our fast-paced world, some things just can’t be fast-tracked. Among them is grief. This is a lesson that Victoria Cripps has learned the hard way. The very hard way. Three years ago, the 66-year-old Londoner lost her 36-yearold daughter Alana to bladder cancer. Previously married for two decades to a funeral director, Cripps thought she had a handle on the grieving process. But when she lost her only child, she also lost the will to live. Seeking help from Rebecca Machado, a psychotherapist and executive director of Daya Counselling Services, Cripps has found her way back to the land of the living, but still finds day-to-day life a challenge. “One of Alana’s and my favourite movies was Shawshank Redemption and there’s a line – ‘Get busy living or get busy dying’ – that I remembered and it helped me decide to try living again,” says Cripps. So she did. According to Machado, “Grief is a part of life because we connect with other human beings and experience pain when they are absent. Often we can’t make sense of how the world can be changed in this way. How can the sun be shining and others are carrying on when our world has so profoundly changed that it seems to have stopped?” With an ageing demographic dominating the landscape of North America, grief will more actively dominate our collective psyche. So, learning how to deal with it is important. The five stages of grieving – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, accep-

“We need to tune into ourselves and notice what’s right for each of us. Some do better with support, others by being alone.” tance – do exist, but don’t usually happen as a linear process, says Machado. Sarah Hilton, of Stressed Out Solutions, agrees. “Each of the stages doesn’t last a minute or a day. It’s like a roller coaster: some days you’re feeling better and then a song or a smell can send you back into feeling anger, sadness and denial all at the same time,” she says. She adds that those with some sort of spiritual connection are often able to move beyond grief more easily than those who have none. “People who believe in a higher power can often grieve more easily because it’s part of their culture and different types of spirituality have their own types of processes for grieving,” she says. Lisa Evans takes a different approach to help with grieving. A reflexologist with a mobile practice, she found that doing reflexology on someone who is grieving can provide relief when a distant relative who had recently lost her husband was visiting. “I had my stool with me and performed a reflexology session on her outdoors,” explains Evans, saying that this proved to be a cathartic experience for her relative. “She said it was the first time she could really breathe since it happened.”

Evans describes reflexology as “acupressure on the bottoms of the feet, corresponding with all the organs and glands, stimulating nerves to send more energy to every part of the body.” Evans has performed treatments on a dozen or more people through her volunteer work with Bereaved Families of London over the past two years. While each person’s take on it is unique, the experience has similarly profound results. “In groups or therapy, they are expected talk but often don’t know what to say or how to process what they are feeling. When they sit in my chair their situation is being addressed, but they don’t have to do or say anything. Often this helps them feel able to open up, sometimes for the first time,” says Evans. Since each person’s grief journey is individual, Machado says it must happen at his or her own pace. “We need to tune into ourselves and notice what’s right for each of us. Some do better with support, others by being alone.” Knowing that you can work through it is the best encouragement. “We are set up to move through grief and to heal because throughout history death has happened, and we are wired to heal from it no matter how hard the process might be,” she concludes. n

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2 Two A Jewelry’s design is “influenced by new technology and materials that connect with natural substances” to create pieces that move effortlessly through your summer wardrobe. ToP This oversized choker necklace is a pewter silver chain on a silk rope. ToP RIGHT Bring the bling with this elastic bracelet made from rhodium stones. aBovE Metal in relief describes this bracelet that is perfect with the season’s sleeveless garments.

3 Susan Dinner moved to London two years ago to expand her jewelry making business. She offers one-ofa-kind statement necklaces, earrings and bracelets that complement many wardrobe pieces. Shown here are Swarovski crystal disc earrings with sterling silver accents and Swarovski crystal pillar earrings with sterling silver/ Swarovski crystal rings. Either would look smashing with this tri-strand necklace made of semi-precious aquamarine stones and teak beads.

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4 Dress up or dress down, sometimes it just has to be a dress. RIGHT Using art as the inspiration for many of its pieces, Dolcezza swirls colour and life into this flirty frock. ABOVE Summer’s equivalent of the LBD, this white, bright dress easily pairs with flip-flops and a hat or heels and a blazer to easily go from beach to boardroom. Sara Sohan carries the Dolcezza line.

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team of multimedia experts, based in Aylmer, is getting global recognition for its web development work. And its collective facial hair. With clients across Canada, the U.S. and as far afield as Spain, web development firm Redding Designs Inc. – which calls itself the ‘beard loving multimedia company’ – has put its bearded logo on websites around the world. The beard branding seemed a natural fit considering every male employee sports some sort of scruff – from soul patch, to goatee, to lumberjack-style brush. “We were toying with the idea of playing on that,” says CEO and founder Rob Redding. “So we designed a ‘beard seal of approval’ logo and put it out there. It’s really taken off.” While the unique brand captures attention, it’s the business philosophy and the team expertise that’s behind the success story.

The one-stop tech shop handles everything from website concept and design to branding, logos, maintaining search engine rankings and even social media management. Redding Designs also creates business cards, brochures and signs. “It’s all done in-house,” Redding says. “We don’t outsource. Clients deal directly with the people who are working on their sites.” “The customer service side, I take seriously,” he says. “The website is the face of a company today. It’s having a quality website that’s going to push a company over the top. Our goal is to make sure the website reflects the quality of the client’s work or craftsmanship.” It’s working. In three years, Redding Designs has grown from a one-man operation to an 11-member team, Redding says. “Everything is moving fast,” Redding says. “We’re very busy and it’s exciting.” n

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