Optimizing OutdOOr living spaces
Mix and Match
dream lottery offers tHree options
local experts pair beer and food
living large on the lake
faMily Mily living at its best
EXPERIENCE THE BEST!
YOUR EXTERIOR HOME RENOVATION EXPERTS Specializing in Windows, Doors, Siding, Soffit, Fascia, Eavestroughing
Rent this Space Move-in Ready Suites Now Available Like you, Mosaik is simply unlike any other. Chic, sophisticated and original. Unique in a world of sameness. With a sleek, contemporary design surrounded by green space yet just minutes away from a thriving downtown core, nothing else compares. Book a tour to experience effortless living at an enviable address.
Phone: 1 844 284-1620 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Luxury standard finishes; hardwood flooring, granite counters, custom cabinets, standard pot lighting • Large outdoor balconies • Pricing starts at $324,900
luxurious one floor condos
• Customizable boutique condos • 51 units on 4 floors; 10 & 12 ft. ceilings • Controlled building entry, underground parking, two elevators • Gas serviced building to patio, stove, water heater, fireplace
MODEL NOW OPEN
LUXURIOUS MODERN LOFT CONDOS
nd wla ado ys Wa
2223 Callingham Drive
Luxurious Features Included • 56 one floor units 2,300-2,400 sq ft • 2 + 1 bedrooms and 2 baths • Second floor loft with 700 sq ft of space • 10 ft main floor ceilings vaulting to 18 ft in great room
• Custom kitchens with granite counters • 8 ft doors • Gas fireplace and hardwood in living room • Pricing starts at $389,900
jun e 201 6
10 15 22
26 34 55 38 31 40
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.
51 58 16 42 45 61
Homestyle Cover Story – Lakeside living Modern retreat on Lake Huron
The outdoors are in Patio appointments to please
Dreamy address The Dream Home Lottery is back
Bestlife Senior living
LED the future is bright
Retirement for sen-agers
Foodies Suds for your taste buds
Coping How to heal a broken heart
Culturelife Country time Get your boots scootin’
Travelstyle Time to LAFFF Lambton Film and Food Festival
Going coastal In Corpus Christi, Texas
Yourstyle Take it off Solutions for double chins
Match to the max Summer dressing made easy
Bizlife Quantum Verdi IFH Designs Modern Living London Redding Designs
Exeter Rd. at Wellington 519-681-0212
Richmond St. at Fanshawe
CARPET VINYL CERAMIC HARDWOOD LAMINATE LUXURY VINYL TILE
1026 Talbot St., St Thomas, ON N5P 1G3 ph 519-631-8428 www.elgincarpetonesaintthomas.com
6 Lifestyle May/June 2016
LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier ASSIStAnt PUBLISHER/ SALES MAnAgER Wilma Van Vaerenbergh 519-476-5571 email@example.com
Have nothing in your house “ that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ” - William Morris
EDItOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRItERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Jason Menard John Milner Kathy Rumleski Beth Stewart Heather Toskan ACCOUnt MAnAgERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 firstname.lastname@example.org Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 email@example.com Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 firstname.lastname@example.org Marcia McLean 519-525-2631 email@example.com Elaine Norris 519-702-5583 firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAUTIFUL. STYLISH. LIVING.
EDItORIAL & AD DESIgn Nancy Greenfield Wendy Reid AD DESIgn Bill McGrath PRODUCtIOn Nancy Greenfield PHOtOgRAPHY Richard Bain Kamini Le Capelain John Morse PRIntIng Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHItECtURE Sean Hunt – www.Ecoworks.ca
Lifestyle is published six times a year by 2251632 Ontario Inc. c.o.b. Lifestyle Magazine 108 Tuyll Street, Bayfield N0M 1G0 519-873-0989 email@example.com Copies are distributed to selected homes, magazine stands and local businesses in London and area.
Canada Post Agreement #41277015 No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. All rights reserved. Printed in Canada.
600 WHARNCLIFFE ROAD SOUTH www.modernlivinglondon.com
editor’snote “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – RAIneR MARIA RILke
PLEASE NOTE This file has been optimized for its intended application only. For uses other than intended please contact Seed for alternate formats.
pretty old by month five or six of winter. Being able to throw pring fever is a real thing; 4438 it strikes children and Docket: Version: F Application: Print, 1/4 Page, 4C Process Media: Lifestyles on Magazine a sundress and sandals and dash out the door is one of the adults alike and both genders are susceptible. great freedoms afforded to us during the warmer months. Feeling the warming of the sun, we turn like blossoms to its golden rays and thirst for the coming But like it or not, we need to still look professional for of warmer days. work and social engagements in the summer. Doing that I’ve been outspoken in this space about my with distinctive style is what our fashion story on page 58 Please do NOT add keyline thisusclient approvedis art. love of summer and its hotaweather thatto frees from the all about. We’ve taken wonderful jewellery creations by heavy clothing of winter. Putting on layer after layer and then local designers and paired them with great looks to demontopping that with a coat, scarf, gloves, hat and boots gets strate wardrobe flexibility. Put on one of those wonderful outfits and head out to check out the homes in the Dream Home Lottery; one of them is in beautiful Bayfield, so stop in at one of the great eateries or shops. Story on page 22. Also along Lake Huron is the new home of Brian and Georgina Finch. We thank them for kindly allowing us a peek inside this lush lakeside retreat. You may have noticed the first of several great pictures on our cover but check out pages 10 to 14 for details on how this cottage came to be. Acquaintances often remark that since I get to talk to interesting people, go to fun events and visit great places as part of my work that I must love my job. And, of course I do. This issue marks my two-year anniversary as editor of Lifestyle Magazine, and I appreciate being part of the team that is able to bring you the best of home, food, furnishings, entertainment and travel. The Lifestyle Magazine team hopes that spring refreshes you and that you have a moment to pause and enjoy a good read. Happy spring,
outstanding solutions + standout seRvice.
Crosby blends design, quality products and superior installation to create the best solution for your individual taste and needs. ReseRve youR spRing pRopeRty consultation today. firstname.lastname@example.org 519-907-9992
8 Lifestyle May/June 2016
Jill Ellis-Worthington email@example.com Photography by Kamini Le Capelain of silent Poetry Hair styled by Nina Badr of NU Hair and Makeup studio
awa r d w i n n i n g
of Creative exCellenCe
• OHBA mOst OutstAnding new HOme kitcHen new home 2001 sq ft & over
• OHBA mOst OutstAnding new HOme kitcHen new home up to 2000 sq ft
• LHBA Best new HOme kitcHen in a home over $500,000
WO O DY ’ S P R E M I U M
• LHBA Best new BAtHrOOm
c caabb ii n n e e tt rryy
in a home over $500,000
1 4 9 1 Fa n s h a w e P a r k r o a d w e s t, L o n d o n
519.473.73 3 8
w w w.wo o dys m Fg .c o m
Ultimate Family time, couple time, any time – this home delivers
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.
10 Lifestyle May/June 2016
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.
By By Jill Jill Ellis-Worthington ellis-Worthington
“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.
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.
Continued from page 11
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.
Form and Function
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
“I should have bought it the first time I saw it!”
1055 SARNIA RD, LONDON | 226-884-4144 www.redecorconsign.com | firstname.lastname@example.org 12 Lifestyle May/June 2016
Turning your vision INTO REALITY
For over 28 years,
Melchers Construction has been committed to delivering clients exactly what they envision. Our passion for design creativity, and our commitment to quality, ensure this. Bring us your ideas and we will bring them to life!
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.
Continued on page 14
Winner of 7 LHBA ACe AWArds in 2015 ❖ Including LHBA RenovAtoR of tHe YeAR ❖ Best Renovated exterior ❖ Best new Kitchen in a home up to $500K
INTEGRITY, INNOVATION, TRADITION, TRUST – SINcE 1987
www.melchersconstruction.com May/June 2016
ULTIMATe BeACh ReTReAT Continued from page 13
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.
life on The lake
THE DIFFERENCE! RETAIL STORE ON-SITE OFFERING:
• Mulch • Topsoils • Grass Seed • Aggregates • Fertilizer
• Professional landscape design • Lawn maintenance • Garden maintenance • Turf, tree & shrub control …and so much more!
www.swpropertycare.ca 1491 Fanshawe Park Rd. West Building B, London, ON 519-668-6105 email@example.com
Let Us Exceed Your Expectations! 14 Lifestyle May/June 2016
COMPLETE LANDSCAPING SERVICES
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
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Barnswallow Company www.barnswallow1.wordpress.com Detailing and Design by Myra 519-317-2461 Parterre Landscaping and Design Associates 519-439-7088 Platinum Builders Inc. www.platinumbuilders.ca Woody’s Premium Cabinetry www.woodysmfg.com
marketplace interior style
Cabana Coast Riverside edtion wicker dining set Patio Palace. www.patiopalace.com
Kichler Harvest Ridge outdoor chandelier. Guildwood Lighting. www.guildwoodlighting.ca
When your backyard feels like a resort, every day is a holiday. for more information see resources page 62
Kichler Pebble Lane collection wall lantern. Guildwood Lighting. www.guildwoodlighting.ca
Cabana Coast 9’ auto tilt patio umbrella. Patio Palace. www.patiopalace.com Natural gas Monaco 42” round fire pit. Patio Palace. www.patiopalace.com
Cabana Coast Chorus daybed outdoor wicker with Solweave®. Patio Palace. www.patiopalace.com
Collaboration is key
LEFT High-gloss cabinetry on display in the new Quantum Verdi showroom. ABOVE Joseph Branco (left) and Adam Mackowiak offer Londoners highend design style at a reasonable cost.
Quantum Verdi uses local sources to create big city style By John Milner
EnhancE your outdoor living space
519.438.6161 | 5 York St. London | guildwoodlighting.ca 16 Lifestyle May/June 2016
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
Quantum Verdi Showroom 487 Richmond Street • 519-438-5944 • www.quantumfurnishings.com
marketplace interior style Monte Carlo Lily collection brushed steel outdoor ceiling fan. Living Lighting. www.livinglighting.com
Seagull nautical-inspired weathered outdoor light fixture. Living Lighting. www.livinglighting.com
Cabana sectional. HAUSER London. www.hauserstores.com
outdoors Cool and calming or wild and wonderful â€“ you set the tone. for more information see resources page 62
Vista Lounge chair. HAUSER London. www.hauserstores.com
Outdoor round fire pit. HAUSER London. www.hauserstores.com
Multi-toned, metal wall art from Bali, flock of birds motif. Birdieâ€™s Nest. www.birdiesnestonline.com
Save up to $300
on retractable Patio/deck awnings* *Call for details
Showroom 2425 oxford St. w. (just past Kilworth sign)
Over 30 Years of Excellence
ThE NEW TrEND IN AppLIANCE CLEANINg
A unique mobile service that offers handcrafted, deep cleaning quality, delivered by trained professionals without the dangers and toxic fumes of self-cleaning ovens and aerosol cleaners. OVEN • BBQ • STOVE TOP RANGE HOOD • MICROWAVE
Your oVENCLEAN LoNDoN TEAM Tilda & David King
“Wow! I was truly impressed by the results that David and Tilda achieved on my oven. They were here for about an hour and a half and it was well worth the money. My wife will love it !” David G
www.ovenclean.ca 18 Lifestyle May/June 2016
marketplace interior style
Manta umbrella. HAUSER London. www.hauserstores.com
Mexican hand finished decorative clay vase. Birdie’s Nest. www.birdiesnestonline.com
Handmade, traditional style clay garden pot from Mexico. Birdie’s Nest. www.birdiesnestonline.com
Peninsula Collection outdoor ceiling fan by Monte Carlo in Roman bronze. Living Lighting. www.livinglighting.com
outdoors Exotic décor in vivid colours – your space can be spicy hot. for more information see resources page 62
Artisan made, natural teak wood slab tables and benches from Indonesia. Birdie’s Nest. www.birdiesnestonline.com
Handcrafted, rustic iron and clay sun wall decor from Mexico with a kokopelli design. Birdie’s Nest. www.birdiesnestonline.com
“I didn’t enjoy sitting on my porch... until I made cushions for my outdoor furniture!’
LET mE HELP yOU LOvE yOUR PORCH TOO!
QUANTUM Your Home Lifestyle Store
487 Richmond StReet 519.438.5944 www.quantumfurnishings.com living • dining • bedroom • occasional • design
Your Design & Lifestyle Centre
OUTDOOR CUSHIONS, DRAPES, BLINDS and much more!
utdoor Living ginette minor • 519-494-0787
firstname.lastname@example.org Certified Sewing Specialist
el Talbot 20 Rd.,Lifestyle Lambeth May/June 2016 2799 F: 519-652-1528
• total renovations • Kitchens • Wall Units • Wine cellars • bUilt ins • cigar rooms & more 487 Richmond StReet
w w w. v e R d i d e S i g n . c a
Entertain In Style!
Windows & Doors
WOOD WINDOWS WOOD, STEEL & FIBREGLASS ENTRANCE & PATIO DOORS
S H OW ROOM 535 First St., London Mon-Fri 9-5:30; Sat 10-2 Free in-home quotes
By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
DREAM HOME LOTTERY OFFERS AN ARRAY OF CHOICE
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
Warehouse 74 Proud furniture supplier of the 2016 Bayfield Dream Lottery Home
Visit our showroom at
269 Main St - Lucan - 519 227-0074
LL7949 May/June 2016
DIFFERENT AND DISTINCT BRING YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE.
Continued from page 23
CUSTOM KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN AND INSTALLATION
KITCHEN AND BATH OF LONDON
LET THE EXPERIENCED TEAM AT PRESTIGE KITCHEN AND BATH OF LONDON BRING YOUR DREAM TO LIFE! LET US SHOW YOU HOW INEXPENSIVE CUSTOM CAN BE. WE ARE PROUD TO SAY OUR CABINETRY IS CANADIAN MADE. FIND US ON FACEBOOK
2509 MAIN STREET (LAMBETH), LONDON, ONT. • CELL PHONE: 226-239-6700 • PHONE: 519-203-1224 WWW.PRESTIGEKITCHENANDBATHOFLONDON.CA
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
Dream Lottery • www.dreamitwinit.ca Bayfield Home 28 Cameron Street, Bayfield • Open Fri.-Sun., noon-4 p.m. Bridlewood Home 90 Pebblecreek Walk • Open Tues.-Sun. noon-5 pm. North Point Loft Home 1705 Fiddlehead Place • Open Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.
24 Lifestyle May/June 2016
PREMIUM LIVING in the Heart of Wortley Village at 122 Wortley Road
Spring 2017 Occupancy RESERVE NOW
It’s finally here – the home, the location and views you’ve been waiting for. A rare opportunity for a select few to own a very desirable condominium residence of sophisticated luxury in this 7 unit boutique-style setting. Suites ranging from 1,321 - 2,886 sq. ft. Prices from the mid-$500’s
Please go to
www.parksedge.ca for more information
DESTINATION In beautiful Goderich • MicroPro Sienna • cedar • Trex & azek deckinG
Discover our recently expanDeD showroom!
Make it a destination! Visit us in beautiful lakeside Goderich for all your indoor & outdoor home decor needs.
G O D E R I C H Delivery across Ontario
121 Huckins St. Goderich, ON • 519-524-1778 • 1-800-667-0357 • email@example.com • www.goderichrona.com May/June 2016
Under one roof Making living easy for seniors
early one in six Canadians is over 65 and the senior ranks continue to grow. The changing demographics have meant a shift in attitude toward seniors, as well as a shift in services. There are more choices for seniors than ever before when it comes to retirement living, with many facilities offering all residents need under one roof. One such facility is Amica at London, which prides itself not only on its range of services, but the way it empowers seniors. The focus is on “living younger,” says general manager Sandra Taggart. 26 Lifestyle May/June 2016
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
Organize, increase space and put everything at your fingertips! Our product line can be applied in kitchen and bathroom cabinets, pantries, armoires, linen closets, and any piece of furniture that can benefit from a gliding shelf solution.
Ask about the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit for seniors
“Today’s seniors, they are much more active and engaged . . . doing what they love.” supervision from highly-trained staff. “It is the first of its kind in North America,” Lohman says. He says it not only helps seniors live carefree, but takes the stress off families. All residents have access to a wellness team that includes a mobility specialist, psychiatrist and sleep expert. There are a wide range of services, including housekeeping and maintenance, and of course, many activities and social events. The emphasis is to provide the finest housing with a quality lifestyle for all, Lohman says. “It’s really a community.” n
FOR MORE INFORMATION Amica at London 517 Fanshawe Park Road West 519-657-7096 • www.amica.ca The Manor Village at London 230 Victoria Street 1-888-706-2667 • www.themanorvillagelondon.com
Call your London, Ontario experts today for a free consultation.
519 642-2677 or 519 641-2270
LIVE LIFE WITHIN REACH
Head Office: 1-877-895-9766 • www.glidingshelf.ca May/June 2016
The Manor Village Life Centers NGay!!! I S d
A Rt E L U
TO W r O ou
NEW SENIORâ€™S RESIDENCE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
The Manor Village at London, in collaboration with Advanced Medical Group offers onsite physicians, pharmacy,
foot care and additional extraordinary services and amenities. Our unique all inclusive Assisted Living and Memory Care lifestyles ensure that our Residents care needs are met and family have great peace of mind!
For more info call: 519-702-7053 230 Victoria Street
W S e e $3 dne nio 0 sd r w Ca ay’s rt
VOTED BEST COURSE IN LAMBTON SHORES 20 Minutes from Grand Bend
Super Saver Sunday’s: 18 Holes with Cart after 11am only $35 - every Sunday
Tee Times: 519-786-5505 or Register Online @ www.indianhillsgolf.ca and qualify for a 2017 Membership with Cart!
GRAND BEND & Area Take in the beauty and the fun!
30 Lifestyle May/June 2016
travelstyle The Kineto Kiwanis Theatre in Forest will play host to the Lambton Film and Food Festival (LaFFF) for the third straight year.
on the lake
FiLM and FOOd FesTivaL Brings quaLiTy cineMa TO area By John Milner
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
Lambton Film and Food Festival May 26-29, 2016 • Forest, Ontario www.forestfestivals.ca/lafff
Builder of The Bayfield Lottery Home
Open HOuse – 36 years May 28 meet
Maya Eventov in the gallery shipping container homes • ICF foundations • new construction • additions • renovations • decks
Hillier ContraCting Whatever you can conceive we can achieve! 519.955.0304
430A Richmond Street
Committed to providing a full range of cost effective, quality, electrical services to residential, commercial and industrial consumers since 2005.
Expert Service Professional Installation Hardwood, Laminate, LVT, Vinyl, Carpet, Cork, Ceramic, Leather, Area Rugs
• Photo credit Preverco Hickory Wave Tofino
280 Thames Rd. E. Exeter, Ontario 519.235.1652 www.exeterfloordesigns.com
Our highly trained & licensed service technicians provide, fast, friendly and knowledgeable electrical services. Our modern fleet of wellmaintained service vehicles are stocked with the right equipment and materials to suit your job and complete it promptly!
Award Winning Landscaping
Landscaping, Ponds and Waterfalls. Visit our Perennial Farm - Grasses, Hostas, Waterplants, Evergreens and Koi at Our Secret Garden 11353 Longwoods Road, Delaware, ON 519-652-2911 NOW Installing Dolphin Fiberglass Pools
HOurS: Mon. To Sat. 9am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 4pm
Like us on Facebook
www.johncyoungdesign.com 32 Lifestyle May/June 2016
firstname.lastname@example.org Bus: 519 461-1050 Fax: 519 461-1338
FULL SERVICE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR
AFFORDABLE METAL ROOFING Quality & Freshness offered in St.Thomas, since 1991
Ontario produce year-round • Organic produce • Local meats, cheeses and eggs • Bulk foods and pet food •
1030 Talbot St., St. Thomas 519 633-9691 www.briwoodfarmmarket.com OPEN MON. to Sat. 8am - 8pm, SuN. 8am - 6pm
0 0% 0 $0
SHOWROOM: 1628 Dundas St. E. London, Ontario N5W 3C7 Monday to Friday 9AM - 5PM Saturday 9AM - 4PM
Best of 2015
PAYMENTS FOR 12 MONTHS*
WE MAKE YOUR FIRST PAYMENT*
CALL TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE
519.451.7663 OR TOLL FREE
1.855.838.9393 **Financing Available O.A.C.
Limited Time Offer. Promotion Expiry Oct 31, 2016 Savings cannot be combined with any other offer. *Some restrictions may apply, please contact us for more information.
We Don’t Just Sell Paint
We Sell Ideas!!
IT's FRESH IT's LOCAL
BOOK YOUR WORKSHOP NOW! Train with BOBBie & JOHN ROBiNSON Paintology Master Trainers to the trainers for van Gogh M
Available at our Brewery Store and select brands in LCBO & Beer Stores
vanGogh Furniture Paintology Products – Canadian Made and Owned " WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE " INVENTORY & ADVICE " ONE-OF-A-KIND painted furniture " 60+ colours of van Gogh fossil paint IN STOCK " Want to learn new techniques – ask about “Studio Time” "
Featuring: Dead Elephant Ale, Iron Spike Blonde, Copper & Amber Ales, Honey Elixir, Black Coal Stout, Witty Traveller, Specialty Seasonals TOURS • TASTINGS • TAP ROOM • RETAIL STORE 130 Edward St., St. Thomas • 519-631-1881
www.railwaycitybrewing.com Railwaycity Railwaycity Open 7 days a week Check our website for hours
Main London location: 240 Richmond Street p. 519.601.3666
2nd London location: Brydges Street Merchant Market 1255 Brydges Street
TIMELESS & UNIQUE email@example.com www.stanportleys.com May/June 2016
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.
34 Lifestyle May/June 2016
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
From here to beer With so many options to choose from, you’ll want to visit one of the festivals, take a road trip for lunch or pick up a six-pack in the Forest City to explore the world of craft beer. Beer and BBQ Show, weStern Fair June 17-19, 2016 www.westernfairdistrict.com/ beer-bbq-show/food-bbq ForeSt City Beer FeSt August 13, 2016 www.forestcitybeerfest.com BaySide Brewing Company www.baysidebrewing.com
Beertown puBliC houSe www.beertown.ca BlaCk Swan Brewing Company www.blackswanbrewing.ca Forked river www.forkedriverbrewing.com railway City Brewery www.railwaycitybrewing.com london Brewing Co-op www.londonbrewing.ca
miloS CraFt Beer emporium www.pubmilos.com Strathroy Brewing Company www.strathroybrewingcompany.ca StratFord Brewing Company www.stratfordbrewing.com toBoggan Brewing Company www.tobogganbrewing.com
Your best guide to fresh!
Affordably Fresh, Friendly & Local Farmers’ Market Hours: Thursdays: 8am ~ 2pm Saturdays: 8am ~ 1pm
Market Hours Monday to Thursday: 8am — 6pm Friday: 8am ~ 7:30pm Saturday: 8am ~ 6pm Sunday: 11am ~ 4pm coventmarket.com
in Port Stanley
OF PLATES, PIRATES AND A PIER By Jill Ellis-Worthington
Pl ate s
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.
Pi e r
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.
Pi r ate s
Harbourfest floats its way back into town on August 6 and 7 this summer. Make like a pirate with a ride on the tall ship Pathfinder or watch buskers, fire eaters, jugglers and musicians perform along village streets and parks. Saturday night fireworks are sure to spark joy for all. b
6 2S E 01 ASON Generously sponsored by
36 Lifestyle May/June 2016
COME PLAY BY THE LAKE & CELEBRATE OUR NEWLY CALL 519.782.4353 portstanleytheatre.ca RENOVATED THEATRE!
Joshua & Company
Try Port’s own Roasted Trail Mix, in Cherry, Cranberry and Blueberry
HOME ACCENTS & FURNISHINGS A FEATURED PRODUCT AT
Port’s Health Food Store
211 Main Street, Unit 2 Port Stanley 226.658.0122 www.barbsbrickle.com
Magpie Magpie Boutique
NEW SPRING ARRIVALS THROUGHOUT THE STORE
519.782.7727 207 Main Street, Port Stanley, Ontario
215 Main Street, Port Stanley
194 Main Street, Port Stanley www.joshuaandcompany.com • 519-782-5108 OPEN DAILY 10-5
Apropos FOR MEN carry the complete line of SAXX underwear 227 Colborne St., Port Stanley
(Beside Kettle Creek Inn) Open daily from 11am-5pm
UNDERWEAR BUILt DIFFERENtLy Internal mesh panels, finest fabrics, ergonomic fit, flat lock seams so you’re free to move.
LIFE CHANGING UNDERWEAR
WHAT YOU PUT ON FIRST SHOULD ALWAYS MOVE THE WAY YOU DO! 519-782-3012
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10-5! May/June 2016
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.
By Jay Menard
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.”
CCllassic assic H Hits
70ss &&’’80ss ’60 ’60s,s,’’70
RE-MASTERED RE-MASTERED Bringing some southern sunshine and country riffs to the Forest City, Florida Georgia Line will appear at the Trackside Music Festival in July.
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
Starring Jean Meilleur with special guest artists Katalin Kiss, Gavin Hope and Andrea Koziol joined by the Grand House Party Choir and the Grand House Party Orchestra.
Friday, June 24, 2016
8:00pm at the Grand Theatre
group rates available
I n f o: www.grandhouseparty.ca – or C all: 519-672-8800
50/50 Draw • Door Prizes
WOMEN’S COMMUNITY HOUSE
GHP14-LIFESTYLE AD 4.69x4.81".indd 1
29/03/16 3:59 PM
New designer-made & one-of-a-kind items for Father’s Day
FOR MORE INFORMATION Trackside Music Festival • www.tracksidefestival.com
421 Ridout Street N. 519-661-0333 museumlondon.ca
Canadian Country Music Awards • www.ccma.org
Coasting Texas style
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.
40 Lifestyle May/June 2016
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.
Texas TWO-STEP ✫ 594 Wharncliffe Rd South, London
While you’re in the Lone Star State, why not stop at another one (or more) of its interesting cities.
519-686-0499 | firstname.lastname@example.org londonbathcentre.ca
Even if you’re not a fan of J.R. Ewing, Dallas is worth a stop. The world’s biggest domed stadium resides there and the home of the NFL’s legendary Cowboys is as beautiful as it is enormous. For instance, over 40,000 pieces of italian marble – sparkling black with Cowboy-blue flecks - were imported from italy to highlight floors in the lobby areas. One of Dallas’ most infamous moments – the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy – is commemorated at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Take in the entire city at a single stop of your sightseeing tour. A trip up the Reunion Tower gives a panoramic view of Dallas.
REFINED LINES, IMPECCABLE DESIGN
ThE hiLLS ARE ALivE The artsy community of Wimberley lies between busy centres of Austin and San Antonio. Picturesque with the Blanco River running through it, you’ll want to stop at one of the excellent eateries with a large patio, like Kate’s Place, to enjoy view and vittles. Or stop into the Wimberley Cafe for a Texas-sized breakfast and super-friendly service. Your visit there will be incomplete without checking out the boot whisperer Ulli Johnston, who is said to stock more than 1,000 pairs of boots at The Wild West Store.
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
FOR MORE INFORMATION
www.visitcorpuschristitx.org May/June 2016
gIve cold feet the cold shoulder 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.
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
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
ADV E RT ORIAL
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
Paul McRobert | iFH Designs and Installations | 519-461-1078 | www.warmfeet.net
FU L L S ERVI CE, Q UA L I T Y BU I L D ER S I N C E 19 92 additions, renovations & new homes
www.keithhunt.ca 519 765-2666 email@example.com Member in good standing of the Tarion Home Warranty Program since 1997.
PRESENTATION CENTRE & IMMEDIATE POSSESSION MODELS FOR SALE
*See website for details.
4 EMPIRE PARKWAY 800m south of Elm on Peach Tree Blvd. 44 Lifestyle May/June 2016
INCLUDES THESE FEATURES:
Hardwood & Ceramic Floors 3 Beds & 2.5 Baths Approx. 1500 sq.ft. Central Air Conditioning No Condo Fee Land Included 4-Bedroom Units from $232,900 3-Bedroom Units from $222,900
*See website for details.
Rawle Blackman is celebrating two years in his newest location and finds the converted car dealership on Wharncliffe Road to be the perfect setting to showcase fine furniture.
Light, bright and lovely Showroom a showcase at Modern Living London By Kathy Rumleski
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
Modern Living London 600 Wharncliffe Road South 519-649-0686 • www.modernlivinglondon.com
WE INSTALL K i t c h e n s • B at h r o o m s • F e n c e s & D e c K s
• Strathroy 1-800-567-1360 • London 1-800-268-0202 • Watford 1-800-563-2810
• Tillsonburg 1-800-363-4201 • Mitchell 1-800-663-6977 • Exeter 1-888-874-4435
www.moffattandpowell.com May/June 2016
46 Lifestyle May/June 2016
powerView™ motorized shades Get a free PowerView™ Hub
with the purchase of 3 or more motorized shades
complimentary in-home consultation Covers
aVailable at: desigNers edge: london south, 297 exeter rd. london, oN N6l 1g3 coVers: london North, 1950 hyde park rd. london, oN N6h 5l9 519-652-0222 • firstname.lastname@example.org 519-660-3661 • email@example.com www.designersedgecanada.ca www.coverscanada.ca
Meet the ultiMate
Quick, dependable service backed by over 100 years of Lennox® innovation. Only from MY FiReplaCe.
ReCeive up tO $3025 in RebateS with a quality Lennox® system. Offer expires June 10, 2016
519 636-3334 May/June 2016
ALL-NEW JAGUAR F-PACE
ABOVE ALL, IT’S A JAGUAR
INTRODUCING OUR FIRST PERFORMANCE SUV The All-new Jaguar F-PACE blends legendary Jaguar performance and luxury with practicality. On top of distinct looks and an available 380 hp V6 engine, the F-PACE has room for five and plenty of storage. Added capabilities include Instinctive All Wheel Drive® and advanced driver-focused technology.¥ MSRP starting at $52,470 plus taxes.
JAGUAR LONDON 1035 Wharncliffe S., London, ON 519.681.9400 jaguarlandroverlondon.ca
THE ART OF PERFORMANCE
2017 F-PACE 1st Edition shown in Caisium Blue is limited. Supply of 2017 F-PACE 1st Edition is limited. ¥This feature is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving, nor can it overcome all extreme circumstances. Please consult the owner’s manual or your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for more details. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. Jaguar retailer or approved lender may rescind or amend this offer without notice. © 2016 Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC.
ELEGANT LIVING IN LONDON’S MOST DESIRABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Featuring magnificently crafted homes up to 3,520 sqft on generously sized lots, Sunningdale Green takes full advantage of an unbeatable location that's in the heart of it all. Neighbouring the Upper Thames River and close to the prestigious Sunningdale Golf and Country Club, this community is surrounded by recreational green space while remaining remarkably close to the downtown core.
#1 IN ONTARIO IN CUSTOMER SATISFACTION 2008, 2010, 2012-2015
As awarded by the Tarion Warranty Corporation. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. E. & O.E.
LIVE IN RIVERBEND FROM $267,900 T HA
D. RK R
Prices & speciﬁcations subject to change without notice. E. & O.E. *Limited time only.
Fusion Homes Presentation Centre Mon-Fri 2pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-5pm Oxford St. W and Riverbend Rd.
Rated #1 in Ontario
for Best Customer Satisfaction 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
TWO-STORY CONDO TOWNHOMES NEW! $5,000 IN FREE UPGRADES*
N ER RIV
RN BOU TDEL WES
There’s never been a better opportunity to shape your future in London’s desirable west end. Avant will radiate forward living: a remarkable collection of 1,600+ sq.ft. townhome condos in the heart of the RiverBend area, just steps from the extensive Warbler Woods trail system and minutes to major city conveniences. Presented by Fusion Homes – six-time Tarion Ontario Builder of the Year winner for exceptional customer service – Avant at RiverBend will combine premium quality, top-notch client care, and incomparable value.
ELINE RD. BYRON BAS
FUSIONHOMES.COM May/June 2016
BAYFIELD Shop, Dine, Play & Stay!
17A Main St
BAYFIELD ON 519 565 2222
Betty Nelson Daniel
50 Lifestyle May/June 2016
TREaTMEnT TO HELp yOUR pREFERREd pROFiLE
By Heather Toskan
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.
Continued on next page
RIGHT Male before CoolSculpting session. FAR RIGHT Male 12 weeks following CoolSculpting session. Photographs courtesy of A. Jay Burns, MD.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Continued from page 51
According to Cumberland, CoolSculpting is fat dissolving treatment that has already been safely used to treat belly fat, so-called muffin tops and love handles for the past six years.
BOTHERED BY FULLNESS UNDER YOUR CHIN? belkyra offers a new, non-surgical and customizable treatment that can improve the appearance of your chin profile right here at Derm effects! Botox and dermal fillers Chemical peels & facials Fractional laser skin re-surfacing Laser for skin rejuvenation & brown spots Laser hair removal Laser for facial & leg veins Medical grade skin care products & make-up Photodynamic therapy for sun damaged skin LumiCleanse for moderate to severe acne Complimentary skin care consult
Dr. Wei Jing Loo (Dermatologist) BSc(Med), MBBS, MRCP(UK), FRCPC
1560 Hyde Park Road, London, ON
www.dermeffects.ca • 519.472.8686
Bye bye double chin!
WORLD’S #1 NON-INVASIVE FAT REMOVAL TREATMENT. Reshape your fat with cold. NO SURGERY, NO DOWNTIME, PAINLESS.
DOUBLE CHIN • Inner Thighs • Muffin Top • Tummy • Love Handles • Arms
Although double chins may appear more pronounced with weight gain and the gravitational pull of ageing, genetics can play a role in the development of stubborn submental fat, even among those who are slim and fit. “For many patients I recommend treatment with the new CoolSculpting Mini device, which freezes and destroys fat cells in this area,” says Cumberland. According to Cumberland, Cool Sculpting is fat dissolving treatment that has already been safely used to treat belly fat, socalled muffin tops and love handles for the past six years. “Another new, minimally invasive treatment called BELKYRA is an injectable solution that reshapes the contour of your neck and chin,” says Cumberland. BELKYRA contains a synthetic version of a naturally occurring body acid that works by gradually dissolving submental fat cells. To achieve optimum benefit, two or more 10minute BELKYRA treatments should be scheduled, with each treat ment about a month apart. BELKYRA is approved by govern mental health agencies for the reduction of submental fat only and is not ap proved as a general obesity treatment or for fat reduction elsewhere on the face or body. “The destruction of fat cells by CoolSculpting and BELKYRA triggers a healing response that tightens the skin and gradually improves the appearance of your neck and chin over a two to three month period,” says Cumberland. b
12 WEEKS AFTER Second CoolSculpting Session
Photos courtesy of Brian Zelickson, MD
DR. P. CUMBERLAND DR. S. CHADDAH cumberlandlaserclinic.com 52 Lifestyle May/June 2016
519 432 SKIN SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION!
Cumberland Laser Clinic 519-432-7546 • www.cumberlandlaserclinic.com
Beautiful smiles. From Brian Kyle DD & Janice Chang DD
Denture Specialists • Free Consultations • Full Denture Services • Wheelchair Accessible • House Calls available • ODSP & OW Accepted • Korean Speaking • Denture Laboratory on site
Probiotic 10 Billion Our Everyday Low Price
TURNER DRUG STORE
Vitamin Centre 519-672-3340 52 Grand Ave., London www.turnerdrugs.com
Set of Upper & Lower Acrylic Dentures set of Cast Metal Dentures $1899 10% off Any other ServiceS
Join us for our Lavender in Bloom Celebration June 18-26/16
Mention this ad at time of booking, then bring it in upon first visit and take advantage of these great deals!!
Brian Kyle DD & JaniCe Chang DD 575 Waterloo St. at central 519.432.7711
Superior Quality – Uniquely crafted Specializing in residential & commercial kitchen and cabinetry Craftsmanship, integrity and total customer satisfaction • Family owned and operated
519.630.7222 | buehlerwoodworking.ca May/June 2016
HeartHstone FarM k
face lift/brow lift eyelid surgery liposuction breast enhancement tummy tuck BotoxÂŽ injectable fillers sclerotherapy for spider veins specialty skin care products
Bright well groomed arena(72x208) Twenty-two spacious box stalls Two km of scenic trails Quality riding instruction Horse bathing area (warm water) Experienced knowledgeable staff
k 44219 Neil Road, Lucan, Ontario Gail Lamb â€˘ 519 661-9000 www.hearthstonefarm.ca 54 Lifestyle May/June 2016
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
FOR MORE INFORMATION Daya Counselling Centre • www.dayacounselling.on.ca Lisa Evans • firstname.lastname@example.org Stressed Out Solutions • www.stressedoutsolutions.com
LET US HELP IMPROVE YOUR LIFE. Get organized with custom closets, garages, and more, built for the way you live.
Total Garage Enhancement
<GET $200 IN FREE> <ACCESSORIES*> <*Applies to your purchase of $2,500 or more. $200 in free accessories retail value. Offer valid at initial> <time of estimate only. Offer not valid with any other offers. Some restrictions may apply. Ask for details.> <At participating franchises only. Offer valid for a limited time only. Offer expires 00/00/00.>
OUR CONSULTATION PROCESS TAILORS TO THE WAY YOU LIVE
Unlimited Personalization Free In-Home Consultation Free 3D Design Rendering Professional Measuring and Installation
©2014 Tailored Living, LLC. All rights reserved. Each franchise independently owned and operated. Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage is a trademark of Tailored Living, LLC and a Home Franchise Concepts brand.
Custom Closet Furnishings
Full design & build process ArchitecturAl & structurAl design Along with a team of highly skilled craftsmen we can take your ideas and turn them into reality. We offer a unique 3D design service that allows you to experience the finished project before breaking ground.
Okewood Timberworks We are happy to provide London and surrounding area With top quaLity ity canadian craftsmanship 56 Lifestyle May/June 2016
• mantels • gable details • timber frame pergolas • cabanas • front entries • covered patios • full renovation & restoration • general contracting and new build construction
okeWood.ca | London, on | 519.313.8727 okeWood_timberWorks@Live.com
MEDICAL ESTHETICS Look and feel your very best with our medical esthetics. ASk uS About our NeW caMpaigN
Hey Cupcake! where art is a piece of cake
“RANDOM ACts Of swEEtNEss!”
If you have a whimsical and clever sense of taste and style, then Hey Cupcake is the place for you!! This small, family run business, brings to you the freshest and finest cookies, cupcakes and custom cakes, made in house, with tender loving care, just for you! Visit us online at:
• FRACTIONAL SKIN RESURFACING For sun-damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, skin texture, wrinkles and treatment of acne scars.
• ENDYMED PRO SKIN TIGHTENING Promote the production of new, healthier collagen leading to a skin tightening effect with reduction in wrinkles.
• SILKPEEL DERMALINFUSION Tone, tighten and improve scarring.
• LASER HAIR REMOVAL Smooth, beautiful skin. You will love your results.
• SKIN TX RESTORE CHEMICAL PEEL Refresh your skin.
• TEETH WHITENING Whiter teeth in only 1 hour using LED light.
OR at our bakery located at: 275 Wharncliffe Rd. North, London
519-433-CAKE (2253) Store HourS: Mon & Tues: 11-7 Wed - Fri: 10-7 • Sat 10-5 • Sun 11-4
579 Richmond St. • 519.433.8129 salonentrenous.com
Visit our London Design Gallery to see large slab samples & inspirational designer installations!
300 RIDOUT ST. N. LONDON 519-434-0019
www.progressivecountertop.com May/June 2016
1 Layered dressing is perfect for summer, when it can be a bit cool in the morning as you leave the house but scorching in the afternoon. LEFT and BELow Spanner offers two layered options that define casual elegance Crackle V Neck Tunic, Essential Neck Tank and Marrakesh Side Pleat skirt or the Surf Linen Dress warmed up with the Ombre Cardigan. Either can be worn with jewellry choices shown here, depending on your desired look and destination. Studio Style carries the Spanner line of fashions.
Multiple ways to wear pieces you’ll love
The artistry of pairing designer clothing and hand-crafted jewellery is a real achievement. But, it is sometimes hard to know what to wear with what. See if you agree with our perfect parings of high-end fashions with
locally-made and imported jewellery options.
1 58 Lifestyle May/June 2016
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.
from canadian & european Designer collections
5 TOP LEfT Celebrating her tenth year in business, Londoner Lori Schmidtke, of Klas Squared, shows off this piece from her Beach Collection. It is a 20-inch-long double strand necklace made of amazonite, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver, with matching earrings.
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.
ABOVE Two A Jewelry uses natural and recycled materials in its designs, as demonstrated in this buffalo horn and metal bangle, this necklace made of cotton rope covered in brass pipes and these gold-plated earrings.
Continued on page 60
Cherryhill Village Mall, 301 Oxford St. W. 519.964.1006 • email@example.com Mon-Fri 9-8pm • Sat 9-6pm • Sun 12-5pm May/June 2016
Continued from page 59
bananablue Make yourself special for Summer
So much more than just shopping at…
1289 Commissioners Rd., West, Byron (next to Starbucks) • 519.472.0123
6 If your office etiquette dictates that wearing a pair of capris is appropriate for casual Friday, then this outfit is perfect. The blouse is one of Dolcezza’s works of art and its beige tones pair perfectly with these black and gold pieces from Two A Jewelry. The Two A Jewelry line is carried by Studio Style.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
St. thomaS: 429 talbot Street London: Westmount Shopping Centre and 204 Central avenue
www.mugfordshoes.com *clothing available at St. Thomas location only
60 Lifestyle May/June 2016
Sara Sohan 301 Oxford Street West • 519-964-1006 Studio Style Main Street, Port Stanley • 519-782-7467 Klas Squared • www.klassquared.com Susan Dinner Jewelry • www.susandinner.com
Bearded branding Redding designs seeks to be web developeRs to the woRld By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
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
Rob Redding built this Aylmer-based web development firm from a one-person operation to an 11-member team.
621 Richmond Street London • 519.601.2213 9 Main Street North, Bayfield www.Swim O n R ichmOnd.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Redding designs inc. • 48 talbot street east, Aylmer • 519-765-3146 • www.reddingdesigns.com
Easy To Clean
From The Inside Out NOrTh STar hElpS makE ClEaNINg wINdOwS a brEEzE. Our tilt-in series of double hung windows are the perfect example. They can be cleaned safely and conveniently from inside your home. So easy you’ll almost look forward to cleaning them. Almost.
resources For more detailed information on the marketplace products on pages 15, 17, and 19, please contact the appropriate business listed below.
ENjOY ThE VIEw ThrOUgh NOrTh STar wINdOwS aNd dOOrS.
85 Maitland Terrace, Strathroy
www.stephensonhomeimp.com QUalITY wINdOwS aNd dOOrS. grEaT SErVICE. EXCEpTIONal ValUE.
Guildwood liGhtiNG 5 York St., London 519.438.6161 www.guildwoodlighting.ca hAuser loNdoN 314 Adelaide St. S 519.685.0834 www.hauserstores.com
Shhh...It’s our upscale furniture that keeps the Joneses trending. You asked for it and it is here Sherrill Furniture! Explore Canada’s 2nd oldest furniture store... • traditional • transitional • contemporary • custom products with all the finishing detail Ask about our complimentary design service and delivery.
Jennings Furniture & Design
4 32 Talbot St., DOWNTOWN St. Thomas • 519- 631-0410 Open 7 days a week • www.jenningsfurniture.coM
62 Lifestyle May/June 2016
Birdie’s Nest 125 Clarke Rd., London 226.663.7183 www.birdiesnestonline.com
liviNG liGhtiNG 1673 Richmond S. N., London 519.667.3022 livinglightinglondonnorth.xolights.com 765 Exeter Rd., London 519.681.0212 firstname.lastname@example.org www.livinglighting.com PAtio PAlAce 257 Adelaide St. S., London 519.681.8456 www.patiopalace.com Clearance Center 1040 Wharncliffe Rd. S., London 519.681.8456 www.patiopalace.com
PAINT THE TOWN BLUE World-class theatre, live music, festivals, galleries and restaurants are steps away from your new Azure Condo. Experience a new lifestyle with a different view. Londonâ€™s most upscale collection of condominium and penthouse suites will captivate you with soaring ceilings and expansive glass windows that provide inspiring views. With every suite comes Tricarâ€™s award-winning attention to detail and the finest designer finishes.
The NEW Height of Living
Now Selling Frank Clarke
Oliver & Associates Real Estate Brokerage Inc
TA R I O N 2 0 1 4 a n d 2 0 1 5 O n t a r i o H i g h R i s e B u i l d e r o f t h e Y e a r .
Dresses 50-70% OF F H undreds of f abulous G owns & d resses M any s tyles & C olours s izes 2 - 26
Close out sale from one of our best suppliers! view our website: www.susanjfashions.ca 256 Oxford Street E. 519-679-8511 Open Thurs. & Fri. â€˜til 8 SUSAN J FASHIONS Serving London for 38 years
Trending Decor: Optimizing Outdoor Living Spaces