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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

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LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier EDITOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRITERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Mary Jansenberger Kathy Mueller Wayne Newton Kathy Rumleski Heather Toskan ACCOUNT MANAGERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 annettegent537@gmail.com Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 lorrainelukings@hotmail.com Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 jm@lambtonshores.com Elaine Norris 519-702-5583 lifestyleelaine@hotmail.com Wilma Van Vaerenbergh 519-476-5571 lifestylewilma@gmail.com EDITORIAL & AD DESIGN Wendy Reid AD DESIGN Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath PRODUCTION Nancy Greenfield PHOTOGRAPHY Richard Bain PRINTING Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHITECTURE Redding Design Inc. www.reddingdesigns.com

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EDITOR’S

We’ll make your next home as original as you are Why settle for a run-of-the-mill custom home when you can have an entirely original one? With a planning process that starts with nothing more than your dreams and a blank sheet of paper, you can be sure your Riverstone Original Home will be every bit as unique and remarkable as you are. We’ve been building original homes for well over 20 years now, and each one has been entirely different than the one before it. And that’s exactly how it should be.

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“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humour.” JENNIFER JONES

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’m not much of a cook, more of a food assembler. There’s a difference. People who cook, really cook – for them it’s a passion. They love to get in the kitchen and root out whatever is hiding in the cupboards and use them to make something wonderful. They think about food, contemplate the next meal and wonder about what ingredients will taste like together. They find recipes they want to try and adapt them to the ingredients they have on hand, or, better yet, change them in ways that make the recipe original. Food assemblers, on the other hand, are good at charcuterie boards or prefer to open cans than contemplate ingredients or are expert at short-turn around boxed meals. For instance, I invented a recipe years ago that resembles chicken parmesan: frozen breaded chicken strips, jarred pizza sauce, pre-grated mozzarella cheese. In a 13x9 pan, bake chicken half the time on the box, then smother with pizza sauce (it already has herbs in it), cover that with mozzarella. Place back in oven and cook for remaining time on chicken box. Serve with bag salad and pre-made garlic bread. The ultimate food assembler’s feast. But people like our graphic designer Wendy Reid, my husband Ralph Lembcke and Julia Wooster, one of those quoted in the foodie story on page nine, are true cooks. The kitchen is their natural habitat rather than a place the rest of us just visit from time to time.

Cast iron cooking is for those kinds of folks: people who are serious about food and its preparation. Food wizards like Jill Wilcox and Suki Kaur-Cosier – also quoted in the foodie story – have used this time-tested cookware for years and sing its praises. But as a food assembler, I appreciate it too as I love anything that can serve more than one purpose. It’s ultimately versatile, as cast iron cookware can take the heat of any type of cooking surface including the barbecue, which is where I’ve employed it successfully. My trepidations disappeared when it turned out stellar bacon and eggs when it was my turn to cook camp breakfast. But it’s even more versatile than that. Cast iron cookware can double as hand weights. When you’re starting your workout, using a smaller frying pan for chest presses is perfect. When you want a greater challenge, use the big Dutch oven to develop those biceps. I may be the only one who thinks this is a great secondary use for pots and pans, but we food assemblers have to keep our sense of humour strong to keep the cooks in our lives entertained while they prepare our dinners. Hope you enjoy reading the autumn edition of Lifestyle Magazine!

Jill Ellis-Worthington lifestyle.editor@writedoton.com

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rinking water instead of sugary pop or juice; walking or biking instead of paying hefty gym fees; playing board and card games rather than the digital versions. Many things prove that the adage ‘everything old is new again’ is true, often while improved versions of old products and thoughts are gaining popularity. Cooking with cast iron cookware is experiencing a resurgence of popularity and new devotees, like Londoner Julia Wooster, couldn’t be happier. Concerned about the possible negative health effects of cooking with artificially coated pots and pans, Wooster set out to learn how to use this green option to its max and signed up for a cooking class at Jill’s Table. “That first class was full but I was determined, so I was at my computer at 6 a.m. to sign up for the next one,” she laughs. Since then she’s built on her collection of cast iron from the frying pan that she received as part of the class and now has seven pieces that she and husband Peter use to cook almost everything they consume. "I've never had any luck with omelets," explains Wooster, admitting that others find that cast iron works well in creating this delicate egg dishes. She's had great luck cooking delicious dishes like zucchini cheddar pancakes and corn and clam fritters. (See our Facebook page for recipes.) Wooster loves to experiment with new dishes and peruses the internet to get new ideas for ways to use her favourite cookware. Jill Wilcox says that the cast iron cooking classes have proven popular so she’s adding more this fall and winter. “There has been a real uptick the last two years. People like that you can cook on all types of surfaces: gas,

induction, the barbecue and even a campfire. It’s extremely affordable and reasonably easy to take care of. It can be passed down so it becomes a family heirloom,” explains Wilcox. One of her favourite dishes to prepare using her favourite piece of cast iron cookware – a 10 1/4-inch skillet – is steak. “It does a lovely job of browning the meat; you don’t have to go outside to barbecue in the winter when you cook steak this way,” says Wilcox. She also likes to bake desserts using cast iron cookware, listing upside down pear cake and tarte Tatin (See recipes on our Facebook page.) as two of the best. At Cooking Matters, Suki KaurCosier also offers cast iron cooking classes showing students how to bake in it constructing a blackberry cobbler and how to use it for cooking, preparing French onion chicken. Personally she enjoys making dishes that reflect her roots in India: butter chicken (See recipe next page.) and naan bread (See recipe on our Facebook page.). She’s used cast iron cookware “my entire cooking life of 25 or 20 years” and loves that “you’re always guaranteed good results.” The ease of use is also key for KaurCosier. “You can use any cooking utensils without worry about scratching it.” Wilcox and Kaur-Cosier agree that the most frequent questions they get is about caring for cast iron cookware because some think it will be challenging to clean something that is allergic to water. After cooking, hand rinse your pot; use salt or a bristle brush to scour out any bits left on the pan’s surface; dry thoroughly with a paper towel; rub with a light layer of cooking oil and store in a dry location. Moisture is cast iron’s enemy. Pieces of cast iron cookware can be


re-seasoned by applying a thin coat of vegetable oil and baking in an oven at 350F for an hour. The good environmental and economic aspects of using cookware that doesn’t wear out, as well as its ability to be used on all surfaces to produce delicious dishes, are why Wooster is a big fan. “Nonstick pans wear out in six months to a year if you use them regularly but if you ruin the nonstick surface on cast iron you just do a new one by re-seasoning and you don’t have to buy new pans every year.” The only drawback that all three of these cast iron devotees have experienced is that it can be heavy to use and they caution those with weak or injured wrists to be cautious. Landfills and taste buds alike will thank you for cooking like our grandmothers did. n

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CAST IRON BUTTER CHICKEN

METHOD 1. Heat deep cast iron skillet or pan. Add butter or ghee and fry onion until translucent and turning slightly brown. Add cumin seed, crushed coriander seeds, bay leaves and cloves.

Suki Kaur-Cosier, Cooking Matters Serves 6-8 people Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS • 4 large skinned and diced chicken breasts • 2 large onions – finely chopped • 2 tsp. of each: cumin seeds, coriander seeds • 2 bay leaves • 4 cloves • 10 cloves of garlic • 1⁄4 cup of fresh ginger • 2 fresh green/red chilies finely chopped • 4-6 tablespoons of butter or ghee (clarified butter) • 1 tsp. salt • 2 tsp. turmeric • 1 tsp. garam masala • 1⁄2 teaspoon of ground black pepper • 2 bell peppers – finely chopped or put through food processor • 1 cup puréed tomatoes (canned) • 3 cups whipping cream or coconut milk GARNISH Fresh chopped cilantro

2. Meanwhile, In food processor, add garlic, ginger and chilies. Chop until fine and add to onions. Continue cooking until the mixture turns golden brown. 3. Add salt, turmeric, pepper and garam masala. Continue to fry for approximately two minutes before adding the bell pepper and pureed tomatoes. Cook for a further five to seven minutes or until mixture thickens on medium heat. 4. Add chicken and stir mixture for five minutes or until the chicken turns opaque and then add whipping cream or coconut milk. Reduce heat to low when mixture simmers and continue to cook for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 5. Add cilantro and serve hot with rice and/or naan bread. FIND MORE RECIPES ONLINE AT www.facebook.com/lifestylemagazineonline.

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BOOST YOUR FQ ~ Continued from page 19

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Colourize your life by Jill Ellis-Worthington

MUSKOKA’S CALL ECHOES AS AUTUMN APPROACHES

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cacophony of colour, bodies of water that sparkle in the sunlight, verdant green hills and the aroma of firewood smoke dancing in the wind – Muskoka welcomes you to an autumn getaway that demonstrates why the Group of Seven artists chose to reflect its beauty in many of their works. Huntsville proudly displays favourite son’s Tom Thomson’s statue downtown on its fun main drag, with restaurants, brew pubs and boutiques adjacent to the Muskoka River. If you’re an art fan, this is a must-see stop on your northern tour. One of the area’s first traditional lodges, the Deerhurst Resort was established in 1896 and while none of its original buildings stand, it still has the genteel aura of the early 1900s when it was at its heyday and invited visitors to transit the waterways from Huntsville by steamship to enjoy a relaxing holiday. The hotel itself has 330 rooms and has year-round fun options. In the summer,

the lake, two outdoor pools and kid-friendly activities welcome families. Spring invites visitors with maple syruping and tree-top trekking (opens in May). Winter is spectacular with an ice skating trail at nearby Arrowhead Provincial Park and on-site snowmobiling. Year-round escape room cabins, trail riding and the indoor pool offer a wide range of entertainment. But fall is a favourite time to visit as the colours beckon, the golf courses are less busy than in summer, there are fewer bugs so hiking, biking and walking are excellent. A walk around Peninsula Lake provides time to reflect during this time away. Leaf-peeking is especially rewarding with Algonquin and Arrowhead Provincial Parks nearby providing a plethora of trails and look outs. The Dorset Fire Tower allows a 360 degree view and is open daily until Thanksgiving and then only as weather permits. Just driving to and from Deerhurst in the fall is a treat to those who seek colour. 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Breathe in and breathe out. Repeat. Just take a moment – or several – to soak in the placid beauty that is Peninsula Lake. Relishing the colours, the cool air and the peace of the Muskoka region is one of the best ways to enjoy your getaway to Deerhurst Inn. When it is time for more active fun, Deerhurst’s golf courses are ready. The Highland’s Golf Course offers well-priced tree-thumping challenges, as Play and Stay packages are discounted during the autumn months. Located in the main building – called the Pavilion – the indoor pool area provides fun for the whole family, including a hot tub to relax in after a busy day of golfing, hiking or leaf peeking. To keep the younger ones busy, there are play areas with active fun options in the adjacent areas. The Compass Bar and Grill is located just off of the Pavilion’s lobby and features a mural that encompasses the entire wall, mapping the Muskoka lakes network. Just outside in the hallway is the Eclipse Art Gallery, which features jewellery, sculpture and visual art highlighting the region’s beauty.

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You can make golf part of your Deerhurst holiday for free because you get a round of golf included with your accommodations with the Stay & Play packages. Fall golf packages have enhanced savings, especially midweek. Deerhurst Resort has grown and hosts guests in 26 buildings of several configurations, both hotel rooms and condos. In some you can sleep like a political super star in a room once occupied by Angela Merkel or Barak Obama. The Summit Lodges were named thusly during the G8 Summit there in 2010. Hotel rooms in two buildings house two adults and up to two minor children (who stay for free) in rooms that feature king size beds or two queens. Deerhurst is the perfect setting for a romantic couple’s getaway but if you’re thinking of bringing the kids and grandkids, several condo buildings, with one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites are available to rent in all four seasons. The newest is Lakeside Lodge which is nearing completion at writing and is scheduled to open later this year. When it’s time to recover from all that trekking and you’re done with the golf course, the spa awaits with services for him, her or couples. The on-site restaurants offer great food and entertainment. The Compass Bar and Grill has a patio and local troubadours serenade diners on Friday and Saturday nights from 8:30 into the evening. Try the chicken supreme at this eatery. The Maple Pub and Patio overlooks the Highland Golf Course and features draught beer from local crafter Muskoka Brewery. There’s one made especially for Deerhurst but try the Cool as a Cuke for a deliciously different taste. The Eclipse dining room features a Sunday brunch buffet that is not to be missed and there’s no bad seat in the house with sweeping views of much of the resort’s property. Deerhurst Resort also hosts bigger name entertainers, like country star Brett Kissel in October. When the colours call, head north to Muskoka and Deerhurst Resort for a romantic getaway that provides a full menu for the senses. n

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rica Dornbusch wants to spread joy, and she aims to do so through her colourful paintings. “It’s important to access joy yourself,” she said. Dornbusch hopes her exhibit at Westland Gallery gives that access to people. In her artist statement, she said “Fifteen large paintings will portray the findings of my examination of light as a physical and metaphorical topic … As a visually impaired artist with extreme light sensitivity, I maintain a wary association with light.” One of the paintings depicts Gibbons Park, where Dornbusch runs with a friend. “She’s my running guide. I watch her feet. Our senses are so intertwined – it’s how I move in the world. If I can’t see it, I listen to the rhythm of my friend’s footsteps.” The resulting work reflects the contrast of light and shadow in the rhythm of brush strokes and pigments. A portrait also draws on Dornbusch’s approach to light. After creating a more conventional portrait, she intends to deconstruct it to bring out deeper meaning. “I’m going to try to show how I see – the movement, the blurriness and depth perception. I get a different sense from people. We forget who

we are intrinsically, the sacredness of being. When I’m painting, I try to convey this.” She said transforming the concepts in her head to the canvas can be challenging. “It already exists in your head, but in a format in your enriched imagination not a two-dimensional surface. You can’t replicate that.” As well as being happy with the translation, an artist must think about marketability. “It’s a balance of work you love and believe in, and that will also find an audience.” Sometimes she starts the creative process with a photo, other times with an idea. “I take photographs. When I’m back (in the studio) I do sketches and work up the composition. I block it in at first so it’s clear where the light is. The piece starts to speak on its own. I’ll start to pick up patterns, rhythms and overall design. Then it becomes more like a piece of poetry written by light.” Dornbusch began painting full time five years ago when her vision made continuing as a graphic artist too difficult. “I always wanted to paint but had not thought it was a viable option.” As well as quickly becoming one of the area’s better-known emerging artists, she is working on a book based on a pop-up exhibit held last year at Westland Gallery. A London Arts Council grant makes it possible for Dornbusch to develop the series of prose paintings, which combines visual and written art, into a book. Her work is available through Westland Gallery, The Art Exchange and Galerie Bloom in Montreal. n

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in the Park has become a fixture as a fun family event. Started more than 30 years ago, the day of art, music and food raises funds for the Rotary Club of Sarnia-Bluewaterland’s key community projects. “It started primarily as paintings,” said Henry Kulik, organizer and Rotary past president. “Now we have sculpture, pottery, jewellery and some people who get creative with food stuffs. Everything has to be handmade by the exhibitor.” Each artist is selected by a committee. The first Art in the Park was held by members of Gallery in the Grove with 10 exhibitors. This year more than 100 exhibitors and about 5,000 visitors are anticipated. “We have kids in strollers and people in their 80s and 90s come.” Gallery in the Grove offers children’s activities. There will be music for all ages played by a brass band. Five food stations offer a range from yogurt to Indian and Italian dishes, as well as a food truck. Specialized coffee and tea are new this year. Kulik said the group visits other shows for new ideas “to enhance the experience

for visitors.” They also gather feedback from visitors and exhibitors. “Last year, 98 per cent of exhibitors gave outstanding positive feedback,” he said. But it all comes back to the family focus. “We’ve been successful in providing a good experience. It’s a fixture on the Saturday after Labour Day. This is a family event. It’s terrific for a family outing.” Admission is free and art prices are reasonable. “There is a full range of options to meet the needs for unique gifts,” said Kulik. “Some people buy their birthday and Christmas gifts.” Proceeds from the event support the

Sculptors, potters, jewellery makers and makers of gourmet treats have joined visual artists at Art in the Park to offer a range of well-priced goods to festival goers.

Rotary Club’s projects in Centennial Park, such as an accessible playground, and Peace Garden, and the Flag Plaza by the river, which honours those who work in emergency 911 services on both sides of the border. Free parking directed by volunteers, designated handicapped parking and access throughout the park, make it easy for everyone to enjoy. Several sponsors, including Huron Web Printing, TD Bank and Bluewater Power, assist the Rotary Club. n

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match the way their peers look. She believes every person is unique and always begins her work with a thorough consultation. Andrea LeClair, modelling for this demonstration, is a teacher in her early 40s, doesn’t usually wear much makeup. Like many women, she feels her age dictates that she needs to update her skin regimen. LeClair wants to maintain a look that is age appropriate and accentuates her natural features.

“Your makeup is only as good as the condition of your skin,” according to Taylor. “Everyone needs a face wash, eye cream, moisturizer and serum.” If you are on a budget, she says to make a quality eye cream your priority.

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Taylor applies cream blush with a brush or her fingers; she starts at the apples of the cheek and moves up the cheek’s natural line to the temple, creating a bit of contouring. Bronzer can also be used on lips and eyelids.

She uses a brush to apply a brown eyeliner on LeClair, adding that the method of application is up to the individual. According to Taylor, a very dark eyeliner around LeClair’s eyes will make them look smaller. 

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Florencia always recommends using a black mascara. She says that the brush (or wand) is the most important element in expert application. If you have smaller lashes, look for a long, thin brush. Always apply mascara more heavily at the root of your lash.

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ome renovation, whether it’s a complete facelift or updating one room, is a major project for homeowners. Those who are thinking of renovating have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the latest trends and the work of various renovation companies at the annual Parade of Renovations, hosted by the London Home Builders’ Association and its Renovators’ Council. This year’s event will be held September 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features diverse projects by six London builders. Diversity is a key factor for the Parade says 2018 chairman John Relouw, a partner at Duo Building. “People who are coming out to see these are generally interested in doing a renovation,” he says. “They’re making an effort

to get out and see these places. Some want to see a whole home and others might just want to see a bathroom.” The Renovator’s Council encourages companies of all sizes to participate. “It’s a good draw for renovators and really worth the investment,” Relouw says. A $10 pass to view all the homes is available at any one of them on the day of the Parade. Proceeds benefit YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited), an organization that’s been aiding young people in London and Middlesex since 1982. Their services include helping youth avoid homelessness and find safe places to live. It has built a new Emergency Youth Shelter on Clarke Road in north London. This year’s homes on Parade include the following. 

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This west London home received a main-floor makeover from DUO Building Ltd. Walls were removed to create an open, spacious kitchen that flows into the family room, for easy living and entertaining. Features include custom cabinetry, striking countertops and ample storage. A two-piece bath was also updated.

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• 134 RIDOUT STREET SOUTH

Designed and built by Focal Point Home Improvements, this contemporary in-fill home sits on a newly severed lot in the heart of London’s Old South neighbourhood. A state-of-the art boiler system, insulated concrete form construction, European tilt-and-turn windows and concrete heated floors all create a focus on efficiency.

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Blending 1915 with 2018 is what Millennium Construction and Design Inc. achieved in this north London dwelling. The two-storey red brick home has many of the details that came with the house in 1915, but has been updated with 2018 design. The open-concept main floor includes a living and dining area plus a kitchen, featuring granite countertops and contemporary cabinets painted to blend with the black appliances. Trim is made to match existing and new hardwood flooring. An addition to the main floor includes a four-piece bathroom with heated tile floors, a main floor laundry and beverage centre. Granite countertops, a stand-alone bathtub and large shower make the bathroom luxurious yet contemporary.

• 647 WESTWOOD DRIVE

This old farmhouse, located in a private neighbourhood in southwest London, was given a complete exterior and interior overhaul by Riverside Construction. The new open layout focuses on bringing the beauty of the property inside. Coastal inspired accents, the double-island kitchen, and a luxurious composite deck make it an ideal space for entertaining. n LIVE LIFE WITHIN REACH

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Arbor Day may be in the spring, but when it comes to planting trees in the city or at the cottage, fall plantings might be the smarter way to go. 


Helping gardeners create their own piece of paradise The Linden tree is a fast-growing large shade tree, while the Serviceberry is an easy environmental tree for a small backyard.

“Our fall work of transplanting usually starts mid- to the end of August because the tree has done most of its growing by that time and is starting to go into dormancy, which allows the trees to have less transplant shock,” said Dave Brodie of Brodie Tree Service and Sales in Huron County. Whether to plant in spring or autumn depends on the species of tree. Most of the oak family, with the exception of English oak, do better when planted in the spring because of its tap root system, Brodie said. “One of the biggest advantages of planting in the fall is you do not need

to water as much and cooler temperatures are better for planting,” added Janine Glover of A&M Garden Centre in Lambeth. “In our area you can plant well into November, up until ground freeze.” Planting a tree in the fall eliminates hot weather stress and drought such as we saw this summer. Still, aftercare is important to ensuring a successful transplant whether you plant the tree yourself or use a professional service. “It's all about rainfall as far as watering goes,” Brodie said. “We are looking for a weekly watering until frosty winters set in. Because we are ‘root pruning’ in a transplant, the roots need encouragement to regrow/re-anchor themselves. The best way to help that is the aftercare of a transplant with moisture by rain or the homeowner. If a tree has been transplanted in the fall, we also encourage people to continue the aftercare the following seasons. A common mistake is to overwater, which is why we recommend having a rain gauge. An inch of rain a week is what we are looking for and common sense will add a little extra if there are drought-like conditions. Regardless of transplanting, in a very dry year, like our current 2018, trees need water to thrive.” Many property owners take the summer to review their landscaping before deciding to add a tree or replace a dead or dying one. 

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FALLING FOR FOLIAGE ~ Continued from page 43 Recommended options vary depending on whether the property is in the city or a cottage on the shore of Lake Huron. “For cottagers looking for filtered shade, our recommendation would be the Sunburst Locust tree. With new growth always being yellow, it adds colour and lacy interest,” Brodie said. “The locust tree does very well in clay soil often found along the shores of Lake Huron. The Linden tree is a fast-growing large shade tree, while the Serviceberry is an easy environmental tree for a small backyard.”

Other great choices for a smaller space include Pyramidal Ornamental English Oak and Ornamental Pear. City property owners should consider mature size and upright growing habits of trees. Location is also important – everything from catching enough sunlight to whether branches will eventually stretch over a neighbour’s yard. For those choosing large-caliper trees installed professionally, there’s another advantage to fall plantings: less damage to lawns from the weight of the truck.

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Mescia. Set further back from the road, the building, clad in commercial grade aluminum panelling, is surrounded by trees, offering an additional degree of privacy. The suites will feature 10-foot ceilings with full-height glass curtain walls and large glass balconies, affording panoramic views of the city and natural landscape that was once part of the Labatt family estate. Standard design elements include custom kitchens, quartz counters, LED pot lighting, wood or vinyl flooring, eight-foot doors and all appliances, plus 11 finishes. Select units will have gas fireplaces. Reservations have started with sales commencing in the coming weeks. Construction has begun, with completion planned for the spring of 2020. n

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The two-storey plans, starting at 1,600 square feet of living space, also showcase an open-concept great room and kitchen, with island and pantry, on the main level as well as a laundry room and two-piece bathroom. The upper level has

three bedrooms, including the master with a generous sized ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet. The homes feature textured ceilings throughout plus hardwood flooring and plush carpeting. Great rooms can be upgraded with optional gas fireplaces.

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Hayhoe Homes Hayhoe Homes has opened two new presentation centres in its newest Tillsonburg development, Andrews Crossing. The two-storey Freemont is a brand new floor plan, featuring four bedrooms and an optional fifth on the finished lower level, says design and marketing assistant Shale Holden. The entrance, from a covered front porch, is impressive with its enormous, two-storey foyer, she says. A great room, with gas fireplace, and kitchen with walk-in pantry stretches across the back. The main level also includes an office and laundry/mudroom.

The upper level includes the sizeable master retreat with walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with double basins. Next door, the Huntington presentation centre is a one-storey home with a main-floor master suite and two additional bedrooms on the finished lower level. The master features a tray ceiling and ensuite bathroom with double basins and a custom tile shower. The main level includes an office and laundry room. There is a gas fireplace in the great room and another linear electric fireplace in the lower level family room. Andrews Crossing, a neighbourhood of single-family homes and townhomes, close to walking trails, parks and schools, is currently selling in Phase 1 with Phase 2 slated to start building soon. n

Now Building Phase 1 Reserve your Lot today Welcome Home to Hayhoe Homes

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CONRAD HOMES

Construction & Renovations Inc.

Now selling…

MT. BRYDGES, ON Offering single family estate homes featuring large executive lots in a a natural setting. This Mount Brydges community offers the amenities of a city, with the charm, convenience and friendliness of a small town. Conveniently located five minutes from Highway 402 and fifteen minutes to London via the 402 or the Oxford Street extension. Priced from the mid-$400’s. For over 31 years, Jim Conrad of Conrad Homes has built a solid reputation for creativity, hands-on commitment to quality workmanship, and for ethical business dealings. Jim’s talent, experience and knowledge of the industry has allowed him to successfully match his client’s visions and budgets with high quality outcomes. Conrad Homes is a custom builder who is also proud to be one of Southwestern Ontario’s builders of Wheelchair Accessible Housing.

Christy Ruth

Broker of Record

(519) 319-0359

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Doug Tarry Homes The Ridgewood model from Doug Tarry Homes offers versatility to meet the needs of any demographic, from busy families to empty nesters. The bungalow’s open-concept kitchen, dining area and great room - with fireplace and vaulted ceiling - is an ideal space for entertaining. The kitchen features a central island and Doug Tarry’s signature walk-in pantry. Nine-foot patio doors lead from this area to a covered rear deck. The main floor includes the master bedroom and a bedroom or optional den off the front foyer. The master ensuite bathroom has his-and-hers basins and leads to a sizeable walk-in closet.

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This level also incorporates a large mudroom with custom bench seating, accessed from the two-car garage, which features a five-foot bump-out for extra storage. There is also an adjacent laundry and three-piece bathroom. Other highlights include nine-foot ceilings and oversize windows throughout. While not a standard feature, the model showcases a finished lower level with a recreation room, bathroom and two additional bedrooms. This is a Net Zero Energy Home, designed to produce as much energy as it consumes, including solar panels, increased insulation and triple-pane windows. Ridgewood models can be viewed in Strathroy’s Amber Meadows and St. Thomas’s Miller’s Pond community. n

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THE GR AYSTONE ADVANTAG E

Visit Our Model Home at 1710 Ironwood Road An exclusive community of architecturally-designed, luxury homes. Located on an elevated ridge, the site enjoys a prime location bordering the beautiful and natural environment of the Warbler Woods permanent open space, offering residents an impressive vista over the west end of the city. Stunning, Beautiful!

Many homes feature the ultimate privacy of backing directly onto the natural open space of Warbler Woods, while others enjoy the privacy and serenity created by the large spectacularly landscaped park in the middle of the community. Large lots, unmatched specs, amazing landscaping, prime locations, Signature designs

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Tricar Group Tricar’s Azure luxury condominium development, London’s tallest residential tower with 29 floors, is becoming a focal point for downtown living. It is ideally placed for residents to embrace the offerings of the city’s vibrant core. Just steps from Budweiser Gardens and Covent Garden Market, it’s also close to theatre, art galleries and parks, as well as myriad fine dining and casual eateries. Azure’s Hudson model, a 1,480-square-foot suite with two bedrooms plus a den, showcases Tricar’s standard high-end features. The open-concept space is designed for functionality and ease of entertaining. Kitchens include premium appliances

and quartz or granite countertops. The living area features expansive windows for optimal natural light and opens to an oversized balcony with tempered glass and aluminum railings, offering panoramic city vistas. An in-suite laundry has high-efficiency appliances. Flooring includes wide-plank engineered hardwood and plush bedroom carpeting. The suite amenities are enhanced by an extensive recreation and entertainment space on the 29th floor. This includes an exercise area and state-of-the-art golf simulator, a lounge with bar and billiards, a library and fully-equipped kitchen and dining space for entertaining. The adjacent rooftop terrace offers open-air spaces for barbecuing, dining and relaxing, while enjoying breathtaking views of the city. n

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Rembrandt Homes Rembrandt Walk, a Rembrandt Homes community in northwest London, midway between the Masonville and Hyde Park shopping districts with their myriad amenities, has begun a second building phase and opened a new model home. The vacant land condominium development – where residents own their homes and lots but small fees offer the benefits of lawn care and snow removal and common area maintenance – will comprise 73 detached bungalows, bungalows with lofts and two-storey homes. The Gallery model is a 2,254-square-foot bungalow with a loft. This open-concept layout features a vaulted living room with

gas fireplace, open to the kitchen and dining area and accessing a spacious rear deck. The kitchen showcases upgraded cabinetry and quartz countertops. The main level also includes the master suite with walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom featuring a glass shower and soaker tub, as well a den/optional bedroom off the foyer and a laundry room. The loft, overlooking the living room, incorporates a family room, bedroom and three-piece bathroom.The home’s lower level has the option to be finished with a recreation room, bedroom and bathroom. Energy Star advantages, including a high-efficiency gas furnace, programmable thermostat and central air, add to the comfort of all Rembrandt homes. n

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The Eight at Warbler The concept that good things come in small packages may well apply to a new condominium neighbourhood planned for southwest London. The Eight at Warbler, a boutique condominium community that will include just eight custom homes, is being developed by Graystone Homes in Riverbend’s Warbler Woods, southeast of Oxford Street and Westdel Bourne. The homes will be one-floor, with the option of a loft, and a minimum 2,000 square feet of living space. Each will be upscale and custom-designed, with uniformity only in the exterior colours and materials – stone, stucco, brick and shingles, says Graystone president Derek Anderson. A premier feature of the community, Anderson adds, is the location, with five of the lots backing onto a wooded, environmentally-sensitive area that will never be developed. “That’s very attractive and what discerning purchasers are looking for in what is most like going to be their last home purchase.” These will be vacant land condominiums so the purchasers will own the home and assume

title of the lot but will enjoy maintenance-free living, with monthly condo fees covering outdoor tasks, such a grass cutting, snow removal and irrigation. Model home scheduled for fall 2018. n

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Westhaven Homes With its first model sold, Westhaven Homes has opened another in Upper Richmond Village. The two-storey, 2,800-square-foot custom home – at 2491 Torrey Pines Way – is professionally decorated by Sue Jory Interiors. The exterior combines copper canopies and stonework. Entry from a covered porch accesses a large foyer leading to an open-concept kitchen, great room and dining area. Finishing touches include built-in seating around the kitchen table, open shelving, brass details on hardware and lighting and an adjacent preparation area with sink and pantry, plus a wet bar in the dining room. The living room features wall-to-wall custom cabinetry and a fireplace.

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Oversize windows and eight-foot patio doors give the main floor abundant natural light. This level also includes a den and laundry/mud room. Upstairs, the master suite boasts a fireplace and large ensuite with double doors to a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom and a fourth features an ensuite. The extra-large basement, with high ceilings, offers myriad possibilities. With 25 years of experience, West Haven Homes boasts designs and workmanship that have stood the test of time in over 500 London homes. The developer is also building in North London’s Uplands and West London’s Warbler Woods. n

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NEW HOSPICE PROVIDES COMPASSIONATE CARE IN SOUTH HURON By Kathy Mueller

TOP Oke Woodsmith Building Systems is known for its elegant stone and timber frame custom designed homes. Jessica’s House benefits from that legacy in its look and quality of finish. This design/build firm contributed a total of $84,000 in expertise, labour, materials and cash to help make this project happen.

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There is a quote painted on a bedroom wall. Taken from one of Muhammad Ali’s infamous remarks, it reads “Do not count the days; make the days count.” At Jessica’s House, no truer words could be spoken. Recently opened on the southern outskirts of Exeter, north of London, Jessica’s House is a three-bedroom residential hospice, providing end-of-life care for those facing a life limiting illness. “We understand that when the time is nearing, most people want to die at home,” said Kimberley Payne, executive director, South Huron Hospital Foundation. “But it’s often difficult for the family to be the caregiver at that time. “At Jessica’s House, the professional health care provided allows a wife, son, or daughter to be a wife, son, or daughter again. To have that time to focus on the family, 

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Contractors and volunteers from this compassionate

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to ensure that Jessica’s House serves those who need it for years to come.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT • Large windows let in ample sunshine and allow views to the wooded surroundings.

• Twenty-five trained volunteers provide all nonmedical services at Jessica’s House, including cooking when needed in this spacious, wellequipped kitchen.

• Oke Woodsmith used wood, glass and stone throughout the home to give an airy, roomy, comfortable atmosphere for patients and their loved ones.

• Each bedroom has patio doors that open on to a private patio to give residents a place to enjoy the outdoors.

INSET • The nurse’s station is part of the house of the house and doesn’t impinge on its homey feel.

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not on the role of caregiver.” The need for a residential hospice in South Huron was recognized following the death of Jessica Hamather, 22, an Exeter resident who lost her life to an extremely rare cancer in December 2015. “Jessica died in a really tiny room in a London hospital,” said Payne. Her bed was needed almost immediately, giving the family very little time with her. The South Huron Hospital Foundation approached the provincial government through the Local Health Integration Network, which, according to Payne, indicated that any new hospice should be built in Clinton, what it considers to be the centre of Huron County. However, the Foundation felt there were already parallel services being offered in Clinton and that a hospice would be better situated further south, in Exeter. “We have to send our families to Woodstock, London and Sarnia,” explained Payne. After several months of discussions, a final decision came from the province in March 2016. It would not provide funding to support a hospice in Exeter. “By this point, momentum for the hospice had really taken off within the community. It was like a train racing down the track,” said Payne. The decision was made to move ahead with the hospice, with or without government support. A steering committee was formed, and a two-year fundraising campaign was launched, during which $3.4 million was raised through cash donations, and approximately $600,000 through in-kind donations. Oke Woodsmith Building Systems in Grand Bend designed and managed the build. “We wanted to create a home within a home,” said Randy Oke,  September/October 2018

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president of Oke Woodsmith. The one-storey design incorporates wood, stone and glass throughout, giving the residence a natural and cottage-like feel. Neutral and soft colours help bring a sense of peace, calm, and serenity to the surroundings. “We wanted to keep it bright. The large windows capture both the view of the wooded surroundings, and allow sunshine to pour in,” explained Oke Woodsmith designer Steve Poortinga. Patio doors in each bedroom allow residents access to a private patio. The front entrance is grand, providing residents a dignified manner in which to enter and leave. “We were very honoured to be chosen to work on Jessica’s House,” said Oke. “This allowed us to contribute even more. When all was said and done, Oke Woodsmith volunteered $69,000 in materials and labour, as well as $15,000 cash.” “The real story here is in the relationships that developed with everyone who helped make Jessica’s House a reality,” said Payne. “So many of the contractors poured their hearts into it. Why? Because they knew that someday, somebody they love will probably come here.” There is one full-time registered nurse on staff. She is supported by a registered practical nurse and personal support worker, as well as 25 trained volunteers. “The volunteers do everything that is not clinical,” said Payne. “This includes gardening, cleaning, washing dishes, sitting with the residents and even cooking for them, if needed.” It is a house built through love, commitment, and a strong community foundation. n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION JESSICA’S HOUSE www.jessicashouse.ca


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DRIVEN BY DESIGN

THE NEW MODELS ARE READY TO HIT THE ROAD

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By Clare Dear utomakers continue to strive for better fuel efficiency, while

retaining essential driving features and capabilities in the vehicles they’re offering to consumers but those efforts aren’t making it easier for car-buyers. Should one choose a gas-fuelled model or opt for an electric or hybrid powertrain? Will a sedan fit your needs or should you consider opting for a utility vehicle? The range of vehicle types, sizes and pricing gives buyers greater choice than ever before, but it can also be overwhelming. Making the right choice is no simple task, but Lifestyle Magazine offers this sampling of impressive

➣ 2019 Acura RDX Total makeover takes RDX to a new level of luxury, performance The 2019 Acura RDX compact luxury utility vehicle is all new, inside and out. This third-generation iteration is longer (by 61 millimetres) and wider (11 mm) than its predecessor and sits on a wheelbase that’s been stretched 66 mm. This new platform, exclusive to Acura, results in more space for its occupants and larger storage capacity for their stuff. This sophisticated chassis is lighter, thanks to additional use of high-strength steel, and it’s more rigid, helping to minimize intruding noise and enhancing the vehicle’s dynamic performance. The 2019 RDX is readily recognized by its fresh new exterior styling, highlighted by a unique pentagon grille flanked by standard LED headlamps. Inside, the cabin is tastefully trimmed with topquality materials, fit and finish. The previous generation’s 3.5-litre V-6 has been replaced by a new engine – a fuel-efficient, turbocharged 2.0-litre DOHC VTEC four-cylinder that delivers 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,600 revs. It’s mated to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission and the output is distributed by an upgraded all-wheel drive system – Acura’s sophisticated, torque-vectoring SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive) that can send up to 70 per cent of the generated torque to the rear wheels and then distribute up to 100 per cent to either rear wheel as driving conditions dictate. 

AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $43,990 Powertrain: 2.0-litre turbocharged DOHC four-cylinder with direct injection, 16 valves, VTEC and dual variable timing cam; 10-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive Power/torque: 272 HP/280 lb.-ft. of torque Fuel consumption L/100 km: City, 11.0; highway, 8.6; combined, 9.9

new vehicles that may help make the decision easier.

ACURA WEST • 759 Wonderland Road North • 519-657-1557 • www.acurawest.ca September/October 2018

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It’s a sports car, for five. The Cayenne takes the genuine Porsche sports car experience and opens it up to your whole family - with a dynamic new design, new and efficient turbocharged engines, and outstanding digital connectivity. Experience it today at Porsche of London.

Porsche of London 600 Oxford Street West, London, ON N6H 1T9 (519) 601-1322 | porschelondon.com

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➣ 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

➣ 2019 Porsche Cayenne

➣ 2019 Genesis G70 Sedan

Sporty new hatchback boosts fun-to-drive factor

Upgrades make new Cayenne feel even more like a sports car

Stylish G70 sport sedan challenges segment’s benchmark brands

Toyota has added some sporty flair to its Corolla lineup for 2019. The all-new fivedoor compact Corolla Hatchback features fresh, modern styling, while its powertrain and dynamics match its sporty looks. It’s powered by an all-new 2.0-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine delivering more horsepower and overall performance than previous Corolla models. That power is channelled through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an all-new direct-shift CVT (continuously variable transmission) with sequential steps that simulate a 10-speed transmission. The CVT also features a sport mode, available paddle shifters and the world’s first application of a launch gear in a CVTequipped passenger vehicle. The Corolla Hatchback, which is offered in three trim levels (S, SE and XSE), is built on a platform that embraces Toyota’s New Global Architecture design and engineering process. It features a lower centre of gravity, reduced weight and widened stance. These improvements, combined with the Hatchback’s sport-tuned suspension system, result in superior ride and handling. In keeping with Toyota’s emphasis on safety, the Corolla Hatchback is equipped with advanced safety technologies as standard equipment, including the first North American application of the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system. This secondgeneration safety package adds even more active safety features, including a precollision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control and lane tracing assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a backup camera.

Porsche refers to its Cayenne sports utility vehicle as the “sports car” of its category and the performance that prompts the marketing theme is even more apparent in the all-new 2019 edition. This third-generation of the Cayenne has even more impressive driving dynamics, a new Tiptronic S gearbox and new chassis systems, more connectivity features and additional technology, plus it has a fresh new look that makes its family connection with its 911 sports car sibling even more obvious. The improvement in driving dynamics can be traced to a significant reduction in overall weight. This Cayenne is up to 65 kilograms lighter, depending on the model, which makes the vehicle feel more responsive in all aspects, including handling, braking and acceleration. For example, the base 3.0L turbo V-6 can launch to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds – impressive for such a large utility vehicle. The improved handling gets a boost from the availability, for the first time, of rear-axle steering which reduces the effort required to negotiate in tight spaces, while increasing stability at high speeds. A hybrid version of the Cayenne, with a starting price of $91,700, will arrive in Canadian dealers’ showrooms next spring. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid will be powered by a 335-horsepower, 3.0-litre V-6 engine that combines with an electric engine (rated at 134 hp) for an overall system power of 455 hp.

The all-new 2019 G70 compact luxury sport sedan is the third member of Genesis’ lineup. It joins the mid-size G80 and flagship G90, giving the upscale brand full coverage of the luxury sedan segment. The G70 is beautifully executed, combining luxury, poise and performance for a world-class driving experience. The G70, available in six variations, offers buyers a choice of two powertrains – a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6. The all-aluminum four-cylinder cranks out 252 horsepower, while the 3.3L V-6, also all aluminum, delivers 365 horsepower. The power is channelled through a six-speed manual in the Sport 2.0T model, while all other trim levels use an eight-speed automatic transmission fitted with paddle shifters. An advanced all-wheel drive system is standard on all models except the Sport 2.0T, which is rear-wheel drive. The foundation for the G70’s sporty performance is its rigid chassis, which was tuned through testing laps at the famed Nurburgring race track. Genesis engineers have enhanced the G70’s superb dynamic level by using such high-performance components as Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and a limited-slip differential. Inside the roomy cabin there’s a level of richness in the materials, design and execution that exceeds one’s expectations at this price point.

AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE

Price: Starting at $75,500 Powertrain: 3.0-litre turbocharged V6; eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission; permanent all-wheel drive Power/torque: 340 hp/332 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: N/A

Price: Starting at $42,150 Powertrain: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder or 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6; six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel or all-wheel drive Power/torque: (2.0L) 252 hp/260 lb.-ft; (3.3L) 365 hp/376 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: 2.0L manual, 12.8 city, 8.5 highway; 3.3L automatic, 13.3 city, 9.5 highway 

PORSCHE OF LONDON • 600 Oxford Street West • 519-601-1322 • www.porschelondon.com

GENESIS LONDON • 300 Southdale Road East • 519-649-7779 • www.genesislondon.ca

AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $23,024 Powertrain: 2.0-litre four-cylinder with direct fuel injection; six-speed manual or Shiftmatic CVT Power/torque: 168 hp/151 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: 2.0L manual, 7.5 city, 5.8 highway; 2.0L CVT, 8.4 city, 6.3 highway NORTH LONDON TOYOTA • 1515 Rob Panzer Drive • 519-451-3880 • www.northlondontoyota.com

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INTRODUCING, THE ALL-NEW G70.

LUXURY COMES TO YOU. TEST DRIVE PURCHASE VALET SERVICE

If bringing the test drive and purchase experience to your door doesn’t buy you enough time, the performance tuned engineering of the all-new 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 Genesis G70 surely will. Developed on the world-renowned Nürburgring racetrack, cloaked with advanced technology and plush, leather-wrapped comfort, the G70 marks more than just the arrival of something unique — it’s a stark departure from the ordinary.

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Visit us at www.genesislondon.ca | 1-888-261-0613 60 month lease is based on $2500 down 16,000 kms per year extra kms can be purchased. Buyback optional at end of the term. Total due on delivery is $3434 plus lic fees. Payment of $435 is plus HST. OAC.

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➣ 2018 Audi Q5 All-new Q5 delivers look, feel premium crossover buyers desire Audi’s Q5 premium compact crossover, a top-seller in its segment, has been given a total makeover for 2018. At first glance, it may seem little has changed with this next-generation model, but Audi designers and engineers have updated everything, including the application of a more fuel-efficient engine, the addition of more high-tech features, a lighter, stiffer chassis and modernized styling inside and out. Power is supplied by a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injected fourcylinder that develops 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A sevenspeed, dual-clutch automatic transmission transfers that output to Audi’s impressive quattro all-wheel drive system, which is standard across all trim levels. While the raw power numbers may seem somewhat modest compared to rival brands with V-6 powertrains, the Q5’s performance is surprisingly peppy, with a very strong mid-range surge. In fact, it can launch to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Credit for that performance, as well as its rigid chassis, solid handling and quiet ride, can be given to the vehicle’s reduced weight. While it’s slightly larger overall than the outgoing Q5, this iteration is 50 kilograms lighter, thanks to the increased use of high-strength steel and aluminum. Beyond the new Q5’s handsome exterior there’s a well-appointed cabin that features premium materials and top-quality craftsmanship. The vehicle’s slightly larger dimensions result in improved headroom and rear-seat legroom, as well as increased cargo capacity (757 litres.)

AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $44,950 Powertrain: 2.0L turbocharged, direct injection fourcylinder; seven-speed transmission; quattro AWD Power/torque: 252 hp/273 lb.-ft. of torque Fuel consumption L/100 km: City, 10.4; highway, 8.6; combined, 9.6  AUDI LONDON • 481 Wharncliffe Road South • 519-963-2834 • www.audilondon.com September/October 2018

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➣ 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Outlander plug-in hybrid retains full SUV capabilities Mitsubishi has applied hybrid electric technology to its versatile five-seat crossover, creating the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Global response has been so positive the Outlander PHEV has already become the world’s best-selling hybrid electric utility vehicle. The Outlander PHEV combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder gas engine with a pair of electric motors. The gas engine powers a generator that recharges the battery running the electric motors, although it can also drive the front wheels when necessary. The rear electric motor applies power to the rear wheels through Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) drive system. This driver selectable technology, standard on all three trim levels, is not only capable of shifting torque front to rear, but also splitting it between the left and right drive wheels for better, safer handling. The system delivers true four-wheel capability using 100 per cent electric drive – an industry first. The roomy PHEV makes no compromises, delivering all the capability, flexibility and convenience utility buyers expect, including up to 2,209 litres of cargo space (with the rear seatback folded) and a towing capability up to 1,500 pounds. It also offers some features you wouldn’t expect, such as a 1,500-watt power inverter that can run an espresso machine, mini fridge – or even a bouncy castle.

AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $42,998 Powertrain: 2.0L four-cylinder plus front and rear electric motors and 12kWh battery pack; single-gear transaxle; four-wheel drive Power/torque: 2.0L gas engine, 117 hp/137 lb.ft.; two electric motors: front, 80 hp/101 lb.ft.; rear, 80 hp/144 lb.ft. Fuel consumption Le/100 km: City, 3.0; highway, 3.4; combined, 3.2 ROBINSON MITSUBISHI 1629 Wharncliffe Road South • 519-686-1515 • www.robinsonlondonmitsubishi.ca 66 Lifestyle September/October 2018


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indow treatments have come a long way in the 21st century. Today’s homeowners, hoping to add that “wow” factor, are challenged by myriad choices in draperies, shades and blinds, and new technologies such as motorized systems. Designer’s Edge by Covers is aiding clients in meeting these challenges with custom design solutions and in-home services, says owner Kevin Fellner. While Covers has been providing window treatments for southwestern Ontario residents for 30 years, the benefits of working with clients in their homes has become increasingly apparent. So in 2014, the company opened Designer’s Edge, a 3,000-square-foot showroom/office on Exeter Road, showcasing the brand. Here, clients

can meet with in-house designer Willi Van Deven to discuss their needs and view the vast selection of products. Many are building a new home or undergoing a major renovation and have been referred to Designer’s Edge by their builder, Fellner says. “We’ll look at their plans and elevations and identify issues room by room.” These could include the position of the sun at various times of the day and year and how that affects controlling lighting. They’ll choose their treatments and when the home is ready, Designer’s Edge will take measurements, order the product and complete the installation. “It’s 100 per cent customized.” There’s a constant flow of new products, Fellner says. Designer’s Edge represents most major manufacturers and is a showcase dealer for Hunter Douglas,

a world leader in window treatments. A technology that’s drawing increasing interest is motorized shades. These are particularly beneficial on larger windows that are difficult to reach manually. The popularity is partly driven by a lower price point than in the past, as well as a growing trend to home automation. One of the latest innovations in this area is shades that can completely enclose outdoor living spaces. These can now extend to 24 feet wide, offering open-air living with additional comfort and privacy. “It’s a new product for us and we’re pretty excited about it,” Fellner says. He says Designer’s Edge clients are embracing the custom services, with business growing exponentially. n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • DESIGNER’S EDGE • 297 Exeter Road • 519-652-0222 • www.coverscanada.ca September/October 2018

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Go your own way Ellison caters to small groups with keen interests TOP Ellison Travel and Tours owners Cathy and Doug Ellison.

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ee the world your way. Tours designed to fit individual interests, tastes and dreams is something offered by Ellison Travel and Tours, with offices in Exeter and now in London. “We specialize in customizing trips and we’ve established contacts in countries around the world,” says Doug Ellison, who owns and operates the company with his wife Cathy. These relationships, which have been cultivated built over the years, are a major key to the company’s skill in designing custom tours, he says. “We are able to set things up in places around the world where others wouldn’t have those contacts. In southwestern Ontario there’s no one doing the volume and no one doing the customizing to the extent that we are.”

For Ellison, it all started during his 14-year career as a high school teacher. Planning student excursions whetted his taste for travel and in 1980 he opened his own company, with two employees. That has grown into one of Canada’s largest travel agencies, with six offices across the country and 80-90 employees, arranging more than 600 tours a year. While the agency accommodates groups of up to 200, there’s a growing trend to smaller groups, Ellison says. “We’re finding that some people just don’t want to get on a bus with 40 other people they don’t know.” Some of its popular offerings – like Broad Escapes, especially for women, or Billy’s Best Bottles, exploring Europe’s wine regions – typically attract 15 to 20 tourists.

And this is evolving to even smaller groups, he says. It might be women friends looking for a girls’ getaway, a family celebrating a special birthday or anniversary or people wanting to explore their heritage. Ellison Travel works with these clients to get them to their desired locations, setting them up with a driver/guide who’ll meet them and accompany them throughout the journey. Such tours also offer some additional flexibility, Ellison notes. For example, if the group decides they would enjoy extra time in a certain location that can be arranged. These smaller tours comprise about 10 per cent of the company’s annual offerings but it’s definitely a growing trend, Ellison says. n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • Ellison Travel and Tours • 311 Main Street, Exeter (head office) • 519-235-2000/800-265-7022 • 4 -1930 Hyde Park Road • 519-672-7020/ 800-668-0719 • www.ellisontravel.com 68 Lifestyle September/October 2018


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Uniquely Canadian Curiosities brings a big presence to Wortley Village

TOP Curiosities owner Jocelyn King.

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hoppers searching for one-of-a-kind gifts or clothing are increasingly discovering Curiosities Gift Shop as their go-to destination. This boutique has been a staple in London’s historic Wortley Village for over 30 years and has always enjoyed enthusiastic local support, says owner Jocelyn King. But it’s increasingly drawing customers from across London and out-of-town. “I find that people are discovering us especially when they’re looking for something different or unusual,” King says. While it might look like a small, one-room shop from the outside, Curiosities actually encompasses five rooms, each jam-packed with unique items sourced from across the country. King proudly states that 98 per cent

of her merchandise – women’s clothing, jewellery, bath and body products, specialty baby and home décor items and greeting cards – is designed and made in Canada. The exception is the greeting cards, although she does carry cards by half a dozen Canadian artists. This is an element customers are increasingly seeking in their purchases, she finds. It’s something she appreciated, as well, as a long-time patron of the store before she took it over three years ago. “The previous owner started bringing in all-Canadian and I really like and believe in that,” she says. She’s also constantly on the lookout for novel products for her collection. “I try to always have something new because our customer base is so regular,” she says. “People will drop in and say ‘I just want to see what

you’ve got that’s new’.” Customer service is a priority for King and her staff. “We want a customer to leave happy,” she stresses. “We don’t want them walking out the door thinking ‘I don’t know if I should have bought this.’ That’s very important for us.” It pays off in repeat customers and word-of-mouth recommendations. King says the support of the Wortley community has always been phenomenal. “People just drop in to say ‘hello.’ It’s very nice.” One of the aspects she particularly enjoys is getting to know her customers, both community members and those from further away. “We get to meet so many people and everybody has a story. It’s so interesting.” n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • CURIOSITIES GIFT SHOP • 174 1/2 Wortley Road • 519-432-0434 • www.curiositiesgiftshop.com September/October 2018

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Success squared

Canadian-made a win for retailer

TOP Buttons and Bows owner Patti Prowse.

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othing says success for a new enterprise like expansion within weeks of its launch. That’s exactly what Patti and Gary Prowse have experienced with their new Buttons and Bows location in Point Edward. After opening its doors June 2, the women’s wear retailer is virtually doubling its square footage and offering a complete line of petite and plus sizes. “It’s very exciting!” says Patti Prowse. The Point Edward store is the second Buttons and Bows location. The original store has operated in Forest for 13 years. The opportunity to branch out arose when Prowse was encouraged to visit the Point Edward site and immediately felt it was “perfect.” From the start the store was well received, drawing customers

from adjacent Sarnia and across Lambton County. Prowse makes a point of interacting with customers and listening intently to their wishes. She immediately heard a desire for more petite and plus sizes. “In the first three weeks here, we were made aware of the need for a shop like that in the Sarnia area.” She is already sourcing new fall lines for petites and plusses, such as Foxcroft and Lasania, a Montreal-based company that prides itself on having all its clothing manufactured in Canada. Made-in-Canada brands are a priority for Prowse. “I really concentrate on Canadian lines,” she says, citing Canadian brands that she carries such as Joseph Ribkoff, French Dressing, Vancouver’s Sympli and Rapz from Toronto.

She also looks for unique products. This summer she introduced Oh My Gauze!, a line of breathable 100 per cent cotton gauze clothing, manufactured in Mexico and available for the first time in Canada at Buttons and Bows. The Point Edward store will have cruise wear and bathing suits available year-round and carries some men’s wear as well. With the additional space, Prowse says she will be hosting events like in-store fashion shows. One of the first will be a Ribkoff show, slated for September. While Prowse will be spending time in the store, meeting and getting to know customers, she’s recruited her daughter, Leigh Anne James, to manage the stores. n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • BUTTONS AND BOWS • 131 Michigan Avenue, Point Edward • 519-491-1412 • 33 Main St. South, Forest • 519-786-4848 • www.buttons-and-bows.ca 70 Lifestyle September/October 2018


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