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“You don’t truly understand a woman until you understand every word she isn’t saying to you.” AUTHOR UNKNOWN
uring the past year and a half, I’ve been devoting this space to thoughts on our collective pandemic experience. But now that we are (hopefully) seeing the light on the other side, I wanted to take a different tack. We need a bit of a smile now, and I hope this provides you one. Please don’t take offence, as that is not my intention. I love, admire and respect men but, like me, you may feel that the genders often do not share the same mindset. I also do not disclude those in the LBGTQ2S+ among us. That is not my personal experience, but perhaps you relate to my thoughts below from those perspectives.
FIVE THINGS MEN NEED TO KNOW • We DO need six, eight or 10 pairs of black shoes. Each is a different level of dressiness and can be worn with different outfits in the various seasons.
• Yes, we DO take special care to look fabulous when attending a business or social event where we may meet unkind colleagues or frenemies. Like Scottish blue-faced warriors of old or British red coated soldiers, being perfectly coiffed, made-up and dressed provides both a good offence and defence. • A smile isn’t always a sign of happiness. Look at our eyes for the truth. Please share this with your partner or spouse if you think he would also get a chuckle from reading it. If spending more time with your beloved during the many months of lockdown has given you a better understanding of the opposite sex, I would appreciate hearing about it at the email address below. Be well and be safe,
• Women need women friends in a different way than men need men friends. And, yes, after a year and a half of no ‘girls’ nights,’ we DO need spend a lot of time re-bonding with different friend groups. (This may involve wine.) • When we say “u-huh” or “O.K.” or “whatever,” it doesn’t mean we are
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PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier
HOMESTYLE 12 Lakeside living
EDITOR Jill Ellis-Worthington
A couple’s dream came true
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24 Retire in style
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40 Upscale your view
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43 On the market New home model tour
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Green option for seniors
28 Those old blue jeans New life for favourite threads
BESTLIFE 35 Power of perspective Are you codependent?
PRODUCTION Nancy Greenfield
59 Village people New energy in Old South
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57 Yummy destination Grand Bend’s newest café
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VIEWS AND VISITORS WELCOME HERE By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
estled amongst lush foliage and fronting an expansive beach with sweeping Lake Huron vistas, Terry and Rob Taylor have created a natural oasis. An effort that took two decades and two major builds has resulted in a home that reflects the beauty and serenity of its surroundings. Because of its spectacular setting and lot position, the views are favourite features
ABOVE Embracing the beauty of their surroundings, the Taylors had floor-to-ceiling windows installed to enjoy views of Lake Huron from most of the rooms in the house.
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of the homeowners. Across the back of the house – “We call it the front because it faces the lake,” says Terry – full-height windows afford panoramic lake views from just about anywhere on the main floor. The upper-level master ensuite has a freestanding tub below a window that overlooks the waterfront. Terry is an artist who loves capturing the lake on canvas, in all its moods. Her acrylic flow paintings adorn walls throughout the
INSET Wishing to preserve some features of their original cottage, the couple used the fish-shaped frame beams in the renovation.
house, including the dining room and above the living room fireplace. The Taylor's purchased the Port Franks property in 1998. There was a small house, which was badly in need of upgrading. But when a local handyman they hired to help with the job passed away, they turned to Aylmerbased Lockington Homes. The existing structure was torn down and a new one-storey home was built using ICF (insulated concrete forms) for high-energy efficiency, a specialty of this builder.
ABOVE AND LEFT The original butcher block prep island, which Rob loves, was joined by an oversized solid surface island to provide a gathering spot when the couple entertains.
That served them well as a holiday and weekend get-away. Twenty years later, when they retired and sold their London home, they planned to spend more time at the lake but realized they needed more space. So, they contracted Wasko Developments, from London, to undertake a major renovation. This would add a second storey and enlarge the main level to include a new dining room and sunroom. They also wanted to update the kitchen and living room. “One of the main goals in this
renovation was to maintain the feel and shape of the original house,” Terry says. “We liked its design and features, and we wanted to work with those and build on them.” This meant retaining components such as outside frame beams shaped like fish, which were incorporated in the outside framework around the house and in railings. In the larger and enhanced kitchen another feature brought from the original house is a small island with a butcher block top. September/October 2021 Lifestyle 13
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT There is a cozy reading bench, with storage beneath, in the kitchen. • The Taylors – with assistance from the pros – designed and built this unique chandelier in the dining room. • Plenty of storage is provided in attractive spaces. • Admiration for the lake and its many components is an oft-repeated theme in the home. • Indoors and out, lake views are available to sooth the soul. INSET Terry’s acrylic flow paintings adorn walls in many rooms.
Terry is an artist who loves capturing the lake on canvas, in all its moods. ~ Continued on page 16 14 Lifestyle September/October 2021
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LAKESIDE OASIS ~ Continued from page 14
TOP One of this home's many spacious rooms, the den, provides a quiet respite with astounding views. ABOVE Over the garage, a games room provides indoor space to entertain. LEFT When the weather proves to be uncooperative, the covered breezeway allows the Taylors to enjoy sitting outdoors.
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“Rob is the cook so that’s his Let Us Help You Create Your… island.” Terry says. In the original home, it was the sole kitchen island and sometimes had 10 people crowded around it to eat. The new home has added a second, much larger island that seats 11. The original cupboards were saved and repurposed Help You Create Your… in the current laundry room/art studio, while the kitchen boasts a bank of white cabinets, complemented by warm dark grey trim. The cabinets in the kitchen, bathrooms and mudroom – as well as numerous built-ins, such as alcove shelving and drawers beneath a kitchen window bench – were crafted by Paul Bilyea and his staff from Cardinal Fine Cabinetry in London. “They did a great job,” Terry enthuses The Taylors have put their stamp Let Us Help You Create Your… on the home. Examples include a unique chandelier above the dining BeachcomBer room table that they constructed London themselves; Terry’s paintings exhibited • Hot Tubs throughout the residence; Rob’s skill • Pools & Saunas as a gardener displayed in the meticu• Charcoal & Pellet Grills lously manicured gardens. • Pizza Ovens • Outdoor Kitchens • Gazebos The chandelier’s circular iron frame, with raised candelabra bulb holders, 754 Wharncliffe Rd. S., London rests on a base of lighted shells. It is 519-681-0249 • beachcomberlondon.com a replica of similar ones they fell in love with at a South Carolina restaurant. When the price to purchase one turned out to be exorbitant, Terry said, “We can make one.” They BeachcomBer collaborated with Red Iron Design, London Custom Metal Work (in Mount • Hot Tubs Brydges) to fashion the frame. Terry • Pools & Saunas sourced the oyster shells online from • Charcoal & Pellet Grills the Boston area. “Rob drilled three • Pizza Ovens • Outdoor Kitchens • Gazebos holes in every shell and wired them,” she says. “We’re pretty proud of that.” 754 Wharncliffe Rd. S., London The renovated home also includes 519-681-0249 • beachcomberlondon.com a main floor den and a cozy games room over the garage, with a brick fireplace and sloping wood plank ceiling. A covered breezeway allows them to relax outdoors in inclement We must be doing weather, as it is fitted out with a sofa, chairs and propane fire pit. something right. There’s also a guest house with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a bedroom overlooking the lake. n
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A NATURAL STEP RIVERSTONE OFFERS A GREEN OPTION FOR RETIREMENT LIVING By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
est 5, Sifton’s poweredby-the-sun community, is welcoming a new milestone with the launch of the Riverstone retiree apartment complex. “We’re very excited and proud of this project,” says Sylvie Lucas, Sifton’s vice president, retirement living. “It’s unique and catered to the lifestyles of the retiree demographic. “We’ve taken attention to detail based on our experience with other senior living
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buildings, with things from a structural perspective like spacing and lighting, as well as underground parking and security.” Lucas adds that including features like concierge service and bi-weekly housekeeping in the rent sets Riverstone apart. Also making it special are the rooftop Skylight restaurant, On The Rocks bar and an outdoor patio overlooking a green roof. In addition to supporting West 5’s sustainability culture, she says the green roof is “a great feature from an aesthetic point of view, quite lovely and lush.” A future
LEFT Well appointed one- and two-bedroom suites provide easy maintenance housing at Riverstone retiree apartments at West 5. TOP RIGHT Sifton fosters community spirit and a feeling of collegiality among the retiree residents. BELOW RIGHT Local fare is being showcased by the executive chef in Riverstone’s dining room.
Riverstone residents can enjoy some complimentary meals at the onsite restaurant each month.
rooftop garden is also planned, which will facilitate growing herbs and vegetables for the kitchen, enhancing a menu focused on local fare being showcased by the executive chef. Lucas says the views from the eighth-floor rooftop – natural vistas including Kains Woods and Riverbend Park – are breathtaking. “They’re gorgeous. I’ve had the opportunity to view them through all seasons. In the fall, it’s really quite spectacular.” Riverstone residents can also enjoy the bonus of having a number of complimentary meals at the restaurant each month. The 113 one- and two-bedroom suites, some with dens, range from 650 to 1,250 square feet, with soaring ceilings. The décor reflects the surrounding countryside: wood, stone and natural finishes. These include wood-grain kitchen cabinetry complemented by quartz countertops. The natural colour palette is emphasized in the floor with walnut wood grain vinyl plank and neutral ceramic tile flooring. Walk-in showers with moulded seating are an additional convenience. Each unit has a private balcony or patio, with oversized terrace doors flooding the open-concept interiors with natural light. In keeping with West 5’s environmental reputation as one of the world’s most state-
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The apartments’ décor reflects nature’s colours. Finishes include wood-grain kitchen cabinetry, walnut-toned vinyl flooring and ceramic tile flooring in neutral tones.
of-the-art SMART communities, solar-powered and 100 per cent energy efficient - Riverstone incorporates numerous green elements. These include solar panels, provision for electric vehicle chargers, ENERGY STAR appliances, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, custom LED lighting, keyless suite access and composting/recycling programs. “We’re quite proud of the fact that we’re the first neighbourhood powered by the sun in Ontario, and I love that we’re able to offer our retiree community an option to live here,” Lucas says. Other building amenities include a first-floor fitness studio, fireplace lounge with a full kitchen and adjacent games room. Leisure activities, events
and social clubs are planned. Fostering community spirit by relationship building is an important factor, Lucas maintains. “As people move in, they’ll get to know the family within the community. So, there’s always someone for support.” Riverstone is truly a community within a community, she says. “Our tenants will have a broad range of services to enhance their lifestyle under one roof and within the West 5 community.” The neighbourhood encompasses a growing variety of personal and commercial resources, such as retail shops and medical services. Residents will be able to access many businesses in the area: spas, a yoga studio, cosmetic
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leaves tumble to the ground and morning frost greets us, it is time to swap out our shorts for jeans and tank tops for denim button-down shirts.
Heavier versions of this ever-popular fabric are made for the fall, when cooler temperatures enable us to layer a pair of jeans or a denim skirt with a sweater – topped off with a denim jacket thrown over the shoulders. There are different styles of denim jeans to suit all body types, regardless of age or gender, that can be paired with virtually anything. You can easily dress up or dress down a pair of denim jeans. This autumn, 1970s-inspired trends – bootcut and wide-leg jeans – are back and here to stay. Additionally, this season we will be teleporting back to the 90s to reunite with Friends favourite Monica Geller’s straight leg denim jeans. These trends – along with newer, more relaxed versions, like skater and baggy jeans – are meant to give us style in comfort. We can expect the silhouettes to appear in both light wash blue and faded black, as they make their way down Gucci and Versace runways and onto the shelves of local retailers. Given denim’s durability and versatility, garments made with this fabric have a decades-long lifespan. It is being embraced as a sustainable fabric by those who reject fast fashion habits. Favourite denim garments can be passed down from generation to generation, which makes them timeless pieces with sentimental value. It is time to dust off that pair of jeans buried in the back of your closet and pair it with a favourite t-shirt, sparkly sweater or silk blouse to let them live another day.
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LASTING LOVE By Jill Ellis-Worthington
o other garment is so universal that it is worn by people worldwide, from infancy to elder years. You have to love jeans for their versatility – good for almost any occasion – that range in price from $1 when sold in a thrift store or yard sale to $250,000 for the most expensive pair to be sold. Serving as currency, they were sometimes traded behind the Iron Curtain when these desirable western garments were scarce during the Cold War era. They’ve been worn by everyone from miners to hippies and punkers to Presidents. It all started during the California Gold Rush when merchant Levi Strauss sold indigo-coloured cloth to Jacob Davis, a tailor who made the soon-to-be-trademarked pants more durable by using gromets as fasteners. The ever-popular fly-button Levi’s 501 style was patented in 1853 but when that patent expired in 1890, many others who are now almost as famous as the originator, jumped into the market, like Osh Kosh and Wrangler. Because of their comfort and durability, they were adapted as work wear by miners, lumberjacks, railroad workers, farmers and ranchers. Movie cowboys, like John Wayne, were sporting them on screen and spreading their fame. Female stars – Ginger Rogers and Carol Lombard – wore them in publicity photos, raising the
Jeans moved to the other side of the tracks in the 1970s, when haute couture designers Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein started producing high-fashion versions. desirability of this utilitarian garment for women. When Marlon Brando and James Dean donned them in movies, jeans became the wardrobe item of choice for the counterculture movement of the 1950s and 60s. Seen on legs strolling hippie strongholds, like Haight and Ashbury, flower children and rockers made them a must-have item for teens. But jeans moved to the other side of the tracks in the 1970s, when haute couture designers Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein started producing high-fashion versions. Every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter has been photographed wearing jeans. Though the name for our favourite fabric is derived from European roots – Serge de Nimes, the French town that claims the fame of originating denim – jeans have a proud North American heritage that has spread across the world and can be seen on the legs and backs of people in nearly every country. Jeans and related garments have undergone many changes over the years, as cut and colours have adapted to the times. No other type of fashion enjoys such universal love.
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A sad cycle
“If we don’t have a healthy, secure attachment to caregivers in childhood, then we can get stuck in an unhealthy attachment.” DR. ANNE DRANITSARIS, PH.D.
THE EMOTIONAL TOLL OF CODEPENDENCE
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tween two people, especially when one partner relies emotionally on supporting and caring for the other partner. (dictionary.com)
Most people feel like they suffer from one or more of the above feelings from time to time, but if these feelings become overwhelming it could signal that you might be in a codependent relationship. This doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship. It could be a parent-child relationship, a sibling relationship or those with friends or co-workers.
According to a private practice therapist in Toronto, Dr. Anne Dranitsaris, Ph.D., it is about human attachment and how we bond. “If we don’t have a healthy, secure attachment to caregivers in childhood, then we can get stuck in an unhealthy attachment.” She says that these could be one of three styles of attachment that can define your behaviour: anxious, avoidant and chaotic.
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the codependent becomes anxious about it and will start thinking “will he/she love me if I don’t behave ‘right’?” The codependent gives the other person more authority over his/her activities than he/she has. • AVOIDANT ATTACHMENT The codependent doesn’t form relationships. But if he/she does have a relationship, he/she acts solo. For instance, this could define a person who is often described as a ‘player’ or someone who is an emotionally absent parent, who does not engage with a partner or children. • CHAOTIC ATTACHMENT This codependent frequently picks fights with partners. He/she will pull the partner close and all will be fine for a while but then will get emo- September/October 2021 Lifestyle 35
When we have an inflated sense of entitlement or a deflated sense of entitlement, and when we feel like we aren’t enough, we look for someone else to fill us up.”
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tional and cause a fight, thus pushing the partner away. This can be a very volatile situation. Dranitsaris adds that all codependent relationships have a dominant partner and a submissive one, each of whom feeds the other’s emotional needs in unhealthy ways. “When we have an inflated sense of entitlement or a deflated sense of entitlement, and when we feel like we aren’t enough, we look for someone else to fill us up.” She has written a book entitled Power Past the Imposter Syndrome and states that there is often a crossover between imposter syndrome and codependence because they come out of the same developmental delay. Mary Rodenhurst, a London-based social worker-therapist, agrees. “There are emotional traits from childhood that could lead to issues with codependence.” This can evidence itself with the codependent displaying ‘learned helplessness.’ The family of origin had a lot of dependence issues, leaving the person vulnerable to be manipulated (a doormat) or being a manipulator (a narcissist). If the child was largely ignored because mom and dad were distracted from parent-
ing by work or their own addictions (or being an enabler), this could lead to the codependent being a doormat. Conversely, if the codependent was ‘the centre of everyone’s universe,’ he/she could display narcissistic tendencies and need constant reinforcement. “It can get really complex and have many layers,” says Rodenhurst. Dan R. is vice-chair of CODA (Co-dependents Anonymous Canada) and a recovering codependent. He recognized that he was a codependent 11 years ago through another 12-step group and joined CODA, as well. “I was blaming everyone else for my problems; it was everyone’s fault. I was trying to fix them because it was their fault. I was controlling and didn’t like being told what to do.” CODA is a 12-step program with approximately 100 groups across Canada. Anonymity is part of the code of conduct in these groups, so Dan R. asks that his last name not be used. Like many codependents, Dan R. was raised in a family where one parent was substance-addicted and the other was an enabler.
Mindfulness is described as being conscious of your behaviours at the moment. Dranitsaris explains that noticing “when your mind and your body are in different time zones and retraining the brain” is an important step in recovery.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SIGNS THAT ONE IS CODEPENDENT? Both Dranitsaris and Rodenhurst point to recognizing self-soothing rituals to help decide whether codependence could be an issue for an individual. Think about these: if another person’s opinion of you is more important than your own; if you feel that you cannot say no to anyone and are a people pleaser; if you are afraid to be alone and are in serial relationships that do not work out. Rodenhurst says that when someone who could be described as “a shell of a person” comes to her for therapy, she sees that as a sign. “Their self-esteem has just bottomed out. They have nothing left.” If he/she comes in to get help to ‘fix the relationship,’ then that is often a sign that he/she is on the other end of the codependence spectrum. He/she is trying to fix others, instead of looking inward. Dan R. agrees that self-soothing behaviours like working 12 hours a day to impress your boss crosses the line. “When having acclaim and approval are necessary
to feel good about yourself – that’s a sign.” Dan R. says that having expectations of other people is a way of controlling them and therefore a sign. “I may ask but I expect them to say yes. If they say no, then I’m setting myself up to be hurt.” He adds that this situation can escalate and become volatile. WHAT CAN ONE DO TO END THE CYCLE? Dranitsaris advises: Learn to say no. You will have to learn to tolerate feelings of anxiety and guilt when you do. Mindfulness is described as being conscious of your behaviours at the moment. Dranitsaris explains that noticing “when your mind and your body are in different time zones and retraining the brain” is an important step in recovery. You shouldn’t be in one place while your mind is thinking about what your partner is doing or thinking or anticipating how you can help or please him/her. She also advises setting a mindful intention every morning to stay on your own agenda, and not let someone else’s
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dominate your day. Journaling is also helpful, so you can see repeated patterns and learn what you’re writing about every day, she adds. This can reveal your ‘story’ of how you became codependent. Dan R. says that setting boundaries is an important part of his recovery. "In recovery, I've learned that a boundary is letting someone know about something that is happening that I'm not comfortable with." Learn to make decisions on your own, but start small, advises Rodenhurst. Learn to set limits and boundaries for your relationships; overcome your fear of being alone – these are all activities that will lead to recovery. “Being more independent and not relying on your partner for approval will help. Being more self-reliant will help build your self-esteem.” Learning to move past codependence is important for your own development, as well as your children and partner. You probably became codependent because of behaviours demonstrated in your family of origin, but you can stop this sad cycle before you pass it on to your own kids. n ● FOR MORE INFORMATION CODA’s website offers resources to help in the journey. Dr. Anne Dranitsaris, Ph.D. www.annedranitsaris.com Mary Rodenhurst www.counsellinginlondon.ca
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LOCKED-DOWN HOMEOWNERS OPTING FOR HOME THEATRES OVER TRAVEL By Clare Dear
lthough the COVID pandemic has crippled many businesses, one sector that is experiencing a boom is home renovation. With most of us being locked down in our homes for so long, the nest eggs some folks had put away for travel and vacations are now being redirected to home upgrades, including the addition of big-screen TVs and audio systems.
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“Because of COVID, people haven’t been travelling, they haven’t been eating out, so they’re spending a money on theatre rooms,” says Justin Andrews, president of HTAV Inc., a London- based home theatre and audio/video company that specializes in custom home theatre design and installation. His company provides free in-home consultations to help guide homeowners through the entire theatre selection process.
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What size of TV do you recommend? Generally, I come from the school of “there’s no such thing as too big,” unless you’re sitting substantially close to the screen. The resolution is so sharp nowadays, but I would say if the TV is 60 inches or smaller you can be within six feet of the screen. You want to be eight feet back for a 75-inch screen.
What’s the best location in a room for a TV? It’s such a vague question because I’m not there, so I usually do a consultation and come on site. Based on the room, I’ll recommend where the TV should go and where the sound system works best. If you’re going to put the TV above a fireplace, you don’t want the TV to hang past the fireplace – it looks silly. You want to frame the wall that the fireplace is sitting on.
Is it difficult to add a surround system? If a room is already finished, it’s hard to do because you need wiring in certain places. You need three front speakers, a minimum of two surround speakers and a subwoofer. Getting wires to those locations poses a lot of challenges in a room that’s already finished, so usually the best solution ends up being a good quality sound bar. n ● FOR MORE INFORMATION HTAV INC. Justin Andrews 519-868-9298 • www.htav.ca September/October 2021 Lifestyle 41
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Peace, tranquility and privacy in one of London’s most scenic locations is what homebuyers will discover at The Ridge At Byron. This gated community of 44 single-family condominium homes is set on an elevated ridge in London’s west end, overlooking Warbler Woods and the city centre. Residents enjoy a central landscaped park, a treed centre boulevard on a divided street and many other landscaped open spaces. “With features such as large lots, elaborate landscaping, a controlled gated entrance and quality interior finishes, we’re confident this neighbourhood is setting the standard for luxury detached condominium homes in London,” says developer Dennis Dalton. “All our homes feature distinctive stone, stucco and brick exteriors, inviting double front doors and high vaulted or coffered ceilings. Oversized windows allow for spectacular light on the interiors.” The furnished model home, The Fairmont, has a 2,096-square-foot main floor, and is one of 10 home designs available for buyers. The model is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. A spacious angled entrance foyer, with a 10-foot ceiling, accesses a front dining room and the open-concept great room, kitchen and breakfast area. Kitchen cabinetry by GCW Custom Kitchens is complemented by granite countertops. The great room, with a 12-foot ceiling, includes a gas fireplace in a choice of traditional or contemporary styles. A wall of windows with terrace doors opens to a covered deck, with glass railing. This extends the living space for al fresco entertaining. Double doors lead from the great room to an expansive master retreat with dual walk-in closets and a large ensuite bathroom. The latter features a double vanity, freestanding tub and ceramic tile shower, as well as heated tile floors. The main level also includes a second bedroom or study/den, the main bathroom
and a back hall and laundry with entry from the oversized double-car garage. A curved oak staircase from the great room accesses a finished recreation room on the lower level. Fully sodded lawns and landscaped front gardens welcome guests. Driveways feature high-quality pavers with edge restraint. “The Ridge At Byron offers carefree living with the ultimate private address,” Dalton says, advising buyers to “select your lot before it’s too late to become part of our prestigious community.” n
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A relaxed elegance is exemplified in this custom-built home from Oke Woodsmith Building Systems; they have named it Rustic Chic.
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‘rustic chic’ ambiance is showcased in a new Oke Woodsmith Building Systems home in Grand Bend, says company president Randall Oke. The one-storey ranch house, with a two-bedroom loft and lower-level walk-out backing onto the Old Ausable River, mixes sophisticated features with cottage-style comfort, Oke says. Rustic elements include interior wood beams, painted and stained wood ceilings, as well as wormy maple cabinetry and distressed maple engineered hardwood floors. Indoor and outdoor stone fireplaces add to the relaxed vibe. A sophisticated tone is set by the exterior’s Arriscraft Edge Rock Glacier stone and pearl grey Hardy board siding 46 Lifestyle September/October 2021
juxtaposed with black-framed windows. It is further emphasized by the quartz counters and a lower-level bar, flanked by a seven-by-six-foot glassed-encased wine cellar. The main floor has an open-concept kitchen, dining room and great room. Each area is defined by style of ceiling. “We create tray ceilings that give separations without walls,” says Oke. This level includes the master suite with a cathedral ceiling, spacious walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. The latter features a large shower and free-standing tub. “Everything’s designed so the occupants can live on the main floor,” Oke says. The secondary entrance from the garage accesses a mudroom, the laundry area and a powder room. This also allows entry to the two-bedroom loft above the three-car garage.
In addition to the bar, the lower level incorporates a games/recreation area and family room. The fourth bedroom and another bathroom also reside on this level. French doors on either side of the fireplace and a patio door from the recreation area open to a covered patio beneath the main floor deck. Beyond it is a patio with a wood-burning fire pit. The upper balcony has a covered area with a fan and outdoor fireplace, ideal for entertaining no matter the weather. The landscaping incorporates stone steps framed by armor stone and walkways from the road that wrap around the home. These are a mix of paving stone with exposed aggregate concrete that Oke says resembles gravel paths and provides variety.
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VICTOR & EIREN Local young professionals, Victor and Eiren, were one of the first couples to jump on the opportunity to secure a unit at EVE Park.
“EVE Park is setting a new standard for what a condominium development can be,” says Victor. “We’ll have the simplicity of condo living, the conveniences of urban living, and the added benefit of waking up to nature in your backyard, as opposed to concrete buildings. Those are the things that will be keeping us here long-term.” – Victor
The pair has always enjoyed the benefits of condominium living, but when they learned about EVE Park – a new net-zero community being developed in a city they already call home – it became clear that this innovative development would provide all that they loved about the condo lifestyle, and more. Victor is an avid cyclist, who together with his girlfriend, Eiren, enjoys outdoor activities and discovering new shops and restaurants. Five minutes away from fly fishing in the Thames River, and five minutes away from the urban centre, buying their new home at EVE Park was an easy decision as it uniquely addressed every facet of their lifestyle. Also important to the couple, EVE Park is part of a larger project in West Five that fully embraces the future of electrification and green energy. As a local realtor who keeps his finger on the pulse of the realty market, Victor says from technology to aesthetics to culture, West Five is quickly becoming the most desirable place to be in London.
SARAH & FAMILY Currently living in Riverbend with their 14- and 10-year-old daughters, Sarah and her husband bought at EVE Park knowing how wonderfully the area could support family life. “Having lived in the area, we have seen the growth that’s been happening here,” says Sarah. “From farmer’s markets to bike paths and the dog-walking paths, to a bandshell amphitheater that plans to host live music in the summer, there are a lot of family-friendly things happening around EVE Park.” Beyond the unparalleled neighbouring amenities that Sarah and her husband valued first and foremost, they were blown away by the homes themselves. “The units are very family friendly,” says Sarah. “There are two and three bedroom units available that are very spacious, very well laid out and beautifully designed. I also like that there is a single entry. It’s always nice to know that your front door leads into your unit and that you don’t have to share common spaces.” In addition to the elements inside and outside that could support family life, Sarah is particularly excited about the seamless integration of technology that reduces a family’s carbon footprint. “I’m not technologically inclined by any means, but the whole project from start to finish has been incredibly well thought out,” says Sarah. “You don’t even realize that your shower is consuming 60 per cent less water than a regular shower, because you’re just showering. You can just live here and use the things that you would regularly use – in a regular way – and consume substantially less. That’s all been integrated for you ahead of time.”
“EVE Park has really thought about a million details. They have thought about things that I never would have thought about, but since they did, it makes me very excited.” – Sarah
Domus Developments BELLEVUE NORTH A new collection of luxury rental suites from Domus Developments, Bellevue North, earns its name with panoramic vistas of the natural north London countryside. From each of its units, residents will have scenic views of ponds, forests and parklands through expansive windows and from the spacious balconies and ground-floor courtyards. With chateau-inspired architecture, the four-storey building on Calloway Drive comprises 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites ranging from 850 to 1,650 square feet with nine-foot ceilings. Custom kitchens, anchored by large islands, feature quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. The units incorporate convenient in-suite laundry facilities, as well as vinyl wood flooring with porcelain tile in the bathrooms. Outdoor parking
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Sunningdale Golf and Country Club and Medway Valley Park are just minutes to the west. and storage are also included. The neighbourhood – just northwest of the junction of Sunningdale Road West and Richmond Street – offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy outdoor living. A network of walking trails and both Village Walk Commons and Pebble Creek Park are at the doorstep. Sunningdale Golf and Country Club and Medway Valley Park are just minutes to the west. The city’s lively north end offers a wealth of amenities from entertainment venues to casual and fine dining and major retail outlets, including Masonville Place shopping centre. n
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Hayhoe Homes NORTHCREST ESTATES A new Hayhoe Homes presentation centre in Tillsonburg’s Northcrest Estates community is a bungalow, styled with “a modern vintage feel,” says designer Shale Holden. The stone exterior sets this tone right away. A covered porch opens to a large foyer, which leads to an open-concept kitchen, dining area and great room. The spaciousness is accentuated by nine-foot ceilings. The great room is anchored by a central gas fireplace and accesses a backyard wood deck. The kitchen features an island with breakfast bar, custom cabinetry and a convenient walk-in pantry. Along the side of the home, adjacent to the kitchen, is an expansive master suite with a generous walk-in closet and en-
The spaciousness is accentuated by nine-foot ceilings. suite bathroom. It features a custom shower and stand-alone tub. The main level also includes a front bedroom, or potential den/ office, as well as a three-piece bathroom. A multi-functional mud/ laundry room is reached through the two-car garage and boasts a unique brick-like tiled floor for added charm and character. The home also showcases a finished basement, including a family room and two additional bedrooms, plus a three-piece bathroom with tub. A large unfinished area provides a wealth of storage space. n
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Vranic Homes CUSTOM HOMES IN ILDERTON John Vranic is gearing up to open a new phase of homes in Sifton Properties’ Clear Skies neighbourhood in the town of Ilderton. He says this location is ideal for growing families or retirees. It is less expensive than London but with easy access to the city at just seven minutes north. It also offers a variety of local businesses, services, and recreational opportunities. The custom home builder – with a reputation for innovative design, sophisticated style and quality craftsmanship – is offering several floor plans to choose from. The bungalow and two-storey homes, on 40- to 50-foot lots, will feature open-concept layouts with hard surface countertops and high-end finishes, as well as brick exteriors and double-car garages.
We don’t just build homes. We build relationships. Vranic, who had one of his homes featured in the fall 2020 London Dream Home Lottery, is committed to providing superior quality that exceeds building code standards. “I’m hands-on with the construction, onsite every day,” he says, adding that customers appreciate his hands-on approach and his motto: We don’t just build homes. We build relationships. Vranic is a featured builder in several communities west of London, including Mount Brydges, Komoka and Kilworth and has been involved in other Sifton neighbourhoods such as London’s Riverbend. n
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Doug Tarry Homes THE DANBRIDGE The Danbridge, a four-bedroom family home, is a new model from Doug Tarry Homes, in southeast St. Thomas’s Harvest Run neighbourhood. Its exterior is a combination of brick and vinyl siding with Arriscraft stone accents. It features a sizeable covered front porch. Exterior upgrades include an irrigation system, insulated garage and concrete driveway, plus insulation in the double-car garage. The split-level floor plan features a main-level open-concept dining and living area. The focal point of the great room, off the entrance foyer, is the contemporary paneledstyle fireplace that extends to the 12-foot ceiling, with a Graphenstone stucco finish. The kitchen is anchored by a large island with a breakfast bar.
Terrace doors at the rear access a covered wood deck. It features butcher block counters along the perimeter. Terrace doors at the rear access a covered wood deck that extends the home’s living space into the back yard. The upper level encompasses two bedrooms, a main bathroom and the master suite with generous walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. The basement also has two levels, the upper incorporating a large recreation room, plus an additional bedroom and a three-piece bathroom with shower. The lower level has a finished laundry room, as well as utility room and extensive storage space. n
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Rembrandt Homes THE NEST The Nest by Rembrandt Homes is a community of condominium townhomes in North London’s Stoney Creek neighbourhood, northwest of the intersection of Highbury Avenue and Fanshawe Park Road West. The Westerdam model can be viewed by appointment with COVID restrictions. The 31 homes are two-storey, multi-level units. Some are available with basement walk-outs. All are built to Energy Star standards, with triple-glazed windows and ERV (energy recovery ventilation), providing a quieter and more comfortable energy-efficient environment. The model home’s spacious entrance foyer, with adjacent powder room, leads down to a finished basement recreation room and
up to an open-concept kitchen, dinette and living room. The kitchen features cabinetry to the ceiling with under-cabinet lighting and quartz countertops. The large island provides preparation and eating space. A raised wood deck off the dinette overlooks the tree-lined back yard. On the second storey, a spacious master suite, with a vaulted ceiling, incorporates a generous walk-in closet. The ensuite bathroom features a freestanding tub and tiled shower with a two-sided glass door. An upper level on this storey has two additional bedrooms, a three-piece bathroom with tub and laundry facilities. n
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HEAD TO THE BEND TO CHECK OUT THE COTTAGE CAFÉ
he Cottage Café is a dream come true – for owner Sharon Coleman and for patrons who snap up croissants, scones and cinnamon buns before they’re sold out. In a matter of months, the Grand Bend riverfront café has succeeded beyond Coleman’s highest hopes. The combination of mouth-watering wares and water views made it an instant hit with locals and visitors alike. Born in England, Coleman always wanted a tearoom. She and her husband Doug purchased the building in July 2020, intending to rent the existing restaurant. Due to the pandemic, she said they had no takers. When she asked her husband about realizing her dream, his response was, “It’s all yours.” She converted the former bar into a coffee barista station and remodeled the space with a welcoming cottage atmosphere. A patio plus eat-in space, on two levels, provides seating for 40 inside.
“We don’t want people to feel rushed. They can come have a coffee or breakfast or lunch, sit and relax and watch the boats go by,” Coleman explains. It’s become a regular haunt for many. “There are a lot of local people, and we’re getting to know them by name. The holiday people come from all over. People are very positive. They can sit and chill. Regulars come in for coffee and a slice of lemon poppy seed cake. It’s a happy place.”
Cinnamon buns and scones are top favourites, followed by croissants and brownies. The breakfast boat consists of a butter croissant, crispy bacon, egg, mixed peppers and cheddar. Yogurt parfaits filled with seasonal fruit and house-made granola, quiche, salads and charcuterie boards are available, along with sandwiches for lunch. The “Dougie” sandwich is named for Coleman’s husband, “a big roast beef guy.” Coleman says she couldn’t do it alone and having her daughter Hailey working alongside is ideal. Daughters Erin and Sarah also work some days. “It’s more than I ever dreamed. I never thought it would take off like this. I am having fun doing it.” “People love our baked products. Sometimes by noon we are sold out. Everything is baked here every day. We have two bakers, amazing ladies, who work all day. We have amazing staff. It’s fallen into place,” says Coleman. “It’s my dream.” n
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IN WORTLEY VILLAGE At the centre of London is its jewel, a little
corner of the city that is an oasis of friendliness set against a quaint backdrop. One of the sources of this renewed energy is Ashley Satchell, owner of Featherfields, who is opening a second location in the Village at 173 Wortley Road. In 2019, she took over the original location in Hyde Park. Satchell wants to serve the widening demographic of bird and nature lovers in this larger space and to expand offerings of non-GMO human-grade birdseeds, as well as other popular bird-related items, like houses and feeders. Shoppers visit seeking unique gift items, so Satchell plans to expand on the nature-themed items that fulfill these wish lists. Pieces from Canadian artists and Canadian-produced décor items, as well as nature-themed cards will be more widely available at the new location. Satchell is planning more educational workshops for both kids and adults. She will be expanding the book section, as well. “We will have a much larger kids’ section, with educational materials for children to learn about nature and birding. Another new Village resident is Millennium Construction. Owner Mark Vaandering purchased 145 Wortley Road with his husband; he and business partner Jeff Bruinsma moved this locally renowned building and renovation company’s offices there in March of last year. They renovated the first floor and now it is a “better space for working with clients,” and showing off their fine work. The building has seven tenants, the newest of which is Antoinette’s, which opened at the end of August. Owner Tracy White explains that this shop “educates and empowers women through 10 VIP experiences.” These include physical activities like belly or pole dancing or more cerebral ones like star gazing at the observatory. “We live in a world where we have a lot of ‘stuff,’ but what we really need are experiences that enrich our lives,” says White. She takes care of everything, so you can enjoy each experience.
Featherfields A long-time fixture in the Village, Curiosities Gift Shop, still offers a curated selection of fashions, along with jewelry, home decor and baby items. Owner Jocelyn King takes pride in promoting local and Canadian artists and manufacturers among her offers. Next door is MacKinlay Mercantile. Because her offerings are so unique, owner Cindy MacKinlay welcomes requests to source goods not available in the regular inventory. She delivers with an 80 per cent success rate, taking pride in being able to search out “some really odd requests. Down the street is another long-time Village retailer – Heaven Scent. Owner Christine Richards has responded to heightened pandemic-related stress levels by offering personalized beauty and health services (facials and allergy testing). She is excited to soon be able to offer live workshops and courses. These retailers have boosted their online presence and will continue to offer curb-side pickup and delivery, so check out their websites. (Listed at right). On the corner, Dave Ledger has been the pharmacist/owner of the Wortley Village Pharmasave since 2007. An important fixture in the wellness world, the pandemic boosted sales of toilet paper, cleaners and sanitizers, but it was mostly business as usual. Ledger is looking forward to being able to give more flu shots this year, an effort that usually starts in October. Conversely, COVID-19 greatly affected how one Old South resident operates. Dentist Dr. Penny Thornton and her staff wear more PPE and see fewer patients because of enhanced measures. Thornton also made changes to the HVAC system and has had air purifiers installed in treatment rooms. Since her office is in a charming building on Carfrae Crescent across from Turner Drugs, she already had divided rooms, so she didn’t have to renovate extensively like many others in the field. Whatever your shopping or personal need, Wortley Village is the place to go to feel renewed energy. n
ABOVE As one of the Village's newest residents, Featherfields is bringing fresh energy and expanding its stock in the new location.
● FOR MORE INFORMATION ANTOINETTE’S 226-378-8366 facebook.com/antoinettesclub CURIOSITIES GIFT SHOP 519-432-0434 curiositiesgiftshop.com DR PENNIE THORNTON 519-672-0741 facebook.com/DrPennieDDS FEATHERFIELDS 519-474-1165 featherfields.com HEAVEN SCENT 519-433-3434 heavenscent.ca MACKINLAY MERCANTILE 519-518-0252 mackinlaymercantile.com MILLENNIUM CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN INC. 519-850-7830 mcadi.ca WORTLEY VILLAGE PHARMASAVE 519-438-6600 wortleyvillagepharmasave.com
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BY CLARE DEAR
u The automotive market is an ever-changing landscape as today’s consumers can make a choice that precisely fits their needs and budget. The range spans from conventional gas-powered models to fully electric powertrains, in a full range of shapes and sizes, from subcompact sedans to large utility vehicles.
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2022 Acura MDX Gen-four MDX most high-tech SUV in Acura’s history The 2022 Acura MDX, the fourth generation of the premium brand’s flagship model, has been totally redesigned inside and out. Beyond the obvious – bold exterior styling and a sophisticated interior design – the MDX features a new, ultra-rigid frame that anchors the model’s first application of a double-wishbone front suspension. The rear suspension is a multi-link system that enhances the MDX’s handling characteristics. The SUV’s elegantly appointed interior delivers more space for seven occupants and their stuff, with three rows of seating, including an innovative removable second-row middle seat. Front-row seating features next-generation Acura sport seats with 12-way adjustment, three-way seat heating and three-position memory – all standard. The third row provides additional headroom, more legroom and a higher seating position compared to the
outgoing model. A panoramic moonroof is standard on all MDX trim level. Behind the third row, cargo space has been increased 42 litres to 462 total. Cargo capacity can be expanded to 2,022 litres by folding down the second- and third-row seatbacks. There is also expanded under-floor storage behind the third row. The 2022 MDX is powered by an advanced 3.5-litre V6 engine that incorporates a range of advanced friction-
reducing technologies to help boost fuel efficiency and power output. For the first time, the new MDX is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It offers a wider gear ratio range, four-gear direct downshifts and a lower first gear compared to the previous nine-speed transmission. Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) technology is standard on all models.
AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $56,405 Powertrain: 3.5-litre direct-injected i-VTEC V6; 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and paddle shifters Power/torque: 290 hp/267 lb.-ft. Fuel consumption L/100 km: 12.3 city; 9.4 highway; 10.8 combined
● FOR MORE INFORMATION • ACURA WEST • 759 Wonderland Road North • 519-657-1557 • www.acurawest.ca
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2022 Audi Q4 e-tron Electric SUV blends performance and zero emissions The all-new Audi Q4 e-tron is the first all-electric compact SUV offered by the German luxury brand. It is designed to merge performance and practicality, with a bold, upright fascia that optimizes performance with improved aerodynamics. The Q4 e-tron’s interior, which accommodates five passengers in comfort and luxury, is a perfect balance between the popular Audi Q5 and smaller Audi Q3, with its upright SUV design providing ample interior space and storage. The standard leather and wood trim interior offers exceptional ambiance. The spacious cabin was designed with more than just comfort in mind, bringing function to the forefront. Practical storage features are designed to accommodate everyday life, including a roomy compartment in the console and bottle holders on all four doors.
The Q4 e-tron, which is offered in both a hatchback and Sportback format, is the first Audi to feature an available augmented reality head-up display, providing real-time vehicle information directly in the driver’s line of sight. Among the many new features on the Q4 e-tron is an available Matrix-design LED set of headlights, with customizable daytime running light signatures. Drivers can select from one of four designs to give the Q4 e-tron an eye-catching presence on the road.
The Audi Q4 e-tron’s zero-emissions drive system, with two electric motors, has been designed for exceptionally fast charging capabilities, so owners can enjoy their drive faster, with minimal downtime. In ideal conditions it can recharge enough power in about 10 minutes to travel about 130 kilometres. Audi’s outstanding quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on the Q4 e-tron, bringing exceptional versatility to the electric driving experience, while ensuring confident driving in any road conditions.
AT A GLANCE Price: Starting at $59,950 (hatchback) Powertrain: Two electric motors; electric quattro all-wheel drive Power: TBA
● FOR MORE INFORMATION • AUDI LONDON • 481 Wharncliffe Road South • 877-862-1282 • www.audilondon.com
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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross New sub-compact SUV joins Corolla lineup The Corolla sedan, which has been synonymous with dependability, fuel efficiency, safety and value for more than 50 years, has a new sibling – a sub-compact SUV that Toyota has dubbed the Corolla Cross. Now the features that have resonated so well with consumers are being offered in a fun-to-drive model that offers more versatility. The Cross is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that is coupled to a Direct Shift CVT that is shared with the sedan’s sportier ‘S’ grades. The combination enables the Cross to achieve high-quality performance and a comfortable ride, plus surprising cargo capacity. It will be available with front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The Cross, available in three trim levels (L, LE, and XLE,) features design cues that include a distinctive black
grille flanked by LED lighting with black body accents, an integrated rear spoiler and LED rear lighting. Wheel options range from 17-inch steel on the base L model to 18-inch alloy rims on the XLE. The spacious interior shares many similarities with the sedan and hatchback. It can be fitted with a power moonroof, as well as either single- or dual-zone automatic climate control.
Heating and air conditioning vents for rear-seat passengers are standard. Heated front seats are also included on all models. All trim levels include nine airbags and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of advanced active safety systems, as well as Toyota’s signature STAR Safety System. A blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on LE and XLE, while front and rear parking assist with automatic braking is standard on XLE.
AT A GLANCE Price: TBA Powertrain: 2.0 Dynamic Force four-cylinder; direct-shift CVT Power: 169 hp Fuel consumption L/100 km (est.): FWD, 7.4 combined; AWD 7.8 combined
● FOR MORE INFORMATION • NORTH LONDON TOYOTA • 1515 Rob Panzer Drive • 519-451-3880 • www.northlondontoyota.com
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2022 Porsche Macan Porsche’s compact SUV gets a power boost Porsche has given its compact SUV, the Macan, significant upgrades for 2022, including increased performance. In fact, all three Macan models have significantly more power than their predecessors. The entry-level Macan gains 13 horsepower with its new 2.0-litre four-cylinder, making it capable of sprinting to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds (with the Sport Chrono package) and reaching a top speed of 232 km/h. The mid-range Macan S has swapped out the previous model’s 3.0-litre engine for the 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 formerly offered in the GTS model. The change results in an additional 27 horsepower, helping propel it to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds (with Sport Chrono), while its speed tops out at 259 km/h. With the discontinuation of the Turbo version, the GTS becomes the performance
tweaked, too. The front end has been redesigned with an inlay that matches the exterior colour. On the new GTS, the centre of the nose section, as well as other elements, are finished in black. LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System and Sport Design exterior mirrors are now standard on all models. The 2022 Macan arrives at dealerships in early 2022.
AT A GLANCE flag bearer in the Macan lineup. It uses a tuned version of the Turbo’s twin turbo 2.9-litre V6 that boosts the new GTS’s power by 59 horsepower. It can launch to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds (with Sport Chrono) and reach a top speed of 272 km/h. The Macan’s exterior styling has been
Price: Starting at $58,500 Powertrains: Macan, turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder; Macan S, twin turbo 2.9L V6; Macan GTS, twin turbo 2.9L V6; seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; all-wheel-drive Power/torque: Macan, 261 hp/295 lb.-ft.; Macan S, 375/383; Macan GTS, 434/406
● FOR MORE INFORMATION • PORSCHE OF LONDON • 1265 Wharncliffe Road South • 519-601-1322 • www.porschelondon.com
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Peter Crunican (above) and his brothers Alf and Philip are pleased that customers appreciate their produce and the locally-sourced products they carry.
Thriving, not just surviving CUSTOMER SUPPORT DELIVERS COVID SUCCESS STORY By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
s the folks at Crunican Orchards bring in fall crops of apples, pumpkins and squash – some destined for customers’ Thanksgiving dinner tables – they are giving thanks themselves for those customers. The support they received over the months of pandemic restrictions helped them survive and even thrive, says Philip Crunican, who, with brothers Peter and Alf, operate the four-generation family farm and market on Richmond Street North, near Elginfield. “In spite of COVID, we’ve had one of our busiest years ever,” he says. Being a food retailer, the store was able to stay open, shutting down for just a month in the spring of 2020 before moving to curbside pick-up and then in-store shopping with limited capacity. But customer support was crucial to
their success story. “We had tremendous support from the community, buying local and wanting local produce,” Crunican says. In addition to its 15 varieties of mainstay apples - including Macintosh, Empire, Ida Red, Delicious, Fuji, Mutsu, Ambrosia and the ever-popular Honeycrisp, which have been grown in its orchards for more than a century – the market also sources fruit, such as peaches and plums, from growers in the Chatham area. But this year consumers were also on the lookout for something different, products not readily available in the large chain stores. Crunican proved itself the go-to location. For more than four decades, the market store has carried a wide variety of products from enterprises across the region. These include honey, jams,
pasta, cheese, dried beans and grains, maple syrup and related items, and, of course, apple products and cider. “We’ve always supported local businesses,” Crunican says. This year it worked for both the market and the suppliers. “People found us and had the time to come and see us. And, things take off that you hadn’t anticipated.” He cites examples like Stonetown Artisan Cheese from St. Mary’s, crafted in the tradition of the Swiss Alps. Organic muffin, cookie and pancake mixes from Grainstorm Heritage Baking in Huron County were also popular among the locally sourced products. “It set us up in a way we had no idea that it would. It was very surprising and welcome.” n
● FOR MORE INFORMATION • CRUNICAN ORCHARDS • 23778 Richmond Street North • 519-666-0286 • www.crunicanorchards.com September/October 2021 Lifestyle 67
ABOVE Matt Simpson, manager of the London location, is the third generation of his family to helm Simpson’s Fence. Other locations include Chatham and Tecumseh.
Fencing with finesse LOCAL COMPANY OFFERS A WIDE VARIETY OF ENCLOSURES By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
ith more than 70 years of experience with enclosing properties, from residential lawns to industrial sites, there’s little in fence installation that Simpson’s Fence hasn’t encountered. It’s this expertise that has enabled the company to grow from “one little hardware store on the river in Chatham” to one of the largest fence installers in Southwestern Ontario, says Matt Simpson, London manager and third generation member of the family business. Founded by his grandfather, John Simpson, in 1948, the company has grown to include three locations in London, Chatham and Tecumseh (just east of Windsor). “If you have a problem, we’ve probably seen it and that experience is often our biggest asset,” says Matt. Another asset, he says, is the sale of
fencing installation materials and tools. “In this area, as far as I know, we’re the only one who stocks materials for contractors, landscapers and do-it-yourself homeowners. We’ll have odd parts that you’re not going to get at the big box stores and items that help solve problems.” Simpson’s also sells free-standing kits, in various sizes, for enclosures like dog runs and kennels, that can be quickly and easily assembled. The company’s clientele ranges from large commercial and industrial sites to residential properties, primarily using chain link, vinyl and ornamental wrought iron fencing. This also often includes automation technology, such as access control for commercial customers and power gates for homeowners. Ornamental iron is increasingly used
for residential customers, Simpson says. “In the last 15 or 20 years, with new home construction, it has become the popular thing.” As an economical option, chain link is still often the go-to material, particularly for larger yards, he says. “In those cases,” he adds, “we can do combinations, with ornamental in the front, where it’s more visible, mixed with black chain link along the sides and back.” While the company carries chain link in various colours, including green, brown and white, black is the most common preference. According to Simpson, there are also some good options for vinyl fencing, which is newer in the market and offers advantages of being long-lasting, weather-resistant and maintenance-free. n
● FOR MORE INFORMATION • SIMPSON’S FENCE • 320 Exeter Road, London • 519-680-7099 • www.simpsonsfence.ca 68 Lifestyle September/October 2021
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bizlife FALL COLOURS are available at Maria Bikas Salon. Sophisticated techniques – like using metallics, bayalage and layering tones – will warm up winter hair styles.
Fall hair colours turning heads AT MARIA BIKAS SALON By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
ne sign that we’ve emerged from an extended pandemic lockdown is turning heads – women’s heads as they display a cornucopia of the latest styles and colours for autumn. “It’s exciting. Everybody wants colour, and there’s so much colour to be had,” says Maria Bikas, owner of London’s Maria Bikas Salon. From fancy ash blonde with golden honey highlights to chocolate and toffee browns, there is something for every taste among autumn 2021 trends. Chocolate cinnamon, with caramel cocoa and toffee highlights, is a premiere option for brunettes. Bikas says that adding these are inspired by the French bayalage collection of highlights, hand-painted onto the hair to create a soft and natural gradation of lightness.
Red bayalage copper and rose gold are also trending this season. “I also love the toasted coconut, a smooth milky cream with soft chocolate,” Bikas says. According to this salon owner, bronde, which is a blend of brown and blonde, is a popular choice for blondes. Creamy blonde creates a warmer expression for colder days. Bronze highlights, using metallic shades, are a perfect match for light brown hair. Burgundy shades “fit perfectly on almost anyone,” she says. Another “super hot” trend right now, she adds, is “bright hair,” with neon pinks and greens. For clients who are growing out their hair colours, Maria Bikas has support as well. She calls it “sprinkle, sparkle and marbleize.”
“We touch up the root, to marbleize and blend with the growing out colour. It balances it.” While salon clients are getting beautified with the latest colours and styles, Bikas is also giving back with a community collaboration called Beauty With A Purpose. The business has joined forces with Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, an organization that provides crisis, respite and mental health services for children in London/Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford counties, through a donation program. For every online purchase of Balmain Couture hair products, the salon donates $1 to Merrymount. There is also a link on the website for clients to donate on their own. “It’s spreading our love through your hair, one head at a time,” Bikas says. n
● FOR MORE INFORMATION • MARIA BIKAS SALON • 1673 Richmond Street • 519-850-8383 • www.mariabikassalon.ca 70 Lifestyle September/October 2021
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