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Farmery Estate Brewery

As Homegrown As It Gets! Hot Summer Nights Creating Your Backyard Oasis

WESTMAN Vol 2 Iss 2 2018


ALTERNATIVELANDSCAPGINGLTD.COM | 204.727.7289 | 34th Street and Patricia Ave, Brandon


Farmhouse 50 is nestled in the beautiful valley community of Minnedosa, MB. Constructed in 1909, it boasts some of the original architectural beauty. Combining our love for fresh coffee, local homemade foods and handmade goods, Farmhouse 50 spotlights numerous artists and makers across the province. Our storehouse has everything from home decor, beauty products, jewelry and edible delicacies to baby and children’s items, antiques and kitchen ware. While you browse some of the amazing handmade products you can sip on a premium coffee made with locally roasted beans, or enjoy one of our hand crafted unique ice cream sundaes or treats. Bring the whole family for a fresh homemade fruit smoothie on our lovely patio space or stop in for a relaxing lunch in our cafe. Farmhouse 50 is the perfect venue for a ladies night out, bridal showers, meetings or events.

204.721.2824 50 Main Street | Minnedosa, MB Find us on @Farmhouse50


Contributors IN THIS ISSUE

JAMIE WILLEY Jamie Willey is the proud owner of Studio 78 Photography and Social Media Services. Jamie loves photography because a great image can tell your story, and last for a lifetime. Growing up in an entrepreneurial household, this is where her interest in business started. Her passions lie in travel, to see and explore beauty and meet new people along the way, while discovering new wines and delicious foods. Her love lies with her 2 boys, Braden who is exploring in Victoria, and Nate. Their journey so far has been an adventure.

ANNA DUMAS Anna Dumas is an restauranteur and aspiring entrepreneur. She currently owns Prairie Firehouse Restaurant in Brandon MB and would love to move forward with several other unique restaurants in brandon as the food culture develops. She took wine training in Winnipeg and Kelowna and shares a strong passion for pairing wine and food.

JILLIAN NESBITT Jillian Nesbitt is a styling consultant who works with businesses, groups and individuals looking for help refreshing their image through branding, photo styling and social media. A people person with a keen eye for style, she longs for building meaningful relationships while capturing the beauty in life’s little moments. Jill showcases her unique lifestyle brand on @lifestyledbyjillian, where she shares her passion for decor, design, fashion, food and family. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she has fallen hard for the sense of community in Brandon. Jill also pursues interests in social work and mental health activism while sharing adventures with her husband Ryan, daughter Kennedy and kitty Willa.

BRANDI PARNELL Brandi Parnell is a freelance writer and editor who lives in words, loves to travel and has a true appreciation for all things grown on the prairies, including her two sons. When she is not writing for clients or recanting personal stories, she can be found at the rink or on a dock. She also loves to dabble in stones and eats pizza whenever she can. She is a thinker-on-her feet, a yogi and a Reiki Master.

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RENEE HUNT Renee is the Founder and CEO of Lustre Fitness and Lifestyle. She is a Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach, speaker and fitness instructor of 20 years. Renee is on a mission to help people all over the world not be fooled by fitness gimmicks or big business know as the food industry. Renee helps people to take back ownership of their health and fitness and believes that when people take control of their food choices and ultimately their health, they can truly carve out the life they want for themselves. A healthy and strong physical body translates to a healthy outlook on life and how we treat those around us. Renee loves to shake up the way people think about food and exercise.

WANDA KURCHABA Loves…words, sharing stories, being creative, proper grammar and punctuation, and all things to do with marketing and advertising. Is passionate about…healthy living, real home-cooked food, the environment, being active, living a balanced life, doing things that make her happy. Thoroughly enjoys…wine and chocolate, gardening, spending time with family and friends, listening to CBC, photography, nature, laughing, and life in rural Manitoba. Infatuated with… her two amazing daughters and her handsome husband.

JAYDI DINSDALE Jaydi Dinsdale is the owner and principle designer of local interior design company, Timber + Lace Interior Design. She has worked in the design + architecture industry for over 8 years. Jaydi is motivated to design thoughtful, client focused spaces through the idea of ‘good people deserve great spaces’. She is eager to continue building her local design brand within the community of Westman, through offering obtainable design services to both the residential + commercial markets. When not designing for wonderful clients, Jaydi can be found with her young family – husband Rob, daughters Maevy (3) + Lindy (9 months) and miniature schnauzer Ripley.

PANTAGES ON PARK SALON & SPA Maryke and Sasha are the owners of Pantages Salon & Spa. They have been in the industry for 20 plus years combined. Bringing passion and experience to the business, they pride themselves in being able to create a salon where clients feel a part of the Pantages family. They strive to deliver a great experience, with excellent service, in everything they do. Staying on trend, they hope to continue to grow Pantages and be an inspiration to others in the beauty industry.

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Fashion

WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE WIDE-LEGGED PANT THIS SEASON, IT’S SUPER ON-TREND, COMFORTABLE AND CHIC. GRAB YOUR GO-TO STRAPLESS BODYSUIT, PAIR IT WITH A LONG BEADED EARRING AND YOU’RE READY FOR A NIGHT OUT. AVAILABLE AT DYNAMITE

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WE’RE NOT OVER THE WIDELEGGED TREND, AND YOU SHOULDN’T BE EITHER. THIS BLACK JUMPSUIT WITH A CRISSCROSSED BACK HOPS ON THE TREND AND IS AN ABSOLUTE SHOWSTOPPER. PAIR WITH A FUN EARRING AND A BOLD LIP, OR TRY A SLEEK EARRING TO KEEP IT SEXY. AVAILABLE AT ECLIPSE

HIGH WAISTED AND FINISHED WITH A TIE. GO FOR A BOLD COLOUR THIS SEASON (RED, YELLOW OR BLUSH PINK). WEAR WITH A STRAPLESS WHITE BODYSUIT - YOUR NEW SUMMER MUST-HAVE WHICH CAN TAKE ANY OUTFIT FROM DAY TO NIGHT. ADD A WHITE PINSTRIPE DUSTER AND EFFORTLESSLY ELEVATE YOUR LOOK. HAVE FUN WITH YOUR ACCESSORIES - LONG, PATTERNED, TEXTURED - MAKE A STATEMENT! AVAILABLE AT DYNAMITE

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GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN! BREAK OUT THAT VINTAGE LIGHT DENIM SKIRT, A VERSATILE PIECE THAT YOU CAN PAIR WITH ALMOST ANYTHING. THE CHIC FEATHER DETAILING ON THIS WHITE BLOUSE ADDS AN AIR OF ELEGANCE BUT KEEPS THINGS LIGHT. THE BOLD EARRING IS STILL IN SEASON AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE. SO LET YOUR EARS DO THE TALKING WITH THIS BLACK POM POM EARRING AND FINISH WITH A TIMELESS CLASSIC BLACK PUMP. SKIRT + EARRINGS DYNAMITE WHITE BLOUSE WINNERS

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FIRST WORD

From Our Associate Publisher

JAMIE WILLEY Volume2 Issue 2, 2018 Publisher Mint Media Inc Editor Rhonda Tannahill Art Director Candace Haiko the design table

Writers Brandi Parnell Wanda Kurchaba

Contributing Writers Anna Dumas

Renee Hunt Jaydi Dinsdale

Photographer Studio 78 Cover Photo Farmery Estate Brewery

here is a great vibe these days in the city of Brandon that is stretching beyond the city limits. In these pages, we feature some of the top Westman destinations including The Farmery Brewery, Lagasse Studio of Fine Art, Land Haus Antiques and the newly opened Farmhouse 50; your destinations to the best local treats and handmade goods.

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Our Backyard Oasis section adds to the charm of this issue, as we had some exceptional local businesses help pull this off. It was all made possible with the expertise of Alternative Landscaping, who provided a professionally landscaped backyard, Party Professionals with their decorating skills, and Hillbilly Hills Cookies with all of the tasty treats. And that’s not all – our business profiles shines the light on innovative local entrepreneurs that we are so proud to have in our community. Take this opportunity to learn their passions and how they can help you succeed personally or professionally. Wishing you a season full of sunshine and adventures. Enjoy your travels Westman!

Hot Summer Nights Photos Studio 78 Styled by Jillian Nesbitt Makeup The Brown Loft Creating Your Backyard Oasis Photos Studio 78 Styled by Party Professionals & Alternative Landscaping Ltd. Hillbilly Hills Cookies

ADVERTISING INQUIRIES jamie@mintmagazine.ca 204.721.1296 mintmagazine.ca /mintmagazines @mintmagazines @mintmagazines Mint Magazine is published by Mint Media Incorporated. Articles and art may not be reprinted without written permission from the Publisher. The Publisher assumes no responsibility to return unsolicited editorial or graphic material. Mint Magazine publishes 4 times per year. Copies are distributed to select homes, local businesses and offices in Brandon and surrounding areas. If you would like to subscribe to home delivery please email jamie@mintmagazine.ca

Mint Magazine 5261 Burnell Court Kelowna, BC 250.469.4447

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TOMMY GUN’S ORIGINAL BARBERSHOP This is HE Time. Part 1930’s Barbershop, Part Man Cave and all Attitude. From the moment you enter our shop you’ll be greeted with a warm smile, a beverage on the house and a remote control! That’s right, we have personal T.V.’s for each chair. All this in addition to our quick check-in kiosk, the game playing on our 3 large screen T.V.’s, Ipad counter and comfortable waiting lounge. If you don’t want to wait, check in online or from our convenient smart phone app. At Tommy Gun’s original Barbershop our service standards are 5 stars and nothing less.

MAN CAVE MAINTENANCE AND STYLE SUMMER HAIR STYLE Summer is a great time to get a new do. Trending this season is short on the sides incorporating various degrees of the fade. Some of these styles are: • Short Textured Haircut • Long Textured Haircut

• Use a beard comb or brush daily to minimize the risk of tangles and evenly distribute your beard oil.

DUDE CERTIFIED HAIR AND FACIAL PRODUCTS We partner with some of the largest and well-known manufacturers for facial and hair products for men from around the world. Whatever you need, we will be sure to have it. ***Ladies, we offer great gifts and services for those special men in your life.

Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop Brandon Shoppers Mall (next to Goodlife Fitness) 1570 18th Street, Brandon 204.717.GUNS (4867)

• Classic Short Back And Sides Haircut • Natural Side Parting Haircut • The Soft Undercut • And of course the Traditional Buzz Cut

BEARD CARE If you’re rocking a beard, whether short or long, maintenance is the key. • Keep your beard glossy and conditioned with the help of a beard oil. Since facial hair draws up moisture, the skin itself beneath can become particularly dry and flaky. MINT Westman

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CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE Fashion 6 Wellness 20 Eats & Drinks 22 Abode 34 Life & Local Finds 50

FEATURES 28 Cover Story: Farmery Estate Brewery As Homemade As It Gets! 6 Hot Summer Nights 58 Creating Your Backyard Oasis

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PREPPING FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS Travel Musts WITH SASHA & MARYKE FROM

PANTAGES ON PARK SALON AND SPA

BODY HAIR No one wants to worry about unwanted hair, ie. legs, underarms, bikini line. Our ladies can take of everything for you whether it’s with wax or sugaring. Leaving you hair free for you trip!

NAILS Getting a pedicure and manicure is essential, we recommend permanent polish so it’s long lasting & worry free

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A great way to be low maintenance on your trip is by having lash extensions. We also offer lash lifts & tints, which are less costly but also effective

Skin care is very important when it comes to protection against the sun. Our Eminence Vanilla body sunscreen is a great choice for all over coverage. Many of our moisturizers also have an SPF, leaving your skin safe from the sun’s rays, as well keeping it moisturizers. We carry travel sizes as well for your convenience. 

HAIR Getting your hair done prior to is always a good idea. If you have blonde or lighter tones in your hair, we recommend getting your hair toned or a gloss put on so you have color protection against the sun.

PRODUCTS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR TRAVELING Everyone’s favorite products come in travel sizes making it easier to travel with. We recommend using the UNITE 7 seconds leave-in conditioner, it will protect your color & detangle your hair after a day in the ocean or pool. Many of our UNITE products have anti-humectants in them to help your hair from going frizzy in the humidity. A good moisturizing conditioner is also recommended because the sun can dry out our hair. We recommend any of the Joico K-pak conditioners to help keep your hair healthy throughout your vacation.

Pantages on Park Salon & Spa 1360 Park Ave, Brandon | 204.727.2053 pantageshair.com | MINT Westman

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PRODUCTS WE LOVE WITH SASHA & MARYKE FROM

PANTAGES ON PARK SALON AND SPA

We have owned Pantages for 6 years. Taking over the salon has been a great adventure for us. We look forward to many more years of watching everyone grow as a team, and enjoying every aspect of what the beauty industry has to offer. Here are some of the products we love that we know will make a difference to your beauty routine.

EMINENCE CITRUS & KALE POTENT C + E SERUM Correct aging, prevent free radical damage and reduce inflammation with this skin-perfecting serum. •

Good for all skin types

Advanced ant-aging serum contains naturally fortified vitamin C

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Brightens skin and lightens dark spots

Clarifies and evens complexion

Prevents inflammation to visibly calm skin

UNITE BLONDA SHAMPOO This is our absolute favorite Blonde shampoo that is on the market. We highly recommend it for blondes. It is a concentrated toning shampoo that gets rid of unwanted brassy & yellow tones. Blonda will keep your blonde vibrant and maintain a cool, ash tone for your blonde hair.

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Sasha Sasha has been in the industry for 20 years. Not feeling like a job to her, she absolutely loves the visits with her clients, and seeing people leave the salon with a smile.

Maryke

Maryke has been in the industry for 10 years. Doing hair is her passion. She adores her clients and will go above and beyond to create the perfect look for each and every one. She looks forward to the many years ahead in doing what she loves.

UNITE U ARGAN OIL This argan oil will give your hair that lasting moisture and instant shine that you thought wasn’t possible. It is a thermal protector that is amazing for flat ironing, curling, or blowdrying without leaving any build up. It makes your hair feel smooth and silky after every use and is great for all hair types!

EMINENCE SUN DEFENSE A natural, clean & chemical-free way to help prevent sunburn. •

Effective SPF 30 sun protection

Water-resistant; great for exercise or swimming

Reduces the appearance of aging

Hypoallergenic; will not clog pores and is oil-free

Easy to use, apply and carry anywhere

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EVERY WOMAN DESERVES A ‘NEW BEGINNING’ BY WANDA WANDA KURCHABA KARCHUBA BY

There are many things in life that can make us feel good about ourselves, a great fitting bra can be one of them!

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or women, finding the perfect bra that fits just right can impact how you feel physically and emotionally.

“A great fitting bra can make you feel like a million bucks. But, it’s not just about the bra. It’s about the fitting, it’s about establishing self-esteem, and gaining confidence. A great fitting bra will also make your clothes look and feel better as well,” said Judy Andrews, owner of New Beginnings. “We are very passionate about what we do and how we want women to look and feel about themselves.” This specialty boutique offers customers more than just an assortment of undergarments. In a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere, trained consultants work with women to educate them on properly fitted bras and to find the best fit possible. A bra fitting can be a fun and uplifting experience. “We’re really concerned about women not wearing the right bra size. We see a lot of women coming in with neck, shoulder and back problems. A properly fit bra can help eliminate a lot of these problems. The breast has weight to it so supporting it properly is vital to the rest of the body.” “Not all bras are created equal. There are fashion bras that look great, but they may not fit properly in the cup or they may stretch out very quickly with wear. Bras vary in fabric, structure, and production,” 16

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said Judy. “The more pieces involved to construct a bra, the better it will be. That is why our European lines are absolutely the best, you can instantly feel the difference and they allow us to carry A-L cup sizes, as well as 28-52 band sizes.” In addition to carrying quality-made bras, New Beginnings also provides customers with a lovely selection of sleepwear, swimwear, daywear, and clothing. They carry a popular Canadian line called Paper Label that allows women to dress comfortably while still maintaining their style. As well, Judy and her team are proud to be Certified Mastectomy Consultants. “We understand the emotional and physical trauma that women go through whether they’ve had a mastectomy or lumpectomy. We are sensitive to their needs and offer not only our expertise but our encouragement and compassion as well. We take great pride in realizing what a wonderful privilege it is to work with these women and our goal is to make sure that they are feeling and looking their absolute best. We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to offer this service,” said Judy. After all, every woman deserves a ‘new beginning’. 

New Beginnings Intimate Apparel 601 18th Street | Brandon 204.725.4080 newbeginningsintimateapparel.com newbegin@mymts.net |

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SYSTEMS BEAUTY COLLEGE: At SBC We Care About Your Education. WITH

SYSTEMS BEAUTY COLLEGE

SBC structures your program on the “learning by doing” theory that says that learning should be relevant and practical. We meet all provincial standards and cover the required theory while tailoring our systems to your learning style. Students are on the salon floor from day one and move onto clients in the first few weeks. This enables you to learn while practicing your hands-on skills. We have clear systems to encourage independent practice while you build confidence and express your own creativity. You are given a notebook and encouraged to write down what you see and hear for future reference. You are always increasing your knowledge without spending more than a few hours a week in a classroom style setting. ‘Brand-based’ programs may limit your knowledge to one product line and structure of learning. SBC uses diverse brands and features current styles and techniques delivered by many companies’ continuing education representatives. Our practical program includes custom-made videos, module books with step by step direction, textbook lessons and qualified teachers to work directly with you. We cover all learning styles to ensure your successful education.

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Our Nail Technology is structured with the same principles and caring attitude. SBC also offers the only accredited online Hairstyling program of its kind. Have a look at more about our programs on Facebook and on our website. www. systemsbeautycollege.ca . Our graduate employment success is excellent in all our programs. Register now at Systems Beauty College: The College that stands out from the others – just like you!

Systems Beauty College C-763-13th Street, Brandon 204.728.8843 | info@systemsbeautycollege.ca systemsbeautycollege.ca


MUSEBRIDALSTUDIO.COM 29-10th Street, 2nd Floor , Bass Building | 204-727-5248


Wellness

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BY BRANDI PARNELL

It has been said that some of the most creative breakthroughs come after a period of rest. In fact, many people return to work after a vacation, more engaged and passionate, ready to take their productivity to new heights. Some people retreat to the spa, others the ski hill – whatever your muse it’s critical to prioritize downtime.

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f you’ve been feeling blah, meh or underwhelmed, it’s time to think about indulging in some well-needed self-care. Artist and writer Ashleigh Brilliant said, “Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.” At Mint, we endorse complete rests to regenerate our creative souls. Depending on our output, we may require more or less. Sometimes we fuel projects on ideas, coffee and adrenaline alone, which always deliver beautiful results, but sometimes at the expense of our health. Take it from us, take time for you. Our world is extremely accessible, which is great if you need to reach your aunt in China or your son in Nepal; but sometimes we are too accessible. Work bleeds into family life and social media steals time from sleep. Try spending one day per month without your phone or at very least your notifications turned on. If you journal, set reminders, use Sticky Notes or a wall calendar (it’s okay, we don’t judge), schedule in some self-love. Get a massage or go for a float. Get your yoga on or take a meditation class. Consider the time spent an investment in you.

Organize. I am guilty of putting off what is not a priority until I have more time. What can happen though is that you have a stack of emails that need your attention, papers to be filed, laundry to put away, seasonal items to box up – all of which can weigh you down. Free your mind of mental clutter and your world; it will open space for you to let more of your light shine. Do more of what makes you happy. If you’re passionate about cooking, then browse through the grocery store scouring the aisles for unique ingredients. Read recipes; go wine tasting with a friend or take a hike with your pooch. Run, spin or read your way to a smile. And lastly, snuggle. Seriously. Love the people who fill your heart up with joy, touch their little faces, hug a friend, go back to bed with your person. Connect with your heart, share your energy with your tribe and give people you love the gift of your touch. Happy all things self-love. Now start a list of the many things you have in your life to be thankful for, block out time for you and break free from the mundane. **cyber hug**

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BBQ Farmer’s Market Salad with Sunbutter Dressing BY RENEE HUNT OF LUSTRE NUTRITION

INGREDIENTS: 8

SERVINGS: 4

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS 1 zucchini (sliced into rounds) 2 cups purple cabbage (sliced into steaks with the stem intact) 2 ears corn on the cob (husked and soaked) 2 tbsps sunflower seed butter /4 cup extra virgin olive oil (divided)

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Heat the grill to medium. Brush the zucchini and cabbage with half the olive oil.

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Place corn and cabbage on the grill. Close the grill and cook for 15-20 minutes. (Flip the cabbage halfway, and turn the corn every 5 minutes.)

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Place zucchini slices on the grill and cook about 5 minutes, flipping halfway.

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In a small mason jar, combine sunflower seed butter, remaining olive oil, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Close the jar and shake well.

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Divide corn, cabbage and zucchini onto plates. Top the grilled veggies with dressing and sunflower seeds. Enjoy!

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Substitutions NO SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER Use almond butter, peanut butter or tahini instead. Season with salt to taste. NO CABBAGE Use cauliflower steaks, squash or romaine hearts instead. NO ZUCCHINI Use asparagus, bell pepper or eggplant instead. MORE PROTEIN Mix in your favourite protein source like hemp seeds, lentils, chickpeas, beans, chicken, turkey or beef.


SUMMER BBQ GRILL SAFETY TIPS BY RENEE HUNT OF LUSTRE NUTRITION

With the arrival of the summer season, it is time to fire up the grill. If grilling is a regular part of your summer routine, then it is even more important that you “grill safe” and prevent hazards to your health which could occur. A possible hazard is known as carcinogens. “Carcinogens”, are cancer causing agents. The danger comes as meat burns (charrs). As it burns, it creates heterocyclic amines (HCAs) which can potentially damage a person’s DNA when consumed. Although is sounds scary, with a few tweaks and tricks you can not only make barbecuing safe for you and your family but even healthier than usual. Here are some tips to help you do that.

MARINATE YOUR MEAT TO REDUCE CARCINOGENS Many studies have shown that marinated meat contains 50 to 80% less carcinogens. The reason it works is not abundantly clear to scientists. In may be the marinades create a protective barrier between the meat’s proteins and the heat of the grill. Marinades containing herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, garlic, mint as well as Vitamin C appear to be the most effective in lowering the formation of carcinogens.

LOWER THE TEMPERATURE AND USE A DRIP TRAY The drip tray will catch fat drippings and decrease flare ups. Place aluminum foil on the grill to reduce flare ups even more. Try cooking your meat in “tin foil packets” containing veggies for added moisture and flavour. Keep thick, heavy sauces to a minimum In lab testing, thick heavy barbecue sauces tripled the amounts of HCAs present.

GRILL UP VEGGIES AND FRUIT Fruits and veggies do not create the harmful chemicals when cooked, so grill away. Veggies and fruits contain antioxidants which fight free radical damage.

Need a hand in the kitchen? Take advantage of Renee’s Personalized Meal and Menu planning service to take the overwhelm out of nutrition planning for yourself or family.

Keep your grill clean by scrubbing with a brush before and after grilling food. Scrubbing keeps the buildup of carcinogens left on the grill grates to a minimum and makes your food taste much better.

KEEP YOUR GRILL CLEAN

Leaner cuts of meat have less fat so there is less chance of the fat dripping to cause a flare up. Lean cuts of meat include “loin, round, flank, boneless and skinless.

GO LEAN

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Eats & Drinks

ADMIRE THE VIEW. ENJOY THE COMPANY. INDULGE IN THE LOCAL TASTES. Our sidewalk patio is the perfect spot to kick back for a weekend meal, or a night out. In the lazy days of summer to the warm fall evenings, there is no better way to relax than by sitting on a patio confronted with so many local craft beer options. Take in our All You Can Eat Farmery Fridays on the patio this summer …. The buffet is back, full of ribs and smokies and Farmery Beer! Follow us on Facebook to keep up on all the current happenings at the Firehouse.

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PAIR THESE CRAFT BEVERAGES WITH YOUR SUMMER DAY

HARD ICED TEA: A twist on the Canadian thirstquencher that we’ve all grown to know and love. Made with barley and hops grown on our family farm.

ROBBIE SCOTCH ALE Our own Scotch Ale. Dark copper in colour, malty with caramel notes and balanced with subtle bitterness. Made with barley, rye and hops grown on our family farm. Here for a limited time only.

637 Princess Avenue, Unit 1 prairiefirehouse.com | 204.727.3117


CHEF PROFILE

Rebekah Roberts Kruger PRAIRIE FIREHOUSE BY WANDA KURCHABA

“A restaurant doesn’t rise and fall on one person. When you have good leadership and a great team behind the leader that’s when you start to see success.” ebekah Roberts Kruger knows this all too well. She’s been working alongside Anna Dumas owner of the Prairie Firehouse as the head chef since the popular restaurant opened two years ago.

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“It’s definitely a team effort. We’re fortunate to have built a reputation for offering good food and we’ve established a team of skilled, experienced employees. We’re proud to now have others who are seeking us out as an employer of choice in the hospitality industry,” said Rebekah. The Prairie Firehouse is in the core of downtown Brandon located in the historic 1911 Central Fire Station. Aside from providing guests with a distinct atmosphere, the Prairie Firehouse serves delicious meals that use the freshest and most local ingredients possible. “We capitalize on what we have around us. Anna knows what it takes to run a local business and wants to support as many other local businesses as possible,” said Rebekah. “I’ve enjoyed the opportunity I’ve had to build relationships with our local producers - local vegetable farmers, local cattle producers, butchers, etc. It’s been great getting to know them, their lifestyle and how it ties in with what we do.” In contrast, chefs and restaurant owners in places like Toronto that aren’t located in the heart of an agricultural community don’t always have the same opportunity to build relationships with those who are growing the food that they use to create culinary diversity with. When relationships are established, it makes it that much easier to provide excellence in the food industry. 26

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Rebekah grew up in a restaurant family and learned how to cook at a young age, she was formally trained however at Assiniboine Community College in the Culinary Arts diploma program. While she admits that being a chef isn’t as glamorous as what you see on television, her passion is fuelled by people. “What has always drawn me to cooking and what I liked best about it is that it gives me the opportunity to bring people together.” By using local products and continually introducing new seasonal menus, as a chef Rebekah knows that she has perks that many others in her profession don’t have, one of which is the chance to be creative. Planning, organizing and creating new dishes using local products is a luxury she doesn’t take for granted and is grateful that she’s able to be part of a local, independent restaurant. Although, the menu changes frequently the Prairie Firehouse team also realizes that not everyone is willing to take their taste buds on a joy ride. As such, they are sure to provide consistent menu options like the Firehouse Burger (which is to die for!) that often appeals to people who perhaps aren’t the most adventurous foodies. The historic building is also an outstanding venue for hosting special events. The atmosphere, along with a customizable menu, provides event planners with the opportunity to host an unforgettable event that will leave their guests wanting to come back again and again. 


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Cover Story

FARMERY E S TAT E B R E W E R Y As Homegrown As It Gets! BY MINT STAFF AND FARMERY ESTATE BREWERY

Started by brothers, Lawrence and Chris Warwaruk, Farmery Estate Brewery is an estate brewery located in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. Farmery is unique in that it is an “estate brewery”: both a brewery and family farm, and ingredients for the beer are grown on the family farm.

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he brothers’ story begins when they moved to Winnipeg in 1999 to pursue more viable opportunities than were available on the family farm at the time. “We were looking for better opportunities at the time and thought we’d take a risk,” recalls Lawrence. That risk was opening a four-star restaurant called Lux Solé, which focused on well-made comfort food using locally-produced ingredients as much as possible. After ten years, getting married, and with young families, the brothers decided to transition to a different business concept.

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Next door they took over an old pool hall and opened up one of the city’s first gastropubs, Luxalune Gastropub. Luxalune’s focus was on excellent pub food and great beer. But beer options were few. And at the same time, the craft beer trend was just starting. Chris says, “There were very few places offering beer options, so we thought it’d be a good opportunity to add to our line-up.” It proved popular with customers, prompting Chris and Lawrence to significantly expand the options at Luxalune to over 150 import and domestic craft beer varieties, making Luxlune one of the premier destinations in Winnipeg for craft beer aficionados and new beer fans alike. However, missing their farm roots, the brothers had their light-bulb moment: to not only brew their own beer, but also grow ingredients such as barley and hops for that beer. The Warwaruks decided to combine their farming background and business experience to start one of North America's first estate breweries: the Farmery Estate Brewery. The vision was a farm and a brewery, where visitors could not only view beer being brewed, but see for themselves the ingredients that went into that beer growing in the family farm barley fields and hopyards, and enjoy an authentic farm-grown beer. They first established their barley fields and hopyards on Lawrence’s family farm in Neepawa, MB. Then in

2012, they launched their first beer, the Farmery Premium Lager, made with their own barley and co-packing their beer with the help of another brewery. One year later, they successfully pitched the estate brewery concept to the Dragons on CBC’s hit show “Dragons’ Den”. The uniqueness of the estate brewery, and the popularity of their beer right out of the gate, showed there was demand for a premium farm-grown beer. The Farmery Estate Brewery fired up their brewery located in Neepawa in early September 2016, with the family farm growing barley and hops located minutes away. They started brewing more beer styles and adding to their lineup. They also expanded their vision of adding value to what they grow and making new products from their barley and hops, such as Farmery barley flour mixes; non-alcoholic pop for the whole family, Farmery Malted Sodas; a variety of beauty and well-being products such as face lotion and a hop spray as a sleep and relaxation aid. Also located at the brewery, is the Famery Food Truck, with delicious food such as fish & chips with barley flour batter, and beer ice cream sandwiches and parfaits made with Farmery ingredients. Staying true to their global but local vision, the province recognized the uniqueness of Farmery by accepting it as one of Manitoba’s latest Star Attraction. Says Lawrence, “We’ve worked hard to establish the estate brewery and make great beer that tourists from the world over come to visit.” Concludes Chris, “We’re proud to be part of the Manitoba farming landscape here. Come check us out!”  Farmery Estate Brewery 480 MB-5 | Neepawa, MB 204.777.0909 | farmery.ca beer@farmery.ca

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Bet you thought mojitos couldn't get more refreshing. Makes 4 Drinks

INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 to 6 limes) 1/4 cup agave 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup light rum Zest of 2 limes Ice Mint sprigs, for garnish Lime wedges, for garnish

DIRECTIONS Add the lime juice, agave, mint leaves, lime zest, and rum to a blender. Blend until smooth. Fill the blender to top with ice and blend until slushy. Pour into glasses, garnishing each with a sprig of mint and a lime slice.

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Make your next event

A LITTLE MORE SWEET

Exciting news from us here at Hillbilly Hills Cookies, we have expanded our menu to offer desserts for all your events. Not only do we have our custom sugar cookies, we now have a variety of Cookie Cups, French Madeleines dipped in white or milk chocolate, a selection of Brownies as well as the Manitoba classic Butter Tarts. Baking is what we love to do, keeping sweets simple and delicious is what we are good at.


Booking is limited, so please be sure to do so early. For price lists and menu selections just email us at hillbillyhillscookies@gmail.com. We can’t wait to see how Hillbilly Cookies can make your next event just a little more sweet!


Abode

CREATING YOUR

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STYLED BY PARTY PROFESSIONALS & ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPING LTD DESSERT TABLE BY HILLBILLY HILLS COOKIES PHOTOS BY STUDIO 78

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If you are planning a wedding, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner, finding the perfect venue is a must. Why not use what is not only readily available to you, but a perfect location - your own backyard!! With the addition of some rentals such as lighting, linens, candles and accent dĂŠcor, you can transform your backyard space into a romantic setting, personalized just for you. Make the most of our beautiful Manitoba summers, and create the backyard oasis you have always dreamed of.

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LIGHTING IS A MUST FOR A GREAT BACKYARD PARTY, AND BISTRO LIGHTS ARE A PERFECT ADDITION TO YOUR BACKYARD FOR BOTH FUNCTIONALITY AND DECOR. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL, SOFT LIGHTS, THAT CAN BE PUT UP THROUGH OUT THE YARD, AND WILL HELP KEEP YOUR PARTY GOING LONG INTO THE EVENING!

YOUR PATIO SEATING AREA CREATED THE PERFECT INTIMATE AREA FOR GUESTS TO GATHER COMFORTABLY AND ENJOY OUTDOOR SEATING CAN MAKE ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE AT YOUR CELEBRATION. CREATING A RELAXED AND COZY AREA, CLEVER USE OF YOUR SPACE CAN BE A CONVERSATION STARTER. BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR FURNITURE, WITH THICK THROW BLANKETS MAKE YOUR SEATING AREA MORE COMFORTABLE. BIG FLUFFY PILLOWS MAKE YOUR SEATING EXTRA ROMANTIC.

A CUTE PERSONALIZED ADDITION TO YOUR BACKYARD LIKE THIS MR & MRS MARQUEE SIGN IS THE PERFECT TOUCH FOR AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY OR REHEARSAL DINNER.

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COCKTAIL TABLES ARE A PERFECT ADDITION TO A BACKYARD PARTY, TO NOT ONLY ADD A POP OF COLOR, BUT WORKS GREAT FOR GUESTS TO VISIT AT AND HAVE A PLACE TO SET DOWN THEIR PLATES & GLASSES. THEY ARE A GREAT SPACE SAVER IF YOU ARE TIGHT ON ROOM TO FIT SEATED TABLES IN YOUR SPACE

COLORFUL PLANTS AND SHRUBS IN YOUR LANDSCAPING, PLANNED IN ADVANCE CAN BE COORDINATED TO THE THEME AND COLORS OF YOUR WEDDING. IN A TIME CRUNCH? CUSTOM POTTED PLANTERS CAN BE DESIGNED TO FIT YOUR COLOR SCHEME AND ARE PORTABLE TO FIT IN PERFECTLY IN ANY SETTING.

CREATING AN INTIMATE, DECORATED SEATING AREA IN YOUR BACKYARD IS THE PERFECT AREA FOR A PHOTO OP FOR GUESTS TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE COUPLE AND ALSO THEMSELVES!

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DREAM IT. WANT IT. HAVE IT. Tips for hosting a stress-free event. WITH KATRINA FROM

PARTY PROFESSIONALS

Creating a beautiful setting for a wedding, engagement party, dress rehearsal, or intimate function can be done right in your own backyard, you don’t have to seek out other venues. •

With the addition of some easy rentals, you can turn your back yard into a gorgeous venue filled with lights, romance, atmosphere and a feeling of home

Rent the items that help make it feel more intimate and cozy- linens, napkins, bistro lights, cocktail tables, chairs and furniture, then add some personal touches such as signage, favors and pictures

Plants/Planters are a great piece of décor that is readily available in the spring and summer months

By hiring a Professional, we will be able to help you figure out what you will need in the space to make it come together (seating, food, sound, electrical, environmental, etc)

In addition to a Professional helping you create the space you always dreamed of, we also take care of all the setup/dismantle so you can just enjoy your event!  Party Professionals 306 Rosser Ave, Brandon | 204.727.5029 partyprofessionals.ca info@partyprofessionals.ca |

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Creative Kitchens was started in 1995 with a passion for quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. Those same founding values hold true today. We sell Decor Custom Cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms, offices, bars and more. To simplify your renovation process, we offer free consultations as well as design services and professional installations. Creative Kitchens can complete your project with beautifully crafted countertops from FloForm in quartz, granite or laminate. Call us today to get your renovation or new project started!

creativekitchensmb.ca | 204.523.8712 | info@creativekitchensmb.ca


ADAPTING TO THE TIMES BY WANDA KURCHABA

Benjamin Franklin once said that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes, but it seems that one other thing that is certain is change. As we live in this twenty-first century it is mind-boggling to reflect on all the changes in our world even within the last decade or two.

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BACK ROW L-R BILL NICHOLLS, RAY BROWNLEE, TIM MELNYK, MAURICE TORR FRONT ROW L-R ARLENE KLASSEN, LAURIE BRUGGER, ANNETTE WIEBE (MANAGER/ASSOCIATE BROKER)


We want to help our agents to excel by giving them the best tools possible. Century 21 Canada allows us to do so by investing in a lot of resources to ensure that the right systems are in place. nd that is why it is important for companies to not only adapt to the changing times but to look to a future that will in all likelihood continue to reinvent itself. Century 21 has done exactly that.

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For the first time in its 47-year history, the parent company has rebranded and the local franchise ,owned by a six-person partnership group, is following suit. “There’s a bold new look that has been launched that elevates marketing in the real estate business to a whole new level. It’s a clean, professional brand that will not only help our properties to stand out but also provides our agents with improved tools to assist their clients whether they are buying or selling a property,” said Laurie Brugger, Partner/Realtor®. Along with a refreshed logo, other updates to the brand include a redesigned website which will launch this fall, new marketing material, additional training opportunities, improved software and digital services. The timing of this rebrand is ideal for the Century 21 office in Brandon as they recently relocated to a building that was redesigned and developed from the studs. “A lot of thought and planning went into designing our new space. In fact, it took over a year to determine what would work best for us as realtors so we could effectively and efficiently serve our clients in a modern, professional atmosphere,” said Laurie. Century 21 has over 50 agents with many specializing in residential, rural, farm, commercial or condominium real estate. They provide service to the entire Westman area

and the majority of the Parkland area going as far north as Swan River. The local franchise has three office locations and will soon be celebrating their 40th anniversary. The company proudly champions their agents with a supportive team of managers who along with the partnership group help to foster an environment that is friendly, respectful and inclusive, but that allows agents the flexibility to be creative and to highlight their own strengths in the industry. “You’re only as good as the tools you have in your toolbox. We want to help our agents to excel by giving them the best tools possible. As we expand and continue to recruit the next generation of Realtors® we need to support their tech-savvy knowledge. Century 21 Canada allows us to do so by investing a lot of resources ensuring that all the right systems are in place,” said Laurie. “All the changes are exciting and we are confident that our clients will directly benefit from the stylish, modern look and recognize the value of using a real estate company that is challenging the existing conventions.” 

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ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPING LTD. Providing Excellence In Landscape Design, Timeless Appeal And Superior Workmanship For The Past 20 Years BY ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPING LTD.

amily run and locally owned, Alternative Landscaping is celebrating their 20th anniversary in the Westman community. A household name in the landscaping and gardening industry, Chris and Karin Griffin’s philosophy is simple, provide superior workmanship by people who care.

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In 2008, a complete line of retail landscape products was introduced, designed to provide contractors and DIY clients hardscape and softscape products in bulk. This business model of bringing supplies and expertise under one roof is a key factor that allowed them to expand in 2013 to a brand new facility. Alternative Excavation and Alternative Choice Garden Centre were launched to accommodate the growing needs of Alternative clients and offer Westman customers additional green industry services. A second seasonal location on Brandon’s North Hill was opened in 2016. This location allowed for additional growing space while increasing their retail presence. The


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most recent addition of services to the company was in 2017 when Heartland Fence, Deck & Rail was acquired, further expanding the company’s services. Today, Alternative Landscaping continues to flourish, with a second generation of the Griffin family now working in the business. Let’s help Alternative Landscape celebrate their 20th year anniversary in style! Their innovative design vision will bring your personality into your yard and landscape. Whether the scope of work is a small gardening project, weekly maintenance, or a brand new slate, they complete each project to the best of their ability with superior workmanship and the Manitoba climate in mind—because they care. Working with you to create the outdoor story and space that you want, while offering expert advice from their team of professionals. 

“We truly love what we do each and every day. We take great pride in helping our customers make their dreams a reality. Thank you to our community for the support we’ve received over the years. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Alternative Landscaping Ltd.” CHRIS AND KARIN GRIFFIN

Alternative Landscaping Ltd. 34th Street and Patricia Ave, Brandon 204.727.7289 | alternativelandscapgingltd.com

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Land Haus Antiques Is A Quaint Antique Shop In The Manitoba Prairies. Historic furniture brought back to life, with a French-Nordic inspiration – a combination of light and dark, gently loved, revived with a classic touch. Designs topped off with chandeliers and beautiful tableware. Offering inspiration on how to decorate your home for all seasons, in the Land Haus Style.

204.867.0466

Located 23 km north of Rivers (intersection of # 250 and # 355)


B U S I N E S S P R O F I L E | C O N C E P T H O M E S - C U S T O M I S T H E N E W S TA N D A R D

Joel has been building custom homes for nearly a decade. Growing up in a construction family, Joel’s passion for building quality homes grew as he would tag along with his father on the many job sites. Concept Homes’ slogan, “Love Coming Home” is the mentality we bring to work every day. We make the building process easy and fun for our clients, taking their dreams and turning them into a reality. Every new project is truly a custom home and the reason for that is because we take a very hands-on approach and work directly with our clients right from designing their floorplan to picking out every last detail in their house. All custom builds are supervised by Joel personally. Employing only the best trades in the industry, you can be sure that materials and workmanship are of the highest quality. Concept Homes Joel Cardinal-Schultz 204.891-9742 concepthomes204.com

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EASY WAYS TO STAY ON TREND BY JAYDI DINSDALE OF TIMBER + LACE INTERIOR DESIGN

Staying on trend can be a challenging task. Here are a few tips on how to keep up with some timeless looks.

INDUSTRIAL STORAGE Strong, open and functional. Wall anchored shelving provide ever vital storage and display without adding weight to a room.

EXPOSED FRAMES Add an extra touch of warmth and glam with sofas that are showing more than a little leg. Look for soft seating with exposed wood or metal frames.

WOVEN Whether its wicker, Danish cord or strips of leather, woven seating is bringing the heat (warmth), texture and visual interest.

LIGHT + AIRY Keeping things light; slender legs joined with open frames and slim tops, accent tables keep their presence simple + discrete.

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PATTERN + TEXTURES Rugs can take a space from blah to ta-da! Rug patterns that also provide visual + tactile texture are the way to go! (Make sure you get the right size, for a living room you’ll probably need at least an 8’x10’)

SHINING LIGHT Lamps work hard for your room. Not only do they provide essential light, but select the right one and it can also act as a sculptural object, bringing balance and harmony to a space.

BIG + BEAUTIFUL Large round mirrors are in high demand right now. These beauties are another item that is multi-talented. A large mirror will bounce light around the room, but round mirrors will also add a softness that will add contrast to the more linear lines within your space.

MIX + MATCH Mix it up! Add in a variety of shapes, size and patterns of accents, such as pillows to make your space feel personal, lived in + finished. These can be easily swapped out to refresh your space! So there you have it! Don't be afraid to mix woods and metals into your design for added warmth and have fun with patterns and colors to make your decor stand the test of time.

Timber & Lace Interior Design Brandon 204.740.0254 timberandlace.com jaydi@timberandlace.com

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B U S I N E S S P R O F I L E | A C L E A R PAT H

Kellie Addison, a Trained Professional Organizer and founder of A Clear Path, helps people create personalized, unique organizing systems and processes to improve quality of life, personal productivity and greater efficiency. Whether it’s a single closet or your entire home, Kellie can help get your home to be your living space, not a storage space. With her keen attention to detail, Kellie helps people in many different areas including basic home organizing, closet and pantry, or office organizing, family and time management, garage organizing, working with children, working with seniors, moving situations (downsizing, packing and unpacking), and decluttering. At A Clear Path we have developed simple systems that help save you time, money, frustration, to give our clients more time for the important things like spending time with each other!

A Clear Path aclearpathorganizing.ca organizersincanada.com 204.721.1647

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R E A LT O R ® P R O F I L E

Lisa Letain R E A LT O R ® Lisa has been an integral part of the Westman community for many years. Previously, a dynamic educator with 27 years experience, Lisa thrives on building meaningful relationships, through her family and love of the arts, music, and of course the amazing surroundings that Brandon has to offer. Lisa jumped into the world of Real Estate with the same passion that she takes on all of life’s endeavours – with determination and dedication to create the most memorable experience. Lisa is very thorough, educated on the latest trends, making the buying and selling experience as low stress and as enjoyable as possible for her clients.

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Life & Local Finds

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

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For more information or full event listings visit www.brandontourism.com


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Rosser Avenue Street Party Rosser Avenue at 7th Street

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Air Display Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

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Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships

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Night Market “Flashy Fifties” Global Market

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Canadian National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show Keystone Centre

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Brandon Police Station

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Wheat City Fun Run Grand Valley Campground

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Cruise Night in Downtown Brandon 9th Street between Princess Ave & Victoria

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Legends of Motown Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

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Brandon Comic Con Keystone Centre The SWORD Experience Keystone Centre Food Truck Warz Princess Park Manitoba Barrel Racing Association Finals Keystone Centre

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The Big One Art’s & Craft’s Sale Keystone Centre PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium Newsies, presented by MECCA Productions Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

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Thank you Canada Tour, Professional Figure Skating Tour Keystone Centre

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Hank William: The Lonesome Tour Starring Jason Perry Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

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The Sweetest Axe in Westman Forget Vegas, do something with edge for your next stagette or bachelor party. Make it a memorable night with Kickin’ Axe Throwing, a unique idea that let’s everyone get a little rowdy. Never a dull moment! Book Online at www.kickinaxethrowing.com 389 Park Avenue East | Brandon, MB

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BUSINESS PROFILE | PROGRESSIVE WESTMAN

Since 2009, Spencer and Riley have built a business around a foundation of service excellence. Their new facility allows them to keep up with the demand and grow to meet the needs of their clients with seamless delivery and service. Along with their staff, the Day brothers have developed an organization based on trust and reliability that allows their clients to be hands off on facility maintenance, giving them more time to focus on their business. With flawless execution, and some of the best offers for sanitation supplies,

cleaning equipment, entrance matting , linen and uniform rentals and much more, the crew at Progressive Westman is your team for facility maintenance. 

Progressive Sanitation 372 Park Avenue East | Brandon 204.729.9210 | 1.888.729.9210 sales@progressivesanitation.com

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presents

Hosted by Studio 78 | Workshop by Andras Schram | Styling by Jillian Nesbitt STUDIO78.CA


Learn poses, human sculpting, studio and natural light, interaction and communication while finding your unique style and building a brand. Explore a wide range of settings and concepts. A comprehensive instructional workshop including 2 styled shoots, in-class lessons with individual work critique and on-location practical lessons. With an expert tutor, creative camera settings, and post production tutorials – Find the Light with Andras Schram, will help advance your work to the next level.

FOR BOOKING INFORMATION CONTACT Studio 78 at 204-721-1296 / info@studio78.ca


C O M M U N I T Y E V E N T P R O F I L E | F O O D T R U C K WA R Z

Food Truck Warz is back for 2018 with three days packed full of food and entertainment.

the Red Dot Japanese Food Truck. Additional food trucks will be released as the event draws nearer.

BDNMB.CA’s second annual Food Truck Warz will be held over three days in mid-September in beautiful downtown Brandon, MB. This years Food Truck Warz will feature approximately 26 gourmet food trucks serving savory comfort food, delicious international dishes and scrumptious sweet treats.

Exciting changes to this years event includes: a beer garden, a new larger downtown location, Wonder Shows Family Fun Carnival, a third day, and additional food truck vendors.

Food truck fans can enjoy delicious eats from returning favorites* like Smoked & Sauced, KYU Grill, Island Fusion, The Churro Stop, and Tot Wheels to name a few. Trucks making their first appearance at the event include Better Than Baba’s, The Poutine King and

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Food Truck Warz 2018 will be held downtown, in and around Princess Park, with several streets being closed off for the 3-day event. With the expanded space, Wonder Shows will also be on-hand for the three days with a variety of amusement rides for both young and old. We have much more planned for 2018 and additional announcements will be made as the event draws nearer. 

HOURS OF OPERATION: FRI, SEPT 14 5:00 pm to midnight SAT, SEPT 15 11:00 am to midnight SUN, SEPT 16 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. *lineup subject to change Visit our Facebook event page or foodtruckwarz.com for more event information. For sponsorship opportunities contact Jody Sass jody@bdnmb.ca Darryl Wolski darryl@bdnmb.ca


INVEST IN SOME PEACE OF MIND BY D'ARCY BARKER CHARTERED FINANCIAL PLANNER REGISTERED EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONSULTANT

Are you planning a vacation, or simply leaving the province on business travel? After booking your flight, hotel, and ensuring that you’ve packed your swimsuit, what else do you need? Actually, there’s nothing else you need. Go have fun. Be safe and hope that you don’t get sick, injured, or suffer a catastrophic health event. When you leave the Province of Manitoba, there are certain financial risks you automatically assume…unless you have travel insurance. Even when you travel within Canada, you’re still not covered for what you think.

insure” when it comes to the cancellation/delay component of travel insurance because it tends to be a little expensive relative to the medical component. From an overall “risk” perspective, it is what happens to you medically that can absolutely prove more devastating. To add a little peace of mind to your next vacation or business trip, contact me at 204.725.7221.

Firstly, good travel insurance has to cover for emergency medical expenses and related costs anywhere in the world. Secondly, it has to cover you for all emergency medical circumstances (and if not, exclusions have to be disclosed to you in advance). Thirdly, it has to provide assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The less important coverage, but still a focal point of some travellers, is the optional cancellation component of Travel Insurance. Also, lost/delayed luggage/flight coverage can be added at an additional cost. Many travellers tend to “self-

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UNIQUE GALLERY BECOMING THE ART HUB OF SW MANITOBA BY KATHLEEN & ROBERT LAGASSE PHOTOS BY STUDIO 78

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Owners Robert and Kathleen Lagasse along with their boys, opened a unique Art gallery in their home town of Souris, 35km south of Brandon. athleen has been showing her works of art at trade shows and craft fairs, for many years, but really wanting a permanent space to show and sell her works of art as well as others.

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getting to be quite the art hub in SW Manitoba” exclaims Kathleen and Robert The Studio sells everything from pottery to soaps, wood cravings, birdhouses, garden ornaments, designer clothing, beautiful one of a kind leather bags, jewelry and of course wall art. You name it they have it and if they don’t they can make it for you. Custom made just for you.


ADAM FRENCH Kathleen has still been busy doing classes with new ideas all the time. With close to 500 students she is always busy teaching and bringing smiles to peoples faces.

ABURY Design Experience 2016 Winner. Handbag design awards finalist 2017. Owns & designs for his brand 'Adan Ballou', an Indie eco fashion accessories brand.

She teaches in her studio in Souris but also travels to other communities all over SW Manitoba. Give her a call and she will come to you. Lately Robert and Kathleen have started another business (still in the arts sector) of resin backsplashes. “Its like nothing you have ever seen, custom fit, custom colour for anywhere in your home” Robert explains. “This isn’t just any backsplash, this is a one of a kind work of art. Keep your eyes open in Brandon trade fairs as well as at the Brandon Big One craft show” Kathleen explained Kathleen teaches mainly in oils, but also has classes in dirty pour and alcohol inks. This fall she is hoping to have new and interesting classes. Keep your eyes open for up coming workshops. Book a party, come with your friends or come on your own and make new friends. You would be pleasantly surprised on what you can create in her studio. There is an artist in everyone, try it once and you will be hooked. Happy to be supporting so many Manitoba artists, so please pop in, open all year long. Lagasses’ Studio of Fine Art 5 Crescent Ave W. | Souris, MB 204-741-1221 | slagasse@mts.net /Lagasse’s Studio of Fine Art | @Kathleen Lagasse

ERNA HONEYMAN Paverpol a liquid polymer textile hardener with benefits! Supply list is very unique - electrical wire, cotton t-shirts and tin foil. Your one of a kind sculpture can be used indoors or outdoors. www.ernapaverpol.com to learn about class schedules and more. MINT Westman

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BREANNE COFFEY Wear your Essential Oils in style all day long with “Breanne Coffey Diffuser Bracelets”! Enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of the Bracelets as they act as a personal Diffuser. Simply apply 1-2 drops of your choice of Essential Oil directly onto the lava bead. The porous lava beads will diffuse the oil for up to 3 days. Made ready to order, and custom orders.

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Lucy Designs | Alexander, MB Fashion designer and owner of Lucy Designs in Alexander, MB. Designer of high quality leather handbags of multiple styles and colours. Through her experience and fashion knowledge, Lucy has developed a favourable business within her local area. Attending TIFF has been a career highlight. Lucy has continued to advance her business and says, “This is my passion….leather, fabric, designing and creating.

IRON AGE WELDING Iron Age Welding is a home based welding shop offering repairs, fabrication and mobile welding. We specialize in wall art, horseshoe décor, house numbers, fire pits, furniture, deck railing, garden décor and yard signs. Contact us today for all your custom needs – www.ironagewelding.com.

HEATHER CURLE HCDesigns is an expression of my creativity. The texture and colour variations of antlers, barn board and reclaimed items makes unique pieces of art. HCDesigns has many pieces: chest from a repurposed box, candles from antlers/reclaimed wood, wreaths using horse bits, and more. HCDesigns Facebook, HCDesigns1 Instagram, HCDesignsCanada Etsy.

GOOD AS GOLD Good as Gold Living is run by Stephanie Tymkiw-Good and April Rome, two small town girls who believe in wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Featuring beautiful and personalized handcrafted jewellery such as cuffs, anklets, earrings and necklaces that tell your story... so you can also wear your heart on your sleeve, or anywhere else you choose. 60

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JAN DORNIAN

Steel Your Art Away | Lockport, MB

CALEY BROWN Growing up outside of Carberry MB on an Arabian Horse farm, I have always loved everything about the prairie landscape. I have a passion for capturing the beauty I find around me. I love photographing prairie sunsets, summer storms, abandoned buildings, as well as families and children.

I’ve been working in steel for about 15 years. Welding and plasma cutting have become my passion. My works range from garden sculpture to fine art to commissions. You can browse my recent work on Facebook, Steelyourartaway.com, Lagasse Studio in Souris, Bulrushes Gallery in Winnipeg beach area, Inspire Gallery in Minnedosa and Gwen Fox Gallery in Selkirk.

SHARON KROEKER

JUDY BARTEL

Raised in Portage la Prairie, Sharon Kroeker is passionate about her family, art and gardening. Repurposing barnwood and pieces of history she creates beautiful artwork that preserves the past, adds design to your home and makes a stylish gift. Creating unique custom orders is her specialty. You can follow her @naturestouchframes

Judy’s “Fabrication for Education” endeavour supports small, unique education projects in Tanzania and Bangladesh. Her handbags focus on “form and function”. You’ll find pockets galore, and many convert from belt-bag to x-body bag, or shoulder bag to back-pack. Signature features are the hand-made buttons of polymer clay, wood or antler.

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LEECH PRINTING: Printing and Beyond BY WANDA KURCHABA PHOTOS BY STUDIO 78

For over ninety years, Leech Printing has proudly built their reputation as the region’s leading provider of operational, marketing and publishing-based print products. As their new branding states, they have now evolved to offer ‘printing and beyond’. hat reputation was built by providing their customers with a broad range of high quality printed products, and services while introducing innovation and technology to the marketplace. That philosophy has been one of their guiding principles, as well as their commitment to being an active contributor and partner in the community. As this local company welcomes fourth generation staff and family members into their business, they continue to work hard and respect the traditional foundation of the family business while striving to meet the future needs of their customers in a fast-paced, socially changing society.

As an early provider of web design and content development services, Leech Printing specializes in building custom websites, developing logo and brand identities, email and direct mail programs and social media campaigns. In addition, they continually work with clients to educate and train them so that they can manage their own digital marketing on an ongoing basis.

“We’ve been working hard over the past few years to expand our product service offerings so that our clients can conveniently have all of their printing, new media, and marketing needs met through one company,” said Meredyth Leech. “It’s about adding value. We’re confident that we’re meeting or exceeding our clients’ printing needs, but now we can further those offerings by providing specialized services in digital and online marketing.”

“One of our strengths with expanding into marketing support is that since we’ve been working with so many different businesses over the years, we have a good grasp on their history, background, business structure and values. It’s a natural progression to move from helping them with their print marketing materials to multichannel, new media marketing. The advantage to

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working with us is that it keeps things simple, creates efficiency, trust and ensures a good understanding on messaging,” said Gillian Leech. As Leech Printing goes beyond printing, they have developed packages that introduce their wide range of services. With the Business Brand Renovation or Small Business Quick Start package, the mystery of what needs to be done and who will take on the tasks is easily solved for business owners and organizational managers who may find marketing a bit of a challenge. “It’s important to know that our team and the combined years of experience we bring to the table not only adds to our success, but also to the success of our clients. So it’s not only convenient to support

local companies, but you’ll find great value in doing so,” said Gillian. As they enter their tenth decade in business, Leech Printing is taking the time to not only reflect on their history but to also re-evaluate their own brand identity and freshen up their look. “We’re still the same familiar company, we just feel it is important to evolve our visual identity to ensure our working environment is parallel to our service offerings – printing and beyond,” said Meredyth.   Leech Printing 1601 Braecrest Drive | Brandon 204-728-3037 | Fax: 204-727-3338 leechprint.com | info@leechprint.com

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COMMUNITY PROFILE

THE ASSINIBOINE THEATRE COMPANY The Assiniboine Theatre Company was founded in 2015 as a non-profit corporation to: •

Share in providing the community with a year-round schedule of live theatre produced to serve the cultural, educational and entertainment needs of the community.

To welcome and provide a vocational opportunity for all volunteers interested in the theatre arts to participate in the many activities of community theatre.

Before it’s foundation, a group of like-minded friends invested their own money to put David Mamet’s Pulitzer prize winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross on the Westman stage. Thankfully, the production created some revenue to start the company. Since that time, the membership has grown to over 40 members and welcome anyone who is interested in the dramatic arts to join. ATC has produced two productions for Samaritan House Ministries’ fundraising galas (Love Letters, Graceland), has been hired for local events (Gossip in the Graveyard, BDO Christmas party) and recently closed their first full stage production of the Canadian classic play Zastrozzi; The Master of Discipline by George F. Walker. They are currently planning their 2018/19 season. Interested members of the public are encouraged to visit the Assiniboine Theatre Company’s Facebook page. Become a member today. 

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