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FEATURES 20. Food & Drink Turkey Time 24. Health & Wellness Retinol 30. Cover Feature Melanie Shaw

16. Chef Michael Smith Root Vegetable & Roast Chicken Pan Stew 18. Wine Holiday Pairings 22. Happy Hour Holiday Spirits


50. Updated Colonial Bathroom Renovation 60. Farmhouse Revival Tour a Historic Island Home 70. Flooring Trends What’s Under Foot for 2024


26. Health & Wellness Experts

73. Trend Watch Winter Style

76. Style Embrace the Season



98. Six Holiday Reads

34. Town of Stratford Atlantic Canada’s Best Kept Secret

86. In The Spotlight Christine Zarek

42. Home & Cottage The Nannies’ House

FOOD & DRINK 9. Happy Hour Old Duck Blind 10. Good Eats Chocolate Lava Cake

HOME & COTTAGE 41. Paint Trends for 2024 Cloverdale Paint


HOLIDAY 90. The Local Wish List Gift Ideas






the newly appointed Editor in Chief, I am thrilled to welcome you to the vibrant and enriching pages of our Fall-Winter edition. With a fresh perspective and a commitment to bringing you engaging content, I am excited to share stories that celebrate the uniqueness of Prince Edward Island. On our cover, we proudly feature the dynamic real estate agent, Melanie Shaw. Dive into her inspiring journey and discover how she has redefined the real estate landscape on the Island. Melanie’s story is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in our community. In this edition, we explore the innovative concept of The Nannies’ House, a residence crafted for two seniors with distinct living spaces under one roof. This thoughtful design emphasizes independence while fostering companionship—a true embodiment of inclusive living. Our Food & Drink section is a culinary delight, offering tips on cooking the perfect turkey, baking the best gingerbread cookies, and a sneak peek into Chef Michael Smith’s latest

cookbook, Farmhouse Vegetables. Elevate your holiday feasts with these delectable recipes that are sure to impress family and friends. As the holiday season approaches, we dedicate six pages to local gift ideas, encouraging you to support our cherished local businesses. Discover unique treasures and contribute to the flourishing community spirit. Let’s make this season one of giving, gratitude, and celebration. We’re excited to be distributing this issue at the PEI Provincial Home Show in March. So, if you don’t get your copy in December, grab one at the home show! Thank you for allowing us into your homes and hearts. We hope this edition of PEI Living brings warmth and inspiration to your fall and winter days.

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and Roast Chicken Pan Stew. The sizzling anticipation of crafting a meal that not only warms the body but also nourishes the soul is what makes the holiday season truly magical for me.

s the winter winds sweep over the gentle landscapes of Prince Edward Island, we welcome you to the heartwarming embrace of our Winter issue. This season, we have curated a feast for your senses, featuring delightful recipes and exciting changes at PEI Living Magazine.

In the spirit of change, please join us in extending a warm welcome to Tracey Warren, our new Editor in Chief. We're excited about the fresh perspectives she brings and look forward to working together to elevate PEI Living Magazine in 2024.

Chef Nathan Schoenfeldt takes centre stage, guiding you through the art of roasting a turkey to perfection. His expertise promises a mouthwatering holiday centrepiece that will leave your guests in awe.

As for me, I must confess that the winter season, with its cozy gatherings and festive celebrations–Christmas holds a special place in my heart—is not only a time of festive joy but also a celebration of my birthday, adding an extra layer of warmth to this enchanting season.

Our holiday cocktail selection is nothing short of extraordinary, with a coffee lover's cocktail to kickstart the festivities, a tribute to PEI blueberries in a refreshing Blueberry Sour, the timeless allure of a Dark & Stormy, and the intriguingly named Old Duck Blind—a winter favourite that's as amusing as it is delicious. And for those seeking a sweet indulgence, dive into the simplicity of a lava cake that promises to satisfy your winter cravings.

Wishing you a season filled with culinary delights, warmth, and joy. Cheers,

We are thrilled to share a special recipe from Chef Michael Smith's latest cookbook, Farmhouse Vegetables. Personally, I am eagerly anticipating trying Chef Michael's Root Vegetable



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This cocktail is perfect for someone who loves coffee with a bit of attitude. Serve it up on Christmas Eve when the kids go off to bed and you find yourself building a bicycle from scratch.



16 oz fresh brewed, hot coffee 8 oz Knob Creek Bourbon 2 oz cream 2 oz Grade B maple syrup 1 pinch cinnamon .25 teaspoon Mexican vanilla 1 oz Kahlua (for foam)

Pour four ounces of the mix heated with a cappuccino machine steamer into tempered glass coffee mug or glass. For foam, dry shake heavy cream mixed with a few drops of Kahlua. Layer it over the top, dust with a pinch of sugar and torch it from the top lightly so as not to break the glass.





Chocolate Lava Cake is indeed a delightful and indulgent dessert that never fails to impress. Here’s a simple recipe for you:

INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 ounces high-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher), chopped 1 cup powdered sugar 2 large eggs 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Optional: cocoa powder or powdered sugar for dusting

METHOD Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease and flour (or use cocoa powder) individual ramekins or small oven-safe bowls. In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate together. Stir until smooth and well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract until well combined. Slowly add the melted chocolate and butter mixture to the sugar and egg mixture, stirring continuously. Add the salt and gradually fold in the flour until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared ramekins or bowls. Place them on a baking sheet.

Remember that baking times can vary, so keep an eye on the cakes, and adjust the time accordingly. The goal is to have a gooey, molten centre when you cut into the cake.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes. The edges should be set, but the centre should still be soft. Allow the lava cakes to cool for a few minutes before serving. You can run a knife around the edges to help loosen them from the ramekins. Invert each lava cake onto a serving plate. Dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar if desired. The centre should be gooey and molten. Serve the chocolate lava cakes immediately, perhaps with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.




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Benjamin Bridge Piquette Stocking Stuffer $17.99 Is there someone in your life that likes bubbly, lightly flavoured alcoholic beverages? This multipack includes three of the flavours for Benjamin Bridge’s ‘Piquette’. Piquettes are spritzy, freshflavoured wine products that are low in alcohol (5% abv), and packed with lip-smacking sparkling citrus and floral aromas.


Yvon Mau Bordeaux Discovery Chest 01777Y $175.79 Don’t let this deal pass you by. For all the French wine lovers in your life, this chest includes six wines from the Medoc region of Bordeaux, carefully curated by Yvon Mau Négociants de Bordeaux. Drink now or lay down in your cellar for the next five-plus years.



Gahan Hour Delay Chocolate Stout 02009Y $4.49 A local seasonal favourite. Rich and bold on the palate with bittersweet chocolate notes. Satisfying and complex with flavours of dark chocolate and roasted nuts on the finish.

4. Bread & Butter Prosecco 02134Y $24.99/ 750ml Celebrate the season with bubbly from one of your favourite producers. Bread & Butter has created this prosecco in an approachable, friendly style with a pleasant off-dry finish filled with pears and florality.

Darren LeBlanc is the Specialty Product Advisor at Notables by PEI Liquor in the Founders’ Food Hall & Market. He is a certified sommelier with 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and continues to contribute as a restaurant consultant and wine writer. (Photo: Evan Ceretti)

5. 12 Days of Coldstream 02108Y $89.99 This advent calendar has some of your favourite Coldstream flavours, including six coolers, three spirits, and three surprise merchandise items. Whether you’re a fan of advent calendars or of the flavourful products produced by Coldstream, this holiday pack provides fun and flavour. No better way to countdown to Christmas!

NOTABLES BY PEI LIQUOR Located inside Founders’ Food Hall & Market 6 Prince Street, Charlottetown 902.368.4836

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The blade of the Amefa steak knives is made from topquality 13/0 knife steel and enhanced with extra-fine serrations. As such you can effortlessly cut through any type of meat. The French kitchen is known for its culinary delights. It’s no surprise the French Lou Laguiole has a beautiful steak knife collection. The knives are true eye catchers on the dinner table.


Set of four, Pimpernel’s unique place mats are created to suit all tastes. Strong and robust, Pimpernel place mats have a thick 5mm board with a stylish design completely sealed in a quality lacquer, making them super heat-and-stain-resistant. These place mats are cork-backed and measure 15.7 inches x 11.7 inches. Matching coasters are the same great quality.


Volcan reinvents the traditional enameled cast iron casserole dish. The Cuisinox casserole dish optimizes the distribution of heat on food. The enameled walls guarantee its strength and durability over time. Thanks to the integrated lid on the walls, there is no overflow during cooking. Suitable for all heat sources, including induction. Dishwasher safe.



The right glass for the right beverage! Chef & Sommelier offers a full range of exquisite glassware for all of your entertaining needs. We also offer elegant decanters, aerators and additional accessories that elevate your entertaining!

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Add a pop of colour to your baking collection. A embossed corn design around the body of the bowl is one of its main features both attractive and reflective the trend towards natural products to enhance health and well-being. Made from high-quality durable material that is chip-resistant making this mixing bowl is perfect for baking and cooking. Each Tala Mixing Bowl is approx 30x 30 x13cm with a total volume of 5.5L


We have everything you’ll need to bake homemade bread. Stainless loaf pans, reusable bags ideal for storing fresh bread at home, bread lame for cutting edge designs on your favourite loaf and bread banneton baskets and liners.




ROOT VEGETABLE AND ROAST CHICKEN PAN STEW Serves 4 to 6 as a vegetable-forward main You can roast any chicken over a big pile of vegetables, securely knowing that everything will cook safely, nothing will be lost, and much will be found. As the chicken roasts, its juices season the vegetables, helping them roast too. The roasted meat is easily shredded and stirred into a simple pan stew. This is one of the most delicious ways I know to cook meat and vegetables together.

INGREDIENTS 2 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces 1 turnip, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces 1 celery root, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces 1 pound (450 g) baby potatoes 1 leek, top and bottom trimmed, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) intact rounds, rinsed as needed Cloves from 1 head of garlic, peeled and halved Sea salt Freshly ground pepper 1 large roasting chicken (About 5 pounds/2.25 kg) 2 lemons, halved crosswise Leaves from a handful of fresh rosemary, thyme, sage, savory, or oregano sprigs, minced A few handfuls of tender savoury greens (baby spinach, baby kale, arugula, or Swiss chard)

Celebrity Chef MICHAEL SMITH and his wife, Chastity, are the proprietors of The Inn at Bay Fortune and the award-winning restaurant FireWorks, Bay Fortune, Prince Edward Island. Michael is the bestselling author of nine cookbooks, including Fire, Farm, & Feast; Real Food; Good Food, Family Meals; Back to Basics; Fast Flavours; Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen; and The Best of Chef at Home. He has hosted several TV shows on Food Network Canada and has appeared as a judge on Chopped Canada. Michael lives on Prince Edward Island with his wife, and their children, Gabe, Ariella, and Camille. (Photo: Al Douglas)

METHOD Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Turn on the convection fan if you have one. Fill a large roasting pan with the carrots, parsnips, turnip, celery root, potatoes, leeks, and garlic. Lightly season the vegetables with salt and pepper and gently mix together. Thoroughly season the chicken with salt and pepper and nestle breast side up in the centre of the vegetables. Position the lemon halves cut side up around the chicken. Roast, gently shaking and settling the pan once or twice, until the vegetables are tender and caramelized and the chicken is golden brown and finished, an hour or so. The chicken is done when a digital or quick-read thermometer registers at least 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the breast meat and thigh. Remove from the oven.

Excerpted from Farmhouse Vegetables by Michael Smith. Copyright © 2023 Michael Smith. Photography by Al Douglas. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

With the chicken still in the pan and a pair of tongs in each hand, pull, tug, and shred the meat away from the carcass. Share the crispy skin treat with all assembled. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and squeeze the roasted lemons with a pair of tongs, allowing the juices to mingle. Stir in the greens and rest as they wilt before serving, a minute or two. Reserve the carcass for another day’s chicken broth.





By Darren LeBlanc, Notables Specialty Product Advisor Photo Anto Meneghini


on’t stress over holiday pairings! Our Specialty Product Advisor Darren LeBlanc has divided up the most common themes for holiday meals and provided you a grid on which to choose some really exciting wines. Whether you prefer someting traditional and salty/sweet (think roasted potatoes, cinnamon-scented sweet potato, or brown sugar rutabaga), a health-conscious herbaceous/light (salad fair, herbaceous bread stuffing, and lighter meats), or throwing out all the stops with rich/savoury, we have the pairings for you. We’ve also included a “dolce” category to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Sweet & Salty

Dr. Heidemann Bergweiler Spatlese Riesling, Mosel, Germany W0084Z | $36.20

Elevation Riesling, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada W0093Z | $25.70

Tenute Viglione Sellato Primitivo, Puglia, Italy W0397Z | $31.99

Herbaceous & light

La Gelsomina Etna Bianco, Sicily, Italy, W0380Z | $32.99

Rich & Savoury

Rodney Strong Chardonnay, California W0079Z | $29.99

Ridge Vineyards Geyserville, Alexander Valley, California W0414Z | $84.99

‘Nicolas’ Famille Lafage Grenache, Roussillon, France W0392Z | $25.99

Chateau Moulin a Maison Jessiaume Vent, Beaujolais, Volnay, Burgundy, France France W0057Z | $34.49 W0344Z | $73.00


Quinta de la Rosa 20-year Tawny, Douro, Portugal W0340J | $46.49

Valdespino Solera 1842, Andalucia, Spain W0345J | $54.99

Samling Neusiedlersee DAC, Austria W0382A | $36.49

Darren LeBlanc is the Specialty Product Advisor at Notables by PEI Liquor in the Founders’ Food Hall & Market. He is a certified sommelier with 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and continues to contribute as a restaurant consultant and wine writer. (Photo: Evan Ceretti)



utumn is poultry season. Why? Because in the north, autumn was our last chance to harvest and preserve food for the coming winter. The reason we get into turkey in autumn is dependent on what foods can be stored the longest. We feast on the most perishable of our harvest season, the humble turkey, both first and last. We celebrate the noticeable transition into autumn with Thanksgiving and, in December, the end of autumn and our trek back to longer days. So that brings me to this season’s hottest question, “How do you cook a turkey, chef?” Segment your turkey Cut it up into pieces, remove the white meat and dark meat from the internal bones. Legs and breasts get packed into a roasting pan, rubbed down with canola oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and the PEI classic, summer savory. This meat gets roasted at 175C or 350F for about two hours. After the first hour: Check your meat every 20 minutes with a probe thermometer. When it reaches 80C or 175F it’s done. You can turn your oven down and hold it there for another hour without issue. A segmented cooking technique has several advantages for handling poultry. First and most obviously, it simply cooks faster. This mitigates the drying out of white meat, as it spends less time in the oven than if it were an allday-roasting affair.

Words by Chef Nathan Schoenfeldt

Second, there’s no guess work about whether or not the stuffing has become hot enough to sufficiently kill salmonella, as the stuffing doesn’t actually touch raw poultry at all in this process. Third, a segmented turkey can be prepped in advance, and held in the fridge in a much smaller size. It also fits in plastic food bags for overnight marinating or freezing. Fourth, a segmented bird grants access to the bones, which, in the culinary world, are the raw materials or reagents, if you will, of our most prestigious kitchen sorcery. Making sauce/gravy After removing the meat from the turkey’s torso structure, the bones get boiled up with all the vegetable trimmings —carrots, onions, celery, bay leaf, herb stems; a classic mire poix mixture, which varies in composition, dependent on the desired derivative— to make stock. After three hours at a simmer, the stock is strained and returned to the stove on high heat to boil out more than half of its liquid, reducing the volume and compounding the flavour. This is the essence of our turkey demi-glace. In combination with another touch of magic, the roux, our stock transforms from a watery, salt brine into something all together different, and far more interesting to the palate. The roux is a precise combination of equal parts by weight of fat and flour and used as a thickening agent to add both flavour and viscosity through the emulsifying properties of gluten. Here’s how it works Melt an entire stick of butter in a sauce pot over medium heat and stir in a quarter cup of flour. The two ingredients come together to form a

mass that looks similar to wet sand. There is no loose flour, nor any liquid fat left in the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking this until it smells like warm, buttery toast or roasted nuts. Add a splash (about a half cup or so) of white wine to your roux, whisk it in until it’s smooth. It’s going to look like paste. Add two cups of stock and continue with the whisk until the roux dissolves completely. Boil it and reduce the water volume by half or so, until it thickens enough to be pourable, but not gelatinous. Be cautious though; over heated demi-glace will boil over, so don’t walk away from it! Once the desired volume and viscosity is achieved, adjust the flavour until it tastes like gravy. Add salt, pepper, savory or thyme. Just like the harvest, a turkey feast is a lot of work. But the only magic here is our passion for good food and love for family and friends. Stay warm and happy cooking.

CHEF NATHAN SCHOENFELDT Saskatchewan trained and PEI polished, Chef Nathan Schoenfeldt moved to the Island ten years ago and fell in love with the culinary community.


BREAD STUFFING INGREDIENTS 2 carrots 1 large onion 3 stalks of celery 1 C butter (ADL) Stale bread (cubed) 2 C turkey stock METHOD Peel vegetables and chop finely, cook them together in a pot with butter. When the vegetables are soft, mix them into your stale bread cubes. Pour some of your stock on top or use two cups of the boxed stuff— it’s ok, nobody’s judging— mix it in. In a cake pan lined with parchment, pack this in like you’re stuffing a turkey. Really mash it in there. Cover it with more parchment. Wrap the top with aluminum foil. Aluminum keeps the steam in (like the cavity inside the turkey) and the parchment stops the foil from sticking to your food. Place it in the oven next to your turkey at the one-hour mark, and you’ll be set for success!

FRESH CRANBERRY SAUCE Combine a pound of cranberries with a cup of sugar, juice and zest of one orange, a stick of cinnamon, a tablespoon of vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a sauce pot. Boil it for 20 minutes. If you want to get fancy, give it a splash (1oz) of brandy. FALL23/WINTER24



HOLIDAY SPIRITS Orange Blossom Impress your guests with these simple cocktail recipes! Words by Jacqui Chaisson



1 ounce dry gin 1/3 ounce Grand Marnier 1 ounce fresh orange juice 1/3 ounce lime juice Dash of Grenadine METHOD

Frost the glass rim with sugar (optional) and place in freezer to chill. Add first five ingredients to cocktail shaker filled 2/3 with crushed ice. Strain and pour into chilled cocktail glasses.

Coffee Lovers Cocktail INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 ounces brandy (or cognac) 1 1/2 ounces ruby port 1 small egg 1 teaspoon simple syrup METHOD

There are two keys to mixing cocktails that include eggs: Make sure your egg is fresh and shake the drink more than usual to ensure the egg is properly mixed. 22

In a cocktail shaker, pour the brandy, ruby port, egg, and simple syrup. Fill with ice, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. FALL23/WINTER24

Always drink responsibly!

Blueberry Gin Sour INGREDIENTS 2 ounces London Dry Gin 1 1/2 ounces Blueberry Simple Syrup 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/2 egg white Ice METHOD

Dark & Stormy INGREDIENTS 1 litre apple juice 1 cinnamon stick 4 cloves 1 lemon peelings cut into strips 1 apple cut into wedges 100 ml dark rum

METHOD Pour the apple juice into a saucepan and place over a low heat. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon peel and cloves and gently heat. Add the rum and stir; don’t allow it to boil. Ladle into glasses and add apple wedges and citrus peel to serve.

Fill a coupe glass with ice. To a cocktail shaker, add gin, blueberry syrup, lemon juice and egg white. Add on the lid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Add in ice and shake the mixture again until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove the ice from the coupe glass, then strain the drink into the chilled glass.


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H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S

RETINOL Is the beauty industry right to obsess over retinol? Let’s find out. Words by Alex Anuţa


Retinol stands out as an ingredient that truly delivers noticeable results. In the beauty industry, retinol has become a star player. The retinol reputation Renowned by dermatologists worldwide, retinol is celebrated for its ability to boost collagen production, reduce fine lines, and fade dark spots. Look for a brand known for its compatibility with various skin types and tones, leaving behind a youthful glow even after the first application. However, there are some important considerations. Too good to be true? Retinol can have side effects, including what’s known as the “retinol uglies” – a temporary phase of skin shedding, redness, and adjustment before revealing a luminous glow. It’s crucial to patch-test and gradually adjust the concentration to find what suits your skin. Don’t forget to use broadspectrum SPF 30 or higher to protect your newfound radiance. Regarding other side effects, many skincare ingredients may initially cause breakouts. It’s essential to observe how your skin reacts and seek guidance if needed. My personal experience I battled cystic acne from ages 13 to 17, leaving scarring and uneven texture. Retinol, specifically a one per cent concentration product, has been a game-changer for my fair-toned,

chemically resilient skin. Combined with moisturizing and a short massage routine, and topped with SPF for outdoor protection, it has worked wonders. It's about confidence In my search for a reliable skincare routine, retinol stands out as an ingredient that truly delivers noticeable results. While many products claim to be miraculous, retinol leaves my skin smoother and radiantly glowing. It’s not just about shine; it’s about confidence and hope in my skincare journey. But how do you start and when should you stop? Remember, everyone’s skin is unique, and the abundance of product choices can be overwhelming. Start with a moderate concentration, like 0.5 per cent, and adjust as needed. In Canada, the highest over-the-counter retinol concentration is one per cent. The appropriate concentration also depends on factors like skin tone and melanocyte activity. Darker complexions should start lower, usually at 0.5 per cent, to prevent hyperpigmentation while lighter complexions may begin at 0.5 per cent or even one per cent.

harmful free radicals that can damage the skin. It promotes error-free development of skin followed by a radiant glow. Later in your skincare journey, if you find that your skin doesn’t tolerate retinol well, try incorporating alternatives like AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids). These mild acids unclog pores and exfoliate dead skin cells. AHAs work on the surface, addressing issues like uneven texture and hyperpigmentation (including acne scarring), while BHAs target the deeper layers of the epidermis (more specifically the first two — stratum corneum and lucideum) helping with persistent breakouts. Keep in mind that this information should not replace advice from a licensed dermatologist. Lastly, less is often more in skincare. If using topical retinol, avoid overwhelming your skin with multiple active ingredients. If incorporating hydroxy acids, be mindful of how they fit into your routine and adapt slowly. For example, lactic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA) are often used in alternation, but start cautiously and let your skin adjust.

Let’s delve into some science - the real deal. Retinol accelerates skin cell turnover, which means fresh skin cells grow faster and old/damaged cells become inactivated, reducing exposure to

Alexandru Anuta is an undergraduate biology student with a passion for biomedical research, climate change physics, and skin health.



H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S E X P E R T S

INCA GLOW OUT BAR & BOUTIQUE Words by Jacqui Chaisson

Welcome to Inca Glow Out Bar & Boutique, where we redefine hair care with a revolutionary approach. At Inca Glow, we specialize in an allnatural, amino acid-based smoothing system that’s a game-changer for your hair. It's perfect for taming frizz in high humidity, toning unwanted hues, and providing up to four months of conditioned, radiant hair. When you step into Inca Glow Out Bar & Boutique, you enter a space where our team is dedicated to ensuring you have the best salon experience possible. Relax and savour your time with us as you indulge in our exclusive, all-natural amino acid-based hair smoothing treatment. Walk out with hair that’s not just frizz-free but also nourished and beautifully toned. As you pamper 26

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yourself, enjoy a drink of your choice and explore our boutique, stocked with unique products crafted by local Island artisans. Meet Ellen Clements, the heart and soul of Inca Glow. With over 40 years of experience as a master hairstylist in PEI and Alberta, Ellen is not just an owner, operator, trainer, and technician; she is a passionate advocate for helping others discover their inner beauty, boosting self-image, and elevating self-esteem. At Inca Glow, we’re not just about good hair; we’re about fostering an atmosphere where every day is a “Good Hair Day!” We’re excited to share this transformative experience with you and look forward to making your hair dreams a reality. FALL23/WINTER24

Our commitment to excellence is rooted in the simple idea of delivering the best to you. From our founder to our skilled stylists, each of us pours love and careful thought into every aspect of our services. We want you to not only enjoy what we offer but also share the experience with others.

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BEAST-MODE MOMMAS Words by Jacqui Chaisson Photos Courtesy of: Beast-Mode Mommas


the vibrant landscape of Prince Edward Island’s fitness scene, Krista Doyle stands out as a beacon of inspiration for women on their journey to health and wellness. With roots firmly planted in the local fitness industry since 2012, Krista’s evolution from a part-time instructor at Naturally Fit PEI to the proud founder of BeastMode Mommas Women’s Fitness and Wellness is a testament to her unwavering commitment and passion. Under the mentorship of Jason and Dawn Mosher, Krista’s trajectory soared. What began as leading HIIT classes blossomed into a flourishing enterprise dedicated to empowering women—physically, mentally, and spiritually. The turning point came in 2018 when Krista, navigating the challenges of an unplanned C-section and new motherhood, recognized the lack of support for postpartum women. From this realization emerged BeastMode Mommas, a haven for women seeking community, healing, and strength. Five years later, Krista’s venture has burgeoned, offering a diverse array of fifteen in-person classes weekly. From

prenatal to postpartum programs, private training to beginner courses, Beast-Mode Mommas caters to the unique needs of every woman. Krista’s online presence mirrors this growth, with daily workout challenges initiated in December 2020. These challenges, comprising 10–12-minute full-length workouts, accommodate all fitness levels, providing accessible and convenient options for busy women.

“Using two Dolphin Neurostim devices, I will send safe, low-level, electrical currents to the scar to help reintroduce circulation, also, to re-polarize the skin surrounding the scar.” Doyle said, “After just one session, there will be a change in the pliability of the scar. After a series of MPS sessions (typically four to five) blood circulation, flow of energy, and lymph drainage in the C-section scar are normalized.”

The online platform expands beyond workouts, delving into accountability coaching—a boon for women grappling with time constraints and wavering motivation. Krista’s coaching emphasizes self-care and the transformative power of discipline, consistency, and personal accountability.

Beast-Mode Mommas Women’s Fitness and Wellness isn’t just a fitness hub; it’s a movement, a force inspiring PEI women to discard excuses and embrace action on their journey to a healthier, stronger, and more empowered self.

Beast Mode Mommas is now offering MPS Cesarean Scar Release Therapy. (picture above left)This treatment is FDA and Health Canada approved. It can speed up the healing process, decrease pain in the connective tissue, help to loosen any internal adhesions, and helps to relax and fade the scar. If you have numbness, this therapy will change your life. How does it works?

Reach out to Krista at any time when you are ready to stop making excuses and start taking action. BEAST-MODE MOMMAS 101 Longworth Ave, Charlottetown




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“Our unwavering focus is on client service,” says Team Lead Melanie Shaw. “We firmly believe that by prioritizing the client experience and aiding clients in achieving their real estate objectives, sales naturally follow suit.”


team places great importance on nurturing meaningful relationships with our clients, always prioritizing their individual requirements and preferences to offer the most personalized service available,” continues Shaw.

Melanie Shaw & The Shaw Team

Exceptional Service is the Key to Success for the Shaw Real Estate Team in PEI Words by Crystal Smith Photos: Bobby Jo Gourdeau

In real estate, providing clients with an exceptional experience is the key to unlocking the door to success. That mindset is at the heart of the Shaw Team’s service-based real estate business.


On the marketing side, this client focus translates into a tailored, highly effective sales strategy that puts their seller’s property in its best possible light. The Shaw Team optimizes listings with print advertising, brochures and beautifully produced virtual tours that they share on their website and social media channels, ensuring sellers reach a wide audience of potential buyers. This kind of creative marketing strategy is particularly critical in today’s market. “In PEI we have come out of a long sellers’ market where things have levelled out and homes can take longer to sell,” notes Shaw. “The marketing strategy of a listing is now even more important.” Also important? Having a team that understands the ebbs and flows of the housing market. “Our team is committed to staying at the forefront of industry knowledge,” Shaw notes. “We have a clear understanding of how to shift our strategies as the market shifts.”

◄ (L-R)Andrea Bright, David Hardyman, Melanie Shaw

With decades of combined experience, the award-winning Shaw Team has a proven record of achieving successful real estate outcomes for their clients. Prior to Melanie’s real estate success in PEI, she had an accomplished 25-year career in the intense Toronto real estate market. Melanie has earned a Lifetime Award of Excellence which is Royal LePage’s highest award in recognition of long-term selling achievement. Melanie celebrated 34 years in the industry this year. Along with Melanie in the busy Shaw Team office is Andrea Bright, licensed Realtor®, who joined the Shaw Team in 2021. She has the additional role on the team as the Client Care Coordinator. Realtor® David Hardyman moved to PEI and joined the team after owning and running a successful brokerage in Ontario for many years. Together, they have built systems to support clients, based on efficiency, transparency and a seamless experience from start to finish. Working as a team, they take care of all of the details involved in a real estate

transaction, from home staging advice to the photography and video work required for a successful marketing campaign, all while offering exceptional client service. Of course, negotiations are also a critical piece, and this is an area where the Shaw Team excels. “Working together as a team toward the shared goal of client happiness is so fulfilling,” says Shaw. “We are thrilled to be able to come into the office every day and help clients achieve results tailored to them and their specific needs.” The Shaw Team truly stands by their motto: “Your Happiness is Our Goal!”

Melanie Shaw - The Shaw Team Royal LePage Prince Edward Realty 87 John Yeo Drive, Charlottetown 902.213.5235




iscover luxury living in this exceptional chalet-style, modern home situated in picturesque West Covehead with a captivating water view of Brackley Bay. As you step inside, be greeted by the open-concept living area boasting high, open ceilings and an electric fireplace featuring a custom wood mantel set against a stunning accent wall. The expansive west-facing windows frame a breathtaking water view, providing a serene backdrop to daily life. The dream kitchen is a chef’s delight, featuring gleaming white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, smart lighting, and a spacious quartz countertop island with seating. The main floor hosts the primary bedroom with an ensuite bath, complete with infloor heating, a modern walk-in shower, and a quartz countertops double vanity. Another bedroom, a convenient laundry area, and ample closet space complete the main level. Upstairs, a loft-style family room awaits, offering a lovely view of Brackley Bay. Three additional bedrooms and a second bathroom provide space for family or guests. Automated lighting and motorized window shades add a touch of luxury. Outside, a detached 24x32 garage with 100-amp electrical service provides space for multiple vehicles and potential workshop use. The house is equipped with triple-glazed hurricanerated windows, composite decking, a durable steel roof, lifetime vinyl siding


with a 100-mph wind rating, an ICF foundation, and a generator hookup for added peace of mind. This exceptional home comes fully furnished with luxurious furniture, fixtures, and finishes, making it the perfect turnkey property for discerning buyers. Don’t miss the opportunity to make this dream home yours!

MLS® # 202322290 142 SUNSET CRESCENT, WEST COVEHEAD, PE, C0A 1P0 Features: Five Bedrooms Two Bathrooms Open Concept Living $899,000

Melanie Shaw - The Shaw Team Royal LePage Prince Edward Realty 87 John Yeo Drive, Charlottetown 902.213.5235



Working to Meet Our Growing Community’s Needs Stratford, Prince Edward Island might be one of Atlantic Canada’s best kept secrets. Nestled on the Hillsborough River, just a quick bridge crossing away from Charlottetown, this growing community is coming into, and finding its place on the Island, and Atlantic Canada scene.

▲ Michael Thomas Waterfront rendering

Words and photos courtesy of Town of Stratford


ncorporated in 1995 after the amalgamation of five communities, the population at that time was approximately 5,800. From the 2016 to 2021 census periods, Stratford grew by over 12%, and today is more than 11,000 strong. Stratford is poised to continue to grow at a rapid rate with many exciting projects underway in the community, and projections for a population of over 20,000 by 2041. SHAPE STRATFORD The Town of Stratford received funding through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)’s Housing Supply Challenge’s Round two of funding. The Shape Stratford project supports finding solutions around barriers to new housing supply and believes that by working together and having conversations in our community, we can identify and close gaps, and create goals to achieve suitable housing for all. Stratford recognizes that there is widespread public concern about housing affordability and availability, not only in our community, but across PEI and Canada. We have all been 34

witness to the rising housing prices and inflation, which are pushing many out of being able to afford to live in the community they want to live in. Current zoning in Stratford, and other Island municipalities, necessitates a high frequency of council consideration of zoning and approvals, which most often result in adversarial public meetings on development projects. There is a systemic challenge built into the existing process in building public and council support for projects that increase density due to the values associated with traditional patterns of low-density development. The Shape Stratford project is aiming to change this by: • Working with residents, developers, stakeholders, community groups, and others. • Providing an engagement and education component. • Looking at the planning framework and process. • Forming an inter-municipal committee for collaboration and sharing. • Designing the project so that it can be replicated in other Canadian municipalities upon completion. FALL23/WINTER24

As the project nears a completion date of March 31, 2024, much work has been undertaken to date, and the next few months will continue to be busy ones for this project. Please visit www. to follow along with the project, learn more and be part of the conversation. STRATFORD COMMUNITY CAMPUS Community life is an important aspect of any healthy and vibrant community. Residents who have access to facilities and spaces which support their mental, physical and spiritual health are happier and have a stronger sense of connection. The Town of Stratford has a bold vision to develop a multipurpose campus in the community, and construction is currently underway on required infrastructure to move this project forward. Upon completion Stratford’s Community Campus will encompass recreational, cultural, and educational facilities and amenities including the new high school currently underway by the Province of PEI. Sports fields for soccer, baseball/softball, and cricket, alongside a future multipurpose facility that is intended to include a rink, multi-

purpose space, cultural space, and other amenities, along with outdoor walking trails, are all part of the overall plans. There are also many sporting groups and associations who are in talks with the Town of Stratford to partner on this exciting development. This development is the largest undertaking of our community and will be a gem for residents to be proud of, as well as a gathering place for the community. MICHAEL THOMAS WATERFRONT PARK Another exciting project underway in the Town of Stratford is the development of Michael Thomas Waterfront Park. After the decommissioning of the sewer lagoons from the site a couple of years ago, the space has been reclaimed and is being developed as a signature park for the community to gather in and enjoy, through all four seasons. The current trail system in place is being upgraded with a wooden boardwalk installed. There are three lookouts with benches included in this phase of the project to allow park users to enjoy the views looking over the water. Electrical outlets and lighting will provide for use in the evenings and for seasonal events, and the wooden boardwalk will extend to encompass the existing area surrounding the Michael Thomas

fountain providing further access to it. Further phases are proposed to include a marketplace plaza; additional trails, gardens, and plantings; future extension of the boardwalk; and other mixed-use developments in the general area. The Town of Stratford has a long history of being a welcoming and diverse community. One where residents of all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and other characteristics enjoy a community life that is rich, celebrated and offers a variety of activities and interests for everyone. Come check us out!

▲(top) Michael Thomas Waterfront Park plan. (above) The current trail

system in place is being upgraded with a wooden boardwalk installed.

234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford 902.569.1995

▲ The Town of Stratford has a bold vision to develop a multipurpose campus in the community.


Provincial Credit Union staff

Stronger Together at Provincial Credit Union Words by Crystal Smith Photos: Courtesy of PCU

“Our development of products and services is ongoing. We will continue to explore and implement improvements to our banking systems to be able to respond to those members who wish to be served through our digital channels.” - CEO Alfred Arsenault

▲ CEO Alfred Arsenault



October of 2021 the largest credit union in Atlantic Canada was created when four PEI credit unions came together under the name Provincial Credit Union. Two years on, CEO Alfred Arsenault reflects on the impressive changes and growth the organization has seen. “The response to the amalgamation has been very positive,” he says. Members “now have access to service at our ten branches across the Island and we have implemented many new products and services over the last two years to continue to respond to members’ needs.” Among those new products is a debit Mastercard, a new First Home Savings Account and, for young people, no more service fees on chequing accounts. “Anyone 25 and younger can

bank for free,” notes Arsenault. And these changes are just the beginning. “Our development of products and services is ongoing,” Arsenault says. “We will continue to explore and implement improvements to our banking systems to be able to respond to those members who wish to be served through our digital channels.”

CFO Kelly Watson presenting a gold medal as part of the 2023 Canada Winter Games sponsorship.

Another highlight? Being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The credit union received A ratings for Financial Benefits and Compensation, Health & Family-Friendly Benefits and Community Involvement.

Of course, none of these changes could be realized without a team of dedicated staff at every branch. Since the amalgamation, Provincial Credit Union staff numbers have grown from 155 to 190 across the province. “Staff are the lifeblood of our organization,” Arsenault says. The staffing increase is important, he notes, “to support our growth and enable us to provide great member experience to our members and communities across PEI.” That focus on community is a hallmark of credit unions. “Supporting our communities through strong connections and meaningful contributions is a core value of our organization,” Arsenault states. “Last year, we returned $1.5 million back to our communities in the form of sponsorships, scholarships and member rebates.” As part of the community engagement initiatives, EV chargers were installed at all 10 branches across the province.

Employees are fully committed to these community initiatives: “From volunteering to facilitating financial advice sessions to serving on community boards, staff are always working to better their community,” notes Arsenault.

“It’s a tremendous honour,” Arsenault says. “The merger has provided staff with the opportunity to grow in their career, all with the goal of providing our members with the financial advice, planning and services needed. We are all so proud to see our team achieve this level of recognition.”

Craig MacLean, Charlottetown branch manager, presenting a recent food bank donation.

▲ Alberton branch staff member Sammie Jo showing how easy it is to use the recently installed EV charger.

Provincial Credit Union

▲ Cindy Ross-MacLean, Business Account Manager at the Montague branch, chats with business member Mindy O’Donnell, captain of the CJ SKAMPI.



Introducing the Future of Stratford At the forefront of PEI’s rapid urban expansion, the town of Stratford stands at a crossroads in time, with big changes on the way! But residents can rest easy knowing the team behind the municipality’s development has a vested interest in ensuring only the best for the town’s growth.

Words by Insight Studio Photo: Bobby Jo Goudreau Renderings Courtesy of The Gray Group

▲ (L-R) Trevor MacLeod, Cory Gray (Photo: Bobby Jo Goureau)


he Gray Group has a long history of real estate development in Atlantic Canada, and of all the development projects they’ve worked on to date, this one has special significance. As Owner and CEO Cory Gray, President Trevor MacLeod, and several team members proudly call Stratford home—living, working, and raising families here—it’s a town they feel deeply connected to. Seeing the incredible potential for the town, The Gray Group acquired 102.6 acres in Stratford in 2018. Together with the Town, they began envisioning what the municipality’s future could look like and strategic planning for The Crossroads began. The Crossroads, the most extensive planned urban development in PEI’s history, is set to redefine the future of Stratford. The development allows for growth without expanding the town’s borders, as opting for vertical development over urban sprawl is more economically viable and environmentally friendly. The plan outlines ambitious goals, including 3,200 residential units, approximately 260,000 sq. ft. of new commercial space, and around 44,000 sq. ft. of light industrial space. The Gray Group has worked with the Department of Transportation, conducted traffic studies, and analyzed both the economic and environmental impact of this development. Their all-encompassing plan prioritizes strategic land use, preserving community connections, safeguarding environmentally sensitive areas, optimizing traffic flow, and enhancing the active transportation network— all while contributing to the Island’s housing inventory. The Crossroads will surely be a gamechanger for Stratford, and the team at The Gray Group hopes Islanders are as excited as they are to see this historic project come to life.

20 Great George St, Charlottetown 902.894.4729



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s we bid a fond farewell to the balmy days of summer, I can't help but express my excitement for the enchanting season that lies ahead. While I revel in the warmth and vibrancy of the summer months and all that they bring, there's a special place in my heart for the momentous occasion of the first gentle snowfall. There's an undeniable magic in those delicate snowflakes gracefully descending from the sky, transforming the landscape into a pristine canvas of white. That initial snowfall captivates me, causing me to pause and savour the tranquility. Similarly, I find myself drawn to another kind of enchantment – that of renovations. Perhaps it’s the art of transforming existing spaces, a canvas that already contains history and character, as opposed to a blank slate of new builds that I love. It might also be the sheer delight in witnessing the journey, from conception to completion, observing the gradual transformations as they occur.

Whichever way you look at it, our colonial bathroom remodel promises to leave you in awe. In the pages of this issue, we delve into a topic often underestimated but profoundly influential in shaping the aesthetics and functionality of your home—lighting. We are also introduced to the growing significance of sustainability in our choices of materials that compose the very essence of our living spaces.

(Photo Story Thorburn)

We invite you to step inside a distinctive home concept that tugs at the heartstrings. Built upon the foundation of robust family bonds and shared spaces, The Nannies' House radiates warmth that resonates deeply. So, dear readers, as you embark on this exploration, I encourage you to get comfortable. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, find a cozy nook. There's something within these pages to stir your senses and ignite your imagination.



Sara Dykerman Home & Cottage Editor FALL23/WINTER24

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Paint can change a space and the paint trends for 2024 are all about embracing change. Moody blues, vibrant greens, rich lemon or the grownup pinks— add a bit of colour to your world. Cloverdale Paint is now available at Town n’ Country Carpet One (Summerside)

Think Pink

Think pink will be passé next year? Pink is everywhere for 2024! Not just for pretty little girls' rooms, this sophisticated pink is all grown up. (Prosperity 0107 Cloverdale Paint)

Moody Blue

Think calm and coastal, moody blue that makes you think of the sky at dusk or ocean depths. (Atmospheric Pressure 0587 Cloverdale Paint)

Nature’s Hues

Bringing nature indoors, fun and vibrant greens and rich pink help create a space that you’ll love! (Motherland 0793 Cloverdale Paint)

Rich Lemon

Island Red

This colour reminds me of Island roads and beaches. Bring a bit of PEI into your home and celebrate colour this year! (Orange Ballad 1019 Cloverdale Paint)

Don’t be afraid of colour! This beautiful mustard is rich and warm, perfect as an accent! (Lemon Bar 0865 - Cloverdale Paint)



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Nannies’ HOUSE Words by Jacqui Chaisson Photos: Bobby Jo Goudreau


the heart of Stratford, a unique and heartwarming residence has emerged “The Nannies’ House,” a thoughtful creation by wellknown Island REALTOR® Melanie Shaw and her husband, Graeme, for their mothers, Clara and Joan. This distinctive home stands as a testament to familial love and a commitment to providing comfortable, independent living for two cherished seniors under one roof. The idea for The Nannies’ House was born out of a desire to have both mothers close by yet allow them the autonomy of their own private spaces. The Nannies’ House was named by grandson, Brett. Clara, an Islander, was already living nearby, but Joan, residing in Ontario, faced mobility challenges and needed a home closer to her family. Melanie and Graeme's vision took shape in the fall of 2021 when they acquired the perfect plot of land next door to their own home. TOP: The front porch is perfect for family gatherings. (L-R) Clara MacLeod, Melanie Shaw, Joan Smith. BOTTOM: Joan loved the idea of having a pink front door. It’s vibrant and lively hue reflects the two ladies that live within.


TOP LEFT: Clara’s kitchen features open shelving, quartz counter tops and gold fixtures. TOP RIGHT: Clara Macleod standing by her beloved antique buffet (Melanie Shaw’s mother-in-law). BOTTOM LEFT: Joan incorporated her teak furniture from England into her front foyer BOTTOM RIGHT: Joan Smith (Melanie Shaw’s mother).



The design of The Nannies’ House is a masterpiece of thoughtful planning. With two separate suites connected by a set of stairs, each home boasts its own kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, laundry area, garage, and ample storage. The main level complies with the town’s requirements for a legal secondary suite, ensuring a harmonious blend of functionality and aesthetics. What sets The Nannies’ House apart is the active involvement of Joan and Clara in the design and decor choices. Clara’s love for gardening is reflected in her suite’s patio adorned with vibrant flowers, while Joan’s kitchen was intricately designed to cater to her mobility needs. From flooring to faucets, lighting to vanities, every detail was carefully chosen, making the process an exciting family affair. The two suites are seamlessly connected yet maintain distinct entrances, ensuring privacy. There are three outdoor porches, providing ideal spots for family gatherings in warmer weather. Joan and Clara’s unique tastes shine through in their furnishings, with cherished antiques and classic pieces creating a warm ambience in each suite. The house’s energy-efficient design, featuring insulated concrete and heat pumps, ensures year-round comfort. As the Nannies settled into their new homes in February 2023, the family rejoiced in the realization of a dream. The arrangement not only facilitates daily interactions but also allows for shared moments, be it over a game of cribbage or savouring family dinners. Reflecting on the experience, the family wouldn’t change a thing. “The Nannies’ House” stands as a testament to the enduring bonds of family, the joy of shared spaces, and the fulfillment of a dream that has brought immeasurable happiness to the entire family.


TOP: Joan’s living room includes a cozy propane fireplace with custom built-in. BOTTOM LEFT: Melanie with her mother-in-law, Clara. BOTTOM RIGHT: Clara enjoying her patio overlooking the golf course with flowers and gardens.

“My husband Graeme and I often talked and dreamed about how it would be great to create a home that had all the comforts both of our Moms deserved.” - Melanie Shaw

TOP LEFT: Melanie and her mother, Joan. TOP RIGHT: Joan’s bedroom reflects her style. BOTTOM LEFT: Joan’s kitchen includes a large picture window that fills the space with natural light. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Nannies’ House backs onto Fox Meadow Golf Course ensuring a beautiful view throughout the seasons. Thank you to Joan, Clara and the Shaw family for sharing the Nannies’ House with our readers.




PLANK & PINE - Timeless, distinct, and designed for the way you live. PLANNING YOUR LIGHTING: Lighting choices are crucial for a home’s functionality, mood, and aesthetics, but it’s the one aspect where my clients often face the most challenges when building a new home or renovating. I want to address a few common lighting pain points to better prepare you for the sometimes overwhelming decisions involved in creating an enjoyable lighting experience. Inadequate Planning: ► From the moment your home is framed, you’ll be conducting a walk-through with your electrician, making crucial decisions about fixture placement. This entails having a clear understanding of where each fixture will go, a detailed grasp of your bathroom’s finished millwork dimensions, mirror specifications, ceiling heights, and many other key details that are often overlooked. It’s this level of foresight that people tend to neglect and this is where hiring a designer can be very valuable. Ignoring Fixture Location/Placement (functionality): ► Factors like ceiling heights necessitate careful attention, including the need for rod extenders, which may not be an option with all fixtures. Additionally, when dealing with sloped ceilings, it’s crucial to choose fixtures with an adaptability to sloped ceilings, as not all are. If installing pot lights on sloped ceilings, opting for directional pot lights, can work to eliminate an undesirable glare. The size and shape of the backplate on a fixture should also be considered to ensure it will fully cover the hole the electrician cuts. There are some fixtures that are vary from the standard size and you don’t want unsightly gaps. Underestimating Fixture Size: ► It’s a common mistake to choose fixtures that are too small (or too few), which can make them appear out of proportion and underwhelming with the context of the room. Conversely, oversized fixtures (or too many) can overwhelm a space. To determine the right fixture size, consider the size and layout of the space, as well as its intended purpose. Remember the goal is to strike a balance between the fixture’s size, the room’s proportions, and the desired visual impact. Overlooking Layered Lighting: ► There are three essential types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting, like pot lights, provides overall illumination. Task lighting, found in floor lamps and table lamps, helps with specific activities. Accent lighting, such as picture sconces, add depth and highlight key features. By thoughtfully layering these three light sources, you create a home that’s not only supportive and functional but also cozy and aesthetically pleasing. Inadequate Lighting Budget: ►High-quality fixtures aren’t cheap but they have a substantial influence on the overall aesthetics and ambience of your home. Investing in well-designed, thoughtfully chosen light fixtures can transform your space from ordinary to extraordinary. 46 FALL23/WINTER24

At Plank & Pine, we design homes that evoke feeling. Each one is an elevated yet uncomplicated reflection of our clients’ lives. We specialize in extensive projects like new construction homes and comprehensive renovations that allow us the opportunity to see your space as a whole and curate elements that work together to enhance every moment. Sara Dykerman 902.388.0088


Words by Melanie Press Impress Island Realty

2. Serious buyers only! If a buyer is house hunting in the winter, they’re ready to move. Prospective buyers who shop during the winter months don’t want to miss out on the perfect home by taking the risk that another buyer will purchase the home before spring. In the spring, the flood of new houses on the market coupled with freshly warmed weather can create a lot of “thinkers” who aren’t really ready to buy. In short, winter buyers are more likely to pull the trigger on making an offer on your home. So, you have decided to list during the winter. Here’s some key things to keep in mind before welcoming interested buyers in. Set the Temperature

SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE WINTER Winter has proven to be an excellent time to sell their home and waiting for the spring market could mean you’re missing out on a great selling opportunity. Two of the best reasons to consider a winter listing are: 1. Less buyer competition Listing in the winter can give your property more attention. Since many people consider spring to be the best season to sell your home, many homeowners wait to list their homes until then. This increases the amount of inventory buyers have to look at. With fewer homes available in the winter, this may be a better time to put your home on the market.

While you may be trying to economize, it’s important to remember that you want buyers to feel warm and welcome the second they walk in the door. Keeping your home warm and welcoming (but not hot) is one way to make it easier to connect with it.

on display throughout your home. While buyers don’t expect you to avoid seasonal decor, you may want to keep it as neutral as possible. Keep it simple and tasteful. There is no denying that candles can be so pretty during the winter but be mindful of scents. Many people are sensitive to fragrance and a strong scented candle can have the opposite effect from what you intended. Keep scents to a minimum. If your listing extends into January, make sure new photos are taken without the decorations so your listing doesn’t look dated. Show buyers how your home looks like during other seasons To give buyers an idea of what the home looks like during other months, you may want to provide a photo album for them to browse. This will give them an idea of what they can expect when spring arrives. In the album try to highlight your curb appeal, gardens, patio, decks and other exterior features. You can do this with the listing photos as well.

Handle the elements We live in a climate with snow and ice for a good part of the year, so it’s crucial to avoid potential obstacles or safety hazards. Your sidewalks, driveway and doorstep should remain clear, giving potential buyers easy access to the house and helping them avoid a nasty fall. Prioritize coziness Buyers want to feel warm and cozy the second they walk into your home. Add blankets, rugs, candles and pillows throughout the space. If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s pumping out heat and light during showings. Holiday decor Even though it’s the holidays, it’s important to pay attention to what’s

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Words by Brianne Hogan Photos: Odyssey Virtual, Heather Ogg


you’re looking for that lifechanging push and dream to own and operate your own vacation and hospitality business, Treetop Haven has to be on your must-view list. “Financially, you will never look back and regret a sensible real estate investment,” says Melanie Press, Realtor®, Broker, and owner of Impress Island Realty, a notion which might entice people to look at one of her current listings, Treetop Haven, an incredible turnkey, year-round ecotourism business located in the heart of PEI.

Photo: Heather Ogg

“Travel has become a vital aspect of many people’s lives in today’s fastpaced world, serving as a form of relaxation, exploration, and cultural immersion. While some people like backpacking and exploring off the beaten path, others choose a more abundant and exclusive vacation experience. To work in and/or provide an escape for travellers is the dream of many who look for themselves to escape the humdrum of the nine-tofive life and want to march a little more to the beat of their own drum.” 48 FALL23/WINTER24

▲ Photo: Heather Ogg

Located in the heart of the Island with perfect access to the Confederation Bridge, a mere five-minute drive away, the Treetop Haven property is situated in 50 acres of prime hardwood with 10 acres developed and a further 40 acres for expansion. It boasts five self-contained tree pods (two that are winterized) and two self-contained cabins each with their own private hot tubs and decks. Press adds there is infrastructure in place to incorporate more self-contained units and with the undeveloped acreage, “the sky truly is the limit in terms of expansion plans.” Additionally, there is a 8000 sq. ft. building which houses a 2500 sq. ft. three-bedroom owner apartment (or rental) plus 1500 sq. ft. two-bedroom rental apartment as well as a large attached double garage. The lower level offers a huge hospitality space with a full commercial kitchen, three large bedrooms and bathrooms. Press says this is the perfect spot for a health and wellness retreat, gatherings, small weddings, events and corporate functions. The outside also offers peaceful and serene woodland with walking, biking and ATV trails looping to the famous Confederation Trail. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the right buyer,” Press says. “The possibilities are endless for this superb operation and a perfect time for someone to take the reins and have a new vision for this wonderful vacation retreat. “Treetop Haven is one commercial property that will take your breath away. It truly is a very special part of PEI and offers untapped potential for a savvy entrepreneur looking to grow on

an already unique and exciting yearround vacation business and property.” Finding that right fit for her clients, whether it’s a business property or a new home, is important to Press. “Our clients are the reason we are here, something that’s often forgotten in the process and over time,” she says. “We are a referral business built on the service experience we offer to our clients and the relationships we develop. ‘Everyone deserves a place to call home’ and that’s a slogan that sets the tone for everything I do.”

IMPRESS ISLAND REALTY C: 902.394.7071 www.

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Updated Colonial Words and photos Sara Dykerman, Home & Cottage Editor


Tailored cafe curtains adorn the window, maintaining a flood of natural light into a previously dim area, all the while providing essential privacy from the lively street below.


design journey with this easygoing family began in historic downtown Charlottetown, where their colonial-style home stands as a testament to timeless elegance. Eager to make some updates, they enlisted us to guide them through a primary bathroom renovation. Recognizing that the project might be too complex and overwhelming for them, they desired a hands-off approach from the very start. They entrusted us with the entire process, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience from start to finish.


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Our mission was to seamlessly merge the concept of “luxury” with the existing unique historical features, ensuring the new space didn’t feel disconnected from the rest of the home. We started by merging two adjacent closets from adjoining rooms, providing us with an increased footprint. This allowed us to give our clients a spacious custom shower and the pony wall provided privacy to the relocated toilet. While we always aim to minimize the reconfiguration of plumbing to contain costs, in this case, we recognized the necessity of relocating it. At the top of our client’s wish list was in-floor heating and a towel warmer - two essential components that would infuse their bathroom with the luxurious atmosphere they were striving for. When you’re already in the process of renovating your bathroom, incorporating radiant in-floor heat is a relatively straightforward and costeffective enhancement to make. We worked with a local cabinetmaker to craft a custom vanity that featured slightly narrower outer portions, accommodating the existing window trim, and unintentionally infusing captivating dimension into the space. Additionally, we asked for arched toe kicks, a subtle but harmonizing element that beautifully resonates with the curved oversized mirror positioned above. Our shower’s tile choices defied convention with a mix of textures, shapes, and styles. Hexagon marble adorned the floor, while soft gray large format matte tiles graced the lower walls, and a classic white glossy subway tile adorned the upper sections. Transitioning between the two wall tiles, a marble bluenose seamlessly bridges the gap, and for added movement and intrigue, veiny quartz elegantly lines the sills and curbs. 52 FALL23/WINTER24

It all begins with a feeling… ”We like the feel of a luxury hotel bathroom and are hoping to have that at home.”

BELOW LEFT: At the top of our client’s wish list was in-floor heating and a towel warmer - two essential components that would infuse their bathroom with the luxurious atmosphere they were striving for. BELOW RIGHT: Our shower’s tile choices defied convention with a mix of textures, shapes, and styles.

Tailored cafe curtains adorn the window, maintaining a flood of natural light into a previously dim area, all the while providing essential privacy from the lively street below. These custom cafe curtains not only offer a gentle contrast to the bathroom’s solid surfaces but also infuse a touch of vintage charm, paying homage to the historical features of the home. The result is a luxurious haven that seamlessly blends modern amenities with an enduring sense of style and a genuine reflection of our client’s individuality.



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Peter Thornton of EXIT Realty is the new real estate agent in town! Words by Lynne McKenna Photos: Bobby Jo Goudreau




decision to move to Canada’s favourite Island was a big one, but easy! The people here are top-notch. So supportive and kind. They hold the same values I do. Being able to foster solid relationships within a core group is something that I work on daily and is perhaps one of my greatest goals.” Along with his husband Blake and three dogs Bruno, Hugo and Winnie, Peter brings eight years of experience in real estate and owns a highly successful and sought-after property management company, Mid Town Management. He is an award-winning Real Estate Agent and was the proud recipient of Rookie of The Year for all of Canada in 2016. “I am moved by every aspect of this business because I take part in the largest transaction in most people’s lives. Everyone is looking for that space to call home.” FACING PAGE: Peter Thornton ABOVE: Peter Thornton with husband, Blake Caissie and their French bulldogs.

“I am moved by every aspect of this business because I take part in the largest transaction in most people’s lives. Everyone is looking for that space to call home.” - Peter Thornton

Peter has found that his property management company gives him a very unique edge as he is in a great position to advise clients where they should put their money as an investor. Peter also consults with Realtors® should they have a buyer looking to purchase an income property. Peter says, “So many factors need to be considered when finding the right spot. It’s easy to miss the implications of buying in a specific location such as the existing tenant pool and quality. “ He credits his path to success very simply. “You must love people first. This is a people business, not a house business. The paramount piece should always be the human(s) that stand within it.” Peter’s dedication to putting people first shows in the accolades he receives. One client said, “You have to be one of the most diligently communicative professionals we’ve ever worked with. We’ve purchased and sold numerous properties/houses with you by our side over the past six years. Let’s be honest, buying/ selling homes in this market can be so

complicated, but you kept us updated at the drop of a hat whenever we had concerns. Your marketing strategies, negotiation skills, and attention to detail made every process easy and lucrative. Thank you Peter, for your keen eye, professionalism, compassion, and expert guidance. We can’t wait to refer you to friends and family in the future. PEI clients with real estate plans are finding out what people in New Brunswick already know: Peter is a Realtor® they can trust to meet their goals.

EXIT REALTY PEI 41 MacLeod Crescent Charlottetown Cell: 902.916.1396

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Town ‘n Country Transforms into a Full-Service Design Centre: Introducing Cloverdale Paint and a Range of Home Enhancement Products

Words by Lynne McKenna Photos: Buffie Boily


ig changes are happening at Town ‘n Country in Summerside!

Owners Lauren Williams and Dawn Sullivan are excited to introduce a line of products that will help you further enhance and enrich your living space. “We are really pleased to be able to announce that we are now the newest dealer of Cloverdale Paint!” Lauren said. “We are becoming a full-service design centre. Both Dawn and I have our interior decorating certificates and a background in construction. Our customers will be able to capitalize on our expertise when choosing flooring, kitchens, blinds, wallpaper, and now paint.”


▲ Lauren Williams and Dawn Sullivan

“We are becoming a full-service design centre. Both Dawn and I have our interior decorating certificates and a background in construction. Our customers will be able to capitalize on our expertise when choosing flooring, kitchens, blinds, wallpaper, and now paint.” - Lauren Williams

Cloverdale Paint is a Canadian company offering high-quality paints since 1933. They offer over 1,300 paint colours options with a wide range of interior and exterior products to best suit the customer’s dream project, making for endless choices. “Cloverdale’s Colour of the Year for 2024 is Prosperity 0107!”Dawn said. “We are seeing the trend of deep and rich colours continuing this season. This full-bodied romantic pink adds warmth and depth to the chosen room. Pair it with warm whites, vintage finds, and fluffy furniture to complete the space.” Both Dawn and Lauren are in love with the paint trend of colour drenching. This technique uses a single colour to paint every surface in a room – walls, ceiling, doors, trim. The result is a room with a dramatic punch that will serve to maximize the appearance of a room but in an inexpensive way. The deep tones of blues, greens, browns and magentas are popular, but you can choose any colour that will work best in your space. If you’re looking for examples of available shades in these tones, Cloverdale CA191 Spruce, CA166 Deep Forest and CA076 Cobblestone are a great place to start.

Another popular trend is the judicious use of black paint. “Black is powerfully alluring. Whether is it is an accent wall, ceiling colours, or piece of furniture, black draws a striking contrast in a room and allows other colours to pop,” advises Lauren. “People may not have thought of black in their living room or hallway, but matte black is really having a moment and we are here for it!” Finally, earth tones - do they ever really go out of trend? Rooms painted and accented in warm autumn colours set the scene for the perfect recharging zone. Add a plaid blanket, your favourite book and a beverage of your choice and you will never want to leave. Dawn and Lauren suggest trying Cloverdale colours CA014 Cotton, CA080 Stone, CA219 Auburn, CA162 Olive, and CA124 Tapestry to achieve that cozy vibe. Dawn and Lauren at Town ‘n Country are looking forward to helping their clients with their next projects, whether it be new colours, flooring or designs, or all of these!

TOWN 'N COUNTRY CARPET ONE FLOOR AND HOME & TNC KITCHENS 205 Macewen Road, Summerside 902-436-7714/902.436.7710



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EDGE KITCHENS AND DESIGN Words by Lynne McKenna Photos: Eric Creed and Leading Edge Group

Edge Kitchens and Design specializes in the design and sales of kitchens and bathroom cabinetry, as well as designing construction blueprints and 3D renderings of new homes, additions, and renovations utilizing the latest design software. ◄ (frt) Andy Maicher, (back) Jerry Hughes (Photo: Eric Creed)


“Leading Edge has our in-house carpenters, project managers, and strong external relationships with trades such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC, we can manage the project from start to finish.” - Andy Maicher


a division of the Leading Edge Group, Andy Maicher, Head of Design, says that the network of internal partnerships within the Group, means they have in-house resources to manage an entire project. Many kitchen projects involve much more than just cabinetry and countertop replacements. “Leading Edge has our in-house carpenters, project managers, and strong external relationships with trades such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC. We can manage the project from start to finish. With Edge Kitchens & Design, everything is co-ordinated by one company.” Maicher says. Maicher holds a Technical Drafting certificate and a master’s certificate in project management. He has 15 years of experience in home design and project management, and eight years' experience in kitchen design.

A critically important part of delivering a dream kitchen is the company’s ongoing partnership with Jerry Hughes of JH Custom Cabinets and Millwork Inc. Jerry’s company manages the installation on all cabinetry and custom millwork projects done by Edge Kitchens & Design. Jerry brings over 25 years of experience in cabinetry installations and custom millwork to the table. "We have a very similar thought process and with our years of experience in the industry, it has been a partnership that has been successful right from the beginning. His diligence and premium finish carpentry skills are well known on the Island and together with my attention to detail and knowledge stemming from designing homes for 15 years, it makes for a great pairing,” says Miacher.

renovations; and designs and building plans for new homes, renovations, additions, decks, and garages. “We can design the majority of residential projects and prepare the building plans that are necessary for permits. The process includes a consultation, preliminary designs, 3D renderings, and the final building plans. Being a part of the Leading Edge Group of Companies means being able to work within customers' financial budgets to design their custom home.” Maicher says. Whether you are looking to design your dream home, renovate your kitchen, redesign your bathroom, or need cabinetry for your new build, Edge Kitchens & Design are ready to do it all for you.

Services offered by Edge Kitchen & Design include consultations and sales of kitchen, bathroom, and specialty cabinetry and installation; project management of kitchen and bathroom

EDGE KITCHENS AND DESIGN Andy Maicher: 902.213.5451



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Words by Jacqui Chaisson Photos Buffie Boily Home Staged by Modern House Staging

You’ll be met with perfect harmony when you view this spectacular property on Houston Road. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms this home is 3145 sq. ft. and offers ample space and privacy.

As you step inside, you will be greeted with the farm-style kitchen, plenty of natural light and country views perfect for entertaining and sharing meals. The updated kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, sleek countertops, and ample cabinet space, making meal prep 60

a breeze. The new main floor addition features a spacious breezeway with modern cabinetry, living room with electric fireplace, a home office space, and a full bathroom. On the second level, you’ll find three additional bedrooms, including a spacious primary bedroom, laundry and a beautifully updated bathroom, complete with a luxurious jet tub.

Outside, the property is a true oasis, with a sprawling two-and-a-half acres of land to explore and enjoy. The FALL23/WINTER24

double-car garage, built in 2021, offers plenty of space for your vehicles and storage needs. With a beautiful mix of professional landscaping and open space, you’ll love spending mornings outside on your front porch and evenings on the deck overlooking your new private sanctuary. Above the garage, you’ll find an abundance of space designed to host a primary suite, home gym or studio.

TOP LEFT: The spacious and light-filled living room is conveniently located off the kitchen. TOP RIGHT: The electric fireplace creates a cozy and inviting ambience. ABOVE LEFT: The home is filled with original features like the century-old staircase. ABOVE RIGHT: The main bedroom features beautiful hardwood floors. RIGHT: A beautifully updated bathroom, complete with a luxurious jet tub.



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ABOVE: The true heart of the home is the kitchen and this bright and airy space does not disappoint. LEFT: With white countertops and a cream tile back splash, this space feels larger than it is. BELOW: Hardwood flooring in the spare bedroom is just one of the many endearing original features. Don’t miss your chance to own this stunning renovated farmhouse in one of PEI’s most beautiful towns. Additional features include; electric vehicle connection, 20kw automatic generator, and a pet wash station. Located in the heart of PEI, this home is just a short drive from all the amenities you need, including shopping, dining, and entertainment. 38 Houston Road, New Glasgow MLS# 202323935 $649,000. Contact agents, Nick MacDonald | 902.314.3581 Jaime Currie | 902.626.6054 62 FALL23/WINTER24

BELOW: Nick MacDoanld and Jaime Currie

Dynamic Duo: Two Real Estate Agents Forge a Path of Success through Collaborative Ventures


JAIME CURRIE, PEI REALTOR®️ | 902.626.6054

NICK MACDONALD Residential & Commercial PEI REALTOR®️ | 902.314.3581

CHARLOTTETOWN REALTY 268 Grafton Street, Charlottetown

the fast-paced and competitive world of real estate, collaboration often proves to be the key to unlocking new opportunities and achieving unparalleled success. Such is the journey of two dynamic real estate agents who have collaborated on exciting projects that have reshaped the landscape of their local market. Jaime Currie of 24 East Real Estate and Nick MacDonald owner of Small-Town Propertiesboth real estate agents at Remax Charlottetown with impressive individual track records-are proud of their ability to seamlessly collaborate with diverse builders and industry professionals. Recognizing the power of synergy, they cooperate in a way that would ultimately redefine the way real estate ventures are approached. One of the critical elements that set Currie and MacDonald apart is their complementary strengths. While MacDonald has a background in client relationships and marketing, Currie brings her experience from over 20 years in wealth management and her strength is showcased in interior functionality and design. Together, they form a well-rounded team

that covers all aspects of the real estate business. The duo wasted no time in identifying and pursuing exciting projects that would showcase their collaborative prowess. One such project is Blocked by Leading Edge Group, an innovative project dedicated to revolutionizing the housing market. This venture’s primary focus is on providing affordable custom-built housing solutions to a diverse range of clients, including firsttime buyers, working professionals, retirees downsizing, and families. The collaboration between Jaime Currie and Nick MacDonald serves as an inspiring example of how two real estate agents, by combining their strengths and vision, can achieve remarkable success. Their exciting projects, innovative thinking, and dedication to their clients have not only elevated their profiles in the real estate industry but have also left a lasting positive impact on the areas they serve. As they continue to forge ahead, their journey serves as a testament to the potential unleashed when talented individuals come together for a common goal.



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hether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or renter, outdated or failing electrical components can be a major nuisance. According to Keegan Lazaric, electrician and owner of Circuit Solutions Inc., some common electrical issues that people need help with can range widely from a light switch not working properly, to home electronic issues with speakers, to a large electrical motor at a factory not communicating with the rest of the system properly.


Words by Brianne Hogan Photos: Bobby Jo Goudreau

“Whatever the problem - the Circuit crew has the solution,” he says. And while not all quick fixes are safe fixes, Circuit Solutions Inc. might be the exception. Lazaric says what helps his company stand out from the rest of the competition is by offering 24/7 service along with a promise to arrive within 45 minutes, Island-wide. “We provide a personable and professional experience to any call, any day of the week,” he adds.

Lazaric’s electrician background started with taking a one-year course at Holland College before working with Olympia Electric in Charlottetown immediately after completion. His fouryear apprenticeship followed in which he received his Red Seal, allowing him to work anywhere within Canada. After passing the Red Seal exam Lazaric moved to B.C for four years where he gained extensive experience on industrial and commercial sites as a foreman. In May of 2023 he decided to move back home to PEI and start his own company and bring his experience from away to his hometown. Since Lazaric opened his business, some of the most recent projects that he’s most proud of include the new Brafasco location on Sherwood Road, a 12,000 sq/ft retail and warehouse building, with a separate tenant space available for rent, as well as working on a larger commercial building in Stratford, which will have seven to eight small businesses in it when it is finished.

“What I like best about working on the Island is that it is my hometown.”

The types of projects Lazaric and his team are working on currently in PEI are mostly commercial jobs in Stratford and Charlottetown, he says, as well as keeping very busy with service upgrades and generator hook-ups as Islanders gear up for the colder months ahead. Ensuring that Islanders are happy and safe and being back home is what is important to Lazaric. “What I like best about working on the Island is that it is my hometown,” he says. “After being away for four years and knowing how badly I wanted to come home, it makes it very humbling to be doing honest, quality work on the Island I love so much.”

Circuit Solutions Inc. 902.393.7816

- Keegan Lazaric



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A FOCUS ON PEOPLE BRINGS SUCCESS FOR STEVE YOSTON AND THE EXIT REALTY PEI TEAM You never know where life will take you or what will inspire you to change directions.


or Steve Yoston, it was a newspaper ad for an EXIT Realty event in Charlottetown. He had never considered a career in sales but attended the event to see what it was all about. “The presenter was Steve Morris, the founder and Chairman of EXIT Realty Corp. International. It ended up changing the direction of my life,” says Yoston. “I got my real estate license shortly after.” Having grown up on a tobacco farm in Launching, Yoston gained his first work experience in the fields but also on the water. “My grandfather fished lobsters out of the harbour. His operation was eventually taken over by my brother. 66

Words by Crystal Smith Photos: Dan MacKinnon

My father and my brother also grew cultured mussels from leases in Boughton River. My early working years were spent in tobacco fields, mussel leases and off the east coast of the Island helping out on fishing boats.” Yoston then attended Holland College, earning diplomas for lab field testing technician and construction technician. He worked in construction for a short time and continued fishing lobsters with his family. It was in 1999 that his father pointed out the newspaper ad that would lead him to Charlottetown and a career in real estate. In 2002, while celebrating the end of a successful lobster season, he met Carol O’Hanley. “She has been my partner in business and life ever since,” says Yoston. FALL23/WINTER24

During this period Yoston continued to develop his real estate business and, in 2015, he and Carol purchased their EXIT Realty franchise. “My takeaway from the initial event with Steve Morris was that anyone can change their life by changing their thoughts,” Yoston states. “Carol has a background in human services and always had a servant’s heart. The EXIT brand is a perfect fit for us. A lot of real estate companies focus on the numbers, EXIT focuses on the people. We find when we focus on the people the numbers take care of themselves.” Focusing on the people means providing all the support and training they need to grow and develop. “We are consistently training, not only on all aspects of real estate sales,

"A lot of real estate companies focus on the numbers, EXIT focuses on the people. We find when we focus on the people the numbers take care of themselves.” - Steve Yoston branding and technology but also on mindset training. We train in person, online, in-office and off-site. We are always providing opportunities to grow personally and professionally,” notes Yoston. “With this high-quality training, our staff and salespeople are fully equipped to provide an excellent client experience to the people they serve.” EXIT Realty also offers unique benefits to salespeople, providing the opportunity for financial security through an additional income stream during their real estate career and after. With more than 23 years of experience in the industry, Yoston knows what works best. “I have seen many changes in the market and approaches to the business, but ultimately it is about people. EXIT Realty Corp. International has always understood this and never wavered.” ▲ Steve Yoston and Carol O'Hanley.

41 MacLeod Crescent Charlottetown 902.393.3868

▲ Anne Marie MacDonald and Darlene Balderston, the best front end staff in the business.




MODERN HOUSE STAGING We are a boutique staging company that specializes in working with real estate agents who want to feel proud of their listings. We create captivating transformations that not only enhance the competitive edge of your listing but also convert buyers into unwavering dream-home believers. Sarah Waterfield Modern House Staging

STAGING YOUR HOME: When it comes to our homes, we build our lives within these walls. We create spaces filled with memories, personal touches, and unique quirks that define us. However, what makes a house perfect for living doesn’t necessarily make it ideal for selling. That’s where the art of home staging comes in. The Way You Live In Your Home Is Not The Way You Sell Your House: As we prepare to sell our homes, we face a transition. We must shift from viewing the house as our cherished “home,” filled with personal memories, to recognizing it as a marketable product. This transformation can be challenging, requiring us to let go of emotional attachments. However, it’s essential to remember that, like any new product, your house now needs to be marketed to its fullest potential. The Science Behind Staging: Home staging extends beyond merely rearranging furniture or altering wall colours; it’s rooted in psychology and marketing. It’s about creating a canvas where a diverse range of potential buyers can project their dreams and aspirations. As we remove personal items, clutter, and distractions, we create a space where buyers can begin to imagine the house as their own. Staging is Not About Erasing Personality, But Enhancing It: Through a neutral colour palette, strategically placed accents, and the right lighting, we make rooms feel more spacious and inviting. Staging isn’t about erasing the house’s personality but enhancing it. It’s about showcasing the unique features that make your house special. This allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in a space where they feel perfectly at home. Benefits of Staging: The impact of home staging is truly remarkable. Staged homes tend to sell faster, often surpassing the asking price, and they attract a broader spectrum of potential buyers. According to industry data, staged properties spend 73% less time on the market. These statistics alone are compelling reasons to consider staging your home when you’re ready to sell. Choosing a Staging Professional: When it comes to staging your home, selecting the right professional is crucial. Look for a stager with a strong portfolio, a proven track record, and an understanding of the local market. Successful home staging results from a harmonious collaboration between homeowners, real estate agents, and staging professionals.


MATERIAL GIRL HOW TO SELECT FABRIC FOR YOUR HOME: Fabric selection can be fun and exciting, so here are a few tips for when you start to put together your décor.

I like to start a story board. Usually, I find something that inspires me like a painting that I love, or a piece of fabric. From your inspiration you can draw out all the colours you like and make decisions on where you want to apply those choices: wall paint, cushions, drapery, and upholstery. You can choose to have colour everywhere, or just on accents. One is more serene and the other more eclectic. There is no right or wrong choice, as long as you love it. Typically, the walls and large upholstery pieces get solid fabric choices. Pillows, drapery, and chairs can use patterns. Along with these selections we think about whether the fabric should be smooth or textured, heavy or light. How will the fabric be used? Will it be used for drapery or romans which do not require heavy fabrics? Will it be used for a family sofa with lots of wear and tear? Maybe a little-used side chair that can be lightweight and fun? Fabrics have a grading system that tells us what kind of wear we can get out of it. Some fabrics have fabric guard built in. This should be used on highly used items like sofas or favourite chairs.

Material Girl Fabrics works with all customers, whether you are looking for fabric to sew yourself, or for custom furnishings made by highly skilled seamstresses. ​We specialize in one-of-a-kind projects, made with the individuality and style our customers expect from us. We love what we do! And you will love what we do! Material Girl Fabrics 565 North River Rd Charlottetown, 902-218-7128

When selecting drapery and roman shade fabric it is important to select the right lining. We have made beautiful sheers that look light and airy but stop heat, cold and light. Our shop has what is called a fabric library. Rather than having just a few rolls of fabric that only a few customers may like, we have thousands of samples to choose from. You will feel like a kid in a candy store!



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What’s Underfoot for 2024 By Alana Lauren

In the ever-evolving world of interior design, flooring trends play a crucial role in shaping the overall aesthetic of a space. In 2024, homeowners and designers are leaning towards a harmonious blend of timeless elegance and sustainable innovations. 70


ne prevailing trend is the resurgence of classic hardwood flooring. While the timeless charm of hardwood never truly fades, 2024 sees a renewed appreciation for its warmth and versatility. Oak, maple, and walnut are among the preferred choices, and homeowners are opting for wider planks to create a more contemporary look. This trend not only imparts a sense of enduring sophistication but also seamlessly complements various interior styles, from traditional to modern. In addition to the enduring appeal of hardwood, eco-friendly flooring options are gaining significant traction. Sustainable materials like bamboo and cork are becoming increasingly popular choices due to their renewability and low environmental impact. Homeowners are embracing these eco-conscious alternatives without compromising on style, as manufacturers offer an array of colours and finishes to suit diverse tastes. FALL23/WINTER24

Luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) is another trend that continues to gain momentum in 2024. Offering a costeffective and highly customizable solution, LVT replicates the look of natural materials such as wood, stone, and tile. Advanced printing technology has elevated the realism of these replicas, providing a durable and low-maintenance alternative for those seeking a high-end aesthetic without the associated price tag. Tiles are undergoing a transformation in terms of shapes, sizes, and patterns. Large-format tiles, hexagons, and chevron patterns are dominating the scene, adding a dynamic visual element to floors. The versatility of tiles extends beyond traditional spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, making their way into living areas and bedrooms. “Marble is still popular but with warmer tones in the veining.” says Dawn Sullivan of Carpet One Floor & Home. “Terricotta is back, I love this for an entry or sunroom.”

Beyond materials and patterns, colour trends are making a significant impact on flooring choices. Earthy tones, wood in pale colours, and bold, dark brown hues are all vying for attention. The aim is to create a balance between the calming and the dramatic, allowing homeowners to express their personality through the flooring’s colour palette. In conclusion, 2024 is witnessing a harmonious marriage of timeless elegance and sustainable innovation in flooring trends. Whether it’s the enduring allure of hardwood, the eco-conscious appeal of bamboo, the versatility of luxury vinyl, or the creative use of tiles, homeowners have an array of options to transform their spaces into stylish and environmentally responsible havens. As the year unfolds, it’s clear that the flooring choices of today are not just about aesthetics; they reflect a commitment to a sustainable and enduring future.






the vibrant hues of autumn sweep over our beautiful Island, I am thrilled to bring you the latest in fashion, infused with the electrifying energy I experienced at New York Fashion Week. The runways in the city that never sleeps have ignited my passion for fashion, and I am eager to share the trends and inspiration that promise to elevate your style this season. This season, fashion transcends just fabric and stitching; it's a canvas for self-expression and empowerment. I carefully curate my trend report for each issue with all of the latest styles. From the timeless allure of oversized scarves to the rebellious spirit of punk fashion, and the intimate elegance of lingerie-inspired looks.

As we dive into the world of fashion, I am reminded of its transformative power – the ability to instill confidence and foster individuality. Whether you're drawn to the metallic sheen of bold statements or the classic stance of a crisp white shirt, let this issue serve as your guide to embracing the trends that resonate with your unique style. Here's to embracing the season with style, supporting our local boutiques, and fostering a community where fashion empowers us all.


Kimberly Rashed

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This fall/winter promises an eclectic fusion of styles. Join us as we navigate the intersection of sophistication, edge, comfort, and glamour. It's a season of contrasts and combinations, where fashion becomes a canvas for self-expression. Welcome to the symphony of trends that define fall/ winter fashion in all its diverse glory.






The staple white shirt always has a place but takes centre stage this season in the fashion spotlight. From oversized silhouettes to tailored precision, designers are reinventing this wardrobe staple, proving that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Power meets poise with sharp tailored suits. From bold monochromes to sophisticated midi dresses paired with structured blazers, this season's professional wardrobe embraces strength, style, and a touch of femininity, making a bold statement.

Bundle up in style with the oversized scarf trend. From cozy blanket wraps to chunky knit varieties, there is an accentuation on comfort and warmth, proving that the oversized scarf is not just a winter essential but a fashionforward accessory to elevate your seasonal ensemble.



Rebel against the ordinary as punk fashion stages a bold comeback this season. Embrace the rawness with studded leather jackets, edgy plaid ensembles, and statement accessories, as this season encourages fashion enthusiasts to redefine the boundaries of style.

We're all in! Illuminate your style with the radiant resurgence of metallics. From glistening golds to dazzling silvers, there is an infusion of glamour into everyday looks, ensuring that you take centre stage this season.

BOUDOIRE TO THE BOULEVARD Embrace the allure of intimate elegance with the lingerie-style trend. Delicate lace, silk slip dresses, and sultry satin separates redefine style, allowing women to seamlessly transition from the boudoir to the city streets with a hint of undeniable sophistication.



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Deck the halls with style! Elevate your festive look with our chic accessories, loungewear and holiday fashions for a glamour-filled season.

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As the seasons change, so does our style, and this is a journey from cozy to glamorous. We've scoured local shops, curating a collection that embodies the latest trends of the season. From luxe faux furs that wrap you in warmth to dazzling styles that radiate sophistication, this spread is a celebration of the eclectic styles just waiting to be discovered. Join us as we showcase the best picks from our local boutiques.

Steal the spotlight in this killer cocktail dress. Velvet adds a touch of luxury, while the rich cranberry hue exudes warmth and charm. Perfect for a night of glamour, let the dress be your statement piece, turning heads with its sultry allure. Model: Anyssa Murray Wardrobe: Luxury Market Consignment Boutique Location: Hunters


Words and photos by Kimberly Rashed, Style Editor Styled by Style Becomes Her FALL23/WINTER24 Models: Anyssa Murray, Alexis Rashed, Bijou Perey, Ruby Taylor, Aimee Dow, Erica Raynor

Unleash your inner punk princess with this collision of rocker vibes and feminine flair, where every step is a statement. Embrace the edgy elegance and strut to your own fashion rhythm.▲ (L-R) Alexis Rashed and Bijou Perey Wardrobe: Luxury Market Consignment Boutique, Location: Van Kampen's Greenhouse




Shine bright this season in dazzling sequins. Illuminate the night with pieces that catch the light at every turn. Embrace the festive spirit with a touch of glamour that guarantees you'll steal the spotlight. Model: Erica Raynor Wardrobe by Go Girl Fashions Location: Shoe Craze, Summerside


Elegance in emerald with the allure of this green satin gown, a statement in sophistication. Paired with a luxurious faux fur stole, this ensemble captures the essence of cocktail party glamour. Model: Ruby Taylor Wardrobe: Lady Slipper Boutique Location: Sydney Boutique Inn




A modern twist on power dressing with the addition of this metallic silver skirt. Make a statement that effortlessly transitions from desk to dinner. Model: Aimee Dow- Una Beauty Wardrobe: Luxury Market Consignment Boutique Location: Sydney Boutique Inn 80 FALL23/WINTER24

Embrace the rich hues of the season and let the soft corduroy texture paired effortlessly with knee-high boots elevate your winter fashion game. Model: Ruby Taylor Wardrobe: Lady Slipper Location: Sydney Boutique Inn




Have your diva moment. This black leather trench with faux fur collar is a statement in itself; bold, fierce, and undeniably chic. The leather trench exudes a sense of power, while the faux fur collar adds a touch of glamour. Model: Anyssa Murray Wardrobe: Luxury Market Location: Beer Garden


Effortlessly elegant with the perfect balance of warmth and style. This ensemble exudes timeless charm with layers that speak volumes about your style. Model: Ruby Taylor Wardrobe: Lady Slipper Location: Sydney Boutique Inn




Top: Angela Mora Pants: Joseph Ribkoff Shoes: Bottero

GO GIRL FASHIONS & SHOE CRAZE Words by Jacqui Chaisson Photos Bobby Jo Goudreau Models: Anna Phillips, Erica

Raynor, Barb McInnis, Nicole Yeba

The anticipation in the air was palpable as the doors of Shoe Craze swung open on the bright morning of April 15th, 2023, marking the grand opening of Summerside’s newest shoe haven. This venture wasn’t just a new business endeavour for owner Paulette Barke; it was the culmination of a strategic decision to expand and diversify. The opportunity arose when the former owner of the only existing shoe store in Summerside retired, leaving a gap that the ambitious team at Go Girl Fashions was eager to fill. In 2021, the first steps toward this exciting venture were taken when the building was acquired. The transformation process began, with a 16-ft wall being removed and a garage evolving into a beautiful shoe store. Collaborating with Pop Design for the interior design and Built Rite Construction from Summerside for the construction, the end result was nothing short of stunning. The store stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of the local trades that turned a vision into a one-of-a-kind shoe boutique.

▲ Paulette Barke 84 FALL23/WINTER24

Dress: Cream Jewellery: Merx Shoes: Dorking

To enhance the shopping experience, Shoe Craze went beyond just offering an extensive collection of footwear. A cozy fireplace and a cappuccino machine were added to create an inviting ambience, turning a visit to the store into a delightful outing. The initial feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Residents of PEI are expressing their appreciation for having another option to shop for beautiful footwear locally. The carefully curated selection includes renowned brands such as Roamers, Django Juliette, Vionic, Capelli Rossi, Dorking, Channi B, Di Chenzo, Miz Mooz, and more, offering a diverse range of styles and origins to suit every taste. Beyond being a shoe store, Shoe Craze is driven by a broader mission. The goal is to empower women, helping them look and feel terrific through a combination of fashion and footwear. Exceptional customer service is a top priority, with a commitment to listening to customer feedback to continually improve and expand the product offerings.

Top: Cream Pants: Dolcezza Boots: Capelli Rossi

Top: Julia Davina Pants: Picadilly Shoes: Capelli Rossi Jewellery: Merx

As a proud member of the business community in Summerside and across PEI, Shoe Craze aims to contribute to the local economy and provide a unique and enjoyable shopping experience for its patrons. With a touch of humor, Barke, reflects “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy shoes, and that’s kind of the same thing.” In the heart of the community, Shoe Craze has not only filled a retail gap but has become a destination for those seeking not just shoes, but an elevated shopping experience.

◄ Thank you to our models: (L-R) Anna Phillips, Erica Raynor, Barb McInnis, Nicole Yeba

GO GIRL FASHIONS/SHOE CRAZE 215 Wyatt Crescent, Summerside 902.436.2122


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WITH Christine Zareck, watercolour artist, and Island entrepreneur. FALL23/WINTER24

Q. What do you love about creating art? Besides keeping my hands and mind busy, seeing, or making art of any kind makes me happy. There is this magical quality of watching something beautiful appear beneath your own hands that gives me such a rewarding feeling. Q. When did you start painting? While I did dabble with painting over the years it was during Covid lockdown that I decided to take watercolour classes online. I discovered a wonderful teacher from Poland, Chris Kowalski, who I highly recommend ( His was a methodical, step-by-step approach that really helped develop my skills and upped my game so much as to make me like painting more than ever.

◄ Young Christine’s Dream

Q. What medium do you work in? Watercolour Q. What inspires you? I’m primarily inspired by beauty and colour. The challenge is to make my paintings have a vibrancy that sets them apart from classical realism. Q. What is your favourite subject to paint? Typically, my favourites are nature and creatures related to water or waterthemed scenes, most likely inspired by living on what I consider the most beautiful island of all. I usually treat these subjects in either a whimsical or serene manner rather than moody or dark. Q. How long does it take to complete a piece? It can take me weeks to complete a composition because watercolour can be a tricky, unforgiving medium in that the whites are created by the paper, and you can’t really overpaint or erase mistakes.

To be honest, it can terrify me sometimes that I might mess up, so I often step back and reflect for a while, and I really take time to consider choices and prepare by doing testing samples and strokes on the side.

ocean beyond. In her bike’s front basket is a book titled “Anne of Green Gables”. This painting represents my being blessed that my dream came true! Q. Are your paintings available for purchase?

Because I started painting later in life, I lack the confidence most artists might have and suffer from a bit of imposter syndrome where I can’t truly believe I know how to do this, but then it turns out I do! Such a lovely and surprising satisfaction.

Yes, and in various sizes. You can find my work at the Inn at Bay Fortune, Carr’s Oyster Bar and my shop, Material Girl Fabrics. Q. You also have a business. Tell us a bit about that?

Q. What is your favourite piece so far? “Young Christine’s Dream” which I created while taking the online class. This painting is like a whimsical narrative of my own personal story of how I ended up living on PEI. The subject is a summery-dressed woman in her 40’s who is riding an old school bike near a beach. One sees by the flowing head scarf that there is that lovely breeze that comes by being near the shore, and yet the viewer doesn’t see her face. That is because she is gazing; not ahead of her, but at the

l founded Material Girl Fabrics in March 2018 and it is a custom home furnishing shop. We have the largest fabric library in the Maritimes, with loads of samples to browse through and choose from. We make drapery, cushions and pillows and also upholster furniture. Material Girl also offers alterations on clothing, and repairs on heavy duty items like boats, recreational vehicles, and patio enclosures. I and my staff love to help customers with their own pursuit of art and beauty within their living spaces.






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OMG that! I LOVE

What's on your wish list this holiday season? We've put together some of our favourite things. Whether you're giving or wishing for... we've got you covered!

Pilgrim zodiac pendants in gold or silver. Lady Slipper, Charlottetown

The fun, edgy way to create that "Wardrobe for your Wrist"- (My Wristy Business) Lady Slipper, Charlottetown Jewellery by Fran Green. Lady Slipper, Charlottetown

Exquisite rings crafted in 14k white or yellow gold. Taylor's Jewellers, Confederation Court Mall

Ladies Bulova Automatic watch from the Sutton Collection. Taylor's Jewellers, Confederation Court Mall


14kt white gold, opal and pink sapphire ring Nortons Jewellers Confederation Court Mall

Men's Marine Star Marc Anthony watch. Taylor's Jewellers, Confederation Court Mall

Birks Dare to Dream ring Nortons Jewellers Confederation Court Mall

Zsiska necklace and earrings. Go Girl Fashions, Summerside

Secrid wallets are small in size and surprisingly large in storage capacity. Taylor's Jewellers, Confederation Court Mall




THIS perfect! IS

Canadian-made Love's Pure Light beautiful silk scarves. Lady Slipper, Charlottetown

Pretty in pink. Lady Slipper, Charlottetown

Stylish butter-soft leather gloves are always a good choice. Lady Slipper, Charlottetown

Cloud Cashmere sweaters. Lady Slipper, Charlottetown Cozy slippers. Inspired Living, CHarlottetown 92 FALL23/WINTER24

The "Kate" dress is perfect for any occassion. Shop online

Touques and woolen docker hat. (unisex styles) Swenn, Confederation Court Mall

Soruka handbags. Go Girl Fashions, Summerside

Louenhide handbags and wallets. Lady Slipper, Charlottetown Gaël sailor's sweater, Keraudy zip sweater, (unisex styles) Swenn, Confederation Court Mall




CHILDISH options

Good books are always a great gift idea. Bookmark, Charlottetown

Inspire them with books. Luna Eclectic Emporium, Charlottetown

Wooden push-alongs. Luna Eclectic Emporium, Charlottetown

Plush characters from Moulin Roty. Luna Eclectic Emporium, Charlottetown

Jelly Cat plush toys. Luna Eclectic Emporium, Charlottetown 94 FALL23/WINTER24

Pet House wax melter and scented wax. Blue Ribbon Pet Supplies, Charlottetown Raw diet holiday dinner (Big Country), Camelina Oil, a pure source of omega-3 and freeze-dried Smack, treats and dinner. Blue Ribbon Pet Supplies, Charlottetown Chic pet decor. Inspired Living, Charlottetown

PET perfect!

Handmade mugs made locally on PEI. Blue Ribbon Pet Supplies, Charlottetown

Companion Gear scratcher, log cabin or holiday truck. Blue Ribbon Pet Supplies, Charlottetown

Healthy dog treats. Fill your best friend's stocking! Blue Ribbon Pet Supplies, Charlottetown




Deck your halls, and all through the house. Inspired Living, Charlottetown

The Cuisinart Food Dehydrator dries your favourite meats and fruits for healthier and delicious snacks. Kitchen’s Unlimited, Charlottetown

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Give the gift they really want. Everything for that perfect cup of coffee: 12-cup, programable coffee maker, milk frother, and touch-screen grinder (Cuisinart) Kitchen’s Unlimited, Charlottetown

Perfect for the student or a first apartment essential


EXPRESS yourself

Have your say Inspired Living, Charlottetown

Journals and colouring books, decidely fun. Luna Eclectic Emporium, Charlottetown

GOOD reads

Everyone loves a good book. Bookmark, Charlottetown





A Jolly Holly Ever After

(by Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone) An actress and a perpetually single former boy-band member are reunited as costars on a steamy holiday film in this all new spicy rom-com by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone, bestselling coauthors of A Merry Little Meet Cute. They say opposites attract, but is this holly jolly ever after really ready for its close-up?

Wreak The Halls (by Tessa Bailey) #1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey delivers a sexy, hilarious standalone holiday rom-com about the adult children of two former rock stars who team up to convince their estranged mothers to play a Christmas Eve concert…

3 The Christmas Wager (by Holly Cassidy) From a bestselling Canadian author comes a delightful enemies-to-lovers holiday rom-com set in the quaint town of Maple Falls, about a city girl and a small-town boy who compete in the town’s annual holiday games in order to win the right price for a Christmas shop, perfect for fans of The Hating Game and One Day in December. One rivalry. Eight days until Christmas. Let the holiday games begin.





Along Came Holly (by Codi Hall) Holly Winters is not about to let her grumpy neighbor Declan steal her holiday joy…even if he does look rather handsome under the mistletoe.


Three Holidays and a Wedding (by Uzma Jalaluddin &

Marissa Stapley) From two bestselling Canadian authors comes a multi-faith holiday rom-com about the delightful havoc that occurs when Christmas, Ramadan, and Hanukkah all fall at the same time, and two strangers-turned-friends are snowbound in the small, charming town of Snow Falls along with the cast and crew of a holiday romance movie, nosy family members, and their lifelong crushes. Three times the holiday magic. Three times the chaos. 98 FALL23/WINTER24

Faking Christmas (by Kerry

Winfrey) Laurel Grant is playing house for the holidays—complete with a fake husband and kids—in this delightful, charming rom-com by Kerry Winfrey. Laurel Grant works as the social media manager for Buckeye State of Mind, an Ohio tourism magazine and website. She most definitely does not run a farm . . . but one tiny misunderstanding leads her boss, Gilbert, to think she owns her twin sister Holly’s farm just outside of Columbus. Laurel only handles the social media for the farm, but she’s happy to keep her little white lie going if it means not getting fired—she cannot be jobless again.

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