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estled in Regina’s Harbour Landing, The Williston offers the best in “luxury adult living” — a whole new concept in luxury adult apartments with an entire array of services and amenities available to choose from. The Williston is now accepting applications. The various high-end suites are ideal for newly-retired “empty nesters” looking to downsize while maintaining current home comforts. “We’ve consulted and are working with some of the industry’s top designers,” says Porchlight Developments Ltd.’s Tracy Thompson. “We’ve been very focused with our interior finishes. The way I describe it: ‘Imagine you’re on a five-star cruise ship.’ The renderings are amazing. There is high interest in this community, so we have started taking applications early.” Choose from luxury apartment rentals available to move into this fall, or from allinclusive lifestyle rental options coming in early 2019, which Thompson refers to as “living with choice.” She says: “‘All-inclusive’ at The Williston doesn’t mean you need care. It means you choose to be pampered and taken care of — it’s your turn!”

Some of The Williston’s featured amenities include a rooftop terrace, fitness centre, pub, café and onsite Red Seal Chef culinary dining experiences. The Williston’s all-inclusive options also integrate programming into its offerings, providing residents with opportunity for community and socializing as part of this superior package. “Your apartment is very luxurious with all the comforts of home, including a full complement of kitchen appliances and insuite laundry. You can also step outside your door and enjoy all the amenities The Williston has to offer. Live that full life you have earned,” says Thompson. “At day’s end, you can retire back to your apartment, have a great night’s sleep, and do it all again the next day!”

Demand is high for this luxury community, which opens in fall 2018. The Leasing Centre is located at 102, 4581 Parliament Avenue.




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fter 10 months of planning by volunteers, young professionals and entrepreneurs, art came unleashed at the seventh annual Saskatchewan Fashion Week 2018 (SFW) from May 10 to 12 at The Soundstage in Regina. It was the debut of a colourful reinvented show with artist collaborations, solo artists, fashion design, film and music.

Opening night was dedicated to Saskatchewan’s up-and-coming artists, and featured youth, student and artist prodigies. The following two evenings profiled local fashion designers, along with artists, musicians, dance performances, films and creative collaborations. A reimagined stage allowed artists to interact with the audience; audience members and the public shopped The Black Market; and local musicians lit up the on-site after parties, also open to the public. Lorie Lindsay of Z99 and Tiffany Lizee of Global News acted as event hosts the first evening, while Justin and Greg of The Justin and Greg Show interacted with Regina’s own local house band, The Bureau, while hosting the final two nights. And what better way to bring it all to an exciting conclusion on Saturday night than with a crowd-pleasing “SFW Designer Battle” between Saskatoon designer, Laurie Brown, and Prahsik founder, Janis Procyk!


the models, you get to pick hair and makeup and style everything. They brought a few more elements in this year that made it more exciting for the crowd, too. SFW helps people understand that this is a business, not just somebody who sews out of their home.” Check out Rea’s designs at

Encouraging the Fashion Industry in Saskatchewan Mosaic Indigenous Designer Bursary Recognizing the importance of Indigenous culture and history in Saskatchewan, SFW collaborated with The Mosaic Company in 2017 to create this award that provides $2500 to the winner and the opportunity to show on the SFW runway at no cost. Stephanie Grace Gamble of Lysias Designs was this year’s recipient. A self-taught fashion designer, youth worker and mother of three, Stephanie is Cree Iskwew from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation.

Designers Place High Value on SFW

Firdausi Yusuf of Regina was thrilled to be a part of SFW for the first time, where she showcased her FiFi X spring/summer collection made with vibrant African prints on various textiles. “It was a huge honour to be able to debut my first collection to an audience like SFW. Because of the event, I had a lot of traffic to my website, got coverage on CBC and got to meet different people in the arts community and industry contacts that I will be working with for my next collection. SFW has given me the drive and exposure I needed to continue to pursue a career in fashion.” Find Firdausi’s designs at Originally from Regina and now located in Vancouver, B.C., Joseph Friedrich of Joseph Friedrich Creative displayed his casual men’s collection called “Introduction.” A newly graduated industrial designer, Joseph explained his unique runway show: “Getting involved with SFW helped me realize ideas that had been in the works. I wanted to compose a track that would allow the clothes to take centre stage. Breaking the track into discrete acts allowed me to incorporate two live musicians into the back half of my set — Kiriako Iatridis, a long time SFW contributer (on guitar), and Eder Gorzonas (on drums). This dynamic allowed the walk to build in intensity and keep the audience’s attention throughout the roughly six-minute duration.” Discover more about Joseph at Rea Harbus of Regina is no stranger to the SFW runway, where she made her fourth appearance with her Amaranth Designs spring/ summer “Playful” collection and her new plus-size line. In business as a designer for the past 18 years, and now working at it full-time from home, Rea praises SFW: “It’s a fun show to do; you get to dress

Saskatchewan Fashion Forward Designer Award SFW introduced this award in 2013 to encourage professional development for the province’s emerging fashion designers. This year, the award went to 11-year-old Raina Haus of Regina, whose Raina K. runway show this year made her the youngest designer to ever show at the event. Raina received a three week paid internship at Dean Renwick Studio, funded by award presenters, Dr. Roberta McKay & Mr. Elmer Brenner.


On Thursday, the showstopping Eman Idil collection stole the night. Actually, designer Eman Bare was my favourite of the entire three nights. She used very unique textures and shapes in her garments, with a mixture of a colour pallet of soft nudes and some splashes of reds and blacks to give it a pop! Each outfit was styled to perfection, with either a playful turban or beret on some of her models, giving them an edgy yet classic look. Eman really took me out of Regina with this collection — and into Paris! The following day, the collection by Helen Oro Designs paid tribute to the First Nations, and Helen’s outfits were chic in unique patterns and had some creative accessories. From ready-to-wear to couture — she had it all. Some of my favourite details were the mouth masks worn by her models. That really made a statement! his year, Saskatchewan Fashion Week focused on fashion, art, music and some extreme nails! Yes, nails — more like claws really! I was there for it. I was very impressed with the variety of designers this year, as well as the mix of model ethnicities and body sizes. Each designer had such a unique aesthetic that truly created a one-ofa-kind experience for guests to be immersed in. From the short film introductions to the background music and models, their themes and visions were set to tell a tale.

On Saturday, Cedar & Vine brought a very boho and glam feel to the night. The models walked barefoot wearing some oversized garments that seem to be perfect for almost all body types and ages. The collection consisted of the grey scale and very earthy tone. Laurie Brown gave me all the “90s feel” that I needed, using velvet floral mesh and many different throwback materials. Each model was styled with beautifully crafted jewellery by Oneiro and some wicked fedora hats. It was the perfect mix of a punk-yet-glam look on the runway. Overall, this year’s Saskatchewan Fashion Week was one for the books.

above photo courtesy Saskatchewan Fashion Week



YanniDelRose was created by moonchild and fashion blogger Yanni D. Kalamaras. Yanni wanted to create a place to display his day to day outfits, and showcase some of his favourite brands and the roots of his admiration towards them. Synonymous with his fashion style, his hair is always changing!




egina-based Andino Suns’ culturally hyphenated music combines the sizzling Andean sun with the expanses of the Canadian prairies. Their genre-defying sound is steeped in their cherished Chilean heritage, combining Andean instrumentation with modern Latin grooves to produce an eclectic sound that’s identifiably their own. The 2013 release of their debut self-titled album — a suite of upbeat acoustic songs performed entirely in Spanish — propelled the Suns into popularity. They have since been wowing festival audiences in Saskatchewan and throughout North America, finding common ground with music lovers, who, like the Suns, are passionate about social justice, peace and love.

For their 2014 Sophomore album, It’s Time to Rise, Andino Suns were nominated at the Western Canadian Music Award nomination for World Artist of the Year. In 2017, following the release of their third album Madera (2016), the Suns were crowned World Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Arguably the band’s most ambitious album yet, Madera saw the Suns collaborating with Saskatchewan’s best talent including Megan Nash, The Dead South, Keiffer McLean, Scott Richmond, and members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Emden, a Montréal-based percussionist of international repute, co-produced the album. In Fall 2017, Andino Suns released their newest single, Tiburón, performed in Spanish and French.





atio season is upon us. As the days grow hotter, we are called to the great outdoors and there’s no better way to answer that call than to enjoy a chilled beverage on the deck. The new trend sweeping the nation is to keep things close to home by enjoying an evening in the backyard with friends instead of a night out on the town. Cocktails are a great way to add some fun to your get-togethers and allow you to express some creativity. One of my favourite cocktails of the moment seems a little strange to be enjoying in the summer heat because this one has a little spice. The spice is provided by using a serrano pepper, but I promise it’s still refreshing. This recipe comes from Kate Taylor, who has a fantastic whole foods blog called Cookie + Kate. I’ve changed it a tiny bit. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro ½ small lime, juiced 1 small, round slice of serrano pepper (⅛ to ¼ inch thick) 1 ½ ounces tequila 3 ounces pineapple juice ½ ounce simple syrup INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a cocktail shaker or glass, muddle the cilantro, lime juice and slice of serrano. 2. Fill the shaker with ice and pour in the tequila, pineapple juice and simple syrup. Shake well, and strain the mixture over ice in a cocktail glass. 3. Garnish with a lime round, or try a slice of pineapple and sprig of cilantro on a cocktail pick.

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If you don’t like the heat, then this can be made without the serrano pepper and it will still taste swell. If you would like to get super fancy, try garnishing your creation with a grilled pineapple ring. It adds a fantastic smoky flavour to the mix. If you’re in need of some cocktail gear for your next backyard outing, check out the selection at Smith & Best – The Male Room. For those who would like to delve deeper into the world of mixology, we carry a fantastic cocktail guide by Death & Co. Check out their beautiful creations on Instagram. As always, please enjoy your libations responsibly.





WITH GREGORY ARLT He is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand makeup artists and works with some of the most famous faces in the world including Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Cher, Minnie Driver and Alicia Keys. Arlt takes his wealth of knowledge and talent all over the globe, doing press, makeup master classes, editorial photo shoots, and television appearances. For this workshop, Gregory will teach you how to achieve your best look with very simple tips, tricks and techniques for the woman on the go. Gregory will show you step by step how to apply and fly — out the door! You will also learn how to go from a day look into an evening look with just a few simple steps. Join us for this exclusive event and receive a swag bag filled with goodies! Following the workshop will be a cupcake and bubbles Meet & Greet with Gregory. Mingle with our guest of honour and get your beauty questions answered. Gregory Arlt - Celebrity.pdf Saved to Dropbox • Jul 8, 2018 at 8@58 PM

This event isGregory being on August 15, 2018 at our store Arlt -held Celebrity.pdf Saved to Dropbox • Jul 8, 2018 at 8@59 PM at 1856 Hamilton Street in Regina. You can register under Elevating Your Beauty at Workshop cost is $375. Front row is already sold out.

am thrilled to share an exciting beauty event that is coming to Regina this summer — and we are very proud to be hosting it at Sara Lindsay The Makeup Store! Global producer of beauty education, Erica Carr is bringing an incredible event to our city. This workshop is for anyone who wishes to learn how to do her own daily makeup from one of the world’s greatest makeup artists — right here in Regina! I have been lucky enough to attend two workshops with Gregory Arlt in the U.S. for professional makeup artists, and you are in for a real treat. Although Gregory works with some of the most famous faces in the world, he truly understands the makeup needs and the challenges that every day women have when trying to achieve a modern look that doesn’t have to take a long time to do each morning. He is absolutely bubbling over with charm and has a sharp sense of humour that makes learning from him a real joy. I cannot wait for our guests to experience this one time and rare opportunity for Regina. Award winning celebrity makeup artist Gregory Arlt is the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics based out of Los Angeles.

Sara studied and worked in the fashion world in the U.K. for years before returning home to Saskatchewan in 2010. Owner of a high-end makeup boutique in Regina, Sara’s work has been seen on London and New York fashion runways, award shows, and in commercial and corporate campaigns. Makeup coordinator for Saskatchewan Fashion Week, Sara is a multiple award winning makeup artist with a passion for sharing her talent and knowledge with her local clientele and community.

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When people think about brain health, they usually think of cognitive or thinking skills such as memory, ability to pay attention and ability to learn. However, brain health includes mental health, involving stress, anxiety and depression. It is also mood health — happiness, confidence and self-esteem. rom a brain and brain health perspective, our brains are physically changing as a result of every experience, every conversation, every movement, and every time we learn something new. The brain is a dynamic, constantly changing organ, and even the thoughts we think can change our brains. Since we can control our thoughts, we can rewire our own brains. This rewiring of the brain is called neuroplasticity. The fact that our brain is constantly rewiring itself can be used to our advantage. Donald Hebb, a Canadian brain researcher, came up with the phrase “neurons that fire together wire together.” This means we can set up patterns of thought that become habitual and automatic patterns of thinking. These habitual patterns of thought will then become our way of thinking for the future. We can become aware of these



habitual thought patterns and consciously change them to serve us better. The conscious manipulation of these habitual thought patterns is termed Self-Directed Neuroplasticity. This process is particularly applicable to the area of self-esteem. Three steps are involved in changing our habitual thought patterns and thus improving our self-esteem. The first step is to simply be aware. We already have automatic patterns of thought and before we can consciously change anything, we must first be aware of what we are thinking and what we are saying to ourselves. Often, what we tell ourselves is self-deprecating and demeaning. Once we are aware of what we say to ourselves, the next step is to consciously think thoughts that will be beneficial, especially in the area of self-esteem. Purposely choosing thoughts to build up our self-esteem include reminding ourselves of what we presently already do well, remembering times when someone has paid us a compliment and finally, catching ourselves

YOU MAKE YOUR BRAIN, AND THEN YOUR BRAIN MAKES YOU! it is not so much what happens to us that matters; it is what we tell ourselves about what happens that makes all the difference. When events happen or someone says something to us or about us, we can take a moment to decide what that experience will mean to us. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” This quote leads to the next influence, which is that people are social animals. We do better in a community and in relationship with each other. When it comes to self-esteem, we are wise to purposely choose to associate with positive people and those who are going to build us up and support us. We become like the people we are with, and we want our neuroplasticity to become more and more positive to reflect an optimistic outlook and positive attitude.

doing something right. Examples include: “I did a good job of making that pie,” or “I really am a good mechanic” or “I am a good mom or dad (grandma or grandpa) to my kids.” The third aspect to building our self-esteem using Self-Directed Neuroplasticity is to reinforce the positive thoughts. Consciously repeating that thought in our minds strengthens that particular brain path. When we let the positive thoughts linger, we are actually reinforcing those beneficial mental patterns. When we go over and over a certain habit of thought, we are making the path stronger and it will more likely be the thought path taken in the future. Initially, this may seem to be hard mental work, but it will become easier over time. Like training for a marathon, it takes time, patience, repetition and consistent training. This training and the resulting increase in self-esteem is well worth the work. Train hard and be consistent mentally. There are three other influences that can affect self-esteem. Firstly,

The final influence on the brain is physical exercise. We know that physical exercise releases “feel good chemicals” and increases our endorphins. This makes us feel happier and reduces anxiety and depression. In fact, research has shown there is no anti-depressive medication as good for our brains as physical exercise! Exercise also makes us feel more self-confident and gives us the “I can do this!” motivation and attitude. We all have varying levels of self-esteem which can vary depending on our situation and circumstance. When we become aware of our thoughts and deliberately choose thoughts that empower us, when we carefully choose the people we associate with, and when we exercise, much of our self-esteem is under our own control. And that is exciting! Holly Bardutz has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and a PhD in Human Development. As a research associate at Luther College at the University of Regina (U of R), she has an interest in brain health, neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. Holly has designed, copyrighted and currently teaches Brain Health and Fitness classes to the general public through the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health & Research Centre at the U of R. Holly can be reached at Holly.Bardutz@ To register for classes, email schwann. or call 306.585.4004.





The Myopia Epidemic

New Options for 2018

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ourish yourself from the inside out with delicious get-well beauty foods like mangos. Mangos are high in Vitamin C, which is integral for collagen formation in your skin, wound healing, immune function and fighting off damaging free radicals. You only need one cup of mango to give you 100 per cent of the recommended minimum intake of Vitamin C for your day. Mango is also an excellent source of Vitamin A, a nutrient that is also a powerful antioxidant, important for immune function and helping maintain healthy glowing skin. Eat this feel-good food that provides important nutrients needed for proper brain function — folate and Vitamin B6. Mangos can be used in a variety of dishes, from breakfast, to snacks and desserts, to main courses. Try them in this summer fresh salad for a boost of health and beauty benefits for the entire family! Jenna Kress, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, is owner and creator of Naked Face Nutrition, a blog dedicated to health and wellness. Passionate about the influence of nutrition and lifestyle in beauty and the healthy aging process, she empowers and inspires her clients to become confident, healthier versions of themselves.



Ingredients 2 mangos, peeled and cubed 1 small-medium jicama, peeled and cubed 1 large avocado, peeled and cubed 4 radishes, sliced thinly Handful fresh cilantro, chopped (optional, or sub curly parsley) Juice of 1 lime Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar Dash sea salt 1 green onion, sliced (green tops only) Directions 1 Add mango, jicama, avocado, radish, cilantro and green onion in a medium bowl. 2 In a small bowl, mix the lime and lemon juice with the apple cider and dash of salt. Pour mixture over the mango mixture and gently combine. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.




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I first saw the movie years ago — and this past spring, I met the man. And meeting and spending time with Patch Adams — with that dazzling blue stripe in his hair and dressed in clown clothing — was indeed a memorable experience.

“I dove into the ocean of gratitude and never found the shore.” —Patch Adams


any will remember the 1998 movie Patch Adams, in which now deceased actor, Robin Williams, brought Dr. Hunter (Patch) Adams to life on the big screen. The movie focuses on the time in Patch’s life that led him into medical school and his pursuant efforts to change America’s healthcare system. He decided to be a free doctor and never charge anyone, so he founded the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia, where he and his colleagues have practiced medicine for the past 43 years. His two sons have also joined the team. On Tuesday May 8, Patch spent time in Regina with school children and teachers at a Youth Empowerment Breakfast and then keynoted the Mayor’s Luncheon in Support of Mental Health Week — a significant fundraiser for The Caring Place in Regina. He encouraged and answered numerous questions, including those about Robin Williams and the movie. In both venues, the seats were full of intent listeners. Whether you agreed with him or not, one thing was crystal clear — Patch’s undying passion and concern for the health and wellbeing of every person, especially in the area of mental health. He stressed concern that public schools don’t teach children about loving, and added: “No medical school in the world teaches compassion.” To see and hear Patch today, you would never suspect that he was admitted to mental hospitals in his late teens. After attending Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous I Have a Dream speech in Washington, D.C., he realized the answer was not to kill himself but to create a revolution instead, and that meant never again having another bad day. Instead, he decided every second to be loving, happy, funny, co-operative, creative and thoughtful. “I blame all my niceness on my mother,” he says. “I never saw her angry, unkind or unloving.”

Keeping his revolution alive has been Patch’s life work. Now 73, he has visited 83 countries and spends 275 days a year on the road, including leading clown trips, which anyone is welcome to join: “Clowning stops suffering. It gives people a chance to see their best self. We use clowning (humour) as a trick to get love close. You would be amazed at the power of love and laughter.” Patch has clowned at 10,000 deathbeds (many for children), for prisoners on death row, in war zones — and any chance he gets in everyday life to stop a fight. Patch encouraged everyone to put down their smartphones and become observers: “What I think we have is an extreme case of boredom, loneliness and fear. I think loneliness is the worst human experience and how fascinating is it that one can be lonely in a world of 7.4 billion people. How is it that we don’t have thousands of friends? How do you know when you have a friend? You cannot be depressed.” At the luncheon, Patch advised one woman to “focus on being one lucky lady and forget the survivor and victimhood thing. Scare people with your radiance – and say a doctor prescribed it.” And what message does he recommend taping to your mirror at home? I love me. “Almost nobody loves themselves in this time. I’ve seen people change themselves. I did and it’s really given me a great life.” A month after meeting Patch Adams, I watched the movie again and remembered Patch leaving with as much energy as he had upon arriving. Perhaps it’s the weightlifting, aerobics and yoga he has been doing for 45 years. Or maybe it’s summed up by his one simple statement: “If you have food and a friend, what are you complaining about?” For more information about Patch Adams, his life work and clown trips, visit his website and sign up for his e-newsletter. If you want to learn Patch’s secret of gratitude overcoming depression, book an appointment with The Caring Place.








y client moved into their 1980s home more than 10 years ago, and hired us to make décor changes to their living room and bathroom. The kitchen was left untouched. The large space takes up a quarter of the home’s main floor and includes an eat-in dining area. It features tall ceilings, granite countertops and custom-made cabinetry with plenty of storage. At first glance it’s a beautiful space, but somewhat dated. So, the homeowners brought us in again to take care of the roosters, grape vines and wallpaper borders. But this kitchen needed more than a décor update; we learned it was a dysfunctional space with a problematic layout. The range hood over the island in the centre of the room looks impressive, until you have to work under it. The homeowners are of average height, but the hood presented a hazard if you were to lean forward. The raised part of the counter was meant to accommodate a small cupboard over the wine rack, but it broke up the expanse of counter space and the cupboard went unused. The narrow walk space between island and sink meant only one person could be in the space comfortably


area for entertaining. Today we work with zones: storing, prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning. Working with custom cabinetmakers, Downsview Kitchens, the new layout works well for more than one function (or person) at a time. The cooking surface commands its own presence, with the Wolf range and cooktop and impressive, curved range hood set against the shiny-tiled, chevron-patterned backsplash. The sinks were moved to the contrasting dark wood island. The built-in fridge, paneled in the same crisp, white cabinetry, blends in and has enough space around it to function well. The servery’s contrasting dark wood tones add a French Bistro feel, especially with the classic touch of the Cremone Bolt detail. To ensure function with multiple people working in this space simultaneously, we reserved a drawer in the island away from the sink for the garbage and recycling. Finally, the dining room ceiling received new decorative trim and custom, tailored drapery to complement the new kitchen. Now, the roosters have flown the coop and this kitchen functions better than ever.

at a time. There were issues opening the garbage door under the sink or washing dishes while someone was at the stove. For a large kitchen, it had a lot of restrictions. The stacked, built-in oven and microwave in the corner wall looks very practical, until you have to get something out of the fridge while opening the oven door. You can’t do both at the same time. For all the built-ins and spacious pantry cabinets (with coffee bar), the toaster oven had to sit on the counter, taking up space. The space in general was in good enough shape, so it didn’t require a renovation. The plan: keep the floors, update the lighting, keep the dining area, repurpose or donate the cabinetry, fixtures and appliances, and rework the function of the space.


We started by drawing new plans to address every complaint or pet peeve about the kitchen’s function. We proposed repositioning the major work areas and banishing the work triangle. Yes, the work triangle was a very practical concept when kitchens were built for efficiency. Three work areas were needed: refrigerator, stove/oven and sink. Counter space was not a big consideration because it was only used to prep one meal at a time, not as an



Award winning designer, TV personality, author and spokesperson, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s leading experts in the world of design and colour. Familiar to TV audiences for her show, Colour Confidential, and appearances on CTV's The Marilyn Denis Show and Moving The McGillivrays on HGTV, Jane is always an engaging personality. Her professional design firm, Jane Lockhart Interior Design has focused on residential, commercial, hospitality and retail projects since 1997. In addition to her full slate of client projects, Jane has created two lines of furnishings, Jane By Jane Lockhart and Jane Lockhart Platinum.




Q &A

It was an unusual location to meet, but not surprising. Internationally renowned professional designer, Jane Lockhart, had visited Moose Jaw to do some work with a client, and she had an open hour before her flight was leaving for Toronto. When I got the call a few weeks earlier, I jumped at the chance to meet her in person at the Regina airport.


lot of people ask, is it worth the money to hire a designer? The real estate market, no matter what city you’re in in Canada, is still a high market — the value of homes has really increased. For something that is a big investment, it’s really worth having a consultant — at the very least to make sure that investment is managed in a visible way. Most people understand hiring a proper mechanic to fix their car because there’s not much you can do without some kind of advice, and your home is one of the same things. You may put money into someone, but you’ll get it back because the house looks good, or they’ve suggested things you’ve never thought of. Designers work with clients every single day; there’s always something new. There are just a lot of things to look at, and our job is to understand what’s coming, so instead of you putting in a colour that is probably on its last legs, you would put in something that you see has long-term value. I’ve been in business 25 years, so I can say, “You know, I remember when we installed that tile and it did not perform, so I would not recommend buying this because the technology is better.”

Jane Lockhart, BAAID, Principal, Jane Lockhart Interior Design Inc.

Jane is a regular contributor to Refined magazine, admitting she proudly displays copies in her Toronto office — something we were thrilled to hear. Her professional design firm, Jane Lockhart Interior Design, has focused on residential, commercial, hospitality and retail projects since 1997. She has a large following, and we are pleased to share some of Jane’s thoughts and advice here.


The other thing designers have is contacts that you are just not going to find in the phone book. They have means and ways to make sure the job gets done properly. They are worth it. Depending on how they run their business, they can suggest places to go where they know there are sales and how to get a better value out of something. If you’re going to buy a new home, buy some of a designer’s time. That one or two-hour consultation is a great starting point. It doesn’t have to be a lifelong commitment, although for us, a lot of clients end up being long-term. They do a room, call us back; do another room, call us back, until they get comfortable with us. If people want to do their own work, I have no problem with that, but I always advise consulting with experts on how to do that work, first. Let’s make sure you don’t spend all this time painting a colour you end up hating and end up having to do it again. Designers are fast and they are usually a low cost percentage of the overall job. I say to clients, “If you’re worried about our price, then you have a bigger problem. We’re just there to make sure all those things go together properly.”





The first question we ask our clients is this: “How do you want this space to make you feel?”

But then, we realized that we spent the majority of the time in our home, so why wouldn’t we want it to be a place that brings us joy?” Bingo.

Winston Churchill once said: “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.” This quote has stayed with me since early in my design career. Our mental and emotional wellbeing is directly affected by the spaces we call home, so ensuring that our homes evoke our desired feelings should be at the forefront of the design exploration process.

We continually encounter clients who struggle with the guilt that accompanies a major renovation. Is there a better place to spend that money? Do we really need a beautiful space? I mean, it’s functional after all. We’ve heard it all. Our answer is always the same: “Yes, you need a beautiful space — one that is beautiful to you. One that is full of pieces that make you smile.”

I recently asked some clients about the catalyst for doing a (somewhat major) renovation to the main floor of their home. Her response: “For so long we always said we valued experiences more than things. We travelled and paid for experiences with our kids.



When your space is curated for you, it becomes the place you retreat to. It’s an instant pick-me-up and a comforting place to curl up on a cold day. So, how do we tailor the design process to ensure the end product delivers a space that shapes us in the best possible way?

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We find ways to get as much natural light as possible into the space — more windows, bigger windows, sun tunnels. If there’s a way to get more light, we will find it. Exposure to natural light during the day is strongly linked to energy, mood, sleep and overall quality of life. We use paint colours that connect to emotions. For example, if a client indicates that one of the core feelings they would like to bring through is calm, we work in the palettes of light blues and greys. Watery blues that remind you of the blue sky or the water are the most stress-reducing colours. According to Feng Shui teachings, blues can even slow down your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. A light to medium shade of grey-blue is another one of the most calming colors. We bring in life with plants. NASA recently revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 per cent of air toxins in 24 hours. How cool is that? Aside from the air-cleaning properties, they also help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity. Seeing greenery and nature helps us feel more relaxed, connected and calm.


We curate décor items based on our initial client interview about their life, their hobbies and passions, and how they want to feel in the space. We include them in this process. Sometimes they have wonderful pieces that just need to be rearranged or relocated to give new life. The “fluff,” as we like to call it, is the final layer in the space and is often the most overlooked or underrated. But, it is in these final details that the emotion of the space really comes out.

Experiencing life and taking vacations are great places to spend money, but spending money on the spaces you spend the most time in — and have the largest effect on your overall mood — is a great return on investment. It’s not about showing off the space; it’s about creating a space that fills you up and elevates your mood. When that happens, positivity ripples out from inside you — and we all know the world needs more ripples like that!

Amanda Brady, Clear Space Designer Amanda's residential design experience over the past decade includes projects ranging from small interior renovations to 10,000 sq. ft. custom homes. Her passion for amazing design is supported by her technical construction knowledge; she knows how to build what she is proposing. Clear Space was created with one goal in mind — to create beautiful, functional spaces that clients never want to leave.




MEETS EXPERIENCE Passion meets experience at Crawford Homes — a family-owned company that has remained Regina’s leading custom homebuilder for four decades.


n the late 1970s, Al Bashutski was working in sales and ventured into home building when he recognized an unfilled need in the residential market. He became tired of seeing “cookie cutter” homes and wanted to provide a new home building experience for Regina residents.

Al explains, “The multinational company I was selling for was not building what potential homeowners wanted. We found ourselves redrawing plans to customize homes and thought we might as well start building, so we created Crawford Homes in 1978.” The rest is history, and over the past 40 years Crawford Homes has averaged 125 builds per year, for a staggering total of 5,000 new homes. Al contends his company has not changed a great deal in 40 years. There are always fluctuations in real estate, but Crawford Homes has continued to build its market share.

important to us. Our client relationships are our number one priority and our mission is simple — to build you a home that is customized to meet your family’s needs while staying within your budget.”

We Will Literally Move Walls for You

“We encourage our clients to discuss their needs and lifestyle with us.” During the planning and drafting process, the homebuyer can thoroughly examine the blueprints. Questions are always welcome and changes can be made to ensure the home is built to the right specifications. Crawford Homes is one of the few Regina homebuilders that allows changes to be made during the pre-construction and construction stages.


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Clients are Number One

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Energy, enthusiasm, risk taking, youth — these qualities tend to go together. That’s not to say that those of us over age 40 aren’t energic and enthusiastic, but there is something to be said for young entrepreneurs. And, what better place to be an entrepreneur than Saskatchewan? BY ELIZABETH IRELAND


IN 2016, introduced the term “millennipreneurs” to describe the next up-and-coming generation of young entrepreneurs. While the name is a bit of a tongue twister, it’s true that individuals born between 1981 and 2000 are starting more companies, managing more employees and aiming for higher profits than the baby boomers before them (no mention is made of the smaller Generation X cohort in between the two). According to, techoriented millennials are also discovering entrepreneurship much earlier in their lives than the baby boomers did. While the older generation launched their first businesses at roughly 35 years old, millennipreneurs are getting their toes wet around age 27. Those extra years allow for more creativity, more exploration and more risk-taking.

Why not here?

Launched in January 2018, Audacity YQR is an entrepreneurial community strategy created by Economic

Development Regina Inc. (EDR) and supported by the leadership of the Council for Entrepreneurship Growth. The Council is a volunteer group of successful Reginabased entrepreneurs providing their time, energy and expertise — in part to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. states that millennial women reported higher revenues than the rest of their gender. While women in general reported revenues nine per cent above the average, for female millennipreneurs revenues were an amazing 22 per cent higher.

As President and CEO of EDR, John D. Lee heads the economic development agency for the Greater Regina Area. “Regina is characterized as a government town, which is a good thing, however we also have 27,000 small businesses operating here. The city is not usually seen as an entrepreneurial community, but it definitely is and these exciting stories need to be told. Through Audacity YQR we can raise awareness and share these stories,” says John.

Nation-wide realities

Powering the economy

According to the report Entrepreneurs Powering the Greater Regina Area published by EDR, small businesses comprise more than 95 per cent of all businesses operating in Saskatchewan. For this reason, Regina aims to compete with similar North American cities in nurturing, attracting and retaining young entrepreneurs and their businesses. In turn, this activity creates jobs and contributes to the overall economy. In 2017 published the article Why female millennipreneurs succeed in business. The article describes how female, and millennial, leadership is characterized by inclusiveness. Young female leaders tend to demonstrate a team-building leadership style that promotes group problem solving and decision making.

According to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), millennials — combined with members of Generation Z born after 2000 — will account for half of the Canadian workforce by 2020. Why is entrepreneurship so appealing to these young people? The BDC report Future-proof your business: Adapting to technology and demographic trends addresses some of these questions. According to the BDC, “Millennials have different work expectations than their predecessors. They value a good work-life balance, flexible working arrangements (remote work, flexible hours), professional development and a sense of purpose to their work, among other things.” Luckily, entrepreneurship is often a better fit with these expectations than a typical 9-to-5 desk job. Lindsay Kinvig of Ask Lindsay, Kyle Parker of K2 Electric, Meranda Kokoski of Studio Skin Restoration and Eric Urzada of uBreakiFix are young entrepreneurs creating exciting businesses in our province. Enjoy reading all about them on the following pages.




Need a hand? Let Ask Lindsay help you through your busy day. Because that’s just it, isn’t it? We’re all busy. Between work, family, fitness, maintaining a social life and keeping the house in order, it often feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. What if you had someone to help you out? That’s where Lindsay Kinvig (the lady behind Ask Lindsay) comes in.


sk Lindsay offers personal assistant and concierge services. Think of all the things that might fall by the wayside but are important to maintaining you and your family’s wellbeing: meal prepping, grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning or making sure your family pet makes their grooming appointment. You’re running back and forth from one end of the city to the other… let that be Lindsay!

“Daily demands can leave you feeling overwhelmed,” says Lindsay. “My goal is to ensure you are stress-free and productive both at work and at home and able to enjoy more free time — however you like.”

Helping you put yourself and your family at the top of your to-do list! What made Lindsay want to get into the personal assistant business? Having been a part of a family-owned business and then moving to the corporate workforce, Lindsay developed close personal and working relationships with those around her and noticed a trend among her coworkers, her clients, and even herself — no one has quite enough time! “My passion in life is helping people, and it brings me so much joy to know that by taking something off someone’s plate I can really add value to their life and give them a sense of relief,” says Lindsay. One way Lindsay assists her clients is by making sure their senior loved ones are taken care of. Lindsay’s senior assistance services mean clients can spend more personal, quality time with their loved ones, rather than



simply stopping to check in. Additionally, Ask Lindsay’s relocation services make moving a breeze — whether you’re moving around the corner or out of province!

time? “Your favourite activities don’t have to be at the bottom of your to-do list,” Lindsay emphasizes. “Take time to do the things you love; I’ll do the rest!”

Lindsay brings her wealth of knowledge in the customer service industry, her ability to manage multiple priorities, and her keen eye for detail to every job that comes her way. The service is personal and tailored to the individual needs of each and every client, No one-sizefits-all is ever applied.

You can find Lindsay on Facebook or check out her website. Let Lindsay help you live your best life!

“Personal assistants really are for everyone,” said Lindsay. “As a personal assistant, I’m here to help as many people as possible get back to doing the things they really love to do!” So, let Lindsay become a part of your life! She offers flexible hours that suit your schedule at reasonable rates — meaning she can assist you with any project or tackle any task. Lindsay’s big question for her clients is this: What if you had more free

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fter starting his own business seven years ago, K2 Electric’s owner Kyle Parker is often asked “Why go solar?” He almost always answers “Why not?”

Kyle is a journeyman electrician based out of White City, just east of Regina. Kyle and his team focus on solar power installations. “It's better for the environment, it drastically reduces power bills and we just happen to live in the sunniest province in Canada.” Interestingly, the countries that use the most solar power in the world are Germany, Italy, China, the United States and Japan — essentially developed and industrialized countries with large populations. “Germany has 30 per cent less sunlight than Saskatchewan and they are still huge into solar power. Our province really is the perfect place to do it,” says Kyle. With a primary focus on residential work, Kyle had some experience doing installs and the electrical on solar projects. The more solar installations he completed, the more interest he developed in the overall industry and its benefits. Kyle has since gone to numerous solar conferences to expand his knowledge and expertise on the subject. In Saskatchewan, homeowners are eligible for a one-time SaskPower rebate for solar power until November 30, 2018. This rebate is equivalent to 20 per cent of equipment and installation costs to a maximum payment of $20,000.



YOUR SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN SOLAR SPECIALIST With certain solar technologies becoming more widespread, K2 Electric focuses on using the most common type — solar photovoltaic — which is also known as solar PV. Solar PV technology uses solar cells to convert sunlight directly into electricity. K2 Electric offers its clients the option of roof-mounted panels or ground-mounted panels. The majority of the company’s solar power clients are residential. Kyle’s typical client wants to reduce their family’s carbon footprint and save money in the long-term. A carbon footprint is defined as the total emissions caused by an individual or organization expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent. As someone with a young family of his own, it's important to Kyle to provide affordable solar power to Regina and the surrounding area. He emphasizes how solar power can minimize power costs as power prices continue to increase. In fact, the average rate of increase for the last 40 years in Saskatchewan is a staggering six per cent a year. “The efficiency of solar panels is definitely changing. It’s getting better and better each year, with little to no maintenance for homeowners. While you will be reducing your carbon footprint and protecting yourself from rising power rates, there is also the added benefit of increasing your home’s value and the potential to sell it more quickly.” Even though K2 Electric’s main focus is solar, Kyle and his team also offer clients all types of electrical work for residential and commercial properties anywhere in Saskatchewan. K2 Electric Ltd. P.O. Box 896 White City 306.537.9515

4.9 ★ RATING "The guys at K2 Electric are the best in the biz! We have been extremely happy with all the electrical in our home as well as our 10 KW solar system. The crew is professional and a pleasure to have around. We really appreciate having a company with so much knowledge and staff that took the time to answer all our questions." Kasia Otte






Taking care of your skin can be a difficult, time consuming job. We want to feel and look our best, and having great skin isn’t easy for everyone. The experts at Regina’s Studio Skin Restoration have the professional skills and experience to make your skin — and you — glow.

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e understand the importance of looking good and feeling great,” says owner Meranda Koskoski. “Our team is passionate about what we do, and every client is in the

“I have had passion for this industry since I was little. I grew up watching one of my close cousins do artificial nails and nail art. I would sit and watch her in complete awe for hours,” says Meranda. “I went to Richards Beauty College and graduated from there with my Advanced Aesthetics. I have been working in this industry for 15 years, advancing to medical aesthetics seven years ago.”

Meranda bought Studio Skin in 2017, seizing the opportunity to do the work she loves every day — taking care of clients and their skin. From the moment you walk in the door, you can feel the love Studio Skin has for the work they do. Every client receives the treatment their skin needs, and every service and product offered is tailored to their unique needs. “We make sure our clients’ expectations and concerns are addressed with our honest, caring approach,” says Meranda.

Meranda started working at Studio Skin Restoration when it first opened seven years ago. She credits her experience with Studio Skin as the source of her passion for the work she does. “I bought the studio in 2017 and set to work making it my own,” says Meranda. “While we’ve changed our look and feel, we still strive to make our clients happy, giving them results with all our treatments and to serve them the best way that we can. I have big plans for Studio Skin in the near future. I am not finished yet making this one of the top medical aesthetics studios in Regina.”

care of professional skin specialists.”

If facial skin care is on your mind, Studio Skin is the only place to go for the unique HydraFacial. This revolutionary skin resurfacing treatment is designed for all skin types, making it the most beneficial facial you can treat yourself to. The results are amazing. It’s comparable to other ablative skin treatments like microdermabrasion, without the discomfort, downtime or irritation. You can literally continue your day following your facial and feel clean, refreshed and radiant. Studio Skin offers aesthetic services of all kinds, from gel nails to lash extensions to a growing number of medical aesthetic services. You can treat yourself to painless laser hair removal, dermaroller microneedling, body contouring and skin tightening, IPL photofacials, Botox and fillers and much more. The studio also carries quality pharmaceutical, medical and professional grade care products that are ideal for all skin types such as Vivier skin, Skin Tx and the TiZO sunscreen line. Whether you have sensitive skin, rosacea or redness, acne-prone/oily or combination skin, Studio Skin has the right product for your skin’s needs.

Are you ready to see what Meranda and Studio Skin Restoration can do for your skin? Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for details on services, pricing and more. Your glowing skin will thank you for it.

Studio Skin Restoration 2721 Quance Street Regina 306.790.1019







have goals in mind.

e’re all saving for something. Whether it’s the next home renovation, the next big vacation or a new set of wheels, we all

At uBreakiFix, they understand. They also know firsthand how frustrating it can when an unexpected expense crops up — something like a broken phone, tablet or computer. They’ve got you covered. uBreakiFix can repair anything with a power button — and they do so at a fraction of the cost of buying a new device.

How much cheaper is it really? Let’s look at the numbers. The majority of repairs on mobile devices cost less than 25 per cent of the total price to replace a device. And that’s not even factoring in the buyout on many data plans that can add hundreds of dollars to replacement costs. uBreakiFix repairs always start with a free diagnostic exam to determine the problem, and all repair results come with a 90-day warranty. Another bonus? Repairs can be done in-store and usually take about an hour, so you can get back to your busy lifestyle quickly. At uBreakiFix, they look at a broken device and see wasted potential. A broken device shouldn’t be collecting dust in a drawer. Most devices are meant to last three to four years. After an “oops” or a technological fail, let them ensure your device makes it back into the palm of your hand, serving you in your daily needs.

That sounds great, but I’m in the market for a new device They get it! They just want you to know there are plenty of options for your old device, even after you’ve moved on. Maybe your child is ready for a cellphone? Let uBreakiFix take a look at your old phone and make sure it’s in good working order for its new owner. That device might even stand to line your pockets! Why shouldn’t you be able to sell it for a profit? uBreakiFix will even serve as a third party for any transactions to make sure both seller and buyer are happy. 38


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My company and I have a lot of devices that need some work uBreakiFix works with businesses, schools and other organizations to provide access to on-call, convenient tech repair and support. Never lose a day of productivity because of a broken device again. You know, it’s not a bad idea to bring up to the boss… and if you are the boss, it’s a pretty good idea! Plus, once you’re their partner, you can rest easy knowing that uBreakiFix works with Samsung, LG and Google, and they provide extended warranty repairs on behalf of both Rogers and SaskTel. There are so many ways that uBreakiFix can help keep money in your pocket. Contact them at one of their three locations and start saving today!

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A Time to Celebrate, Network & Inspire

May 20 to 26 was proclaimed as Women Entrepreneurs Week in Saskatchewan — a week to recognize the success of women entrepreneurs across the province and celebrate their contributions to our communities and the economy. There are currently more than 34,000 women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan contributing to the economy in many sectors — an increase of 16.5 per cent over the last 10 years, with the third highest growth rate in our country.

WESK’s inaugural Celebration of Achievement Gala & Entrepreneur Awards held the evening of May 23 celebrated the outstanding contributions of inspiring female entrepreneurs. Celebration of Achievement Award Rachel Mielke, CEO and Founder of Hillberg & Berk The Emerging Entrepreneur Award Meagan Barabash (Bravo Dance Co.) The Innovator Award Brooke Longpre (Sound Solar Systems Inc.) The Growth & Expansion Award Jordana Jacobson (Cravings Maternity-Baby-Kids)



“The WESK Awards Gala and Conference were a tremendous success. It was befitting that our first recipient for the Celebration of Achievement Award was Rachel Mielke, owner and founder of Hillberg & Birk. Rachel used to work for WESK during the early years of starting her business. Rachel not only has been a remarkable and inspiring entrepreneur, but a strong advocate and champion for women. Our speakers were thought provoking, insightful and poignant. Eric Dillon framed the concept of ‘resilience’ in an innovative way; he certainly hit home with his remarks on being ‘different’ rather than ‘better!’ Both Candyce Fiessel and Jess Tetu embody ‘resilience’ in every sense, surmounting tragic circumstances to create successful enterprises with a strong commitment to community engagement and involvement. We are grateful to have all these stellar men and women connected to WESK.” —Prabha Mitchell, CEO, WESK


non-profit organization that works with Saskatchewan women to assist them with starting, buying or expanding a business and to achieve their entrepreneurial goals, WESK — Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan — hosted its two-day annual small business conference and gala on May 23 and 24 at the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Centre in Regina. Focused around the theme “Resilience: Tragedy to Triumph, Failure to Success,” the conference offered inspiring keynotes and practical tools and tips for innovation, success and entrepreneurism to empower women business owners. Attendees were encouraged throughout to not fear failure, to keep moving forward in the face of adversity, and to keep believing in themselves. First keynote speaker Eric Dillon, CEO of Conexus Credit Union, opened the morning of May 24 with insights about innovation inside his company that is making it different and stand out. Citing Conexus’ own Women in Leadership Program, he added: “We believe that if we are going to support female businesses in a much different and better way, we’re actually going to have to think quite a bit differently about the ecosystem that supports female founders. That’s why we’re working so closely with WESK.” Attendees also gained insights from the Raj Manek Business Mentorship Panel, a discussion moderated by WESK Board member and businessperson/entrepreneur, Aimee Schulhauser. Aimee led an engaging round of topic areas with Bruce Anderson, Managing Partner of b-creative group; Colleen Haussecker, owner of Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co.; and Shantel Lipp, President of Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan. Addresses from two keynote speakers relayed personal stories of tragedy and triumph. Candyce Fiessel, owner of Shear Escape Salon & Spa, co-owner of The Style Academy, and one of the original founders of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, emphasized that

opposite Keynote speaker Jess Tetu top left Prabha Mitchell, CEO, WESK above award winners Rachel Mielke, Jordana Jacobson and Meagan Barabash

she has never been defined by trauma in her life: “If I can leave you within anything, it would be value those challenges that come into your life and use those as opportunities to grow. But most of all… live in gratitude.” Jess Tetu, owner of Just For You Day Spas and founder and CEO of Lia Reese Canada, stressed the responsibility of businesses giving back to the community, and added: “I truly am a perfect example of how it does not matter where you’ve come from or what hand you’ve been dealt in your life. You really have control over your own future and you have to decide at some point that where you are at is not where you are meant to be and that you can find something better for yourself.” One of her closing quotes reaffirmed a message woven throughout the entire event: “In order to succeed, your desire for success must always outweigh your fear of failure.”








orinne Kadin is passionate about providing holistic financial advice to her clients. With nine years of experience in the wealth advisory business, she is well equipped to offer them the sound financial advice they need to achieve their life goals. But building strong client relationships is about more than just having the right knowledge. It’s about trust, attentiveness and always putting the client’s needs first. That’s why Corinne works with a team of Advisors, Protection Specialists and Certified Financial Planners to help her clients develop a holistic financial plan. They take a customized approach to each client’s situation, guiding them toward achieving their specific wealth goals and dreams. We caught up with Corinne in Emerald Park, where she now serves members of the Plainsview Credit Union, to discuss some of the key things new investors should know. How do female and male investors differ? Women are closing the gap with men when it comes to financial knowledge; the difference is in how we feel about that knowledge. With day-to-day finances, we’re as confident as men. This makes sense because women make most household spending decisions. But with financial planning and investing, we’re less confident — even though behavioural economics indicate we make better investment decisions! Where is the best place to start investing? Start by meeting with a wealth advisor. They’ll answer your questions, and work with you to choose the best products for your specific financial goals and lifestyle. Do you have any suggestions for people who are too intimidated to invest? Start small. People assume they need a large investment to start, but that isn’t true. You can start with a smaller amount, in a lower-risk investment, and then increase and diversify your investments as your comfort level and budget allow. What are the three things every female investor must know? First, don’t be afraid to take control of your finances. Your financial wellbeing is in your hands and you should own that. Second, women live longer than men and, on average, we earn less, so we need to think about investing differently. Your financial plan should account for this and be tailored to your personal goals.



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Third, don’t wait. Like anything in life, there’s never a perfect time to start investing. The best time is now. How do I know if my wealth advisor is a good fit and has my best interests at heart? Choose a wealth advisor who is committed to best interest standards, meaning they are committed to doing what is in their clients' best interest. You also want to work with someone you feel comfortable with, who listens to your concerns and openly answers your questions. A good wealth advisor will work with you to build a trusting relationship.




Investing is about more than monthly contributions and annual returns. It’s also about having a financial plan and being prepared throughout your lifetime. Here are five rules that can lead you to better financial health:

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Pay your full credit card balance every month. Here’s a little tough love: if you can’t pay your full credit card balance every month, you probably shouldn’t use one. Credit cards are a great tool to build credit, but if you don’t pay the balance in full, the high interest rates can quickly spiral you into consumer debt. As women, we already pay more for many products we buy. Don’t compound this by racking up credit card interest on top of your purchases. Make sure the amount you put on your card fits within your budget, and always pay it in full. Pay down your mortgage ASAP. One of the lesser known effects of the gender pay gap is that women also end up with lower credit ratings than men who earn more. And a lower credit rating means that you’ll end up paying higher interest rates on big expenses, like your mortgage. If you pay down your mortgage quickly, you’ll save a lot in interest over the long-term. WHY IT MATTERS: On a $450k mortgage with a fixed 3 per cent interest rate, decreasing the amortization period from 25 years to 15 will save you $80k in interest payments ($190k in interest with a 25-year amortization versus $110k with a 15-year amortization). Maximize employee contributions to your pension (especially if your employer contributes!) Our cost of living is increasing, and so are our life expectancies. In fact, Statistics Canada says that women outlive men by an average of four years, and spend more of those years in poor health. This means women need a larger nest egg to support a comfortable retirement. So the more you fully fund your pension now, the more you can rely on it to fund your retirement later. Plus, if your employer matches your contributions, your dollars turn an instant profit!

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Pay yourself first. Your savings are an investment in your best asset — you! That’s why it’s important to save part of every paycheque before its swept toward groceries and bills. When you’re setting your budget, aim for the 50/30/20 rule: spend 50 per cent of your income on your needs, spend 30 per cent on your wants (because we all deserve a little fun), and save 20 per cent for your future. Maximize your tax advantaged savings – RRSP, TFSA, RESP and RDSP. It’s not just how much you save that matters — it’s where you put that money. Low-interestearning savings accounts are hardly better than that change jar in your laundry room. Choose a savings option that makes your money work as hard as you do — like an RRSP or TFSA. Women generally feel more comfortable with TFSAs because they offer us the flexibility to cover our immediate financial needs. But we also need to focus on our long-term needs and take advantage of opportunities, like when our employer tops up RRSP and RESP savings. It’s free money!

These are just a few of the rules that can put you on the path to financial success. You can learn more about these five rules, along with other expert financial advice, by registering for our webinar here - *This article is based on the 10 rules of financial success listed in The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack, modified for Canada.

Corinne Kadin Wealth Specialist 15 Great Plains Rd. Emerald Park, SK 306.781.5527



KRUGO If you believe in yourself and what you’re doing, you can make anything happen. This is what Andrew Cretin held onto when he decided to take the leap to start his own technology company. Now he and his friend, Kirk, are only a couple months away from launching Krugo, an innovative app designed to help groups of friends build, share and book travel experiences centred around major events. “Everyone has a favourite artist, musician or sports team they want to go see, and Krugo helps you make the most out of your trip,” says Andrew. “Through the app, you can build your trip any way you want. In addition to access to event tickets and accommodations, the app’s collaborative booking environment allows groups of



users to save and share these important details. It also tracks purchases and accounts for split payments, making it so much easier to coordinate tickets and accommodations.” As with most startups, one of the biggest challenges is finally taking that leap and deciding to commit 100 per cent to your business. For Andrew, that meant quitting his job and leaving behind a stable income. “If you’re not careful, you can become too comfortable working that same old 9 to 5 job,” admits Andrew. “Then you never take that risk of following your passion.” Audacity YQR nurtures and celebrates entrepreneurship in Regina. Through this initiative, Andrew has made several important connections that have helped him succeed as an entrepreneur. “Every small business faces similar challenges,” notes Andrew. “Being able

"IT’S GREAT TO HAVE ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES FROM PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES.” to talk to someone who has experience with starting a business, and ask them any question you want, is incredibly valuable. These connections help you skip unnecessary failures early on, because someone else has already made those mistakes. It’s great to have access to a variety of perspectives from people who’ve worked in different industries.” Watch for Krugo in the app store in late August or early September! Andrew Cretin Chief Technology Officer Krugo 306.209.2786




but having a stable support system makes all the difference. “I was lucky to have received an abundance of support from my community,” remarks Jasmine. “I’ve also been very grateful for both Audacity YQR and Economic Development Regina.” “Connecting with other likeminded people is so important as a business owner,” she continues. “Audacity YQR’s networking events, mentorship opportunities and willingness to promote local businesses goes a long way in supporting entrepreneurship in Regina.”

RRR TOURS Jasmine Kindred’s first experience on a Segway occurred in the Caribbean during a family vacation. When some members of her party had mobility issues that prevented them from enjoying a walking tour, but could participate in a 90-minute Segway Tour with ease and comfort, it left a lasting impression on her. “Given the popularity of Segway tours across the world, I was motivated to create a fun new activity in Regina. During my research, I learned that Segways are not allowed on public roadways, so I had to find a way to make special provisions to offer tours. I approached Wascana Centre with a business plan — and they were thrilled with the idea and agreed to provide the necessary permit.”

Regina Rolling Robot Tours (RRR Tours) is the only company authorized to offer guided tours through Wascana Centre on Segways and Ninebots, which are easy-gliding, self-balancing transportation devices. If you don’t know how to ride one, you’ll get comfortable with it in a matter of minutes during the training. RRR Tours have been enjoyed by visitors from all over the world. The tours aren’t just for visitors, though. In fact, half of all RRR Tours are taken by locals! “It’s a perfect activity to take your family, friends or business partners on a guided tour that leaves a positive, lasting impression of Regina. It’s also a memorable and unique team building activity.” As any entrepreneur knows, starting your own business can be scary,

Jasmine Kindred, owner RRR Tours 306.551.1462

Are You Getting

Value from Your Investment in Learning and Development?


ecently a business leader expressed his frustration to me about his company’s inability to apply and sustain learning and development received by their employees. “It drives me crazy! I send people away to training programs, but when they get back I don’t see them applying what they’ve learned back at work!” You can probably relate to this leader’s concern. Even though learning and development is vital to an organization’s success, most companies are not getting sustained value for their investment in learning.

We know there is a correlation between developing employees and business success: Research in human resources highlights that companies investing $1,500 or more per employee each year on training average 24 per cent higher profit margins than companies who invest less in training and development.

We know most employees want learning and development for various reasons, including to advance their careers: In a recent gallop poll, 87 per cent of millennials claim professional development and career growth are very important.



Barry Davis, CPHR, ACC. Photo by Kiriako Iatridis Photography

“The Forgetting Curve” Credit Google images

No question there is benefit from learning and development. Why then are most training efforts not returning more value back at work?

If you’d like to get more out of your learning and development investment, here’s the model I recommend to my clients:

One explanation may lie in how quickly we naturally forget what we’ve learned. In 1885, a German psychologist, Herman Ebbinghaus proposed The Forgetting Curve. Unfortunately, most of what we learn and observe each day is released from our shortterm memory to make way for other pressing information. This curve is still very relevant in today’s world of business learning and development, especially with the myriad of competing priorities employees are faced with.

1 Do a current state assessment to determine your readiness for applying and sustaining learning in your organization.

Without concentrated effort, any form of learning will be mostly lost in the buzz of everyday life. One study found that 12 per cent of learners said they apply the skills from training they receive. As a learning facilitator and coach, this causes me a lot of concern! As I work with government, volunteer and small to large businesses, I find most of them have very little planning, communication and structure to ensure application and sustainment of learning in their organization. The norm is that employees attend training programs with minimal pre-information, complete the session with soft action plans for implementation and have little structured support back at work to apply and sustain what they’ve learned.

2 Create a vision for your future learning and development and align it to your organization’s values. 3 Train and coach your leaders on how they can support and model learning and development. 4 Do thorough needs assessment and coordinate timely learning at individual, team and organizational levels. 5 Build a system for immediate and sustained application of learning including communication plans, leadership support, sharing of knowledge and learning updates. 6 Break down learning and development into small chunks and space them apart enough to allow for comprehension, application and sustained use. 7 Create measurement for learning effectiveness and monitor progress at periodic intervals.

Invest in these seven elements to achieve great results for your organization and its employees! Barry Davis, CPHR, ACC

Invest in People, Grow Your Business

The Human Side, Human Resource Development 306.537.8828






here is something magical about getting the family together on a Saturday morning and heading downtown to the farmers’ market. It’s so much more than purchasing heirloom tomatoes and fresh bread; it’s the atmosphere, the energy and, most importantly, the people. Regina Farmers' Market (RFM) has been serving Regina and area customers for more than 44 years. Vendors include individuals and businesses that make, bake, grow or design their products right here in Saskatchewan.

The first official Regina Farmers’ Market was held on August 9, 1975 at Regina’s Exhibition Grounds. Farmer-driven from the start, the inaugural Regina Farmers’ Market season was attended by 22 producers and took place over a short fall harvest season. Whoa, has it ever grown since then! The RFM has evolved to include a 10-month season with nearly 150 vendors selling a diverse range of Saskatchewan-made products.



2018 MARKETS/// SPRING INDOOR MARKET// Saturdays ONLY from March 3 to April 28 9 a.m. -1 p.m., 2065 Hamilton St OUTDOOR MARKETS // Wednesdays + Saturdays from May 5 to October 6 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., City Square Plaza FALL INDOOR MARKETS// Saturdays ONLY from October 13 to December 15 9 a.m. -1 p.m., location TBA

The RFM has had many locations over the years, including the Exhibition Grounds (1975-1981), 1800 block Hamilton St (19821986), the ViaRail (now Casino Regina) parking lot (1987-1994), 1900 block Scarth St (1995-2009), and City Hall (2010-2011), before finding their current home at the newly established City Square Plaza in 2012. “With healthy and local food becoming a recent trend, the market has been really growing in popularity, with many vendors selling out before the day is done,” says Holly Laird, operations manager. “This is great for our local economy. It’s fantastic to see there are so many people interested in making a difference by choosing to buy local.” The RFM outdoor markets run on Saturdays and Wednesdays from May to mid-October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on City Square Plaza

(12th Ave between Lorne St and Scarth St). In the height of the summer, there is often well over 100 vendors set up throughout the Plaza. Their indoor markets run on Saturdays in March, April, October, November and December, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their indoor location (Wa Wa Shrine Centre, 2065 Hamilton St). The indoor market typically sees anywhere between 35 and 50 vendors. Stay tuned: RFM will soon be announcing their new indoor venue for the fall, and it’s a definite upgrade from their current location! If you’re interested in experiencing a bit of a different vibe, make sure to attend the lively Market Under the Stars events, which take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on select Thursday nights at City Square Plaza. The event is tonnes of fun, with live music and dancing, a shopping area, and food and liquor tasting




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areas. You just need to stop in, purchase tickets and spend the evening sampling all different kinds of delicious food and drink. The dates for this summer are July 12, July 26, August 16 and August 30. The Regina Farmers’ Market has been a driving force in helping to expand the definition of local Saskatchewan products. In additional to valuing their founding and long-time members, they also actively embrace new and innovative products and production methods from across the province.


“People are always eager to hear about what’s new, and who the new vendors will be,” says Holly. “This year, we have between 25 and 30 new vendors and there will be plenty of different, exciting products to try.” One of these new vendors is Paradigm Coffee, who is selling “scientifically perfected” coffee that is simply delicious. The Good Dog is also new and sells healthy dog food and homemade treats. Some of the new products include Hungarian chimney cakes, plenty of homemade baking and soups, and even traditional Korean kimchi.

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Of course, there are some vendors who’ve been with RFM since the beginning. One of the founding members happens to be the owner of Fishley Farms, who you can catch at City Square Plaza this summer selling bedding plants and beautiful hanging baskets. “The Regina Farmers’ Market is a really unique way to connect with the people who are making, baking and growing their food.” mentions Holly. “It’s where we can actually develop relationships with the people who are creating our food. People can see where their dollars can make a really big difference. You’re not supporting this big conglomeration; you’re supporting the people who are putting in the time and love to bring you the best products. “It’s such a great way to connect and be part of the community.” Make sure to watch for the latest news on the Regina Farmers’ Market by following the RFM on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Regina Farmers’ Market is always looking for volunteers to lend an extra hand. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email info@

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his year, we have changed things up, and shifted from a Best of the Best feature in our summer issue to Top Rated. You will notice our Top Rated clients contain either a Google or Facebook rating or both. Both Google and Facebook allow users to rate the quality of a business’s product and/or service on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, including a review that supports that rating. How important are these reviews? • 90 per cent of consumers read reviews before visiting a new business and of those, 88 per cent trust them • 72 per cent say that positive reviews make them trust a business more, and will take action after reading the reviews • 92 per cent of consumers will use a local business if it has at least a 4-Star rating In the pages that follow are local businesses that are Top Rated by their customers. See who these businesses are and read what their clients are saying! 54 Auto Body

56 Botox & Cosmetic Injections 57 Pet Food Store

58 Cleaning Service 60 Condo Living

64 Digital Marketing 65 Entertainment 66 Enclosures 68 Flooring

70 Furniture Store 74 Insulation

76 Learning Centre 78 Pharmacy

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arbour Landing Village is an intergenerational community in southwest Regina. We offer many services and amenities including senior living, childcare, community programming, dining options and a hair salon.

The Village brings together innovative programming with independent and supportive senior living. It’s an integrated destination for delicious food, wellness, childcare and social events. Our entire team is dedicated to serving the needs of our seniors, children and the community. Activities for our residents combine physical, intellectual, spiritual and social aspects with a unique intergenerational focus. Staffed by certified early childhood educators, our state-of-theart childcare centre is equipped with high-quality furnishings, natural light and beautiful outdoor play areas. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, our educators encourage children to explore their imaginations and take the lead in learning. Through respect, kindness and teamwork, our childcare centre provides excellent building blocks for child development. At the Village we know food doesn’t just feed the body, it nourishes the mind and soul. Our culinary director personalizes meals for each resident’s dietary needs and supports the childcare centre’s nutritional requirements. We also provide unique dining experiences for the surrounding neighbourhood. Roots Kitchen & Bar offers a casual dining room, bar and private meeting space with a menu featuring homecooked meals and desserts. Perk and Taps is a licensed beverage house featuring specialty coffees, local beer, wine and tasty house-baked treats. Both our restaurant and coffee shop are open for the public to enjoy and feel comfortable. Our hair salon, Studio 3, is available to both our residents and the public. Salon offerings include a range of services, such as waxing, scalp treatments, perms, haircuts, colour and styling. Studio 3 stylists do a great job getting to know everyone who walks in. As an anchor in the community, Harbour Landing Village proudly partners with local community associations and businesses to offer programs and events to the public. Stop by today and experience the Village! Harbour Landing Village 4000 James Hill Road Regina, SK 306.559.5545 REGINA & ARE A REFINED






t’s no accident that Auto Extreme is among the top autobody shops in Regina. The business sets itself apart with superior customer service and attention to detail — from the moment a vehicle enters the shop to the moment it leaves.

“Other shops will have one guy taking it apart, another guy doing the repairs, another guy painting it, another guy putting it back together, and another guy checking it over. Our two guys are doing it all,” says Leah Jaques, general manager. “We are a small team where everyone works on all the cars. It improves our quality control [when the] team deals with the car from start to finish. This is not an assembly line, as are a lot of the bigger shops.” Located next to Casino Regina, Auto Extreme offers free estimates and quotes. All its work is guaranteed. When owners Wade Probe, Tim Probe and Larry Mueller handed the reigns over to Jaques’ personalized managerial style, she transformed the SGI-accredited shop into a family business that handles all types of car insurance claims quickly, affordably, and in a caring way that leaves customers feeling both appreciated and appreciative. “I get hugs from customers. So many people hug me when they get their cars back. It’s awesome. I’ve kept them in the loop, we treat them like family, and they are like: ‘Oh my! You fixed my car, and it’s ahead of schedule.’ ”



5 ★ FACEBOOK REVIEW RATING “Larry and Leah were great to deal with and they truly ensure the customer is happy. Really happy I took my car to them.” —Kari Lynn “Auto Extreme did a wonderful job on our SUV. Looks great and awesome customer service!” —Lianne

since I’ve been here. And so, people find an antique fridge, they want it in a special colour, and we do it. That is something that stands out.”

Whether it is autobody repair, frame inspection and repair, glass repair, windshield replacement or painting, Auto Extreme takes great pains to ensure work is easy on the customers and as affordable as possible. According to Jaques, building long-term relationships based on quality service is key to the shop’s success. “I care about the customer more than the money. I think it’s best for the customer — and they’ll remember and tell people. I’m trying to build relationships with the customer, finding out a bit about them. I also give them updates every couple of days as to how their vehicle is doing. It’s a personal touch.” From high-end Mercedes convertibles to old farm trucks, Auto Extreme does it all. In fact, notes Jaques, the shop even provides unique painting services for customers looking to paint items such as classic refrigerators for “man caves,” as well as cabinets and home doors. “We’ve done four specialty fridges

Fridge doors aside, she adds, Auto Extreme obviously also provides all nature of painting services for vehicles — from basic SGI claims to more “funky paint jobs” such as layering on metallic sheens. Whatever the job, Auto Extreme prioritizes quality of service, ensuring customers come back whenever they need more work done on their vehicles. That is the benefit of being a trusted and caring business that largely depends on word-of-mouth advertising. “Auto Extreme is small and that means it is more personal,” says Jaques. “Every vehicle is treated like it’s our own vehicle. I like that.” In addition to offering free rides for customers during service appointments, Auto Extreme also has courtesy cars available. To request an estimate appointment, visit

Auto Extreme 1717 South Railway Street Regina 306.352.8579



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Who is


5 ★ FACEBOOK RATING “Jodie is extremely professional and knowledgeable. So happy with my results. Highly recommend her services.” Tricia “Saw Jodie last Thursday and I can notice the difference already. Can't wait to complete the process. Professional, knowledgeable, and informative. All the things I was looking for.” Arlene

left-right Dr. Kathy Ferguson and Jodie Weir


hat would be Jodie Weir! Following her passion, Jodie opened SkinDiva Injection Artistry LTD in August of 2017. She provides services to treat fine lines and wrinkles as well as skin rejuvenation using fillers. If you are looking to restore your face, or simply want to enhance your features, SkinDiva is the place for you. The reviews on her Facebook page tell the story!



Jodie is also an emergency nurse with 16 years of experience. Using her critical care knowledge, in addition to her artistic eye, understanding of facial features, and expertise of current injection techniques, Jodie is able to achieve natural injection results for all her clients. “I always communicate openly with my clients,” she says. “People often have a specific idea of what they want. We’ll work together to find the best way to enhance their natural beauty and have them feeling (and looking!) fabulous!” Jodie also works with her long-time friend and co-worker Dr. Kathy Ferguson, who oversees all Jodie’s injections. The ladies’ personalized treatment plans ensure the safety of all clients. “Jodie’s nursing background helps her make her clients feel valued,” says Dr. Ferguson. “Her confident, no-pressure approach puts our customers at ease.” Stay tuned for her upcoming website!

SkinDiva Injection Artistry 2721 Quance Street Regina 306.535.7711





he Bone & Biscuit is a pet food store like no other. With its boutique feel, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and a wide range of food, treats, supplements, toys and accessories for your dog and cat, The Bone & Biscuit is an experience as well as a store. “My staff and I are extensively trained in pet nutrition so we can provide information and advice that will help you make the best choice for your pet,” says owner Laur’Lei Silzer. “In addition, we have a certified pet behaviour expert on staff who can answer your questions about training and dealing with your dog’s bad habits.” The food choices at the Bone & Biscuit include raw, dehydrated, freeze-dried, canned and kibble, and is free of wheat, corn and soy. There are limited ingredient foods for those animals with sensitivities, and grain-free options in food and treats. And if your dog is having a birthday, there


is a bakery stocked with fancy cookies as well as “pupcakes” — cupcakes made entirely of frozen meat. Your pet is welcome to accompany you into the store. “We love it when people bring their pets with them. And it’s especially helpful if they are buying items like harnesses, or coats and boots so that we can ensure that the fit is correct.” The Bone & Biscuit offers a loyalty program known as Biscuit Bucks. For every dollar spent (before taxes) the customer receives a point. When 500 points are earned, that translates into a 10 per cent discount off a future purchase. “We have double and triple point events to help our customers get to the reward faster,”

Silzer adds. “For example, every Tuesday between 4 and 8 p.m. is ‘Yappy Hour’ where double points are earned on all dog purchases. Thursday is ‘Purrsday’ all day because we want cat lovers to know we want their business as well.” The Bone & Biscuit is open seven days a week (except the occasional holiday).

Bone & Biscuit Co. 300-2101 Quance Street East, Regina 306. 545.2663 4.1 ★ GOOGLE REVIEW RATING






The much anticipated summer season has arrived on the Prairies. After months of cold wintery weather, it is time to enjoy being outside soaking up the summer sunshine. 58




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o you and your family enjoy swimming at a lake, local pool or even your own pool? We do too! Putting together totes for clean towels that are only used for the pool or lake is very helpful. They can be washed, dried and placed in the same easy to reach spot all summer long. This saves your household towels from being bleached out, left outdoors to the elements or used to catch drips from cold summer treats like freezies and popsicles. Make sure to have a landing zone for the ones that need a wash.

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We all love to throw open our windows to enjoy the sounds of nature and let the fresh air into the house. This allows dust or allergens in the air to float in; with the amount of construction going on in our city, the dust can be extremely noticeable. There is no way to avoid this from happening completely, but here are a few ways to prevent potential dust buildup. Using a damp microfibre cloth to wipe window ledges and other surfaces near the windows on a regular basis will make a big difference. If you really want to get ahead of the game, using a window filter is a great option. The other thing we suggest doing is to change your furnace filters once a month. They will be doing double duty cleaning your air for you, so help them out.

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Preparing for winter only takes a few • Do you like to barbeque in the winter? hours and can save loads of time once it • Do you like to barbeque in the winter? hours and can save loads of time once it Move your barbeque closer to the door and hits. Put away the summer gear and give Move your barbeque closer to the door and hits. Put away the summer gear and give make sure you have propane. If you have a the closet a vacuum and a mop. Hangers make sure you have propane. If you have a the closet a vacuum and a mop. Hangers smoker, store pellets in a sealed container. ready, totes ready and all hands on deck! smoker, store pellets in a sealed container. ready, totes ready and all hands on deck! Here is a checklist to help you and your • Shovels lined up in front or get the snow Here is a checklist to help you and your • Shovels lined up in front or get the snow family get organized: blower all ready to roll! family get organized: blower all ready to roll!


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Are you a first-time home buyer with a young family? Or perhaps you are an empty nester looking for less responsibility and a peaceful neighbourhood? Either way, Sandstone Terrace in Pilot Butte is an ideal condominium option for you.


ast of the city of Regina, Sandstone Terrace is located within The Plains at Pilot Butte — a vibrant new residential community with wide streets, a park and walking paths that are ideal for families.Interestingly, Pilot Butte was chosen as the town's name in 1883 and means “lookout point.” The origin of the name comes from the flat-topped hill that historically served as a lookout point for hunting buffalo. For first-time home buyers, Sandstone Terrace offers zero money down and you do not pay PST. This is a great way for new homeowners and young families to build equity in a property, instead of spending their money on rent. For downsizing mature home buyers, Sandstone Terrace promises quiet surroundings and living maintenance-free in a premium quality home. And, perhaps, low condo fees will mean mature home buyers can save money and put it towards a warm weather vacation.

The Sandstone Terrace show home in Pilot Butte is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


The bungalows and townhomes of Sandstone Terrace are all built by Gordon Homes. A locally owned and operated family company, Gordon Homes is dedicated to quality construction, personalized service and attention to detail. “For those potential home owners looking to buy east of Regina in the White City or Emerald Park area, I highly encourage you to consider Pilot Butte and all of its amenities,” says Robert Sluser, Sandstone Terrace’s property developer. Luxury finishes and stainlesssteel appliances are also included with Sandstone Terrace condos. Other advantages include a secure neighbourhood, lots of parking for

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visitors, and driving times of six minutes to Costco and eight minutes to east Regina. Sandstone Terrace is already 80 per cent sold. Available options still include bungalows (featuring a fully developed basement) and two-story townhomes with two or three bedrooms. Gaston Sirois of Platinum Realty Specialists is managing the sales of Sandstone Terrace. “This is one of the best condo developments in the city. It’s priced right for those looking to move in right away with no money down. The property is situated in a bay with the townhouses backing on to a park and walking trails. Ideal for families, these condos are beautifully appointed.”

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MEETS THE PRAIRIES IN SUPPORT OF U OF R STUDENTS This year marked the fourth anniversary of the University of Regina’s signature fundraiser — the Prairie Kitchen Party.





Drawing on their east coast roots, University of Regina president and vicechancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons and partner Stuart Mason, conceptualized the event. “We want the event be fun and for guests to feel like they’re coming to dinner at our house,” said Timmons. “It’s really about pairing a traditional Atlantic-Canadian event — a lobster dinner and some east-coast music — with prairie hospitality.”


he University’s Prairie Kitchen Party has a down-home feel that guests love — and it’s for a good cause! This year, the event raised nearly $70,000 for the University’s Student Emergency Bursary, a special fund to assist students whose continued education at the University of Regina is at risk due to unexpected financial pressures.

If you haven’t been before, the Prairie Kitchen Party is a one-ofkind night of live music, silent and live auctions, and of course, a delicious Atlantic lobster dinner with all the fixings. The lobsters are flown in from Atlantic Canada for the event and served alongside fresh biscuits, coleslaw and corn. Three words best describe the meal: fresh, delicious, and eventful. If you’ve never cracked open your own lobster before, the experience is one you will not forget! A build-your-own dessert bar complete, with lemon curd, berries, and meringue tops off the meal. The décor is beautiful and instantly transports you to the east coast. You could almost smell that salty ocean breeze! Sheer white curtains, sparking lights, rustic wood and plenty of nautical items — including a working lighthouse — fill the room. Blue and white checkered tablecloths are spread over every table, and the centre-pieces are shimmering steel buckets (to toss the lobster shells in, of course!). No kitchen party is complete without music, and the Prairie Kitchen Party has lively, foot-stomping music throughout the evening. This year, guests were greeted by the sound of fiddling

by local talent Scott Benson. The University of Regina Pipe and Drum band ceremoniously piped in the steaming lobsters while the Summerfield School of Highland Dancers performed, perfectly capturing the spirit of the Maritimes. Jakey’s Gin and Darke Hall Five (a band of University of Regina faculty members) performed for a crowd of dancers into the evening. Raffles, silent and live auctions were a huge success with guests taking home experiential packages such as a “Day at Regina Beach,” or a $2,500 travel voucher to St. John’s Newfoundland. Guests left satisfied after enjoying a wonderful dinner and supporting University of Regina students. The funds raised help those like Maja Kralovcova, a former University of Regina exchange student. She benefited from an emergency bursary when unforeseen circumstances put her education in jeopardy. “Everyone deserves a chance at an education regardless of their financial circumstances,” says Kralovcova. “I am proof that if you support someone and offer them a second chance, they can grow and prosper. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University, recently became co-owner of a local fitness business, and have made Regina my home.” This year’s Prairie Kitchen Party was a great success and a tonne of fun. The University of Regina hopes to raise even more funds at the next year’s Prairie Kitchen Party set for May 4, 2019 at the Queensbury Convention Centre at Evraz Place. Stay tuned for ticket information!

opposite Traditional piping in of the lobster clockwise from top left Kicking up their heels to the music of Darke Hall Five, Jakey’s Gin kicks off the night in Celtic fashion! Silent auction winners went home very happy indeed, Dr. Timmons looks on as Hany Al Moliya talks about the life-changing impact of supports such as the Student Emergency Bursary

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Metrics Online Marketing focuses on helping small and medium size business in Regina with marketing services. While its primary focus is online marketing, it has followed the principle of having a balanced approach to marketing. 64



n 2014, a marketing study was done outlining the three types of consumers in the marketplace — the digital consumer, the fully engaged consumer and the traditional consumer. We help our customers understand the three types and how to engage them to grow and increase their profit margins,” says Wayne UnRuh, president. “It is also about ongoing learning by ensuring you can measure your marketing efforts, hence the name Metrics.”


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Metrics is an all-encompassing online marketing company providing website design, search engine optimization, social media management, search engine and social media marketing (paid advertising). It has successfully positioned its customers on search in key positions leading to significant measurable results. “I was with another online marketing company for a year with little to no results. Since I got involved with Metrics over the past two months, I have noticed a significant increase in my results. I now realize the benefits of being on top of Google for many of the key search terms throughout southern Saskatchewan,” says Bud Anderson from Eco Concrete Levelling of Regina ( “I highly recommend meeting with them.” “Content is critical for success; that's why we have committed to providing other services such as photography and video production," says UnRuh. “It is key to ensuring that our customers brands are professionally represented to potential customers.” And it is obviously working. “I started working with Metrics two months ago and have noticed an increase in business both from social media and from Google,” says Brisdon Chernick of Pro Surfaces (www. The company provides a

free evaluation of a company's current marketing and provides suggestions for improvements with no commitment. One of Metrics’ passions is helping start-up companies. One of the articles you'll find on their website — blogs — is specifically related to outlining the most useful online tools for getting your business started. “When starting a business, our customers need information about best practices and the best online tools to get them up and going affordably,” says Ryan Doka, digital marketing manager at Metrics. “It’s critical to the success of a startup to safeguard their seed money. We make it affordable for startups to get started. The additional information we provide ensures that they get started on the right foot.”

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hat if you could enjoy all the benefits of being in nature with the comfort of being indoors?

Think about it: no more mosquitoes. No wasps buzzing around as you eat. Zero wind threatening to knock over your patio furniture. Rain no longer forcing you indoors. Just pure comfort and enjoyment in the privacy of your own backyard. With Suncoast Enclosures, you can appreciate your perfect outdoor space all day long, from early morning coffee to late night drinks with friends. “Our screen enclosures allow you to better enjoy your outdoor living area,” says Don Larwood, general manager of Suncoast Enclosures. “For 66


pools, this means you spend your time swimming instead of cleaning. An evening swim or a weekend barbeque becomes much more enjoyable without having to deal with flies and mosquitoes. Plus, you’ll never have to put away lawn furniture again.” Suncoast Enclosures are made of the finest quality materials available. The frame is fabricated from maintenance-free, powder-coated aluminum. All the aluminum extrusions incorporate a patented system that locks the screening in, preventing it from being pushed out or becoming saggy over time. The covering can be made of fibreglass mesh or polycarbonate plastic. Available in different shapes, colours and sizes, three-season rooms and screen rooms can be constructed against buildings or be freestanding. A typical size is about 12 by 16 feet, but Suncoast has built quite a range of sizes, the largest being

3,600 square feet. Enclosures can be placed on just about any surface, such as concrete pads, wooden decks, wooden timbers or paving stones, assuming the walls can be fastened down. All Suncoast enclosures are strong enough to withstand our temperamental prairie weather. “Every one of our buildings has an engineered roof with a lifetime warranty for snow loads and winds,” says Larwood. Suncoast Enclosures’ louvered roof allows you to get the most enjoyment out of your outdoor space. Imagine a durable, versatile and attractive patio cover. One that delivers shade on hot days, protects your family from harmful UV rays and keeps your deck, swimming pool, hot tub and outdoor furniture dry during a rainstorm. Suncoast Enclosures will custom build your louvered roof as an addition to your home or as its own free-standing patio cover. You can choose from a flat or pitched roof design made to fit your specifications. Suncoast Enclosures is a 2018 Consumer Choice Award winner and a recipient of Refined Lifestyle’s Best of the Best award. After 27 years, the staff have more experience in their field than anyone else in

Canada. Every job is custom built and each enclosure is designed to suit your circumstances, keeping in mind function and aesthetics. They design each enclosure exclusively to complement your home and landscaping as a beautiful addition. “If you enclose your deck, patio or gazebo, it becomes your outdoor living room and allows you to open up your house and lifestyle,” says Larwood. “You can get into a room in March or April, and enjoy it until October or November.” Find out how to stretch your summer by stopping into Suncoast’s new showroom located at the corner of South Service Road and Highway 1 West in Regina. Call or visit them online for more details.

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hen it comes to your flooring, Floor Coverings International’s unique approach to finding the perfect fit for your home is tough to beat. Now equipped with three design associates and two mobile showrooms, Shannon Forrester and her team bring the perfect product samples right to your door. And best of all, their in-home consultations are 100 per cent free, even if you live out of town! Not only is their mobile flooring service incredibly convenient, but it’s the personal, on-on-one customer service that really stands out. Clients are able to keep in touch with their associates through text or phone calls who directly handle any warranty issues, which means you don’t have to spend hours on the phone with a call centre. Floor Coverings International also carries exclusive high quality products. During a recent renovation project in White City, associate Shannon Forrester paid a visit to her client with at least eight different hardwoods to find the perfect colour. And the results are exquisite. With its dramatic rustic feel, the uniquely and aptly named “Tavern’s Keeper’ was the winner for this condo. This 12 Oaks Hardwood

product is milled in Canada and Floor Coverings International is the only company in Saskatchewan to carry it. According to Shannon, hardwood is making a definite comeback and it’s more affordable than you may think. Recent innovation in engineered hardwood means that it retains the look and feel of solid hardwood while allowing for a much easier install while eliminating common temperature control




• Mix and match: LVT provides a huge variety of design options, textures and pat-who prefer to purchase and install their own product Clients can bring Shannon on board to help and consult. Her terns to choose from, and can replicate flooring expertise and eye for design will help you pick out other textures and substances. It can be the right product. In fact, Floor Coverings International Like us on and follow us on made to authentically mimic both the lookits franchise ensures owners undergo regular training to keep @floor2yourdoor_yqr abreast you’re less hands and the texture of real wood orof new trends and products. But 5if ★ RATING on, Shannon can take over your renovation project from stone products. “Shannon at Floor moving the furniture to installing baseboards. HerCoverings issues. Shannon believes it’s the timeless nature of

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“With a quick search online, I found Floor Coverings International Regina. The site was user friendly. I submitted a request for a quote and received a call from Shannon the next day. Shannon is a pleasure to work with. She brought samples to our home, measured our space and ordered the product we You can rest assured that we use only the highest quality were looking for. The quality of our products with the best warranties. Choosing flooring should engineered hardwood exceeds our be an investment because the right pick could last the lifetime expectations and I would not hesitate of your home. Some of our products even carry a lifetime to recommend the company.”

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With our mobility and great customer service, we are an easy choice for your flooring needs. Seeing the sample product in your home is critical for making the right choice, and the one-on-one customer service experience with Shannon can’t be beat!

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A Community AppreCiAtion pet portrAit FundrAiser to support LuCky pAws dog resCue


ucky Paws Dog Rescue based out of Regina and Moose Jaw is an all-volunteer, non-profit charity that rescues, fosters and helps dogs get adopted to live happier and fuller lives. They accept good quality dog food, new/used collars, leashes, Canadian Tire money, kennels and blankets. Any monetary donations over $25 are eligible for a tax receipt.

Support from businesses & the community

Lucky Paws Dog Rescue’s mission to help rescue dogs would not be possible without the assistance of the local community. The following four Regina and Moose Jaw businesses are truly “rock stars” when it comes to what they do to in support of Lucky Paws: The Cathedral Pet Stop, Albert North Veterinary Clinic, Bellamy Harrison Animal Hospital and Gary Overs Kennelling and Obedience. You can find and follow them all on Facebook. The Cathedral Pet Stop is located at 2924 13th Avenue in the heart of the Cathedral area of Regina. They hold adoption events for Lucky Paws throughout the year, host a pet portrait event with Santa during the Christmas season, and on most Sundays of the month, they host a dog in their store that is up for adoption with Lucky Paws Dog Rescue.



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Albert North Veterinary Clinic is located at 216 McIntyre Street in Regina and has been supportive of Lucky Paws since their inception. They provide the rescue dogs with excellent health care and provide a large discount for all services. They are a busy clinic, but still always find a way to fit Lucky Paws in if there is an emergency. Bellamy Harrison Animal Hospital located at 790 Lillooet Street in Moose Jaw is also one of Lucky Paws’ biggest supporters. The clinic provides a discount on all veterinary procedures, often free followup exams for dogs with specific health issues, and tons of telephone advice. Bellamy Harrison has a team of highly skilled veterinarians who stay current in their profession.

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Gary Overs Kennelling & Obedience located at 860 High Street West in Moose Jaw provides amazing support to Lucky Paws such as free training and rehabilitation, fundraisers for food and monetary donations, and free grooming services. Gary will answer questions about behaviour issues, provide advice on ideal placements for dogs and more. His excellent knowledge and educational support is outstanding.

A fundraiser to say “Thank You”

To thank these four businesses, Brice Photography — a pet portrait photographer based out of Regina — recently hosted a community appreciation pet fundraiser for Lucky Paws Dog Rescue in both Regina and Moose Jaw. A total of 38 pets had their portraits taken, and $1200 was raised. The funds will cover costs for veterinary bills and supplies for Lucky Paws Dog Rescue. A huge thank you is extended to the businesses named above and the pet owners who helped make this event a huge success — all to allow Lucky Paws Dog Rescue to continue their mission to ensure every dog they rescue is a lucky one. Brice Photography looks forward to hosting this event next year and raising even more funds for Lucky Paws Dog Rescue.

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If you want to help Lucky Paws or get involved in some of their fundraisers, volunteer or fostering programs, email luckypawsdr@ Lucky Paws thanks all their community supporters.







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Character home? Older neighbourhood? Established community? If these are ways to describe your home, or you're looking to buy an older home, you need to know. Buildings built prior to 1970 may have more than that old charm.

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Well, here's what you need to know. From the 1920s to the late 1960s, vermiculite was a very common insulation; it was vermin-proof, fire-proof and a good insulator. Here's the issue. The vast majority of vermiculite used in Saskatchewan was mined from Libby Montana, our closest supplier. What we know now is that mine also had asbestos mixed in it. So, what's that matter, you ask? If you are doing any renovations to your home that may involve the ceiling, attic, exterior walls, venting, soffits, bath or kitchen exhaust, you need a contractor who understands asbestos or will bring in the experts.


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hildren attend Oxford Learning Regina for many reasons, says Centre Director Janet Klassen. Some arrive thanks to their academic gifts. The centre can help high-achieving children set their own learning speed, ensuring they aren’t held back by set curriculum. Others attend to develop a specific subject or skill. Reading, writing and math are often especially tricky for students, says former school teacher Klassen. “I saw lots of junior high students reading below grade level,” she explains. Furthermore, she notes, “some Oxford Learning attendees have learning disabilities, and need strategies to help them move forward despite those.”



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In every case, however, Klassen knows students enroll at Oxford Learning because parents are safeguarding their education. “Parents’ dedication just amazes me,” she says. “I’ve met so many wonderful parents who want to help their kids be the best they can be.”

“When I was raising my children, I thought they would learn how to study at school,” she says. However, the reality she observed was different. Klassen herself has navigated a similar situation. “When I was raising my children, I thought they would learn how to study at school,” she says. However, the reality she observed was different. “Schools sometimes introduce those concepts, but students need an opportunity to practice them.” “That’s why I looked at Oxford Learning Centre,” she continues. “It focuses on how students learn, and on helping them learn how to learn.” She founded the

Canadian enterprise’s Regina branch in 2000. Almost two decades later, Oxford Learning Regina is a popular local resource — “we’re busy!” Klassen says. The Regina centre and its staff hold a Community Marketing Award (2010), Pillar Award (2014), Flora Manuel Memorial Award and Little Readers Award (both 2016) from Oxford Learning Central. Last year, a President’s Award was bestowed upon Klassen herself. “That’s the top award at Oxford Learning; I was pleasantly surprised!” she says warmly. At Oxford Learning, Klassen says, “We do a lot of celebrating. We celebrate all achievements and small gains — and mistakes, because they give us an opportunity to learn.” She sees this approach as key to student morale. “It’s a matter of encouraging students to develop confidence, and enthusiasm for learning.” Considering the number of Oxford Learning students who remain at the centre long-term, it seems clear that parents are pleased with their results. In fact, Klassen says, some teenage students initially enrolled as preschoolers. “It’s a really positive place for everybody,” she says. “It’s fun. You see the growth in the kids; you start to see them flower.”

“Summer is a great time for kids to catch up or get ahead,” says Oxford Learning Centre Director Janet Klassen. “They can focus on developing their reading, writing, or math skills. That can make a big difference, going into the next school year.” Throughout summer vacation, Oxford Learning enhances its schedule with seasonal classes (such as “Fun in French Thursdays”, a two-hour weekly French intensive). The summer-only “Study Skills Boot Camp” is crafted especially for students approaching ninth grade. “There’s a big difference between student expectations for elementary school and high school,” Klassen says. This late-August “boot camp” helps high school freshmen hit the ground running “right from the start.”

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In the early 2010s, however, switching to e-cigarettes meant Smider had to order vaping products online. The lack of vape shops in the area inspired his business, he explains. “I decided to bring the products here. I wanted to provide ease of access.” Queen City Vapes is now approaching its fifth birthday. The boutique offers “hardware, vaporizers, and e-liquid to people who want to quit smoking, and haven’t had success with pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter products,” Smider says. “They’re ‘tobacco harm reduction products.’ ”

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f there’s one project every condo dweller should tackle before peak summer, it’s enhancing their deck — and by deck we mean outdoor living room. With smart, intentional decor, even small patios can serve as inviting extensions of your indoor space. Follow these tips to create a relaxing oasis where you can unwind all season long.

Find Your Purpose

Will your deck time be a solo affair, or do you need seating for two or more? Do you want to eat meals out there, or simply sit back with a book and a cold drink?

Consider how you’d like to use the space and factor that in before choosing furnishings. You might envision long sunset dinners, but in reality find it easier to eat indoors (closer to the kitchen), then transition outside for a cocktail or cup of tea. Also: note that depending what direction your patio faces, it may be too warmed by the sun to use at certain times of day. Plan accordingly! At the start of your design process, determine when you’ll spend the most time outside, who might join you (spouse? friend? family member?) and what sort of laid-back activity you’ll likely engage in. This will ensure your deck design meets your needs.

Create Privacy

It’s hard to relax when you can see everything your neighbours are up to, and vice versa. The best way to maximize privacy without minimizing views? Plants. Tall varieties such as bamboo make an excellent natural screen that you can place in areas where you’d like coverage.



(Bonus: they also create shade.) Alternatively, you could place a shelving unit along one side and stack potted plants within it. The effect is that of a vertical garden that encloses your space. Similarly, a trellis works beautifully for climbing plants, adding height to your railing and a place for greenery to grow. If your deck has an awning, you might install a curtain rod and hang a sheer drape that can be pulled closed as needed. This will help shield the space from the sun while creating softness — a true living room feel.

Selective Seating

When it comes to furnishing a small patio, less is typically more. If you want to dine outdoors, consider a bistro table with two or three outdoor dining chairs. Anything larger runs the risk of dominating the space, creating a cluttered rather than welcoming feel. If you’re using your deck to lounge, opt for seating that’s padded, such as an L-shaped outdoor sofa or a couple of lightweight wicker chairs with cushions. A long, low bench covered in throw pillows works well for narrow spaces. Nesting tables can be used to set down drinks, snacks and something to read, then tucked away when not in use. To maintain an airy aesthetic, avoid bulky pieces and keep the walkway clear.

Texture Time

Just because your patio is outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t adorn it with textiles. The materials used for outdoor rugs and throw pillows make them — if not entirely weatherproof — certainly more durable and harder to stain. Choose a color palette that flows with the rest of your home and personalize the space with textiles to create a cozy vibe. You can use rugs to create small zones, separating the sitting area from the sliding door, for example. And keep your colour palette in mind when picking out planters. The more colours and patterns you use, the busier the space will feel. To help your patio garden stand out, consider keeping all the pots in a neutral shade. This will give your plants and flowers center stage.

The Right Light

Bright lights don’t belong on a small deck. With a combination of candle lanterns and string lights, you can achieve the perfect glow — one that illuminates your surroundings without competing with the stars. String lights are available in a range of styles and shapes, from clear round bulbs to tiny twinkle lights that resemble fireflies. String them up along your railing, against the wall, or overhead and enjoy the bit of magic they bring after dusk. If you don’t have an accessible outlet, opt for solar lights. They’ll charge during the day and stay lit throughout the night. No matter the size, your deck provides an opportunity to get creative with decor. Unlike other parts of the home, which need to provide multiple functions, the deck is primarily for relaxing. (If it doubles as a garden, we hope you consider gardening to be relaxing, too!) Design the space with this in mind, and choose plants, furniture and accessories that give you that “ahhhhhh” feeling. When winter comes, you’ll know you made the most of the season — even on the days you didn’t leave home.



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