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he “Best of the Best” has arrived! This special issue features a wide variety of Saskatoon and area businesses who excel in their specialty areas. Visit these and other businesses featured inside. They have a lot to offer! REFINED is proud to deliver content that performs — through print, social media and our brand new website. We are especially excited to integrate one of the latest technological innovations — augmented reality (AR). Take a few minutes right now and download the Zappar app on your smart phone, open it and scan the Zappar symbol on the front cover and some of the pages inside. Scan pages on our website where you see the Zappar symbol. You’ll be amazed at what you see and the places you’ll go, whether it’s to a client’s website, video or a menu of products. The sky is the limit, and whether you love or hate the latest Pokémon Go craze, the world of AR and its variations are here to stay. REFINED will continue to stay ahead of the curve and position ourselves right in the forefront of the new and emerging media mix — for our clients, our readers and our community! Follow REFINED on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit — enjoy the buffet of information, submit writing through Be Our Guest, and get engaged. We want to hear from you!


Volume 1 Issue 3 Editor Sherry Lee Design Amber Moon, DeAnne Bell Cover Photography CHEL photo Models MASALA Model & Talent Photography Andrea Evans Appl Photo CHEL photo DeAnne Bell Erin Crooks Farm & Food Care Sask. Heather Fritz Jocelyn Ann Photography Lisa Landrie

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Contributing Writers Amanda Forrest Candace Fox Carter Haydu Damon Bennett Dean Renwick Dr. Vicki Holmes Erin Legg Jill Poulton

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MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER As a child, I thought growing up on a farm was the best summer you could wish for. Today, I look at all the summer festivals urban life has to offer. Almost everything is “kid-friendly.” This summer’s 30th celebration of Jazz Fest proved just that. Every age attended and enjoyed. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered! Saskatoon was recently named as one of the Top 3 cities in which to do business. We’re not surprised. Over the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with many of these business owners, many who are featured in our annual Best of the Best. If you were awestruck when you saw our cover, you’ll want to read the feature story. Photographers often get lost behind the beauty of the images they present. As much as Kimball V. Regier of CHEL photo prefers that, we’re letting you get to know this man of mystery. Just a little though…

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KIM REGIER, CHEL photo (Cover Feature) With vivacious energy and a creative eye, Kim sees beauty everywhere. Almost three decades in the beauty industry as a stylist and owner of CHEL salonspa, Kim has unveiled for countless individuals their true beauty. Through his photography business, CHEL photo, Kim captures the natural beauty of his everyday adventures and worldly pursuits with intriguing imagery that leaves viewers breathless. Kim’s keen eye has established himself as one of the most sought-after photographers for fashion and beauty campaigns on the international scale.

AMBER MOON Design Amber is an award winning Canadian designer who loves a solid challenge. Specializing in print design, she has over 17 years of experience in the agency world, and has designed everything from package creative and store signage, athletic performance gear to wallpaper and everything in between. She has truly seen and done it all.


Creating images that speak to the heart, Dennica Wailing doesn’t limit herself to any one discipline in her photographic life. Operating Neek Photography since 2012, she has a flair for the dramatic, an eye for clean lines, and believes the only bad photos are the ones you don’t take.



Heather Fritz is one of Canada’s most sought-after photographers. For 12 years, she has captured authentic personalities, moments, and once-in-a-lifetime occasions for hundreds of clients across Canada and throughout North America. An impeccable professional, her work appears in a multitude of high-end magazines and corporate publications.

Erin is a freelance writer with a background in creative media, government and non-profit organizations. Her writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers, magazines, blogs and academic publications. When she’s not storytelling, Erin likes spending time with her family, cooking and exploring new places.



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As an artist, Lisa merges the best qualities of her art with cutting edge digital technology. Her work is described as thoughtful, modern, uncomplicated and artistically well designed. Her talent for choosing the right light captures nature’s greatest design tool in achieving drama, depth and sincerity.

Candace started her freelance writing career while co-owner of Couture Business Development Inc., a marketing and public relations firm. During the past five years, she has been a contributing writer for various publications, a freelance copywriter and blogger. She has a passion for writing about arts and culture, as well as lifestyles.

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MINIS By Candace Fox

Designer Rebecca King weighs in on “mini me� fashion, and how social media is a driving force in launching new labels and brands for trend setting kids.


stablished fashion designer, Rebecca King, has as much fun creating mini versions of her designs for her daughter as she does making the adult renditions. She admits styling her two kids can be addictive with all the new baby and kid brands dedicated to creating pint size, stylish versions reminiscent of adult fashion. Instagram accounts have become a popular outlet for stylists and designers, documenting kid-friendly looks as fashion forward as outfits straight off the runway or glossy fashion magazines.




Playing dress up Noting comfort and style for kids is just as important as it is for mom and dad, King loves dressing up three-year-old daughter, Novena and her adorable one-year-old-son, Hugh. Light fabrics, soft cottons and cozy knits in unique prints, vibrant colours and modern cuts that can be mixed and matched or layered are both functional and fun. “As parents, we have a limited time to be able to influence our kids’ fashion choices and let them enjoy playing dress up; they grow so quickly and soon don’t want mom or dad choosing their clothes, so enjoy it while you can,” says King. When giving advice about choosing clothing for young ones, Rebecca encourages parents to think long term. “Choosing pieces kids can wear and grow into is important, being mindful of fabric. Durability is important, especially after a few washes, and then it is something that can be easily mixed and matched with other items and colours to maximize use and wear,” explains King. left My Mila Selects above TeePee Tots right My Mila Selects REFINEDSASKATOON & AREA


On a social note With the explosion of social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram, children’s fashion has never been spotlighted more with mini fashion brands popping up left and right. Rebecca King shares her two favourite mini brands every parent or mini fashion aficionado should be following on Instagram: My Mila #mymilababy. A Canadian based company with a huge social media fan and customer base, owner/designer Tennille Nunez has created a distinct brand online. Inspired by her two young boys, My Mila offers gender neutral designs with fun prints, comfortable fabrics and memorable messaging, such as “pretty boy swag” and “sleeping is boring.” Who can resist? Teepeetots&co #teepeetotsandco. A collaboration of two moms, this Calgary based baby brand is probably best known for their adorable mini moccasins made from leather and suede, offered in a variety of colours. Designer moms Kate and Nina work off each other’s strengths. The duo has a flare for unique prints and style, which has translated into a successful baby friendly brand of organic, handmade clothing items. For those needing some guidance in mixing and matching their outfits, King encourages parents to following Instagram kids and baby brands/ stylists at @PetrasCloset, @Fashionkids, @ ShopSweetThreads, @ThreeLittleNumbers, @_ callmesparkle, @MiniMioche, @Kid andKind @ WhistleandFlute Whistle & Flute, The Wild Kids Apparel and _MiniFashion_ for kids and baby accessories, clothing and outfit inspiration. Parents and baby stylists can rejoice; King is launching her new line, Rebecca King Mini, in the not too distant future. Inspired by her kids, the looks will be distinctly King, just delivered in pint sizes allowing for some mom and tot matching moments. King also has function in mind when it comes to kids clothing, ensuring some items such as sweaters and dresses can be grown into. Parents can be sure their kids will not only look great, but they will love wearing their Rebecca King Mini items. For more information about Rebecca King and her collection, visit Based in Saskatoon, SK, Rebecca King has her own sense of flair and style. An established fashion designer in Western Canada, Rebecca has turned Canada’s least favourable seasons into perhaps the chicest with her fall and winter collections of statement jackets, sweaters and dresses.

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BREAK By Dean Renwick


THE SWIMWEAR & HATS What better way to cool off this summer than being at the beach or by the pool? While there, why not steam things up a bit with sexy swimwear and stunning hats that will turn plenty of heads? SIZZLING SWIMWEAR


he big trend in swimwear this summer is strategically placed cut-outs, slashes and holes placed around the hip area making some hip bones jut out like sharp razors. Some are running across the chest of one-piece suits making some very unusual tan lines. Lace detail is huge this season. Bottoms are being held together by contrasting lace running crisscross up the thigh as well as across the chest. Whether it’s from the belly button up to the neck or just lightly across the breasts to hold two pieces of fabric together, this look is sexy!




The high waist bottom is very strong for 2016. It’s a flattering look for the fuller figure. Make sure the waist falls right under the button and doesn’t cut in too deep at the waist, leaving a prominent knoll above the waistband. Prints are a great way to camouflage anything extra you may want to hide. This season, ethnic prints such as Aztec and Southwestern are everywhere. Stripes are also very fresh. Look for straight, wavy or retro full. Spring brings out the florals. From large to small scale, bold to romantic, everything is blooming in swimwear this season!


The two hot necklines this season are opposites. If you go for a onesie, choose a plunging neckline. Whether in a halterstyle or a tank top style, you will catch attention. For the twopiece, the neckline “du jour” is high. This style of neckline can beautifully balance out the trendy hip cut-outs, making the hip the new erogenous zone. Wear it as a high neck halter or even as a high neck long sleeve t-shirt; either one will put you right on trend. Retro designs are always hot. Look to the 40s for some fun figure-flattering styles. High waistlines, bust focusing details and bright colours or prints are fun and flirty. You could always channel your inner 70s diva and opt for a lovely crochet two-piece. A one-piece swimsuit in either a single colour such as black or red is always sharp looking. Why not just go for the gusto and pick up something that reminds you of your grandma’s old colourful afghan? Ruffles are now acceptable for swimwear. They can be tiny ruffles on a bikini bottom or an off the shoulder design. Ruffles are also good for camouflaging a thin body or smaller chest.

A GREAT HAT CAN CHANGE YOUR DAY! Whether it’s made of straw or felt, a great hat is one way of making sure the sun’s rays stay off your flawless, milky white skin. Fabulous brimmed hats are available in many versions. Some come with a smaller brim and higher crown or vice versa. Hats are showing up in all kinds of colours and fabrics with some wonderful ribbon detailing. Straw seems to be the best and most popular choice for summer. It allows your head to breathe during the sweltering heat while feeling light and airy. The bucket hat, otherwise known as the cloche, is back this season. With its low turned down brim, this hat is a great choice for having an up to the minute trend while protecting yourself from the ultraviolet rays. Some have been showing up in patchwork fabrics or multi-colour stripes that would march your beach ball! There are also stunning solid coloured straw hats plus crazy cartoon coloured crochet and knit ones. Fresh and trendy, the French beret has been spotted on numerous runways this spring. Crocheted in either cotton or straw with colours of orange, blue, white and natural as well as all kinds of stripes, this little chapeau is a big winner! The beret is best paired with loose hairstyles, demure outfits and oversized glasses. Seafolly 2016



The best summer hat of the season is the boater hat. These are in a wide variety of straw from thick and chunky to delicate and refined. Mostly natural in colour accented with either a solid ribbon or stripes, these hats can make your ensemble very elegant. Headscarves are wonderful alternatives to hats. They are versatile and can add some mystique when worn with a pair of “Jackie O” sunglasses. Do a classic turban or stunning extra long scarf wrapped up a la Isadora Duncan. Be careful — we all know how that ended! Whatever your swimsuit or hat choice this summer, it is your time to feel confident, sexy and empowered.

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Custom couture is how Dean Renwick became ‘Dean Renwick.’ Since returning home to Regina from designing for the stars in Los Angeles, Dean has opened his studio and his heart, turning out sexy, sophisticated styles for the stage, screen and women of all ages. Always giving back to the community and mentoring the next generation of creative couturiers, Dean is a respected member of the fashion industry.

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started this adventure because we wanted women to be happy in their own skin. Clothes, hair and makeup can all work towards putting the finishing touches on what’s already great. Knowing how to dress for your body type will make shopping less stressful. Learning to accent your features will put that extra bit of pep in your step, and being armed with the ability to look great walking out the door — even though you only woke up five minutes earlier — is helpful information.


For as long as we can remember, we’ve thought about our reflection without the clothes, the hair and the makeup. We know we’re not alone in this thought. We all have skinny friends who think they’re overweight, beautiful friends who call themselves disgusting, and curly-haired friends who would die for straight hair. It’s called being a girl — unfortunately. The last thing we want is to be trite… to sit here behind the guise of relatively average


This isn’t where we tell you to eat Mars bars to your heart’s content or drink pancake syrup. This is where we ask you to be the one in control. Looking at yourself logically, instead of critically, is a good place to start. Libertee’s legs will never be longer; similarly, hip bones are… well… bone, so change there is unlikely. Lecina’s shoulders are probably only going to get bigger. Simply put, there is no use spending what little time we have on this earth willing impossible change to occur in hopes of looking like someone else. We are asking you to consider living your life in a way that sets you up for success — in a way that focuses on celebrating work, not failure — and is run off passion and persistence instead of the pain and impossibility of failing to meet societal perceptions of beauty. Know yourself. Be kind to the one body you get. We live in a world that is more comfortable with, and quite honestly, accepts and encourages selfdeprecating behaviour. It’s okay to call yourself fat. It is not okay to call yourself ridiculously good looking. It’s okay to call yourself disgusting. It’s not okay to call yourself beautiful. We agree there appears to be something wrong with this reality. What a pity — to spend our time insulting instead of celebrating the one ship with which we get to sail this sea.


features and relatively lucky circumstances and encourage you to love yourself and your body, because in your own way, you’re beautiful. Don’t get us wrong — you’re beautiful. However, no matter how many times somebody tells you that, or how many instances you are encouraged to look at yourself in a kinder light, more than likely, you will err on the side of critical and focus on your flaws. We know this to be true because we do it too. Libertee’s hips are too big. Lecina’s shoulders are

too manly. Just as Lecina wishes she had Libertee’s skin, Libertee wishes she had Lecina’s legs. We know about celebrity. We know about popular culture’s reference to beauty. We are continually left attempting to become a square peg inserted into a round hole. Today, we’re here to make an alternative suggestion based on sound logic, scientific studies and personal experience. Instead of trying to whittle away pieces of yourself, say this instead:

If you’re anything like us, you’re busy. Working. Volunteering. Blogging. Eating. Exercising. Kids. Kid activities. Family. Dogs. You’re working at all times whether you’re getting paid for it or not. Does it make any sense, with the little time you have to spend on yourself, that you should spend that time being unkind — even if for a minute or two? You are valuable. Your time is valuable. Your time is limited. Be considerate about how you’re spending it. If all else fails, ask what your 80-year-old version of yourself would say. You’d sit there, probably in a rocking chair with knitting needles in hand and mutter, “You want wrinkles — just wait.”

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POSE By Candace Fox Photos Erin Crooks

The Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival celebrates five years of curating fashion shows — intertwined with art, music and dance — with their most memorable POSE outdoor fashion showcase and marketplace to date.




s their name suggests, Complete Technologies offers clients the full gamut of technology solutions for their business needs. Whether your interest is in streamlining your company’s processes or you need a trusted team to tackle onsite computer and network issues, Complete Technologies can help. SFDF hosted their summer staple fashion show POSE in a sunny YXE, attracting record crowds to the River Landing Amphitheatre on June 5. This year was extra special, marking the fashion hub’s five year anniversary highlighting Saskatoon fashion and art community with their annual events — and doing so in the most unique ways. This year was no different; visitors were treated to a visual showcase of fashion, art and dance. Keeping everyone on their pedicured toes, POSE presented a few changes this year with an extended schedule, expanded marketplace and an increased eclectic mix of show interludes featuring dance, live music and acro yoga. Festival fans gathered for the 10:45 a.m. pre-show and were entertained until the day wrapped up at 6 p.m.

Artistic Interludes It is no secret the arts and culture community in Saskatoon is thriving and full of talented musicians, dancers, acrobats, and creative visual artists. Every year, POSE infuses a variety of entertaining interludes between fashion shows to offer a unique outdoor festival experience. This year, that number rose, showcasing local talent via performances by Flamenco Borealis, Denis Valle, Lindy Street Lesson, Monkia Gerow and Matthew Folkerson, Hula Hoopsters, Def Sol, Kristan Couture, BB Renegades, Faith Alive Band, Acro Yoga with Brette Crockett and Shay Crawford, Eric Taylor, Jordan Strom, Zumba for Mom’s to be & Mom’s N’ Tots with Angela, Harrison Bourdon and Leah Bykowy, Danza Morena Latin Dance Company, Studio One, Hattie, Sambatoon Drum Group, Noah Weigel and Kate Ryan. Leading the musical charge was DJ Anchor, who kept the crowds engaged and the good vibes flowing.

Pop Up Marketplace Always promoting the importance of buying local, SFDF incorporated an expanded marketplace this year with a variety of vendors from fashion designers to visual artists. A new inclusion was the Visions Salon & Spa beauty bar sponsored by Mysask411 where guests could get makeup and hair tips and touch ups. Vendors that took part in the POSE pop up marketplace included Spank Clothing, Banjo Outpost, Ashryla Boutique, Jules & Lace, Color by Amber, Body Sculpting by Design, Duo Plant Studio, Artifacts Jewelry, Dean Renwick Design Studio, Roxanne Brown Jewellery, SheNative Goods, Younique, Oneiro Designs, Join The Secret Apparel, Attica Clothing, Two Fifty Two Boutique, New Balance Saskatoon, David’s Tea, Helen Ann Wold Independent MONAT Market Partner, Erin Crooks Photography and Metanoia Malas. Visual artists/demonstrations were provided by Kenton Doupe, Mikhaylova Evgenia, Dany Lion and ALEXA. Stay tuned for SFDF’s fall feature happening November 4 to 6, including the high octane fashion show, RUNWAY.

Fashion Feature With a focus on fashion, POSE presented six local designers and two Saskatoon boutiques — and a creative mix of sportswear, ready to wear, street fashion, urban looks and some unique designs with an undertone of lux. Models were the essence of POSE with their soft summer looks. Hair and makeup were provided by Visions Salon & Spa, the beauty sponsor for the event. Designer lines included garments by Whiskey Teacup, T. Akins, Dean Renwick, RudeVogue, Melissa Squire and She Native Goods. Two Fifty Two Boutique and New Balance Saskatoon showcased looks available at their retail locations and added a new element to POSE’s fashion mix.




e’ll never admit it, because that’s the kind of guy he is. But anyone who’s ever met him will agree: Kim Regier is an inspiration. His energy for life is so infectious, when you (reluctantly) part ways, you’re left with the feeling: “Man, let’s go do awesome stuff right now!”

Kim does stuff — and a lot of it. First, there’s the salon. CHEL salonspa has been around for 26 years, thanks to the dedication he and his wife, Dianne, have invested. He laughs when he openly confides: “Dianne does all the hard work and I’m just the face that takes all the credit!” An AVEDA concept salon, CHEL caters to the beauty and grooming desires of men and women from across the province. The entire staff — from stylists to estheticians to the front end team— are dedicated to one goal: to bring out the inner beauty in each client. This has been one of the main reasons for the salon’s longevity. “Everyone wants to feel like they fit,” Kim explains, “and in our salon they do. We’re just a mixture of people, just like you, wanting you to feel great.”

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The small team — each bringing their special talents to the floor — works together to create a relaxing atmosphere for every guest. Kim assesses the CHEL crew and says, “Throughout the years, we’ve always been great. We have a good energy. It’s always been dynamic, and that’s why we’re still here. Alongside us always working to be the best is us always treating our guests well — the way we each deserve to be treated.” He sums up the CHEL salonspa environment in one word: family. And this is true in other ways. Kim and Dianne’s daughter, Alycia, has recently taken the management reins from her parents and infused the salon with her fresh, vibrant personality. For both Kim and Dianne, this has been a welcome transition. “I’ve been able to step back into the role I had years ago, where I just cut hair and had fun!” Kim explains. “And for Dianne, she can stop worrying so much about books and payroll and take a trip with her absence being okay.” Their son, Brandon, is also a trained stylist (and a good one, at that), currently branching into a new career as a journeyman scaffolder in Fort MacMurray, Alberta. CHEL’s recent creative director, Kelsie, has been a stylist with the salon for years, and Kim raves about her contributions. “There’s an amazing energy about her. She’s constantly changing, very




creative. Kelsie has an inspiring personality, so she heads up the training of new team members and encourages everyone to strive for and achieve greatness each day.” After teaching both his own team members and on a national level for more than 20 years, Kim has passed that responsibility to Kelsie. Don’t think for a second this means a slowdown anytime soon; Kim still attends shows and is continually pushing himself to master the art of having fun and helping you look amazing. With Alycia and Kelsie handling the salon’s day to day intricacies, Kim and Dianne are able to fulfill a major lifelong component: travel. And travel they do. As for their destinations in the past year, Kim recollects: “Iceland. Spain. Long Beach (LA). New York. Phoenix. Vegas. Texas. Whistler. Utah. Hawaii. New Orleans.” “Travel is knowledge. It’s inspiration,” Kim explains. Throughout his worldly travels, Kim has photographed gorgeous images. “I like to capture perspectives you wouldn’t see otherwise,” he says. In fact, he shares a travel secret: “If I see a sign for something that looks inviting, and I think for one second, ‘I should turn in,’ I don’t waste a second thinking about it. I turn around and check it out!” Aside from being a well-known stylist, Kim is a sought-after photographer with some international cred. He first developed this passion through CHEL salonspa: wanting to capture the true essence of his clients’ hair and beauty transformations. Suddenly, it’s become a second career. A few years ago, Kim established CHEL photo, a personalized photography service catering to everything from everyday life to high fashion, landscapes to cityscapes, portrait sessions and commissioned beauty events. “It’s a terrible life!” he teases, flipping through his recent portfolio. What stands out (and what he’s passionate about) are his photos of Eyelusionz Beauty Concept’s latest appearance and world-class win at Lash Wars in Las Vegas. Eyelusionz owner, Eva Zacharias, creates exceptional, stunning beauty concepts that challenge Kim’s perspective and the results are far from disappointing. He also recalls a recent tour to New York City, where he studied with Lindsay Adler. “So much inspiration — one of the best things I’ve ever done!” he says.



Death Valley — one of Kim’s favourite locations — hosted a recent photo shoot for Kim and Eva. He’d spotted the location a few years ago while riding through on his bike, and when the opportunity to return presented itself, he seized it. “I watch everything, all the time,” he says. “So this otherworldly place… I’ve never seen a fashion shoot there and it just makes sense!” CHEL photo operates from studio CHEL,

which Kim provides as a collaborative work environment with industry partners Derek Elvin and Rick Elvin. Here, he stages numerous high fashion shoots with local models and arranges for his corporate clients to receive professional head shots. The CHEL photo team also does on-location shoots as part of its comprehensive professional photography services. When asked about his favourite aspect of photography, Kim says, simply: “Possibility.”

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Kim’s the first to admit he doesn’t have a “niche” for something — rather, he finds everything, through the lens or not, intriguing and worthwhile. Whereas his first profession allows him to enhance a person’s beauty through styling, his second calling allows him to capture individuals’ innate beauty and the immediate surroundings’ natural intrigue. “It’s fascinating to capture what I do!” he grins. It sounds like Kim doesn’t have much time for more stuff, but he does. Besides being a stylist, running a custom photography business, and operating a collaborative photo studio, he’s recently partnered with a few of Saskatoon’s most innovative, creative professionals to form Backroad Media, an interactive firm that caters to the development of full production services for enhanced commercial campaigns. Kim is the photography specialist, while Brent “TBone” Blazieko focuses on audio engineering. Local graphic designer Jessica Robinson handles the design and logistic aspects, and when called in, Derek and Rick work with customer photo and videography. “We all just kind of fit,” says Kim. “It’s pretty cool!” Kim’s world is one of endless creativity and inspiration. Contact him to find out how he can expand your possibilities. CHEL salonspa 8a - 3110 8th Street E. Saskatoon 306.477.6200

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EXERCISE By Dr. Vicki Holmes

Most of us get the message exercise is important. What is confusing is how much exercise are we actually getting now and how much do we need to be healthy.


ne of the most difficult assessments I do is trying to calculate how much exercise people get in a week. We use a questionnaire, but even then it is difficult. Some people think they are very active, however when I ask what they do, the response is “housework.” Others think they are not active at all, but they walk a large dog every day for an hour. The Mayo Clinic has a useful guide with the following classifications.

VIGOROUS exercise is when: • Your breathing is deep and rapid • You develop a sweat after a few minutes of activity • You can’t say more than a few words without pausing for breath

MODERATE exercise intensity is when: • Your breathing quickens, but you are not out of breath • You develop a light sweat after about 10 minutes of activity • You can carry on a conversation, but you can’t sing



Obviously, this will mean different exercise for each person because we are all at a different level of fitness. Therefore, we need more precise guidelines. A guide to calculate your maximum heart rate is to subtract your age from 220. Use that number to estimate your excercise goal. Moderate exercise is 50 to 70 per cent of your maximum heart rate, and vigorous exercise is 70 to 85 per cent of maximum rate. Begin at the lower end and work your way up to more vigorous exercise. Example: For a 50-year-old, 220 minus 50 equals 170 maximum heart beats per minute. Moderate exercise heart rate goal (50 to 70 per cent of 170) is 85 to 119 beats per minute. Vigorous exercise heart rate goal (70 to 80 per cent of 170) is 119 to 145 beats per minute. While you are doing an exercise, stop 15 seconds, determine your heart rate and multiply by four to get beats per minute. Once that is determined, you need to look at your exercise goals. What are you trying to accomplish? Is this for osteoporosis prevention, heart health, weight loss, anxiety control, or to improve your libido? Yes, I did say, improve your libido! For osteoporosis prevention and treatment, you need weight bearing, flexibility and resistance. Weight bearing exercise for


You need to look at your exercise goals.

WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH? half an hour every day helps your spine and long bones stay strong. Walking, climbing and dancing are examples. Resistance exercise means you are working against the weight of another object. Examples of this are lifting free weights, exercise tubing and water exercise two to three times a week. You need to get instruction to make sure you work each part of your body. Examples of flexibility are ’ai chi, stretching or gentle yoga. If you have established osteoporosis, it is best to get into a class or consult a physiotherapist to make sure whatever you choose to do is safe for you. is the website for Osteoporosis Canada and has recently added some excellent videos to guide you. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada says for cardiac health, “the most recent Canadian Health Measures urvey found that 85 per cent of anadian adults currently do not meet the recommended amount of physical activity, which is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week, accumulated in bouts of 10 minutes or more. f all the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, physical inactivity is the most prevalent.” Isn’t that incredible? 85 per cent do not meet recommended activity level. We have work to do! Amazingly, exercise can also reduce your cancer risk. •

olorectal cancer: o reduce risk by 0 to 40 per cent, you need 0 to 0 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day.

• Breast ancer: 0 to 0 minutes per day of moderate to high intensity exercise can reduce



The most recent Canadian Health Measures Survey found that 85 per cent of Canadian adults currently do not meet the recommended amount of physical activity

risk by 20 to 80 per cent, depending on several factors. For example, exercise seems to be more bene cial to those whose Body Mass Index is less than 25. • Uterine ancer: 0 to 0 minutes per day of moderate to high intensity exercise for 20 to 40 per cent reduction. •

ung cancer: 0 to 0 minutes per day of moderate to high intensity exercise for a 20 per cent reduction rostate cancer exercise may reduce the progression of the disease in those over 5.

• Many studies suggest exercise after many types of cancer improve quality of life and survivorship.




Not convinced yet? How about this? Exercise improves your libido by reducing stress, improving blood supply to your genitals, strengthening your pelvic floor muscles and increasing your testosterone. This works for both men and women. There are so many more benefits, it would take a book to cover them all, but I think you already have ample evidence to get moving! Dr. Vicki Holmes is a family physician who has been active in obstetrics, palliative care and administration before becoming part of the group that created the Women’s Midlife Health Program, now situated at Saskatoon City Hospital. She is a teacher and a public speaker and is passionate about helping people find a way to better health.


Staying Connected When Your Kids Leave Home

the way in terms of telling you what they need. Don’t hesitate to keep connection in the obvious ways such as telephone, text and Skype. You can also use old fashioned snail mail to send a card or letter, which is a welcome gesture. To young adult children: Your exciting new adventure is soon to begin. You will be making all kinds of decisions and mastering a life on your own. Your support network is only a text, phone call or Skype away. Remember while you enjoy your independence that you and your parents have been with each other 24/7 for many years. Letting go can be both exciting and difficult. Make sure to stay in touch even if you don’t have much time. A text or phone call saying how you are doing will be appreciated.


n the world of psychotherapy, there is a term called differentiation. In the context of relationship dynamics, differentiation involves two powerful forces — connection and autonomy. Simply put, this involves how we maintain healthy connection with those we love and care about and how we support independent functioning in each other. Autonomous functioning means the expression of thoughts, feeling and behaviours. To parents of young children: You have the chance to facilitate your child’s development of autonomy. In the early years of daycare/ preschool/school, you can be your child’s anchor by maintaining healthy attachment with the child while they venture away from home. A child who feels safe is confident to try new experiences that may result in either successes or mistakes. Early childhood is a great time to learn from mistakes and develop the ability to recover from missteps. While most children will feel some unease when they are away from parents, a child experiencing high levels of separation anxiety may need a little help to feel secure. Taking a special object

along (for example, mom’s bracelet in backpack, a note from dad in lunchbox) can help bridge the transition to a new environment. Also, there are several good children’s books (for example, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn) that can be read with the child to foster discussions on how feelings of anxiety may be overcome. For those parents or caregivers who are saying goodbye to their children headed off for postsecondary education in a different city or who are taking a gap year to travel, we offer the following thoughts to manage this differentiation process. To parents of young adult children: Congratulations on raising independent and adventurous children. Your role as a parent shifts yet again. Your child’s world is again opening up and they will need you to be there, when they need you. Mindfully navigate this time, recognizing your child will need room to grow and discover who they are independent of you, in a new environment with new challenges and new people. Let them know you are there to support them and let them come to you as they need. Each young adult is different. You will have an idea of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, but let them lead

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love this time of the year. The days begin to get brighter, longer and warmer. The change in weather also brings about a shift in people’s attitude towards health and fitness. The “fitness” season creates a need for adjustments in us. For some, that may mean switching up

the routine and doing a lot more outside. For others, it means: “my clothes are fitting a little bit snug, so now is the time to tighten and tone.” So, I’ve got great news for all of you, because this article is focused on my Top 5 SHRED® Fitness Tips to get you into the best shape of your life. All you have to do is follow the plan: strength, heart, resilience, efficient, discipline.



By Tommy Europe

1. INCREASE STRENGTH BY ADDING BODY WEIGHT WORKOUTS We sometimes get the notion we need to be in a gym, or have access to pricey and flashy machines. This is not the case; you can get an awesome workout while gaining both mental and physical strength by simply using your body as the ultimate machine. You just need to get a little creative, which will allow you to always keep things fresh by incorporating a variety of exercises. Your task is to pick eight to 10 exercises, and perform them in a back-to-back circuit style workout, using time as your repetitions (example: 30-second or 1-minute). If you don’t know how to do it for yourself, you can try my 4-Weeks to a New You online program.


Here is a general guideline you can follow: BEGINNER

1:2 ratio (30-seconds work / 1-minute rest)

INTERMEDIATE 1:1 ratio (30-seconds work / 30-seconds rest) ADVANCED

2:1 ratio (1-minute work / 30-seconds rest)


This means you must have power over yourself to make better decisions when it comes to food. This will require you to plan accordingly, and make sure you include your proteins (lean meats and legumes), healthy fats (Omega 3-6-9), and carbs (whole grains and vegetables.) At the same time, you must say “no” to any empty-calorie foods such as white rice, sugar and alcohol. Proper diet and exercise is the winning combination to any plan.


Interval training is a proven method to burn more calories at a faster rate, when compared to steady state exercises such as jogging. This process will require you to put heart into your effort and really dig in during your training sessions — because you will be tired. The idea is to work through a period of higher intensity (80 per cent of your maximum output) followed by a period of lower intensity (50 per cent of your maximum output, or recovery period). There are many ways to add interval training to your routine, but I recommend using five to 10 sets of intervals, using an exercise you prefer, such as sprints, hills or stairs.


The plan is to force your body to change, and one of the most efficient ways is to choose exercises that recruit multiple muscle groups (multi-joint). This means moving away from isolated exercises such as bicep curls. Yes, I said it. Now don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with throwing in the odd isolated exercise (towards the end of your workout, unless you’re training to be a bodybuilder or competitor). However, if you want the biggest bang for your buck, increase your efficiency and force your body to do more with each exercise. One example of a great multi-joint exercise is a burpee, or dumbbell curl, squat and press (in that order). These types of exercises will work your entire body (lower, upper, core, supportive muscles) versus one body part (arms).


Every goal starts with a plan, and if you want to be successful, you need to write it down, and have the discipline to follow the plan. This is the only way you will be able to monitor your progress and adjust to your changing body, while consistently increasing your strength, endurance and overall health. It’s all about getting better each and every day. If you need direction for setting up your foolproof plan, feel free to visit us at, where you’ll find online fitness programs and tips on exercise and nutrition in my blog. SHRED® for Success! Best known as the tough love television host of the The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides, Tommy Europe is Canada’s most recognized and sought-after fitness coach. Founder of Tommy Europe Fitness, Tommy is an entrepreneur, award-winning fitness coach, best-selling author, keynote speaker and creator of the SHRED Training Philosophy. Tommy earned his fitness credentials in the school of very hard knocks — as a professional football player. An 11 year veteran, Tommy was a two-time all-star defensive back in the Canadian Football League (CFL), playing with the Montreal Alouettes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions. His football career included winning the Grey Cup in 1994, and earning a shot in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Tommy is also an honoured member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, B.C. Lions Wall of Fame, and B.C. Football Hall of Fame.


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Gain Back Time, Money & Your Sanity this



By Rowena List




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ummer — are you dreaming of a carefree season spent doing what you want when you want? Or does the easy-breezy part of summer escape you? Do you somehow still feel weighed down and stressed and time-pressed? You’re not alone if clutter has got the best of you. The fact is your clutter is costing you on many fronts. TIME: On average, people in cluttered and disorganized environments waste up to 90 minutes a day looking for things. Whether it’s time spent looking for a wrinkle-free outfit, trying to find the kids’ homework or a document for an important work project, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in 20 seconds or less, your clutter is costing you your most valuable commodity — time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. The only way we can feel like we have more time is by maximizing it — putting systems in place so time isn’t wasted looking for things. Simple systems so they’re easy to remember and use: •

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e 0 second rule: if it can be done in 0 seconds or less, do it right away; don’t table it for another time (example: go through your mail and put to-do items in their proper place*)

• designated homework one, with storage for books and supplies Being organized with simple systems in place can help you gain back those 90 minutes a day. How will you spend them? * Try as we might to be paper-free, many households are still overrun with paper. You might find something like my 1-to31 binder system helpful. I know many women who can’t live without it! MONEY: There is no question clutter definitely costs us money. How many times have you bought something only to come home and find it three months later? How much food and how many bottles of supplements and toiletry products do you throw out only partially used? Do you have any outstanding interest on forgotten bills? While there are ways to gain back some of that cash, the bigger issue is how we solve the root problem. Why not embark on a get back to basics initiative? Begin with a serious purge, de-clutter and organize e ort so you know what you have and what you need — what you really need, and then buy just that. nd if you want to get back to basics on an even deeper level, explore your purchasing habits. re you consuming consciously or is retail your therapy? Try a purchase nothing day once or twice a week. You may be surprised at how rich you can feel without spending a penny. STRESS: Clutter can become invisible to those who live with it, however it’s not invisible to the subconscious mind. Our


environments have a significant impact on our psyche, whether we reali e it or not. side e ect such as not being able to nd things is on the lighter side of the scale. n the more serious side of the scale is the inability to focus, anxiety, depression and isolation. Or maybe your clutter is even costing you a relationship.

be able to see the to-dos and you can begin to prioriti e. What can you delegate or ask for support from friends and family? It’s important to keep breathing and stay present. Know that you’ve written it down already, so you don’t need to expend more energy thinking about it.

ertainly a get back to basics initiative as mentioned above is needed, but when you’re feeling mental stress, I recommend first clearing out mental clutter. This may sound easier said than done, but start slow with some deep breathing. Next create a mind dump. Simply take a piece of paper and write down everything in your head — whether you’re planning a vacation, thinking about work or have sizable matters to deal with, such as aging parents or a health issue. Let the paper or computer hold all your thoughts and feelings. Keep writing things down as you think of them. Once everything is down on paper, you’ll

Eventually you will feel like a get back to basics initiative can take place without being overwhelmed and you’ll reap the benefits of having less physical clutter: less mind clutter, better sleep, less worry and more energy.


Watch how much more joyful you and your family become as you release stu no longer serving you. En oy your clutterfree summer! Rowena List is a coach, professional organizer and speaker based in British Columbia. Learn more at

The return to school each fall is often a mix of excitement, nerves and — let’s face it — a dash of chaos. Preparation and planning is key. So, who’s ready to hit the books? Eye on the Prize


hether it’s passing preschool with flying colours or successfully defending a Ph.D. thesis, every student should set a goal. It’s a positive personal development exercise that brings a sense of achievement. Parents can help children decide what they want to work towards for the upcoming year and regularly check in to assess progress. Is it befriending a new kid? Is it reading more books each month? Is it writing papers in advance instead of at the last minute? TIP: If it’s higher marks being sought consider joining a study group or enlisting a tutor to inspire learning.

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Shopping Tips, Organizational Advice & Life Hacks for Parents & Students

Investing in a high-tech gadget won’t necessarily boost grades. However, appropriate tools of the trade can improve learning styles and make studying that much more efficient. For example, encouraging elementary students to play educational games on the family computer isn’t always a bad idea; it can entice a student to have fun while learning. Games encourage creativity and problem solving capabilities, and these critical thinking skills come in handy when trying to comprehend anything from basic math skills to writing a book report. For high school and university students, information organization is made easy with a laptop or tablet. Other essential gadgets include a printer and some memory sticks. Students living on their own or with roommates also appreciate simple luxuries as portable speakers and free music services such as Spotify. TIP: Consult a tech specialist to help determine which gadget would be useful. Have questions? Ask!




TIP: Don’t slack in the tidying process. A clean work area lends more for productive studying than a cluttered one.

Stay Social, Stay Sane

Workable Work Space There are a few key elements for any student’s work area: a table or desk, a comfy seat, good lighting, stationary storage and bookshelf or two. Small space? No sweat! Unless you have a dedicated room in the house for homework, a kid’s desk is usually in the same area as the bed. Simple tricks using colour or furniture placement can help “segregate” the two areas. For example, try folding screens or even bookshelves to divide the room by function. An elevated or loft bed works great for small rooms, allowing the sleeping quarters to be stacked upon the study area. Depending on the student’s organizational style, bulletin boards or chalkboards should be placed strategically in the study area to help organize papers or even post motivational quotes to inspire academic achievement.

Sometimes, the most important parts of learning are found outside the classroom walls. The start of the school year marks the beginning of kids’ after-school activities, whether it’s dance or hockey or painting or swimming. Recreational activities build confidence, expand kids’ social circles and allow them the chance to “play” after a long day at the desk. For parents, shuttling the kids between practice and games and remembering to incorporate a healthy meal can seem daunting, but spending the time to map out the season’s schedule is necessary. Post a family calendar where it is visible to everyone every day. Enlist carpooling duties with other parents, and preplan meals and snacks for the week to resist the fast food temptation. In the weeks leading up to the start of an activity, make note of the clothing, equipment and supplies to purchase so you’re not left scrambling the night before. It’s easy for high schools students or university students to wake up one fall morning and realize they haven’t seen their friends or spent time with the family in weeks. While it’s great to have a goal in mind and to cultivate regular study habits,

remind yourself — or parents, remind your kids — that it’s okay and even healthy to adopt regular leisure time. Giving the brain a break actually recharges and raises its alertness for improved concentration. Go for coffee with a few friends, hit the pool to swim a few laps, or try something entirely new and learn a new language or sport.

TIP: Parents, don’t let your kids become overwhelmed! Always take time for a cuddle. And students, if you need help, ask for it. A friend or a counsellor can be key to your academic success.




“Your face is marked with lines of life, put there by love and laughter, suffering and tears. It’s beautiful.” —Lynsay Sands


By Erin Legg





Skin truly does become a roadmap of life’s journeys, its collections of wrinkles, scars and freckles telling a story. The aging process dramatically transforms its appearance and function. Genes, diet and lifestyle habits all play a role, but there’s no denying that as we get older, it shows. Skin Care for Seniors


rinkles are inevitable. With age, skin becomes thinner, making it more prone to damage and requiring longer periods of time to repair itself. In fact, its thickness decreases between 20 to 80 per cent! Aging slows down the body’s cell-rejuvenation, which accounts for the extended healing time. Severe infection can be life-threatening for an older adult, so if a wound should occur, take extra precaution with cleaning and bandaging. Discolouration is common for older adults: freckles, age spots and blotchy complexions are inherent with age. Skin is affected by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light. While sunlight is beneficial for our mental and physical wellbeing — vitamin D from sunlight supports the brain, bones and muscles — a major concern for people of all ages is too much sun exposure. With decades of sun exposure and likely little to no sun protection used when younger, skin cancer rates within the elderly population is high — one American study estimates more than 50 per cent of deaths from skin cancer occur in those who are 65 and older. Make it a habit to check your skin for abnormal colours, bumps or rashes. If you suspect an issue, do not hesitate to consult your physician. If you’re taking the grandkids to the pool or out on a hike, make sure to apply a high spectrum sunscreen with UV protection. Another preventative measure to adopt: cover your skin with long sleeved shirts and pants, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and protect your eyes with sunglasses. Dehydrated skin is common, and becomes more and more prevalent after the age of 40. Common symptoms of dehydrated skin are dryness, itchiness, lack of elasticity and even scaling. If skin becomes too dry, it is more susceptible to cracking, which in turn presents an opportunity for bacteria and infection to thrive. Frequent bathing can dry the skin even further, as does hot water. Seniors with skin concerns should use very mild soaps for washing and regularly apply a good quality moisturizer to prevent itchiness or cracking. If possible, older adults should consider using a humidifier in the house to help combat dehydrated skin.

Teriyaki Salmon & Zucchini Low-sodium teriyaki sauce 2 (6-oz.) salmon filets Toasted sesame seeds 2 small zucchinis, thinly sliced 4 green onions, chopped Olive oil Marinate the salmon in teriyaki sauce for 20 minutes. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add salmon and cook for five minutes (medium low heat) per side. Remove the fish and sauté the zucchini and green onions (about four minutes). Add a dash of teriyaki sauce to the veggies. Top the salmon and the zucchini with toasted sesame seeds.





Health Habits for Radiant Skin Whether you’re 10 years old, 40 or 80, everyone agrees exercise is one of the most important investments you can make for your overall wellbeing. Former director of the National Institute on Aging, Robert Butler, once said: “If exercise could be packaged into a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” From walking to skiing, swimming to rowing, weight lifting to yoga, the increased blood circulation and oxygen contributes to healthy, nourished skin.

Drink water, and lots of it, every single day. Dehydration is one of the most common conditions across the globe, especially amongst seniors (and dehydration puts an increased risk on skin damage). The older one gets, the less the body is capable of




conserving its water levels. Seniors are also less likely than younger people to have an active sense of thirst. Furthermore, the presence of chronic illness (such as diabetes or dementia) increases one’s risk of dehydration. Tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headaches and cramping can indicate poor dehydration. Make water intake an important habit in your daily routine. Diet impacts both energy levels needed for exercise and the hydration the body needs to function properly, so make it count. Food high in omega-3s — such as salmon or tuna — is great for boosting a healthy appearance and elevating the body’s hydration level. And because antioxidants are essential for the body at any age, never skimp on the fruit and veggies!



healthy mind and body are directly related to an individual's sleep pattern and the amount of exercise he or she fits in to a daily routine. Both greatly influence the other and both are vital to maintaining overall health. At Sage, we can help you regulate your sleep cycle and offer assistance in finding the best exercise equipment and resources for your needs — from beginners to experts. Most people understand the body’s 24-hour cycle (circadian rhythm) can be affected by light or darkness. Our body's clock affects and controls vital functions such as sleeping, waking up, body temperature, balance of body fluids and hunger cues. When we aren't getting the proper amount of sleep, our overall health suffers. Sleeping issues have been linked to a hormone called melatonin, which helps our body fall asleep and stay asleep. During the day, light gives cues to the body to make less melatonin as most of the hormone is produced at night. If you work at night in artificial light, your body may be making less melatonin than needed. While there are numerous types of sleep disorders and causes, many can be treated using light therapy. Benefits to light therapy include its ability to counteract jet lag, regulate mood disorders, treat various types of depression, and aid in Vitamin D deficiencies. Light therapy is highly effective in treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and

is the No. 1 treatment recommended by health professionals to treat the “winter blues.” Light therapy replaces lost sunlight exposure and resets the body's internal clock; it is best used in the morning for approximately 20 minutes. Day-Lights, a light therapy device recommended by health professionals, utilizes the proper amount of light needed to actually treat various sleep disorders. At Sage, we offer the “Try before You Buy” program. Rent a Day-Light for $60, and $50 can be put towards the purchase after one month.

Sleep & Exercise for a Healthy Mind & Body

poles for balance or just a full body workout. Beyond being important for health reasons, staying active is also a way to have fun and be social. At Sage, we have many programs, resources and equipment for people of all ages — not just seniors. For more information on Day-Lights, exercise equipment or other sleep and activity-aiding devices, please visit us at our Market Mall location and be sure to pick up our regular newsletter.

Exercise is just as important as sleep for a healthy mind and body. Using proper exercise equipment can help enhance your workouts, or aid in recovery from injury or surgery in the rehabilitation phases. Exercises balls, walking poles, foam rolls, Thera-bands and Thera-tubes are all easy to use equipment available at Sage. We also have pedal exercisers, Thera Canes and a variety of other lowto-high intensity exercise equipment. Whatever stage of activity, or level of physical rehabilitation, we have equipment for you. For individuals unsure about what exercise equipment would best suit your needs, our Sage staff can assist in determining what would work best or provide informational resources to help in the decision making. For those interested in walking poles and being a part of a walking group, the Saskatoon Field House has walking programs for beginners and experts utilizing

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JULY 6 – AUGUST 21 Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan JULY 28 – AUGUST 6 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre & Street Festival Various Venues


AUGUST 5 – 6 Australia’s Thunder from Down Under Dakota Dunes Casino AUGUST 9 – 14 Saskatoon Exhibition Prairieland Park

AUGUST 18 – 20 Folkfest 2016 Various Venues AUGUST 19 - 21 Rock the River Delta Bessborough Hotel Gardens SEPTEMBER 9 Tegan & Sara TCU Place SEPTEMBER 13 Sask. Galleries Art Fair Prairieland Park SEPTEMBER 15 Ian Tyson with Colter Wall TCU Place SEPTEMBER 17 Keith Urban SaskTel Centre SEPTEMBER 30 Dixie Chicks SaskTel Centre

FREE ADMISSION SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM Downtown Saskatoon (23rd St. E & 4th Ave. N)

Here’s a look at who is coming to the Festival... David Suzuki “Why do you need to go outside? For one thing, to appreciate what it is that keeps you alive. And the more time you spend outside, the more you are able to sense change in that world…we need that connection for our physical and mental health.” Letters to My Grandchildren provides an intimate look at David Suzuki’s life as a father and grandfather and is full of stories about his own childhood. He challenges his grandchildren – and us – to do everything at full tilt and to live with courage and conviction. Vancouver, BC Photo Credit: Brendon Purdy Letters to My Grandchildren Greystone Books, 2015

David will also be presenting There’s A Barnyard In My Bedroom in the Children’s Reading Tent. Backlist Titles: The Sacred Balance, From Naked Ape to Superspecies, Tree: A Life Story, The Legacy (Nautilus Book Award)

Dr. Norman Doidge “I’m no longer talking about ‘promising’ developments down the road, but therapies that are here now.” The Brain’s Way of Healing is about the discovery that the human brain has its own unique way of healing, and that when it is understood, many brain problems thought to be incurable or irreversible can be radically improved or even cured. Toronto, ON The Brain’s Way of Healing Penguin Random House, 2015

With simple approaches anyone can use, this is a book with the potential to transform, to heal, and to offer hope for individuals and caregivers living with MS, Parkinson’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, dementia, strokes and chronic pain. Backlist Titles: The Brain That Changes Itself (New York Times Bestseller)

Shilpi Somaya Gowda “Reading has always been my favorite thing to do. I was that kid with the flashlight under the covers at night, escaping into the world of stories.”

San Diego, USA Photo Credit: Stacy Bostrom The Golden Son Harper Avenue, 2015

The Golden Son of a large family in rural India is expected to inherit the role of leader of his clan and arbiter of its disputes but he leaves his town to do his residency at a large hospital in Texas. His childhood friend, a fiercely brave girl is sent away from her beloved family in an arranged marriage. As their lives unfold, the two must weigh the choice between responsibility and freedom, and between loyalty and love. Shilpi was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Backlist Titles: The Secret Daughter (#1 International Bestseller)

Jane O’Connor & Robin Preiss Glasser “When I was a little girl, my grandmother and great aunts used to visit on Sunday afternoons, and I’d always greet them attired in my pink tutu that had a satin top and tulle with tiny pink rosebuds on it.” – Jane O’Connor Author Illustrator New York City, USA California, USA Fancy Nancy: Saturday Night Sleepover HarperCollins, 2016

“I love to perform. First as a ballet dancer, and now, when I go out to promote my books, I get to perform for audiences. Happiness to me is when I’m in the spotlight. I’m very lucky.” – Robin Preiss Glasser On the Fancy Nancy series: “I think that for girls, dressing up and being sparkly is like playing superhero for little boys, but maybe I’m being too analytical. Little girls, like boys, like to be noticed. They want to feel like a big shot, since you’re not very powerful when you’re young. Dressing up makes them feel like they’re big and important – and very glamorous of course.” – Jane O’Connor Books in the Fancy Nancy series have spent 330 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The Word On The Street is a free public festival that celebrates the written word and champions literacy through an annual outdoor book and periodical fair that has taken place across Canada for over 25 years.

More than 50 authors on 5 main stages with presentations for ages 2 to 92

KidStreet with creative literary activites, games and a reading tent

Official bookseller and author signing tent

Vibrant exhibitor marketplace and food truck vendors

Yann Martel “The Academy Awards? Never actually made it to the Dolby Theatre. Instead was consigned to a rather lame party for those peripherally involved (I only wrote the damn book). But L.A. is a fabulous town full of creative people.” The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerizing story of a great quest for meaning – a tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief. This novel is a 2016 New York Times Bestseller. Saskatoon, SK Photo Credit: Emma Love The High Mountains of Portugal Penguin Random House, 2016

Backlist Titles: Life of Pi (Man Booker Prize, New York Times Bestseller, #1 International Bestseller and 4 Academy Awards), The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil (New York Times Bestseller), 101 Letters to a Prime Minister

Guy Vanderhaeghe “Given the hockey player I was, the Governor General Awards were my only chance for a hat trick.” Daddy Lenin and Other Stories is a collection of nine addictive and resonant stories. It is both timely and timeless and showcases Guy’s supreme talent as a storyteller and poignant observer of the human condition. Guy received the Governor General’s Award for this novel. Saskatoon, SK Daddy Lenin and Other Stories McClelland & Stewart, 2015

Backlist Titles: Man Descending (Governor General’s Award, Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), A Good Man, The Last Crossing, The Englishman’s Boy (Governor General’s Award)

Frankie Flowers “Gardening can be a whole different language for those new to getting dirt under their fingernails.” Food to Grow: A simple, no-fail guide to growing your own fruits and vegetables and herbs is loaded with gorgeous photography that will have you desperate to get digging from Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening authority and weatherman. Frankie reaches over one million Canadians each week as the gardening expert and weather specialist for BT Toronto, CityLine and City TV News. Bradford, ON Food to Grow HarperCollins, 2016

Backlist Titles: Power Plants, Pot It Up, Get Growing

Bif Naked “I think fear... tends to hold people back from really pursuing their dreams. Basically: LEAP! And the net will appear.”

Vancouver, BC Photo Credit: Karolina Turek I, BIFICUS HarperCollins, 2016

From one of Canada’s most original musical artists comes a memoir about life, love, loss and triumph, I, BIFICUS. Throughout her career, armed with her singular talent and instantly identifiable look, Bif would captivate the imagination of audiences and media alike, releasing nine albums and twenty-one videos. She has embarked on international tours, feature films and television roles, only to be struck down with breast cancer at the age of 37. Bif would discover her passion for advocacy, as a survivor and someone who helps others first.

Kathleen Grissom “I love books. If I could eat them, I would. I love their scent and often put my nose in to inhale their aroma.” Jamie Pyke must risk his life and journey through the Underground Railroad to rescue a friend. This breathtaking thriller and tragic love story, Glory Over Everything is an inspiring testament to our essential need for freedom. Kathleen is a native of Saskatchewan. Virginia, USA Photo Credit: Erin Plewes Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House Simon & Schuster, 2016

Backlist Titles: The Kitchen House (New York Times Bestseller)




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By Candace Fox Photos courtesy SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival




ain or shine, the music and 30th anniversary celebrations of the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (Jazz Fest) didn’t miss a beat during its 10 day stretch from June 24 to July 3. Luckily, rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of festival fans, organizers or volunteers — making 2016 another memorable year. With the perfect mix of new and emerging artists alongside some returning festival favourites, Saskatoon was buzzing with Jazz Fest fever as the city got a taste of every musical genre and flavour from classical to hip hop and everything in between.

On the mainstage

Once again, Jazz Fest treated fans to big names in the music world. A dynamic and animated Lee Fields and The Expressions kicked things off opening night Friday, June 24 at the TD Mainstage in front of a sold out crowd. As opening act for Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fields



performed an authentic mix of James Brown funk, contemporary jazz with plenty of soulful notes and an overflow of personal flare. After enjoying a musical interlude by DJ Rampage, the crowd erupted as neo soul/contemporary rhythm and blues singer/songwriter Ms. Lauryn Hill made her way to the stage. This was Ms. Hill’s second sold out show at the festival; she made her first appearance in 2014. Additional mainstage highlights drawing in record crowds to the Bessborough Gardens included Saturday night’s electric performance by Canada’s very own modern rockers, Metric. Weekend No. 1 wrapped up Sunday with the talents of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. This Jacksonville blues-rock group engulfed the stage with an impressive mix of drummers, a bass player, three piece horn section, flute and keyboard player, along with background vocals. Monday night featured guitar legend Jesse Cook, with Thursday showcasing a Jazz Fest favourite


return act, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band — the group that inspired the hit film, The Blues Brothers. The final weekend included performances by hip hop artist and former Outkast member Big Boi, with opener The Lytics revving up the crowd Saturday night. Up and comer Daniel Caesar, a Canadian indie-soul singer/songwriter from Oshawa, Ontario warmed the crowd up Sunday night for closing act, Dallas Green aka City and Colour, who performed some new singles off his latest record to a sold out crowd.

Broadway and beyond

The TD Mainstage wasn’t the only venue experiencing magical music moments during this 30th anniversary event. Crowds gathered for ticketed and free shows all around Saskatoon, hosted at a variety of locations including the Broadway Theatre, The Bassment, The Capitol, The James Hotel, Spadina Freehouse,

previous page City and Colour left Metric below Ms. Lauryn Hill top right Emilie & Ogden lower right Corey Harris

Sheraton Cavalier, Scarlet, Potashcorp Free Stage, Drift Sidewalk Café & Vista Lounge, Delta Bessborough Hotel Lobby, Barney Kutz Pocket Park, Amigos Cantina and 2nd Avenue Grill. Pedestrians along city centre streets enjoyed performances on additional outdoor stages. “The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is committed to exploring mutually beneficial strategic partnership opportunities that strengthens our brand, engages audiences and musicians, and expands the festival’s programming scope, while providing positive economic returns for our partners,” explains Kevin Tobin, festival artistic director.

Memorable “merch”

Jazz Fest merchandise was at an all-time high this year, with some designs selling out before the festival wrapped up. Festival branded clothing included a nod to the 30th anniversary date with special tanks and tees celebrating the milestone. The stylish threads also included a unisex skull t-shirt, highlighted by media coverage after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was snapped in Ottawa wearing the festival shirt on a casual jog with fellow politician, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. Festival fans were also treated to a new unisex province tank, tri-colour tee, banner tote and backpack, along with kid friendly designs. Jacqueline Conway, festival marketing director, was excited about this year’s merchandise: “Since introducing our revamped merchandise program in 2014, there has been

significant community support. We hope to see skull tees and more on all our festival fans in the upcoming years. It’s a great way to support the festival!”

Looking forward to 2017

While some much needed and well deserved downtime is in the future for the festival planning team, thoughts and ideas for 2017 are already underway. The festival team is already working on a few new artists for next year, planning to continue offering a diverse group of performers within a wide range of musical genres. Jacqueline Conway adds, “With our 30th anniversary under our belt, we look forward to developing new and exciting festival experiences in 2017!”




2ND ANNUAL FARM & FOOD CARE CHEF’S SERIES A TASTY SUCCESS By Erin Legg Photos courtesy Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan

What happens when you mix together some of Saskatoon’s finest chefs with a dash of local, Saskatchewan-inspired ingredients and roast under the sizzling atmosphere of competition? You get a delicious Farm & Food Care Chef’s Series event.




opposite Chef Dana Chadorf ’s winning entrée: Roasted Flank Steak with Grilled Romaine & Asparagus Salad served with Smashed Potatoes with Rhubarb & Carrot Puree left Chef Dana Chadorf plates her entrée.below Chef Darren Craddock plates his dishes in the final moments of the July 17 showdown.

president of the Canadian Culinary Federation’s (CCFCC) Saskatoon Branch and current VP of the CCFCC’s Western region, Chef McCarthy has always been passionate about education and competition, so developing a Chopped! Canadastyle event for the city’s local chefs seemed natural. “They put their heart and soul into it,” says Chef McCarthy. “We’ve focused on Saskatchewan products, showing we’ve really elevated our cuisine to a world-class level.” The Top Chef Saskatchewan winner had incentive: in addition to the trophy and BBQ on the line, “It’s a lot for the bragging rights!” Chef McCarthy grins. “It’s a lot of fun, but a little bit serious, too.”


uring the 21st annual Taste of Saskatchewan food festival (presented by Conexus Credit Union) held in Kiwanis Memorial Park along the banks of Saskatoon’s South Saskatchewan River, SaskTel Centre and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan teamed up to host the Chef’s Series for its second year. Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan is an active organization that promotes the province’s producers and engages people with awareness of local food production. The event integrated well with the Taste of Saskatchewan showcase, where 30 restaurants from around the city offered their best dishes for people to enjoy. Festival attendees not only took in a variety of live cooking demonstrations and were introduced to local producers, but played witness to the Top Chef Saskatchewan competition which took place over festival’s six-day run. The Saskatoon Club’s executive chef, Anthony McCarthy, helped organize the series, and says it was a great opportunity to help change perceptions of food styles and food awareness in the city and throughout the province. As past



This year’s chef’s competition was an entertaining showcase of talent: Francis Mirabuna (Sous Chef), Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre

Rocky Hamm (Head Chef), Star Café & Grill

David Rose (Sous Chef), Louis’

Coy Delorme (Acting Executive Chef), Dakota Dunes Casino

Michael Link (Executive Chef), Western Concessions at SaskTel Centre

Layne Ardell (Corporate Chef), Prairie Meats

Moksud Mohammed (Executive Sous Chef), University of Saskatchewan Culinary Services

Darren Craddock (Executive Chef), Riverside Country Club

Greg Doucette (Head Chef), Rook & Raven Pub

Dana Chadorf (Line Cook), The Saskatoon Club and Riverside Country Club

Shaun McConnell (Sous Chef), Riverside Country Club

Michael Weckworth (Pastry Chef), Radisson Hotel and Aroma Resto Bar

Steve Squier (Sous Chef), Delta Bessborough

James Kyle (Chef), Good Company Catering

above Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison (left) and Adele Buettner, CEO of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, present Dana Chadorf (centre) with the 2016 Top Chef Saskatchewan trophy.

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Two showdowns were held daily, with each dish judged on criteria of taste, ingredient use, plating and originality. Spectators were witness to the quick execution of culinary talent under strict timelines, and the energy was invigorating. During each match-up, competing chefs were presented with a black box of mystery ingredients, from which they had to develop a dish worthy of the judges’ thumbs up. The final competition brought together Chef Darren Craddock from the Riverside Country Club, and Chef Dana Chadorf from The Saskatoon Club and Riverside Country Club. The two went head to head last year at the inaugural Top Chef Saskatchewan competition, so this year’s re-match just added heat. Just as popular televised cooking competitions throw in twists to rattle the competitors, the Chef’s Series was no different; the finalists were given gift cards for a local grocery and wine store, had to shop for their own supplies, and use an extra 30 minutes to create an appetizer. They had just one hour to use the black box ingredients, all Saskatchewan-inspired, to prepare a winning entree. Last year’s reigning champ, Chef Chadorf, held on to her title by awing the judges with a winning menu shown here. The Top Chef Saskatchewan event is an innovative way to raise awareness of quality cooking, local agriculture and local talent. For the second year running, it’s been proven Saskatoon is a foodie hotspot.


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HIS FOOD By Erin Legg Photos Appl Photo

In fact, he’s a champ. Chris Corkum

Executive Sous Chef, Radisson Hotel Saskatoon




xecutive Sous Chef at Saskatoon’s Radisson Hotel, Corkum is in the midst of preparing for the 2016 WorldChefs Global Chef Challenge taking place this September in Greece. Once there, he’ll go head to head with 19 other world class chefs, executing his culinary skill with precise techniques to produce unique and full flavoured dishes for the judging panel.


kitchens across the country (including Vancouver, PEI and Jasper). “There are some really good restaurants here, and so many talented chefs,” he says. “People are starting to wake up to Saskatoon. They’re realizing there’s something going on here!” Corkum works alongside Executive Chef Scott Torgerson in the Radisson’s kitchen, the duo carefully creating savoury dishes and elevating the dining experience for guests. Corkum has been in the hospitality industry most of his life, carefully studying the techniques of the chefs he’s worked under and augmenting his skills through the pastry arts program at the Culinary Institute of Canada. So, why cooking? “There’s camaraderie, the whole teamwork aspect I love.” Teamwork is a major component to Corkum’s success as a competitive chef. Torgerson — an awardwinning competitive chef himself — is his coach, helping to develop menus and perfect the strict timelines. Trevor Robertson, food & beverage director for Radisson Saskatoon handles the administrative components, such as fundraising and travel logistics, allowing Corkum greater freedom to focus on the food and his techniques with his assistant, Austen Beech.

It’s been quite a journey for Corkum. To compete on the global level he had to first win gold at the Americas Global Chefs Challenge in Quito, Ecuador last fall. He’s humble as he reflects on this accomplishment: “To win over chefs of that calibre, it was pretty amazing.” Corkum’s first taste of winning came while in college. An instructor saw potential and determination in the student, and encouraged the competitive realm. Corkum participated in Skills Canada for Pastry — and won. Since then, he’s competed in various divisions — from the Canadian Culinary Federation’s (CCFCC) provincial contests to the CCFCC’s national stage (where he was part of the first Saskatchewan team to reach the podium) — before entering the international level.

Preparations for Greece include months of recipe planning using the mandatory ingredients noted by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and perfecting each component of the starter, fish, entrée and dessert. And because it’s a timed event, specific training is invested into coordinating the production schedule. Dishes are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including presentation, innovation, composition and preparation. It’s intense. It’s a lot of work. And for Corkum, it’s a rush. Despite his immediate attention focused on training, Corkum looks to the future. After Greece, he plans on spending time with his wife, Melissa. “She’s stood by me for all of this,” he grins. “After years of competing and kiboshing personal time, we’re going to recharge, rejuvenate and refocus.”

What is it about competing Corkum finds attractive? He admits there’s adrenaline involved, but competitive cooking is more of a personal development exercise. “Competing is about putting a challenge before yourself and committing everything you have to that challenge,” he explains. “For months, you just work on your dishes — practice, practice, practice. You have to love the whole process, not just the end result, otherwise it’ll break you. I don’t compete so I can beat everyone else. I compete so I can beat myself.” Corkum, born and raised on the East Coast, relocated to Saskatoon five years ago after several years of cooking in



ROUGHRIDERS PLAN TRIBUTE SEASON FOR MOSAIC STADIUM By Carter Haydu Photos courtesy Saskatchewan Roughriders

When the Saskatchewan Roughriders charge the field for their 2017 season, an eruption of ecstatic cheers from the sea of green-toting supporters will reverberate from the stands of a newly constructed, state-of-the-art football stadium whose glory will mirror the pride felt by a city and province for this iconic team. But before a new chapter can begin, the team must first pay worthy tribute to the outgoing Mosaic Stadium — a long-standing feature of the Regina skyline and home to some of the greatest moments in CFL history.

championship, and so one week will include a tribute video. and team members of that era signing autographs. “We may actually have physical elements from the 1960s, ‘70s or ‘80s either at the stadium or other places in town,” he says, adding pre-season celebrations will occur in Saskatoon during spring training, and the team will also be out in other communities across the province boosting Rider pride and the history of Mosaic Stadium. “As we turn this corner, and as we have had success, it just means so much to the fans.” Sauter will miss the small traditions that have evolved between fans and players at the old stadium. “Outside of winning, my favourite moment is at the end of every single game we have


here is an intimacy with our fans there, for sure,” says Gregg Sauter, vice president of business development and marketing for the Riders. “When you ask people for their big moments there and you think about when we won the Grey Cup in 2013 and you think about the feeling in that place on that game day, it is really unique. There are a lot of interesting characters who have played there over the years. There have been a lot of great players.” The new stadium includes a sunken bowl with a partial roof around much of its rim, designed to shield more than 60 per cent of spectators. Unlike the current facility, the new one actually allows spectators to walk from one side of the stands to the other. It will have double the number of women’s washrooms, individual spectator seats with cup holders and arm rests, more leg room, a 500-person sports lounge, and more than 415 video screens throughout the perimeter. By comparison, the old Mosaic Stadium is a bit rustic, lacking many amenities standard in a contemporary sports facility, such as warm washrooms or even credit card capability at concessions. Nonetheless, notes Sauter, the field has been an intricate piece of Rider Nation. “It’s funny how the lack of modern conveniences, along with dripping water from the ceilings, is



in its own funny way endearing to our fans. They almost wear it with a sense of pride.” He adds: “There really is no other professional sports franchise in Canada as deeply connected to the community. It is our only professional sports team in this province; it is community owned, and when you combine all these things into an historic stadium where there have been some incredible moments, there is passion there.” To honour a site that has served the team, fans and community for more than a century, the football club will make this season — its final one at the current locale — extra special, with movie nights, opportunities for patrons to walk out on the field, and other celebratory activities. Sauter says: “We are certainly planning events. We want to get our players close to their fans. We do that every year, but this year it will be more about the stadium.” According to Sauter, each week the Riders will recognize “the decades,” and what each one has meant to players, spectators, Regina and Saskatchewan. For example, this season marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Grey Cup


an area near the players’ locker rooms where there are dozens of children hanging over the railing, high-fiving the players as they pass by. It is a bit of a ritual with our ‘Little Rider Priders.’ Win or lose, they are always there and our players will highfive with them. That is the type of thing we need to take with us to the new stadium.” While it will be structurally superior, Sauter says the new Mosaic Stadium must also maintain the same atmosphere that has made the old Mosaic Stadium such a beloved Riders’ home over the decades. “I hope we won’t lose the intimacy and the community aspect — the community and hometown feel. That is something we want to take with us, and we will be sure to do that.” For more information on the Roughriders upcoming season, visit




Spotting one or two leaves on the ground is not a time to panic about cooler weather on the way. As seasons change, it’s always a good time to reflect on your goals and priorities and put forth new, fun ways to spend your time. Here are a few family-friendly activities to try this autumn.





Hike & Bike


ature’s autumn colours are hard to beat. Take a hike in the country to see the leaves change and make a game of who can spot wildlife as they prepare to hunker down for winter. Or, lead the family on a bike tour of one of the many paths around the city and see if all the summer’s cycling has made you stronger. These outdoor activities serve as a great way to transition to the fun, snowy adventures ahead such as cross country skiing or snowshoeing.

Get Bowled Over

During the hot months of summer, the bowling alley becomes a refuge of sorts: cool and dark, a popular place to pass a sweltering afternoon. This fall why not enroll the kids in a competitive bowling league? Bowling is one of the few sports that can be enjoyed by the entire family — grandma and grandpa included — because of its low rate of injury.





Pool Your Time Wisely

Swimming, like bowling, is low impact and therefore perfect for almost everybody. It’s an activity that’s effective in toning and strengthening muscles and improving cardiovascular health. If regular swim lessons aren’t challenging enough, look into competitive swim teams, diving training or synchronized swimming to add a new dimension to your pool time. Of course, a great way to spend a Friday evening burning off calories is at the local pool.

Be a Community Builder

Many organizations rely on volunteers to carry out their mandates. The United Way offers a database on its website ( for easy review of what help is needed in the community. Other ways to contribute include coaching a kids’ sports team, driving an elderly neighbour to the grocery store, or sorting through clothes and toys for donation.

Get Crafty

Did you take hundreds of photos during your summer vacation? Organize them by creating a memory book of your favourite images, creating a keepsake for years to come. Been wondering what to do with that blank wall space above the couch? Be your own Picasso! Art studios offer various classes for every level of experience, from kids and beginners to those more experienced. You may even want to spend a weekend night in a pottery class with the kids, creating hand-made pieces to gift during the Christmas season.

Court Time

What better way to get the heart pumping than a good ol’ game of basketball, tennis or squash? Courts are available at several facilities and provide hours of entertainment for every skill level. Joining a recreational basketball team, regardless of your age, is not only beneficial physically, but helps develop skills as a team player. Regardless of the court sport you choose, remember your water bottle — you’ll need it!

Museums for the Mind

Historic museums, art galleries, scientific centres of discovery, zoos and nature centres are all significant places to spend time. The primary roles of these institutions are to engage the community, educate visitors on a certain theme or topic, and to provide a unique platform for socializing. What are you going to learn about this fall?

Ice Burner

Time to dust off the skates, get them sharpened for the inaugural wear and find open ice time at a local arena. Recreational hockey leagues are a fun way for both exercising and socializing. And the bonus? Skating can burn up to 250 calories per hour. How’s that for incentive?

Learn a New Tune

Kids are back at school and new routines are being set. It’s a great time to incorporate some musical lessons into the family schedule. Whether it’s piano or voice lessons or any other instrument, studies have shown how musical exposure improves mathematical understanding (the rhythms and counting equate to fractions and patterns). In addition to being a cultural activity, musical education instills patience and discipline to its practitioners — skills that can easily be transferred to others areas of life.

Plan Your Winter Getaway

Before the summer memories of life at the lake fade, decide how you want to spend the winter. Thinking of a ski holiday? Check over your winter gear and make a list of the new items you need. Dreaming of a warmer escape? Go over your wish list with a travel agent who can help create a memorable holiday under the tropical sun.








Summer is a gorgeous season full of adventure and travel. Are you anticipating a trip? Whether it’s camping in the woods, a week at the cabin, a road trip with friends or even an oversea getaway, what are you going to do with your pet? Travelling with Your Pet


or some pet parents, the idea of leaving their furry companion at home while they vacation is heartbreaking. “What if he thinks I’ve abandoned him?” you might wonder. “What if something goes wrong?” Fortunately many places — from upscale resorts to basic campgrounds to air carriers and train lines — are pet friendly and can accommodate every family member, even those with four legs. A bit of homework on your part can take the stress out of vacationing with your pet. For car rides, encourage your pet to travel in a crate, carrier or with a seatbelt restraint. This is not only for your safety — less distracting — but for the pet’s too. Get your pet used to the crate well in advance of travel, and make sure before embarking on a long drive to exercise your pet thoroughly. Avoid too much food beforehand to prevent carsickness, but provide water and high-protein snacks throughout the journey. It goes without saying, but never, ever leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, especially when it’s sweltering. If you’re flying somewhere with your pet, ask the airline in advance what paperwork you should have on hand before arriving at the airport (for example, a current health record). Schedule a visit with your vet to ensure vaccinations are up to date and to discuss any concerns about the upcoming trip. Having your pet ride in the cabin rather than in cargo is highly preferred. Make sure to have water available to your pet during







Vacationing Without Your Pet Always keep in mind your pet’s perspective: maybe you can’t live without him for a week, but perhaps he can’t handle the stress of travel. Each pet has its own emotional and health needs, so in some cases going along for the ride can be more detrimental than being separated for a period of time.

the flight, and don’t forget to bring a few of his/her favourites to help relieve any anxiety from the adventure. Many hotels are pet-friendly and can even provide other pet-friendly places and activities for family outings. Always check the room for any potential dangers, and be sure to give your pet quality oneon-one time once you arrive at the destination.



A responsible friend or family member who is available to pet-sit in your own home is a wonderful, non-stressful solution. This is particularly true for cats that don’t enjoy travel as dogs do and prefer to remain in their own territory. If your pet is able to board with a sitter, that is an option to consider as well. Lisa Koch, executive director of the Regina Humane Society, identifies some common household hazards as: cleaning supplies, open doors and windows, medications and certain toxic houseplants. If a friend or relative will be boarding your pet, check for some of these issues. Patricia Cameron, executive director of Saskatoon SPCA, also notes it is quite common for a lost pet situation

to occur when the pet is in the care of someone other than the family, so encourages pet owners to assess how “escape proof ” a place is before dropping them off. Patricia strongly encourages pet parents to thoroughly examine any place a pet owner is considering to house their pet, be it a sitter’s home or a kennel. Whether it’s for a few days or more than a week, a kennel’s staff should be composed of experienced professionals able to comfort and ease your pet into the new environment. Patricia notes: “Look for cleanliness, exercise schedules; look at how the animals in care appear to be doing. Do a meet and greet with the pet and caregiver prior to considering leaving the pet in their care.” She also encourages pet parents to get references for any person or facility they’re leaving their animal with. If you’re gearing up for some time away this summer and are unsure what to do with your pet, evaluate the options; take him/her with you or enlist the help of someone reliable. A bit of homework on your part will give you the confidence needed to make the right decision for you and your pet.

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KIWI Discover New Zealand By Trina Annand

An island paradise, New Zealand is a perfect combination of sandy beaches, lush rain forests, glaciers and icy mountains. The locale’s otherworldly landscape has been used to great effect in both film and television, most notably in Peter Jackson’s rendition of Lord of The Rings. Startling beauty combined with thriving arts, culture and entertainment scenes ensures there is an adventure awaiting everyone in New Zealand.




HIGHEST POINT Mount Cook (3,754 m or 12,313 ft) DEEPEST LAKE Lake Hauroko (462 m or 1,515 ft) LARGEST LAKE Lake Taupo (606 sq km or 234 sq miles) LONGEST RIVER Waikato River (425 km or 264 miles) LARGEST GLACIER Tasman Glacier (29 km or 18 miles) DEEPEST CAVE Nettlebed, Mount Arthur (889 m or 2,916 ft)

Luxury Excursions Celebrity visitors such as Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and of course the British Royal Family have spurred a wide selection of remote boutique lodges that feature spectacular spa treatments. As part of the Rim of Fire, New Zealand is well known for its thermal springs. As the country’s best know spa town, Rotorua is famous for its geysers and bubbling mud. The town’s internationally acclaimed Polynesian Spa offers bubbling geyser pools for relaxation and a variety of signature services. Their most popular is the luxurious mud polish and aix massage, which uses the mineral-rich muds to purify skin and a massage that takes place under a warm shower with enriching organic coconut oils. After an amazing spa break, wine connoisseurs can enjoy a wine excursion in one of the country’s multiple growing regions. Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest growing region, producing 76 per cent of the country’s wine and 92 per cent of its sauvignon blanc. The area features 36 wineries and offers tastings of all types.

Cultural Encounters Astounding Natural Adventures


njoy the Aurora Australis. The New Zealand equivalent of the Northern Lights, this nocturnal display is best viewed from the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Located on the South Island, this 4,300-sq-km area is the world’s largest Dark Sky area and is bounded by spectacular alpine landscapes. On the North Island, nighttime adventure combines water sport with a guided kayak tour

that ends at canyons filled with luminescent glowworms that echo the night sky. New Zealand is no stranger to adventure tourism, in 1988 it became home to the world’s first commercial bungee jumping experience. Now extreme sports enthusiasts can skydive, trek glaciers and dive thriving seascapes. From surfing and hiking to skiing and spelunking, natural adventures abound in New Zealand. The country is also home to “the finest walk in the world,” Milfork Track. The 55-km hike features deep lakes, fijords, rainforest and granite caverns.

The indigenous peoples of New Zealand, the Maori, have a rich and layered culture that is strongly connected to the lands they call home. At Te Hana Te Ao Marama, Auckland’s leading Maori cultural centre, tribes people offer a wide range of Maori cultural experiences from dancing to education. The culture’s artistry is evident in their intricately carved homes, their highly detailed traditional tattoos and colourful ceremonies. The culture has embraced eco tourism as an important way to protect and preserve their lands. In fact, Tohu Wines is an entirely Maori-owned winery that is dedicated to sustainable practices.





eadership is about mobilizing people to unite in the pursuit of a vision or clear objective. Having a title or position to do this only establishes authority; it does not equate to leadership. Leadership is influence and influence comes from connecting. Relationships take time, effort and communication that is skilled and sincere. Leadership implies there are other people in the picture — direct reports, peers, customers or anyone the leader is trying to move in an intended direction or outcome.

A few years ago, I was hired by a business owner who was experiencing some stresses from business growth. Her success to this point was due largely in part to her expertise in the field. As the business grew, she added the necessary specialists to her team. But tension began to set in, and soon work wasn’t as enjoyable anymore, and morale on the team was low. We were able to quickly identify her people skills with the team had some significant gaps. Her lack of self-awareness was eroding trust within the team and slowly deteriorating the relationships. Despite the business type, when you’re an entrepreneur, you are in the business of people. People make up your business, and your business relies on the quality of those relationships. Your communication can build relationships up or tear them down. Consider for a moment the people in your life who have had the greatest influence on you. What do you observe about them in their interactions with you? We can all agree they care about people, and the leaders who care have more influence than those who don’t. But there’s more to the leader than a big heart or positive attitude. They have people skills. When it comes to engineering leadership, a great place to start is increasing self-awareness. When we have conscious knowledge of our own character, feelings, motives and desires, we can more easily relate to others and adapt to situations in a way that meets our needs.



By Jill Poulton, ACCP

To increase your self-knowledge, it’s helpful to access some key tools from the abundance of resources in the human development industry. These tools offer valuable insights into better understanding of yourself and others. Personality and behavior types. You’ll navigate life more effectively if you understand basic personality traits, including your own. Popular resources include MBTI (MyersBriggs Type Indicator), DiSC Profile, and Big 5 or OCEAN Personality Traits. These tools offer differing perspectives on how we process information, make decisions, and how we prefer to interact with others. Communication styles. This refers to observed patterns of behaviour when interacting in a group or individually. While personality can offer a deeper understanding here, the culture of an organization or the demands of a position can often draw out certain characteristics in a person’s communication. Learning to build flexibility around your preferred style allows others to more successfully hear the important things you need to communicate.

Personal values. Whether we are conscious of them or not, we each operate on a set of values. Your values reflect what is important to you. They are a shorthand way of describing your motivations. Together with your beliefs, they are the causal factors that drive decision-making and behaviours. Listening. This communication skill gets the least amount of attention and yet it can reap the greatest returns. Listening at a deeper level is about seeking to understand the message behind the message, rather than listening to respond. One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. This selfless gesture goes a long way in relationship building. Forgiveness. This less obvious skill offers freedom from the weight of grudges and judgement. Let’s face it; we all mess up at some point. As leaders, we don’t want to be defined by a


mistake we made. And the same holds true for those around us.

problems that are holding them back, learn new skills, and otherwise make greater progress.

Coaching. This conversational skill set inside a framework for individual development moves people from functionality to potentiality. As a leader, one of your most important roles is to coach people to do their best. By doing this, you'll help them make better decisions, solve

A 2012 Harvard Study revealed 85 per cent of one’s success in their career is attributed to people skills and only 15 per cent to technical skills. While your technical skills may get your foot in the door, your people skills open most of the doors to come.

Jill Poulton is a Certified Executive Coach and Founding Partner with The John Maxwell Team. She specializes in leadership and small business. Questions and comments can be directed to coach@




Transform Your Staff into an Appreciating Asset The same report showed employees who volunteer: • are more likely to defend and promote the company externally • are more inclined to stay with the company • are more likely to go above and beyond required tasks to get the job done.


have mentioned before, but it bears repeating: your employees characterize your company’s culture, values and, ultimately, success. For this reason, it is imperative this human “asset” — to use the parlance of accounting vernacular — “appreciates.” This begs the question: How does one transform your staff into a higher performing, appreciating asset? It really comes down to three concepts: 1. Vision, values and expectations 2. Engagement 3. Hiring the right staff Many companies have a vision or mission statement. Why? Because someone said they needed it. But these are only words on the wall unless everyone in the organization understands what they mean and every level of the organization adheres to those words. Your vision needs to be the compass by which decisions are made and performance expectations determined. Values represent the way your vision will be achieved — the manner in which you conduct your business. Unfortunately, in many organizations “living the values” are buzz words frequently expressed, but rarely adhered to. This leads me to expectations. Does your staff



really know what is expected of them? Many people managers think they do. I would argue most are wrong. Are the employee performance expectations created in a manner congruent with your vision and values? Are they consistently measured and applied? Is feedback provided routinely? These are questions that need to be honestly answered.

Jim Collins, the brilliant author of Good to Great, states in his book: “The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake.” Finding the right people and “getting it right” takes time. We should be hiring people not to accommodate some sort of timeline, but rather to accommodate our vison, our values and complement our current staff. Simply filtering through resumes to find the right fit is often not the answer. Managers need to invest the time, ahead of time. Staffing and recruitment agencies, like mine, can also help. The benefits are tremendous when you have the right people who understand what is expected of them, live by the values you collectively uphold, truly share your vision and are wholly invested in your business. Employees are your greatest asset. Remember great companies become great not by chance — but by design.

Engagement can be best described as how “invested” your employees are in your business. There are many ways to forge the bonds of stronger engagement. A great starting point is to ensure your employees truly feel respected and are recognized for their hard work. Transparency and inclusion are also important. Developing a “volunteering culture” is one of the best ways to improve engagement in the workforce. Research shows volunteer programs in the office strengthen office camaraderie, enhance employee professional development and raise levels of employee engagement — all factors that lead to a happier workforce and better retention of top talent. Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship recently reported 90 per cent of employers cited “improved employee engagement” as one of the top benefits of an employee volunteer program.


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A definitive name in luxury, Mercedes-Benz has been creating automotive magic for nearly 130 years. Beneath its modest elegance, the brand has been developing world-class performance both on and off the racetrack. When it comes to the need for speed, the Mercedes-AMG GT moves racing power to the open road as the crowning jewel of the automaker’s 2016 lineup.





he AMG GT is stunning both inside and out with a design that is both muscular and sleek. Gone are the impractical gull-wing doors that punctuated the car’s previous incarnations. This newest design creates a vision of the ultimate sports car. With a 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine the AMG GT reaches a top track speed of 304 km/h, going from 0 to 100 km in a mere four seconds. “The essence of what makes the Mercedes-AMG GT so fascinating is the quest for pure, performance-oriented perfection, and the desire to rise to challenges and win through,” says Dr. Jens Thiemer, head of marketing communications at Mercedes-Benz Cars. Staying true to the brand’s dedication to craftsmanship, the AMG GT is built with Mercedes’ One Man, One Engine philosophy, where a single technician builds a single engine from the ground up. “With the new GT, we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively as a dynamic sports car brand,” says Tobias Moers, chairman of the board of management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfills our high standards with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The car is manufactured according to the motto ‘Handcrafted By Racers,’ which perfectly encapsulates our heritage and our spirit.” With a roaring engine, supple leather interior, racing seats and gleaming chrome the AMG GT is a feast for the senses. AMG’s dynamic select drive modes allow seamless transition from track to road and anything in between. The comfort drive mode is for day-to-day driving, sport mode allows for increased agility with faster gearshifts on irregular terrain, sport + allows drivers to enjoy the sound of the V8 with variable exhaust flaps, and individual mode allows drivers to completely customize the car’s performance to individual preference. The transmission in race mode, available exclusively with the AMG GTS, maintains a high engine speed in the lowest possible gear while driving track speeds. “Our customers seek a thoroughbred sports car in which they can push themselves to their limits,” says Moers. With a price tag around $234,000, driving enthusiasts can enjoy a true race experience. Mercedes-Benz has been providing Formula 1 race safety cars for decades and now brings that sensibility to the commercial market. The AMG GT features the safety technology clients have come to expect, from blind spot and attention assist, to pre-safe and adaptive braking. Mercedes-Benz once again proves high-speed performance and safety can coexist harmoniously under the same hood.











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ENTERTAINING By Amanda Forrest


his summer season, step up your outdoor entertaining and décor game with some of my favourite tips and tricks for polishing off your outdoor spaces. From inspirations drawn from high end hotels to quick and easy DIYs, these eight tips are suitable for any space — from condo balcony to palatial estates.

Look to iconic hotspots for inspiration From the infamous Villa Casa Casuarina — better known as the Versace mansion in Miami Florida — to the Beverly Hills Hotel, certain iconic hot spots exemplify signature outdoor style. Take your entertaining queues from these larger-than-life destinations by mixing a bit of the iconic banana leaf print or a touch of the Greek key and medusa imagery into your existing outdoor décor. It will add a fashionable high end look that sets the tone for a chic soirée.




Bohemian touches Feed your wanderlust and incorporate a touch of Bohemian whimsy into your outdoor space by adding in a relaxing and chic hammock. Look for a modernized rendition of this classic outdoor staple by choosing a ‘70s inspired crocheted or fringed version that looks effortlessly cool. A hammock is the perfect cocoon to lounge away on a breezy summer afternoon.

clockwise from top left Amanda Forrest x FAT paint, Havana tray, $45.03, Caribbean Wine Coaster, $45.03, Flamingo Wine Coaster, $45.03, all Black Rooster Decor, Serena & Lily hanging Rattan Chair, $495.00, Hudsons Bay Versace Le Grand Divertisee Service Plate, $380, Hudsons Bay Versace Medusa Gala Serving Plate, $380, Tonic Living Swaying Palms, Aloe Decorative Throw pillow $44,95, Black Rooster Wild Rug, $1,009.85, Furbish Studio Baja Woven Textile, $65.00, Anthropologie Beaded Jute Hammock, $148.



The return of rattan

Comfort is key

As in fashion, what goes around comes back around — and rattan is making its big return. Gone are the days of the Golden Girls and their pastel colour palettes; today’s rattan is making a bold statement. Brightly painted rattan furniture offsets contemporary designs to create an eclectic look that screams summer. For the crafty DIY-er, scour garage sales to find inexpensive retro styles and try your hand at FAT, painting them with one of my Amanda Forrest x FAT Paint colours.

Help transition your party from day to night by decorating with casual throws. Leave them strewn throughout the seating area and easily accessible for your guests to grab. When your party transitions from afternoon to evening, consider draping a throw over each dining chair to keep the party going into the night or casually placing a woven basket full out blankets at your patio door.

Bring your inside décor out

There’s nothing more dissatisfying then eating your beautifully barbequed steak off a plastic melamine plate or even worse, with plastic cutlery. Despite your fears, don’t be afraid to bring your dinnerware outside. Sure, plastic plates have come along away in terms of style, and there is certainly a time and place for them, but your dinner party is not it. Rather, decorate your table by choosing to mix and match your dinnerware with colourful linens and accessories.

For years, it was a struggle as a designer to find stylish outdoor cushions and textiles that matched the calibre of our clients’ interiors. Although the assortments have improved over time, it can still sometimes feel more like a compromise for durability over design. A trick we like to use is collaborating with companies that specialize in weatherization, lamination and other finishing treatments on fabrics, so you can turn your indoor fabrics into outdoor ones.

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Dine in style

urope n in uence Known for their pristinely manicured estates and stunning castle grounds, look to the beautiful European gardens for inspiration for your own outdoor space. Step up your potting game with oversized planters and pots by choosing quality statement pieces made from natural stone or concrete that will last a lifetime. Think about incorporating garden statues that will look better as they age and add an old world touch into your design.

Polished accents Much like inside your home, outdoor area rugs help to define spaces and create a polished look. Choose statement area rugs that work within your colour scheme and will provide the durability you require for outdoor spaces. The great thing about indoor/outdoor rugs is you get both the resilience of outdoor carpet along with the softness you would traditionally find indoors. For a larger space, don’t be afraid to use more than one rug; this helps to create flow and define areas of use.

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KITCHEN RENOS By Damon Bennett





ver the years, I have worked with all types of kitchen renovations. Following are some basic tips to consider before you remodel your kitchen. There are a few steps to take before you get to countertops and cabinets, so let’s get to it.

out a beautiful and functional kitchen.

First, you have to decide if it’s something you are going to tackle yourself, or if you will hire a contractor. If you are hiring out, where do you begin? Ask friends for recommendations, of course, and you can also check out your local home builders’ association members’ directory. Ideally, you want to get at least three quotes from three different companies.

Do you like your existing layout? Does it suit your needs? If not, consider function and layout and what works best for your family’s needs. Do you need more than one oven? Will it be an eat-in kitchen, or do you also have a dining room you would prefer to use? Do you do need a study or work area in the kitchen? These are just a few questions to help get you started.

Be prepared with ideas before you even meet with your contractors. If you are having a hard time coming up with design ideas, check out home magazines or consider working with a designer. Their advice and design sense can really help plan

When considering the style and flow of your new kitchen, don’t forget to keep it consistent with the rest of your house. If the kitchen is just the first phase of a full house reno, make sure to have a cohesive plan for the entire floor of the house.

When it comes to cabinetry, you have a choice between wood and laminate. Laminate cabinetry has come a long way; not only does it look fantastic, but is also easier to clean, more durable than wood, and scratches are much less visible.

One of the many great features of laminate cabinetry is the variety of choices. You can choose from different textures, glossy or matte finishes, and a huge selection of patterns. The company I work with, Southbrook Cabinetry ( manufactures their own product, so they literally can take your ideas and make them a reality. Wood cabinets tend to be durable and longlasting, however they are vulnerable to warping, cracking and scratches. Esthetically speaking, wood will also have natural variations in the grain and colour, something a manufactured laminate can avoid. Wood is also generally more costly than laminate, so it’s important to consider the cost factor; not only for the initial purchase and installation, but for any future replacements due to wear and tear. If you are doing a kitchen on a tight budget,

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An island can be a great addition to any kitchen, big or small. You have to allow for maneuverability and opening of appliance and cabinetry doors around it. An island that houses your dishwasher, stove and/or sink can also be incredibly space saving. Consider if you want your island to have seating and power. You don’t want to realize after the fact how convenient it would have been to have an electrical outlet in your island, as well as seating. A serviceable island can eliminate the need for a table in your kitchen — a factor which will allow you to reclaim some valuable space. A dream kitchen can be attainable on any budget. There are so many options to choose from in materials, fixtures and appliances, from low to high end. If you take your time, plan and budget wisely, you can definitely realize your dream and improve the functionality of the busiest room in your house. and can’t afford to buy all new cabinetry, you still have options. You can refinish your existing cabinetry, or check out your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and recycle. Companies such as Rustoleum now sell kits that allow you to completely transform the look of your existing cabinetry in three easy steps — a perfect option for a DIY kitchen reno on a budget.

When it comes to countertops, the possibilities are almost endless. There are great looking options for every budget, ranging anywhere from $250 per sq. ft. of marble to $20 per sq. ft. of laminate. Between those two options you also have granite, quartz, engineered, concrete, stainless steel, solid surface, recycled glass, wood/butcher block, and even tile to choose from, so there is definitely something for all. The same goes for backsplashes.

Damon Bennett has been involved in the construction industry since 15 years of age. He is well known for his roles in the TV series, Holmes on Homes® and as Mike Holmes’ right-hand man and co-host on Holmes Inspection. He was site supervisor on both of these shows and on Mike’s third series, Holmes Makes It Right. Some of Damon’s favourite projects include Make It Right New Orleans with Brad Pitt’s organization, the Pasadena earthquake build featured on The Ellen Show, and the playground rebuild at High Park. Damon is currently developing a new TV series of his own while he continues to operate Bennett Construction, building and renovating homes in Toronto.


PHASE TWO By Erin Legg


Photos Heather Fritz


We’ve been following Sven Doerr’s company, FineLine Developments Inc., as it undertakes a total house transformation for some very pleased local homeowners. Because of Doerr’s diligent leadership, the FineLine team has successfully completed on schedule the nest phase of the project.


e’ve been following Sven Doerr’s company, FineLine Developments Inc., as it undertakes a total house transformation for some very pleased local homeowners. Because of Doerr’s diligent leadership, the FineLine team has successfully completed on schedule the nest phase of the project. “This is my favourite part,” says Doerr as he stands in the brand new kitchen. He’s referring to the finishing stage, where his precise carpentry skills are put to good use. Looking closely, you can pick out a few of Doerr’s added touches, like the rounded corners on the living room’s beam. With new trimming, doors and hardware throughout — including an elegant glass panel office door — the two bedroom main floor is nearly complete. Pristine white Ikea cabinets line the kitchen walls and shiny new stainless steel appliances are tucked into place. The countertops are granite, but the real focus point of the room is the centre island topped with a stunning wood butcher block.

The FineLine team replaced all the old drywall and flooring to reveal seamless flow throughout the open concept home. In the living room stands a stunning, newly installed gas fireplace ready for cool evenings on the sofa. With pot lighting and a speaker system installed in the ceiling, the area is designed for comfortable entertaining. Next issue we will document the final reveal. Meet the homeowners as they invite us into their beautiful, completed new space and hear their firsthand account of working with Saskatoon’s premium renovation experts, FineLine Developments Inc.

Fine Line Developments Inc. 834-57th Street East Saskatoon 306.244.2622 (office) 306.380.6470 (Sven Doerr’s cell)




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ou can’t do that; vegetables belong in the vegetable garden, not the front yard!” I have heard this type of statement a few times relating to various personal landscapes.

Traditionally the vegetable growing component of the garden was relegated to a larger plot, typically in the rear of the home and usually maintained in neat, almost militaristic, precision rows. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this approach, however, many urban lots are not large enough or perhaps not configured in a way that this approach is reasonable. Societal pressure also plays a role in what is considered acceptable as an urban landscape. I find this interesting, to say the least. Let’s consider the genesis of vegetable gardening in Canada. Initially food was grown as a necessity, and with many urban dwellers coming from rural backgrounds, it was a no-brainer; everyone in town had a veggie plot of potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage and so on. Many new Canadians from various European heritages brought their intrinsic abilities and, in some cases, seeds of their favourite crops. During the war years, many households were maintained by the women, responsible for raising the family, and growing and harvesting the food under very difficult circumstances. Once peace came into being and the men returned home, they noticed a few flowers dotting the predominant vegetable plots basically planted to brighten up the otherwise gloomy scenario of wartime, rationing and hard times. Gradually more and more colourful plants entered into the urban landscape, and as times improved, vegetable gardens tended to shrink in size. Societal trends starting shifting as well, with an improving economy and a baby boom in full swing; the days of labouring in large vegetable plots were a distant memory for many and grocery stores were now carrying produce. One could go shopping and purchase peas, carrot, potatoes and most of the otherwise locally grown commodities. During those times I have heard it said, in paraphrase: “We don’t have to grow our own vegetables; we can now afford to go to the market and buy them, and only the poor grow their own.” A sad reality indeed, but thankfully, the pendulum has swung completely back and today in the 21st century, it’s

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quite respectable, in fact “cool,” to grow your own food. Growing incredible edibles within your landscape is not only fun, but easy to accomplish. Naturally, not every veggie is well suited to be on display, but there are many even the newest green thumb can rely on.


Starting with a few basics is always wise. The entire lettuce family requires compost rich, well-watered soil and decent light conditions — definitely not shade. Cruise the produce aisle of the supermarket and take note of the various leaf shapes and colours that are available. I prefer to grow lettuce with Heuchera or Tiarella — both very popular perennials these days. The brilliant foliage lasts well into the season and up to frost. Lettuce varieties require similar growing conditions and can be harvested throughout the season without leaving a gaping hole in the landscape. Similarly, the much larger flowering kale and cabbage have been popular over the past few years. Cabbage kin are the same shape and there are variations in colour as well, so consider them for containers and as punctuation points in the landscape. With their feathery foliage, carrots are delightful grown in amongst perennials with coarser foliage and in full sun — Lady’s Mantle

(Alchemilla), for example. The trick is not to sow too thickly and then the plants as they grow to allow only a few carrots to develop. For extra fun and interest with younger gardeners, plant Paris round or purple carrots; they always receive rave reviews from junior gardeners and foodies. Climbers of the veggie persuasion are also very useful in the landscape. As an example, take any of the pea varieties; they work beautifully as wind and sun protectors for more tender plants, particularly on a balcony. Should you choose to containerize pea plants, ensure the media is rich in compost; if you prefer to use fertilizers, apply regularly with ample water. The crop of peas will last practically all season. The foliage and flowers add a new dimension to any garden and kids simply love them. Scarlet runner beans are really not all that edible, but they also add a dimension to the balcony garden. The entire notion here is to simply try placing edibles among your existing landscape. Judge for yourself and use your own artistic abilities to grow an edible landscape, or at least a portion of the yard to munch on.


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NEW LOCATION! Suite A 3401 Pasqua St. Regina

Toll Free 1.877.449.5106 |

2016 FEATURE On the following pages, we profile some of the best local businesses in Saskatoon and area, based on product quality and selection, level of service, staff, accessibility and community involvement. The Saskatchewan economy continues to perform at high levels, and many Saskatoon and area businesses stand out as exceptional performers within this prosperous environment. With increasing competition in the marketplace and consumers becoming evermore savvy, the best businesses must focus on the customer experience, effective advertising across all platforms, and continuous innovation and improvement. Seeking out the “Best of the Best� is a task we take seriously, and we are proud to showcase the best of our city and region. Beauty & Skin Care..................................................93 Bicycles...............................................................96 Cedar Homes.............................................................98 Custom Cabinets.....................................................100 Design Centre..........................................................104 Enclosures........................................................106 Exteriors..........................................................108 Fashion Accessories................................................110 Fireplaces..........................................................112 Fitting Shop................................................................114 Home Cleaning.........................................................116 Home Builder.............................................................118 Insurance.................................................................121 Investments......................................................124 IT Services/Technology Mgt................................126 Kitchen Supplies......................................................128 Ladies Designer Boutique.....................................130

Lighting........................................................132 Mattresses/Bedrooms....................................134 Micro-Winery......................................................136 Permanent Makeup.................................................138 Physio & Wellness Centre......................................140 Picture Framing........................................................144 Property Maintenance...........................................146 Property Management...........................................148 Real Estate.................................................................150 Roofing...........................................................152 Seafood..............................................................154 Senior Care...............................................................156 Spa...............................................................158 Stone Artistry...........................................................160 Window Coverings...................................................162


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By Erin Legg Photos Erin Crooks

Jessica Tetu, CEO and founder of LIA REESE CANADA is proud and excited to announce Mandyy as the face of her line! She exemplifies everything Tetu feels the line represents—beauty, confidence, kindness and empowerment!



Beautiful Skin Begins with Healthy Skin


etu admits one of her attractions to the beauty industry was having a significant role in helping others unveil their natural beauty. As the owner of Saskatchewan’s largest locally owned day spa chains (Just For You Day Spa), she’s encountered many men and women catering to their inner and outer beauty. Each face has unique and defining features, and Tetu was determined to provide for her clients healthy skin care products that enhanced this natural beauty. “I was looking for skin care products that didn’t have fillers, astringents, perfumes or harsh chemicals, and that weren’t tested on animals,” she says. “When I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I began intensive research, working with a team of professionals and ultimately decided to create my own line of botanical skin care.” Lia Reese Botanicals (named after Tetu’s daughter Ellia Reese) is a comprehensive, premium skin care line consisting of cleansers, toners, treatment creams, intensive serums, exfoliants, peels, face masks and travel kits. “Lia Reese Botanicals are a paraban-free alternative that promotes healthy skin,” says Tetu. The professional grade botanical products use 100 per cent pure essential oils and are free from synthetic fragrances and dyes, making them perfect for even the most reactant or sensitive skin type. Tetu is also adamant against animal testing and proud to boast the line is 100 per cent animal cruelty free! A male-specific line is also available — Asher Ty for Men (AT, named after Tetu’s two sons) —offering active skin products for dry to oily/problematic skin, reactant or sensitive types, as well as a full shave care line, including solutions for ingrown hair and razor burn. AT also recently introduced a beard balm to the line that keeps even the most unruly beards manageable! The exotic bay rum balm hits the shelves this summer. Complimentary skin consultations can be arranged with a Lia Reese professional to discuss any and all skin concerns. Please visit for more information.




Own Your Beauty “There is nothing I love more than seeing a woman facing her fears, achieving her goals and embracing her confidence head on,” says Tetu. For this reason, Lia Reese Cosmetics was born to not only continue her passion in the beauty industry, but to enhance the Lia Reese brand. “I want to help encourage confidence, and inspire others to embrace their beauty, both inner and outer! The Lia Reese brand is designed to enhance one’s true beauty and empower them to own it.” Whether it’s eyes, lips, cheeks or brows, Lia Reese Cosmetics offers an array of products anyone can customize to suit their own style. “We’re all about having fun with your beauty routine,” says Tetu. “Have fun, be creative and let your beauty shine!” Lia Reese Cosmetics is a nod at Tetu’s personal life and story. She makes a point to name each product after a significant person or memory from her life growing up in small town Saskatchewan. “For example,” she grins, “Each of my lip glosses are named after an influential woman in my life.” And with eyeshadows going by the names of “Sasky”, “Wheat Eh?”, “Chopper” and “Jemini,” one can only imagine the creativity flowing through Tetu’s mind as she introduces each new item. “They all mean something to me. Each name is hand-picked.” Even Mandyy Georgia, the gorgeous Lia Reese model and brand ambassador, is from Tetu’s family!




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Tetu is an energetic, Saskatchewan born and raised, award winning entrepreneur who LIA REESE CANADA continuously enhances the lives of individuals through her quality products, services and selfless charity work. Her company Lia Reese Canada was created from her passion for health BUSINESS & INDUSTRY and beauty, backed by over 15 years’ experience in the spa industry as the sole owner of all Just For You Day Spas across Saskatchewan and Alberta. This local Saskatchewan born company has quickly flourished into one of Canada’s leading beauty lines, with new additions coming this summer. Watch for the new REBEL by Lia Reese Canada, offering luxury mink lashes and professional nail lacquers.


Community and charity are essential components to the company’s foundation, and Tetu makes sure giving to others is a major part of her team’s role. Various products in her line have a portion of sales donated to a specific charity, and her team also regularly volunteers for events, such as charity fashion fundraisers and community charity events.

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By Erin Legg Photos Lisa Landrie





yclists know Bruce’s Cycle Works is the one-stop-shop where equipment, service and advice for all things related to riding can be found. The team has been providing unique customer experiences for more than 15 years, and a new addition to their lineup is garnering serious attention. We’re talking about electric bikes. If you haven’t seen them around yet, you’ll likely spot more and more as these innovative bikes gain popularity. While e-bikes are suitable for anyone, Susan Clarke points out a few groups who are most likely to be drawn to this type of bicycle. First, this technology appeals to people who are very much still active, but have bodies transitioning with age. The electric bike allows for continued exploration and physical fitness. “The electric assist function is wonderful,” says Susan. Riders can opt for electric assist power from between 10 per cent up to 100 per cent, giving a confidence boost. “If you don’t need the assist, you just don’t use it. It’s like having a tail wind wherever you go.” The second group drawn to e-bikes are commuters who want to save on vehicle costs and who want to arrive at work presentable.

Perhaps their commute is a few kilometres longer than what they are comfortable with, or they want to avoid arriving at the office sweaty and disheveled. An electric assist bike can supplement the effort required to pedal — when the rider needs it. E-bikes are also appealing to those recovering from injury or adapting to a new physical challenge that has impacted their approach to an active lifestyle. For this segment, it becomes a question of how to enjoy cycling the way they used to. “The e-bike is perfect for that,” says Susan. The eVox electric bike is an energizing, Canadian-made ride. “They’re beautiful, highly functional and constructed with top-quality precision,” says Neil Clarke. eVox has quickly become one of Bruce’s top sellers, and it’s easy to see why. The one-size-fits-all design is comfortable enough to allow riders an all-day experience. Neil grins. “Compared to others at this price point, the bikes are better looking and have better integrated technology. They’re sleek and appealing. The motors are refined.” Specialized manufactures Turbo, a stylish “city” ride offering cyclists an advanced electric-assist option perfect for the daily commuter. In addition, they offer the Levo, which is suitable for those who want to seek

more adventure on their rides. “Basically, it’s you, magnified,” explains Neil. “If you pedal harder, the bike goes harder.” Susan emphasizes their first intention at Bruce’s is to help customers become active in life. “That’s what riding is,” she says. It’s time to have some fun. Plan to pop by the store and learn a bit about which category of bike might allow you the most enjoyment. While you’re there, test an e-bike! You’ll be happy you did! Bruce’s Cycle Works — where the bike is just the beginning.

Bruce’s Cycle Works A-1104 Central Ave. Saskatoon 306.934.2552 |






oaring panes of glass, exquisite architecture and state-of-the-art designs — it’s easy to recognize a Lindal home when you see one. Always warm, modern and stylish, Lindal homes are crafted with stunning designs from top Canadian and U.S. architectural firms, and built with the dramatic beauty of high-pitched roofs and cascading walls of glass.



By Laurissa Kainz

With impeccable craftsmanship, quality and an unwavering commitment to customer service, Lindal Cedar Homes stands out as Western Canada’s leading cedar homebuilder. Lindal has more than seven decades of experience and 50,000-plus homes and projects around the world. Committed to providing their customers with a highly personalized


experience, Lindal Homes pride themselves on building superior homes that fit each client’s lifestyle and budget. “We will help you craft the home of your dreams, inspired by your unique lifestyle,” says Doug Pocha, president. “From design to move-in, we will listen to your needs and work with you every step of the way. Our personalized service starts


with walking your building site, creating your design with complete construction plans and 3D resolutions, permit submissions, and providing you with a complete construction quote with certified local contractors.” Lindal brings materials right from the forest to the building site, and is proud to be the first systems builder approved by the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Standards. In partnership with the American Global ReLeaf program, they have replanted in excess of 400,000 trees in the names of their customers for more than 20 years. “All our independent dealers are familiar with local regulations and energy efficient solutions,” explains Doug. “We understand what it takes to design and build green homes.” Every Lindal Home begins with a dream. For as little as three dollars per square foot, Lindal can take your dream and make it a reality, providing you with a materials cost estimate in less than two weeks and crediting it back to your Lindal home material package cost. “At Lindal, we believe the process of designing and pricing your home should be as efficient as the product itself,” says Doug. Until the end of August, Lindal Homes has a Designers Discount, where all architectural fees are credited towards your Lindal Home package. This is a savings of anywhere from $4,000 to $16,000, depending on the complexity of your design. Lindal’s Saskatoon dealership has been recognized as the Top Canadian Dealer of 2015, Top North American Dealer of 2013, and has been one of Lindal’s Top Dealer’s since 2006. Lindal offers the industry’s only Lifetime Structural Warranty, which gives you the assurance that one of life’s most important investments is backed by a promise — and a company — you can count on. Currently, lots 919 and 921 are available on Saskatoon’s University Drive — ideal locations to build your custom Lindal home! Providing their customers with the ideal marriage of outstanding home construction and world-class architecture, Lindal Cedar Homes promises to build your dream home within your budget. Go with Lindal for your next build, and take advantage of their innovative building philosophy, top quality materials and ability to offer personalized customer service. Come Back Home to Lindal — Since 1945 — Timeless!

Lindal Homes 802-B Circle Dr. Saskatoon. 306.241.7177






MAJESTIC Photos Lisa Landrie




left-right Jesse Cressman, Murray Cressman, Bradley Cressman below Candyce April, Melissa MacDonald, Josie Prokopchuk

Murray believes much of the company’s growth is due to the leadership and commitment Bradley and Jesse demonstrate daily as co-owners. Jesse, the company production manager, handles the intricacies in the shop and overseas productivity. Brad, install manager, handles all on-site activity, acting as the face of the company. He oversees installations and ensures every client is satisfied with their end product. Both Brad and Jesse appreciate their customers and want to bring the best cabinetry to them. This attitude doesn’t stop with the owners. The staff members at Majestic Cabinets are talented, experienced and passionate about what they do. Murray is proud to have Candyce, Josie and Melissa to help with your millwork design and finish selections. All three have a unique background and skill set that brings a wonderful dynamic to the Majestic team. They make it a practice to work closely together and with clients to create fresh and exciting new concepts. It’s amazing to see the end result of what quality craftsmanship and team effort can accomplish.


hen Murray Cressman told his sons, Brad and Jesse to “make their beds,” they took him literally. For more than a decade, Brad and Jesse Cressman have built Murphy beds and quality custom cabinetry for a vast clientele in Saskatoon. Majestic Cabinets specializes in custom cabinetry — unique creations that spark personality in any home. From the kitchen to bathroom, laundry room to mudroom, closets to basements, the Majestic crew is experienced in creating individual designs that suit your space. Each cabinet is constructed in-house by the team of carpenters — a rare distinction amongst other cabinet makers. Murray has owned and operated Majestic Cabinets for more than 26

years, developing the company from a “one-man-show” to 20-plus staff members. Throughout the years, Murray has worked hard to bring a timeless, quality product to his customers, taking great care to ensure each product created is something he would put in his own home. The company has continued to grow over time, and this past year went through a large office expansion and renovation to accommodate better customer viewing and allow for increased and efficient production. “When you own a business, you never feel as if you have arrived,” says Murray. “It is great to set and achieve goals, but you always strive to be better and see your business grow. The greatest feeling of satisfaction I have in this business is to introduce my sons, Bradley and Jesse, as partners in Majestic Cabinets.”



Kitchen design and construction has changed drastically. Kitchens are no longer for cooking and cleaning, but are now a hub for entertaining. Today’s kitchens are the focal point of your home, the area where you often entertain guests — in essence, the heart of your home. Each project is unique as its homeowner. Majestic thrives on new challenges and working with new people to bring their ideas to life. They work hard to bring you cutting edge, quality design and customer service. The Majestic Cabinets team works closely with many of Saskatoon’s local designers. They are proud to work with these talented professionals who bring together both the kitchen and entire home design, challenging Majestic to find new ways to bring their dreams to reality. Whether you’re a homeowner, design professional or contractor, stop in and visit the friendly staff at Majestic Cabinets — where your dreams become reality.

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Majestic Cabinets 511 - 45th Street E. Saskatoon 306.934.0660


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By Erin Legg

A well designed space is a culmination of creative thinking, quality products and skill. Metric Design Centre was established five years ago by Tamara Bowman, lead designer, with the goal of offering Saskatoon residents a unique renovation and design experience.

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start to finish. The ability to do everything in one space is a big timesaver for people, plus we have access to unique products. Another advantage is through continuous education and supplier product knowledge sessions, each of our designers is familiar with the industry products available and can therefore guide the client in the right direction to suit budget and lifestyle. What is a key component you keep in mind when assisting with design and renovation projects? We are always conscious of the longevity of the space for each client. A forever home has different design needs than a resell home. If the client is staying longterm, they can confidently invest a bit more into the value of their home because it will eventually appreciate to meet the spend on the renovation. What are the key components you ensure when undertaking a project for a firsttime renovator? People get worried about the unknown. First-time renovators wonder: “How’s it going to happen?” and “When is everything going to be done?” The understanding we bring and the emphasis on budget and timelines are the most important things we can provide to alleviate our clients’ worries. What is your favourite part of the renovation process? The obstacles! I am a problem-solver. During a client’s home renovation, I opened up the walls and discovered steel pillars we couldn’t move — so suddenly, the planned open-concept idea wasn’t possible. Instead, I developed a unique design using a bulkhead to encompass the tops of the pillars and enclose them with glass. Now, it’s one of the greatest features of the home, and it would not have been possible if I didn’t challenge myself. What advice would you like to share with readers considering a renovation or design upgrade to their home?


etric has proven itself as a market leader time and time again with its comprehensive services and products for both commercial and residential projects. Their spacious retail showroom displays a wide range of design-forward products including finishing materials, fixtures and furniture. Additionally, the team of designers, stylists and project managers embrace small-scale consultations to complete home renovations.

REFINED Saskatoon spoke with Bowman about how Metric is defining the design culture in Saskatoon. What are the advantages clients realize from partnering with Metric Design Centre? Metric Design Centre offers a seamless experience. We specialize in tailoring designs to be a true reflection of people’s needs and style, and our clients enjoy confidently knowing everything is being handled from

Take action — start to truly enjoy your space — now. We want people to love where they spend their time and feel good in a well-functioning space. At Metric, we understand the impact great design has on people’s wellbeing. Come to our showroom and see what we offer. Our goal is to bridge the gap of the unknown and offer a specialized experience to the Saskatoon market — and offer great value so our clients can appreciate their homes for the long term. Metric Design Centre A, 285 Venture Cres. Saskatoon 306.974.0190





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here’s something comforting about doing business with a company that not only does its job with expert knowledge, but treats you with respect throughout the way. This is what Robert Mellau and his team have perfected at



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ALLRO Stucco and Renovations — a local company that has been setting high standards in the contraction industry for the past 11 years. “By far and away [they] exceeded all of our expectations and then some,” says Pat Mailloux, whose Casa Rio home was restored by Mellau’s team.


ALLRO was the first in the province to introduce the Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) — the most top-of-the-line exterior system available — consisting of seven components: a liquid applied weather resistant barrier, expanded polystyrene insulation, waterproof membrane, drainage cavity, crack


“By far and away they exceeded all of our expectations and then some”

resistant polymer modified base coat, acrylic brush coat as primer, and a final finish coat. In the province of Saskatchewan, there are only two EIFS applicators certified by the Quality Assurance Program — both employees of ALLRO. Doug Moss, past chairman of Heritage Pointe Condominiums, reflects on the job ALLRO did for that complex. “ALLRO transformed our condominium from the disaster it had become back to the source of pride we all thought when we purchased,” he says. “Shoddy workmanship and numerous construction problems were addressed and corrected, and we are now proud to call it our home. In our books, there’s no one better.” Mellau takes great pride in his well-earned reputation, one that has Degeer Street evolved from the high expectations he sets for his company. Quality CONDOS is something he will never, ever sacrifice. Mellau is also adamant about educating his customers on not only exterior systems for their homes, but on general construction advice. “I tell everyone to do their homework,” he says. “I am a broken record, but people need to understand the way things work to protect themselves.” Marie Ross is a homeowner who enlisted ALLRO to help her reclaim her deteriorating home. Faulty windows and an incorrect stucco application led to a destructive amount of water damage, which was remedied with a comprehensive restoration project by ALLRO. “Robert explained to me how they were going to solve it,” she says. “He knew our stress. He always took the time to answer whatever questions we had, at whatever time of day.” Mellau acknowledges his company is often more expensive than most other contractors, but there’s a reason for that. The EIFS product is the best exterior system available across the entire globe. It weatherproofs, provides energy efficiency, and offers unparalleled curb appeal. But like Moss mentions, “Cost matters, of course, but quality moreso!” plumber, electrician, finisher, framer, soffit/fascia Another condominium restoration project tackled by the ALLRO expert and concrete specialist. The advantage team was Milano Pointe. Al Regehr, vice president, “ALLRO becomes apparent as theremarks, job unfolds: “I teach them to multitask. Projects are carried out has in every way equalled or surpassed all their” commitments. They swiftly and efficiently — there is no lag time responded to all concerns or questions, and usually the same day. The between each step in the restoration process job of cleaning up the worksite waiting was well anything I tohave ever for beyond the next tradesperson arrive for “It We disturbs the customerALLRO as little as experienced in 25 years of beingthe onnext jobstep. sites. recommend possible,” Robert explains. to any who may require their services. ” A company composed of knowledgeable

who share a commitment to quality work Choosing ALLRO means experts choosing quality, support and and customer service is a homeowner’s biggest commitment from a team of professional More than ally. Take it fromtradespeople. someone like Marie. “I love my ” she grins. hassatisfied finally become my dream a decade of precise work and house, a lengthy list“Itof customers the stress and worries of water speak volumes for Saskatoon’shome bestwithout exterior company — ALLRO damage. That’s huge, not to have to worry.” Stucco and Renovations.

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hava, Hebrew for love, is Broadway Avenue’s boutique gem. In this style seeker’s paradise, owner/operator Melissa Hampson helps her customers present their best outer self by providing a wide selection of fashion and accessories, allowing every woman to be a style maven. If there’s something Hampson does well, it’s encouraging women to embrace their individual style.

Two years ago Hampson amalgamated Spa Ahava with Edgewater Spa (also owned and operated by the dedicated entrepreneur) and transformed the former from a premiere spa oasis to a stylish, inviting fashion boutique. How did she make the transition from spa to clothing boutique? “It was so natural,” she laughs. “We were carrying leggings and they were popular. Next we tried ponchos, and they sold right away.” Careful renovations have converted the former luxury spa into the spacious retail space — now 2,000 sq. ft. — where shoppers from across the city gather to find the perfect outfit. Ahava provides top brands from across the country and around the world, such as Red Coral, a line Hampson says encourages a woman’s sense of style rather than short lived trends. Hampson, a fashionista herself, pays close attention to her clientele’s wants and works diligently to source different styles to complement individual tastes. “Women let you know what they’re looking for, and we provide unique ways to express everyone’s personal style.”




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Photos Lisa Landrie

“We’re changing our name! Watch for this exciting change to be unveiled soon.”

Melissa Hampson, owner

Perfect for the season, Ahava carries Mododoc, a line of breezy cotton tees, tanks and dresses. “Mododoc is light, just perfect for a summer wardrobe!” Hampson says. For evenings out or “just because,” Hampson points to denim by Los Angeles’ Articles of Society. “They’re so cool and have something for everyone,” she explains. “Dark indigo, white, ripped, boyfriend fit. These jeans have a higher waist and fit perfect for real women.” And because she knows every woman needs good leggings as an everyday go-to, Hampson proudly displays Ahava’s line of Hue leggings. “They look like a pant, but they’re actually a super comfortable legging. We have them in different materials — like black lace overlay or even a distressed denim look. Hue leggings are super cool and cute for summer!” Amid the displays of clothing, jewelry and accessories is a consignment section, which new shoppers discover with great pleasure and returning customers savour each visit. “Broadway is great for consignment because all walks of life come here,” Hampson says. “Women really like

our consignment section. They’ll spend an hour or more going through everything to find extra pieces to take home!” Ahava’s consignment service is fairly vast, providing an opportunity for her customers to sell their quality used clothing. “From extra small to 3X, we’ve got shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, shoes, wallets — you name it!” says Hampson. “We’re not exclusive to brands, but ensure the articles are in style and of great quality.” Ahava has evolved into a shopping destination amidst one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods. True to her nature, Hampson embraces change and growth. She winks and lets us in on a secret: “We’re changing our name!” she laughs. “Watch for this exciting change to be unveiled soon.” We can’t wait to see what’s in store! Ahava 720 Broadway Ave. Saskatoon 306.653.8835 |






hings are certainly heating up for Bridlewood Home Products. The company recently complemented its wide selection of radiant heat products and ventilation equipment with the addition of Saskatoon Barbecues & More, as well as an expanded showroom featuring both sides of the business.

Since 2000, Bridlewood has sold a range of quality Valor Radiant Gas Fireplaces, Superior Radiant Products, garage and shop heaters in Saskatoon and area. John took over the business in 2010, continuing to provide a renowned dedication to customer satisfaction and long lasting merchandise at the 2310 Hanselman Ave. location.

“These two work quite well together,” says owner John Christenson. “We are finding customers will come in looking for either a fireplace or a barbecue, and they end up leaving with both.” He adds: “It’s a brand-new showroom on both sides now. Both sides are attached, and so you have access from one side of the building to the other. We get people moving back and forth, looking at fireplaces and barbeques. It is a very open atmosphere.”

“Definitely, radiant heat is one of the nicest heats out there. It’s quiet. It’s inexpensive. A small application can heat a large area. We can fit current esthetic needs, as well as future operating costs. These are very good products that will last for the long term. We are still supplying parts for units sold back in the early 1980s, ” says John.



For the barbecue enthusiast, the store offers Weber, BroilKing, Napoleon & Crown



Verity gas grills and charcoal products. The Big Green Egg is now in the showroom to complement the needs for ceramic cookers. The Yoder Smoker is another of the more elite units currently available at Saskatoon Barbecues & More. “On the barbecue side, essentially the sky is the limit,” John says. “We are trying to give the user the best of all worlds, product wise. I would say we have something for most tastes. I wouldn’t say we have it all, but we are doing our best to get there.” According to John, while Saskatoon Barbecues & More carries some fairly luxurious outdoor cookers, the store also sells many of the same brand names found in the large retailers, although his barbecues are often the better versions of those products. His qualified personnel will assemble, test and deliver barbeques within 30 kilometres of city limits. Customers also receive one year backyard service. Once the barbecue purchase is made, Saskatoon Barbecues & More also offers incentives for future accessory and parts purchase. The store is one of the few parts and service locations in Saskatchewan to service what it sells. “We are trained by the factory representatives. If we can’t answer your questions, we will do our best to find the answer.” Whether it is a radiant heat product or barbecue, Bridlewood Home Products/Saskatoon Barbecues & More assembles the merchandise and installs it for customers, ensuring it runs smoothly for a long, long time. John says: “We get facts and training on all the different products from all the different manufacturers.”

Bridlewood Home Products | Saskatoon Barbecues & More 2310 Hanselman Ave. Saskatoon 306.664.2122 John Christenson., owner





A Compassionate


By Erin Legg Photos Neek Photography

How we feel both physically and emotionally has a tremendous impact on the overall state of our health. Every person deserves comfort, whether or not they are feeling on top of their game. Compassionate care by a professional can make all the difference. 114




elcome to Pink Tree, Saskatoon’s comprehensive fitting shop, where for 25 years the expert staff has assisted customers with various fitting needs, such as mastectomy and specialty bras, wigs and hair pieces, sun protective clothing and swimwear, and compression therapy products. The company’s longevity — combined with the 53 years of staff knowledge — and professionalism is well respected throughout the community. “We are trusted by doctors and physical therapists,” explains Anita Kerr, owner. “It’s our goal of proper fittings and their clients’ compliance that these experts recognize.” Customers come to Pink Tree — often requesting staff by name — because of the established trust and quality service. Penny, a 25-year staff member, embodies the nurturing spirit at Pink Tree. “At the end of the day,” she says simply, “I hope I have made a difference in someone’s journey.” Anita notes in addition to the personal service provided by her staff, customers are provided a choice of solutions at Pink Tree. “We offer the best selection, experience and quality people deserve when they are going through things so they can make informed choices

in a confidential setting with someone they trust,” she says. Staff member Karen agrees: “It feels great to help someone feel good about themselves, especially after surgery.” Carol, another Pink Tree team member, enjoys “helping clients improve their confidence and emotional needs.” The diversity in selection (the largest in the city) is because of Pink Tree’s understanding each customer is unique in needs, preferences, shape and comfort levels. “We don’t just fit you with a product,” Anita explains. “We fit you with the item best suited for you. One product is not appropriate for all, so we ensure you’re fit as an individual. When you walk out of here, our goal is to have you look and feel your best.” Pink Tree employee Michelle says, “Whether it is something as simple as fitting stockings to something as emotional as fitting a wig or a prosthetic, the client knows their needs are the most important thing.” The private areas for bra fittings and wig consultations mean customers are assured a relaxing, confidential space in which Pink Tree’s certified fitters can help. Anita explains each staff member becomes certified and is familiar with all the ins and outs of the products carried in store. “This helps us

educate the customer, which in turn allows them to make the best choice.” Staff member Jane appreciates customer interaction, and says she is most pleased “knowing they are happy and got exactly what they came in for.” Community is forefront at Pink Tree. The team avidly supports local charities, such as the C95 Radio Marathon, Walk for a Cure and Bust a Move for Breast Health. Also recognizing their broad customer base, the Pink Tree team hosts mobile fitting clinics for customers in North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort. New and returning customers are invited to Pink Tree’s annual sale this September. Experience what a difference compassionate care can make.

Pink Tree Your Health - Your Shop #1 - 701 2nd Ave. N. Saskatoon 306.665.6544

opposite left to right Carol, Karen, Michelle, Penny, Anita, Jane REFINEDSASKATOON & AREA





SIXTEEN YEARS AGO, Sharla Shaw decided she wanted a break from her career in the legal profession. She thought about what she loved to do, and one answer came to mind — she loved to clean. Tidy Time Saver came into being in 2000 and is still going strong.


What our clients are saying



harla wanted her cleaning company to focus on people. She hired employees who care about customer service, are passionate about cleaning, and are all bonded and insured. Only reliable and trustworthy people make the cut because they represent the company and what it stands for — valuing the customer and delivering a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee on all service. Sharla values her employees, and ensure they all go through an intensive training program. The low employee turnover rate, which contributes to the company’s overall reliability, displays how her employees, in turn, also value their employer. Tidy Time Saver is committed to the community, and is a proud partner of Cleaning for a Reason. The company donates cleaning services to people undergoing cancer treatments to help those experiencing a difficult time in their life. Tidy Time Saver also cares about the environment, and displays this by using environmentally friendly products.

Sharla Shaw, owner

“I have been dealing with Sharla and Tidy Time Saver for a number of years. I am not sure how I managed without Sharla and her team. The team comes to my house on Thursdays, and this is now my favourite day of the week. I come home and my house is clean. I know they have used safe products and my house doesn’t smell like a field of lavender, but instead everything sparkles and shines. My floors are amazing and this company doesn’t cover up with fragrances, but uses simple cleaning products and good old elbow grease. When you can walk into your house and there is no smell at all… that is the smell of clean. They are always there and make my life easier. Their name definitely says it all. I would recommend them to anyone, and I know they will exceed expectations. Simply stated — Tidy Time Saver is the best in the business!” —Claudette W., a very happy client

“We are called marriage savers,” laughs Sharla. “People are frustrated with their lack of free time, but also want to have a home they can be proud to show visitors. We offer excellent service for families on the go.” The Tidy Time Saver Professional Cleaning Service Saskatoon 306.664.0072 Regina 306.546.1505

Proud partner of

Tidy Time Saver offers a wide range of services and competitive pricing. Customers save hundreds of hours a year in cleaning because Tidy Time Saver does it for them. Families who use the company’s services have more free time. Today, people are busy, working more hours, and have more recreational commitments than the previous generation. Tidy Time Saver understands this dilemma, and they want to assist with the chores families are struggling to complete.











aven Builders Inc. takes pride in never building the same house twice. Each project is a unique, functional work of art, which is both practical to live in and beautiful to look at. “Every home for us is a prototype. While it keeps us on our toes, we like a challenge,” says Donna Senterre, the company’s partner and marketing and sales director. “It is easy to bang out houses if they are all the same, but we build something different and special every time. We like to stand out.” She adds: “We build high-end luxury homes while building a trusting and transparent relationship with our clients.” For six years, Haven has thrived in Saskatoon’s housing market through character, innovation and a commitment to highend quality homes and customer satisfaction.

At its new 10,000-square-foot downtown location (440 - First Avenue North), Haven’s large design studio showcases a variety of selections related to the home, such as countertops, doors, door hardware, interior trim, backsplash tiles, countertops and, of course, Haven’s top-quality, renowned cabinets that are made on site. “It is a one-stop shop for our clients. We want the clients to feel stimulated, creative and confident, fueling their desire to create a dream home. The studio helps our clients stay focused and streamlines the decision making for them. It’s about focus, control and reducing distractions,” says Senterre. Specializing in acreage builds and in-fills, Haven currently constructs 10 to 12 houses a year, renovating another 15 to 20. “We are not really interested in doing too many more than

that, because we never started the business to be a mass producer of homes,” Senterre says. “We just wanted to have our niche. Also. we wanted to be able to focus on our clients’ experience and wanted that to be our priority.” To help create a product that is truly unique and ideally tailored to each individual, the company’s 3-D rendering technology lets customers visualize their dream home, tweaking and perfecting that dream through virtual tours in consultation with an award-winning architectural technologist. This ensures the finished product is the perfect product. “The emotional impact is massive,” Senterre says of the virtual home tours. “Most people are unable to visualize their home in 2D design, and with this program, the clients know exactly what their homes will look like before we even break ground. It is pretty extraordinary, and we are the only builder/design firm using high definition virtual tours.” More than an emotional experience, she adds, under the skilled handling of Haven partner and Bueckert Design founder Dustin Bueckert, the program helps avoid any changes midway through construction, which saves money. Clients know beforehand exactly what they will be getting. “It puts the customer at ease,” Senterre says. “This can be a pretty stressful, time-consuming process. Our main goal is to alleviate the stress associated with a new build or major renovation.” She adds: “Dustin thinks out of the box and comes up with some phenomenal ideas. His work speaks for itself.” According to Senterre, Haven homes range from modern to craftsman and everything in between. Information technology is key to the Haven success story, and all staff, contractors and clients use an online construction management system for home builders and remodelers that combines project scheduling with project, customer and service management. Senterre adds: “This software allows our client to actually build their home from across the world if they so choose. It’s a very integrated process allowing homeowners to track everything.”Beginning



with an initial consultation, Haven staff help clients discover and enhance their personal styles to create stunning homes, notes the marketing and sales director. “We educate the client about the building process. The more you know about it the more enjoyable it seems to be.” Quality is a result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution, adds Senterre. Her company puts a heavy emphasis on delivering customer service, supporting clientele, and always being upfront and honest. She suggests word-of-mouth remains the most important form of advertising. “Whatever good things we build for people, end up building us. That is very true for us, because we build clients a house and we build a good relationship with them, and they keep building us because they pass on the word to other people about what we do. I love that.”

Haven Builders Inc. 440 - First Ave. N., Saskatoon 306. 382.3667







For more than 30 years, Greg Marcyniuk has been providing insurance strategies for people and businesses across the province. His mandate? Personalizing what each client needs to provide the best coverage for their money.


y focus has always been on my clients, first and foremost,” Marcyniuk says. “We operate with high integrity. I will only provide insurance to someone if I’d purchase it myself, or want my mother, father, brother or sister to have it in place.” It was 13 years ago when Marcyniuk took over Heritage Insurance Ltd. and his focus has been on clear communication and education for residents of the province. “People are not always aware of what insurance is about, so we want to make sure they are covered, and when loss does occur, we ensure we’re there to help,” Marcyniuk adds. “Everyone we have had dealings with have been knowledgeable and helpful,” comment Heritage clients, Robert and Susan McLellan of Moose Jaw. Heritage Insurance brokers specialize in a particular insurance field, allowing for expert advice for all your questions. Comprehensive coverage is provided for home and auto insurance, general liability, and for the business and trucking industries. Because each client has specific needs, Marcyniuk ensures customizable coverage to protect against risks and provides individualized advice for each circumstance. To help ensure clarity about insurance and prevention and protection issues, Marcyniuk supplies a free monthly newsletter, published every month for the past 10 years. “It’s

one method in which we’re here to help. We can provide information to either stop a loss, such as with theft-prevention strategies, or general safety tips.” Marcyniuk is also the author of a book aimed to help educate the public on insurance basics: Taking The Hassle Out Of What You Need To Know About Insurance. All proceeds from the book are donated towards the Shriner’s Hospital, indicative of his community giving spirit. “The more informed a client is, the better. That’s the whole idea of having a broker — to have help.” And help they do. Imagine, for example, coming home from a weekend away to discover your new humidifier’s switch was faulty, left running at 100 per cent. You’re faced with an $80,000 loss. What would you rather have — a struggle with an insurance provider over coverage, or one who is there to ensure prompt resolution for your loss? “There are elements of your policy your broker will help with to ensure you’re protected adequately,” explains Marcyniuk. “If there are problems, we go to bat for the client. We’ve had numerous clients dealing with traumatic experiences, such as fires where they’ve lost everything. It’s important to have a broker who’s on your side.” Heritage Insurance doesn’t treat clients like just a number in the queue. “In fact,” Marcyniuk grins proudly, “we are in contact with our clients on average 16 times throughout the course of a year.” The first step in insurance assessment is going through a detailed policy review based upon the client’s needs.



“From there, we can provide the best coverage for their dollar,” he says. Each client receives a hand-written thank you card, and a chance to grade the brokerage on its customer service. “We are a personable firm. We’re about relationships. We are transparent and hold ourselves over and above,” Marcyniuk says. Elmer and Shelly Truelove of Moose Jaw can attest. “Heritage Insurance keeps us in the know. We don’t have to worry about renewals — they are always on top of it.” Heritage Insurance has proven itself to be a forerunner in all fronts — coverage, customer service, communication and education. Recent recognition for its leadership came in the form of the CSIO’s Technology Leader 2016 award, something Greg Marcyniuk, owner





which Marcyniuk is extremely proud of. “I think it’s indicative of the little things we do for our clients,” he says. Marcyniuk understands today’s consumers and knows how technologically savvy the population has become. The website provides an informative blog where every insurance topic imaginable is covered. “People these days are online all the time,” he says. “Our presence is one way we can provide information to them.”

top left Greg presents Kelly McElree a cheque for $10,000 Moose Jaw Health Foundation commitment right Greg congratulates Kain Petlak, TV winner bottom left Greg Marcyniuk, owner

Perhaps the biggest advantage to joining the Heritage Insurance family is the customer service component that isn’t found elsewhere. “We provide an experience above and beyond any other broker,” Marcyniuk explains. “We have a 5-star Google rating. We have a long list of testimonials backing up our customer perspective. We’re there for our clients every step of the way.”

New clients are invited to contact the firm to discuss their particular insurance goals with a specialized broker. Existing clients who refer Heritage to others receive a $5 gift certificate for Tim Horton’s and are entered into a monthly draw to win one of four 50-inch flat screen TVs or one of eight iPads. No hassle, great rates. Heritage Insurance gives you peace of mind.

Heritage Insurance 100 “A” Fairford St. W. Moose Jaw 1.800.667.7640





Your Trusted Advisors By Erin Legg Photos Heather Fritz


or many, navigating the waters of financial planning can be intimidating. Where do you start? What should you do first? How do you end up where you want to end up? Fortunately, having experienced financial advisors working with you on your plan not only alleviates the stress of planning for the future, but makes achieving your goals a reality. The Briske Financial Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd. is a comprehensive wealth management firm established by Shannon Briske and Byron Briske. Their goal? To provide complete financial advice that not only protects clients’ assets, but cultivates wealth and prosperity.



Born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, the Briske brothers have strong roots in local community, and as such have ingrained in their business practice a personalized, one on one approach for each client. Adamant a onesize-fits-all solution is completely ineffective, Shannon says, “Our offerings are customized for each of our clients so their unique needs and goals are met. We actually take the time to get to know every one of our clients.” In additional to wealth management, the array of services the brothers provide includes tax planning, insurance consultations, agricultural and small business advising, and cash management solutions. The Briske Financial


Group has access to Assante’s high net worth private pool platform. Clients are provided with top of the line solutions from around the world to suit their individualized wealth goals. The Briske brothers are particularly adept at corporate tax issues, having implemented advantageous management methods for their corporate clients that result in huge tax efficiencies. “We’re about solutions, not just products,” says Byron. “We tell people two things: don’t lose the money, and be ultra-tax smart.” The Briskes’ adage “complete financial advice” means they consider the big picture for each client, recognizing every situation is unique. Both Byron and Shannon have successful


histories with competitive hockey, and this teamwork background is evident within their practice today. Because of their comprehensive understanding of financial planning, Shannon and Byron work closely with clients’ lawyers and accountants to ensure all “I’s are dotted and T’s crossed.” One of the most popular services the Briske brothers have implemented are their You’re Successful … Now What? educational seminars (about 15 per year), established to educate people on a vast number of financial topics. A recent seminar was aimed specifically at their female clientele, titled Women and Money. “It’s important to us for our clients to be well educated and have a good understanding of all the different aspects of financial planning,” Byron explains. “We keep the seminars fresh and topical to what’s going on.” Shannon and Byron are passionate about assisting families with their financial futures, all while giving them the freedom

Shannon Briske

to enjoy the present. “We help our clients find balance,” says Byron. “We help them live life today without worrying about the future. Because it’s not just about what you make; it’s about what you keep.” This material is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to compile this material from reliable sources, however no warranty can be made as to its accuracy or completeness. Before acting on any of the above, please make sure to see a professional advisor for individual financial advice based on your personal circumstances.


Byron Briske

The Briske Financial Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd. 301 500 Spadina Crescent E. Saskatoon 306.665.3244





Rely on the IT experts at Complete Technologies for all your outsourced business technology needs.


s their name suggests, Complete Technologies offers clients the full gamut of technology solutions for their business needs. Whether your interest is in streamlining your company’s processes or you need a trusted team to tackle onsite computer and network issues, Complete Technologies can help. Working in a variety of industries, the team at Complete Technologies understands the complexity encountered by




their small to medium business clients when trying to grow, maintain efficiencies, and increase revenue in a sometimes unpredictable economy. Complete Technologies can assist, showing business owners ways to utilize technology services and tools to save time, maximize resources and ultimately increase revenue. Complete Technologies has extensive understanding and working knowledge of many industries including the medical, law, construction and not-for-profit world. The team helps clients stay up to date with technology compliance regulations, and also assists with making security and privacy of information top priority. Complete Technologies can help eliminate system downtime while ensuring staff and employees stay connected during business trips, presentations or even in emergency situations. Offering a variety of custom packages for clients, Complete Technologies is your one-stop shop for all technology services. For businesses looking for ongoing support, a PROactive Managed Services package can be customized for your company’s needs (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum service package options). For those interested in strictly offsite backup, Cloud based solutions or project services, Complete Technologies can create the perfect IT support package to help tackle your IT issues. Interested in learning how your company can benefit from Cloud based solutions? Complete Technologies can walk you through the benefits and explore additional avenues to save your company money with streamlined processes and increased accessibility. Issues with corrupt or lost files can be frustrating and even detrimental to a business; no worries — Complete Technologies offers cost-effective data backup and recovery services. The team at Complete Technologies has been recognized for business excellence and their continued efforts in ensuring top-notch technology support and customer service. They are the recipients of the 2017 Consumer Choice Award in the Computer Service category; 2016 North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) Small Business Award recipient of the Business Builder Award (BBA); and were 2016 finalists for the Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Award (NEYA) in the Growth category. The team was also recognized from 2013 to 2015 as NSBA BBA Finalists in the Small Business Award category. Complete Technologies also has an affinity for ensuring the community they do business in stays strong. The company’s owner, Andrey Olinov has served on many boards and is a part of NSBA, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Saskatchewan Young Professional & Entrepreneurs (SYPE) and the Saskatoon Construction Association. He also supports local charities and non-profits by offering 25 per cent off services for registered groups. A strong believer in a vibrant and positive economy, Andrey and his team take great pride in assisting clients in any and all industries to reach their business goals with the help of their IT support and services. Contact them today. Complete Technologies Rockport Officeplex 138 – 2002 Quebec Ave. 306.361.6787 Andrey Olinov, owner




Party Hearty with

TUPPERWARE By Candace Fox Photos Heather Fritz


Lisa Bueckert knows a thing or two about Tupperware. As a distributor and specialist for more than 21 years, she has dedicated the last 13 to becoming a leader in Saskatchewan and helping others reach their sales goals — and reaping the financial rewards. Her latest venture in the Tupperware realm is the creation of a studio dedicated to showcasing the many uses of the brand’s products in action. “We are really excited; people will be able to host parties and all sorts of events in the Tupperware



Studio. It is fully open to the public for cooking demos, ladies’ nights, margarita parties and training sessions, so everyone can see the many uses and products available through Tupperware,” explains Bueckert. Recognizing the Tupperware of today has come a long way from what we might remember in our grandma’s kitchen, a trip down memory lane may help in fully understanding and appreciating the brand.

In the Beginning

Creator Earl Tupper’s lightweight, non-breakable plastic containers were in production and in


stores by 1946. However, customers weren’t sold on these innovative creations because they weren’t exactly sure how to use them. Enter Brownie Wise, who was gifted with a set of Tupperware bowls and, along with a couple of other innovative leaders, had the bright idea of showcasing their use and durability via home parties. Catching the attention of Earl Tupper, Brownie was eventually given the role of vice president of the company, and thus began the sensation of Tupperware parties at home more than 60 years ago.

left-right Shirley Fullerton, Shelly Bueckert, Lori Bateman & Lisa Bueckert

Studio Showcase

Modern Tupperware

What’s so great about Tupperware in 2016? According to Lisa Bueckert and the 2.9 million strong sales force members in nearly 85 countries, a lot. “In terms of investing in the company and selling the products, you can make a great income and have amazing opportunities to travel and earn rewards for sales, including luxury vehicles. I have travelled the world selling for Tupperware, and more importantly, I have met amazing people and seen them succeed in whatever their goal is in the company,” explains Bueckert. Noting the benefits of a flexible schedule for stay-at-home moms or utilizing opportunities with Tupperware as a secondary income, the product’s established brand and reputation for quality are huge selling features for those interested in selling the products.

With a long list of new and innovative products to add to the Tupperware roster, there is no shortage of information to relay and demos to showcase. From plastic casserole pans for the oven to containers of all shapes and sizes for an ultra-organized pantry — not to mention food processors that require no electricity, garlic and lemon-lime pressers, and microwaveable steamers — the list goes on when it comes to Tupperware’s product offerings. Which is exactly why Lisa Bueckert is so excited for the Tupperware Studio — so everyone can have a chance at using all these products in a fun and inviting atmosphere. “We are trying to make cooking fun again, bringing the family together for meal time and making it easy and simple for at-home chefs. The studio is an opportunity to introduce new equipment and techniques in a fun and exciting learning environment,” says Bueckert. Her Tupperware Studio opens this summer at its location on Circle Drive. Come join the party!

Celebrate with Tupperware as the company launches its first ever

TUPPERWARE STUDIO right here in Saskatoon

Lisa Bueckert Tupperware Specialist/Business Leader 306.249.4240







By Candace Fox


pon entering Two Fifty Two (TFT) Boutique, you will immediately notice a few things — the meticulously tidy space, a modern yet inviting atmosphere, beautiful clothing and accessories and, last but certainly not least, the warm smiles from welcoming staff members. “We are lucky to have an amazing team of women who make it their priority to give customers a unique and personalized shopping experience,” says owner Mackenzie Firby.

The popular ladies clothing and accessories boutique nestled in University Heights Square was once only a distant dream. Fast forward through an “a-ha” Oprah speaking engagement moment and the sudden passing of her mother, Mackenzie is now living her dream as a proud entrepreneur. “I was working a corporate job I wasn’t all that passionate about, but wasn’t necessarily ready to leave. As cliché as it sounds, hearing Oprah speak about doing what you love planted a seed. But it wasn’t until my mother suddenly passed away

that I made the change; that experience was the catalyst for me to start living the life I wanted,” explains Mackenzie.

Treating Customers like Family With almost two years under its designer belt, TFT caters to a large demographic of women from carefree 20s to sophisticated 80s. “We have built relationships with these amazing women and have seen them through celebrations, life changes above photo by Heather Fritz




and monumental moments. They become like family to the point I will purchase items for specific customers or know who would be interested in a certain style or new label,” explains Mackenzie. The boutique carries a limited quantity of each item and offers something for everyone, from ladies’ size XXS to 1X. Mackenzie is adamant every female should feel beautiful, regardless of her size or shape. Carrying unique and amazing clothing and accessories, TFT’s top brands include Botkier, Cynthia Rowley, DVF, Eileen Fisher, Frame Denim, Gorjana, Iro, Kate Spade and Vince.

Recognized for Excellence Humbled first with the continued support of TFT’s loyal customers, Mackenzie was extremely honored to be nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Entrepreneurship. Two SABEX Award wins for Customer Service and New

Business Venture were beyond Mackenzie’s wildest expectations. “I was in the company of other amazing nominees in both categories; for me, recognition came with the nominations and that was great. Winning both awards and getting that acknowledgement from my peers in the business community was an honour,” she says. TFT was recently nominated again for three ABEX Awards in the categories of New Business, Service and Mackenzie for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. With a huge focus on community and giving back, TFT supports many charities and nonprofit organizations. Of TFT’s commitment to philanthropy, Mackenzie explains: “We try really hard to support as many initiatives and non-profit groups as we can. It is important to give back to a community that has been so supportive of me and my business since opening.”

Two Fifty Two Boutique 134 -1824 McOrmond Dr. University Heights Square Saskatoon 306.652.2502

top photos by Heather Fritz bottom photos by Lisa Landrie REFINEDSASKATOON & AREA






ighting not only fulfills the essential function of illumination, but it also provides aesthetic appeal. Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre showcases premium fixtures to clients with discerning tastes wanting to add unique interest to their home. Light is never just a light; here are a few tips on selecting complementary fixtures for your space. THE RIGHT LIGHT SETS THE MOOD. Achieving the intended mood for any room requires custom luminaire considerations. How is the space used? Do you require ambient, accent or task lighting (or a combination)? A room infused with appropriate lighting fixtures creates atmosphere. USE A FIXTURE TO INTRODUCE TEXTURE TO YOUR SPACE. Boost visual appeal of your space! Design elements on lighting fixtures such

as crystal and glass pair well with many spaces, adding creative atmosphere, and textured metal enhances both traditional and modern spaces. Don’t be afraid to layer certain textures to arrive at a truly unique lighting design. DRAW THE EYE TO A PARTICULAR PORTION OF THE ROOM USING THE RIGHT LIGHTING FIXTURE. Do you have a stunning kitchen island? Have a particular art display or bookshelf you want to be highlighted? Complement the focus of the room with a coordinating light fixture.


EMBRACE LIGHTING FIXTURES AS “FUNCTIONAL ART” IN YOUR HOME. One of the great things about lighting design is the innovative creations available. Using a unique, eye-catching lighting fixture is a simple approach to introducing new décor elements. Consider it as a “conversation-starter.”


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THE PROOF IS IN THE PADDING By Candace Fox Photos Neek Photography

Purchasing and choosing the best mattress isn’t rocket science, according to Mark Stevens, owner/operator of Wiseguys Mattresses in Saskatoon. It’s all about personal comfort, durability and not getting fooled into paying more for what you need.




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tarting his mattress sales career in a chain store, Stevens disliked the underhanded tactics used to get customers to pay more for what they were receiving, and the dishonest “upselling” pushed by management to make more money. Fast forward 10 years, and Mark is not only a well respected business owner, but Wiseguys Mattresses is Trusted Saskatoon certified and a part of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Choosing a Wiseguys was also rated as one of the top three furniture stores by Reputable “I’m really proud of the fact that most of my business comes from referrals by customers who appreciated our honesty and help in getting them a mattress that is Contractor


comfortable. You can’t expect to buy the perfect mattress online; you have to come in, lay on it and see if it is the right one for you,” explains Stevens.

Brand Bias

You don’t always get what you pay for when it comes to chain or box store mattresses, and it isn’t all about the brand; the model is an important indicator of quality. Wiseguys chooses the best models of the best brands to offer customers the best prices, and wants customers to focus on comfort rather than becoming fixated with a specific brand. “If we don’t carry a mattress brand or model a customer is looking for, chances are it just didn’t meet our standards,” says Stevens. Wiseguys is the only independent dealer in Saskatchewan authorized to sell Serta’s premium lines — a privilege most chain stores are not given.

No Sales Needed

You won’t find any gimmicky “blowout” or “end of season” sales at Wiseguys. The independent dealer does not put mattresses or furniture on sale because they never inflate their retail prices or invest in trending products endorsed by celebrities or found on infomercials. A lot of clearance mattresses found in box or chain stores are used beds that have been returned — something Wiseguys would never resell or even keep on the sales floor.


any new contractor businesses have appeared since the start of the economic boom. Layoffs and shutdowns during this latest economic downturn have sparked the emergence of even more businesses popping up and vying for the attention of homeowners. With so many eager businesses out there, how does a homeowner select a solid, reputable company that will still be around long after their work is done? The first thing to consider when selecting a good contractor is the submitted bid. Don’t assume the highest bid means the best quality work. On the flip side, if the bid appears lower than everyone else, be cautious. There is a reason why a contractor submits bids of a certain amount. The submitted bid should be itemized to some degree; if not, feel free to ask questions. Beware of the contractor who knocks another $500 or so off the original bid just to get your business. Remember the adage: “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” If the numbers are too low, the quality of work and/or materials may not be there. Watch out for contractors who ask for a deposit up front to cover materials. If everything is

Regular pricing at Wiseguys Mattresses is most often lower than sale pricing on products that are less superior and lower in quality at chain and box stores. Saskatoon’s trusted mattress store is only interested in happy customers who leave with a bed guaranteed to give them a good night’s sleep.

above board and their accounts are current, your contractor should have no trouble getting the materials needed to do the job. Don’t be Wiseguys also help you outfit any room in your house. The Saskatoon afraid to ask to see aMattresses statutory can declarations independent dealer not only report; this will tell if the contractor pays sells his mattresses of every shape and size, but also has furniture, bed frames, headboards, pillows and bedding. Customers accounts in bedroom a timely manner.

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Check the contractor’s references and Mattresses and ensure credentials.Wiseguys Are they listed with Trustedthey are getting quality products at fair pricing. Saskatoon? Are they a member of the Home For more information on Wiseguys Mattresses and their products, visit Builders’ Association? Do they have any certifications with manufacturers? The partnerships a company has attained over time says a lot about what type of business they are. Ask how long the contractor has been working in the industry and how long they’ve been in business. Also, be sure to ask about previous projects that they’ve worked on. Don’t be shy about looking into those jobs and checking to see if the previous owners were pleased with the work that was done. You should expect to feel safe in your home and enjoy living in it for many years. Don’t trust it to the wrong people and don’t rush into things. If you don’t feel comfortable hiring a certain company, then don’t do it. Ultimately you want what every homeowner wants — a contractor with integrity.

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MADE FUN AND EASY By Tobie Hainstock Photos Neek Photography


ine: it’s been called the nectar of the gods. It’s enjoyed at celebrations, intimate dinners and quiet evenings with a good book.

When the opportunity arose for Kathryn Thompson; her boyfriend, Craig Edmunson; her brother, Bill and his wife, Erika, to purchase a Vintner’s Cellar® franchise, they took it! “My brother and sister-in-law had been making their own wine for about six-and-a-half years. The popularity of their wine had been growing so much, we all thought it would be a good idea to start a business,” explains Thompson.



Situated in University Heights, this is the first Vintner’s Cellar location in Saskatoon. “We’re excited to launch the Saskatoon location,” says Michael Eccles, president of Vintner’s Cellar Franchising Inc. “We began our journey nearly two decades ago and we are still growing today.” Vintner’s Cellar is an on-premise brewing establishment which helps you create your own unique and delicious wine. They carry more than 60 wine varieties, including 100 per cent pure juice products. Why not become a member of Vintner’s Cellar Saskatoon’s Barrel Club? Using large oak barrels,


they will brew a special batch of wine unique to their store. “Once we have 10 or more interested wine makers, we’ll get together to start a large batch of wine,” says Thompson, “Instead of our six week process, we will age the wine in large oak barrels to produce an even smoother, full bodied taste.” The Club is perfect for those who love to share wine with their friends and try other wines. Requiring about 10 to 15 people to participate, the Barrel Club involves individuals making their own wines. When it comes time to bottle the wine, the Club has a bottling party where cheese trays and other goodies are served.

Wine making parties are also ideal for special occasions such as bachelorette parties, birthday parties, office functions and more. Vintner’s Cellar also makes custom labels for your vintage. “Having your own labels makes it more personal. It also makes an ideal gift or is a great way to commemorate a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday or family reunion,” adds Thompson. Be sure to ask for recipes and suggestions for pairing your wine with the perfect dish. Thompson advises wine lovers to watch for blogs featuring mouth-watering recipes and fantastic pairing suggestions.

The quality of their wine is apparent in the fullness of the flavour and the richness in the bouquet. In fact, many Vintner’s Cellar wines have gone on to win Wine Making International Amateur Wine Competition Awards. Enjoy the pleasure of making and serving your own wine. Check their website for store hours and visit Vintner’s Cellar today. Vintner’s Cellar® Franchising Inc. has become a cornerstone in the wine making industry. This has been achieved by continuously providing superior support and the highest quality products exclusive to the Vintner’s family. An international franchise, Vintner’s Cellar® can be found all over Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan and throughout several U.S. States. For franchising opportunities, contact Michael Eccles at 1.888.946.3620.

Vintner’s Cellar 146-1824 McOrmond Dr. Saskatoon 306.371.9463 @vintnerscellarsaskatoon @vintnerscellarsaskatoon

left to right Craig Edmunson, Kathryn Thompson, Bill Thompson, Erika Thompson REFINEDSASKATOON & AREA



Putting the SPOTLIGHT



hen you look in the mirror, you deserve to feel attractive and confident. Let the highly trained Technicians at Bliss Cosmetic Clinic help you look and feel you’re best with the highest quality in Permanent Cosmetics and Medical Services. “At Bliss, we want to empower women to feel beautiful in their own skin,” says Riley Herauf, owner of Bliss Cosmetic Clinic. “Our staff focus on each client’s specific needs to provide them with the best service possible.” When receiving a service at Bliss, you can always expect to be treated with integrity, respect and confidentiality. The staff are aware each person is unique, and will make sure to listen to every client with a caring and understanding attitude. The members of the Bliss team consistently strive to exceed the expectations of all their clients. However, looking and feeling beautiful should never come at the expense of your health. As the invasive personal service industry is becoming more and more popular, it is incredibly important for those providing this service to be formally trained, and all clinics should follow the highest level of hygiene standards. Bliss Cosmetic Clinic guarantees all medical and cosmetic services are performed under strict sanitation procedures, and are administered by well-trained, certified Technicians using sterilized equipment. “Protecting your health and safety is very important,” says Riley. “Today, it seems like every spa or salon is providing some kind of




SERVICES Semi-Permanent Cosmetics Eyebrow Hair Strokes Lash Enhancement Eyeliner Top Eyeliner Bottom Lip Liner and Color Eyebrows & Lips Eyebrows & Top/Bottom Eye Liner Lips & Top/Bottom Eye Liner Medical Services Areola Restoration & Reconstruction Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Mastectomy Scar Camouflage Cleft Palate Camouflage Scar Camouflage Vitiligo Camouflage Medical Microdermabrasion Chemical Facial Peels Micro Needling

service in permanent cosmetics, such as eyebrows, which is the most recent trend in the cosmetic industry. However, the people delivering these services do not always have the right kind of training or experience, and this can be really dangerous to both the health and appearance of those who are receiving these services.” Bliss Cosmetic Clinic is passionate about delivering the best service to their clients, and Riley has made it his mission to achieve a new level of standards for the invasive personal service industry. He has had several discussions with multiple organizations, including the provincial government, to make certain all clients and employees involved in this industry follow the Bliss Standards for Quality Assurance. These standards ensure the clinic stays current with all public health regulations, and Bliss technicians receive training from only the most worldrenowned instructors in North America. Each member of the Bliss team is a specialist in Micro Pigmentation, and is required to have up-to-date certification in Canadian and American Blood Borne Pathogens, as well as other safety courses.

“Taking a few extra minutes to ask questions and observe your surroundings before receiving a service can be the difference between a positive cosmetic experience, and one that results in a devastating health risk,” explains Riley. “The Bliss Standards for Quality Assurance ensures you will leave our clinic confident you received the best service possible.” Bliss is proud to be a member of the Regina Chamber of Commerce, and to support the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. They offer services ideal for those who have undergone mastectomies, chemotherapy, or are suffering from alopecia. Some of their services include areola reconstruction, scar camouflage, and scalp Micropigmentation.

Contact Bliss Cosmetic for your FREE consultation

Regina Bliss Cosmetic Clinic 6819 Rochdale Blvd. Regina 306.540.3333 Saskatoon Bliss Cosmetic Clinic 101-1132 College Dr. Saskatoon 306.382.3333






LADIES DANCING Photos Heather Fritz


er hand trembling, her neurological system riddled by four decades of Parkinson’s disease, Claudine Audette-Rozon reaches and grasps a paint brush — to do what she was made to do her whole life: paint. And then, as she picks up the brush and moves to find her paint, a miracle happens, as it always does. The tremors calm as, inexplicably, Claudine transcends into a new place physically, mentally, and emotionally; somehow, for the moment, she leaves behind the burden called Parkinson’s disease.

As her physiotherapist and friend through the last several years of Claudine’s journey, Katherine Daniels understands the challenges she has faced. She has seen the ups and downs this disease creates and has applied her knowledge and experience to attempt to deter the inevitable deterioration and maximize the capacities which remain. Claudine has produced more than 2,000 paintings in her life, most of them after the onset of Parkinson’s disease. This epitomizes the reason Katherine does what she does as a physiotherapist.

Now 76 years of age, Claudine has had Parkinson’s disease for nearly 40 years. She has survived the years of tremors, physical trauma, fatigue and medication. She lives in her home with her husband Bob, her biggest admirer and support system. Her family is always close at hand. Along with Claudine’s family, Bob, has been integral in her successful management of the disease and its functional consequences.

Like Katherine, Adrianne Vangool is a physiotherapist. She is also a Yoga instructor, and the intersection of these two mediums is where Adrianne likes to be — the physical component along with the mental and spiritual components, once again emphasized in rehabilitation. She draws from her experience as a gold medal university athlete, knowing full well none of her achievements were possible based on physical capacity alone. Success for Adrianne has always been a result of mastering all these components, and her practice as a physiotherapist is no different.

In fact, she has gone far beyond just managing the consequences and has created many amazing paintings and drawings along the way. One of her finest pieces — Eleven Ladies Dancing — hangs in the waiting room of Nomad Therapies. It is not only a beautiful piece of creative art, but a testament to the power of the human spirit. And to those in the world of science, it is a wonderful example of how physical function is a result of multiple physiological processes and how the human body is truly a multifactorial masterpiece — like Eleven Ladies Dancing.



The journey for Sharlene Reynolds, also a physiotherapist at Nomad Therapies, has been filled with the most wonderful of things — babies! She does not typically treat babies as a physiotherapist, but rather the babies tag along with mom because Sharlene treats lots of moms. She has a special interest and advanced training in the management of core and pelvic floor disorders and overall postpartum physical health. This forms the


Eleven Ladies Dancing, Claudine Audette-Rozon

majority of her patient population, although she also enjoys treating more complex and chronic orthopaedic conditions. For Sharlene, the core is a central part of her practice and is a symbolic theme in her management of conditions, that is, creating a stable platform to move successfully through life. As an occupational therapist (OT), Kendra Kerr has accumulated many great skills. The knowledge base requirement is extensive in terms of the human body and its function, as well as the mechanics of equipment, the details of available resources and the application to a particular patient at a particular point in time. She is a veteran OT and, although she has this amazing skill set, the most obvious trait one sees

with Kendra is passion — for her profession and in particular, for the patients she works with. An enthusiastic advocate, she sees well beyond the physical limitations of the individual. Like Kendra, Ryan Fitzpatrick is a veteran in the occupational therapy realm and through his company, Fitzpatrick’s Occupational Therapy, has worked collaboratively with Katherine and Perry for many years. For years he has travelled Saskatchewan, particularly into the north, delivering occupational therapy services. This nomadic history makes him a perfect fit at Nomad Therapies. The hands of the massage therapist create the physical and emotional response needed to encourage healing and











relaxation. For Jessica Peskleway, being a massage therapist gives a window into the hearts and minds of her patients. All of her senses are in play — her hands, her eyes, and even her ears as she listens to the sound of their voice giving her feedback to their experience and telling her the stories of their lives as the touch of her hands creates the trust required. Jessica is a great listener. And this quality is a priceless asset in the therapist–patient relationship. Although she is the newest therapist with Nomad Therapies, Orlene Martens is a veteran therapist in the world of speech language pathology. Her focus is on perhaps the most important human capacity of all — communication. With many years of experience with both children and adult populations at her fingertips, Orlene adds a very important dimension to the Nomad Therapies team. In both speech–language and auditory functions, Orlene’s ability to facilitate improvement in these skills converts to significant improvement in quality of life. Behind the scenes at Nomad Therapies, Perry Kimber is the administrative leader. Along with Katherine, he is carving the path for the company attempting to create new directions in clinic and mobile services. He continues to practice orthopaedic physiotherapy, trying to always offer the patient the best blend of knowledge and technical skill to create the most positive outcomes possible.





Occupational Therapy

Massage Therapy

Speech Language Pathology

Although the health care providers at Nomad Therapies have a lot of experience in their prospective areas of practice, Nomad Therapies is new as a company, having been created in 2015. So other than a few brush strokes, their canvas is yet to be painted. Direction and inspiration are never far away, however, as the people of Nomad Therapies have but to stop for a moment and

reflect on the work of Claudine Audette-Rozon hanging on their wall to understand their place in this healthcare world and what a human being is capable of when their capacities, body, mind and spirit are set in motion. Eleven Ladies Dancing is really a story about all of us.

Nomad Therapies 100-1202 Emerson Ave. Saskatoon 306.382.2939





BEAUTIFUL Restoring Treasures, Celebrating Art

By Erin Legg Photos Neek Photography

Somewhere in your home is a treasured photograph, one you think about from time to time — then forget. Perhaps in a cramped storage room is your wonderful collection of sports memorabilia you unpack every so often to admire, then carefully repack away once more. Maybe you obtained a precious family heirloom or a unique painting, but for some reason you keep it hidden. Why not have it on display so others can enjoy it?

Custom Framing for Cherished Memories


e specialize in framing odd things. Not every place can do that,” Sherry Morris of J&S Picture Frame Warehouse explains. An entire snakeskin, for example. What about the grill of an old, beat up car? And war memorabilia? From wedding dresses to sports memorabilia to musical instruments, they’ve done it all. “We do most everything in house,” she grins. “Your framed item will never leave our premises, and the same people you talk to when you come in are the same people who do the framing.” Whatever style you’re seeking — modern or traditional or elaborate — J&S builds every frame from scratch, cuts the glass in house, and does the matting per order.





Giclée Printing & Photo Restoration “We do such awesome projects!” Morris laughs. For 38 years, Morris and her J&S team have been helping customers with a means to display their treasures and in the process, have created a wonderful service niche not found elsewhere. For example, producing giclée prints — beautiful high-quality prints created with archival inks that generate reproductions you simply must see to believe. Artists often bring in their original canvas paintings and John, the in-house reprographics expert, creates from the originals beautiful paper or canvas reproductions. Original works of art, drawings and even photographs can be scanned, saved as high resolution digital files, and reprinted. One of the most popular services is photo restoration. Digital photo restoration is the art of restoring the appearance of a digital copy of a physical photograph which has been damaged by natural, man-made or environmental causes, or simply affected by age or neglect. From the digital image people can be removed, tears can be repaired and colours can be restored.

A Place for Local Artists “There is definitely a need for space for artists that isn’t expensive,” says Morris. So, like the entrepreneur she is, she decided to open up the J&S shop for painters, photographers, sculptors — basically designers of all sorts — to display their creations for the public. Recent shows have proven an overwhelming success. J&S has played host to the works of Gloria Parker, Sue Fall, John Zimmer and Chantelle Butterfield, to name a few. “We can do a wine and cheese for a showing, and get people through the doors to see the art. Lots of people need a space to show their work, and we have that.” Morris encourages artists interested in the J&S art gallery area to contact her for more details.


This fall, a renovation project will transform the J&S space to provide even more hospitable room for a local artist to display his work. “It will be a big undertaking,” Morris says, “And it’s exciting!” World renowned Saskatchewan artist Glen Scrimshaw will be joining with J&S to present his original works of art and prints. Together J&S and Scrimshaw will present an enhanced experience in gallery viewing and artistic service. J&S Warehouse 121 Jessop Ave. Saskatoon 306.373.1171







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Matching Quality Tenants with Quality Rentals

Elite Property Management Ltd. is Saskatoon’s one-stop shop for all of your property management needs. Roger Wilson, owner. Photo by David Fahie



hether you are looking to rent a property, or seeking an experienced property manager, we have you covered,” says Roger Wilson, owner and property broker at Elite. Wilson has a focused business model that uniquely encompasses the vast range of services that provide Elite expertise in all areas of property management. “Our mission is to truly be a one-stop shop for all your property management needs — whether you are looking to rent a studio suite or rent out your five bedroom house.” Elite’s tried and true business model has helped develop a loyal client base as well as countless invaluable partnerships with vendors and contractors around the city. “Our long running success is highly attributed to the relationships we make and the reputation we work hard to build and maintain,” Wilson notes. A key aspect of his business model is that success means more than just the bottom line. Wilson adds: “To successfully provide for each client, a well-rounded corporate atmosphere needs to be demonstrated through each employee and every individual we come into contact with.” Wilson places high merit on each employee, focusing on open communication and collaboration to accomplish tasks and solve problems efficiently. “The value of my employees is immeasurable; each one plays a key role in the success of Elite.” One of the most invaluable ways to showcase Elite’s corporate atmosphere is by staying in touch with the community, Wilson says. “We’re eager to pursue opportunities for community support or involvement. If there is a chance to improve our community, we will take it wholeheartedly.” Recipients of this support include groups such as the Girl Guides of Canada, and Saskatoon Search and Rescue. Wilson is always looking for unique ways to connect with the community, and one of his favourite methods is through the company vehicle, a 1978 firetruck. “The firetruck is a huge hit with the public, especially the kids. You may have seen us in the Exhibition Parade last summer — and keep an eye out for us again this year!” Wilson also plans to lend the truck out for community events — anything from student car washes to being used as a portable misting station. “The truck can be easily converted for almost any use; I can’t wait to see where it goes over the next couple of months,” he adds. Aside from a personalized approach to community involvement, Wilson focuses on differentiating Elite in terms of service. “We strive to show each customer we thoroughly care for each property we manage, keeping in mind the best interests of

both the tenant and owner. Housing is an essential need — a need that causes tension if issues arise. We want to alleviate as much stress as possible.” This attitude toward taking care of each property and offering quality, professional service delivers results. Elite has been a long-standing recipient of the Consumer Choice Award for property management and this year is no exception. Wilson smiles: “Our philosophy of ‘People, Property, Lifestyle’ really is the key to our success. I’m confident we will continue to grow and be the number one choice for property management in Saskatoon.”

Elite Property Management Ltd. 1212 - 8th St. E. Saskatoon 306.956.0044






BETTER By Candace Fox Photos Lisa Landrie

Arguably the hardest working man in real estate in Saskatoon, Mike Gustus prides himself on bringing client service to the next level in the industry. His approach to customer service, the highly trained staff and the constant up-todate integration of technology allows his team of REALTORS® to provide clients with the latest marketing concepts and trends.



“Mike Gustus and the Gustus Group listed our property and sold it to one of the people in the Buyers in Waiting Program. We were very pleased with the results as they sold it within two weeks, when the MLS average is over 50 days! With their professionalism and years of service, we were very pleased to work with Mike and The Gustus Group.” —Claudio and Rosanna


fter almost 25 years in the industry, Mike Gustus has seen many changes in real estate. He has learned to stay on top by constantly adapting to the ever-changing real estate market and integrating that into the team’s daily operations. Mike and his team can send clients contracts for signatures 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Clients also have the ability to browse any listing in Saskatoon anytime and book showings at their leisure. This progressive company is always at the forefront of real estate technology. The most common complaint Mike hears about the industry is clients only hear from their REALTOR® when they want something. The Gustus Group prides itself on communication, remaining accessible to clients seven days a week, ready to answer their questions anytime. Their clients receive statistics, feedback, and up-to- the-minute updates on everything that could affect their buying and selling experience. The company enrolls their sellers and buyers in their Smart Programs to ensure they become educated in the process and never feel left in the dark. The Gustus Group backs their promises with guarantees. While other agents promise to get more money for properties or the best deal on the next house, the Gustus Group puts their money where their mouth is. They will guarantee the sale of your home so you don’t have to sell before you buy — ensuring a market value sale price you will be happy with. They also have a Buyer Satisfaction Guarantee; if you are not happy with the new home you purchased, they will buy it back! The company’s Buyers in Waiting Program ensures The Gustus Group sells more of its listed properties than the industry average. With more than 24,000 buyers enrolled, there is a significant chance they will have a buyer for your home as soon as it hits the market! The company’s commitment to customer satisfaction is paramount. Mike says, “It seems the busier our society gets, the more people need to know someone does really care about their experience when dealing with a company. We want anyone we touch in our business to remember their experience with us as a positive one.” The Gustus Group at RE/MAX 1110 - 3530 Millar Ave. Saskatoon 306.668.1800


Construction that Speaks



n a construction industry as competitive as Saskatoon’s, what can a company do to set itself apart? Seven years ago, Ken Eade founded 3 ’N 1 Construction with a golden principle in mind — raise the standards homeowners should expect. “Standards slip when people let them,” he says. “It only takes one guy to change that.”



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And change it he did. 3 ’N 1 is well-known for its commitment to integrity, whether it’s with the client, a contractor or a supplier. “In the beginning, I kept wondering, ‘How will people pass along my name? How are people going to recognize me?’ ” Eade reflects. “I decided to be a catalyst for change and raise people’s standards — and exceed them in everything we do.”


3 ’N 1 is a diverse company that provides quality construction services for projects of any magnitude. Whether framing homes or garages, roofing and siding, and soffits and fascia, the 3 ’N 1 team is well versed in all areas. Eade, a former scientist, says this diversification is something his customers have come to appreciate. On making the leap from the world of science to

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that of construction, he says, “Science is cumulative. If you don’t understand the basics, you won’t understand the complexities of everything else. Construction is the same; you have to know the basics so you can evolve your company. I think doing everything has really been one secret of our success. It’s eliminated a lot of frustration for customers.” Another component of the company’s success is its crew of reputable construction professionals. Eade has great pride in his trusted sub-contractors. “We really do work as a team,” he says. “We are very aware when we arrive at a worksite this is someone’s home, someone’s property. We always keep that in mind.”


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Part of Eade’s leadership in the construction industry is educating homeowners about the construction process and how to choose a reputable contractor. “I always, always, always tell people: do your research!” he stresses. “Get a detailed quote. Compare apples to apples. Research a company thoroughly. Are they insured? Are they WCB certified? Do they carry liability insurance? Are they in good standing with their suppliers?” The passion he enthuses about this topic shows his commitment to homeowners and the industry by raising the level of standards that should be expected — and achieved.

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SASKATOON’S FRESHEST FISH ALWAYS By Candace Fox Photos Heather Fritz

Celebrating 31 years in business, Charlie’s Seafood Market is Saskatoon’s destination place for seafood, sushi, specialty items and all the spices and sauces needed to help your prepare your favourite dish.


ummer in Saskatchewan is synonymous with backyard barbeques and outdoor dinner parties. Charlie’s Seafood Market is the perfect place

to gather ideas for your appetizers, entrees or the perfect side pairings for your barbeque feast.

With the biggest selection of fresh and frozen seafood in Saskatchewan, Charlie’s receives new product daily and maintains their quality through additional in store measurements and testing. If they question the standard of product even slightly, they will not sell it to customers. Brett Richards, owner




Seafood Steaks There is no substitute for fresh fish! Change up your barbeque mains by using Sockeye salmon or halibut — a delicious alternative or addition to your usual barbeque feast. There are some tricks to grilling your salmon fillets, regardless of whether you are a grill master or barbequing for the first time. Very lightly coat your salmon fillet(s) with extra virgin olive oil on both the flesh and skin side. If you are serving smaller individual servings of fillets, place the flesh side on the grill first. If you have one large salmon fillet, place the skin side down and leave to cook on medium (indirect heat) until done (10 to 12 minutes or to your liking). Back to those smaller fillets; cook on direct heat and watch for that delicious caramelized crust to form, then flip when ready and let it finish cooking with the skin side on the grill. Total cooking time is six to eight minutes for the perfect flakey fillet. Don’t forget your favourite glaze, marinade, seasoning or sauce!

Sushi and Specialty Items Charlie’s Seafood Market has a large variety of sushi available daily and ready for takeout. Available in vegetarian friendly rolls, unique combinations and your classic favourites, sushi is made fresh daily for customers and can be pre-ordered for large lunches or special catered events. For caviar aficionados, Charlie’s has some of the world’s finest caviars available for special order or already available to pick up in store. Specialty order caviars include Beluga, Osetra, Siberian, and Canadian sturgeon — all available next day if ordered prior to the 2 p.m. order deadline. Customers can also choose from Danish trout, Keta salmon, Spanish herring and lumpfish, all available in store. Customers can place special fish orders through Charlie’s Seafood Market. If you are having difficulty finding an item, chances are they can assist you. With a large contact list of suppliers, Charlie’s can bring in the freshest variety of items from coast to coast, including tuna albacore, whole sardines, scallops, Mahi Mahi fillets, smoked goldeye, clams, Arctic char, swordfish, ocean perch fillets, and many more fresh fish items or products. For more information on Charlie’s Seafood Market or to inquire about their products, please visit their website, contact them directly or drop in to see their fabulous selection for yourself. Charlie’s Seafood Market In the College Park Mall 8th St. and McKercher Dr. 306.955.7127




In The Business of


“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” By Erin Legg


he Suryavanshi family has been blessed with the gift of care, and in turn, has established Warm ’n’ Cozy Personal Care Homes — industry-leading facilities providing nurturing, loving support for residents. “At all our care homes, our residents come first,” says Dr. Sudhir Suryavanshi. “Their physical, mental and emotional health is our prime concern.” Sudhir and his wife, Dr. Rekha Suryavanshi, are trained physicians with roots deep in traditional, family-rich East Indian culture. The combination of their formal medical training and lifelong investments in interpersonal relationships provide a strong foundation for Warm ’n’ Cozy. At each of the three homes — “Spark,” “Elite” and “Maya” — personalized care is offered through a home-like environment, social and physical activities facilitated by trained care professionals, and nutritious, customized meals. “We’re here to prevent loneliness, to relieve the aches and pains of aging, and to heal the mind; this is our work,” says Sudhir. Warm ’n’ Cozy is home to residents with a range of needs. Some require an environment designed to prevent injuries and accidents. Others require assisted care for general daily activities, including getting out of bed or bathing. For some, the social companionship found at Warm ’n’ Cozy is what appeals to them. “One-on-one care is available, too,” Sudhir explains. “Our care is tailored to each resident. The crucial part of care is that it is needed now, needed tomorrow, and continues right to the end. Warm ’n’ Cozy is equipped for continuous care delivery until the end of life.” “Maya” (located at 743 Atton Crescent) is the most recent Warm ’n’ Cozy care home to open its doors. With few opening still available, Sudhir encourages family or friends seeking a reputable facility for a loved one to come see the home for themselves. Bedrooms are spacious to accommodate personal needs and specialized equipment; ensuite bathrooms allow for privacy; common areas set the scene for socializing with other residents or visitors; and the state-of-the-art fully stocked kitchen allows for Palak, Safal, Sudhir and Rekha Suryavanshi




“It’s a family effort, and also a community effort, to keep seniors engaged and feel loved, feel part of a family.”

nutritious prepared meals, any time of the day. The unique approach Warm ’n’ Cozy takes towards personal care is enhanced through the Suryavanshis’ ever-evolving perspectives. They actively invite visitors and children into the care homes as part of the socializing aspect of care. “It’s a family effort, and also a community effort, to keep seniors engaged and feel loved, feel part of a family,” Sudhir smiles. “Kids from daycares and local schools, family and friends, and volunteers from all walks of life stop by.” Because of the success demonstrated through their Warm ’n’ Cozy Personal Care Homes, the Suryavanshis have established a care consultancy division through which they

provide professional guidance for others in the field. Topics of these consultations range from opening and setting up a brand new care home to seniors’ nutrition, housekeeping, entertainment and socializing for care home residents, and guidance for assisted daily living. “The business of care is here to last,” says Sudhir. “If you have the passion to help others, you too can be in the business of care!”

For more information about openings at “Maya” or to arrange a care consultation by personal care specialists, please call 306.261.5688.

Warm ‘n’ Cozy Care Inc. also has a home care service. For seniors or those who are healthy enough to be in their home and need a tad of help, or those who may be recovering from illness, Warm ‘n’ Cozy In Home Assistance provides care to clients in the comfort of their home.

Warm ’n’ Cozy Personal Care Homes “Spark” — 502 Paton Cres. Saskatoon “Elite” — 739 Atton Cres. Saskatoon “Maya” — 743 Atton Cres. Saskatoon (openings available) 306.261.5688 |




Experience an Edgewater

ESCAPE By Erin Legg Photos Lisa Landrie

For the past eight years, Edgewater Spa has been pampering guests with its comprehensive spa menu and experienced spa professionals. “We are very much a hands-on on spa,” says owner-operator Melissa Hampson. “Our hands are our workers. A lot of our services are about the power of touch.”




he’s referring to the relaxation massages, of course. And then there’s the facials, body scrubs and wraps, manicures and pedicures, and more. Hampson leads an organized and well educated team of 30 professionals who ensure each guest leaves feeling rejuvenated and empowered.


Hampson’s team is constantly seeking new educational opportunities that have a large influence on the services provided at Edgewater. For example, hair removal. “We have many hair removal choices,” Hampson says. “The traditional waxing, and also sugaring and threading. My staff were interested in expanding the hair

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removal options by providing an alternative to waxing, so we went for it.” Sugaring, an effective Middle Eastern hair removal practice, is a perfect alternative to waxing for those who have sensitive skin. The natural paste — made from sugar, water and lemon — adheres to only the hair follicle, rather than both the hair and the skin as with waxing. “So if someone is on medication with an effect on skin sensitivity, or if they have naturally sensitive skin, sugaring is the perfect hair removal service,” says Hampson. Another Middle Eastern hair removal technique Edgewater has adopted is threading. “It’s a precise method of hair removal, perfect for smaller areas, such as the face,” says Hampson. “It’s great for shaping the brows.” The technique involves practiced “lassoing” of a thread to catch an individual hair and lift it away from the

skin. “The thread kind of works like tweezers,” explains Hampson. This technique, when done by experienced professionals, can be a quick and efficient hair removal option. The award winning spa embraces clientele with a serene atmosphere that can accommodate a solo visitor, a pair, or even groups as large as nine or more. “We’re all about group pampering!” laughs Hampson. “We have many companies bring employees in for a day of pampering. Our couples’ packages are quite popular. We’ve got bridal season, splurge groups and even just the ladies coming into the city for the weekend to do some shopping and treat themselves at a spa.” Hampson points out since clients often spend three or more hours at the spa, the rooms have been designed as multipurpose. “Manicures, waxing, massage — everything is done off the reclining bed. We just want everyone to be

comfortable when they’re here!”As a seasoned businesswoman (Hampson is also the owner of Ahava, a clothing retail store just steps from Edgewater), she knows success isn’t an accident. Hampson has worked diligently on creating a peaceful spa getaway for her guests and earning the reputation as one of Saskatoon’s most luxurious rejuvenation centres. Experience an Edgewater escape! Edgewater Spa 101 - 611 University Drive (Five Corners on Broadway) Saskatoon 306.978.4111




OUTDOOR OASIS or INDOOR CHALET By Candace Fox Photos courtesy Valders Stone & Marble, Inc

Master Stone Masonry combines function with architectural beauty to create the perfect ambiance for any space or room — all year round. 160



sing natural stone sourced and split by their team, Master Stone Masonry has left their architectural stamp across Saskatchewan and Alberta, completing work for residential, commercial and industrial clients. Fifth generation master stone mason, Adam Kent, leads this expert team, which has more than 25 years of combined expertise in the business.


“The greatest compliment is having someone show me a picture of a fireplace or a custom backyard creation and being asked if I can recreate it or do something similar — and the picture is a project or something my dad created 20 years ago,” admits Kent, who learned the trade as a journeyman under his father and is also a certified Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) inspector.

Stay-cation Oasis The perfect outdoor sanctuary can be as close as your backyard. Master Stone Masonry can design and construct a complete outdoor wet bar, pizza oven, fireplace or full kitchen for the avid at-home chef, along with a matching stone patio and calming water feature. For those who love to entertain, Kent and his team can include a built-in pool with all the water fall features you can possibly imagine. Teaming up with pool installation expert Matthew Kuin, the options are endless to create a custom outdoor living and entertaining space from scratch or converting and updating your current outdoor area. Master Stone Masonry can help you utilize your outdoor space even after summer is over, so you can entertain long after the shorts and t-shirts are packed away.

Masonry Fireplace Indoors or out, nothing compliments a home more than the architectural beauty of a masonry fireplace. The idea that masonry fireplaces are inefficient is simply not true; in fact, they use modern building practices and technology. Great for cabins, people who enjoy traditional style wood burning stoves/fireplaces or those interested in green “off the grid” living, masonry fireplaces can last up to a century or longer when well maintained. Whether you are converting a pre-existing system into a masonry masterpiece or starting from scratch, Master Stone Masonry can help create your dream fireplace. “Depending on the needs of the customer, we can work directly with them from concept design all the way to construction. We also work with many architects and designers who want something unique for their clients; our team then comes in and turns those blueprints into a reality,” explains Kent of the design-to- creation process. Concerned about weather constraints on your project? The experts at Master Stone Masonry are well versed in building stone creations and continuing projects well into the winter months, doing all their own hoarding and heating to ensure they get the job done regardless of the season. Contact them today for more information on their stone, brick or masonry services.

Master Stone Masonry 1.306.280.1845 top photo courtesy Cipriano Custom Pools & Landscaping REFINEDSASKATOON & AREA





STYLE By Erin Legg





e have a style for every point of view. All we need is your window!” says Kim Lang, owner of Budget Blinds in Saskatoon.

For nearly a decade, Kim Lang and her team of six energetic, creative Budget Blinds style consultants have been improving the view for thousands of homeowners. Owning and operating a thriving business is no small feat, and Lang attributes her success to three components: service, selection and buying power. “Because we are a local business, we are able to provide personalized service to our clients,” she explains. “And through Budget Blinds, we provide a vast selection from vendors around the globe, backed by the buying power of the largest window covering company in North America. Savings for our stylish products are immediately passed along to our clients.”


Budget Blinds has remained a leader in the Saskatoon market, offering customer window selections ranging from blinds and shutters to shades and drapes. To complement this extensive inventory, Lang notes they also provide home décor accents such as rugs, pillows and bedding. Lang provides free, in-home (or office) consultations during which pertinent information is discussed. “We find out your desired style, the function of the room and your anticipated décor,” she explains. “And after we’ve narrowed it down, we provide associated sample products for review. While we’re providing our expert guidance, the client is certainly the one making the selections throughout the process and customizing the treatments to their needs.”

now is: whatever your taste is. Fads come and go, and since window coverings are kept for a fairly lengthy timeframe, you need to love them. That’s why we provide customized service for each customer — to achieve the exact look they want.” Budget Blinds of Saskatoon has noticed quite a demand for motorized and cordless shades. “They’re taking the world by storm,” Lang says, “for safety, aesthetic and convenience reasons.” She also points out drapery is gaining popularity, and that shutters work great for both traditional and contemporary homes. Whatever your style, Budget Blinds of Saskatoon has the perfect window treatment solution. With the convenience of its free, inhome consultation service and backed by its five year warranty, homeowners have all the choices they need.

Budget Blinds in Saskatoon serves both new builds and renovation projects throughout the city, and caters to commercial window décor solutions. Lang admits it’s difficult to narrow down her favourite type of project. “I Custom Hardwood Shutters wear many hats — from sales to admin and even installation sometimes — but I truly love meeting with clients. It’s like meeting Your local Style Consultant is just a call or click away. a friend for coffee! I love seeing the sheer Contact your local Style Consultant for amazing offers in your area! joy on a customer’s face after the install.” <000-000-0000> // Every Budget Blinds of Saskatoon window treatment installer is a professional expert, Budget Blinds in Saskatoon ensuring careful, efficient installation and 102 - 2834 Millar Ave. Saskatoon thorough review of the final product. If you desire new window treatments, but fear delving into the current trends, Lang offers great advice: “The current trend right

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