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Summer 2017 Volume 3 Issue 2 Owner / Publisher Seann Gervason Editor Lori McKay Designer Ghislaine Moffitt

Editor’s Note With ReFINEd editor LORI MCKAY

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” – Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty


f there was ever a time to celebrate all things Canada, it’s this summer! Here at ReFINEd Halifax, we too are celebrating Canada 150. In this issue you’ll find feature stories on notable Canadian contributions to world fashions, a special salute to our country’s best golf courses, an exciting culinary event on historic Georges Island, and much more. This is also our annual Best of the Best issue, where we highlight some of the city’s finest products and services. Be sure to check out our cover story and find out more about the wonderful Bartolacci family businesses: Bella Marble and Granite, Select Ceramic Tile and Milano Kitchens. Have a great summer!


Here is a complete list of our 2017 Best of the Best featured businesses: Beautiful Dresses at Avella

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Ohana Health & Wellness Centre

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Valley Medical Aesthetics

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By Lori Mckay

alifax designer Lisa Drader-Murphy has learned a lot about the fashion industry in her 20 years as an entrepreneur. She’s also learned a lot about herself. One thing she knows for sure: she’s always looking for a new challenge.

currently operates Lisa Drader-Murphy boutiques in Halifax, Bedford, Falmouth, Cavendish and Toronto.

Celebrating 20 years in business, Drader-Murphy launched her Turbine by Lisa Drader-Murphy label in 1997, and

A few years ago, while attending a girls’ weekend at Oceanstone Resort, Drader-Murphy met TV personality and



She recently found herself facing an unexpected — but welcome — challenge in the form of a TV show.


Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker. The two stayed in contact over the years. Last summer, Beker reached out to Drader-Murphy, wondering if she would be interested in being on her show, Style Matters. “I had never really thought about the Shopping Channel before, but it has really grown a lot and changed. I thought I better look into this, because when

“When it starts to become too much like work, you need a new curve ball. Something you can learn from.” – Lisa Drader-Murphy

PHOTOS On the set of Style Matters

Jeanne Beker calls and you’re in the fashion industry, you pay attention.” After months of preparing, DraderMurphy travelled to Toronto to film the segment of the show. The Style Matters show is typically set up in a talk show format, where the guest designer sits on the sofa and Beker introduces the viewers to the line. But Drader-Murphy requested they host her a little differently. She wanted to be interactive with Beker and the models to demonstrate the versatility of her products. “I had to do it this way because I really wanted my product to sell, and I needed to be able to show the viewers how they worked. I jumped up and turned the pieces upside down and around to show the different styles. We had a lot of fun.” The next step was waiting to see if the pieces sold, which they did. It went so well the network called Drader-Murphy a few weeks after the airing and offered her a program slot of her own. “I out-sold other people in the time slot and they were pleased with how I handled myself on air. I hadn’t done a lot of background studying on the show, I was basically following my intuition and thinking back to when I introduced my very first collection, when I said to myself, ‘Don’t overthink this. If you like it,

someone else will as well,’” says DraderMurphy, who was recently named a Top 50 CEO from Atlantic Business Magazine for the second year in a row. Her show is slated for later this year. Before all this happened, Drader-Murphy was busy opening new stores, which she enjoys, but says she had wanted to try something different going into her 20th year in business. “When it starts to become too much like work, you need a new curve ball. Something you can learn from.” Drader-Murphy doesn’t follow the norm when it comes to many areas of her business. For example, she hasn’t jumped onboard with online shopping in the same way many of her competitors have.

Shoppers can book a personalized shopping experience through the LDM website, choosing from a selection of different stores. After a real-time virtual “meeting” via phone, or another online platform, clients can purchase pieces and have them shipped to them directly. “Through this virtual consultation, we will take you on a tour of the store and find out what you like, and what styles will work for you. It has been way more successful than our shopping cart. It was a bit of risk, but it is going over very well.” Being able to talk one on one with customers is important to DraderMurphy, especially since many of her pieces are so versatile. Her styles are adaptable, going from summer to winter, and day to night.

“We used to have our signature styles available to purchase on the website. People would come into our stores and love all the options, but when they looked online, it was just such a small selection. After doing some investigating, what we discovered was people were very happy with our product specialists and associates in the store, but the online experience wasn’t the same.”

Currently, the store’s summer collection includes the changable basics she is known for, plus fresh chiffon pieces, and colours that are on trend right now. Drader-Murphy designs all the clothing herself, and everything is produced at her studio in Falmouth. This season, she says they are seeing a lot of yellow, Kelly green, teal, turquoise, blues and soft pink tones.

If you look on the Shop tab on their website now, you will see something very different.

“Fashion is not the way it was even 20 or 30 years ago. There’s so many interpretations,” says Drader-Murphy.





&REVITALIZING Add a Little “Greenery” to Your Summer Wardrobe By Lori Mckay Photos Steve Jess




Every year, the Pantone Color Institute names a colour of the year. For 2017, that colour is “Greenery.” They say: “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.” Here are a few tips for adding the zesty yellowgreen of Greenery, and other great colours, to your summer wardrobe.


hen Nova Scotia fashion designer Lisa Drader-Murphy has a customer come into one of her stores and express concern over wearing the latest colours of the season — because their skin is too pale or too dark, or their hair colour doesn’t suit it — she puts their worries at ease. “Anybody can wear a colour that catches their eye and inspires them,” says Drader-Murphy. “Some people might not want to wear a bright colour close to their face, so it can be instead introduced as a skirt or pants with a white or neutral blouse.” Or she suggests an accent piece, such as a big chunky piece of jewelry that reflects the trend, or a print that incorporates that colour. “As with any colour that’s found in nature, like a green, you can do anything you want with it,” says DraderMurphy. “Nature decides which flowers bloom together, so you can throw that green in with a lot of different colours. I think it’s gorgeous with royal blue, navy, greys and blacks if you’re looking to have something that’s predominantly neutral, and keep that tone to a minimum.”

She says most jewelry metals blend well with green shades, but if you like a bit of a contrast, she suggests the heavier tarnished metals that are in vogue right now. For summer, Drader-Murphy has stocked a series of solid dresses in her stores that are in the “Greenery” colour range. She also has some prints, including a printed Bombay pant. “They’re really fun. You can pair them with a nice flip-flop and a solid colour top, and that becomes your statement.” Her collections frequently incorporate different shades of green. Right now they have quite a few items in a deep teal. “Teal is also a gorgeous colour. It’s in the green range and always goes over well with customers because it’s a colour that isn’t everywhere. People are really drawn to it and it looks nice on so many skin types. It’s one of those greens pretty much anyone can wear.” She also often stocks items in a Kelly green, which she says always sell out. “Someone will come in and say, ‘Remember that Kelly green you did a few years back? Are you going to carry that again?’ And then we bring it back. It’s a unique, fun colour.”





Celebrate Your Special Moments In Style Beautiful Dresses at Avella By Kate Watson Photos Bruce Jollimore


ife is filled with important occasions — magical moments that will live on in memories, and in photographs. Moments where we want to know we look our very best. As owner of Beautiful Dresses at Avella, Denise MacIsaac is proud of the role she and her staff play in ensuring all their clients look and feel beautiful on their special days. “It’s an honour to play even a small part in someone’s prom or wedding or first communion,” says MacIsaac, who has



worked in business for almost 30 years, 10 years in fashion. “People trust us to put them in the perfect outfit, and we don’t let them down.” MacIsaac says there’s an art to finding the right dress for each customer. “We’re basically stylists. We take into consideration the client’s personality and body shape as well as the time of year and type of event they’re attending. We help them find the right colour, the right size and the right fit. We strive to find the dress that complements them in every way.”


The location of the shop mirrors its name, with three walls of windows overlooking the beautiful Bedford Basin. The many racks of dresses sparkle and shimmer in the sunlight — a constantly changing rainbow of fabrics. MacIsaac works hard to make sure her stock reflects popular trends, but has noticed that something exciting and different is happening in the formal fashion industry. “I think the biggest trend now is that we’ve moved beyond trends,” she says with a small laugh. “Fashion now reflects

“When it comes to buying a dress, I tell people that it’s just fabric. What’s important is the feeling you get when you look at yourself in that fabric. If you feel special and beautiful, then we’ve done the job we set out to do.” - Denise MacIsaac

a kind of ‘anything goes’ attitude. It seems that people want dresses that reflect their individuality rather than copying someone else’s idea of what is in style. “That means it’s a challenge for me to make sure we have a little bit of everything in the store, from slinky mermaid to boho chic to classic ball gown, but I think I’ve risen to the challenge. And whether you’re a triple zero or a size 30, there are dresses for you at Beautiful.” This year’s busy prom season is over, but the racks at Beautiful are still filled with dresses. MacIsaac says people generally think months ahead when it comes to buying outfits for special occasions, so in the store there are already bridal gowns and dresses for bridesmaids, flower girls, and mother of the bride/groom that are suitable for fall weddings. And come November, next year’s prom dresses will be launched. The many years helping hundreds of women to find the dresses that reflect and amplify the joy of life’s memorable moments have made MacIsaac philosophical about the importance of what she does for a living. “When it comes to buying a dress, I tell people that it’s just fabric. What’s important is the feeling you get when you look at yourself in that fabric. If you feel special and beautiful, then we’ve done the job we set out to do.” Beautiful Dresses at Avella 827 Bedford Highway, Bedford 902.835.7766




Canadian Contributions to

WORLD FASHIONS Looking back at the last 150 years By Angela Campagnoni

It’s impossible to open a Canadian publication or watch Canadian television and not be reminded that this is Canada’s 150th year as a unified country. I wanted to join in on the celebration and write about the history of clothing in Canada. Canada has made many notable contributions to the international fashion scene over the years. I have chosen just a few to highlight. Some may surprise you!

Bing Crosby was responsible for the “Canadian tuxedo”


et’s start with the “Canadian tuxedo.” This is the combination of a denim jacket and denim pants. How did this become a thing? Well, actually, it didn’t even start as a Canadian item. It was coined as Canadian after Bing Crosby was here for a fishing trip in the 1950s. Apparently Crosby was wearing the outfit when he tried to get a reservation at a Vancouver, B.C. hotel and was initially denied access because of his wardrobe. Another employee realised who he was and they quickly rectified the mistake. The story made the news. Months later on June 30, 1951, Crosby was at a rodeo in Nevada and Levi’s



presented him with a denim tuxedo with a patch inside. The patch read, “Notice to hotel men everywhere — This label entitles the wearer to be duly received and registered with cordial hospitality at any time and under any conditions.” It was signed by the American Hotel Association president. From that point on, it was known as the Canadian tuxedo. Here is a name that is probably not familiar to most people, yet everyone reading this will have his items in your home — Albert J. Parkhouse. Parkhouse, a Canadian from St. Thomas Ont., invented the wire coat hanger back in 1904. One day, while working at a


lampshade making facility in Michigan, he went looking for an available hook to hang his coat. He took a piece of wire and shaped it to match the shoulders across his coat. Upon seeing this, his boss went and registered the patent for it. Parkhouse never received a dime for this internationally known and used invention. Much like many parts of the United States, the Canadian fashion industry began to see growth after the Second World War. When a boom happened in the 1960s, we started seeing a lot of influences from European fashion, and as the industry grew and flourished, veterans of the industry were able to enjoy their success. However, the abolishment of tariffs on global trade in

MAC Cosmetics was founded in Toronto in 1984

the 1990s forced many well-established designers and brands to work overseas. With one sweeping change, an entire industry would forever be affected as cheaper overseas labour made it very difficult to compete Many Canadian designers became famous for their talents in areas such as Europe and New York. Although the industry of today still struggles with this, there has been an increasing amount of fabulous Canadian talent staying in Canada as consumers are becoming more educated on quality and the issues that “fast fashion” has put on our environmental footprint. Many Canadians have made notable advancements in the international garment and fashion industry. Some examples are false eyelashes, MAC Cosmetics, Elizabeth Arden and supermodel Linda Evangelista. And did you know the hockey mask, protective cup and jockstrap were all invented in Canada?

Supermodel Linda Evangelista is Canadian False eyelashes were a Canadian invention

Canada may not have a set fashion template you can plug into a historical timeline like one you would find in European history, but that is because we are constantly evolving. Canada has such a mix of cultures and we are always integrating these cultures into our fashion scene. It’s one of the many things I love about Canada.

Angela Campagnoni is a published author with more than 25 years in the fashion industry. She is also the founder and executive director of Atlantic Fashion Week. She can be found on twitter @a_campagnoni or

Canadian Albert J. Parkhouse invented the coat hanger in 1904





T he Role of Antioxidants


By definition, an antioxidant is a substance that slows down the rate something decays due to oxidization. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that may damage cells. Antioxidants stop this.




o one likes the thought of their body decaying! Most of us wish to preserve our health and youthful vitality, both internally and externally.

The scientific and medical communities know that skin cancer and photo-aging changes are caused from UV-induced oxidative stress. They also know new methods to protect skin from sun damage are necessary.


Our bodies naturally protect us with antioxidants. This is good news. The challenge is that pollution, sun damage, smoking, poor nutrition, alcohol, drugs and stress can quickly leave our body and skin depleted in the amount of antioxidants needed to fight the attacks that damage cells. It has also been scientifically proven that pollution creates an equal amount of free radical damage to skin cells as UV damage. This is where antioxidants play a significant role. Unless you live a stress free life where there is no pollution, alcohol or smoking, and there’s only great nutrition, an antioxidant will help maintain your skin’s health and appearance. Supportive antioxidant protection can be from both external and internal sources. Getting the Antioxidant Formula Right In the past, the challenge was creating stable antioxidant solutions that penetrated the skin effectively. SkinCeuticals was the first to discover the exact formulation specifications a topical antioxidant must meet to be effective on skin. These parameters have become the gold standard for antioxidant formulation. Skinceuticals is one of only a handful of companies that meet the standards needed for proper absorption and effectiveness of topical antioxidants. Sunscreens are useful and still the current gold standard in UV protection, but their protection is not always ideal — people don’t always use enough or re-apply as often as they should. The scientists behind SkinCeuticals, a cosmeceutical leader in topical antioxidants, have conducted a pivotal study that proves sunscreen alone only protects skin from up to 55 per cent of damaging free radicals from sun exposure. The gold standard for protecting your skin from UV damage is shifting. Another way to truly protect your skin from skin cancer and environmental aging lies in understanding and using antioxidants.

Bonus Benefits Prevention is great, but we want to see results today for all of our good habits. This is not always possible. The beauty of great antioxidant formulations is that they are great sources of repair for previous sun damage. They will effectively lighten, brighten, smooth, soothe and heal previous sun damaged skin. If you haven’t already started using antioxidants, consider making these valuable changes. Enjoy the summer sun without the side effects!

3 tips for ultimate skin health and beauty 1. Skinceuticals’ CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF or Serum 10 (antioxidant serum) applied in the morning 2. Followed by a topical sunscreen all year round. Note: use at least 1/4 tsp to cover face and neck to get the full SPF. 3. Take Bend beauty supplements

Most topical antioxidant solutions are watery and used once a day in the morning. They are applied on a clean, dry skin before moisturizers or sunscreens. The Latest Game Changer Another scientific breakthrough in antioxidant protection is a product that protects you from UV damage that you take internally. Bend (formerly Ascenta Skin) is a liquid or capsule formulation that is ingested to help protect you from UV damage. Clinical studies, approved by Health Canada, show a dramatic increase in protection from UV damage through a formula high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, GLA, DHA and vitamin D.


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You Deserve To Feel Your Best Ohana Health & Wellness Centre Photos Bruce Jollimore

Ohana Health and Wellness Centre will be marking its first birthday this August, and there’s a lot to celebrate.




he Integrative Health Centre is a collaboration of highly trained and passionate health professionals who genuinely care about their clients’ health and well-being. Through their multi-faceted offerings, they are able to provide a full spectrum of high quality holistic and primary health services to the Halifax region. Ohana brings together services that include naturopathy, holistic nutrition, organic facial treatments, acupuncture, chiropractic care, registered massage therapy, physiotherapy, and the one-of-a-kind halo-therapy room (The Salt Room).


Naturopathic practitioner Dr. Mallory Ryan started the centre with the vision of helping Ohana’s clients achieve optimal health. “The whole premise at Ohana is to cater to all the diverse needs of one’s health, using the highest quality of care within a collaborative framework,” explains Dr. Ryan. “Now is the time to take care of ourselves and one another. We live in a world of excess — excess stress, burden, responsibility and standards. Our moments seem to be consumed with ‘busy’ and far too few breaths. My naturopathic practice is focused around women’s health, hormonal balance and

digestion. I can promise you that not a day goes by that I do not discuss the importance and need for self-care.” These statements come from an honest place, as Dr. Ryan leads an extremely busy life herself, as a professional, a small business owner and the mother of two small children. “I get it, trust me. Life is a juggling act,” says Dr. Ryan. She beams with pride as she continues on to discuss the caliber of therapies within the centre. “I love it all. It is a privilege to work with such incredible practitioners and have the variety of therapies under one roof. I can say this with enthusiasm because I myself see the practitioners for varying aspects of my own health. It boils down to caliber and convenience. To have the ability to unwind and reap the benefits of The Salt Room and then to move on to learn about your personalized skin health from our master esthetican and leave with a meal plan specialized for your goals from our holistic nutritionist, is unheard of.” The physical body is also covered extensively with their experienced chiropractor, massage therapists and acupuncturist, all of which, including Dr. Ryan’s own services, are directly billed. “Many times, all our clients have to do is show up.” She says it is fulfilling to see clients come through the centre and see an array of practitioners. “The human body is so complex and intricate that not one practitioner can possibly address all facets of someone’s health,” says Dr. Ryan. “I may be equipped to treat what I specialize in, however I am quick to refer to one of my colleagues or someone’s medical doctor (which I like to work closely with) if I find a patient’s concerns are out of my scope of practice. We are a team and our clients deserve the higher standard of care. At the end of the day, when your name means ‘to treat everyone like family,’ that is exactly what we will strive to do.” Ohana Health & Wellness Centre 3514 Joseph Howe Dr., Suite 15, Halifax 902.406.5433





Bedford Orthodontics

Making You Smile Photos Bruce Jollimore


orthodontics and in their office set up. It was time for some renovations to ensure the clinic is the best it can be for the patients that have come to depend on it for beautiful smiles and great results.

Doctors Lee Erickson and Magda Barnard stay on top of current technology in

The goal of the office upgrades was to ensure patients feel welcomed and comfortable from the minute they step in the doors of Bedford Orthodontics. Hence the waiting area has been enlarged, and new iPads with popular video games and internet access are available to all patients. There are places to charge your electronic devices and

edford Orthodontics is a local orthodontic clinic that has been serving the Halifax Regional Municipality for more than 20 years. It is locally owned and operated and is the only full-time orthodontics clinic in the area. The doctors pride themselves in ensuring each and every patient is treated with the utmost respect, while they provide the best possible treatment in a caring and fun environment.




places to sit down at a table and do some homework or eat a snack. The staff at Bedford Orthodontics understands that patients and their families are busy and want to ensure there is a space to relax, finish up some work, or grab a coffee, tea or hot chocolate from their coffee centre. While you are being seen for your appointment, your family and friends that come with you can take a little time out for themselves. Patients are welcome to use the space as well, of course, but there are no long wait times, so come a few

PHOTO LEFT Doctors Magda Barnard and Lee Erickson with the smile team.

minutes ahead of your appointment if you want to enjoy a beverage or play a game on the iPad. Additionally, the waiting area has a large assortment of current magazines to peruse. The office is largely referral-based from dentists, dental specialists and word of mouth. Therefore, the waiting area can be a bit of a gathering spot for parents who already know each other when they bring their child for orthodontic care. The staff of the clinic love to see how many people chat and laugh together in the waiting area. The upgrades did not stop there! Bedford Orthodontics has a new appointment reminder system to help clients keep track of visits, and the clinic is easier than ever to get in touch with. Your appointment can now be booked or changed over email or text. Do you have a hard time remembering an appointment? Multiple reminders can be sent to make it easier for you. In the clinic, there are always changes as technology advances — the doctors and staff are never static. The office team often attends conferences to bring the latest in orthodontic care to ensure the best and most modern treatments. Bedford Orthodontics provides that small city feel but with the technology and results of the largest centre.

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races and Invisalign are both common ways to straighten teeth and correct problems with how teeth come together. It is exciting to see that technology is advancing rapidly in this field. In 2017, you are able to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist, have three dimensional photos taken and see a video that shows your own teeth in three dimensions moving from crooked to straight. Also, you can take a close look at the alignment of your teeth and see if you like how they look after the simulation of the treatment, or move them further virtually with your orthodontist. For example, some individuals prefer to have a small step between the bottom edges of the top front teeth. If you are not one of those individuals and prefer that the edges be lined up perfectly, then this is easy to show and discuss with your orthodontist on the simulation of the outcome of your treatment. You might also want to preview what your teeth would look like if you aligned teeth in top and bottom jaws, versus aligning them in the jaw that had the most crowding. Sometimes it can be confusing for a patient to picture how the teeth move and how bites can change with orthodontics. With the outcome simulator, we can show you a video of



your teeth moving from start to finish of treatment. It is easy to see how we correct overbites, crossbites and other alignment issues by seeing how your own teeth move. To create the simulated outcome of straightening your teeth, you will require a complete examination with your orthodontist. He or she can determine what bite issues or alignment issues exist and plan the movement of your teeth. Next, three-dimensional photos will be taken of your teeth with a small and comfortable wand. There is no radiation whatsoever and this method is completely safe and only takes approximately five to 10 minutes. A highly specialized computer program will translate these photos into a threedimensional model of your teeth. Your orthodontist is then ready to move the teeth virtually and design the smile you have always wanted. Once you have viewed the outcome simulator, it is then time to decide how you would like to get to the finished result. In our office, everyone can be an Invisalign candidate as our doctors have extensive experience treating patients with Invisalign. However, Invisalign is not for everyone, as aligners need to be worn full time and some patients find this is difficult to fit in with their lifestyles.


Your orthodontist will discuss options with you to ensure the way you get to the simulated outcome will fit into your daily life, and that you will enjoy your journey almost as much as the results.

Dr. Magda Barnard B.Sc., D.D.S. (with distinction), M.Sc. (Orthodontics), F.R.C.D(C) Suite 206, Sunnyside Mall 1595 Bedford Highway, Bedford 902.835.6531

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his year, Valley Medical Aesthetics is celebrating a decade of serving patients from all over Atlantic Canada. Much has changed over the years, and the constantly growing business has a lot to be proud of — including a great new office space and expanded services. When Valley Medical first opened their doors in Kentville 10 years ago, they provided customers with laser services to treat skin laxity, sun damage, discoloration, rosacea, poikiloderma,



hyperpigmentation, melasma, spider veins and unwanted hair. The team soon realized there was a significant need for vascular surgeons to get involved and the company began offering treatments for varicose veins and spider veins. Valley Medical Aesthetics is now Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive vein and laser clinic. “With two vascular surgeons, we are able to offer not only private procedures, but also in-hospital surgeries to patients


that are not in a financial position to afford private procedures,” says Maresa Davidson, clinic director. Valley Medical Aesthetics is the only vein clinic in Atlantic Canada that offers complete and full vein options by vein specialists, both privately and through public health care. A registered sonographer with a vascular specialty does the initial ultrasound testing, and qualified vein surgeons perform all vein procedures.

“Many other vein clinics are unable to offer the option of vein stripping in the hospital, as they are not qualified or trained to perform surgery and do not have hospital privileges,” adds Davidson. The vascular surgeons at Valley Medical are Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. This specialty means they are experts in vein and artery problems, having completed many years of surgical training to become vascular surgical specialists. Compression Stockings The company also carries an extensive collection of fashionable compression stockings in various lengths, fabric, colours and style, to promote vascular health without compromising on style. Compression stockings are covered by most health plans. The staff are trained to measure and fit for vascular issues, lymphatic issues and custom stockings. “We have a room dedicated to teaching patients and their caregivers how to properly put on and take off the stockings,” says Davidson. “We also offer a variety of products for people with medical conditions that make it difficult to get the stockings on.” Medical and Athletic Bracing Over the past few years, the business has expanded its services to include medical and athletic bracing, which are also covered by most insurance plans. ZO Skin Health Another recent addition to the Valley Medical Aesthetics services is ZO Skin Health, which is designed by worldrenowned dermatologist and skincare expert Dr. Zein Obagi. It harnesses the clinical strength of prescription treatments in groundbreaking products for daily care. Formulated to target a wide variety of skin conditions — such as aging, pigmentation acne and rosacea — this solution-focused line is a top choice for doctors and dermatologists nationwide. “ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical skincare products are only stocked by ZO authorized physicians and skincare

Dr. Benjamin Heisler

clinics where staff can provide specific treatment guidelines for the most effective results,” says Davidson. New Location Valley Medical Aesthetics has recently renovated and expanded its new forever home to accommodate all its needs and the expansion of its business. “We will be offering new services in the valley that are presently not available, and we are looking to provide more aesthetic services in-house. Stay tuned for more announcements in the near future,” says Davidson.


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Valley Medical Aesthetics 81 Exhibition St, Centennial Professional Centre, Kentville 902.678.2121



Massage Can Help your Mind,Body &

Spirit By Jean L. Fader

With long work hours and demanding family schedules, we all need a little quiet time and space to let our guard down. Stresses of life on all levels are felt in our mind, body and spirit.


ith 20 years experience working with massage clients, I know for certain that getting into a good “rest and digest” system will allow your body to heal itself. There are many ways to get there, but I am going to share how massage can be the outlet you may be craving. Besides the obvious of releasing tension, massage offers many benefits to improve your health. For example, massage: •

Stimulates the immune and lymphatic system to decrease illness Allows more flexibility and mobility Can be beneficial for reducing anxiety and depression Improves sleep



• •

I offer my clients different modalities in my massage session. I start with cranial sacral therapy, as it balances the cerebral fluid around the brain the flows down to the tailbone. This is a gentle non-invasive hands-on healing method that flows on a wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. The benefits from this alone include alleviating migraine headaches, chronic pain, TMJ, chronic fatigue, trauma, and so much more. Massage also offers a place to let down your guard, while at the same time trusting that the practitioner knows the best recourse to guide you to a pain-free space. You will find the highest degree of outcome through great communication.


Massage benefits a wide range of people: 1. Massage helps many athletes stay limber and prevent injuries, and also helps them recover more quickly when an injury does occur. 2. Young moms use massage to soothe their babies. 3. Massage is often used to provide care and comfort to patients with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Massage helps increase mobility and stability, which has been proven huge for their independence. 4. All patients — young and old — in the hospital will find it helps to increase immune systems. My advice: find yourself a great registered massage therapist who is passionate about their job. I believe you will receive benefits you didn’t even know you were looking for.




INNOVATIONS IN PERIODONTICS – MICROSURGERY What is periodontal disease and how common is it? Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the gum and bone that support the teeth. It is quite widespread. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease1. How do you know if you have periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is a “silent” condition. Affected individuals are often unaware of their condition until it is in its advanced stages. Therefore, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends that all adults be examined by a periodontist on an annual basis. Early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease is the key to successful treatment. If left untreated, periodontal disease can ultimately result in tooth loss. What are the clinical manifestations of periodontal disease? They include bleeding gums when brushing, deep pockets forming between teeth and the surrounding gum, gum recession and progressive loss of toothsupporting bone. As the bone is lost, teeth become loose and gaps appear between them. 1

Can periodontal disease be treated? Yes. The best treatment for periodontal disease is prevention of the disease in the first place, before damage to the gum and bone occurs. Having said that, there are procedures that aim at regenerating lost bone and gum tissue. These procedures include bone graft procedures and gum grafts. The former restores the lost bone, whereas the latter aims at restoring receding gums.

magnification afforded by the surgical microscope, and the use of finer instruments in periodontal microsurgery, result in a less invasive procedure, less trauma to the patient and therefore more successful clinical results. In addition, the surgical microscope enables the surgeon to sit upright while performing surgery. This improved posture results in the surgeon having much less fatigue during surgery. This in turn allows better delivery of care to his/her patients.

In recent years, advances in materials and innovations in surgical techniques have enabled the periodontist to treat teeth affected by periodontal disease. Microsurgery is one of these surgical innovations. What is Microsurgery? Microsurgery refers to non-invasive surgical procedures performed using the surgical microscope. The surgical microscope has revolutionized the practice and delivery of care in dentistry. Although surgical microscopes were first used in medicine beginning in the 1920s, the surgical microscope was introduced in dentistry in the 1990s. What are the advantages of periodontal microsurgical procedures over conventional periodontal surgery? Like all surgical specialties, periodontal surgery relies heavily on visualization. Enhanced visualization and


Dr. Edmond Ghiabi Board certified Periodontist Pinnacle Dental Specialists 255 Lacewood Dr., Suite 307 Halifax 902.407.7377



GLOWING CARROT GINGER SMOOTHIE Try this delicious smoothie for healthy, radiant skin! Ingredients 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated 1 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup frozen pineapple 1/2 banana 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp turmeric optional: 1 scoop collagen protein powder

Instructions Blend all ingredients together until smooth and enjoy! Tip: throw in a handful of greens for an extra nutrition boost.

PHOTO Tisha Riman




What to Drink this Summer for

glowing SKIN By Tisha Riman

When it comes to our skin, we often stress about what we put on it. And while that’s important — chemicals and toxins can irritate and age our skin — it’s equally important to take care of our skin internally. Proper nutrition and healthy habits are essential for looking and feeling vibrant. Be sure to add these key nutrients to your drinks all summer long so you can glow from the inside out! Water. Your cells are primarily made up of water, and your skin cells are no exception, so it makes sense that you need to consume an adequate supply to hydrate your skin and make it more plump and retain its elasticity. Furthermore, your body needs water to properly utilize collagen and flush out toxins. Aim to drink two litres of water every day — and if plain water isn’t your jam, add lemon slices for kick! Carotenoids. Beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene are all carotenoids that can help make our skin look radiant, due to their high antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties. These fat-soluble nutrients are what give fruits and vegetables their bright colouring: think carrots, sweet potatoes, kale and tomatoes. Research shows that carotenoids can help protect the skin from sun damage and prevent premature aging. Juice these veggies or add them to a smoothie for a nourishing breakfast!

Healthy fats.

Did you know your skin cells are surrounded by two layers of fat — called a phospholipid bilayer — that help give your skin a healthy, plump glow? And those fats are made up partially of the fats that you eat — so make sure you’re getting enough. To your morning smoothies, add fats like omega-3s (found in flax and chia seeds), monounsaturated fats (avocados, walnut oil) and mediumchain fatty acids (like coconut oil and coconut milk), which all work to reduce inflammation, moisturize the skin and improve skin texture by strengthening cell walls.

acne and eczema. Add it to your tea, or drink it with steamed non-dairy milk for a healthy latte.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

peppers, citrus fruit, pineapple and leafy greens, vitamin C is an essential antioxidant when it comes to glowing skin. Not only does it protect the skin from free radicals and UV-induced photodamage, but it’s also required for the synthesis of collagen in the body — meaning a brighter, more youthful complexion. To reap the benefits, add sliced citrus to your water for a hydrating skin boost.

Inflammation can show up on the body in the form of skin issues, so eating foods that fight off inflammation can be a step in the right direction to improving skin health. Turmeric, one of the most studied herbs out there, is a vibrant yellow antiinflammatory superfood, largely due to its active compound curcumin. Studies suggest that turmeric can help with psoriasis,


Collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body — making up almost 30 per cent of the body’s protein — and is responsible for giving skin its elasticity. Collagen can also diminish the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite. Get adequate collagen from sipping on homemade mineral-rich bone broth, or by adding a scoop of collagen peptides to your drink. Vitamin C. Found abundantly in





Has Come A Long Way Over the Years By Matt Jamieson Photos courtesy of Halifax Jazz Festival

Fresh off its 30th birthday, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival returns to the city this July. Already established as one of Eastern Canada’s most prominent music festivals, the Jazz Festival shows no signs of slowing down as it moves into its fourth decade.


his year’s lineup boasts an eclectic mix of styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Top of the line acts include cutting edge hip hop and soul upand-comer Anderson .Paak, Canadian rock veterans Blue Rodeo and Ron Sexsmith. In total, the festival will showcase 83 artists on 12 stages scattered across the city. Andrew Jackson, the festival’s local programming coordinator, says whether someone is considering coming to the festival for the first time or they’re coming back yet again, the wide range of acts makes it an exciting year for live jazz in Halifax.



“[The festival’s] vision has expanded and broadened the spectrum to introduce new audiences to the festival,” he says. “By involving artists that wouldn’t traditionally be considered jazz musicians we’re attracting new audiences and introducing people to more traditional jazz.” While it’s his first year working with the Jazz Festival, Jackson has been involved as a performer for more than a decade. The trombone player has been a fixture in the local jazz scene for many years, and is bringing that first-hand knowledge and years of connections to his role. Among other things, Jackson is responsible for booking local talent for the festival’s many stages.


“I’ve been involved with the music industry for so long I was able to reach out to many different artists I’ve worked with in the past,” says Jackson. The Jazz Festival is a community event, focused on showcasing not only local artists, but local businesses, organizations and people that make Halifax great. “It’s really a celebration for the city,” says Jackson. “It’s a positive thing for all these organizations to work together and cross-collaborate. It’s really exciting.” The festival will feature two stages at the Carlton Music Bar, making it a focal point of some of the most progressive voices in local and international music.

Blue Rodeo

PHOTO L-R Kirsten Olivia, Jo Mersa Marley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ally Fiola

The Groove Stage will start at 8 p.m. each night and feature acts such as The Brood and Talea. The Late Night Stage will feature acts like Keith Hallett and Kirsten Olivia. New this year is the roving Jazz Connects Series, which will travel around the city on a truck, making stops in Bedford, Sackville, Halifax North Library and the Black Cultural Centre in Cherrybrook. The mobile stage allows the Jazz Festival to reach new communities and become a truly citywide event. Back again this year is the St. Matthew’s Church Series, which festival veterans will recognize as a staple of the Jazz Festival dating back more than 15 years.

Lulu Healy, the former artistic director for the festival, programmed this year’s St. Matt’s Church Series, which features pioneering singer-songwriter Andy Shauf, master organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, Juno Award-winning group Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, as well as Joe Sealy’s Africville Stories. “It’s a great performance space for concerts of many different genres,” says Healy. “They are great to work with and the festival has really loved presenting concerts there over the years.” Healy has been involved with the Jazz Festival in some capacity since 2006, and says she has seen it come a long way over that time. Having just celebrated the festival’s 30th anniversary last summer,


she says it has been incredible to see the festival grow. “The festival has grown its capacity for attracting more mainstream marquee artists, such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nile Rodgers, Anderson .Paak and Blue Rodeo,” she says. “Bringing in those kinds of acts would not have been possible even five years ago.” Healy points to the recent move of the main stage to the waterfront from its old place in the lot that now houses the new Halifax Central Library as a major turning point. The move allowed for more bigname acts, as the capacity at the new venue allows for much larger crowds.



Halifax Singer

Reeny Smith to Open for Anderson .Paak on Jazz Fest Main Stage By Matt Jamieson


ach year, the Halifax Jazz Festival presents an unparalleled opportunity to experience the strength, breadth and depth of musical talent produced in Nova Scotia. One local artist to keep an eye on this year is Reeny Smith. The 24-year-old native of North Preston will perform during one of the festival’s most exciting slots: the main stage July 15, opening for Anderson .Paak. Smith is young, but is already a veteran of the Jazz Festival. “It’s one of the first festivals that gave me a chance to showcase my artistry,” says Smith, who first performed at the festival as a teenager, and has since opened for the likes of Grammy Award winner Lisa Fischer at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, and American soul singer Bettye Lavette. “It’s right in my hometown so to have their support is amazing for me.” Having opened for marquee acts as well performed her own solo shows, Smith says her approach doesn’t change based on who is following her on the stage, even if the pressure is amped up a bit.

Smith’s music seamlessly blends the traditions of many genres, including gospel, soul, R&B, funk, hip hop and pop. Her influences include Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle as well as her own large musical family. Her father, Wallace, is the director of the Hallelujah Praise Choir and the leader and founder of soul gospel group the Sanctified Brothers. He and Smith’s grandfather were members of one of Canada’s most well-regarded gospel bands, the Gospel Heirs. Her uncles Carson and Murray Downey were members of the Carson Downey Band. “[My family] has been supportive since day one. It’s great because musically I have so many people around me that can help. If I have a question they’re in my contacts and I can just call,” says Smith. “That was huge for me in the beginning and still plays a crucial role for me now.” A Reeny Smith show will often leave audiences inspired — inspiration to persevere through hard times, or to better your community.

“If there’s a big act on the show, there’s some added pressure, that’s just natural. Mentally though, I try to maintain the same emotions,” she says. “This is the career I’ve chosen and I’m confident I can keep up with the best of them.”


“A lot of the more inspirational songs I write, I actually write to motivate myself,” says Smith. “Sometimes I go through moments where I need that extra motivation. Words are a powerful thing and that comes out on the paper. I’m so grateful that others can find motivation through what I write.” PHOTO BELOW Anderson .Paak

Opening for Anderson .Paak may mark one of the biggest acts the singer has opened for, but Smith is excited for the opportunity to not only gain some increased exposure, but to sit back and watch one of her current favourite artists perform.


ABOVE Reeny Smith PHOTO BY Meaghan Downey


events summer

JULY 12 – 16 Halifax Jazz Fest Various Halifax Locations

AUG. 11 & 12 Halifax Seaport Beer Festival Cunard Centre

JULY 18 & 19 RCMP Musical Ride Across Canada Tour Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

AUG. 11 India Fest Halifax Forum

JULY 20 – 30 Halifax Pride Festival Various Halifax locations

AUG. 20 Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition Clam Harbour Beach

JULY 20 – AUG. 13 Halifax Summer Opera Festival Dalhousie Arts Centre

AUG. 24 – 26 Matt Mays live at the Shore Club Shore Club

JULY 29 – AUG. 1 Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Halifax

AUG. 27 – SEPT. 3 HUFF - Halifax Urban Folk Festival The Carlton

AUG. 2 – 7 Halifax International Busker Festival Halifax Waterfront

SEPT. 2 Mo Bounce Summer Splash Alderney Landing

AUG. 4 – 7 Natal Day Celebrations Various Halifax locations

SEPT. 9 k.d. lang Scotiabank Centre

AUG. 6 & 7 Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience Scotiabank Centre





A TASTE of Halifax

History By Marie Hanifen



Georges Island is a familiar sight to anyone who has walked along the Halifax waterfront. A small island nestled in the harbour, it was used by British and Canadian military from the mid-18th century to World War II. Its primary role was to protect Halifax Harbour from seaward attacks, but on July 28, 29 and 30 the island will be host to three evenings of amazing culinary experiences


Food photos courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia and Himaly Fernando


aste of Nova Scotia has partnered with Parks Canada and Waterfront Development to deliver the Georges Island Dinner Series to take place during Tall Ships 2017. Each of the three events will showcase some of the best food and drink the province has to offer. “The tall ships will be lining the harbour, the food will be local, and local chefs will be preparing these amazing flavours,” says Christine White, director of communications and events with Taste of Nova Scotia. “Local wine makers and brew masters will also be onsite showcasing and talking about their ingredients.” The dinners will occur over three evenings during the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Tickets are $150 each,

and cover the costs of transportation to the island, food and drink, and the experience of being on Georges Island. The event will include a Nova Scotia Lobster Boil on July 28; Good Cheer & BBQ on July 29; and Sip n’ Shuck, showcasing oysters, mussels and other aquaculture products on July 30. All events will be paired with local wine, beer, cider and spirits. Georges Island offers a unique and deeply Nova Scotian experience. “We can’t wait to get everyone on the island to showcase our local food and drinks, with the spectacular backdrop of the Tall Ships, right in our own backyard,” says White. “Look forward to lobster, oysters, BBQ favourites, wine, cider, beer, spirits and a fun evening on the Halifax Waterfront.”


Georges Island is a National Historic Site managed by Parks Canada. Despite its historical designation, it lacks the funding for a visitor centre, washrooms and other facilities, and is usually closed to the public. It’s only during special events like this that visitors are free to explore the labyrinth of military works that cover the small island. Guests to the island can expect to see the remains of Fort Charlotte, a starshaped fortification that was originally built under orders from Prince Edward in 1798, and named after his mother, Queen Charlotte. The fort was rebuilt in the 1860s to accommodate new forms of weaponry. The shape of the fort remains, along with brick tunnels underground that were once used for storing gunpowder and ammunition. Other remains include stone foundations



not just during Tall Ships events, but in general,” she says. “This interest has a powerful effect on momentum and we believe Georges and McNabs islands are both destinations that can be developed, modestly, so they are more accessible for people to explore.” Angel says opportunities like this are an important way for Waterfront Development to redevelop and revitalize waterfronts in Nova Scotia. This includes partnering with other organizations to develop programming and events that appeal to people. “They are our community in celebration,” she says. “They directly and materially enhance Nova Scotia as a place to live. They attract people from around the world to our shores, and they provide an opportunity to tell the stories of literally thousands of local businesses who have amazing products and services to share with the world.”

of a Martello tower, barracks and single officers’ quarters.

Discover more of Nova Scotia this summer Jennifer Angel, acting president and CEO of Waterfront Development, says this event has the power to stimulate interest in Nova Scotia, and what this province has to offer. We really want to inspire people with new and unique events and adventures. We want to leverage Tall Ships and the crowds to showcase our amazing culinary scene. And we want to inspire people to discover our islands,



The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a 7,000-mile transatlantic race that visits six countries in five months. It consists of 40 tall ships and 3,000 crewmembers from all around the world. The race began in April in Royal Greenwich, UK. There are stops in Portugal, Bermuda, the United States, as well as stops in 35 ports in Eastern Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Halifax is the host city for the last portion of the voyage before the tall ships complete the last phase of the journey — heading back across the Atlantic to Le Havre, France. The Tall Ships in Halifax will correspond with a variety of events designed to showcase Nova Scotia’s music, cuisine and history. Bluenose II will also be present during the event to represent Nova Scotia’s seafaring history. Visitors to the Tall Ships can also join a public tour or reserve a private function on one of the vessels. For tickets or more information, visit or



HISTORICAL FACTS Georges Island was formed by glacier deposits thousands of years ago The island was originally used by the Mi’kmaq to dry fish during the summer Construction of a wooden defence structure began when Halifax was founded in 1749 Between 1755-1763, approximately 1,660 Acadians were housed in detention camps on the island while they awaited deportation during the expulsion In 1798, a star-shaped stone fortress was built on the island under orders from Prince Edward In the 1860s, the fort was reconstructed to adapt to the development of rifled muzzleloading artillery During World War I, a submarine net was placed on both sides of the island to stop enemy submarines from entering the harbour During World War II, an antiaircraft unit was stationed on the island. They were the last soldiers to serve on the island In 1965, Georges Island was officially designated as a National Historic Site

Serves 4 Lobster Carbonara INGREDIENTS


340 g linguini noodles (homemade or store bought)

1. Boil the lobster for eight minutes, then immerse in an ice water bath. Cool for 10 minutes

1/2 lb (200 g) local smoked bacon 1 tbsp (15 g) minced garlic 1 -1/2 lb Nova Scotia lobster* 1 tbsp vanilla 3 egg yolks 1/3 cup (80 g) shaved Grana Padano cheese salt & pepper fresh basil 1 lemon

2. Shell the lobster, trying to keep the claws whole. Cut the rest of the meat into a large dice, and set aside. Save the tail and claw shells 3. Slice bacon into large strips, and begin to cook in large frying pan. When half cooked, add garlic and the shells (to be removed later) 4. While the bacon is cooking, add pasta to salted boiling water. Cook until al dente (usually about 10 to 12 minutes) 5. In a separate bowl, add egg yolks, half of the Grana Padano, salt, pepper, lemon juice and zest, and lobster meat


6. Remove the lobster shell from the frying pan. Drain half of the bacon fat from the frying pan, add to egg mixture, and mix 7. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to egg mixture while still hot. Mix quickly, as the eggs cook in the mixture; add torn basil leaves 8. Serve, plate and enjoy

Recipe provided by: Kitchen Door Catering Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia

Source Guide: *Get your seafood locally from Evan’s Seafoods & Restaurant, Fisherman’s Market International, Clearwater Seafoods Ltd., Comeau’s Sea Foods Ltd., Arichat Seafood Market and Café and Masstown Market



BACON JAM 2 lbs slab Oultons smoked bacon 1 onion, chopped 4 tbs chopped garlic 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup brewed coffee 1/2 cup Acadian maple syrup 2 tbsp cider vinegar Pommery mustard salt and pepper to taste


Seared Digby Scallops with Grilled Corn Salsa, and Bacon Jam INGREDIENTS


5 large Digby scallops* olive oil bacon jam seasonal greens or arugula

1. Remove cornhusk, rub with oil, and grill until slightly charred, about 12 minutes. Let cool and cut off the kernels. Combine all remaining ingredients, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside

CORN SALSA 2 ears fresh corn, husked 1 tomato, seeded and diced 1/2 red onion, finely diced 1 green onion, finely diced 1/2 red pepper, finely diced 1 tsp finely minced garlic 1/4 Thai chili pepper, finely diced and seeds removed Handful chopped cilantro 1 lime, juiced sea salt freshly ground black pepper



2. Pat scallops dry and lightly season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat olive oil in a pan until hot, sear scallops on one side until they turn brown, flip them and then turn off the heat. Add a tablespoon of bacon jam to the pan to warm it up. Let scallops sit for 20 seconds (in the pan) before plating 3. Using a spoon, make a straight line of corn salsa; place the five scallops on top of salsa. Top each scallop with a small dollop of bacon jam. Garnish with greens. Serve hot, as an appetizer or main course


1. Roughly chop the bacon and cook over medium heat in a heavy pot, until golden brown 2. Drain off half of the drippings 3. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until fragrant and softened 4. Add the brown sugar, coffee, maple syrup, vinegar and mustard and cook over medium heat for two hours, or until deep golden and thickened to the consistency of jam. Add water 1/4 cup at time as required, roughly every half hour 5. Adjust seasoning 6. Pulse in the food processor briefly for a finer texture Recipe provided by: Seasons by Atlantica, Atlantica Hotel Halifax Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia

Source Guide: *Get your seafood locally from Evan’s Seafoods & Restaurant, Fisherman’s Market International, Clearwater Seafoods Ltd., Comeau’s Sea Foods Ltd., Arichat Seafood Market and Café and Masstown Market ***Pick up farm-fresh seasonal produce from Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms, Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia

Peach & Cucumber Scallop Ceviche INGREDIENTS


1 lb fresh scallops*

1. In a mixing bowl, place buttermilk, lemon juice, lime juice, honey and a pinch of salt, and whisk together. Thinly slice scallops, lengthwise in rounds, and place in a glass or nonreactive bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture, cover, and place in fridge for two hours

1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely sliced 3-4 ripe, peeled peaches, small dice 1/2 cup English cucumber, finely diced 1 cup buttermilk 1/3 cup lime juice 1 tbsp honey 3 tbsp olive oil salt to taste

WINE PAIRING Serve with Blomidon Estate Winery 2013 Crémant, a traditional method sparkling wine produced in Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley. This fresh and slightly sweet sparkling wine offers bright fruit aromatics, a perfect pairing for the delicately marinated raw scallops and peachcucumber flavours in the ceviche.

2. Chop seeded jalapeno, red onion, cucumber, peaches, parsley, mint and combine; season to taste with salt. Set aside until ready to serve

Recipe provided by: The Brooklyn Warehouse and Blomidon Estate Winery

3. Spoon marinated scallops out of buttermilk mixture and into a bowl with the chopped fruit and herb mixture. Gently combine and season with olive oil and salt to taste

Source Guide:

4. Place ceviche in bowls or glasses and serve with your favourite corn tortilla chip


Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia

*Get your seafood locally from Evan’s Seafoods & Restaurant, Fisherman’s Market International, Clearwater Seafoods Ltd., Comeau’s Sea Foods Ltd., Arichat Seafood Market and Café and Masstown Market **Blomidon Estate Winery 2013 Crémant is available from their online store ***Pick up farm-fresh seasonal produce from Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms, Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia



Lobster Sliders Paired with Jost Tidal Bay INGREDIENTS 1 lb fresh cooked Nova Scotia lobster, broken into pieces* 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 stalk of celery, diced very fine 1 tsp lemon juice salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp butter 6 slider rolls 1 cup fresh greens 6 cherry tomatoes

DIRECTIONS 1. In a bowl, gently mix the fresh cooked lobster, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Take care not to overwork the mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use 2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Butter the cut side of each slider roll and place them, buttered side down, in the pan. Fry rolls until lightly golden, about one minute, and transfer to a work surface 3. Place a cluster of fresh greens on the bottom half of each slider roll. Spoon approximately three tablespoons of lobster mixture on top of greens, then top with the other half of the slider roll 4. Garnish with a toothpick-skewered cherry tomato, and serve, immediately, with a chilled bottle of Jost Tidal Bay

Serves 4-6 Source Guide:

Recipe provided by: Devonian Coast Wineries Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia



*Get your seafood locally from Evan’s Seafoods & Restaurant, Fisherman’s Market International, Clearwater Seafoods Ltd., Comeau’s Sea Foods Ltd., Arichat Seafood Market and Café and Masstown Market **Pick up farm-fresh seasonal produce from Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms, Masstown Market or one of the many other farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia


Baked Chai-Inspired Loaded Oats INGREDIENTS


1 bag Made with Local Loaded Oats* 1 cup milk 1 cup maple syrup 3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled 1 tbsp vanilla 2 eggs 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tbsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp coriander 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper 1 tsp salt 1 cup chopped pecans, or other nuts

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine Loaded Oats, spices, salt and baking powder in a large bowl, whisk to combine and smooth out any lumps 2. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. In another bowl, whisk together milk, maple syrup, eggs, butter and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry, stir to combine and pour into prepared pan 3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes before digging in, and serve with a hearty scoop of Fox Hill yogurt

Recipe provided by: Made With Local Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia

Source Guide: *Made With Local Loaded Oats can be purchased from the Made With Local online store, Noggins Farm Market, Pete’s stores and several Sobeys locations within the province **Fox Hill vanilla yogurt is available at the Fox Hill Cheese House locations in Port Williams and Robie Street, Halifax

Fox Hill vanilla yogurt to serve**

Serves 4-6




Serves 4 Blueberry “Bluenose” Spritzer INGREDIENTS


1/2 litre Lunenburg County Winery Blueberry Wine*

1. Fill a glass or pitcher with equal parts blueberry wine and club soda. Add ice

1/2 litre club soda ice 1 lemon slice or cinnamon stick a few fresh blueberries



2. Add a slice of lemon or stick of cinnamon, and a few fresh blueberries 3. Enjoy as is, or serve with your favourite barbecue and summer salad


Recipe provided by: Lunenburg County Winery Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia

Source Guide: *Purchase Lunenburg County Winery blueberry wine at the winery or your local NSLC store

Smoked Mackerel & Caramelized Onion Dip INGREDIENTS


1 tbsp olive or canola oil

1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, combine the oil and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let onions cool to room temperature

2 red onions, halved and thinly sliced, the cut into quarters** 2 cups sour cream 3/4 cup J.Willy Krauch brand smoked mackerel, flaked* 1 tbsp finely chopped chives 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley 1/2 tsp smoked paprika sea salt & ground black pepper to taste 3 finely chopped chives, garnish good quality kettle chips

2. In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream, flaked smoked mackerel, chives, parsley and smoked paprika. Roughly chop the cooled onions, and then combine with the sour cream mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving

Recipe provided by: J. Willy Krauch & Sons Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia

Source Guide: *J. Willy Krauch smoked mackerel can be purchased from their online store or Clearwater Seafood **Pick up farm-fresh seasonal produce from Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms, Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia

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3. Place in your favourite serving bowl. Garnish with chopped chives and kettle chips









othing says summer in Nova Scotia like a traditional lobster dinner. But are you ready to tackle this Maritime delicacy? The task might seem a bit daunting if you’re not experienced. These easy-to-follow steps will have you de-shelling like a pro! First things first. This is not a dainty or delicate endeavour you are embarking on. Be prepared to use your hands and some tools, and don’t be afraid to make a mess. This is one of the few times you are expected to play with your food, so embrace it and have some fun. Tools you will need: Lobster cracker Lobster pick Scissors Bib 1. Protection: Use the bib provided to you. If you do not receive one, request one. The bib is essential for protecting you from squirting juices and flying shells that are bound to happen. 2. Claws and Knuckles: With a twisting motion, remove the knuckle (arm) from the body and then remove the claws. Crack each claw and knuckle with the lobster cracker and remove the meat inside with the lobster pick or small fork.



3. The Tail: In one hand, grip the body of the lobster and with the other hand remove the tail. Pick off the fanned segments at the end of the tail and with the lobster pick push the tail meat out of the shell in one piece. Make an incision along the length of the top side of the tail meat and remove the vein.

There you go! You have successfully un-cracked the mystery of this traditional Maritime delicacy. Reward yourself by getting another.

4. The Body: There is a lot going on here, and there is a good amount of meat to be found. It just takes a bit of looking. Separate the top and bottom half of the body by pulling the top shell off. The green stuff is called tomalley (functions as the lobster’s liver) and is edible. It has a salty, briny flavour with a soft texture. Remove the tomalley and the lobster meat will be found between the feather-like shells. You could end up with 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of meat if you are diligent. 5. The Legs: Pull the legs off the body section and clip the ends of the legs with scissors or a knife. You can then either extract the meat with a lobster pick or skewer; suck the meat out using your teeth to force the meat out the clipped end of the leg; or roll the meat out with an empty wine bottle or rolling pin. Doing the roll out method pops the leg meat out in whole, long spaghetti-like pieces.


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All of our spirits and liqueurs are handcrafted in small batches onsite.

Barrelling Tide Distillery is located on the edge of the Cornwallis River in Port Williams, Annapolis Valley, just a few minutes drive from Acadia University, exit 11 off HWY 101. Summer hours Open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)


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Kai Malo’o

Bananas Foster

Kai Malo’o means low tide. Usually at low tide things slow down and you can enjoy a drink and relax. A tiki style drink designed to highlight Barrelling Tide’s Tidal Run — an-unaged white rum — Kai Malo’o is made by mixing the rum with tropical fruit flavours.


INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 oz Barrelling Tide Tidal Run 3/4 oz fresh lime juice 3/4 oz honey syrup (two parts honey to one part water) 3/4 oz fresh orange juice 3 dashes Angostura bitter

2 4 tbsp 3 tbsp 1/4 tsp 1 pinch 1/3 cup 1 tbsp

bananas, ripe, peeled and halved lengthwise butter, unsalted brown sugar, packed cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground Barrelling Tide Tidal Run vanilla extract vanilla ice cream

DIRECTIONS: Cut bananas in half lengthwise; set aside.

DIRECTIONS: Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake for 15 seconds, then strain into a glass and fill with ice. Garnish with lots of fruit and a paper umbrella.

In skillet or chafing dish, melt butter over medium heat; stir in sugar until melted. Add bananas, cut side down; cook, turning once, for about five minutes or until just barely tender. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour Tidal Run and vanilla over bananas, shaking pan to distribute liquid. Very carefully ignite with long wooden match. Using long handled spoon, basting bananas with flaming sauce until the flames subside. Serve immediately with ice cream.




Pairing Maple Citrus Glazed Atlantic Salmon

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BT Tom Collins A summertime favourite, a BT Tom Collins is refreshing and not too sweet. It’s a classic cocktail with a great citrus flavour. When paired with Barrelling Tide’s gin, the added layers from the botanicals introduce new elements.

INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 oz 1 oz 1/2 oz 1/2 oz 2 oz

Barrelling Tide gin fresh squeezed lemon juice fresh squeezed lime juice simple syrup carbonated water

Maple Citrus Glaze: 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp orange marmalade 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1/2 cup Canadian maple syrup 1/4 cup butter 1 tsp dill, chopped 1 tsp cilantro or thyme, chopped Fresh ground pepper and sea salt to taste

Grilled Salmon: 4

DIRECTIONS: Mix Barrelling Tide gin, lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a tall glass with ice. Top with carbonated water, garnish with citrus slices, serve and enjoy!

6 oz 1” thick salmon fillets Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing Fresh ground pepper and sea salt to taste

DIRECTIONS: Glaze: Bring the first six ingredients to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, stirring to melt the preserves and to keep the mixture from burning. Add the butter; reduce the heat to a simmer and let the glaze reduce until syrupy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and adjust the seasonings with salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Salmon: Heat barbecue to medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the fillets with olive oil just before grilling, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill the salmon for about four minutes per side, brushing with the glaze during the final few minutes of cooking. Transfer the salmon to serving plates and brush them with the remaining glaze before serving.




T he Beers of Summer By Matt Jamieson

For many, the dawn of summer means one thing — the beginning of patio season. It’s that wonderful time of year when restaurants and households alike dust off their decks, porches and sunrooms in anticipation of warmer temperatures. A patio of any kind is the perfect place to bask in the sun with a cold beer in hand. or Nova Scotian craft brewers, this represents the ideal time of year to debut some new and exciting flavours that eloquently complement the warm rays and cool breezes of summer. Laura MacDonald knows a few things about beer. The co-owner of Halifax’s Stillwell beer bar, as well as the bar’s highly popular beer garden on Spring Garden Road, makes sure she’s always



on the forefront of the latest trends in the local craft beer industry. “We’ve had the image of the barbeque and the beer pitched at us for such a long time, I think it created this cultural shift,” she says. “The can of beer, the cooler and the bag of ice is such a cultural thing. Plus, we have such a limited amount of summertime here that the second patio weather hits people go mad trying to get out and enjoy it, it’s lovely.”


Typically, a summer beer is light and easy drinking. Pilsners, wheat beers and lagers are often good options. But as craft breweries continue to experiment and push the boundaries of our taste buds, this definition has continued to evolve. “A good summer beer is refreshing, crisp and crushable,” says Jeremy Taylor, head brewer at Halifax’s 2 Crows Brewing Co. “For me personally I like a beer that is light and highly drinkable, but still

Tatamagouche Brewing Company. “We’re out in cottage country, so summer is when we sell the most beer and our store is busiest, so it’s our most important season.” The sheer amount of options out there this summer can be overwhelming. With that in mind, here are a few selections of fantastic summer beers made by Nova Scotian craft brewers that are sure to be cracked open on patios across Halifax this summer.

Tatamagouche Brewing Cellar Slammer Session IPA

has enough character that I get to think about what I am drinking.” The influx of new craft brewers has created a boom for beer drinking in Halifax. For this reason, patio season today is a different scene than it was 10 or even five years ago, with more destinations to choose from and a more varied and lengthy list of beers. Come summertime, many local breweries experiment with new flavours, injecting their brews with local fruit and produce, and playing with taste buds through sweetness, bitterness and sour flavours. “We just try to make beer that we like to drink during the summertime,” says Christiane Jost, manager at

A collaboration between Tatamagouche Brewing and Halifax’s Bishop’s Cellar, this session IPA brings together two often competing styles, a session beer — which usually has a low alcohol by volume (ABV) — and an Indian Pale Ale (IPA), which often has a higher ABV and isn’t quite as easy-drinking. Clocking in at 4.4 per cent ABV, the Cellar Slammer takes the hoppy flavours of your favourite IPA and adds the drinkability of a session ale. “Cellar Slammer India Session Ale is loaded with citrus from Hallertau Blanc and Mosaic hops, light in body and refreshing in flavour,” says Jost. “All the flavour of an IPA but lighter in alcohol.”

2 Crows Fantacity A new brewery located on Brunswick Street in Halifax, 2 Crows has burst onto the Halifax beer scene. Its brewing team, led by Jeremy Taylor, already has the city buzzing about Fantacity, a dry-hopped Belgian-style witbier. The company initially thought they would brew just one small batch, but quickly had to make more to meet demand.


“It is brewed with the addition of coriander and orange peel in the boil, fermented cold with a yeast that we harvested from a favourite saison of ours, and dry hopped twice with Citra hops. The result is a beer that is bright, citrusy, slightly herbal, and hugely refreshing,” says Taylor. “It’s just a really bright and juicy beer,” says MacDonald. “It’s been on tap at Stillwell already, and has been insanely popular.”

Spindrift Killick Session Lager “Session” is usually a pretty sure sign you’ve come across a good summer beer. Sessions are often quite light and easy drinking with lower levels of alcohol — so you can drink a few in a “session” without falling over. The Killick session lager by Dartmouth-based Spindrift Brewing is subtly hopped and features rewarding citrus notes that make it difficult to stop after just one. Spindrift is known for its love of the classic 355-millilitre can, making this beer highly portable and perfect for a camping trip or barbeque.




Introducing Halifax’s Own Distilled Rum:

J.D. Shore

By Matt Jamieson Photos Joseph Robichaud/Tanglewood Studios


lthough it opened in Halifax only a year ago, the Halifax Distilling Co. has a rich historic background.

The company’s master distiller, Julie Shore, has picked up her family business where it left off more than a century ago. Shore’s great, great, great grandfather was I.C. Shore, a master distiller in Shore’s ancestral home of North Carolina. I.C.’s distillery bounced across various state lines to avoid the ever-changing prohibition laws at the time, and at one point the distillery even



incorporated its own town, Shore, North Carolina, to avoid prohibition. While I.C.’s distillery is long gone, its traditions carry on through Julie, who has opened the Halifax Distilling Co. in a city steeped in its own rum history. During the 1920s, the rum-running trade injected the Maritime economy as the region funnelled alcohol into the United States during the prohibition era. It’s within this deep historical context that Shore opened the Halifax Distilling Co. on Lower Water Street in Halifax,


just steps away from the harbour that hosted countless rum runners nearly 100 years ago. The Halifax Distilling Co. crafts fine rums that challenge the large, mass-marketed rums most consumers are used to. Shore, and her partner Arla Johnson, began in the Canadian distilling industry in PEI with the Prince Edward Distillery, Canada’s first and internationally acclaimed potato vodka producers. Shore says she saw an opportunity in Halifax for a distillery of high-quality, well-priced rum spirits.

Halifax Distilling Co. co-owners Arla Johnson, left, and Julie Shore, right

“In Halifax, next to beer, rum is what we drink,” says Shore. “If we’re going to compete in this market we have to make a great rum spirit and price it exactly the same as the big guys, and that’s what we’ve done. And it’s definitely a much better rum.” The Halifax Distilling Co. offers a full suite of rums that will satisfy any taste. The Gold Rum is a silky-smooth amber rum with the sweetness of molasses and hints of vanilla and oak. The Spiced Rum has the power to liven any cocktail. The Black Rum packs in notes of molasses and burnt sugar, making it the “star of the downtown bar.” Finally, the White Rum, with its smooth touches of vanilla, banana and coconut, is the perfect fit for a cocktail. Or, you could drink like the master distiller herself: “It’s so good I just drink it straight.”

The offerings at the Halifax Distilling Co. are rounded out by the recent addition of Rum Cream, as well as many other rum-related products such as rum cakes, rum-infused dark roast coffee and marmalade, and blueberry jam made with the company’s signature amber and white rums, respectively. No matter what you try at the Halifax Distilling Co., you can be confident it’s been made with a deep love and appreciation for history and family. “Here at Halifax Distilling Co. we believe it’s all about the spirit of things. At times, I truly feel the gently nudging of my great ancestors as I work to create these wonderful products.” Halifax Distilling Co. 1668 Lower Water St., Halifax 902.431.0505





Fine Dining Experience By Lori McKay Photos Steve Jess


rederic Tandy always knew he wanted to open his own restaurant. Growing up in Limoges, France, he was first introduced to good food by his grandparents, who owned their own micro farm. He went on to study for four years at a French cooking school. In 2002, he moved to Canada to take a summer job at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton, and eventually moved to Halifax in 2005.



“I really liked Nova Scotia and decided to stay here,” says Tandy. He started out by taking his own products — mostly quiches and baked goods — to the weekend market. People loved them, and he opened his first location in 2010, which he named in honour of grandparents. Ratinaud French Cuisine moved to its current, larger location at 2157 Gottingen St. a year and a half ago.


“It’s been a great location for us. I’ve been in business now for six years and it just keeps growing,” says Tandy, who notes his goal with the restaurant was to offer something a little different. “I’m the only one in the province, maybe all of Canada, doing what I’m doing. People are very happy to be able to find these types of products here in Halifax.” And what is he doing that’s so unique? Well, he’s offering both an eight-course

Beyond the Ratinaud charcuterie and cheese shop on Gottingen Street is one of Halifax’s best-kept fine dining experiences. fine dining experience, plus a fantastic charcuterie and cheese shop. The Kitchen Table Four nights a week, guests are invited to sit down at what Tandy calls “The Kitchen Table” for an eightcourse tasting menu, featuring fresh seasonal ingredients. One of the only tasting menus in Halifax, the restaurant’s always-changing, chef-created menu includes local and foraged ingredients such as plants, flowers, berries and mushrooms. They accommodate any allergies, dietary restrictions, vegetarian and pescatarian. The set menu is sent out to customers weekly. The Kitchen Table sits guests in two sections. The main table can seat up to 14 people and the kitchen counter, which overlooks the open-concept kitchen, seats six. To request a reservation, go to, click on a date and enter all relevant information. The Kitchen Table is open from Wednesday to Saturday by reservation only, with a single seating at 7 p.m. When it comes to wine, Ratinaud offers wine pairings from a very comprehensive wine list. Customers are also welcome to bring their own (the corkage fee is just $10). “About 40 per cent of guests will opt for the wine pairing and about 60 per cent will bring their own wine. We have quite a few customers at the restaurant who are really into wine and have a very nice wine cellar of their own, so it’s a way for them to be able to enjoy the wines that they have,” says Tandy. Charcuterie & Cheese Shop Ratinaud’s charcuterie and cheese shop is open Tuesday to Sunday. All the charcuterie items are made in-house,


including pâté, fresh sausage and smoked salmon. Other products they prepare include salmon terrine, chutneys, mustards and quiche. They also make their own fresh bread, which they sell at the store and serve in the restaurant. The store’s cheese selection is unlike any other in the city, with approximately 40 different varieties of Canadian and European cheeses. Carrying goat, cow and sheep cheese, they offer both hard and creamy options. The selection changes regularly, depending on availability and the time of year. A full list is available on their website.

Ratinaud French Cuisine 2157 Gottingen St., Halifax 902.446.8222




Making Nova Scotia Wine

For More Than 25 Years

By Lori McKay Photos David Elliott and courtesy of Sainte-Famille Wines


auren Lake’s official title at SainteFamille Wines Ltd. is marketing director, but where it’s a family business, she wears many hats.

Lake’s grandparents, Doug and Suzanne Corkum, first started the winery 27 years ago and it has remained in the family ever since. Lake started fulltime last June. “I’ll be the one stepping into my grandmother’s shoes someday,” she says. With her parents home on the back half of the property, Lake grew up just minutes from the winery and has since bought a house of her own nearby. “ We are the oldest family owned winery and vineyard in Nova Scotia,” says Lake.

The family’s journey into the world of wine began in the 1980s. Suzanne was an at-home wine maker at the time and was looking to start a hobby farm. She and Doug purchased the 30-plus acres of land, which also had a century-old farmhouse that they still live in, and grew grapes on one acre for personal use. That one acre quickly turned into five acres, and then 10. The couple grew grapes for about 10 years and sold them to the wineries that were in the province at the time. In the spring of 1990, Doug and Suzanne decided to open a winery of their own and began selling to customers through their retail store at the farm.

Top Suzanne and Doug Corkum Middle Lauren Lake Bottom Tony Barkhouse, wine maker




Sainte-Famille Wines has been winning awards in the industry since the very beginning, including winery of the year in 2012. “We were the first winery to create a traditional method sparkling wine in Nova Scotia in the early 1990s. That’s something we’ve been able to hang our hats on,” says Lake.

good thing. They have a plan in place to expand the vineyard.

The winery no longer makes a traditional method sparkling, but are focusing and honing in on making really good, fullbodied reds, and refining their style of crisp whites.

“An appellation wine has to do with the soil it’s grown in, the acidity of that soil, and the surrounding climate. Tidal Bay is made only in Nova Scotia,” says Lake. “It’s one of those easy drinking whites that’s great for the summertime. It pairs well with Nova Scotia seafood, which we’ve been able to anchor with. Our goal is for people to think Nova Scotia and think Tidal Bay as well.”

The Nova Scotia wine industry as a whole has grown immensely over the years. When Sainte-Famille was just starting out, there were only three wineries, now there are more than 20. “That’s a big increase in the span of 27 years, especially for an industry that is only about 30 years old itself,” says Lake. “The wines of Nova Scotia are becoming known nationally and internationally for cool climate whites and sparkling.” Right now, Sainte-Famille is having a difficult time keeping up with the demand, which they look at as a very

Lake says Tidal Bay, Nova Scotia’s own appellation wine, has had a huge impact on the province’s wine industry, with 12 different wineries making their own version.

Tastings and tours are available daily. The tour is twice a day, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and they can accommodate larger groups if you call ahead. They host weddings at the vineyard most weekends from May through to September. “It’s beautiful here,” says Lake. “When you drive to Falmouth you find this established vineyard on the side of the road, up on a hill over-looking the Avon River. We have a lovely patio where you can sip your wine and enjoy a great view of Martock. Or, guests can stroll through the 25 acres of vineyard with a glass of wine in hand.”

As a member of The Wineries of Nova Scotia association, the province’s wineries collectively work together to help move this industry forward, which is something that isn’t always heard of in other industries. Sainte-Famille Wines makes more than 20 different wines. Approximately half are available at NSLC stores; the others are sold exclusively at their retail store, which is open year-round.


Sainte-Famille Wines Ltd. RR#2 Falmouth, N.S. 902.798.8311




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BÂTON ROUGE By Kate Watson Photos Joseph Robichaud/Tanglewood Studio

There’s an art to preparing an amazing steak, and it’s an art that’s been mastered at Bâton Rouge Steakhouse & Bar. 56




e have quite a diverse menu,” says Benoit Beaulne, the general manager at the Hollis Street restaurant. “But I think our steaks probably rival our ribs for the most popular item.” It all begins with using the highest quality of meat. Bâton Rouge serves beef from the top three per cent of what’s available on the market, beautifully marbled and aged to perfection. From there, the meat is seasoned with the house signature spice blend, and then perfectly grilled to the customer’s specification at high temperature so the juices are sealed inside. The end result is a steak that is melt-in-your mouth delicious.

The friendly restaurant staff is knowledgeable in wine pairings, and is able to offer a selection of reasonablypriced options to complement every cut of meat, whether it’s a 20 oz. (yes, 20 oz.!) cowboy rib steak, a slow-roasted prime rib or a delicate filet mignon. Customers have a choice of two sides, including seasonal vegetables, rice and a variety of potatoes, with the fluffy garlic mashed potatoes proving to be a particular crowd pleaser. And for those that still have room, the dessert menu boasts crème brûlée in a variety of flavours, cheesecake, walnut brownies and a tantalizingly gooey chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce. (It certainly sounds like there’s good reason to save room for dessert!)

From spring into early fall, Bâton Rouge offers a lobster festival menu that celebrates the best of this maritime treat. Choices include lobster tacos and quesadilla, sandwiches, bisque, pasta, salad, and for those who want to enjoy steak with their lobster, two versions of the classic surf and turf. Bâton Rouge is located at the gateway to Halifax’s downtown district in one of the city’s oldest commercial properties. The unusual trapezoidal shaped warehouse was constructed in 1841 after a fire destroyed a previous building that housed an establishment called the Jerusalem Coffee House. The ironstone building is now known as either the Morse’s Tea Building or Jerusalem Warehouse. “People love the history and atmosphere of this building,” says Beaulne. “One of


the archways dates back to the original house that stood here in 1753. Think about it. You can actually have supper next to a wall that’s more than 250 years old.” Beaulne says the combination of great food and beautiful setting has earned the restaurant a loyal following of customers. “We have a lot of regular customers — people who live locally and tourists. I know one couple from Quebec who visit Halifax every couple of months and always stop in. They say their trip isn’t complete without our fillet mignon.”

Bâton Rouge Halifax 1877 Hollis St., Halifax 902.407.0007




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Nepal If a picturesque view of the

Himalayan Mountains isn’t enough to tempt you to Nepal, maybe it will be the world-renowned trekking opportunities? The cultural richness of the country? Or perhaps the peaceful lifestyle of the Nepali people? By Lori McKay





shley Jean, business development manager for Canadian tour company G Adventures, recently returned from a trip to Nepal as part of a 10-day National Geographic Journeys tour called Himalayan Highlights. Before this work trip, Jean, an experienced traveller who has visited more than 50 countries, admitted Nepal wasn’t a place on her travel radar. But before her departure she started researching and quickly became more and more intrigued.


“People raved about Nepal, so I thought, Ok, this is going to be cool.’ And then it just blew me away. I was shocked. Everyone needs to go! It’s the kind of place where you can walk around by yourself and feel totally safe. It was just a really peaceful environment. I truly feel Nepal is an underrated destination.” The trip began in Kathmandu, the country’s capital city, and from there it offered a mix of quiet relaxation and busy sightseeing.



The City

The Country

Kathmandu is a busy metropolitan city, but according to Jean, it’s not like any other big city.

In contrast to the city, the tour included visits to some very remote areas, including Kurintar, where they had to hike 45 minutes to get to their hotel in the mountains. “It felt like it was only us,” said Jean.

“Nepal was different from anywhere else I’ve travelled. Its uniqueness is constantly on display. There’s practically something on every corner. There are temples everywhere and tons of things happening. You’re constantly looking around and wondering what’s happening there? Everything is interesting. As the majority of the country is Buddhist, seeing monks walking around chanting and praying is a common occurrence.”



National Park, which included seeing wild rhinos, crocodiles, deer and a chance to see rare Bengal tigers. “Seeing the wild rhinos was amazing. We were able to see six in their natural habitat. We stayed at this beautiful, remote lodge hotel and it felt like we were on safari.”

Next, the group visited Pokhara, a small lakeside town popular with backpackers, honeymooners and vacationers. She said with busy little bars, shops and restaurants, it had a very different feel than Kurintar and was a nice change.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Nepal without checking out the mountains, and the tour offered an early morning sightseeing flight. The group got up very early and boarded a plane at 4:30 a.m., allowing them to fly over Mount Everest at sunrise.

One of the trip’s highlights for her was a tour and game drive of Chitwan

“We flew slowly over Everest, and flew both ways so each side of the airplane


got a spectacular view,” says Jean. “They only put about 15 people in the plane, so everyone had a window seat. Everyone also got a view from the cockpit. And then they served champagne.” This flight was not only about Everest, of course. There’s an entire chain of breathtaking mountains to look at. At 29,029 feet, Everest is only slightly larger than some of the other mountains. “You expect Everest to be this huge massive force and it be really obvious that it’s Everest, but it’s actually the entire range that’s absolutely gorgeous.” For those wishing to do treks into the mountains, there are an abundance of

trails to check out, including day trips in some of the smaller cities they visited. Jean said another unforgetable part of the trip was their visit to Pharping, where the group stayed in a working Buddhist monastery. There, they were able to witness some of the monks’ daily rituals, including a 4:30 a.m. chant before starting their day.


India after, I recognized how different it was.” The Nepal cuisine included a lot of vegetables, fish and meat, as well as their traditional dish, a Napoli dumpling called momo. “You can get them at all the restaurants. They can be stuffed with meat and/or vegetables, or in a sauce or soup. They also have a lot of curry, but it wasn’t as spicy as the curry in India. They use a lot of fresh ingredients. Most of the places we went had their own gardens.”

The food was something Jean didn’t expect to love as much as she did.

Ready for Tourism

“The food was amazing. It had a bit of an Indian influence, but definitely had its own flavour. Because I went to

Ravaged by a devastating earthquake in 2015, you might wonder if the area is ready for tourism. According to Jean,



About Nepal Hinduism and Buddhism



Prime minister: Pushpa Kamal Dahal President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari

Nepalese rupee


Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia

28.85 million (Worldometers 2016)



Kathmandu (also the largest city) Indian influence


the answer is a definite yes. She said it was very clear that the people — who are extremely warm, helpful and friendly — want visitors. “The people are not living in that era. They are not still talking about the earthquake,” said Jean. “They’ve moved on and the country is 100 per cent ready for tourism. Evidence of the earthquake is visible in certain areas — some buildings have yet to be repaired — but most areas are back to normal. There was nothing we couldn’t do because of it. If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t think anything of it.”



Quick facts • Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 29,029 ft., is located on Nepal’s northern border • Nepal has some of the best trekking in the world • The warm Nepali people will greet you with a smile • “Namaste” is the standard greeting in Nepal. It can mean hello, goodbye or thank you. People usually put their palms together, bow their forehead and say “Namaste” • Nepal Time (NPT) is a 45-minute time zone. It is 5:45 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Its local time differs by 45 minutes instead of the normal whole hour

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A salute to our country’s best golf courses from sea to sea and tee to tee. By Anita Draycott




“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated,” the late Arnold Palmer once remarked. “It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening — and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind ever invented.”


agree. And, on the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday, this proud Canuck is waving the Maple Leaf in honour of our country’s long and storied golf heritage.

Golf was an Olympic sport at the 1900 and 1904 Summer Games. Ontarioborn George Lyon won the Gold in 1904. Canada’s victory remained uncontested until the sport returned to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Also in 1904, The Canadian Open Championship was initiated making it the third oldest National Open championship in the world. We are a nation of 5.7 million avid golfers and 2,300 courses. To celebrate “the greatest game mankind ever invented,” take a swing through some of Canada’s best. STANLEY THOMPSON’S LEGACY

PHOTO Banff Springs Golf Course

The late Stanley Thompson was Canada’s finest golf course architect. Between 1920 and 1953 he designed or remodeled 145 courses from coast to coast. Known as the “Toronto Terror,” the florid-faced Thompson had a proclivity for fancy cars, thick steaks, fine cigars and Canadian rye whisky. His genius was in refusing to impose a course on its setting. He moved trees and rocks only if essential because he believed in preserving the natural beauty of the landscape. As a result, his courses unfold in sublime harmony with Mother Nature. He also believed that courses should be pleasurable to play by golfers of a wide range of abilities. Maybe that’s why I have never met a Thompson course I didn’t like. Some of his best are Banff Springs and Jasper in Alberta and Highlands Links on Cape Breton Island.




SWING BACK IN TIME IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES In 1928, Stanley Thompson was hired to design the Banff Springs Golf Course on the “roof of the world” in Alberta’s Rockies. Banff held the distinction of being the first track on the planet to cost more than one million dollars to construct. Banff’s Heritage Golf Experience allows you to play the course as Thompson originally routed it — and with the appropriate equipment in tow. Your caddie, clad in plus-fours, will help you choose from a selection of hickoryshafted clubs, including a brassie, spoon, jigger, mashie and niblick. You’ll also get three balls pressed to replicate those gutta percha orbs used in the 1930s. To enhance your Heritage Experience, the distance from the tips has been reduced to compensate for the antique technology. You might want to bring along some vintage duds for a photo op.

PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE Banff Springs Golf Course




Probably nowhere else in this country is the classic Hollywood image of the great Canadian west better portrayed than at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. You can almost picture a Mountie emerging from the forest with a distressed damsel in his arms.

PHOTOS L-R Muskoka Bay Club

Yet another masterpiece by Stanley Thompson, Jasper has consistently been ranked in Canada’s Top 10 by SCORE Golf magazine. Thompson’s wit and genius shine throughout. He named the par-three 9th Cleopatra because of its voluptuous mounds. Every fairway is aligned to frame the Rocky Mountain setting. When you combine scenery that Teddy Roosevelt remarked, “would bankrupt the English language” with Thompson’s brilliance, it’s tough to top the Jasper experience. GLEN ABBEY AND THE CANADIAN GOLF HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM



Though only minutes from the town of Gravenhurst, a round at the Muskoka Bay Club is a romp in the wilderness with fairways winding through mature forests and across majestic wetlands and beaver ponds that have been incorporated and preserved in the layout.

While the golf industry has been in a bit of a slump since the economic meltdown of the 1980s, golf is thriving In the Maritimes.

Canadian designer Doug Carrick elevated many of the five tee decks to give golfers extraordinary fairway views and eliminate blind shots. Imagine golf in a Group of Seven painting.

The Algonquin Golf Course in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick has a distinguished pedigree. First opened in 1894 with design input by legendary Donald Ross (of Pinehurst No. 2 fame), it was currently renovated by Canadian architect, Rod Whitman. The seaside tract overlooking the Bay of Fundy reopens August 2017 with eight new holes.

Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario has hosted the most Canadian Opens to date. The course was Jack Nicklaus’ first solo foray in golf design in 1976. Several historic sporting moments have occurred here, including what some consider to be Tiger Wood’s greatest hit. He blasted his second shot from a bunker on the par-five 18th and holed his third to score an eagle at the Canadian Open in 2000. For the 29th time this July (24 to 30), Glen Abbey will host the RBC Canadian Open. On the same property, enthusiasts should visit the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. Its unique artifacts include our crown jewel, the 1904 Olympic trophy donated by George Lyon’s family, plus several interactive displays.

PHOTO The Algonquin Golf Course




PHOTOS L-R The Links at Brunello

Nowhere in Canada is the golf scene more exciting than Nova Scotia. Opened in 2015, The Links at Brunello, minutes from Halifax winds its way through stands of pines and over wetlands and rocky outcroppings. Big greens, wide fairways and only 38 bunkers are all part of the plan to make golf fun, fast and playable. Another innovation is the opportunity to play by the hole. If you don’t have time for 18, you can play as little as one. Sitting in the Cliff Dining Room overlooking the final fairways as the setting sun sinks into Northumberland Strait is a grand way to end a day on the links at Fox Harb’r. Ron Joyce, who built the hugely successful Tim Hortons franchise, is the visionary who created Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa. Canadian architect Graham Cooke has created two unique experiences. The front nine plays around meticulously manicured parkland with sheltered forests, extensive wetlands and lakes. Head onto the back nine and you are transported to a Scottish links-like landscape with waving fescue and fairways hugging the rugged coast of the Northumberland Strait. The grand finale begins on 14, a downhill dogleg right past the marina. Number 15 is a par three on the ocean requiring you to cross a shoreline trail appropriately called “The Foxtrot.” The signature 16th is a drivable par-four and the 18th green offers grand vistas of the coast and perhaps a few frolicking seals.



PHOTOS MIDDLE AND BOTTOM Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa


PHOTO Cabot Links

THE ULTIMATE CABOT EXPERIENCE No celebration of Canadian golf would be complete without a nod to the tremendous success of Cabot Links and Cliffs in Inverness, Cape Breton. When Cabot Links opened in 2012 it caused a sensation in the golf world as Canada’s first and only true links course. When the sister course, Cabot Cliffs, opened officially to the public last summer, Golf Digest had already awarded it “Best New Course in (North) America” for 2015 and No. 19 on its list of the Top 100 Courses in the World!

There’s a rhyme, a reason and a natural rhythm to this masterpiece.

Fairways tumble and twist down from a forested glade high above the sea. They meander up and over dunes, cross meadows and ravines and skirt ragged cliffs. There’s an empathetic harmony between the design by Coore & Crenshaw and the rollicking terrain — an ebb and flow with endless sea views.

Finish your day by tucking into some fabulous seafood in the Panorama restaurant, watching the sun slide into the St. Lawrence while the last golfers sink their putts on number 18. The folks at Cabot deliver golf as it was meant to be played and life as it was meant to be lived.

PHOTO Glenora Distillery in Cape Breton


Fifteen minutes away, the Glenora Distillery names its “water of life” Canada Single Malt because only whisky distilled in Scotland can be called Scotch. Now this area of Cape Breton not only boasts Canada’s only true links courses, but also North America’s first single malt whisky distillery. Two more reasons to toast “our home and native land.”




The Eight Principles to Build Trust with Your Customers By Natalie Doyle Oldfield

It is widely known that having a customer’s trust is good for business. Trust is critical, foundational, visceral and strategic to the success of any organization, regardless of size or type. Trusted organizations are successful. But exactly how to make ‘trust’ happen is not so widely known.


ive years ago, as a communications graduate student, I began to research how customers and stakeholders decide to trust companies. I conducted in-depth interviews, and surveyed more than 20,100 customers from multiple companies using The Client Trust Index. My research revealed we trust based on how an organization communicates, behaves and serves its customers. Trust is a predictor of future success. Through multiple testing and peer reviewed research, the following emerged as the questions customers ask when they are deciding to trust. These questions formed the Eight Principles of Building and Protecting Trust. The testing revealed when the principles are



applied, businesses experience greater customer loyalty and commitment, and an increase in the likelihood for customer recommendations and future sales. The science shows the following eight questions customers and stakeholders ask when they are deciding to trust you and your organization: 1. Are you listening carefully with empathy and compassion? Are you questioning and involving your customers in discussions? Communication is the gateway to trust and it starts with listening, demonstrating empathy and conversing. Key elements to a good conversation include connecting, sharing information and demonstrating empathy. 2. Are you communicating using clear, concrete language? We trust what we


believe and understand. If people do not understand the message they are inclined to distrust. Clarity inspires trust. This principle applies to written, verbal, vocal and visual messages that you and your organization are communicating. Furthermore, the delivery must be consistent with the message. How you look when you are speaking can sometimes say more than words. 3. Are you honest and transparent? As the saying goes, nothing builds trust like the truth. Honesty is always the best policy. Proactively communicate and share as much relevant information as you can with your customers and stakeholders. 4. Are you consistent, predictable and reliable? Demonstrating consistent, predictable and reliable behaviour

assessed and reassessed continually over time through experiences. Everyone in the organization has a part to play in the customer’s decision to trust your organization. The Eight Principles are at the heart of a customer’s decision to trust a company. Applying these principles can provide a framework to building, strengthening and protecting the trust you have with customers and stakeholders.


inspires trust. Such behaviours instill confidence, reduce risk and vulnerabilities for the customer, and project responsibility and commitment.

Revenues decline

Repeat business evaporates

Client referrals decrease

Partnership opportunities become scarce

makes a mistake, communicate how you will fix it and do so in a timely manner. Fix it in a way you would be proud of.

5. Are you acting in the customer’s best interest? Intentions and motives are key to building, strengthening and protecting relationships. Your customer must believe you and your organization are putting their interests first. Trust development will only succeed when expectations are met and motives are clear.

7. Do you deliver on your promise? All customers want what your organization promises to deliver. The fundamental components of this principle are: demonstrate integrity by delivering on your promises, keep commitments, behave in harmony with your values, do what you say you are going to do, have the capabilities you say you have, and honour your word.

6. Do you always do the right thing? If you make a mistake, do you fix it? Nothing will more clearly project your values, integrity and ethics than doing the right thing. Never compromise this principle, even if it costs you business in the short term. When your organization

8. Are you committed to the relationship long term? Committing to the long term requires setting goals, achieving and measuring results, obtaining customer feedback, and continual focus on building and strengthening a culture of trust. Trust is


About Natalie Doyle Oldfield Natalie works with companies to grow their business profits and increase customer loyalty. In 2017 she was named a Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America, Trust Around the World. This honour was based on her work with clients in building and measuring customer trust, specifically for the research and science behind The Eight Principles of Building and Protecting Trust, the Client Trust Index™ as well as the content of her seminars and online course, Becoming a Trusted Advisor.



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ocial media is an effective, lowcost and low barrier marketing tactic. Perhaps because the barrier to entry is so low, the risk is quite high. As a social media consultant, I firmly believe the benefits of social media marketing outweigh the risks. Here are a few of my best tips for business owners: 1. Use strong passwords. Everywhere. There are people out there whose sole purpose in life is to hack into accounts and try to scam people out of money. If your password is ABC123 you’re at risk. If you use the same password for social media logins as you do for banking needs, your risk is even greater. For optimal security, never use your banking password for anything else. Your password should be a string of numbers, letters and symbols that are nonsensical. Yes, they are harder to remember, but they’re also harder to hack. 2. Use Facebook’s built in riskmanagement functions. Facebook makes it easy to protect your business page from potential future problems with the ability to give people who are helping you manage the page different “roles.” As the business owner, you should have Admin status, which controls all functions of the page. If you are receiving help from an outsourcer or staff person, you should give them Editor status. Giving your staff Editor status should be sufficient for them to manage most

social media marketing activities. If they need more, you can always supervise or downgrade their status again afterwards. 3. Always have access to the social accounts for your business. As the owner of the business, you should always have login access to any social media profile that represents your business. Make it a practice that staff somehow keeps you up-to-date on password changes (there are apps for that). Even if you only login to Twitter once a year you know you have the ability if needed. One time it may be needed is when you are firing your social media manager. You will want to change passwords to any social accounts and remove her from the Facebook Page BEFORE she is let go. This prevents an angry employee from posting anything derogatory or hijacking your profile. Unfortunately, losing access to Pages and accounts due to staff changes is very common. 4. Be careful when jumping on the trending bandwagon. Taking advantage of a trending conversation on social media can be a great way to reach new people and show you are keeping current, but if not handled carefully, it can have devastating effects. Always research a trending hashtag before you use it for your own marketing. Hashtags don’t always mean what they say on the surface. You don’t want to be the pizza joint accidentally making light


of domestic violence (yes, that really happened). These are some of the common risks affecting small businesses getting into the social media realm today, and they are all easy to mitigate with a little bit of planning.

Anita Kirkbride Twirp Communications Inc. 902.240.3702





that Understands Your business By Matt Jamieson Photos Bruce Jollimore


hen it comes to providing highquality business communication services, versatility is important. Your business has specific needs and requires a print and copy service provider that understands what makes your business unique. Minuteman Press knows that your success means their success, so they take the time to learn about your business’s needs, and they have the versatility to execute just about any project quickly and with unmatched quality. Minuteman’s line of products and services is a long one, and encompasses a massive range of projects, including business cards, menus, labels and product sheets, which are some of the



staples on which Minuteman Press was built. As the business expanded, so did their imagination. Greeting cards, selfinking stamps, and wedding invitations are just some of the ways they can flex their creative muscles to help make your project a success. The business prides itself on personal, professional and knowledgeable customer service. Whether you’re looking to complete a quick and easy printing task, or tackling a massive project, their staff will bring the same level of passion and resources to make sure the job is done right. It’s this level of attention to detail and passion that has earned the company six Consumer Choice Awards in Business Excellence. And if all that isn’t enough, their website provides all the tools you need to


complete your project from the comfort of your desk. When choosing your next print and copy provider, remember the versatility and experience that Minuteman Press provides.

Halifax Location 19 Crane Lake Drive, Halifax 902.450.0508 Dartmouth Location 60 Williams Ave., Burnside 902.434.1434


MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION By Matt Jamieson Photos Bruce Jollimore


irst impressions are important. A sign is often the first encounter potential customers will have with a business. That’s why at Pulse Signs they are committed to designing, crafting and installing signs, decals, vehicle wraps and banners that will make that first impression memorable. Every business is unique, and at Pulse Signs they understand that fact. What works for one business may not work for the next. For this reason, they take the time to understand your business from every angle. They take pride in making sure each customer not only goes away with a beautiful sign, decal or banner, but feels like they’ve been understood by

the company’s personal and professional staff. This combination of exceptional customer service, technical expertise and passion for crafting signage that stands out, is what has allowed Pulse Signs to continue to expand within the market. Not only does Pulse Signs offer a wide range of large format printing and signage projects, they also offer comprehensive services that ensure your chosen project is the right one. These services include site surveying, graphic design and sign servicing and repair that extends the life of your project long into the future. With the recent addition of several new highly trained staff members and increased capacity of their bucket


truck service, Pulse has never been more efficient or effective at delivering highquality signage to its valued customers. Not convinced? Stop into their 15,000-square-foot facility located in Burnside to see the art of sign making in action. They promise to make a great first impression!

Pulse Signs & Design Inc. 60 Williams Ave., Dartmouth 902.434.4787




Live With What You Love The aesthetics of living with objet d’art and art By Heather Waugh Pitts Photos David Muir

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Back in 2001, I rented a villa in Apt, Provence France with a few friends. The villa was lovely. I remember an artfully stacked composition of faience pottery and smooth stones on the exterior stone sill on an outbuilding. It was so simple… and the first of many similar arrangements I would see during my trip. That simple composition proved to be a great inspiration to me over the years.


love arranging a mix of objet d’art (art objects) and art in all rooms in my home, and my clients’ homes. There are many places for art beyond your typical walls or cabinets — try bookcases, tables, above doorways, sills, and any nooks and niches.

People are most familiar with installing art on walls, but getting it just right can be tricky. When you have numerous pieces in a collection, you can take a museum approach and hang art in a gallery style or look at the art-to-wall ratio and hang pieces in a salon or grid style. Drawing each piece out on graph paper to scale will help balance different compositions, allowing you to see the outcome before your installation starts.

Creating arrangements of objet d’art and art in your home will visually reflect your individuality. Take objects that you have collected, such as books, bone, pottery, antiques, glass, porcelain, sculpture, paintings, textiles, ect. and display them in collections. Have fun and use your imagination.

The following photos depict compositions of my own objet d’art and art, and those of my clients I have installed.




1. Bedside table: Wallpaper woods by Kravet; antique gilded table; needlepoint tree by Katiebette; antique alabaster lamp, a gift for my parents’ wedding in 1950; terrarium by; air plant by KokoMod; ceramic paper cup purchased at a NSCAD pop up; perfume bottle by Sauyu; sheepskin by Lismore Farms; crow painting bought at auction; book, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Yahoo Kusama.


2. Black mantle (left): Painting by Dutch painter V.Lejeune, 1842; Devil’s purse pottery by Ghita, N.B.; terracotta black glaze sculpture by Heather Waugh Pitts; mantle bronzes purchased at auction; girl candle purchased in Toronto. 3. Black mantle (right): Cloche with ceramic skulls, titled “I'm still Queen,” by Heather Waugh Pitts; ceramic vase and bowl by Heather Waugh Pitts; cat candle purchased in Denmark.

4 4. China cabinet: Astier de Villatte collection en masses, including black clay and white glazed dishes handmade in Paris; Venetian glassware, artist signed; antique French cabinet purchased at auction.



5 5. Desktop: French marquetry inlaid desk with leather top, bought at auction; angel painting by Aza Aramavich; blue and gold box purchased in Florence; pomegranate painting in antique Parisian gilded frame by Heather Waugh Pitts; puzzle box art piece “flannel pants” by Heather Waugh Pitts; folded card holder book purchased in Paris.



6. Display cabinet: Cabinet by Geddes; recital painting by F.Marceglia; white tentacle ceramics by Heather Waugh Pitts; petal plates by Walter Ostrum; white skull plate by Astier de Villatte, Head by Budapest artist; bottles by Black Crow Pottery.


7. Folk Art: Antique bureau and mirror purchased at auctions; folk art of Noah’s Arc by Howie Hoban; “Rocketing to Heaven” by Barry Colpitts; Cat reed by Timmons.

8. Kitchen: Knife rack by David Amos; small nude by F.Emlerz Na Kukliku, Prague; wooden mug and ladle by Folk & Forest; bunny oil painting, “Sweetest Little Thing,” bought at an auction in Sackville, N.B.; whale bone knife, Bourque; cutting board by Workshop and Company; ceramic vase by Heather Waugh Pitts; tea towel by Olle Eksell, Sweden.











Heather Waugh Pitts is a designer and artist. Her work has been published in several local and Canadawide magazines and featured on W Network in Real Houses Of ‌ Heather has worked on commercial and residential projects, including new stores, cathedrals, mixed residential, commercial community planned projects, resorts, private residences and charity fundraisers. She collaborates with architects, commercial builders and trades professionals to bring a balance of function, strength, creativity and personality to her projects.

9. Landing: Antique French daybed purchased at auction; flower painting by Heather Waugh Pitts; boiled wool blanket by Mary Angela Munro; girl with cigarette, Spitalfields market, London; porcelain tea pot, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland; vase, Merci, Paris. 10. Library reading room: Red daybed designed by Heather Waugh Pitts and built in NSCAD shop; bronze finials cast by Lorelei Horne; orange/ black stripe basket woven by Maggie Ellen Pitts; nude girl with apple by Henry M. Rosenberg; antique bookcase purchased at auction; girl with cigarette, oil, by Heather Waugh Pitts; tassels from Venice; pillows made from camel bags and kilm carpets; striped wool blanket woven by Tissage Magellan, Drummond, N.B.

David Muir Photography is a Halifaxbased commercial photography studio specializing in product and location advertising for clients across Canada and the United States. David’s award winning photographs have been used through Getty Images and Masterfile.

11. Loft Hallway: Antique games table and chairs purchased at auction; antique copper samovar; en masse collection of Alex Colville, hung gallery style.





A One-Stop Shop For Your Home Experience, expertise and elegance… find it all in one easy visit to this family business Photos Shari Tucker and courtesy of Bella Marble & Granite


f you are building or renovating, you already know about the endless decisions you need to make. After spending countless hours scouring magazines and websites, what first seemed a straightforward kitchen design or renovation can easily spiral into dozens — hundreds! — of details, leaving you feeling fretful and frustrated.

After nearly 30 years in business, the family-run Select Ceramic Tile Centre, along with Bella Marble & Granite and Milano Kitchens — the latest addition to the business — the Bartolacci family has created a one-stop shop for their customers in their 27,000-square-foot showroom in Burnside.

Just imagine how lovely it would be to go to one place for everything — one place, where you meet a team of experts with years of experience to help with planning and design, offering guidance in choosing products that work with your lifestyle and your budget.

The company has a loyal base of residential customers, as well as an impressive commercial client portfolio, including Kings Wharf in Dartmouth, the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro and the new Maple development in Halifax, to name just a few.




“The three businesses work together so the customer has a seamless experience. It’s all connected for us, and we’re really good at what we do,” says Rosita Bartolacci, operations manager and daughter of Eric and Maria Bartolacci, business founders and owners. Here’s where you’ll find the perfect tile for your floor or wall, select stone for your countertops and vanities, choose either custom-designed or built cabinets, view hardware and lighting options to match your style and — most importantly — meet a team of experts to help you from beginning to end with planning, design and installation.


“When you’re doing a renovation or a build it’s a lot of time and work, seeing the products, gathering information, getting the quotes… people can come here and get five quotes, all in one place. We have a huge selection of products, which makes the process so much easier,” says Rosita. The story of this three-in-one operation begins with Eric and Maria Bartolacci, who first got into the tile industry in the 1980s, shortly after they were married, starting with a tile wholesale, flooring and installation business, before opening Select Ceramic Tile Centre in 1988, in a small rental space. The business did well and after six years they took the plunge and bought a 10,000-square-foot building to house their growing inventory of tile, much of it imported from Italy and Spain and other points around the globe. As their operation continued to grow, they began thinking about expanding their product range. In 2003, they launched Bella Marble & Granite, offering custom Rosita and Maria Bartolacci




fabrication of imported stone and quartz countertops, vanities, fireplaces and other custom pieces. Adding on to their existing space, the combined businesses expanded to 27,000 square feet, to house a huge showroom — displaying large slabs of granite, marble, quartz and Dekton — office space, workshop, and one of the largest warehouses in Eastern Canada. Rosita and her brother Gabriel both began working at the business when they were teenagers, Rosita in operations and Gabriel in fabrication and installation. In 2015, the Bartolacci family was ready to grow the business again, launching Milano Kitchens Inc. to offer custom designed and built kitchen cabinetry, along with hardware and fixtures. “It was a natural progression from what we were already doing,” Rosita says. “It



is all in the same general field and fit well together, both for us and for our customers.” With the addition of Milano Kitchens Inc., they have several full kitchen and bathroom displays in the showroom. That, combined with the stone displays, countertops and vanities, floor and wall tiles, plumbing fixtures and lighting, helps take a lot of the guesswork out of the selection process for their customers, Rosita says. “Our customers love it. Unlike other businesses where they have to look through lots of catalogues and then try to picture how the product will look in their space, everything we have out in the showroom, we stock in the warehouse,” Rosita says. “The customers can actually see and pick out exactly what they want and know that is what will be in their


home. No having to wait for delivery, and no surprises.” Along with the extensive range of products and materials, another huge benefit of the three-in-one operation for customers is the in-depth product knowledge and experience of the sales staff. With 15 full-time staff, some who have been working with the Bartolacci family for more than 20 years, this operation has extensive experience in the industry — a huge bonus for their customers. “In today’s world there are so many options for people on the market, if there is a product they are looking for they can usually get it somehow. What we consistently hear back from our customers is that our service sets us apart, that’s what keeps people coming back and recommending us to others.

Best in class With so many products, it’s impossible to list the full range of stock at the Bartolacci family’s companies. Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll find at each of the family’s connected stores.

Tiles Select Ceramic Tile has tiles for just about any project you can imagine. From wall and floor tiles to decorative backsplashes and fireplace surrounds, Select carries tiles in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass and mosaics, as well as engineered materials.

Stone Bella Marble & Granite designs and fabricates kitchen countertops, vanities, showers, fireplaces, thresholds, windowsills and other custom pieces using classic materials, such as marble, granite and Cambria quartz, as well as new engineered surfaces, such as Dekton.

Elegant and timeless, materials such as marble and granite have stood the test of time and are still very much in demand. Dekton is a blend of engineered glass, porcelain and quartz, made through a high-tech process to form an incredibly thin yet durable surface.

Plumbing Fixtures

Bella Marble & Granite is the exclusive distributor for Cambria quartz in Atlantic Canada, and the region’s only Certified Fabricating Associate for the product.

To complete the “whole room package,” choose the right lighting for your home — from ceiling and custom fixtures, recessed, linear and track lighting systems, to pendant and sconce lighting, Milano Kitchens Inc. has an extensive array of fixtures, and the experts to help you decide what will work best for you.

Cabinets Milano Kitchens Inc. offers a wide range of kitchen cabinetry in a variety of wood and composite materials. From high gloss modern to traditional, Milano has the doors, edge profiles and drawers, as well as paint and stain options to match your style. They offer a wide range of fixtures and hardware options to choose from as well.

Combine beauty and function for a look you’ll love by choosing from Bella Marble & Granite’s full collection of premium sinks and faucets for both kitchen and bathroom, as well as shower kits.

Lighting Fixtures

Overwhelmed? Don’t worry, the staff will guide you through the process.

People feel very comfortable here, we try our best to make it a very personable place,” Rosita says. It’s clearly a plus for the staff as well, as demonstrated by their years of commitment to the business. With their 30-year anniversary coming up next year, Rosita reflects on working at the family business, which she says can be hectic at times with three operations to manage. “I’ve always loved it here. It’s fast-paced and fun,” Rosita says. “It’s fashion for your house.” Bella Marble & Granite Select Ceramic Tile Milano Kitchens Inc. 2 Fielding Ave., Dartmouth 902.468.8387






PHOTO Basem Farid Photography

Showing Homes at their Full Potential By Kate Watson Photos courtesy of Staged for Upsell

Selling a vacant property can be difficult. Buyers are looking for a home, but bare floors and walls only show them a house.

alifax’s leading home staging company, Staged for Upsell, is in the business of transforming empty houses into warm, inviting spaces that sell quickly and bring the best possible price. “It doesn’t matter how gorgeous a house is, when it’s vacant, people don’t get the welcoming feeling they are looking for,” says Joanna Lane, the company’s owner and creative director. “An empty house is missing the life and character that can make people fall in love with it.” People often ask if home staging really works, and Lane is able to point to a large portfolio of clients that proves it does. Many are properties that have languished on the market for months, but that receive multiple offers and sell within days of being staged. Some of the same homes that had never received an offer when vacant spark a bidding war when would-be buyers see them at their full potential. On top of the anecdotal evidence, there’s statistical proof that staging is an effective tool for selling homes. From




Sept. 1, 2015 to Sept. 1, 2016, the average time a house in HRM spent on the market was 94 days. Many of Staged for Upsell clients sell their homes within the first week! Plus, 94 per cent of people searching for a new home start by looking at photos online. A professionally staged and photographed house will get more buyers through the door. Staged for Upsell has a warehouse full of home staging furniture and décor items, and Lane says that’s important because the style of staging should be tailored to each property. “In the past, thinking was ‘contemporary sells’, but I believe that in order to be really effective, you stage to the character of the home. “Some are hip and trendy. Some are more glam. Some are modern rustic. I know that if a house is not staged to its character, it just feels wrong.” Buyers often have trouble visualizing where furniture should be placed in an empty room, and may even be unclear about the purpose of some rooms. A beautifully staged home takes away the guess work for buyers, and allows them to emotionally connect and see themselves living in the space. Lane has been voted one of the Top 10 vacant home stagers in Canada by the Real Estate Staging Association and has done work on the HGTV series Humble Home Hunters. She is a photo stylist for Wicker Emporium and is working with Stonewater Homes on the 2018 QEII grand prize dream home. In addition to vacant home staging, Staged for Upsell also offers model home staging, kitchen design, interior redesign and commercial redesign. They will be launching online furniture and lighting sales in the very near future. “I love my work,” says Lane. “I love having the opportunity to transform spaces into a comfortable oasis, whether it’s to appeal to potential buyers, or to give owners somewhere that they’ll love to call home.”

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PHOTO TOP Chris J. Dickson; PHOTOS MIDDLE AND BOTTOM LEFT Basem Farid Photography


Joanna Lane PHOTO Nicole Lapierre




Outdoor Living Made Easy With Archadeck of Nova Scotia By Lori McKay Photos courtesy of Archadeck of Nova Scotia


ecks, screen porches, sunrooms, patios — they all help us enjoy the great outdoors. But you can take your warm-weather lifestyle one step further with a complete outdoor living space. Maurice Meagher, owner of Archadeck in Halifax, says people are putting greater importance on outdoor living these days. “Projects are more complex than they were 15 years ago. Many of our projects include a deck with a shade structure, and an area for dining, cooking and entertaining. People are committing more to their outdoor living.”



One of Archadeck’s recent projects won the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association Peak Award for Most Outstanding Residential Renovation of One Room. The outdoor living space incorporated a screened porch, fireplace, manufactured low maintenance glass rail and decking, planters, outdoor lighting and natural stone that tied in with the existing stone on the house. It had multiple levels of deck and several balconies, creating a lot of different functional areas. “I think the combination of materials, stone, decking, porch and roof structures made for an interesting project. It’s


a multi-functional outdoor space,” says Meagher. With Archadeck’s design-build process, they design, build and manage the entire construction of the project. “We handle everything full cycle,” says Meagher. From working with the homeowner on the concept to creating final design, and then constructing the project down to the smallest details, Archadeck looked after every aspect of the build. “Each project we work on is meant to complement the existing house. This was a large project and had to fit the scale of the existing waterfront home

Peak Award winning project by Archadeck of Nova Scotia

Maurice Meagher

and property,” says Meagher of the Peakwinning project. In business since 2002, the company has seen continuous growth over the years, and has added more and more professional staff to their team to keep up with the demand. “I think the growth we’ve experienced over the past 15 years has allowed us to better service our clients,” says Meagher. “We have more available resources, which allows us to do projects in a timely manner. We have the experience and the capacity.” He says when it comes to today’s railing and design styles they see more people

choosing contemporary and modern. They often install a mix of wooden materials and different low-maintenance manufactured materials, such as aluminum, iron, glass, composite and PDC materials. “People are busy, and the majority of our customers are conscience of that,” says Meagher. “They are choosing not to have maintenance in the future.” In addition to the Peak Award, Archadeck of Nova Scoatia was also recently awarded a consumer choice award in the deck and patio category; Archadeck Outdoor Living’s top design award, which recognizes building design excellence among its franchise locations; and the Best


Of Design award by Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design. Archadeck is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A plus rating, and a Certified Residential Builder with the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia 2569 Windsor St., Halifax 902.444.DECK





Improve Your Life By Lori McKay Photos courtesy of Case Design/Remodeling


here are many decisions to be made when it comes to a home renovation. From flooring and cabinetry to lighting and style, every homeowner can use the help of an expert when planning. Case Design/ Remodeling provides customers with a turnkey approach to renovations that starts with design and follows through to project completion.



“We offer a design-build, processdriven approach,” says owner Maurice Meagher. “A lot of times people don’t know exactly what they want to do and need some help getting all their ideas pulled together. We are able to provide design help and creative solutions along with construction management and trades work.”


Offering improvements for all areas of the home, the highly qualified Case team specializes in kitchens, bathrooms, additions, basements, interior, exterior and whole house remodeling. Case’s staff includes an in-house architect, trained kitchen and bath designers, construction and project managers, as well as certified aging-in-place specialists.

Throughout the process, Case looks after all supplies, delivery, permitting and inspections. Clients do not have to call on other contractors to do any of the work. “If a client is putting on an addition, for example, we will do that work plus the siding for the house and install new windows. We’re able to handle the full scope of the renovation,” says Meagher. He says the projects that make the most sense for them to work on are ones that need a design component, require different trades skills, and where different selections/options are required.

Case Design/Remodeling offers customers a turnkey approach, looking at projects through three phases:

“A lot of our jobs, regardless of the size, encompass different complexities.” Case takes the time to learn a client’s style, design tastes, and understand their timing and budget. From there, they’re able to propose multiple solutions and can provide clients with different design options and price levels. Clients can select which path they want to take. “We’re able to provide our clients with a fixed cost,” says Meagher. “We work really hard to prepare the upfront work to clearly define the scope and the cost of a project.”

Phase 1: Design. They put together preliminary concepts and provide full colour renderings, project budgeting numbers — with cost ranges for the design options presented — and timelines.

Archadeck of Nova Scotia, a multiple award winning deck-building company. “Today we are re-building homes that families can grow in, entertain in and live in for a very long time.”

Improving homes in the Halifax area for more than a decade, Meagher says he started Case because he saw an opportunity to create living spaces that would help improve the way people live. “We wanted to provide a service that could transform a home, to make it more functional and more valuable,” says Meagher, who also owns

Case Design/Remodeling 2569 Windsor St., Halifax 902.454.CASE (2273)


Phase 2: Detail and Selection. The team helps clients select cabinetry, tile, countertops, flooring, trim details, etc. They provide a comprehensive fixed price and payment schedule, along with an extensive warranty package. Phase 3: Build. Case includes and looks after all permitting and inspections. They have project and construction managers that build and complete every aspect of the project.




EVERYTHING ON YOUR KITCHEN WISH LIST Creative Appliance: Quality Products, Excellence Service By Kate Watson Photos Bruce Jollimore

A built-in Gaggenau refrigerator disguised as a cabinet


hen Jessica Mills and Brent Neeve set out to renovate the kitchen in their Halifax home, they knew function was as important to them as design. As avid cooks, the couple wanted innovative, quality appliances that would complement the clean, classic look they were striving for. Gaggenau, the award-winning German manufacturer of cutting-edge appliances, hit the mark. “I think it’s fair to say that we love our appliances. The look is so sleek, and their performance is totally fantastic,” says



Mills, who is particularly impressed by the convenience of one-pan cooking in the steam oven and the ability to turn out amazing baked goods from “low, slow cooking” in the convection oven. The couple also chose a built-in Gaggenau refrigerator that amuses the neighbourhood children because it’s disguised as a cabinet, and a Gaggenau dishwasher with flexible loading configurations. Mills and Neeve made their Gaggenau purchases from Creative Appliance, the only store east of Montreal that offers all luxury appliance lines under one roof.


Mills says they couldn’t be more delighted with the service they’ve received from Creative Appliance, which included consulting with their kitchen designers from 31 Westgate and looking after the installation of all the appliances. “Klaus [Pollmann, the product installation specialist at Creative Appliance] did an amazing job. The installation was a complicated process, but Klaus went above and beyond to make sure everything was absolutely perfect.” “Above and beyond” could probably be Creative Appliance’s motto. Mills tells a wonderful story about a kitchen

“They know what style they want. They know how they want their appliance to perform. It’s our job to match the wish list with the right products, and we’re really good at that.”- Kris Hodges

“emergency” that happened right after the renovation was complete. Mills and Neeve decided to launch the new kitchen by hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 25 people. Unfortunately, they hadn’t thought to order the extra oven racks they needed to cook all the dishes for their feast. Creative Appliance saved the day by sending over the racks from the floor model. Kris Hodges is vice president at Creative Appliance, a family owned and operated company, which makes its home in Station 12 on Windmill Road in Dartmouth. Several different homerelated stores are housed in the stylish

building (which was once an actual fire station), making it a convenient one-stop renovation destination. Hodges is proud that his family-run business has a reputation for great customer service. “We want our customers to be happy, and we go the extra mile to make sure they are. And it’s not by chance that we carry the brands that we do. The companies we deal with stand behind their products, so a customer knows they are investing in something that will stand the test of time.” Creative Appliance specializes in the American and European mid-to-high-


end lines, and Hodges finds that many of his customers come to the showroom in search of appliances that are unique and different. “Customers generally come to us with their wish lists in terms of form and function,” he explains. “They know what style they want. They know how they want their appliance to perform. It’s our job to match the wish list with the right products, and we’re really good at that.” Creative Appliance Station 12 - Suite 202 560 Windmill Road, Dartmouth 902.481.3313



There’s no place like home. 1949 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd. Timberlea 902.876.2773




SALT WATER POOLS The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


ccording to Health Canada, there are two ways to sanitize a pool: chlorine and bromine. Pool owners can add chlorine or bromine to the pool water in four different ways —by puck, granular, liquid or with a chlorine generator (salt). A salt system — also known as a chlorine generator, SWG or salt chlorinator — is a little chlorine factory attached to the swimming pool’s plumbing system that creates chlorine from salt. With a salt chlorine generator 2,800-5,000 ppm of salt is added to the pool water. The salt water travels through the “salt cell” where the electrolysis process breaks the salt down into chlorine gas and sodium hydroxide. This means a salt water pool makes its own chlorine to disinfect, as salt itself cannot effectively sanitize pool water.

Myth 5: It is less work. All water care treatments are based upon a one, two, three easy once a week treatment. Salt users just aren’t adding a chlorine puck, so subtract two minutes. THE UGLY

THE BAD Salt water systems aren’t new. Unfortunately to some pool owners their benefits have been exaggerated. Smart marketing and selective information absorption has consumers thinking they’ll save money, time and more. While that isn’t all untrue, it isn’t true either. 5 MYTHS OF SALT WATER POOL: Myth 1: Set it and forget it. Bad idea. Homeowners must test and adjust output as required. Salt pools often have higher chlorine readings than traditional chlorine pools. Weekly testing and adjustment is important for every pool owner.


Myth 2: No need for shocking. Please do. The “mini” shock created by the cell is not enough to properly shock your pool. Using the shock button on the unit reduces cell life.

Salt chlorine generators offer many advantages, including dependable chlorine, buoyancy and soft feeling water. They are great for second homes and cottages where no one is around to maintain the pool, as they ensure a chlorine reading upon return.

Myth 3: Other pool chemicals are not required. Not true. Even the manufacturer’s documentation references the importance of proper monthly water balance. All pools need to be balanced monthly.

However, there are some problems associated with using a salt chlorine generator. These problems are not of the unit itself, but issues they cause.

Myth 4: It is cheaper than traditional chlorine. A side by side comparison of a pool on a proper maintenance regimen shows traditional chlorine as cheaper.


High chlorine bleaches liners, eats covers, tools and toys. Corrosion of autocover tracks, ladders and metals can appear. We even see rusted walls on salt-friendly aboveground pools, so think twice before installing a SWG on a pool not fully buried into the ground. It’s not all bad. A SWG is a good solution for pool owners who cannot regularly maintain their pool. With proper water care and an understanding of the chlorine generator, a lot of the aforementioned issues can be reduced. To avoid unplanned expenses, pool owners should be informed of the costs, care and usage of salt generators, and each situation assessed for compatibility.

Kara Redden Partner, Problem Solver R&R Pools 1949 St Margaret’s Bay Rd, Timberlea 902-876-2773





A Timeless Look You’ll Love For Years To Come By Marie Hanifen Photos Bruce Jollimore

When you invest your time and money in building, renovating or decorating your home, it’s important that the big purchases you make stand the test of time.


acky’s Flooring Design Centre at the Atrium is well known as an excellent source of flooring supplies for all budgets, and this local business also offers a wide-variety of products to help you create a timeless look that you’ll love for years to come. With 37 years of experience, a 10,000-square-foot showroom, and a team of well-trained staff ready to help, Wacky’s is the go-to place to make your project as stress-free as possible. You



can avoid running around the city, and instead save your time and energy by getting everything you need at this one-stop shop. Wacky’s features an extensive variety of home furnishing products, from window treatments to custom tile installations, including custom showers, backsplashes and more. They are also home to Atlantic Canada’s largest selection of area rugs, offering both in-stock and custom-made varieties (including stairway and hallway runners). Customers can select a rug from a catalogue at their convenience or browse Wacky’s in-store selection. Like all products at Wacky’s, there is a wide range of products at price points to suit every need, from budget-conscious to luxury brands.


Did you know Wacky’s carries Shawgrass?


This modern synthetic turf is very popular due to its durability and realistic look and feel. It’s great for commercial and residential use, and is ideal for use in condo building terraces. You also won’t have to worry about that dead grass look because of your pets — Shawgrasss is pet-friendly and easy to clean. It’s perfect for consumers who want a nomaintenance lawn that is also pesticide-free and ideal for people with allergies.

“I am regularly tasked to pick flooring and wall tile for projects,” says designer Ray Frizzell. “I love working with the professionals at Wacky’s for this. Their knowledge of the products and vast selection makes my job much easier. Wacky’s is my first ‘go to’ when looking for great product for wall, floor and windows.”



PHOTOS 1. Family Room Area Rug: Cortenaer (40 per cent wool and 60 per cent sisal, with jute backing); and Floors: Shaw floors 2. Living Room Area Rug: Surya

Wacky’s is ideally situated next to Jade Stone and AyA Kitchens, which specialize in cabinets, countertops and lighting. So you can rest assured that Wacky’s has you covered — from floor to ceiling. The business is also happy to provide customers, decorators and designers with take-home samples to help make the best choice possible for each project. They have a reliable installation team that can deliver and install any of their products, and all Wacky’s installations are covered under a three-year full warranty, an offer that isn’t available anywhere else.

3. Backsplash: Ceratec 4. Custom pillow upholstery: Avente Garde 5. Stair Runner: Fibreworks




Wacky’s Flooring 60 Highfield Park (The Atrium) Dartmouth, N.S. 902.835.9974




A New Kitchen Made Simple With the help of the team at Cabinetworks Ltd. By Lori McKay


enovating or building a new kitchen doesn’t have to be a daunting task. The experienced team at Cabinetworks Ltd. in Burnside has made the entire process — from conception to install — as seamless as possible. In business for more than 30 years, the company offers just the kind of service many homeowners are looking for. “We’re all about making it easy for our customers,” says kitchen designer Nina Clements. “We listen to our clients and turn their dreams into reality.”



When they begin a project, Clements or another kitchen designer will meet with the client and talk about design, colours and style. Next, they will send someone to the home to measure the space (assuming they don’t already have a plan). This is a free, no-obligation service.

The information is brought back to the office and the team will put together a 3D computer rendering of the client’s plan. “We send it to the customer to review, along with a detailed quote. The customer will take a look and send back revisions, if they have any.”

While onsite, a Cabinetworks’ representative will discuss the client’s wants and needs, including options such as door styles, finishes, and adding more accessible storage. “If they want to tackle larger projects, such as knocking down walls to make the kitchen larger, we will look at this as well,” says Clements.

Once the client signs off on the plan, Cabinetworks will manufacture the kitchen in their Burnside facility. It takes approximately five to six weeks to produce the cabinets. All the staining, painting and assembly is also done onsite. They will then take them to the home, install the new cabinets,


“We recently renovated our kitchen through Cabinetworks. The staff was tremendous in helping us with our kitchen design, cabinet colours and countertop selection. We never felt rushed in our meetings and appreciated their honesty in our selections. We would definitely use Cabinetworks for another home renovation.” – Andy & Patsy Sweet “Thank you for the wonderful customer service and all your great advice.” – Wendy Cameron-Geldart

L-R Norm Patey, Nina Clements, Michael Garden and Glen MacDonald

add the finishing trim work and dress the cabinets. A typical install can take anywhere from one to three days. A galley kitchen, for example, would be a one-day install. A large kitchen with an island would take about three days. “It doesn’t disrupt the customer for very long,” says Clements. “There might be prep work that needs to be done ahead of time, such as new flooring by another contractor or painting. But our time in the home is minimal.” The Cabinetworks’ staff is all about planning and working around their customers’ schedules. “We work backwards from our schedule. If we know the kitchen will be done in five to six weeks, the customer will know that the contractor should come in the

week before to remove the old kitchen and put down the flooring. There’s a time frame that we work out with the customer so the process is as seamless as possible.” Clements says painted cabinets with shaker-style doors are still the No. 1 style they see for today’s kitchens. “I think paint appeals to people because they can pick their own tone. Clients often want a white kitchen, but there are still numerous options. They can pick cloud white, Oxford white, ivory, etc. They could even pick fuchsia if they want. We can use whatever colour they like!” In addition to kitchen cabinets, Cabinetworks builds vanity cabinets, walk-in closets, laundry rooms and bookcases — anything that is cabinet-related.


If someone wants cabinets in a home office, for example, Cabinetworks would follow the same easy process. “A home office has a printer, scanner and fax machine and we’ll measure those things and make sure everything fits in the new cabinets, and that all the wires are concealed,” says Clements. “For us, each project is about creativity, value and service.”

Cabinetworks Ltd. 75 Akerley Blvd., Dartmouth 902.468.8118




The Beauty of

Architectural & Decorative Concrete By Matt Jamieson Photos courtesy of Patterned Concrete


he word concrete isn’t always synonymous with beauty, but Brent Pottle is changing that. Pottle is the owner of Devetech Industries Inc., the parent company of Patterned Concrete Nova Scotia. Devetech is certified by the American Concrete Institute and is a fully insured, COR Safety Certified member of the Nova Scotia Construction Association. ReFINEd caught up with Pottle to discuss how Patterned Concrete is changing the perception of concrete as a building material in Nova Scotia. Concrete is commonly perceived as bland and utilitarian. What makes architectural concrete different? Architectural concrete and decorative concrete are a means of giving otherwise structural concrete — such as concrete



floors, retaining walls, or columns — an aesthetic appeal. Concrete is typically thought of as a cold, structural material that is covered with other products, such as wood, composite, metal or stone. At Patterned Concrete, we make concrete the finished product without the need for a superficial overlay. We give concrete all the beauty of stone, marble, granite, slate and even wood. What are the advantages of concrete over other building materials? Typically, initial cost, aesthetics, environmental impact, chemical/environmental sensitivities and total cost of ownership are the primary reasons to choose one product over another. The total cost of ownership of architectural concrete is extremely low. Many other products will need to be replaced numerous times and


require a lot of ongoing maintenance, unlike architectural concrete. One example of architectural concrete is polished concrete as a finished floor. Polished concrete is a means of refining an existing concrete slab, using diamonds to produce a highly reflective surface. This use of concrete is not only hypoallergenic, stain resistant and sustainable, it also retains heat and cool very well, meaning homeowners can significantly cut heating and cooling costs without the additional cost of a flooring overlay like hardwood or tile. Patterned Concrete Nova Scotia is offering the option of polished concrete as a way to further enhance the look of concrete. Can you tell me more? Patterned Concrete has recently made a huge investment in state-of-the-

art Husqvarna surface preparation equipment to perform mechanical diamond polishing and grinding on concrete floors. By utilizing these machines with trained professionals, Patterned Concrete will be able to give otherwise bland flat grey concrete a mirror-like finish. Husqvarna also manufactures and provides training on the highest quality polishing system in the world: HiPERFLOOR. HiPERFLOOR is environmentally sensible, cost efficient, highly reflective and extremely durable.

Husqvarna HiPERFLOOR is the most sought-after polishing system in the world, and Patterned Concrete is excited to be able to offer it to commercial, industrial and residential clients. This provides the premium finish you typically only see in magazines. What does Patterned Concrete take the most pride in? Patterned Concrete strives to be the most respected architectural concrete company in the region. Keeping customers informed, sticking to timelines, over-delivering, and paying close attention to the smallest


details sets us apart from other concrete contractors. Helping our clients achieve their dreams in their yards, pool decks and driveways, and now the interiors of their homes and businesses, will always be paramount to our business.

Patterned Concrete Nova Scotia 11 Morris Drive, Suite 118 Dartmouth 902.835.8890




Everything For Your Home Garden Landscape materials for contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike By Kate Watson Photos Bruce Jollimore


erra Nova Landscaping and Garden Centre has a wellearned reputation as one of the premier suppliers to professional landscape contractors in the Halifax area, but not everyone knows it’s also open to the general public. The business, which has been in operation for more than 40 years, boasts a huge selection of top-quality plants and trees. As well as standard favourites,



Terra Nova brings in unique plants that can make a garden really stand out. The garden centre is staffed with six experienced employees. Combined, they have more than 150 years of knowledge. The staff is delighted to help customers make the best selections for any gardening conditions. Terra Nova is located in Bedford West, one of the fastest growing residential


areas in Atlantic Canada. According to owner Greg Dowe, more and more of his customers are looking for trees and perennials to add instant curb appeal and increase the value of newly built houses. He says a lot of gardeners want plants that seem immediately “at home” on a property. “At Terra Nova, we have many choices that don’t need to be nursed for years to give that mature look people want,” says

“If professionals shop here, I think it says something about the quality of what we have to offer.” – Greg Dowe, owner

Greg Dowe and Charla Isnor

Dowe. “Our plants and trees come in a variety of sizes, but we offer metro’s best selection of large plant material… the plants that mean gardeners get to see beautiful results instantly.” Another trend in gardening that has gained recent popularity is the creation of water features filled with aquatic plants. Terra Nova specialized in the design, supply and installation of pond ecosystems by Aquascape, the leading manufacturer of water gardens and water features for backyard ponds. While people often choose to put in a backyard pond because they want to increase the value of their home or to conserve water [Yes, ponds require less water than lawns!] and attract wildlife,

Dowe says he finds many customers are simply looking to create a place to relax.

purchase to both contractors and home owners.

“People love to work and be in the garden because it’s a way to get away from our fast-paced lives. I think we’re all thankful for a chance to put down our phones and just live sometimes,” says Charla Isnor, Greg’s wife and co-owner of Terra Nova. “The naturally soothing sights and sounds of a water garden creatively transform a yard into an oasis where you can go to really relax.”

“We’re really well-known among landscape contractors, but we want everyone to know that we’re here to fill their gardening needs. After all, if professionals shop here, I think it says something about the quality of what we have to offer.”

Terra Nova sells more than just plants. Customers can also purchase Kentucky Blue Grass nursery sod, topsoil, bark mulch, beach stone, gravel and fertilizers. In winter, salt and environmentallyfriendly ice melts are available for


Mention this story at your next visit to Terra Nova Landscaping Inc. and receive 10 per cent off your plant purchase. Terra Nova Landscaping Inc. 130 Bluewater Rd., Bedford 902.835.7387





the Best Quality Windows and Doors Available By Kate Watson Photos Bruce Jollimore


hen you’re making an important investment in your home, such as windows and doors, you want to do business with someone who has plenty of experience and knowledge — someone like Bob Wood, owner of Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. After more than 20 years in the industry, Wood is passionate about the products he sells, and even more passionate about the importance of great customer service. “We think it’s important that people are happy before they buy, during the process, and after it’s all done. We



stand by what we sell, and we do what needs to be done to make sure our customers are totally satisfied.”

efficiency and style, and that the companies themselves will be around for many years to come.

For Wood, customer satisfaction starts with his decision to carry windows and doors he can recommend with complete confidence. Revolution Windows and Doors primarily offers products from Pella, Laflamme and Sierra Pacific — three top-of-the-line companies that are known for continuing investment in research and development. These choices offer customers the peace of mind of knowing the products they buy are on the cutting-edge of energy

Wood is also committed to having the most up-to-date knowledge about trends and innovations in windows and doors.


“I’m always reading and learning. My inbox and mailbox are both crammed with subscriptions about windows and doors. I think I get all the North American ones. I also make a point to attend international builder shows. They are a great way to keep up with what’s happening in our industry.”

“A huge part of our business comes from word of mouth. We want happy customers. I think the difference between a good job and a great job comes from customer service. We always strive to do a great job.” - Bob Wood The company services all of Atlantic Canada, and Wood and his employees are very familiar with the particular challenges of the climate here. “People usually spend a lot of time choosing the style of their windows and doors, but we also stress the importance of good hardware. Our Atlantic Canadian climate means rust is an issue, so stainless steel is important in things like window hardware and in door hinges.” In talking with Wood, his pride in his business and satisfaction with his choice of career comes through loud and clear. He loves that constantly changing projects means his work is always new

and interesting. He loves the fact that no two projects are the same, and that at the end of every one, he gets to see something concrete that he has helped influence or design. He also believes that building strong relationships with his customers is the key to delivering top-notch service. “I think actually connecting with customers is so important. They come to Revolution for our expertise, and in turn, we really listen to their ideas and needs. “A huge part of our business comes from word of mouth. We want happy customers. I think the difference between a good job and a great job comes from


customer service. We always strive to do a great job.”

Revolution Windows and Doors Ltd. 270 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth T 902.464.5050 F 902.464.4747




Customize Your Dream Home with Gerald Mitchell Contracting By Kate Watson Photos Bruce Jollimore


hen asked what words best define Gerald Mitchell Contracting, Jerry Mitchell doesn’t hesitate. “Quality and experience,” he says. But then he pauses. “Actually, I’d say quality, experience and commitment.” Mitchell is the development officer and REALTOR for the family-run business located in Fall River, and there is genuine pride in his voice when he talks about the company’s track record and values. “The business has been around for more than 40 years, and Dad [Gerald Mitchell, founder of the company] really knows his stuff. We stick to quality and we don’t compromise on that. Our biggest commitment is to getting every house just right for our customers.” He says one of the benefits of choosing to build with Gerald Mitchell Contracting is the simple, streamlined process they can offer. The real estate arm of the company, Mitchell Realty,




can help clients with everything from finding the perfect piece of land to selling an existing home and matching up the closing date to the completion date of the new build. It’s the kind of service that takes a lot of stress out of selling and building a home. The company also boasts a team of tried-and-true professionals, including framers, finish carpenters and painters, many of whom have worked at Gerald Mitchell Contracting for a decade or more. The same long-term relationship is true of the subcontractors and suppliers the company deals with. “We naturally stick with experts who have done good work for us in the past,” explains Mitchell. The company also does renovations ranging anywhere from small jobs to complete “back to the studs” makeovers. Mitchell says a number of their renovation customers have been baby boomers looking to rethink and redo their homes in order to allow them to age comfortably in place. Another trend Mitchell has noticed is customers downsizing to a home that is functional and accessible. “We’re doing a lot of beautiful bungalows on slabs — garden style living — for people who are retiring, or planning to retire, and who want everything on one level.” The process of new home construction can seem overwhelming, but Gerald Mitchell Contracting has made both an art and science of helping their clients through it. From the start of initial discussions about location, design and budget, to moving into the newly built home, it can take between 10 to 17 weeks. Along the way, there is the exciting opportunity to make the home a true reflection of personal taste. This phase, where clients get to choose everything from trim, paint colours, flooring and kitchen finishes, is one of the most satisfying for customers, says Mitchell.

L-R Jerry and Gerald Mitchell

“Purchasing a home is such a big, longterm investment. It just makes sense that you should get to customize it to your taste.” Gerald Mitchell Contracting Ltd. 1265 Fall River Road, Fall River 902.860.4411





Solid Wood Furniture

LakeCity Woodworkers: Making a Difference in the Community Since 1982 Photos Bruce Jollimore and courtesy of LakeCity Woodworkers


riginally created as a drop-in program for mental health consumers, LakeCity Woodworkers helps their clients acquire skills and much-needed confidence to re-enter the workforce. A non-profit organization, the business has been part of the community since 1982. Now, 35 years later, LakeCity is a place for skills development, a retail furniture store and conduit for job placement with more than 175 individuals either working or actively seeking employment in the community. At LakeCity Woodworkers’ retail store, the focus is on high-quality solid wood furniture, handcrafted by experienced furniture builders along with assistance from trained mental health clients. When customers choose LakeCity



Woodworkers, they are supporting their local community and getting the best quality furniture for their money. “Buying solid wood furniture is not as expensive as people think,” says business manager Gus Brushett. “Our prices are affordable and competitive. The furniture at big box stores will often have some solid wood components or wood veneers, but a lot of it is made of particleboard and/or MDF. At LakeCity Woodworkers, you are getting quality solid wood furniture that will last for years to come.” Visitors will find a wide range of readyto-take-home products to choose from in LakeCity’s large storefront. They also offer custom work, and customers can choose the type of wood and/or stain or


colour. They can even match the stain or colour of an existing piece. LakeCity stands by the quality of their furniture and offers a one-year warranty, which will cover repairs and even replacement if need be. With 30 fulltime staff and 50 mental health clients onsite, LakeCity has a large workforce that is constantly creating and able to handle special orders of all sizes. LakeCity Woodworkers has supplied large commercial orders for local businesses, such as White Point Beach Resort and Your Father’s Moustache Restaurant, to name just a few. They also work closely with a number of local designers/architects on special projects. Whether customers are looking for dining room, bedroom, living room,

children’s furniture or more, they can find it at LakeCity Woodworkers in a wide variety of styles and colours. Their solid wood furniture products are handcrafted onsite in their Dartmouth workshop with passion and skill. The store is also the perfect place to get handmade gift items that were created by other local non-profit groups, including bags, preserves, games and more. “My job offers me the satisfaction of helping individuals with mental health issues,” says Brushett. “We are working for them to give them opportunities that wouldn’t normally be available to them. Mental health is really come to the forefront in terms of visibility and acceptance and we are here to help.” Both the woodworking shop and the employment counseling branches of LakeCity have been hugely successful working with hundreds of clients and making the community a better place.

Furniture Store

When looking for high quality furniture that will stand the test of time, solid wood furniture from LakeCity Woodworkers is a great choice. Choose quality, dependability and philanthropy. Visit LakeCity Woodworkers today.

LakeCIty Woodworkers Furniture Store 386 Windmill Road Dartmouth 902.465.5000





“It’s really important for consumers to do their homework when choosing a roofing company. They should ask about worker safety to ensure there’s a warranty for both work and material, get written quotes, and check references and credentials. You want to know the roofing company you use will be around if there is a problem in the future, and that they’ll stand by the work they’ve done.”- Larry Mader

You have heard of the rest … Call the best: Mader’s Roofing

Halifax’s Premiere Roofing Company with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau

Mader’s Roofing QUALITY WORK, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE If you want your home or commercial building to be re-roofed properly — with the materials it needs to make it a viable, lasting roof system — Mader’s Roofing is the company to do it. The quality roof installers have more than 20 years experience installing residential and commercial roofing systems, including flat roofs. No matter what your roofing needs, Mader’s Roofing is up to any job.

Excellent workmanship More than 20 years in business Competitive pricing Great value A company you can count on

Offering residential, commercial and flat roofing Mader’s Roofing | Lower Sackville | 902.492.2868 | 902.830.4236 |



WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS. It starts with an engaging online presence.

Here’s how we can help: • Website development • Social media strategy and implementation • Online presence • Search engine optimization


Online Experience Relevant Inspirational Sophisticated Intelligent Engaging

A ReFINEd online presence, developed by experts in their field, is based on the skills and experience applied to thousands of businesses over the last 18 years. A ReFINEd online presence is designed here in Halifax to help our clients achieve their goals. Our process allows us to understand your organization’s objectives. It's about much more than a website. We will work with you to develop a complete online presence, including: • social media • client modifying websites (business owners have the ability to work on, adjust and enter information) • mobile friendly website • Google Plus/Google My Business Page, Linkedin business page • full time support call line

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Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive vein and laser clinic!

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We provide treatments that are simple, safe and effective. There is no surgery, no sedation and no downtime.

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Valley Medical Aesthetics | 81 Exhibition St, Centennial Professional Centre, Kentville | 902.678.2121 | |


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WELCOME TO ATLANTIC CANADA’S PREMIUM RESORT-STYLE COMMUNITY Only 35 minutes from Downtown Halifax, Forest Lakes Country Club offers an expansive range of homes and year-round amenities for any lifestyle, including equestrian, multi-purpose trails, canoeing, kayaking and the region’s only 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course. Contact us at 902.482.1394 or or visit us online for more information including Open House dates!

ReFINEd Halifax Summer 2017  
ReFINEd Halifax Summer 2017