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Welcome to Kingsville

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Kingsville BIA welcomes you to small town hospitality! Visit our warm Southernmost town of Canada, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Erie. Our summers are hot, our winters mild. And there’s always something happening here. Locals and visitors are well-served by the 200-plus members of the Kingsville Business Improvement Area Association. Our members are ready to help you with all your shopping, dining and service needs. We invite you to visit kingsvillebia.com to see our full

business directory. We’ll see you soon as you SHOP DINE AND DISCOVER all that Kingsville has to offer. Park free for the day or stay the night. Either way, you won’t be disappointed when you DISCOVER KINGSVILLE. Relax and experience friendly Kingsville at its finest! KAREN WETTLAUFER, BIA COORDINATOR

A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR NELSON SANTOS As Mayor of Kingsville, it is my esteemed pleasure to welcome you into “Our Town” and to announce that you have officially arrived at a truly “Year-Round Destination!” Let me introduce you to Kingsville, and our keen sense of ‘community spirit’. The best place to begin is in the discovery of our past. Given the tremendous influence that history has played in our community, I am proud to point out the significant heritage and culture that continues to live here today. All it takes is a scenic drive into our community or a personal walk through to discover our Victorian era architecture and active downtown businesses. A quick link to www.MyKingsville.ca will also show you the way to many distinctive tourist attractions within Essex County. We are the proud home of Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary, and a concert and theatrical venue at

Migration Community Hall. Guests will also enjoy some great natural getaways with our Century Old Lakeside Park and various Conservation Areas including the Chrysler Canada Greenway walking/cycling trail. I’m confident you’ll enjoy your visit and soon discover that our ‘small town’ is ‘big’ on attractions that you will want to experience over and over again. As a true year-round destination, every season is the right season. We look forward to seeing you soon! Yours truly,

Nelson Santos, Mayor of Kingsville

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All trails lead to Kingsville BY KAREN PATON-EVANS

Intriguing trails connecting gift, antique, gardening and fashion boutiques, along with wineries, craft breweries, small batch spirit distilleries, coffeehouses, restaurants, and greenspaces “really help our visitors and our residents immerse themselves in the culture of the destination. They provide an itinerary for people to follow along and experience the local taste of place,” says Lynnette Bain, Vice President of Tourism Programs and Development for Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

EPIC Passport of Wineries In addition to 18 terrific wineries, “what makes our wine route special is the other collections of experiences along the way,” Lynnette says. “Kingsville is a great hub of activity that really gives visitors other reasons to extend their stay.” To enhance guests’ pleasure, EPIC (Essex Pelee Island Coast) Wine Country created a passport that can be purchased online for $10. It contains more than $100 in savings and benefits to be redeemed at participating wineries, restaurants, accommodations and activities throughout the area. One of the featured wineries is Aleksander Estate Winery at 1542 County Rd. 34 in Kingsville. Lukasz Bemben, general manager and assistant winemaker, believes there is a strong tradition of pride in the local wine region. “Being part of EPIC is strength in numbers. When we work together as a group, we bring customers in. Then we work individually to bring them back to us,” Lukasz says. Aleksander Estate Winery has been in the wine industry for over 30 years, crafting red and white wines from small batches of grapes grown in its

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own vineyard and the region. The winery also produces fruit wines. Guests are invited to sample in the tasting room, shop in the retail store and host events in the hall. Pelee Island Winery grows grapes on the island and makes its award-winning wines at 455 Seacliff Dr. in Kingsville. “We found that many who live just outside the county or in the city of Windsor are unaware of the fabulous experiences our local wineries offer just 30 minutes or less from their doorstep,” says Walter Schmoranz, winemaster and president. “The passport encourages people to visit EPIC Wine Country and from what we have seen so far, first-time guests enjoy themselves so much they don’t waste any time in planning a second visit,” he says. The passport’s value is so outstanding, winery staff notice that guests who have completed their passports often purchase second and third ones. “It’s very exciting to see the region grow over the years with new wineries opening up,” Walter

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Jack’s Gastropub is part of the Barrels, Bottles & Brews Trail.

observes. “You need to give out-of-town travellers more reasons to stay in the area though, so the combination of attractions (i.e. wineries, B & Bs, local cuisine, historical sites and parks) makes the area a destination.” The passport can be ordered at epicwineries.com.

Barrels, Bottles & Brews Trail

perspective that we really do like to change things up,” says Trevor. “We’re always trying to push the envelope with our styles, which is fun.” Different from other microbreweries, Banded Goose craft beers can only be enjoyed at Jack’s Gastropub, located at 31 Division St. S. in Kingsville. “Craft beer enthusiasts are always looking for new brewery experiences and new beers to try. Because of the small scale of what we’re doing, literally brewing 50 litres at a time, for the enthusiast looking to try something unique from Banded Goose Brewing Co., we’re the only spot you can get our beer,” Trevor says. “It definitely is a draw.” Banded Goose Brewing Co. is one of the stops that can be stamped on the Barrels, Bottles & Brews Passport. Once the free passport is full, the bearer can redeem it at the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island main office to receive a featured takeaway. The passport can be downloaded at barrelsbottlesbrews.ca.

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Local craft breweries and distillers of small batch ultra-premium spirits are enticing Windsor-Essex’s new Coffee Trail is adults to discover new tastes along the launching this June, with up to 10 locations Barrels, Bottles & Brews Trail. at the outset. “We knew the trail couldn’t be “There are 11 businesses on the trail with complete without a stop at Merli’s Coffeehouse more coming on as new microbreweries open & Eatery,” Lynnette says. soon,” says Lynnette. Offering “local art and live entertainment Trevor Loop, co-owner of the Banded and a great host,” she notes, “when you go Goose Brewing Co., the craft brewing wing of into Merli’s you’re going to feel the vibe right Jack’s Gastropub, says, “Now we have a trail away.” similar to what the wineries In creating Merli’s have had and give people Coffeehouse & Eatery at 4 another reason to go out Main St. W. in Kingsville, and explore Windsor and owner Frank Merlihan Essex County.” intended it to be “a place At the Loop family’s where the community craft brewery, there are comes together.” always surprises among “There is a culture out the weekly tap lineup. With there that loves coffee,” he offerings such as False says. “Coffee on its own is Alarm IPA, Scouser Red becoming an experience.” Ale and Speakeasy Coffee Though the majority of Cream Ale, it’s easy to his business is food, wine appreciate why customers and beer, Frank is delighted drop in regularly. to see guests starting with “We’re an experimental coffee, enjoying a gourmet brewery from the Merli’s Coffehouse & Eatery has joined in the fun with the new Cofee Trail.

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meal and finishing with a specialty coffee from Merli’s menu. Trail information will be available at visitwindsoressex.com.

Chrysler Canada Greenway Providing one of Canada’s loveliest trails for hiking, cycling, birding and cross country skiing, the 50-km Chrysler Canada Greenway links 25 separate natural areas and numerous communities, including Kingsville. Right on the route is Mettawas Station Italian Mediterranean Grill at 169 Lansdowne Ave., Kingsville. “A lot of people walk on the trail and come in here for dinner or they drop in after their walk for drinks,” says Janet

Del Brocco, who co-owns Mettawas Station with her husband, Anthony. “The restaurant’s laidback ambience is ideal for walks in casual attire.” Serving meals that showcase locally produced ingredients, Mettawas Station promotes healthy living. Being on the Chrysler Canada Greenway is naturally a part of that. Another convenient destination, just minutes from the Greenway, is the Kingsville BIA, located in the Carnegie Arts & Visitor Centre at 28 Division St. S. The wheelchair accessible centre offers free public parking and washrooms. Trail details are at erca. org/conser vation-areasevents/conservation-areas/ chrysler-canada-greenway.

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Kingsville’s movers and shakers The dynamic members and leadership of the Kingsville Business Improvement Association are committed to ensuring their town is a viable, thriving place for residents, visitors and business owners. Many BIA members enjoy being their own bosses and

putting their personal stamp on shops, salons and other enterprises. Today’s entrepreneurs continue Kingsville’s long tradition of capable, creative and independent business owners. Here are just a few.

BARB MANERY, RE/MAX PREFERRED REALTY LTD., BROKERAGE “Making It Happen” is realtor Barb Manery’s slogan. She backs that up with her promise to “always put her clients first.” As a consistent RE/MAX Top Producer in each of the past 14 years, Barb achieved the Realtor’s prestigious Hall of Fame just four years after joining RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. She is a member of the RE/MAX Platinum Club. Barb believes the Realtor continues to provide the resources she needs to best serve home sellers and homebuyers. “I chose RE/ MAX because it is a full-service firm with strong experience and expertise,” Barb says. “My clients work with me because that is what I offer, as well. They also express their appreciation of my ability to fulfill their dreams when buying and selling their homes.” These assets, aligned with Barb’s strong base of loyal repeat clients, are the reasons behind her enduring success in an incredibly

competitive sales environment. With the real estate market in Windsor-Essex County in full swing, agent Chris Bishop recently teamed up with Barb to help her with the healthy demand for homes of all sizes. Chris and Barb are both Kingsville residents and know their neighbours well. To show her affection for her town, Barb has helped host the Kingsville BIA’s fashion shows, participated in the parades, sponsored local hockey teams and the Kingsville Kings Junior A hockey player Blake Nadia #88, soccer and baseball teams, the Kingsville District High School swim team and synchronized skating – healthy activities that her grandchildren and other youth play. Considering herself “a hardworking family agent,” Barb, with the help of her team, takes pride in putting her clients’ needs first when finding and securing them the perfect home or getting the best price and terms for the home they are selling.

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DR. CHRISTINA MARTIN, LAKESIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL Dr. Christina Martin and her team give VIP treatment to Kingsville’s four-legged residents at Lakeside Animal Hospital. Like a modernday James Herriot, the veterinarian also makes house calls. After joining Lakeside Animal Hospital five years ago, Dr. Martin bought the practice in September 2014. She enjoys getting to know pet parents and their cats and dogs. “For their convenience, we have introduced evening appointments. Our office is now open until 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday,” the veterinarian says. Offering accredited mobile veterinary services to clients in Kingsville and the surrounding area, Dr. Martin goes to where patients live. “Pets who are anxious, too ill to travel or palliative can receive the treatment they need without the stress of leaving home,” she explains. The mobile service is also appreciated by pet parents who have their own mobility issues. During a house call, Dr. Martin can perform full physical exams, collect samples, administer medications and conduct fluid and oxygen therapy. At the veterinary hospital, the team provides full

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healthcare services. Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph, followed by her concurrent Doctor of Veterinary Science degree and Masters in Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College. She qualified as a general practitioner providing expertise in internal medicine, general and dental surgery, preventative health care, palliative care, radiology and nutrition. To help pet parents manage their cat or dog’s annual healthcare costs, Lakeside Animal Hospital created its own affordable Preventative Health Program. Each plan includes a head-to-tail physical examination, all necessary vaccinations, parasite prevention, blood and fecal testing, two pedicures, food and unlimited office visits for the year. Other plans also cover dental cleaning, urinalysis and advanced blood testing. Formerly of Ottawa and Montreal, Dr. Martin is happy she made the choice to live and work in Kingsville. She says. “My husband, Andrew, and I love it here!”

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Customer Service Hero One day last year, a customer and her young daughter were browsing for the first time in The Painted Moon, a gift and home décor shop located at 16 Division St. S. in Kingsville. They started chatting with the store’s owner, Tracy Grosbeck, telling her of their upcoming trip to Paris. Recalling the encounter in a letter to the Kingsville Business Improvement Association, the customer wrote: “The store owner was so interested and offered some tidbits of helpful information for our travels to Paris. She wishes us a great trip in the end and said to return to show us pictures and tell her of our travels.” “As we opened the door to exit, the owner handed my daughter an angel. She said it represented safe travels. What this woman didn’t know is that we’ve been worried about this trip with Europe in its current state. We were both so moved by her kindness and thoughtful gesture.” So was the Kingsville BIA, which recognized Tracy as its Customer Service Hero of the Month in July 2016 and then as its Customer Service Hero of the Year. Tracy was pleasantly surprised. “I give a lot of free decorating advice,” says Tracy, who is always glad to offer help to customers. “I talk about design and balance.” She notes, “I’m all about the energy you create in your home.” That also applies to The Painted Moon. “There are angel figures in the store everywhere. They bring their own energy.” Tracy says of the stranger who made the time and effort to nominate her: “I think the woman should receive an award because she sat down and wrote the story.” “You never know what angel you are going to run into.” This year, the Kingsville BIA is continuing the Customer Service Hero program it introduced in 2016. “We believe Kingsville is the most customer-friendly town in Ontario. The Customer Service Hero of the Month program is designed to stimulate and reward exceptional customer service by Kingsville BIA members’ employees working in the town of Kingsville,” says Karen Wettlaufer, Kingsville Business Improvement Area Coordinator. “Our Customer Service Heroes are recognized and celebrated each month as the best examples of our town’s ongoing commitment to providing each and every visitor an outstanding experience,” Karen says. “New in 2017 will be a Customer Service Business of the Year. Based on the Hero of the Year, the employer will also be awarded for hiring and encouraging the best ambassadors of Kingsville to serve you.” Customer Service Heroes can be nominated by guests to the town, residents, co-workers and managers of Kingsville BIA businesses. Nominations will be reviewed and each month a Customer Service Hero of the Month will be selected. The chosen winner receives a certificate from the Kingsville BIA. The Customer Service Hero of the Month (and the property they work for) will be featured on social media and recognized at the BIA’s AGM next year. The Hero of the Year, as well as the corresponding Business of the Year, will be announced at the AGM. Thank you to Graham Murray and his local business, RKM Awards, Promotional Products and Apparel for sponsoring our monthly winner plaques. Nominations can be made using the form found at www.kingsvillebia.com and emailing kingsvillebia@bellnet.ca.”

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DAN DAMORE, EMA GRAPHICS From the perfect font on a business card to the attention-grabbing custom vinyl wrap on a vehicle, “we take great care in everything we produce,” says Dan Damore, who co-owns EMA Graphics with Mike Esipu. “No project is too big or too small for our design and marketing team. We strive to go above and beyond the realm of the graphics world,” Dan says. “We pride ourselves on our quality workmanship and customer service.” One specialty is a vinyl wrap that transforms nearly all hard surfaces – even fridges - into works of art. EMA Graphics creates one-of-a-kind designs for motorcycles, dirt bikes and personal and commercial vehicles. The cost is more affordable than custom painting. Displaying any logo or design, the wrap protects the vehicle’s factory paint and can be removed safely and easily. All work is done in EMA Graphics’ facility. The company’s services also include logo development, corporate branding, floor graphics,

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signage, labels, magnets, banners, displays, apparel design, wall murals and life-size cutouts. The team even has ideas for tricking out mancaves. “It’s all about the look,” says Dan. He and Mike post images on Facebook and Instagram so anyone can weigh in on EMA’s current projects as they unfold. The designers appreciate the five-star ratings people bestow on EMA Graphics’ Facebook page. Established five years ago in Amherstburg, EMA Graphics relocated to Kingsville in January 2017. “We wanted to be part of something bigger than us and be in involved in Kingsville’s community atmosphere,” says Dan. “The people are what we are all about.” EMA Graphic’s new address is centrally located between Leamington and Windsor. “It makes it more convenient for people coming to us from all areas,” Dan notes. Busy in their new shop fitted with the best equipment and materials, Mike and Dan are grateful for the reception their company has received in Kingsville.

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DR. ABBY JAKOB, EYES BY DR. ABBY JAKOB A happy woman is literally jumping for joy in a video posted on the Facebook page of EYES by Dr. Abby Jakob. The person is the optometrist herself, expressing her delight in the completion of her new office. When the optometry practice opened officially on March 10, 2017, it was the fulfillment Dr. Jakob’s years of planning to set up her own practice in her hometown of Kingsville. “It has always been a dream of mine to be my own boss,” Dr. Jakob says. “I also wanted to create something that is not typical. I think the local community is responding well to that. I am very happy with the support my practice is being shown already!” New patients comment on the fresh, modern design of the office, with its comfy furniture, funky artwork, custom coffee table shaped like eyeglasses and chandeliers sparkling from the ceiling. However, what really impresses them is Dr. Jakob’s skill and qualifications. She earned an

undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax before achieving the highest grades in her class at the Illinois College of Optometry, where she graduated as a Doctor of Optometry. Her optometry school classmates voted her colleague of the year. Many new patients from six months to 90 years old have already had eye exams and treatments at EYES by Dr. Abby Jakob. “One in four kids has a vision problem, and if left untreated, it can affect learning and even personality,” Dr. Jakob says. OHIP covers the cost of annual eye exams for children. The optometrist also does ocular health and diabetic exams and patient follow-up care after cataract and LASIK surgery. She uses retinal scans and other advanced diagnostic technology to assess the patient’s eye health. Everyone is invited to shop for prescription glasses, sunglasses, sports glasses and contact lenses in the eyewear boutique at EYES by Dr. Abby Jakob.

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KIM BURKE & SCOTT SHILSON, INSIDE OUT HOME DÉCOR Accompanying his girlfriend Kim Burke on yet another shopping expedition in search of the ideal pieces for their Kingsville home, Scott Shilson suggested, “Why don’t you just open your own store and bring in things you love?” The idea grabbed hold. The couple bought an old farmhouse built in 1877 and, expending a great deal of effort, tastefully renovated it last year. The charming residence began its new lease on life as Inside Out Home Décor on Nov. 26, 2016. Carrying furniture, home accents and decorations, the shop can’t be pigeonholed into a certain look. “There are a lot of rustic, beachy, farmhouse, modern and classic pieces,” Kim says of the appealing mix. In her new role as a professional purchaser, Kim enjoys the buying trips she makes to find new treasures to complete people’s interior and exterior rooms. “Home décor is my passion,” she says.

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That enthusiasm is shared with customers. “We give a bit of guidance when they ask, and try to help them reflect their own style in their homes,” she says. “Be a little different. Show some of your personality!” Kim believes that since the shop was originally a home and part of Kingsville’s Victorian architectural history, customers instinctively feel good as they explore the rooms filled with beautiful and quirky things. “We get great responses from people who come here from throughout Essex and Kent counties, as well as the Greater Toronto Area,” she says. Customers are often assisted by Kim’s daughter, Kailey Avelar, who is the full-time manager of Inside Out Home Décor. Kailey also helps with purchasing. Scott’s son, Steve Shilson, designs the shop’s website, billboards and other promotional materials. “I think customers sense the family pride we have in our store,” Kim says. “We don’t just work here. This place truly means something to us.”

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BETH RIDDIFORD, MY COUSIN’S CLOSET Celebrating their 25th anniversary, My Cousin’s Closet and founder, Beth Riddiford, are preparing for special events throughout the coming months. The festivities begin on May 13 with their annual spring fashion show at Kingsville Golf & Country Club. On May 19, My Cousin’s Closet is hosting a special trunk show with Fresh Fx Fashions. “We held similar events at our store for the first time last spring and again in the fall,” Beth says. “It was such a great success that we are bringing it back, showcasing the new spring and summer fashions.” The collection of separates goes everywhere: lunch, dinner and work. “In honour of our 25th anniversary, there will be a 25 per cent discount on all Fresh Fx Fashions purchased during the trunk show,” says Beth. “We have new merchandise arriving daily. We have a huge inventory for spring and summer with many of our lines being Canadian made,”

Beth notes. “Our fancy hats and large selection of dresses have been very popular.” On May 25, My Cousin’s Closet will have a Shapeez fit clinic from 3-7. Shapeez is Canadian-made shapewear known for their superior fit and quality. Events and promotions are planned throughout the summer to celebrate 25 years in business. Watch My Cousin’s Closet facebook page for details. Swimwear and sunhats are in store year-round. The newest looks are now in for wearing poolside, on deck or at the beach. Women can also indulge their love of shoes and handbags at My Cousin’s Closet, choosing from pretty, playful, classic and vogue designs. Favourite brands include: Keds, Sperry Topsider, Grasshoppers, Bzees, Taos and new lines from Italy and Portugal. Reflecting on her 25 years in business, Beth says, “Time flies when you’re having fun! It certainly does not feel like it’s been 25 years.”

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MARIA EDWARDS, NEW DESIGNS FLOWERS AND GIFTS A bouquet of personally selected blooms for the love of your life. A whimsical stepping stone for your garden. A lantern to brighten a friend’s day. A gorgeous wreath to adorn the front door. All of these and more are available at New Designs Flowers and Gifts. “Flowers are the perfect gift,” says florist Maria Edwards. She and her husband, Darl, founded the business 29 years ago. Located at 23 Division St. N., Kingsville, their shop is the go to place for thoughtful gifts and home décor. For spring and summer, New Designs Flowers and Gifts is nearly bursting with fresh items. The gardenthemed accents for indoor and outdoor rooms are a big hit with customers. Silk floral arrangements and wreaths ensure something always looks flourishing in the home or office. At the worktable in the centre of the store, Maria and her team create unique bouquets and arrangements from real stems. The FTD and Teleflora florist also makes those companies’ designs. People

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in a hurry can find pre-made arrangements ready in the cooler. “Remember your mom on Mother’s Day with a custom-designed arrangement,” Maria says. “Come in and pick out the flowers or we’ll make something beautiful in her favourite colours and blooms.” Now into the wedding season, Maria and her team are happily doing flowers for ceremonies and receptions. New Designs provides decorating services, supplying centrepieces, backdrops, ceiling features and more for special events. The shop is also the Sears Pickup Centre for Kingsville. Delivering to Belle River, Leamington and the borders of Windsor and Stoney Point, the New Designs team enjoys presenting recipients with flower arrangements and gift baskets custom-filled with fruit, cookies, crackers and cheese. “It’s fun to be part of pleasant surprises,” Maria says. “And it’s lovely to meet so many people who want to do something nice for the ones they care about.”

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WALTER SCHMORANZ, PELEE ISLAND WINERY Located in Canada’s oldest and southernmost grape growing region, Pelee Island Winery has planted the European Vitis vinifera varieties on Pelee Island since the early 1980s. “We’re situated along the same latitude as many of the world’s finest wine producing regions, including southern Italy, Spain, Portugal and northern California,” says Walter Schmoranz, winemaster and president. Growing 650 acres of grapes, Pelee Island Winery has been turning the fruit into wine since 1982 at its production facilities on the mainland in Kingsville. The wine portfolio is extensive: A sampling of varieties planted on Pelee Island include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gewuztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Baco Noir. Honoured to have the efforts of its hardworking team recognized, Pelee Island Winery has received numerous awards. In 2016, its Chardonnay NON Oak took Bronze at the Chardonnay Du Monde Awards.

At the China Wine and Spirits Awards, Pelee Island Winery’s Vidal Icewine earned Double Gold and its Vinedressers Cab/Sauv received gold. The Pinot Noir Retro took bronze at the 2016 Japan Wine Challenge. The Baco Noir Reserve was the top scoring Canadian table at the 2016 NSLC Festival of Wines. Giving local people and visitors a taste of the industry, Pelee Island Winery offers wine tastings and tours, led by friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff. “This fun and educational tour begins with a sample of wine to enjoy,” Walter says. “The tour guide then escorts you through the winery, pointing out the key aspects of winemaking on the way. Finally, join us in the bar as we exhibit the art of wine appreciation with samples of our fine wines.” Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island presented the winery with its Best Winery Experience award in March 2017. Pelee Island Winery is delighted to be listed as one of the Best of Windsor Essex stops at bestofwindsoressex.ca.

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DR. LISA DI GIOLA, SOUTH SHORE DENTAL After practising in a local, shared office for the past nine years, Dr. Lisa DiGioia established South Shore Dental in Kingsville in February 2017. “We are doing everything we were doing before, yet at a more advanced level with leading edge services and equipment,” she says. So much more than drilling and filling, South Shore Dental considers the patient’s total well-being. “It is all there when you open your mouth. We see the true picture of what the whole body is experiencing,” Dr. DiGioia says. Frequent headaches, tiredness and other issues are regarded seriously. “When discussing your oral healthcare, we also explore ways we can improve your overall health.” Dr. DiGioia and her warm, competent staff are keen to share their expertise with patients. More than 18 years of experience have honed Dr. DiGioia’s skills in implants, esthetics and oral reconstructive dentistry. After graduating with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry, Dr. DiGioia went on to complete

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Kingsville is a one-of-a-kind place with delightful events that make residents and guests alike appreciate the pleasures of small-town living. May 20 – Oct. 7: Kingsville Farmers Market at the Carnegie Parkette at 28 Division Street South. Fresh locally grown produce, fresh fish, home baked goods, pies, breads, sauces, jellies & jams, honey, ethnic goods, creative & useful handmade & all natural handcrafted products all await you on Saturdays. Buy Fresh! Buy Local! 519-733-8162 June 14: FREE 6th Annual Older Adults Expo features informative presentations, entertainment, wine tasting, door prizes and exhibitors at the Kingsville Recreation Complex at 1741 Jasperson Lane from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 60 vendors, interactive displays, barbecue and more. Additional information is available at 519-733-2123 or kingsville.ca.

June 30 and July 1: FREE Celebrate Canada 150 event revels in the nation’s sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation. Held at the Kingsville Arena Complex at 1741 Jasperson Lane, the fun begins at 7 p.m., Fri., June 30 with entertainment, face painting and then fireworks. On Sat., July 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., everyone is invited for birthday cake, barbecue, horse-drawn carriage rides, Fantasy Express train rides, children’s craft activities, magic show, Mad Science and more. 519-733-5691 or kingsvillecelebrates.com. Aug. 11-13: The 4th Annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival is a celebration of all styles of music, boasting four daytime session stages and an evening main stage graced by more than 30 award-winning, national and international performers, including Cowboy Junkies, Sylvia Tyson, Jimmy Rankin, Harry Manx and Splash N Boots. There are also juried artisans, local food vendors, a pancake breakfast, award-winning Pelee Island Winery wines

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and Lonsbery Farm craft beers, plus family fun with expanded children’s workshops, activities and performers. Rain or shine and accessible. Weekend, single day, single evening, senior, and student passes are available. Ages 16 and under are admitted FREE. More information, tickets, accommodation and camping packages and schedule are at kingsvillefolkfest.org. September 30: Kingsville’s 3rd annual Art Free-For-All will once again celebrate Canada’s Culture Days. Join us as the sidewalks of Main and Division in downtown Kingsville come alive with interactive art workshops and music performances. https://culturedays.ca/en/about-culture-days Sept. 30 – Oct. 1: FREE Ruthven Apple Festival is an action-packed weekend with live entertainment, a parade,

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Oct. 20-22: The 48th Annual Kingsville Migration Festival held throughout the area has free and nominal fee events for all ages, including the opening ceremonies, Migration Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Woodcarvers Show & Competition on Saturday and Sunday at Lakeside Park, trout fishing, pumpkin bowling and other kid stuff at Lakeside Park, the Migration Fest Market in the Kingsville Arena and activities at Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary. Details are at migrationfestival.ca.

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30 Discover KINGSVILLE • Spring 2017 Kingsville Golf and Country Club, located at 640 County Rd. 20, won for Best Golf Course.

Kingsville businesses score big at the Best of Windsor Essex Awards The spotlight shone brightly on four Kingsville businesses at the Best of Windsor Essex awards, presented by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island at Windsor’s Chimczuk Museum on March 29. During January and February, more than 7,000 people visited bestofwindsoressex.ca to nominate 785 of their favourite spots to eat, shop, dine and play. Their votes determined the winners of 43 awards. “We are incredibly proud that Jack’s Gastropub had the most nominations of any business in Windsor/ Essex with five!” says Troy Loop, whose family owns the restaurant, Banded Goose Brewing Co. and Inn 31, all located at 31 Division St. S. in Kingsville. Jack’s Gastropub won the awards for Best Local Watering Hole and Best Chef-inspired Dining. It was also nominated for Best Burger Joint, Best Patio View and Best Bed & Breakfast/Small Inn. Troy’s brother, Trevor, says, “We’ve been fortunate to be blessed with great staff who have helped to push the business and develop it to where we are today and where we’re going to be tomorrow. Also, we have great customers.” The award is “a great motivator to continue to evolve our restaurant and work hard at it to be as good as we can be,” Trevor remarks. Pointing out that “Kingsville is a great dining town,” Trevor notes, “There were several businesses nominated and several winners from Kingsville, which I think speaks volumes of what a great town it is.” Pelee Island Winery at 455 Seacliff Dr., Kingsville, scored the award for Best Winery Experience. Kingsville Golf and Country Club, located at 640 County Rd. 20, won for Best Golf Course. “We feel extremely happy that people appreciate what we have to offer,” says Doug Quick, general manager.

“Everybody likes a pat on the back. It’s certainly validation of hard work pays off.” “What we’ve found over the years is that we just can’t be a golf course – we’ve got to have the whole package,” Doug says. Offering food, beverage and client services, Kingsville Golf and Country Club also hosts showers, weddings and other private functions. Doug notices, “We’re getting an enormous amount of people from the Greater Toronto Area and from out west and out east,” considering Kingsville for retirement and the golf course for exercise and recreation. “What is good for the town is good for Kingsville Golf and what is good for Kingsville Golf is good for the town,” Doug observes. The Best Family-friendly Attraction award went to Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens at 1550 Rd. 3 E. in Kingsville. “It means so much to us to be recognized because it takes so many people to make a business work,” says co-owner Joanne Gow. “It makes you so proud that people pay attention.” She believes it is important for people to have a place where they can walk protected amidst greenery and flowers, especially on wet or cold days. Moms bring their babies in strollers and do laps at Colasanti’s. Families and friends play mini golf, go on the rides, play in the arcade room and visit the zoo and petting farm. “It gives people something to do so they’re not cooped up in their houses all day,” Joanne says, adding that entry to the gardens is free. “If you don’t want to spend any money, you don’t have to.” Joanne recalls that recently while running errands, still wearing her work shirt, a woman approached her and expressed her gratitude for Colasanti’s. “She told me, ‘You have no idea what it means that I can bring my family, my grandchildren, that we have a place to go. We are so appreciative of what you guys do and what you offer to us,’” says Joanne. “To stop me in the street to say that, I thought that was pretty neat.” Of her fellow award nominees and winners, Joanne says, “Kudos to Kingsville for getting recognized!”


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