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REGIONAL LOOKBOOK

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THE CABIN FEVER ISSUE 14

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‘ALL OF THEM HAD A RESTLESSNESS IN COMMON.’ -JOHN STEINBECK, EAST OF EDEN WHAT A LONG, COLD WINTER IT’S BEEN. COOPED UP IN OUR HOMES FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE AN ETERNITY. HUDDLED IN LIVING ROOMS – AND SOMETIMES EVEN IN FETAL POSITIONS – TRYING TO WAIT THIS THING OUT. MASK(S) IN ONE HAND. DISINFECTANT IN THE OTHER. STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS STILL RINGING IN OUR EARS. IT’S ENOUGH TO MAKE A PERSON GO STIR-CRAZY. TO BE SURE, THE CABIN FEVER’S BEEN REAL. SO WHAT TO DO? THERE’S NETFLIX, OF COURSE. INSTAGRAM, TOO. LEARNING HOW TO MAKE SOURDOUGH SAW ITS MOMENT. AND BINGE-PLAYING WHATEVER GAME CONSOLE’S EN VOGUE. ANY NUMBER OF COPING STRATEGIES THAT MOST EVERYONE ACCEPTS AS PART OF THE ‘NEW NORMAL.’ AFTER ALL, WHO CAN BLAME A PERSON FOR FEELING MORE THAN A BIT APATHETIC, APOPLECTIC, OVERWHELMED, AT THESE DIFFICULT MOMENTS IN TIME? AND YET WE ALL KNOW THAT SUCCUMBING TO THE WEIGHT OF IT ALL IS NOT NECESSARILY A PRODUCTIVE RESPONSE. SURELY THERE ARE OTHER WAYS FORWARD: NOT BY ALLOWING OURSELVES TO SINK INTO TORPOR AND ENNUI, BUT RATHER BY EMBRACING VIGOUR AND RESILIENCE – BY DEVELOPING MOMENTUM OF A DIFFERENT SORT. IN THESE PAGES WE HIGHLIGHT SOME REGIONAL PERSONALITIES WHO HAVE BEEN DOING JUST THAT: FOLKS WHO HAVE MADE THE CHOICE TO HARVEST THEIR STIR-CRAZINESS AS A SORT OF ENERGY TO HELP PROPEL THEMSELVES – ALONG WITH THEIR BUSINESSES AND THE GREATER COMMUNITY – FORWARD. WITH OUTDOOR PURSUITS THAT BRING JOY, ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES DESIGNED TO REMEDY THIS COVID CLAUSTROPHOBIA, AND PANDEMIC HACKS TO HELP KEEP IT MOVIN’. MAY WE BE INFECTED WITH THEIR BUOYANT, CONSTRUCTIVE OPTIMISM. MAY WE FIND COMFORT IN THIS CHAOS. WELCOME TO ‘THE CABIN FEVER ISSUE.’

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CONTENTS 9. EDITOR’S LETTER: THE CABIN FEVER ISSUE 14. A HANDCRAFTED DESTINATION: GÜTE SHEPHERD HUTS 22. DAYTRIPPIN’ WITH CHRIS TIESSEN 30. M  EET YOUR MAKER: BARBARA MURPHY 32. #PHOTOSPREAD: GETTIN' BUSY 36. APRÈS LOCKDOWN: A GREAT ESCAPE TO THE BLUE MOUTAINS 46. UNCOVERING WELLINGTON COUNTY: ARTHUR GREENHOUSES 50. STAYING STRONG IN THE #DTK 56. GETTING TO KNOW: STEWARD GROUP 60. SOUTH RIVER: A PLACE TO CALL HOME 68. KITCHEN PARADISE: A TRIUMVIRATE OF PARAGON PROJECTS 78. #PHOTOSPREAD: SPRING HAS SPRUNG 80. SCHREITER’S: A DECIDEDLY MODERN INSTITUTION 90. #PHOTOSPREAD: GET OUT. STAY OUT. 100. EXPERT OPINION (INVESTMENT): MIKE HRYN 102. #PHOTOSPREAD: SETTLE IN. 104. PARADISE FOUND: rare CHARITABLE RESEARCH RESERVE 110. GETTING VIRTUAL IN DOWNTOWN CAMBRIDGE 117. M  EET YOUR MAKER: ORIGIN NATIVE PLANTS 118. GRASSROOTS: A SLICE OF (HEALTHY) HEAVEN IN DOWNTOWN GUELPH 128. COMIC: GOOSE 130. COCKTAIL HOUR WITH PEPPRELL DISTILLING CO.


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Güte owners Peter & Yinka in one of their creations

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GÜTE SHEPHERD HUTS

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A H A N D C R A FT ED D EST IN AT ION : ON

WORDS BY DANIELLE KUEPFER; PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN

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PUSLINCH

It’s a sunny afternoon some time in late

As I carefully pick my route along the

March when I find myself just north of Guelph

property’s long driveway – deftly darting

– tiptoeing through a slushy early thaw

between late-winter puddles – I set my sights

toward a row of colourful huts on display in

on one of the cozy structures: an arched

a farmer’s field. These little structures aren’t

A-frame detailed with scarlet façade, rich

new to me. In fact, for the past couple years

cedar trim, and cast-iron hardware. Once I’ve

I’ve been intrigued by these striking small-

almost reached it, I spot Güte proprietors

scale buildings each time I've driven past

Peter and Yinka inspecting a forest green

them on my way to Starkey Hill (a popular

cabin further down the row. Several other

hiking loop just a few hundred metres down

huts between us catch my eye. While each

the road). But today isn’t about hiking at

one is unique – and looks like something you

Starkey. It’s all about taking a closer look at

might read about in the pages of a book of

these picturesque cabins instead. These Güte

fairy tales – they all share a common trait: a

cabins.

tiny footprint.

Compact. Meticulously conceived and

I wave, and Peter and Yinka head my way. As

executed. Beautiful. And made right here in

they approach, I pop my head through the

Ontario.


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Güte cabin with custom desk & chairs by Evan Euteneier


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A-frame’s open front door. Inside, a raised

window light), an espresso maker, and other

queen-sized bed plus two compact benches

accoutrements one might want in a remote

fit snugly into the space. A small window at

office that can easily double as a living and

the end of the bed overlooks a plot of pine

sleeping space. It’s a charming abode. A lovely

trees – although I can just as easily imagine

refuge.

it offering a perspective on some gorgeous northern Ontario lake, or other serene

I am easily transported to dreamy cottage life.

wilderness landscape. ‘We’re not just trying to build sheds or Once the three of us gather to chat in a

trailers,’ Yinka explains. ‘We’re actually

charcoal-coloured cabin that features a

attempting to build art in – and for – the

peaked roof, glass façade, and loft with

landscape.’ She directs me to the ‘Shepherd

room for a bed, Peter tells me that the name

Hut,' the business’s flagship model, with its

‘Güte’ translates from German as ‘quality.' He

distinctive cedar shake roof and cast-iron

continues: ‘What we want is for our clients

wheels. The details – outside and in – are

to appreciate the quality of the structures.

timeless and impressive. Handcrafted pull-

After all, they're going to spend quality time

out beds, murphy tables, and built-in shelving

in them.’ The space is pretty sweet – with

– all custom built with solid hardwood and a

room enough for a retractable wooden desk

sweet mid-century feel. And unique to each

and other furnishings, plants (thriving in the

hut. Even in custom homes, it’s rare to have


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this level of personalization. Indeed, Güte’s small footprints make ultimate customization imperative – and efficient. The impressive warm aesthetic aura is a welcome bonus. Yinka and Peter encourage clients to dream big for these tiny spaces. Starting from scratch (as opposed to renovating a spare bedroom or camper van, for example) allows Güte to make every detail of the space particularly suited to its user – from the height of the countertops to the placement of the outlets. And with fewer than two hundred square feet to work with, they don’t waste an inch. The purpose of a shepherd hut – and any Güte build – is as boundless as your imagination. In the past, these magnificent little cabins have made great additional lodging for cottages (as self-sustaining Güte options like solar panels and composting toilets allow them to function as awesome off-grid getaways). Nowadays, with quarantine shifting the way we use our homes, folks are installing Gütes in their own backyards. Indeed, the structures’

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compact dimensions mean they often qualify as permit-free structures in the city. Imagine this unique blend of functionality and sensuality right in your own backyard: a personalized studio space, home office, sewing room, reading nook, guest room, or whatever else you can imagine it to be. Whether you’re looking to disconnect and escape the city or find a change of scenery in your own backyard, these huts offer more than just extra space. They’re a handcrafted destination. A truly exceptional getaway offering opportunity for both adventure and retreat.

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When Chris isn’t collaborating with TOQUE co-pilot Cai Sepulis to create regional lookbooks like the one you’re holding, he’s usually on one trail or another with some combination of his partner Liz, a bike, his kids, and his dogs. ‘It’s the best cure for cabin fever,’ he’s prone to suggest. And who are we to argue? Here are a few of Chris’ best-loved regional routes. Get out and give ‘em a go:

C A MB R ID GE T O PAR IS R A IL TR AIL 210 WATER ST S, CAMBRIDGE

GRAVEL GRINDING –

This 20km rail trail

(40kms out and back) is a springtime gravel bike staple for Liz and me – following the Grand River from downtown Cambridge through lush Carolinian forest all

40KM OUT-AND-BACK.

the way to downtown Paris. We always keep our eyes peeled for the spectacular river vistas – including the great views from The Murray Overlook. There are plenty of parking areas along the way – which means you can

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start your ride at any number of spots along the trail.

I SLAND LAK E CO MMUNITY T R AILS

FAT BIKING & HIKING –

While this 8.3km

loop is great for hiking all seasons, Liz and I tend to visit

673067 HURONTARIO ST,

only during snowy months – with our fat bikes. The

ORANGEVILLE

trail is the perfect winter fatty destination for several reasons: it’s not too hilly, traffic is usually light, and the

8.3KM LOOP.

combination of wider snow-covered trails and long boardwalks over open water makes it a blast. And what’s more, it’s close to Auntie Joy’s Springrolls – our all-time fave joint for Thai and Filipino cuisine.

STAR K E Y HILL

HIKING –

735 ARKELL RD, PUSLINCH

is for hikers only. Absolutely no bikes allowed. Our entire

An oldie but still a goodie, this 4.6km loop

brood loves Starkey’s combination of single track, wider 4.6KM LOOP.

paths, deciduous and coniferous woods, rocky hills, short bridges, and boggy ponds. The trail is challenging enough to leave even moderate hikers huffing and puffing. And get this: in the wintertime it’s the perfect place to feed birds right out of your hand.


T H E HYD R O C UT

MTBING & FAT BIKING –

This ‘ribbon of dirt’ is

1522 GLASGOW ST, KITCHENER

a local mountain bike destination second to none – and it's

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definitely not for the faint of heart. Comprised of over thirty

1974 SNYDER’S RD E,

unique trails (ranging from ‘beginner’ to ‘expert’) spanning

PETERSBURG

over thirty kilometres, The Hydrocut ranks among Ontario’s top mountain bike destinations. Perfect for year-round

3O+KM OF TRAILS.

riding (except when conditions are too muddy), this set of trails is where good riders become great, and great riders can still find ways to challenge themselves.

HIKING –

HO CK LE Y VALLE Y & T HE TO M E AST SID E TRAI L

Hiking this 4.6km loop makes for a perfect

morning or afternoon excursion any time of the year.

PARKING LOT OFF HOCKLEY RD, MONO

Park your vehicle in the lot and head right down Hockley

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Rd until you reach the trailhead. Liz and I tend to leave the kiddos at home for this walk – opting to bring just the dogs. The route’s quite hilly and demands a measure of

4.6KM LOOP.

determination. It’s also quite rewarding – offering views of Hockley Valley Resort from different sections of the trail.

S M ITH PR O PE R TY LO O P TRAI L

FAT BIKING & HIKING –

STREET PARKING ALONG WATSON PKWY S,

often include this 4.3km loop as part of a longer (fair

PUSLINCH

weather) mountain bike ride, the Smith Loop is great on its

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own in the winter months as a fat bike jaunt or year-round

While Liz and I most

as a hiking trail. While the main loop is agreeable enough, 4.3KM LOOP.

the magic’s in the side trails that abut farmers’ fields and lead you deep into woodland

E L O R A C AT AR AC T T R A ILWAY (ELORA BREWING CO TO BELWOOD LAKE PORTION)

GRAVEL GRINDING & FAT BIKING – What better way to start (and finish) a bike ride than with a pint of craft brew? This 25km out-and-back route that begins and ends at Elora Brewing Co is almost all rail trail –

107 GEDDES ST, ELORA

making it the perfect route for leisurely biking any month of

25KM OUT-AND-BACK.

not the dogs) down this route on our gravel bikes – pausing

the year. When the snow’s gone, Liz and I take the kids (but on the dam for gorgeous views of Belwood Lake (to our

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left) and the Grand River (to our right) before stopping just past the dam for picnics by the lake

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APRÈ S L OC KD OWN :

A GREAT ESCAPE TO THE BLUE MOUNTAINS WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN

‘We’re getting close,’ I announce to Cai as we round another bend and turn from paved highway down a hilly dirt road. I always get excited when we get to this part of the trip. And, usually, a bit jittery too. Indeed, wintery conditions up around The Blue Mountains can leave these narrow unpaved roads sketchy, to say the least. But today I feel confident enough to punch the gas and ride the next few kilometres of undulating countryside with aplomb. After all, Cai and I are touring up to Blue Mountain Resort in a Subaru Forester. The Sport edition. Brand new (with fewer than a hundred clicks). With blacked out grill. Neon orange-highlighted ground kit. Eighteen-inch alloys. And, of course, Subie’s legendary full-time symmetrical all-wheel-drive which keeps it stuck to the road. Loaded with skis on the roof and a fat bike on the Thule rear rack, this Forester (courtesy our great friends at Pfaff Subaru in Guelph) is like some sort of peripatetic Swiss Army knife. Always poised for adventure.

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Northwinds

It’s early March. Late morning. And Cai and

we’ve entered. ‘Since this morning,’ she adds.

I are bombing toward the Collingwood area

‘All we’ve got open is our bottle shop,’ she

– looking forward to a couple days of skiing,

continues – motioning to a small area that’s

biking, and good times. The perfect antidote

been set up for take-out cans.

for a winter that has left us cabin feverish and stir-crazy – and, like everyone else, seeking some sense of normalcy. Ah, normalcy: the once-familiar state of affairs that we realize, when we arrive in Collingwood proper and turn into the parking lot of our fave local brewpub, Northwinds, isn’t close to returning.

While Cai begins diligently collecting an assortment of beers from the fridge for the coming days – ‘Rainmaker’ IPA, ‘Downdraft’ Pilsner, ‘Milk Run’ Coffee Stout, ‘Foggy Shores’ NEIPA – my mind races to how a lockdown might affect our trip. Closed slopes. A shuttered ski village. The two of us stuck in

‘The place looks closed,’ Cai remarks

our condo with little to do but down these

dejectedly, noting the empty lot and darkened

Northwinds brews – staring forlornly at empty

windows. We park the Forester and beeline

peaks and immobilized lifts from our indoor

for the front door with hope in our hearts.

perch. ‘Better grab some more,’ I tell her,

It opens but, once we step inside, the news

despondently.

isn’t good. ‘We’re in lockdown again,’ notes the Northwinds staff who greets us once

And then – an encouraging word overrides our shrunken expectations. ‘You can always


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Blue Mountain Village

go for lunch at our sister location – in the

charcuterie and more at Twist. (The negronis

village at Blue Mountain.’ Almost out the

are on-point). Shopping for plaid and treats

door, I draw to a halt: ‘But I thought you just

for our partners at The North Face store.

said the area’s in lockdown?’ Her reply: ‘Ya,

(The SmartWool sample sale was a nice

Collingwood’s in lockdown since this morning.

surprise.) And, of course, multiple trips to the

But the resort [just five kilometres down the

hill for some good ol’ fashioned downhill fun.

road] is in green. Open for business.’ I stare bewilderedly at her. She adds with a shrug: ‘Different counties, I guess.’

The Green hill, to be clear. Because, when it comes to skiing, Cai and I are novices. Neophytes. But what we lack in skill we

Normalcy be damned. Time to celebrate

make up for in enthusiasm. And sweet

serendipity.

duds, too. (Shout out to Lee at Paramount

Once we arrive at the resort and drop our things at our temporary condo (a cozy two-

Sports in Guelph for pretty much our entire wardrobes.)

bedroom unit with living room, kitchenette,

At the end of this first day, Cai and I arrive

second-storey loft, two twin beds, two full

back at our condo and sleep like babies. A

baths, outdoor balcony, and views of the

perfect combination of physical activity, fresh

slopes), we hustle straight to the village. The

air, and great food and drink (a bit of ‘après’,

next few hours are a whirl of activity. Lunch

as the locals like to call it) tends to do that to

at Northwinds in the village. (Must-have

a person – as does a vacation where COVID

items: the duck fat fries, rib dinner, smash

seems to at least take a bit of a back seat to

burger, and taco salad. And to drink – ‘Foggy

life. Indeed, the resort’s (socially-distanced)

Shores’ NEIPA for the win.) Evening cocktails,

populated village streets, boutiques


Northwinds


Black Bellows Brewing

Good Grief

Good Grief

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with (masked) in-store shoppers, and culinary establishments accommodating more than a mere ten diners seems to help alleviate the insomnia a pandemic-filled world is prone to bring about. And so I sleep. The next morning, Cai is eager to begin the day with a car ride to the neighbouring town of Thornbury. ‘There’s a killer coffee shop,’ she announces, ‘and Thornbury Craft Cider and Beer is worth a visit, too.’ Nothing wrong with that. It takes only about fifteen minutes to travel from the resort to Thornbury (with gorgeous views of neighbouring ski hills to the left and Georgian Bay to the right along the way), and before long Cai and I are sipping americanos and enjoying fantastic donuts from Good Grief Coffee Roasters. For us, though – as branders of restaurants, cafés, and craft breweries – it’s really the branding of the place that has us fall in love with it. Besides the iconic name of the business, there’s the fantastic logo (featuring a smiling nun in habit), bright pink palette (including on walls and tiled coffee bar), and take-out cups replete with pink lids atop cups stamped with images of skiers and nuns. ‘Wish this was one of our clients,’ I hear Cai mumble to herself as we make our way out the door. Amen. Next up: Thornbury Craft Cider and Brewery for a flight in one of the four outdoor see-through heated ‘igloos’ the place has set up outside the main red brick building. It’s an ingenious solution to the pandemic issue, really. You reserve an ‘igloo’ for a particular time, order through the zippered entrance, and have drinks served by the awesome staff. ‘Just like the ones we reserved at Grain & Grit in Hamilton,’ Cai notes as we take our seats inside the little cocoon and sample a few of the place’s craft brews. Our unanimous fave: Thornbury’s barrel-aged Baltic porter – the brewery’s award-winning porter aged for a year in french oak wine barrels. Flavours of coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, jammy plum, and even toasted pumpernickel dance in our mouths as we discuss what’s up for the rest of our afternoon: more of the same.


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Northwinds

Skiing. Eating. Drinking. Repeat. By the end of this – our second day – I’m comfortable skiing Blue Mountain’s ‘Happy Valley’ route, and Cai’s moved from ‘Easy Rider’ to ‘Undergrad’ to ‘Graduate’. Small steps, I know. But giant leaps in the grand scheme of our collective skiing experience. Cai and I end our last evening in The Blue Mountains together (I will be leaving with the Subaru in the morning while Cai’s wife, Sonia, will be taking my place at the condo for another night) sipping cans of Northwinds, regaling each other with epic tales of ski successes, and enjoying the warmth from the electric fireplace. The following morning, I pack my things, mount my skis to the roof and fat bike (which I’d intended to use at 3 Stage but never got the chance) to the rear rack of the Forester, and bid Cai adieu. On the drive back to Guelph, I’m in a great mood. The sunny morning. Rolling dirt roads. And memories of the past two days in these – The Blue Mountains.

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It’s amazing what a bit of ‘après’ will do for a man’s soul


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‘Patrick and I had hoped you’d be stopping by next week,’ Joanna Baars laments as we head towards one of several large greenhouses on her property. ‘The majority of our product won’t start arriving ‘til then.’ Comfortably embraced by her warm hospitality, I remind Joanna that I’m here for a portrait only – not for product shots – and that folks looking for something gorgeous for their garden, yard, or house won’t need to see the spectacular lushness of the greenhouses full to get a sense of the lavish scope of the Baars’ business. Indeed, there’s no arguing the fact that Arthur Greenhouses – located at 7470 Second Line in Arthur – has something for everyone with or without a green thumb. Annual and perennial bedding plants. Hanging baskets. Planters. Ornamental shrubs and trees. Fruit

shrubs and trees. Evergreens. Seeds. Vegetable transplants. Herbs. Potting soils. Organic and traditional fertilizers. I could go on. Like so many other remarkable farms and food businesses that dot Guelph and Wellington County, Arthur Greenhouses is a partner of Taste Real – a County of Wellington program that promotes local food and facilitates valuable connections among food businesses, consumers, farmers, and gardeners alike. Talented plant people like Joanna and Patrick Baars – folks whose enterprise brings beauty to our lives. Learn more at arthurgreenhouses.ca and tastereal.ca 


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JO R DA N DO LS O N , P RO P RIET O R L E G AC Y G R E E N S 1 8 ON T AR I O S T N, D T K L EGACYGR EEN S . C O M What’s to know: this miniature grocer doesn’t only offer fresh produce (as well as other staples including milk, bread, butter, and cheeses) but also sells Guelph’s own craft cider, Revel Cider, by the bottle. If you haven’t tried Revel’s spontaneouslyfermented cider, wine and perry, get on it.


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What’s to know: this downtown yoga studio offers

What’s to know: this downtown staple values bettering

classes divided into ‘Strength’, ‘Yoga’, and ‘Zen’

the environment, supporting local community, and

categories. With almost ten instructors leading classes

prioritizing organic, unrefined, and additive-free

that range from ‘hot pilates’ to ‘bad day yoga’ to ‘warm

products. With plenty of bulk items and a unique

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GETTING TO KNOW: STEWARD GROUP INTERVIEW BY CHRIS TIESSEN

ONE THING THAT’S BEEN CERTAIN DURING THIS YEAR OF COVID IS THE UNCERTAINTY OF FINANCIAL MARKETS. IN LIGHT OF THIS, WE DECIDED, IN LATE MARCH, TO SIT DOWN FOR A CHAT WITH SOMEONE CLOSE TO THE ACTION: ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE FINANCIAL ADVISORS, ROB KNIGHT OF STEWARD GROUP. ROB’S ALL ABOUT HELPING CLIENTS ACHIEVE FINANCIAL GOALS NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. WE ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS COMPELLING DESIRE TO HELP FOLKS GROW AND NURTURE LASTING AND MEANINGFUL LEGACIES. HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY: WHAT SHOULD OUR READERS KNOW ABOUT STEWARD GROUP?

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At our core, Steward Group strives to provide

WHY IS TAKING CARE OF FOLKS' MONEY AND BUILDING THEIR WEALTH IMPORTANT TO YOU?

clients with simple solutions for their complex

I believe that it’s fundamentally important that

financial futures. Established in 1989, we’re a multi-

individuals become great stewards of their finances.

generational company whose employees have

Therefore, my colleagues and I work hard to have

diverse and deep skillsets – or what I like to call

clients understand why the creation, management,

‘bench strength.’ At Steward Group, clients come

and preservation of their finances is intertwined and

first. Period.

interrelated with their life goals. I believe that anyone

WHAT SORTS OF CLIENTS DO YOU LIKE TO HELP MOST?

can build a legacy with solid advice and the right tools.

We love attracting clients who want and value

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR A FIRST-TIME INVESTOR?

seasoned advice. We work best with clients who

Start now. Don’t time the markets. Stay disciplined.

understand that our advice can – and does – get

And play the long game.

them to a better place with their finances.

HOW HAS COVID CHANGED PEOPLE'S APPROACHES TO INVESTING MONEY AND/ OR BUILDING WEALTH? COVID has emphasized the need for a long-term perspective with regard to investments. It’s made everyone more aware of financial risks (like market fluctuations). What’s great is that at Steward Group, due to our effective planning that emphasizes built-in flexibility, we have not been forced to make reactionary changes to our clients’ portfolios.

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WHAT ARE YOU UP TO WHEN YOU’RE NOT TAKING CARE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY? I love spending time at our family hobby farm, playing some golf, and cooking.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE REGIONAL RESTAURANTS FOR BUSINESS MEETINGS AND AFTER-WORK PLEASURE?

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S O U T H R I V E R : A PLACE TO CALL HOME There’s good reason why Elora has been

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abuts Elora's core, and countless trails

in Canada.’ The heart of the place itself has

leading to and from the community. The

a palpable aura amplified by its charming

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architecture and people-friendly scale. From

Ever been to Elora’s summer market in Bissell

its hip boutiques and eclectic galleries to its

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terrific restaurants, quaint cafes, phenomenal

Trail to Belwood on a Spring day? Or attended

craft brewery, and brand new craft distillery

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outdoor spaces – the town has everything a person (or family) needs to keep giddily, or

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THE FRIENDLY SOCIETY 8 WEST MILL ST, ELORA appeal to homebuyers in search of a home that is more than a dwelling: a treasured habitation that comes with a fantastic community and accommodates a coveted lifestyle. Indeed, Elora is so much more than a stunning road trip destination. With excellent schools, an abundance of green spaces and parklands, community and arts centres, rinks, and other essential amenities that help create a wonderful place to live – including a brand

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have prioritized working with some of the region’s top tradespeople to help deliver consistent quality and strive to exceed customer expectations (including superior aftersales service) every step of the way. When planning South River, both Granite Homes and Gemini considered what the people of Elora value, and what South River residents will need in order to thrive. They recognize that both the present and future residents of this singular town would expect them to do their absolute best to maintain the integrity of the

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Elora is known as much for its architectural magnificence as for its natural beauty – including its century homes and buildings crafted with local quarried stone. With this in mind, Granite Homes and Gemini Homebuilders are incorporating handcollected and hand-laid stone installations throughout South River. One of their initiatives is commissioning local stone mason Doug Bell to build stacked stone walls and stone art installations at South River – both to beautify the site and to recall the area's rich masonry heritage. Committed to creative partnering with industryleading experts, Granite Homes collaborated with Hicks Design Studio, whose activities in Elora include the massive, impressive renovation of the Elora Mill. Hicks can be relied upon to provide cohesive and thoughtful home designs and elevations that will enhance and sustain the ongoing charm of this spectacular town.

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K I T CH E N P A R A DI S E :

A TRIUMVIRATE OF PARAGON PROJECTS WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN

LOVING THE SPACE WE'RE IN CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE AS WE BATTLE COVID CABIN FEVER. THEN AGAIN, HASN'T IT ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE THAT THE SPACES WE OCCUPY CAN HAVE A PALPABLE IMPACT ON OUR SENSE OF WELLBEING? RECOGNIZING THIS FACT FOR YEARS NOW, GUELPH’S PARAGON KITCHENS HAS BEEN CRAFTING FABULOUS KITCHENS AND LIVING SPACES. A MONTH BACK THE TOQUE TEAM CHECKED OUT THREE PARAGON PROJECTS THAT SHOWCASE SPACES THAT RESPOND TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND DESIRES – SPACES EVERY ONE OF US WOULD, NO DOUBT, BE OH SO GLAD TO CALL OUR OWN. GET COMFY.


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‘THERE’S NO END TO IMAGINATION IN THE KITCHEN.’ – JULIA CHILD


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J A C K IE & K I LEY ’ S K I T CHEN Hospital Hill Neighbourhood, Guelph Jackie and Kiley love to collect things that bring them joy: vintage records, mid-century modern furniture, cookbooks, and fur babies too. They faced a dilemma: the main floor of their cozy home in Hospital Hill was broken up into several small dark rooms that offered inadequate space for the things among which they wanted to live – and also for the friends and family they love to host. Paragon Kitchens’ solution: to craft (with M2 Contractors) a bright, open concept, minimalist design that opens up the space and offers a seamless flow into the rest of the main floor.

THE HIGHLIGHT REEL: (1)

 cat door built into the cabinetry with a access to the basement litterbox

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oven in the centre island – for elaborate cooking and leftovers alike

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quartz countertops that are easy to clean and brighten the space

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striking light fixtures by Lambert et Fils

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single stool perch that allows one partner to hang out with their coffee while the other preps food

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modern style to fit with the home’s aesthetic


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floating shelves to display personal items

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resistant & scratch resistant

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cooktop design for the ultimate in

entertaining

F RAN & G ARY’S KITCHEN Old University Neighbourhood, Guelph For years, Fran and Gary used their Old University century home as an investment property. Last year they settled on a plan to make it their own home and proceeded to build a large-scale addition onto the side of it – including downstairs master, main floor kitchen, and upstairs apartment. Their new kitchen is the epicentre of this glorious place: seamlessly combining historical elements with modern design. The contemporary slab doors, for instance, harmonize with a classic colour palette of black, warm walnut, and brass. And preserved bits of original brick exterior wall contrast beautifully with large, black-framed modern windows.


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When Matt and Emily decided to renovate the kitchen of their side-split home in Guelph’s East End, they knew they wanted a large open space that was family friendly – an easy-going kitchen and main floor where they could hang out with their kids. Luckily for this young couple, building ‘family friendly’ is Paragon’s specialty. Working closely with M2 Contractors, Paragon opened up walls, moved doorways and windows, vaulted the ceiling, and completely relocated the kitchen. The result: a magnificent ‘chalet-type’ main floor space that combines kitchen, living room, and dining room alongside a lowered area that serves as a quiet retreat away from the action.

modern design that’s minimal

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finishes including

contemporary slab doors (with no seams to clean), textured wood laminate (to hide scuffs), and fingerprint & scratch-resistant FENIX NTM doors (3) g  orgeous

tile that makes it easy to

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viny flooring – the look of

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WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN

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KITCHENER

' S I MPLICIT Y IS T H E U LT IMATE FORM OF SOPHISTIC ATION.' -L EONARDO DA VINC I If you take the opportunity to visit the

‘Either for a furniture sale,’ Schreiter’s General

Schreiter’s website, you’ll find an archival

Manager, Chloe Lobsinger, tells me, ‘or a

photograph dating back to the late

funeral.’ I cock my head to one side – not

nineteenth century. The photo depicts a

sure whether I’ve heard Chloe right. She

throng of people gathered outside the

picks up on my exaggerated gesture, smiles,

original Schreiter’s location on King Street in

and explains: ‘Back when Schreiter’s first

downtown Kitchener. Men in dark suits and

opened in 1892, it doubled as a funeral

top hats mingle with women in long polka

home.' Sensing that I'm waiting for further

dot dresses and large-brimmed hats – all

explanation, she adds: 'After all, high-end

ostensibly vying to get inside the business’

furniture and coffins would have been made

main entrance. But why? For what?

by the same craftspeople.’ How wonderfully


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Johnny Schreiter

82 macabre, I think to myself, picturing a

‘Back when Schreiter’s began,’ Paul tells

late-nineteenth century family attending

me, ‘Kitchener was the furniture-making

Grandpa’s funeral (on the second floor of the

mecca of Ontario – with companies like

Schreiter’s building) in the morning, followed

Krug, Baetz, and Electrohome leading the

up by a shopping spree for fine upholstered

way. And Schreiter’s was right there, too,

armchairs and solid oak hutches (on the first

manufacturing its own upholstery and case

floor) after the service.

goods [wood pieces].’ Manufacturing – and retailing. Indeed, throughout the twentieth

I love learning about the history of Kitchener

century Schreiter’s was one of the largest

– my home town. Especially when that

furniture stores in the region. And while

history remains tangible today in the form

one-time Kitchener furniture stalwarts like

of places, buildings, or, in this case, business

Goudie’s, Eaton’s, and Bullas have all been

enterprises. Enterprises that are local

shuttered, Schreiter’s remains a trailblazer in

institutions, really. Enduring evidence of

furniture in the region and beyond.

where this city’s been – and where it’s headed now. Chloe and I are seated comfortably

‘I think that Schreiter’s has been able to

(after all, how else could a person sit in

remain successful for so long because the

Schreiter’s expansive digs?) and socially

business has always been great at pivoting

distanced in the business’ showroom. Paul

and innovating,' Paul observes. ‘When it

and Johnny Schreiter – representing fourth

was time to get out of the funeral business,

and fifth generation members of the family

we did. And when it was time to stop

business, and keepers of institutional and

manufacturing furniture and focusing on

family memory – are seated nearby.


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84 sales, we did that too. And,’ he adds, ‘when

‘Since at least the fifties, and probably before

it was time to differentiate ourselves by

then, too, we’ve leaned into ‘modern’ styles,’

bringing unique product lines to Canada, we

Johnny Schreiter remarks. As we chat, I scan

acted on that as well. We always embraced

the fourteen thousand square foot showroom

and promoted high end, fashionable

for evidence. There’s lots of it. Mid-century

product lines – like Scandinavian furniture,

modern pieces abound. As do Scandinavian

for instance. We made sure we were on the

modern. Eclectic modern. Bohemian modern.

cutting edge.’

Italian modern. ‘We’ve even got ‘Modern modern’ furniture,’ Chloe quips with a laugh.

In fact, back in the 1950s Schreiter’s created

‘Basically,’ she adds, ‘if your objective is to

a separate business – ‘The Teak Room’ –

recreate a look you saw in a lifestyle magazine

focused solely on Scandinavian pieces. The

or on Instagram, we’re your destination.’

space even had its own discreet location inside the larger Schreiter’s showroom,

While Schreiter’s features plenty of

then located on Gaukel Street in downtown

international brands, they make sure to stock

Kitchener. Forward thinking, to be sure. And

Canadian companies too. Like Gus Modern,

decidedly modern. While other shops in

a Toronto success story whose fantastically

the area focused on baroque- and Spanish-

chic chairs, sofas, tables, and more make

inspired furniture – heavy, dark, bloated –

me swoon. And West Bros Furniture (from

Schreiter’s kept things airy, minimalist, light.

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crafting distinctive, high quality, sustainable, solid wood furniture for bedrooms, dining


rooms, workspaces, and more. And Speke Klein (from Durham), whose bespoke mid-century modern tables, cabinets, shelving, and more are terrifically beautiful. After a while the four of us get up from the comfort of our seats and tour the showroom. Located in a re-adapted factory in trendy Belmont Village – in a vibrant Kitchener neighbourhood that’s recently been named ‘Midtown’ – the space offers so much to see. Living room, dining room, and bedroom configurations are everywhere – all lit naturally by the factory’s original skylights and accented with tall planters and bits of nostalgia. A bright orange vintage radio here. A white retro TV there. An antique video camera. A vintage typewriter. Old Schreiter’s print ads and newspaper clippings are framed on some of the walls. A receipt from 1923 – listing an entire house worth of furnishings for just over a hundred dollars – hangs in one of the washrooms.

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I make mention of the mix of modern furniture with vintage and antique items. ‘It’s our history,’ Johnny replies. ‘Items we’ve accumulated and collected along the way.’ Paul elaborates: ‘When you’ve been around for as long as we have, and enjoy beautiful things as much as we do, it’s hard not to display some of our favourite keepsakes. We know the provenance of each piece,' he adds, 'and you'd be amazed at the memories they evoke in the folks who take notice of them.’ ‘And besides,’ Chloe interjects, ‘the vintage really makes the modern pop.’

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of adventure raged, raged against the dying of the light by embracing the cold outdoors every chance they got. Their weapons of choice? Bikes. Boots. Ice picks. Snowmobiles. Skis. And, most of all, defiance and hope. Defiance of a world in which fear seems to prevail. And hope in a world that might remain a playground. For exploration. Antics. And escape.


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Winter pastime: Ice climbing Fave local climbing spot: Elora Best part about ice climbing: The feeling of empowerment Advice for beginners: You don’t have to be good at something to enjoy it immensely


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MIKE HRYN In the last year most of us have spent a lot more time in front of our screens for work, school, or entertainment. An interesting by-product is that investors have become increasingly aware of the news and its effect on the markets. Early in 2021 retail investors rose up and squeezed short sellers, and crypto currency again surged in popularity. Both events grabbed daily headlines -- and the curiosity of investors.

Knowing when to leap and when to stand back is complex. An advisor can navigate these decisions with you by contributing deep knowledge of the markets, by reflecting on how historic activity affected returns, by providing a full range of options to shift and rebalance investments, and by managing debt and savings to meet your goals. That is, an advisor can offer a rational voice that helps you separate emotion from objectivity while you make investment decisions.

These recent developments are a great example of the role human behaviour plays in investing. Fear and greed have been on full display. This can then be seen in the media and heard in conversations between investors and advisors: Did I own any GameStop? Why didn’t we buy Bitcoin?

In short, an advisor stays objective when the ‘noise’ makes it harder for investors to keep calm and carry on.

There will always be opportunities, trends, and fads. Smart investors should know their risk tolerance and overall goals so that they can move quickly to pursue something that interests them. There will also always be 'noise' in the news that will cause uncertainty. In other words, the markets will always offer both opportunity and risk.

All material has been prepared by Mike Hryn, who is a Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor with the Mactaggart Hryn Team at Richardson Wealth Limited. The opinions expressed in this report are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson Wealth Limited or its affiliates. Richardson Wealth Limited, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Richardson Wealth is a trademark of James Richardson & Sons Limited, used under license.

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rare CHARITABLE RESEARCH RESERVE WORDS BY MATT LAWSON; PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN ‘Pull your truck over at this next bend,’ I

initiatives, and protect lands for future use.

tell TOQUE’s Chris Tiessen as the two of us

Come to think of it, rare may very well be

cruise together down Whistlebare Road in

one of the coolest and most unique multi-

Cambridge in Chris’ bright blue Tacoma.

use conservation areas in the region – and

‘There’s a seldom-used entrance into the

possibly even in Canada.

place right up here.’ My mission on this glorious late winter day: to introduce Chris, a

After parking the Tacoma on the side of

lover of all things outdoors, to the expansive

the road right at the bend, Chris and I gear

rare Charitable Research Reserve – a place

up with mitts and scarves, winter hats and

I’ve come to adore over the past decades.

camera gear – and Chris’ brand new baby husky, Ellie – and trudge through the snow

Located on the edge of a sea of suburban

toward a weathered red brick gateway.

sprawl oozing west from Cambridge, rare

Before Chris (always the inquisitive type)

functions as a sort of glimmer of hope; that

can ask for what purpose the gate was built,

is, as a shining example of what conservation

I tell him: ‘This is the original entranceway

ethic and community spirit can do to promote

to Langdon Hall.’ Noting that I’ve piqued

environmental stewardship, foster research

Chris’ attention, I continue: ‘It’s called the Grand Allé, and would have functioned as


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a carriageway for visitors to the summer

Songbirds flitter through sun-speckled

house of Eugene Langdon Wilks and Pauline

juvenile trees and grasses. As Chris’ puppy,

Kingsmill [now the Langdon Hall Country

Ellie, noses her way through the snow in

House Hotel & Spa] over a hundred years

front, behind, and beside us, I register a

ago.’

sense of descending calm. Cares and worries fading, I feel ever more connected to our

We stroll down the former carriageway – now

surroundings. Tall oaks and black cherry,

a modest but wonderfully-set walking trail

rolling reclaimed grasslands, a super canopy

and official access point to the western areas

of white pines, and circling red-tailed hawks

of the rare trail network. On either side of us

stir in me a feeling of natural and historical

remnants of old growth deciduous forests

belonging. I interrupt our awed silence to

tower way above our heads. Along the way

suggest to Chris that he and I come back in

we observe an agricultural field exhibiting

the spring to observe how the vernal herbs

primary succession as it begins to colonize an

and flowers carpet the forest floor in this

area that had been left to grow fallow.

seemingly-enchanted place. He agrees. While Langdon Hall lies about a kilometre ahead of us, it’s not the only iconic estate


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woven together in an assemblage of nearly

Cruickston Park – an elegant, Elizabethan-

a thousand acres. Within this patchwork you

style manor featured in such films as ‘Red’,

can find (the aforementioned) old growth

‘Cold Creek Manor’, and, more recently,

deciduous forests, riparian limestone cliffs,

Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – is also

native tallgrass prairie, grasslands, trail

located in the middle of this most wonderful

networks, wetlands and cold water streams

charitable reserve.

(with native brook trout), and alvars (barren landscapes that are home to species-rich

When Chris and I finally decide to turn back

communities of rare flora and fauna). And

toward the truck, it’s hard to fathom that

educational and community gardens as

we’re not that far from Cambridge – and

well. All of these areas share distinctive and

even Kitchener. To be sure, our peaceful

unconventional borders such as agricultural

surroundings don’t give a hint that there’s

fields edged against old growth forests

urban sprawl nearby. Located near Blair,

or tallgrass prairie bordering residential

a sleepy heritage village only a five-minute

properties, the Grand River, and Blair Road.

drive from downtown Cambridge, rare carves

When landscapes such as these collide,

out an unassuming slice of paradise that

interesting things happen both socially and

you're likely not to notice while you pursue

ecologically.

your conventional bleary-eyed, coffee-soaked commute. But it's there, and ever so palpable

Chris and I are, understandably, not in a

if you allow yourself to take heed: a diverse

hurry. Eventually we arrive back at the red

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Phidon Pens is like heaven for paper enthusiasts.

So the Phidon team rolled up its sleeves and got to

Looking for the latest Field Notes pads? Phidon’s your

work – crafting a wonderfully easy-to-navigate site to

answer. How about that bright yellow Lamy fountain

showcase all that this pen and paper boutique has

pen? Phidon’s got it. And ink for that pen? Phidon.

to offer. ‘When we built out our site, we knew that

Kaweco raw brass pencil? Phidon. Super duper

we wanted the product to shine,'

expensive Caran D’Ache rollerball pen? Sketching

‘so we kept things light and airy, with lots of photos

supplies? You know it’s gotta be at Phidon.

and minimal text.’ And it works. The Phidon site is a

The TOQUE team absolutely adores this cozy boutique – located on Dixon St in downtown Cambridge. In

Mano tells me,

pleasure to peruse (makes it hard to keep the TOQUE team’s pen and paper fetish in check).

fact, in our opinion no trip to Cambridge is complete

‘Our new sites (check out Phidon's gorgeous Instagram

without a stop at Phidon. The shop’s just so perfectly

page, too) have literally saved our business,' Mano

curated – and chatting pens (or anything under the

exclaims. 'We built our online presence in April 2020

sun) with Phidon proprietor Mano Duggan is always

and have watched it gain momentum ever since.’

a great time. Imagine, then, when initial COVID

Which is such an amazing thing. After all, what’s a

lockdowns forced Phidon to close its doors to in-

reflective COVID life –- or a day in the home office --

store shoppers. It was devastating. And, at the time,

like without fantastic pens and paper.

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When the COVID pandemic took the world by storm in

hopefully feels a bit like you’re taking a wee shopping

March 2020, The Witty & Co was still a new business

trip with Greg and me.’ He continues: ‘So we’ve added

– with a half-completed website. When the store was

stories about us on the site, news about the shop --

forced to close during that first lockdown a year ago,

and linked the site to Instagram so you can easily visit

things seemed pretty dire. Indeed, there was no easy

the store from the social media platform. Customers

way for Witty clients (including the TOQUE team) to

even get a thank you card with their shipped order

stock up on unusual must-haves like raw porcelain

that includes a cartoon of the two of us that my father

flasks,

drew.’ A sweet personal touch, indeed.

beard balm, cheeky birthday cards, plant

misters, pistachio chocolate almond butter, white truffle honey – and so many other things in between.

And the most popular products sold online? ‘Folks are

Before long, shop owners Simon and Greg knew they

plants, and our curated line of food products.’

needed an online platform as slick and pretty as their bricks and mortar destination. And so, in January 2021, they built it. Together. Using Squarespace. ‘I take the photos,’ Simon lets me know when I ask him about

always ordering our wickedly funny cards, our cute

Having this new website – clean, simple, packed with a seemingly endless range of brilliantly curated treasures – has been a godsend for the Greg and

the Witty site, ‘and Greg fills in the text.’

Simon. ‘It’s given us flexibility,’ Simon remarks.

‘We really want our website to reflect the feeling you

curbside pickup, local delivery, further afield shipping

might get when you visit the store,' Simon remarks.

options, and in-store shopping too – when it’s allowed.’

'It’s clean, updated with new stock each week, and

‘Customers can now visit our site and choose between

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T H E A RT O F H O ME 11 Ainslie St S, Downtown Cambridge theartofhome.ca If there’s a recurring theme in this issue of TOQUE, it’s

owner of The Art of Home, tells me. 'While restrictions

that this pandemic has made us all more aware of the

evolved, we did have to update the site to include

spaces we live in. Indeed, being stuck at home reveals

curbside pickup, porch delivery, and in-store pickup as

the importance of making these familiar-enough

options at checkout. But these changes were doable.’

spaces our own – with beautiful things curated with care. Enter The Art of Home: a terrific Cambridge boutique that features everything from glass and ceramic vases to art prints, from woven rugs to soaps, from candles to serving boards and cheese knives.

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Exceptional products to embellish any space. (They’ve even got a clothing and footwear section, jewelry and

And how has the new website helped the business? ‘Our online store saved us this year – literally,’ Pamela notes, adding: ‘We’ve tried to create a site that reflects our in-store aesthetic. It’s approachable, whimsical, and elegant.’ Indeed, it is. Even a quick perusal through the site confirms Pamela’s remarks. Especially

accessories, and baby and kids items too.)

useful is the banner along the top of the homepage

This fashionable shop has been a downtown

shop, a message from the owners about COVID shop

destination for over eight years. And, until COVID

protocols, and store hours. No more scrolling down to

lockdowns began, it offered very congenial physical

the bottom of the site for these essentials.

surroundings where intrigued clients could enjoy finding themselves surrounded by beautiful things. So how has the boutique dealt with restricted in-store shopping? Serendipitously, the shop had created a sweet website for seamless online shopping eight

where shoppers can find a direct link for phoning the

The Art of Home has certainly dialed in their online game, with their Instagram page (featuring more than seventeen thousand followers) linking product to their site. And the most popular online product sales?

months before the pandemic struck.

‘Home décor, without a doubt,’ Pamela observes

‘When the pandemic hit we were already in a strong

year more than ever, it’s our top category. Candles.

position to shift to online only,' Pamela Mangos, co-

Throws. Pillows. Books. Puzzles.’ The list goes on.

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‘I can’t believe how good this is,’ Chris emotes

Ryan and Hong Hughes call through the

between bites. ‘It’s easily as good as it was

kitchen window to ask how our first bites

when we were here yesterday.’ And, yes,

have been. I eagerly nod and wave with a

funny enough, it was just yesterday that we

mouthful as Chris stays focussed on his

were here at Guelph-based Grassroots for

wedge salad. ‘When salads are done like

lunch. Chris and me: two folks who seldom

this, it’s honestly my favourite thing,’ he says,

shy away from pints or burgers, sitting here

cutting through the large hunk of crunchy

amidst the verdure, relishing every bright

seared savoy cabbage nested inside a bed of

bite of freshness embellished by heavenly

cherry tomatoes, pickled red onions, roasted

dressings. I had been wanting to bring Chris

portabello mushrooms, and drizzled with a

in ever since my wife Sonia brought home

creamy garlic ranch dressing – all this and

a Grassroots ‘Farmers’ Breakfast Bowl’ for

strips of Rowe Farms steak on top. ‘And this

brunch a few weeks ago. And now we can’t

steak is so tender,’ I add while devouring my

get enough.

own salad. (Both of us have chosen steak as our protein add-on.)

Chris and I are both head down and eating away as dynamic husband and wife owners

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quality protein add-ons such as grass-fed

of fresh fruit and veggies fills the air. It’s the

steak, antibiotic-free chicken, and pasture-

type of space that makes you feel uplifted,

raised eggs. ‘We wanted to create a menu

rejuvenated. Glancing back at the menu, I

that was healthy and nutritious for everyone,’

realize Chris and I have barely made a dent

Hong later tells us. ‘Whether you’re vegan,

in all the options available to us: smoothies,

vegetarian, or on a special diet like keto,

espresso, wraps, and menu favourites such as

there’s something for everyone.’

'Peanut Butter Bonanza Waffles' and 'Grassfed Steak Hoagie' – and even fuel bowls

I continue devouring my chopped salad –

like the 'Hot Ginger', which features brown

which is so colourful and bright. Shaved

rice, charred ginger, roasted zucchini, sweet

beets. Carrots. Pea shoots raised to the sky.

pepper, and mango. Jeez.

Coated with maple, basil and olive oil. A perfect subtle touch of crunchy sweetness.

After lunch, Hong tours us through the space which surprisingly blooms into a large second

Chris moves on to the avocado toast (which

seating area at the back – as well as a fitness

he guesses has a hint of maple) while I

studio even further back. The fitness space

come up for air and take a look around. The

would normally host classes such as yoga or

front seating area is bright and cozy with

meditation, but it's been closed since the start

warm brick walls. Succulents and potted

of the pandemic. Despite needing to shutter

tropical plants fill the space while the smell

that portion of their business, Hong and Ryan


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Ryan & Hong Hughes

are truly onto something. To be sure, the

assistance and so we’re really proud to be

steady stream of delivery drivers picking up

persevering. We have fourteen staff members

orders confirms their unabated popularity.

– and we’re even hiring more.’ More power, then.

‘Despite the pandemic, our business has just kept growing,’ Hong tells us. ‘We’ve been

I can't resist grabbing a 'Banana Berry

blessed with some great regulars, and word-

Smoothie' to-go as we head on our way, both

of-mouth has been amazing.’ Hong goes

of us feeling rejuvenated and refreshed –

on to say how grateful she is for their ever-

each of us discretely checking our calendars

growing fan base, which has really helped

for when we can head back for lunch again

them along during this tough time. Because

.

Grassroots was still a young business when COVID struck, they’ve been ineligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (they had limited 2019 sales data that would have allowed them to determine their losses in 2020). ‘We were one of the businesses that fell through the cracks of government

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