Learn About the Ontario GreenON Program
May17

Learn About the Ontario GreenON Program

You do not have to be a real estate genius to understand the benefits of having new windows installed in your home. They add instant value to the house’s resale value, immediately improve its aesthetics and are constructed to retain heat in the winter and coolness in the summer; thus lowering the hydro bill. A potential drawback would be that the homeowner may not have the financial resources to manage such a project. A provincial...

Read More
Business Profile: Kamelyan Window Coverings
May17

Business Profile: Kamelyan Window Coverings

When you hear that a business is celebrating its 40th anniversary, you can be assured of several factors contributing to its longevity. Some clichés come to mind; such as having a sound business model, proactive management and a keen eye on market niches. Yet, there is one factor that just might supersede all the aforementioned. A company prospers for four decades because that company is passionate about its product and its craft....

Read More
Business Profile: The Farm Fresh Experience!
May17

Business Profile: The Farm Fresh Experience!

Achieving 30 successful years in business is no small accomplishment. Even more so, is the dedication and love this incredibly giving family has, not only for each other, but for the customers they serve. Their business story actually begins back in 1975, and their family story starts way before that. “My father and mother worked in a grocery store together, and that’s where they met. My father was the produce manager, and they...

Read More
Eating For Your Mind, Body & Soul
May17

Eating For Your Mind, Body & Soul

INTENTION. It’s a word that we rarely hear when speaking about the food we put into our bodies, but having spent some time with Brenda Beattie, owner of Healthy Cravings Holistic Kitchen in Shelburne, ON, it is a word that we should always be thinking about when it comes to the way we fuel our bodies. Brenda has a unique approach to her menu, but one that makes perfect sense and addresses every need that our bodies and minds require...

Read More
Business Profile: Pollock Water For Life
May17

Business Profile: Pollock Water For Life

When you think of Pollock Pools and Spas in Guelph, you think water specialists. And that’s right. With more than 30 years in business, they are a trusted resource for leisure and lifestyle water experiences, with quality products, installation and service. Among their many offerings, their experienced team helps customers with water products, to maintain the care of their pools and spas, including testing water for issues such as pH...

Read More
Abandoned But Not Forgotten – Guelph Correctional Centre
May16

Abandoned But Not Forgotten – Guelph Correctional Centre

The next stop in our Abandoned Spaces series is one steeped not only in history, but includes progressive influences, and political ownership. We introduce you to the “Ontario Reformatory”, or as most now know it, the “Guelph Correctional Centre”. It all began with a progressive idea from Ontario’s Provincial Secretary, William Hanna. Hanna believed that society would benefit from certain prisoners being...

Read More
Character is What Solid Wood Furniture is All About
May16

Character is What Solid Wood Furniture is All About

There is an intrinsic value in a piece of custom-made, solid wood furniture that cannot be measured in mere dollars. That custom dining room set you just purchased may be brand new, but it is somehow already a family legacy. Those who crafted it did not only produce a well-functioning furnishing, they also manufactured history. Mike Taylor, co-proprietor of Great Canadian Solid Wood Furniture in Orangeville, has been in the business...

Read More
Humber Orangeville Pathways Programs
May16

Humber Orangeville Pathways Programs

Life is a journey. Actually, it can be a series of journeys with people, lessons, and experiences, all which help us shape and mold our lives and our futures. Education can be instrumental in creating your life journey, and often will help you discover the direction your life can take. Choosing your path on the “journey of education” can often be overwhelming, and at times a little frightening. But the incredible staff, resources, and...

Read More
Sit. Stay. Fetch.
May16

Sit. Stay. Fetch.

A clear perk of my job here at the magazine is that there are so many incredible stories that I have the privilege to share. This particular story represents a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that I was thrilled to take part in, not only because the subject matter is so close to my heart, but also due to the strong sense of pride there is in knowing that an internationally acclaimed dog training facility just happens to be...

Read More
Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard
May16

Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard

Picture yourself luxuriating in the pool at an exotic resort. The soothing water permeates through your flesh as it melodiously courses through exquisite rock formations illuminated by an array of sparkling lights. When it’s finally time to leave this Shangri-La, there is no need to pack up your bags, go through the checkout procedures and make your way to the airport. Instead, you simply hop out of the pool, open the back door and...

Read More
Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington
May16

Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington

On a Sunday morning you might find him at the Elora Brewing Company picking 40’s country for the Honky Tonk Brunch. Or playing early American blues on a Saturday night with Waterloo groups Frog & Henry, and the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band. On a weekday, he’s often tutoring students at his home studio on the guitar, ukulele, or lap steel. Over the last 8 years, Rich Burnett has spent much of his career expanding and transforming his...

Read More
Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process
May16

Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process

When we last spent time with Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc, the topic of discussion focused on budget, and was part two of our four-part series “Ask the Expert”. As we enter “Part Three: The Tendering Process”, Paul teaches us that both timing and economics are key essential outcomes when making some crucial decisions. “The beauty of working with a landscape designer is that they act as a support contact...

Read More
Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental
May10

Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental

In the construction and renovations business, acquiring and maintaining the proper tools and equipment is a huge capital investment. Not only can the machinery be costly, it may not be used enough to justify purchasing it. Therefore, it often makes sense to rent tools and equipment, rather than buy them. First of all, the initial purchase costs are avoided when one opts to rent. As well, depreciation in the machine’s value is not a...

Read More
Lessons From the Reading Room
May10

Lessons From the Reading Room

When you are an empath, you tend to feel everything. That sense when you walk into a room and you can just “feel” the energy, and then are instantly shifted into the energy itself. Well, I recently had the wonderful opportunity to walk through the office doors of “The Hazel Tree”, in Mono, ON, and sure enough, I felt instantly at peace. I couldn’t quite tell what felt so special about this place, and then when she walked in, instantly...

Read More
Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle
May10

Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle

Turmeric (curcuma longa) has long been known in China, Asia, India and Indonesia as one of the most powerful healing plants in nature. It is a cousin to ginger and is used in India as one of the primary curry spices. Turmeric has always been a wonder crop and used traditionally for curing diseases and conditions such as, bites, cuts, eczema, skin conditions, as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and...

Read More
Walking In Good Health
May09

Walking In Good Health

When I asked my local Chiropodist, why May is “Foot Health Month”?, the answer was an obvious one! May is the month where we all transition our footwear from winter boots and closed shoes to summer flip flops and sandals. About 70 per cent of us suffer from some sort of foot problem, and women can suffer four times as much as men. “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art” said Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, a...

Read More
African Safari Precious Moments on Tanzania’s Arid Savannah
May09

African Safari Precious Moments on Tanzania’s Arid Savannah

Even with my outdoors upbringing in Canada, it was impossible to prepare for what awaited me in Africa. Nothing comes close to the authentic experiences with the multitude of wildlife one can see and be amongst, who thrive in this unique isolation from civilization. Arriving at night at the Kilimanjaro airport I am struck by the absolute darkness all around us. As we disembark and walk across the tarmac, the small airport has the...

Read More
Thinking of Investing in a Pool this Summer?
May09

Thinking of Investing in a Pool this Summer?

Ask a residential pool owner why he or she has one, and chances are you will hear a lot of different reasons. Some will say the backyard pool is the perfect spot for family recreation and bonding. Others will point out that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise there is. Then there will be people who find it more practical to take the thirty steps to get to their landscaped pool area, rather than drive hundreds of miles to a...

Read More
Creating Winter Interest. Work with Mother Nature.
May09

Creating Winter Interest. Work with Mother Nature.

So, it’s summer, and just why are we talking about planning for a winter landscape? Simple – we have to think about it now! When else are you going to do those plantings and move that earth than in the next few months! Think back to gardening magazines or books you may have read on stately English homes, those that you envy or admire. Many of them feature beautiful outdoor vistas with attractively arranged plant and garden features,...

Read More
So Much To See! The Plumber’s Wife New Design Centre
May09

So Much To See! The Plumber’s Wife New Design Centre

Celebrating 10 years in business is quite a milestone. While this lovely store in Arthur, ON always had many products and services to offer, as they reached their 10 year anniversary, owner Paula Coffey figured out a way to make it even better! Expanding her existing space into the back portion of the building was a big undertaking as well as an exciting vision, but one that has now come to fruition and it’s been well worth the wait....

Read More