From Damaged to Jaw Dropping
Jun04

From Damaged to Jaw Dropping

The beauty of a home built from bricks is easy to achieve, but only if the materials used are strong, ultimately limiting future problems. This 40-year-old house in the charming township of Amaranth was initially exposed red brick, but then deterioration problems set in. In charge of the restoration was Martin Porteous, president of The Outside Guy Inc, in Orangeville. They are a go-to company for all your outside projects, but their...

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Layers [Lairs] in Time: Westminster United Church, Orangeville
Jun04

Layers [Lairs] in Time: Westminster United Church, Orangeville

The tower of Westminster United Church certainly dominates the skyline as you approach it from any distance. Most of us take for granted that it is just “there” as a major landmark of the town. But what is its story? It has actually been that landmark since 1879! Born in 1851, the architect, Cornelius J. Soule, started his career initially in designing a high school for Campbellford in 1871. Besides Westminster United Church, he...

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FEATURED ARTIST: Margaret Peter
Jun04

FEATURED ARTIST: Margaret Peter

Tucked inside the old Quebec Street Shoppes, inside the Guelph Artisans Store that’s run by the GCAA (Guelph Creative Arts Association) is a wall that proudly displays some amazing works of art. Amongst them are the works of Margaret Peter, a local Guelph artisan who has been contributing to the local art scene for many years. Having always fostered a love of art, Margaret has been making a name for herself since her graduation from...

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Refresh Your Home
Jun04

Refresh Your Home

The welcome mats are laid out for your arrival at Benjamin Moore’s individually owned Focus on Decorating. Established for more than 20 years, Focus on Decorating is Orangeville’s premiere paint and décor store that specializes in one-on-one expert service that you simply won’t find in larger chain stores. They pride themselves on their wide range of product and colour knowledge. Everything from superior paint and stain coatings,...

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Keeping Your Feet Healthy: Orthotics and Laser Therapy
Jun04

Keeping Your Feet Healthy: Orthotics and Laser Therapy

When it comes to our society’s overall state of health, the focus will invariably be on our aging population and the inevitable ailments that come with getting older. Therefore, problems with the function of our feet may automatically be attributed to the fact that more of us are hobbling into the twilight of our lives. Yet, it’s not that simple. It can be easily argued that feet take the biggest pounding of any of our appendages and...

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BUSINESS PROFILE: GK Interior Solutions, Guelph
Jun04

BUSINESS PROFILE: GK Interior Solutions, Guelph

You’re thinking of taking on a kitchen renovation and your mind is full of budgets, designs, project management and trying to decide which company is going to deliver the end result you see in your mind’s eye. One company that is sure to deliver far beyond your expectations is GK Interior Solutions. Opened by Gord Campbell and Karl Stamp, this corporation has been in operation since 2007 but has over 30 years of talent and experience...

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A Day at the Races
Jun04

A Day at the Races

I’m usually not one to “tell tales out of school”, but this one I think I can share. My father always wanted to own horses. Just before he fell ill, he was making plans to return to Canada, purchase some land, and fulfill his dream of being a horse owner. There have been many things I’ve been able to do as his daughter that would lend themselves to experiences he never got to have. However, I never thought that fulfilling his dream of...

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Your One Stop Shop and Overall Best Value!
Jun04

Your One Stop Shop and Overall Best Value!

Aman Sandhu, of Designer Furniture Outlet in Guelph, literally knows furniture from the inside out! He comes to this business honestly and it is his passion! When he came to Canada at the age of 15 with his family, he had to find a part time job after school to help out. This very first job was in a furniture manufacturing company. He initially started installing the springs in sofas, and from there he progressed to cutting the...

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Reversing Aging-Understanding Your Microbiome
Jun03

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Reversing Aging-Understanding Your Microbiome

I recently visited The Total Health Show in Toronto and had the great fortune to attend a lecture given by Dr. Stephen R. Gundry. He is an eminent heart surgeon as well as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the human microbiome, the gut reaction to the foods we eat and the products we use. The information in that lecture has led me to write this article, as it is essential to longevity and health.  I shall try to explain...

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BUSINESS PROFILE: Alton Greenhouses and Garden Centre
Jun03

BUSINESS PROFILE: Alton Greenhouses and Garden Centre

With the cold grip of winter finally behind us, we begin to look forward to the rejuvenating warmth and comfort of the summer sunshine.  We think of lazy afternoons in the garden, drinking lemonade and tending to our little nurseries at a leisurely pace. We imagine things like trail walks, patio BBQs and lush gardens brimming with beautiful fragrant foliage. We look to the garden centers to help us fill our yards with a colourful...

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BUSINESS PROFILE – Allto Construction
Jun03

BUSINESS PROFILE – Allto Construction

When any company starts out, it will present its reason for existence, its perceived market and its vision for the future. There is really only one factor that will decide whether that plan is correct … and that factor is time. Only time will tell if the company will be stable enough to reach its revenue and market potential. Happy 50th Anniversary Allto Construction. You have stood the test of time! In 1969, Larry Acchione, along...

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ASK THE LANDSCAPE EXPERT: Pet-Centric Gardens
Jun03

ASK THE LANDSCAPE EXPERT: Pet-Centric Gardens

His name was Shiloh. A beautiful, gentle Australian Shepherd who gave Paul Brydges and his family all of his love for 16 years. While sweet Shiloh is no longer with us, he is definitely an inspiration when Paul Brydges works his landscape designs where the family pet is very much a considered client. Having and maintaining a beautiful garden while the pets are playing and running through it can definitely be a challenge. So when...

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Come for the Coffee Stay for the Botany
Jun03

Come for the Coffee Stay for the Botany

The smell of fresh coffee is typically not associated with a flower shop, but Suzanne Gardner Flowers is anything but a typical flower shop. The shop itself contains no remnants of the former sandwich shop previously located in the space. Suzanne Gardner and her husband have consciously preserved the 200-year-old building, mixing exposed brick with oversized furniture; creating   an industrial look that is both chic and welcoming....

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TRAVEL FEATURE: Meanderings & Wanderings in the Highlands of Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Jun03

TRAVEL FEATURE: Meanderings & Wanderings in the Highlands of Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Be it the historical battles for supremacy, the allure of its people, the exhilaration of its mountain scenery or the romance of its castles, Scotland will embrace you in its magic of curiosity, intrigue and wonder. To accurately appreciate the breadth of Scotland’s history, let’s start back when its oldest habitation, a place known as Skara Brae, was discovered around 1850, on the shores of the Bay of Skaill, Orkney Islands. When...

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Creating a Cohesive and Accessible Space
Jun03

Creating a Cohesive and Accessible Space

Tumber Landscape Design & Build is a landscape company founded in 1976. Since its beginning, Tumber has prided itself on uncompromising dedication to its craft and clients’ needs. Recently they took on a project that allowed them to demonstrate their creativity while at the same time conceptualizing and constructing a space that met the needs and wants of their client. The property was an old, beautiful, Victorian farm with a...

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Living Off The Grid: Peaceful, Sustainable and Smart!
Jun03

Living Off The Grid: Peaceful, Sustainable and Smart!

“Sustainable Living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the earth’s natural resources, and of one’s personal resources. Its practitioners often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet.” Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is. We’ve recently had the pleasure of sitting...

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MILESTONES: PART II – Did Work Make You Smile Today?
May30

MILESTONES: PART II – Did Work Make You Smile Today?

At some point in life, everyone begins their personal journey towards a chosen career. For some, that looks like a well-planned education, graduation and job application. For others, we stumble into a field of work and fall in love with it. Some professionals change their career path several times throughout life and experience a combination of the two. In my experience, the common denominator for everyone is the pursuit of happiness....

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Thailand: Travel and Exploration
Dec03

Thailand: Travel and Exploration

For our winter edition, we’ve decided to do something a little different. I’ve been given the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of our very own, the amazing Amanda Kelly. Amanda is a member of our production team, and also just happens to be the office “sweetheart”. When this project sheet came across my desk, and I saw that I was going to learn about her month-long trip to Thailand, I knew I was in for something special. What I...

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Lessons From the Reading Room: Slowing Down
Dec03

Lessons From the Reading Room: Slowing Down

Recently I learned a lesson. While it was not directly from the “Reading Room”, it did lead to an incredible interview with the lovely Hazel McGuiness. My original lesson? Well, it’s that I was doing too much too fast, and essentially just spinning my wheels. While not paying attention to all of the signs telling me to slow down, the universe decided it would make that decision for me. I literally stepped into a hornet’s nest, and was...

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Be Kind to Your Feet!
Dec03

Be Kind to Your Feet!

While most of us are fully aware of the importance of a good pair of shoes, there is a prevailing misconception that footwear is more glam than substance. This, perhaps, could be attributed to stories about former Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos’ vast and legendary shoe collection; or tales of high school kids shelling out hundreds of dollars to wear a pair of Air Jordan sneakers. The backlash was people often taking the pragmatic...

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