Haunted Spaces – The Albion Hotel, Guelph, ON
Aug21

Haunted Spaces – The Albion Hotel, Guelph, ON

As we continue on with our “Abandoned Spaces” series, we thought for the fall edition we’d change it up, and put a spooky spin on things! I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a haunted hotel that creeps me out even more than a haunted house. It was probably watching “The Shining” many years ago that created this strange preference of mine. So after some digging, I found out that there’s actually quite a few...

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Classic Cars – 1971 Corvette Stingray
Aug21

Classic Cars – 1971 Corvette Stingray

One of the Commandments reads, “Thou shall not covet thy neighbour’s wife.” However, I don’t think there’s one that says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. That’s a good thing, because in this case, the “thy neighbour” is “my neighbour”… and I do! Yes, just next door, just several short feet away, sits a stunning “Bridgehampton Blue” 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with gleaming chrome bumpers...

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Ask the Landscape Architect Expert
Aug21

Ask the Landscape Architect Expert

Part Four: The Final Phase: Construction and the Bill – Project Delivery We have arrived at the final section of this multi-part series, covering the many phases of a professional landscaping project. We’ve discussed many topics, including planning, budget, design, and the expectations that need to be set amongst all the service providers working on the project. Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture, has guided...

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Honouring All of Our Heroes – Bravery Park, Orangeville
Aug21

Honouring All of Our Heroes – Bravery Park, Orangeville

The goal of Bravery Park is to create awareness of the roles our soldiers play both nationally and internationally. It is intended to inspire conversations and questions about our military. As we speak, our Canadian forces are stationed all over the world on various environmental and humanitarian missions. Some of these missions – like the current mission in Mali – will expose our Canadian soldiers to extreme violence,...

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100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice: The End of the Great War
Aug21

100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice: The End of the Great War

November 11, 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of Armistice of the First World War. On November 11, 1918, all fighting on land, sea, and air came to an end between the Allied forces and their last opponent, Germany. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 100 years, with all the information available detailing the lives lost and catastrophic damage done. As this anniversary date approaches, we thought it would be important to acknowledge...

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Green, Green Grass of Home
Aug21

Green, Green Grass of Home

Of all the plant life that adorns residential and/or business properties, grass is easily the most prevalent. While it is hearty and thrives practically everywhere, grass is not invincible. Thus, certain measures need to be taken to ensure sod achieves its maximum potential while, and after, it is being laid. Before embarking on such a project, it is always wise to consult a professional. Smilsky Sod Farms Ltd. of Tottenham has been...

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Doing a DIY Project?
Aug21

Doing a DIY Project?

Many home improvement stories have graced the pages of this magazine over the years; a lot of them dealing with finding the right contractors for the job and working with them to achieve optimal results. There are times, however, when homeowners feel they have the tools and wherewithal to tackle a project by themselves. With proper planning and the right advice, the results are usually quite positive. To begin with, each project...

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Put a Feather in Your Hat!
Aug21

Put a Feather in Your Hat!

The only sure thing in life is change, they say, and that can certainly be said about hats! Hats have certainly had an up and down, and up again, history. They have been worn for practical, fashionable, social and other reasons. And fortunately today offers up so many choices to wear one and make it fun. A “Hatted” History The earliest known documented hats were from just before 3000 BC in Egypt. However, “Otzi” the “Iceman” found...

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A Store Like No Other
Aug21

A Store Like No Other

When it comes to gift giving, even if that gift is to yourself, a “must stop” shopping experience while on your travels should be Arthur Cash and Carry, located in lovely Arthur, Ontario. This amazing retail store boasts 4,000 square feet of beautiful and unique home furnishings, lighting, linens, cookware, and just about everything else you can think of, that you just won’t find anywhere else. Fran Turnbull, owner of Arthur Cash and...

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The Beauty of Stained Glass
Aug21

The Beauty of Stained Glass

When I receive my assignments, I never know quite what to expect. Which means I’m always in for an incredible new experience with each and every one. For some of my interviews I have the honour of hearing some personal stories, and it’s from there I draw much of my inspiration for the way in which I deliver my words to you, the reader. One such story revolved around a stained-glass piece of artwork that had been created for a family...

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Business Profile: Janssen Design / JDC Custom Homes Inc
Aug21

Business Profile: Janssen Design / JDC Custom Homes Inc

Starting a successful family business is one of the most difficult things a person can do. And keeping that business successful over the generations is even more challenging.  A successful business must develop their capabilities in communication, business finance and planning, as well as leadership development and training. We recently had the distinct pleasure to sit down with Paul and Margaret Janssen, owners of JDC Custom Homes...

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Downsizing in Style
Aug21

Downsizing in Style

Downsizing, purging, changing area codes, and building a home from the ground up, sounds a little daunting.  However, when you pair an incredible couple, with Kevin Vanleeuwen, Owner of Exact Construction Ltd. in Fergus, Ontario, what you get is a stunning, loft  bungalow, cleverly designed, and beautifully decorated. The couple who paired with Kevin, to design this home, wanted a space, closer to their grandchildren, and smaller than...

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A New Showroom
Aug21

A New Showroom

Things are buzzing in the home renovations market, these days. An indicator of the vibrancy in the business is the new showroom NAK Cabinetry will soon open to the public located on C-Line in Orangeville. Customers can currently visit by appointment.  Proprietor Oliver Muhs calls the showroom “a work in progress that is almost finished.” Nevertheless, there is a significant offering for people entering the premises in search of...

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African Safari: Survival on the Serengeti
Aug21

African Safari: Survival on the Serengeti

Remarkably, there are still wilderness areas where you can visit and observe large African animals roaming free. The Great African Migration on the endless plains of the Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya host an annual cyclical movement of over a million and a half animals, mostly ungulates, (hoofed mammals) that typically travel over 1,500 km in a quest for fresh grassland.  When you drive out on the Serengeti the fauna are so...

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Artist Profile: Kelly McNeil – Wildlife up Close
Aug21

Artist Profile: Kelly McNeil – Wildlife up Close

Dragonfly Arts on Broadway, located in Orangeville, ON, has so many lovely and unique things to offer to those who appreciate lovely and unique things! Their beautiful space plays host to some extra- ordinary Canadian artwork and artisans, with some of these artists having a working space right in the middle of this beautiful gallery. One of those extraordinary artists is Kelly McNeil, wildlife painter, who sat down with me to talk...

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