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Relax & Enjoy: Ten Business Owners Talk Summer in Grey-Bruce

July 23, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH TACOMA

Advice on how to help homeowners get every job done and enjoy the sunshine.

 
A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p. 82. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.

 

RHONDA KIRK

OWNER 

 
We offer home furnishings and accessories for every room of your home at great prices. This summer, relax at home and enjoy the area. Travel can be hectic, there are often lots of great things you can do in your own backyard. Hit up a restaurant, trail or event that you have never been to before. Pick a book from the best-seller list and immediately de-stress. 
 
AT WORK 
Interesting Products: We see just about everything you need at home come through the doors at our stores. Speciality: Offering high quality products at the lowest possible price, tax included and returnable as always. Current Projects: We are bringing in an exciting new furniture line. 
 
AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Vanilla praline and Dutch chocolate.How Do You Worry Less And Relax More: I am not very good at relaxing, but I do try not to sweat the small stuff as much as possible. Most Used Item: Our ultra-comfortable sofa and the coffee maker – we love Netflix and coffee. 
 

SCOTT CROWTHER
 
SALES REPRESENTATIVE 
 
 
Selling? Start with a plan, your goals and timelines and then sit back and let me do what I do best! Buying? I’ll do the planning, research and help you make decisions to find the perfect property. We’ll have fun along the way. 
 
AT WORK 
Most Interesting Listing: All of them. Trending: Technology. Out-of-area buyers need all the information, including mapping, drone aerial, immersive floor plans plus more. Technology helps me provide more information for my clients. Specialty: Rural properties and farms.
 
AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Chocolate mint in a waffle cone. Neighbourhood:Meaford (North Sydenham). How Do You Relax More And Worry Less: Outdoors with my children and once a year, cutting hay for our animals. Charcoal Or Propane: Propane. 
 

 

TANYA FRANCIS  & MIKE CHAMBERS
 
BRANCH MANAGER 
 
 
We are committed to you and your success by providing quality products and service excellence. Our Mahindra line provides versatile equipment so you will be able to lift more, pull more and mow more to get your chores done quicker and easier than ever before. We also carry Cub Cadet and Makita, so it will be easy for you to have the best lawn in the neighbourhood. 
 
AT WORK 
Most Interesting Product: Our new Makita line is catching the eye of residential owners, from power equipment to lawn and garden tools that all use an 18-volt battery that fits into every piece of equipment. Trending: Functional and practical sub-compact tractors, with various attachments that include loaders, mowers, sweepers, blowers and blades. Specialty: We build long-term partnerships, not just completing a sale but helping from the first visit, to the final delivery. 
 
AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Mike: Blueberry in a flat bottom cone. Neighbourhood: Mike: Lake Rosalind. Tanya: Hanover. How Do You Relax More And Worry Less: Mike: Metal art worry hobby. Tanya: Swimming in the pond. Most Used Item: Mike: Water tap. Tanya: Coffee maker. 
 

PAUL LEIS SALES SUPERVISOR, HENRY WEBER OWNER, & KEVIN LEIS GENERAL MANAGER
 
 
Frontier can supply your excavation and material-handling needs with loaders and skid steers that will let you work hard and then play all the time. 
 
AT WORK 
Most Interesting Product: Wheeled excavators. Trending: Tracked Skid Steers. Speciality: Sales and service of skid steers. 
 
KEVIN AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Cookies and cream. Neighbourhood:Harriston. How Do You Relax More And Worry Less: Put my feet up whenever I can. Most Used Item: My cell phone. Charcoal Or Propane: Propane.
 

KEVIN & HEIDI SCHAUS 
 
OWNERS 
 
 
We’ll take the stress out of your next project by designing, illustrating, bringing good function and practical knowledge to your interior design decisions. We will source and collect materials and information to save you precious time so you enjoy the complete design experience. 
 
AT WORK 
Current Trend: So many uses for wood and natural materials or feature walls. Interesting Application: Epoxy wood countertops. Current Project: A modern industrial custom home.
 
AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Heidi: Coffee gelato in a cup. Neighbourhood:Hanover, in a work in progress 1939 Craftsman home. How Do You Worry Less And Relax More: Heidi: Dock my phone for the weekend. Kevin: Go golfing. Charcoal Or Propane: Propane. 
 

CHRISTIAN LEGGETT OWNER & MARIE RAMSAY SENIOR SALES REPRESENTATIVE
 
 
You have probably spent all winter looking at your to-do list of projects. Don’t feel overwhelmed, most are easier than you think. With expert advice and products from Dulux Paint, it’s easy to turn an intimidating project into a rewarding accomplishment.
 
AT WORK 
Current Projects: Rewarding community projects like the Salvation Army, OS Waste Water treatment plant, downtown City Hall and the OS Library renovation. Specialty: Adaptability. Customers leave the store with the right products to achieve their vision, armed with the knowledge of how to do it right and the confidence to
know they can. 
 
CHRISTIAN AT HOME 
Neighbourhood: Owen Sound. How Do You Worry Less And Relax More: Everything seems to come together after a good cup of coffee (thank you Frog Pond). Charcoal Or Propane: Taste the meat not the heat. Only the finest propane and propane accessories will do. 
 

COURTNEY MAHON & DONNA HALL 
 
OWNERS 
 
 
We guide and assist clients through every aspect of the design process, no matter the season. Relax knowing we remove the stress of project planning by providing beautiful 3D renderings of your design that will feature your finishes and fixtures. Let us help make your new build or renovation an exceptional experience. 
 
 
AT WORK 
Most Interesting Project: Custom built contemporary ski chalet. What’s Trending: Cool geometric patterns and fabulous floral prints. Specialty: Bringing designs to life using 3D computer renderings. 
 
AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Courtney: Chocolate peanut butter in a cup. Donna: Moose tracks in a waffle cone. How Do You Worry Less And Relax More: Courtney: Exercise, Netflix and chill. Donna:Organize and exercise. Most Used Item: Courtney: Washer and dryer. Donna:The television. 
 

 
PHIL MARTENS 
OWNER 
 
 
At Topnotch Furniture we can help you enjoy a relaxing summer outside with our superior-quality outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic and stainless steel hardware that will last for years to come. We also have solid wood furniture built with incredible quality. 
 
AT WORK 
Most Interesting Product: Beautiful river tables. Trending: Live-edge tables and furniture. Cool Project:A 10-foot table with coordinating chairs, buffet and a large hutch. Speciality:Custom- built solid wood furniture. 
 
AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone. Neighbourhood:Huron County near Gorrie. How Do You Relax More And Worry Less: Spending evenings on the deck around the fire, grilling some food and enjoying my family. Charcoal Or Propane: Propane. 
 

DOUG & JANET WRIGHT
 
OWNERS 
 
 
We will guide each customer through the planning process and bring their vision and dreams to life. A Built Wright installed fence will give peace of mind, with a sense of security, while enhancing and adding value to your outdoor living space. 
 
AT WORK 
Most Interesting Product: Konik Laser Cut Panels that are stunning and breathtaking. Trending: Various styles of ornamental wrought-iron fencing. Specialty: We pride ourselves in installing superior products with first-class workmanship. 
 
AT HOME 
Perfect Ice Cream Cone: We both love orange sherbet in a waffle cone. How Do You Worry Less And Relax More: Spend time with our family and a nice cold cocktail. Most Used Item: The remote control. 
 

LINDA & ROB URBSHOTT
 
OWNERS 
 
 
We take care of all your window covering needs from providing an in-home consultation to installation. At the consultation we have samples and colours to match your décor, we will measure your windows and then provide you with a quote. So just sit back and relax and let us do the work.
 
AT WORK 
New Product: Lutron automated shades that can be controlled with your smart phone. Trending: Roller shades and lots of colour. Specialty: Customer service. 
 
AT HOME 
Ice Cream Cone: Linda: Plain cone with a double scoop of black cherry ice cream. Rob: Waffle cone with a double scoop of pralines and cream. Neighbourhood: Lake Charles area. How Do You Worry Less And Relax More: Linda: Work in my gardens. Rob: Spend time with my horses. Charcoal Or Propane: In our home, propane! 
 

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