Dog or cat? Tea or coffee? We check in with some of Niagara’s pros to find which team they’re on and gain a little more insight into their work and home life.
ASHLEY & JAMIE RADUNSKY
Radunsky Construction was established in 2010 and we’ve quickly become known in Niagara for our premium custom cabinetry and craft furniture. Every project is completed with focus and attention to detail, delivering the highest quality in workmanship. Whether its completely renovating your kitchen, designing a new bathroom or creating an open-concept main floor, we’re here for you from design to finish.
Dog or Cat: Dog. To-do List: Ours is long! Too busy making other homes beautiful. After Work Gathering Spot: We always gather in our kitchen. Favourite Meal: Anything barbecued.
Latest Project: Residential renovation and a restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Business Philosophy: Our clients’ needs are of utmost importance and we aim to exceed their expectations. Small Change with Big Impact: Kitchen cabinet reface with new hardware. Splurge On: Customizing each space with built-in cabinetry.
I’ve been designing residential landscapes for over 25 years and love every minute. Meeting with the clients to discuss their needs and wish list for their garden allows me to provide them with a fresh perspective, making sure it fits their lifestyle and budget. After coordinating installation, it’s always rewarding to help celebrate the completed project with everyone.
Favourite Project: I designed a great garden party venue recently. Business Philosophy: Listen to my clients. Essential Daily Task: Communication is the key. Current Trend: Transitional gardens with new sleek finishes for the outdoor kitchen. Perennials or Annuals: Perennials are easy and keep coming back each year.
Neighbourhood: Stoney Creek and soon Niagara-on-the-Lake. To-do List: Set my yoga schedule for the year. Fresh Flowers or Potted Plants: Fresh cuts for the table and potted tropicals throughout the garden. Favourite Place to Dine: Trattoria Leonardo – fantastic food! Cereal or Smoothie for Breakfast: A wholesome smoothie to super-charge the day.
I’ve been in the industry for over 15 years and consider myself an expert in areas of investment and client relationships. I have my broker status, my BA in social development, and an appraisal background. I’ve also founded Women and Real Estate, a mentoring and investment group for women.
State of the Market in Niagara: Stable with a small increase in listings and time on market compared to 2017-18. Business Philosophy: Love what you do and approach every opportunity with an open mind and desire to serve to the utmost of your ability. Essential Daily Tasks: Remember what’s important, be grateful and exercise. Advice for Buyers: Be cautiously optimistic and think about what your real estate goals are.
Neighbourhood: Grimsby. To-do List: Contact, even for brief moments, my new neighbours. Favourite Gathering Spot: Any coffee shop I can find to meet a friend. Favourite Meal: Pasta, pasta, pasta.
REBECCA DRAPER, HANNA OLEJNIK & ERIC NOLET
Aqua Blue has been a trusted source for quality pool, spa and bath services for nearly 35 years. We specialize in installing and servicing in-ground and above-ground pools and hot tubs, including pool openings and closings, liner replacements, electronic leak detection, pump and filter replacements, chemicals and accessories, or anything else your pool or hot tub needs. We also offer diverse bathroom fixtures, tubs, showers and vanities.
Latest Project: Rebecca: Gearing up and getting things ready for the 2019 season. Business Philosophy: Hanna: World-class customer service. Essential Daily Task: Eric: Assist customers to our full capability, leaving them with the best customer-service experience. Latest Trend: Rebecca: Robotic pool cleaners and giant floats, like swans and flamingos.
Neighbourhood: Hanna: North end, St. Catharines. Coffee or Tea: Eric: Chocolate milk. Cat or Dog: Rebecca: Love both, don’t have either. If I could, I would get a cat. Favourite Place to Go for a Bite: Hanna: Chicago Style Pizza in Hamilton. Eric: Charlie’s Steakery. Rebecca: Really depends on what I’m in the mood for.
After 65 years of Interiors By Better Shade being in business, I started managing the furniture department with the aim of being on the leading edge of design trends with furniture that looks good but is equally comfortable and at the right price. My team of design consultants and I love putting together an entire room, from sleek recliners to colourful area rugs, and everything for your walls from artwork to window treatments. We’ve got you covered.
Best Part of your Job: Seeing a home we just enhanced with furniture and window treatments. Essential Daily Task: Ensuring we have the latest trends at our fingertips. Splurge On: Leather. Leather is seven to 10 times stronger than any fabric. Trend: Bold colours or patterns on chairs, greens and blues.
Neighbourhood: Glenridge. To-do List: Using Farrow & Ball paint to create an accent wall at home. Favourite After-Work Activity: Cooking a delicious Keto meal! Favourite Meal: Khao Soi at Spicy Thai. Netflix or Cable: Neither. I would rather go for a run.