ABOUTWhether you enjoy a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or you are a full on coffee addict like our host Matt Santagapita, 10Eighteen Coffee Bar is a must-visit! Located in the heart of the Old East Village at 1018 Dundas Street in London, Ontario, this is not your average cafe. The owners, Katie Sullivan and Kirby Collins joined forces to bring their passion for great coffee and food together. The result is a destination where people from all walks of life can meet and feel at ease in a welcoming atmosphere. From fresh, pour-over coffee, vegan and gluten-free baked goods from local businesses, to charcuterie boards and a liquor license – there is no shortage of variety when you walk in the door. Kirby is passionate about coffee, and this is clear when you visit their shop. They offer three roasts exclusively from a local roasting company: one dark and two medium roasts. The dark blend is full-bodied, smooth and traditional. The medium roasts are sourced from Colombia and Ethiopia, with caramel undertones in the former and natural sweetness of blueberry in the latter. Rather than batch brewing their drip coffee; they freshly grind the beans after you place your order, then individually pour it into your cup! Providing you with a high-quality cup of coffee every time you order. As well as serving great coffee, which is Kirby’s focal point, Katie is passionate about the food. From vegan and gluten-free options such as tasty Nanaimo bars and mouth-watering Dutch almond shortbread to fresh and filling charcuterie boards (they offer meat and vegan choices), the options are endless. They create a sandwich of the day, which is served on a perfectly flaky croissant from a local bakery. This shop doesn’t just sell coffee; they even have a liquor license! Katie and Kirby order local and deliciously refreshing craft brews as well as offer a variety of wine. Having a liquor license helps this coffee shop cater to different needs of the locals, whether it is to enjoy some drinks with friends or sip on a coffee while cramming for an exam. So whether you are craving coffee and a croissant for breakfast, are looking to enjoy a sandwich and a beer for lunch, or you want to pair the perfect glass of wine with a charcuterie board; 10Eighteen Coffee Bar is your one-stop-shop for everything delicious! It is hard to believe this cute cafe was once a lime-green laundromat. Kudos to Kirby and Katie for creating a relaxing atmosphere with quality services and products. We know where we will be next time we need to satisfy any of our cravings!
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Phone: (519) 601-1118
ABOUTOn today’s episode of #BusinessOfTheWeek, we are down at Coakley’s Shoe Repair! Gary Coakley is the owner of this business that specialises in quality repair services in London – located at Unit 2, 57 York Street. In the three years Coakley’s has been open, Gary has built up an impressive repertoire of services. These services include but are not limited to: key cutting, watch repairs, watch battery replacement, leather repair and leather cleaning, dry cleaning, shoe repair and shoe dyeing, rivet and snap replacement, knife sharpening and more. They have even fixed a boat cover and trampoline net! It comes as no surprise that Coakley’s was the 2017 winner of Best In London’s Best Shoe Repair Shop. As this is a self-proclaimed one-stop service shop, it only makes sense that the services and products offered are not limited to common repairs. Gary and his team are continually expanding their services and perfecting their craft. If you are in the market for real western cowboy boots, this is the only shop in the entire city that sells them. Among their unique products sold are also Barmah hats. These are made from Kangaroo leather from Australia. They also do Canadian-made moccasins and sell some of the best shoe care in the world, specifically from France. There is an undeniable devotion to exceeding customer expectations. If you are dissatisfied with the repair, the team at Coakley’s will redo the service free of charge. If they still do not get it right, you will receive a full refund of the original service fee. Talk about excellent customer service! Although Coakley’s has been open for a mere three years, Gary’s charm has gained him quite the positive reputation, especially downtown. Everyone knows and loves Gary! His charm helps him succeed in the business, as he truly cares about all customers. “The only thing we want to sell is quality, along with our service which is quality.” Gary fell into this profession by being in the right place at the right time. When he was younger, he saw a sign looking for a trainee at a cobbler shop in his hometown in England. He started working there, and twenty-one years later, he is the owner of Coakley’s in London, Ontario. Next time you need something repaired, visit Coakley’s for guaranteed top quality service every time, or your money back! Thanks for tuning into this week’s segment of #BusinessOfTheWeek
Phone: (519) 439-6868
AboutMeet Elias Polizoes, co-owner and operator of The Wood Studio in London, Ontario. Elias and his business partner Dario Garcia Cabezas design and build custom cabinetry and furniture. You can find their studio at 365 Horton Street between Wellington and Colborne. The Wood Studio specialises in services such as kitchen design, interiors, handcrafted furniture, wood wine cellars and exterior and architectural millwork. Polizoes and Cabezas collaborate to build unique and beautiful furniture and cabinetry that they describe as functional art. The Wood Studio works hard to combine functionality with art and values the customer’s needs. Because of this, Polizoes and Cabezas work closely with every client to ensure they are creating the perfect piece for their home or business. Polizoes explains that they, “[try to] extrapolate from their[customers] lives to arrive at a design that is truly suited to the individuality of their clients.” The result is one of a kind masterpieces that synonymously express the individual style of the valued customer, and the mastery of craft Elias and Dario possess. Cabezas has European style training in cabinet making and furniture design. This allows the company to have an edge by infusing European and American design principles. Elias describes Cabezas as possessing a sense of organization, best use of materials and know-how. These qualities elevate the shop’s quality of work without increasing budgets. Cabezas and Elias are design oriented and practical in their approach. Aside from being business partners, they are close friends which allows them to continue excelling in the woodwork business in the Forest City. Check out examples of their work at www.thewoodstudio.ca and thanks for visiting this segment of #BusinessOfTheWeek!
- 3D Rendering
- Cabinet Installation
- Closet Design
- Custom Bathroom Vanities
- Custom Bookcases
- Custom Built-ins
- Custom Cabinet Doors
- Custom Cabinets
- Custom Doors
- Custom Entertainment Centers
- Custom Home Bars
- Custom Kitchen Cabinets
- Custom Pantries
- Custom Shelving
- Custom Walk-in Closets
- Pantry Design
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Phone: (519) 872-1350
AboutThis week we are at Hi-Ignition Fit Lab; a boutique-style fitness centre located at 241 Oxford Street East in London, Ontario. April Crake is the face behind this training studio that offers a broad range of classes with top qualified personal trainers. From Yoga, barre and Pilates to TRX, Bosu, Metafit and cycling, this fitness centre is equipped to train clients in all areas and levels of fitness. By providing a combination of talented trainers, high-tech commercial grade equipment, and a business relationship with three physiotherapy clinics, this fitness centre is far from average. This is the perfect studio for everyone, from Western University students to business professionals; Hi-Ignition Fit Lab will cater to all fitness needs. The gym, which is centrally located in downtown, has three levels. On the ground level is the personal training room that holds one-on-one and small group training. Along with the personal training room is an area dedicated to cardio. This training area allows members to come and go as they please and complete a workout without attending a class. A unique feature to this gym is the free app that is offered to its clients. Within this app, members can reserve a spot for the classes and even choose their bike for cycling, which is on the second floor of the studio. The cycle room has 26 high-tech SC3 bikes that email caloric burn, watts and RPM to members seven minutes after the class is over. They even turn the lights off during the class so everyone can get their sweat on without worrying about the person next to them! In addition to the cycling, there is a group fitness room on the second floor that offers Bosu, TRX, and a variety of HIIT training. Among the HIIT classes is Metafit, which is a unique fitness program designed by Navy SEALS that can be personalised to different levels of athleticism. These classes combine classic bodyweight exercises with the latest HIIT techniques. This combination ensures maximum results from the workout. On the top floor of the studio is the Spirit Lab. Here, guests can enjoy less intense but still satisfactory workouts such as barre, Pilates, Yoga and meditation. As well as offering an extensive range of classes, April was adamant about hiring talented trainers who are passionate about their work. All trainers must have a minimum of three certifications, and most of them have a university degree and are working towards their masters. The calibre of coaches April hires sets her studio apart from the rest, as it offers a high level of scientific knowledge to its clients. April also works with three physiotherapy clinics in London, who send their clients to the studio to safely progress their health and fitness. Whether members have never worked out, or work out every day, Hi-Ignition Fit Lab will help them reach their fitness needs. April and her team value every client and the progress they make. They see members as a person and not just another number. April’s passion for fitness and making people feel good is evident. Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of #BusinessOfTheWeek!
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AboutThis week we are talking to Derek Noon, Chris Toth and Mike Weeks – owners and operators at Trapdoor London Escape Rooms! You can find them located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario at 248 Dundas Street. While escape rooms are not new to London, there is an increasing demand for this fun and challenging form of entertainment. Prior to opening, Derek, Chris and Mike were escape room aficionados with a desire to open their own business. After a ton of hard work and planning, Trapdoor London is now open for business! Fully immerse yourself in this interactive and mind-bending escape room. A wide variety of skills will be while at Trapdoor including observational, logical, organisational, communication and lateral thinking. Because of this wide range of skills tested; even if you are not a puzzle expert, there will still be something for you to contribute to the ultimate escape. Mike handles the construction and electronic puzzle building. Derek primarily builds the rooms and specifically the props. Chris is the puzzle architect and spends his time figuring out the tricky games. Together, they were able to build a fantastic and fully immersive room. Do you have what it takes to escape before the sixty-minutes is up?! “You have been hired to help with an excavation deep in the jungle of an old temple ruin. The archaeologist you’re working for believes it holds a legendary jewel she’s sought all her career. But after she leaves base camp for supplies you see a nearby volcano has erupted. Can you find the ruin and save the jewel before it is buried in magma forever!?” Invite your friends and test your skills in this interactive and unique experience. Stay tuned for the future of Trapdoor which will include rooms for people of all ages and different adventures around every corner! Thanks for tuning in, and see you next time on #BusinessOfTheWeek!
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Phone: (519) 914-1335
AboutOn this week’s episode of #BusinessOfTheWeek, we are talking to Chris from The Squire Pub & Grill – located at 109 Dundas Street in London, Ontario. Chris has years of experience in the food and services industry and immediately knew this space had much potential for growing a brand. Centrally located in an up and coming part of the city, the Squire is the perfect place to stop in before and after any event. Described as an American Style Pub, Chris and his team updated the space to provide a welcoming and warm atmosphere for its patrons. They have worked hard to create a delicious and straightforward menu. In addition to this, they added a much-needed beer fridge to satisfy any craving for a cold draft beer. To differentiate The Squire from the rest, Chris wanted to make this location a great place for everyone. “Somewhere a couple guys in a suit can come and grab two beers and nachos, or a family of four or five can come in and have a whole family meal and be sitting beside each other and not even know the difference.” The Squire Pub & Grill is the perfect place to stop in for afternoon lunch with coworkers, to catch the game on the newly added televisions, or to grab dinner with family before heading to the Knight’s game! As far as growing their brand, Chris and his business partner, Jay, ultimately want to provide phenomenal food and service for all their guests. Once they have this down to a science, they plan to grow, but for now, The Squire is their number one priority. “Growth will come when growth is natural. I don’t think growth for the sake of growth is what we’re looking for. At the end of the day when we’re in here and I see somebody really enjoying themselves having a great experience, service is bang on, food is terrific…that’s what we’re looking for.” The Squire Pub & Grill is the place that will most certainly cater to all your needs with simple, fresh and delicious food. Pro tip: try the Squire Burger and you won’t be disappointed! Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of #BusinessOfTheWeek.
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Phone: (519) 204-0173
AboutMeet Chef Thomas Waite, executive head chef and proprietor of Spruce on Wellington, in London, Ontario! Cooking has been Tom’s lifelong passion, and he began in the industry at the age of eighteen. This restaurant is centrally located at 731 Wellington Street just north of the heart of downtown. The goal of this project was to provide the Forest City with a restaurant it has never seen before. A menu that offers a modern twist on classic dishes was the result. Combine the elements of traditional meals with an intimate atmosphere, Chef Tom and his team provide the perfect destination for any special occasion. While this restaurant only opened its doors in January, it received immediate recognition from critics and guests alike. This is a testament to the quality of food and service offered here. The flavour of the food is the star of the show at this restaurant, but the presentation comes in a close second. Guests will be inspired by the noticeable preparation and creativity that goes into every dish served. The set menu will cater to most guests, but Spruce on Wellington is privy to the growing number of people with dietary restrictions. Because of this, Tom and his team will create a menu that meets the guest’s nutritional needs upon arrival. This “modern fine dining,” as Tom describes it, is an intimate experience due to the small location which can hold thirty-two guests at a time. In the warmer months, they expand their seating limit by adding a twenty-two-seat patio. Tom is committed to the excellence of his food and service standards and believes he can uphold higher quality with a lower seating capacity. “I’ve always wanted a small restaurant,” he says, “I don’t think you can keep to your standards with a large restaurant at times.” The amount of effort that goes into a simple brunch item – eggs benedict – exemplifies the bar they set for themselves. Spruce on Wellington has a wide variety of simple, yet elevated dishes that will familiarly expand your palate. With a passion for locally sourcing ingredients, Chef Tom changes the menu to accompany the season. This ensures maximum quality and flavour in every dish. In addition to the restaurant, Spruce on Wellington offers a unique and wide range of cooking classes. From learning how to cook beef bolognaise and pappardelle pasta to an entire class dedicated to tomatoes; these classes are perfect to enhance your culinary skills while having fun on a date night or with friends. Before opening Spruce on Wellington, Tom started an in-home catering company called The In Home Chef and launched a line of salad dressings and marinades. The In Home Chef provides an unforgettable in-home, restaurant-quality dining experience and you can buy his products at local grocery stores in London, such as Remark Fresh Markets. Do not forget to put Spruce on Wellington on your list of must-visit restaurants for your next special occasion or date night. Whether you decide to go in to eat at the restaurant or sign up for a cooking class; the fantastic menu combined with an intimate atmosphere and top quality services will not disappoint. Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of #BusinessOfTheWeek!
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Here are 4 renovations that may not increase the value of your home when you’re looking to sell:
Swimming PoolSwimming pools provide a great backyard oasis for your family. It is also a great way to keep cool in the summer and entertain friends but that all comes with a cost. Other than the installation, which can cost anywhere between $30,000 and $125,000, there are yearly maintenance expenses on things such as heaters, pumps, solar blankets, chemicals and the water itself.
The cost is one thing, but what a pool means to a buyer is another obstacle. Although you may think a pool would appeal to a family with young children, but that is not always the case. Some families may turn down a home with a pool because of the danger it presents to their children’s safety. Other possible buyers may have a different lifestyle that allows or requires them to be travelling much of the year. A pool would likely deter them as well as they would not see it as a worthwhile investment.
Put a pool in if you’re planning to stay in the neighbourhood for some time and will use it! But don’t expect to get all the money you have put into it when selling your home.
Invisible ImprovementsThere are some renovations that make your home a better place to live, but are not visible for the buyer to see. Upgrades to your plumbing system of HVAC unit might be necessary to live in the home, but don’t expect to get a return by replacing these when selling. Homebuyers will simply expect these things to be in working order when buying a home.
Think of these improvements as regular house maintenance, not an investment that you’ll see a return on when it comes to selling.
Wall-to-Wall CarpetingSome listings still feature ‘new carpeting throughout’ as a selling point, but it more often turns off buyers. Besides the growing health concerns with carpeting trapping dust and allergens, it is fairly expensive to purchase and install. The carpeting is usually not exactly what the new buyer wants and it will likely be replaced to something more to their taste, so don’t waste your money!
Instead, invest in having your carpeting professionally steam cleaned to remove any stains.
Outdoor AmenitiesMajor backyard features such as a tennis or basketball court can be an awesome place to perfect your backhand or work on your three-pointer, but understand that this type of renovation only appeals to a specific subset of buyers.
Generally, buyers would prefer having the actual acreage of the property so that they can decide what amenities it should house, rather than having it decided for them.