Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Hamilton House Inn is a family run B&B and more, located in a beautiful country setting with easy access to a variety of recreational areas and facilities. They're located in Cherry Grove in northeastern Alberta, just 10 minutes southeast of Cold Lake.

Hamilton House is nestled in the centre of six acres of open lawns and cultured flower gardens and surrounded by private and beautiful boreal woodlands. It was designed to provide first class B&B services while preserving serene country charm. With more than 14 years of service to guests, Hamilton House has continuously added amenities and services.

Featuring rustic pine plank and tile floors throughout, guests have a choice of five theme rooms, all with private ensuites.
If you're looking for a location to host a private family or business event, there's also a sunroom, which is a larger conference/party room for business meetings, private parties, weddings, etc.

It's more than just a  pleasant night's stay - Hamilton House offers hiking, biking, walking, or x-country skiing on the many trails that start from the B&B and wind through the surrounding area. There are hundreds of surrounding acres and pathways for wildlife watching, a private lake for canoeing, or just quiet relaxation. At night enjoy spectacular views of the night sky and Canada's northern lights (Aurora borealis) unhampered by urban light pollution.

Hamilton House B & B offers an open and friendly atmosphere in a secluded, yet easily accessible location. Combined with an excellent full breakfast and picturesque landscape, your stay is sure to result in a peaceful vacation or inspiring business trip.
For more information, visit their website or call 780-594-7257.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Crew Haus Barbers & Stylists

Cold Lake must have seemed like a million, zillion miles away for a Toronto girl named Lynn when she moved here in 2013.

Why Cold Lake, you may ask? "We're a military family, of course!" A familiar tale here in the land north of pretty-much-everything.

It wasn't long before this friendly Trawna hair stylist started working at "Crew," the only barbershop in town that gave straight razor shaves just like in the good old barbering days. Needless to say Crew became popular with folks in the military, but everyone in town knew anybody, men, women or kids, would get a great hair style at the downtown salon.

Since then, Lynn has embraced Cold Lake - so much so that she bought the shop in January 2016 - all the while continuing to express the love of her big city roots to whoever will listen! 

So why is the official name of the salon Crew Haus Barbers & Stylists? What's with the Haus?

According to the Urban Dictionary, the definitive term HAUS is given to a person who is amazing in all aspects of life.

"Ya," says Lynn, "we thought it sounded pretty cool, too! We're a unique blend of individuals [haus]  who have come from near and far. Both our work and training experience has come from the big cities such as Toronto and London, UK, to smaller towns right here in Alberta."

Lynn has a ton of enthusiasm for her new business. She has redecorated, added a specially designed and decorated shave room (complete with an old-fashioned barber's chair), and she plays vintage vinyl on her record player. The atmosphere is fun and cool, and so are the specials Lynn has been promoting - events like Mother's Day packages and Hot Towel services.

As for the actual business of hairdressing and barbering, Lynn and her staff are always learning, taking courses to keep on top of the fast-changing world of hair.

For more information, drop by Crew Haus Barbers & Stylists at 101-4910 50th Ave. (in the same plaza as Domino's), or call 780-594-6111. You can also visit their Facebook page or their website. They're open every day but Sunday.


Cornerbrooks Pet Bed and Breakfast

Auntie Tanya at a Cornerbrooks Canada Day celebration.

Who's up for a big pet party?

At Cornerbrooks Pet Bed and Breakfast, every day is a party!

Located in a quiet country setting, across the road from Ethel Lake, Cornerbrooks Pet B & B has been treating dogs and cats like family members since 1999. Cornerbrooks  has a wonderful clientele that is well-served by an experienced and enthusiastic staff. They offer your loved one a warm, inviting and loving home away  from home. Their accommodations are spacious, clean and constantly maintained. They invite you and your pets to take a tour of their facility and learn more about their family operation and the ways they care for your pet and give them the one-on-one love and attention they need and deserve.

Cornerbrooks is available to care for your pet 365 days a year, however they are closed to the public on certain days throughout the year. On those days they are still caring for your pets - just not open to visitors. Normally these are the days when their infamous pet parties are held!​
The pet parties are the talk of  the town! You will never know what to expect as Auntie Tanya (executive caregiver and proprietor) keeps her plans top secret . It is always fun  to discover what fun was put  together by your Cornerbrooks Aunties, with every little detail designed to bring delight to all of their furry friends.

Some of their past celebrations have included Salmon Easter egg hunts, a fine dining Thanksgiving  dinner with turkey, potatoes and stuffing, beef Jello served inside of baked tortilla bowls and topped with whipped sweet potatoes, handmade Christmas gifts, visits with Santa, turkey and cranberry pupsicles,  walking the path of pride specially created for pet guests on Canada Day, taking a pretend drive in the one-and-only Cornerbrooks  puppy car,  splooshing in pools, catching bubbles, bobbing for floating toys, dressing up for Halloween, Valentine's Day Brunch with puppy pancakes and heart shaped tuna cookies. What will happen at the next pet party? Keep posted to their Facebook page to find out.

After being a professional groomer since 2000, Tanya took over operation of Cornerbrooks from her mother in 2008. "This was a natural transition for me.  I had been wanting to create a pet spa for years and, when the time came allowing me to combine my passions [pampering pets, using my unending imagination and being with my family,] I jumped in with both feet."

With the help of her family, including her husband, Tanya has used her creativity to lend fun to the business of boarding pets. "Being with animals makes every day fantastic. I have owned both dogs and cats my entire life, and I have a sincere and earnest affection for animals. I share my heart with them."

For more information about Cornerbrooks Pet Bed and Breakfast, call 780-639-2290, or drop by the facility at 43022 Township Road 643, just northwest of Cold Lake, Alberta. You can also visit their website, their Facebook page, or e-mail Tanya.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cool Factory

Can you imagine a factory of cool? Lots of people still think money grows on trees, but a factory that creates cool still equals mind blown.

Cool Factory is actually an Etsy shop, owned by designer/creator Genevieve. She's a full-time visual communications design student in Alberta, Canada, and she likes to dabble in all areas of design, printmaking, sewing projects, and photography. Cool Factory, she says, is "my creative outlet where I can make and share beautiful things!"

Her "beautiful things" include whimsical magnets shaped like the front - and rear - end of golden animals; exquisite handwritten calligraphy notecards to send to one's beloved; artistically bound notebooks, perfect for secret diaries and aspiring novelists; even stickers with the word love dashed on them in glorious style.
She explains, "I started this shop as a way for me to try out new designs and creations, as well as take on new projects that I can't necessarily work on as a part of my design education. I love to play with colour, texture, and form, and this is my way of experimenting with all that I learn in school and on my own time. My hope is that, in time, I will be able to grow the shop into something that I can dedicate a significant amount of my life to, and that I can share a little bit of the joy I get from all of this with you."

To see more cool stuff, you can visit Cool Factory on Etsy or Genevieve's own website.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Champion Furnace Cleaning

Champion Furnace Cleaning began operating in 2003 with a top-of-the-line, custom-built 2004 GMC Isuzu. Since that time they have added our second custom-built 2008 Ford F-350. With extremely powerful trucks, extensive experience and a commitment to customer service, they confidently guarantee their clients a superior furnace and duct cleaning.

The Champion office is based in Cold Lake, Alberta, a convenient central location to service residential, commercial and industrial clients throughout the Lakeland area, and strive to provide all customers with a level of service that exceeds their expectations.

As they say, "When our customers are happy, we are happy!"

Since opening in 2003, Champion has serviced more than 7,000 residential customers as well as hundreds of industrial and commercial clients in all sectors, from oil field companies to hospitals, financial institutions to car dealerships and restaurants.

Champion Furnace Cleaning is a trusted name in the furnace and duct cleaning industry. When you hire Champion you can rest assured that they have the experience, equipment and commitment to do the job right.

Give them a call today to find out what they can do for you! PH: 780-639-0445 or 780-826-0289. You can also reach them by e-mail, visit their website, or like them on Facebook.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ansell's Refrigeration & Heating

It's no surprise that a heating business would be busy in a place called Cold Lake, and sure enough, Ansell's Refrigeration & Heating is a successful, popular business.

Not just because it's based in a northern climate, but because Ansell's is renowned for its excellence and professionalism. Ansell's has been providing professional, high quality services to the Cold Lake, Bonnyville, and St. Paul area for more than 25 years. They specialize in installation and service of refrigeration, heating and air conditioning.

They're committed to providing excellent customer service and reliability in their workmanship, through years of expert experience and knowledge. They're also an authorized dealer for Bryant.

  • Heating system repair and maintenance
  • Air conditioning service and installation
  • Hot water heating repair and upgrades
  • Slab heating repairs and installation
  • Preventative maintenance

  • Heating system repair and maintenance
  • Air conditioning service and installation
  • Heating and air conditioning system upgrades
  • Refrigeration installation and service
  • Ice make repairs and installations

  • Ice plant maintenance and upgrades
  • Heating and ventilation system maintenance and repairs
  • Air conditioning system service and maintenance
  • HVAC Systems additions and upgrades
For more information about Ansell's Refrigeration & Heating, call 780-594-3140, or 1-866-594-3140. The office is located at 5210B 55A St., Cold Lake, Alberta, T9M 1R3, and the office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ansell's also has 24 hour emergency service.

You can also visit their website or send them an e-mail.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Cold Lake Veterinary Clinic

Cold Lake Veterinary Clinic in Cold Lake, AB is a full service animal hospital. It is their commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your companion animal. Their services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy animals, early detection and treatment of disease as your companion animal ages, and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.
They understand the special role your pet or horse plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your companion animal's health care. Their goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education, and their entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual animal owner.
Cold Lake Veterinary Clinic also make it a commitment to provide high quality preventative care and education for large animal producers as well as providing emergency services to those clients in times of need. Large animal services are performed on farm by Cold Lake Vet veterinarians.
The clinic is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sunday. If you have an emergency outside of regular business hours, please call the regular number to find details to contact the veterinarian on call.
For more information, visit the clinic at 5404 55th St. in Cold Lake, AB. You can also call 780-594-5212, visit their website or like their Facebook page. If you visit, make sure you say hello to Gladys, the clinic cat!

Gladys, the Clinic Cat!