Wednesday, February 24, 2016

blingbebe ::: Greetings That Shine

Silly name, silly cards. Silly, shiny, fancy, funny cards!

“I love silly, I love greeting cards, I love everything vintage and I love shiny objects,” says Betty, an Alberta graphic designer who has found her passion. 

“Put it all together with heavy, metallic-shine card stock and voila, blingbebe greetings is born. After doing my time in advertising as a graphic designer, I am now doing more of what I love night and day.”

What she loves is creating genuinely cheeky, positively funny, extra sophisticated and smartass greeting cards that are more beautiful and more original than anything you’ll find in any drug store. 

How about a congratulations-you’re-pregnant card that says, “Great, now who am I going to drink with?” Or a romantic card that says, “You had me at …” with a picture of a Tim’s cup? Or a congratulations-on-your-divorce card that quips, “I lost 175 lbs and I feel great!”

“We pride ourselves on our fanatical attention to detail when producing our cards,” Betty says. “We hope you enjoy giving our cards to friends and family as much as we enjoy making them. Life is good.”

For more information, visit blingbebe’s etsy shop or website

Benjamin Dyck & Associates, Certified General Accountant

Benjamin Dyck & Associates believe in the value of relationships. They view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that their success is a result of their clients’ success.

They are committed to providing close, personal attention to their clients. They take pride in giving clients the assurance that the assistance they receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. Their continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of their commitment to excellence.

This popular Cold Lake firm provides accounting services, financial statements, bookkeeping, review and compilations, audit services, tax services, federal and provincial sales tax services, payroll, tax planning and preparation, accounting software selection and implementation, and business consulting.

For more information, call 780-594-5940, email, visit their Facebook page, their website, or drop by their office in their brand new location: 5212 50 St., Cold Lake AB T9M 1R3.

Below Zero Knits by Karen

Karen Harnett-Voigt  is the brains and fingers behind Below Zero Knits. When she’s not working at her part-time job or hanging out with her handsome military husband, you’ll be able to find Karen by following the sound of her clacking knitting needles.

She’s been knitting all of her life, thanks to loving instruction from her mom, as avid a knitter as they come. 

“I love to knit,” Karen says. “I love to knit things that make people smile. That, in turn, makes me very happy.”

If she can make something for you that you don't see listed on her Facebook page or her Etsy shop, please shoot her a message. If you're able, attach a photo. “I'll do my absolute best to get your item off to you in a timely and cost-friendly manner,” she promises.

For more information, visit the Below Zero Knits Facebook page or Etsy shop

Beantrees Café

Beantrees Café has always been one of the warmest and trendiest coffee joints in Cold Lake, but new owners Jen and Craig Konechny have recently been giving it a glorious makeover that has coffee lovers talking. 

This cozy downtown shop has everything you need in an upscale café: fabulous desserts (made in-house), light homemade lunches and, of course, incredible organic coffee and tea. The cappuccino? To die for. Seriously.

Brand new and unbelievable is the Pecan Cinnamon Bun – stickly, ooey-gooey goodness that somehow disappears in the blink of an eye! 

There’s a meeting area for casual (and delicious) business meetings; there are books to pick up and read; and there’s a unique cosiness you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

To find out more, drop by the shop at 5112 50 Ave. in Cold Lake, call 780-594-4177, or visit their Facebook page:é-174355272581049/

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Sally Grayson is the talent behind AudacityWear, a popular online shop featuring handcrafted jewellery made with semi-precious stones and silver. Her work is absolutely gorgeous!

Ethnic-inspired chandelier earrings, sparkling one-of-a-kind necklaces, and chunky, funky, colourful bracelets all dazzle and inspire. They truly are beautiful, imaginative and just plain awesome!

Sally hails from Toronto, Ontario and, even though she lives so far away from Cold Lake, Alberta, she was one of the first people to donate to the Lakeland Humane Society's Dawgs & Divas Gala. Thanks for your generosity, Sally, and thanks for making such pretty jewellery!

For more information visit the AudacityWear Etsy shop, or like her Facebook page:

Array Fashions

Not only does Array Fashions have some of the best and most glamorous women's clothing in Cold Lake, it also has one of the best views of Cold Lake!

Nestled in a gorgeous boutique setting on Lakeshore Drive in Cold Lake, Array Fashions is jam-packed with beautiful clothes for formal and casual occasions, sparkling jewellery, scarves, shoes and boots, and purses and sunglasses to go-with! In sizes up to 22, there literally is an "array" of fashion for every figure.

Where Array Fashions truly shines is in its huge collection of fancy dresses, perfect for weddings, galas and other dress-up occasions. Need a dress for your work Christmas party? Array Fashions has it, along with dresses for your cousin's June wedding, New Year's Eve, the Humane Society's Dawgs & Divas Gala, and dinner with your favourite Valentine.

For more information, drop by the shop at 707 Lakeshore Drive in Cold Lake, call (780) 201-7669, or visit Array Fashions on Facebook:


Appara Shoes

APPARA SHOES carries top quality shoes for every reason and every season. But we have much more than shoes – check out all the latest trends in fashion clothing such as shirts, jackets, jeans and all the accessories to go with it!

We have:
  • Athletic shoes by NewBalance and Asics
  • Casual footwear by Rockport and Clarks
  • Dress shoes by Bostonian, Boss & Co, Josef Seibel and Taxi
  • Work boots by Red Wing, Terra, STC and Merrell
  • Seasonal footwear by Baffin, Sorrel and Columbia
  • Casual wear by Mavi, Ripzone and Tapout
  • Fashions by Parasuco, Guess, Yooyork and Applebottom
  • Jackets by Columbia and Helly Hansen
  • Purses, handbags & wallets by Derek Alexander and Guess
  • Belts and hats by Cult, Dragon, Etnics
Call us at 780-594-3222, visit us on Facebook or come see us at 5123-50th Avenue in Cold Lake, Alberta.

Artist Amélie Legault

I am Amélie Legault, French Canadian artist and illustrator. I live in Montreal with my boyfriend, my partner in business and his two little girls, my best critics! I always drew and I have a great fascination for animals. I think I love them all and I have a lot of fun drawing them!

It all started with a collection of 6 flamingo birthday cards. In March 2013 I opened my Etsy shop and I entered the first Montreal store that accepted my cards in consignment! Do I need to tell how shy and nervous I was this first time? :) Finally, in April 2014 I left my full-time job for ... for drawing full time! Living my dream job!

Since then, the flamingos have made new friends: all the cycling animals and the dressed fish! Because an animal riding a bicycle, is funny! And a trout wearing a mitten, is also really funny! Humour is important in my work.

I draw with brush pens and ink on vellum paper. Then I scan my drawings and I printed on my inkjet printer Epson Artisan and Epson archive ink that last 200 years. I print on matte paper 192 g / m2. I myself assure print quality and this method allows me to offer you several formats. I also carefully wrap and ship every order.

If you would like to have a look at what is happening in my studio, you can visit - 

Etsy shop: