Hot­shot en­trepreneurs strut stuff at show

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DAVID SQUARE

THE Kitchen, Bath and Ren­o­va­tion Show held last week­end at the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Win­nipeg was high­lighted by young en­trepreneurs show­ing well-built and clev­erly de­signed new prod­ucts with ap­peal to ren­o­va­tors. Tom Enns of Art Up­hol­stery demon­strated a sec­tional sofa that can be con­fig­ured in nu­mer­ous ways. He said the In­fin­ity Col­lec­tion in­cludes a sofa base, a curved bumper, a square base and large and small move­able back­rests. “For homes or con­dos, the set can be ar­ranged in a U con­fig­u­ra­tion that op­ti­mizes the use of space,” said Enns. In this po­si­tion, the sofa base forms the base of the U and the square and curved pieces form the sides. “The sofa is the size of a twin bed, so it can be used as an ex­tra bed for guests or as a com­fort­able lounger when com­bined with a move­able back­rest,” he said. The col­lec­tion is avail­able in a va­ri­ety of fab­ric and leather op­tions that can be mixed and matched. A few of the colour op­tions in­clude bright yel­lows and reds, cool blues, pas­toral greens and shades of grey. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, check out the company’s web­site at www.ar­tuphol­stery.ca. Ja­son Ab­bott, founder and CEO of Oi, had a dis­play of eco-friendly Cel­lu­larTM fur­ni­ture suit­able for homes, of­fices and in­sti­tu­tions. The fur­ni­ture con­sists of easy-to-set-up mod­u­lar units that can be re­con­fig­ured to op­ti­mize the seat­ing ca­pac­ity of any area or, just for fun, whim­si­cally re­or­ga­nized to change the look and am­bi­ence of a room. Ab­bott said the seat­ing is sold as sets that con­sist of a 50 per cent re­cy­cled poly­mer base and uphol­stered rec­tan­gu­lar blocks (also made of re­cy­cled poly­mers) that can be ar­ranged on the base to form a cush­ioned seat with a back and one arm. About 75 per cent of the ma­te­ri­als used to build his cel­lu­lar pieces can be up-cy­cled at the end of their life­span. “Two sets or cells can be placed to­gether to cre­ate a sofa, which will com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date two peo­ple,” said Ab­bott, adding an ac­ces­sory is avail­able that can be slipped over an arm to cre­ate a small read­ing, snack­ing or note ta­ble. He said sev­eral Cel­lu­larTM cells can be ar­ranged to cre­ate lim­it­less com­bi­na­tions of seat­ing de­signs, in­clud­ing colour vari­a­tions. The cells are avail­able in fun cov­er­ings and liv­ing cov­er­ings; the for­mer is polyester-backed vinyl and the lat­ter is 100 per cent polyester fab­ric. The fun cov­er­ings come in blues, reds and greys and the liv­ing cov­er­ings are avail­able in light grey, though cus­tom colours can be or­dered. The up­hol­stery is at­tached to the bot­tom of the in­di­vid­ual blocks with Vel­cro so the ma­te­rial can be eas­ily re­moved for clean­ing or re­cov­er­ing. Ab­bott said he is about to in­tro­duce a line of out­door Cel­lu­larTM fur­ni­ture uphol­stered in Sun­brella Rain, a 100 per cent wa­ter­proof fab­ric widely used by out­door fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ers.

o to www.ilikeoi.com for more in­for­ma­tion and pho­tos. Another young busi­ness­man at the KBR show was Ja­son Greschuk, pres­i­dent of Strat­ford Price. Greschuk said he used the word Strat­ford as part of his company’s name be­cause Strat­for­don-Avon was the birth­place of Wil­liam Shake­speare. “Peo­ple know that Shake­speare was a lit­er­ary ge­nius, but he was also an as­tute en­tre­pre­neur who be­came wealthy by pur­chas­ing and ren­o­vat­ing the­atres in London in which only his se­lect company of king’s men were per­mit­ted to per­form his plays,” said Greschuk. Greschuk said he tore a page from Shake­speare by at­tempt­ing to em­u­late the bard’s im­pec­ca­ble business ethics and by nam­ing his own Strat­ford Price em­ploy­ees the king’s men. The company’s motto is “Our work is a master­piece. We are the King’s Men, at your ser­vice.” The company’s ser­vices in­clude paint­ing, de­sign and re­pair. “We have the best paint­ing team in Win­nipeg for ren­o­va­tors who want qual­ity work, wide colour se­lec­tion and ex­pert ad­vice on pal­ette se­lec­tion,” said Greschuck, adding in­te­rior and ex­te­rior paint­ing and out­door stain­ing are avail­able. De­sign ser­vices in­clude colour con­sul­ta­tions, dry­wall re­pair, home de­tail­ing, home stag­ing and pro­fes­sional pho­tos. Real es­tate pack­ages are of­fered in sev­eral dif­fer­ent res­i­den­tial cat­e­gories from Sell My Home to Spruce Up My Home. De­pend­ing on how much a client wants to spend, the most ex­pen­sive Sell My Home pack­age in­cludes a de­tailed writ­ten quote, in­te­rior paint­ing, home de­tail­ing and stag­ing and pro­fes­sional pho­tos of the fin­ished prod­uct. Spruce Up My Home of­fers a de­tailed writ­ten quote, a colour con­sult and in­te­rior/ex­te­rior paint­ing. More in­for­ma­tion about this unique business and its King’s Men can be found at www.strat­ford­price.com. For those of you in­ter­ested in spe­cialty fea­tures for a ren­o­vated home, Aaron Zad­worny of State In­dus­tries had some eye-catch­ing prod­ucts on dis­play.

CRE­ATED by laser or wa­ter cut­ting, the un­usual items in­clude heat vents cut from the same ma­te­rial as a floor cov­er­ing such as wood, vinyl plank­ing or stone. The vents are level with the floor and un­ob­tru­sive to the eye be­cause they blend with the floor­ing ma­te­rial, said Zad­worny. Other prod­ucts in­clude cus­tom-cut house num­bers with built-in LED light­ing, dec­o­ra­tive flow­ers and other shapes for back­splashes and lo­gos, and other de­signs in­laid into floor­ing from car­pet to stone. “For res­i­den­tial man caves, we’ve in­laid the lo­gos of sports teams into car­pets,” said Zad­worny. “Stone in­lays are also pos­si­ble but tend to be pricier be­cause they take much longer to cut.” There are fas­ci­nat­ing pic­tures of the company’s work at www.state-in­dus­tries.com. Dar­rell Goulet, heir-ap­par­ent to MG Cab­i­nets & Mill­work of St. Malo, had a dis­play of made-tomea­sure cab­i­nets and ac­ces­sories. Dar­rell and his fa­ther, Marc, who launched the company in 1984 and re­mains ac­tive in it, both have journeyman cab­i­net­mak­ing pa­pers from Red River Col­lege and the ed­u­ca­tion is ev­i­dent in their work­man­ship. For ex­am­ple, their wood kitchen cab­i­nets in­clude draw­ers made of birch ply­wood with solid 5/8-inch bot­toms, dove­tailed cor­ners and state-of-the-art soft-close run­ners. Cup­board doors are avail­able as flat or raised pan­els, in­clud­ing a se­lec­tion of tra­di­tional to mod­ern hard­ware by re­spected man­u­fac­tur­ers. Hid­den-mount stor­age shelves that hang above the coun­ter­tops are equipped with LED pot lights that add am­bi­ence to a room and can act as safety or night lights. Some draw­ers are di­vided with dow­els to al­low easy stack­ing of dishes with­out the worry of them slid­ing into each other and break­ing or chip­ping. Other de­sign fea­tures in­clude cor­ner-mounted lazy Su­sans that are ac­ces­si­ble and ac­tu­ally ro­tate with­out ef­fort, as well as built-in food mix­ers that are pre-wired and ready to use when they pop up from a cup­board in which they are con­cealed. Dar­rell Goulet said sev­eral stains and fin­ishes are avail­able. Coun­ter­tops in­clude quartz, gran­ite or almost any ma­te­rial a client re­quests. Ex­am­ples of the Goulet’s work can be viewed at www.mg­cab­i­nets.com.

Above, sales and mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Aaron Zad­worny of State In­dus­tries, a Win­nipeg company that pro­duces laser and wa­ter-cut de­signs and in­lays. At right, Tom Enns of Art Up­hol­stery re­laxes on the company’s In­fin­ity Col­lec­tion, which can in­clude a sofa base, a curved bumper, a square base and large and small

back­rests.

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