Hotshot entrepreneurs strut stuff at show
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