Hometown St.Thomas March 2022

Hometown St. Thomas March 2022 Issue 37

community really can be. As the family sweetly put, love thy neighbour because we all need each other. We also share the stories of two very new businesses, both focused on offering you some amazing local food products with The Classic Luxury Cheesecake Company and Big Dog Smokey Hot Sauce. We also share the story of two much older companies which are keeping up the art of the auction, and how auctions are making a comeback as they are evolve with the times. With the nicer weather, we are also inclined to do something that we likely haven’t done since the start of winter, clean out our cars! In our March issue, we include our annual Spring Auto feature, giving some tips on getting your vehicles in tip top shape and offering you some of the local experts who can keep your vehicle on the road for a long time! All that, combined with our local history article from Steve Peters, the introduction of a local poet and two pieces of her work, and so much more. March is a busy month! I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always, if you have a story you think we should share, please feel free to contact me at geoff@villagerpublications.com and let me know! Our April issue is already shaping up to be a great one and will include our annual Spring Home Renovation feature. If you are a business owner and enjoy reading Hometown St. Thomas, chances are your customers do as well. If you would like to learn more about advertising in Hometown St. Thomas Magazine reach out to me and I would be happy to send you our information or set up a time to chat with you in person.

Letter from the Editor

As it has been raining all day, I am reminded that spring is just around the corner. Personally, spring is my se- cond favourite season, as it brings with it warmer weather and a feeling of rebirth, as we see subtle changes in the world around us and gen- erally, people seeming a little happier and more optimistic. I love spring!

March 8th is International Women’s Day. This month, Home- town St. Thomas celebrates all the amazing women we have in our community. We included five feature stories on local entrepreneurs and celebrate their success in life and business. We also shine the light on an amazing local organization that has been a part of the St. Thomas landscape since 1902, the YWCA and all of their important work. In the past month or so, we as a country have seen how easily we can be divided; how this division over beliefs can pit neighbour against neighbour. In this issue, we share the story of a local family who were in need, and how their friends, neighbours and the community rallied together to support them. I am excited to share this story with you, as it reminded me how good our

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Rising to the Occasion The old saying, It Takes a Village is right more often than not. This story is about how one family’s village came together and helped them raise their spirts, and a wheelchair. On Tuesday, January 26, Jesse Parker went in for scoliosis surgery. “They nicked the spinal cord,” says Kim Parker, Jesse’s mom. This left Jesse in the hospital for six months, and in a wheelchair. “When your life suddenly changes, it's very dramatic,” says Kim. “For us, having faith in God and being surrounded by a great community, it just means you're able to take one day at a time. It's not like we are the first ones and won't be the last to go through something difficult.” When Jesse did leave the hospital to come home, hewas greeted by his neighbours. “There were 40 or 50 people up and down the street cheering. There were whistles and tambourines.” One challenge facing Jesse and his family was that their two- story older home was not wheelchair accessible. That is when Jesse’s village stepped into action: between friends, neighbours, and their church, a stairlift was purchased and installed, as well as a second wheelchair obtained for use upstairs. But that is just where the village began. “Our neighbours had a yard sale. One of our neighbours, Stacy (McCaw Wraight), arranged that and organized buying a handcycle so Jesse didn’t have to just watch the action, but can get back in the action with his friends.” Enter Suzie Dennis, Director of Sales and Community Engagement with Doug Tarry Homes. “Stacey reached out to me and said the Parkers needed a temporary ramp along the side of their home. Everybody just chipped in with their ideas. Next thing we know, we went from having an outdoor ramp to a lift,” says Suzie, who wanted to add a little extra. “Because there were some funds left over, the shed came to be part of the project.” A neighbour poured the cement slab and together, volunteers built the shed as storage for the handcycle, rather than keeping it chained to the front porch. “Doug Tarry Homes has a passion for helping people in community and giving back,” says Suzie. “It was just an easy fit to do something good for a local family here in town.” Kim and her family were touched by the generosity of Doug Tarry Homes as well as of all those who helped them along the way. “I still can't believe that there are many companies in St. Thomas or London or otherwise, who have a person on staff whose sole job is to find people to help,” says Kim.

Jesse Parker on his chair lift. A big thanks to his community for making this possible.

Once the lift was in, and the shed built, the Parkers hosted a chair lift party and invited all those who helped. “We all just shared a meal together,” says Kim. “It just felt really personal. God said, love thy neighbour. I don’t believe He said it just so we are better people; I believe He said it because He knew we would need them, and everyone has a turn at being in need.” Sometimes it is easy to be busy with our own lives, but stories like this show us all why it is important to be part of a village. If you know of someone in the community, or an organization that could use a helping hand, Suzie Dennis of Doug Tarry Homes asks that you reach out to her at sdennis@dougtarryhomes. com and let her know how they can help. "I get by with a little help from my friends" John Lennon

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One of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic has been the fitness industry. So when Karen Nixon-Carroll opened F45 Training Studio last year, she knew that in order to fulfill her goal she had to just go for it. Karen has been in the fitness industry most of her life because of her passion for it. “I got into fitness when I was 14. I was overweight was most of my childhood. I always liked to be active and there was nothing super inactive about my life. I lived in the country and I loved to explore. I always played soccer. But I also loved to eat and I still do, you know! Through a series of events, including, when you're that age, liking a boy and, and wanting to just be better, I said, ‘Okay, I've got to do something’.” Karen then began working out at home with equipment they had and realized that that work was about more than just impressing a boy – it was something she really enjoyed. During a co-op placement in high school, Karen saw what difference fitness could make in people’s lives. “I just kept falling more in love with it – seeing, people struggle at first and then all of a sudden, succeed. At first people come to a fitness center absolutely terrified and then months or years later, they are saying, ‘I don't know what I was so terrified about; this was the best thing for me’. I just I loved hearing that, so I thought this is what I want to do every day.” Karen attended Fanshawe College and worked with several fitness facilities in London and St. Thomas. But as her family began to grow, she decided she needed something different, so that she could be more present in their lives! So, researching different fitness opportunities, she came across and researched

the F45 Training brand. Looking at the comments on Google, Karen couldn’t believe how positive everyone was about it. “I chose F45 because I love group fitness; I love being in the group. Everything we do is all time-based. It's all to the person's level. As opposed to an instructor at the head of a class just leading and not really being able to correct you, the trainer comes around and helps you with your form. It’s very different in here. We can go up to that person and get them in the right position. There's also a whole wellness component. We do meal plans; we do our 45 challenge program and we also offer one-on-one coaching outside of the group programming. With the coaching you can book 15 minutes or a half hour that could include an assessment that could include a nutrition or lifestyle talk.” “I also love functional equipment. We do have the bikes and the rowers, but I love that it's just you, mostly using your own body. To me, in that approach, you are learning how to use your body in many ways which can help prevent slips, trips and falls.” F45 Training is all about improving your life, and in a group setting, maybe making some friends along the way. “We always encourage people to come in here for a tour first,” says Karen, “Get an orientation, maybe even watch a fewminutes of a session – let's do an assessment, let's talk about you and your goals.” If you are looking to get fit and have some fun F45 Training is located at 140 Fifth St., St. Thomas.

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An Eye for Design When we are kids, we usually have a plan for our lives and, sometimes if you stick to your plan, life can turn out just how you want it to. But sometimes, if you follow the twists and turns life throws at you, you could end up doing exactly what you discover you were always meant to do, even if it is nothing like what you planned.

stuff. That's been the last three, four years now. I've really been enjoying that and just trying to do as much of it as I can. I feel maybe it's because we're already in the food space with the farm. I just feel like I have more value to add in this industry.”

Amanda DeVries studied Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where she met her now husband, Chris, who was also going to be an engineer. After school, they packed up and moved to Ottawa where all the hi-tech jobs were at the time. But then, many of those jobs disappeared. At that time, Amanda was expecting their first child and had to decide; was engineering her future, or did she want to focus on raising her children, like her mother had done for her? “There was this pull to raise my own kids, and maybe not go back to work right away. But I was also struggling with just being home full time. I can't even explain it. It was a bit of a fluke; I thought I would take some night courses just to keep my brain active. Somewhat randomly I chose graphic design. I didn't know anything about graphic design at all but in retrospect, it seems like the signs were pointing there. I didn't even realize that I would like it. But as soon as I took the first classes, I realized it was intuitive for me; I was learning everything easily. I thought, oh, all I need is a computer and the application. I can do this at home, and I can be with my kids!” Amanda and her husband pivoted with the situation, and back near Chris’ hometown, together purchased a farm (Common Ground Market Farm and CSA). For several years now, Amanda has been working with businesses throughout Ontario creating ads, rebranding, package design, etc. with her graphic design business, Amanda DeVries Creative. “I started working more with smaller businesses and entrepreneurs, which was quite different from the work I was doing in Ottawa. But I really liked it; I liked working with people who had a real passion for what they were doing. I had a few clients who were in the food space, Like Wildflowers, and Kazuma, etc. and they were looking for packaging work. I realized I specifically love doing that kind of graphic design more than anything else. So I made a new company called Eye Candy Design which creates a lot of packaging and branding work, but only for companies that make food and beverage NOWHIRING AT 1063 TALBOT STREET, ST.THOMAS • Starting wage over $15/hr • Benefit package Full time Staff NOWHIRING AT 1063 TALBOT STREET, ST.THOMAS Full time Staff

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Purely Unique Being unique is something many of us strive for, in life and in business. In St. Thomas we have a wonderfully unique store in our downtown called Purely Wicked, owned and operated by Kim Goodhue. Born and raised in Old Lynhurst, Kim’s family history is one of creators. “I come from a long line of crafters, bakers and makers,” says Kim. “I was brought up growing our own food, canning, and preserving, sewing, knitting. My grandma and my great grandma were a huge inspiration and passed down recipes and knowledge that I use to this day. That, with my background in esthetics, nutrition and retail, was the perfect mixture for opening up a business.” Since 2019, PurelyWicked has been a downtown staple, offering a large variety of weird and wonderful things. “Purely wicked is the one and only metaphysical, witchy, magical gift boutique in St. Thomas,” says Kim. “We have curated our own line of all- natural skincare and bath products. We hand pour our own soy and beeswax candles.” Purely wicked also carries a selection of greeting cards, fiction books, locally crafted chocolates and candy; goodies for everyone. If that wasn’t enough, they also have a large and fun selection of pop culture merchandise including a section dedicated to Harry Potter. “We carry unique gifts for everyone,” says Kim. Our most popular items would be the Purely Wicked handcrafted items, the balms, salves, all-natural deodorants and candles that were the original cornerstone to building our business. Natural products are the healthiest choice you can make in skincare and household products. There are so many synthetic and artificial ingredients that can disturb our hormones and bring imbalances to our health. Having all natural products are important to us and our customers because they work; they get the job done without adding to the problem.” Since Kim first launched it as a micro business creating natural products she would sell at markets, Purely Wicked has grown substantially to her own store and now, her recent expansion of the interior space of her store. Kim has shown with a good idea, hard work and some moxie, you can succeed. “I don’t think I have any secrets other than you have to hustle; you have to work 24/7 and have your hands on every part of your business. Running a business is challenging, period. It’s not for the faint of heart.” Kim knows she didn’t get here alone. She has had the support of her family, amazing staff, and others. “I have had some wonderful business mentors, like Shawn Devree from Myrtle

and Given, and Mark Masseo from the Elgin Business Resource Centre who have helped me so much in navigating this small business ship. I am lucky to be able to go to them both for advice and assistance.” Kim Goodhue and Purely Wicked's Quality Control Manager Miss Minoux welcome you to experience Purely Wicked.

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The Joy Soap Company, A Family Business

Anyone who has atopic dermatitis (eczema) knows how harsh many national brand soaps and lotions can be to your skin, and you also likely know how expensive some of the alternatives can be. This is a pain and an expense that Marissa Kohler and her family know all too well. “Our kids and I all have eczema dry skin and we were buying natural soap, but it was super-duper expensive. So I messed around with it for probably like a year,” says Marissa, about making her own soap, “And it really cleared up our skin.” Then Jason, her husband asked her a question that changed all of their lives: “Why don't you sell it?” That is what she did, selling her line as a side hustle under the brand emkay & crew. As the business grew, Marissa and Jason both began to focus on the company full time, and decided to rebrand as The Joy Soap Company. Their product line now includes soap, lotion, lip balm, hand cream, eye cream and face cream. Marissa and Jason can also custom create gift baskets of their products, or wedding or shower gifts.

Marissa believes one of the benefits of her soaps is that she makes them all in small batches, so they are consistent. “At one time I'll have four crock pots going and each batch makes eight bars.” Packaging is also important to Marissa and Jason, as they want to be kind to your skin and the planet. “We have lip balm, which is the size of two regular lip balm tubes. It's in a paperboard container so that you can recycle or compost it when you're done; everything else is in tin.” The Joy Soap Company is not just a wife and husband team; it is a family affair. Together, through their website (thejoysoapcompany. com), they have grown The Joy Soap Company from a loyal facebook group to an online marketplace. They also can be found at some local retail locations and local markets like Wildflowers Farmers Market and Kellogg’s Market in London. The Joy Soap Company products can be purchased online, or in person at Caps Off Brewery, Cassidy Nail Salon, Simply Pure Water, Forest of Jewells, and Sobeys & Foodland Grocery Stores.

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Solving Social Issues with a Gender-Based Lens

Across Canada, there are only 32 YWCA’s, and we are lucky enough to have had one here in St. Thomas since 1902. Explains Lindsay Rice, Executive Director of the YWCA St. Thomas Elgin, “Our local YWCA was started by a group of women talking in a church basement about how they wanted to integrate the mission and values that we see Canada into a local association in St. Thomas. The YWCA just continued to grow and grow, being incorporated in 1905. Then we look towards 1928 when our building on Mary Street was constructed, which we first moved into in 1930. We've got a really long-standing history with the community.” “I think one of the great strengths of the YWCA is our ability to respond, analyze and evaluate the needs of the community and to look for opportunities to fill those gaps. When I think about the diverse breadth of programs the YWCA offers, our strength really comes from that diversity and the professional skills within our staff teams.” We asked Lindsay to elaborate on some examples of what the YWCA offers our community. “We have our housing programs, building housing stability and reducing homelessness. We have our youth life stabilization program and our youth in transition program. Our school-aged childcare is busy, servicing children and families across Elgin County. Our aquatics programming is on the backburner right now, as you can imagine, with COVID, but we're gearing up for summer again at the outdoor town pool in Aylmer. Our settlement services programs are being offered in downtown St. Thomas and Aylmer with our language instruction classes for newcomers and our youth group along

with all of our other settlement services. We have our adult education classes running in St. Thomas and Aylmer as well as our poverty intervention programs, like our rethink training for the community and our getting ahead workshops; we're looking to do one of those this spring. As you can see, we have a really DO YOU NEED A

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