County News, April 25, 2001)
(Brome County News, April 25, 2001)
BY MORRI MOSTOW
Knowlton Boasts Best Facials Anywhere!
Strength in numbers: thats what LArt de Vivre is counting on. This newly formed group of established local artisans will jointly showcase its members handiwork at the first-ever Expo Habitation Brome-Missisquoi Home Show (May 19 & 20). Their art of living exhibit will create a room with twig furniture, pictures, lamps and more. The groups home-based workshops are scattered throughout Lac Brome, Mansonville, Sutton and West Bolton. If the group succeeds, well do it again next year, says organizer Maureen Lefebvre, owner of Shady Lady, in Sutton Junction. Lefebvre has been designing fabric window treatments and matching accessories for 15 years. LArt de Vivre will not sell products at the show, but visitors will be able to browse samples and photos of members work.
LArt de Vivre members:
Holger Bauerle twig garden furniture and accessories
Toni Bos picture framing, wall stenciling
Olivier Burnham ironwork (tables, gates, lamps)
Debbie Hornig dried-flower arrangements
Stanley Lake decorative and functional garden pottery
Maureen Lefebvre fabric window treatments
Carolyn Smart lamps from art objects
Jack Walker wooden folk art and antique reproductions
Jane Walker hand-painted floor cloths and cushions
For more information about LArt de Vivre, contact Maureen Lefebvre at (450) 242-1888. E-mail: email@example.com
Au Coin du Bois showroom
Au Coin du Bois, Knowltons newest woodworking shop, will also be at the Home Show, where owner Richard Pearson will display his antique reproductions and Victoriana. Pearson opened for business in January after renovating a rundown carriage house on Mt. Echo Road. The newly shingled exterior, with Victorian rickrack, now houses a showroom and well-equipped workshop.
Pearson specializes in old-style tables, from 6-ft.-long refectory pine tables to smaller side tables. His Victorian cupolas, mouldings and rickrack give Township houses and barns that distinctive, authentic look. At Au Coin du Bois, you can order custom pine or butternut armoires, blanket boxes, as well as other antique reproductions, in cherry, maple and oak.
A Knowlton native, Pearson returned to the area late last year with his wife Nancy Berranger, a hydro-geologist, and their two children, after a dozen years in Vancouver. We were tired of big-city life, explains Pearson, who delights in his less stressful existence. He is also happy to be close to his aging parents, Cyril and Lillian Pearson, whose home, conveniently, is next door to the shop.
Au Coin du Bois, 19 Mount Echo Road, Knowlton. (450) 243-0733.
Spoil your mother with a Mothers Day gift certificate from Knowltons newest feel-good emporium, Le Mini Spa du Lac Brome. In less than six months, this friendly establishment has become a favourite of locals and tourists alike. No wonder! Owner Christina Bushey, a hairdresser with magic scissors, has combined reasonable prices with a relaxed, country atmosphere. Le Mini Spa pampers both men and women, from head to toe.
The facials are the best Ive had anywhere, and Ive had them all over the world, from Bali to Greece, says Joanne Mercier, vice-president of logistics at Les Emballages Knowlton. In addition to five different types of facials and lymphatic drainage by aesthetician Carolyn Lemaire, the Mini Spa offers a full-service hair salon; manicures and pedicures by Carol Hadd; massage by Kripalu therapist, Cheryl White; make-up, ear piercing and waxing; and the increasingly popular body gommage, a two-hour, full-body exfoliation using a cream-based massage technique. Full-day packages include lunch, from nearby Café Floral. Herb tea, coffee and cinnamon rolls are always on hand for peckish customers.
The bridal package, with two pre-wedding visits (for trial hairstyle, facial, etc.) and wedding-day hairstyling, manicure and make-up, is a steal at $150 (taxes included). Not surprisingly, this package has proved so popular that the spa team is booked every second weekend from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. On the wedding day, we put on the brides veil, touch up her make-up for the pictures and stay until the she leaves for the church, explains Bushey.
Until the end of April, treat yourself to a permanent, cut and blow dry for only $45, or a pedicure at 10% off.
Le Mini Spa du Lac Brome at Création Christina, 38 Victoria (corner Maple), Knowlton. (450) 242-1422
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©Morri Mostow& Associates, 2001