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Congratulations Jess Tetu owner of Just For you Day Spa and Lia Reese


Congratulation to Trusted partner Jess Tetu on the opening of her 4th Just For You Day Spa and her first retail location for Lia Reese Canada. Sara, the Trusted founder, wrote the following article about Jess and why, at Trusted, we encourage you to have the mindset of - Don't just try local, BUY local.  


A Saskatchewan Success Story

Recently,  I had the pleasure of attending the soft launch of the new Just For You Day Spa in Saskatoon. This spa is the 2nd Saskatoon location and is nestled on the corner of 33rd and Quebec. I thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing hot stone massage in beautiful surroundings, then spent some time relaxing in the stylish and cosy lounge. 
After a cup of tea, it was time to shop at the new retail store for Lia Reese,  which is a beautiful little store connected to the spa. 

The location design is all Jess’s inspiration, and she is extremely hands on. I found out a while ago that she is the queen of repurposing and personally creates many of the gorgeous pieces of furniture and decor in the spas! 

This spa is the third location that Jess has opened in the last 6 years. That in itself is something to be in awe of, especially when you consider that she is a young entrepreneur and wife juggling motherhood and life, also, she only recently turned 30! 

I first met Jess just over 7 years ago, at the time she was considering opening up her second Just For You location in Regina. A huge leap of faith and an enormous undertaking. It has been a roaring success in the Queen City, and  I believe, is still the largest spa in Saskatchewan. 

Jess's business has grown so much, and she now employs over 100! As an entrepreneur myself, who employs 7 people, I can't imagine! What an enormous responsibility - over 100 families, relying on your business and their pay cheque for their bills and kids extracurricular activities. How would it feel to know your everyday decisions and risks in business could impact so many lives? Jess takes it all in her stride with grace, and is, by all accounts, a fair and generous employer and a thoughtful leader. 

Lia Reese was added to her portfolio in recent years. This is her baby, and something Jess feels she created from scratch! Lia Reese is a cosmetic and makeup line manufactured in Canada. It is a pure Saskatchewan product, the names of the nail polishes are witty takes on our small town and city names, lipsticks are named after women who Jess loves and been inspired by, the marketing imagery features Elly Mayday. A successful,  international plus-size model who comes from Jess's hometown of Craik, SK - Elly is a cancer survivor and a gorgeous and inspiring warrior woman in her own right.  
I think you can agree; there really couldn't be a better brand ambassador for Lia Reese Canada! 
The products, created with the utmost care are beautifully packaged, I strongly urge you to try them for yourself! 

Jess Tetu was not born into vast wealth and privilege, she came from humble beginnings and overcame adversity at a young age. She is driven to succeed, and her hard work has been recognized. Jess is the recipient of multiple entrepreneurship awards, including YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Award and ABEX Young Entrepreneur of the year award. Jess is also extremely community-minded, she volunteers a staggering amount of time and resources helping those in need, supporting local businesses and non-profits. Most recently she founded 4seventyone Recovery Resources - a non-profit assisting families battling addiction.

In closing, ladies (and gents), I challenge you to use the last of the international brands of makeup and skincare. You know,  the items on your dresser or cluttering up your bathroom vanity. Instead, support a local woman whose products are just as good (if not better), and who is positively impacting the local economy and our community across Saskatchewan in so many ways!  Swing by the new store in person to try,  or directly buy online at liareese.com. Check out the new Just For You Day Spa for yourself, you deserve a visit! 

This is a picture taken next to my bathroom sink, I have been a fan of Lia Reese everything for a few years and I do have my favourites! 

Congratulations Jess, I am proud to be a fan, a friend, and to have you in our Trusted community of local businesses run with integrity!   Sara 

Meet Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Tire Shop Crestview Auto's Head Technician

Let's face it, most of us do not think about the tires or our engine on our vehicles until we run into a problem....and that problem may be a major inconvenience at best; an accident at worst. Having your vehicle serviced by people that you trust is an absolute must. Let Don and the highly trained technicians at Crestview Auto Service work with you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.

Crestview Auto Service is Trusted Saskatoon Tire and Trusted Saskatoon  Auto Repair & Service Experts!

Dave Wiebe - Head Technician Has Over 35 Years Of Experience!


Dave Wiebe has been recognized in many ways over his career but being named ACDelco 2003 Technician of the Millennium was definitely a highlight!

“The Technician of the Millennium III finals were a much bigger deal than I envisioned they would be when I entered the competition last fall, and the title is also a big deal,” Wiebe said. “I had a feeling of satisfaction I never dreamed of because I have wanted to be a technician since I was a kid, and feel I have become so much more.” 

Scott Mackie, ACDelco general director, said the purpose of the Technician of the Millennium competition is to recognize and support the professionalism and expertise of ACDelco technicians. “The competition is a testimonial to the high calibre of technicians employed by Independent Service Centers that are enrolled in our Total Service Support Program,” Mackie said. “David Wiebe did a great job on Friday, and all eight contestants should be congratulated for making it this far. Each technician demonstrated an amazing ability to stay focused on the tasks at hand.”

All technicians were provided with identical tools, parts, computers and diagnostic equipment, which they used to diagnose and repair actual vehicles in a timed, hands-on skills demonstration.

The Millennium competition winner, Dave Wiebe, Crestview Auto Service was presented with a new Chevrolet Silverado SS truck. Wiebe beat out five United States finalists and two other Canadian finalists in what each contestant referred to as an incredibly challenging final competition. Dave is actually not a truck lover so soon after he was back in Saskatoon he sold his truck and purchased a car. 

Dave loves his career and working on Crestview Auto Service's client's vehicles! Stop by our shop and say hi to Dave! 

Find Crestview at 24, 23rd Street East  or online at www.crestviewautoservice.ca - they are a fullservice Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair & Service business and they can be found on the Saskatoon Directory under TIRES SASKATOON    and Auto Repair & Service Saskatoon they are your TRUSTED SASKATOON TIRE and AUTO REPAIR EXPERTS  


Trusted Saskatoon Contractor and Renovators at JABA Construction Share Happy Client Testimonial

Planning a renovation in Saskatoon? J.A.B.A. Construction Ltd. can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management team will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. J.A.B.A. Construction is professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable. 

J.A.B.A are  Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTORS AND Saskatoon RENOVATORS on the Saskatoon Directory

Trusted Saskatoon partners have a history of offering outstanding customer service!

JABA Construction Happy Client Testimonial:

"I recently had a kitchen and living room renovation done by JABA Construction.  I was very well informed along the way of both projects and was impressed by the cleanliness, friendliness and professionalism of the JABA Staff.  My kitchen project was finished at the projected time but my living room project was delayed due to some issues  - Dave Anderchek was quick to keep me informed and did what he could to put my project back on track.  I would highly recommend JABA Construction and would definitely call them again if I choose to tackle another project."   Pat

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Trusted Brags About Burnt Orange- Your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts!

The Trusted Saskatoon Directory team is ecstatic to announce our latest Trusted Saskatoon partner in the  Computers & Web Design Category.

Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts

"IT Support You Can Trust and Understand"

At Trusted Saskatoon we have personal experience with dealing with Gareth and his team from Burnt Orange Solutions. We have used them for our Saskatoon IT Support 'GoTo Team' for years and are ecstatic to now be able to promote them on Trusted Saskatoon. Our wonderful Administration Pro, Victoria speaks with Gareth on a regular basis and this was what she had to say:

"Gareth and Burnt Orange have been amazing to work with, he keeps all our office computer running smoothly. Gareth and his team are just a phone call away whenever our system has an issue-  big or small. When we had a lemon of a computer, Gareth and his team spent hours on the phone with me, working between billing cycles to try all things possible to find a solution.It was very much appreciated "- Victoria (Trusted Saskatoon- Admin Assistant)

Gareth and his team also believe in supporting the community and currently provide IT support to The Lighthouse Supported Living. At The Lighthouse they provide emergency shelter, supported living, and affordable housing to those in need.

"We help them 24/7 with security, phone systems, camera systems, backup disaster recovery systems, MS Office environment and of support of the PCs and Servers. We are also currently in discussion about setting up a classroom for them there where people staying there can work on resumes and other computer skills to help them find employment." - Gareth (Owner, Burnt Orange Solutions) 

Gareth and his team come highly recommended from all of their clients! One thing that really sets them apart is their 1 hour or less response time and the fact you get to speak to a person not just send an email or leave a voicemail not knowing when you will get a response. Here is another happy client testimonial:

"I would like to thank you and your team for their amazing efforts over the past few months. We are going through a major upgrade to our whole system which is of course taking time, but it is always reassuring to know that at each stage we have qualified engineers on hand to guide us in the right direction. Also, please pass on my thanks to your support team who are always available at a moment's notice when things aren't working quite as they should be. Their direction to finishing the job and reassuring level of knowledge always allows my staff to relax knowing things will be put right. Long may this great relationship continue."- Tim (Broker- Tim Hammond Realty)

Burnt Orange Solutions offers everything from strategic consulting, Cloud services, VOIP phone systems, managed IT solutions and more! 



Trusted Saskatoon give's the THUMBS UP to Gareth and his team  Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts



Trusted Saskatoon concrete expert tip on Paving Stones vs Stamped Concrete

PAVING STONES vs STAMPED CONCRETE!

Paving Stones Vs Stamped Concrete, Pro’s and Con’s.


Before I get into a bit more about the differences between “Concrete vs. Pavers”, we should mention the difference between “Concrete Contractors” and “Landscape Contractors”.

Contractors for either of the above-mentioned products could be described as experienced long-term contractors, with lots of equipment and experienced staff, versus someone new breaking into the business, perhaps undercapitalized and with limited experience. Methods employed by these two installation crews can vary greatly. This affects the pricing and quality of the project.


Ground Preparation – excavation depth, tamping pressure and tools used, rebar (rebar size and spacing for concrete are crucial)

Pavers/Concrete – There are 3 types of Pavers and numerous qualities of Concrete

Concrete Pressure Relief Joints – Depth of cuts and experience dictates where cuts should be.

Concrete Sealers – There are many more sealers on the market now. Silicate Based, Acrylic, and water based densifiers are common with some contractors. Prairie Concrete in Saskatoon is a good source for your information on Sealers.


I believe that most Canadian suppliers are selling “Concrete Pavers”, although there are “Brick Pavers”, mostly shipped from the USA. Both pavers are cast under heat, making them strong. The brick pavers are made from clay and shale. They are a little more prone to efflorescence, typically brick pavers are available mostly in red or reddish brown earthy tones while concrete pavers come in a variety of colours.

Concrete purchased by reputable companies is normally a minimum 30mpa, or Dura mix. Dura mix is a standard trademark used by Saskatchewan Redi-mix plants, meeting a minimum standard used in our freeze thaw climates. With the addition of colours to mixes, sometimes the mix design in your concrete may be optimized or modified slightly.

 

There is no doubt in my mind that properly maintained concrete driveway or patio can stand up very well. Notwithstanding, a concrete slab, in high water table area, high clay saturation in a freeze thaw climate will have movement and crack. But the concrete slab will stay flat, and if the rebar was positioned and lifted, and the concrete was of a good quality and maintained through the use of sealers and rinsing off the road-salts in spring, it will wear very well.


The biggest complaint with paving stones seems to be ground movement. Once the pavers start to move and separate they sink, and gaps occur. My understanding is that most Paving Stone companies have maintenance or are willing to re-lift the pavers. I believe most of them do offer a warranty for this service. (usually for 1 year) Paving stones are a very hard product and stand up well to salt without the use of sealers. A good size paving stone driveway may take a week or longer to install. It would be costly to be forced to continually pay and have them come and level your paving stones. This may be one of the reasons you will see more driveways made of concrete. Price is another factor!

 

Cost Comparisons – Pavers vs Concrete

 

My understanding of Paving Stones pricing and Concrete pricing is just a rough guideline, there are many factors that can affect this. 

·         The grade of the land, how much fill needs to be moved or added.

·         Location and access are factors

·         Can equipment be used or is the job all hand work?

·         How complicated is the job, is engineering required?

·         Are custom steps involved in the project?

·         Patio’s and Pool decks are often more difficult, and smaller square footage. Usually priced higher for this reason.

 

Concrete Pricing ( as a rough guideline)

 - Plain Broom Finish Concrete Driveways - $8.50 - $11.00 per square foot.

 - Plain Broom Finish Concrete Patio’s - $12.00 - $15.00 per square foot.

 

 - Stamped or Exposed Aggregate Concrete Driveways - $11.00 - $14.00 per square foot

 - Stamped or Exposed Aggregate Concrete Patio’s - $14.00 - $18.00 per square foot

 

 - Paving Stone Driveway - $10.00 - $15.00 per square foot

 - Paving Stone Patio - $17.00 - $25.00 per square foot



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