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CONGRATULATIONS to Saskatoon Bag & Case on 40 Years in Business in Saskatoon!

We all love a good local 'rags to riches' story - and Saskatoon Bag & Case's business story is just that - the company began in a humble garage and has flourished into a thriving business. Trusted Saskatoon Custom Bag and Case Experts Saskatoon Bag & Case (SBC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024, a testament to the team's resilience, adaptability, and unwavering commitment to quality. 

Celebrating 40 Years of Saskatoon Bag & Case: A Local Story of Innovation and Dedication

Originally founded out of a garage, SBC's journey exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit. When they secured a building on St George Avenue, its potential began to unfold. Over the years, the business changed hands a few times until Trevor Sonstelie took the reins a decade ago, becoming the sole proprietor.

Trevor's background in food sales at Loblaw's might seem worlds away from the bag and case industry, but fate had other plans. His aspiration to start a food wholesaling business took an unexpected turn when a serendipitous suggestion led him to SBC. With his expertise as a musician and a keen understanding of the need for protective cases, Trevor found himself drawn to the business.

SBC- A Labor of Love

For Trevor, SBC is more than just a business—it's a labor of love. He describes it as a good, honest enterprise that fulfills a crucial need in the community. What sets them apart is their commitment to creativity and problem-solving, especially in custom design work. From hockey bags to music cases and even cadaver cases for scientific research, Saskatoon Bag & Case caters to a diverse clientele with precision and care.

What keeps Trevor and his team engaged is the constant challenge that each project presents. Whether crafting custom solutions or supporting local businesses with specialized needs, they thrive on the opportunity to innovate and exceed expectations.

Over the years, SBC has witnessed shifts in industries and consumer demands. While initially focused on textiles and military products, the company evolved with the times, embracing new markets such as music, hunting, and custom cases. This adaptability has been instrumental in ensuring the company's longevity and relevance in a competitive landscape.

The key to Saskatoon Bag & Case's success is its diverse customer base, which spans local businesses and international entities. Their reach knows no bounds, from large corporations to crown corporations, musicians to law enforcement agencies. Its reputation for quality craftsmanship and personalized service has garnered clients from across the globe, including destinations as far-flung as Spain, Florida, and even the Mayo Clinic.

Each Bag & Case Is Truly A Team Effort

Behind every custom case and innovative design stands a dedicated team of individuals who share Trevor's passion and vision. With ten staff members, including Trevor and his wife, SBC operates like a tight-knit family. Many of its employees have been with the company for over a decade, a testament to the supportive work environment and a strong sense of camaraderie.

As Saskatoon Bag & Case celebrates its 40th anniversary, Trevor looks back with gratitude for his loyal staff, supportive customers, and endless opportunities for growth and fulfillment that his business provides. For him, the journey has been nothing short of extraordinary—a testament to the power of perseverance, creativity, and the human spirit. As he looks towards the future, one thing remains certain: the legacy of innovation and dedication will continue to define Saskatoon Bag & Case's success for future generations.

The Trusted Saskatoon team wishes the Saskatoon Bag & Case team all the best in their future endeavours. Our sister company, Trusted Marketing Services, designed the 40th Anniversary logo and presented it as a gift to Trevor! We are so grateful we get to work with and promote great local companies like Saskatoon Bag & Case! 

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WELCOMING Brown Electrical Contracting A Trusted Saskatoon Electrician

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is delighted to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon Partner, a Trusted Saskatoon electrician. Get to know Brown Electrical Contracting, learn why WE trust the company, and meet the man behind the business in our latest Trusted Saskatoon article welcoming a new partner to our Saskatoon community of locally owned businesses operated with integrity!


Mitch Brown, owner of  Brown Electrical Contracting, is very well-referred.  As we called through the list of references he provided us to call and survey, the same things were repeated over and over….Honest, reliable, fair pricing, high-quality work and operates with Integrity! To Trusted Saskatoon and our team, this means all the things we desire in a contractor. 

Mitch comes from a family of go-getters. Entrepreneurship runs in his blood. Growing up on a farm instilled in him a solid work ethic and a "get it done" attitude. Watching his dad build a business based on honesty and integrity left a lasting impression on him. He follows in his footsteps, ensuring his company reflects those values.

Mitch is a family man and you know he understands the importance of trust and reliability, especially regarding your home or business.

Mitch isn't just good with wires; he's also a people person. He genuinely enjoys helping others and exceeding their expectations, so it’s no wonder he's become the go-to guy in Saskatoon for electrical needs.

How Does Trusted select Saskatoon & Area businesses to partner with? 

  • We look for locally accountable businesses with a reputation for quality-driven excellence in the Saskatoon market.

  • Customers, clients, and suppliers nominate businesses they are impressed with. 

  • We personally survey a number of their past customers.

  • We check the business's online reputation, and we speak to business references 

  • All past customers we speak to are surveyed - it is a pass or a fail! 

  • We ensure any required licenses, qualifications, WCB, and insurances are valid and up to date.

    What Did Brown Electrical Contracting Customers Say??

    “I would say that Reliability is Mitch’s strongest asset.  I have used his services for home and business projects, and I have found him to be well-trained and well-priced.  He is honest and true.  In fact, I have switched to using him as a primary electrician because he has been the most reliable of anyone that I have hired before”

    “Brown Electrical Contracting, and specifically Mitch, are quick, professional, and crafty. We have given them irregular and interesting requests, and Mitch sorts them out, comes up with a plan, and it works. We trust he will get the job done well!”
    Jon Fehr

    We also read many great reviews on Google about Brown Electrical Contracting, as we were checking the company’s  online reputation for ourselves -  we wanted to share a few of those below 

    “ We were really happy with our service from Brown Electrical! They were able to get us in quickly, and we felt really good about the work they did and would trust them to do any other electrical work for us in the future. With reasonable rates and a great owner, Mitch makes this company highly recommend! Thanks so much for your help!” - Kelly Kirkpatrick Google Review 

    Mitch Brown came promptly when we needed someone to relocate a wiring job that was done improperly during a previous patio door installation. He came with very short notice during a windows and doors installation at our home- which was much appreciated as it didn’t hold up the job at all.
    He was friendly, efficient, and easy to deal with. The job was done to our satisfaction, and we were very grateful! “ - Maggie N , Google review

So, if you need electrical work done in Saskatoon and the surrounding area, do yourself a favour and call Mitch at Brown Electrical Contracting. For all the right reasons, he has been given the “Thumbs Up by Trusted Saskatoon!”

Brown Electrical Contracting Is A Trusted Saskatoon Electrician

Trusted Saskatoon IT Pro's at Burnt Orange Explain How To Recognize Phishing Attacks

Gareth McKee and his Trusted Saskatoon IT team at Burnt Orange Solutions promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are essential to them. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients understand IT concerns by providing a straightforward, reliable solution with exceptional service. Burnt Orange Solutions is a Trusted Saskatoon IT expert. In their latest Saskatoon IT expert tip, they share how to recognize phishing attacks to protect you and your loved ones.


What Is Phishing?

Phishing is an attack in which the scammer attempts to trick you into clicking on a malicious link, downloading malware, or sharing personal or sensitive information. Phishing attacks can occur via telephone, email, text, or social media platforms. Messages are often generic, and they often appear to be from a trusted, legitimate source, such as a bank or courier company. Phishing attacks are on the rise, so it is important to recognize the signs. 

What Are The Signs Of Phishing Attacks?

Spotting a phishing attack can be difficult. However, it is important to recognize those messages to ensure scammers are unable to take advantage of us. Here are some signs to look out for to recognize phishing attacks:

The Message Asks You To Share Personal Information

shark phishing for personal information

Any legitimate organization would likely never ask for personal information over the telephone, email, or text, so this should be a red flag. Scammers and cyber attackers are crafty in making their messages appear legitimate. If you are suspicious about a message you have received, it does not hurt to be cautious and contact the organization that supposedly sent the message. When contacting that organization, it is essential to use official contact information. 

The Message Involves A Threat

Scammers often utilize threats to persuade you to do what they want. Most people fear what may happen if they do not comply with the scammer's request. A common phishing attack is over the telephone, whereby scammers claim to be government organization members. They are after personal information, such as your social insurance number, and threaten fines or even that you will be arrested if you fail to comply. If you receive a threatening message that claims to be from a legitimate source, do not panic or let the scammer scare you into giving them what they want. 

The Message Comes From A Suspicious Sender

guy on laptop opening suspicious link

Phishing attempts can be difficult to spot as they appear to be from a legitimate organization. An immediate red flag is when the sender's email address does not match the organization. In terms of telephone calls or text messages, searching the sender's phone number will either confirm or deny its legitimacy. 

The Message Includes A Suspicious Link

Cybercriminals or scammers often send messages that trick victims into clicking on a link. In an attempt to steal personal information from the victim, the links are to websites that appear to be legitimate but are spoofs. If you do not click the link, the scammer cannot get what they want from you. 

Three signs of a suspicious link include: 

  • The link URL in the message does not match the legitimate organization’s website URL.
  • The message includes incorrect grammar or overuse of exclamation marks and other punctuation. 
  • The message involves logos that look ‘off” or poorly designed templates. A government organization would never send messages like this. 

Although there is no infallible way to recognize phishing attacks, knowing the signs will help protect you and your loved ones. Always remember that if something appears suspicious, it likely is. 

With predatory scams such as phishing attacks rising, we all must protect ourselves. They could fall victim to a predatory scam regardless of age or intellect. If you have any questions regarding phishing attacks, contact the IT experts at Burnt Orange IT Solutions. We can help your business mitigate risk and be prepared for any IT-related emergency.

We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions, and we will take IT worries off your plate.

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Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts

Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning Advise on Clogged Drains

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning Saskatoon is eager to provide the best possible customer experience. Their aim is to be a professional resource for our clients before, during, and after the sale! Their team takes pride in service knowledge of modern equipment and training. They are recognized by peers and offer sales, service, training & installations for residential, and commercial Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing systems in Saskatoon and area. JOB Heating & Air are Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers. In their latest tip, they advise on clogged drains. 

Saskatoon Plumbing Tips for Drain Clog Prevention

Having to call your Saskatoon plumber every time a drain in your home gets clogged can become time-consuming, and frustrating, not to mention very expensive. Your drains may work right now, but clogs can happen at any time. Though plumbing codes, normal plumbing maintenance, and good drain pipe materials can keep the rate of clog formation to a minimum, most people do not have the advantage or the ability to decide what plumbing materials are to be used. No one thinks about plumbing maintenance until there is a clogged drain. Clogged drains can create severe water damage to a home’s structure (such as the wiring) and can be a potential health risk. Problems caused by a clogged drain can be avoided by taking the necessary steps of drain maintenance to prevent clogs from occurring. Remember, prevention is not only easy to do but can save you a lot of money in the long run!

Tip 1: When cleaning up after dinner, run hot water through the drain to prevent grease buildup and hard water deposits. Once every few days, to really prevent buildup in your pipes, first put in a half cup of baking soda, followed by a half cup of vinegar, and then wash it through with boiling hot water.

Tip 2: Check your bathtub stoppers every three months for hair and buildup of biofilm (a mixture of bacteria, food particles, soap residue, and body oils that hardens as layers begin to build up and lead to a clogged drain) and see if the stopper needs to be replaced due to wear and tear. Once a week, fill the bathtub halfway to three-fourths full (while the stopper is in the drain) and then pull out the stopper. The weight and volume of the water will fill the pipe and will flush the drain line.         

Tip 3: Have your home plumbing system regularly inspected for maintenance from the team at JOB Heating and Air. As a preventative measure, at least once a year, hire a plumber to snake your home’s drain lines for any buildups that can lead to a clog. For major connections, such as your septic tank or your main pipe to the sewer system, have periodic inspections. Small roots that penetrate a drain pipe can be cleaned up before it turns into a big problem. If regular inspections are not performed by a plumber, the roots can become entrenched in the drain pipe and will have to be replaced altogether. 

Tip 4: Special clog prevention for kitchen sinks includes: removing all kitchen waste from the sink; not pouring coffee grinds down the sink; not pouring grease down the sink; and catching all food from falling down the sink.

Tip 5: Most plumbers will tell you to avoid using chemical-based cleaners as clog prevention on a regular basis as they can corrode metal pipes after a while. A natural cleaner is an enzyme/bacteria-based cleaner. Once poured down a drain, it creates colonies of good bacteria that destroy bad bacteria that cause clogs in your drains. Use natural-based cleaners at night, just before everyone goes to sleep – large amounts of water used after the cleaner can get rid of the good bacteria before it has had time to work.

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning is a Trusted Saskatoon plumbing company. We show up on time, deliver on budget and we leave the work area cleaner than when we arrived! At JOB we take pride in our plumbing services in this city and surrounding area, so nothing means more to us than testimonials from our clients as their preferred plumber in Saskatoon.

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater From Trusted Saskatoon Plumbing Experts at JOB Heating & Air

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning Saskatoon is eager to provide the best possible customer experience. Their aim is to be a professional resource for our clients before, during, and after the sale! Their team takes pride in service knowledge of modern equipment and training. They are recognized by peers and offer sales, service, training & installations for residential, and commercial Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing systems in Saskatoon and area. JOB Heating & Air are Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers. Water heaters are an essential part of our daily lives. They provide hot water for bathing, washing dishes, and laundry. However, just like any other appliance, water heaters require proper maintenance to function efficiently and effectively. Neglecting regular maintenance can lead to costly repairs, decreased efficiency, and even safety hazards. In this blog, we’ll discuss some tips for maintaining your water heater and ensuring that it lasts for many years to come.


Check the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve:

The temperature and pressure relief valve is a safety feature that is designed to release pressure if the water in the tank becomes too hot or the pressure becomes too high. To test it, lift the lever and let it snap back into place. If water flows out of the valve, it’s working properly. If not, it’s time to replace it.

Drain the Tank:

Draining the tank helps remove sediment and minerals that can build up over time, reducing the efficiency of your water heater. You should drain your tank once a year to remove this buildup. Simply attach a hose to the drain valve and run the water into a drain or bucket until it runs clear.

Check the Anode Rod:

The anode rod is a metal rod that is designed to corrode instead of the tank. If the anode rod is worn down, the tank is more likely to rust and leak. To check the anode rod, remove the access panel and inspect the rod. If it’s less than a quarter inch in diameter, it’s time to replace it.

Insulate the Tank:

Insulating the tank can help reduce heat loss and increase the efficiency of your water heater. You can buy a pre-cut insulation blanket for your water heater or wrap the tank with insulation.

Regularly Check for Leaks:

Check the tank and connections for any signs of leaks. If you notice a leak, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

In conclusion, regular water heater maintenance is essential for ensuring that your water heater lasts for many years to come. By following these tips on maintaining your water heater, you can keep it in good working condition and prevent costly repairs and safety hazards. If you are unsure about how to properly maintain your water heater, it’s best to consult JOB Heating & Air Conditioning is a Trusted Saskatoon plumbing company. They can inspect your water heater and make any necessary repairs or replacements to ensure that it is working properly.

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning is a Trusted Saskatoon plumbing company. We show up on time, deliver on budget and we leave the work area cleaner than when we arrived! At JOB we take pride in our plumbing services in this city and surrounding area, so nothing means more to us than testimonials from our clients as their preferred plumber in Saskatoon.


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