It was time for lunch after my extensive interview at the Balmy Beach Club, and all I had to do was walk up the street and head into the first restaurant that presented itself to quench my hunger. The Garden Gate Restaurant, affectionately nick-named “The Goof”, is a true institution in the Beach, and the restaurant’s sign certainly is one of the most frequently photographed landmarks in this area.
I sat down in this busy place and looked over the menu which contains a wide selection of Chinese and Canadian specialties, all on offer at a very reasonable price. The restaurant was bustling with activity, and people were just streaming in for lunch. Since I had another appointment in the afternoon I was looking for speedy service, and sure enough, the waitress approached me promptly. I ordered the special of the day: “General Tso Chicken” features hot chunks of boneless chicken, sautéed with the chef’s special sauce. I started my meal with a steaming won-ton soup, a great way to warm up on a freezing winter day. The General Tso Chicken was very tasty, with a crispy texture and spicy sauce, and the portion was so generous I actually had to take half of my meal home.
All the waiters were very busy, but I just had to find out a bit more about this culinary institution in the Beach, so my waitress connected me with the owner: Raymond Lee. I could tell right away Raymond is a rather shy individual and not one who enjoys the limelight. In addition he was tied up with some work at the back of the restaurant, but he graciously took a few minutes and sat down with me to answer my questions.
Raymond has co-owned the Garden Gate Restaurant for about 15 years now with a partner. Before he became co-owner he used to work here, so he has a personal long-standing history with this restaurant. Way back in high school he worked part-time in the restaurant business already. After graduation he went to Brock University and completed a degree in business and economics and started to work in accounting with companies such as Famous Players and Petro Canada. Raymond describes his situation with the words that “he was a small clerk in a big corporation”, but he always wanted to be his own boss.
In 2006 Garden Gate underwent a major restoration: everything was changed, a new kitchen was installed – the main reason for the renovation. The bar and all the furniture are new. The only original components left are the floor and the ceiling tiles. Of course, the treasured street sign has stayed intact, although the façade of the building has changed and was replaced by big full-length glass windows.
Raymond describes his restaurant as a “Canadian – Chinese restaurant” because he features both Canadian and Chinese fare. The restaurant opens early in the morning, and the Canadian breakfast is extremely popular. Sandwiches, pork chops and steaks are also offered …
Starting a home daycare business can be a great move that will allow you to get into the childcare industry without having to rent expensive commercial concessions. When you take this approach though you really have to organize your home well so that your business does not take away too much of your families valuable living space. You still have to be able to provide a space that meets minimum size regulations although as well as being a safe and stimulating environment that is good for kids and marketable to parents.
The key to success with a home-run child care business is to clearly separate your home from your business and not to complicate things by letting one spill over into the other.
Space will be your main concern when working from home in this business. Organize the space that you have into areas for the various activities that children will do throughout the day. At a bear minimum you will need a floor area with cushions for meetings and story time, tables for snacks, lunch and art and craft projects, an area for mid day naps and an outdoor play area. It can be possible to use the same space for many different purposes if you do not mind moving table around.
Make sure that you have plenty of storage space as this will help your home and business to remain organized and uncluttered. Children should also have a personal space for storing their belovedings.
Ensure that your daycare as well as the private parts of your home are all fitted with child safety fittings. Do not forget to safety proof outdoor areas as well by making sure that there are no dangers on your property such as poisonous plants
Set up an area for your office and ensure that this area is separated from the daycare. Keep this area well organized and strictly off limits to the children.
The key to running a home daycare center is to utilize your space well, comply with regulations and appear to be just as professional in appearance as your competitors with rented facilities. If you can create an environment that is safe, organized and structured as well as being appealing to parents and children then you will be well on your way to success with your home daycare. …
Over the years, I’ve remodeled dozens of bathrooms. And the more I remodel, the more I see some important guidelines repeated over and over: the general rules for keeping costs down and getting the most bang for your buck. Now if money is no object, simply hire the best bathroom designer you can find and write them a blank check. For the rest of us, I offer the following tips.
Whenever possible, leave fixtures in their existing locations. Moving the plumbing lines for a bathtub, shower, toilet or sink can be expensive and messy. A better solution is to upgrade these fixtures for a new look or a new feature.
When selecting new fixtures for your bathroom, stick with white, off-white, bone or biscuit. Lighter-colored fixtures do a couple of things for you. First, white means clean. So white fixtures appear cleaner than colored fixtures. Second, white fixtures have less impact on the overall look of the room. As a general rule of thumb, they tend to make a small bathroom look bigger. Colored fixtures – especially black – tend to make a bathroom look smaller.
Light colors are also best for walls and floors – especially in small bathrooms – as these tend to make the room look larger. Dark colors give the appearance of a smaller bathroom. Leave the ceiling white. Period.
If you want to add a splash of color to a bathroom, do it modestly with a wallpaper border, decorative tiles, etc. Better yet, color your bathroom with accessories like throw rugs, towels, soap dispensers, and pictures. This way if you get tired of the accent color, it’s just a matter of changing out your accessories.
Planning on replacing your sink? Like the look of a pedestal sink? If you do, there are a couple of important things you should know about these popular sink upgrades. For starters, you’ll lose any storage space that you had with a vanity sink. And in a small bathroom, this can be a big deal. Second, most homeowners don’t realize that the pedestal portion of the sink is primarily decorative; the sink itself is actually mounted to wall. For a secure mounting, this means removing your existing wall covering, installing a support cleat and repairing the wall. A pedestal sink also frequently requires modifying/moving the supply and waste lines to the sink – typically with very tight tolerances.
If a new toilet is in your future, consider upgrading to a toilet that features an elongated bowl or raised height. Both of these can add comfort to your daily routine. It’s important to note, however, that in small bathrooms, an elongated toilet can cause clearance problems. Check with the toilet manufacturer for recommended clearance before purchasing one of these. It’s surprising how much difference a couple of inches can make in the height of toilet. That’s all the difference in height there is between a standard and a raised height toilet. Those few inches make a significant difference in the ease …
If you find yourself in need of a fast and reliable plumber, the fastest plumber will do in this case. Some manufacturers, Kohler Co. and Ferguson Enterprises of Wisconsin, had a "Fastest Plumber Competition," in which the plumber who could do the job the best and quickest took home the top prize. This competition allowed many plumbers to compete for a prize and world status as the fastest plumber. Although the completion is intense, the best plumbers from all over come to show their abilities.
Regional Competitions and Finalists
This competition evolves around doing the job, getting it done quickly and professionally. For the pass six years, these businesses have sponsored and hosted the event with the competition being kicked off with forty-six regional competitions across the country. In order to qualify for the finals, the plumbers were required to install a bathroom maintaining of a Kohler toilet, lavatory faucet, and faucets and taps in a ceramic shower. The final eight plumbers were then asked to compete in the final round of competition, in which only one of them would be chosen the winner.
Competition at its Best
The final was held in 2006 at Green Bay, Wisconsin. For the final test, they were judged on skills, these amazing plumbers had to install a toilet, a bathroom faucet, and the famous, but difficult three-piece shower unit. However, this time, to show their professional quality, they also had to hook up the water line. Normally taking as long as a day to complete, the new winner completed this project in record time and beat the standing record of a full day.
As part of the contest, the plumbers selected and their families were treated as guests of Kohler Company at Kohler's well known American Club for the weekend and as a the football game played by the Green Bay Packers football game that took place after the winner was announced at the competition.
Who Was The Winner
Robert Rousch was given the title after finishing the competition with a time of one minute and eleven seconds short of the best record the competition has had since the beginning. Mr. Rousch was also blessed with a cash award of three thousand dollars. It pays to be fast and competent in the plumbing business [http://www.i-plumbing.com/Plumber_Contractor/]. After starting out as an entry-level plumber, Robert has spent the past ten years working for one company who provides excellent service to their customers.
The Speed of Things And Quality
While you want a speedy plumber with the qualifications to get the job done, you can insure that even if your plumber did not win an award, he is still trained and qualified for this type of work. Plumbers do spend hours in school to learn everything needed. As apprentisits, they receive hands on training during the learning process, which provides for quality plumbers who stand by their work.
If you think your plumber is fast, maybe he needs some encouragement to enter the next competition to …