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Bookkeeping in Saskatoon with JPM Business Solutions

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 24, 2014 11:38

One of our favourite things about Saskatoon is its entrepreneurial spirit. We love the constant chatter surrounding locally owned and operated businesses in our city, and the supportive consumers who fuel them. Our vibrant Saskatoon business community is strengthened even further when local businesses find ways to partner with each other for mutual benefit. In many instances, one local business will have something to offer that another needs, driving the growth of both. 

In the Business Services category on My Saskatoon, great local service-based businesses are striving to help move other businesses forward. From sign shops to safety training to bookkeeping, these local experts are here to help local entrepreneurs who require outside support. 

JPM Business Solutions helps small and medium-sized businesses with bookkeeping and accounting assistance. Whether a difficult financial situation is arising or a proactive method of maximizing profits is desired, the accounting specialists at JPM can provide mentorship to any business who needs it. JPM has the expertise to help businesses achieve the best financial position possible by assisting with everything from policy review to meeting regulatory bookkeeping requirements. 

Accounting expertise is crucial during all phases of the business cycle. JPM assists clients who are setting up a new business by ensuring that accounting systems are in place and that administrative staff is properly trained. In times of difficulty or disorganization, JPM can relieve a business of the day-to-day bookkeeping struggle and can ease the anxiety that is overwhelming for any business owner facing financial issues. 

Business growth can also present bookkeeping or accounting complications as new staff are hired, new capital is acquired, or services are extended. Whether its assistance with payroll, financial reporting, or budgeting and forecasting, JPM is here to help booming businesses make sustainable decisions with a long term vision.  

In addition to bookkeeping and accounting, JPM Business Solutions offers IT services and HR consulting to businesses looking for expertise in these areas. Visit JPM’s Spotlight Profile for contact details and to learn more about the experts behind JPM Business Solutions.  

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How To Find Local Businesses on My Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 19, 2014 12:44

At My Saskatoon, we are strong believers in local people who put their time, effort, risk and resources into meeting the needs and desires of consumers in our city. From Jewellers to Caterers to Gyms, most every product or service imaginable is available through locally owned businesses in Saskatoon. 

And we want to make sure that you know about all that these great local businesses have to offer. With business profiles broken up into three main categories, Shop Local, Eat Local, and Support Local, our goal is to provide an informative hub for people who share our love of all things local. Find local business alphabetically, by subcategory, or with our search tool, and discover everything you need to stay connected. 

Browse our Eat Local page for our latest food-focused blog posts and mini listings featuring local Saskatoon restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, producers, and caterers. Our Shop Local page features posts about local sales, trends, and sought-after products in Saskatoon. Discover businesses you didn't realize are local by clicking through to Shop Local subcategories like Apparel, Flooring, and Home Decor. Our Support local page houses some of the great service-based businesses in Saskatoon, from Financial Services to Landscaping to Home Builders and Veterinarians. Gather tips, tricks, and inspiration by reading blog posts featuring local Saskatoon service providers from our Support Local category.

We love Saskatoon and its vibrant local business community, and hope that you will enjoy discovering it with us!

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Spa-Worthy Showers & Baths in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 18, 2014 13:40

One of the most sought-after home features these days is a luxurious, spa-like bathroom. New home builds with expansive ensuites are trending with custom home builders and designers in Saskatoon. Home owners who are involved in the home design process are choosing floor plans with capabilities for luxurious bath features, and renovators are modifying homes and knocking out walls to accommodate new open-concept shower spaces.

The Inspiration  

There are so many ways to achieve a relaxing bathing area, and we are loving the design inspiration on Houzz that, with the help of local experts, could easily be turned into reality here in Saskatoon.

 
   
 

 

The Design & Construction 

Local Saskatoon home designers and builders CADvantage Design, Homes by Daon, Decora Homes, and Haven Builders have a ton of experience with designing and creating luxurious bathing spaces for their clients. Visit the Home Builders category on My Saskatoon to explore the options and get the process started in turning your dreams into reality. 

The Details

Perhaps a glass tub enclosure or open-concept shower area would suit the vibe of your newly designed bathroom. Glass Doctor of Saskatoon can do anything from basic framed shower doors to elaborate custom heavy glass enclosures. The glass experts at Glass Doctor will guide you through the entire process, from design to installation to maintenance. 

If you're looking for luxurious shower or bath functionality for your space, locally owned in Saskatoon, Dynamic Bath & Shower has tub and shower features for the bathroom of a lifetime. Enclosed steam showers from Dynamic Bath provide fantastic health benefits like detoxification, skin health, and a boosted immune system. You can add essential oils to the steam mechanism in the shower for an aroma-therapeutic steam experience, and in-shower lighting can be adjusted to suit your mood. Massage tubs from Dynamic Bath provide various degrees of massage intensity with automated and impulse options for the ultimate relaxation experience. 

Wouldn't sinking into a warm tub or enjoying the benefits of a steam shower in a beautifully designed space make this chilly Saskatoon winter more enjoyable?

5 Things: Saskatoon Car Care & Automotive Accessories

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 14, 2014 09:01

1. Your social media posts could impact your insurance claim if you're in a crash. Thank you to Maaco Saskatoon for spreading the word on this!

2. This cute upcycled plastic bag holder is perfect to keep in your car for an impromptu grocery run. 

3. If you're too busy to take your vehicle in to be detailed, Kristy Kleen will take care of your car right in your own garage. 

4. Glass Doctor of Saskatoon recently shared that a coffee filter is perfect for a clean, streak-free mirror. 

5. A unique DIY keychain makes a great stocking stuffer. 

Enjoy your weekend!

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5 Things: Saskatoon Shopping, Wine & Spirits

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 12, 2014 09:00

1. Get tickets to Glitter and support local non-profits while scoring great deals at The Mall at Lawson Heights. 

2. Until November 17, treat yourself to a new top and bottom and get a gift card from Believe Fit.

3. Ingredients is sampling single malt scotch tonight from 6:30-8pm.

4. Twisted Goods has a great gift for the wine lover in your life. Check out the Corkcicle

5. These cute cork planters make lovely living magnets.

 

Enjoy your Wednesday!

The Saskatoon Sprawl

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 10, 2014 10:50

Our city is growing, and its growing out. There are quite a few new suburban neighbourhoods in the works, surrounding Saskatoon nearly on all sides. Blairmore, University Heights, and new suburban development area Holmwood are the latest sectors in Saskatoon to feature new neighbourhood developments. Many of the new areas feature walkable neighbourhoods with a Complete Streets design concept that is safe and accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. Some residential neighbourhoods are already being built and actively promoted, while others have yet to begin construction. The further along the progress in each area, the more details available via the City of Saskatoon. Keep your eye on each of these exciting new Saskatoon neighborhoods as growth transforms the shape of our city. 

Kensington

Kensington, located in Blairmore, is a neighborhood you are probably familiar with. A walkable neighbourhood with a vibrant village square, numerous parks, and homes oriented to take advantage of solar energy, this community is referred to by the City of Saskatoon as an 'environmentally-sustainable urban village'. Kensington residents will be offered a rebate for achieving a certified energy efficient home, as well as a composter and rain water collection barrel to help incentivize environmentally-sustainable household practices. It is estimated that upon completion, around 8,000 people will call Kensington home. 

Brighton

Situated north of 8th Street and south of Arbor Creek, Brighton has been designed to be a walkable neighborhood with amenities close at hand and outdoor recreational areas near residences. A variety of housing options will be found in Brighton, with development combining residential and retail/office space. An efficient transit system will provide a viable alternative to driving, and the neighbourhood design will provide a pedestrian safe environment through a Complete Streets design concept for 8th Street and McOrmond Drive. Constructed wetlands and and a linear park system will characterize the neighborhood. Brighton will be the future home to over 15,000 Saskatonians. 

Aspen Ridge

This is the next neighborhood to be developed in the University Heights sector. North of Evergreen, Aspen Ridge will eventually house 13,000 people and is slated to be a walkable neighbourhood with a wide range of housing choices and convenient access to amenities, schools, and recreational facilities. Aspen Ridge will continue the Complete Streets design concept for McOrmond Drive, and will feature a village square as well as a linear system of parks. 

Elk Point

West of Hampton Village, Elk Point will one day be home to around 10,000 residents. Similar to the other new developments, Elk Point will have a village centre and village square, and is planned to accommodate a mix of housing options among open spaces. Connectivity for all modes of transportation will be a priority in the development of Elk Point. 

More information will continue to be released by the City of Saskatoon as progress on each of these neighbourhoods continues. Connect with local home builders Decora Homes, Evolution Homes, Homes by Daon, and Haven Builders to stay in the know about lots for sale and new home builds on the horizon. Do you want to make your dream home a reality in one of these new neighbourhoods? Contact CADvantage to discuss a custom house plan design. We are looking forward to what the future holds for Saskatoon, and are most excited for the new local businesses that will be popping up in these new neighbourhoods!

*all information obtained via the City of Saskatoon

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When a Local Business Goes Above and Beyond

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 5, 2014 14:23

A member of our My Saskatoon team recently had an amazing experience with a local business in a time of crisis. WINMAR, a property restoration service company owned by Selena Maes, specializes in water, fire, smoke, wind, and hail damage, mould remediation, and asbestos cleanup. Here’s what our team member had to say. 

"When we discovered that we had a flood in our home we were devastated to think we would have to put in an insurance claim as we had been claim free for years and were getting a nice discount on our premiums. Our insurance company suggested that we get in touch with a company that could come in with a moisture reader and let us know if the damage was extensive enough to put in a claim. I called WINMAR and they were at the house within an hour. They explained the severity of the damage and assured us it was well worth our while given the extent of it. Since filing the claim they have been out to remove all of the damage in an extremely professional manner. They have gone far and beyond to make sure our day to day routine has not been impacted, even though it would have been easier for them to rip everything out, leaving us without running water for quite some time. The staff was courteous and very conscientious about the impact this would have on our family. I am also very impressed with their knowledge and how they kept me informed along every step of the way." 

We just love hearing about local people who are passionate about the work they do and have developed a way to meet the needs of others in an efficient and friendly manner. There’s nothing worse than something like fire or water damage to a home, and its great to know that there is a business like this in Saskatoon that can be relied on to provide a quick solution and peace of mind. Way to go, WINMAR! More information can be found on WINMAR Saskatoon's website

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November Events in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 3, 2014 13:30

Halloween is officially over, and this means that anything Christmas-related is now fair game. Holiday retail displays are already popping up all over Saskatoon, so it only makes sense that when browsing for upcoming events and activities in November, the majority we came across are holiday-focused. Here's what we have on our radar for this month. If there's anything we missed, let us know in the comments!

photo credit: Pinterest

Mendel Art Gallery | Sculpture Workshop for Adults

Sunday, November 9th at 2pm til 4pm // Mendel Art Gallery

All skill levels welcome, materials provided. Call Carol at (306) 975-8144 to register. 

 

Remembrance Day Service & Parade

Tuesday, November 11 at 10:30am til 12pm // SaskTel Centre

The general public is invited to attend a commemorative ceremony and wreath-laying to pay tribute to Canadian Veterans. 

Get more info here

 

Santa Claus Parade

Sunday, November 16 at 1pm // Downtown

A holiday tradition in Saskatoon, the Santa Claus Parade heralds the start of Christmas shopping, and is sponsored by Midtown Plaza. 

Get more info and see Santa's route here

 

Glitter | A Charitable Night of Shopping 

Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm til 10pm // The Mall at Lawson Heights

Glitter is a one-evening, three hour long, shopping, entertainment, food, and prize laden affair! Tickets are for purchase at select registered non-profits in Saskatoon, and 100% of ticket sales stay with the organization. 

Get more info about ticket sales and more here

 

Saskatchewan Blue Cross Light Walk

Friday, November 21st at 5:30pm til 9pm // Enchanted Forest 

Celebrate the season by touring the Enchanted Forest on foot. Washrooms, warm up, and Tim Hortons hot chocolate at the Forestry Farm House. 

Get more info here

 

Festival of Trees

November 23 - 29th from 9am to 9pm // Western Development Museum

Christmas Spirit, Saskatoon style. The 2014 Festival of Trees will benefit the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.

Get more info here

 

November is the kickoff for the holiday season, and there are so many fun events to enjoy prior to the December craziness ensues. We hope you enjoy getting out and taking in all that Saskatoon has to offer for the next few weeks! If you capture your experience at any of these local events on Instagram, don't forget to hashtag and tag us @mysaskatoon!

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Last Minute Costume Ideas

posted by Elle    |   October 31, 2014 13:40

Today, Halloween snuck up on me and I am currently costumeless. I usually enjoy flexing my creative muscle through building an elaborate costume from scratch, however this year time is not on my side. But I just can't bring myself to buy one of those pre-made plastic costumes. Putting together something homemade always takes longer than you think it will, and can become a little expensive when all is said and done. So, I did some digging for easy costumes that with a quick trip to a thrift shop (and a little bit of creativity) can be built around what you already have in your closet. With just a couple of hours of effort, you can make it to that Halloween party with a DIY costume you’re proud of. I thought I would share some of my favourites that I came across today. 

With an old camp t-shirt, shorts, a pair of tube socks, a whistle, and a clipboard, a Camp Counsellor costume is so easy! This one can fly solo or works great as a couples costume. 

Its not uncommon to see people wearing elements of this look on the regular. A Mary Poppins and Bert couples costume can probably be easily accomplished with clothing you already own, supplemented with a trip to Value Village for the extras. 

A glam skeleton costume just takes some black and white makeup and dark clothing. There's gotta be several YouTube tutorials for skeleton makeup out there, or use your own creative flare to come up with your own.

This Medusa look can easily be achieved with a few rubber snakes. The tutorial is here. Pair it with a white or black dress and you're good to go. 

A pop art makeup look will turn a basic bold blazer into a great costume. Step by step instructions can be found here, or there'll be heaps of video tutorials out there for this sort of thing. 

With a few faux flowers and an eyebrow pencil, get the Frida Kahlo look with a flowy belted dress and some jewelry. 

A red shirt or dress and some cardboard are all it takes to become this cute strawberry. 

Or if you've got something yellow in your closet...

Combine the two looks for an adorable buddy costume. Pineapple tutorial is here

You could also pair the deer makeup look I shared previously with a pal in some hunting gear for another easy couples costume. 

I hope these ideas inspired you to create your own unique costume! Have a fun and safe Halloween weekend!

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5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 29, 2014 08:17

1. The University of Saskatchewan's Ghost Walk is this evening at 6:45.

2. Twisted Goods is starting to sell out of these gorgeous bags, so get yours while you can!

 

3. You can reverse that laundry mishap with these unshrinking methods.

4. Glass Doctor recently shared these tips for winterizing your home. 

5. Your kids will love this cuuute no-carve mummy pumpkin DIY. 

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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