There are two salvations of my morning drive. One is a smoothie. The other is a radio spot promoting NorthStar Ford, which is owned by Marty Giles.
In a market fraught with lackluster radio spots, the NorthStar Ford commercials are smart, compelling, and original. Giles writes the ads himself, which proves that you don't need an MBA to be a marketing hero (you don't even need a degree-Giles is a self-described "University of Calgary drop-out").
Want a real man’s haircut? Hit up Tommy Gun’s and take advantage of their great services. Free drinks, snacks, and arcade games to boot, plus a wide selection of men’s grooming products. It’s a win-win. They also own Fat Franks. What a company!
Buy Local Wines... B.C. is local right?
In June 2012, something unusual happened - a law change to make online shopping easier. More specifically, wine shopping between provinces. Until now, buying online from wineries in other provinces or even bringing it back in your car was illegal (while rarely enforced). Suddenly, the small B.C. wineries that produce such small quantities of wine that we can never hope to buy in-town can be ours online.
While I am a proponent of buying in our local businesses, I view these like buying produce from a local farmer. You will still buy in town; this is a way to expand one’s horizons.
The Tavern on Main
Great service, great location and basically any beer in the world at your disposal. If you haven’t been there yet, check it out. Also, it’s Fort McMurray in a nutshell. A place where blue collar meets white collar and everything in between.
YMM Editor Krista Balsom sat down with local theatre enthusiast Michael Beamish to find out more about Keyano Theatre’s upcoming large-scale production - “Hometown… The Musical!”
Describe yourself and what you do in less than 50 words.
I am a playwright, director, and actor. I started my career at Keyano College in the VPA program and went on to get my degree at Lethbridge University. I did indie theatre in Edmonton where I wrote and directed my own shows, and I toured at various festivals across Western Canada. I moved to McMurray just over a year ago and have been involved in numerous productions including The 39 Steps, The Farnsworth Invention , Rubbish, and Legion Blues.
I COME FROM A LONG HISTORY OF CAR PEOPLE. My maternal lineage brims with the sort of people that spend their Sunday afternoons detailing their cars with q-tips; the sort of people that would never eat a burger within the leathery confines of their vehicles; and the sort of people that would never, under any circumstance, park next to a minivan. “Ugh. Minivans. A sure sign of rugrats with grubby hands,” scoffed my Grandpa Jimmy.
It is said that millions die each year from bad water, yet no one has ever died from bad wine. I am here to help the people of Fort McMurray avoid bad wine, try new wines, and find bargains. Unlike some wine reviews, these wines are available here in town, taste better than their price tags would suggest, and are ready for drinking now.