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Some Call it Magic!

Some call it magic while others simply call it water.  However – water is truly magical!

The Healthiest of Habits...

Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is one of the hardest but healthiest habits that we should be continuously working on.

More than 75% of the human body is water…making it truly essential.

Just think of what you need to survive; air, water and food being the top three with water coming in at number two…pretty important right?

Start at a Young Age!

Many people need daily reminders to drink enough water.  Parents of young children are often heard to say, “Not juice or milk right now – have some water.”

Teaching the importance of water at a young age is super important.  Lots of other choices may have more attractive tastes to children, but drinking water as water is a very important lesson to learn.

Here's How it Helps:

Drinking water helps to increase our energy and relieves fatigue.

It is also extremely important to our digestive system.  Our bowels need water to work properly.  Without enough water it’s possible to have digestion problems, constipation and too much gut acid.  This could lead to possible heartburn and the chance of stomach ulcers.

Drinking enough water also helps to reduce joint pain. Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to pain.

Some people are just like little micro-furnaces.  Drinking enough water will help to regulate body temperature – Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body.

And ...

This magical substance also flushes toxins from the body’s systems which are essential for the kidneys being able to regulate; it flushes out waste product and reduces risks of both Urinary Tract Infections and kidney stones.

Ridding the body of the toxins and staying well hydrated also contributes to healthy, smooth skin.

Water helps dissolve minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body.  This in turn helps us absorb nutrients and assists in with maintaining healthy blood pressure and heart health among others.

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Even our respiration system needs to be properly hydrated.   When we’re dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.

Another reason that water is so important is that when we think we’re hungry – we’re actually dehydrated and our body is asking for replenishing.  So we’re not hungry but thirsty – drinking water instead of snacking especially before a meal makes your stomach feel fuller and you’ll maintain a better weight.

H2O, as water is also known is a main component of saliva which includes small amounts of electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes.   This is essential for breaking down solid food and keeping your mouth healthy.

Last, but not least… drinking water can really help reduce the effects of a hangover as they are partly caused by dehydration.

Meet the Teacher...

Teaching the importance of water is what Alkaline John does best.  He takes the science of water and how it works within our bodies to a molecular level.  After doing extensive research on the alkalinity of various sources of water, he realized that the quality of the water we drink is as important as just drinking it.

Take a moment and find out more – send John an email today…


His research led him to Kangen Water Systems and the rest was history! 

Introducing Kangen

The Kangen system has the ability to change the molecular structure of water to match the job its doing.  If you’re busy cleaning the system can change the level of alkalinity to assist with that.  It can increase alkalinity for better skin care as well as hydration abilities.

There’s so much to learn about water that many of us simply don’t know, and Alkaline John is a great source of information!

Give him a call – learn even more about water – you’ll be glad you did!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses

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Studying for Family Fun!

Looking for a fun filled family sport for when the world re-opens?

Alliance Billiards has just the game-or games for you.

There’s a lot to learn at a billiards hall – for the whole family.  There is math for keeping score, geometry and physics during each play, team work at times and lots of patience!

Even better – playing pool encourages sportsmanship at a young age, and the game itself is a match between the player and the balls, not player against player.  A unique lesson to learn!

Many families have found great fun and good food while playing pool or billiards.

Actually Alliance has youth leagues as well.  Being part of a team at any stage of life is a great experience and loads of fun!

Fun Facts:

Pool is the most popular in the USA.

Snooker is the game of choice and most popular in the United Kingdom.

Lastly, Pocket Billiards is most played in Canada, Australia, China, Taiwan and Ireland.

A pool table is 3’5” x 7’ at least with 9-15 balls in play.

A billiard table is 5’ x 10’ at least with 3 balls in play.

The word “billiard” originated from the French word “billiard” which means “mace”.  The mace was an object that was used to play the game before the advent of the modern day pool cue.

Billiards is played on a table with no pockets and 3 balls.  There is a red ball, a white ball with a dot on it and a white ball without a dot.  The cloth on a billiard table is designed to let the ball travel quickly.

A pool table has 6 pockets and 9-15 balls along with a white cue ball.

Snooker is played on a table with 6 pockets as well; however the pockets are larger than that of a pool table.  There are 15 pink numberless balls, 6 numbered balls and 1 cue ball.  The cloth on a snooker table is designed to make the balls travel slower.

Alternative Games of Pool:

One Pocket Pool

Place all the balls randomly in the rack.  The player breaking chooses 1 pocket that they will use for the rest of the game.  Opponents choose their alternative pockets and operate in the same manner.

The players earn 1 point per ball potted correctly with the winner the first person to reach 8 points.

A slight variant to the game is having a player lose a point with a foul; with 3 fouls a player immediately loses the game.

The first time there was a tournament game of One Pocket Pool was in 1961.

Cut Throat Pool

3 players compete during each game.  The aim of the game is to be the last player with a ball on the table.  There are 15 balls divided into 3 sets.  1-5, 6-10, 11-15.

Each player is assigned one set of balls.  Each player takes a turn to pot a ball continuously until he misses.  It may be appropriate to pot one of their own to better their position – this is known as “cutting your own throat”.  If the cue ball is potted, each opponent is allowed to bring one of their balls back up to the table.  A player who has no balls on the table at any given point is forced to miss his turn, although if a cue ball is potted they may return to the game.

Straight Pool

Straight pool was first known to be invented in 1910.  This game makes use of a scoring system with the winner the first one to reach 100 points.

All fouls lead to a 1 point penalty with the exception of a cue ball penalty which is a loss of 2 points.  If a player fouls on 3 successive shots they receive a 15 point penalty.  Crucially, players must nominate their target ball and pocket before playing each shot.  Players score 1 point each time the nominated ball is potted into the specified pocket.  Constant re-racking is required to reach 100 points to win.

Bumper Pool

Bumper pool can be a hilariously fun game to watch.  The fun comes from a series of objects that are placed on the table to make it harder for each player to pot the balls.  The obstacles are known as bumpers.  Only 10 balls are used; 5 red and 5 white.  Each set has a single marked ball.  The object is to have each player pot their 5 balls into a pocket at the far end of the table.  The marked ball must be potted first.  In this game there is no cue ball involved with the players hitting each ball directly.

"Play together-Stay together"

If you are a family that understands “Play together – Stay together”, then Alliance Billiards opens lots of opportunities.  Make it a date when the world re-opens!

Order a great family meal while you enjoy teaching or learning a new game!

In the meantime – Georgia has an incredible array of single and family sized meals available to you.  There’s some great Greek choices as well as all the regular pub fare.  You can order through Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, or call directly and Alliance will deliver!

Billiards Anyone?

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses

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Recognizing a Brand!

With today’s new methods of doing business and the sharp learning curve that many business owners have been facing – promotional products have become even more important in helping consumers with recognizing a brand!

Dating Back
Thousands of Years:

The practice of healthcare or medicine dates back thousands of years to the ancient herbalists.

Legend has it that they would give samples of their remedies out to people in small leather pouches marked with their insignia to bring back followers.

Bold and Subtle Advertising:

In the past 2 decades in particular, the fitness lifestyle has grown enormously.  Once a program marketed to the wealthy, our society as a whole has come to understand the importance of bettering their health.  Much of this has come to pass by advertising both bold and subtle.

Insurance companies and healthcare providers all understand the financial benefits of promoting health and fitness to their clients.

Have You Been Given:

Maybe you’ve been at a healthcare show in the past and still use some of their giveaways!  Often first aid kits or pill dispensers were used.  Now it’s likely to be a face mask or hand sanitizer.

One of the most popular product giveaways for fitness is a pedometer – as a constant reminder of taking steps towards better health.   These promo products are used for a long time.

Whether you’re a small business owner or a large corporation, promotional giveaways or branded clothing make a unique and memorable way for people to recognize your business.

Anyone with a business in the wide array of services offered in health care or well being can choose from a myriad of products!

Think of These for Instance:

Health Care:

Clipboards                      Forehead thermometers

Stylus pens                 Measuring tapes                   Reusable masks                PPE Kits 

      Antibacterial Wipes                     Pens                       Lanyard clips                  Coffee Mugs   


Fitness Centers/Personal Trainers:

Jump ropes                      Exercise bands

Hydration bottles               stress balls                 Measuring tapes                 Reusable masks

Antibacterial Wipes                              Pocket Planners


Antibacterial Wipes                   Sunscreen

Lip Balms                    Moisturizers                        Emery boards                    Pens

Key rings                          Coffee Mugs                       Reusable masks                 Spa kits    

These are just a few of the most used and kept ideas for promotional giveaways.  Let’s not forget about staff clothing and day to day tools that are easy to brand with logos as well.  Everything that is branded is noticed – just remember that!

Call Sara Tito at 26 Plus Promotions for great ideas in Branding Your Business – Large or small!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses

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Always on Board with Leanne

Imagine being at a bridal party pre-Covid and the doorbell rings.  Opening it you are presented with a huge charcuterie board.  What a fantastic, over the top, simplified, yet elegant way to entertain!  That’s where the interest in charcuterie came from for Leanne Allen, owner of Always on Board!

Just what is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie boards are not a new idea.  Having been around for 100’s of years; charcuterie comes from the French word for the person who prepared the cured eats used on the board – Charcutier or “pork butcher”, which comes from the French for cooked flesh.

However, we learn from Leanne that modern day Charcuterie has grown up very elegantly.

Handcrafted Artistry!

Leanne uses hand crafted boards designed by Erin Londen of Willow Tree Collectibles in Coldwater.

The Beauty of the Board!

The boards are then laid out with fabulous offerings of high quality charcuterie (or cured meats), artisanal cheeses and artisanal crackers, antipasto ingredients, nuts, olives, stuffed peppers, fresh fruit and sweets etc.

The charcuterie board is then set to serve as a central “grazing” area.

Usually a charcuterie board is served with alcohol – wine and/or beer, which can be tailored for unique pairings, making the board an even more special event.

Take Delivery:

With our current “stay at home” orders, Leanne provides a front porch delivery service to her clients with Barrie and Innisfil area being at no charge.

Build a Board!

Leanne tells of her most interesting order being for a surprise 50th Zoom birthday where the host ordered “build charcuterie by numbers” and had one shipped to each guest across the county.  Part of the guests’ enjoyment was preparing the board with each other via Zoom.  Now that’s an Instagram moment if there ever was one!

Being a “Foodie” at heart, Leanne graduated in hospitality with extended courses in wine.  With her love of food and sense of adventure she is working on “Travel around the World” boards.  Presently she’s hosting wine and virtual charcuterie tastings with guest sommelier!

Gifts for all Occasions!

There are beautiful boards for all occasions as well.  Upcoming of course, is a Mother’s Day board geared to Mom’s taste – a very beautiful sweet and savory board combined with beautiful flowers and chocolate and cheese.  Yum!

There is also a “Market Board” in the works with offerings from Barrie’s own Farmers Market.  What a lovely way to sample all there is to offer from the Market!

Shop Local!!

These beautifully designed boards have just so many choices, many of them local food artisans.  Some of the locals that Leanne often uses when she’s creating is honey comb from Dicky Bee Honey, cheeses from the Cheesy Corner in Stayner as well as  local produce to name a few.

Even now, with not being able to entertain groups, charcuterie boards are still a wonderful addition to date nights, gifts or socially distanced gatherings with individual charcuterie. 

Make sure to call Leanne at Always on Board to make your evening – ever so special!!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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OfficeInc! Corp. is Your Entrepreneurial Space

Deborah Foster-Stahle, founder of OfficeInc! Corp., has given Barrie an entrepreneurial space like no other!

Using Space In So Many Ways!

This unique corporation offers office suites, meeting space, in-house catering, and a wonderful commercial kitchen incubator for food start-ups. Did you know the “Inc!” in OfficeInc! stands for “Incubator”!? Now, you do.

A known “foodie”, Deborah brought a 20-year goal to fruition, opening the doors to OfficeInc! on December 1, 2017.

For Barrie and area “foodpreneurs” she has built a space to dream and flourish.  The kitchen, known as FORK! (the Food Opportunities Resource Kitchen) serves a dual purpose.

So Many Cooks!

Deborah and her staff prepare catering for meetings and events, as well as the delectable and sought after YumBOX! – a pivot product for her business. Each YumBOX! is created as an experiential meal-kit incorporating locally sourced ingredients from many area businesses and chefs, or for businesses, a virtual workshop-in-a-box to creatively engage work-from-home teams in learning and development.

And during kitchen downtime, FORK! is available for rent by up-and-coming foodpreneurs, allowing them to develop their business without the huge overhead of their own dedicated commercial space. To-date the “incubator” has assisted more than 25 new food businesses to blossom!

Even a Cookbook!!

Even more exciting news: Deborah co-authored #Yum Cookbook with Amy De Wolfe as another pivot to help offset event revenues lost due to lockdowns – available here! This full-colour book features favourite recipes and stories from the co-authors, as well as local foodpreneurs, vendors and business friends.

Delectable Offerings!

Implementing stringent contagion mitigation measures throughout the facility, Foster-Stahle has revolutionized business practices in this area. She continues to fine tune use of state-of-the-art technologies to provide safe, secure and creative in-person, hybrid and virtual spaces for businesses to thrive for years to come.

Follow this video to understand the state of the art technologies

Bringing decades of organizational development consulting, business management and marketing experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors to the table, Deborah has the tools to not only succeed in achieving her own dreams, but also provide valuable support to local entrepreneurs.

Meet The Challenges!

Deborah offers these thoughts on how entrepreneurs might continue to move forward with their business dreams during these challenging times:

Reflect:  “Use your downtime really well.  Don’t sit back and take a vacation. Work on your business.”

Pivot:  “Find new ways to generate revenue.”

Get Better:  “Learn from challenges to get stronger.  Work on gaps in your business and your skills as an entrepreneur.”

This is certainly sage advice from one of our most forward-thinking business developers in the area. Thanks, Deborah!

On a final note – a call to Deborah would be of  great benefit to anyone with any sort of entrepreneurial spirit and plans to act on it!!

Make that Call!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

Are you a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint?  Let us know!  We can help get you Uncovered!