Winter Fun at SLR: 5 Ways to Embrace the Season

Our philosophy on winter is simple: Embrace it.

Living at Spring Lake Ranch makes it easier to have this perspective, as the serenity and beauty of our surroundings makes for an actual winter wonderland.

That’s not to say that we don’t look forward to warmer temperatures by the time spring rolls around, but while winter is here, our residents make the most of it! We LOVE having nature on our doorstep, and winter provides an opportunity to do so many fun outdoor activities right here in the community.

Here are 5 ways to embrace the season…

SLEDDING

The contoured landscape of SLR offers hilly spots to launch a sled and glide on down. No matter how many times your kids have bundled up and headed out for a day of sledding, the glee on their faces as the sled picks up speed and they soar across the snow is priceless.

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

The stillness and calm found in the nature surrounding Spring Lake Ranch in winter is incredibly peaceful. By strapping on snowshoes or skis and spending a quiet hour among the trees, you will feel rejuvenated. Bonus: it’s a great way to get some cardio exercise too! The lush green of summer is replaced with branches cloaked in snow, and the sunlight casts beautiful patterns across the ravine. As you can see, even our furry residents enjoy these winter adventures!

Ice Fishing

For those who love to fish, being in Alberta means you do it through a thick pane of ice for many months of the year. Bundled up in warm layers, hot cocoa in one hand, a fishing rod in the other and staring down the auger hole in hopes of a nibble. The patience. The calm. The quiet. And then the feeling of hooking something large on your line and reeling it in!

Did you know that Spring Lake is stocked with rainbow trout? So even in winter, you can hang out on the lake and fish for your dinner — just steps from your door.

Ice Skating

A couple minutes away in The Village of Spring Lake, residents have access to the outdoor skating rink. (Spring Lake Ranch helped design and manage the trades to build this addition to the community as well as contributing half the total costs for the rink shack!)

This is a great spot to teach your kids how to skate and connect with other members of the Spring Lake Community. Many kids have laced up their first skates here, and adults continue to practice their skills.

We welcome you to visit SLR and take in the peace and beauty of winter. We are currently booking viewings of The Birchview bungalow For Sale. After your tour, you can even borrow snowshoes from our team (or bring your own) and head out to the trails! It’s a fantastic way to experience the community — and we’ll have hot cocoa waiting when you’re done. 🙂

If you’d like to book a home tour or have any questions, please contact Sarah Corker at 780.288.9767 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca. We look forward to connecting with you!

Video Tour of The Birchview, For Sale!

We’re thrilled to announce that The BIRCHVIEW is complete and Move-in Ready!

This 5 Bdrm (2 + 2 + flex room) design by Wilcor homes is a 1733 sq ft bungalow on a stunning private property at Spring Lake Ranch. It features gorgeous finishings in a modern palette and oversize windows with fantastic ravine views.

Check out the video tour above and view the full listing with photo gallery on MLS here. (Listing #E4175800)

To Book Your Tour, contact Angela Deblois at angela@angeladebloisrealty.com. This is a must-see!

Join us! Sept. 14th at HOMEWARD ~ A Spring Lake Ranch Social. (BBQ, Hot Air Balloon Rides + Newest Home For Sale Revealed!)

Whether you’ve recently discovered the community, have visited in the past, or are thinking about making SLR your home in the future…we welcome you to join us this Saturday, Sept. 14th for HOMEWARD. 

We’ve got so many fun things in the works.

HOMEWARD ~ A Spring Lake Ranch Social brings together the SLR community and beyond for a day of food, music, pop-up shops, home tours and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty and spirit of SLR. All welcome.1-6 pm.

Along with everything shared below, there will be a draw for some FANTASTIC door prizes!

Prize sponsors include: Dani + Madi (clothing boutique), Kristen Baker (artwork), Pet Food Etc., That Yoga Place, The Parlour, Sommerset Pumpkins, Windsor Plywood, Jalapeño Mama, Michelle Boutin (SENSE), Roxi W. (Stella & Dot), McLeod’s, Willow Nicole Cosmetics and more!

Please RSVP to scorker@springlakeranch.ca or the facebook event.

See the Newest Home UP^ at SLR

The BIRCHVIEW is newly complete and Move-in Ready! Be the first to tour this gorgeous 5 Bdrm Bungalow For Sale.

HIGHLIGHTS:

*Located in Juniper Lane which is a 3-property cul-de-sac, giving The BIRCHVIEW additional privacy along with Ravine views
*1703 square feet on main floor
*Open concept living
*Custom painted wood cabinetry throughout
*Onyx and Snowfall White paint palette
*Black with gold lighting and hardware
*Gorgeous master bedroom and en suite
*Floating cabinet in main bath
*Fully finished daylight basement
*Huge covered back deck with a gas line for BBQ, heat and year-rund enjoyment
*Oversized triple garage
*Two laundry locations ~ one up, one down (Make your choice or install in both locations! Beautiful patterned floor tile in downstairs laundry.)

Go UP^ in a Hot Air Balloon…

A huge shout out to Angela DeBlois, for organizing this super fun component of the day! Weather permitting, you can take an aerial tour of SLR! Hot air balloon rides in the RE/MAX balloon will be held from 3pm -6pm (as long as it’s not too windy). We can’t wait for you to see SLR from above.

Listen UP^ with Musician Danny Floyd Cole

This fantastic vocalist and instrumentalist will be performing at The Timberview from 3-6 pm. Danny Floyd Cole has been sharing his musical talent with Alberta audiences and beyond for more than two decades, and we are thrilled to welcome him to SLR for this special performance!

Pop UP^ Clothing + Art Shops

Dani + Madi is a clothing boutique with awesome, on-trend pieces coming soon to Spruce Grove. Owner Rachelle will hold a POP-UP Dani + Madi shop at SLR from 1pm to 6pm.

Kristen Baker is a freelance artist and illustrator (and SLR resident!) whose stunning artworks capture movement and fluidity. Kristen will show her works for sale from 1pm to 6pm. She also does custom pieces!

POP-UP shops will be held in The TIMBERVIEW. Stop by to browse and shop their collections.

Build UP^ with a LEGO Master Builder

When we learned that Patrick, co-owner of Sakai Sushi, is a master builder of LEGO structures, we knew it was something kids (and adults) would love to see! Above are just a few of the amazing things he creates. Patrick will be showing off his LEGO skills at The Timberview from 1-4 pm.

Eat UP^ at the BBQ! (Plus Games for the Kids)

We’ll be grilling hot dogs from 1pm to 6pm at The Timberview. 

There will be games and a balloon artist to entertain the kiddos. 🙂

*In keeping with the community spirit, we will be accepting donations at this event for the Ronald McDonald House

See you on Sept. 14th ~ we can’t wait to welcome you to SLR!

Meet the Husband-and-Wife Team Behind Wilcor Homes, Builder at SLR

This summer marks 12 years since Wilcor Homes built its first custom home at Spring Lake Ranch! What started as one custom design on 60 acres of land has grown into a beautiful community filled with homes and families.

Wilcor’s custom and spec homes feature natural elements like stone, timbers, and large view windows, and have been featured in Best Home, the Edmonton Journal, and Homes & Land.

Here, Sarah Corker and Rainbow Williams open up about their collaborative design process and how they help clients through the custom-build journey. Read on to find out who is the “dreamer,” who is the “realist” and what’s next for Wilcor Homes.

Congratulations on 12 years of Wilcor Homes! The real estate industry has had its share of ups and downs during that time, and yet Spring Lake Ranch has continued to grow. As a custom builder, what are some key things you’ve done to succeed in a challenging market?

Sarah: For us the main key has been building quality homes that showcase the kind of features people consistently love. We know that most homebuyers drawn to Spring Lake Ranch are looking for bungalows with features like the 3 car garage, finished basement, large windows, hardwood flooring, and custom cabinetry. 

We also continue to market ourselves in new and different ways. Social media is a component that has grown and changed so much in the last decade and we have prioritized growing and changing with it. The amount of people that have found us through Facebook and Instagram is amazing. Both are excellent platforms to tell our story and keep people looped in with what we are up to. 

Rainbow: We’ve stayed focused on what’s important to us. Quality construction, strong relationships with our clients, and building in limited quantities. We can’t control the market, but we can control what we do. Working with experienced contractors and staying current with building technologies and design, we attract clients that often become friends.

Can you tell us a bit about your process as a builder and designer? Do clients meet with both of you to design their homes? Who does what and how do you combine your ideas when it comes to design?

S: Initially clients usually meet with me to learn about the community, walk the lots and tour the homes. From there, Rainbow and I will sit down with them and discuss the building specifics of Wilcor Homes. We work on the home design together and have a lot of fun at this stage. We love talking plans, looking at elevations and trying new ideas. I then help people make their selections, from exterior colours and materials to interior finishings. 

I always say that I have the fun job and Rainbow has the challenging one in that I get to design and choose all the elements and he has to execute them and make it all a reality. Perhaps I am the dreamer and he is the realist!

R: We have a consistent process that each client is lead through. Typically, this starts with a meeting on site in one of our homes, either finished or under construction. 

Meeting the clients together reinforces our teamwork and allows them to see how we work together.  As our clients are different, so are we. Sarah prefers a visual, tactile perspective with materials and plans, whereas I am far more conceptual. These different styles compliment each other, like we do, and allows for a strong connection.

The homes you build feature a lot of natural materials like wood and stone, as well as oversized windows that bring in a lot of light. These elements will seemingly never go out of style! But what about design trends? What’s been inspiring you in the design world recently that you’ve showcased in your homes?

S: I love design and working with the newest trends while also building “forever homes”. It’s an evolving industry with new looks, materials and finishing techniques coming into play all the time. 

In my opinion, the more neutral the backdrop (paint and flooring) the more the home can grow and change with trends. A person can easily change a light fixture or cabinet pull to evolve with the times but to re-paint an entire home is a lot of work and expense. 

Currently, I am loving all the whites (both walls and cabinets) that are still on the scene but then pairing it with a hit of wood, metal or contrasting black. Tile is also an area that is really fun with more elaborate installation (herringbone, chevron, stacked and staggered techniques) and different shapes such as octagon, large format or super small format. A person can add texture and dimension without going crazy with colours. 

R: Sarah tends to drive our “trendy” aspects in the homes. We stay current by working with industry leaders for lighting, plumbing and flooring as well as drawing inspiration from design publications. For me the installation of practical and functional products with new technology is exciting. LED lighting, smart wiring, solar power and innovative kitchen concepts are a few areas I really enjoy exploring. Lastly, everyone likes a good shower, so using large or small format tiles and high quality plumbing fixtures all contained with 10mm glass makes a master ensuite that much better.

A lot of people dream of building a custom home, but feel overwhelmed by all the decisions involved. How do you help guide the process? 

S: We truly value all of the relationships we have developed over the years with our clients, with our suppliers and with our trades. Our focus on communication really assists our clients in staying well informed with the building process and allows them to come to us with questions and feedback along the way. We appreciate that custom building is a large undertaking for our clients so we do our best to ease the process. Part of this comes from our 12 years of experience in the industry and part of this comes from having built our own custom home so we totally understand what our clients are going through. 

Right from the beginning of financing and design, we guide our clients. We work with their lawyers and bankers to get everything in place. We then have a step-by-step process for them to make all of their home selections. Our suppliers are also a key part of this as they meet with our clients and assist them with choosing their products and educating them on the various options.

R: It starts from our first interaction with each client. We outline the process from start to finish, along with putting clear timelines on each decision. Then we work together with our suppliers and clients to ensure that we are staying on budget and on time. Lastly, we perform a review of all the material selections multiple times to ensure that the products are working together, and the clients are satisfied. Our extensive experience building custom homes help our clients feel confident as they navigate the selection process.

A big part of building custom at SLR is getting to choose your lot. How much does the lot size and views affect the kind of home that’s built on it? How do you optimize the property features? 

S: We call this Site-Specific Design and it’s a very important part of designing a home. We spend quite a bit of time on the vacant lot to determine the best views, optimal light exposure and maximum privacy. From here, we design the home to feature all of these aspects. Placement of windows is a big part of this as well as the decks. Each person is unique; some want to feature their deck to take in the hot, west sun, for example, while others prefer the morning light. 

R: During the master planning stage, we designed each lot at Spring Lake Ranch to have its own view channel. As we plan the home on the lot, we take this into consideration as well as conditions such as passive solar (specific window placements to take advantage of light and the sun) and location of trees for privacy, right down to the direction of the window openings for capturing cross breezes.   

Looking ahead, what projects are coming up at Wilcor Homes? How can people stay connected and learn about new homes for sale or building their own?h

S: The Birchview is nearing completion and it’s coming together beautifully. It’s a 3 bedroom bungalow for sale on one of the more private lots at SLR. From the back of the home, all you can see are trees. I am especially excited about the tile in this home — a combination of octagon and herringbone. Lots of whites with hits of black and gold. 

We are also working on a new custom build at Spring Lake Ranch, a build in the city and a new spec home. 

On September 14th, we are having a big community event with live music, a BBQ and the Remax hot air balloon! People interested in SLR should definitely mark their calendars and stay tuned for our fall building incentive. 

R: Each year we bring new designs to the community, and this year is no different. The Birchview combines a spacious master bedroom, larger en-suite with walk in shower, massive 3 car garage, 3 bedroom main floor, dual laundry location (for family living, or empty nesters), large fully developed daylight basement, and a new colour of James Hardie Siding. There are many special design features like unique tile, floating vanities, wall mounted faucets and a large walk-in pantry. It’s a fantastic home and we are very proud of it.  

This fall we’re planning to break ground on a new design similar to The Aspen, featuring new exterior elevations and same changes to the floor plan.  We never build the same house twice!

As always, we welcome all to sign up for the Newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, but most important come out and visit us!  Nothing does SLR more justice than a walk on the nature trails, taking in the lake or just sitting in a gazebo listening to the orchestra of birds who call SLR home throughout the year.

Thank you so much, Sarah and Rainbow!

Check out SLR Homes For Sale here and Lots For Sale here. Learn more about Wilcor Homes here.

View The ASPEN 4 Bdrm Bungalow: FOR SALE

The ASPEN is a brand-new design by Wilcor Homes. This home is almost complete, and will be Move-in ready end of March!

The ASPEN backs onto a beautiful treed ravine, giving the open-plan kitchen, living, and dining areas gorgeous views of mature trees and tons of natural light.

This home is 1575 sq ft. with a fully finished basement, oversized walk-in pantry, black, triple-pane All Weather Windows, a fully finished basement, and triple garage. The garage has very high ceilings, offering the potential of a future lift system.

One of our favourite features of the ASPEN this stunning floor-to-ceiling white-tile fireplace. It gives the living space such a sophisticated look and feel.

For the exterior, we chose James Hardie siding in Deep Ocean and Pearl Grey. This is the first home at SLR to feature these fantastic new colours. Another feature adding to the curb appeal is the beautiful archway over the entrance.

The ASPEN blends exceptional craftsmanship with modern design. Check out a video tour here.

Interested in viewing this home BEFORE it goes on the market?

Contact Sarah Corker at 1.888.8671055 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca. And be sure to follow us on facebook here and instagram @springlakeranch for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing you soon at SLR!

Choose Your Finishings: New Opportunity on TWO Homes For Sale!

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With the launch of Phase 4 in September, Wilcor Homes has been hard at work designing and building TWO beautiful new homes For Sale. The ASPEN and The BIRCHVIEW bungalows are both located in Phase 4 (our final phase) with gorgeous views of the treed ravine.

With these new homes, we’re excited to announce a new opportunity:

YOUR HOME, YOUR WAY. 

If you dream of building a custom home, but don’t want the extra expense that a custom build brings, this is an excellent option.How it Works:

From Saturday, Nov. 24th until Saturday, January 20th, we are offering the chance to Choose Your Finishings with purchase of The ASPEN or The BIRCHVIEW. (This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity.)

1. Put your deposit down on the home of your choice.

2. Choose your finishings. This includes flooring, cabinetry, lighting fixtures and paint colours. The Wilcor Design Team is on hand to help guide you the process and connect you with suppliers.

3. Close on the home at time of completion. Both homes will be move-in ready Spring 2019!

The YOUR HOME, YOUR WAY Advantage:

Custom builds typically require a draw mortgage, with interest accruing throughout the build. This makes building a custom home out of reach for many people.

Your Home, Your Way is what we call a “partial” custom build, with the design completed as a spec home, and the finishings chosen by YOU. This option allows you to greatly customize your home’s style through its finishings, while still financing with a completion mortgage. This can result in an estimated $20,000 financing savings!

Sneak peek of the homes:

The ASPEN Bungalow
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Framing is already complete on The ASPEN, a 4 Bdrm (2 up, 2 down) bungalow with Open plan Kitchen, Dining and Great Room.
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Highlights:
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*Fantastic archway over entry for a great sense of arrival to the home
*1575 sq ft
*Oversized walk-in pantry
*Opportunity for the laundry on the main floor OR the basement – your choice
*Black, triple-pane All Weather Windows
*Fully finished basement
*Triple garage with very high ceilings offering the potential of a future lift system
*Ravine views with mature trees
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The BIRCHVIEW Bungalow

Located on Juniper Lane, The BIRCHVIEW is a 5 Bdrm (3 up, 2 down) bungalow with Open plan Kitchen, Dining and Great Room.Currently at what we call the “dance floor” stage, this home will be framed soon and completed for a Spring 2019 occupancy.

Highlights:

*Located in Juniper Lane which is a 3-property cul-de-sac, giving The BIRCHVIEW additional privacy along with Ravine views.
* 1703 square feet on main floor
* Open concept living
* Gorgeous master bedroom and en suite
* Fully finished daylight basement
* Covered back deck with a gas line for BBQ, heat and year round enjoyment
* Oversized triple garage

Interested in viewing these homes and learning more about Your Home, Your Way? Let’s connect!

Contact Sarah Corker at 1-888-867-1055 OR scorker@springlakeranch.ca. We look forward to meeting you.

Words from our residents:

“The homes are all beautifully designed and well constructed with high quality materials. We have enjoyed working with Wilcor Homes to make our home uniquely ours.”

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~Sharon + Len, owners of The TAMARACK

‘A Hidden Gem’: Spring Lake Ranch Featured in the Edmonton Journal

We’re excited to share the Edmonton Journal’s recent feature article on Spring Lake Ranch!

In “‘A hidden gem’: Spring Lake Ranch offers room to grow”, writer Laura Severs did a great job conveying what makes SLR such a special community:

“The calendar may say something different but spring, as in Spring Lake Ranch, a residential community outside of Edmonton, has just sprung forward.

The 60-acre lakeside community, located 10 minutes west of Stony Plain in Parkland County, recently released its last 15 lots as Phase 4 of the residential development is now on the market.

“What started as a vision or a dream is now a beautiful, thriving community with people living in their forever homes,” said Sarah Corker, director of Spring Lake Ranch. “We had talked about what will be — in 2008 when the shovels first hit the ground. It’s better than imagined.””

Read the full article here.

It shares details about Phase 4, Wilcor Homes, our upcoming Open House (Saturday, Oct.20th) and more.

Let’s Go Local: The Best Pet-based Businesses Near SLR

 

We’ve shared a lot about what makes Spring Lake Ranch a great place to live, from ways to embrace the summer and winter to the beauty of bungalows and 1/2 acre lots. But there’s another reason our residents love the community: It’s an awesome place for pets!

With spacious yards for running around in and hiking trails equipped with doggie bags, SLR is a welcoming home for furry friends. And in nearby Stony Plain and Spruce Grove, excellent pet-centered businesses offer everything you need to ensure your pets are healthy and happy.

Here are 5 of our favourites. We love supporting local businesses and are excited to spread the word! (Be sure to read to the end to see our Pets of SLR gallery. :))

Pet Foods Etc.

This wonderful pet food and supply store is owned by SLR residents Wes and Cynthia. Located in Stony Plain, where Wes and Cynthia both grew up, Pets Foods Etc. offers a range of fresh and frozen foods for dogs and cat as well as bones, toys, treats, supplements and shampoos. (Food for small pets and birds also available.)

Highlights:

*They’re a leader in providing raw diets to meet the growing trend of feeding raw diets to both dogs and cats.

*They don’t carry any foods or treats made in China, and they review all food ingredients to make sure they are high quality.

*They provide Free pet ID tags

*They have excellent product knowledge and customer service.

Pet Foods Etc. customer Christine Kohler says: “Although this is a small, private pet store, they have a wide range of products, many of which I have been unable to find anywhere else. Good prices, friendly people, and good quality products.”

Wes and Cynthia have also provided SLR with bird feeders and seed for our lake trail gazebo! These attract beautiful birds like blue jays, nuthatches, red wing black birds, chickadees, and more. (Thank you , Wes and Cynthia!)

The Dog Shed Pet Spa

Owned by Certified Dog Groomer Maeghan Genge, The Dog Shed Pet Spa caters to all dog breeds. You can choose from services like Bath Only, Bath & Tidy, Full Groom, Oral Care, Ear Clean, and Nail Trim. The Dog Shed also offers pick up/drop off and self-serve dog wash, in which you can wash your dog yourself using their special equipment. The staff is very experienced and the rates are affordable (starting at $20 for Bath Only). Located in Stony Plain next to Pet Foods Etc.

Says Dog Shed Spa customer Stephanie Borrowman: “Fabulous job on our girls! Lady is half the dog she was, and so happy-spunky like a puppy now. Kalli’s cut is awesome; looks like a new dog! GREAT price, too!! Thank you! For sure recommending you to other fur mommies.” 

The Bone & Biscuit

This Canadian company carries high-quality products for dogs and cats, much of it Canadian-made. Located in Spruce Grove, The Bone & Biscuit has a fun, inviting atmosphere with very knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Highlights:

*Environmentally conscious, from the products they offer to the materials used in building their stores

*Specialize in natural raw and dry foods

*Focused on educating their customers

*Also offer handmade gourmet treats and cakes

*Toys, collars, coats, boots and other pet accessories can all be found here

The Bone & Biscuit customer Tatrina Mohr says: “Amazing staff, awesome selection and very community involved. Five stars from us!”

Abitt Like Home Kennels

Founded in 1992 by Casey and Carol Butz, Abitt Like Home Kennels offers dog and cat boarding and grooming in Stony Plain. The facility is in a country setting miles from the highway, creating a peaceful home-away-from-home for pets.

Highlights:

*A long-standing member of the Canadian Kennel Club

*Custom pet care from special diets to medical care

*Clean, comfortable heated individual indoor/outdoor 6′ high runs for dogs and large outdoor exercise yards

*Clean, comfortable, heated individual kennels for cats plus window perches, jungle gym and individual towers

*24 hour supervision

Says Abbitt Like Home customer Charles Harris:I have been bringing my cat and dog to this kennel for years. The staff is always very friendly and go out of their way to be helpful and accommodating. My pets always come home happy and well cared for.”

Stony Plain Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Shannon Wawryk owns and runs Stony Plain Veterinary Clinic, which cares for companion animals. The health care team is made up of veterinarians, animal health care technicians, and highly trained support staff.

Highlights:

*Focused on providing outstanding customer service

*Educate clients on how to keep pets healthy year round

*On top of latest advances in veterinarian technology

*Services include vaccinations, examinations, surgical, dentistry, diagnostic and more

Stony Plain Veterinary Clinic client Myrna Kampjes says: “I have been going to this vet for over 10 years now. They are skilled, reasonably priced and some of the most caring people around. Their sheer love of animals shows.”

We’re so thankful to have such quality pet professionals in the area.

And now, here are some of the Pets of SLR!

 

Let’s Go Local: Top Spots For Wellness Near SLR

Hello! We’re back with our second post in the Let’s Go Local series, where we feature fantastic local businesses — most located within minutes of Spring Lake Ranch. Our first post showcased 5 Home Decor shops, and we were thrilled with your response! 

In honor of February being the month of LOVE as well as Heart month (bringing awareness to cardiovascular health), this Let’s Go Local post is all about Wellness and Self Love. 

Sometimes the days and weeks go by so fast we don’t stop to check in on our own wellbeing. Having a regular practice of self care — whether it’s exercise, massage, nutrition based, or something else — can help you feel more present and joyful, even during challenging days.

These five businesses in the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove areas are invaluable to our residents, giving them opportunities to take care of themselves while supporting the local community. We hope it helps you discover a new favourite spot for some “me” time!

That Yoga Place

Located in Spruce Grove, That Yoga Place is a wonderful yoga studio offering daily drop-in hot and warm classes, from flow to yin to strength classes and even gentle candlelit sessions. Special pre-registered classes for youth and children are also available, as well as pre and post-natal sessions and a variety of workshops. (Acro for Beginners, Spring Detox Hot Flow, Learn to Fly and more are all coming up!) It really is a gem.

Says Josie Aleatha Willson: “Great variety of classes, all teachers are awesome and have unique personalities that shine through in their teachings.”

Bonus: Phoenix Physical Therapy is located in the same facility.

Bloom Therapy

Massage, acupuncture and holistic nutrition are all offered at Bloom Therapy, a wellness centre with two locations in Spruce Grove (in the Tri Village and Perpetual Fitness). Bloom’s team of practitioners help clients feel a sense of balance and healing in mind AND body. If you’re in need of relaxation, recovering from an injury, or have another concern suitable for holistic treatment, we highly recommend reaching out to Bloom!

Says Teigan McDermid: “Kristy [Bloom Therapy owner] is by far the best massage therapist I have ever had! She is very friendly, receptive, and professional; the atmosphere she has created makes me feel comfortable and relaxed throughout my massage. I always look forward to my next appointment as she goes above and beyond my expectations.”

Bonus: Bloom does direct billing!

Anytime Fitness

As its name suggests, Anytime Fitness — a global gym with locations around the world, including Stony Plain — is open 24/7, making it easier to fit a workout into your busy schedule. It’s super clean, has state-of-the-art equipment (and fresh towel service) and offers classes and personal training for all fitness levels. 

Says Megan Malloy: “Excellent variety of equipment. Lots of classes to choose from and staff is friendly and helpful!”

Bonus: Every Anytime Fitness member gets a free, personalized Get Started Plan when they join. 

Glow Salon Spa Nail

You didn’t think we’d leave out good old-fashioned pampering, did you? At Glow Salon Spa Nail in Spruce Grove, you can leave your worries at the door and settle in for services like a hair cut and colour, facial, massage, manicure, and more. The salon and spa’s hairstylists and spa therapists are highly trained and offer, professional, personalized service throughout your appointment. 

Says Ashley Hollett:  “I highly recommend Glow because of the talented staff, the wonderful atmosphere and the overall experience of being treated like a queen.”

Bonus: The Glow team is so friendly and welcoming!

Simply Health

Simply Health is your one-stop Spruce Grove shop for supplements: they offer everything from vitamins and minerals to herbs and protein powders. The staff prides itself on their customer service, product knowledge and experience — all part of what makes this an award-winning business. They have an excellent selection and take the time to help determine what you truly need.

Says Katie Orr: “Their focus is on customer service and education instead of just selling. I’ve recommended this store to people who aren’t sure where to start as I know they’ll be in good hands.”

Bonus: Membership is free, and members earn one point for every dollar spent on regular priced supplements. Once you get 100 points you can trade them in for $10 off your purchase!

Those are our top five picks for Wellness businesses close to SLR. If you any to add, let us know in the comments on our facebook post. And stay tuned for more Let’s Go Local posts coming this spring and summer!

p.s. Are you following us on instagram? Design trends, SLR homes, beautiful nature shots from the community…find us at @springlakeranch.

Let’s Go Local: 5 Fantastic Home Decor Shops

We are excited to introduce our new blog series: Let’s Go Local!

There are so many wonderful local businesses in the Spring Lake, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain area, and as a community that supports them, we want to start highlighting them for YOU, our readers. From shops and restaurants to wellness services, entertainment, and family activities, we are will be sharing our top picks in the coming months. Supporting local businesses is so important to helping a community thrive. We hope that through spreading the word on some of our favourite spots, we’ll help you discover what makes Parkland County (and beyond) such a special place to live.

First up: Home Decor. The SLR team is deep into the design process for our 2018 builds, and we LOVE talking all things decor. Whether you are renovating, thinking of sprucing up your home for the holidays, or on the hunt for gift ideas, these 5 local home decor shops are an excellent source of inspiration.

Whimsical Vintage Creations

Described as “an amazing gem in Stony Plain”, “unique and charming”, and “my favourite store ever” by customers, this beautiful shop features a variety of furniture and home decor pieces. Owner Kyla Tetley also offers sign making and other classes — a great group activity (and gift idea)! If you love browsing vintage-inspired items in a welcoming, elegant space, Whimsical Vintage Creations is a must-visit destination.

Bay 101 3919 49th Ave, Stony Plain

Reside Furnishings

Reside is a bit further afield — with locations in west and south Edmonton — but it’s such a phenomenal furniture store, we had to share it here! This family-run business has been around since 1978 (formerly known as Leather Elite) and features a gorgeous selection of modern furnishings. Many of its pieces are made with reclaimed and sustainable materials like wrought iron or solid wood, and you’ll find everything from bedroom sets to dining tables to leather sectionals. Reside prides itself on its relationships with customers, so you can expect excellent service that has that personal touch.

West Edmonton location: 10434 Mayfield Rd NW

Grove Decorating Centre ~ Benjamin Moore

Known for producing the highest-quality paints and finishes in the industry, Benjamin Moore is a favourite among interior designers, including us at SLR! (Our newest home for sale, The Lakewood, features Paper White on the walls.) Grove Decorating Centre in Spruce Grove is the company’s local retailer, and the place to go when choosing paint colours. Honing in on the right palette for your home build or reno can be intimidating for anyone, so we recommend taking samples home and trying them out (be sure to notice the variation at different times of day!) before committing. The store’s helpful staff is on hand to answer any questions and help guide you in the right direction. 

 The Barn Owl

Part country decor, part woodworking/craft classes, The Barn Owl is one of Stony Plain’s most unique businesses. Customers rave about the decorative treasures, friendly staff, and peaceful environment. You can’t help but feel happy approaching the bright red exterior, and once inside, you’re immersed in a cozy world filled with charming pieces designed to being character to your home. A perfect stop on a weekend afternoon, or for a craft class with friends. (Check out their Everyday Wreath Classes offered throughout December!)

4912 52nd Ave., Stony Plain

Luxury Blinds

With more than 400 fabrics and styles to choose from, Luxury Blinds offers residents of the Spruce Grove area (and beyond) an amazing selection of blinds and more than 20 years of experience. 

At Spring Lake Ranch, one of of our trademarks is big beautiful windows that show off lake views! So we understand the importance of “the right” shade or blind to maximize all that natural light. Luxury Blinds does free in-home consultations, so you can have a professional help determine the best choice for your windows, style, and budget. The world of blinds has evolved SO much over the last decade — it’s really helpful to have experts break down all the options and share their expertise!

29 Linden St. South, Spruce Grove

And that’s our Top Five Home Decor picks! Stay tuned for more “Le’s Go Local” posts in the upcoming months.

As always, if you have any questions about Spring Lake Ranch or anything we share on the blog, feel free to contact us! You can reach out at 1.888.867.1055 OR scorker@springlakeranch.ca.