Beer drinkers are among the most loyal of consumers because they rarely veer from their favourite brand. But true beer enthusiasts are more adventurous than your average beer drinker. They match beer to food, mood, seasons, or holidays like St. Patrick’s Day – the perfect time for a traditional stout. In fact, celebrating St. Paddy’s Day is an ideal excuse
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How to understand the secret language of flowers


Valentine’s Day has come and gone. And though many people wait until February 14 to give their sweetheart a gift of flowers, the fact is that flowers are perfect for giving any time of year – whether it’s a special occasion or not. Flowers have a symbolic language all their own. The meaning behind certain blooms has such deep roots
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How to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolutions


Maybe you made a “healthier lifestyle” resolution for the New Year. And maybe you’ve already cheated on yourself. Welcome to mid-January. It’s the time of year when most people who’ve made a “healthier lifestyle” resolution for the New Year have already cheated. Whether we’ve vowed to eat fewer pizzas and more leafy greens, or give up beer in favour of
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Fabbrica’s Garlic Soup by Mark McEwan


What better way to warm up on a cold day than with a piping hot bowl of homemade soup? A good recipe to try is Fabbrica’s Garlic Soup from Mark McEwan’s book, Rustic Italian: Great Italian Recipes Made Easy For Home. This creamy soup is so tasty that you may want to try it two ways: as a quick weeknight vegetarian
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Congratulations to our winning retailer!


Aphrodite Art and Fashion takes home the title! Canada’s best independent retailer for 2015 is Aphrodite Art and Fashion in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The shop was chosen as the winner of our latest “Loved in your ‘Hood” contest by a panel of Vicinity judges, based on product quality, customer service, and community involvement. The contest attracted over 11,000 nominations of
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Cozy up for winter with tips to beat the blues


Now that the days are shorter and colder, it’s time to prepare for winter’s chilly embrace. Before long the snow will pile up high enough to blot out memories of flowers, butterflies, and bare feet in the grass. But the season’s gloomy skies don’t have to mean gloomy spirits. Make a point of seeing the silver lining in every snow
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Get tricked out for Halloween


Halloween is fast approaching. Whether you’re looking for costume ideas, tips for spooking up your home, or frighteningly delicious party treats, we’ve got you covered. Costumes DIY thrift-store costumes are the most fun to make – plus they’re usually more affordable. Get your costume materials at Vicinity-member thrift shops (search Vicinity for one in your neighborhood) to find an awesome
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