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Cover Story: Tidal Taps Mobile Bar by Morgan Leet
Photography by Jenna Rachelle Photography
Design by Lindsay Vautour
Featured in the issue below are:
* Modern Fiber Artist: BOHEMEbySEA by Morgan Leet
* The Wellness Exchange by Morgan Leet
* The SJRHF Lions' Den
* Grape Escape Nova Scotia Wine Tours by Jennifer Wood
When you think of a bar, the image that comes to mind is most likely indoors, sitting with friends at a specific location. Tidal Taps is redefining this vision with their mobile tap service. The beautiful teardrop trailer was hand-crafted in Nova Scotia and was made for partying, literally. You are able to book the trailer to bring the bar to your outdoor party, wedding, conference, or any gathering you like! It not only gives you local beers and wines, but also a beautiful addition to the decor. With fairy lights, balloon installations, and floral arrangements, it has a classic East Coast beach feel.
The creative and picturesque business was started by PEI-based Mariel Duinker-Morrison. It came to life during the pandemic, when she was inspired to find a safe way to celebrate with friends and family. The mobile bar offered this as the perfect outdoor gathering service. Mariel tells [EDIT]ION how her vision was based on “a balloon installation for a mobile bar in Vancouver in September 2020 that I did for a good friend's wedding, and was fascinated with the concept. I did some research on different types of mobile bars across North America; and I just fell in love with the idea of a small, yet versatile teardrop trailer. I wanted something that could fit in your backyard, where you could have a safe gathering.”
Like many of our local entrepreneurs, Mariel decided to bring an idea from away home to Atlantic Canada. The trailer itself was handcrafted in Sea Bright, Nova Scotia by John Morgan. “It was specifically designed to be a tap rental and was built from scratch. John took this project under his wing and did an incredible job. I am very proud, as is he, of the design and how wonderful it has turned out,” says Mariel.
When you rent the trailer, it comes as a blank slate for you to give any decoration specifications for you event. Mariel provides the decorations, and does an especially beautiful job with balloon installations and her current favourite is pampas grass and dried florals that look idyllic next to a sandy beach. In addition to the landscape fitting perfectly with her brand, Mariel loves being based in the East Coast for the local collaborations.
“We are very fortunate to have incredible artists, craft beer, local wines, beautiful scenery; and most importantly the people. Our tap rental helps bring it all together; perhaps even an outdoor kitchen. We want to bring your nearest & dearest together for honest, meaningful conversations at your event. You’ll be dazzled with the unique experience and the many elements of a special celebration.”
Currently based out of Prince Edward Island, Tidal Taps is able to travel throughout Atlantic Canada. Expect to see the teardrop trailer throughout the summer at events. “The East Coast in the summer time is honestly the most beautiful place to be. Catch us at golden hour at an event...you won’t be disappointed,” says Mariel.
Idyllic fields, rolling hills and blue skies are all trademarks of this route in the lower Saint John River Valley. Motorcyclists love it as the ideal gentle drive: you can enjoy the wide range of scenery while stopping along the way to visit the local artisans and country markets. The many river ferries crossings only add to the charm of this road trip– worthy route.
SWEET STOPS IN SUSSEX
As the connection point between Fundy Trail Parkway and Fundy National Park, this town is bustling with liveliness and community. The murals adorning the streets along with the thriving small businesses and shops create the atmosphere of the ideal small town. Stroll along the sidewalk, stopping in for a treat at spots like Piccadilly Coffee, Cobbler’s Lane Fudge Factory and Sussex Ale Works.
GET A TASTE OF LOCAL MARKETS
Markets are the best way to fully experience what it means to be a part of a community, as residents all come together to support one another. From Kredl’s country market (open daily) to the Lupine Market and the Sussex Farmers Market, there are many to choose from. Road trip snacks at the ready!
To read more about the regions of New Brunswick to road trip through this summer, order a copy of our brand new volume of [EDIT] magazine byclicking here!
Gabrielle Levesque is the artist behind BOHEMEbySEA, creating specialized dip dyed tapestries. These beautiful hand-made wall hangings are sold locally, and throughout Canada and the US. Expanding quickly, Gabrille makes each piece unique and unreplicatable. As a full-time healthcare worker, BOHEMEbySEA is both a business and creative outlet for her.
[EDIT]ION met with Gabrielle to learn more about her artwork and the inspiration behind it.
[EDIT]ION: What led you to creating these tapestries?
Gabrielle Levesque: I have always loved to tap into my creative side and try new projects. My first and constant love will always be photography, but I was drawn to fibre art as I wanted to create something with my hands. It simply started with a first attempt to create a tapestry to decorate a wall in my little apartment. Spoiler alert: the first, and second, and even third attempt were not worthy of being hung up on my walls. This art form has been a lot of trial and error, and a huge, and constant, learning curve, but through experimenting with new techniques I started sharing my work with friends and eventually decided to start selling my pieces.
[EDIT]ION: What do you love about the medium?
Gabrielle: The first thing that drew me to dip-dyed fibre art is how unique it is. It can make such an impact in a room. It’s also such an unpredictable and fluid medium. You have to be ok with giving up control when working with fibre and dye in this way. The dye often has a mind of its own; the colour and direction of the dye can be impacted by temperature, humidity, etc. It has taught me to be less of a perfectionist!
[EDIT]ION: What inspires your designs?
Gabrielle: My biggest source of inspiration is definitely nature. I’m very drawn to earth tones, so you’ll find that my designs feature a lot of organic, muted colours. But I’m constantly trying to push myself to find other sources for inspiration, so I often release collections of tapestries with a particular theme. I’ve released collections inspired by songs, by landscapes and by monochromatic colours scheme for example. I’m also constantly inspired by amazing artists that I connect with on instagram who create using completely different mediums than I do.
[EDIT]ION: Have you felt supported by the New Brunswick community?
Gabrielle: Incredibly! I am blown away by the amount of support I have received locally and in New Brunswick. Supporting artists is not just about purchasing from them - every like, share, message, etc. means so much to us and only helps us reach more people with our art. I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received so far. I’ve also been able to connect with so many other amazing business owners and creators that I know I can always lean on and are constantly pushing me to grow.
The tranquil sounds of Maureen Batt’s music will instantly put you at ease. The popular New Brunswick concert and opera artist was noted by Opera Canada as a “young, lovely and captivating soprano.” She is also a warrior for supporting Canadian music, and the diverse styles and talent coming from our country.
Her upcoming album release Lighthouse with Grej is a captivating lyrical tale of love. This album was created from letters and journals written on a journey through grief, and while the inspiration for the album came from a dear friend, its message is universal. This album as a whole represents a journey through grief that has been separated into nine tracks.
The music was composed by Grej (Gregory Harrison) in collaboration with Maureen and is a marriage between classical and electronic genres that utilizes voice, piano, harmonium, synthesizer, and field recordings.
You won't want to miss this upcoming album, set to release on August 6, 2021.
In the heat of summer, it’s important to stay hydrated, and remember that alcohol actually dehydrates. It's always a great idea to have fun, refreshing mocktail options on hand. Here's a great summer mocktail slushie drink to keep you cool and hydrated all day long, or in between alcohol drinks. Visit ANBL.com/celebratesafe for more recipes. It’s always mocktail hour!
MOCK-A-RITA 1 lime wedge 1 pinch coarse salt 1 can frozen limeade concentrate ¾ cup orange juice ⅔ cup unsweetened grapefruit juice 4 cups ice 1 squirt green food coloring 1 small lime slice Rub the rims of margarita glasses with the lime wedge and dip rims into a shallow dish of coarse salt. Shake off excess. In a blender, combine juices. Then, gradually add ice cubes a few at a time, and blend until slushy. Tint the drink with a few drops of green or red food colouring. Pour into margarita glassesand garnish with lime slices.
The Wellness Exchange proudly offers the largest variety of wellness products in New Brunswick. Based in Moncton, it was started by Danielle Gauvin with the goal of providing a high-energy and interactive experience for the community at large. The open concept store is filled with welcoming employees who are ready to help you as soon as you walk in. It’s immediately clear that they want to build a more informed and healthy community, a true representation of exchanging knowledge. The fun atmosphere of the store compliments the overall theme of positivity as you go to buy all of your healthcare items, from food, refill-able cleaning supplies, toiletries, and vitamins.
[EDIT]ION met with Danielle to hear more about the store, its values, and how it is leading the province in a mission for health and wellness.
[EDIT]ION: What inspired you to first open?
Danielle:The first time I was truly inspired to open a business was when I worked for the Halifax, and then later, the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce. The position I was in allowed me to work one on one with business owners in the area. It was the first time I understood the importance of local business. Not only were these small business owners operating their businesses, but they were part of the community in such a fundamental way. During this time, I recognized the value of a small business and how important having a small business was to the community. I think that was my "aha" moment in knowing I wanted to own and operate my own business.
My purpose behind owning my business is, and always will be, to help my community, not just the Greater Moncton Area, but also New Brunswick at large.
When I eventually opened a business, I prioritized community involvement and operating for reasons beyond the bottom line. Since 2015, I have focused largely on community outreach, education, impact & environmental change within my business. Owning my business has allowed me to give back and connect with my community in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
[EDIT]ION: Did you always have an interest in wellness?
Danielle: I have always had an interest in wellness. When opening my business, what intrigued me about the health food store concept was how much I could help my community solely with the products we carry. In other words, if I did nothing else other than sell my products, I would be helping my community. This made my choice to open a health food store easy. I know every single person walking through my door is looking to learn and take charge of their health and I admire that, it's special to be a part of their journey.
[EDIT]ION: How do you curate your products?
Danielle: We are committed to providing safe, effective, and trusted products for our community. We source each category of products differently, but we consistently maintain our standards, so when customers shop with us, they know we have done the research and can trust what is on our shelves. Additionally, we work hard to source as many products as we can locally and in Canada. We also consider the values behind the brands we carry, as we do try and work with brands that align well with our values.
[EDIT]ION: What is your number one tip for overall wellness?
Danielle: Every small change makes a difference. Whether that is drinking more water, buying bulk soap to cut back on plastic, taking a multivitamin, getting more steps in, we encourage our customers to start small. Every action towards bettering yourself makes a difference.
[EDIT]ION: Can you tell me about some of the community work that you do?
Danielle: I grew up in Moncton, so giving back to my community holds a special place in my heart. It truly is my "why." It's what excites me and drives me to do better every day.
Through The Wellness Exchange, we work with the community in a multitude of ways. We donate yearly to charities and organizations throughout our community, such as The Boys and Girls Club, Pro Kids Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, Junior Achievements, The Humanity Project, to name a few. We also sponsor children who face economic barriers to participate in community recreational activities.
We support small/local businesses in Greater Moncton by having their products in-store, mentoring and partnering with them, and creating a platform for visibility within the community. One of the ways we do this is through hosting in-store "pop-up shops" that allow other small businesses to sell their products using our space.
We do free education by offering wellness talks in our community. We are a frequent speaker in schools, community events, and businesses on physical and mental health, having done over 100 talks to date.
During the height of COVID-19 we created an initiative called "Donations for Distancing" that allowed us to give back thousands of dollars to our community, supporting charities in need and supporting fellow small business owners who were required to close. Additionally, we offered free home delivery across the city, bringing groceries and necessities to those in need, and we worked with local farmers to bring food to the homeless.
Without the support of our community and customers, we would not be where we are today; that is why we believe in giving back as much as possible.
You can visit The Wellness Exchange at either of their two locations:
The Saint John Regional Hospital has created their very own medical competition film, one that is going to help bring our medical system in New Brunswick to new heights! It's not only for a good cause, but also is endlessly entertaining and fun to watch. Think Dragons' Den, but with innovative pitches that are aiming to change medicine. Three teams go head-to-head, assessed by a group of Canadian business leaders and donors who decide who will win the $500,000 prize money, to make their medical inventions a reality.
One of the three pitches is Enhanced Lung Cancer Care. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, killing more Canadians per year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. It is responsible for 13% of new cancer cases in Canada in 2019 and 20% of all cancer deaths. In the treatment of lung cancer, delay can mean the difference between life and death. The mission of Team Enhanced Lung Cancer Care is to combine technology with a uniquely trained health provider in the battle against this very serious form of cancer.
Stay tuned to learn about the other pitches that will compete in the film, and visit the site for the film premiere details at thegive.ca/lionsden.
Photo of the Enhanced Lung Cancer Care team.
The Best Way to Taste and Experience Nova Scotia’s Very Best Wines
For those yet to catch on that Nova Scotia is home to some stellar vineyards, you are in for a happy surprise, and there is no better (or safer!) way to visit them than on a guided tour. Owned and operated by Susan Downey Lim, Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours offers unique excursions of the best Nova Scotian vineyards some of which include Luckett Vineyards, Grand Pré Wines, Lightfoot & Wolfville, Benjamin Bridge and many more. The outfit have brought together wine enthusiasts from around the globe, and despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic (ugg), they continue to thrive. The fun group and private tours attract staff parties, girls’ trips, reunions and countless couples. Itineraries include afternoon or evening escapes that are most often complimented with a delicious lunch or dinner.
The reviews on ‘Grape Escapes’ are in, and they are beyond. As one client, Jules raved: “What a fantastic adventure! We loved every minute of our wine tour. Our guide Colleen is knowledgeable, approachable, and funny! We had a delicious lunch at Church Brewery and the wines we tasted at the three different wineries were all top quality, and they showcased how nicely our Nova Scotia wines are competitive players in the international arena. Well done!”
Whether you consider yourself an amateur or professional sommelier, or if you simply know that you prefer red over white, a trip with Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours will delight. The experience offers a chance to take in incredible scenery, learn a thing or two about some of Nova Scotia’s best vinos, delight in some delicious food, and meet some friends along the way.
Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours follow covid-safe protocol, enabling their clients peace of mind. They are open 7 days a week in peak season, and they offer tours year-round. Pick-ups are available in Halifax and Wolfville. Call them or visit their website to book a tour. You won’t regret it.