MontrealTips is always proud to feature local entrepreneurs. We believe it’s a great way for our community to grow and prosper from each other. This is why today’s article will be a feature on Montreal’s very own Salon Des Refusés who have just opened up their online store.
Better known as ‘SDR’ they are a Montreal based clothing brand and designers that are true to their aesthetic which describes itself as “demonstrating luxury chaos and eccentricity of rock and roll culture”. SDR is more than just a clothing company as they are also self-sufficient in the sense that they double as a cut and sew shop. Founded in 2017 by three local Montreal fashion pioneers Francis Palumbo, Joey Lavalle, and Brenden Knez, one of their brand’s main pillars was to keep the company by Montreal for Montreal. Meaning that all materials and manufacturing are all made and purchased in Montreal so that they can ensure superior quality products on all their clothing and also support local businesses and communities at the same time.
The ‘SDR’ brand started off as making custom clothing for recording hip-hop artists such as 88 Glam (who performed at the Junos) Lil’ Mosey and 21 Savage. They also appeared on XXL (a hip-hop magazine) which really helped propelled them to gain enough traction to secure a showroom during Paris’ fashion week in 2019. They are also currently booked for another showroom in Los Angelas in 2020. With the recent success of their showrooms and magazine features, they have recently expanded to opening up their online store to make their top end products more accessible for all their customers.
With their online store up and running, the skies the limit for SDR. They have big and better things coming up on the horizon and are looking to take the fashion world by storm.
You can check out their online store at https://www.ateliersdr.com/
And show support on their Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/____sdr____/
Louis Heroux | Real Estate Agent West Island of Montreal
Open your news app on any given day and you’ll find at least one news item about the real estate market on (and around) the island of Montreal. Trends are constantly changing. New neighbourhoods come into the spotlight. Gentrification starts. Stalls. Picks up speed.
Whether you’re a homeowner looking to sell, a first-time buyer, a seasoned buyer, or even looking to expand your portfolio, maybe looking into income properties… there are just so many questions!
Add in the often complex laws around taxes, ownership, zoning, etc, and things can feel pretty hectic.
Maybe your dreams even start to look less possible.
That’s where real estate brokers like Louis Heroux come in. In the Montreal area alone there are probably hundreds of truly amazing realtors but, as in many industries, they will all have their own unique approach to the work that they do. The key is finding someone who is a right fit for you and what you want to achieve.
Louis’s approach is one of teamwork: broker and client working together to clarify the client’s vision, explore possibilities and get the client to where they want to go in the real estate world, whether that’s a selling, buying or expanding vision.
He currently serves areas primarily in Montreal’s West Island, and has expertise in a variety of real estate ventures.
Louis believes in being a go-to person for his clients. With years of experience, he has a deep understanding of the ins and outs of real estate, particularly in Montreal’s dynamic market. His aim is to provide clarity and peace of mind, helping clients see through the often intimidating layers of laws, regulations and paperwork, to what really is possible. When you have someone on your side who knows every base that needs to be covered, it brings your dreams closer to reality.
In a market like Montreal, where the landscape is constantly changing, Louis strives for win-win situations, where his clients come first and all parties feel good about the outcome, and empowered by their real estate experience.
If you’re looking for a personal approach, where the strategy begins with what you want to achieve, that’s the approach Louis Heroux takes; helping his clients, one by one, get to where they want to be.
As a strong believer in everyone having a safe and empowering roof over their heads, Louis is also a supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, which is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.
If you have questions for Louis, or would like to know more about working with him, you can contact him at [email protected].
The evidence is as clear as the increasingly extreme weather conditions all over the world: we need to get serious about changing the way we do things if we’re going leave behind a livable planet.
It’s a scary truth, but there’s also a lot to be optimistic about because there are so many initiatives working to do just that.
One such initiative is a unique company in Ville St Laurent that’s blending technology from the automotive industry with Dutch agricultural practices to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of lettuce – a crop that typically requires a lot of land, water and pesticides to produce, and experiences a great deal of waste simply due to the delicacy of lettuce leaves and how easily they can be damaged in harvesting, packaging and transporting.
Aquaverti Farms has developed a lettuce growing method that produces 0 greenhouse gases, uses 0 pesticides, and requires 95% less water than traditional farming methods.
Housed in what is essentially a large factory, Aquaverti makes use of the vertical space with hydroponic ponds! How do the farmers get up there to tend to their crops? They don’t! The robots do. This is where automotive technology comes into play. Robotic machines set the ponds into place, monitor conditions and even harvest the crops. Aquaverti uses custom-designed LED lights and nutrients are fed directly into the pools growing the lettuce. It’s an incredibly efficiently process with just 35 days from seed to harvest.
The picture in your mind right now (and in reality) is probably a far cry from that picturesque vision we have of rows of crops growing from the earth, bathed in the natural sunlight. It’s reasonable to wonder if crops grown in a factory can really be as nutritious as those grown traditionally. The answer is, even more so.
Canada is the world’s largest importer of lettuce in the world (way to go on eating your leafy greens, folks!). That’s no surprise though, since our climate makes it a difficult crop to grow locally, and impossible to grow outdoors year round. If we want it, we have to import it. Unfortunately, from the moment most produce is harvested, it begins to gradually lose nutritional value. If it takes several days after harvesting for lettuce to reach your plate, it simply isn’t as nutrient-rich as it was straight from the farm. By producing locally, lettuce can reach your plate literally hours after harvesting, ensuring a fresher, crisper, more nutritious salad.
Aquaverti has set of goal of producing up to 2000 heads of lettuce each day, year round. They are currently focused on growing curly lettuce as it is so easily damaged in transport. Growing it locally mean less transportation, which means less waste. As a bonus, curly lettuce is delicious and makes for beautifully instagrammable salads. Looks pretty good on a bacon double cheeseburger too.
Can other vegetables be grown this way? Some, but not most. The conditions lettuce needs to grow well makes it uniquely suited for this type of farming, so while we likely won’t be seeing carrots or potatoes grown on hydroponic structures, it’s initiatives like Aquaverti that drive the innovation, creativity and passion we need to take our planet in a new, sustainable direction.
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