Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
BY JENNIFER NAUGLER
Living in Toronto and having recently finished school, Hannah Cook and Elliot Wajchendler began working in their respective careers as interior designer and architect. After some time and circumstance, not feeling especially satisfied with their jobs, they eventually began talking about where their careers and lives were headed. More importantly, where they wanted to be.
Hannah grew up in Lunenburg County with her parents and three siblings on a chicken farm, and was feeling the pull to come back home. Elliot was open to coming to Nova Scotia and
loved the idea of living in an area with so much nature and space. After some deliberation, Hannah packed up all their things and moved to NS with Elliot joining her six months later
after finishing a temporary job out west. Their original plan was to build a tiny home to live in, but until that happened they were staying in the 100+ year old farmhouse on the Cook farm property. The interior designer in Hannah and the architect in Elliot, started peeking around the old home and immediately felt inspired to start doing some restoring and renovating.
They started in the living room and began recording some video, mostly for their own purposes to document the process. When they finished, Elliot spent some time editing and then decided to upload the video, entitled Farmhouse Restoration- $300 Living Room Reno, to YouTube and Reddit. Within 24 hours, they had received 800 subscribers. At the one-year mark, that first video now has over 400,000 views.
Receiving so much positive feedback, they decided to keep going and began dedicating more time to the video process. Renovating the farmhouse, and sharing that experience, they have built up a large following. They currently have close to 60,000 subscribers and 2.4 million total video views. With the money they make from ad revenue, Elliot is now a full-time
YouTuber, while Hannah has a full-time job and her own cake decorating business on the side.
Leaving Lunenburg County for a while and coming back has given Hannah a whole new respect for the area. When you are young, it’s easy to say there is nothing to do here, but Hannah says if you go looking, there is lots to do, mentioning the beautiful trails and recent addition of craft breweries. Blown away by the space, nature, and the convenience, the longer Elliot is in Pinegrove, the more he loves it. They both enjoy the slower paced lifestyle and the sense of community.
Elliot describes these times as “ground-breaking” in that there is so much potential online. There is still work to do, but you can really do that work from anywhere. Hannah and Elliot are both glad this new reality allows them to build their lives, living and working in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.
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BY DONNA LEON
Donna Leon and Robert Riskin love to tell the story of how they found Lunenburg County.
Donna left Cape Breton after high school to study journalism at university in Ottawa. Robert lived in Vancouver since he was a young adult. Both former college professors and television
directors, they knew one another for 20 years before getting together as a couple.
Donna moved west, but after four months in Vancouver, she grew tired of the rain and heavy traffic. They bought a home near the lake in the sunny Okanagan, but the lifestyle didn’t suit
them. So three and a half years after that move, they sold their home and its contents, and drove across Canada. The couple temporarily settled near Donna’s mother in Waterloo, Ontario.
“Our goal was to find a place to truly call home”, says Robert. “We searched properties in the GTA and eastern Ontario. But we didn’t find the right fit”. Midway through the year, they were offered an opportunity to housesit a villa in Spain. It came with a cat named Bootsie.
They jumped at the chance. The two thought living in a foreign country for three months should be enough time to figure out their next move back in Canada. “Few people spoke English where we were housesitting, so we were literally on our own. We had very weak internet in the village, so I bought a roaming package on my phone and began
to search real estate sites. I stumbled upon a listing that was comparable to our Kelowna home, only on the east coast, and far less expensive. We looked at one another and said, “Let’s go for it!”, Donna recalls. What the couple found online was a listing for the QEII hospital Lottery’s 2017 Dream Cottage, which the winners had decided to sell. It had been on the market for only a few weeks. Donna quickly enlisted a cousin and her husband to travel from Dartmouth to Chester Basin to inspect the house. They Facetimed with Donna and Robert during a walkthrough while the couple watched on their iPad via WiFi at a pub 5,000 kms away.
Two weeks later, and a month before their return to Canada, the deal was done. “I still can’t believe we bought our home without seeing it in person, in an area neither of us knew”, says Robert. “We had to GPS our address the day we moved in”. They knew the transition from urban to rural would be a paradigm shift, but after living in the Spanish countryside all
summer, they were ready for the change.
Robert says Spain conditioned them to the rural lifestyle.
“In the countryside where we stayed, we got to know the local community, we explored the culture, visited the markets, met the locals and found absolute authenticity and charm. The South Shore is appealing in the same way”. The real estate deal included the contents of the ‘cottage’, much of which are handcrafted and custom items selected by the
home’s architectural designer.
“We arrived with only our luggage and my spices. I love to cook”, says Donna. “Our home at Skipper Hill is gorgeous. We take our coffee to the community dock and just watch the world go by. It’s so calming. And the sunsets are stunning. Robert says they’ve become stargazers too. “You don’t see as many stars anywhere near a large city because of light pollution.
We walk onto the deck and are in awe of the constellations. It’s mesmerizing”.
Nine months after moving in, the couple keeps in shape by swimming laps at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre and bicycling on the many trails nearby. They travel to Halifax often
to visit family and friends, and love hosting dinners with new and old friends.
“We really feel as if we have won the lottery,” says Rob. Donna echoes that sentiment. “This is a dream come true”.
BY STACEY COLWELL
Business is booming in Nova Scotia’s craft beer market. The province’s liquor commission reported sales increased by more than one third last year to over $10 million. Nearly three dozen small, independent breweries are thriving, mostly in rural communities and small towns, including Bridgewater. Adam Sarty and Devin Fraser opened a craft brewery on Bridgewater’s main street in 2017. “You can feel the energy coming back, there’s lots of good things happening on the street and good ideas,” said FirkinStein Brewery co-owner Devin Fraser as he points across the road to an old-fashioned diner ready to open in a renovated building on the main street of the South Shore. “You can feel the vibe here change, a younger crowd is starting to come around.”
The town has been growing steadily, with a population increase of about 1,000 over the past 15 years. FirkinStein has benefitted from that growth, along with the community investing millions in a downtown renewal project. In addition, Fraser and co-owner Adam Sarty have been received with open arms by other microbreweries, much to their surprise.
"In the very beginning I honestly thought it was going to be a competitive market,” said Fraser. “But the moment we started, right from Day 1, it was the extreme opposite. Every brewery is out to help you. They all want each other to succeed because it’s not us against every other brewery, its all us little breweries against the big guys.”
The industry encourages innovative ways to get people through the doors, and at FirkinStein that means not only a laid-back daytime scene and live music every weekend but everything from dance lessons to a retro Duck Hunt video game night. “It’s all about people just looking to have a good time,” said Sarty. “And from what we’ve seen, there’s tons of people here who love having a good time.” The co-owners, who also work together at Bridgewater’s Michelin tire plant, agreed the most surprising thing about opening their brewery has been all the amazing people they’ve met. “Yet that was so low on my radar,” said Fraser. “I never really considered it at first, but in hindsight it’s been one of my favourite parts. We’ve met pretty awesome people.” Fraser grew up in Montreal, and said there’s simply a different pace of life in Bridgewater.
“When I go home to visit now, I notice everybody is wound tight. I come back to Nova Scotia, here on the South Shore, and it’s like, ‘Let’s relax a little bit, take a second to think about things.’ I love that. That’s my favourite thing about living here.”
BY TIM MERRY
I recently found this in my diaries from 13 years ago. The year I moved to Nova Scotia. “The world is not going to get better. The current global chaos is going to increase. The madness we see now will only continue to escalate, I suspect, until we hit a massive ecological crisis. I believe human intervention has gone too far globally to be remedied - the battle is lost. The opposite of despair is not hope for me; the opposite of despair is action. Nova Scotia works for me as a place to begin this new action in my life. It is on the fringes of the madness; what has infected so
much of the world has not really hit Nova Scotia yet. It still has slowness and simplicity in its nature. When a pond unfreezes, it is the edges that melt first. I believe that as the world descends further into chaos, that we will need places which hold good human wisdom and practice.”
It felt a bit strange to read it to be honest. It does feel to me like the chaos has only increased over the last 13 years: the number of ecological disasters, increased economic uncertainty, massive social unrest, the breakdown of trust between citizens and governments, corporate greed running rampant … you don’t
need me to continue the list! That got me to thinking about why Lunenburg County is such a great place to be. In the midst of all this madness we can watch from the edges and make our own decisions. It is like we are part of it but not fully in it all. We are safe. Thank goodness.
More from my diary: ” ... a place where people can get out of the craziness of the
rat race and see the bigger picture, connect to meaning and purpose in life, break the illusion we are being sold daily and re-enter life with a clear insight and compassion.” For me, that then begs the question: what are we going to do with the relatively privileged position of safety in a globally tumultuous time? What opportunity do we have here in Lunenburg County to forge a way of life that is informed by the craziness around us but not driven by it?
There are already some great examples of citizens rising to the occasion right here in Lunenburg County. The tech startup, Woodscamp, for example. They are disrupting the Forestry Sector across Nova Scotia with a model that could have impact in Forestry across North America and Europe. NOW Lunenburg County has launched a strategy to create population growth across our region. What we learn here could have implications for how rural communities everywhere deal with population decline and stalling local economies. The Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance is bringing some of the world’s top classical and jazz artists to us and training performers who will travel the world with the DNA of Lunenburg county in their art. I recently heard of an initiative to bring some of the world’s top executives to Lunenburg County for pivotal strategic retreats. The idea is that the culture of this place and its natural beauty will influence these executives’ ability to be more genuine with each other and make better big picture decisions.
These are just some of the things I am aware of—there is so much more. Individuals, neighbours, who are stepping up to get something done at all levels of scale. All it takes is a simple step, as Mother Teresa said, “do small things with great love”, and “I want my kids to grow up in A place as unpolluted
as possible by all the bullshit in the world” then follow them forward with a next step.
More from the diary:
“I want to be involved in creating the new, set the new patterns, experiment on the edge of human potential. I do not want some hippy commune; it has to be REAL, rooted in the real problems of the world, working together with local community. So much of what is happening in the world leaves people feeling powerless. What would it mean for us to create a place which restored people’s sense of dignity and power? A place that makes visible peoples’ greatness to themselves and their communities.”
It is all very aspirational isn’t it? Maybe even a bit naive? As I read these diaries now I realize that I have had much of my . vision tempered by the reality of trying to get change done in a pretty conservative province. However, I can’t help but find a part of me stirring in response to my younger voice. That, in essence, what I was pointing at here, is true and good. We do have an opportunity here in Lunenburg County that is not afforded to many places. We are small enough and isolated enough to do something audacious. Why not? And why not start here in Lunenburg County? This incredible gem of a place within the bounds of Nova Scotia. We are 47,000 people living and working within the inspiration of outstanding natural beauty. I am surrounded daily by creative artists, entrepreneurial business people, active community leaders and deep spiritual practitioners. We have kids in our schools, we have jobs available in our economy and we have elders actively supporting the next generation. It’s all here. Right now.
I want my kids to grow up in a place as unpolluted as possible by all the bullshit in the world. But not cut off, not a separate little haven, a place which learns through its dealing with the larger world. A place which learns by meeting the madness
and using it as a mirror for its own growth. Learning from the faults of the larger world, to create a different pattern. Today, I am firmly planted in Lunenburg County. I have created a life that’s beginning to reflect the aspirations of my diary. Both my wife Kate and I are able to work from home. Kate, has a thriving accounting business while today, I am working and collaborating with my business partner, Tuesday Ryan-Hart, who is based in Columbus, Ohio. We have clients in Canada, the USA and Europe where we help collaborators and problem-solvers get unstuck with unforgettably pivotal events, capacity-building, and strategy that sparks significant change and moves toward equity. Since I left my parent’s house I have lived many places in the world and had many homes. I have always been happy to pull into the driveway or open the front door and relax. Now though, for the first time since I left my Mum and Dad’s village in the UK, I turn the corner, see the three churches of Mahone Bay, and feel at home in the town, not only the house I pull into a few minutes later.
Tim Merry is an engagement specialist and systems change facilitator who works with organizations from all over the world to lead break through change. For over 20 years Tim has helped major international businesses, government agencies, local communities and regional collaboratives to create the conditions for people to organize together and solve their own problems. This piece originally appeared in the daily newspaper Chronicle Herald and the community newspaper LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin.
Y TINA HENNIGAR
It’s 6 pm and I’m setting up to interview Mike and Amelia Bishop, the owners of The Barn Coffee and Social House in Mahone Bay. They’d already put in a full day, and were balancing their cash, when a lady poked her head in through the door that was not yet locked.
“Oh, are you closing?” she asked in disappointment, anticipating their answer.
“Yes, sorry,” Amelia apologized. “We close at 5,” “Wait,” Mike stopped her before she left. “You want a coffee?” He asked, holding up the pot. “It’s just going to get thrown out anyway.
The lady and her friend gratefully added their fixings to their . coffees and left happy. I sat back on the oversized, brown leather sofa in what feels more like a cabin than a coffee shop, and watched the couple continue to work in unison as we listened to The Illuminators over their speaker. They’re a team, Mike and Amelia, and what they have built together is very special. Over the next hour rediscovering paradise I would grow to love them, and this place even more than I already loved their coffee.
“This is more than just a business to us, and we want to do more than just make money.” Amelia said of The Barn and what they’ve managed to do here. “We want to give everyone an experience and make everyone feel like family.” It seems to have worked. Every day since opening has been busy. Mike and Amelia could feel the support from the community almost immediately, through the lineups in those early days.
They keep anticipating a slow down, but aside from a few major snow storms, it hasn’t yet. The duo credits the social media savvy of their team who work at The Barn. But that alone will not create a successful business, they caution. “You can’t just have the sizzle. You need to have something they want,” Mike insists.
“We try very hard to make people feel welcome; like they’re in our home.”
Mike spent his childhood in Truro and later moved to Boston. He was visiting his sister in Kentville when he met Amelia. With a background in education and an entrepreneur at heart, he found similar qualities in Amelia who worked in the non-profit sector, assisting other entrepreneurs.
‘You’re opening another coffee shop? You’re not going to make it, especially in February,’ was the advice they were given when they announced their plan to create a coffee shop in the old barn housed on the property beside the iconic Suttles and Seawinds retail shop in Mahone Bay.
“We knew what we were doing was going to be special. We’re thankful for every single person who comes through the door. As confident as we were, it’s still surprising.” Mike said of the buzz of The Barn.
They offer more than coffee. On the menu you’ll find specialty coffees and decaffeinated beverages such as locally made kombucha, as well as baked goods from local bakeries, soups and light fair from neighbouring restaurants. Mike doesn’t see The Barn as a competitor to other restaurants and coffee shops,
but rather, as a partner.
“No-one is coming to Mahone Bay for a cup of coffee. They come to shop and eat and experience all that we have to offer, so we have to all do well,” he insists. “So many people come in and want a restaurant, but we’re not a restaurant, so we share with them [information] on all the other cool restaurants.”
“There is really something special happening. I feel incredibly grateful and thankful to be here at this time and in this place,” Mike said of living in Martin’s River. Mike said that when Amelia began taking him around the province and they were exploring Lunenburg County he really grew to fall in love with it. “Hirtle’s, Queensland, and Carter’s Beach, I mean, they’re just incredible. I said, wow, it’s like rediscovering paradise every day. It’s like having corn flakes for the first time,” he laughed. When you look around The Barn on any given day there aremany different types of interactions happening. A group of school kids might be enjoying gourmet hot chocolate while a neighbouring table is sipping an espresso. You’ll find groups having a meeting and others sharing simple pleasantries. It was when I was leaving that Amelia shared something rather profound with me and I didn’t want to edit one single word. She said, “There are people who underestimate young people. It’s troublesome at times. But I’d love people to know that there are a ton of us who are young and fully ready to get this job done and just want to put their hearts and souls, our ideas, creativity and passion and everything we’ve got into helping to make these communities thrive. We want to do this for you.
Let us love you!” She implored. “Do you know what I mean?” she continued, apologizing for being tired and perhaps not articulating her thoughts as intended. But I knew exactly what she meant. I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it myself. It seemed like a perfect place to end it. I went home and couldn’t sleep, and it wasn’t from drinking coffee after 6pm. I was inspired. We are in amazing hands with these new, young people in our community who are doing great things, creating a new cultural vibe here. We have to support them. Let’s get out of their way and just let them go. We need to let them love us.
A community fund is the perfect way to give back to your community. Donations of all sizes are pooled together in a single fund to support local charitable causes, and since it’s a
permanent endowment fund, the giving continues forever. The fund is designed to be open and flexible to address the ever-changing needs and priorities of your community, from
environmental concerns to social change and more. It’s also developed by members of the community for the community, so you can be certain your investment stays local and is directed to where it’s needed most.
The Lunenburg County Community Fund is overseen by a local board of directors with the financial contributions managed by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. What started with a small group of concerned citizens in 2009 has since committed $1 million to support the clean-up of the LaHave River, sparked the launch of NOW Lunenburg County and the hiring of Tina Hennigar, a full-time population growth coordinator, to spearhead the initiative inspired by findings in the Ivany Report. The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia hosts a growing network of community funds across the province. Atlantic Canada’s First Nations Communities have just established the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation. The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia’s long-term goal is to see
a community fund in every economic centre in Nova Scotia.
View a full list of our funds at cfns-fcne.ca/en/ourfunds. You can also find out more about the Lunenburg County Community
Fund at http://www.lunenburgcountycommunityfund.ca/
We often hear from our political leaders, manufacturing is critical to the success and vitality of any economy or region. Manufacturers take raw materials, specialized skills and initiative to add value to create finished products that can be sold at a profit. That profit is returned to the region in the form of good wages and a solid tax base.
Manufacturing takes vision, a great work ethic and smarts to build something that is unique or of higher quality than the competition to achieve success in local, national and international markets.
The South Shore, and Lunenburg County in particular, is no . stranger to success in manufacturing. With a history steeped in traditional resource-based manufacturing, the towns of Lunenburg and Bridgewater were famous as far back as the 19th century for their products. Wooden ships, salt fish, marine engines and propellers and lumber were some of the products that made their mark around the planet and drove the economy for years.
But as they say, time changes everything and so is the case with manufacturing in Lunenburg County. Sure, we still build ships but now many of them are made of aluminum and composites. We produce lumber, but we do it now with a volume and efficiency that would be the envy of any region and we do it sustainably. We still harvest and sell fish, but now we invest more in it and add greater value selling top quality processed fish to a growing global client base with a strong focus on
After a couple of hundred years we have diversified manufacturing in the region which has put a greater demand on finding the skills needed to build the exciting and exotic things now shipped out of here.
Some examples of other products being manufactured locally in the 21st century include robust scientific deck machinery for oceanographic vessels, passenger and light truck tires, engineered wood siding to clad houses with a traditional look hiding a hi-tech material, world class plastic thermoforming equipment that utilizes unique processes reducing energy consumption, cutting edge technology to produce carbon fiber components for aircraft parts that are used by major aircraft . manufacturers as well as components for use on communication
But why stop there? Some of the best video games in the world are created in Lunenburg County, cutting edge scientific equipment which is used to measure changes in the world’s oceans, and we now produce value added products from locally grown fruit and berries that line the shelves of stores across the nation.
This focus on creativity while maintaining our love of craftsmanship allows local manufacturers to sell to and in some cases dominate international markets. Clients see our products and innovation as critical to their operations. Being ideally located on Canada’s East coast we are near one of the greatest deep-water harbours in the world, a busy international airport and our place in time has us saying good night to European clients as we say good morning to clients on the west coast and Asia.
The result of all this activity is a stable economy, with good . paying jobs and lots of spin off activity in the region.
INCREDIBLE PEOPLE, CANADIAN EMBASSY, REAL ESTATE AGENT, BANK MANAGER, ALL INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING COUPLE START THEIR LIFE IN NOVA SCOTIA.
BY TINA HENNIGAR
It wasn’t initially Charles Otter and Nick Orlov Otter’s goal to move to Nova Scotia. The agent at the Canadian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, suggested Nova Scotia after the couple shared what they wanted in their next move.
They did their research, drew a circle 100 kilometres around the Halifax International Airport and called a real estate agent they discovered online to help them find their new home.
“We told her what we wanted, and she totally got us,” said Nick. They bought the house having only seen pictures of it. As Nick drove up the long tree lined driveway in the seaside community of Mader’s Cove, he knew it was the perfect house for them. “We wanted a big house with lots of land with a view of the sea,” Nick said in an interview from their private home that overlooks beautiful Westhaver’s beach. “ Nick is from Russia and Charles from New Zealand, the two have lived all around the world. It’s this community that they now call home, they hope never to leave. They got married on their . property shortly after arriving. Charles’s vast experience in Hotel Management enabled him to plan and pull off an event none of . the 45 guests from 16 different countries would soon forget. “…after the wedding, we invited all our neighbours to join us for . a BBQ, and every single person showed up,” Charles said. “It was . incredible, the warmth and support we were shown.” Nick and Charles are part owners of Oh My Cod restaurant in Mahone Bay. Charles works in economic and community development and Nick is an entrepreneur who runs his own business in IT. Both play a significant role in the community, volunteering for festivals and the Chamber of Commerce.
“We need immigrants in Nova Scotia. We need new people, their ideas and what they bring.” Nick and Charles credit the community for helping them. “At every turn we were connected to all the right people, from our bank manager who helped us with our mortgage, our agent who helped us find a home, even our first taxi driver at the airport who, instead of charging me 50 dollars for a short taxi drive, put me in a hotel shuttle,” Nick Said of the kind people he’s met in this province. “It was pure goodness.”
BY HEATHER MACKENZIE-CAREY
There is something even more genuine than Ethan Hiltz’s infectious smile. It’s his love of Lunenburg County. Ethan grew up in Mahone Bay, graduated from Park View Education Center and completed post-secondary education without ever moving away. He works at ABCO in Lunenburg in a job he loves, living where he loves.
Perhaps that shouldn’t sound so unusual but Ethan knows people think it is. He has lots of friends that felt they needed to move away to pursue careers, although he is quick to add they all intend to come back once they have established themselves. Ethan also has many friends who stayed. He points to lots of opportunity in the trades.
Perhaps it’s because we have a proud Nova Scotia history of providing quality university experiences only an hour away, that we seem to push our youth from high school to university. Ethan thinks that may be a mistake. He encourages people to consider the trades that are thriving in Lunenburg County.
Ethan wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after leaving high school. Looking through the NSCC course catalogue he hit on something that intrigued him. When Ethan graduated from the 2-year Architectural Drafting program, he landed an interview
at ABCO and, despite the job being more mechanical drafting than architectural drafting, the company saw a good employee, a community spirit and a great fit. Ethan’s friend got him the interview. Ethan’s training, talent and flexibility got him the job.
It’s the encouraging workplace and sense of community that keeps him there. In less than three years, Ethan has moved into a management position. Metal fabrication might not sound that exciting, but as Ethan tours me around his workplace, I can see how proud he is of what he’s doing, and for good reason. It is really cool stuff! This is not some “factory job”.
Ethan isn’t going anywhere. He doesn’t feel he’s missing out on anything. In fact, still in his 20s, Ethan just bought a house in Maitland, in the center of Lunenburg County easily accessible to just about every community that makes up the place he grew up.
His life is great!
BY JENNIFER NAUGLER
Who knew 20 years ago that a vacation on the West Coast would result in a new local business opening in Lunenburg County serving all of Atlantic Canada…but that’s exactly what happened to Marlean and the late Robert Rhodenizer. After visiting the Murphy Wall-Bed dealer Marlean and Bob came home and began designing and manufacturing the authentic Murphy Wall-Beds for all of Atlantic Canada and Hide & Sleep Beds Ltd was born. Hide & Sleep Beds was established as a family business in 1995 and continues to this day with Marlean, her daughter Debbie and her husband Sterling Zwicker all working together in their office and production facility in beautiful Barss Corner. Over the years they have participated in over 150 home shows all over the Maritimes and have enjoyed assisting their customers with the design, delivery and installation of their Murphy Wall-Beds.
A Murphy Wall-Bed includes a standard sized mattress that tilts effortlessly away into its own cabinet using a spring system, for either residential or commercial use. Wall-Beds can turn any room instantly into a place to sleep, thereby creating a dual purpose room. Your home-office, spare room or yoga studio can quickly transform into a comfortable place for guests.
After bringing Murphy Wall-Beds to Lunenburg County demand grew so quickly that, within five years, it became clear to the Rhodenizer’s that they were going to need their own production facility. Designed by Bob and located across from the farmhouse where they used to live and raised their family, is now the showroom and production facility for all the Hide & Sleep Beds that are ordered in Atlantic Canada. Murphy Wall-Beds are a perfect fit for those looking to downsize. They offer a space for the grand kids to sleep-over and are a great option for cottage owners and anyone who has guests and not enough beds. In the age of minimalism, down-sizing, tiny homes and more… recognizing the need for people to repurpose spaces in their homes, cottages or office … it seems as if Hide & Sleep Beds have been ahead their time.
It was inspiring to visit with Marlean and hear her story of the vision and drive that created the Hide & Sleep Beds business here so many years ago. Seeing their continued success from their location in the middle of beautiful farm country is just one of the things that makes living in Lunenburg County so appealing.