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What: Ice Cultures, based in Hensall, Ont., near London makes super clear and hard ice. The ice is carved by computer guided lathes, turning it into almost anything you can think of, such as trophies, sculptures, tables, chairs, glasses, chandeliers and more.
How they got started: Twenty-eight years ago, carving ice sculptures for centerpieces at wedding and big events was a hobby for Julian and his wife. Today it's a family business with daughter Heidi as president.
Claim to fame: In sweltering climates like Thailand, Dubai and India, customers pay to slip into parkas, gloves and toques and enjoy the frosty interior ambience of a restaurant made entirely from ice. Ice Cultures design and ship the entire interior in special containers -- along with parkas and gloves. They are then assembled on-site in a refrigerated space. They've even made special ice meteors for NASA for use in shuttle impact testing
24 Dec 2012
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06 Dec 2012
Iceculture, Inc. of Hensall, Ontario, is a recognized leader in creating ice design with a number of firsts to its credit, including ice beaded curtains, ice portraits and ice chandeliers. The company introduced CNC technology to the industry 12 years ago bringing centuries old art form into the 21st century. The company has designed and built custom equipment for ice carving such as their ice lathe. Read More
14 Jun 2012
Yesterday, Ignite Magazine unveiled its inaugural Ignite Business Event Expo in Toronto. Ignite Business Expo brought hosted buyers together with event and hospitality industry suppliers from around the world. (Check back as, later this week, the Cvent Blog will showcase some ideas from the trade shows that event planners can use immediately.) Our feature about the 10 coolest booths at IMEX Frankfurt 2012 generated so much excitement that, today, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the hottest trade show booths at Ignite Business Event Expo. Read More
24 May 2012
Canadians love ice in their drinks in the summer but hate it on their driveways and road in winter. We get too little of the former and too much of the latter. Julian Bayley and his family, however, turned making ice into an international export business. Read More