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Get Into It with Marion Witz

Marion Witz is getting into it! She sat down with The Shopping Channel for a candid interview about being a mother, an entrepreneur, and life working with Elizabeth Grant. From turning 60 years-old to climbing a mountain in Peru, Marion is sharing her insights, interests, and all she’s learned over the years!

Q: What’s new and exciting in the Elizabeth Grant Collection for Summer Beauty this year?

A: For Summer Beauty this year we have together created the most incredible product called SOS Rescue Cream. It’s specifically formulated to help the skin cope with the environmental damage. Let’s face it, it’s very hot and we are outside now so our bodies are outsides…our skin is going to be stressed that much more. Well that’s our exciting new product for summer!

Q: What’s your best Summer Beauty tip?

A: One of the things that women should always know is to stay out of the sun – and that’s really difficult, especially in the summer! Wear a sunscreen if you’re outside and get your colour from bronzing products. There are so many beautiful bronzing products today! At one stage bronzing products would make you look streaky and yellow. But today with the technology, when you put a good bronzer on your body, your body looks bronzed and it looks lovely! That’s where we should get our colour from, not from the sun!

Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as an entrepreneur and what advice do you have for others who are interested in starting their own business?

A: When Elizabeth and I started the company – I think it was 1998 or 1999, we were very naive about everything. We started the business in my basement and it grew from there. People often ask me what advice I have for other people – especially women, who want to start a business. I really say, when you start a business make sure your research the market, make sure that you don’t put every bit of money you own into the business because when you start a business you don’t know if it’s going to be successful. Start small, dream big – which is great! But start small and know that if it doesn’t work you’ll still have your life.

Q: How did you juggle three children and running a business and what advice do you have for busy working moms?

A: It’s not easy being a mother with children and running a business. As a mother you always want to give everything to your children, you want to be there for them and be able to take them wherever they need to go. When I started the business with Elizabeth, my children were older and what I did was I roped them into the company. Every single day when we had packing I made them come downstairs and help me pack all the boxes. They would moan and groan, but I said this was a great way for you to earn money! The kids almost grew up with me in the business, but I always made sure – now this is very important- I always made sure that I was there for them when they needed me, that I was there to take them to wherever I needed to take them, and that I was there to sit down and talk to them when they needed me to be there. Children are young for such a short time! You know you blink and then the kids are grown up. Like now I’ve blinked and my kids are grown up. But I know and I’m pleased that I was able to juggle my time then – it’s not easy, but it’s always about priorities!

Q: You appear regularly on The Shopping Channel and are comfortable with public speaking, you even wrote a book about it. How do you recommend others get over their fear of public speaking and empower their voice and strengthen their expression?

A: Many people don’t know that prior to being with Elizabeth I was a presentation skills trainer and a voice coach. I actually wrote a book called Stand Up and Talk to 1000 People (And Enjoy It!). I think “And Enjoy It!” is really the most important part of that title, because so many people hate giving presentations. And yet if you know how to do it, and if you know how to manage it, it becomes something that you can do so very, very well. Being a voice coach, I think, was a great way for me to learn how to do presentations because I learned that your voice is like a musical instrument, it’s like playing a piano. All you have to do is to learn how to play it, and if you know how to play it well your voice will never let you down. The more you do deep breathing exercises you’ll start to find you can manage that first step of your presentation.

Q: What’s one of your greatest accomplishments?

A: I turned 60 this year! For my 60th birthday I decided to do something I’ve never done before and that was to hike up a mountain in Peru. I asked my friend to accompany me. I had no experience, I never exercise and I’ve never walked before. I have to tell you it was the most thrilling thing I’ve ever done because every single day was an accomplishment. Every single day when I started out and I battled and I never ever thought I’d reach the height that I reached. Then when I did, coming down the mountain at the end of every day and just eating and then jumping into bed was the greatest accomplishment of my life!

Get into your skin with Marion and Elizabeth Grant during their 15th Anniversary visit at The Shopping Channel on July 19 & 20 with our Today’s Showstopper.

To hear our interview with Marion Witz click the player below!

Canada Day’s Ammolite Gems Today’s Showstopper

For the last 14 years it has been my pleasure, honour, and tradition to spend Canada Day at The Shopping Channel with the Korite Ammolite that’s best known as Canada’s gemstone. Each year we bring you an exciting Today’s Showstopper, and this year is no different! Over the years our Canada Day shows have become one of the most highly anticipated events at The Shopping Channel. This year our Canada Day show will be the biggest of all time as we launch the brand new Korite Ammolite Watch that’s only available at The Shopping Channel!

We made this collection of watches in limited quantities and it’s the smallest collection we’ve ever made in the past 35 years! It took us over three years to make this watch as each Ammolite dial was intricately crafted and created by hand. It has been seven years since we’ve offered a Korite Ammolite Watch as our Today’s Showstopper, but I assure you it is well worth the wait!

This watch is reminiscent of a classic Cartier style time piece and boasts a bold, square face and is set with a large dial made of the highest quality Korite Ammolite. Perfect for men and women of all age groups, this watch is a true treasure that’s sure to become one of the most sought after pieces in our collection.

I am beyond excited to introduce and share this piece of functional art with you. I hope you’ll join me at 10pm ET on June 30th when this stellar watch finally makes its long awaited debut.

For the avid Ammonite collectors, we will again be offering a limited collection of museum quality Ammonite fossil specimens. These incredible pieces sell out very quickly, as we are only able to bring in a very limited quantity, so be sure to shop early.

The excitement doesn’t end there! For the first time ever we will be offering two qualities of Korite Ammolite. I will be bringing in several quality pieces that have never been available at The Shopping Channel before. Tune in on June 30 and July 1 to see photos of Korite Ammolite that have been sold around the world at prices you won’t believe!

I recently took a trip to New York where I visited the American Museum of Natural History. Below is a picture of me with our Ammonite on display, which we donated to the museum, and a photo of an Ammonite fossil.

I’m very much looking forward to this visit as it’s filled with many firsts, like the debut of our brand new line featuring Korite Ammolite and Black Spinel, which makes this lineup of shows a must-see! You can also look forward to extra Easy Pay payments and great Canada Day specials. Visit to view our Ammolite Gem Collection currently available.

See you all very soon!


Kiwi Watermelon Smoothie

Preparation: 5 minutes

Processing: 45 Seconds

Yield: 2 ¼  cups (540 ml)

1 ½ cups (230 g) watermelon, peeled, diced

1 kiwi, peeled, halved

1 date, pitted

1 cup (240 ml) ice cubes


1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.

2. Select Variable 1.

3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.

4. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

Nutritional Information per 1Cup (240 ml) Serving:

- 95 Calories

- 0g total fat

- 0g saturated fat

- 0mg cholesterol

- 24g carbohydrate

- 3g fiber

- 1g protein

- 3mg sodium

- 19g sugar

Shop for the Vitamix Blender – our Today’s Showstopper, at

Dr. Janine Bowring Returns to The Shopping Channel

I’m so blessed and happy to announce my return to The Shopping Channel after the birth of my fourth baby, Isaiah, who was born at the end of November. Despite sleepless nights and the sometimes exhausting feat of caring for my other children, plus nursing the baby, it is surprising even to me of my ability to bounce back after baby number four!

People often ask me, “What’s your secret?” and “How can you possibly look and feel so good such a short time after having a baby?” Honestly speaking, I give the credit to my VitaTree supplements. They help to give me the vitality I need to carry out my daily routine with work, the children and my life in general. I don’t know what I would do without my supplements! I’ve said on air numerous times that I formulated the supplements for all our viewers and my patients, but first and foremost, for myself and my family.

High quality, Whole Food Vitamins simply didn’t exist in the marketplace, without synthetic vitamins and fillers, until I created the VitaTree Nutritionals supplement line. I wanted the best for myself and my family, and that’s exactly what a large number of people can now enjoy when they take any of the VitaTree products.

I’m so excited to bring in the New Year with a great Today’s Showstopper on January 11th, our extremely popular VitaTree Fat Burner. There is no better time of year to actively pursue a healthier diet, exercise and weight loss regime than in January, just after the holiday season when most of us have overdone it with food, drinks and festivities.

The key to long-term successful weight loss includes healthy lifestyle choices, detoxification and using natural whole food nutrients that boost the metabolism and can give us vital energy to be able to exercise with increased stamina and endurance.  I have formulated  very effective products, namely the VitaDetox and VitaTree Fat Burner for targeted weight loss, especially belly fat, that are safe, easy to take, and do not contain harmful stimulants as most other supplements in this genre. I encourage everyone to tune in to my fun and informative shows on January 11th to learn vital health information that can be easily implemented into everyone’s lifestyle, no matter what age or level of health. If you’ve had great success as so many others with the VitaTree Formulas, please call into my shows so we can hear all about it!

This year you will also have a chance to enter our exciting new contest and win a year’s supply of VitaFruits and VitaVeggies!  To enter, you must submit a suitable photo of yourself “before” and “after” using VitaTree Fat Burner along with your weight loss goal.  For full contest rules, visit and shop VitaTree here.


Dr. Janine Bowring

Formulator for VitaTree Nutritionals

Our Today’s Showstopper: Temp-tations® Old World™ 11pc Set

Join me on September 1st for another great Today’s Showstopper - the Temp-tations® Old World™ 11pc Set with 2.5 Quart Figural Hen or Cow & 16oz. Mini Bakers.

Warm up your fall table with these “Fresh From The Farm”. A versatile 2.5-quart figural hen or cow baker with a ceramic lid and the four 16-oz mini hen or cow bakers with lids will be the talk of your table!

These Temp-tations pieces are hand-painted in the best-selling Old World pattern in the most collected colours. These functional bakers let you prep, cook, serve, and store all in one dish, which allows you to “moo-ve” along with your busy life!

These pieces are sure to bring a smile to your face! Choose your favourite or select the barnyard - they are too cute to resist!

Product Overview:

  • Dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer-, and refrigerator-safe; oven-safe up to 500F
  • Measurements: Large baker 13-1/4″ x 8-3/4″x 3-1/2″; Mini bakers 6-3/8″ x 4-1/2″ x 3-1/8″


See you then!


Lisa Gleason

Temp-tations - our Today’s Showstopper

This is my first visit in 2012 and I’m thrilled to present this incredible and versatile 20 piece set as our Today’s Showstopper - it’s an incredible value!

Just wait to see all the great things that you can do with this Temp-tations bake ware set. We are also offering you some beautiful new colours! Don’t forget that every product that I’ll be presenting during this visit is brand new and has never been seen before on The Shopping Channel.

Please join me at 10pm ET this Friday, July 27th and let’s have some fun together! I would love if you called in to say hi as well! SHOP Temp-tations at

See you then!


Lisa Gleason

Create the Designer Look without the Designer price tag!

The Millano brand is known for gorgeous fabrics with beautiful designs. Our Today’s Showstopper, the Millano Manor 10 Piece Drapery Set is an all-in-one window treatment which is certain to enhance any room. This show also features matching bedding, duvets, pillows and more.

Millano delivers linens which are renowned for their luxurious feel and superior style. This drapery is the preferred choice of those who desire a quality product.

Our Price: $129.96

Today’s Showstopper: $89.96

Our Today’s Showstopper offers a COMPLETE WINDOW TREATMENT and a HIGH END DESIGNER LOOK for a FRACTION OF THE PRICE! This is a complete 10 piece drapery set and it’s UNDER $90. Only $9.00 a piece!

This drapery is perfect for the season and offers room darkening properties! Each piece is lined with thermal properties and is designed to keep the cold out and the heat in.

It also features a conventional outer lining to block out the sun. The drapery panels are VERSATILIE and can be hung traditionally through a rod or hung with clip rings for a more relaxed look.

Comes with everything you need including the hardware!

This drapery set is available in an array of beautiful colours and it’s only available at The Shopping Channel.


All your essentials for a Beautiful You

Start the new year by putting your best face forward. Our Today’s Showstopper, the Your Most Beautiful You Set from IT Cosmetics will help you create a flawless complexion, the base for every great look. Also included in this show are fabulous brushes and more fantastic makeup from this coveted brand.

IT Cosmetics infuses anti-aging technology into truly innovative, high performance colour cosmetics. IT Cosmetics provides the tools, products and know-how to remake your look from head-to-toe.

Our Price: $65.95

Today’s Showstopper: $49.57

Today’s IT Cosmetics 6 piece Today’s Showstopper is designed to help you create a flawless complexion and it comes to you at an UNBEATABLE VALUE! Separately the pieces in this set retail for $159. The Illuminating Wand Ball Brush alone retails for $48, our Today’s Showstopper costs only $1.57 more.

This set includes THREE BRAND NEW ITEMS – the Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush, the Airbrush Illuminating Powder and the Illuminating Wand Ball Brush!

Also included in this set is Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, the brand’s #1 selling product, and the Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil. Both are TOP RATED by our customers! We’ve sold nearly 50,000 tubes of Bye-Bye Under Eye Concealer

This set is exclusive to The Shopping Channel in Canada!


You can’t beat it for performance & features, And you can’t beat the price!

Sewing novices and experts are sure to love this Today’s Showstopper, the Janome 60-Stitch Computerized Quilting Décor Sewing Machine with Bonuses! This Japanese designed machine was made with quality in mind and is perfect for any sewing project. This show also features a variety of new and existing products for those who love to get creative!

Janome has been at the cutting edge of sewing technology since the earliest days of their founding and is celebrating their 90th anniversary this year. They were the first to develop a computerized machine for home use and the first to offer professional style embroidery to the home market. Today, Janome offers the most advanced machines ever conceived and can proudly claim to deliver the most powerful, sophisticated home machines on the market.

Our Price: $950.00

Today’s Showstopper: $549.00

Easy Pay: 6 x $91.50

Our Today’s Showstopper is a TOP OF THE LINE, FULL-FEATURED sewing machine made by the #1 sewing machine manufacturer in the world! YOU WON’T FIND A VALUE LIKE THIS ANYWHERE ELSE!
When sold separately this pieces in this TS retail for $1,150

Sewing machines with this level of quality and features sell for hundreds of dollars more than our TS price


Janome was the first to develop a computerized household sewing and embroidery machine for home use

Janome is famous for quality stitches!

• 60 built-in stitches (174 stitch functions) including 6 automatic buttonholes

This machine is great for garment sewing and advanced projects such as home décor, quilting and more

This machine was manufactured with a metal frame in a Janome owned-factory, one of the largest sewing machine manufacturers in the world!
Janome has manufactured over 60 million sewing machines in their history!

Comes with a 15 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY - the best in the industry!

This model is only available at The Shopping Channel.



Westcott Is Debuting on The Shopping Channel!

Carmi, a Toront-based artist, was asked to sample Westcott’s 9-Piece Sewing & Quilting Scissors Kit. This is what she had to say on her blog, Carmi’s Art/Life World
I am having a great time making these mini rag quilting squares!
I need them for a very special presentation!
Westcott has asked me to present their first ever sewing kit on The Shopping Channel this week!
My first presentation starts Tuesday evening and then I’ll be on a number of times Wednesday!

18th-midnight, 7:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm
So I have a very good excuse to pull out my fabrics to sew cute little samples!
The Westcott special kit is going to have an unreal price point…it is a huge bundle!  These samples were so easy to make because I am using the Spring Assist Micropoint scissors in that kit.  They are fantastic for fabric and this style of rag quilting is a breeze with them!  I really like the “ich liebedich -translation I love you”  squares!
See this wonderfully soft edging? After making all your cuts, the dryer does the rest.  I’ll be demoing this technique during the on-air live presentation!
Westcott - “ich liebe” your scissors!
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