The temperature is plummeting and it's getting mighty cold out there! Good thing I discovered Alternatives, which has been serving the West Island and surrounding areas for more than 25 years. Its owners have been compelled and driven to only support the best products for the best pricing available when it comes to fireplaces, fireplace inserts, as well as amazing high-end ceramic barbecues.

Their owner, Mathieu Beaudry, who took over as sole owner two months ago but has been a partner since 2009, is the best in the biz, and he's assembled an amazing team of friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff to make the experience of shopping there easy and seamless. They greeted me as soon as I walked in, and were able to answer all of my questions in laymen terms so I wasn't overwhelmed or confused.

Not only does Alternatives sell some of the best inserts and gas fireplaces on the market, but they also do fireplace conversions because of regulations in regards to wood fireplaces across the island of Montreal (which was why I stopped by). Now I can make use of my wood-burning fireplace, once again.

Alternatives offers a turnkey service, as they are also certified gas line installers, which only made my experience all the easier.

And they know the trends too: people aren't just putting fireplaces into main living areas like living and dining rooms. These days, people are installing fireplaces almost all year round, as it has become fashionable to have fireplaces in the bathroom and other personal or non-conventional areas of the house. And they've done it all!

In the summertime, Alternatives sells barbecues, including the coveted Big Green Egg. The Big Green Egg offers unmatched cooking flexibility, as it is a grill, a smoker and an oven, all in one. Space-age ceramics and double-wall construction make the Big Green Egg durable and fuel efficient, and one-of-a-kind. They also sell other options to really deck-out and customize your outdoor kitchen.

Sales associates told me that Alternatives will install as far as The Laurentians to service their customers, as they believe in offering amazing customer service. They can even provide you with detailed information on the regulations in your area.

Looking for a new fireplace, insert, or barbecue? Think: Alternatives.

Alternatives

16875 Hymus Blvd

514-694-7114

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